Knowledge is our friend

Truth is a key that unlocks doors. What doors are keeping you from functioning in the fullness of the purpose and calling of the Creator?

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So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31,32 

So Yeshua said to the Yehudi sect that followed His teachings that if you “abide”  (to stay, endure, remain) in my word or teachings, you are truly my discipline students or of my yoke or my followers and you will know or have knowledge of the truth and this truth will set you free.

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Indigenous culture

I would like to give you the definition of “indigenous culture” according to United Nations organizations for indigenous people Human Rights:

those which having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of societies now prevailing in those territories, or parts of them. They form at present non-dominant sectors of society and are determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories, and their ethnic identity, as the basis of their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural patterns, social institutions and legal systems.

(Martinez-Cobo, 1984)

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What is the “indigenous culture” of those who descend from slaves stolen from West Africa?

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Many tribes were consumed in the bowels of ships leaving Africa for the Americas, and some of the largest tribes are the Eboes(Igbo), Ashanti, Yoruba, and the EVERI which was the name of the ancient Peoples of West Africa.

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What culture or way of life did the EVERI (ancient people of West Africa) engage?

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While there are many influences over the centuries and intermingling of tribes throughout the ages we can use historical documentation from explorers, cosmographers, historians, and missionaries as observations from the outside looking in as well as the oral traditions passed down by the tribes of West Africa itself.

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“Êυê is pronounced “Erh-verh” or “Eyverh.” The plural form is, “Êυêo,” that is, Êυê with an ‘O’ at the end. It is pronounced “Erh-verh-O” or “Eyverh-O.” The reason for writing the name with these strange characters is because the name has a sound that is not in English. This being the case, there are no letters in English to spell out the sound in the name. The following is my effort to help you get the right pronunciation.
The “Ê” transliterates as, “Erh” or “Ey.” The “υ” transliterates as “vav” or “vher” in English. When you put it altogether it sounds like Erh-verh or Eyverh. This is a difficult name to write in English and get the right pronunciation. Even in West Africa, the neighbours of the Êυê people struggle with the name and end up calling the people “EWE,” instead of “Êυê.” Because there are no characters in the alphabet to write the name in English, the Êυê people in Ghana came up with this novel way to denote their identity. When our people in Ghana and Togo see Êυê they automatically put in the necessary vowels to come up with the proper pronunciation of the name.
Elsewhere in the world, such as, in the Scandinavian and Germanic languages in Europe they have this sound in the language. In these countries when this sound occurs in their language, the letter ‘W,’ in English, is used for the “vher” sound. This means a name like William in English is υilhem in German and a Scandinavian name like υilly becomes Willy in English. During the colonial era, the British introduced the European way of representing the ‘vher’ sound with “W” to West Africa. “

The Erverh people did not originate from West Africa. They came from the Middle East where they used to be mighty people with a world-renowned name. However, over time and through the ages the people of the world replaced this famous name with something else. This accident in history inadvertently hid the glorious identity of these black people.

Not anymore is the glorious name going to stay hidden, because I am hereby lifting the veil so that you know whom we really are. With our identity thus revealed, we can rise and soar again to great heights as our ancestors.

Meet the Êυê (Erverh) aka the Hebrew

As I mentioned earlier, we are the Erverh people. The secret you don’t know is, Erverh means Hebrew. Therefore, to rephrase, the last statement can read: “we are the Hebrew people.” The name Erverh, is the original name, which translates as Hebrew in English. Thus, without beating about the bush, our ancestors, and us, are the ancient Israelites. The ancient Israelites were not called Jews. They were Erverh.

 https://blackpeopleshistory.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/black-identity/
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The Black Jews are the Ancient Jews

 

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“In regard to the human race it has been
shown abundantly and historically (1) that each
of the external differences often ceases to be
characteristic. Thus the black color is found
not only in individuals, as the black Jews
of Portugal, but in tribes, as the Bicharis on
the Red Sea, whose hair and character are
perfectly Semitic…” –

 

 

Are you doing your best?

It occurred to me that one cannot do their absolute best if they are not totally engulfed in that area of discipline. You cannot truthfully do your very best if you are not obsessed with that thing.

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If we look at what the Messiah required of his disciples it was that they “leave everything” and follow Him He in essence required that they “die to themselves” to become Discipline Students in order to establish and enter the Kingdom of the Most High. Yeshua wanted absolute obsession with the Kingdom and He settled for nothing less.

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Maccabean spirit in the Gullah warrior

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Temne peoples who have an oral tradition that tells of their migration out of Israel were eventually sold into slavery.

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“The blacks and Indians fought side-by-side in a desperate struggle to stop the American advance, but they were defeated and driven south into the more remote wilderness of central and southern Florida. General Jackson (later President) referred to this First Seminole War as an “Indian and Negro War.” In 1835, the Second Seminole War broke out, and this full-scale guerrilla war would last for six years and claim the lives of 1,500 American soldiers. The Black Seminoles waged the fiercest resistance, as they feared that capture or surrender meant death or return to slavery—and they were more adept at living and fighting in the jungles than their Indian comrades. The American commander, General Jesup, informed the War Department that, “This, you may be assured, is a negro and not an Indian war”; and a U.S. Congressman of the period commented that these black fighters were “contending against the whole military power of the United States.” – Joseph A. Opala Yale University

http://glc.yale.edu/gullah-rice-slavery-and-sierra-leone-american-connection

Jews of the Bilad al-Sudan (Judeo-Arabic: אַהַל יַהוּדּ בִּלַדּ אַל סוּדָּן‎) describes West African Jewish communities who were connected to known Jewish communities from the Middle East, North Africa, or Spain and Portugal. Various historical records attest to their presence at one time in the Ghana, Mali, and Songhai empires, then called the Bilad as-Sudan from the Arabic meaning Land of the Blacks. Jews from Spain, Portugal, and Morocco in later years also formed communities off the coast of Senegal and on the Islands of Cape Verde. These communities continued to exist for hundreds of years but have since disappeared due to changing social conditions, persecution, migration, assimilation and Slavery to the New World.

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The Hebrews from West Africa lost much of their traditions through the atrocities of slavery, but some survived in part in what is known as Gullah – Geeche traditions : Gullah Customs and Traditions Gullah culture seems to emphasize elements shared by Africans from different areas. The Gullahs’ ancestors were, after all, coming from many different tribes, or ethnic groups, in Africa. Those from the Rice Coast, the largest group, included the Wolof, Mandinka, Fula, Baga, Susu, Limba, Temne, Mende, Vai, Kissi, Kpelle, etc.—but there were also slaves brought from the Gold Coast, Calabar, Congo, and Angola. The Gullah slaves adopted beliefs and practices that were familiar to Africans from these widely separated regions. In most cases, therefore, we cannot say that a particular Gullah custom is from a particular African tribe; but we can often point more generally to West Africa, the Western Sudan, the Rice Coast, etc. And Gullah traditions are not, of course, all purely African. The Gullah slaves borrowed practices from their white masters, but they always gave these an African spirit. The Gullah became Christians, for instance, but their style of worship reflected their African heritage. In slavery days they developed a ceremony called “ring shout” in which participants danced in a ritual fashion in a circle amidst the rhythmical pounding of sticks and then, at the culminating moment, experienced possession by the Holy Spirit while shouting expressions of praise and thanksgiving. The ring shout raises the subject of cultural change among the Gullah, as this custom, like some other Gullah practices, seems to have completely died out. Most of what we know about Gullah customs and traditions comes from studies done in the 1930s and 1940s before the isolation of the Gullah community began to break down. Some of the customs reported then have, no doubt, disappeared like the ring shout; but others, quite clearly, have not. Visitors to the South Carolina Sea Islands still find the Gullahs’ doors and windows painted blue to ward off witches and evil South Carolina Gullahs, about 1900. Men using a mortar and pestle. spirits. And tourists traveling by car through coastal South Carolina and Georgia on their way south to Florida still encounter Gullah women selling their traditional baskets on the roadsides. These handsome baskets greatly resemble the Sierra Leonean shukublay. A few examples of Gullah customs and traditions are sufficient to convey their distinctive African spirit. Gullah burial customs begin with a drum beat to inform people that someone in town has died. Mirrors are turned to the wall so the corpse cannot be reflected. The funeral party takes the body to the cemetery, but waits at the gate to ask permission of the ancestors to enter. Participants dance around the grave, singing and praying, then smash bottles and dishes over the site to “break the chain” so that no one else in the same family will soon die. Then, the funeral group returns to town and cooks a large meal, leaving a portion on the veranda for the departed soul. In slavery days some Gullahs called this cooking ceremony saraka, a term derived from Arabic and familiar to most West Africans. The Gullah believe in witchcraft, which they callwudu, wanga, joso, or juju. They say that witches can cast a spell by putting powerful herbs or, roots under a person’s pillow or at a place where he usually walks. There are special individuals called “Root Doctor” or “Doctor Buzzard” who can provide protection against witchcraft or withdraw the effects of a curse. – Joseph A. Opala

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please click above picture to watch a presentation of the Gullah people as taught by Ron Shields.

Solidarity

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“The Hebrew and other ancient peoples considered tribal solidarity to be the most important. They were united as one with their ancestors and their descendants. So they accepted responsibility for what their forebears had done, and they would be making the renewal for their descendants. They were aware that the actions of every individual had consequences that affected them all, and perhaps most significantly, the future generations.”

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Our Real Power

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Our Real POWER is UNITY!

In your pain and fear you turn to the righteousness of your Creator for peace, and in doing so you are reminded that peace isn’t tranquility or the absence of war. The peace that descends on us from His throne is a peace that keeps you in the midst of this current storm. You must remember to lean on this peace when certain injustice  compounds the wounds made from our authority and accepted by our society. The images of young and vibrant lights are violently extinguished on video stabbing our conscience provoking us to cry out for the reciprocity that should be common to any human life. Remember to temper your conscience and remind your rational to gage your requirement for justice for this need for righteousness may elude us once again.It is the peace of the Most High that will fill the obligation that America almost always reneges on.

It is our coming together as a people that will empower our communities and strengthen our courage and raise our consciousness.

The power that deforms the idea of right is also the power that decides if it should hold itself accountable.

Ida B. Wells