The American flag at half-mast. A symbol, we all recognize and understand to mean that the country is in mourning. I noticed the flag at half-mast as I drove home from church this past Sunday and I wondered if something had happened or if it was at half-mast in honor of December 7, Pearl Harbor day. It never occurred to me that it had been lowered in honor of the passing of Nelson Mandela and it was not until later that I understood that President Obama had ordered the flag to be lowered until sunset Monday in honor of his passing. A gesture, I might add that many have questioned as Mr. Mandela is not an American.
In what is being touted as the biggest funeral the world has ever seen for a man “like no other” - mourners, which include a lengthy and impressive list of dignitaries from around the world (including President Obama) have gathered in Johannesburg to pay their respects.
It is interesting to note that President Obama was in the midst of hosting a Chanukah party at the White House on December 5, when he received the news of Mr. Mandela’s death. In fact he was in between lighting not one, but two Menorah’s that afternoon (because the party was so large), when he received the news. For an excellent analysis of the party and the strange turn of events that accompanied it - check out this article by friend and fellow blogger at Running From Babylon titled – “Party Interrupted”. If you have not yet read it, I greatly encourage you to do so.
After reading the article above (Party Interrupted) I could not help but think that there was perhaps even more to be gleaned from the events of that day - after all the first day of Chanukah and the last day of Chanukah 2013 both seemed to be marked in significant ways.
1) The first day of Chanukah coincided with the American holiday of Thanksgiving – a very rare event.
2) The passing of world leader Nelson Mandela on the last day of Chanukah - publicly announced by President Obama at a Chanukah party.
To me this is highly suggestive that the information has specifically to do with President Obama and the American people.
WHAT BEGAN IN LIBERTY WILL END IN FIRE
It is no secret that Mr. Mandela was strongly pro-Palestinian even going so far as to suggest that the Palestinian cause was similar to his own struggle against apartheid. How odd then that the first remarks regarding his death by the most powerful leader on earth were made at a Jewish Chanukah party; the same afternoon that he (President Obama) had assured his mostly Jewish audience of his commitment to keeping Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Yes, his committment to the peace, safety and survival of the Jewish people. But is he speaking the truth?
As I began to write this article I turned to Psalm 21 and read these words:
“Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes. At the time of your appearing you will make them like a fiery furnace. In his wrath the Lord will swallow them up and his fire will consume them. You will destroy their descendants from the earth, their posterity from mankind. Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed for you will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow.” Psalm 21:8-12.
As I considered these words, I thought about the White House party and the two Menorah’s which were lit. The first Menorah was designed by holocaust survivor Manfred Anson in 1986 in honor of the centennial celebration of the Statue of Liberty - a very unique Menorah as each branch was fashioned as a mini replica of the Statue of Liberty. A tribute to the freedom Mr. Anson found on coming to the United States after the war.
The second menorah – a much older one – was retrieved from the burned remains of a prayer hall in Czechoslovakia -a prayer hall torched by the Nazi’s in the early 1940′s. And, while the family who donated it in 1922 did not survive, the Menorah they donated, did.
I believe the selection of these particular Menorah was not by accident nor was the timing of Mr. Mandela’s death. For the first Menorah surely symbolized liberty and, the second one, fire. And, Mr. Mandela for all his accomplishments in the end was a man at cross-purposes with God. A man venerated by millions as they weep next to his glass enclosed body.
But, the Bible is clear – it never pays to be at cross-purposes with God – nor to idolize those who do. The message of Chanukah 2013 clear, I believe - “the hand writing on the wall“ you might say:
A specific message for President Obama and the American people – take note:
“What was birthed in liberty shall (for her sins) die by fire” - for the purposes of God will prevail while, those who oppose Him will fail …… and, that is the real message of Chanukah 2013.
*For more on this very interesting subject, check out this recent post by End Times Forecaster titled – “Nelson Mandela and the Van-Rensburg Prophecies.” http://endtimesforecaster.blogspot.com/2013/12/nelson-mandela-and-van-rensburg.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheEndTimesForecaster+%28The+End+Times+Forecaster%29
**I apologize for the cramped format of this post which for some reason I was unable to correct but, decided to post anyway. Thanks for bearing with me.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy