Hebrew Israelite Myth: Based on scripture Jesus was Black in color.
Verses used by Hebrew Israelites: Rev 1:14-15, and Daniel 10:6
Type of Error: Grammar
Response : It does not matter what color Christ is but this type of interpretation of the bible leads to much larger problems elsewhere. These verses are symbolic and were used by Isaiah to show free from sin in the Old Testament:
- Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."
First, the verse from Revelation:
- - Rev 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many . 16And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”
There are 7 comparisons made in these 2 verses, so either these 7 are all literal or they are all symbolic but to say only 2 are literal is not logical:
- - Hairs were white like wool
- - [Hairs] as white as snow
- - eyes were as a flame of fire
- - feet like unto fine brass as burned in a furnace
- - Voice sound of water
- - Out of his mouth a sharp two-edged sword
- - Countenance [face] was as the sun shineth in his strength
Most Hebrew Israelites only pick 2 of the similes/metaphors out of the verses and hold them up as literal vs the other 5? Does Jesus have a true sharp sword coming out of his mouth? Is his face white as a white-hot flame like the sun? Are there actual flames in his eyes? Is his hair also like powder of snow or cold? This is not a literal listing of visible features but a representation of his holiness. White = pure , Fire = truth / judgement / purity , running water = power , two edge sword of the mouth = the truth will divide , Face was as the sun = holiness / power.
White is used symbolically:
- - In the bible white = holy / pure / true. In the KJV Bible, the word 'white' occurs seventy-five times, twenty-nine of which are in the New Testament. The color's use in Scripture lends itself to symbolically meaning righteousness (Daniel 7:9, Matthew 17:2, Mark 9:3, Luke 9:29, Revelation 1:12 - 14, 6:11, 19:8, 20:11) or pretending to be so (Revelation 6:2), or made pure (Daniel 11:35, 12:10, Psalm 51:7, Isaiah1:18, Revelation 3:18, 7:9, 13 - 14). It also symbolizes wisdom (Revelation 1:14), holiness or dedication to God (2Chronicles 5:12, Mark 16:5, John 20:12, Acts 1:10, Revelation 4:4,19:14) or joy (Ecclesiastes 9:8).
Brass (Firm) as burned in a furnace (His Judgement Refines/Makes Pure) is used symbolically:
- - "Brass," naturally, is used in Scripture as the symbol of what is firm, strong, lasting; hence, "gates of brass" (Psalms 107:16), "hoofs of brass" (Micah 4:13), "walls of brass" (Jeremiah is made as a "brazen wall," Jeremiah 1:18; 15:20), "mountains of brass" (Daniel 2:35, the Macedonian empire; the arms of ancient times were mostly of bronze). It becomes a symbol, therefore, of hardness, obstinacy, insensibility, in sin, as "brow of brass" (Isaiah 48:4); "they are brass and iron" (Jeremiah 6:28, of the wicked); "all of them are brass" (Ezekiel 22:18, of Israel).
The furnace is used to how God's judgment refines us, makes us pure, to remove impurities:
- - Zechariah 13:9 - And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It [is] my people: and they shall say, The LORD [is] my God.
- - Malachi 3:2-3 2But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
- - Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
- - 1 Peter 1:7 - That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
- - Isaiah 48:10 - Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
- - Job 23:10 - But he knoweth the way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
- - Proverbs 17:3 - The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
- - Psalms 66:10-12 - For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. (Read More...)
- - Deuteronomy 4:20-24 - But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, [even] out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as [ye are] this day. (Read More...)
- - Psalms 66:10 - For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
- - Ezekiel 22:22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.
The second verse is :
- - Daniel 10:6: “His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.”
Here the focus is on arms and feet like in "colour to polished brass" and the Hebrew Israelites equate this with black skin. There are 2 problems with this, one there is a word for black in Hebrew "shachor" which is what King Solomon's wife used to describe herself in Song of Solomon 1:5. The second it says "his body was like beryl" this is green, was his body green, "his face the appearance of lightning" or bright white light, and his arms and feet were in the color of polished brass. Polished brass appears gold in color not black.
It never was about what Christ looked like its who he is and what he did for us that has always been the message.