The Fruits of Disobedience Part 5
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
November 18, 1997

Last Updated :
November 7, 2012

Death Of Joshua, Israelites Backslide And Fall Into Sin, Disobedience Destroys Faith, Lord's Hand Is Not Shortened That It Cannot Save, Willful Strong Delusion, Apostasy, Sin Separates Us From God, God Turns Away From Prayers, Vessels Of Wrath, Saul, David And Solomon, Israel Divided, Apostasy Of Jewish Kings, Assyrian And Babylonian Invasions, Seventy Years Of Captivity In Babylon, Temple Rebuilt, Interracial Marriages, Ezra's Intercessory Prayer, List Of Heathen Which Influenced Israelites, Curse Of Canaan, Migration Of Hamites Possible Origin Of Negroids, Mystery Of The Shulamite Woman

Following the defeat and compromises of the Israelites which are discussed in the final half of Joshua chapter one, we find the following interesting account in the opening verses of the second chapter:

"And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept."
Judges 2:1-4, KJV

What a wake-up call indeed! While there was a certain degree of repentance, things apparently did not remain that way for very long. It is right after the above account, that we find a retelling of the death of Joshua from the previous book; and then the writer goes into a more detailed explanation of why the Israelites were now having trouble defeating their enemies. As I stated in part four, one of the main problems was that their visionary leaders were all gone, and a new generation was born which had not experienced the miracles of Egypt and the Red Sea. This new generation did not have the same vision as their elders had before them, and as we saw in part four, "Where there is no vision, the people perish". Consider these verses:

"And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old. And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash. And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed. Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so."
Judges 2:7-17, KJV

God can't bless disobedience. He spelled out point by point what He required of the children of Israel if they expected to receive His blessings. This is a very important principle which applies to the life of every single Christian. Faith and obedience work hand in hand. When a nation, or a person, is knowingly disobedient to God's Will, it is impossible to have faith for His miracles of protection and provision. As I pointed out earlier, it is just like a young child who is very disobedient to his parents. He cannot possibly expect them to do special things for him when he knows that he has been disobedient in some way. In fact, in a situation like this, normally, a child won't even have the courage to ask, because he knows that his heart and attitude are not right with his parents. In other words, the child's disobedience has destroyed his faith to even ask for anything from his parents. Haven't we all experienced this at one time or another, either when we were small children ourselves, or now as parents of our own children?

In similar fashion, the Israelites no longer had the faith or the vision to win their battles, because they also knew that they had fallen into extreme disobedience to the Word of the Lord. Just as they had done in Egypt, and then later in the wilderness of Sinai, the Israelites fell into sinful idolatry. They worshiped the pagan gods, and they married the heathen around them. Contrary to what some atheists and God-haters might claim, the tribe of Judah's inability to defeat the people of the valley had absolutely nothing to do with any sign of weakness or limitation on God's part. God was indeed present with Judah, just as He was with all of the other tribes who fought against their enemies; but He simply could not bless them because of their disobedience. While I have already shared a number of verses with you in part four concerning God's ability to deliver His children, consider the following verses found in the Book of Isaiah as well:

"Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst . . . Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:"
Isaiah 50:1-2, 59:1, KJV

For atheists, God-haters and other enemies of the Bible to even suggest that God is unable to defend His own children, is simply foolishness, and exposes their spiritual blindness and complete ignorance of the Power of God; as well as their total lack of understanding of the Scriptures. Of course, as Christians, we know that this is to be expected from them; for as the Apostle Paul so candidly wrote in his Epistle to the Corinthian brethren:

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV

As I've explained before, if people willfully and knowingly reject the Lord and His Word, and if their only purpose in reading the Bible is to find so-called faults or errors in it, so that they can seemingly justify their rebellion and unbelief, the Lord will give them exactly what they want. In fact, as we see from the following verse found in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, He will even go so far as to choose their delusion for them:

"I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not."
Isaiah 66:4, KJV

As I have made quite clear in other articles concerning the Endtime, God is purposely allowing strong delusion to enter the world, due to the great sins of rebellion and unbelief, which have shrouded humanity in a sea of spiritual darkness. This age of apostasy, or falling away from the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is in evidence all around us, for anyone who really wants to see it. In his second Epistle to the Thessalonians, as well as in his second Epistle to his spiritual son in the faith, Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote:

". . . for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:"
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11, KJV

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
2 Timothy 3:13, KJV

Sadly, what occurred thousands of years ago with the children of Israel, continues to happen to this very day, but to an even greater degree. If a person feels that God is far away from him, he should ask himself "Who has moved?" Is it truly the Lord? Most certainly not! In the article "Are You Clean Every Whit?", I stress the importance of walking along the straight and narrow path in communion with the Lord. As the Prophet Isaiah also tells us, when we fail to do this, when we fall into sin, it is our very sins and disobediences which separate us from the Lord. They form an impenetrable barrier between us and our God. This is an eternal truth which has existed for thousands of years. Isaiah wrote:

"But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
Isaiah 59:2, KJV

Please notice that Isaiah also states "your sins have hid his face from you". I discuss this very same issue in the article "Beholding the Evil and the Good". So again, through our sins and disobediences, we literally force the Lord to turn His Face away from us, and to ignore us, and our prayers. Perhaps this is why Jesus felt so abandoned by His Father, as He hung alone upon that Cross and agonized for the sins of the world. Aside from the pain which the Father must have been suffering at that moment, maybe He just couldn't bear to gaze upon the sin which His Son bore that day for all of humanity. It may also be that Jesus had to experience what it is like to be a sinner separated from God, which would ultimately make Him a better High Priest and Intercessor for us in the Heavenly Courts. Consider the following verses:

"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Matthew 27:46, KJV

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."
Hebrews 4:14-15, KJV

In extreme cases, as Isaiah also notes, not only will God not look upon us, but He may even refuse to hear our prayers. The children of Israel were so backslidden in their hearts, and so far removed from the Lord, that about one hundred and fifty years later, during the days of the Prophet Jeremiah, the Lord was still saying the very same thing to them, as we see here:

"Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee."
Jeremiah 7:16, KJV

"Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble."
Jeremiah 11:14, KJV

"Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good."
Jeremiah 14:10-11, KJV

"We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned. Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied. Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through."
Lamentations 3:42-44, KJV

As with ancient Israel, it is only when we walk in obedience to the Lord's Will, that we can expect God's blessings to be manifested in our lives. If we walk contrary to the Lord, as they did, then we must expect to feel God's displeasure; and we must expect to suffer for our sins. In his Epistle to the Hebrews, the Apostle Paul pointedly tells us:

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."
Hebrews 10:26-27, KJV

As the Angel of the Lord told the Israelites in the previous verse I shared with you from the Book of the Judges, "I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you". This is exactly what happened on and off during the period of the Judges, which lasted some four hundred years. God used the enemies of the Israelites, as His "vessels of wrath" against them, to punish them for their sins; just as He had used Pharaoh for this very same purpose hundreds of years earlier.

With the election of King Saul, Israel entered solidly into what is referred to as the period of the Prophets; holy men of God who served as counselors to some of the kings, and as the Lord's tools of correction and judgement to other kings. Exactly as had occurred during the times of the Judges, some of the kings of Judah and Israel submitted themselves to the Lord's Will, while others fell deep into sin and apostasy. Following King Saul's disastrous reign, which ended with his death by his own hand after losing a battle, wise King David chose to obey the Lord. Thus, he drove the Jebusites out of Jerusalem, as Moses had commanded them to do years earlier, as we see here:

"And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him."
2 Samuel 5:6-10, KJV

However, as had been done by his predecessors, David did not completely destroy his pagan enemies like he was supposed to. For some reason, he chose to compromise instead. This is evident by the fact that some years later, we still find many of the heathen nations, or ethnic groups, existing in Israel during the reign of King Solomon, David's son. In fact, the first Book of the Kings informs us that King Solomon chose to place them under servitude, rather than destroy them or drive them from the land as the Lord had commanded, as we see here:

"And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel, Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice unto this day."
1 Kings 9:20-21, KJV

As a result of King Solomon's deep apostasy during the later years of his life -- which we will be discussing more later -- Israel was divided into two kingdoms. The northern half was known as Israel -- also Ephraim or Samaria -- and was comprised of the ten tribes which rebelled against Rehoboam's rule, who was the son of Solomon. The southern half was comprised of Judah and Benjamin, and was referred to as Judah. During the next several hundred years, the Israelites continued to be ruled by some good kings, as well as by some evil kings. At times they obeyed the Word of the Lord, while at other times they fell deeply into apostasy and worshipped the pagan gods of the heathen within their midst. First to be chastised by the Lord was Israel in the north, when the Assyrian forces invaded Israel during the days of the Prophet Isaiah. This occurred almost three hundred years after the reign of King Solomon. The chastisement of Judah in the south followed about one hundred and fifty years later with the invasions by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, during the days of the Prophet Jeremiah.

Following their Seventy Years of Captivity in Babylon, as had been prophesied by Jeremiah, some of the liberated Jews returned to Jerusalem where they began to rebuild Solomon's Temple under the guidance of such men as Ezra and Nehemiah; all with the blessings of the various Persian kings. Even at that time, after having endured that long period of slavery in Babylon, we discover that contrary to God's commandment to them, the Israelites were still continuing to intermarry with the women of the pagan nations, which still existed in their midst, as we see here:

"Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass."
Ezra 9:1-2, KJV

When Ezra became aware of these things, he was filled with grief and sorrow, tore his clothes and cried out to the Lord confessing the sins of his people; the very same sins which they had been committing for literally hundreds and hundreds of years. They just never seemed to learn their lesson. In the Book of Ezra we read the following:

"Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day . . . And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments, Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness. Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever. And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this."
Ezra 9:7, 10-15, KJV

During a great meeting which was held in Jerusalem, the Jews repented of their sins, made a commitment to divorce their foreign wives, and to put away the children which they had begotten by those wives. Due to the number of Jews who had fallen into these mixed marriages, it took the judges three full months to hear all of the cases, and to purge the heathen people out of Judah.

At this point, it might be interesting to explain who some of these heathen were. Following is a partial descriptive list of those who inhabited the land of Israel, and/or who influenced the religious worship of the Jews:

1. Amalekite  - descendants of Amalek, the son of Elizphaz
who was the son of Esau. The Amalekites
dwelt in southern Canaan.

2. Ammonites - descendants of Benammi, (Ammon), the son of
Lot by his younger daughter. They worshipped
the gods Milcom, Chemosh and Molech. Ammon
is part of modern-day Jordan.

3. Arkites - descendants of Canaan who inhabited Arki or

4. Arvadite - descendants of Arvad, a son of Canaan. They
were Phoenicians and mariners.

5. Canaanites - descendants of Canaan, one of the four sons
of Ham who was one of the three sons of
Noah. Canaan was cursed by Noah in Gen 9:25.

6. Edomites - descendants of Esau, the first son of Isaac
who lost both his birthright and the
blessing of his father due to the deceit of
his twin brother Jacob. Esau married
Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmael, the
father of the Arab nations and the first son
of Abraham. Edom was also known as Idumea
and was located to the south and southeast
of Palestine. It is part of Jordan today.

7. Girgashite - descendants of Canaan who lived east of the
sea of Galilee.

8. Hittites - descendants of Heth, the second son of
Canaan. They originally inhabited what was
once known as central Anatolia, which is
modern Turkey. Later they migrated into
northern Lebanon. David's wife Bathsheba
was previously married to Uriah the Hittite.

9. Hivites - the sixth generation of the descendants of
Canaan who were living near Mount Hermon at
the time of the conquest. Possibly named
after Havilah, the son of Cush, and also a
son of Raamah, Cush's grandson.

10. Jebusites - descendants of Jebus, the third son of
Canaan who may have founded Jebus which
later became known as Jerusalem.

11. Mizraim - Descendants of Mizraim, one of the four sons
of Ham, also known as the Egyptians.

12. Moabites - descendants of Moab, the son of Lot by his
older daughter. They worshipped the god
Chemosh. Moab is a part of Jordan today.

13. Perizzite - little is known about these people except
for the fact that they inhabited southern
Canaan prior to the conquest by the

14. Philistine- descendants of Mizraim, a son of Ham, who
migrated from Caphtor (Crete?) to the
western seacoast of Canaan known as

15. Sinite - a tribe of the Canaanites descended from
Canaan inhabiting the northern part of
the Lebanon district.

16. Zemarite - one of the Hamite tribes descended from
Canaan who probably inhabited Zemaraim
in northern Benjamin near Bethel.

17. Zidonians - descendants of Zidon, the first son of
Canaan, and inhabitants of Zidon, (Sidon),
also known as the Phoenicians. They
worshipped Ashtoreth and Molech.
As you can see by the previous list, the majority of the enemies of the Israelites were descended from the sons of Ham -- one of Noah's three sons -- particularly, from Canaan and Mizraim. It was Canaan who was cursed into slavery by his grandfather, Noah, as a result of his sin against Noah. I explain the following account in much more detail in the controversial series "The International Jew and the Protocols of Zion":

"And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 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."
Genesis 9:20-27, KJV

While the Israelites were fair-skinned Semites, it appears that the Hamites were the negroid nations which migrated down into Africa. You will notice that in the above list, "Mizraim" was the Hebrew word which was used to denote the Egyptians. While many Bible-oriented movies portray the ancient Egyptians as being a fair-skinned race, based upon the evidence which is actually contained in the Scriptures, it seems that they may actually have been a lot darker in complexion. In fact, I recall reading many years ago about the discovery of a drawing of a black woman, which was found in one of the pyramids built in either Mexico or possibly in Central America. This drawing seems to confirm the migration of the Blacks in the ancient past; not only down into Africa, but also into Latin America as well. This was many centuries before the days of European slavery.

We also know from the Scriptures that Pharaoh of Egypt gave his daughter to King Solomon to be his wife. Perhaps it was this marriage which eventually contributed to King Solomon's wayward fall into pagan devil worship. If you re-read the verses I shared a moment ago from the Book of Ezra, you will notice that the Egyptians were included in the list of those heathen with whom the Israelites were expressly forbidden to mingle themselves. Concerning King Solomon's marriage to this woman, consider the following verses:

"And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about . . . And his house where he dwelt had another court within the porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto this porch."
1 Kings 3:1, 7:8, KJV

Exactly how the negroid races came into being is really a matter of speculation. Some people claim that it was a result of Noah's curse upon his grandson, Canaan; however, there is another remote possibility. In describing herself in the Songs of Solomon, the Shulamite, who was one of King Solomon's dark-skinned wives, seems to indicate that her darker skin pigmentation may have been due, not just to a higher level of melanin, but also due to extended exposure to the sun, as a result of being forced to labour in the family vineyards. Consider the following two verses:

"I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept."
Song of Solomon 1:5-6, KJV

Notice that she says "I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me". Is she just talking about a dark sun tan; or is it possible that over an undetermined period of years, the skin of these people who lived in the tropical climate of Africa, simply adapted to the more direct rays of the sun by creating more melanin? If you view my theory as being too far-fetched, believe me; if you happen to be of negroid descent, you will find it much more acceptable than the view which is espoused by certain Orthodox Jews who follow the perverted teachings of the true Jewish Bible, the Babylonian Talmud. Please refer to the series "The International Jew and the Protocols of Zion" if you are interested in more details regarding this issue; but allow me to warn you that it is very strong meat which you might find extremely offensive.

The idea that the ancient Egyptians may have been black, also appears to be supported by some scientific evidence as well. Part of this evidence is provided by an Egyptologist by the name of Cheikh Anta Diop. While I was conducting my research for this article, I discovered the following information on the website. Please note that being as I am not trained in this area, I cannot vouch for the accuracy or the veracity of this material, so please read it with discretion:

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1. Evidence from Physical Anthropology

The skeletons and skulls of the Ancient Egyptians clearly reflect that they were a Negroid people with features very similar to those of modern Black Nubians and other people of the Upper Nile and of East Africa.

2. Melanin Dosage Test

Egyptologist Cheikh Anta Diop invented a method for determining the level of melanin in the skin of human beings. When conducted on Egyptian mummies in the Museum of Man in Paris, this test indicated that these remains were of Black people.

3. Osteological Evidence

"Lepsius canon," which distinguishes the bodily proportions of various racial groups categories the "ideal Egyptian" as "short-armed and of Negroid or Negrito physical type."

4. Evidence From Blood Types

Diop notes that even after hundreds of years of inter-mixture with foreign invaders, the blood type of modern Egyptians is the "same group B as the populations of western Africa on the Atlantic seaboard and not the A2 Group characteristic of the white race prior to any crossbreeding."

5. The Egyptians as They Saw Themselves

"The Egyptians had only one term to designate themselves =kmt= the negroes (literally). This is the strongest term existing in the Pharaonic tongue to indicate blackness; it is accordingly written with a hieroglyph representing a length of wood charred at the end and not crocodile scales," singular. 'Kmt' from the adjective =kmt= black; it therefore means strictly negroes or at the very least black men. The term is a collective noun which thus described the whole people of pharaonic Egypt as a black people."

6. Divine Epithets

Diop demonstrates that "black or negro" is the divine epithet invariably used for the chief beneficent gods of Egypt, while the evil spirits were depicted as red.

7. Evidence From the Bible

The Bible states that ". . . [t]he sons of Ham [were] Cush and Mizraim [i.e. Egypt], and Phut, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah and Sabtechah." According to Biblical tradition, Ham, of course, was the father of the Black race. "Generally speaking all semitic tradition (Jewish and Arab) class ancient Egypt with the countries of the black."

8. Cultural unity of Egypt With The Rest of Africa

Through a study of circumcision and totemism, Diop gives detailed data showing cultural unity between Egypt and the rest of Africa.

9. Linguistic Unity With Southern and Western Africa

In a detailed study of languages, Diop clearly demonstrates that Ancient Egyptian, modern Coptic of Egypt and Walaf of West Africa are related, with the latter two having their origin in the former.

10. Testimony of Classical Greek and Roman Authors

Virtually all of the early Latin eyewitnesses described the Ancient Egyptians as Black skinned with wooly hair.

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As we continue our series in part six, in addition to solving the mystery of the Shulamite woman, we will also take a look at such topics as the Queen Of Sheba, the story of Sheba and Beersheba, the kings of the north and the south, the apostasy of King Solomon and the division of Israel into two kingdoms, the corruption of the Jewish gene pool, the descendants of Canaan, the pagan gods and goddesses of the heathen, Israel's backslidden condition, enslavement in Assyria, the perversion of Samaria by the Assyrians, child sacrifices in Jerusalem, and the Egyptian gods destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar. I trust that you will join me.

Please go to part six for the continuation of this series.

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