The Curses of Deuteronomy 28 And Other Captivity Verses
Welcome. Today we are going to go over a few of the curses mentioned in Deuteronomy chapter 28, and place them in the correct context as a group known as the Hebrew Israelites say that all of these curses pertain to them and are in essence one whole prophecy that would not be fulfilled for a few thousand years. All of these verses in Deuteronomy 28 will be addressed in order with more to come.
- Verse 18
- Verse 27
- Verse 32
- Verse 36
- Verse 46
- Verse 48
- Verse 49
- Verse 52
- Verse 53
- Verse 63
- Verse 68 and Revelation 11 8
- Are These Verses Cross References to The Slave Trade? (Jeremiah 17 4, 50 33, Isaiah 1 3, Lamentations 1 3, and Luke 21 24).
Deuteronomy 28 18
Here we can see that no exile or captivity is mentioned yet, because of the mention of the fruit of THY land, which is Israel. This was before the children of Jacob entered the land. We can further confirm this by reading verses 21-22, 24, 42, 49, 51-52, and 63 because it talks about afflictions happening to their land.
Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep
Deuteronomy 28 27
Take notice here. Here we see in this verse that it refers to the exact land of Egypt and the plagues that happened there. This will be important later on, as there is a major misconception in verse 68.
The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
Deuteronomy 28 32
We see this being fulfilled in 2 Chronicles 29 1-9. Verses 1-9 proves that Hezekiah was saying this is something that happened to their fathers, meaning it happened during Biblical times.
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand.
Deuteronomy 28 36
Note how it mentions a king. This proves that these are all a collection of curses that are set in different time periods as they did not have a king for many years. During the time of Deuteronomy they had no king. So obviously this would have to occur sometime during or after Saul's reign. This occurred in 2 Kings 17 6.
The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
Deuteronomy 28 46
They take this as saying that every single curse would all come upon them at once and would never leave. But as we will prove, this is a collection of curses that happened in separate times throughout history. So when it says it will be a curse upon them forever, it is saying that the specific curse that comes upon them will last until they repent. Read the verse beforehand and it gives clarity on it.
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
Deuteronomy 28 48
This has been used to say that this verse refers to the trans Atlantic slave trade. But this verse was referenced in Jeremiah 28 13-14, so this was not about an event that would happen after 70 AD.
Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
Deuteronomy 28 49
When we look up the word "earth" used in this verse, we get 776. erets. It does not always mean earth like the planet. It can also mean land. It does not refer to one singular country from the other side of the globe like the United States. Daniel 4 22 references this verse in regards to the Babylonian captivity. Geographically Nebuchadnezzar did have this dominion. This was not saying that a nation with the symbol of an eagle would come for them. It says they are as swift as the eagle. Habbakuk 1 6-8 also describes the Chaldeans (The ruling Babylonians) as such. In verse 8 it says, "Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat."
Another argument they use is that this was saying America would enslave them is the fact that it says this nation would come as swift as an eagle. What's the symbol for America? The eagle. But America is not the only country that uses an eagle as you can see in the picture below.
"the LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand."
Deuteronomy 28 52
It makes no mention of captivity in another land here. Notice how it says that it would be in their land that it would happen. "thy gates" and "thy land", not any other place. But the Hebrew Israelites argue that they went into Africa and were sold off as slaves by the Africans. This does not say so.
Deuteronomy 28 53
He says they shall eat their children in the siege, where their enemies will distress them. We see this being referenced in Jeremiah 19 6-9 in regards to the Babylonian siege.
And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
- 6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
- 7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
- 8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.
- 9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.
Notice how it says the city would be made desolate, implying that eating their children would happen right after.
Deuteronomy 28 63
Note how it says in the last part that they will be sent into captivity from the land they go to possess. This means that they would go into captivity from their land of Israel, not Africa like Hebrew Israelites teach.
And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy 28 68
And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.
This is the verse I referenced earlier. Egypt, while it was called the "house of bondage" (Deuteronomy 5 6), does not mean house of bondage. While they did not require ships to get out, looking at this map shows us that the quickest way from Israel to Egypt is through the Mediterranean Sea, as opposed to walking distance. Especially if you are trying to take a large multitude of slaves back. Obviously transporting them by ship would be the faster, and possibly easier solution.
It also references Exodus 14 13, which says they will not be taken back there as slaves if they keep the Almighty's word. Deuteronomy 17 15-16 confirms this, where it equates the same verse where the Lord said they are not to go back to Egypt in order to multiply their horses with the actual land of Egypt. If all of this was about a future event to happen after the New Testament times, it seems likely that it would have been referenced again New Testament. So we see that this was not a future event, but a curse that would descend upon the descendants of Jacob if they rebelled. If you read all of Deuteronomy 28 you see that before this is even mentioned, there are references to captivity such as serving their enemies in nakedness and hunger, which they claim to be about the trans Atlantic slave trade. But since we see that these curses are in order, that would be impossible for this reference of Egypt to be America as that would mean the American captivity would have happened before they even got there.
This is just a collection of curses. They also use Revelations 11 8 as a cross-reference to this verse, which says the Egypt in Deuteronomy 28 68 is the same "spiritual Egypt" in Revelations 11 8. But read this verse carefully.
"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified."— Revelation 11 8.
Where was he crucified? Jerusalem. It does not say "spiritual Jerusalem", but it says that this place is where their Lord was crucified. We have a possible fulfillment of this prophecy.
After the Fall of the Second Temple (70 CE) Josephus reports:
- "Because the soldiers were now growing weary of bloodshed, and survivors appeared constantly, Caesar orders to kill only those who offered armed resistance and to take alive all the rest. (415) The troops, in addition to those covered by their orders, slaughtered the aged and infirm; people to their prime who might be useful they herded into the Temple area and shut up in the Court of the Women (lcl. (416) Caesar appointed one of his freedmen as their guard, his friend Fronto, to decide the fate appropriate to each. (417) All those who had taken part in sedition and brigandage (they informed against other) he executed. He picked out the tallest and handsomest of the lot and reserved them for the Triumph (418). Of the rest, those who were over seventeen he put in chains and sent to hard labor in Egypt while greet numbers were presented by Titus to the provinces to perish in the theaters by sword or by wild beasts; those under seventeen were sold. " (Josephus, “The Jewish Wars”; Book vi 9:2.)
After the Fall of Betar (135 CE)
- Cassius (150-235 C.E.), a Roman historian, tells us, “Few Jews remained alive, 50 of their strongest fortified cities and 985 of the best towns and villages were demolished; 580,000 died on the battlefield, besides countless others who perished of hunger and pestilence .. the entire land of Judea was almost transformed into a barren wasteland.”
- ""Now that Betar had been captured, everything came under Human control, while Palestine [Judah] was reduced to a desolate mound. Captives were sold into slavery in numbers too great to count. First they were brought to the grand annual market at the Terebinth-Eloh tree in Hebron, or in the words of Hyranumous, to the Tent-Ohel of Abraham near Hebron. Each slave sold for the price of a horse. Those captives who were not sold there were brought to the market place in Azza [Gaza] which, because of the great multitudes of slaves who were sold there, was called Hadrian’s market place. And those who were still not sold there were herded into ships and were taken to Egypt. Many died in transit, whether by starvation or by shipwreck, while many also were killed by cruel masters." (Munter, Primordia Eccl. Africanae, pp. 85f.,113.)
I hope to cover all of the curses someday as I do more research. But I encourage you to study for yourself. According to the order of the curses, verse 49 is referring to the Babylonian siege and up to verse 68 it is when they were taken to Egypt. So previous to that it would refer to the events beforehand. A cross reference Bible is recommended.
Are These Verses Cross References to The Slave Trade? (Isaiah 1 3, Jeremiah 17 4, 50 33, Lamentations 1 3, and Luke 21 24).
They use these verses to say that they are cross-references to the others that prove these are future prophecies. Let's examine them.
They use Isaiah 1 3 to say this refers to them, but as established in my previous article on the Hebrew Israelites Isaiah is referring to the Babylonian captivity. And this verse is not literally saying Israel does not recognize the Almighty. It says they "doth not consider", meaning they do not recognize that he is over them. When we sin we are acting in rebellion against God and are basically saying he does not tell us what to do.
Jeremiah 17 4 says they would be discontinued from their heritage and serve enemies in a strange land. Does that fit the Hebrew Israelite theology? Think about this. What time period did Jeremiah live in? The Babylonian captivity. What did the Babylonians do? Destroy Jerusalem, a portion of Judah's land. What tribe is being condemned in Jeremiah 17? Verses 1, 19, 20, 25, and 26 says, Judah.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.— Jeremiah 50 33
Like the previous verse, context shows that this is not a modern day prophecy.
Jeremiah lived during the Babylonian captivity so it makes more sense to apply that verse there. In that same chapter;
- 1 "The word that the Lord spake against <<Babylon>>and against the land of the <<Chaldeans>> by Jeremiah the prophet."
- 2 "Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, <<Babylon>> is taken, Bel is confounded, <<Merodach>> is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces."
- 3 "For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast."
- 4 "<<In those days, and in that time,>> saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the Lord their God."
- 5 "They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten."
1 How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.— Lamentations 1 1-2
The context shows that Lamentations 1 is referring to Biblical times. The city is abandoned, desolate. Modern day Israel is inhabited by over 8 million people so this prophecy cannot be referring to the modern day. And finally, we will address Luke 21 24. As shown the other verses cannot possibly be cross-referencing these with the slave trade, so what does it mean? The context shows that it would be something to happen during that time.
Luke 21:24. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations — The fulfilment of this part of the prophecy, we have Bell., Luke 7:16, where Josephus describes the sacking of the city. “And now, rushing into every lane, they slew whomsoever they found without distinction, and burned the houses, and all the people who had fled into them.— Benson Commentary
- No verse in Deuteronomy 28 mentions that they would be taken captive from the land of Africa and sold to a nation like Egypt. Isaiah 11 11 mentions a few African places such as Cush and Egypt, but it also mentions Assyria, Elam, Babylonia, Hamath and the islands of the Mediterranean. And given the fact that Isaiah 11 12 mentions Judah being in exile and verse 11 mentions Babylonia, this proves that this verse was in relation to the Babylonian captivity. It also says that this is the second time he will regather the tribes, and every Hebrew Israelite I have met or listened to online is well aware of the fact that A) The Jews were taken back to their homeland during the time of Cyrus, making this the second time the Most High returned his people to their land. B) Even if this is referring to the reunification of all 12 Tribes, they too agree that this was fulfilled during the New Covenant ( Hebrews 8 8-11 and Revelation 7 5-8).
- And Isaiah is at the time of Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom, proving this by how he says the Judahites were dispersed. Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem (Judahite territory), which was at the time of the split between the Northern and Southern Tribes.
- No mention of the Africans (Hamites) selling them from Africa to another land are given in this chapter, so the idea that they were involved with helping enslave the "real black Jews" is not found in scripture.
- The transatlantic slave trade began in the 15th century after the Portuguese started exploring the coast of West Africa. (
Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.