On January 18, 2013, Newsweek Magazine published one of the most thought-provoking, attention grabbing covers that it has published at any time in the weekly rag’s recent history. Long used by fundamentalists around the world to describe the prophesied monumental–epic event of Yeshua Ha Meschiach’s return to this earth at the end of the age of man to gather His chosen from the “four-corners” of the world. On November 6, 2012, Barak Obama was reelected to a second term as President of these United States. Then on January 21, 2013, President Obama was inaugurated for his second term. Clearly, no reasonably thinking individual would detract from such a historic achievement. However, has Newsweek crossed the line here in its synonymic Messianic overtones to describe the president? It should be readily apparent that the current liberal administration and senate are in no way loyal or even conciliatory to the Christian-right of this nation, which makes this cover page bloviating of the iconic Barak Obama even more insulting. Even more tragic, this example of Obama worship sends a clear message to the nation if not the world that this leader of the most power nation in the world is beyond the reach of the legendary unbiased U.S. media. If anything, we have sadly witnessed the death-throws of the unbiased media complex in our day.
Here are some key snippets from President Obama’s inaugural speech last week in Washington DC:
- “That while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by his people here on earth.”
- “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few, or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people.”
- He spoke at length about the socialistic backbone of a prosperous society, seeming to downplay the influences and primacy of government, but never fully discouraging the need for it to bring about prosperity. There were many “it takes a village to raise a child” nuances to his speech. Furthermore, his speech touched on the unfairness of wealth and the panacea of an economic class structure devoid of classes…i.e., wealth distributed evening to all. Interestingly, he followed a subtle theme of equality–equality regardless of sex, creed, race, socioeconomic position.
- “Not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes; tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice.”
- “It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began, for our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”
- “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well.”
- “Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.”
- “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”
(Is the president suggesting he desires an all-inclusive populace devoid of class, sex and sexual orientation, race, culture, and nationality?)
He talked about the instability of our natural environment that seems to be ever on the verge of some new disaster and he attributed this to climate change or global warming…thus signaling the government’s inability to do anything to combat this ever-glooming situation.
He gave a subtle jab at the legislative branch and its propensity towards political posturing, rhetoric, and inaction. Yet he swore allegiance and an oath to all Americans and to God while subtly disowning allegiance to any one political party or ideal.
He ended with an appeal to all Americans to unite with a common purpose and common effort to carry forth the tenets of freedom “into an uncertain future…” Not sure what that actually means.
What an ideal, although lofty, premise upon which to commence one’s second term as President of the United States of America. But as laudable as the individual elements of his speech may be, second term President Barak Obama faces titanic challenges over the course of the next four years. Probably his biggest challenge is the economy which if the EU is any indicator, a fully recovered and stable American economy in the next four-years is doubtful. Millions of Americans remain unemployed and despite a recent glimmer of hope in a slightly improved economy, companies continue to remain apprehensive about hiring. And one must not forget that America is part of the global economy. Unless the EU and other world economies get their fiscal houses in order, the ripple effect will continue to undermine the U.S. economy as a whole.
Probably most challenging to the Obama administration is how it will handle the perceived (or even real) assaults upon each American’s constitutional rights. Recently the Obama Administration has launch what appears to be a direct assault upon the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution–the right of Americans to own and bear arms. TSA now possesses Gestapo-level authority to harass American citizens simply seeking to travel back and forth across this county and to destinations throughout the world on U.S. air carriers. From all indications every American’s daily movements can legally be monitored by local, state, and federal government entities through the acquisition and use of unmanned Predator Drones being flown over the skies of several major American cities; the U.S. government’s oversight and control of the internet and mobile communications; and the robust enhancements to the 2nd-Bush Administration’s Patriot Act now owned and operated by the Obama Administration.
Additionally the all-inclusive yet costly ObamaCare promises to be an economic and management challenge for the nation of gargantuan proportions. Additionally the threat of radical Islam to the security of America continues to “lay-in-wait” to strike a nation heavily distracted by the above stated problems. Across the nation, community violence, government, and social scandals continue to capture the collective imaginations of a weary nation. America’s distrust in her corporations and state and federal governments seem to be the ideal fuel for an all out race and class civil war. Sadly, Mr. Obama failed miserably to cure any of the above-mentioned national concerns during his first term as president. It would be a fair bet that most Americans, if they are honest, have little to no confidence that Mr. Obama will be able to fix the nation’s many social and economic ills in his second term. The hope of many Americans seems to rest upon his anticipated expansion of social programs and government give-a-ways to allay many American’s fears. Yet America elected Barak Obama with pomp and circumstance to a second term. The media, still swooning from a first-term honeymoon period with the charming president, frames the man as the only sure hope for the future wellbeing of this nation. Certainly if one could dismiss from his or her mind all of the above mentioned concerns and just for one moment ignore any personal biases one might have against the man, he or she could quite easily get caught up in the hoopla and the unsubstantiated hope that he so eloquently planted in the hearts and minds of all who attended his inauguration last week. Does Mr. Obama’s re-election with perceived national mandate rate Messianic-preeminence and adoration? I’m not sure about that.
If history is the measure by which we can measure iconic superstardom in a world leader, there are a few lessons learned that must be taken into account:
1. The most effective world-leaders seemed to govern from a place of humility, truth, and strength. Many of these leaders capture the hearts and minds of the citizens who venerate them to almost god-like status.
2. The most effective world-leaders were few and far between. They entered the world scene from nowhere and were guided by set principles that were not swayed by popular opinion.
3. The most effective world-leaders accomplished things that their predecessors were incapable of accomplishing.
4. Every world-leader who has more than a single mention in the popular history books followed a path that was pre-ordained by Yehovah.
5. No world-leader has ever achieved perfect governance of his or her nation. There is always a portion of the population that is poor and in need of basic life essentials; crime is never entirely eradicated; the stability of the government is always being challenged by internal and external foes; and the moral fabric of the nation in many areas is always stretched.
Help Us Obi Wan!
For thousands of years, the nations of this world have longed for a world leader who would rule with strength, equality, transparency, optimism, truth, vision, and bring peace and prosperity to their nations. Yet every world leader who tries to capture the attention of the world’s population seems to fall horribly short of these stated goals. Is such governance rocket science? Or has it been that no individual has come along with the moxie to pull such a game-plan off? I submit that it is both!
National leaders have historically shown that they are incapable of pulling off lasting peace and prosperity for their people. The Holy Bible speaks of a person who will at some point in the future take on such a challenge and pull off the impossible. Foretold by not only Himself 2000-years ago, but also Hebrew prophets even hundreds of year beyond. These prophecies clearly, and without any potential for misleading the reader, speak to the establishment of a world kingdom ruled by a most special man. That man is none-other than Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Meschiach). Contrary to traditional churchianty teachings, Yeshua will return to this earth to establish an everlasting kingdom that will overshadow and consume every other nation and kingdom on earth (reference Rev. 11:15) .
The great and powerful prophet Daniel prophesied as follows: And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall
stand for ever (2:44). Daniel goes on: And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be
Once Yeshua establishes His Kingdom here on earth, to be headquartered in Jerusalem, He will institute a complete elimination of the existing world’s governments, all of which have failed to better humanity for millennia (e.g., communism, republics, democracies; Islamic, monarchies, etc.). Yeshua will replace these governments with one and only one government and this government will be built upon the Laws and Commandments of Yehovah. Once Yehovah’s way of life for mankind is instituted throughout the world, peace and prosperity will reign supreme (Micah 4:1-3; Isaiah 11:9). Yeshua’s millennial reign over this earth will be decisive and non-discriminating. Unfathomable changes will occur on this planet, the likes of which have not been seen since the garden of Eden no doubt (reference: Micah 4:2-4; Isaiah 11:6,9; Amos 9:13,14; Ezekiel 34:26,27; Isaiah 35:5-7; Ezekiel 11:19,20). The main point I’d like to make here is that President Obama may receive all of the pomp and circumstances afforded to someone of his stature and perceived legend; however, the proof of any successful administration will be the good that is accomplished for the billions of people on this planet. No world leader who has lived or who will reign in the future will come anywhere near matching the peace and prosperity that Yeshua will bring to this earth. I would go so far as to submit that without the implementation and maintenance of Yehovah’s Laws and Commandments over every single human on this planet, it is absolutely impossible for any one ruler to bring about worldwide peace and prosperity. Yeshua is the only individual in all of human history who will have the vision, power, and authority given to Him by the Father to establish this worldwide righteous government.
Thus the True Christian works while it is still day in anticipation of that great day as symbolized in the Hebrew sacred Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot: the second coming of Yeshua Ha Meschiach and the establishment of the Kingdom of Yehovah. Let us pray that day comes with the greatest expediency.