The Presidents Code – Racism, Civil Rights & the Word of God

The Presidents Code – Racism, Civil Rights & the Word of God

 

 

The controversy over race which has plagued the United States throughout its history continues today and is in correspondence with the Presidents Code.  The Declaration of Independence is a picture of the Word of God, which declares that all men are created equal.  However, slavery was not ended until the days of Abraham Lincoln.   This was in correspondence with the Patriarch Abraham being called out of Babylon (slavery) and receiving the Word of Promise (Genesis 12:3; 15:4; 18:18; 22:18; Galatians 3:7-29).

 

The Civil Rights movement came about in the late 1950s and continued through the 1960s which, in the ‘code,’ parallels the days of Moses and the giving of the law.  During the days of the Messiah controversy over the law and the corruption thereof by the religious leaders of the period was a main theme.  The current time period in the code parallels the days of Messiah in which interpretation of the law of Moses was a focal point.  Today, in America the issue of race and civil rights has become a major point of focus, displaying in parable form this Moses – Messiah storyline in the Bible.

MLK we shall overcome

In 1965, Martin Luther King based a sermon on the concept of ‘we shall overcome.’


“We shall overcome. We shall overcome. Deep in my heart I do believe we shall overcome. And I believe it because somehow the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. We shall overcome because Carlyle is right; ‘no lie can live forever.’ We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right; ‘truth crushed to earth will rise again.’ We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell is right:

 

‘Truth forever on the scaffold,

Wrong forever on the throne.

Yet that scaffold sways the future,

And behind the then unknown

Standeth God within the shadow,

Keeping watch above his own.’

 

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to speed up the day. And in the words of prophecy, every valley shall be exalted. And every mountain and hill shall be made low. The rough places will be made plain and the crooked places straight. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. This will be a great day. This will be a marvelous hour. And at that moment — figuratively speaking in biblical words — the morning stars will sing together and the sons of God will shout for joy.”

 

‘Every valley being exalted and every hill and mountain being made low’ is referring to Isaiah chapter 40 in which the prophet speaks of the one who ‘cries in the wilderness.’  This is referring to John the Baptist, whose message was that race is irrelevant and all that matters is one’s faith in the Most High (Matthew 3:9; Luke 3:8).

 

It was John the Baptist who was sent to prepare the way for the Messiah, the Glory of the Lord who would be revealed (Psalm 98:1-2).  These days are depicted in the Presidency of Barack Obama, the first black President.  This is a Presidency that would never have come about without the works of those in the Civil Rights movement.  On the night that Obama was elected, in Chicago’s Grant Park a large banner was held up before all which proclaimed ‘We Have Overcome.’

 

 

In 2009, during Martin Luther King day a banner was held up at the Capitol with the same declaration.  Obama’s Presidency is a picture of the coming of the Messiah, the time of which the Glory of the Lord is revealed.

 

Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ which was delivered at the Lincoln memorial had strong allusions to the time period of John the Baptist and the Messiah.

 

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

 

Here we see Martin Luther King Jr. again referring to Isaiah 40:4-5 which is speaking of the one crying in the wilderness who comes to prepare the way of the Lord.  As mentioned before, John the Baptist came proclaiming that ‘race’ is irrelevant, all that matters is your faith in the Most High (Matthew 3:9; Luke 3:8).  He prepared the way for the Glory of the Lord to be revealed, who is Messiah (Revelation 21:23).  The One who gathers all mankind together (John 11:52; 12:32).

 

Biblically, race is not defined by color.  Race is defined by what nature you are.  In Hebrew the word for race is גזע ‘geza,’ which means the stock or root of a tree.  You are either in the body of Christ or you are not.  You are either for Him or against Him.  You are either the seed of the woman or the seed of the serpent.  You are either sprinkled by the blood of Messiah (Isaiah 52:15; Hebrew 10:22) or you are still covered in the garments of sinful flesh.  This is seen in 1 Peter 2:9 where Peter proclaims believers as the inheritors of the royal priesthood of Israel (Exodus 19:5-6).  Peter calls them a ‘chosen generation’ which literally means an ‘elect race.’

 

This concept of overcoming in regards to the Civil Rights movement has fascinating connections to Israel, especially during their days when Jesus walked the earth.  The name Israel literally means one who overcomes with God (Genesis 32:27; Revelation 2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12,21; 21:7). This overcoming is accomplished through Jesus (John 16:33; 1 John 4:4; 5:3-5; Revelation 5:5; 12:11).  Through Jesus, believers overcome and are made into a ‘chosen generation’ which in the Greek literally means an ‘elect race’ (1 Peter 2:9).

 

In Hebrew the word for race is גזע ‘geza’, which means the stock or root of a tree.  As mentioned previously, the message of John the Baptist and Jesus was that ‘race’ does not matter. All that matters is what tree you are grafted into (Matthew 3:9; Luke 3:8; John 8:33-47).  Man can choose the Olive Tree of Israel who is Messiah (Romans 11:16; Isaiah 6:13; 11:1-3; Galatians 3:16; Isaiah 49:3-6; Luke 2:29-32), or the ‘root of the serpent’ (Isaiah 14:29; John 8:44; Matthew 23:33).

 

Further linking this concept of believers in Jesus as overcoming Israel is the term Nazarene.  Jesus was called a Nazarene (Matthew 2:23) from the city of Nazareth (John 1:11; 19:19; Matthew 21:11; Acts 2:22). Originally, Christians were called Nazarenes as they were followers of the Nazarene (Acts 24:5).  Nazarene derives from the Hebrew word נצר ‘netsar.’  This word literally means a branch as in the the ‘Branch’ spoken of in Isaiah 11:1, who is the Messiah (Acts 13:22-23), the Root of David who overcomes (Revelation 5:5).

 

Christians are the branches of this Olive Tree of Israel (John 15:5).  They are neither Jew or Gentile but new creatures in Christ (Colossians 3:10-12; Romans 10:12; Galatians 3:26-29).  This is what Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned when he gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.  King’s dream describes a time when men will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, a time when the Glory of the Lord is revealed (Isaiah 40:4-5; 49:6; 52:10; John 1:14; 12:41; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Hebrews 1:3) and men are judged not by outer appearance but by their fruit (John 7:24; Matthew 7:15-20; 12:33-35).

Fruit comes forth from the tree wherein one resides (Genesis 1:11-12; Luke 6:43-44).  Believers bring forth fruit from the Tree of Life who is Jesus (John 15:1-5; Proverbs 11:30).  Unbelievers bring forth fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil whose fruit comes from the devil (Ephesians 2:2-3).

 

Yet another connection between Martin Luther King and Barack Obama is seen in the link between Moses the lawgiver and the Messiah who would reveal the true intent of that law (John 1:17; 5:46-47).  King’s message of equal rights was based upon the Declaration of Independence, a picture of the Word of God. This Word would not be delivered until the days of Moses, which was pictured in American history during the Civil Rights movement.  Linking King further to Moses is his last public speech in which he likened himself to Moses who saw the promised land but didn’t enter.


“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

 

The issue of racism has been displayed throughout Barack Obama‘s Presidency beginning with the controversy of Jeremiah Wright to the controversies of Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen and the Black Lives Matter movement.  The fact that Barack Obama is the first black President is a constant reminder of the problem of racism in this nation.  Racism was also a big problem in the first century, the time which corresponds to Obama’s Presidency, where Jews were under the belief that they were superior to other peoples of the earth, revealing the lawlessness in their hearts (1 John 4:20-21).  Christ Jesus came to break down that wall (Ephesians 2:14) and gather all mankind back to God where there is neither Jew or Greek, bond or free but all are unified in Him (Galatians 3:28).

 

John the Baptist, in the spirit of Elijah, is sent to prepare the way for this Messenger and to warn of His fire (Malachi 4:5; Matthew 3:1-12; 11:13-14; 17:10-13; Luke 1:17; John 1:21-23).

 

The fruit which Israel was called to produce was the ‘goodly’ fruit of His Word (Jeremiah 11:16).  However, Israel did not produce this fruit but brought forth wicked fruit (Jeremiah 24:2-8).  As a result, God brought fire upon this olive tree, breaking the branches thereof (Jeremiah 11:16-17).  The Hebrew word for ‘goodly’ in Jeremiah 11:16 is תאר ‘toar’ which means a shape, form, outline or figure of a thing.   תאר ‘toar’ is a cognate of the word תורה ‘torah’ which literally means instruction which defines the border of a people or the ‘image’ of a people. תורה ‘torah’ is most commonly translated as ‘law.’  Here we see that Israel was to produce the fruit of His Law which would bring forth His image to the world.  His Image is that of love (1John 4:8, 16; Matthew 22:35-40).

 

Israel did not bring forth this image of love (Luke 7:36-47; 10:27-37; 18:9-14).  Although they were zealous for the law (Acts 21:20; 22:3), in their zealousness they corrupted its true meaning (Romans 10:2). They were outwardly religious, yet inwardly full of wickedness (Luke 11:39; 16:15; 20:47; Matthew 6:2-5, 16; 23:5, 25-27). They separated themselves from the peoples of the world, declaring anyone who didn’t worship God according to their traditions was an unclean heathen (John 4:9; 8:48; Acts 10:28).

 

By their traditions they had put up a dividing wall between themselves and others (Acts 21:28; Ephesians 2:14-15), preventing them from drawing nearer to God (Luke 11:52) as Israel was the custodians of His Word (Romans 3:2; John 4:22; Luke 11:52) which reveals His nature to mankind.  It was their traditions which corrupted the Word of God (Matthew 15:2-9; Mark 7:3-13; Colossians 2:8) and perverted the message of His love to mankind, which led Jesus Christ to declare them as lawless (Matthew 23:28; John 7:19).  It is because of this lack of love (Matthew 5:22; John 15:25) that the Lord was sent to Israel to separate the good trees from the bad (Malachi 3:2-3; 4:1; Matthew 3:10-12; Luke 3:9; John 15:2).

 

These transitions in American history from the Declaration of Independence to Abraham Lincoln, and from the Civil Rights movement to Obama‘s election all correspond with the Biblical narrative of the God’s Word being revealed to man.  God created all things through His Word (Psalm 33:6; 119:52, 89;  1 John 2:17; 2 John 1:5-6).  This corresponds with the Declaration of Independence which was written at the founding of the United States of America.  The first mention in Scripture of man walking in His Word is the by the Patriarch Abraham (Genesis 18:19; 26:5).  This corresponds to the days of Abraham Lincoln who penned the Emancipation Proclamation where slaves were freed and given the right to walk in the God given rights spoken of at the Founding of this country.

 

At Mt. Sinai, God gave His Word to Moses and the first mention of His Word being written down is seen.  This corresponds to the Civil Rights movement where legislation was passed that ended segregation and officially recognized the principle of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal, and thus all men deserve these same God given rights.

 

Barack Obama becoming the first black President is the culmination of the United States realizing the words of the Founders penned in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal.  So too, it wasn’t until the days of Messiah that the purpose of the law was fully revealed to Israel (Matthew 5:17; Isaiah 42:21; Romans 3:31; 10:4; Galatians 3).  One of the main aspects of the ministry of Jesus Christ was to declare to Israel the primary objective of the law, to love the Lord with all of one’s heart, mind, soul and strength and to love one’s neighbor as the Lord loves us (Matthew 22:36-40; 1 Timothy 1:15; Galatians 5:13-14; John 13:34; Galatians 6:2).

Barack Obama hope change

Hope and change was the theme upon which Barack Obama ran in his Presidential bid.  These lofty ideas were designed to reach out to those in America who had grown tired of the corrupt politics of Washington.  A hope for better times.  A hope which is supposed to unite.  Obama spoke of this hope in his 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.


“We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

 

In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope?”

 

 

“Hope — Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!

 

In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead.”

 

Hope is what Jesus brought to the people of Israel when He walked this earth (1 Timothy 1:1).  Hope that man could be saved from his wretched state of sinfulness (Acts 2:38; Titus 2:13-14).  Hope that man could be restored to God (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20).  Hope that man could be made whole (Matthew 12:15; Luke 4:40; 6:17-19).  The hope of better times ahead (Luke 1:71-75) and more importantly eternal salvation (John 5:26; 6:40; 10:28; 11:25; 1 Peter 1:3, 18-23; Titus 1:2; 3:5-7).

 

Jesus also brought change to Israel.  The bringing about of the New Covenant through the Messiah was based upon change (Hebrews 1:1-2; 7:12).  A change from the first covenant to a new and better covenant between God and man (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 7:19-22; 8:6-13; 10:1-20; 12:24).  This change would be so drastic that Jesus had to warn the people that He didn’t come to destroy the law of God but to bring about the true meaning and intent (Matthew 5:17-20; Isaiah 42:21; Psalm 40:7; Romans 10:4).  A return to the true meaning and intent of the law is another theme which is being displayed in the days of Obama’s Presidency.

Barack Obama yes we can

In addition to the themes of hope and change, Obama brought forth the idea of the continuing ‘perfection’ of the union and the proclamation of ‘Yes We Can.’  These too are concepts which link back to the ministry of Jesus Christ.

 

First, let us address the idea of the ‘perfection’ of the union.  On March 18th, 2008 Barack Obama gave a speech in response to the controversial sermons of the preacher of his church, Jeremiah Wright.  The speech was entitled ‘A More Perfect Union.’


“Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

 

The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.

 

Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution – a Constitution that had at its very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.”

 

“And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part – through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk – to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.

 

This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign – to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for our children and our grandchildren.”

 

Later in his speech, Obama spoke of a ‘racial stalemate’ that still exists in the country.  A stalemate which will continue until the nation unites together in a common cause to continue in the task of perfecting the union.

 

“This is where we are right now. It’s a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naive as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle, or with a single candidacy – particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own.

 

But I have asserted a firm conviction – a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people – that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.”

 

“The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old — is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know — what we have seen – is that America can change. That is the true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. “

 

“In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s great religions demand – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister’s keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.”

 

The Constitution of the United States was founded upon the words ‘We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.’  The idea of the Founders was to establish a government which was based upon the natural law of God, the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

The primary purpose of this government was to preserve and protect those rights, to ‘secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.’  The Founders understood that man was not perfect and so the union of the states was not perfect either.  The Constitution was made with the provision of amendments which could be made in order for the union to continue in the ‘perfecting’ process until citizens could truly walk in the perfect law of liberty where each man could fully enjoy the rights of the Creator.

 

The Word of God is perfect (Psalm 19:7; James 1:25), but cannot bring man to perfection because man is not perfect (Hebrews 7:19; 10:1). The Word of God is the ‘perfect law of liberty’ but men who have tried to walk in this perfect law have never seen true liberty because of the sin which dwells within man enslaves Him (Romans 7:14-25; 9:31-32). It is only through the law of liberty being implanted into the heart of man that a change can occur which leads to perfection (Ezekiel 11:19-20; Romans 2:28-29; Colossians 2:11-13; 2 Corinthians 3:3, 6, 17-18).

 

It is through this ‘circumcision of the heart’ that the true intent of the law can be revealed in the lives of believers.  The true intent of the law of God is not to make men religious but to reform men into the image of their God who is love (1 John 4:8).  It is this love that unites us and perfects us.  It is the bond of perfection (Colossians 3:14) which sets man free (Galatians 5:13-14).

 

The rights upon which this nation is founded are true and unchangeable, but the men who declared these things were not perfect.  The Founders declared that all men were created equal, yet for over 80 years slavery was legal in this country.  During the days of Abraham Lincoln, slavery was abolished but for another 100 years blacks were still treated as less than equal.  Today, injustice and divisions between groups of people still occur.  However, as can be seen by the history of this nation, the hope of change unto perfection is still there.  This is why Obama’s message resonates in the hearts of so many.

 

“For that is the true genius of America — that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.” {Remarks on Election Night 11/4/2008}

 

“So let us pray together on this February morning, but let us also work together in all the days and months ahead. For it is only through common struggle and common effort, as brothers and sisters, that we fulfill our highest purpose as beloved children of God. I ask you to join me in that effort, and I also ask that you pray for me, for my family, and for the continued perfection of our union. Thank you.” {National Prayer Breakfast 2/5/2009}

 

These lofty ideas of unity in diversity to bring about a perfection of the union is based upon the work of Jesus Christ.  He came to unite mankind together through His work on the cross (Psalm 50:5; Isaiah 49:3-9; Hebrews 13:20-21; Jeremiah 50:5; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 1:20; 2:1-11).  As believers, the main objective in our walks is to grow in maturity as a body until the days that we meet the Lord at His return.  This maturation or perfecting process is intimately linked to unity.  In fact, the main goal of unity is the preparation unto perfection of the bride of Christ to meet the Bridegroom (Matthew 5:48; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 13:9-13; Ephesians 4:11-13; Philippians 3:14-15; Colossians 1:28; 3:14; 4:12; Romans 10:4; Psalm 119:1; Luke 1:17; Revelation 19:7-8; Ephesians 5:25-27).  This is done through love (Colossians 3:14; 1 Corinthians 13:9-13; Romans 13:10; 1 John 4:10, 12, 16; 5:3).

black lives matter

The issue of race has risen to the forefront in the 2016 election with protests at Donald Trump rallies. Trump’s opposition has attempted to label him as a racist but these claims are more slanderous than they are factual.  In February 2016, Trump was repeatedly interrupted by Black Lives Matters protesters to which he responded “all lives matter.”  This is the message of the Bible.

Biblically, race is irrelevant and all that matters is one’s faith in the Most High (Matthew 3:9; Luke 3:8).  Biblically, race is not defined by color.  Race is defined by what nature you are.  In Hebrew the word for race is גזע ‘geza,’ which means the stock or root of a tree.  You are either in the body of Christ or you are not.  You are either for Him or against Him.  You are either the seed of the woman or the seed of the serpent.  You are either sprinkled by the blood of Messiah (Isaiah 52:15; Hebrew 10:22) or you are still covered in the garments of sinful flesh.  This is seen in 1 Peter 2:9 where Peter proclaims believers as the inheritors of the royal priesthood of Israel (Exodus 19:5-6).  Peter calls them a ‘chosen generation’ which literally means an ‘elect race.’

This issue about race and Donald Trump lines up with the parable of the Presidents Code.  More on this in future articles.

The Presidents Code

The Presidents Code

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