King of Togo demands recognition from Israel as one of the lost Jewish tribes

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Heard those rumors that the guys living in Israel today are probably impostors? Well, they are not rumors, as a matter of fact they are true.

Jesus declared to the listening disciples the judgments that were to fall upon apostate Israel, and especially the retributive vengeance that would come upon them for their rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah. Unmistakable signs would precede the awful climax. The dreaded hour would come suddenly and swiftly. And the Saviour warned His followers: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains.” Matthew 24:15, 16; Luke 21:20, 21. When the idolatrous standards of the Romans should be set up in the holy ground, which extended some furlongs outside the city walls, then the followers of Christ were to find safety in flight. When the warning sign should be seen, those who would escape must make no delay. Throughout the land of Judea, as well as in Jerusalem itself, the signal for flight must be immediately obeyed. He who chanced to be upon the housetop must not go down into his house, even to save his most valued treasures. Those who were working in the fields or vineyards must not take time to return for the outer garment laid aside while they should be toiling in the heat of the day. They must not hesitate a moment, lest they be involved in the general destruction. The Destruction of Jerusalem, Ellen White, pg 29.

All the predictions given by Christ concerning the destruction of Jerusalem were fulfilled to the letter. The Jews experienced the truth of His words of warning: “With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:2. The Destruction of Jerusalem, Ellen White, pg 30.

At the time of the siege, the Jews were assembled at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, and thus the Christians throughout the land were able to make their escape unmolested. Without delay they fled to a place of safety–the city of Pella, in the land of Perea, beyond Jordan. The Destruction of Jerusalem, Ellen White, pg 31.

The ruler of the Republic of Togo, King Francois A. Ayi, visited the Israeli Religious Affairs Minister, David Azulai, to demand that the State of Israel officially recognize the people of Togo as one of the lost tribes of

“The meeting with the minister, who received me so warmly, will begin to open the doors to the tribes of Africa and the world, for those who want to know about Judaism and connect to the Land of Israel.”

“I didn’t just discover that I was a Jew. I have always been a Jew. We all know this. Before Togo became a republic, it was a kingdom called ‘The Jewish Kingdom of West Africa’. Our founding fathers came from Israel more than two thousand years ago via Egypt and Morocco.”


“We kept the Jewish New Year and all the Jewish laws. We do not eat meat and milk together, we have circumcision on the eighth day, and observe the Sabbath,” the king explained.

“My message,” he said, “is to bring all the kings and queens of Africa, since I am their king, to come and see what the God of Israel has done. So they can see the Biblical history and the truth. I want all the Jews in the world to come here and sing the Shema prayer.”

“I feel that I must join with the Jews now in order to continue the tradition I received. I want to lead my people and all the people ruled by the kings under me to understand that the God of Mount Sinai is the God we seek today.”

King Ayi’s visit with the Israeli minister comes several months after the king met Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of the leading rabbis of the generation.

Minister Azulai responded to the king’s claims of being part of a lost tribe with caution, saying, “This needs to passed through the Chief Rabbinate for them to be accepted Halachically (according to Torah law) and then on the practical level.”

King Ayi was asked how he would respond to rabbis who doubted the veracity of his claims.

“If a rabbi says that a Jew who is  trying to come to Judaism is not a Jew – he should  go and read the Torah again. The Torah says that the lost tribes are beyond the River Sambatyon. In the end of days, all the Jews in the world will be revealed, and people from far away will return. Judaism is not only in Europe. It is all over the world.”

“While our aunts and uncles were being murdered in the Holocaust, many of our people – black Jews in Africa – were being killed as well. Many of the black Jews were taken to America as slaves, and some blacks in America are Jews. This has been verified by genetic testing,” the king said.

He concluded with a message of unity. “It’s time we know that we are one: there is no white Jew, green Jew, or black Jew. We are all Jews under the kingdom of God.”


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