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The Black Israelites

Ethiopians have had direct association to the LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') and His "chosen" people from early times. Moses wasn't a "white supremacist" (although his siblings Aaron and Miriam apparently sometimes were - see the verse quote below). A wife of Moses was an Ethiopian (the Israelite patriarch Joseph, the father of Ephraim and Manasseh, wasn't a racist either; Joseph married an Egyptian woman - despite Hollywood fantasies that incorrectly show otherwise, the ancient Egyptians were black people of "the land of Ham").

"12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman." (Numbers 12:1 KJV)

Later prophets made reference to that time:

"9:7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?" (Amos 9:7 KJV)

"Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel?"

Ancient Ethiopia was sometimes politically associated or merged with Egypt. Ethiopian kings were sometimes also the king of Egypt - as was the case with "Tirhakah king of Ethiopia," a king of Egypt during the Ethiopian dynasty, who sought war against Assyria to defend Judah.


"19:9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, 19:10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria [see Ancient Empires - Assyria]. 19:11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?" (2 Kings 19:9-11 KJV)

"Zerah the Ethiopian" was another king of Egypt, but in contrast to Tirhakah, he fought against Judah (see The Southern Kingdom) in the time of Asa.

"14:8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were mighty men of valour.

14:9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. 14:10 Then Asa [see Kings of Israel and Judah] went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. 14:13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil." (2 Chronicles 14:8-13 KJV)

In the time of Esther, Egypt and Ethiopia were under occupation by the Persian (today known as Iran) empire (see Ancient Empires - Persia).

"1:1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces" (Esther 1:1 KJV)

"8:9 Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language." (Esther 8:9 KJV)

Fact Finder: Was it an Ethiopian (also translated as "Cushite") that saved the life of the prophet Jeremiah when he was thrown into a dungeon?
Jeremiah 38:7-13; see also Jeremiah In Court

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