“But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments.” (Exodus 7:3-4)
In the Zohar, a classic Jewish text, it is written that in the last days before the Messiah, all of the historic enemies of Israel will be reincarnated and brought back in the last generation before the redemption to battle Israel again. In this final battle at the end of days, they will all be thoroughly destroyed.
Despite this being an esoteric reference in an ancient Jewish text, it is known that Saddam Hussein, the tyrannical former leader of Iraq, considered himself to be the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar, the Chaldean king credited with destroying the first Jewish Temple. When Hussein commissioned a reconstruction project of the ancient city of Babylon, he had the inscription “To King Nebuchadnezzar in the reign of Saddam Hussein” inscribed on bricks inserted into the walls.
Hussein was mimicking the original Nebuchadnezzar, who was said to have inscribed his name on the bricks when he built cities in his time. Hussein was hanged on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet. The tenth of Tevet is a fast day commemorating the day Nebuchadnezzar began the siege on Jerusalem that led to the destruction of the Jewish Temple.
The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates our victory over the evil Haman, adviser to King Ahashverosh in the Persian court. Persia is, of course, Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was clear on that connection when addressing the US Congress concerning the nuclear deal with Iran on the day before Purim. He compared modern Iran with ancient Persia in the Purim story.
Three years ago, then-President of Israel, Shimon Peres, not usually noted for piety or agreeing with Netanyahu, told Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a modern-day Haman. Many numerologists have noted that the gematria, or numerical value of words based on Hebrew letters, of Haman, 95, is the same as for Mahmoud.
The Zohar also predicts that “A man, unsuitable to rule (the world), will be ‘brought to power’ in the very Last Days . . . there will be other men similarly undeserving to be leaders at that time.” In the Bible, Pharaoh was considered to be such a leader, obstinately leading himself and his army directly into the sea, leaving his country leaderless and without protection.
American president Barack Obama is a parallel Pharoah figure in today’s world. His suitability for the post has been an issue that has dogged him since before he was elected. He was thrust into the spotlight when he gave an untelevised keynote address at the Democratic convention in 2004 to introduce the man who is now his Secretary of State, John Kerry, a man who is arguably better suited for the Oval Office. A senator from Chicago, Obama was an unknown with no experience in many key areas, most notably the national economy and foreign policy, the two areas he receives the most criticism for leaving in shambles as his second term in office nears its end.
Another telling clue to can be found through Torah codes methodology. The name ‘Obama’ appears twice in the entire Bible, using the seven letter skip-forward pattern, which is considered to give the most significant results. The first time is in Jeremiah 46:26-28, which are verses dealing with God’s promise to bring the house of Jacob back from Egyptian captivity. The name of Obama is contained within them.
However, it is unnecessary to search esoteric sources to find this connection. During Obama’s first presidential campaign, he made the seemingly incongruous promise that he would give a major address to Muslims from a Muslim capitol during his first few months as president. True to his word, on June 4, 2009, he made his famous “New Beginning” speech in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. In that speech that he announced he would be negotiating with Iran, and opposing Israeli settlements.
His behavior connected to the nuclear deal with Iran was obstinate, as if a divine force was hardening his heart. He showed a clear disregard for national security, providing weapons and resources to Iran while they screamed ‘Death to America’ in the streets. Providing such a country with nuclear weapons, and persisting in clearly pointless attempts to deal diplomatically with a nation that has openly stated its wish and intention to destroy the western world, is the modern equivalent of a Pharaoh’s irrational stubbornness in the face of divine intervention.
Similar to Pharaoh refusing to release the Jews when God hardened his heart, a decision that turned Egypt from the rulers of the world into a leaderless ruin, Obama is courting the destruction of his own nation. He considered passing the Iran nuclear deal a victory even though it meant short-circuiting the Democratic process with a shaky veto and endangering the unity and future success of his political party, his country, and the doctrine of freedom and democracy which he claims to uphold. The naivete and weakness of Obama’s foreign policy decisions may well mean the downfall of America.
Like many leaders of the past, Obama has his part to play in relation to the Jews and to the land of Israel. His role, foretold thousands of years ago, fits uncannily into the timeline of the messianic age, leading to hopes that despite the temporary triumph of Israel’s enemies, all will be defeated in order to bring redemption.