I think I can confidently say that.  So don’t let it be said that I have never defended President Barack Obama.  It’s ridiculous that I even have to say that, but I saw the video below over at Nuke’s blog and felt like I need to address it.

There’s so many problems with this type of biblical interpretation that I don’t even know where to begin.  Off the top of my head…

  • Jesus didn’t speak in Hebrew, but spoke in Aramaic so how cares what it says in Hebrew.
  • God when He inspired Luke to write this Gospel, he wrote it in Greek, not Hebrew (as the entire New Testament is Koine Greek, with a few exceptions of some quotes in Aramaic).
  • Barack Obama’s name is not Hebrew.
  • Also Luke was also a Gentile, and he was writing to Theophilus, (Luke 1:3)  initially, but also likely to be circulated to other Gentiles.
  • Why would a Jewish Rabbi today read Luke 10:18 in Hebrew?  Unless they are an Israeli and that is their primary language.  Otherwise they’d read it in the vernacular.
  • This video refers to Luke 10:18 as a prophecy of Jesus, which it is not.  The context of the verse is not prophetic, and isn’t referring to the end times.  Also, assuming that Jesus is referring to Isaiah 14:4-17  in Luke 10:18 is not at all certain or agreed upon.

This is what we call doing linguistic gymnastics to have a passage say something it doesn’t say.  It’s irresponsible at best.  God in Scripture has revealed what we are to know about salvation and living life in Christ.  We don’t need to look for secret meanings or code in the text.  What we need to do in light of eternity is to be ready for it, whether it comes by death or Christ’s return.

Videos like this just make those who believe it look crazy and conspiratorial.  Not to mention it is a misuse of scripture.

Update: Rob Harrison, a pastor in Indiana, who knows Hebrew (I can use Hebrew study tools, but that’s about it), soundly debunked this video… saying this guy doesn’t even have an understanding of Hebrew:

This guy doesn’t even fall into the "knows just enough Hebrew to be dangerous" category, because he doesn’t actually know any Hebrew at all—or, indeed, much of anything about Hebrew. For all his pompous statement "I will report the facts. You can decide," he’s precious short on facts and long on false assertions. 

Read his breakdown here.

11 comments
  1. “I have hidden Your word in my heart that I may not sin against You.” ~~Psalm 119:11 Seems to me if one doesn’t KNOW the Truth then those who speak a VERSION of the truth can sound as if they are to be believed.
    The Bereans had it right.

  2. You know, why don’t we just try opposing Pres. Obama on where he’s wrong, rather than the absurdity of trying to say that he’s Satan incarnate?

    Any wonder why Christians sometimes have a hard time being taken seriously?
    .-= Wickle´s last blog ..How is this even a story? =-.

  3. Shane: thanks for the link and the nod. It amazes me that somebody would think that a copy of an out-of-date language tool and a few unsupported assumptions are enough to justify a hatchet job like this. You don’t have to be a top-drawer Hebrew scholar (and I’m not — I work with the language as I can, but I was always better at Greek, and I’m not as sharp as I’d like to be at either) to recognize that this dude’s abusing the text something awful.

    This one’s up there with some of the attempted hit jobs on Gov. Palin, it’s that bad.
    .-= Rob Harrison´s last blog ..A few further notes on the "Obama-Antichrist" tripe =-.

    1. @Rob Harrison, yeah I loved your comment about his saying that “Aramaic is the most ancient form of Hebrew.” I was thinking when I watched that… it’s a completely different language.

      Then it is all based on if a Rabbi would read this, he’d read this in Hebrew… huh?

      Anyway, thank you for taking the time to do an adequate word study and put this meme to bed.

  4. But, but, but…Come on, Shane. You mean it ISN’T true? Slowbama ISN’T the Anti-Christ??? I thought that everything on the Internet was true. You have shattered my belief that the Internet is the only source of true information. I’ll never be able to look at the National Enquirer website the same ever again. I thought it was all true. I thought Elvis lived under an overpass in Maine and that Jimmy Hoffa is actually still alive and delivers pizza for Domino’s Pizza in downtown San Diego. I’m so depressed now.

    Seriously though, Wickle had it right. Its hard for some to take Christianity serious with drivel like this floating around but the truth of the matter is that it’s all a part of the big picture. The Bible tells us that in the latter days people will have itching ears and not endure sound doctrine and will get teachers that will tell them what they want to hear. (Can you say “Rick Warren”, “Joel Osteen”, “Keneth Copeland”, etc?) Sadly enough, this will continue AND it will get worse as the Day approaches. We need to be diligent and on guard against such heresy and we also need to be studying constantly to show ourselves approved unto God; workmen that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth!! If we spend our time getting intimate with the genuine article, the counterfeits will make themselves VERY apparent. Now more than ever we need to be on guard and on our toes and standing against the onslaught of false teachers, false prophets, false doctrine, and all that stands against Chrisitianity. If we roll over and play dead, we become salt without savor and useless. Thanks for taking a stand, Shane. Keep up the good work.

    And remember folks; Christianity is NOT a spectator sport.

    God bless,

    Mike

  5. Oh, and one more thing…..People have done the same thing with Ronald Reagan. His name, as you know, is Ronald Wilson Reagan. Count the number of letters in his name and each one is six letters. 666 Oh my goodness. Woe is me. (rolls eyes)

  6. Shane, I did a 5 second check on 1299 and 1300 on the Blue Letter Bible as well as looking at Luke 10:18 and seeing the original Greek and Hebrew. This guy couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a shotgun.

    I recently unlinked to a blog I had previously linked to (and deleted them from my RSS reader) because of the constant lunacy in trying to match up all these scriptures and signs to Obama. It’s getting ridiculous.

    I’m no Obama fan in anyway. I didn’t vote for the guy. But come on . . . let’s get back to preaching the gospel to the lost instead of looking like a pathetic John Nashes a la “Beautiful Mind.”
    .-= Joe Chavez´s last blog ..Running Away From God – Part II =-.

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