Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ASK QUESTIONS

Do you ask enough questions and gather enough information to make right decisions.  People are too often embarrassed to ask question, so they make embarrassing decisions.  If you don't ask the right questions, you will make the wrong judgment.  You need to ask yourself questions in your own mind.  Make sure your thoughts and opinions are truly valid and verifiable in your own mental judgment.

Did I read that right? 
Do I really understand what I read, saw, heard?
When you are given a report, don’t be too reluctant to ask the person some searching questions.
What was seen; what was heard; were there witnesses; could you be mistaken; etc.
Is that hear-say, or were you an eye witness?
Could he have meant something different that what you are thinking?
Can you be positive about his attitude and the intent of his heart?
Do you know for sure what his level of understanding is?
And many other such-like questions.

Mark 11:27-33
27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

By asking questions you can discern the attitude of the person with whom you are having a discussion. 

By asking questions you can more clearly understand what they really believe and want to communicate.

By asking questions you can avoid the temptation to be hasty in judgment. 

Proverbs 20:25
It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

Before making vows, you should ask all the questions needed to comprehend the nature and cost of the vow. 

Can I keep this vow under different circumstances?
Can I afford all the expenses which may come with this vow?
How will this vow affect my other responsibilities?
Do I have the time and energy and commitment to keep this vow?
Is this vow a just and righteous promise?

Promises are broken because they were made unwisely and without sufficient information to know the associated responsibility and cost.

 Deuteronomy 19:15-20
15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
16 If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
17 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;
18 And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
20 And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.

A righteous judge will examine every witness available.  He will look for witnesses which may be reluctant to be involved.
A righteous judge will ask relative and revealing questions.
A righteous judge will look for inconsistencies and contradictory testimony.
He will be diligent to discern confusion and doubt from the accuser.

Concerning relationships and issues in your life, have you asked enough questions?
Perhaps you should apologize to someone for not making a greater effort to discover the truth and judge righteous judgment. 

If you have broken fellowship with someone and your reason was unjust, how will   God deal with your injustice?  Are you responsible for initiating a reconciliation? 

Matthew 11:7-10
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Jesus is asking the people questions to get them to think about what has happened and how they have responded to the message of repentance.

Matthew 12:1-8
12 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Concerning “the priest in the temple profane the Sabbath and are blameless?”  Matthew 12:5

The priests must be engaged in killing the sacrifices, and making fires to burn them in sacrifice, whereas to kindle a fire was expressly forbidden the Jews on the Sabbath, (Exodus 35:3). They did that which, for other persons to do, would have been "profaning" the Sabbath. Yet they were blameless. They did what was necessary and commanded. This was done in the very temple, the place of holiness, where the law should be most strictly observed.

Jesus asked the people questions to get them to think.  He was encouraging them to reason as to why these things were done and how God looks upon the attitude of the heart. 

Matthew 27:17-23
17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

Pilate tried to ask questions and cause the people to reconsider what they were doing.  Regardless of how many questions you may ask, some people will insist on the injustice which has lodged in their heart. 

If you try to repair a relationship and the other party refuses to endeavor with you, then you have done what you could.  Give it to God.  The Lord may open a door of opportunity in the future, but you are clear because you obeyed the Holy Spirit.

Ask question.  Don’t make embarrassing decisions.

Monday, July 29, 2013

ESCHATOLOGY

Is eschatology a worthy subject to be studied by the children of God?
What is eschatology? 
The Webster Dictionary defines eschatology as:
 a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind

When discussing eschatological events this week, one person stated, “What does any of this have to do with the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ?”

If God did not want to talk to us about future events, He would not have included the foretelling of future events in the scriptures.

I don’t want you to think that I am some “doomsday nut” when I talk to you about the prophecies of the Bible and the events, both past, present and future, which place us on the timeline of the gospel day.  If God did not want us to know these things, we would not have the book of Revelation in our Bible which God gave us to study.  The Word of God is given to us to help us prepare for the day in which we live and to prepare for the days ahead in our future. 

Knowing where we are on the timeline of the gospel day helps us in many ways.

These benefits will be identified by the scriptures which we want to share with you today.   

John 13:16-20
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Knowing what God has planned to happen in the future causes our faith to increase when it comes to pass.  If a man predicts something and it comes to pass, then his credibility is increased.  If a man says that God has told him what is going to happen and then it never happens, his credibility is decreased. 

If God gives a man an understanding and knowledge of future events then it will be true; and, it will agree with the Word and the Spirit.  It will not lead you or influence you to disobey the righteous principles of God.  It will not lead you away from Jesus Christ or the Father.

Deuteronomy 13:1-5
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

The false prophet will turn you away from truth, the Lord and the Father.

A false prophet may prophecy some event and it come to pass; but the purpose is to deceive and turn people away from God.

Prove all things, because God will prove you. 

Deuteronomy 18:21-22
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?
22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

When God gives a prophecy it will be true and it will come to pass.

God’s word cannot fail.  What God promises, he will do.

Isaiah 42:6-9
6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

God does give us knowledge of future events.  What then is His purpose?  God does all things with a purpose.  God is merciful and faithful.  He gives men plenty of information so that He can have faith and know God.  God wants people to know Him and obey Him.  By telling men future events before they happen, men should see and know that God is speaking to them.  

Daniel 9:23-27
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Seventy weeks is 490 days which represent 490 years.
One week is 7 years.
The midst of the week is 3.5 years. 
Sixty-nine weeks is 483 years.
Many books have been written concerning these seventy weeks.  I will not take the time to expound on them here.
 
What God told Daniel is “that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be 483 years.  Also after 3.5  years, God will cause the sacrifice for sin and the oblation to cease.  The shed blood of the perfect sacrifice will be instituted for the forgiveness of sin and the cleansing of the heart. 
 
Why did God tell Daniel about these events which would come to pass long after Daniel’s life here was ended?  It was not for Daniel only.  It was for all the honest, humble hearted servants of God who hoped and looked forward to the coming of the Messiah.  It was for people like Simeon and Anna who were every day in the temple expecting to see the Messiah.  When they saw Jesus their faith was increased and their hopes and dreams had come true. 

The Jewish people who lived at the time of Jesus Christ knew that they were living in the day of the imminent coming of the Messiah.  It had been specifically prophesied to the very year.  

Prophecy had become reality.
Faith had become sight.
God’s word was proven true.

2 Peter 1:14-21
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The only true prophecy is that which comes from the Holy Ghost. 

If it is not from the Holy Ghost, it will not come to pass and/or it will be deceptive, leading people away from God and the truth.

Revelation 1:1-3
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

What is the book of The Revelation about?
Is it about future events?
Why did God give us this book, if He does not want us to study future events?
Are you missing your blessing by not studying this book?
Is difficulty of understanding mysteries an excuse for not reading this book?

Revelation 22:7-10
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

There is a progressive fulfillment of these scriptures found in The Revelation.

God wants you to be aware of the place we occupy in this divine timeline.

Revelation 22:18-21
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Don’t miss your blessing.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you read.
Obey the commandment of God to study His Word.
If you have a “don’t care” attitude you need to repent and ask God to forgive you and teach you.

Is this warning for you:  “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book?”  If you neglect to study the revelation and you cause others to have no desire to read this book, are you not guilty of taking “away from the words of the book of this prophecy”?

 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

THE BLACK MAN


It is my prayer that the African people in America, Africa, Asia and throughout the world will discover the blessings of Christianity, salvation, holiness, righteousness and the healing of their nation.  They have been cursed by God and the World; however, it is my belief that God will turn and bless them before the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Seventy-two percent of African-American children are born to un-wed mothers.

U.S. prisons now hold more black men than slavery ever did.
As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Justice estimated there were over 846,000 black men in prison, making up 40.2% of all inmates in the prison system at large.

Seventy percent of black men who are released from prison return within two years. 
These alarming and discouraging statistics are the result of the breakdown of the African family and their failure to accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the source of all blessings.  The African people must awake to righteousness and sin not.  They must cast away their false religions and false teachers who have trained them to believe Satan’s lies.  Centuries of racial hatred and tribal warfare have decimated the black race.  The time for change is at hand.  The individual black man and woman must take up this challenge and begin this crusade, this revival of holiness and salvation through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Jeremiah 29:11-14
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Criminal Justice Fact Sheet
Incarceration Trends in America
  • From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people
  • Today, the US is 5% of the World population and has 25% of world prisoners.
  • Combining the number of people in prison and jail with those under parole or probation supervision, 1 in ever y 31 adults, or 3.2 percent of the population is under some form of correctional control
Racial Disparities in Incarceration
  • African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
  • African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
  • Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
  • According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today's prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%
  • One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime
  • 1 in 100 African American women are in prison
  • Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).
Drug Sentencing Disparities
  • About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
  • 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites
  • African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.
  • African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). (Sentencing Project)
Contributing Factors
  • Inner city crime prompted by social and economic isolation
  • Crime/drug arrest rates: African Americans represent 12% of monthly drug users, but comprise 32% of persons arrested for drug possession
  • "Get tough on crime" and "war on drugs" policies
  • Mandatory minimum sentencing, especially disparities in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine possession
  • In 2002, blacks constituted more than 80% of the people sentenced under the federal crack cocaine laws and served substantially more time in prison for drug offenses than did whites, despite that fact that more than 2/3 of crack cocaine users in the U.S. are white or Hispanic
  • "Three Strikes"/habitual offender policies
  • Zero Tolerance policies as a result of perceived problems of school violence; adverse affect on black children.
  • 35% of black children grades 7-12 have been suspended or expelled at some point in their school careers compared to 20% of Hispanics and 15% of whites
Effects of Incarceration
  • Jail reduces work time of young people over the next decade by 25-30 percent when compared with arrested youths who were not incarcerated
  • Jails and prisons are recognized as settings where society's infectious diseases are highly concentrated
  • Prison has not been proven as a rehabilitation for behavior, as two-thirds of prisoners will reoffend
Exorbitant Cost of Incarceration: Is it Worth It?
  • About $70 billion dollars are spent on corrections yearly
  • Prisons and jails consume a growing portion of the nearly $200 billion we spend annually on public safety
 
SO WHAT DOES THE BIBLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE BLACK MAN AND THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA? 

THE ORIGIN OF THE RACES AND THEIR DIVINE DESTINY  By Jim Storts

I would like to begin by telling the reader that the entire scope of these thoughts was in my mind prior to any influence of reading recorded history.  As I have studied the Word of God and the pages of secular history, these thoughts have been validated and verified by many writers before me.  I believe that God has had a plan for the entire duration of time in this earthly world.  From before the creation of the world and mankind, unto the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, God has had a plan. It has unfolded according to His divine direction.  He may slow it down or speed it up according to His election.  He may change the interaction of the participants according to his and their choices.  But His plan will unfold in its entirety and none can prevent it. 

Acts 17:26-27, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:”  All nations of men (brown men, black men and white men) hath God made of one blood.  From the blood and DNA of Adam and Eve have all the nations upon the earth descended. 

All of mankind can be recognized by three distinct races based primarily on their skin and hair, which is dictated by the DNA of each individual as it is inherited from his forefathers.  The Asian DNA is the most popular among all the inhabitants of the nations of the world.  The Caucasian DNA is found in the northern nations of Europe, the Soviet Union and America.  The African DNA is found primarily in the people of Sub-Sahara Africa and their descendants, including the African-American. 

Where did these races originate?  What caused this racial distinction between the people of the world?  If we all have Adam and Eve as our common ancestor, how did these three major DNA differences come into existence?  I believe that the Bible holds the answers to all these questions.  Let us examine what the Bible says because it is the undisputable Word of God.  It is a true record and it does not err.  As the Apostle Paul stated in Romans 3:4, “Let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

Let me tell you my position from the beginning.  Then let me prove my position by the written records.  Some will believe me and some will not believe me.  Some ministers have labeled me as a false prophet because I have voiced the opinion hereinafter stated.  I do not make my opinion on this subject a test of fellowship, others have.  However, as we gather together the witnesses of the scriptures, we will see clear evidence that God did it this way:

1.     God created Adam and Eve with the physical DNA which is still most popular in the world today.  We will refer to those who inherit olive-brown skin complexion and straight black hair as the Asian DNA.

2.     When Cain slew his brother Able and incurred the wrath of God, he was punished with a curse which was apparent to all that would visually observe him.  His skin became pale white and his hair was turned to a light blonde color.  A blonde haired, blue eyed man was a stark and alarming appearance in those days.  We will refer to the physical results of this curse as the Caucasian DNA. 

3.     The next incident of a curse being put upon mankind is found in the days of Noah.  Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem and Ham.  A curse was put upon Canaan the son of Ham because of Ham’s disrespectful conduct and attitude toward his father and mother.  This curse was such that others would recognize that he was a descendent of Ham.  No doubt that God changed his skin to black and his hair to have a distinctive curly nature.  We will refer to the physical results of this curse as the African DNA. 

Can I support these statements with scriptures which are not taken out of context and have a reasonable application to this subject under consideration?  Let God speak and you decide what you believe.  Again, let me emphatically state that I do not make this subject or your understanding of this subject a prerequisite for fellowship.  An honest consideration of this subject is simply part of discovering truth, line upon line, precept upon precept, as we search out those things which are a part of our past, present and future.  This thesis, written with a love of truth, is presented to provide the Bible student with a probable definition of the acts of God upon the affairs of mankind. 

In the beginning God made a man and a woman.  They were of the same DNA.  Eve was taken from Adam’s side and made into a help-meet suitable for him.  From this man and woman came all the nations of the world.  In the beginning there was only one race and we all had the same racial DNA which produces the same skin and hair characteristics.   The majority of the nations and people of the world are clearly of the Asian DNA.  They have smooth olive-brown skin, black hair and dark eyes.  The Jews, Arabs, and the people of Pakistan, Indonesia, India, China, Korea, Japan, Alaska and the American Indian, these all have the physical characteristics of the Asian DNA.  These are the descendants of Adam and Eve through Seth and Shem.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God was born in the lineage of Seth and Shem whose descendants, until the time of Christ, have historically chosen to believe in the One True God.  He is that God whom has been revealed through the Old Testament Hebrew prophets of God and the Apostles of Jesus Christ.  But in these last days God has shown forth His mercy and faithfulness to all people.  He has, according to divine prophecy, revealed Himself to the descendants of Japheth and Ham.  For the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to all the people of the world and not the Jews only.   

The first physical curse came upon Cain and his descendants when he chose to reject the will of God in offering a blood sacrifice and insisted on demanding that God accept his sacrifice of grains and plants.  Cain was offended at God for showing a preference to the blood sacrifice of Able.  In his carnal anger, Cain rose up and killed his brother.  What does the witness of the scripture say about this event?


Genesis 4:13-16
13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

God “set a mark upon Cain.”  Cain complained that “every one that findeth me shall slay me.”  It seems to be the nature of animals and humans to be fearful of those who are different from our own selves.  I once observed a beautiful, solid white bird which was feeding at a bird feeder hanging outside my dining room window.  It was a solid, snow white bird such as I had never seen before.  I watched it for some time and observed its shape, size and physical characteristics.  I called the Audubon Society and described the bird to them and they said that there was no such bird in the Eastern United States.  They informed me that it had to be an “albino” bird.  I noticed that all the other birds which were similar to it were chasing it and fighting with it.  They obviously did not want this white bird around the other birds.  It was a freak of nature.  It was a reject among its own species.  I submit to you the likely probability that God changed Cain’s DNA from the original Asian DNA to the Caucasian DNA.  Hitherto, there had never been a white man who looked like Cain.  The African Swahili name for “white man” is “mzungu” which literally means “surprise, a remarkable thing, rare, baffling”.  So it was with Cain in the day that God put a mark on him.  Now, we have two distinctly different DNA’s producing offspring in the world. 

The children of Seth, Adam and Eve’s son, were a people who followed after the true God whom Adam and Eve taught to Seth and his children.  The descendants of Seth were referred to as the sons of God, righteous men who lived before the Great Flood.  Cain’s children, who were obviously strange and an outcast from the children of Seth, were men of violence.  They served strange gods, because their father Cain had rejected the true God.  With the passing of time, these blonde haired, blue eyed men and women became a physical attraction and a temptation to the righteous children of Seth. What do the scriptures say about this social condition which came into being between the children of Seth and the children of Cain?
Genesis 6:1-2
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

The Hebrew word which is translated into the English word “fair” means beautiful and pleasant.  The children of Seth consented to their carnal desires and gave in to the temptation of the flesh and of the eyes, just like their mother Eve.  “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired…she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.”  The forbidden became the desired.

The curse of an altered physical appearance which God put on Cain became a point of interest and temptation to the children of Seth.  These blonde haired, blue eyed women were more sensual and provocative than the submissive women of their own nation.  Their difference became an attraction.  The children of Seth began to take the children of Cain for their companions and thus we have a mixing of the DNA found among these two races.  And so it was when the passing of time brought us to the days of Noah who found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  Noah and his wife brought both the Asian DNA and the Caucasian DNA into their union and to their off-springs. 

Now, we come to the introduction of the third DNA into the society of mankind.  Noah built an ark to the saving of his soul and those of his wife and his sons and their wives.  There were eight souls saved on the ark when God sent the Great Deluge upon the whole face of the earth.  After forty days and nights of rain, earthquakes and the fountains of the deep being opened to cover the whole face of the earth with water; and, after one year of the ark floating upon the waters of the deep, God brought the ark to rest on top of Mount Ararat.  This mountain is located in eastern Turkey. 

Noah and his family went out of the ark and began their life in this new world inhabited by eight people.  Although there were only eight people, Satan was still there to work his evil temptations and to spoil the hearts and attitudes of men to do that which is evil.  Ham, one of the sons of Noah, entered into his father’s tent and saw his mother and father naked.  His attitude was not one of shamefacedness or respect.  It was one of mockery and disrespect.  His two brothers, Japheth and Shem proved themselves respectful in the matter and they were blessed by God, while Ham and his descendants (Canaan) were cursed.  Because of Ham’s sin, God put a physical curse on his son Canaan.  Noah was a man of God and he knew the voice of God.  He spoke with authority and prophesied thusly:
Genesis 9:25-27
“And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.  And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.  God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”

You may say that this curse has no mention of a physical curse.  But let us import into our supportive data base all that the scriptures have to say; then, let us form our conclusion.  Many are the scriptures which relate to the curse of Ham and Canaan and the consequences of their actions.  I believe that we can prove that Ham and his descendents were cursed with a physical curse which changed the color of the skin and the hair which produced the African DNA.  Let us unfold and reveal what “thus saith the Lord.” 

Genesis 10:1-20
1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

Here, in the very beginning of the Biblical records, we find that the Canaanites, the citizens of Babylon and the nations of the enemies of Israel were the descendants of Ham who were cursed.  Although the scriptures do not clearly and purposely set forth the geographical segregation and migration of the descendants of Noah, we can find volumes of evidence in the records of both secular and holy history, to give great substance to this claim. 

Jeremiah said, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin?”  What was different about the Ethiopian’s skin?  Was it not the same as the Israelite’s skin?  How did the descendants of Ham migrate from Mount Ararat to Ethiopia?  What did the Israelite scribe mean when he wrote in 1 Chronicles 4:40, “And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they of Ham had dwelt there of old.”  Did the writers of Holy Script know that the descendants of Ham had long ago passed through Philistine and into Egypt and Ethiopia and beyond?  It is a well documented fact that the descendants of Ham populated Palestine, before Abraham and Moses entered this Fertile Crescent which God promised to give to the children of Abraham. 

Exodus 33:1-2, “And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:”

Deuteronomy 7:1, “When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;”

All of these Palestinian nations were the descendants of Ham as delineated in Genesis chapter ten.  They were evil men who had forsaken the One True God who created all heaven and earth and all that dwell in them.  They worshipped false gods.  They were a continual source of temptation to the children of God as their fathers were before them. 
1 Chronicles 1:8-16

8 The sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.

9 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabta, and Raamah, and Sabtecha. And the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

10 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty upon the earth.
11 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
12 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (of whom came the Philistines,) and Caphthorim.
13 And Canaan begat Zidon his firstborn, and Heth,
14 The Jebusite also, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite,
15 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
16 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite.” 

At this point, we want to bring to your attention the discovery and historical record of Herodotus in the 5th century (ca. 484-425 b.c.) before Christ.   

“…for Herodotus expressly says, Vol. I., bk. 2, p. 246,  that the Colcheans and Egyptians, who were all one with the Tyrians and Zidonians, Ethiopians and Libyans, were black and had short curling hair. If such men were not negroes of the true stamp, we know not who are, and they were the descendants of Ham or else they had no progenitor at all."  (Henry Parker Eastman).
“Apparently, in 1912, a Russian naturalist by the name of V.P. Vradii found a small colony of Black people in the area of Batumi, which is on the southwestern coast of Georgia in Southern Russia. Vraddi noticed that they were quite black in skin color and had very African features, while others were mixed with black and Russian. Vradii published a book about the Black tribe called, Kavkaz. After the publishing of his book, reports of other Black populations around the Black Sea began to flood local media. As other scholars began to travel the land, here in modern times, they too began reporting tribes of Black populations.  There are more accounts of Black Colchians. In 522-443, a Greek poet named Pindar described the Colchians, whom Jason and the Argonauts fought, as being "dark skinned". Then around 350 to 400 AD, Church father St. Jerome and Sophronius referred to Colchis as the "second Ethiopia" because of its black population.” (Wikipedia 1/22/2008)
The foregoing quotations provide a brief reference to a large number of historical statements about the Colchians whose tribes are located along the eastern shore of the Black Sea in Georgia which lies just west of Mount Ararat.  Some historians believe the Colchians are remnants of Ethiopian armies which marched north from Africa.  However, I strongly believe that they are remnants of the descendants of Ham and his children as they migrated, first west to the Black Sea then south to the Mediterranean, to Philistine, to Egypt and then south to the region of Sub-Sahara Africa.  The prophet Isaiah writes that God “shut them in” and shut them off from the rest of civilization for the many centuries which followed.  The descendants of Shem migrated south and east.  The descendants of Japheth migrated north and west.  This migration pattern is reflected on many resource maps which are printed with color-coded areas portraying this dispersion of the descendants of Noah’s sons.  
I ask you to read and consider the following scriptures without prejudice.  Let the Holy Spirit speak to you and reveal the truths held in these passages.   

Psalms 68:31
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
Note:  Show me in the pages of God’s word or in the writings of secular historians where Princes for God have ever come forth out of Egypt to serve God.  When has Ethiopia ever stretched out her hands unto God?  There is no record of this ever happening in the history of the world.  It must therefore yet be for a time yet future.   

Psalms 105:23
Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
Note:  The names Israel and Jacob are used symbolically to represent the people of God and specifically the church.  David writes in the past tense and we know that he speaks literally of the four-hundred year long Egyptian captivity.  However, it is frequently noticed that literal events in the Old Testament have spiritual fulfillments in the New Testament.  If so, when has the church of God ever enjoyed liberty in Egypt or in the land of Ham?  If it can not be found in our history, it must be forthcoming in our future. 
Isaiah 11:11
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
In the first spiritual Earthquake which Christ brought upon the world, He established His Kingdom with glory and with power.  The disciples turned the world upside down and would have filled the whole world with the doctrines of Jesus Christ.  This was not a time of recovering a remnant.  It was a time of the King of Kings putting all the enemies of Christ under His feet.  The church went forth from the day of Pentecost conquering and to conquer.  The second earthquake took place during the great spiritual revival of the church between 1880 and 1930.  This was the first time in which Christ set about to recover the remnant of His people.  But note that there is a “second time to recover the remnant of his people.”  And in this second time, he will reach to Egypt and Cush.  Yes, the opportunity to turn to God and be saved has extended to all people at all times.  However, there is a distinct offering made to certain people.  It was to the Jews first and also to the Greek.  In this end time, there will be a special offering to the descendants of Ham who have never before enjoyed this favored opportunity.  
Isaiah 60:6
The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.
Note:  Sheba refers to a region, perhaps on both sides of the Gulf of Aden, including both present day Yemen and Ethiopia.  It was a land noted for its great quantities of gold and silver.  The queen of Sheba was from this region.  Again, we have a prophetic mention of the people of Africa coming to shew forth the praises of the LORD.  To-date (2005 a.d.), this has never happened. 
Zephaniah 3:10
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
Note:  Zephaniah was written at about 630 B.C.   When has this prophecy been fulfilled?  Since the children of Ham were dispersed, cut off and fenced in by the hot Sahara desert and the swampy southern shores, when have they become the suppliants of God and brought Him an offering?
Zechariah 13:7-9
7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”
Note:  Matthew 24:37, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”  In the days of Noah, the people of the world were divided into three parts.  They were the Asian DNA, The Caucasian DNA and the African DNA according the sons of Noah: Shem, Japheth and Ham.  Two parts shall be cut off and die.  God will bring the third part through the fire.