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The Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ (ICGJC), formerly known as the Israeli Church of Universal Practical Knowledge, is the 2nd largest Black Hebrew Israelite organization in the United States. The 1st being Nation of Yahweh. ICGJC is also s christian group and which accepts the Old and New Testaments as well as the Apocrypha, as inspired Scripture, and which believes that specific people of African and West Indian descent are the lost 12 tribes of Israel and are the true racial and Biblical Jews. They have historically claimed racial superiority to Caucasians, and claim to have divine favor and inspiration.They’ve been branded a hate group by Civil Organizations Centers.
Around the country, thousands of men and women have joined black supremacist groups on the extremist fringe of the Hebrew Israelite movement, a black nationalist theology that dates back to the 19th century.
Its doctrine asserts that African Americans are God's true chosen people because they, not the people known to the world today as Jews, are the real descendants of the Hebrews of the Bible. Although most Hebrew Israelites are neither explicitly racist nor anti-Semitic and do not advocate violence, there is a rising extremist sector within the Hebrew Israelite movement whose adherents believe that Jews are devilish impostors and who openly condemn whites as evil personified, deserving only death or slavery.
Confrontations between Hebrew Israelite street preachers and their perceived enemies are growing uglier and gaining increasing attention through video clips circulated to legions of viewers on websites like YouTube. The Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, a sect that is the Israelite Church's main rival, has its own YouTube "channel," or video sharing distribution networks, with over 500 subscribers. One recently circulated Israelite School video, which has been viewed more than 26,000 times, shows a group of robed street preachers harassing a white woman until she bursts into tears. Another shows the preachers applauding as a white man kneels down to kiss the boots of "the prophets of God" while begging forgiveness for the sins of his race.
"I'm talking about 99 million 'n-word's! You talking about 6 million crackers?"
General Mayakaahla Ka is shouting at a college-aged Jewish kid outside the Market East Station in downtown Philadelphia. He and three other extremist Hebrew Israelite preachers, all wearing the Israelite School insignia of two swords crossed through a Star of David, berate their victim until he begins to weep. The altercation is part of an Israelite School recruiting video that began circulating this spring and has since been viewed more than 73,000 times.
"Are you saying the Holocaust is a joke?" the Jewish man asks.
"It's a joke!" the "general" responds. "The Holocaust is a damn joke! Heil Hitler!"
That group is actually now splintered into several groups, generally called "UPKers". The different groups around today that fall under that type of Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) include: the Israelit Church of God in Jesus Christ , GreatMillStone, Israel United in Christ, the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge in Washington DC, House of Israel, House of David, et cetera.
They all have their beginnings in a cult that was headquartered at 1 West 125th street in Harlem (Manhattan, NY). It was called the Israelite School of Torah, and was run by a man named Abba Bivens, who had broken away from the Black Jewish congregation of Wentworth A. Matthew, known as the "Commandment Keepers". After Bivens died, one of his students, named Arieh, changed the name to the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge. He introduced belief in the King James Bible, and later made up his own version of Hebrew called "Lashawan Qadash".
Lashawan Qadash is Modern Israeli Hebrew with all the vowels except 'a' taken out (and they introduced the claim that the ayin can only be pronounced like the 'i' in pie). Proponents of Lashawan Qadash don't actually know Hebrew (they just memorized a bunch of Hebrew words and repronounce them, e.g. "shalawam" instead of "shalom," or "Yahawashi" instead of "Y'hoshu`a" et cetera), but they assert that actual Hebrew is mere "Yiddish," and that their version of Hebrew is the only true form of Hebrew (by the way, Lashawan Qadash is their attempt to pronounce Lashon Qodesh). With the introduction of LQ, Arieh changed his name to Ahrayah, and one of his partners, previously called Moshe Ben Chareem, changed his name simply to Mashah.
Then they changed the name to the Israeli Church of Universal Practical Knowledge (to get tax exemption status!). In the mid-90s, there was a huge split in the ICUPK between Ahrayah and Mashah. Even though Ahrayah was the leader of the school, he made the mistake of teaching that Mashah was King David reincarnated. Thus when Mashah left, he took a lot of people who thought he was the reincarnation of King David with him. Mashah's new group was called, alternatively, the House of David, and 12Tribes. That video you provided was of the House of David group.
Mashah died, and the House of David group split into several groups. You can see the splinter groups teaching on YouTube. One group is called the GreatMillStone (that is their YouTube name as well). Another remnant of the House of David group still calls itself the House of David, and you can see their YouTube account at hodc12 (standing for House of David Church 12 Tribes). In the video you provided, on the left of the table was a man with long hair wearing a greenish-grey outfit. His name is Nathanya'ahlaGa, and his splinter group from the old House of David is now called Israel United in Christ (you can see him teaching on YouTube from the account at nathanyel7). Still another break away group from the House of David is calling itself the House of Israel, and you can see their YouTube videos at thehouseofisrael.
All those groups, again, were splinters from the House of David group which left the ICUPK, and then broke apart after Mashah, their leader, died. Meanwhile, the ICUPK suffered a terrible set back when Ahrayah predicted and declared over and over again that Christ would come back to kill and enslave all white people on January 1st, 2000. When that silly false prophecy came and went, there was a crisis of faith, and a low-ranking member named Tazadaqyah rose to power even over Ahrayah (allegedly he did this via intimidation). The ICUPK changed their name to the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, and Tazadaqyah was declared to be "the Comforter, the Holy Spirit in the form of a man". They also have a new doctrine they try to keep secret, where they teach that there are two gods (polytheism!).
These groups, though slowly developing doctrines different from one another, all agree that Jews are black, and that Genesis 25:25 proves that Edomites are white (they claim white people are actually red, as their blood shows through their face due to a lack of melanin). It has been noted many times that the Hebrew word used in Genesis 25:25 to describe Esau as red is also used to describe David in 1 Samuel 16:12. They ignore the Hebrew text, and say a different word is used because their King James Bible has "ruddy" (which they claim means young!) in 1 Samuel 16:12.
These groups claim they are the only ones with the truth (and they seems to mutually hate one another). They claim that no one can stand in debate with them, and that the world's scholars are afraid of them. The reality is that many of their doctrines are quite weak, and when confronted with arguments they can't handle, they resort to personal attacks (calling people fools), and they assert that others who disagree with them do so because God has blinded them, while they themselves get their truth straight from the heavens. The funny thing is, many of them keep changing their doctrines, thus they claim to be the only ones with the truth when they taught one thing, and continue to claim to be the only ones with the truth when they teach the exact opposite.
Originally posted by tadaman
reply to post by gosseyn
yet,....they dressed like ninjas and screamed at people passing by....um, I dont see that every day...even in NYC.
their source and the environment in which they act.