Sunday, August 22, 2010
Israelites in America: The Forgotten Captivity (EXCLUSIVE)
By Neyo Webster
All Bible scholars and students are knowledgeable of the Israelite captivity in Egypt under the 18th Pharaonic Dynasty, circa 1550 BC, the Assyrian captivity in 722 BC (cf. 2 Kings 17) with the subsequent dispersion of the ten northern tribes, the Babylonian captivity and subsequent exile in 586 BC, resulting in the sacking of Jerusalem and the destruction of the First Temple. We are even familiar with the Greek conquest of Persia as Alexander rapidly moved on to destroy the Phoenician city of Tyre with military penetrations through Palestine, Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan, thus conquering Egypt in 332 BC. We are also aware of the Palestinian conquest orchestrated by the Romans in 64 BC with a subsequent cruel domination. And finally, we are cognizant of the final Roman subjugation of Palestine with the conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple resulting in over a million Israelites fleeing into Africa, as recorded by Josephus. (See The Great Roman-Jewish War: AD 66-70)
HOWEVER, there is an Israelite captivity that is not readily mentioned nor openly acknowledged by scholars and that is the American captivity. Dr. Allen H. Godbey of Duke University correctly suggests that as strangers amongst Africans, Israelites would have been vulnerable to enslavement during wars and conflicts and were among the slaves imported to the Americas in ships. (See The Lost Tribes a Myth, Durham, NC, 1930, p. 246)
This academic inquiry made by Godbey is corroborated by Biblical prophecy. The LORD told Abraham in Canaan, "Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years." (Gen. 15:13) And centuries later, after the brutal Egyptian captivity, Moses relayed to the children of Israel, "And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you."
Hebrew captives arrived wholesale at Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. It is now 2010. It has been 381 years since that time. The children of Israel are now on the latter end of their captivity, which could possibly terminate in 2019. But I say that with reserved skepticism. The times and the seasons are set down by the authority of the Father. (Acts 1:7)
Addendum: Numbers in Hebrew take on a symbolic nature and 400 could represent completion or a vast extension of time. However, Daniel consulted the books of Jeremiah to decipher the condition of his people and understand prophetic events that were set or a later time. (Dan. 9:2)
The following is a map that documents the dispersions of the Hebrew Israelites into the Americas:
Map Source: http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/palette/59/hebrew.html
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