Biblical Roots of the Chinese People


Paul Wong

We wish you a Happy New Year

The Way Chinese compute the New Year has Biblical Roots


Chinese people observe the first day of Spring at the beginning of the month” as the New Year, just like it is described in the Bible (Exod. 12:1-2).


This is the Chinese Lunar Year 4711.

        China has one of the Oldest Civilizations in the World


Archaeologists have confirmed excavation of a large city in the suburb of Zhengzhou, Henan Province that has relevance to the Dashigu cultural relics of the Xia Dynasty (2100 B.C - 1600 B.C.).


This is the Erlitou Culture that is part of the Bronze Age. It corresponds with the time when God called Abraham who left Haran and came to the land of Canaan (Gen. 12:4-5).

      Confusion on Theories of the Origin of the Chinese People


During the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.220 A.D.) there was a legend of the first man named Pan Gu who could change himself into different forms and finally became a Chinese.


Before the Communists took over Mainland China in 1949 the Chinese people do not have a uniform belief on what their earliest ancestors were. Chairman Mao Tse Tung, an atheist, unified the national education system to teach evolution.


                  Anti-Biblical Teaching of Evolution
                    in the Schools in Atheistic China


Beijing Man


From 1949 till 2000 all high schools in China teach the Beijing Man is the early ancestor of the Chinese people.


Discovered in 1927 in Beijing Fangshan County Zhoukoudian, it has a complete skull and some jaw bone from 200,000 to 700,000 years ago.


                    After 2000, Schools in China teach
                  Chinese Ancestors are African Apes


In 2000 an international group of atheistic scientists researched on DNA at Shanghai University and concluded all humans have the common ancestor.



They also thought that the Chinese people surely have the African ape as their ancestor, and not the Beijing Man.

                   China has more people believing in
                 Evolution than any nation in the world


In 2003, a survey on public scientific literacy showed how prevalent the theory of evolution in China is. 71.8% of the Chinese public recognized "Human beings are evolved from early animal.“ This conclusion is much higher compared to the West, the original birthplace of the Theory of Evolution.

     The Truth about the Real Ancestors of the Human Race


Every human being, regardless of race, in every age is created by the One True God in His image (Gen. 1:26-27).


Adam and Eve are the earliest and first ancestors of the Human Race (Gen. 3:20).


The families of Noah’s three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth were scattered throughout the earth after the Great Flood and stoppage of the Tower of Babel (Gen. 10:1-32; 11:8-9).


         Migration of the families of the Sons
           of Noah - Shem, Ham and Japheth




  • A large part of Shem’s family went east to populate the continent of Asia (Gen. 10:21-32).


  • Japheth’s family went north to populate the European continent,


  • Ham’s family went south to populate the African continent.

            Shem’s Family is divided into Two Hebrew Ethnic Races


  • Shem had 5 sons – Elam, Assur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram (Gen. 10:22)


  • Arphaxad begot Salah, and Salah begot Eber(Gen. 10:24)


  • From the name Eber we have the word Hebrew.


  • Eber had 2 sons – Peleg and Joktan (Gen. 10:25).


  • Peleg is the ancestor of the Jews, and Joktan is the ancestor of the Chinese people.

                Two Hebrew Races in the Continent of Asia


To Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.” (Gen. 10:25)  Hebrew is derived from Eber.


The Asian continent has the largest land mass on the earth, and it is divided into West Asia and East Asia. Peleg’s family stayed behind in West Asia and Joktan’s family migrated to East Asia (Gen. 10:26-32).


Peleg is the ancestor of Abraham and Jesus (Lk. 3:23-26)


Joktan’s family migrated to China by possibly traveling on the “Silk Road” used by ancient merchants from Persia to China.

                    Biblical Evidences show Joktan is
                   the Ancestor of the Chinese People


Of all Noah’s descendants mentioned in the Bible, only Joktan’s family is described as having thirteen sons, which is large (Gen. 10:26-29).


Joktan began with a large family, and they have multiplied to have the largest population on earth, which is the Chinese people.


Joktan’s family is the only one described as having dwelt in the mountain of the East.”  This is a starting point to China (Gen. 10:30)

                   Ancient Chinese People in Joktan’s
               Generation worshiped the God of Shem


Noah prophesied: Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem. . (Gen. 9:26)


Joktan is the fourth generation from Shem therefore he must have worshiped the One True God, and also taught the same religion to the Chinese People of his time.

                   The Ancient Chinese believed in the
               Creator God as revealed in their Writings


The Chinese word for “create” shows their understanding in God’s Creation Truth as recorded in Genesis of the Bible.

The Ancient Chinese knew about Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood


On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the Ark.” (Gen. 7:13)


who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” (1 Pet. 3:20)

     The Ancient Chinese knew about the Tower of Babel


Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. . . And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; ”let us make a name for ourselves .” (Gen. 11:1-4)


After God stopped the Tower building Joktan’s family migrated to the East (Gen. 10:26-32; 11:7-9).

          The One True God revealed His Plan
            of Salvation to the Chinese People

  • For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

  • The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)

  • But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” (Jn. 19:34)

  • For You were slain,and have redeemed us to God by Your blood. . .” (Rev. 5:9)


                    Prophecy of God’s Salvation to the
                     whole world through Jesus Christ


Indeed He says, "It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth. . .” (Isa. 49:6) “My Servant” is the Lord Jesus Christ.

                        Many Bible Scholars agree that
                       "the Land of Sinim"
 refers to China


Surely these shall come from afar; Look! Those from the north and the west, And these from the land of Sinim.“ "‘ (Isa. 49:12)


The land of Sinim and from afar” fits the “Far East” – China!


The name Sinim is derived from the “Qin” dynasty founded by Emperor Qin Shi-Huang who unified China (221-207 BCE).

Chinese People should believe in the Lord Jesus Christ


Chinese people have strong Biblical roots.


If they follow their forefathers - Shem, Eber and Joktan who worshiped this blessed One True God, they will be blessed


Eber (Hebrew) is the ancestor of Jesus Christ and also of the Chinese people. Since they are relatives with one another, Christianity should be the religion of the Chinese people.

                     Three Indigenous and Independent
                  Christian Churches that began in China


True Jesus Church - 1917


Church Assembly Hall - 1920


The Jesus Family - 1920


These three churches have official Chinese government recognition, and they also operate secret underground “House Churches” as Places of Refuge that are not under the control of the Communist government (Rev. 12:13-14).


True Jesus Church keeps the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”  (Rev. 12:17)


Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:23-25)

This Article is based on the Sermon preached by Paul Wong
to a Congregation in Houston, Texas on February 9, 2013.

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