Hebrew Israelite history can only be told within the historical context of the Twelve Tribes because they are of one nation, and have always been enslaved and mistreated by other nations (Gentiles). The bondage and experiences of the Nation of Israel have no equal. Somehow they always manage to escape the cultural death each nation (civilization) inflict upon them. Somehow they manage to endure and survive physical bondage, and sustain through a cultural and spiritual awakening which is emerging unto this day.
In the early 1800’s many slaves began to identify their selves as the “Hebrews” of the Holy Bible. Some took action to free their selves. In 1831, a slave name Nathaniel Turner armed with a sword in one hand, and the Holy Bible in the other, led an insurrection in Virginia amplifying that they were to kill every slave owner for enslaving “God’s People”. Inciting furor among slave owners, southern states instituted martial law and vigorously enforced slave laws through out the south. Prior to Nathaniel Turner, Gabriel Prosser also of Virginia identified himself as a Hebrew after reading the Old Testament and led a fierce rebellion. Furthermore, insurrectionist Denmark Vesey of Charleston, South Carolina, attempted a rebellion in 1822 with the same ideology. In 1822, Liberia which means “Land of the Free”, was founded on the West Coast of Africa as home for former slaves. Several thousands settled there. Minister Henry Highland Garnett and David Walker, a free black publisher of a militant anti slavery pamphlet, “An Appeal to the Colored People of the World”, voiced God’s people should gain their freedom by violence if necessary.
In 1893, a man born to slave parents named William Saunders Crowdy, began teaching the Dietary Law written in the book of Leviticus. Furthermore, he taught that Jesus Christ was dark skinned, and the descendants of slaves were the Children of Israel. He began the Church of God and Saints of Christ which was organized and incorporated on November 8, 1896. In 1900, Warren Roberson founded the Temple of The Gospel of The Kingdom in Virginia. By 1917, his Temple moved its headquarters to Harlem, New York. In 1917, Prophet F.S. Cherry established the Church of God in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which was influenced by the teachings of William Crowdy and Warren Roberson. In 1919, Wentworth Matthews founded the Commandments Keepers. In 1930, Arnold Josiah Ford established the Beth B’nai Abraham congregation in which his membership incorporated with Wentworth Matthew’s.
The House of David is one of many Israelite, Hebrew or Torah based congregations located around the world and in the United States. This knowledge did not commence with any particular Hebrew Israelite congregation, but has been instituted since the time of Moses. Remembering the Commandments and returning to the ways of our forefathers is a significant part of our redemption.
“For they went and served other gods, and worshiped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them: And the anger of YAHAWAH was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book: And YAHAWAH rooted them out of their land, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day. The secret things belong unto YAHAWAH our Power: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. DUETERONOMY 29:26-29