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Jay-Z: Know-the-ledge (Jesus Can’t Save You!) Part 1

Jay-Z: Know-the-ledge (Jesus Can’t Save You!)


By Khalil Amani

In 2009, Jay-Z released his song, “Empire State of Mind.” A dope song featuring Alicia Keys where Jay-Z rapped a very controversial lyric, “And Jesus can’t save you! Life starts when the Church ends.” Some said that Jay-Z dissed Jesus and the Christian church! Christian apologists were up in arms, citing the obligatory scriptures defending Jesus as Lord—Isaiah 53, Acts 4:12, John 3:16. (To paraphrase—Jesus was beaten beyond recognition, only one name we must be saved by, God so loved the world that he gave us his son Jesus.)

In recent years, the Jiggaman (Jay-Z) has been accused of being part of some secret society—a Freemason or the Illuminati. They say he worships the devil. And now that he raps that, “And Jesus can’t save you. Life starts when the church ends,” all of the allegations must be true! Right? Like the Knights Templars of ages gone by, who were accused of devil-worship, Hova is being accused of the same.

But Jay-Z clearly told us he is not tied to any secret society on Rick Ross's song, "Freemasons," rapping, "I said that I'm a amazin', not that I'm a Mason!" 

So is Jay-Z right for saying, “And Jesus can’t save you?” (In "Part 2" of this vlog we'll deal with Jay-Z rapping, "Life Starts when the church ends.") Is that so blasphemous? Let’s put our childlike religious beliefs on the backburner for a few minutes and break down a few things and see if Jay-Z’s lyric is blasphemous against Jesus or is he into some esoteric (hidden) knowledge that the masses are oblivious to.

First and foremost, let’s deal with the name Jesus. Acts 4:12 says that “there is only ONE NAME under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved”—Jesus! Is this true? Well, it’s written in the Bible, so it must be true… right? The Bible is perfect, right? The Bible is God’s Divine Word, right? The Bible is the truth, right? The Bible is infallible, right? The Bible is the "inspired" Word of God, right? This is what Christians are taught.

Question? Have you ever met a Chinese man with a Russian name? Well that’s how wrong it is for us to call the Jewish/Hebrew/Israelite Savior Jesus—“Jesus Christ,” as though Jesus is his first name and Christ is his last name. “Christ” is the English/Christian translation of the Hebrew “messiah,” which means “anointed one.” In Hebrew messiah is “Hammashiah.”

Fact! The man they call Jesus was a Hebrew—a Jew of the tribe of Yehudah (Judah). Fact! The man they call Jesus was not a Christian and never heard such a word! Fact! He spoke Aramaic/Hebrew. Fact! In his native language of Hebrew, there has NEVER been a letter “J” in his alphabet! NEVER! Even today, the letter “J” does not exist in Hebrew or Aramaic... or Greek, for that matter! (And all scholars say that the New Testament was written in Greek, yet the Greek language, until this very day and hour and minute that you are reading this has no "J" in its alphabet?) What does this mean? Simply put, his name was not “J”esus! The name “Jesus” is Christian translation of the Hebrew word “Joshua,” which is really “Yahshua” or “Yeshua” or “Yehoshua.” “Yahshua” translates as “Yah is salvation.” "Yah" being the shortened form for God's real name, YAHWEH! 

Fact! The man Christians calls “Jesus”—his name was Yahshua Hammashiah or Yahshua ben Yosef (Joshua the son of Joshua). If he walked down the street today and you hollered out, “Hey Jesus!” he’d keep walking because the name Jesus is foreign to his ears!

Jesus/Yahshua is “Yah is salvation!” And just who is “Yah?” Yah is the abbreviated name for what scholars call the “Tetragrammaton” or “Four Letter Word,” which are YHWH and commonly believed to be pronounced Yahweh. (It is also noteworthy to understand that there weren’t any vowels in ancient Hebrew, thus YHWH.) Psalms 68:4 says, “Sing unto God. Sing praises to his name: extol Him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH.” The name “Jah” is what Rastafarians call God, but remember, there is no letter “J” in the Hebrew language, the ORGINAL language of the Old Testament. “Y” is replaced by “J,” so it should read “Yah.”

Not only is the letter “J” nonexistent in Hebrew, but it is also the youngest letter of the English alphabet—originating about 500 years ago and deriving from “I” and “Y.” In other words, every “J” in the Bible was originally a “Y.” Can you dig that?

In church, they shout “Hallelujah,” which means “Praise be to Yah!” Notice that hallelu-“JAH” is spelled with a “J” but pronounced “YAH.” God’s name is sublimely spoken in hallelujah, yet most Christians never call God Yah or Yahweh. Why is that? Why do they prefer God, Jehovah and Jesus? Religious conditioning! Spiritual ignorance! Brainwashing! Even Jay-Z calls himself “Hova,” the short form of Jehovah. But that was back then. I suspect that Jay-Z now knows that “Jehovah/Hova” is the Christian translation of Yah/Yahweh, which came to fruition through German scholarship. The word “Jehovah” is a 400 year old bastardization of the Tetragrammaton—YHWH/Yahweh! Strictly speaking, it is incorrect!

Do you think Jay-Z knows the truth that I’m spitting and therefore can say that “Jesus can’t save you?” You damn skippy he knows! Whether through secret societies or having his world-view expanded—he has come in contact with a higher understanding of the Divine.

Jesus can’t save you!

The name “Jesus” has never saved black folk from slavery, Jim Crowism, segregation, marginalization, racism, second-class citizenry, and poverty! In fact, God-Yahweh says in Isaiah 45:5 “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God besides me: I girded [protected] thee [Black folk], though thou hast not known me…” As for Jesus as “savior,” Isaiah 43:11 says, “I, even I am the LORD; and besides me there is no savior.” How can Jesus be our savior when God clearly says He’s the only savior?

A Christian will argue that God (Yahweh) and Jesus (Yahshua) are one-and-the-same-person because Jesus says, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). But did Jesus literally mean one personage? Hell-to-the-naw! Why? Because if Yahshua meant that he and God were one person, why did he go to such great lengths to say such things as, “I can of mine own self do nothing… and the Father, which hath sent me… the words which ye hear are not mine, but the Father which sent me… for my Father is greater than I.” (John 5:30, 37; 14:24, 28) That’s pretty goddamned definitive if you ask me!

And by the way—saying GODDAMN is not “taking the Lord’s Name in vain,” because His/Her name is not “God”—Goddamnit!

Yahshua (Jesus) also said, “I come in my Father’s name” (John 5:43). If we accept the literal understanding (like Christians do with God & Jesus as one), the question that must be asked is, “and what name is that? What name does Jesus come in? What is the Father’s name?” If Yahshua comes in Yahweh’s name then it stands to reason that at least part of the son’s name is in the Father’s name, thus “YAH”weh (father) and “YAH”shua (son). Does that make sense to you? It should! But if you’re still not convinced that the son’s name is not “Jesus,” Proverbs 30:4 has a few questions for you! “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? WHAT IS HIS NAME, and WHAT IS HIS SON’S NAME, if thou canst tell?”

Lol! Come on all you smarty-pants! It seems to me that the names of the Father and Son are shrouded in mystery! Are you starting to see that Jay-Z made one of the most profound religious statements on his song? Are you starting to see just how religiously brainwashed you have been in regards to the savior’s real name? Jay-Z did not diss the savior of the world! He dissed the wrongful naming of the savior—he made a religious statement regarding the Church’s pimping of the people by keeping them in spiritual slavery—he is proclaiming that once you free your mind of the Church’s/religion’s false indoctrination, a person is free to live—he is using allegory/riddle to make us think about the demagoguery of the Church, the Body of Christ, the suffering of the meek and the licentiousness of the priesthood! Jay-Z ethers the whole idea of “organized religion” as salvation with one verse—religious commentary so venomous and over-the-heads of most hip-hop heads, brilliantly spat! Only an emotional youth pastor with very little understanding of religious/biblical history would spend the time making a video-blog about something which he knows nothing about!

Jesus has done us wrong!

Many Africans came to the New World via Jesus—the ship! One of the first slave ships was called “Jesus of Lubeck” aka “Good Ship Jesus,” commanded by Sir John Hawkins. (Circa 1564). From the hulls of slave ships to the shores of the New World to the corners of ‘hoods all over America, Jesus has been crammed down our throats ad nauseam! We were given the slave master’s religion, his white Jesus, his pie-in-de-sky-in-de-sweet-bye-n-bye-when-I-die, his jack-leg, bootlicking black preacher and raped of all things Akebulan (African)! Check the history pimpin’!

Again, do I believe Jay-Z knows this? Hell-to-the-yeah! The Jiggaman used to dabble in afrocentrism and Five Percent Nation theology, so he knows more than the average Christian and if he is hooked up in the esoteric—the Freemasons—the Illuminati—at the higher degrees—he knows that the sacred Four Letter Word (YHWH) is the key to unlocking the mysteries of the universe.

Indeed! Hip-hop heads seem to forget that Jay-Z dabbled in the Nation of Gods and Earths aka the 5%ers... but going beyond that, Jay-Z addressed his masonic affiliation on Rick Ross's Teflon Don album, the song "Freemasons" where he rapped, "I said that I'm amazing, not that I'm a Mason!" 

But don’t get it twisted! Not all Freemasons know this truth you’re reading! Certainly not the “Blue Lodge” (first three degrees) masons who are intentionally deceived! Lol! They don’t know shit! The great Thirty-Third Degree Freemason and author of the seminal work on Freemasonry, Albert pike, in his 861-page book, Morals and Dogma (published 1871 of which I have a rare copy) writes:

Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretation. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry. …It is well enough for the masses of those called Masons, to imagine that all is contained in the Blue Degrees [1ST, 2nd, 3rd]; and whoso attempts to undeceive them will labor in vain… (819).

(Khalil Amani with rare copy of Albert Pike's "Morals & Dogma"... and no, you can't get this book from B&N)

See? Just because a cat says he’s a Mason doesn’t give him carte blanche to the secrets of the universe! You have to go into the higher degrees and dig deep for these unspoken truths. Jay-Z has scratched the surface and is giving the hip-hop world snippets of unspoken truths. The hip-hop world, in return, thinks he’s into “devil worship” because of the things he speaks and does.

As a “wise man,” I will tell you that Lucifer (the Christian devil) is the “LIGHT BEARER.” Again, Pike writes, “Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer! Son of the morning! It is he who bears the Light!” (321). The Bible also refers to him as “son of the morning” (Isaiah 14:12). “Light,” biblically speaking, means “knowledge” and “freewill.” In this respect, Lucifer is the first to free humanity’s mind and allow us to think freely (Adam & Eve being the first freethinkers), unlike any creature in God’s realm.

Lucifer is also represented as a snake or serpent and this is intentionally done in Jewish mythology as a direct assault on the goddess religions of the Ancient Near East who venerated serpents as “wise,” and a “phallic symbol” (a penis) of procreation. It is not a coincidence that the righteous wise and life-giving serpent of Egyptian, Sumerian and Babylonian mythology comes on the Jewish scene as a deceiver and tempter and originator of “sin.” This was by design! The ancient Jews flip-the-script and made the serpent a bad guy—a religio/political move aimed at steering Israel away from practicing foreign religions (who “worshiped” the serpent as life-giver) and Henotheism (a belief in their god Yahweh, without denying other gods).

In the upper echelons of secret societies, the serpent’s (so-called Lucifer’s) righteous role is restored and the laity (common folk) gets spooked out! Remember! Even Yahshua (Jesus) bought into the mythology of serpents as “wise” when he said, “Be ye therefore WISE as SERPENTS…” (Matthew 10:16). The adepts of Freemasonry get the true knowledge and role of Lucifer. To some, he becomes worshiped. This may be why the ancient Knights Templar and later Freemasonry gets the label as Luciferian worshipers in secret.

(Great books for the student of esoteric studies)

Jay-Z says he is not a Freemason or a member of the Illuminati. He does not "stand perpendicular to the square"—and not a "traveling man"—headed towards the East, in search of “True North” (Darkness) and Light. He is none of these things! But on the question of Jay-Z’s lyric, “Jesus can’t save you” he spoke truth—truth that the wise men of all ages have always known—truth that is hidden from the masses and given to a select few. I choose to be the “wise man”—he who is not bound by the sword for speaking truth. I speak freely!

Jesus did not save black people (Africans) from the worst holocaust in the annuls of human history... SLAVERY! Jesus did not save the Indigenous Population in the Western Hemisphere... so-called INDIANS! Jesus did not save his own people, the Jews from going six million strong to the gas chambers at Auschwitz! The Bible says in Colossians 4:11, "Jesus, which is Justus..." is correct! Just us! We are here to work out our own salvation!


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Comment by Khalil Amani on April 4, 2010 at 8:42am
as with any entertainer, controversy always sells. But at 40 years of age, Jay-Z can no longer rap about street-shit and drugs, because he's worth half-a billion-dollars. To say that he will "say anything" to selling records is probably a little understated. His newest album is brilliant and he addresses the need for people to rap about what they know and that he's no longer in that space he was 10 years ago rapping about street shit.

Unlike many rappers who rap about nothing, at least he is making us have this discussion on religion. Indeed, to some of us, it is a much needed discussion for a hip-hop generation.
Comment by Nelson Clark on April 3, 2010 at 10:12pm
jay z will say anything that will start a heated discussion and sell records. ( Thats his Job).

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