Is Barack Obama the Messiah?

Barack Obama has won the battle with Hillary Clinton to become the nominee of the Democratic Party to run against John McCain for the presidency of the United States in November. Despite the charges of improprieties that has been lodged against him by an investigative reporter, the rise of Barack Obama to the nomination has been meteoric.

The campaign of Barack Obama to the nomination has been presented in messianic terms. In fact, there is a whole blog dedicated to answer the question whether Barack Obama is the Messiah. The blog, Is Barack Obama the Messiah? introduces itself with a quote from Obama taken from a speech Obama gave in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on January 7, 2008, a quote that reflects the words of Isaiah 9:2:

“… a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany . . . and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama.”

The messianic movement associated with Obama seems to be growing. A Google search of the words “Obama” and “Messiah” yields more than 300,000 entries. The blog dedicated to finding out whether Obama is the new messiah quotes the words of several individuals who are fascinated with the Obama phenomenon. Here are some of the quotes taken from that blog:

“This is bigger than Kennedy. . . . This is the New Testament.” “I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event.”

— Chris Matthews

“I would characterize the Senate race as being a race where Obama was, let’s say, blessed and highly favored. That’s not routine. There’s something else going on. I think that Obama, his election to the Senate, was divinely ordered. . . . I know that that was God’s plan.”

— Bill Rush

In an article that appeared in the Jewish World Review titled “A Messiah in Our Midst?”, Jonah Goldberg writes about the messianic fervor that characterizes the Obama campaign. Goldberg wrote:

Obama’s apostles are hard to dismiss. Oprah simply calls him “The One,” because “we need politicians who know how to be the truth.” (Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth …”) Oprah goes on to say Obama will help us “evolve to a higher plane,” which would put Obama in the role of our Intelligent Designer.

Michelle Obama is arguably Obamanity’s greatest evangelist, even though she has a streak of Old Testament smiting and wrath to her. She insists her husband has redeemed the entire nation (hence her newfound pride in America). She proclaims her husband is the sort of leader who will fix our broken souls. But don’t hope for grace on the cheap. “The change Barack is talking about is hard,” she insists, “so don’t get too excited, because Barack is going to demand that you, too, be different.”

When asked in an interview what sin is, Obama defined it as “Being out of alignment with my values.”

On the night he gained the majority of delegates needed to secure his nomination, Obama gave a victory speech in which he used words that come close to the words of the Servant in Isaiah 61:1. He said:

I am absolutely certain, that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs for the jobless.

The purpose of this post is not to take a political position or to endorse one candidate over another. My fear is that so many people are mesmerized by the charismatic persona of Barack Obama that they are saying with words and actions that he is the new messiah. It is at this time that people must remember the words of Christ:

If anyone tries to flag you down, calling out, ‘Here’s the Messiah!’ or points, ‘There he is!’ don’t fall for it. Fake Messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and dazzling performances will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better (Mark 13:21-22 The Message).

If Jesus said that false messiahs and false prophets will appear in the last days and with words, signs, and wonderful deeds will deceive, if possible, “those who ought to know better,” then one must be aware because whoever that false messiah will be, he will be very convincing.

Is Barack Obama the new Messiah? No, he is just a politician!

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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10 Responses to Is Barack Obama the Messiah?

  1. James Pate says:

    >You know, I encountered this information on a Christian dating site to which I belong. A lot of the Christians there think Obama’s the Antichrist, since they’re expecting the Antichrist to be a charismatic leader. I like a lot of things about Obama, but the way some are treating him as a Messiah is CHILLING, to say the least.


  2. >James,Thank you for your comment. Whoever the Antichrist will be, the Bible says he will deceive many people. What amazes me is the language people are using to describe Barack Obama. He is just a politician and yet, people use biblical language to describe his coming. It shows that people are desperate for someone who can deliver them from the evils society faces today. This is the kind of situation that someone can exploit for political (or even religious) purposes.Claude Mariottini


  3. Anonymous says:

    >I am Active duty in the Army and also a Christian and all I have to say is if this guy gets elected I hope the Lord takes me home!!! I cant believe how people are almost drooling over themselves with this guy. There is one Messiah and that is Jesus Christ and when people start putting Obama in the same category then there are severe problems. Read II Timothy Chapter 4 and we can see that happening. people seeking fiction instead of the word and people seeking what rheir ears want to ear. WE ARE LIVING THAT WITH OBAMA


  4. >Dear Friend:I agree with you. If Obama is elected, our country with face a time of very radical politics. It is amazing how people cannot see what Obama stands for. Those of us who live in Illinois can see through him and the way the hides the truth about himself. The people who are voting for him do not know him.Thank you for your service to our country and thank you for visiting my blog.Claude Mariottini


  5. >My Dear Fellowmen,The world is in a deep financial crisis, a financial mess, requiring hundreds of billions of dollars to repair. Is the US to be blamed for this mess? Soon, the US will be electing its next president. Will the world be put in another mess, a political mess? Will this mess set the world on fire?I would like to share with you what will happen very soon. There will be a nuclear war and this war will start at the disputed Spratly Islands on the South China Sea. The main protagonists: China and the US. However, it will not only be these two countries which will be involved. It will be a complicated war participated in by many other nations with various agendas.This war will greatly reduce the number of people in this world—a third of men (Revelation 9:18). I don’t know if this is only men, or men and women or mankind. The next Chinese prophecy of Tui Bei Tu to be fulfilled, Prophecy Number 56, agrees with this verse in the Bible. Nostradamus termed this war as “calamitous” (Century 6, Quatrain 24) where both people and beast will die (Century 2, Quatrain 62). It will not be long when this war happens. It may be this year, it may be next year when the next US President takes his office, but it will not be never.If Obama is elected, will the US be led into this war? A political mess? Is this the kind of change that he wants? The fate of US is prophesied in Revelation. Please read it.Regards,Aristeo Canlas Fernando, Peace Crusader and EchoMotto: pro aris et focis“The Internet is mightier than the sword.”


  6. >Aristeo,Thank you for visiting my blog. With all due respect, what you write is nonsense. You cannot prove anything you say from the Bible. The only way you can do so is by reading into the Bible a lot of things that are not there.I urge you to study the Bible in its proper historical context.Claude Mariottini


  7. Stoelly says:

    >ProfessorI stumbled upon your blog after doing a search on what the bible says about Obama. I appreciate your wisdom and want to thank you for posting your thoughts. I come from a part of the U.S. that is clinging to it’s religion. I have watched the media attack Christians and protray us as weak and out of touch – and dangerous. It is chilling. What does the Bible say about signs that we have about the Beast and about the end times?Thank You!


  8. Anonymous says:

    >Claude: You have chutzpah and great courage to write about Obama. May Hashem bless you greatly. I’m not an expert to say the least, but I’ve seen through Obama from the beginning; I’ve lost a lot of friends because of this Obamination going on. Christians are just as blind as the Jews (spiritually).The False Messiah has to be roaming the Planet right now…and nobody else fits the shoe. About 30 years ago, I read a book quoting Jeanne Dixon who prophecied in 1960: “Surely tonite a messiah is born”…hence, Bible scholars knew that he had to be charismatic/political/religious and Torah-less (Lawlessness). Let’s see if he gets a wound in the head and survives it…Shalom to all…YESHUA is the REAL Messiah of Israel.


  9. >Dear Friend,Many people are fascinated by Barack Obama because he tries to be all things to all people. I wish him well as he begins his Presidency, but I am sure that four or eight years from now, many people will be disappointed.I agree with you: Yeshua is the real Messiah of Israel.Thank you for visiting my blog.Claude Mariottini


  10. Anonymous says:

    >I do not understand why Barack Obama is being held responsible for the wishful thinking of either those who idealize him or those who demonize him as if their words are coming out of his mouth. They are not. He has nothing to do with either of these misperceptions. To project either onto him seems both unfair and highly dangerous.


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