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Who are the Kenites?

Who are the KENITES ?

- 1. The children of Cain

- 2. A Canaanite tribe whose country was given to Abraham see Gen. 15:18-21

- 3. The descendants of Jethro, a Midianite, the father-in-law of Moses . Join the Israelites and live at Jericho . Later in the wilderness of Judah . Jael, one of the, betrays and kills Sisera (SUB)

The following is the definition of the english words cain and kenite as taken from the Strong's concordance.

Strong's # 7017 Qeyniy (kay-nee'); or Qiyniy (1 Chron. 2:55) (kee-nee'); patronymic from 7014; a Kenite or member of the tribe of Kajin: KJV-- Kenite. (DIC)

Strong's # 7014 Qayin (kah'-yin); the same as 7013 (with a play upon the affinity to 7069); Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Palestine, and of an Oriental tribe: KJV-- Cain, Kenite (-s). (DIC)

Strong's # 7013 qayin (kah'-yin); from 6969 in the original sense of fixity; a lance (as striking fast): KJV-- spear. (DIC)

Strong's # 7069 qanah (kaw-naw'); a primitive root; to erect, i.e. create; by extension, to procure, especially by purchase (causatively, sell); by implication to own: KJV-- attain, buy (-er), teach to keep cattle, get, provoke to jealousy, possess (-or), purchase, recover, redeem, X surely, X verily. (DIC)

When Moses was bringing the children out of Egypt, the Kenites were already telling him how to do GOD's work. Please read Exodus chapter 18 at this point. Now Moses was so impressed that he BEGGED them to join with ISRAEL!

Num 10:29 And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses' father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel. (KJV)

And of course, these Kenites were with Israel when Baalam was hired to curse the children. We know this prophet-for-hire was not allowed to curse Israel, but look at his description of the future of the Kenites that accompanied them!

Num 24:21 21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a ROCK. 22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. 23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! (KJV) Beloved, verse 23 is for the last days!

Judges 1:16 And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people. (KJV)

Judges 4:11 Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. (KJV)

1 Chr 2:55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab. (KJV)

Thus the Kenites were absorbed into Israel and served as SCRIBES in the temple and are there to this day, claiming to be of Judah. One of the last descriptions of these Kenites is given in Jer. chapter 35. Most do not perceive that Jeremiah had been instructed by God to offer to these Kenites of the house of Rechab (see 1 Chr. 2:55 above, where this house of Rachab is mentioned as being Kenite) the blessings of the true God by offering them the wine which would become symbolic of the shed blood of the Messiah, JESUS! (Matt. 26:27-29). Some so called bible scholars even look on Jer. 35:19 as a blessing on the Kenites for their obedience to their father. JESUS reminds them that this is not the case at all in John 8:38 below.

There were other Canaanite tribes of the same stock (see Gen 15:18-21) which began to attach themselves to the Rock,(as Baalam predicted) and became the religious leaders. For example:


-The Gibeonites of Joshua Chapter 9 eventually became the Nethinims. Please read Joshua 9 at this time. Our people have always been sloppy when it comes to carrying out GOD's instructions. If you don't take care of the treasures given to you, Satan's people will and gladly. Moses was warned that the Levites should always and only occupy the Temple (read EX.28 36-43). We can see how Aaron neglected his duty when he fashioned the molten calf for them. Even Moses did not believe God and was kept out of the promised land. (see Num. 20:7-12).

How did the Gibeonites become the Nethinims? Trace them beginning at Josh.9 to Joshua 18:21-28 (where they were assigned to Benjamin in JERUSALEM.) Then go to 1 Chron 9:2, then to 1 Chron 15:18 & 24. Here we find these hewers of wood and drawers of water for the temple were now doorkeepers and porters!, OR


- Servants of the Levites - Return from the captivity (SUB)

Strong's # 5411 Nathiyn (naw-theen'); or Nathuwn (Ezra 8:17) (naw-thoon') (the proper form as passive participle), from 5414; one given, i.e. (in the plural only) the Nethinim, or Temple-servants (as given to that duty): KJV-- Nethinims. (DIC)

Strong's # 5414 nathan (naw-than'); a primitive root; to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.): KJV-- add, apply, appoint, ascribe, assign, X avenge, X be ([healed]), bestow, bring (forth, hither), cast, cause, charge, come, commit, consider, count, + cry, deliver (up), direct, distribute, do, X doubtless, X without fail, fasten, frame, X get, give (forth, over, up), grant, hang (up), X have, X indeed, lay (unto charge, up), (give) leave, lend, let (out), + lie, lift up, make, + O that, occupy, offer, ordain, pay, perform, place, pour, print, X pull put (forth), recompense, render, requite, restore, send (out), set (forth), shew, shoot forth (up), + sing, + slander, strike, [sub-] mit, suffer, X surely, X take, thrust, trade, turn, utter, + weep, + willingly, + withdraw, + would (to) God, yield. (DIC)

Ezra 8:20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name. (KJV)

1 Chr 9:2 Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were, the Israelites, the priests, Levites, and the Nethinims. (KJV)

Ezra 2:70 So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities. (KJV)

By the time of the return from Babylonian captivity, There was not ONE Levitical Priest that came back at first, but they (Ezra and Nehemiah) were surrounded with these Nethinims!

Note what Ezra did:

Ezra 8:17 And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God. (KJV)

Neh 7:73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities. (KJV)

Neh 11:3 Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession in their cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants. (KJV)

Neh 11:21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethinims. (KJV)

By the time of JESUS these Nethinim were the Scribes, Saducees, Pharisees, and Herodians and had taken over the Temple completely. Jesus points them out to those who will notice:

Jn 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (KJV)

Jn 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. (KJV)

Jn 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. (KJV)

Jn 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. (KJV)

Jn 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. (KJV)

Jn 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. (KJV)

Jn 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. (KJV)

Jn 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. (KJV)

Jn 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (KJV)

Jn 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (KJV)

Who was a murderer in the beginning? None other than Cain!!

Now, all this should not be interpreted to mean that the Kenite is not eligible for Salvation. They surely are. After all, Cain himself was offered the chance from God in Gen 4. Cain refused and preferred to do the will of his father Satan.

Knowledge of the history of the Kenite as an enemy of God's people will open your eyes to many truths in the Word that you have never seen before. Spiritual understanding the Parables of Jesus is impossible without this knowledge. This knowledge is worth a special blessing from Our Father.

For example, did you realize that in these final days that only two of the seven last times churches recieved praise from JESUS? Read REV chapters 2&3. These two churches were Smyrna and Philadelphia. Know what they had in common? They taught who these were that came from the synagogue of satan and yet claimed to be of Judah! In the present time it is these ones that teach the doctrine of men for the words of GOD. It is the ones that spout false doctrine which most Christians are eager to accept as truth rather than look it up in the WORD for themselves.


Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. (KJV)

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. (KJV)

I believe it is certain that the wheat and tares are within the same person. The word even prooves it (at least to me). I will give you some examples to elucidate what I mean.

First, a statement.

It is true that the 'kenites' are a race, literally, the "children of Cain". I believe they have, as all Adamic peoples, so intermingled that there are as few pure Kenites as there are pure Shemites. Hence, the Kenites are not numerous. I think they are 'the small people' referred to in Dan 11:23. BUT, in any case, their RACE does not doom them to a life of evil. Their mind does. Thus, when a kenite has the actions of the first kenite, THAT dooms them to evil. It is the evil deeds that doom them, the same as evil deeds will doom a child of Israel. Remember that Cain himself was half Adamic. Only one of his parents was slewfoot.

When a kenite, (or a member of any other race, for that matter) accepts and strives to follow Y'Shua, they are no longer a doer of evil, but a child of the King.

Now, think a minute about the passage in Genesis 4, God's conversation with Cain after his offering was rejected. God offered Cain forgiveness "if he would do right" (V7)

Cain did wrong, tho, he murdered Abel. This was the act that condemned, not his race.

Now think a bit about Y'Shua's conversation with the preachers in Jn 8. Y'Shua was not telling them that they were not the PHYSICAL offspring of Abraham, for they were.

(8:37). He was telling them that they were of mixed blood, and as a matter of fact, indeed part kenite,(V 44) and that according to the law, (Deu 23:2-study out the word "mamzer"- bastard) they had no business doing service in God's priesthood.. NOT because of RACE, but because of deeds (Jn 8:39-42) The key to tracing these people to the kenite-mixed Caananites lies not only in Joshua 9 (the Gibeonites), but we must put together some more of the Word, for the descendants of Midian as a Caananite tribe figures heavily in the priesthood, as well. Now we know Midian was a son of Abraham by Keturah. BUT, Midian was not a worshipper of YAH. (see who paid Baalam in Num 22:7) BTW, Moses' Father in law, a priest of Midian, was also not necessarily a worshipper of YAH. (Proof of that later) For example, the story in Numbers 25 about Cozbi (the Baal temple prostitute), indicates the sort of worship the Midianites did.

After the slaughter of the Midianites in Num 31, we see in verse 30 that a portion of the Midianite children and virgin women were given to the Levites. The rest went to the other tribes. They were thus mixed in with Israel. They had Abrahamic blood, yes, but their lineage also included, by definition, fathers from other Caananite tribes, Moab, Midian, Ammon, and the Kenites as well. Face it, everyone has 2 separate grandfathers.

Now, as to the preachers in Jn 8, they probably also were of the Gibeonites. (See Josh 9). These people of Gibeah became temple servants (Joshua 10), and mixed mostly with Benjamin (who was given to Judah). They were the perverts who molested the travellers' concubine in Judges 19:12 thru 20:43. In 1 Sam 13 and 14, Saul just about wiped them out altogether. But, we find them alive and working in the 'Levitical' Priesthood in Nehemiah 3:7 and 7:25.

These preachers in Jn 8 also state "they were never in bondage" (Jn 8:33). Thus, they admit they were not of Israel, for all know Israel was certainly in bondage in Egypt at one time. Now, something strange here. THEY knew they were not of Israel, thus they must also have known why they were doing what they were doing to Y'Shua!!

Now, I promised more on Jethro. OK. I know PM teaches Jethro was not a kenite. I know he says Jethro only lived in the land of the kenite. (Which BTW kinda proves that the land of Midian was kenite occupied, doesn't it?) BUT---nevertheless, I believe that Jethro, Moses father in law, Zippys' daddy, the grandfather of Moses 2 sons, was a Kenite!! In Spades. Why? Well, notwithstanding the Word states it in Judges 1:16, but also in Judges 4:11, you get more info, including names, you can trace even further. For instance, the kenites Jeremiah are talking to in Jer 35 are 'Rechabites" That these are Kenites, you can proove from 1 Chr 2:55. You also pick up more names here (Hemath) which we find again in Amos 6:14, and also, the family name Haman (as in the book of Esther) is of the same root. In 2 Samuel 4, we see that these kenites were intermixed with the tribe of Benjamin, also, along with the Gibeonites. Finally, we find their offspring building away in the book of Nehemiah, Chapter 3, verse 14.

Well, now, back to why I think Moses Father in Law was a kenite. Moses had two sons, right? Was not Moses God's chosen Priest? Why, then, were AARON's sons instead of Moses sons chosen to continue the Priesthood? To me, the reason is stated in the Word. They were part kenite. Their grandaddy, Moses Father in law, Zippy's dad, was a Kenite!

No-it is not race that dooms you, it is your actions without Y'Shua. Apparently, the sort of Cozbi-style baal-worship was going strong in Midian, and Jethro put up with it. A midianite Priest is one thing, but there is no evidence he was a priest of Yah. We have lots of priests nowadays, reverends too. They are not all of the same father.

God Bless you in your Study

In Y'Shua




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