RASTAS BELIEVE IN JESUS BECAUSE OF HAILE SELASSIE I
The following is written by a Rastafarian in a bid to explain to the world, the ridicule and shame that he has suffered and endured because he declares that Jesus Christ (God) has already come back to earth in the personality of Ras Tafari in 1892 who later became Haile Selassie I in 1930 at His coronation:-
“Who or what created God?” And by extension: “Who created the person or thing that created God?” This chain of questions will continue to the infinity or forever. “When was life formed?” This is another question the rastaman finds inevitable – and another dead end too. Must he believe the scientists by saying there is no creator because they insist that things evolved? Does this mean that evolution (or nature or creation) is the creator? How do you explain a creature or a creation without a creator? Evolution eliminates a creator and hence God all-mighty. But man has the ability or capacity to wreck nature. So if “nature” or “evolution” is God (or the creator), why would a creator allow a creature (especially man) to destroy itself (the creator)? At the same time too, lacking the power to re-create itself? If evolution was so magnificent to create an intelligent genius like man, how come evolution is powerless against the uncreative and destructive intention of man? Do things re-evolve after man destroys them or make them extinct? A number of creatures have been exterminated by man such as dinosaurs (we are told) – will they ever evolve back again. The rastaman does not see how evolution (or nature) by itself can bring back animals which have suffered extinction. This is the reason why the rastaman believes that God exists.
Since nature does not exercise any retaliation to the destructive tendencies of mankind, and since nothing is re-evolving, couldn’t it be that there is a much higher force or power that governs nature? The rastaman hails and thanks Jesus Christ because He came and gave credence to the existence of a creator.
But how firm could the rasta’s faith be in Jesus Christ or God the Almighty when one reads about a church roof collapsing and killing scores of worshippers; a bus filled with worshippers on its way to a picnic, plunges over a precipice claiming a heavy toll of lives; a gunman taking aim at a worshipper inside a church, the gun sticks, he goes back outside, fixes the problem, comes back inside and shoots the female christian to death; and on Aug. 18, 2011, a 69-year-old elder (Errol Forbes) was constructing a podium for a crusade the following day for his Zion Hill Baptist Church in Portland, Jamaica, West Indies was killed by lightning? It can’t be ignored that there are many incidences of bad things happening to good people, and good things happening to bad people. Why the good most times suffer for the bad, and the bad are rejoicing from the actions of the good? These incidents are enough to make one wonder if Jesus Christ does exist? If Jesus Christ really did come to earth any at all? In light of all these glaring misfortunes, the preachers are not helping the cause of the infidelious when he declares that Jesus never fails. Rastas don’t want to think that Jesus fails, but he wants to redefine this phrase and put it into its real perspective.
No God-fearing person wishes to deny the existence of a creator. Without Jesus’s promises, there is no hope for any sort of salvation; no hope of life after death. To think that an eternal gloom of nothingness awaits one after death, (or worse: an eternal fire) is gut-wrenching. But if Jesus Christ is the answer to this inglorious phenomenon, the rasta wants to embrace Him with all his (or her) heart.
The book of the Revelation appears to be the strongest hope for salvation. But if it is not properly understood, it can add inflammable fuel to the fire of doubt that Christ exists.
It is this book of Revelation and a few Psalms from which rastas solicit confidence in the existence of Christ (The Messiah). There are a number of events that Christ and some other prophets foretold that could have been construed as myths. But it is the man Haile Selassie I who appeared to have fulfilled these prophecies to give power to the words of Christ and his prophets that God and His bible are real. This article is dedicated to the fulfilment and interpretations of these prophecies by Haile Selassie I.
What if a tested and proven man of God were to tell you that Jesus made a recent trip to earth between July 23, 1892 and August 27, 1975? You would prescribe or suggest psychiatric evaluation, especially when you realize that this trip by Jesus did not even yield the rapture that so many christians dead and alive have made so much sacrifices for.
The Battle Of The Armageddon for example, is about the person of Jesus Christ (in a new name) receiving a severe attack from the leaders of the world at a place called Armageddon. Another psychiatric evaluation would be suggested again for anyone who thinks the Armageddon has already taken place. But if one should stop and ask some serious questions about the prospects of the Armageddon taking place in this millennium it would definitely be absurd. Why? If Jesus is going to return to the earth bursting through the clouds in full revealed glory, how would the leaders of the world organise themselves at such a very short notice to gather at a particular place (Armageddon) to wage war against the King Of Kings? They would not get any warning in advance to prepare themselves because Jesus had declared that He would come like a thief in the night. Seriously, why would the leaders of the world want to fight against or destroy Jesus Christ in His full revealed glory anyway? After a murder or homicide has been committed, the detectives or investigating officers first want to know what is the motive before they interrogate a suspect. What would be the motive or even the gain for the president of the United States and the rest of the world leaders by uniting to fight this obviously futile battle against the Messiah? Therefore, for this Armageddon Battle to take place there has to be a motive. Not only that, for the battle itself to take place any at all, the Messiah has to be a king who has not personally revealed His deity to mankind. And He can’t be any ordinary king either as He would have to sit upon the bonafide throne of David with titles King Of Kings, Lord Of Lords and Lion Of Judah. So if a man should burst out of the clouds with tremendous fanfare and angels to go, we would at least want Him to sit on the throne of David, and show us how and when He was crowned King of Kings, Lord Of Lords and Lion Of Judah.
Understandably, the Armageddon has to be some sort of a world war for all the leaders of the world to be fighting against the King Of Kings at one time, there is no other way about it. So far, this globe has had two world wars. The first took place between (1914-1918) and involved no King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords and Lion of Judah. However, World War II (1939-1945 as stated by historians) apparently started in 1935 when Italy declared war on Ethiopia. But perhaps because Ethiopia was not deemed a civilized or first world nation, they did not consider her cause as a world event. Notwithstanding that, one of the many issues leading up to World War II was this one-sided battle against a King Of Kings and Lord Of Lords and the Conquering Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah. His name was Haile Selassie which means The Might And Power Of The Holy Trinity, in the native Amharic language of Ethiopia.
Unlike, Jesus Christ, Haile Selassie never tried to tell anybody that He had a deity. How could these prophecies be fulfilled if He were to say anything like that openly? When the leaders of the world (52 countries at the time) gathered together at the League Of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on June 30, 1936, Haile Selassie did not mince words nor hide the fact that they were fighting against Him and His country Ethiopia. He prophetically told them that the counsel that the stronger nations were taking with Mussolini (the head of the Fascist Roman Empire) against Him would backfire on them and that a similar catastrophe would engulf them.
The subsequent World War II showed the wanton destruction that lashed those same nations after they drew swords (so to speak) against one another. (Rev. 15:4 was fulfilled.) One writer said that if the world leaders had heeded the words of Haile Selassie that day World War II might have been averted.
WORLD LEADERS TAKE COUNSEL TOGETHER
There are a number of evidences to show that these leaders of the world were taking counsel with Mussolini against Haile Selassie I. It wasn’t John The Divine alone who foretold the Armageddon. David too foresaw the counsel of these wicked men against his seed (his 226th descendant as traced by Haile Selassie) when he wrote in Psa. 2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed saying: Let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in his heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thy inheritance; and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
“Thou shall break them with a rod of iron, thou shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
“Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
Compare this with Rev. 19:11-16 and you will see that both prophets are on the same wave length. From a rasta standpoint, the Battle Of The Armageddon was fulfilled on June 30, 1936 because this was the only day and the only place (Geneva) that the rulers of the world ever gathered together to take counsel against one man, against one king; against a King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords, and against a Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah.
Another prophecy was fulfilled prior to the Armageddon. This was when Pope Pius XI blessed the troops of Mussolini in Rome as they were about to depart to Ethiopia. So what was happening here was the Dragon (Pope Pius XI) giving power to the Beast (Mussolini) to make war upon the Lamb Haile Selassie (Rev. 13:4).
Now read Rev. 17:12-14 – “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them; for he is Lord of lords, King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”
After Mussolini and His men were seizing positions on Ethiopia’s key borders on which to launch their attacks, at the same time, they were intensifying their massive propaganda campaign with him (Mussolini) and his associates saying the nastiest things about the Negus (Haile Selassie) in an effort to turn the world leaders against Him so that no help would be forthcoming to Him (Rev. 16:13-14). This seemed to work effectively because when Haile Selassie subsequently asked the other nations for help by allowing Him to purchase arms and military equipment they insisted that to help Him would mean that they would be taking sides in the war, even though they knew very well that the Romans (i.e. Italians) had several factories for making arms and other military equipment … and even though they knew too that Mussolini could mobilize his army from 42 million people, while Haile Selassie only had 12 million at His disposal. They knew too that Mussolini had a fleet of planes, while Haile Selassie had none.
When this failed, Haile Selassie asked them to forward the arms that He had ordered and paid for in advance before the war. They made excuses that they were having extreme difficulties forwarding them because of the transportation routes which were the railway between Djibouti and Addis Ababa; and the Suez Canal. Interestingly, these were the same routes that Haile Selassie said the Romans were using to unload their arms uninterruptedly in Ethiopia to launch their attacks.
Haile Selassie described the might and impact of the Roman army. The indiscriminate way they burnt thatch houses and churches; the unprovoked attacks on the independent Red Cross societies, the plundering of livestock, crops, children, ladies, the elderly and the indigent by dropping bombs from planes which exuded Yperite gases for the purpose of annihilating the Ethiopians. However, the casualties could have been worse if it were not for the wisdom and valour of Haile Selassie in his capacity of Field Marshall General by informing His faithful soldiers and followers as to how to position themselves in areas (i.e. dug trenches and caves) where the planes would be least effective.
Seeing that his 40-year-old guns could not stand up to the brand new fire power of the Romans (the same Romans who crucified Christ), Haile Selassie resorted to prayers and fasting. This was just like what Christ did when the Romans were closing in on Him to crucify Him. It worked because General De Bono had a tremendous advantage from where he could have inflicted a near genocide of the Ethiopians with smoke gas and mustard poison but he flatly refused claiming that he could not wage a war against the Negus (in his own words) who was only fasting and praying. Some allies even criticized the Negus for this claiming that Ethiopia would have been better prepared for the war if He didn’t spend so much time fasting and praying. General de Bono was subsequently relieved of his duties and Marshal Badoglio instated.
How could the book of the Revelation be fulfilled If Haile Selassie had openly identified Himself as this King of Kings spoken of in Rev. 17:16 and the Lion of Judah in Rev. 5:5 even though His titles and prophecies were strong hints?
ROD OF IRON OR SCEPTRE
Many admirers of Haile Selassie returned from following after Him between September 4,1974 when He was deposed (Psa. 89:44) and August 27, 1975 (Psa. 89:48) when He was reported to be dead. But this was just another prophecy which had to be fulfilled. Read Psalm 89:35-51 when the Psalmist was describing the inglorious things (including death) that befell the last king who sat upon the throne of David and the challenge to God that He apparently lied to David that his kingdom would be forever. God, however, was not lying to David as that incident was just another phase of prophecies. Many who have since denied Haile Selassie have not carefully read these various books of prophecies in the bible. If they did, they would realize that Christ was returning to earth as a male child again (Isa. 9:6 and Rev. 12). Remember, Heaven is anywhere God dwells in personal presence, and if Haile Selassie is this Messiah (God), then Ethiopia must be Heaven. So a war in Heaven as described in Rev. 12, must be a war in Ethiopia, not the perceived Heaven locked away far beyond the skies from warring soldiers and other evil men. (Even Christ declared that war and violence was nothing new to Heaven – Mat. 11:12.)
Rev. 12 tells of this male baby who shall rule the nations with a rod of iron. He is unmistakably the King Of Kings, Lord Of Lords, Lion Of Judah, Negus King Of Israel. He is mentioned again in Rev. 19:15 as a confirmation of this fact. And again by David in Psa. 2:9. This male child is Shiloh spoken of in Gen. 49:10 when Jacob was blessing his twelve sons. Of Judah he said: “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shloh comes and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” The Messiah or Shiloh must have this sceptre to begin His rule. According to Hebrews 1:8 “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” This means that the sceptre must be present for the King Of Kings to fulfil these prophecies, and not what Genesis 49:10 appears to be suggesting that the sceptre would depart Judah when Shiloh comes.
The sceptre was believed to have been stolen from the house of Judah hundreds of years ago by the English and on the day of the coronation of the winsome Haile Selassie (Nov. 2, 1930) it was allegedly returned. It was brought by Prince Henry (Henry William Frederick Albert) the then Duke Of Gloucester representing his father King George V the then King of England. It was reported to be a David royal beauty boasting solid gold with a length of 27 inches.
If one wishes to face reality and foster a belief in the bible in general and the Revelation in particular, he (or she) must admit from this fact that it is going to take many years (a generation perhaps) for this little male baby (or Christ in a new name – Rev. 3:12) to grow from a toddler to a king (i.e. a fully grown man) as He was caught up to God, and His throne (Rev. 12:5) – which means that Jesus Christ will be on earth again for many years in disguise before He officially reveals Himself. The average Christians refuse to believe that Jesus will ever come back to this earth as a baby again. At this point one must understand the distinction between the day Jesus returns to earth, and the day He reveals Himself. This is two different events, and this is why many Christians tend to condemn Rastas for exalting the name of Haile Selassie as this returned Jesus. When He returns the sure sign is a lightning running from east to west (Mat. 24:27) and the day He returns to judge the earth is written in Matthew 24:30 – He will be riding on the clouds of the heavens with His angels in majestic glory and trumpet bellowing.
If one carefully studies the birth of Haile Selassie (then known as Tafari) he or (she) would see the striking resemblance to the birth of this male baby in Rev. 12 and the birth of Haile Selassie I. Haile Selassie’s mother (Yeshimabeit) previously conceived eight children all of whom died in child birth. Now, on July 23, 1892 (Leo the Lion – July 23-Aug. 22) the dragon returned to Yeshimabeit to devour her ninth child as well. But he could not because this one (Haile Selassie) was coming to rule the nations with a rod of iron (or sceptre). When the dragon failed to abort this birth, he drew stars from the skies with its tail. This is not literal, but a representation of celestial fireworks, which was the lightning Christ said would accompany His return to earth. And indeed there was a lightning running from east to west at the moment Haile Selassie was born, bringing rains to a country which was hitherto strangled by drought. A child was born, and a son was indeed given (Isa. 9:6). This child in Isa. 9:6 was definitely not baby Jesus as He did not have any government at anytime on His shoulder as He did not even sit on the throne of David during His alleged 33 years on earth.
After Haile Selassie was born, His mother died 18 months later in child birth, meaning that He was the first and the last (Alpha & Omega?). As the bible says in Rev. 12, the earth opened up and swallowed the woman, meaning that she was buried in the earth (grave) after delivering this male baby. So, Rev. 12 was fulfilled on July 30, 1892. These are the kinds of prophecies which make the faith of the real followers of Jesus Christ grow stronger – thanks to Haile Selassie.
Space does not permit to say everything about Haile Selassie I, not even to mention the correlation of Rev. 19:11-16 and Isa. 63:1-6). Both Isaiah and John foresaw the King of Kings having His garments dipped in blood after returning from battle. Haile Selassie gave hints of this when He addressed His people during the war saying; “We are glad to assure you that in time of war We are ready to shed Our blood in your midst for the sake of Ethiopia’s freedom.” It was, however, the blood of the wounded Italians and Ethiopians that stained His garments.
One of the unmistakable identities of the Messiah is His white horse (Rev.19:11). This is not metaphorical or parabolic either. He will ride upon a white horse. But if Haile Selassie is not this Messiah, will the other Messiah really ride a white horse in this millennium or beyond when He returns? Will he have a reason to ride one in a world war (perhaps World War III) with all those sophisticated fighter jets and advanced motor vehicles? One of our favourite photos of Haile Selassie is the one when He is seated upon His white horse in His suit of Field Marshall General. It is my favourite because it gives tremendous credence to the Battle Of The Armageddon.
THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB
Speaking about the Lamb, the Lamb was married to Waizero Menen on July 31,1911. It was a great occasion as described in the bible. However, many Christians will probably hate our (rastas’) guts for saying this because they insist that the Marriage Of The Lamb is a figurative expression interpreted as the Lamb marrying the church. Well, could be, except that there could be something amiss considering the numerous divided opinions (e.g. Sabbath worship), denominations and hence controversies associated with the church. The Messiah would be marrying a promiscuous … (you know what).
ETHIOPIA STRETCHES FORTH HER HANDS UNTO GOD
There are many more things which could have been written in the book of the Revelation but John was instructed to write only certain things (Rev. 10:4) as it would probably been too obvious (or a giveaway) that it was about Haile Selassie. And as Christ rightly said: a sinful and adulterous nation seeks after a sign, but none shall be given (Mat. 12:19).
Another prophecy fulfilled by Haile Selassie was Psalm 68:31 when He made His first public speech on His return to Addis Ababa on May 5, 1941 five years after Mussolini and the Romans took control of Ethiopia. His speech runs thus: “On this day which men on earth and angels of heaven could neither have foreseen nor known, I give thanks unutterable to the living God who has enabled me to be present among you. Since this is so, do not reward evil for evil. Do not commit any act of cruelty like those committed against us. Do not allow the enemy any occasion to foul the good name of Ethiopia. We shall take their weapons and make them return by the way they came.” (Does this show that He is the Prince Of Peace in Isa. 9:6?) Seeing the sea of hands stretching out to Him, Haile Selassie remarked: “Truly, Ethiopia has today stretched forth her hands unto God.” (We regret that we were not in Addis Ababa that day.)
After he was kicked out of Heaven (i.e. Ethiopia) – Rev. 12:7-10 – Mussolini was deposed by his own Romans. He subsequently escaped incarceration in a bid to re-invent his belligerence. However, in late April 1945, with total defeat looming, Mussolini attempted to escape to Switzerland, only to be quickly captured and summarily executed near Lake Como by Italian partisans. His body was then taken to Milan where it was hung upside down at a petrol station for public viewing and to provide confirmation of his demise. Mussolini the devil (the antichrist) was jailed after being kicked out Heaven (Ethiopia). The bible said Satan (the beast) would be incarcerated for a 1000 years (Rev. 20:7) then released (escaped?). But according to David,(who also foretold the Revelation as evidenced in Psa. 2) Satan was not literally bounded for a 1000 years “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past; and as a watch in the night”(Psa. 90:4) . Peter confirms this too in 2 Peter 3:8.
The Revelation tells us that the Antichrist will deceive the whole world (Rev. 12:9) Mussolini and his associates deceived the 52 nations or world leaders that made up the League of Nations (now the United Nations). He convinced them that Ethiopia was a barbaric nation badly in need of civilization. This is also a fulfilment of (Rev. 16:13-14) foul and unclean things came out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast and false prophet). As a result, the world refused to render any help to Ethiopia and its Negus Haile Selassie. His deceit was designed to rob Ethiopia of its patrimony, its 3000-year independence and to establish it as the Roman Empire in Africa. He got tremendous support from his biblical partner in crime, Hitler, reputed as the man who murdered 6,000,000 Jews in World War II. Adolf Hitler (born in Austria) founded and became the head (or Chancellor) of the Nazi party in Germany, while Mussolini established and ruled fascism in Rome. Both the Fascist and Nazi governments invoked awesome fear all over the world in those days of great tribulation. Marxism (pioneered by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels) was a revolution that opposes capitalism and enhances mass production in a social environment to profit the masses. This was loathed by Hitler, and endorsed by the Jews. Apart from this, Hitler emerged as the world’s biggest hater of semitic language and culture historically identified with Judaism, Christianity and Islam. No wonder Mussolini and Hitler hated Haile Selassie so much because He was semitic. The relationship between Mussolini and Hitler was so air-tight that it was possible to believe that If the latter got a cut, the former would bleed from the wound, and vice-versa. So they were perfectly the antichrist and agent referred to in 1John 4:1-3 and 2 Thes. 2:3-4,
MARK OF THE BEAST
Some people said Haile Selassie acted cowardly when He left Ethiopia to address the League of Nations. However, the reason why Haile Selassie left Ethiopia in 1936 was to fulfil the Armageddon prophecy (which He did on June 30, 1936) when He pronounced judgement upon the world leaders who had gathered at the League of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to hear Him address them (the first Head Of State to address the League). He never went back to Ethiopia as it was said that He was in exile in England for five years. Haile Selassie, having fulfilled the prophecy of the Armageddon, now had to stay in England so that another prophecy could be fulfilled. This was THE MARK OF THE BEAST. On May 10, 1936 Mussolini (the beast) sought to impose his seal (i.e. mark) upon the empire of Ethiopia. Said he: “It is a Fascist empire because it bears the indestructible sign of the will and power of Rome.” Abyssinia (as Ethiopia was known) was joined with Italian Eritrea and Italian Somaliland (the other two Roman or Italian colonies in Ethiopia) to form the Africa Orientale Italiana (Italian East Africa, AOI) which in effect meant that Ethiopia had become the Roman Empire in Africa. That also meant that Mussolini’s Fascist government controlled the buying and selling in Ethiopia (Heaven i.e.) under the seal or mark of the beast (Mussolini). The bible explains that the mark of the beast is represented by a human number 666. The term Vicarius Filli Dei is a term which means Vicar Of The Son Of God and is a Latin term. The claim is that it is the official title of the pope and is worn on his mitre (i.e. headgear). In this case, it would be Pope Pius XI (1885-1939) who described the beast (Mussolini) as having been sent “by Divine Providence”. Vicarius Filli Dei when converted in Roman numerals adds up to 666. So is the word “Romiith” (i.e. 666 in Roman numerals) which is the Hebrew term for the Roman kingdom. This doesn’t seem to be any coincidence that the Roman dominance in those five years (1935-1941) in Ethiopia (Heaven) was the era of the seal or the mark of the beast Mussolini (Rev. 13:18). Thus was fulfilled another prophecy in the honorable book of the Revelation.
Thirty-nine years after Ethiopia stretched forth her hands onto God, a group of faceless soldiers felt that they had the gall to challenge the power of the Negus. To do this, they had to invent and concoct various excuses which they knew did not add up because they knew only too well that what Haile Selassie did for Ethiopia, is virtually impossible for another ruler to emulate, let alone surpass. “During the time of this Emperor, greater and more profound changes have occurred in Ethiopia than throughout the previous two and a half millennia of recorded Ethiopian history,” stated by the journalist Edward Ullendorff. Actually, these impatient and clamorous youth were just fulfilling Psa. 89 and didn’t know it … the same way they could find no fault in Jesus Christ when they were preparing to hang him. Judas was ordained to betray Christ. Poor thing! When he was betraying Christ he probably wondered what the hell he was doing, and obviously not knowing that he was fulfilling a divine purpose, he hanged himself. That was the case with the young soldiers (or upstarts as Haile Selassie labeled them). The one who read the deposition speech to Him was so pitifully nervous, still addressing Him as Your Majesty even after making the declaration, whilst the Emperor didn’t even blink when making His reply: “I have served my country in war and in peace, and if it’s the will of the people I will step down.”
Ironically, the same man, Michael Andom, who was accusing Haile Selassie and His government of corruption and initiated the plot to unseat Him was soon found guilty of the same crimes. The same army which he mobilized against Haile Selassie sought to bring him to justice on learning of his crooked modus operandi. Andom was not to be taken easily. He strongly resisted the attempts of the army to bring him in. Eventually he was fatally shot. This shows that the move against Haile Selassie by Andom was unprovoked and done out of greed and jealousy.
A better understanding of Jesus Christ and indeed Haile Selassie would mean a good understanding of the Trinity of God. Admittedly, some things have happened which would suggest that God the Father and God the Son are two different persons physically. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Jesus Christ hates to refer to Himself as the Almighty God because in coming to earth, according to the flesh, He was made lower than the angels (Heb. 2:9). It’s difficult to accept that Jesus is the mighty God when a voice said after His baptism: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” (It is difficult to believe that Jesus is the Creator of all things when He made a statement to the effect that He didn’t know when He would return to judge the world, a secret known only to the Father; when one reads that He is sitting on the right hand of God (Power), when on the cross He said, “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?” and finally, the fact that He often engaged in fasting and praying to the Father. As paradoxical as it may seem, Jesus is also the Father; He is the Creator of all things seen and unseen; He is God Almighty; He is the Light Of The Word; He’s King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
Here is a nice way to understand the Holy Trinity: take a cup of water (H2O) and freeze it into ice; it is now a totally different thing (or state) yet it is the same cup of water or H2O. Take this same cup of water and boil it. It soon evaporates into thin air – every drop. It is still the same cup of water transformed into vapour. Let’s say the liquid is the Son; the ice is the Father; and the vapour is the Holy Spirit. As a ventriloquist can throw his voice, God can do likewise. But whereas the ventriloquist has to move his lips, God can throw His voice without a tremble of His mouth.
Jesus had a nice way of revealing that He was God. God ordered that His angels should worship His Son (Heb. 1:6). But Jesus has some bad news for us when He declares in Matthew 6:24 that we cannot worship or serve two masters, which means we either worship the Father and forsake the Son; or worship the Son and reject the Father. However, the good news is that He is both the Father and the Son so we can go ahead and worship whichever one – it’s six of one and a half dozen of the other. He confirms this in John 14:1 “Ye believe in God, believe also in me.”
We like this speech by Jesus when He was trying to educate Phillip His disciple concerning the whereabouts of the Father. He had just told them that they were seeing the physical image of the Father every day when Phillip still asked Him to show him the Father. (John 14:8) Was Jesus flabergasted! Phillip saw the Father every day he was with Jesus and just didn’t know it (John 14:9). In John 14:11 Jesus had to beg His disciples: “Believe me,” in saying “That I am in the Father and the Father in me.” The disciples were deeply confused because He was just praying to someone who obviously (or so it seemed) higher than He. But, remember when God was taking the oath to bless Abraham, He had to swear by someone greater than Himself to make the oath binding or real. He didn’t find anyone greater by whom to swear, so He swore to Himself (Heb. 6:13). So why can’t He pray to Himself as well? Jesus doesn’t know when He is coming back to earth? Remember He said no one should call Him good because it was only the Father who was good (Mark 10:18). Yet He said He was the good shepherd (John 10:11). He said except a man be born of the water and spirit he could not enter into the kingdom of Heaven (John 3:1-7). Remember when the criminal was on the cross with Him, He forgave Him and told Him that He would be in Paradise with Him! Yet this man did not get baptized (Luke 23:43). I am not saying that Jesus is contrary, but one has to know Him. Rastas do!
Look at John 1:1-4: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” This statement suggests two beings. The Word was with God; yet the Word was God; and without the word there was nothing made that would have been made. The Word (who came in the flesh) is not only God but is definitely the Creator as well – no metaphor, no proverb – nothing figurative. It’s as plain as day. When Satan was tempting Him He replied: “Tempt not the Lord, thy God!” This means that Satan was really tempting the Lord his God. And if Jesus is the King Of Kings and Lord Of Lords, which King or Lord is greater than He? “The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool.” (Psa. 110:1). One Lord addressing the other Lord? But Jesus is the Lord of Lords. So Jesus must have been talking to Himself. If Jesus says, “I am the Light of the World,” (John 8:12), is He joking? Only the Almighty is the Light of the world. On Nov. 2, 1930 Haile Selassie accepted the titles King Of Kings; Lord Of Lords; Conquering Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah; Elect Of God; and Light Of The World. Note well, not Light Of Ethiopia, but Light Of The World. Finally, Jesus claims He has power to forgive sins in Mat. 9:6. Seriously, who else can forgive sins but the Almighty God?
THE NEW NAMES OF GOD AND HIS CITY
It should be a concern to believers as to why Christ mentioned in Rev. 3:12 the name of His God; the name of the city of His God which is the New Jerusalem; and His own new name. It is not a concern to the Rastafarian who knows two names associated with the Returned Messiah. Tafari (Later the Ethiopian noble title of Ras was added.) is the name of the young Messiah; and Haile Selassie (Might And Power Of The Holy Trinity) is the kingly name of the Messiah. Addis Ababa is the name of the New Jerusalem after the original throne was destroyed in the old Jerusalem.
HOW ADDIS ABABA BECAME THE NEW JERUSALEM
The story is told in full in Ethiopia’s highly revered book the Kebra Nagast (The Glory Of Kings).
The most accepted version of the story runs thus:
“When Solomon was building the temple, he sent messages to all the merchants of the four quarters of the world to bring him what he required and he would pay them in gold and silver. Among the merchants who responded to the call was Tamrin, the merchant of Makeda the queen of Ethiopia, who brought red and gold sapphires and black wood that could not be eaten by worms. He was struck with amazement at the splendour of Solomon’s kingdom and the wisdom of Solomon himself and brought back such a marvellous report of him to the queen that she determined to visit him herself. “So she set forth with a great caravan of seven hundred and ninety seven camels and mules and asses innumerable laden with gifts, and arriving at Jerusalem, presented herself to the king. Solomon entertained her honourably, giving her food in abundance and eleven changes of raiment every day. She stayed many months marvelling at the wisdom with which Solomon directed the artificers and communing with him on matters of religion, and before long she abandoned the worship of the sun and the moon and the stars and worshipped the God of Israel. At length, after six months she resolved that she must return and look to her kingdom. When Solomon heard of her purpose, he said in his heart, ‘A woman of such splendid beauty has come to me from the ends of the earth. Will God give me seed in her?’
“The chronicler is here at some pains to justify the polygamous habits of Solomon which, he explains, were not due to lust but to the desire to raise up many sons who would inherit the cities of the heathen and destroy their idols. So Solomon determined to fulfil his purpose, and he invited the queen to a great farewell feast, and served dishes full of pepper and vinegar such as would make her thirst. “At the conclusion of the feast, since it had drawn late, he invited the queen to sleep in his palace. The queen hesitated, but at length consented if Solomon would swear not take her by force, for she was a virgin. The king agreed and demanded from her in return an oath that she would not take by force anything that was in his palace. To this she agreed without demur, protesting that she was not a thief. So two beds were placed on either side of the royal bedchamber, and they retired. “The queen slept a little, but presently she awoke and her throat was parched. Now, the king had bidden his servants set a jar of water in the centre of the room. The queen espied it and was filled with longing, and when she thought that Solomon was asleep she crept out of her bed and put her hand to the jar. But Solomon had not been asleep, and he leapt out and seized her arm and said: ‘Thou hast broken the oath that thou hast sworn not to take anything by force that is in my palace.’ The queen protested that the oath did not apply to water, but the king replied that there was nothing upon earth that was more precious than water. The queen admitted that she was wrong, but begged that she might drink. So Solomon was released from his oath and he worked his will on her, and they slept together. And as he slept, the king dreamed a dream and he saw that the sun came down to the land of Judah and illuminated it very brightly, and presently it removed to Ethiopia and shone there. And a second time it came to the land of Judah, but the Jews hated it and strove to destroy it, and it departed to the lands of Rome and Ethiopia.
“Next day, Solomon gave the queen a ring, saying: ‘If thou hast a son, give it to him and send him to me.’ And the queen departed to Ethiopia and she bore a son, and she called his name Menelik. And when he had come to man’s estate he wished to go to his father. And the queen gave him the ring, and sent him forth with a great retinue under the charge of Tamrin the merchant, and she bade Tamrin ask King Solomon to anoint Menelik king and make a law that from henceforth none but the male issue of Menelik should rule in Ethiopia – for hitherto queens had reigned in Ethiopia. And so Menelik travelled to the land of Judah, and when he came to Gaza the people made obeisances to him and said, ‘Hail, the king liveth.’ And others said, ‘The king is in Jerusalem, building the temple.’ And they were perplexed and sent messengers to Jerusalem and there they found King Solomon and they said to him: “Behold, one has come to our land who resembleth thee in every feature.” And Solomon asked whence the stranger came and they said, “We asked him not, for he seemed to be one of great authority, but his followers said that they were of Ethiopia.” And King Solomon rejoiced in his heart, for, though he had married many wives, God had confounded his purposes and he had but one son, Rehoboam, a boy of seven years. And he summoned Menelik to Jerusalem and Menelik gave to him the ring, but Solomon said, ‘What need is there of the ring? Without a sign I knew thee that thou art my son.’
“Then the merchant Tamrin delivered the message that the queen had given to him. And Solomon tried to persuade Menelik to stay and reign in Israel, for he was his first born son. But Menelik would not. And so King Solomon annointed Menelik with the holy oil of kingship, and named his name David, and made a law that henceforth that only his male issue should reign in Ethiopia. And Zadok the high priest expounded to him the law of Israel and pronounced upon him blessings if he should keep it and curses if he should leave it. And Menelik, for so his mother had commanded him, begged of Solomon a piece of the fringe of the Ark Of The Covenant, that the Ethiopians might reverence it, and Solomon promised to grant his desire. And moreover Solomon summoned his counsellors and officers and their first-born sons were to go and rule with Menelik. And they obeyed the king’s command.
“And when the time came to set forth, the sons of the nobles of Israel were sorrowful at leaving their native land and secretly reviled Solomon. Here the chronicler inserts an excursus on the wickedness on reviling kings and murmuring against them. But their greatest sorrow was that they must leave Our Lady Of Zion, that is The Ark Of The Covenant. And Azariah, son of Zadok the high priest, thought of a design and binding the others to silence, he revealed it to them, and they rejoiced greatly. And each gave to him ten didrachms of silver, and he went to a carpenter and said to him: ‘Build me a raft, for we are to journey across the sea, and, if the ship sinks, so shall I be saved.’ And he gave to the carpenter the measurements of the Ark of The Covenant. And the night before they were to depart, he took the raft, which was of the form of the Ark, and went to the temple and entered into the sanctuary – for the angel of the Lord opened the doors for him – and he took the Ark and put in its place the raft and covered it with the three coverings of the Ark so that none could see the change.
“And the next day Solomon bade Zadok take the outer covering of the Ark and bring it to him. And Solomon gave it to Menelik and Menelik rejoiced in the gift. And Menelik and the first-born sons of the nobles of Israel set forth in a great train of wagons. And the wagons were lifted up about a cubit from the earth and they sped quickly like eagles and in one day they went thirteen days’ journey. And when they came to the land of Egypt the sons of the nobles of Israel revealed to Menelik how they had brought the Ark with them, and Menelik was filled with joy and skipped like a young ram before the Ark. And they went on their journey and came to Ethiopia. And Menelik ruled in Ethiopia and his sons after him and the sons of the nobles of Israel and their sons after them were the counsellors and officers of the kingdom.
“And when Menelik had departed Solomon was sad at heart, and he told Zadok of the dream that he had dreamed the night that he laid with the Queen of Ethiopia. And Zadok was smitten with fear and said: ‘Would that you had told me of this dream before, for I fear that Our Lady of Zion is departed.’ And he went into the sanctuary and took the two under coverings and behold the raft of plank which Azariah his son had caused to be made. And he wept and beat his breast and fell in a swoon. And presently another came and saw and brought word to Solomon. And Solomon arose with his host and marched to Egypt and he questioned the Egyptians when the Ethiopians had passed. And they answered that they had passed many days before. And Solomon despaired of pursuing them and lamented greatly. But the spirit of prophecy comforted him saying: ‘Our Lady Of Zion has not been given to an alien but to thine own first born son.’ And Solomon was comforted and returned home to Jerusalem. And he charged all his counsellors and officers to keep secret the loss of the ArK Of The Covenant, and so the children of Israel know not that it had departed.
“Now Bathazar, king of Rome, had no son but only three daughters. And he sent to King Solomon and asked that he would send one of his sons to marry one of his daughters and rule over the kingdom of Rome. And Solomon sent Adramis, his youngest son, and with him the youngest sons of his counsellors and officers. And Rehoboam ruled over Judah, and Menelik ruled all over the lands to the south and to the east, and Adramis ruled over the lands to the north and to the west. And so was fulfilled the prophecy that the kings of the seeds of David and Solomon should rule over all the world. And there was another prophecy that the king of Rome and the king of Ethiopia should rule the whole world, their kingdoms meeting in Jerusalem.”
However, everybody knows what happened to that kingdom in later times. Firstly, it was divided with ten tribes falling in the hands of King Jeroboam leaving Rehoboam to rule in Judah with two tribes. When the capital of the ten tribes was at Samaria under King Hoshea, the king of Assyria – Shalmaneser – destroyed the kingdom. And later down in Judah, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, invaded the kingdom there under King Jehoiachin whom he replaced with Mattaniah after renaming him Zedekiah. But he rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar who put an end to that kingdom. They also looted the temple of Solomon and took away every piece of gold and silver. They broke down the pillars of bronze, smashed them into pieces and carried them away too. Also, the pots, shovels, snuffers, fire-pans and all vessells of bronze used in the temple for holy services (2 Kings 24-25, 2 Chron. 36). And so the kings of Ethiopia, the descendants of the first-born son of Solomon, alone are the heirs of the promises. Fortunately, Menelik I had already taken the Ark to Ethiopia. Therefore, only the throne in Ethiopia remains, not only the only bona fide throne of the Messiah, but the only one left at all for Him (the Messiah) to sit upon in His second coming. That’s how Addis Ababa became the New Jerusalem and rightly so.
The ballad of King Solomon’s acquaintance with the queen of Sheba is also partly mentioned by Christ in Mat. 12:42, and a little more detailed in I Kings 10:1-13.
Ras Tafari is thus the popular and early name of this man who Rastafarians identify as the Returned Messiah. Jah (Psalm 68:4) was alluded to Him by the Rastaman who further hailed Him as Jah Ras Tafari.
ANCIENT OF DAYS
The question of when God or Jesus is coming back to judge the world is a carefully guarded secret by Jesus. But how carefully guarded? After saying He would return like a thief in the night, He also said He would turn up after the Great Tribulation – described as the worst time the world has ever witnessed (Mat. 24:15-23 and Rev. 7:14). This seems contrary somewhat as He seems to give a clue to the time of His return to judge sinners. But what is the Great Tribulation? That is the million-dollar question. Perhaps not a million-dollar question to the Rastafarians who strongly believe that the near genocide of Ethiopia and the near annihilation of Jews by Hitler with Mussolini in tow (all in World War II) as the Great Tribulation. God says that He had to cut those days short for the sake of the elected, or perhaps no live would have been saved. Let’s look at the number of lives lost in Ethiopia!
A total of 275,000 Ethiopians were killed in action; 78,500 killed during the occupation; 17,800 women, children and others killed in bombing; 3,5000 killed in concentration camps; 24,000 guerillas executed; 300,000 people who died from privation and destruction of their villages. The educated few were virtually exterminated.
In terms of property, the cost was also high. Two thousand churches destroyed; 525,000 houses; 5,000,000 beef cattle; 7,000,000 sheep and goats; 1,000 horses and mules 700,000. (Only 3,000 Italians were killed.) The carnage executed by Mussolini and Hitler (6,000,000) together during World War II could have constituted the Great Tribulation. With the civility and sanity of the modern day regimes, and the all-powerful USA distinguishing themselves as international police, it’s unlikely that another holocaust like this will ever occur again.
Since the Great Tribulation has taken place (or appears to have taken place), the next and perhaps final piece of this puzzle will be the appearing of the Ancient Of Days (Daniel 7:9 and 13) for that final day of judgement. Daniel’s description of the Ancient Of Days, and John’s description of the Lion Of Judah appears to be the same person. But after all, they are in fact the same person. We think that the next time the world sees Haile Selassie He will look just like the Ancient Of Days or the aging Lion Of Judah. This is the description presented by John: “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire.” (Rev. 1:14). The Rastaman says Haile Selassie will be revealing Himself in His full glory, with His locks of hair as white as wool to suggest His advancement of age (dating back from 1892). Verse 15: “And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” Brass burnt in a furnace is the exact appearance some Rastas insist would be His complexion right now. Daniel’s description: “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hairs of his head like the pure wool; his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.” And verse 13: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
That is why the Psalmist was so disillusioned when he foresaw the cessation of the throne of David in Psa. 89. However, it would appear that he never foresaw the re-establishment of it in the new world spoken of in Rev. 21:1.
Some people are confused about the Son of Man visiting the Ancient of Days and thus declaring the Ancient of Days as God the Father. But remember the quote: “The Lord said to my Lord.” And this one too, “The Word was with God, (suggesting two) and the Word was God,” (suggesting one). Therefore, the Ancient Of Days is both the Father and the Son.
Time and patience is God’s way. He hates magic or shortcuts. Even Jesus (imagine!) had to wait until “I make your enemies thy footstool”. He could have made His enemies into His footstool immediately but He didn’t. From time immemorial we have been hearing that Jesus is coming soon to judge the world. The Ancient Of Days (the Ultimate Judge) has a timetable for the universal restoration of mankind – referred loosely as Judgement Day.