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    Curse of Canaan, an Identity Perspective

    Curse of Canaan, an Identity Perspective
    By Pastor Eli James

    Introduction

    One of the least understood stories of the Old Testament is the story of Canaan and his descendants, the Canaanites. As is commonly the case with the racial and ethnic differences reported in the Bible, modern commentators tend to gloss over these differences as if they did/do not matter. But these differences absolutely mattered to Yahweh, our Father, and to most of the Israelites, most of the time. Even the most universalistic interpreters of Scripture concede that the God of the Old Testament, Yahweh, was a jealous God, one who had a particular interest in a peculiar people, Israel.

    In order to overcome the racial bias of the Old Testament, these modern scholars and theologians have devised a theology of their own, called “Dispensationalism.” This theology teaches two doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible: 1.) the Jews were god’s chosen people and 2.) these chosen people, because of their failure to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah, were replaced by the “Church”.

    This false theology has done incredible harm to understanding Scripture. The Old Testament teaches that there are two main groups of people: Israelites and Canaanites, and that these two groups were to be perpetually at war with each other until the Judgment Day. This means that these Canaanites are still with us today, but hiding under an assumed name. Can you guess what name these Canaanites have assumed?

    Who Was Canaan?

    Genesis, Chapter 9 tells of the episode of Noah’s drunkenness. Verse 22 states, “And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.” The two brothers went into the tent, carrying a blanket and walking backwards, so that they would not see the nakedness of their father also.

    Verses 24 - 26: “And Noah awoke from his wine, AND KNEW WHAT HIS YOUNGER SON HAD DONE TO HIM, and he said ‘Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren.’ And he said, ‘Blessed be Yahweh Elohim of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”

    There is a lot more contained in these three verses than most Bible scholars care to admit. Let’s take a closer look.

    First of all, why would Noah curse Ham’s son, Canaan, for something that Ham had done? All we are told is that Ham “saw the nakedness of his father.” Secondly, Verse 24 gives the impression that this curse took place immediately after he awoke from his drunkenness. But this is illogical. Why would Noah curse his grandson, who had to have been born much later, for something done by Ham. I think there was a period of about nine months between the “nakedness” and the “curse.” This story has caused much confusion among Bible scholars, even causing some to speculate that it was Canaan who was the “offender,” not Ham. Concerning this drunkenness episode, the entry in the Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible goes so far as to say that this event never actually happened; rather, it is a mythological story about the discovery or invention of wine! (Vol. III, p. 555.) I laughed out loud when I read this nonsense. I kid you not! That’s what the Interpreter’s Dictionary actually says!! As usual, the orthodox scholars have it wrong. The Bible clearly says that it was Ham who saw the “nakedness of his father.” Is there more to this expression than meets the eye? When in doubt, check the idioms.

    Leviticus 18, verses 6 through 18, covers the subject of incest. Of particular interest is verse 7, which says this: “You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother.”

    Here, we have a direct correspondence between the nakedness of the father and the nakedness of the mother. We have to realize that in the early days of national Israel, the wife was considered to be the property of the husband. (Ah! The good old days! Sigh!) Indeed, it is still so in much of the world today. Idiomatically, since the wife belonged to the husband, her nakedness was his nakedness as well, because she belonged to him, and no one else was allowed to uncover it. In those days, the only reason an Adamite woman would have to uncover herself was for a bath or for sex. We must also consider the fact that this cannot be just an episode of voyeurism, because the guilty party would have been Ham, not Canaan. We have to come up with a good reason for why it was Canaan, not Ham, who was cursed.

    Some critics of the Bible have suggested that this episode means that Ham had had a homosexual relationship with his Father, Noah; but that is out of the question. In their zeal to diss the Bible, they forget that homosexual encounters do not produce offspring! The fact is that it was Canaan who was cursed, not Ham. Ham would have not just been cursed, he would have been executed on the spot had he raped his father!!! Besides, Noah was a law-abiding man, and homosexuality was/is not tolerated by Yahweh’s Law.

    An article from http://www.leithart.com, entitled “Noah’s Nakedness,” has this to say about this episode:

    “1.) The language of ‘uncover nakedness’ is not used in Leviticus to describe homosexual incest but hetereosexual incest. 2.) Specifically, the ‘nakedness of the father’ is identified with the ‘nakedness of the mother.’ 3.) If this is about Ham’s incestuous sex with his mother, the emphasis on Canaan comes clear. Canaan is, on this interpretation, the product of the incestuous union, as Moab and Ammon are the product of Lot and his daughters. That is why Canaan is cursed, and why the text consistently identifies Ham as the ‘father of Canaan.’…4.) The maternal incest interpretation better shows the connections of Gen. 9 with Gen. 6, 19, Lev. 18 and 20.”

    Bob Enyart, in an article entitled “Why Was Canaan Cursed?”, has this to say about Biblical idioms:

    “As all authors and peoples do, Moses and the Jews [Sic. Israelites] used figures of speech. Some of the Bible’s figures of speech are euphemisms that promote modesty. For example, instead of saying that Adam had sexual intercourse with Eve, the Bible more politely says that ‘Adam knew his wife Eve, and she conceived’…The reader who misses these common figures of speech will misunderstand the plain meaning of various passages.”

    He then goes on to quote Leviticus, 20:11, which states:

    “The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness.”

    Although, it is not hinted in the Bible, some scholars think that the story is about Ham trying to assume authority over Noah, by sleeping with his mother. If that is true, then I think Noah would have highly resented this, and probably would have cursed Ham as well. The account is too brief to say much more, except that it is possible that Ham was just as drunk as Noah and his wife. Could Ham have been so drunk that he mistook his mother for another? Stranger things have happened!! -- not in MY family! I hope!!

    Suffice it to say that Leviticus 18:7 and 20:11 give us sufficient cause to suspect a case of incest, and that is why it is Canaan, not Ham, who is cursed. Canaan would have been the innocent victim of such an act; and since the law does not allow innocents to be killed, Canaan lived and started a family of his own. The next question is: What kind of family?

    The Canaanites As a People

    The full curse of Canaan (Gen. 9:25-27 says this: “And he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.’ And he said, ‘Blessed be Yahweh Elohim of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.’ God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem and Canaan shall be his servant.”

    The immediate suggestion is that Canaan, for some important reason, would not or could not aspire to the greatness of his brethren. If he was indeed the product of incest, he could not be a patriarch of the Holy Seed. He would have to go elsewhere to get the respect he could not get from his own people. Another consideration of incest is the fact that children born of incest often have dramatic birth defects. Probably the most famous case of incest was that of Tolouse Lautrec, the French painter. His lower body was terribly deformed, his legs practically useless. Despite his talent as a painter, his low self-esteem, due to his deformity, led him into a life of degeneracy. He not only painted portraits of Parisian whores, he utilized their services and died of syphilis at the age of 37. (Most of his biographers omit the fact that his parents were cousins only two generations apart. He did indeed fall and break his legs at age twelve, but this was due to his already deformed legs.)

    Genesis, Chapter 10 gives us the details of Noah’s descendants. Verse 6 gives us the names of the sons of Ham: “Cush and Mizraim, and Phut and Canaan.” From these sons, great nations, such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Assyria and Babylon emerged. But Canaan was a special case. On him was placed a curse. The nature of this curse must be thoroughly examined in order to appreciate who the Canaanites were/are.

    Verses 15-19 gives us the descendants of Canaan. Note the names very carefully: Sidon; Heth, the father of the Hittites; the Jebusites, the Amorites; the Girgasites; Hivites, Arkites, Sinites. Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites. We are also told that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were within Canaanite territory. The first six clans or tribes are known to have become the bitter enemies of Jacob/Israel. Why? What was the reason for the animosity between Canaan’s descendants and the Shemitic Hebrew Israelites?

    Note, first of all, that these Canaanites are not descendants of Shem. Rather, they came through Ham, Shem’s brother. The Canaanites are NOT Shemites. They began as Hamites. The question is, were they pure Hamites or did they miscegenate with the Kenites and other Cainites of Gen. 15:18-21?

    Bob Enyart, in his article quoted above, summarizes the situation:

    “Genesis Nine records that Ham saw Noah’s nakedness, and as a result, cursed his grandson Canaan. Then Canaan went on to become the patriarch of Israel’s long-standing enemies, the Canaanites. The story seems capricious on the surface, in contrast to so much reasonable history in Genesis. A common biblical figure of speech appears in Canaan’s story, and when Christians reread the story understanding this figure, the message of this account becomes compelling…Canaan lived a cursed life because he was conceived by a perverse union. Thus the brief story twice reminds its ancient readers that Ham (not Noah) is the father of Canaan. So Noah cursed Canaan not as an evil spell or hjex,k but as a warning to others against following in Ham’s wicked ways. And readers of Genesis find a clear and reasonable origin for the conflict that lasted for centuries between the Jews [sic. Israelites] and the Canaanites.”

    Of course, Judeo-Christian scholars do not consider Canaan’s further, even greater sin, that of race-mixing with the Cainites, thus starting his own clan, the clan of Canaanites. There can be no doubt that Canaan left his own people and fathered a Cainite tribe. Otherwise Israel’s enemies would not bear his name.

    It is, therefore, more correct to say that the Canaanites are Cainites who assumed the name of Canaan, perhaps as a bragging point to claim Noah as their ancestor. Canaan was an Adamite, but he became a race-traitor. The same thing happened to Esau, but that is a subject for another essay.

    The seedline of Yahshua Messiah is given in Luke, Chapter 3. It clearly shows that Jesus was an Adamite through Noah and Shem. Neither Cain nor Canaan are in that line of descent because neither fathered Adamite children. The Bible is very clear: In order for a child to be considered an Adamite, BOTH PARENTS must be Adamites. No half-breeds are allowed in the congregation of Yahweh (Deut. 23:2).

    In brief, the genealogy of Cain and Canaan goes like this: Nachash, Cain, Cainites, Kenites, Canaanites, Edomites, Idumeans, Pharisees, Jews. All of these people carry in their blood the genetic material of Nachash, a fallen angel. The book of Enoch says that Eve was seduced by one of Satan’s lieutenants. His name was Gadriel. If that account is correct, then the Serpent had a name, Gadriel.

    Noah’s prophecy that Canaan’s descendants will be the servants of the shemites was proven accurate when the Canaanites and Edomites, after having been subdued militarily by Joshua and David, were hired as servants to the House of David. And throughout history, Israelite Kings and Queens have hired Jews as economic adviser, lawyers, consultants, astrologers, etc. Indeed, Canaan has been the servant of Shem. Since the bandit State of Israel was formed in 1948, the tables have been turned; but that is only a temporary development. The Judgment Day will straighten everything out.

    The pulpit wolves insist that Yahweh’s prohibitions against race-mixing have either been abandoned or were never to be taken seriously. But the entire Bible is about one people remaining racially pure and true to Him. Since the Jewish people are the most mongrelized people on the face of this earth, it stands to reason that their priesthood is behind the promotion of integration for the White Race. They know that if they can race-mix True Israel out of existence, then Yahweh’s Plan to dethrone, through Adam, the dominion of the Fallen Angels here on earth will have been defeated. We can’t let that happen. We must re-awaken the racial consciousness of our people, Israel.

    The evil genius of this counter-plan by Satan can only be comprehended when we realize that the Jews have been impersonating True Israel so that they can proclaim themselves to be experts on the interpretation of the Bible. Their version teaches that race-mixing is acceptable and that you only have to have a Jewish mother to be considered a Jew. But the Bible is about Israel, not the Jews; and True Israel is forbidden to commit adultery of the Blood.

    By assuming the name of Israel, these descendants of the Canaanites, the Jewish people, have fooled generations of scholars who are paid to make babble out of what is really very simple: the Blood Feud between Adam/Israel and the Canaanite Jews, predicted at Genesis 3:15.

    They won’t teach you this in Sunday school.

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    Re: Curse of Canaan, an Identity Perspective

    I'm going off on a tangent here, but I'm yet to read a compelling theory as to what the mark of Cain was. I know that the general consensus among Identists is that it was a hooked nose, but I'm not sure I buy that theory.

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