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Remembering Who You Are

They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” - Psalms 83:4

For my family and many other African American families, our generational history is often lost in the evil tangled web of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, rape, and Jim Crow. We are left with the pieces of stories from a history that we may never discover the entire truth about. It amazes me how other nations of people can trace their lineage back hundreds of years, while there are some of us that can’t go beyond our parents or grandparents because we were scattered as a nation to the four corners of the earth.

And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other. - Deuteronomy 28:64 KJV

My family tree on both sides has left more to be imagined about who my ancestors were and their stories that have shaped who I am today. However, with ancestral DNA testing, doors have been opened for many people to find out who they are and where they come from beyond the borders of America.

Last year I took the African Ancestry DNA test and also had my brother take one. I wanted to know our origins on our mother’s side, as well as our father’s side. It was important for me to know more than the fact that there was a 1619 Trans-Atlantic slave trade that my ancestors were possibly apart of. I needed the evidence found in my blood that would give me a glimpse of where my ancestors were taken from and what life and culture may have been like for them. With millions of DNA strands in the database, I learned that I share mitochondrial DNA tracing back from my mother, to her mother, from her mother and so on all the way back 500-2000 years with the Yoruba people living in Nigeria today. I am of Nigerian descent!

It was amazing to now be able to say that I am not just a black woman. Black is not a nation. My brother’s results were a bit more revealing of a history that 35% of men will share when discovering their ancestral history. Our paternal DNA strand is shared present day with people living in Spain. Could it be that perhaps my paternal ancestry was apart of the Spanish/Portuguese Inquisition of the original exiled Jews who are said to be the descendants of the children of Israel? Could it be that a white man fathered my forefather through the rape of a black woman? That piece of history, we may never know.

“For I knew that they would not hear me, because it is a stiffnecked people: but in the land of their captivities they shall remember themselves.” - Baruch 2:3 KJV

What I do know, is that my people are reconnecting themselves with relatives that they never knew existed through DNA. They are uncovering a history that they never imagined belonged to them. We are learning and coming into a remembrance of who we really are. Many are returning back to the home of their ancestors and taking on dual citizenship and embracing their African ethnicity.

It is in God’s word that one day He will turn our captivity and have compassion upon us as a nation, wherever we are scattered, he will gather us and bring us back into the land that belonged to our forefathers and we will take back our rightful possession of it (Deut. 30:5). This is a promise from the Lord to Israel. You may have questions as to why God would scatter his people and place us in the land of our captivities. The answers are found in the first testament. The history of our ancestors in detail is outlined by generation and even prophetically tells of the things to come if we were disobedient to God as His children.

Even as a royal priesthood, set aside for God himself, we were disobedient. The remnants or His children are still being murdered in the streets without justice, living in the land of our captivities that desire to keep us as the tail and not the head, imprisoned and still enslaved by the law and so on. When we speak on our knowledge of remembering who we are, we end up cancelled or made to apologize publicly. Ask Nick Cannon or Whoopi Goldberg how fast their status was crumbling by going against the narrative. Israel shall remember who they are and see the salvation of the Lord in the latter days. “Rejoice , O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and unto his people.” - Deuteronomy 32:43

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