The Black and the White
Black and white are two colors strongly present in esotericism and occultism. Thus, we frequently see occultists dressed in black and white. There's also the example of the black and white checkerboard we see on the floors of all Masonic lodges.
The duality of white and black is strongly present among occultists because they are natural complementary manifestations. White reflects and Black absorbs.
The color White is associated with the Air element and represents light, purity, understanding, spirituality and protection.
The color Black is associated with the Water element and represents fire, mystery, higher learning, royalty, strength.
According to the concept of yin and yang:
Yang represented by the color white is the masculine side of all things, and associated with that which is soft, warm, and dry. Yang is strongest during the day when the sun is shining.
Yin represented by the color black is the feminine side of all things, and is associated with that which is hard, cold, and wet. Yin takes over when its representative, the moon, comes out at night.
For occultists, the black and white colors also represent the duality of good and evil to symbolize the absence of absolute, in other words no one can be absolutely good.
However, these two colors have an even deeper meaning.
According to the Targum Jonathan and the Arab Abulpharaj, ELOHIM created Adam on the surface of the earth taking the dust of the sanctuary, the four elements, virgin red earth and a handful of soil of many different colors; and mixing it with various waters, He created the red man: black and white. |Abulpharaj. Arabe. Hist. Dyn., p5; Jonathan Gen 2|
Note that if you mix the colors red, black, and white, depending on the intensity of each color, you will get complexions ranging from very pale pink to very dark brown. For that reason, it is assumed that Adam the man made of dust and blood would most likely have had a mixed complexion neither white nor very dark, but due to his composition, his descendants could come into existence with complexions ranging from: very pale pink to very dark brown. Hence men have complexions in these colors.
Acts 17:26 "From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth."
Revelation 1:14-15 is often cited as proof that YESHUA was black in the flesh. However, these verses do not refer to his human physical appearance but rather to his heavenly appearance and just like Adam there is a duality of white and black in him: his head and hair are pure white while his feet are as black as Obsidian.
Revelations 1:14-15 "His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace."
*Fine brass refers to something that has burned, in other words the color black.
The same duality is repeated in the vision of Ezekiel where we are made to understand that from his head to his loins, his appearance reflects light like sparkles, surrounded by a dark glow. And from his loins to his feet, his appearance is dark but surrounded by light.
Ezekiel 8:1-2 "There the hand of the Lord GOD fell upon me. Then I looked and saw a figure like that of a man. From His waist down His appearance was like fire, and from His waist up He was as bright as the gleam of amber."
Ezekiel 1:27 "From what seemed to be His waist up, I saw a gleam like amber, with what looked like fire within it all around. And from what seemed to be His waist down, I saw what looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded Him."
Ezekiel 1:27 in other Bible versions
The King James Bible 1611: "And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about."
NASB 1977: "Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him."
Holman Christian Standard Bible: "From what seemed to be His waist up, I saw a gleam like amber, with what looked like fire enclosing it all around. From what seemed to be His waist down, I also saw what looked like fire. There was a brilliant light all around Him."
Aramaic Bible in Plain English: "And I saw like the appearance of God and like the appearance of fire from within a circle to him. From the appearance of his waist and above and from his waist and below, I saw as the appearance of fire and it shone around him."
Brenton Septuagint Translation: "And I saw as it were the resemblance of amber from the appearance of the loins and upwards, and from the appearance of the loins and under I saw an appearance of fire, and the brightness thereof round about."
JPS Tanakh 1917: "And I saw as the colour of electrum, as the appearance of fire round about enclosing it, from the appearance of his loins and upward; and from the appearance of his loins and downward I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness round about him."
You'll notice that wherever there's a huge blaze of fire, there will always be either an amber color or a trail of black smoke, white smoke or a mixture of both. Although natural materials, such as unfinished wood, will take on a brown or tan colored smoke, black smoke is often an indicator a man-made material is burning. But in colorism, esoterism and alchemy, fire is associated with the color black.
Note that in the Bible, fire (black) and light (white) symbolize the presence of ELOHIM. It's important to remember that ELOHIM is a spirit and the human eye is not capable of seeing Him, but we can feel and perceive his presence, and have the knowledge of His existence through manifestations and phenomena that science calls "forces of nature".
2 Samuel 22:12-13 "He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dense rain clouds. A great brightness shone around him, and burning coals blazed forth."
Psalm 18:11-12 And he made darkness his covert, his pavilion round about him: dark waters in the clouds of the air. At the brightness that was before him the clouds passed, hail and coals of fire.
Knowing that Adam was created in the image of ELOHIM and there's a correlation between YESHUA and Adam, spiritually these verses help us understand that black and white are symbolic divine colors in the image of ELOHIM. For this reason alone, he who hates his neighbor because of the color of his skin commits a serious offense against his Creator.
James 2:9 "But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors."
Romans 2:11 "For there is no respect of persons with God."
When the kingdom of darkness dresses in black and white, or uses these two colors complementarily on the floors of their lodges, temples and sanctuaries, it's a very subtle way of stepping on ELOHIM.