1. What were the names of the three sons born to Noah, the posterity of whom lived on this side of the flood, and populated the whole earth?
“And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth,” Genesis 5:32.
2. From which of these sons did the colored race originate, and how do we know?
“And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan,” Genesis 10:6. The word “Ham” as a Hebrew adjective always means black and warm, therefore as the name “Ham” was given to this son of Noah, it signifies the color, and thus the origination of the colored race.
The name “Ethiopia” is the Greek and Roman equivalent for the Hebrew name “Cush,” who was the descendant of Ham. Cushite in the Hebrew is the same as Ethiopian in the Greek and Roman, and the Cushites settled the country of Ethiopia, which in Bible times was known as the unbounded lands south of Egypt, spoken of also as the land of Ham.
3. What further Bible proof have we that the Ethiopian race are the colored people?
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?” Jeremiah 13:23.
NOTE: Ham is the only son of Noah after whom a country was named.This is spoken of as the land of Ham in Psalms 105:23, 27, also 106:22, as well as elsewhere. The term Ethiopia is a Greek and Roman word, meaning “Cush” in the Hebrew. The Ethiopians or Cushites were black, and Jeremiah declared they could not change their color. The late geographical name for this country is Abyssinia.
4. Have the colored people taken an active part with the chosen people of God during the past ages?
Moses married an Ethiopian woman, Numbers 12:1. The queen of Sheba, who journeyed to meet King Solomon, I Kings 10:1-3; II Chronicles 9:1-12, was also a colored woman. Sheba was the capitol city of Ethiopia, and this queen was queen of the Ethiopians.
5. When the prophet Jeremiah was cast into a dungeon and about to perish who reported his condition to the king, and led the soldiers to his rescue?
“Now when Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin; Ebed-melech went forth out of the king’s house, and spake to the king . . . Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die,” Jeremiah 38:7, 8, 10.
6. What direct Bible evidence do we have that the angels of God are watching over colored people, to prepare them for eternal life the same as they are over the white?
“And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert,” Acts 8:26.
7. Did Philip, the minister of God, obey, and in doing so what did he find?
“And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet,” verse 27, 28.
8. What did the Spirit then say to Philip?
“Go near, and join thyself to this chariot,” verse 29.
9. Did Philip, under the direction of the angel, esteem this man a fit subject for salvation even though he was an Ethiopian? What was the outcome of this meeting and Bible study?
“They went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him,” verse 38. Read verses 30 to 40 inclusive.
NOTE: It is a known fact of history that this eunuch, who was treasurer of Ethiopia, carried back to his people the Christian religion, the glad tidings of the Son of God, Who had come into the world, and that His message was accepted. Since the very commencement of this nation, from seven hundred years before Moses, these people have observed the seventh day Sabbath, as David and Solomon. Being attracted by this common religion, the queen of Sheba made her journey to visit king Solomon at Jerusalem, and the two nations were blended together in the friendly ties of mutual interests.
Unlike the Hebrews, however, the Ethiopian people accepted Jesus as the promised Messiah, and following in His steps, they continued to observe the seventh day of the week as He did. Even today many of them observe the true Sabbath of the Lord.
They withstood the power of the Roman church, also the Mohammedan invasions. Therefore they have never been compelled to give up the religion of Jesus Christ, as the rest of the world during the dark ages, when Sunday was forced upon them under civil law without Bible authority.
Knowing their devotion to God from the scriptures, and the part they have had in matters of importance pertaining to His work, as well as the special direction of Philip to the Ethiopian eunuch, no reasonably minded person could say that they do not have an equal chance for eternal life with that of other races. Paul says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus,” Galatians 3:28. See also Colossians 3:11.