Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The Jewish Holocaust in Biblical Prophecy


The Altar of Burnt Offering, shown beside the Golden Altar of Incense (left) which was placed before the Tabernacle in the Jerusalem Temple




In a previous post I argued that The False Prophet spoken of in the Book of Revelation is to be equated with the Little Horn of the Book of Daniel - a figure which is modelled after the Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who subjected to the Jews to fierce bout of persecution before Jewish independence was won by the Maccabean revolt. I go on to suggest that this prophecy of the forerunner to the Antichrist was fulfilled in the person of Adolf Hitler, who subjected the Jews to the worst case of religious persecution in history, before the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948.
If this interpretation is correct, then it would follow that the "war against the saints" described in the Book of Daniel was a prophecy of the Jewish Holocaust:


 "Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet, and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions. As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom."
(Dan 7:19-22)


We are told that the Little Horn makes war against the saints (who would have been identified with the Jewish people in its original context) and prevails over them; before the Little Horn is defeated and the kingdom is restored to them. The Book of Daniel states that the "saints of the Most High" will be given over to the Little Horn for "a time, times, and half a time" - or three and a half years:


He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High,
and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.

(Dan 7:25)


This closely corresponds with the duration of the "Final Solution", when the Nazis began to exterminate the Jews in the concentration camps in January 1942, until the liberation of the last of the death camps in May 1945 - a period of roughly three and a half years.
While Dan 7 undoubtedly contains a reference to the restoration of Jewish independence after the persecution by Antiochus Epiphanes, it is clear that this situation parallels events that are to take place towards the end-time. And there is no greater parallel to this persecution of Jews before the restoration of their land in the 1st century BC than the events brought about by the Second World War. In Dan 10:14 the prophet is specifically told that his visions concern the fate of the Jewish people in the "latter times", towards the end of the world:


 ..."[I] came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come."
(Dan 10:14)


In Unveiling the Apocalypse, I forward the hypothesis that the Four Beasts of Daniel represent the major players in the Second World War, and that they are the same entities represented by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (see the earlier post The Four Beasts and the Four Horsemen for a fuller outline of this interpretation). In the book, I argue that these symbolic figures are also to be identified with the four "angels" referred to elsewhere in the Book of Revelation, who are released to kill a third of "mankind":


Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand; I heard their number. And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions' heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound.
(Rev 9:13-19)


The term "angel" in the Bible is used in the sense of "messenger", and can refer to demonic as well as heavenly creatures. It is most likely that it is used in the former sense of the word in Rev 9, given that this portion of the Apocalypse tells us that these particular beings are agents of destruction. So it is no great leap of the imagination to connect these four "angels" with the Four Horsemen mentioned earlier in the Book of Revelation. And as I mention in the book, if we carefully study the original Greek, we find that it explicitly states that the armies of these four angels belong to the Horsemen (of the Apocalypse), rather than being an army composed of horsemen - "the army of the horsemen" rather than "the army of horsemen".
The fact that this passage tells us that the four angels were released to kill "a third of mankind" at first seems somewhat problematic in accepting this interpretation. But when we look to the original Greek version of this text, we find that a more literal translation of the phrase tou anthropou (translated in this English version as "of mankind") is "of the people". So the angels are released to kill a third of the people. And the use of the definite article suggests that it is a particular "people" or "race" being referred to in this passage. If it is a particular people being singled out here, then it would of course have to refer to the Jewish people - the native race of the author of the Apocalypse, and indeed of Christ himself.
As I point out in my book, the Jewish Holocaust claimed the lives of around 5.7 million people - about one third of the then 16,600,000 strong total Jewish population of the world. You can find the actual figures of the world's Jewish population as given in the 1946-47 American Jewish Yearbook here (scroll down to the first page), which states that one-third of the world's Jews had been annihilated in the Nazi extermination camps.
The chimera-like creatures depicted in the "second woe" are similar to the locusts of the "first woe", which I argue in the earlier post The Apocalyptic Locusts accurately describes the appearance of military aircraft, which were first introduced during the First World War. So they could represent the use of tanks during the Second World War - the Panzer being a key component of the Nazi war machine. The use of Panzers were central to the Nazi's blitzkrieg tactics, allowing the rapid invasion of countries such as Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the Soviet Union. The Nazi occupation of Europe (and subsequent round up of the Jewish population) would have been impossible without the use of these machines.
John's description of the armoured "horses" in his vision, with lion-like heads and "tails" with mouths which spew out fire could quite easily be a description of a tank, as seen from a 1st century AD perspective. The "tails" with fire-spouting mouths could refer to the serpent-like gun turrets, which would have looked extremely bizarre if one was given a glimpse of the future from the distant past. If John was indeed given actual visions of real-time future events, and he did see modern inventions such as the tank, it surely would have been a quite perplexing sight - armour-clad creatures being controlled by people as they would a horse, with "tails" that seemed to protrude from where their mouth should be located on their heads. If so, then this would be as accurate a description as we could hope for.
The third of "mankind" or perhaps more accurately "the people" were then killed by the plagues that issued from these creatures mouths - fire, smoke and sulphirc gases. And of course gas in the form of Zyklon B was the method of choice for the industralised slaughter of the Jews housed in the various extermination camps of Nazi-controlled Europe, with the bodies being disposed in the cremetoria and fire-pits.
It is perhaps then of some profound significance that the voice which commands for release of the four angels which will destroy a third of the people come from between the four horns on the Golden Altar before the Throne of God in heaven. The horns of the Golden Altar of Incense were sprinkled with blood from the sacrificial victim as a means of the forgiveness of sins. And the coals of the Golden Altar which were used to burn the incense were taken from the Altar of Burnt Offering situated outside the Temple in the Court of Priests, where the remains of the sacrifical victim was reduced down amongst the embers. So the coals of the Golden Altar of Incense were mixed with the sacrifical victim itself, whose sarcifice would be carried up towards heaven along with the suffion of aromas from the burning of the incense.  This is the reason that the souls of the martyrs are seen under the Golden Altar earlier in the Book of Revelation, as it is from here that the remains of their sacrifice are carried toward heaven along with the smoke of the incense and the prayers of the saints:

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.
(Rev 6:9)

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
(Rev 8:1-4)

It is of profound significance then that the term "holocaust" is derived from the Greek word meaning "whole burnt sacrifice".

We first find reference to the four "angels" with the powers of destruction called forth by the voice emanating from between the four horns on the Golden Altar in an earlier passage in the Apocalypse which is specifically connected to the sealing of the 144,000:


After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
 12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
 12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
 12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
(Rev 7:1-8)


The 144,000 are strangely differentiated from the rest of the marytrs mentioned later in Rev 7, who form an innumerable multitude. They are also composed of the twelve tribes of Israel, and are thus inextricably linked with the Jewish race and the people of Israel. Could the 144,000 therefore in some way represent the Jews killed during the Shoah?
The identity of the 144,000 is intimately bound to the earlier passage concerning the souls seen by John under the Golden Altar at the opening of the fifth seal:


When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
(Rev 6:9-11)


These are the souls offered as a burnt sacrifice (holocaust) to God, under the same altar from which the command was issued to release the four angels bound at the Euphrates - which we have already equated with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Most scholars would concur that the souls under the altar here are those slain during the devastation unleashed by the opening of the first four seals and the arrival of the Horsemen.
The number 144,000 is highly symbolic. Twelve is the number of govermental perfection, and it is here multplied itself, and timed a thousand - a number which represents vastness and abundance. Hence we have the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve Apostles. And we find these same numbers repeated in the properties of the Heavenly Jerusalem.
It seems then of profound import that if we multiply 144,000 by another figure of deep symbolic importance in the Bible - the number 40, we get 5,760,000 - which corresponds almost exactly to the closest estimates given for the number of Jews during the Holocaust. The eminent British historian Sir Martin Gilbert estimated that around 5,750,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime, and while other estimations vary up and down from this number, the overall figure is generally accepted as being just short of six million.
A fourfold multiplication of the number 144,000 is implied in the dimensions of the Heavenly Jerusalem given later in the Book of Revelation. In Rev 21, each of the four walls of the Heavenly Jerusalem are 144 cubits high - which is 144,000 reduced to its most basic form. And the length and breath is 12,000, which multiplied gives the total area of 144,000.  So height of the walls multiplied by their number - 4 x 144 gives 576 - the above number corresponding to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust reduced to its nearest significant figure. 


And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel's measurement.
(Rev 21:15-17)


A forty-fold multiplication of this number is then the four-fold multiplication of 144,000 taken to the next decimal place.
But the symbolism of the number 40 is the most significant part of this interpretation. It seems particularly apt then that we can acheive the exact number of deaths in the Jewish Holocaust by multiplying 144,000 by 40. Forty is the number of trial, purification, and renewal in the Bible. The earth was covered by the flood for 40 days to cleanse the earth of evil, after which time the world was born anew. The Israelites were made to wander in the desert for 40 years to make amends for rebelling against God by fashioning the Golden Calf. After the 40 years were over, the Israelites were permitted to enter the Promised Land and establish their home there. Elijah fasted for 40 days before his journey to Horeb, when he was given his mission to restore Israel from apostasy. Jesus went through his trial of fasting and temptation in the desert for 40 days before he commenced his public ministry. And Christ also spent 40 days on earth after his resurrection until he ascended into heaven. So the number 40 in this instance would symbolise this period of the trial and renewal of the Jewish people in the events brought by the Second World War.


See also the related posts:

Our Lady of Fatima and the Jewish Holocaust
The Prophetic Symbolism of Our Lady of Knock

18 comments:

Anne said...

Dear Emmett, Awesome post.
Your writings with detailed research leaves me spellbound.
Your book arrived after a long wait. I can't wait to read it.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Thank Anne! It means a lot to know that these reflections make sense to others...
Hope you enjoy the book!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it's unrelated, but I have been thinking a lot about the fact that we are fast approaching the 40th year of the "legal" abortion holocaust in the USA. I pray for mercy as the weight of so many innocent lives lost is heavy on my heart.

Emmett O'Regan said...

It's not unrelated at all...
We are told that the 144,000 are joined by an innumerable multitude of victims under the altar of holocaust. The 144,000 are told to "rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been." (Rev 6:11)
After a third of the people (the 144,000) is killed in Rev 9, mankind still refuses to repent:
"The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
(Rev 9:20-21)
The virginity of the 144,000 symbolises their innocence, and these innocents are set to be joined by countless others on the altar of sacrifice.
I believe that the genocide of the unborn - the modern day "slaughter of the innocents", is part of the throng of martyrs to join the 144,000. The remarkable nature and symbolism of the Zeitoun apparitions - which occurred at the onslaught of this abomination, is testimony to heaven's view of the legalisation of abortion. Our Lady of Zeitoun is the ultimate patron of the pro-life movement, showing that heaven is witness to the suffering of these innocents, whose blood cries from the ground for justice:
"They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
(Rev 6:10)
Humanity is set on the path to destruction by allowing these abominations to persist. As the Third Secret warns - the angel guarding the Tree of Life is already poised to strike the earth with his flaming sword - his hand is stayed only by the intercession of Our Lady to allow for a period of penance. This will happen with the Second Pentecost, when more people are drawn to Christ - but it remains to be seen whether this repentence will be universal enough to allow for a "sign of Jonah".

Gretchen said...

Forgive my ignorance, but I am wondering what the connection is between the Zeitoun apparitions in Egypt and the legalization of abortion in the USA. I see the timing aspect, 1968/1973. I am not saying there isn't one, just curious to follow your reasoning further. Thanks!

Gretchen said...

Ok, so I finally read "Our Lady of Light and the Apocalyptic Nativity," no need to answer my previous post :) Got it!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, 40 years after UK Abortion Act in 1967 brings us to notable world events (especially unraveling of economies) in 2007. Am I being too simplistic in connecting the two?

Emmett O'Regan said...

Hi Gretchen,

I should have mentioned the previous posts on Our Lady of Zeitoun - I keep forgetting that there are new readers that haven't read everything on the blog yet!
That's the problem with blogs - it's not like reading a book where everything flows in a orderly fashion. It almost takes you to read the posts in reverse order so that you can keep up with the plot!

Anon - I keep thinking about the 40 years aspect as well (or possibly 42 if you convert the 42 months of the Apocalypse into years). You've obviously done your research - I didn't mention that the UK Abortion Act was first passed by Parliment in 1967. It was in April 1968 that this new legislation was brought into effect, and the abortions actually began.

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Anonymous said...

One question: My understanding is that 10 tribes of Israel had been "lost" which is to say they are living among and within the body of non-Jews on the earth.

If the 144,000 is to represent Israel, how does that reconcile with the victims of the holocaust being primrily from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin? (Unless I have that wrong?)

Emmett O'Regan said...

The Book of Revelation uses the motif of the 12 tribes figurately here to represent "all Israel". I don't think it was meant to suggest that the 10 "lost" tribes would literally reappear and partake in this event. Besides, many surviving members of the ten "lost" tribes left in the land would have been assimilated into the other tribes after the invasion of Assyria (and even before through inter-marriage), so ethnically speaking, modern Jews would have ancestery from all 12 tribes. Also there is a question mark over whether there are in fact 10 lost tribes. The priestly tribe of Levi continued to exist in serving the Temple in Jerusalem long after the Assyrian deportation. Modern Jews with the surname "Cohen" (meaning "priest" in Hebrew) are thought to be descendants of the tribe of Levi. The tribe of Simeon was located in the southern kingdom of Judah, and also escaped Assyrian deportation, and was eventually absorbed by Judah. Also we find in the time of the New Testament, there were people still identifying themselves as being descendants of the 10 "lost" tribes - with the prophetess Anna claiming ancestery from the tribe of Asher:

"And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem."
(Luke 2:36-38)

So ethnically these tribes were never lost completely, but were rather subsumed into the territory (and wider genepool) of Judah and Benjamin. Therefore the significance of the 12 tribes and the 144,000 is largely used as a reference to "all Israel" through the use of number symbolism.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your response.

Assuming that is correct. Does this imply that the Jews are superior in the eyes of God to gentile Christians?

You've identified the Jews as the 'Saints' who are overcome - but not Christians. And furthermore the Jews satisfy for the holocaust - but not Christians - not even Christian Jews.

Furthermore the 144,000 are described as 'first fruits' and are specifically from the tribes of Israel - the gentile Christians are by comparison, merely the 'multitude from every tribe nation and tongue'.

If Revelation is Specifically Jewish-centric and just as notably NOT gentile-Christian-centric, it connotes a superiority over non-Jews in the eyes of God, does it not? Are the gentile Christians not sort of second-class citizens, mentioned as more of an after-thought?

The Jew first and then the Greek etc...

...The Woman (Israel?) who gave birth to a son is given wings to escape the deluge so the Dragon makes war on 'the rest of her children'.

Thank you for your thoughts as the truth on this is important to me.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Hi Anon,

It will require a lot of space and time to answer these questions properly. I'll attempt to address some of the implications in the main part of the blog in the near future. For now, I'll attempt to answer your questions in a nutshell.
As a Catholic, I believe that salvation was won by Jesus Christ on the Cross. The victory of the Paschal Lamb over death and sin opened up the possibility of salvation for all men (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1019). While salvation resides solely in Christ, Catholicism teaches that everyone can share in the suffering of Jesus in order to attain special graces for oneself or others, such as the expiation of sins and the conversion of sinners:

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed."
(1Pet 4:12-13)

"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church..."
(Col 1:24)

So it seems that the suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust saw them follow in the suffering of the Messiah - the suffering servant of Isaiah:

"He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
(Isaiah 53:3-6)

All men are created equal in the eyes of God. But as a people chosen by God, the Jews do hold a special place in the plan of salvation - "for salvation is from the Jews".
(John 4:22)

St. Paul tells us that it is through the end-time conversion of the Jews that Jesus the Messiah will be revealed during the Second Coming:

"For if their rejection [of Jesus] means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance [of Him] mean but life from the dead?"
(Rom 11:15)


This acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah by the Jews at the end time is also foreshadowed in the Book of Zechariah:

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
(Zech 12:10)

I believe that the 144,000 (who represent the victims of the Holocaust) are the firstfruits in the end time salvation of the Jews, through whose sufferings will lead to this final acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah and usher in the Second Coming of Christ.

"Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
(Rom 11:25-26)

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for your reply. I'll keep watch for your next.

Curiously, just before checking for your response to my last post, I happened to be browsing through an aggregator and saw the below article.

Maybe it's not a coincidence...

If you can get past the first few paragraphs and the conspiracy stuff, the author does a nice job of explaining the origins of the 12tribes. I learned alot from it.

Perhaps you'll find something of interest in it and his two follow-up posts:

http://beforeitsnews.com/religion/2012/10/were-abraham-isaac-and-jacob-jews-part-1-the-beginning-2444048.html

Anonymous said...

Interesting thoughts

Anonymous said...

also the mark of the beast 666 could be a mistranslation from 7777 which would make a swastika

Anonymous said...

So many lives lost because crazy bastards have this book in their hands working on their pathetic attempts to bring Christ back to earth.

It is interesting that after the damage Hitler did,. he was simply poisoned. It is the prophecy believers, the pathetic form of lives that I wish they will burn in eternal hill for the holocaust, ISIS, Daesh and all the misery they impose on humanity in the name of God.

Unknown said...

I'm sorry but your article does not and cannot fit into scripture because the Jews are not Jews at all but converts. The real Jews are the negro's who were brought to America by way of slave ships. The negroes fit perfectly into all of the cursings and blessings found in Deuteronomy Ch. 28. Also most American negroes share the E1b1a Y haplogroup which has been scientifically traced to have its origins in Egypt, the middle east and later into Africa. Scripture cannot be properly interpreted unless one knows who the true israelites are today. Anything else is an attempt to make scripture apply to those it cannot apply to. End time prophecies cannot be properly interpreted or understood without true knowledge of who the real Israelites are today.
"Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a ‘Jew’ or to call a contemporary Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew."(1980 Jewish Almanac, p. 3).
"Khazar, an ancient Turkic speaking people who ruled a large and powerful state in the steppes North of the Caucasus Mountains from the 7th century to their demise in the mid 11th century A.D... In the 8th Century it's political and religious head... as well as the greater part of the Khazar nobility, abandoned paganism and converted to Judaism... (The Khazars are believed to be the ancestors of most Russian and Eastern European Jews)." Encyclopedia Americana (1985):

"Khazars, confederation of Turkic and Iranian tribes that established a major commercial empire in the second half of the 6th century, covering the southeastern section of modern European Russia... In the middle of the 8th century the ruling classes adopted Judaism as their religion."Encyclopedia Britannica (15th edition)

Most of the inhabitants of ancient Egypt (where the majority of Israelites originated from according to the bible) were Africans (e1b1b y haplogroup) and Negroes (e1b1a y haplogroup). Scholars have found that ancient populations in Egypt were comprised of negroid, african, and other peoples:

"The Distinct African Groups who Comprised Early Ancient Egypt
Egypt in ancient times. In passing, Professor Diop pointed out that craniometrics criteria were quite inadequate for assigning individuals to racial categories: neither the choice of indicators nor the terminology used was uniform or satisfactory. According to Professor Massoulard the population of ancient Egypt perhaps comprised at least three different racial elements: Negroids, amounting to over one-third of the total, ‘Mediterranean’people and people of the Cro-Magnon type. Professor Diop inferred from this that the population of Egypt was basically Negro during the predynastic period, a conclusion contradicting the theory that the Negro element spread to Egypt in later times. Skeletons with fragments of skin attached, dating from very ancient times, before the practice of mummification was introduced, had been discovered by Elliot Smith. These fragments contain melanin in sufficient quantity to establish them as Negro skin." The peopling of ancient Egypt and the deciphering of Meroitic script Proceedings of the symposium held in Cairo from 28 January to 3 February 1974

Read more: http://egyptsearchreloaded.proboards.com/thread/1547/valley-origins-dispersal-niger-speakers#ixzz3oPFMRCvN