THE WAR IN HEAVEN:
The Unwarranted and Unprecedented Attack on
The Nation of (Yahweh) by the U. S. Justice Department
in its PROJECT MEGIDDO Report
This article deals with how and why warlike strategies have been employed against The Nation of Yahweh to foster and incite hatred and violence against it and all of its citizens and followers.
The Nation of Yahweh consists of a sovereign Hebrew Israelite people who share common customs, origin, history, culture, language, and religious belief based upon the commandments, judgments, laws, and statutes of God, , as taught by His Son, (Yahweh Ben Yahweh).
The hostile assault upon The Nation of Yahweh was initiated by "words of war" currently found in the Project Megiddo report. The report was first issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in October 1999 for the supposed purpose of assessing possible acts of domestic terrorism that might be sparked by the turn of the new millennium.(1)
National criticism and clamor about Project Megiddo's reliability and relevance(2) -- only partly because January 1, 2000 was ushered in without any signs of domestic terrorism -- may result in congressional hearings in the future. However, the publication's real purpose must be exposed today. The real purpose for including The Nation of Yahweh in a report outlining possible terroristic acts was to discredit Yahweh Ben Yahweh and The Nation of Yahweh. The authors of and contributors to Project Megiddo knowingly used wild speculations, false accusations, and misleading information to build up a hateful reaction in the minds of the American people against Yahweh Ben Yahweh and The Nation of Yahweh. They used deliberate, suggestive "buzz-word" verbiage to reprehensibly depict us as racists, religious fanatics, and domestic terrorists. Such fallacious portrayals make The Nation of Yahweh a victim of egregious hate crimes. We consider this a declaration of "war" against us.
DECLARATION OF WAR
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Revelation 12:7-9 KJV
The preceding Scripture from the Book of Revelation describes a war that is to occur at the so-called end of time; and what immediately comes to mind is a battle of arms: weapons and violence. Could there be another meaning for this war that is to be waged between the angels? The word war in the Scripture is transliterated from the Greek word "polemos,"(3) which is the root for the word "polemic" in the English vocabulary. Polemic means:
po-lem-ic (pe lem'ik, po-), n. 1. a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc. 2. a person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist. -adj. 3. also, po-lem'i-cal, of or pertaining to a polemic; controversial. [1630-40 < Gk polemikos of or for war = polem(os) war + -ikos -c] -- polem'i-cal-ly, adv.(4)
po-lem-ic \pe-'lem-ik\ n [F polemique, fr. polemique controversial, fr. Gk polemikos warlike, hostile, fr. polemos war; akin to OE ealfelo baleful, Gk pallein to brandish] 1a: an aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another b: the art or practice of disputation or controversy -- usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction 2: an aggressive controversialist: DISPUTANT 3: plural but singular or plural in construction: the branch of Christian theology devoted to the refutation of errors -- polemic or po-lem-i-cal adj - po-lem-i-cal-ly adv - po-lem-i-cists (5)
Based on these definitions, it can certainly be surmised that the war in Revelation 12:7-9 does not solely reference a "physical" battle, but rather a controversy; an aggressive attack on another's opinions, doctrines, or principles. Further examining the word "war" itself shows that it has other meanings, among which are have words [with], a war of words, hatred and hate. [See; Webster's Universal College Dictionary, (New York: Random House, Incorporated, 1997), p. 884; see also, Laurence Urdang and Nancy LaRoche, eds.; The Synonym Finder, J. I. Rodale Warner Books Edition (New York: Rodale Press, Incorporated, 1978), p. 1333.]
Project Megiddo was compiled from sources who not only have a controversy and a dispute with The Nation of Yahweh, but who also hate us and want to totally refute our beliefs. What sources? The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, who take strong, hostile opposition with the fact that The Nation of Yahweh and the so-called "black" people in America, the descendants of slaves, are, in reality, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel): the true "chosen people" of the God of the Bible, , Yahweh.
As will be conclusively shown in this article, there can be no other logical basis for including The Nation of Yahweh in the Project Megiddo report, other than to allow these two organizations an opportunity to surreptitiously make an aggressive, abhorrent verbal attack against us. The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center detest us because of our history, our language, our name, and because we openly and rightfully utter the name of our God, , Yahweh.
The FBI has used biased information from these sources in its publication, and has pushed the envelope well beyond the fragile line that exists between law enforcement concerns and constitutionally protected liberties to accomplish the worst kind of assault -- a hate crime against an entire faith and people.
A hate crime by definition is "a crime in which the defendant intentionally selects a victim, or in the case of a property crime, the property which is the object of the crime, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation of any person."(6)
In addition, a hate crime does not always involve physical contact, physical violence, or a physical assault. As defined by the Anti-Defamation League in its "Model Legislation," a bias-motivated crime can also include harassment, menacing, and intimidation.(7)
Harass, the root word for harassment, means "to trouble, worry or torment, as with cares, debts, repeated questions, etc. and to trouble with repeated raids or attacks." Menacing is synonymous with "threatening" and "harmful." Intimidation comes from the word intimidate which means "to make timid; make afraid; daunt, or to force or deter with threats or violence."(8)
Each of these words is the basis for penal code offenses, such as stalking and terroristic threats: offenses that criminalize both physical acts as well as abusive, degrading, and frightening oral and/or written statements.
Bias-motivated hostile or hateful speech, or other disrespectful and discriminatory behavior, can be illegal as well "when they directly incite perpetrators to commit violence against persons or property, or if they place a potential victim in reasonable fear of physical injury."(9)
During President Clinton's State of the Union Address on January 27, 2000, he urged passage of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act with the following comments:
"Look around. We have members in this Congress from virtually every racial, ethnic, and religious background. And I think you would agree that America is stronger because of it. You also have to agree that all those differences you just clapped for all too often spark hatred and division even here at home. This is not the American way, we must draw the line." [emphasis added]
There is a spirited movement to pass hate crime legislation because "Hate crimes differ from other crimes in their effect on victims and community stability:
The Nation of Yahweh was intentionally selected for Project Megiddo because of its actual national origin and ethnicity - Hebrew, and because of its perceived race and religion. Those who chose to victimize us in this report hold an invidious hatred for our nation, our founder, and our beliefs.
The craft and skill, however, was to make it appear that The Nation of Yahweh deserved to be among a list of potential millennial domestic terrorists by using words of war: Words carefully chosen to paint a picture of us as the group to be feared, ridiculed, and avoided; nebulous and vague words studiously selected for their dubious implications.
This semantic warfare is more than merely expressing an "opinion." Why? Because, cloaked in an FBI report, these biased, polemic words have a pretense of significance and take on an undeserved look of legitimacy.
We shall expose how this process was accomplished by responding to direct quotes from the report. But first, to lay an appropriate foundation, take a brief look at The Nation of Yahweh's laborious, torturous past experiences with the United States justice system.
PAST TORTUROUS BATTLE
The Nation of Yahweh has an identifiable history as a legitimate religious organization, which is included in the Encyclopedia of American Religions.(11)
While incorrectly designated as a "black" supremacist and racist faith by disputants, The Nation of Yahweh welcomes adherents from all races and ethnic groups.(12) In fact, there are currently worshipers of variant races from more than 40 cities within America, who gather to celebrate our religious holy days and feasts at least three times each year. In the year 2000, we will be celebrating our twentieth annual Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Weeks, and Feast of Tabernacles.
The federal courts have recognized The Nation of Yahweh in the civil case of Lawson v. Wainwright, Cause Number 83-8409-Civ-Aronovitz,(13) in which U. S. District Court Judge Sidney Aronovitz declared that "the Hebrew Israelite faith is a bona fide religion."
However, in 1990, our legitimate, bona fide religion was unjustly named as the racketeering enterprise in a three-count federal RICO indictment, subjecting an entire nation and an entire faith to criminal prosecution and public persecution.
While members of any religious organization are not immune from criminal prosecution, defining a RICO enterprise as an organized religion is not only an attack on religious freedom, but it is also interfering with an individual's free exercise of religion. Never should alleged or perceived acts of individuals be extended to the whole entire group: It is unthinkable to label all "white" people guilty for the beatings and killings of America's slaves, all Jews as being responsible for the Atlantic slave trade, all Germans as participants in and responsible for the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazi regime; but yet, The Nation of Yahweh was permitted to be indicted as a whole.
The court denied all challenges to the indictment, and a five-month long trial against a total of 16 defendants commenced in January 1992 with the following results:
Unhappy with the verdicts, in a fit of disgust, prosecutors pursued two capital murder cases in state courts against Yahweh Ben Yahweh and five others, using the same evidence and the same witnesses as in the federal case, and again:
Still not satisfied and seeking revenge for their federal and state court defeats, prosecutors again attempted state murder charges against four followers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once again, after authorities held these men for five months, the prosecutors asked that all charges be DISMISSED.
All allegations that Yahweh Ben Yahweh ordered any one to be harmed or killed came from suspected government agent provocateurs and disgruntled ex-believers who became FBI informants. They not only received benefit for their lies, but have, since the federal trial, also demonstrated their "true" natures.(14)
The validity of the federal convictions is still in question because of these state court acquittals and dismissals. The federal indictment remains the subject of judicial and public controversy because the federal prosecutors charged an entire faith and an entire nation.
Both the trial judge and the decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals support the significance of separating the whole from the individual:
"The Court: I have found it interesting as the trial progressed to learn more about the religion as espoused and preached by the defendant [Yahweh Ben Yahweh] and I do not cast aspersions upon it or the beliefs of any body who follows [T]he Nation of Yahweh."(15)
"Not all the members of the Temple supported or were engaged in the homicidal activities that are the subject of this case. But there is a distinction between the conspirators in this case and the general population of the Temple. We recognize and stress this difference. This case is not the prosecution of a religion. The religion had adherents who never became involved in illegal activity and who were not implicated in this conspiracy."(16)
The prejudicial error that occurred when both Courts permitted this unprecedented abuse of the RICO statute is demonstrated by the unjust treatment of the "individuals" not implicated in the criminal matter:
such as - a Miami nurse who was threatened with losing her job because she chose to wear her diadem (white head wrap) instead of a cap, which had been "okayed" prior to the trial - a South Florida defense witness who was summarily fired from her secretarial job when it was learned that she would be testifying for the defense and was a member of the faith - the Birmingham, Alabama couple whose competency as parents was attacked and unsuccessfully challenged in court because they chose to teach their children at home - the Army officer who was harassed for "belonging to the 'black' KKK" - the follower who was arrested in 1994 for a 1984 alleged murder in Pittsburgh when prosecutors knew he was not even named by any witness as having participated in the offense.
The failure of the Courts to protect The Nation of Yahweh -- as a whole -- has given the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center a device behind which to hide their true hateful intent: attempting to inhibit the free exercise of our religious beliefs.
Project Megiddo has continued with this deceptive maneuver by subjecting all of us to an unwarranted association with so-called fringe groups. We do not deserve to be linked with extrapolated predictions of future violence as atrociously articulated in the report.
Project Megiddo was distributed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in October 1999, and its existence and contents started to leak into press reports, prompting the FBI to publish a redacted version on its Web site.(17) One press report, heard on "Good Morning America" on 11/22/99, resulted in a memo seen circulated on the Internet on 12/07/99. That memo warned folks to stay home New Year's Eve because "groups such as the World Church of the Creator a.k.a. KKK and black Hebrew activists are reported to be preparing to launch a holy war separating church and government on the eve of 2000." On 12/27/99, two Miami worshipers were astonished, distressed, and sickened to find copies of the same memo being distributed on their jobs.
Inclusion of The Nation of Yahweh among such groups is engaging in a "war of words" against it:
WORDS OF WAR
"Linguistics is the scientific study of human language in all its various aspects and forms - historical, cultural, social, and psychological."(18) Ask any linguistic expert and he will tell you that word structure (morphology), syntax (arrangement of words in phrases and sentences), and semantics (word meanings) are of utmost importance in any persuasive writing.
A writer chooses words for their function and for their affect on the reader. The authors of Project Megiddo carefully chose and studiously selected deceptive and vague words and placed them into the report fully conscious of their context. When these words were put into the report that was released by the "FBI," they were taken to be credible. This was the authors' first "desired" affect.
The other desired affect for such methodically combined words was to convince the readers that The Nation of Yahweh should be labeled as a millennial domestic terrorist group. Some of the tactics that were utilized to hopefully accomplish this desire are discussed below:
The Scare Tactic
The FBI, on the cover page to the report, characterized Project Megiddo as a "strategic assessment of the potential for domestic terrorism in the United States undertaken in anticipation of or response to the arrival of the new millennium." The word Megiddo is Hebrew for Armageddon, which has come to be synonymous with the final battle of the Apocalypse.(19) The very use of "Armageddon" begins to conjure up fear and dread in the average reader. Add to this, the uncertainty about a Y2K computer failure saturated in the media, and the perfect state existed for the report to tell the readers who to fear, avoid, and why.
First, the report used three of its 32 pages to tell the readers to fear and to avoid the "Black Hebrew Israelites." The report made it appear that there is one Hebrew Israelite convention -- among which is The Nation of Yahweh -- with generally shared tenets and philosophies who were preparing for a race war to welcome in the new millennium. This is not true. The FBI and its contributors -- the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center -- know from independent study that no one leader speaks for the various groups, and no two sets of customs or practices are the same.
Project Megiddo erroneously linked The Nation of Yahweh with potential millennial acts of violence. When most people hear the word "violent," they think only on the physical level: guns, knives, clubs, and the like. The word violent has many meanings. In the Random House College Dictionary, Revised Edition, copyright 1988, on page 1469, violent means "pertaining to or constituting a distortion of meaning or fact."
The Nation of Yahweh is not violent. The violent one is by definition the FBI: using the word violent to stir up fear and hatred, and to distort the facts - to throw out negative aspersions about The Nation of Yahweh and the teachings of Yahweh Ben Yahweh. Matthew 11:12 describes the writers of and contributors to Project Megiddo:
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."
On page 515 in the same Random House College Dictionary, the word force (a noun) means the "power to influence, affect, or control; persuasive power; power to convince." The Nation of Yahweh does not have the capacity to influence the American people; we do not have the power to control what the American people believe or think. The Nation of Yahweh does not have persuasive power nor do we have the power to convince the American people. By definition alone, the FBI was describing itself, while appearing to be giving the people information to protect themselves against us. Their subtle approach was to convince the American people that the threat is from someone else, when in fact, the real threat to society is the violence (distortion of fact) and force (persuasive power) from within the FBI.
Second, the language in the report was artfully arranged and deliberately chosen to effect fear. Let's examine a few direct quotes from the report to show how this was done:
A. "certain segments of the BHI movement have the potential to engage in violence at the turn of the century." (page 23)
"Certain segments" is a play on words. When such generalities are used, the report can point a finger at almost any one, which clearly suggests that the authors of the report didn't wish to produce the facts. According to Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1989, page 222, the word certain means "of a specific but unspecified character, quantity, or degree." The writers wanted to give the illusion that they were being specific when in reality they neither specified the character, quantity, number nor degree to which certain segments of the BHI movement were involved. Potential means "something that can develop or become actual." Many Americans and people throughout the world have the "potential" - the mindset - to develop or become violent at any given moment, and not just at the turn of the century. To an individual who has the potential to engage in violence, the turn of the century is irrelevant. The turning of the century has no bearing upon that person's violent behavior.
Why point a finger at BHI members? America is a very violent society: the most violent society in the world. There are many Americans with the "potential" to be violent.
So, why point a finger at BHI members, really? To distort facts in order to draw false and incorrect conclusions, that's why. Let's look at other quotes from the report, but keep in mind who has the force (power to convince and persuade): the FBI and its friends in the media.
B. "BHI adherents in the United States became associated with violence thanks to the rise of [T]he NOY [Nation of Yahweh] Members of the organization engaged in numerous acts of violence in the 1980s including several homicides Various members were convicted on RICO conspiracy charges and remain imprisoned." (pages 24-5)
We, like any other religion, do not perform background checks on attendees and worshipers. "Adherents" come to The Nation of Yahweh from the American society. Don't lay their mindsets at the door of Yahweh Ben Yahweh. Lay them where they belong: at the doors of this society's political, educational, economic, social, and spiritual institutions.
Yahweh Ben Yahweh teaches morality. He teaches adherence to the commandments, judgments, laws, and statutes of (Yahweh) from the Holy Bible (KJV). Those who "adhere" to these teachings are moral, law abiding citizens, and are in NO WAY prone to engage in violent activity.
The Nation of Yahweh does not try to conceal the fact that Yahweh Ben Yahweh and six of our citizens were convicted of conspiracy to commit RICO in 1992. Nor do we shy away from pointing out the following facts that Project Megiddo deliberately kept from its readers:
With facts such as these, the question still remains whether Rozier and other accusers were not in fact government agent provocateurs.
Remember, that out of the 16 defendants on trial, only seven were found guilty of RICO conspiracy. These seven are the "various members" who were convicted and "remain imprisoned": two of whom were released in 1999, and all of whom will be released by August 2001.
Examine another quote under scare tactics. It should become more obvious that the tactics involve distorting facts, concealing whole truths, and drawing wild conclusions.
C. "current intelligence from a variety of sources indicates that extreme factions of BHI groups are preparing for a race war to close the millennium. Violent BHI groups are of particular concern as the millennium approaches." (page 23)
First, "extreme factions of BHI groups." This, too, is not specific. According to The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale, copyright 1978, page 387, extreme is synonymous to lowest, smallest, minimal; and it also means highest. On page 390 of that same reference tool, faction means the same as circle, group, etc. This is another play on words. Which "extreme" was Project Megiddo referring to? The lowest or the highest? The authors wanted to give the impression that there is a high number, when in fact, if such a circle or group exists, how can we be "certain" that it is not a small circle or group of their own agent provocateurs or informants?
Second, "...the close of the millennium." That was what Project Megiddo was supposed to be warning law enforcement and the general public about -- concerns over millennial-driven domestic terrorists -- right? The FBI admitted that it had no current intelligence that The Nation of Yahweh was encouraging or preparing for any type of violence as the world began year 2000. Project Megiddo concluded that among Hebrew Israelites, "there are no indications of explicitly identified targets for violence" and "no specific indications of imminent violence toward the government" (page 25).
There was no indication that The Nation of Yahweh had a particular concern with the approach of the new millennium either. The Nation of Yahweh makes no secret of its teachings. We produce an award-winning weekly television program and send our publications to heads of federal and state governments. Not any of our beliefs, tenets, teachings, or representations place a special significance on the year 2000, save for the articles offering assistance to our followers and worshipers on how to prepare, individually, for the possibility of a Y2K crisis or natural catastrophe that some computer experts were predicting. In fact, with little difficulty, the FBI could have discovered (although it should have already known) that The Nation of Yahweh celebrated its new millennium over two years ago at the ushering in of the year 6000 under the solar calendar.(20)
The FBI attempted to offer further proof that the "Black Hebrew Israelites" should be feared:
D. "Some BHI followers have been observed in public donning primarily black clothing, with emblems and/or patches bearing the 'Star of David' symbol. Some BHI members practice paramilitary operations and wear web belts and shoulder holsters." (page 23)
The group described above is called the "Stream of Knowledge"
who has no association with The Nation of Yahweh.(21)
We are known and identified by our distinctive "white
garments" and "diadems"
(head coverings); and even more unique, the wearing of Tetragrammaton
We do not pose a "physical" threat to anyone at the millennium nor at any other time. We are interested in destroying the proliferation of lies about Yahweh Ben Yahweh and The Nation of Yahweh.
Yahweh Ben Yahweh teaches His followers not to carry weapons. In 1990, when the government arrested Yahweh Ben Yahweh and 17 others in a seven-state wide raid, not a single weapon was found: not a gun, not a knife, not a razor blade, not a rock, not a slingshot--NOTHING.
We would be foolish to fight "physically" against the most powerful, armed country in the world. We put all our trust and faith in (Yahweh) and we do not need any weapon - formed by the hands of man - to fight for TRUTH: THE WORD OF .
Authors of the FBI report employed subtle, specious statements to persuade the public to conclude that we are a violent people. Such a conclusion is a baseless extrapolation that could just as easily apply as follows:
When such illogical conclusions are drawn, the result is that those in power can come and arrest others of us on more distorted facts, lies, and contrived schemes without outcry from the community.
The Ridicule and Discredit Tactic
The next set of words used against The Nation of Yahweh was offered to ridicule and discredit the significance of the teachings of Yahweh Ben Yahweh and our beliefs. If the belief system can be made to look ridiculous, then the readers might more readily accept the previous fear tactics. Consider the following from the Project Megiddo report:
A. "condemning whites as incarnate manifestations of evil." (page 23)
We do not condemn "whites" as incarnate manifestations of evil. "White" people do not have the patent on evil. Evil has no color barrier: Evil is found in all colors and sexes. This is what Yahweh Ben Yahweh teaches and has always taught. This was used to persuade "white" people to believe the FBI report. By casting racial hatred against us, they hoped to divert from the real issue. The FBI is the one distorting the truth and is using sensitive words to cause racial hatred against The Nation of Yahweh and its founder, Yahweh Ben Yahweh.
We believe in the Holy Bible (KJV), and Matthew 10:36 describes where our greatest foes are:
"And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."
This is a fact, because all of our former accusers were people who look like us and who were once within our own Nation. This was another scheme, trick, and plan to convince law enforcement or the public with "word warfare" to believe their distorted facts. We do not believe that all "whites" are evil, nor in the inevitability of a race war between "whites" and "blacks." In fact, the Bible tells us that the Gentiles will receive and glorify Yahweh. Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1989, page 511, defines Gentile as "a Christian as distinguished from a [Hebrew]; a heathen." On page 560 of that same dictionary, the word heathen is defined as "an unconverted member of a people or nation that does not acknowledge the God of the Bible." The name of the God of the Bible is (Yahweh), the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel). We have followed the Scriptures, have turned to the Gentiles, and are waiting to welcome them -- regardless of race -- into one fold. Read Acts 13:46-48:
"Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of should first have been spoken to you [the children of Israel]: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
For so hath commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified
the word of :
and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed."
Let us consider another statement from the FBI report. Those who have a controversy with us -- the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center -- loathe us for and take particular opposition to the following sincerely held and documented belief:
B. "such groups hold that blacks represent God's true 'chosen people,'As God's 'authentic' Jews, BHI adherents believe mainstream Jews are actually imposters." (page 23)
The report calls us "God's authentic Jews," and the others are referred to as "mainstream" Jews. Mainstream Jews?
In the Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale, copyright 1978, on page 81, some synonyms for authentic are genuine, sure-enough, the real McCoy, bona fide, legitimate, rightful, lawful, legal, valid, verified, confirmed, attested, vouched for, warranted, certified, guaranteed, and orthodox.
In the Cambridge International Dictionary of English, copyright 1995, on page 854, mainstream means "the way of life or set of beliefs accepted by most people." Mainstream Jews are those whose way of life or set of beliefs are accepted by most people.
These definitions and connotations show that you have the genuine, sure-enough, real McCoy [Hebrews], and yet the mainstream Jews' way of life or set of beliefs are accepted by most people. Although the bona fide, legitimate, rightful, lawful and legal [Hebrews] exist, most people accept the mainstream Jews. The mainstream Jews are the ones people most accept despite the fact that the [Hebrews] are valid, verified, confirmed, attested, vouched for, and warranted. The authentic [Hebrew Israelites] are certified, guaranteed, and orthodox, but yet, the mainstream Jews are accepted by most people.
It is their (the mainstream Jews') way of life and set of beliefs that are accepted politically, educationally, economically and socially. It is their way of life and set of beliefs that are accepted by the masses, because it is they who have ready access to and/or control over the publishing and entertainment industries, the educational and judicial systems, and all other businesses and professions of this world.
The Nation of Yahweh is not seeking acceptance by most people, we only seek acceptance from our God, . Our way of life and set of beliefs are based upon His Word, as found in the Holy Bible.
Furthermore, we believe the Holy Bible: Revelation 2:9, which states in part:
"I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The descendants of Abraham are Hebrews (Genesis 14:13). As his descendants, we do not call, nor have we ever called, ourselves Jews.
The descendants of Abraham have existed since creation. It was prophesied that Abraham's descendants would be brought "with ships" (Deuteronomy 28:68) to a strange land and would serve as slaves 400 years, according to Genesis 15:13 (and Acts 7:6):
"And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years";
Abraham's descendants were rooted out of their land, as it is this day, according to Deuteronomy 29:28:
"And rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day."
There are too many Scriptures to list in this article that substantiate who the "chosen" people of the Bible are. The Bible makes it clear that there is a nation of people who will be raised above all other nations, as recorded in Deuteronomy 28:1:
"And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently
unto the voice of
thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command
thee this day, that
thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth":
To be set above all nations suggests that the chosen people are below all nations. This can not be talking about the mainstream Jews, because they are already sitting in the highest seats among all nations. This Scripture is speaking about the "authentic" [Hebrews]. We do not apologize for TRUTH.
The following statement is but another attempt from the Project Megiddo report to justify their attempt to ridicule Hebrew Israelite beliefs:
C. "Neither the Israeli government nor the Orthodox rabbinate recognize the legitimacy of BHI claims to Judaism." (page 24)
The Nation of Yahweh does not lay claim to Judaism, but rather to the heritage and birthright stemming from our father, Abraham. We are the spiritually dead lost sheep of the house of Israel. More specifically, we are the tribe of Judah (Yehuwdah), referred to as the so-called "blacks" of America.
Whether recognized or not, the TRUTH is we so-called "blacks," forced into slavery and brought to America over four hundred years ago, are the descendants of Abraham. The Nation of Yahweh does not seek, nor have we ever sought, recognition, acceptance, or approval from the Israeli government nor the Orthodox rabbinate; furthermore, we do not, nor have we ever associated ourselves with Judaism. Suggesting that one segment's "claims are not recognized" is a contemptuous avoidance of this TRUTH.
The Intimidation Tactic
A hate crime has been perpetrated against The Nation of Yahweh. We were intentionally selected for Project Megiddo because of our perceived race as an intimidation tactic. Remember, intimidation means "to make timid; make afraid, daunt, or to force or deter with threats or violence."
To fulfill this stratagem, the authors of Project Megiddo called us domestic terrorists and labeled us as "Black" Hebrew Israelites. Both terms were used to make us afraid and to deter us -- and others -- from believing the teachings of Yahweh Ben Yahweh, from accepting the truth about our heritage, and from freely exercising our faith.
Adherents to the teachings of Yahweh Ben Yahweh are not terrorists. Do you really know what the word terrorist means? The word terror, the root of terrorist, in the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1975, on page 1204, means "a state of intense fear, one that inspires fear, or a cause of anxiety." They -- the FBI -- by definition are the domestic terrorists. They have the power, resources, and personnel to create a state of intense fear throughout America. We just witnessed the mayhem which was inspired by the release of the Project Megiddo report predicting possible domestic terrorism at the close of the millennium. This end of the age prediction was responsible for a great deal of the anxiety that paralyzed the entire country.
The Project Megiddo report is also another apt example of how they can be a cause of anxiety. In verbal warfare, to effect terror on your opponent, you evoke a "buzz-word" that intimidates that opponent, and if you are lucky, that distracts that opponent away from the battle while trying to fend off attacks from other forces.
Knowing that their vague words of war were not forever impervious, the authors of Project Megiddo elected to use their next intimidation tactic: labeling The Nation of Yahweh as a "Black" Hebrew Israelite group. By doing this, they hoped to invoke hatred and racial discord: to make us fearful, frightened, and anxious of others whose ideology is to hate "blacks," to seek the destruction of "blacks," and to act out physical violence upon "blacks."
In a culture where race is unimportant, the "black" label would be trivial, but in the context of late twentieth and early twenty-first century America, race is not inconsequential. Racist sentiments still linger today. Because of this fact, calculated labels such as "black" are a strong supportive argument for the passage of hate crime legislation.
"Hate crimes are unique. Victims of hate crimes are targeted because of a core characteristic of their identity. These attributes cannot be changed. Victims often feel degraded, frightened, vulnerable and suspicious. This may be one of the most traumatic experiences of the [sic] lives. Community members who share with victims the characteristics that made them targets of hate (race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation) may also feel vulnerable, fearful and powerless."(22)
The following discussion explains the psychological terrorism and social ramifications for utilizing a racial label as an intimidation tactic:
a. The Nation of Yahweh is a Hebrew Israelite people and faith. According to the Holy Bible, our patriarchal father, Abraham, was a Hebrew (Genesis 14:13). Therefore, as the children and descendants of Abraham, we, too, are Hebrews.
As used in the FBI report, the term and label "black" is pejorative, and devoid of any positive connotations to uplift or instill pride, joy, hope, and self-esteem in a people that were cut-off from their history, culture, language, name, land, and God.
The term and label "black" preceding "Hebrew" is a device. A device is "a word pattern or combination of words used to evoke and arouse a desired effect and reaction in the reader."(23) The term and label "black" is such a device, and a sweeping generalization used to engender hatred, violence, death, and destruction upon the people so labeled.
The Holy Bible does not label our father, Abraham, a "black Hebrew," and we do not label ourselves as "black Hebrews." To be labeled a "black" Hebrew Israelite is an attack against our Holy Hebrew Bible, the basis of our faith and our religious foundation. This is an affront against Abraham and his descendants. For Yahweh promised to bless them that bless us as Hebrew Israelites, and to curse them that curse us as Hebrew Israelites; and in us shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:3).
The terminology, "black Hebrew Israelite," suggests that there is such a person as a "white Hebrew Israelite" when no biblical reference for either exists. The Bible does not use such labels for Abraham or Moses. It is a white supremacist position to use such a label as "black Hebrew Israelite."
Those that have labeled us "black" are descendants of the Europeans who chose to portray God as "white" while the Bible describes Him as having wooly hair, hazel eyes, and feet like burned brass: certainly not "white" (Revelation 1:13-15). These false paintings have been projected as the truth all over the world. Those who have presented these paintings as the truth have hurled negative assaults at us -- using the label "black"-- for exposing their lies.
Read how the dictionaries, thesauruses, and synonym finders define and portray usage of the word "black":
"black \'blak\ adj. 1. a: of the color black b: very dark 2. a: having dark skin, hair, and eyes: SWARTHY b: of or relating to a group or race characterized by dark pigmentation; esp: NEGROID 3.: dressed in black 4.: SOILED, DIRTY 5. a: characterized by the absence of light <a black night> b: reflecting or transmitting little or no light <black water> 6. a: thoroughly evil: WICKED <a black deed> b: expressive of condemnation or discredit 7: invoking the supernatural and esp. the devil 8. a: GLOOMY, CALAMITOUS; specif: marked by the occurrence of disaster b: SULLEN, HOSTILE 9: COMPLETE , UTTER" (24)
Connotations, allusions, and indicators from Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus for variations of "black" are:
Among the synonyms for the term "black,"and some of the variations of "black" listed above are:
Blackball - rejection, disapproval, exclusion, ostracism, refuse to associate with and shun.
Blackguard - scoundrel, rascal, rogue, devil, stinker, louse, and bastard.
Blacklist - denouncement, condemnation, list of suspects or outcasts, spurn, prohibit, taboo, disown, discard, outlaw, disenfranchise, or oust.
Blackmail - ransom, tribute, bribe, extortion, exaction, skin game, shake down, obtain by force, and compel.
Black sheep - outcast, pariah, apostate, renegade, idler, or good-for-nothing and loser. (26)
b. Being labeled a "black" Hebrew Israelite is personally offensive. It is an offense to our dignity and self-respect. Labeling us as "black" confuses our children and makes them ashamed. It is a show of disrespect for the truth and for our faith. It is also like a verbal strike in the face. Anyone who labels us "black Hebrews" is a deceiver and perpetrator of an evil, sinful, monstrous, detestable, unlawful hate crime, which sets the stage for the genocide of a whole nation and a whole religion.
All Hebrew Israelites, followers of Yahweh, were not only labeled "black," but were also charged as a whole nation and a whole religion as racketeers. As a result, all Hebrew Israelites, followers of Yahweh, rightfully feel a sense of fear, alarm, anguish, anxiety, dread, and terror by being labeled "black." These are typical emotions felt by victims of hate crimes.
Thus, those who label us as "black" are not only anti-Hebrew Israelite, but are also, psychological terrorists, which is immoral, unlawful, revolting, menacing, and an ungodly, sacrilegious act: a most heinous hate crime against all members of the religious faith of Abraham, The Nation of Yahweh, and those labeled "black" Hebrew Israelites, followers of Yahweh.
A detailed expose of what the term and label "black" means provides a deeper understanding of why using such a label is considered a barbarous, mean spirited act and a hate crime.
The previously listed less than complimentary definitions, connotations, allusions, indicators and synonyms are why the leaders of the people who are labeled "black" have rejected and disassociated with that term and accept and support the use of other labels such as African-American.
Even Congress, in investigating why response from disaster relief was so poor after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, referred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) covert actions as "black operations" and the agency's cloak of secrecy as a "black curtain." (27)
Use of such a pejorative label causes all nations to hate people of that pigmentation. Those who have labeled us "black" exhibit the feelings that all so-called "black" people are criminals, thieves, rapists, robbers, mean, low-spirited, and liars.
Recognizing that the term "black" is also used to label fowl and animals of the earth, one can clearly see that those so inclined will have the impression that we are nothing more than animals, which have, can, and will justify - in their minds - horrific, despicable hate crimes committed against us.
Even America's own founding fathers easily compromised and counted "black" slaves as three-fifths of a man.(28)
So-called "blacks" in America are targeted as the first group to be rounded-up and detained without trial in civilian internment camps should civil unrest ever break out at once in large metropolitan areas. Does labeling a people "black" help justify such actions?
Labeling the Hebrew Israelites as "black" shows hatred for, fear against, and violence toward those so labeled, and has encouraged racially motivated hate crimes against and harassment of "black" Hebrew Israelites.(29)
Our cause is brought before the world community who has a deep love and respect for Abraham, the Hebrew, and his Hebrew descendants, Isaac, Jacob (Israel), and his 12 sons, the tribes of Israel - which includes Judah (Yehuwdah), the so-called "blacks" of America, who are, in fact, Hebrew Israelites and descendants of Abraham (Genesis 15:13-14).
Calling us "black" Hebrew Israelites is a "buzz-word" intimidation tactic.
WHO WROTE PROJECT MEGIDDO?
Concern over who may have actually written the Project Megiddo report could soon become the topic of congressional hearings. A coalition of 32 conservative groups has asked Congress to investigate the investigators and to determine "Whether the [FBI] report was written 'by outside Left-wing extremist advocacy groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Anti-Defamation League.' "(30)
Take note of the following observation which may be of assistance to any committee assigned the task of determining whether the authors of and contributors to the report were too closely associated, or were, in fact, one and the same. Project Megiddo is alleged to have taken nine (9) months to compile.(31) Rather than using that time to conduct its own investigation, the FBI relied on biased information gathered by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Proof of this fact is readily seen in the comparison of suspiciously similar paraphrases from a 1991 Anti-Defamation League's Research Report(32) and from a 1997 Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report (cited in the report).(33) Read the following examples of how the "black" Hebrew Israelites are described in each report:
"Such beliefs bear a striking resemblance to the Christian Identity theology practiced by many white supremacists." (page 23)
ADL 1991 Report:
"is striking similar to the theme of white right-wing extremists in the racist and anti-Semitic 'Identity Church' movement."
1997 SPLC Report:
"In many ways, Black Hebrew Israelite beliefs are a mirror image of the white supremacist Christian Identity religion."
If the above paraphrased statements do not answer the question, then this next observation should help: Neil Herman recently retired from the FBI -- where he was in charge of that agency's counterterrorism office -- to head the Anti-Defamation League's fact finding division.(34) Doesn't this appear to be a conflict of interest? Could this be a reason why a congressional hearing may be necessary?
Concern over who may have authored the FBI report suggests that conservative as well as liberal Americans are appalled that two organizations -- the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center -- have the power to feed the FBI the results of their own biased intelligence gathering against any individual or group that presents a different political, social, or religious agenda. Only the "mainstream Jews" have this kind of power. Isn't this the type of targeting that those sponsoring the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1999 (35) want to prevent?
Remember, victims of hate crimes are selected because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation...."(36)
These very same characteristics make victims reluctant to report a hate crime. This reluctance must increase exponentially when the perpetrators are permitted to use "the FBI" to carry out their abominable acts.
Are these two organizations demonstrating that they have persuasive power and can control agencies of the U.S. government? Do they have the power to convince the government who it should make "strategic assessments" about and against? Does their accessibility to our executive branch of government make these organizations our non-elected representatives or our new quasi-government departments?
These two organizations take pugnacious issue with the beliefs of The Nation of Yahweh. These same two organizations were used as sources in or could have actually written the official government document in question, without informing the readers that this dispute exists. If these facts do not cast a new light on the report's credibility, it should.
The FBI's only public response to the national criticism and clamor about Project Megiddo's reliability and relevance was issued on January 5, 2000, by its spokesman, John Collingwood, who stated, "...it [Project Megiddo] was not intended to target any individual or group or 'besmirch' anyone's reputation."(37)
We strongly disagree. This article has produced hard syntactic evidence to show that from the very beginning, the writers of the Project Megiddo report set out to "besmirch" and discredit Yahweh Ben Yahweh and The Nation of Yahweh.
Project Megiddo has fired its linguistic guns at The Nation of Yahweh without cause or provocation. The war being waged against The Nation of Yahweh is designed to hide its sources' aversions for our belief system while casting aspersions against our founder and faith. Those sources and the FBI want to: make our founder and spiritual leader appear to be a terrorist; to make any one interested in learning more about The Nation of Yahweh hesitant about making an approach; and to make us victims of those who hate because of apparent or perceived differences in race, religion, or national origin.
This initial barrage cannot go unanswered. This is why a lawsuit seeking 12 trillion dollars in damages has been filed against the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center for such contemptible and genocidal acts described in this article.
We encourage you to examine the facts we have submitted in this article, and see for yourself that the vile warlike strategies employed against The Nation of Yahweh in Project Megiddo are unwarranted and unprecedented!
13. 641 F. Supp. 312 (S.D. Fla. 1986); Lawson v. Dugger, 840 F.2d. 779 (11th Cir. 1987) vacated and remanded to require government agency to submit a plan that does not violate procedural protections afforded under the 1st and 14th Amendments.
14. All of the witnesses who testified that their violent acts were ordered by Yahweh Ben Yahweh were either granted immunity by the prosecution, or given a "sweetheart" plea bargain in return for their testimony. Robert Rozier, for example, who was the government's central and only witness as to the so-called "white-devil" murders, after being accepted into the witness protection program, was arrested for a criminal act. Rozier was recently indicted for theft in California and indicted for a 1984 murder committed in New Jersey.