The Presidents Code – The Barack Obama Presidency

The Presidents Code – The Barack Obama Presidency

Barack Obama
President Barack Obama 1/20/2009-1/20/2017

Note: The focus of this article is on Barack Obama’s first term in office.  The significance of His second term, and consequently his entire Presidency in light of the Presidents Code will be shared at a later time.

In the Presidents Code, Barack Obama‘s name meaning is speaking of the Messiah who comes to earth to bear the sins of mankind, and then is exalted to the Right Hand of the Father.

Barack comes from the Hebrew word ברך ‘barack’ which means blessing. This is pointing to Jesus, the Blessed One (1 Timothy 6:15; Mark 14:61).

Hussein comes from the Arabic حسين ‘Husayn’ which is a diminutive of ‘Hasan.’  حسن ‘Hasan’ means handsome from the Arabic حسن ‘hasuna’ which means to be beautiful or good. This too is pointing to Jesus, the Beautiful One (Song of Songs 6:3-4; Isaiah 4:2; 33:17; Zechariah 9:17; John 1:14; Romans 10:15-16; 2 Peter 1:16).

Obama is of African origin and means to be crooked or bent.  It traces back to a Luo word ‘bam’ which means crooked or bent down with the prefix ‘O’ which means he.  He is bent down.

In Hebrew the word בם ‘bam’ is speaking of something lifted up.  He is bent down and then lifted up. This is pointing to Jesus who humbled Himself to come to earth, suffering death for the sins of mankind. In this He became highly exalted and given a name above every name.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency portrayed the coming of the Messiah. Obama rose to prominence through his message of hope and change which resonated in the hearts of the people as they had grown jaded towards the government as a result of years of corruption. So too, when Christ came on the scene, the people of Israel were ready for a change as a result of the corruption of the religious leaders of their days (Matthew 23:4; Acts 15:10).

However, while there have been some changes from the previous administration, for the most part, America still continued in the same general direction. This too corresponds with the aforementioned time period in the Bible. Although the Messiah had come to earth, the political power of the nation was still in the hands of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Barack Obama’s Presidency depicts the days of Messiah, the One who came with the message of love, hope and change. He taught and healed the masses amidst the corrupt power structure of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, to regather all men unto Himself. He laid the foundation of His church, and before ascending back to Heaven gave them charge to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

I know it is difficult for some Christians to think that the Presidency of Barack Obama is a portrayal of the days of Jesus Christ as numerous liberal policies of President Obama are in contradiction to the teachings of the Bible, for example his liberal views on abortion and gay marriage.  However, looking at the name meaning of President Obama and those in leadership during his time in office clearly display the storyline of the life of Jesus recorded in the Gospels.  Following are the name meanings in story form of political leadership which have occurred during the Obama administration:

Jesus, the Blessed, beautiful One, descends from heaven to take upon the sins of humanity in His death, then resurrects and ascends to the Right Hand of the Father. Through His death, He gathers mankind back to God and declares His name. He is the Good Shepherd who gives His life to gather together His flock, both Jews and Gentiles. John the Baptist was sent with the true message of the law, to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. He was a voice crying in the wilderness, baptizing and purifying Israel to meet their King. Israel was prepared to receive the grace and truth of God through Jesus, the Son of Man. He is the foundation of the church, the Israel of God. The Exalted One, came from heaven to earth to give victory to Israel. He is the Olive Tree of Israel, Immanuel, God with us. He is the stone cut without hands sent from heaven to the earth to bring about God’s kingdom, sitting upon the throne of David. He is the Helmet of Salvation who delivers mankind so that they may be joined unto His church and proclaim, ‘who is like thee O God.’ Jesus is the Seed of the woman who defeats the seed of the serpent. The serpent pierced His feet and hands but in doing so had his head crushed. Through His offering as the Lamb of God, Jesus became the victorious Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  The noble vine, Israel, was cut down that it might be “born again” and rejoined to the Son of God.  The Messiah suffered on the mountain of Olives, enduring the cross that He might be crowned Head of the nations.  Who is like God who brings salvation through the Last Adam Jesus, the King upon the holy hill of Zion.  The Great One rose from the dead and is given the keys of hell and death.  The Beloved Son was brought low through the cross but rose victorious giving His disciples the mission of spreading the Gospel to the world.

Later in this article the men whose names this story came from will be further addressed.  Hopefully it will be more clear as to why I chose to interpret the meanings of their names according to this “story”.

I have examined the life and character of President Obama and have come to the conclusion that his message agrees with the message of Christ, yet his politics correspond more with the religious leaders of Jesus’ day.  The Presidents code is not so much about politicians being equivalent to individuals in the Bible, its about the politics of the time portraying, in parable form, the narrative of the Bible.

A modern example to display this are the Presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.  Both Presidencies portray in parable form the time period of King David, yet their political worldviews were very different.

We see with the Presidency of Barack Obama a clear depiction of the time period of Jesus Christ with Obama sometimes displaying the side of Jesus while at other times displaying the side of the corrupt religious establishment of the first century.  I hope this will become more clear as the article progresses.

In 2008, Barack Obama rose to prominence through his message of hope and change which resonated in the hearts of the people as they had grown jaded towards the government as a result of years of corruption. So too, when the Messiah came on the scene, the people of Israel were ready for a change as a result of the corruption of the religious leaders of their days (Matthew 23:4; Acts 15:10).

However, while there have been some changes from the previous administration, for the most part, America is still headed in the same general direction. This too corresponds with the aforementioned time period in the Bible. Although the Messiah had come to earth, the political power of the nation was still in the hands of the Pharisees and Sadducees which is portrayed in the code by the Presidency of George W. Bush.  Bush’s Presidency was a depiction of the second Temple period, from the time of the Maccabees to the rise in power of scribes and rabbis.

John the Baptist and Jesus Christ rose to immense popularity amongst the people because of their message (Matthew 3:5; 4:25; 8:1; 9:8, 33; 11:7; 12:15; 13:2; 15:30; 19:2; 21:9; Mark 1:5; Luke 5:15; 14:25), a message of restoration (Acts 3:21; Matthew 17:11-12; Mark 9:11-13) and repentance (Matthew 3:2, 8; 4:17; Mark 2:17). A message of love (Luke 3:11-15; 10:36-37; Matthew 22:39; 25:40) and hope (Luke 1:77; 3:3-6; John 1:29; 3:13-17, 27-36; Romans 8:21-25; 15:12; 1 Timothy 1:1), a change from the hypocrisy (Matthew 6:2, 5; 15:7; 23:13-15, 23-29; 23:2-33; Luke 11:44) and hate (Matthew 5:43; Luke 19:14; John 15:24-25) which the religious leaders of that time displayed. The themes of hope, change and love are what Barack Obama repeatedly spoke of in his candidacy for President and throughout his two terms in office.

Barack Obama 2016

Barack Obama’s name meaning is speaking of the Messiah who came to earth to bear the sins of mankind, and then was exalted to the Right Hand of the Father.

Barack comes from the Hebrew word ברך ‘barack’ which means blessing. This is pointing to Jesus, the Blessed One (1 Timothy 6:15; Mark 14:61).

Hussein comes from the Arabic word حسين ‘Husayn’ which is a diminutive of  حسن ‘Hasan.’  حسن ‘Hasan’ means handsome from the Arabic حسن ‘hasuna’ which means to be beautiful or good. This too is pointing to Jesus, the Beautiful One (Song of Songs 6:3-4; Isaiah 4:2; 33:17; Zechariah 9:17; John 1:14; Romans 10:15-16; 2 Peter 1:16).

 

Obama is of African origin and means to be crooked or bent.  It traces back to a Luo word ‘bam’ which means crooked or bent down with the prefix ‘O’ which means he.  Obama then means, ‘He is bent down.’

 

In Hebrew the word בם ‘bam’ is speaking of something lifted up.  He is bent down and then lifted up. This is pointing to Jesus who humbled Himself to come to earth, suffering death for the sins of mankind. In this He became highly exalted and given a name above every name.

 

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

At the end of this article more detail will be shown on the parables displayed in Obama’s Presidency, for now let’s examine the name meanings of the others leaders in government during his tenure in office.

 

Vice President Joe Biden 1/20/2009-
Vice President Joe Biden 1/20/2009-1/20/2017

Joe Biden’s name meaning is speaking of the Messiah who gathers the exiles and restores mankind by His death and resurrection.

 

Joseph comes from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף ‘yoseph’ which means to add or gather. This is referring to Jesus, who gathers mankind back to God (John 10:49-52; 11:49-52; Isaiah 40:9-11; 49:3-21; 52:7-15; 56:8; Jeremiah 23:3-8; 29:11-14; Ezekiel 34:10-16; 37:21-28; Matthew 24:30-31).

 

Robinette comes from Robin which is a diminutive of Robert. Robert comes from the Germanic name ‘Hrodebert’ which is a combination of the word ‘hrod’ meaning fame and ‘beraht’ which means bright. Bright fame or name. This is speaking of the fame of Messiah that spread about in the land when He walked the earth (Matthew 4:24; 9:26, 31; 14:1; Mark 1:28; Luke 4:14, 37; 5:15). His fame is also associated with the gatherings of the people (Isaiah 66:19).

 

The English word fame comes from the Hebrew word שם ‘shem’ which means name or ones character. Jesus declared the name of God (John 17:6, 26) through the gathering together of the peoples on the cross.

In the wilderness Israel was healed through looking upon the serpent on a pole (Numbers 21:9). This was a figure of mankind being saved through ‘looking’ upon the Messiah on the cross (John 3:14-15; Luke 3:6; Isaiah 52:10). It is here that God made known His salvation.

 

Isaiah 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

 

His Holy Arm was revealed on the cross (Isaiah 53:1) on the mountain of where Abraham ‘saw His day,’ (Genesis 22:14; John 8:56-58) proclaiming that the Lord would be seen. The place where God would provide Himself as the lamb of sacrifice (Genesis 22:8).

 

This is when the Glory of the Lord was revealed (Isaiah 40:5), when mankind would be gathered back to God (John 12:32) and Jesus would be revealed as Lord (John 8:28; 20:28).

 

Jesus said that man could know that He is the ‘I AM’ of Exodus 3:14-16 through His sacrifice on the cross.

John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

 

At the top of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified was the phrase ‘Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews’ (John 19:19). This was written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. In the Hebrew is a fascinating display of the name of God. In Hebrew the above phrase may have been rendered ישוע הנצרי ומלך היהודים ‘Yeshua hanotsrey v’melech hayehudim.’ If you take the first letter of each word you get יהוה ‘Yahweh,’ the Sacred Name of God.

 

Biden comes from the German name ‘Beiden’ which means two. Jesus came to gather the two houses of Israel (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8:8), or it could be interpreted Jews and Gentiles. This was accomplished through His death and resurrection (John 10:11-17).

 

Speaker of the House - Nancy Pelosi 1/4/2007-1/3/2011
Speaker of the House – Nancy Pelosi 1/4/2007-1/3/2011

 

Nancy Pelosi’s name meaning is pointing to John the Baptist, the voice crying in the wilderness who prepared the way of the Lord, baptizing Israel unto repentance.

Pelosi began her term as Speaker of the House during the Bush administration so her tenure in office connects the Bush and Obama administrations where John the Baptist and later Jesus Christ came preaching repentance unto Israel and warning of the evils of the religious establishment of the day.

Nancy is a diminutive of Annis and Anne. Annis is a Medieval form of Agnes. Agnes is a Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Αγνη ‘Hagne’ which comes from αγνος ‘hagnos’ meaning chaste or pure. This points to John the Baptist who was sent to purify the people, baptizing them unto repentance, preparing the way of the Lord (Malachi 3:3; Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:7-8; Luke 3:16; John 1:26; James 1:27; 4:8; 1 John 3:3)

Anne comes from the Hebrew name חַנָּה ‘Hannah’ which means grace. This too points to John the Baptist as the name John comes from the same Hebrew word.

 

Patricia is the feminine form of Patrick which means nobleman. John the Baptist was a ‘nobleman’ of the lineage of the priests of Aaron (Luke 1:5).

 

D’Alesandro means ‘of Alesandro’ which is an Italian name meaning ‘defending men.’ It traces back to the Greek Αλεξανδρος ‘Alexandros’ meaning defender of men. John the Baptist was a defender of the common man, who stood against the oppression of the religious leaders of his day (Matthew 3:7-10; Luke 3:7-9)

 

Pelosi is from the name Peloso. Peloso means hairy or shaggy, or an ‘unkempt beard.’ John the Baptist was a Nazarite from birth which means his hair would have never been cut. (Luke 1:15; Numbers 6:2-4)

 

Pelosi is also related to the Latin word ‘pellicia’ meaning skin of fur. Pelliccias were made of fur or leather. This too points to John the Baptist who dwelt in the wilderness wearing clothing of camel’s hair with a leather girdle (Matthew 3:4).

 

As mentioned before, Nancy Pelosi’s term as Speaker of the House began during the Bush administration and continued into the Presidency of Barack Obama, whose days point to the coming of Messiah. This was the role of John the Baptist, to prepare the way for the Lord (Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:2-3; Luke 3:4-6; John 1:23; Isaiah 40:1-11).

President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd 1/4/2007-6/28/2010
President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd 1/4/2007-6/28/2010

Robert Byrd’s name meaning is pointing to John the Baptist and his preparing the way for the Lord.  As with Nancy Pelosi, Byrd began his term as President Pro Tempore during the presidency of George W. Bush further connecting the Bush and Obama presidencies together.

Robert comes from the Germanic name ‘Hrodebert’ which comes from ‘hrod’ meaning fame and ‘beraht’ which means bright.  Bright fame or name.  As mentioned before with Joe Biden, this points to the fame of Jesus but can also be applied to John the Baptist who had people come from all around the land of Israel to be baptized by him (Matthew 3:5; Mark 1:5).

Carlyle is a variant of Carlisle which is a surname derived from a city in Northern England.  The city was originally called by the Romans Luguvalium meaning “stronghold of Lugus”.   Lugus comes from an early Celtic meaning of ‘light.’  This points to the narrative of John the Baptist and Jesus as well as John came to prepare the way for the Lord.

Luk 1:76  And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
Luk 1:77  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Luk 1:78  Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
Luk 1:79  To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Joh 5:33  Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
Joh 5:34  But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
Joh 5:35  He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

Byrd is the Old English word for bird.  Etymologists trace the word bird back to the Indo-European word ‘sper’ from whence also comes the word ‘sparrow.’  This word traces back to the Hebrew word צפר ‘tsaphar’ which means bird.  The Hebrew word  צפר ‘tsaphar’ literally has the meaning of the “early morning appearance of birds.”  This links back to the meaning of Nancy Pelosi’s name which displays John the Baptist.  Jesus said that John the Baptist was “Elijah,” (Matthew 17:12-13) prophesied to come by the prophet Malachi (Malachi 4:5).  Malachi associates this time with the morning and the rising of the sun (Malachi 4:2).

This was the last of four terms Robert Byrd had as President Pro Tempore.  The office transferred back and forth between himself and Strom Thurmon from 1989-2010 depending upon whether Democrats or Republicans had control of the Senate. Thurmond’s name meaning was speaking of the protection of God amidst wickedness and corruption.  The message displayed in Byrd and Thurmond was that of the days of the Prophets, who themselves were protected amidst evil while they brought forth the Word of the Lord.  The prophets delivered the Word of God, warning of evil and preaching repentance.  They preached punishment for a continuance of evil, yet the promise and hope of deliverance when repentance comes.

As mentioned before, Byrd’s fourth term as President Pro Tempore coincided with Nancy Pelosi’s term as Speaker of the House.  Pelosi’s name meaning pointed to John the Baptist who prepared the way for the Lord.  Byrd’s name is pointing to the message of the prophets which culminated in John the Baptist (Luke 16:16).

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid 1/3/2007-1/3/2015
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid 1/3/2007-1/3/2015

Harry Reid’s name meaning is speaking of the transition in leadership from the elders of Israel to John the Baptist and Jesus Christ.

Harry is a medieval English form of the name Henry.  Henry means “home ruler.”  Reid began his term as Senate Majority Leader at the end of the Bush administration and continued through most of Obama’s administration.  The end of the Bush administration pointed to the time period of John the Baptist with Obama’s Presidency pointing to the days of Jesus Christ.  In the Gospels we see this transfer of focus when John the Baptist declared that he wasn’t the Messiah (John 1:21) and that Jesus was the Son of God (John 1:29).  This led his disciples to proclaim Jesus as the King of Israel, the “home ruler” (John 1:45-49).  Formerly, the scribes and elders were the “home rulers” of the people.

Mason comes from an English surname meaning “stoneworker”.  This corresponds to the Hebrew word חרש ‘charash’ and the Greek word τέκτων ‘tekton,’ both of which mean both stoneworker and carpenter.  This points to Jesus (Mark 6:3; Matthew 13:55).  This theme connects to the scribes and Pharisees as well.  The word חרש ‘charash’  can also have the meaning of an author or poet as they “skillfully” devise stories and songs.  As a result, this word is sometimes translated as ‘tongue.’  חרש ‘charash’ also has the meaning of deaf or silence as in when one quietly devising a plan in the mind.  The Scribes and Pharisees were the interpreters of the law (the “poets”) who taught the people orally (tongue) but were ‘deaf’ in the words of the Lord (Matthew 13:15; 15:3-9; Isaiah 29:10-13).

Reid comes from a Scottish surname meaning Reed.  One of the words in Hebrew for reed is סוף ‘sof’ which also means the lips as the reeds lie on the edge or ‘lip’ of a body of water.  סוף ‘sof’ is also the word for speech and language in Hebrew, further connecting to the theme of the scribes and elders of Israel.

The name Reed comes from the Old English word ‘ried’ meaning a clearing, as in a clearing in the woods. This points back to the John the Bapist – Jesus narrative seen in the Gospels where John the Baptist “cleared” the way for Christ.
Mal 3:1  Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 3:2  But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

It is interesting to note that this prophecy of the messenger of the Lord is associated with a refiner’s fire and soap.  In Hebrew, soap comes from the Hebrew word בר ‘bar’ which literally means “clear” (Song of Songs 6:9-10).  The process of refining in Hebrew is זכה ‘zackah’ which is also translated as “clear” (Psalm 51:4).

John the Baptist “cleared” or prepared the way for the Lord, whose message was linked to “reeds”.
Joh 1:23  He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
Isa 42:2  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
Isa 42:3  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Isa 42:4  He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Chief of Staff - Rahm Emanuel 1/20/2009-10/1/2010
Chief of Staff – Rahm Emanuel 1/20/2009-10/1/2010

Rahm Emanuel’s name meaning is speaking of the coming of the Messiah, Immanuel meaning God with us.

 

Rahm comes from the Hebrew word רום ‘rum’ which means to be lifted up or exalted. This is speaking of Jesus, the Exalted One who came down from heaven to earth (John 1:1-3; 17:1-5).

Israel means one who overcomes and reigns with God, pointing to Jesus Christ who Scripture defines as THE true definition of Israel (Isaiah 49:3-6; Luke 2:31-32; Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1).

 

Emanuel comes from the Hebrew word עמּנוּאל ‘immanuel’ which means God with us. This is a direct reference to Jesus (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:13).

President Pro Tempore Daniel Inouye 6/28/2010-12/17/2012
President Pro Tempore Daniel Inouye 6/28/2010-12/17/2012

Daniel Inouye’s name meaning points to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus.

Daniel comes from the Hebrew name דניאל ‘daniyel’ which means judgment of God or God is my judge.  The Hebrew word for judge literally means the “door of life” as the ancient Hebrew concept  of a judge was one who “restores life” or a “deliverer” who restores life to the people.  The coming of the Messiah is linked to this concept a righteous judge who delivers His people (Psalm 96:13; 98:1-2, 9; 135:14).

In Japanese (Dan Inoye was the first Japanese American in Congress), the name Ken means “healthy or strong”.  In Hebrew, the word for deliverance or salvation is synonymous with health.  This word is ישועה ‘yeshuah’ (Psalm 67:2) which is the source of the name Jesus.

Inouye has the meaning of a well that holds water.  Jesus is described with this imagery of a well which holds the waters of life (Jeremiah 2:13; John 4:10-14; 7:37-40).  The prophet Isaiah also speaks of this well of salvation in connection with the LORD becoming our ישועה ‘yeshuah,’ or Jesus.

Isa 12:2  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isa 12:3  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

 

Chief of Staff - Pete Rouse 10/1/2010-1/13/2011
Chief of Staff – Pete Rouse 10/1/2010-1/13/2011

Peter Rouse’s name is speaking of the Messiah who comes from heaven. The Promised King of Israel.

 

Peter comes from the Greek word Πετρος ‘Petros’ which means a stone. This is pointing to Jesus, the Stone cut without hands who comes from heaven to reign over all the earth (Daniel 2:34-35, 45), the Chief Cornerstone of the House of God (Isaiah 8:14; 28:16; Psalm 118:22; Matthew 16:16-19; 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17-18).

Mikami is a Japanese word which is written with characters that mean ‘three’ and ‘above.’ The meaning is ‘something bestowed from above’ or ‘something from one’s God.’ This is speaking of Jesus as well, sent from God the Father for the salvation of mankind (John 3:16-18).  Three above is seen in 1 John 5:7, speaking of the Father, Jesus and the Spirit.

 

Rouse comes from the Old French word ‘le rous’ meaning redhead or ruddy. This is points back to King David who is described as being ‘ruddy’ (1 Samuel 16:12). David is a ‘code’ name for Messiah in the Scriptures (Jeremiah 30:9; Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25; Hosea 3:5).

Red also points to Adam, whose name means red.  Jesus was the Last Adam who came to redeem mankind from the curse inherited from our first father (1 Corinthians 15:45-48; Romans 5:12-14).

 

Speaker of the House - John Boehner 1/5/2011-10/29/2015
Speaker of the House – John Boehner 1/5/2011-10/29/2015

 

John Boehner’s name meaning is speaking of the coming of the Messiah to build His ‘church.’

John means the grace or camp of Yah. This is speaking of Jesus who came to Israel with the grace and truth of God (John 1:14).

 

Andrew means a man. This is speaking of the Son of Man, Jesus the Messiah (Psalm 80:17; Revelation 1:13; 14:14).

 

Boehner comes from the German ‘bönen’ which means to lay a floor. This is speaking of the House of God whose foundation is the Messiah (1 Corinthians 3:9-11; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 3:15).

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Chief of Staff - William M. Daley 1/13/2011-1/27/2012
Chief of Staff – William M. Daley 1/13/2011-1/27/2012

William Daley’s name meaning is speaking of God sending His Salvation to mankind that they might declare, ‘who is like thee O God.’

 

William comes from the Germanic words ‘wil’ meaning desire and ‘helm’ meaning the head, or helmet/protection. This helmet of protection or salvation is pointing to Jesus (Isaiah 59:17; 11:1-5; Ephesians 6:13-17; Romans 13:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:8).

 

Michael comes from the Hebrew word מיכאל ‘mikael’ which means ‘who is like God.’ This name is also pointing to the Lord Jesus (Micah 7:18-20). After Israel was delivered from Egypt they sang a song of praise unto God and asked this question, who is like thee or Lord? (Exodus 15:11). It was through their deliverance that Israel saw that the Lord became their salvation or their ישועה ‘yeshuah’ (Exodus 14:13; 15:2). The name Jesus is translated from this Hebrew word, ישועה ‘yeshuah.’

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah’}: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

King David also associates this question of ‘who is like God’ with His salvation.

Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah’}.

Psalm 35:10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?

Daley means assembly, or it could be translated ‘the church.’ It is His church or assembly that reverently declares, ‘who is like God.’

 

Psalm 89:6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?

Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

Chief of Staff - Jack Lew 1/27/2012-1/25/2013
Chief of Staff – Jack Lew 1/27/2012-1/25/2013

Jack Lew’s name meaning is speaking of the war between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent which culminated at the crucifixion of Jesus.

 

Jack is a nickname for Jacob which comes from the word עקב ‘aqav’ which means to restrain or a heel as a heel is restrained when one takes a step forward. It is a word associated with struggle and warfare tracing back to the warfare between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent (Genesis 3:15).

Lew’s middle name is Joseph which comes from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף ‘yoseph’ which means to add or gather. This is referring to Jesus, who regathers mankind back to God (John 10:49-52; 11:49-52; Isaiah 40:9-11; 49:3-21; 52:7-15; 56:8; Jeremiah 23:3-8; 29:11-14; Ezekiel 34:10-16; 37:21-28; Matthew 24:30-31).

When first writing this book, Lew’s middle name was not publicly available. All that was found was his middle initial J.  When Lew signs his name he uses the middle initial J.  This brings forth an interesting connection to the “code”.  The letter ‘J’ traces back to the Hebrew letter י ‘yod’ which means the hand. This connection between the heel (Jacob) and the hand (J) points to the crucifixion of Jesus where His hands and feet were pierced (Psalm 22:16; Zechariah 12:10). This is where the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15 occurs. The serpent pierced the heel of the Messiah but in doing so had his head crushed (Colossians 2:15).

Lew comes from the Latin name Leo which means lion. Scripture speaks of Jesus as the victorious Lion of the Tribe of Judah which came as a result of His laying down His life and the Lamb of God (Revelation 5:5-6)

 

President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy 12/17/2012-1/6/2015
President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy 12/17/2012-1/6/2015

Patrick Leahy’s name meaning is speaking of the vine of Israel, made victorious through Christ.

Patrick comes from the Latin name Patricius, which means “nobleman”.  This points to the noble vine of Israel, which had become corrupted and was cut down (Isaiah 5:2; Jeremiah 2:21).  This vine would need to be ‘born again’ in Jesus, who Scripture defines as Israel (Isaiah 49:3-6; Luke 2:31-32; Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1).

Jer 2:21  Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?

Joseph comes from the Hebrew word יוסף ‘yoseph’ meaning to add or gather.  Mankind is gathered back to the Father through Jesus, the Vine (John 15:1-7).

Leahy is an Anglicized form of Gaelic name Ó Laochdha which means a ‘descendant of Laochdha.’  This name comes from the word ‘laoch’ which means “hero.”  .  The word ‘hero’ comes from the Greek word ἥρως ‘heros’ which means hero, warrior or more literally a brave protector and defender.  The corresponding word in Hebrew is ישועה ‘yeshuah’ which pictures a shepherd protecting and defending his sheep from their enemies.  As mentioned before, ישועה ‘yeshuah’ is the source of the name Jesus.

ישועה ‘yeshuah’ also has the meaning of salvation and victory which came from Christ Jesus.  He is the ‘hero’ who overcame the world to be enthroned as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Connecting back to the Israel theme in Leahy’s first name is the meaning of the word Israel.  Israel means one who prevails or is victorious with God.  This victory comes through Christ (1 John 2:14; 4:4; 5:4-5; Revelation 2:7,11,17,26; 3:5, 21; 21:7).

The word hero also traces back to the Hebrew word גבר ‘gibor’ which means a mighty warrior.  Scripture uses this word in description of the Messiah, the Mighty God (Psalm 45:3-6; 89:19; Isaiah 9:6).

 

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough 1/25/2013-
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough 1/25/2013-1/20/2017

Denis McDonough’s name meaning is depicting the Son of God becoming ruler through His death and resurrection.

Denis is a Medieval French form of Dionysius. Dionysius is a combination of the Greek word Διος ‘Dios’ meaning ‘Zeus’ and Νυσα ‘Nysa’ which means a ‘legendary mountain.’ Zeus is actually a name which derives from God. Ζευς ‘Zeus’ comes from ζην ‘zen’ meaning to live and Δια ‘Dia’ from δυι ‘dui’ meaning through. This is the definition of God (Acts 17:28; John 1:1-9) which was corrupted by the heathen into the name of a false god.  In context of the Biblical narrative, this points to the Mount of Olives which overlooked the Temple.  This is where Jesus would be crucified to gather all mankind back to the Father.

Richard means brave power from the Germanic words ‘ric’ meaning ruler or power and ‘hard’ meaning brave or strong.  Jesus is the power or strength of God (1 Corinthians 1:24; Ephesians 3:16-17; 6:10).  Every knee shall bow to Him, in whom we have righteousness and strength (Isaiah 45:24; Philippians 2:10; Romans 14:11).

McDonough is a surname of Irish origin.  It is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name ‘Mac Donnchadha,’ which means son of Donnchadh.  Donnchadh is a combination of the words ‘donn’ meaning brown and ‘chadh’ meaning chief or noble.  In Hebrew the word for brown is חום ‘chum’ which can mean brown or black as in the color of wood burned by fire.  In the Scripture, fire is associate with trials and testing (Isaiah 48:10; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15).  This points to the trial in which Jesus had to endure before He was crowned the chief, or Head of Israel (Hebrews 12:2).

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell 1/3/2015-
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell 1/3/2015-

Mitch McConnell’s name meaning continues the theme of Jesus as King.

Mitch McConnell’s first name is Addison.  Addison is an English surname which means Son of Adam or Son of Man.  This was a moniker of the Lord Jesus (Psalm 80:17; Daniel 7:13; John 12:34; Revelation 1:13; 14:14; Acts 7:56).

Mitch is a nickname for Mitchell which comes from the name Michael.  As mentioned before, Michael comes from the Hebrew word מיכאל ‘mikael’ which means ‘who is like God.’  This name is also pointing to the Lord Jesus (Micah 7:18-20).  After Israel was delivered from Egypt they sang a song of praise unto God and asked this question, who is like thee or Lord? (Exodus 15:11).  It was through their deliverance that Israel saw that the Lord became their salvation or their ישועה ‘yeshuah’ (Exodus 14:13; 15:2).  Jesus is translated from this Hebrew word, ישועה ‘yeshuah.’
Exodus 15:2  The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah’}: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

McConnell is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Dhomhnuill which means ‘son of Domhnall’.  Literally, the name means the seed of Donald.  Donald is a combination of the Celtic words ‘dumno’ which means world and ‘val’ which means rule.  Jesus is the Son of Man, the Son of God who sits at the right hand of the Father as the ruler of the world (Ephesians 1:20-21; Colossians 1:16; 2:10; Matthew 26:63-64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69; Daniel 7:13).

 

President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch 1/6/2015-
President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch 1/6/2015-

Orrin Hatch’s name meaning further displays the narrative of Jesus’ victory.

Orrin is an Anglicized form of the name ‘Odhrán’ which has the meaning of pale green.  As Jesus went to the cross He spoke of Himself in this imagery (Luke 23:31).  The Hebrew word for pale green is ירקרק ‘yeraqraq’ which literally pictures grass springing forth from the ground.  The Messiah was prophesied in this imagery of a plant springing from the ground (Isaiah 11:1, 10; 53:1-2; Zechariah 6:12).

 

Grant comes from the Norman French word ‘grand’ which means great or large.  The Hebrew word for this concept of great or large is גדול ‘gadol’ which also brings forth the idea of magnificence, power and authority.  This points to Jesus, who is given all power in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18; John 17:2), the One mighty to save (Isaiah 63:1; Zephaniah 3:17; Isaiah 12:6).
Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Hatch comes from the Middle English word ‘hacche’ meaning a gate. This points to the authority and power given to Jesus when He rose from the grave.  He is the one who holds the keys over hell and death (Revelation 1:18), the One who conquered the grave (1 Corinthians 15:5-57)  He is the door or gate to salvation (John 10:1-18).

 

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan 10/29/2015-
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan 10/29/2015-

Paul Ryan’s name meaning displays the Gospel of the Beloved Son of God lowering Himself from His estate in heaven to live as a man, suffer and die that we might be saved.  As a result He is given all power and authority in heaven and on earth.

Paul comes from the Roman name ‘Paulus’ meaning small or humble.

Davis comes from the name דוד ‘David’ meaning beloved.

Ryan comes from an Irish surname which is derived from ‘Ó Riain’ meaning descendent of Rían.   Rían means ‘little king.’

This name points to Jesus the beloved One (Matthew 3:17; 12:18; Mark 1:11), who was brought low at the cross (Philippians 2:5-8), by the hands of ‘little kings’ Herod and Pilate (Acts 4:26-28). Both Herod and Pilate were rulers over the land but were underlings to the Roman Caesar, hence they were ‘little kings.’

This was the time in which the kings and rulers conspired against the Lord and His Anointed but their plans were thwarted by the victory of His resurrection (Psalm 2:1-3; Acts 2:23; 4:25-27). Jesus overcame their attempts to silence the Gospel by crucifying Him. He resurrected and gave His disciples the mission of spreading this Gospel to the world (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8) accompanied with power to do so (Acts 1:8; 4:33; Romans 1:4-5).

Now, lets examine in more depth the Presidency of Barack Obama and numerous connections to the narrative of the Gospels which have been displayed in parable form.

The following was written in 2012, examining the first term of President Obama’s Presidency.  I have not yet put ‘pen to paper’ on his second term.  This is shared so that the reader can get a better idea as to where we are at in the storyline of the ‘code.’  That which has occurred during Obama’s second term has not altered or made significant changes to the storyline.  It has continued the storyline which his first term brought forth.

Barack Obama 2

When Obama ran for President, he was portrayed as someone who transcended the corrupt politics of Washington D.C., just as Jesus was seen as One who spoke with authority and not as the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 7:29; Mark 1:22; Luke 4:32; John 7:46). Obama portrayed himself as an outsider who would stand against the corruption of D.C. politics. So too, Messiah was an ‘outsider’ who stood against the corruption of the religious establishment of His days (John 9:29; Matthew 23:2-33).

Barack Obama hope change

Hope and change were the themes 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). It was 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 fulfill it (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. This will be discussed in more detail throughout this chapter.

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. This natural law of God is summed up in 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 are 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 resonated 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). This aspect of love in relation to the Obama Presidency will be discussed in more detail later.

Barack Obama yes we can

‘Yes We Can.’ This was the rallying cry of Barack Obama.

“America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves — if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth — that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.” {Remarks on Election Night 11/4/2008}

In Hebrew, the word for ‘can’ is יכל ‘yakol’ which literally means one who is whole or complete to perform a task. Notice the connection between maturity or perfection. יכל ‘yakol’ comes from the root word כל ‘kol’ which means complete, whole or perfect. This was the message of Jesus.

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Hope & Change. Perfecting of the union. ‘Yes We Can.’ These themes all point to Jesus. He is the Hope of mankind (1 Timothy 1:1). He is the One who brings forth true change (Romans 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15). He is the One perfecting mankind (Ephesians 4:12-14). He is the One through whom we can do all things, where we can proclaim ‘Yes We Can’ (Philippians 4:13).

Barack Obama Grant Park

During the 2008 campaign, Obama had great multitudes come to hear him speak. It was common to see tens of thousands of people show up to see him. In Portland, Oregon, for example, a record 75,000 people came out to hear him speak. On election night over 240,000 people jammed Grant Park and the surrounding streets in Chicago to hear Obama give his victory speech. These mass crowds correspond with the days of the Messiah who also had great multitudes follow Him wherever He went (Matthew 4:25; 5:1; 8:1; 12:15; 15:30; 21:9; Luke 5:15; 14:25).

Not only did Obama have great multitudes come out to see him on the campaign trail, but he was also received as a Messiah figure to many. Messianic rhetoric permeated Obama’s rallies. People believed he would bring ‘change we can believe in.’

Oprah Winfrey’s praise of Obama is a good starting point to display this Messianic fervor seen in Barack Obama’s Presidential run. She referred to him as ‘the One,’ which is a Messianic epithet (Acts 2:27; 3:14; 7:52; 22:14). She said he was sent to lead mankind into a higher plane of evolution as he is ‘an evolved leader who can bring evolved leadership to our country.’ She said that he has a ‘tongue dipped in unvarnished truth’ and not only speaks the truth but is the truth. The Bible declares that Jesus is THE truth (John 14:6).

At his rallies, it is said some people would faint while others could ‘feel’ things coming forth from him. At one rally in Texas a band even played a song entitled ‘Obama-aljuah.’ Some even reported that days after going to an Obama rally, they would forget what he spoke about but could still feel his presence with them.

Ezra Klein, a writer for the Washington Post wrote of this phenomenon:

“Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.”

Gary Hart, a former senator who ran for President, said:

“He is in fact an agent of transformation. He is not operating on the same plane as ordinary politicians…I see Barack Obama as a leader for this transcendent moment, the agent of transformation in an age of revolution, as a figure uniquely qualified to open the door to the 21st century and to convert threat to great new opportunity.”

In February 2008, Chris Matthews associated Obama with the ‘New Testament.’

“I’ve been following politics since I was about 5, “I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament.”

“I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event.”

In March 2008, Steve Davis in the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier spoke of Obama’s Christ like portrayal.

“I have been examining the Obama phenomenon myself, and have concluded, at least for myself, a Midwestern white male, that Barack’s appeal is actually messianic, it’s something about his aura, his spirit, his soul, that exudes enlightenment in the making.

Oh, he’s not fully enlightened, being that enlightenment is a process, not an event. But for reasons I can’t fully articulate, he is one of those individuals who communicates God-like energy (metaphorically speaking), in whom you can ‘feel’ God.”

“I’m taking a special look at Barack Obama because he’s a lot closer to a Jesus-type than the other candidates, by quite a bit. What if God decided to incarnate as men preaching ‘hope and change.’ And what if we didn’t recognize them, because we are so dull, and let them slip away, not availing ourselves of the opportunity to be led by God!”

After Barack Obama won the Democratic party’s nomination for President Jesse Jackson said:

“What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. … The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance.”

The day after Obama was elected, In the Chicago Tribune, Dahleen Glanton wrote an article entitled ‘Some see God’s will in Obama win,’ which displayed the connections which some saw between Obama and Jesus.

“Lord, we have again come to you in prayer, and you have heard our cries from heaven, and you have sent us again from the state called Illinois, a man called Barack to heal our land.”

Glanton quoted Lawrence Dean, the dean of Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel:

“There are many elements to Obama’s win in which Christians can find spiritual significance…It is powerful and significant on a spiritual level that there is the emergence of Barack Obama 40 years after the passing of Dr. King. No one saw him coming, and Christians believe God comes at us from strange angles and places we don’t expect, like Jesus being born in a manger.”

Messianic imagery has also been applied to Barack Obama in the 2012 campaign trail as well. In March 2012, a new book was published entitled “The Gospel of Barack Hussein Obama According to Mark”. The book claims to be a ‘meditation on what it means to be human, what it means to be a manifestation of God, and how Barack Obama is a unique and important manifestation of God’s desire for human flourishing.’

In April 2012, Obama’s wife, Michelle said the following at a campaign stop in Nashville, Tennesse:

“I am going to be working so hard. We have an amazing story to tell. This President has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”

This imagery is applied to Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:2; 60:1-3; Matthew 4:16; Luke 1:78-79).

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Many of these Messianic labels and descriptions of Barack Obama borderline on blasphemy but it goes to show how not only does his name meaning fit into the ‘code’ but the narrative of his Presidential story does as well.

Barack Obama birth certificate

Much controversy has surrounded Barack Obama concerning his past. One of the most significant controversies is in regards to the claims that his birth certificate is a forgery and that he was not born in the United States. This would make him an illegitimate President according to the Constitution. According to Article Two of the Constitution, a President must be at least thirty five years of age and a natural born citizen of the United States in order to be eligible for the office. There are a significant amount of people who believe that Obama is not a citizen and have come to be called ‘birthers.’

It is not the purpose of this book to argue for either side of this issue. The main point to be made is that this controversy in regards to Barack Obama corresponds with the life of Jesus Christ. He had ‘mysterious’ origins (John 8:14; 9:29) which led Him to become a ‘stranger to His brethren’ (Psalm 69:8). He came to His own and His own knew Him not (John 1:11).

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Hawaii means ‘homeland’ and is one of the smallest states in the Union. This points to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1), fulfilling the ancient prophecy of the where the Messiah would be born (Matthew 2:6; Micah 5:2).

Mic 5:2  But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

As a result of Herod’s wrath, God warned Joseph to flee into Egypt (Matthew 2:12-15), a foreign land. This corresponds with Obama moving from Hawaii to Indonesia early in his life when his mother remarried Lolo Soetoro.

When Barack Obama was 10 years old, he returned to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. This correlates with Jesus moving back to the land of Israel after the death of Herod (Matthew 2:19-23).

Jesus was believed to have been the son of Joseph (Luke 3:23). However, when He came proclaiming that God was His Father (John 17:11) and miracles followed which testified to this statement (John 10:37-38; 14:11; Acts 2:22), many began to question His origins (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3; Luke 4:22; John 6:42; 9:29).

Jesus came in His Father’s name (John 5:43), as did Barack Obama. While Obama has gone by the names Barry Obama and Barry Soetoro at various stages in his life, his given name is Barack Hussein Obama II.

As a result of Obama’s seemingly mysterious origins, some have even proclaimed that Barack Obama Sr. is not his father. This too corresponds with some of Israel who could not accept that Jesus was the Son of God and declared He was a blasphemer (John 5:17-18; 10:29-39) worthy of death (Matthew 26:63-66; John 19:7).

The questions and perceived mystery of Barack Obama’s life before he became President depicts the divided views of the people of Israel in regards to Messiah (John 7:43). They could not figure out who He was (Matthew 21:10; Luke 5:21; 7:49; John 1:19; 9:29; 12:34) and argued amongst themselves. Was He the Prophet spoken of by Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15; John 1:45; 7:40)? Was He the Messiah (John 7:41)? Some argued that He couldn’t be the Messiah because no one would know from whence He came (John 7:26-27) while others argued that He couldn’t be the One because they thought He came from Galilee and not Bethlehem (John 7:41-43).

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Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President from of the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois where Abraham Lincoln gave his ‘House Divided’ speech.

The House Divided speech was based upon Christ’s proclamation that mankind can either be for Him or against Him. We can be united in Him, restored to God the Father, or we can be scattered abroad (Matthew 12:30; Hosea 1:11; John 11:52). This was the essence of the life of Christ. He brought great division to the nation (Matthew 10:21, 35-36; 24:10; Mark 13:12-13; Luke 12:51; 21:16-17; John 7:43; 9:16; 10:19), yet His ultimate purpose was to unite mankind together (Psalm 50:5; Isaiah 49:3-9; Hebrews 13:20-21; Jeremiah 50:5; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 1:20; 2:1-11). This theme of unity and division is seen in the Presidency of Obama.

In 2004, Barack Obama gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. It is here that he rose to national prominence after his speech which focused on the theme of unity.

“For alongside our famous individualism, there’s another ingredient in the American saga, a belief that we’re all connected as one people. If there is a child on the south side of Chicago who can’t read, that matters to me, even if it’s not my child. If there is a senior citizen somewhere who can’t pay for their prescription drugs, and having to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it’s not my grandparent. If there’s an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties.

It is that fundamental belief — It is that fundamental belief: I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family.

E pluribus unum: ‘Out of many, one.’

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us — the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of ‘anything goes.’ Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.”

As Barack Obama ran for President in 2008, he spoke over and over of the importance of unity and breaking through the divisions of the two-party system. Perhaps the best example is the speech he gave on January 20th, 2008 at Ebenezer Church, the home of Martin Luther King. The speech was entitled ‘The Great Need of the Hour‘ which was focused on the theme of breaking down the walls of injustice and inequality which can only come through unity, as in the days of the walls of Jericho falling down. Following are a few excerpts of this speech in which Obama uses the life of Martin Luther King as an example of how Americans today can overcome the issues which divide us.

“Unity is the great need of the hour – the great need of this hour. Not because it sounds pleasant or because it makes us feel good, but because it’s the only way we can overcome the essential deficit that exists in this country.

I’m not talking about a budget deficit. I’m not talking about a trade deficit. I’m not talking about a deficit of good ideas or new plans.

I’m talking about a moral deficit. I’m talking about an empathy deficit. I’m taking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother’s keeper; we are our sister’s keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.

So we have a deficit to close. We have walls – barriers to justice and equality – that must come down. And to do this, we know that unity is the great need of this hour.”

“So let us say that on this day of all days, each of us carries with us the task of changing our hearts and minds. The division, the stereotypes, the scape-goating, the ease with which we blame our plight on others – all of this distracts us from the common challenges we face – war and poverty; injustice and inequality. We can no longer afford to build ourselves up by tearing someone else down. We can no longer afford to traffic in lies or fear or hate. It is the poison that we must purge from our politics; the wall that we must tear down before the hour grows too late.”

“Because if Dr. King could love his jailor; if he could call on the faithful who once sat where you do to forgive those who set dogs and fire hoses upon them, then surely we can look past what divides us in our time, and bind up our wounds, and erase the empathy deficit that exists in our hearts.”

“The Scripture tells us that we are judged not just by word, but by deed. And if we are to truly bring about the unity that is so crucial in this time, we must find it within ourselves to act on what we know; to understand that living up to this country’s ideals and its possibilities will require great effort and resources; sacrifice and stamina.

That is how we will bring about the change we seek. That is how Dr. King led this country through the wilderness. He did it with words – words that he spoke not just to the children of slaves, but the children of slave owners. Words that inspired not just black but also white; not just the Christian but the Jew; not just the Southerner but also the Northerner.

He led with words, but he also led with deeds. He also led by example. He led by marching and going to jail and suffering threats and being away from his family. He led by taking a stand against a war, knowing full well that it would diminish his popularity. He led by challenging our economic structures, understanding that it would cause discomfort. Dr. King understood that unity cannot be won on the cheap; that we would have to earn it through great effort and determination.

That is the unity – the hard-earned unity – that we need right now. It is that effort, and that determination, that can transform blind optimism into hope – the hope to imagine, and work for, and fight for what seemed impossible before.”

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On January 18th 2009, a ‘We Are One’ concert was held in honor of Obama’s inauguration which took place at the Lincoln memorial, further linking Obama and Lincoln and the theme of unity. On the following day, Obama celebrated Martin Luther King day. He spoke of King as ‘not just a dreamer, but a doer’ who worked tirelessly for change. He further spoke of the necessity of everyone getting involved in the ‘rebuilding’ of America. Speaking of his inauguration which would occur on the following day, Obama alluded to his election as a culmination of Martin Luther King’s work:

“Tomorrow, we will come together as one people on the same Mall where Dr King’s dream echoes still.”

Yet, the nation has become even more divided as a result of Obama’s election and Presidency. Political pundits have spoken of this time period in American history as the most divided since the days of Abraham Lincoln. Half of the country believes they are their ‘brother’s keeper’ while the other half has grown more and more Libertarian in their views of government’s role in the lives of the people. At the beginning of 2012, after a Gallup poll was run, the Washington Post declared Barack Obama as ‘the most polarizing president. Ever.’

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Another aspect of Lincoln’s ‘House Divided’ speech is linking to another aspect of the words of Christ in response to the religious leaders of His day that He was performing miracles by the power of the devil (Matthew 12:25; Mark 3:25; Luke 11:17).

Although there have been many rumors of Barack Obama being a Muslim, he is very open about his faith in Jesus Christ and has denied ever being a Muslim. These rumors of Obama being a Muslim line up with the false claims of the religious leaders of Christ’s day that He worked miracles by the power of Beelzebub (Matthew 9:34; 12:24; Mark 3:22).

“There is one thing that I want to mention that I think is important. Part of what we’ve been seeing during the course this campaign is some scurrilous e-mails that have been sent out, denying my faith, talking about me being a Muslim, suggesting that I got sworn in the U.S. Senate with a Quran in my hand or that I don’t pledge allegiance to the flag. I think it’s really important for your readers to know that I have been a member of the same church for almost 20 years, and I have never practiced Islam. I am respectful of the religion, but it’s not my own. One of the things that’s very important in this day and age is that we don’t use religion as a political tool and certainly that we don’t lie about religion as a way to score political points. I just thought it was important to get that in there to dispel rumors that have been over the Internet. We’ve done so repeatedly, but obviously it’s a political tactic of somebody to try to provide this misinformation.” {Q&A: Barack Obama – Interview by Sarah Pulliam and Ted Olsen in Christianity Today – January 2008, Vol. 52}

Barack Obama not only openly professes belief in Jesus Christ, but also prays to God through Christ, that God would make him and instrument of His will.

“The prayer that I tell myself every night is a fairly simple one: I ask in the name of Jesus Christ that my sins are forgiven, that my family is protected and that I am an instrument of God’s will. I’m constantly trying to align myself to what I think he calls on me to do. And sometimes you hear it strongly and sometimes that voice is more muted.” {Interview with Dan Gilgoff on beliefnet.com}

“When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people. And when I go to bed at night I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins, and look after my family and the American people, and make me an instrument of His will.” {National Prayer Breakfast 2/3/11}

This desire to walk in God’s will was the foundational part of Obama’s conversion experience.

“I came to see faith as more than just a comfort to the weary or a hedge against death, but rather as an active, palpable agent in the world and in my own life. It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity one day and affirm my Christian faith. It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church, as folks sometimes do. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. The skeptical bent of my mind didn’t suddenly vanish. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth and carrying out His works.”

These prayers and experiences of Obama correspond with Jesus who was the ‘instrument’ of God who always did the Father’s will (John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38; Psalm 40:8; Hebrews 10:9).

Rumors surrounding Obama’s faith still abound in 2012. Obama responded to these continued doubts in regards to his faith in Jesus in an interview with Washington National Cathedral magazine in August 2012.

“I have a job to do as president, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is legitimate and real. I do my best to live out my faith, and to stay in the Word, and to make my life look more like His.”

When the people of Messiah’s day doubted who He was and what was the nature of His faith, He responded in similar fashion. He told them to look at His works and then they would see who He truly was (John 5:36; 10:25, 32-38; 14:10-11; Matthew 11:4-5; Luke 7:21-23; Acts 2:22).

In his 2008 Election victory speech, Obama spoke of his election as a demonstration that ‘all things are possible.’

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

This idea of ‘all things being possible’ connects back to the words of the Angel Gabriel when he informed Mary that she would give birth to a son, while as yet a virgin.

Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Luke 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Obama also associated his election victory with the ‘dream of the Founders.’ The dream of the Founders is displayed in the words of the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These words declared that all men are equal, created in the image of God and given unalienable rights by Him to live their lives in freedom. This dream is also spoken of in the first Chapter of Luke where Mary is promised that she would give birth to the Son of the Highest who would sit upon the throne of David and reign forever, fulfilling the promise God gave to Abraham (Luke 1:31-33, 55). Later Zacharias prophesied that his son, John the Baptist, would prepare the way for Jesus who would set Israel free where they might live without fear of their enemies and be saved from their sins (Luke 1:67-79) in accordance with God’s oath to Abraham.

These promises of the Savior coming in accordance with the promise to Abraham is further seen in Obama’s Inauguration. The theme of Obama’s Inauguration was a ‘New Birth of Freedom’ to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. In the Presidents Code parable, Abraham Lincoln‘s Presidency pictures the life of the Patriarch Abraham.

To Abraham’s Seed was God’s promise given (Genesis 12:3; 15:4; 18:18; 22:18; Galatians 3:7-29). Scripture declares that it was not to seeds as of many, but to his Seed, the Messiah.

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

It is through this Promised Seed that all mankind can be adopted into the family of God and be called His children (Galatians 3:16, 22-29). It is only in Him that these children can declare that they are free (John 8:31-36). This is the essence of the dream of the Founders and why when the Declaration of Independence was penned, Jesus Christ was proclaimed as the only King of America.

Samuel Adams said the Declaration of Independence enthroned the Lord as the King of the United States.

“We have this day restored the Sovereign, to Whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and..from the rising to the setting sun, may His Kingdom come.” {Samuel Adams speaking to the Continental Congress 7/4/1776}

It is said that John Adams, who was one of the five men to draft the Declaration of Independence, declared “We have no King but Jesus.” In a letter to his wife Abigail after the Declaration was signed, Adams spoke of Christianity as being the cornerstone of the American government.

“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”

“The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”

Continuing in his Inaugural Address, Obama also spoke of the commonality of man.

“We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

Going back to Luke 1, this idea of an era of peace is also seen. Zacharias prophesied that his son would prepare the way for the Messiah who would ‘guide our feet into the way of peace’ (Luke 1:79). Later, this same declaration was made by the angels who announced the birth of Christ.

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

During Christmas, mankind celebrates the birth of Christ in the midst of winter. This too has connections to Obama’s Inaugural Address. In concluding his Inaugural speech, Barack Obama spoke of the troublous times that America was experiencing as a ‘winter’ comparable to the trials which the Founders overcame.

“So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

‘Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive … that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet … it.’

“America! In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.”

The Hebrew word for winter is חרף ‘charaph’ which literally means a piercing, as in the piercing cold winds felt during this time of year. Winter is a time of darkness, which is a parable of the piercing of the Seed of the woman and His death. Winter lasts for three months which corresponds with the three days in which Messiah was in the grave before He rose again (Matthew 27:63; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22; 1 Corinthians 15:4).

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

In Psalm 89 David is given a vision of this prophecy of the Promised Seed. Psalm 89 speaks of the ‘Chosen one’ of the people who is anointed and strengthened to defeat His enemies and rule over the land promised to Abraham (Psalm 89:19-25). This Chosen One would declare that God is His Father and God would declare Him as His firstborn Son (Psalm 89:26-27) who would reign forever (Psalm 89:28-29, 36-37). David is then shown how Messiah would bear the sins of mankind (Psalm 89:50; Isaiah 53; Romans 15:3) where His heel would be pierced (Psalm 89:51) in accordance with the prophecy of Genesis 3:15.

Psalm 89:50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;

Psalm 89:51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.

In verse 51, the word translated as ‘reproached’ is the same Hebrew word for winter, חרף ‘charaph.’ The word ‘footsteps’ is עקב ‘aqav’ in Hebrew which literally means the heal and anointed comes from the Hebrew word משיח ‘mashiyach’ which is means Messiah or Christ.

Winter is a parable of tribulation and in particular the suffering and death of Messiah. Spring, is a parable of rebirth, in particular referring to the resurrection of Messiah. Spring is announced by the Vernal equinox when the sun arises directly over the Eastern horizon. Recall that Obama, in his Inaugural, admonished the American people to keep their ‘eyes fixed upon the horizon.’

Another interesting connection between Obama’s inauguration and the life of Jesus Christ is the ‘Kid’s Inaugural’ which took place the evening before Obama’s inauguration. The event was hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden and was broadcasted on the Disney channel. This connects to Jesus’ emphasis on the importance of children in regards to the Kingdom of Heaven and the preaching of the Gospel (Matthew 18:3-6; 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16-17).

The first order signed by President Obama was a proclamation declaring his Inauguration Day a ‘National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation.’

“As I take the sacred oath of the highest office in the land, I am humbled by the responsibility placed upon my shoulders, renewed by the courage and decency of the American people, and fortified by my faith in an awesome God.

We are in the midst of a season of trial. Our Nation is being tested, and our people know great uncertainty. Yet the story of America is one of renewal in the face of adversity, reconciliation in a time of discord, and we know that there is a purpose for everything under heaven.

On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright — it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.

So in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, let us remember that: ‘The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.’

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.”

This proclamation has significant connections to the coming of Messiah. To begin with, the concept of renewal is promised to Israel by the Prophets through the coming of the Messiah and their turning again unto God through Him (Malachi 3:1-4; Zechariah 8:3-6; Lamentations 5:21; Psalm 80:3, 7, 19; Jeremiah 31:4, 18, 23-25). Reconciliation is associated with the former concept. It is speaking of man being reconciled back to God through the work of the Messiah (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

The word translated as reconciliation in the Scriptures is the Greek word καταλλαγή ‘katallagē.’ The word is speaking of the exchange of money and also gives the sense of atonement. The word is actually translated as atonement in Romans 5:11 speaking of the atonement which man is given through Jesus. This reconciliation – atonement link is seen further in Daniel 9:24 which is speaking of the reconciliation for iniquity which comes through the Messiah. In Daniel 9:24 the Hebrew word ‘reconciliation’ is כפר ‘kaphar’ which is usually translated as atonement.

This day of renewal and reconciliation was to be coupled with acts of service, one to another, with the purpose of remaking the nation. This too links to the Messiah. He came to offer Himself as an atonement for sin to reconcile mankind back to God. He humbled Himself even unto death, that others might be restored to the Father (Philippians 2:8; Titus 2:14). He did this to set an example for His people on how they were to reveal His love and to carry out the ministry of reconciliation which He had passed on to them (John 13:13-17; 15:12-13; Ephesians 5:2; 1 John 2:6; 3:16).

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Barack Obama was the first President to make mention of non-Christian faiths in his Inaugural address.

“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers.”

While this caused controversy amongst many, it too points back to Jesus. Scripture declares that in the Messiah shall the ‘gentiles trust’ (Matthew 12:21; Romans 15:8-12; Isaiah 11:10). For Jesus is the true Light which enlightens every man (John 1:9; 12:44-46; Isaiah 49:6), sent to restore all of mankind back to God (Isaiah 45:22; Romans 3:29; John 1:12; 3:15-17).

The message of Jesus is universal. It transcends religious, ethnic or cultural barriers. It is a message of love and reconciliation back to God. It is the message of victory over death which entered into the world when Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge (Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:45-48; 55-56(. This message of forgiveness and restoration is not just for Israel, but whosoever shall believe in the Lord Jesus.

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Jesus did not play religion. He reached out the sick, the blind, the deaf, the adulterer, the sinner and the tax-collector. Those who knew they needed Him (Matthew 9:12; Mark 2:17; Luke 9:11). Those who saw how helpless they were without Him. This is what true religion is (James 1:26-27; Proverbs 21:3; Isaiah 1:17; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:8; Matthew 9:13; Mark 12:33). Not doctrine, but acts of love towards one another (John 13:35; 1 John 3:17; 4:12, 20-21).

In his speeches, Barack Obama displays this theme of love towards one’s fellow man, despite their differences and perceived ‘sickness’ or ‘evil.’ This concept of love is found in every religion, it is the commonality which points back to Jesus who is the epitome of God’s love (John 3:16; 1 John 4:8-16).

“We know too that whatever our differences, there is one law that binds all great religions together. Jesus told us to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” The Torah commands, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.” In Islam, there is a hadith that reads “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” And the same is true for Buddhists and Hindus; for followers of Confucius and for humanists. It is, of course, the Golden Rule – the call to love one another; to understand one another; to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth.” {National Prayer Breakfast 2/5/2009}

“I believe in God’s command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.’ I know the version of that Golden Rule is found in every major religion and every set of beliefs -– from Hinduism to Islam to Judaism to the writings of Plato.” {National Prayer Breakfast 2/2/12}

Scripture declares that love of one’s fellow man is equated with love of God (1 John 4:11-12, 20-21) and is the fulfillment and purpose of His Word (Matthew 22:39-40; Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 6:2). This is the basis of the Declaration of Independence and the true meaning of walking in liberty (Galatians 5:13-14).

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Continuing with his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2012, Obama echoed Paul’s words.

“And when I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.

But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’ It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.”

“It’s also about the biblical call to care for the least of these – for the poor; for those at the margins of our society.

To answer the responsibility we’re given in Proverbs to ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.’ And for others, it may reflect the Jewish belief that the highest form of charity is to do our part to help others stand on their own.

Treating others as you want to be treated. Requiring much from those who have been given so much. Living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need. These values are old. They can be found in many denominations and many faiths, among many believers and among many non-believers. And they are values that have always made this country great — when we live up to them; when we don’t just give lip service to them; when we don’t just talk about them one day a year. And they’re the ones that have defined my own faith journey.

And today, with as many challenges as we face, these are the values I believe we’re going to have to return to in the hopes that God will buttress our efforts.”

Scripture speaks of this same concept of the strong bearing the infirmities of the weak as a portrayal of the work of Christ (Romans 15:1-3). For the law of liberty to work in the lives of man, these acts of love must be acted upon (James 1:25-27; 2:8, 14-17).

Continuing in his speech at the 2012 Prayer Breakfast, Obama’s comments resembled those of these aforementioned Scriptures.

“I think we all understand that these values cannot truly find voice in our politics and our policies unless they find a place in our hearts. The Bible teaches us to ‘be doers of the word and not merely hearers.’ We’re required to have a living, breathing, active faith in our own lives. And each of us is called on to give something of ourselves for the betterment of others — and to live the truth of our faith not just with words, but with deeds.”

“As a loving husband, or a supportive parent, or a good neighbor, or a helpful colleague — in each of these roles, we help bring His kingdom to Earth. And as important as government policy may be in shaping our world, we are reminded that it’s the cumulative acts of kindness and courage and charity and love, it’s the respect we show each other and the generosity that we share with each other that in our everyday lives will somehow sustain us during these challenging times. John tells us that, ‘If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.'”

These acts of love and caring for the weak amongst us is what drew Barack Obama to faith in Christ. Scripture declares that caring for the poor and the needy and standing up for the rights of the oppressed is how man can truly come to know God (Jeremiah 22:3, 16; 9:24; Isaiah 1:17; Micah 6:8; Zephaniah 2:3; Philippians 2:1-5; Matthew 25:12, 31-46). It is when we walk in love towards one another that we know that God abides within us (1 John 4:12-13).

“I didn’t become a Christian until many years later, when I moved to the South Side of Chicago after college. It happened not because of indoctrination or a sudden revelation, but because I spent month after month working with church folks who simply wanted to help neighbors who were down on their luck – no matter what they looked like, or where they came from, or who they prayed to. It was on those streets, in those neighborhoods, that I first heard God’s spirit beckon me. It was there that I felt called to a higher purpose – His purpose.

In different ways and different forms, it is that spirit and sense of purpose that drew friends and neighbors to that first prayer breakfast in Seattle all those years ago, during another trying time for our nation. It is what led friends and neighbors from so many faiths and nations here today. We come to break bread and give thanks and seek guidance, but also to rededicate ourselves to the mission of love and service that lies at the heart of all humanity. As St. Augustine once said, ‘Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.’

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}

In the 2011 National Prayer Breakfast Barack Obama re-iterated that his belief in Christ came as a result of seeing the concept of ‘love thy neighbor’ being implemented regardless of the religious background of the people involved.

“My mother, whose parents were Baptist and Methodist, grew up with a certain skepticism about organized religion, and she usually only took me to church on Easter and Christmas — sometimes. And yet my mother was also one of the most spiritual people that I ever knew. She was somebody who was instinctively guided by the Golden Rule and who nagged me constantly about the homespun values of her Kansas upbringing, values like honesty and hard work and kindness and fair play.

And it’s because of her that I came to understand the equal worth of all men and all women, and the imperatives of an ethical life and the necessity to act on your beliefs. And it’s because of her example and guidance that despite the absence of a formal religious upbringing my earliest inspirations for a life of service ended up being the faith leaders of the civil rights movement.

There was, of course, Martin Luther King and the Baptist leaders, the ways in which they helped those who had been subjugated to make a way out of no way, and transform a nation through the force of love. But there were also Catholic leaders like Father Theodore Heshburg, and Jewish leaders like Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Muslim leaders and Hindu leaders. Their call to fix what was broken in our world, a call rooted in faith, is what led me just a few years out of college to sign up as a community organizer for a group of churches on the Southside of Chicago. And it was through that experience working with pastors and laypeople trying to heal the wounds of hurting neighborhoods that I came to know Jesus Christ for myself and embrace Him as my lord and savior.”

In these displays of reaching out to others in the name of love, Obama is following in the footsteps of Martin Luther King who said that “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

Obama referenced these words of Dr. King in his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2010.

“Surely we can agree to find common ground when possible, parting ways when necessary. But in doing so, let us be guided by our faith, and by prayer. For while prayer can buck us up when we are down, keep us calm in a storm; while prayer can stiffen our spines to surmount an obstacle — and I assure you I’m praying a lot these days — prayer can also do something else. It can touch our hearts with humility. It can fill us with a spirit of brotherhood. It can remind us that each of us are children of a awesome and loving God.

It is this spirit of civility that we are called to take up when we leave here today. That’s what I’m praying for. I know in difficult times like these — when people are frustrated, when pundits start shouting and politicians start calling each other names — it can seem like a return to civility is not possible, like the very idea is a relic of some bygone era. The word itself seems quaint – civility.

But let us remember those who came before; those who believed in the brotherhood of man even when such a faith was tested. Remember Dr. Martin Luther King. Not long after an explosion ripped through his front porch, his wife and infant daughter inside, he rose to that pulpit in Montgomery and said, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

In the eyes of those who denied his humanity, he saw the face of God.”

In his address, Obama continued with a few more examples of where man, although divided by certain circumstances, can come together in the common bond of love and ‘see the face of God.’

“Remember Abraham Lincoln. On the eve of the Civil War, with states seceding and forces gathering, with a nation divided half slave and half free, he rose to deliver his first Inaugural and said, “We are not enemies, but friends… Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

Even in the eyes of confederate soldiers, he saw the face of God.

Remember William Wilberforce, whose Christian faith led him to seek slavery’s abolition in Britain; he was vilified, derided, attacked; but he called for “lessening prejudices [and] conciliating good-will, and thereby making way for the less obstructed progress of truth.”

In the eyes of those who sought to silence a nation’s conscience, he saw the face of God.

Yes, there are crimes of conscience that call us to action. Yes, there are causes that move our hearts and offenses that stir our souls. But progress doesn’t come when we demonize opponents. It’s not born in righteous spite. Progress comes when we open our hearts, when we extend our hands, when we recognize our common humanity. Progress comes when we look into the eyes of another and see the face of God. That we might do so — that we will do so all the time, not just some of the time — is my fervent prayer for our nation and the world.”

‘Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.’ This is the essence of the life of Jesus who gave His life for those who were at enmity with Him (John 15:25; Psalm 69:4; Isaiah 53:3), that they might be restored unto God and become His friends (John 15:13-15). This love is revealed in Jesus who is the ‘face of God’ (Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:13-15)

Going back to Obama’s address at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2009, is a further display of his understanding of the power of love to bring unity between men.

“But no matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate. There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. This much we know.

We know too that whatever our differences, there is one law that binds all great religions together. Jesus told us to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” The Torah commands, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.” In Islam, there is a hadith that reads “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” And the same is true for Buddhists and Hindus; for followers of Confucius and for humanists. It is, of course, the Golden Rule – the call to love one another; to understand one another; to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth.

It is an ancient rule; a simple rule; but also one of the most challenging. For it asks each of us to take some measure of responsibility for the well-being of people we may not know or worship with or agree with on every issue. Sometimes, it asks us to reconcile with bitter enemies or resolve ancient hatreds. And that requires a living, breathing, active faith. It requires us not only to believe, but to do – to give something of ourselves for the benefit of others and the betterment of our world.

In this way, the particular faith that motivates each of us can promote a greater good for all of us. Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times. This is not only our call as people of faith, but our duty as citizens of America, and it will be the purpose of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships that I’m announcing later today.”

Man was created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) but that image was corrupted when Adam sinned. From there man took up the image of Adam which still pointed back to God, but in a corrupted form (Genesis 5:1; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49). Jesus Christ came to earth in the very image of Almighty God (2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3), who is love. His life displayed that love and He calls all those who believe in Him to display that love as well (John 13:34; 15:12). This is the essence of the concept of ‘Christ in us’ (John 17:21-23; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27; 1 John 5:20; 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30; 12:27). It is through His love that man is formed into His image (Colossians 3:10; Romans 8:29) where there is no longer Jew or Greek, Barbarian or Scythian but Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11).

 

This is the message of the Gospel. Love. Love that breaks down the barriers and walls which man has set up to divide (Ephesians 2:1-22; 1 Corinthians 12:13). Love that breaks down the wall of sin which has separated man from God (Isaiah 59:2; John 3:16; 12:32; Isaiah 49:6; Revelation 5:9). This love is revealed in our actions towards our fellow man, not in our intellectual proclamations.

All of us see through a glass darkly which keeps us from seeing eye to eye (1 Corinthians 13:12). The only remedy for this is love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 1 John 4:7-21). Love and patience towards one another until the Lord returns and His salvation is fully revealed (Isaiah 52:7-10). Love allows man to understand that we can have differences of opinions but ultimately if we stand on the foundation of love we can dwell in unity (Ephesians 4:2-16, 32; 5:1-2; Colossians 3:9-17).

Love is the essence upon which this nation was built. Love is the Rock upon which this nation stands (Matthew 7:24-27; John 15:10; 1 John 4:8, 16; 5:3; 2 John 1:6). The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia which comes from the Greek word φιλαδελφος ‘philadelphos’ which means brotherly love. The government of the United States is founded upon this concept of love which is the path to liberty (Romans 8:21; 2 Corinthians 3:3, 17; Galatians 5:1, 6; James 1:25; 2:12).

George Washington wrote of the importance of love and walking in the footsteps of Jesus in his blessing over the 13 states after the War for Independence.

“I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another…and finally that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.”

John Quincy Adams also spoke of this concept in regards to the understanding which the Founders had of the natural law. The Declaration of Independence was founded upon this natural law which is grounded in the principle of loving one’s fellow man.

“When our fathers abjured the name of Britons, and ‘assumed among the nations of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitled them…They spoke of the law of nature, and in the name of nature’s God…The God in whose name they spoke had taught them, in the revelation of the Gospel, that the only way in which man can discharge his duty to Him is by loving his neighbor as himself, and doing with him as he would be done by; respecting his rights while enjoying his own, and applying all his emancipated powers of body and of mind to self-improvement and the improvement of his race.”

The message of love and unity which has been delivered through the Presidency of Barack Obama has not come to fruition as the nation is as divided as it ever has been. This corresponds with the days of Jesus who was bringing forth this message of love which restores the relationship between man and God and therefore between man and man. At this time in history however, the political power in Israel was still in the hands of the Pharisees and Sadducees and the doctrine of division was still in full force, division between different sects of Israel and even more strongly between Israel and the gentiles.

Jesus came with the message that the love of God extends to all mankind, not just Israel. Due to the divisive religious spirit of the times, His message was not accepted and enraged the people who were in bondage to this divisiveness to the point of wanting to murder Him (Luke 4:24-29). So too, Obama’s comments about love and understanding towards people of other cultures and faiths, i.e. ‘gentiles,’ has enraged many in this nation and furthered conspiracy theories that he is a Muslim or communist who is destroying the nation. This was the same mindset of the people of Israel in regards to God’s love towards what they perceived as unclean gentiles (Acts 9:15; 11:2-3; 13:46-47; 22:21-22; 26:18; Romans 16:26; Galatians 1:15-16; Ephesians 3:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 2:15-16).

Barack Obama Declaration of Independence

Now, let us delve further into the connection between God’s law of love and the history of the United States in light of this ‘Presidents Code.’

The United States was founded upon the Declaration of Independence, a proclamation that man is endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A government founded upon the natural law given by the Creator. In the code, this time period in American history points to the beginning of creation which was brought forth by the Word of God (Psalm 33:6; Hebrews 11:3).

Ancient Israel was also a nation founded upon the Word of God. Their origins came from Mt. Sinai where the law was given by the Creator (Deuteronomy 33:2). He gave Ten Commandments upon which society was to be based (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:1-22). The Lord began with a ‘declaration of independence’ which proclaims that He is the God who sets men free.

Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

While the United States was founded upon this natural law, the principle of freedom being a right given by the Creator to all men was not realized in this country until the Civil Rights movement. The Civil Rights time period in American history points to the days of Israel in the wilderness, where the law was given by the hand of Moses.

So too, the Word of God existed from the beginning (Psalm 33:6; 119:52, 89; 1 John 2:17; 2 John 1:5-6) but was not ‘given’ until the days of Moses (John 1:17; Galatians 3:17; Romans 5:20-21).

While the U.S. was founded upon the natural law given by the Creator, its history has been marred with hypocrisy in regards to this law. Slavery existed for the first 87 years until Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation but persecution and unequal rights continued for another hundred years. So too, Israel’s history is marred with the hypocrisy of being a nation who had God’s law but didn’t walk therein (Jeremiah 6:16; Ezekiel 20:11-13).

This history of America in regards to the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation of slaves and the Civil Rights movement is continued in Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency. While running for office, Obama referred to a ‘new declaration’ and referred to the work and words of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. The Declaration of Independence and the lives of Lincoln and King depict the phases in which God has revealed His Word to man until ultimately that Word became flesh and dwelt amongst mankind (John 1:14). As Obama’s Presidency portrays the coming of this Word to dwell among man, it is no surprise that his election to the Presidency would be strongly associated with the Declaration of Independence and these two men.

Barack Obama Lincoln

As spoken of earlier, Obama’s election to the Presidency was linked to the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Both men were Congressman from Illinois who were elected to the Presidency during times of trial. Obama announced his candidacy for President at the very place Abraham Lincoln gave his ‘house divided’ speech and would later swear the Presidential oath upon the same Bible that Lincoln did.

In January of 2009, Obama hosted a train tour in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. He re-enacted the final part of Lincoln’s 1861 train tour which he took from Springfield, Illinois to Washington D.C. on his way to being inaugurated as President. During Obama’s speeches, he spoke of a ‘new birth of freedom,’ ‘better angels’ and a ‘new declaration of independence’ drawing upon the words which Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg and in his first inaugural speech.

“While our problems may be new, what is required to overcome them is not.”

“What is required is the same perseverance and idealism that our founders displayed.”

“What is required is a new declaration of independence, not just in our nation, but in our own lives — from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry — an appeal not to our easy instincts but to our better angels.”

Lincoln’s Presidency was a picture of the promise to Abraham of the Seed of the woman. Obama pictures the coming of that Promised Seed.

Barack Obama Martin Luther King

So too, there are numerous parallels between Barack Obama and Martin Luther King. As mentioned earlier, the Inauguration of Obama occurred one day after the annual honoring of Dr. King. Obama held a ‘We Are One’ celebration at the Lincoln Memorial where King delivered his ‘I Have a Dream Speech.’ It was on the 45th anniversary of this speech that Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president. In an interesting parallel pointing back to the days of MLK, Obama delivered an outdoor convention acceptance speech for the first time since John F. Kennedy who was president when Dr. King was raised to prominence in the nation.

In his Presidential acceptance speech, Obama hearkened back to this dream of Martin Luther King where mankind would be united as one.

“She [speaking of Ann Nixon Cooper, the 106 year old woman who voted in the 2008 election] was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes, we can.”

“This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.”

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 King 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. John the Baptist came proclaiming that ‘race’ is irrelevant and what truly 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).

Later in 1965, Martin Luther King gave a sermon based upon the song ‘We Shall Overcome‘ which was the anthem of the Civil Rights movement. He spoke of faith in this concept of overcoming that the words of Isaiah 40:4-5 would be fulfilled.

“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.”

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.

we have overcome

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). 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. A dream where 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 and fulfill it (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.”

Martin Luther King saw the promised land and articulated this dream in his speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The fulfillment of this dream would be realized, at least symbolically, in the election of Barack Obama. This is paralleled in Scripture where Messiah comes as the Prophet who is like unto Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15) bringing forth grace and truth (John 1:17).

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 the Messiah 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).

Now, let us examine the Presidency of Barack Obama and see how it lines up with the days of Jesus Christ. In his first week in office, Obama established a policy of producing a weekly Saturday morning video address available on the internet. This is yet another connection to Jesus who would give a weekly address on Saturdays as well.

Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

President Obama hosts a traditional Sedar dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House on Thursday night, April 9, 2009. Some friends and White House employees and their families joined the Obama family. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama hosts a traditional Sedar dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House on Thursday night, April 9, 2009. Some friends and White House employees and their families joined the Obama family.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Yet another custom which connects Obama and Jesus is seen in the Passover Seder. On April 9th 2009, Barack Obama became the first President to hold a Passover Seder in the White House. When Jesus and His disciples ate the ‘Last Supper,’ many believe that they were in fact partaking of the Passover Seder which became a custom in Second Temple times.

Barack Obama nobel

In October 2009, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for ‘his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.’ This made Barack Obama the fourth President to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The others being, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter. The Presidencies of Roosevelt and Wilson depicted the life of Joseph whose life was a shadow picture of Jesus. Jimmy Carter’s Presidency pictured King David, whose life was also an incredible shadow picture of Jesus. The Presidency of Barack Obama  pictures the times of Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because of his efforts in diplomacy and cooperation between different peoples. As mentioned previously, this aspect of Obama’s character is a depiction of Jesus who was sent to earth to gather all mankind back to God, not just those of a particular religion. This connection between reaching out to peoples of other faiths and creeds, i.e. ‘gentiles,’ and Messiah’s character as the Prince of Peace is seen in the words of Peter after the Lord showed him that gentiles are not to be considered as ‘unclean’ creatures but are beloved in the eyes of God, just as much as Israelites (Acts 10:28).

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

Acts 10:37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Acts 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

Acts 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

Acts 10:41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Barack Obama obamacare

In 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obama Care, which brought the first ‘universal’ health care program to America. Bill Clinton was the last President to attempt such a feat but failed. This unsuccessful attempt by Clinton displayed the ‘health’ problem of Israel during the time of the Kings and Prophets. The wickedness of Israel which caused their exiles is likened in Scripture unto a bruise or a health problem (Jeremiah 6:14; 8:11-12, 22; Ezekiel 13:10).

The ‘healing’ of the nation would only occur by the hand of the Lord Himself. This plays out perfectly in Obama’s Presidency as he is picturing the days of the Messiah who healed the multitudes (Matthew 12:15; 19:2; Luke 6:19). It is also the Messiah who brings back the exiles (John 11:49-52).

Barack Obama osama bin laden

On May 2nd 2011, Osama Bin Laden was killed. Bin Laden was credited with the terrorist attacks of 911 and the cause of the War on Terror. The War on Terror is a depiction of the struggles between Israel and those who would have dominion over them while they lived in the Promised Land during the days of the Second Temple. This yoke of foreign dominion would only be broken by the Messiah (Isaiah 9:1-7; 10:27; 14:25).

Osama Bin Laden’s name is a depiction of the judgment of God upon Israel for their wickedness. Osama means ‘lion’ in the Arabic language. Laden means a burden. In Scripture, judgment is likened to an attack of a lion (Jeremiah 2:30; 4:7; 5:6; Lamentations 3:10; Hosea 5:14; 13:8) and to a burden as well (Isaiah 30:27; 46:2; Habakkuk 1:1).

However, Scripture also likens the victories of Israel over their enemies in the same lion imagery (Genesis 49:9; Numbers 23:24; 24:9; 2 Samuel 7:10; Isaiah 31:4; Revelation 5:5). The ultimate victory over the yoke of foreign dominion is through the Messiah, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5-10). The breaking of the yoke began during Jesus’ first advent when the yoke of sin which had held mankind in bondage since the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden was broken through His death and resurrection (John 8:32-36; Romans 6:14-22; 8:2, 15). The completion of the breaking of the yoke will be seen when Christ returns to set up His everlasting kingdom (Revelation 5:10; 20:6).

This promise of the yoke being broken by the Messiah in Isaiah chapter 9 has fascinating connections to the attacks of September 11th, 2001. To begin, Isaiah 9 is clearly speaking of Jesus. He is the Light which shines upon those dwelling in the land of the shadow of death (Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 4:16; Luke 1:78-79; 2:32; John 8:12). He is the Prince of Peace who is given an everlasting kingdom (Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 2:11; Matthew 28:18; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Matthew 1:23).

The connection to 911 is seen in Isaiah 9:10 where the House of Israel boasts that they would rebuild their kingdom after the Assyrians had destroyed the land. This yoke of the Assyrian is the beginning of the foreign dominion seen in the land of Israel which continued to the days of the Messiah.

Isaiah 9:10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.

This verse in Scripture was spoken by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle the day after the attacks of September 11th.

“‘The bricks have fallen down but we will rebuild . . . The sycamore have been felled but we will replace them with cedars.’ This is what we will do. We will rebuild.”

On the anniversary of the attack in 2004, John Edwards who was running for Vice President stated ‘Today, on this day of remembrance and mourning, we have the Lord’s Word to get us through’ and then proceeded to quote Isaiah 9:10.

On June 14th 2012, President Obama inscribed these very thoughts on a beam which would be placed atop the rebuilt ‘One World Trade Center’ or ‘Freedom Tower.’ “We remember, we rebuild, we come back stronger!”

While the comments by Daschle, Edwards and Obama were designed to be positive declarations of America rebounding from the attacks of 911, the connection to Isaiah 9 is not positive at all. The declaration of Israel in Isaiah 9 is one of pride and stoutness of heart which is in rebellion against the judgments of God which are designed to lead unto repentance. As a result, Israel was cut off completely (Isaiah 9:9-16).

Following this pronouncement of judgment, an interesting parallel between the Northern House of Israel who dwelt in the land during the First Temple and the Southern House of Judah who dwelt in the land during the Second Temple is seen. Isaiah 10:1-2 speaks of those who decree unrighteous decrees and turn aside judgment from the needy and rob widows. Jesus applies these evils to the religious leaders of Israel during His days on earth (Matthew 23:3-4, 14). Eventually both Temples would be destroyed and both houses of Israel would go into exile.

Barack Obama constitution

In the code, the corruption of the Word of God by the religious leaders of Israel during the Second Temple is paralleled in the violations of the Bill of Rights during the George W. Bush administration. These violations continued into the Presidency of Barack Obama as well.

The violations of the Bill of Rights seen in the Bush and Obama Presidencies correspond with the corruptions of the Ten Commandments by the religious leaders of the Second Temple.

In late 2011, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act which was signed by President Obama on New Year’s Eve. The NDAA gives the government power to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely. The controversial part is that even citizens of the United States can be detained if they are deemed as possible terrorists. This legislation openly violates the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution which gives citizens the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury.

The Sixth Commandment prohibits murder. This commandment was corrupted by the religious leaders of the second Temple period as can be seen in the account of the unjust condemnation of the woman caught in the act of adultery (John 8:3-9) as well as their blood-lust against the Messiah Himself (Luke 23:14-16; John 18:31; 19:6-7; Matthew 27:24).

In March 2012, Obama signed the ‘Trespass Bill’ which violates the First Amendment to the Constitution which gives Americans the right to peaceably assemble. The Trespass Bill made it a federal offense for anyone to protest or assemble without permission on grounds where the Secret Service is protecting a government official or any building or grounds ‘restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.’

The Trespass Bill does not openly repeal the first Amendment but does violate the spirit of the right to peaceably assemble. So too, the religious leaders of the Second Temple did not openly break the first commandment which forbids idolatry but the spirit of the law was broken when they set themselves up above God by changing His law (Matthew 15:3; Mark 7:8). They professed to know God but in works denied Him (Titus 1:14-16).

Barack Obama Iraq war 2

In February of 2009, Obama declared that combat missions in Iraq would be ended by August 31st, 2010. It was on this very day, that President Obama announced that the United States combat mission in Iraq was over. ‘Tonight, I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country.”

In the code, the War in Iraq depicted the division in Israel between the Pharisees and Sadducees who combined with the Herodians. The name Iraq is speaking of a country divided by two rivers. There was strong division between the two parties in Israel until Jesus came on the scene. Now these religious leaders had a common enemy and joined together against Him (Matthew 16:1; 22:16; Mark 3:6). Jesus also didn’t separate them but combined them together when He warned His disciples about their corrupt ways (Matthew 16:6, 11-12; Mark 8:15).  This corruption of the law by both parties is seen in the ‘bi-partisan’ violations of the Bill of Rights seen in the Bush and Obama Presidencies.

Barack Obama gay marriage

Yet another continuation of the Bush Presidency was seen in the issue of Gay Rights. In December 2010, President Obama repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and in May 2012, he became the first sitting U.S. president to publicly support legalizing same-sex marriage.

In the code, the Gay Rights movement pictures the corruption of the priesthood during the Second Temple period.  For the purpose of understanding, here is a short summation of how this controversial subject plays out in light of the “code”.

It was widely rumored that James Buchanan was in a homosexual relationship with William Rufus King as neither married and the two lived together for many years.  The rumors were never confirmed and it is not the purpose of this code to speculate further on the claims as the main reason for sharing such information is to display the connection to Nimrod.  In the code, Buchanan’s Presidency portrayed the days of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel.

According to the understanding of some scholars, Nimrod was the ‘father’ of the Mystery religions which are linked in Scripture to homosexuality.  Homosexuality is associated with the sin of sodomy which gets its name from the actions of the wicked men of Sodom (Genesis 19:5).

The controversy over homosexuality in America is a picture of the corruption of the priesthood during the history of Israel.  Homosexuality is associated with the sin of sodomy, depicted in the acts of the wicked men of Sodom (Genesis 19:5) and is expressly forbidden by God (Deuteronomy 23:17).  Literally, sodomy in the Hebrew (קדש ‘qadesh’ ) means a ‘cult prostitute,’ speaking of the immoral sexual acts performed by the priests of the Mystery religions.

It was during the days of the Kings that sodomites flourished in the land of Israel (1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7; Hosea 4:14).  In the code, this time period corresponds with the Presidency of Bill Clinton.  Bill Clinton issued the policy of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ in regards to the service of homosexuals in the military.  Clinton’s policy depicts the illegitimate priesthood instituted by Jeroboam after the House of Israel split (1 Kings 12:31; 13:33).

This controversy over the rights of homosexuals in this country has continued through the Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  Their Presidencies depict the days of the second temple in which the priesthood was also corrupted, albeit in much more veiled way than the days of the Kings and Prophets.

During the second Temple times, the priesthood was indeed corrupted.  The Prophet Malachi speaks of this corruption and associates it with marriage (Malachi 2:5-17).

The corruption of the priesthood began during the days of the Maccabees where illegitimate priests were set up who led the country into the ways of the heathen (1 Maccabees 7:9; 2 Maccabees 4:7-13, 23-29; 14:3).  The Maccabees restored the priesthood temporarily until a prophet would rise to restore the office permanently (1 Maccabees 14:41-42).  This prophet would be John the Baptist, the son of Zacharias the priest (Luke 1:5), the messenger who prepared the way for the Lord (Malachi 3:1).  It would be the Christ the Lord who was  set up as Priest in the restored priesthood (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 6:20; 7:1-28; 1 Samuel 2:35; Revelation 1:6).

When Herod took power, he corrupted the priesthood yet again by instituting the office of High Priest according to election, in many cases by bribery, as opposed to an inheritance by lineage.  By the time of the writing of the New Testament, the High Priest was changed on a yearly basis (John 11:49-51; 18:13; Luke 3:2), many times based upon who paid the most for the office.

In June, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that states may not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couple and must recognize existing marriages.  This gives a sense of permanency to the issue of gay marriage which lines up with the ‘permanent’ corruption of the Levitical priesthood.

Jesus Christ ended the Levitical priesthood and instituted the eternal priesthood of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:11-28; 8:1-13).

Barack Obama Constitution 2

John the Baptist came in opposition of the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 3:5-7) and their corruption of the law of God. The religious leaders of Israel during the days of King Herod were zealous for the law, but this zealousness was not mixed with the true intent of the law which is faith, hope and love. As a result, the Lord sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Messiah. So too, the Presidencies of Bush and Obama have been ‘zealous’ for the rule of law but in reality have corrupted the Constitution upon which the law is based.

The message of John the Baptist and the Messiah was one of restoration (Malachi 3:3-4; 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11-12; Mark 9:11-13). Restoration to the true meaning and intent of the Word of God (Luke 1:68-79; 3:3-18). As mentioned previously, the true meaning and intent of God’s law is love.

Love is the basis of which the government of the United States is founded upon. The Founders spoke of the American form of government as being reliant upon the ability of man to govern himself by walking in accordance with the law of God which is summed up in one word, love (Matthew 22:40).

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” {James Madison to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia 1778}

“It is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.” {James Madison -The Proceedings of the Convention of Delegates, Held at the Capitol in the City of Williamsburg, in the Colony of Virginia, on Monday the 6th of May, 1776}

During the days of Christ, the religious leaders of Israel had inherited a zealousness for the law from the Maccabees and saw their religion as that which defined them (1 Maccabees 2:19; 2 Maccabees 8:1; 14:38). The message of John the Baptist and Messiah was not that of religion, but of relationship with God through covenant (Acts 5:20; Luke 3:8; 13:25-29; Matthew 7:21-23; 18:3; 21:31; Luke 6:46).

The Founders of the United States did not envision Americans defining themselves according to political parties. They envisioned Americans defining themselves as freemen, given this liberty by their Creator. They were to be defined by their walk with God.

Ron Paul constitution

It is during the days of Barack Obama that an identical political message, led by a Texas Congressman named Ron Paul, was brought forth to the people. A return to the true intent of the Constitution. A return to the Founders who ‘preached’ the ‘Gospel of Liberty.’

In the code, Ron Paul’s role parallels the role of John the Baptist in the Biblical narrative.  Amazingly, Ron Paul has been characterized in similar terms as John the Baptist. He has been described as a ‘voice in the wilderness’ for his many years of standing against corruption in Washington despite being, many times, the only person voting against un-constitutional legislation (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23). In September 2011, Time magazine published an article on Ron Paul entitled ‘The Prophet’ as many of Dr. Paul’s warnings which were scoffed at in the past, have come true in recent years (Luke 7:28).

Ron Paul: The Prophet – TIME 9/5/11

The Prophet Elijah came from Gilead and John the Baptist who came in his spirit ministered in this land which was located on the Jordan river (1 Kings 17:1; Matthew 3:5-6; 177:10-13). Gilead was a land of doctors (Jeremiah 8:22). Gilead was famous for healing rosin that dropped from trees which grew near the Jordan river. Ron Paul’s profession before getting into politics was that of a doctor.

Yet another interesting connection is that the name Gilead comes from the ‘witness heap’ which Jacob and Laban set up to certify their covenant (Genesis 31:46-48). In the Presidents Code, this period was portrayed in the Presidency of Grover Cleveland.

Cleveland was considered the ‘last Libertarian President’ who vetoed any legislation passed by Congress which he saw as unconstitutional. This led him to be called the ‘veto president.’ This parallels the political work of Ron Paul who has been given the nickname ‘Dr. No’ for the scores of legislation he voted against which he deemed as unconstitutional. Dr. Paul has also said that Grover Cleveland is the President he most admires most and even had a picture of him in his office.

Just as John the Baptist was sent with a message to return the people to the the law and their fathers (Malachi 4:4-6), Ron Paul was raised up to deliver the message of the returning to Constitution and the ideology of the Founders. Theirs was a  message that God is the true source of freedom and the rights upon which this government is based.  Ron Paul’s words echo that of the Founders.

“It is God Who gave us life. As He is free, so are those He created in His image. Our rights to life and liberty are inalienable.”

“…My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.”

“We have, as a people, lost our confidence and our understanding of what true liberty is all about and where it comes from …It doesn’t come from the government. Our liberties come from our Creator.”

“There is only one kind of freedom and that’s individual liberty. Our lives come from our creator and our liberty comes from our creator. It has nothing to do with government granting it.”

Just as the message of Barack Obama resonated in the hearts of many Americans, so too has the message of Ron Paul. His message has been so influential that a movement has been formed around it, dubbed the ‘Ron Paul Revolution.’ This movement has been especially influential amongst the youth of America. Former White House correspondent, Juan Williams, described the movement as bringing about a ‘political age of Republican Ron Paul.’

This ‘Ron Paul Revolution’ or ‘Liberty movement’ corresponds with the message of Jesus and John the Baptist and their disciples who carried forth the Gospel even after they were gone. What was their message? A return to the ‘faith once delivered to the saints’ (Jude 1:3), walking in the old paths wherein is the good way (Jeremiah 6:16; Matthew 11:28-29). This corresponds with the message of returning to the message of the Founders of this country, proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence.

The Gospel is a message of reconciliation between God and man through Jesus Christ where man is returned to his original state in the Garden (1 Corinthians 15:47-49; Romans 5:12-21), walking in the true intent of the law, the perfect law of liberty (John 8:31-32; Isaiah 8:16; Psalm 119:42-45; James 1:25; 2:10-12; Galatians 5:1, 13-14; 2 Corinthians 3:17), working out ones salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:13). These concepts are paralleled in Ron Paul’s message of individual liberty. At one debate, when asked how he would use the ‘bully pulpit’ of the Presidency if elected, Ron Paul said he would use it to continue spreading the ‘Gospel of Liberty.’

This Gospel message of freedom in Christ is the source upon which the Founders of this government relied.

“…The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty…’The Rights of the Colonists as Christians’…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.” {Samuel Adams – Rights of the Colonists}

Ron Paul ran for President in 2008 and 2012 bringing a message which contradicted the establishment, just as John the Baptist and Jesus Christ contradicted the establishment of their days. Dr. Paul brought forth a message of returning to the Constitution and Bill of Rights which is based upon the unalienable rights given to man by his Creator. This is the ‘natural law’ which was defined by John Locke as the Law of God.

“…the Law of Nature stands as an Eternal Rule to all Men, Legislators as well as others. The Rules that they make for other Men’s Actions, must, as well as their own, and other Men’s Actions, be conformable to the Law of Nature, i.e. to the Will of God.” {John Locke – Of Civil Government}

As mentioned before, the last two Presidencies have seen open violations of these rights in the name of security just as the religious leaders of the Second Temple corrupted the Word of God in the name of security. The leaders of the nation set up ‘fences’ around the law to protect the people from going astray as they had done during the days of the First Temple. However, it was these fences that were the foundation of the ‘oral law’ which ended up corrupting the law of God (Matthew 15:2; Mark 7:8; 1 Peter 1:18; Galatians 1:1).

Ron Paul came with a message warning of the corruption of the Federal Reserve which corresponds with the attack on the moneychangers by Jesus (John 2:14-17; Matthew 21:12). In the code this Federal Reserve system and fiat currency depicts the contrast between God and Mammon (Luke 16:13-15; Matthew 6:19-24).

The end of the gold standard came about in 1971 and created a nearly worldwide fiat money system in which bankers or money changers would have unlimited power to manipulate the economy. ‘Fiat’ comes from the Latin word ‘fiat’ which means ‘it shall be.’ This comes from the Hebrew word היה ‘hayah’ which means ‘to be.’ For the United States, it literally means the chairman of the Federal Reserve can say ‘let it be’ and it happens.

היה ‘hayah’ means ‘to be’ as in ‘I AM’ which is speaking of God Himself (Exodus 3:14). The ability of the Federal Reserve to say ‘let it be’ and it comes to pass is a power that only God should have. Here we see in the Federal Reserve a parable of the two tables of which the Apostle Paul spoke of (1 Corinthians 10:21).

Ron Paul has staunchly opposed the wars of President Bush which were declared without approval of Congress in violation of the Constitution. He has suggested a foreign policy based upon the Golden Rule. In the code, the War on Terror is associated with the neo-conservative idea of American Exceptionalism which is a corrupted view of a ‘shining city on a hill.’ Dr. Paul’s foreign policy lines up with the true ideals of a ‘shining city upon a hill’ which is showing forth the love of God by one’s actions which leads to others joining in the same (Matthew 5:14-16; John 5:35; Philippians 2:15).

In his Inaugural address Barack Obama, who also opposed the wars of President Bush, displayed this ‘shining city on a hill’ concept as being in contradiction to the Neo-Conservative definition.

“As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man — a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience sake.”

The Neo-Conservative method of spreading the ‘gospel’ of liberty is by force.

This forced spread of Democracy to other nations of the world is justified under the doctrine of ‘American Exceptionalism.’ This idea is based upon America’s goodness seen in its form of government which is based upon rights given by a Creator. The concept of a ‘shining city upon a hill.’ The problem with the usage by the Neo-Conservative movement is that the concept of a shining city upon a hill has always been one of setting an example for others to follow, not forcing American ideals upon them by warfare.
Both the Pharisees and Sadducees believed that the Messiah would come to save Israel by force, destroying their enemies through war and setting up Israel as the head of the nations. This is depicted by the Neocon idea that the American empire will spread by the use of its military power and thus lead the peoples of the world into freedom. Contrariwise, Jesus Christ came preaching the Gospel of love and repentance towards God. The message that the Kingdom of God begins within the heart of man (Luke 17:21) and would spread by peace, not violence (Mark 16:15; Luke 4:18; Romans 10:15; Ephesians 6:15).

The neoconservative’s corrupted view of American Exceptionalism is further seen in the belief of Jews during the Second Temple period that they were somehow better, or more exceptional, than other peoples because they were the seed of Abraham (John 8:33). This belief was rebuked by John the Baptist.

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

The message of Jesus was that the actions of believers, walking in the love of the Word of God is what makes them the shining city upon a hill.

John 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.
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Scripture declares this light as the Word of God (Proverbs 6:23; Psalm 119:105), who became flesh and dwelt among us (Isaiah 9:2; John 1:9; 8:12; 9:5; 12:46). During the second Temple period, Israel had come to boast that they were this light, forgetting that it is not they, but the Word of God that shines as light into the world (Romans 2:17-29). This corrupted view is seen in George W. Bush’s 2002 speech on the anniversary of September 11th where he declared the cause of America as the hope of all mankind, borrowing a phrase from John Chapter 1 which is referring to the Word of God.

“Tomorrow is September the 12th. A milestone is passed, and a mission goes on. Be confident. Our country is strong. And our cause is even larger than our country. Ours is the cause of human dignity; freedom guided by conscience and guarded by peace. This ideal of America is the hope of all mankind. That hope drew millions to this harbor. That hope still lights our way. And the light shines in the darkness. And the darkness will not overcome it.”

‘And the light shines in the darkness. And the darkness will not overcome it.’ The Scripture says this is referring to Jesus Christ.

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

This portion of Scripture in the book of John declares that Jesus is the Word made flesh, who was in the beginning with God (John 1:1-3). This Word in the beginning corresponds with the Declaration of Independence as true independence comes from the Word of God who is Messiah (John 8:31-32).

 

The problem with the Bush Doctrine is that many of the means which were instituted to spread Democracy to other nations were based in unconstitutional actions. The right message was being put forth, but the means by which it was to be instituted was corrupted. This was the problem with Israel during the days of King Herod.

The religious leaders of Israel during the days of King Herod were zealous for the law, but this zealousness was not mixed with the true intent of the law which is faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13). As a result, God sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Messiah (Matthew 3:1,3; 11:10; Luke 3:4; 7:27). The message of John the Baptist and the Messiah was one of restoration (Malachi 3:3-4; 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11-12; Mark 9:11-13). Restoration to the true meaning and intent of the Word of God (Luke 1:68-79; 3:3-18).
The religious leaders of Israel had inherited a zealousness for the law from the Maccabees and saw their religion as that which defined them (1 Maccabees 2:19; 2 Maccabees 8:1; 14:38). The message of John the Baptist and Messiah was not that of religion, but of relationship with God through covenant (Acts 5:20; Luke 3:8; 13:25-29; Matthew 7:21-23; 18:3; 21:31; Luke 6:46).
The religion which was set up by the leaders of Israel became known as the tradition of the elders (Matthew 15:3), a set of guidelines which the nation was to follow. In and of itself this is not a negative thing but the problem is that the people exalted their traditions above the Word of God. As a result, this religiosity became in reality, lawlessness (John 7:19; Matthew 23:28; Galatians 6:13).

Ron Paul tea party

The Ron Paul Revolution led to the forming of the ‘Tea Party.’ The foundations of the Tea Party trace back to December 2007 when Ron Paul supporters raised a record 6.5 million dollars in a single day in a ‘money bomb’ which was called the ‘Boston Tea Party 07.’ It was based upon the message of Ron Paul that the Tea Party formed, advocating a strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution.

However, the Tea Party in many ways departed from the message of Ron Paul and joined forces with the Republican party of whom Dr. Paul had chastised in 2008 as having gone astray from the principles of the Constitution. The Tea Party led the Republican party to landslide victories in the 2010 midterm elections resulting in a regain of control in the House of Representatives in 2011 and later the Senate in 2015.

This division between followers of Ron Paul and those who would rally behind politicians like Sarah Palin depict the division between those who followed Messiah and those who followed Him not yet proclaimed His name (Luke 9:49-50; Mark 9:38-40). The primary difference between the ‘Paulites’ and the ‘Palinites’ is foreign policy. Ron Paul preached the message of non-interventionism which was advocated by Washington and Jefferson. Sarah Palin is an advocate of a foreign policy which is more in line with the Neo-Conservative movement and the concept of ‘American Exceptionalism.’ Again, this view is a corruption of the concept of a ‘shining city upon a hill.’

Both the Pharisees and Sadducees believed that the Messiah would come to save Israel by force, destroying their enemies through war and setting up Israel as the head of the nations. However, Jesus Christ came preaching the Gospel of love and repentance towards God. The message that the Kingdom of God begins within the heart of man (Luke 17:21) and would spread by peace, not violence (Mark 16:15; Luke 4:18; Romans 10:15; Ephesians 6:15). This is how the Light of God’s Word would be shone to the nations, not through military might (Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:15). This dichotomy lines up with the two ‘factions’ of the Tea Party movement.

As mentioned before, the large crowds and the almost ‘messianic fervor’ which was seen for Barack Obama in 2008, and Ron Paul in 2012 are indicative of the state of the people in this country.  In 2016 this was seen with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  The people were desperate for change. They had grown exceedingly tired of the corruption seen in their government. This was seen during the days of Messiah as well. The corruption of the religious leaders was seen by many in the nation so they flocked to John the Baptist and later to Jesus Christ.

This movement continued into the days of the Apostles recorded in the book of Acts where God’s dealings with His people began to change. The focus of believers would change from the Temple system and a desire to rule in the Promised land, to spreading the Gospel of salvation to all of mankind. This corresponds with the political change which is occurring in America.

This ‘dispensation’ which has been named the ‘Church Age’ by theologians would be paralleled in our days in a Sixth Party System. It is too early to give a solid prediction but another ‘Party System’ is due to occur in the near future. The rise of “anti-establishment” candidates in 2016 and the election of Donald Trump is indicative of this change.

As mentioned before, the Sadducees were the ‘conservative’ party during the Second Temple period. They disappeared from the scene after the fall of the Temple, leaving only the Pharisees and a new ‘sect’ called Christians.

The 2016 election has further displayed this move towards a new era in American politics.  The theme of the 2016 election was about “establishment” candidates versus “anti-establishment” candidates.  The name meanings of those running for President would continue the ‘code’ albeit in varying ways.  The culmination of this theme was seen in the election of Donald Trump.

These things are elaborated upon further in the article on the 2016 candidates and the article on the election of Donald Trump.

 

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