1. Introduction

It may come as a surprise to many of us that heavenly inhabitants including Jesus appeared in scriptures as Black people.  This will certainly increase the self image of the Black Race and dispel the wickedness and opression that is related to the oppression of the Black race throughout the earth.

2. A Black angel appears to Daniel with skin of “polished brass”

In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which [is] Hiddekel;

Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins [were] girded with fine gold of Uphaz

His body also [was] like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude (Daniel 10: 2 – 6)

Qalal  is the Hebrew word used in the text for “polished”. It is used in several  ways in scripture, but  we would need to interpret it in this context to mean LIGHT.  Nĕchosheth is the Hebrew word used in the text for “brass”.    In scripture, brass was a metal used to make musical instruments, sockets, hooks, chains and  pots and pans to name a few.

3. The word “brass” is used to describe the color of the angel’s skin

We see that in scripture the word brass is used to describe various kinds of metal work made with brass.  Brass is comprised of copper and zinc.  In the vision,  the angel did not appear in a ghostly apparation, but as a real man who Daniel referred to as “a certain man”. I believe that he was referring to Archagnel Gabriel who had appeared to him previously.

The angel had  a body, a face, eyes, arms and feet and spoke to Daniel.  Daniel gave us a vivid description including his skin color:

His body also [was] like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude  (Daniel 10: 6).

A search of Google images will show that brass  varies in color from a light to deep golden color. This is no surprise since copper is one of its components.  Strong’s in blueletterbible.com defines Nĕchosheth as “copper, bronze”.  Copper and bronze are in the color wheel of the black race. When combined with “polished” we know that the Angel who appeared to Daniel was  light gold or copper in color – he had some melanin in His skin!

4. A Black angel also appeared to Prophet Ezekiel

And he brought me thither, and, behold, [there was] a man, whose appearance [was] like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate (Ezekiel 40: 3) .

5. Jesus appeared to Apostle John in the form of a Black man

Jesus also appeared to Apostle  John in the form of a Black man:

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [one] like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire;

And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters (Revelation 1: 12 – 15).

Chalkolibanon is the Greek word used in the text for “brass.”  This brass means “some metal like gold if not more precious.”  It comes from a  root word  in which brass was used in reference to money. Since the scriptures were originally written in Hebrew, we would have to infer that the brass meant that Jesus was golden or bronze in color.

6. Does this mean that God is black?

No. God and His angels can appear to humans in any form. They can change form just as Jesus did after His resurrection. I believe that the heavenly visitors appeared in a form that was familiar to Prophets Daniel, Ezekiel  and John. They  must have been black men. Read more about the spiritual body .

Blessings!

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