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Barak Obama, Biblical Significance


By Phil Kershaw

In the Old Testament of the Bible, the children of Israel are enslaved in Egypt for 400 years until they are liberated by Moses and led through the wilderness for 40 years until they can enter the Promised Land.

“The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.”

Exodus 16:35

Ironically Moses does not get to enter the Promised Land, which God lets him see just before he dies

“Then the LORD said to him, "This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it." And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said.  He buried himb in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.”


Deuteronomy 34, 4-6


It is a younger man Joshua whom Moses passes his mantle who leads the Children of Israel into the Promised Land.


“Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit [c] of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the LORD had commanded Moses.”

Deuteronomy 34:9

It was 400 years ago that the first African slaves were brought to the shores of America (Virginia).

It was 40 years ago that the black Moses, Martin Luther King (who was in his fortieth year) was assasinated after stating that he had seen the Promised Land, but like Moses he was not destined to enter it.

“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,

April 3, 1968

40 years after King’s passing, the new "Joshua" Barack Obama is elected as the first African American President of the United States.

Barak also has a biblical origin in the Bible as a Great Israeli General who defeats the Canaanite armies in the book of Judges and ushers in “40 years of peace”.

"So may all your enemies perish, O LORD!  But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength."  Then the land had peace forty years.”

Judges 5:31


(Note: The number forty "40" has remarkable coincidences in the Bible. There were forty days of rain (Gen. 7:17) at the time of the flood, forty days before sending forth the raven (Gen. 8:6), Forty days for embalming (Gen. 50:3), and of fasting by Moses (Ex. 24:18; 34:28; Deut. 9:9,25), by Elijah (1 Kin. 19:8), and by Jesus (Matt. 4:2). Spies were in the promised land for forty days (Num. 13:25). Forty days of probation was given to the Ninevites (Jonah 3:4), the temptation of Jesus lasted for forty days (Luke 4:1-2), and Christ stayed forty days here on earth after His resurrection (Acts 1:3). The number 40 is also used symbolically in Ezekiel 4:6.As for forty years, the Israelites wandered in the wilderness (Ex. 16:35; Num. 14:34, 32:13). There was to be peace in Israel for forty years (Judg. 3:11, 5:31, 8:28). Egypt was to be desolated (Ezek.29:11) and restored after (Ezek.29:13).Also, Forty stripes were administered in punishing criminals (Deut. 25:3) and the ‘forty minus one’ or thirty-nine lashes (2 Cor. 11:24). Goliath the Philistine took his stand against Israel for forty days (1 Sam. 17:16) and both David and Solomon reigned over Israel for forty years (1 Kin. 2:11, 11:42).