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Barack Obama: “The Lord’s Anointed One”

October 30, 2008

During the exile in Babylon Isaiah the prophet announced that God would anoint the Persian king Cyrus the Great and through him liberate the Jews:

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped
to subdue nations before him
and strip kings of their robes,
to open doors before him—
and the gates shall not be closed:
(Isaiah 45:1 NRSV)

The word “anointed” in the first line above is the same word that is used elsewhere as “messiah”. “Anointed” is derived from the Hebrew word mashiach a verbal adjective meaning anointed one. From mashiach we know the NT equivalent, christos (Christ). In the words of the prophet Isaiah Cyrus was God’s mashiach to deliver His people back to the promised Land.

“If mashiach is envisioned as an ideal king, godly and upright, then the designation of “anointed” causes difficulty, for Cyrus was a worshiper of Marduk and other pagan deities. Yet Cyrus was the Lord’s appointee for a definite task. The Isaiah passage suggests that mashiach be understood as one singled out or “chosen” (bāḥar q.v.) for a task, characteristically one of deliverance” (TWOT, 531).

With this meaning in mind I suggest that conservative Christians stop referring to Barack as the antichristos but instead as a mashiach. This is for primarily two reasons:

  1. If Barack is the tool that God uses to cause the USA to be a major player in bringing around the Apocalypse then Christians should be happy: They’re going home soon!
  2. If the End Times do not come and Barack’s party in the next couple of years fixes some of the economy, and restores some stability, then obviously God continues to show his favor to his special people by continuing to bless them; therefore, making Barack a tool for blessing

So there you go. Barack is not the messiah, but a messiah: a tool of God’s deliverance from either this sinful world or harsh economic circumstances.

Of course, there is a third possibility as well: The Democrats win the election, the end of the world does not come, the economy does not get better, and Americans find themselves in the same set of voting circumstances in 2012. If this sequence of events were to play out are there any takers on the chances that Dobson and his ilk apologize for being wrong? Yeah, I wouldn’t take that bet either. Stupidity, ignorance, and biblical lunacy usually breed long term memory loss, and a need to be right that means ignoring such obvious errors so that you can keep convincing the sheeple of your “authority” to lead on all matters.

However, if this third sequence of events does play out the Republicans are in a much better position to put forward the real antichristos at the election in 2012.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Veda Brown permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:39 am

    Yesterday as I finished praying for the nation (according to Daniel chapter 9) the Holy Spirit gave me to look at Cyrus in the book of Isaiah 44 & 45. I did not completely understand what the Spirit was telling me so I started to do some studying about Cyrus–who he was, what he did, and so on. I found that the next president will be analogous–to some extent– to the protrayal of Cyrus in the Bible.
    When i ran across this site while doing research, I got a better picture of what the Spirit was saying to me. Just another piece to the picture.
    Thanks,
    Veda

  2. November 4, 2008 11:12 am

    No, no, the currently anointed one is not Obama, but our Queen. Literally! Anointing is part of the coronation ceremony.

  3. November 5, 2008 1:07 pm

    That’s all good and well, Peter, but we don’t have a queen. Something to do with this little disagreement we had, oh, about 232 years ago, I guess. With some dude named “George.” Something about taxes, I think. We have Anglophiles. But no crown.

    So us Amerikans have to substitute the Obamessiah for your queen.

  4. david seyler permalink
    May 13, 2011 3:17 am

    It is interesting if you will recieve this message in context with your blog entitled, Barack Obama, The lords annointed one. Let me ask you this question. Did you know you left off that Cyrus would be challanged to rule of his own birthright? Interesting Obama was also. And a few days after he presented his longform…..which by the way, had many interesting mistakes such as not having an offical seal and also not being in number order based on other who were born around the same time, that just directly after releasing that..he is forced to make an announcement that is so mistaken that it would appear to take eyes off the real happenings….of Osamas death. The question is posed now….did he make that awkward or perhaps planned awkwardness to rid him of his birth certificate issue, to crack a deal with the devil….and if so we find Bin Ladin was not killed but always CIA or perhaps held interrogated or perhaps took one for the team to put to shame the 9/11 realitors….would that match antichrist….shot in the head, mortally wounded and the whole world is amazed, how could this happen when the head comes back or is fractured…..not sure fractured into different parts is biblical..so I will leave it off. Yet it is facinating you left off the fact Cyrus was challanged to rule for his birthright.

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