The Bible Says Jesus is a Black Man — Why Do You Keep Insisting He’s White?

The Bible Says Jesus is a Black Man — Why Do You Keep Insisting He’s White?

Steve, why do you keep insisting Jesus was a white man, when the Scripture in Revelation 1:14-15 clearly says He was black?  Why can’t you just stick with the Word?  What part of the Word of God offends you?

Denial, denial, denial. Why not accept the scriptures as it states? His skin was like burnished brass. That’s burnt brass.  It means He was a black man.  His hair was wooly like a lamb. In other words, wooly like a black man’s hair.

What part of that scripture offends you? Revelation 1:14-15 is a direct description of CHRIST himself.  Not the root, not the family tree, not the lineage. But straight up.  What part of that scripture offends you?

Take it as you may. But PLEASE answer the question. I have studied with Arnold Murray. He is fine as a Pastor. I have heard his “ruddy skin” explanation of why he believes Christ was a white man. But there was never a scripture that said Christ’s skin was ruddy. Only Adam’s and David’s are mentioned.

There ARE two scriptures, however, that specifically tell you of Christ’s appearance, and they’re found in Revelation 1:14-15.

No need to jump here or there throughout the Bible, or have a long reasoning with compilation of scriptures. Those two passages I’m referring you to do not say he has straight hair. They do not say he has white skin. The Word says His hair is like wool, which is like a black person’s.  The Word says his skin is like burnished brass, which is black.

I have never heard Pastor Murray read this scripture and explain it. He omits it and goes all around it, as do you.

St. John clearly described Jesus as a dark-skinned man with wooly hair like a black man’s, not a man with long blonde straight hair and blue eyes!

The devil is a liar and the father of lies, he is the deceiver of mankind! He loves to sow division and discord, who comes to kill, steal and destroy! He loves to divide, he lied to white people and made them think they’re superior and to get rid of black people!!

— Jackie

Steve’s Answer:

Jackie, thank you for writing.  God loves ALL of His children. Let me get that straight, right out of the gate. If you truly love Jesus — the Living Word of God — you’ve got God on your side, regardless of race or cultural origin.  And I praise Him for that.

Nevertheless, you keep insisting on the importance of sticking with “the Word.” And I agree. So let’s do exactly that. Here’s the Scripture you keep referring to without directly quoting it:

Rev 1:14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;


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

The Word, in the verses you’ve referred to, says, “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow…”

So, going by the Word itself, and nothing else, the subject matter is head color and hair color.

It’s not talking about hair style or hair quality or any specific hair characteristic other than color.

It does not say Christ’s hair is “like wool.”  It says it’s “white like wool.”

It doesn’t say “tight like wool,” or “matted like wool,” or “thick like wool,” or “curly like wool,” but instead, “white like wool.” Period. Dot. End of story.

You’re reading into the Scripture what you *want* to believe. But you have to torture the meaning of the Scripture to get there, unfortunately.

I honestly wouldn’t care if Jesus were indeed a black man. But the simple fact of the matter is that He’s not. And I prefer to stick with the “Word” you keep saying we need to take seriously, rather than doing what you’re doing — trying to read things into that Word in order to justify your belief.

His HEAD and His HAIR are “white like wool.” That’s what the Word says.  His head coloration is white.  And His hair coloration is white.  Now, let me ask you the same question you keep asking others:

“What part of that Scripture offends you?”


The Scripture also doesn’t say “His feet were like burnished brass.” That’s a misquote on your part, once again, being used to justify a false notion.

The Word says “And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace.”

That’s a description of BRIGHTNESS (i.e., glowing metal), not darkness or black coloration. It does not even remotely imply black skin or black feet.

The term “fine brass,” in your Strong’s Concordance, is #G-5474, and it means a metal “having a brilliant lustre,” with the implied meaning of “whiteness or brilliancy.” Look it up:









Neuter of a compound of G5475 and G3030 (in the implied mean of whiteness or brilliancy); burnished copper, an alloy of copper (or gold) and silver having a brilliant lustre: – fine brass.

Sorry, but those are the facts.

Again, I could care less if Jesus were indeed a black man. He gave His life for me, and that’s enough for me. He could be bright blue, for all I care.  Or green.  I’d still dedicate my life to Him and the Word of God, which He embodies.

But if you want to “stick with the Word” then please STICK WITH THE WORD and quit trying to change it’s clear meaning, lest you miss out on the promises and blessings therein.

Taken altogether, Revelation 1:14-15 is a spiritual description. It describes the spiritual glory and the spiritual brightness of the Lord. It’s not a description of His actual facial coloration or hair coloration or feet or skin coloration.It’s about the spiritual BRIGHTNESS that shines forth from Him (which is pure truth), plus the spiritual GLORY we’ll all share with Him at His return, if we “keep (i.e., preserve) His Word.”

Keep in mind that the Scripture in Revelation clearly warns we are not to change the meaning of His Word:

Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:


Rev 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in his book.

The blessings of God fall upon those who “keep” (i.e, preserve from loss or injury) His Word exactly as it’s written.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

We can’t “keep” (i.e., preserve from loss or injury) His Word, however, if we continue to read things into it that simply aren’t there.

Consider reading the study What It Really Means to Keep God’s Word.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick


Steve Barwick

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