In the media firestorm set off by remarks made by British Prime Minister Dave Cameron during his visit to Jamaica last month, most of the acrimony and condemnation of the P.M.’s comments and attitude towards the issue of reparations for African slavery & colonialism, came as a result of the attendant revelation that he himself has descended from the owners of slaves on the island of Jamaica, the heralded “jewel in the British crown”, and has benefited directly from the accumulated wealth and the financial compensation paid to the slave owners when slavery was abolished in the British West Indies in 1838.
In our ensuing indignation, we are tempted to speculate that, as a mockery to the claim recently tabled by the CARICOM Reparations Commission, whether Britain’s grant offer of 360 million pounds to the English-speaking Caribbean, was only made thus, to represent a million pounds per year for 360 years (1655 – 2015) of our blood, sweat and tears. Have we come the full circle?…the entire 360 degrees?….have the “iniquity of the Amorites come to the full”?(see Gen.15 v 16). But the circle also represents a zero…….have we been properly brought to nought (see Rom.14 v 10) via this offer by the British P.M.? Apparently also, Cameron’s announcement of a deal with the Jamaican Government, whereby Britain will give 25 million pounds, being 40% of the cost to build a new prison in Jamaica, which will eventually house Jamaicans sent home from British prisons to complete their incarceration in Jamaica, is, against what we’ve come to know as “the business of prisons”, reflective of a mind depraved of humane considerations, a racist, dominationist mind, which will seek to profit without being able to appreciate the human cost; one of those minds more effecting thrust away from a happy and peaceful existence for all of us here on Earth, rather than towards same. The fact that such a deal could have been forged with the Jamaican Government speaks very sad volumes of the home-grown mountains that the majority of Jamaicans already have to climb, but, back to this mind, as espoused by Mr. Cameron.
His, is a mind that defies the famous quote of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I, which was further immortalized in song by Bob Marley that, “Until the philosophy, that holds one race superior, and another inferior, is finally, and permanently, discredited and abandoned, everywhere is WAR”. Did Mr. Cameron’s short-noticed visit just happened to coincide with Jamaica’s 150-year celebration of Paul Bogle, George William Gordon & the 1865 Morant Bay War? When we add everything up, the whole visit and announcements seem to have been intricately planned and executed as a mocking, pre-emptive slap to the claim tabled by the CRC, and represented the offer of a mockery recompense.
Joel 3 v 6-7 reads, “The children also of Ju’dah and the children of Je-ru’sa-lem have ye sold unto the Gre’cians, that ye might remove them far from their border.
Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head”.
Upon further contemplation of these matters, we came across a report of the reactions of another internationally known individual, Ben Affleck, to the discovery that his ancestors had owned slaves.
Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer, whose prowess as such we have a tremendous respect and liking for. He is said to be of Scottish, English, Irish, German and Swiss ancestry. At just age 43, he has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been associated with memorable blockbusters like Good Will Hunting (1997), Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes & The Sum of All Fears (2002), Hollywood Land (2006), and the political thriller Argo (2012).
When Affleck appeared on the PBS genealogy show Finding Your Roots, some of his ancestors were discovered to be slave owners, but subsequent, hacked Sony emails, posted publicly by WikiLeaks, revealed that Affleck successfully prevented the information from making it into the show’s final cut, convincing a somewhat reluctant executive producer, Henry Louis Gates Jr. to help in the omission.
But Ben Affleck later issued an apology in apparent sincerity via a press release, stating that “I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth”.
These reactions and explanation from Affleck, notwithstanding the political encumbrances that may have been upon the British Prime Minister, make him seem to be a totally different person, a better mind and a “bigger man” than Mr. Dave Cameron. Furthermore, Ben Affleck has a wonderful record as a philanthropist, with one of his best known involvements with these activities being the East Congo Initiative which he co-founded in 2010, to support “Africans finding solutions for African problems” by acting as a grant maker for Congolese-led community-based organizations. The ECI, with two employees in the U.S. and twelve in the Congo, makes grants and offers capacity-building support to over twenty charities involved with helping survivors of rape and sexual violence, reintegrating child soldiers into their communities, promoting economic opportunity, increasing access to health care and education, and promoting community-level peace and reconciliation. In the ECI, Affleck would have made a very well researched a and purposed selection, having made numerous trips to the region to educate himself through meetings with “academics, philanthropists, people at NGOs, people who work on the ground, survivors”.
It is a fact that, like too many of the world’s mega-stars, Ben Affleck has also suffered from the uncompromising attention of the media and paparazzi, has navigated his fair share of high-profiled, terminated relationships, and has had his own downtimes fighting alcoholism, especially between years 2003 – 2005.
But with the mind of a Ben Affleck, as demonstrated, our world could do a lot better with a lot more of. His natural reactions, decisions and actions, were made almost automatically in the direction of his own reparative concept towards TRUTH & RECONCILIATION, and the hope for a return to love, peace and happiness in all the Earth. This mind would have nothing to prove, where wanting to fix our world is concerned.
There is an infamous, unflattering quote often spouted in Jamaica and other places about black people that “If yuh wah hide sumting fram black people, jus’ put it in a book”. Whether this is fair comment is beside the point here. Scientists are stipulating, after intensive research, that humans attune to and receive from visual education many thousands of times faster than from reading.
We wish not to bring undue pressure to bear upon Mr. Ben Affleck; but, we believe he is a perfect individual in all these circumstances, to have the premier association with the greatest story ever to be told on screen, correcting the racial and other anomalies of Cecil De Mills’ “The Ten Commandments”, while simultaneously consummating his personal reparative legacy to TRUTH and humanity. We see this in a proposal for the mother of all blockbusters, “From Isaac to Bolt…Journey of the Covenants & of the King-Seed”; and hereby outline a cursory framework for said project, as follows:
1. The Foreword: On the occasion marking his 69th earthstrong on July 23, 1961, H.I.M. Haile Selassie I reminded that “All the ancient Scriptures were written for Our instruction”. (Nb. Please have your KJV Bible at hand?).
There are countless, wasteful debates taking place every day, as people argue from their different perspectives of the Scriptures, usually with the literal precepts of men holding sway, usually by academics who believe that they can subject the Almighty to their own investigation and scrutiny rather than to diligently seek H.I.M. out. It is amazing most times, how the arrogance, ignorance and impatience of the flesh among us, perhaps after being around for a mere 40, 50, 60 or even 70 or more years, arbitrarily place ourselves in a position to judge the AUTHOR & FINISHER of an existence, which, at its very least, must be as old as the oldest fossilized human vertebra ever found in the Earth; and, that is ‘Lucy’ of Ethiopia, which is estimated at 3.2 million years old! 2 Pet.3 v 8 reads, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. Add this to Jer.1 v 5 which reads, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations”. Is it any wonder that we argue over the Bible and its contents everyday, and are still failing to find the priceless instructions therein?
A question too often asked in the fuelling of these debates is “What really is righteousness?” A quite simple approach to finding this answer can be had at Gen.15 v 6 which reads, “And he (Abraham) believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness”. We believe God by hearkening to HIS WORD. We must, however, be mindful of the difference in quality between this WORD, which is of the Holy Spirit and is Scripture; and Literature, which is of the flesh. Again, Haile Selassie I advised regarding the Bible that “In whatever language it might be written, the WORD remains one and the same”.
Upon the evidence of St. John 1 v 1 that, “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD is God”, we are assured of the infallibility of those messages that are authored by the Almighty, regardless of the passage of time or translations.
2. The Covenants: Once we accept the principle of the infallibility of the Word of God, we immediately realize the tremendous viability to us, of the covenants made by the Almighty unto mankind, and how the tracing of the fulfilment of these covenants have encapsulated the actual history of the world, and, even more significantly at this TIME, foretell our immediate, tumultuous & glorious future. The 1611 King James Version was the Bible used to launch Britain into the African slave trade; but, this same Bible, through its mystic precepts, has brought post-dated, encoded messages from the ancients unto all their children, brought forward to the judgment in this fourth generation.
An in-depth study of the scriptures will reveal that most of the history of the modern world has revolved around the fulfilment of major covenants that the Almighty made with Abram (Abraham), Jacob, King David and King Solomon. The earlier material promises of the covenants made with Abraham have been largely fulfilled by the twelve princes of Ishmael (Gen.13 v 14-16, Gen.17 v 20 & Gen.15 v 18-20), the first real merchants and slave traders….the Ishmaelites were the ones to buy Joseph, and sold him for profit in Egypt. They basically represent the Islamic peoples of Africa and the Middle East. The later material promises for Abraham’s seed were reinforced in revelations made to Jacob, and fulfilled by Britain and America, descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh, the twin-sons of Joseph.
In Gen.49 v 22, old father Jacob, being inspired by the Holy Spirit to prophesy upon his twelve sons, the fathers of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, as to what would befall them in the last days, said “Jo’seph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall”. This was a promise of abundance, control of trade and grand colonizing exploits; but the split of these promises between Ephraim and Manasseh is illustrated in a scene at Gen.48 v 9-20, where Jacob prophesied upon Ephraim that he would become a great nation and a great multitude of nations (Britain & the British Commonwealth), while Manasseh was prophesied also to become a great people (U.S.A.).
As to how great a people Manasseh would become in relation to his twin-brother Ephraim in the last days is clarified for us at Dan.8 v 3-4 which reads, “Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great”.
Only about two hundred and fifty years ago, Britain and America were relatively small and insignificant nations, neither possessing any great wealth or world-power status. But, since that time, these two little nations have been able to build empires of a magnitude and at a pace hitherto unprecedented in the history of the world, with the United States arising after the United Kingdom, and eventually overtaking it as a world power.
It is interesting to note that Spiritual Jerusalem(Jamaica) has received threatening visits of sorts in recent, quick succession from both President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron; after already being under the gathering clutch of China (the Moabites).
3. The Covenant King-Seed Lineage: While most of the Almighty’s covenants made to man have pertained to material blessings here on Earth, the most special promise is that of the manifestation of a King-Seed Lineage that would culminate with a King and a holy nation that would lead the world back to the rule of love, righteousness, eternal peace and happiness.
1 Pet.2 v 9-10 reads, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy”. For what its worth, it is interesting to note that the first place to which electricity came in the Americas, was to Black River in Jamaica, mere months after the birth of Ras Tafari had broken three years of severe drought in Ethiopia in 1892.
The trail of the King-Seed and the children of the promise were established with Abraham’s younger son, Isaac, the ancient Ethiopian (see Gen.17 v 21), came down through his son Jacob (Israel), and, via The Davidic Covenant, became domained in the Tribe of Judah.
Simply put, the Almighty promised David that he would establish his throne as an unbroken monarchy, and that the last King to sit on this throne would be the returned “Christ in his Kingly Character”. This story of the Davidic Covenant is very lucidly covered in 2 Sam. Ch.7 & 1 Chron. Ch.17.
The shift of the Covenant King-Seed Lineage with the Ark of the Covenant in tow, from the throne in Jerusalem to the Ethiopian Dynasty in Addis Ababa, the feature story of the Kebra Nagast, was prophesied to Solomon at 1 Kings 11 v 11-12 which reads, “Wherefore the Lord said unto Sol’o-mon; Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for Da’vid thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son”’
Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia is the 225th monarch in an unbroken lineage from King David unto himself, and the last to be crowned as King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Defender of the Faith, Elect of God, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, this being on November 2, 1930 (see Rev.5 v 5). Many incidents and features of the life and reign of Haile Selassie I have remarkably fulfilled prophecies that would have been baffling many great philosophers and students of the scriptures for thousands of years. One good illustration of this is from the passage Psa.89 v 35-48, which should give readers an undeniable account of the Emperor’s agitations at the League of Nations for its poorest member, Ethiopia, and for the collective security of the nations; should describe how his country was cut off from the sea by the imposition of Eritrea under Italian influence, with pressure being exerted on his borders by the conquered territories of British, French and Italian Somaliland; should tell of how Ethiopia was the only nation not kept in the loop with knowledge of the new, poison-gas technology, and yet was the first one to have it used against them by the Italians under Mussoloni in the cruel attack on Ethiopia in 1935-36. It should aptly describe the insurrection against the Emperor in 1974-75, highlighting the fact that, although the death and burial of Haile Selassie I was reported, there was never any evidence of a body, a grave or a funeral; and show that his name was covered in shame, in that he was labelled a thief. The final report upon his physical journey is that his remains were found in a toilet pit.
Verse 46 of said passage reads, “How long, Lord? Wilt thou hide thyself for ever? Shall thy wrath burn like fire?
When old father Jacob had prophesied upon Judah in the last days, he had said, “Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?”(see Gen.49 v 9).
In April 1966, during his famed visit to Jamaica, the Emperor declared to a people who were not a people that “The Jamaicans and the Ethiopians are blood-brothers”.
One day soon, we expect the real important facts of DNA research to be revealed, but nonetheless, in an article published by Thomas L. McDonald on June 25, 2012, he stated that “Genetic researchers believe they’ve found evidence that people from Israel, Egypt or Syria mixed with Ethiopians 3000 years ago. The timing of this appearance of the new DNA coincides with the historical period in which the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon. According to legend, the Queen returned to Ethiopia bearing Solomon’s son. Professor Chris Tyler-Smith of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK, a researcher on the study, told BBC News that genetics can tell us about historical events”.
4. The Order of the Christ: If we can appreciate the spiritual potency of the Almighty knowing and ordaining the prophet Jeremiah before he came into his mother’s womb, while also recognizing that the same spirit that had missioned as the prophet Elijah also missioned in the flesh of John the Baptist (see Mark 9 v 11-13 ), and is predicted to again play an important role before the great and dreadful day of the Lord (see Mal.4 v 5-6); then it becomes easy to understand the ambits of reincarnation, and that the Order of the Christ was established from the foundation of creation, being the Melchizzdek Order of spiritual servants of the Almighty, among whom the Word(Son) of God was to mission in the flesh of the man called Je’sus. Psa.110 v 4 reads, “The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Mel-chiz’e-dek”. The mystic King of Salem was said to have neither beginning or ending of days (Heb.7 v 3).
In the KJV, the thread of the Order of the Christ, those whose flesh did not see corruption, is seen to have enveloped Melchizzdek, Enoch, Moses, Elijah and Jesus. At Rev.5 v 6, we read of “a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth”. In simple terms, we immediately begin to speculate regarding the scriptural notions of seven churches, seven trumpets and seven stars. Do we not suspect some kind of correlation with seven main Godheads, seven main Continents and seven main Cultures?
The Melchizzdek Order is a Priestly Order adopted by the early Essenes (as against the Pharisees and the Sadducees) who set themselves apart for service unto the Almighty, subjecting their lives to the ordinances of Numbers Chapter 6. These were the natural seers, teachers and healers of the people, and, throughout history, have also traversed names such as Akans, An’a-kims, Ewe People, Nazarites, Nazarenes, Nazoreans, Gideonites, etc,……and Rasta, from whence they came. The ancient prophets, Jesus the Christ (the black Hebrew Yahshua) and the chief among his disciples were members of this sect. These were mirrored by the Therapeuts in Egypt, the Pythagoreans in Greece and the Gymnosophists in India. They are eternally committed to moral and spiritual integrity, the rule of love, justice and equity, and to the honour of the Almighty.
5. The Greatest Encounter: It is important here, to establish that the Covenant King-Seed Lineage went by way of Caleb the High Priest (King Kaleb of Ethiopia), adviser for Joshua, leader of Is-ra-el. Josh.14 v 14 reads, “He’bron therefore became the inheritance of Ca’leb the son of Je-phun’neh the Ken’ez-ite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the Lord God of Is’ra-el. And the name of He’bron before was Kir’jath-ar’ba; which Ar’ba was a great man among the An’a-kims. And the land had rest from war”. Caleb it was, that masterminded the building of the magnificent Underground Stone-Churches of Lalibela around 700 B.C.
Today, as more of the results of DNA research evidences are divulged, ancient movement of the Judaic traits from Ethiopia and Egypt to Israel/Palestine, as well as their latter dispersal from that region back into the African Continent are being confirmed. A major thread takes us through Timbuktu and Mali, via Gongaland to the Ashanti Kingdom in West Africa, and into chattel slavery through the Middle Passage. Another thread has given clearer understanding of the Falashas, the famed “Keepers of the Ark” who had travelled with Solomon’s eldest son by the Queen of Sheba back to Ethiopia. But there’s a simultaneous, major dilemma that arises, and this brings to mind a famous quote by the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, when he was asked about peace in the Middle East. He had stated that, “The Jews will never be able to live in peace here; because they left here black, and came back white”.
Traditional Christianity’s white representation of Jesus the Christ has always posed a fundamental challenge to the overstanding of Rastafari. And, even after removing the false perspective imposed by Michael Angelo’s painting, many Christians and professing Rastafarians still grapple with the question of how to relate Jesus the Christ with Haile Selassie I. But a great, redeeming light is shed for all, whenever we get to unravel the implications of one of the most significant encounters ever made; that between Phillip the Apostle and the Ethiopian throne official at Jerusalem, this being a meeting of the knowledge of Jesus and of the Order of the Christ, together with the knowledge of the whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant and of the Covenant King-Seed Lineage upon the throne of David. Without much ado, we should realize that both the Covenant King-Seed and Order of the Christ are sealed in Haile Selassie I; henceforth to be revealed to us in the name of the Almighty, the Lord of Spirits……YAWH RASTAFARI!
6. A Hastening Bolt!: How does the world’s fastest human Usain St. Leo Bolt figure in our greatest story to unfold?…. (search “Judah Can Run”, Modern Ghana article dd.).
In all the legends of the Tribes of Is-ra-el, the children of Judah have always been reputed to be very fast runners, and this fact would naturally be expected to be exposed in those world sports where speed is a prime requirement. That Jamaica is the Sprint Capital of the World is undeniable, but, what is even more certain is Jesus’ prophecy at Matt.24 v 27 which reads, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”.
The name USAIN means ‘lightning’, as does HUSSEIN in Barack Hussein Obama and Saddam Hussein. These three individuals together have taken a sizable chunk of the international media focus since the turn of this millennium, with the ‘lightning’ moving from surname in the east (Saddam Hussein), to middle-name in the north (Barack Hussein Obama) and to Christian-name in the west with Usain St. Leo Bolt. Moreover, as far as the World Olympic Championships go, this Lightning Bolt and Young Lion struck in the Far East, in Beijing, China in 2008; both flashed and roared up north in the ‘Zion Games’ of London 2012, and is the subject of the most major speculation for Rio De Janeiro 2016, even as the spotlight is now beamed to the south-west.
Finally, Brethren & Sistren, Psa.18 v 14 reads, “Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them”!
While the breath of life still resides with people like Morgan Freeman, Cicely Tyson, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Denzil Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Djimon Hounsou, Forest Whittaker, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Angela Bassett, Lynn Whitfield, Chris Rock and others, we so wish that we could more practically say “Over to you, Mr. Ben Affleck!”
Bertram ‘Ras Mandito’ Johnson
& Dr. Christina Sinclair PhD
Author/Publishers of “The Testament of Rastafari…Unlocking the KJV”
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