Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Real Jews?

While we were in New York, we came across a group of street preachers, so we stopped for a moment or two to hear what they were saying. However, it was unlike anything I've heard before, and certainly not witnessed even on the streets of Belfast.

Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ

The group involved was, I believe, the Israelite Church of God in Christ Jesus. They're an interesting group, who claim that those who we naturally think of as ethnic Jews are not actually real Jews. Rather, the twelve tribes were descended through the African-American slaves, who are the real Jews, the chosen people of God. They even had a poster set up with the places where each of the tribes is reportedly from - but I didn't get close enough to study it.

Their core message seemed to be that one day God would vindicate his people, the negroes, the real Jews, and in their version of Armageddon, the white peoples and Chinese peoples and Arab peoples would serve the negro. A reversal of those years of slavery, if you will. They also claim that Jesus was a negro, not an ethnic Jew.

Their method of preaching, indeed, the very way they presented their message was to misinterpret the scriptures and prophets' message of the Messiah, applying it to their own ethnic group. So a random verse or two from Isaiah, with one guy reading a few words, then the other shouting out his own interpretation. White people need not apply, and the street preacher and his colleagues were specifically targetting people they perceived to be the real Jews to sign up to their movement.

I've since been able to find out a bit more about the group, with reports on the Washington City Paper website. They preach a racial gospel, which is good news just for those they perceive to be part of the ancient people of God, not open to all. Reminds me of a quote: If it's not good news for all, it's not good news at all.


  1. what can possibly be misinterpreted? These men preach EXACTLY what the bible is saying.

    Revelation 13:10: He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

    Incase you didn't know, the saints are the children of Israel who had the covenant of sacrifice with God(Psalms 50:5). And this is what they believe (faith) and are 'patiently' waiting for, which is the deliverence of the 12 tribes of the Nation of Israel (those of african american, native american indian and hispanic descent) out of the land of their captivity by the Lord Jesus Christ in his 2nd coming. (Malachi 3:6)(Isaiah 14:1-3)(Matt 1:21, Matt 2:2, Matt 2:6, Matt 15:24, John 4:22)(John 11:51-52, James 1:1)(Dan 2:44, Dan 7:27) I would love to see you reply after reading the list of scriptures I've posted which prove everything these men would have been speaking about according to your article.

  2. Exactly pc, everything they say is right out of the bible, i dont think gary wants to believe that the real jews are the so-called blacks, hispanics & native americans