It’s a Celebration!

Purim is a Hebrew/Jew holiday. It is a 2 day holiday that my Black brothers and sisters need to understand and celebrate! It is celebrated on the Hebrew calendar on Adar 14 and 15 which, this year falls on March 10 and 11th. It is celebrated because G-D showed Himself mighty and powerful and saved the Jews from being completely extinguished.

The Purim story is in the book of Esther in the Holy Bible. Esther 1-10. Here is a short version of the story.

Queen Esther, who was a Jew, went before King Ahasuerus, who was King of Persia and all of the surrounding provinces, risking her life to do so. She went to him to plead the cause for her people. A vicious, malicious man named Haman had ordered that all Jews in all of the provinces be killed because he did not like Queen Esther’s, Uncle Mordecai, and his people, the Jews. His trouble with Mordecai was that Mordecai, being a devout Jew, would not bow down to him because of his faith in G-D. Queen Esther pleaded with the King to save her people from complete destruction.

King Ahasuerus, after learning the truth about what was happening and Haman’s evil deeds, ordered that Haman be hanged, saving the Jews from death. Afterward, a war ensued, and the Jews had victory over all of their enemies. The Jews were so overjoyed their people had been saved, they established Purim as a 2-day celebration, to be days of feasting and joy, giving to one another, and giving gifts to the poor. They established that Purim should be celebrated by all Jews, throughout all generations, forever, and that it should not ever be forgotten. Read the full story in Esther 1-10 and particularly about the establishment of Purim in Esther 9.

Black people are coming into the knowledge that we are the descendants of the original Hebrew, Israelite, Jewish people, (synonymous). This celebration of Purim is being restored to you, my Black brothers and sisters. It is your blessing! Blessed also are all nations of people who want to join in with this great celebration. We celebrate Queen Esther’s faithfulness in risking her life to save her/our people, we celebrate Mordecai’s devotion to G-D in all circumstances, and we celebrate our Great and Awesome G-D who would not let His people be destroyed.

Shalom,

Sylvia A. Thomas

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Is Kwanzaa Important?

On December 26, many African Americans will begin their celebration of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by a man named Dr. Maulana Karenga. It is a festive seven-day celebration of life for African American people, from December 26- January 1. The word “Kwanzaa” is a KiSwahili word meaning first. Kwanzaa uses a candelabra similar to that used for the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah, which is lit each day to highlight the principles of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa has 7 principles that it teaches over the seven-day celebration.

Umoja: Unity

Kujichagulia: Self-Determination

Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility

Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics

Nia: Purpose

Kuumba: Creativity

Imani: Faith

Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday mandated by G-D. However, since 1966 when the Kwanzaa festival was created, it has been healing and has brought unity among African American families. Therefore it has and may continue to be an important celebration.

What I want my people to know now is that our L-rd has heard you/us and has brought us to this day where we can now truly know our G-D given identities as the Hebrew, Israelite, Jewish people. He has already given us an eight-day celebration with a Menorah. He is reintroducing the Hanukkah festival back to us.

So, to answer my question yes, Kwanzaa has been important to our communities?.. but make room for the move of the L-rd Yeshua, Jesus Christ now. He is bringing all things back to us from our Hebrew, Israelite, Jewish culture and healing His people! “Baal Teshuvah,” meaning we are returnees to our culture.

Shalom,

~SAT~

 

 

The Hanukkah Story!

Hanukkah this year starts at sunset on December 22, 2019, and ends at sunset on December 30, 2019. On the Hebrew calendar, those days and years are sunset on the 25th of Kislev, 5780 and ends at sunset on the 2nd of Tevet, 5780. Hanukkah, just like all of the other Jewish holidays is a holiday that African Americans and other Black people throughout the world should feel free to embrace and celebrate. My mission and goal are to introduce my Black brothers and sisters to these holidays that were originally meant for you to observe; returning you back to your Hebrew/Jewish culture that you have formally not known anything about.

Hanukkah is a celebration of triumph for what the L-rd did for our people, (Black people’s), Israelite ancestors and we, Black Americans and Black people all over the world can and should embrace and celebrate what G-d did for our ancestors. Celebrating and observing our Jewish holidays draws us closer to our L-rd Jesus (Yeshua), who was an observant Black Jew.

The story of Hanukkah is found in the Scriptures written in the books of the Apocrypha, which are 14 additional books to the Holy Bible. These books were originally included in the Bible and later removed. Some question the validity of the Apocrypha, however, after reading it thoroughly with understanding, I believe that these books are an intricate part of the Holy Scriptures.

In the book of 1 Maccabees, 4:1-59, in the Apocrypha, Scripture tells the story about how the (Black African Hebrew) Israelites were in battle with their enemies, who had an army much larger than theirs. G-d victoriously helped the Israelites win the battle. The Israelites had discovered that the enemies had destroyed their sanctuary, which was extremely important to them. It was the place where they offered sacrifices to G-d and worshipped Him. They were very despondent to find their temple desecrated. They cried out loudly to G-d and put ashes on their heads as a sign of humility and despair. The leader of the Israelites’ army, Judas, appointed certain men to fight their enemies’ army–while he and others cleansed and restored the sanctuary. One of the things they replaced and made new on the altar was a candelabra.

On the 25th day of the Hebrew calendar month of Kislev, the Hebrews had completed restoring their sanctuary and offered sacrifices and worship to G-d on the altar. Suddenly, the Israelites realized that the very day and hour that their sanctuary was restored and that they were able to worship there, happened to be the very same day and hour of the month that the enemies had destroyed it the prior year. The Israelites were so in awe and amazed about that, they fell on their faces worshipping and praising G-d, who had blessed them with great success in overcoming their enemies; and for them being able to restore their sanctuary on the very same day and hour of the month as it had been destroyed.

They celebrated and kept the dedication of the altar for eight days in praise and thanksgiving. Judas and all of the Israelite brethren and the whole congregation established that there would be a celebration with much gladness for 8 days every 25th day of Kislev, every year. The 25th day of Kislev on the Gregorian calendar usually falls on a day in December but fluctuates. This yearly celebration was to be a lasting observance throughout all of their/our generations, even to this day.  In the New Testament of the Holy Bible, Jesus, Yeshua also observed Hanukkah, which is called the “Feast of the Dedication” in Scripture. (John 10:22). Enjoy your holiday!

May all people who so desire share in the blessing of this holiday!

Happy Hanukkah!!

Shalom

~SAT~

Easter and Passover Coincide This Year!

Most of us are familiar with and many celebrate Easter (Resurrection Day). It is the holiest celebration of the Christian Church. It celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Yeshua) after He had been crucified on a wooden cross. He died and within three days He rose back to life again on a Sunday morning, to prove His power over death and save mankind from their/our sins. We celebrate this day with great joy. It is observed this year on April 21, 2019.

Passover is another important celebration that is a Jewish holiday, although many Christians are now beginning to observe it. I want to particularly address my own people concerning this Jewish holiday. Black people should learn to understand that the command from G-d through Moses for the Israelites, to celebrate Passover, was given to their/our ancestors and G-d meant for their descendants, which Black people are, to celebrate and observe this Jewish holiday forever.

Passover commemorates G-d delivering our Hebrew, Israelite, Jewish (used synonymously), ancestors out of slavery in Egypt, in ancient times. Because the Pharaoh (king) of Egypt would not free the Israelite people from slavery, G-d told the Israelite leader Moses to instruct all of the Israelites to put the blood of a perfect lamb on their doorframe on a specific day and at around midnight, on that very day, He would kill every firstborn of the Egyptians, even the firstborn of the Pharaoh, the servants and the firstborn of the livestock; but every home that had the blood on the doorframe, G-d would pass over those homes and none of the Israelites would be touched. The next morning, they were to leave Egypt hastily. All of this happened as G-d had said, and the firstborn of the Israelite people were spared from death and the Israelites fled from Egypt.

Passover was a great and mighty act of G-d on behalf of the Israelites. Because of this, G-D instituted the perpetual observance of Passover to be observed every single year and that it begins on Nisan 14, (on the Hebrew calendar), which is between March/April on the Gregorian calendar. This year it begins on the evening of April 19, 2019, and continues until the evening of April 27, 2019. It is a 7-day observance and after the first day, begins what is called the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in which G-d instructed that the Israelite people should not eat anything with leavening in it for 7 days, to remember that they left Egypt in haste, even before their bread could rise. The first day and the last day of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the people were to have a holy gathering and do no work on those two days.

We also celebrate our L-rd Yeshua, Jesus, during Passover. He became like the lamb at the first Passover and was the “perfect Lamb” sacrificed on the cross so that our sins could be passed over and we are given eternal life if we believe. That is why He is called the Passover Lamb.

Perhaps this year, instead of the traditional Resurrection Day (Easter) meal, have a meal more reminiscent of what the Passover meal was, as written in Exodus 12, which includes lamb, bitter herbs and bread made without yeast! The Passover meal, which is called a seder meal in Hebrew, is believed, according to Scripture, to be the meal Jesus, Yeshua had for His last supper.

It is miraculous, fascinating and historic what G-d has done for our ancestors and we, Black peoples throughout the world, should take heed and read the Scripture now in a new light. Passover is our holiday and we should observe it forever, as the L-rd commanded. As well, all Christians should understand and observe it. All people of the world who join themselves to the Black Israelite Jewish people and observe the commandments given to them are equally blessed.

 

Learn more about Passover in Exodus chapters 12 and 13.

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
Exodus 12:14

Shalom,

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Why is Purim Important to Us?

The simple answer to this question is because all things Jewish are now important to G-d’s holy and treasured people who are Black people throughout the world who wish to claim their Hebrew, Israelite, Jewish heritage.

Purim is written about in the Bible in the book of Esther chapters 1-10, specifically chapter 9. It celebrates G-D’s deliverance of the Jewish people from being annihilated because of one brave woman, the Black Jewish Queen Esther. Esther was willing and brave enough to go to King Ahasuerus, who reigned from India to Ethiopia, risking her life to do so, because it was not allowed that anyone could go to the king in this manner without facing possible death. She went before the king and pleaded for her people, Black Jewish people of all of the surrounding provinces, whose lives were being threatened by an evil aide of the king named Haman.

Haman made an elaborate plan that total destruction would come upon all Jewish people; men, women, and children, on a certain day at a certain hour, because he despised Esther’s uncle, a servant to the king named Mordecai. Haman despised Mordecai because he would not bow down to him like all of the other servants did. Mordecai had revealed to Haman that he was a Jew and could not bow down to him and would not bow down to him like all other servants. Haman thusly convinced king Ahasuerus that there were certain people in all of the provinces of his kingdom, referring to the Jewish people, whose laws were different and that they did not obey the laws of the king. Therefore, the king told Haman to do to these Black Jewish people whatever he wanted to do to them. Haman then set the Hebrew month and day of Adar 13 for all Jews throughout the region to be destroyed. The month of Adar coincides with the months of February and March. Purim rotates on the Gregorian calendar similar to how Easter (Resurrection Day), rotates.

Esther, who had never revealed to the king that she was a Jew, went before him and told him the whole story and pleaded for the deliverance of her people. The king listened and in the end, Haman was hanged. The Black Jewish people made a lasting ordinance that the 14 and 15 days of Adar will forever be celebrated by Jewish people and their families for this great and awesome deliverance by G-D of the people…our Hebrew, Jewish ancestors.  This year, Adar 14 and 15 falls on March 21 and 22, 2019.  It is celebrated festively and joyfully by having joyful meals together, sharing gifts and food with one another and giving of gifts to the poor. Because of what G-d had done for the Black Jewish people, many people converted to being Jewish at that time.

The L-rd Jesus, Yeshua, has impressed upon me the importance of this Jewish holiday. What He wants you to know, my Black brothers and sisters…is that you are those called out people who are different, who have the different laws and customs, who are the people of the Most-High G-D, who are the Jews. We are different. We are they. And all people who wish to join in and follow the laws and customs of the newly revealed Black Jewish people are welcomed to and equally blessed! Celebrate Purim! Amen.

 

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Is the Bible Real?

As we enter into this New Year, 2019, a time when the world is in chaos, and people literally do not know right from wrong, those of us of faith turn to our Bible for answers, however, the majority of people do not.

We live in a time when many people question the validity of the Holy Bible. They either refute it all together or twist the wording of it. Many find it useless today for leadership or guidance. The first thing that must happen to believe the Bible in any way is to have even the smallest level of faith, which is the belief in it. The Bible is a holy, living, spiritual document that has power in itself, and sometimes just seeing it, or picking it up briefly can build your faith to a point that you may just want to open it up and read it. Besides irrefutable evidence that events in the Bible have happened, the L-rd Jesus, Yeshua also promises that the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost), would be a comfort to His people, and would teach us, and bring all the things to our remembrances that the L-rd speaks to us, or that we learn from His Word. (John 14:26).

I can speak from personal experience that I have found this to be true. Certain Scriptures often come to my remembrance when I need them the most. And I know it is only the Holy Spirit that has given me the wisdom and knowledge that I understand about the Bible. The Scripture also states, “He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21). When the L-rd manifests Himself to us, He is revealing Himself to us, oftentimes in tangible and physical ways that cannot be mistaken for anything else.

My Black brothers and sisters often have an issue with the Bible because of the incorrect way that it has been presented to us, and used to oppress us. I have found that the doctrine of the Bible is correct. Christianity is also correct. What is not correct and has been hidden knowledge is the true ethnic identities of the people in the Bible, including, Jesus, Yeshua, the Israelites, and the earliest people written about in Scripture. With the references to Egypt, Ethiopia, Ham and the descendants of Ham, it is very clear that these people were Black, Negroid people with kinky/curly hair, as Black people are today. All of these references matters because truth matters, and we are living in a blessed day when the L-rd Jesus, Yeshua Himself is revealing these truths, and what it means to Black people and the Church today.

So, is the Bible real? I say a resounding YES! Can its word be trusted? YES! The Old and New Testament are both relevant. However there are many translations, and I encourage you to pray before reading and compare translations with one another to get the fullness of what the Scripture is saying.

G-D Bless You!

~Sylvia~

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Is Hanukkah For Us?

Hanukkah this year starts at sunset on December 12, 2017, and ends at sunset on December 20, 2017. On the Hebrew calendar, it starts at sunset on the 25th of Kislev, 5778 and ends at sunset on the 2nd of Tevet, 5778. Hanukkah, just like all of the other Jewish holidays is a holiday that African Americans and other Black people throughout the world should feel free to embrace and celebrate. My mission and goal are to introduce my Black brothers and sisters to these holidays that were originally meant for you to observe; returning you back to your Hebrew/Jewish culture that you have formally not known anything about.

Hanukkah is a celebration of triumph for what the L-rd did for our people, (Black people’s), Israelite ancestors and we, Black Americans and Black people all over the world can and should embrace and celebrate what G-d did for our ancestors. Celebrating and observing our Jewish holidays draws us closer to our L-rd Jesus (Yeshua), who was an observant Black Jew.

The story of Hanukkah is found in the scriptures written in the books of the Apocrypha, which are additional books to the Holy Bible. Some question the validity of the Apocrypha, however, after reading it thoroughly with understanding, I believe that these books are an intricate part of the Holy Scriptures.

In the book of 1 Maccabees, 4:1-59, in the Apocrypha, scripture tells the story about how the (Black African Hebrew) Israelites were in battle with their enemies. The Israelites had discovered that the enemies had destroyed their sanctuary, which was extremely important to them. It was the place where they offered sacrifices to G-d and worshipped Him. They were very despondent to find their temple desecrated. They cried out loudly to G-d and put ashes on their heads as a sign of humility and despair. The leader of the Israelites’ army, Judas, appointed certain men to fight their enemies’ army–while he and others cleansed and restored the sanctuary. One of the things they replaced and made new on the altar was a candelabra.

On the 25th day of the Hebrew calendar month of Kislev, the Hebrews had completed restoring their sanctuary and offered sacrifices and worship to G-d on the altar. Suddenly, the Israelites realized that the very day their sanctuary was restored and that they were able to worship there, happened to be the very same day of the month that the enemies had destroyed it previously. The Israelites were so in awe and amazed about that, they fell on their faces worshipping and praising G-d, who had blessed them with great success in overcoming their enemies; and for them being able to restore their sanctuary on the very same day of the month as it had been destroyed.

They celebrated and kept the dedication of the altar for eight days in praise and thanksgiving. Judas and all of the Israelite brethren and the whole congregation established that there would be an 8-day celebration with much gladness, starting every 25th day of Kislev. The 25th day of Kislev on the Gregorian calendar usually falls on a day in December but fluctuates. This yearly celebration was to be a lasting observance throughout all of their/our generations, even to this day.  In the New Testament of the Holy Bible, Jesus also observed Hanukkah, which is called the “Feast of the Dedication” in scripture. (John 10:22). Enjoy your holiday!

Let all people who desire also observe in this special holiday of joy!

Happy Hanukkah!!

Shalom

~SAT~