Newsweek Hails Obama as Messianic ‘Second Coming’?

The popular news publication Newsweek recently released an online cover story about Barack Obama that has generated controversy among readers because of its large-lettered headline “The Second Coming.”

“Conservatives have long joked that the national press corps see Barack Obama as the second coming of Jesus Christ,” writes Brent Baker of Newsbusters. “Today, Newsweek … made it official.”

While writer Evan Thomas insinuates later within the body of the article that the comparison was rather to Abraham Lincoln, others have found the cover to be a messianic statement that makes a play of Scripture.

“Obama may not be the second coming of Lincoln, and our times are hardly as desperate as the civil war,” Thomas wrote. “But it’s a good bet that Obama is more ambivalent than he lets on about the proper roads fostering prosperity while at the same time, cutting red ink, a challenge that divides the best of economists.”

Baker noted that Thomas has declared Obama as being a God-like figure before.

“In a way, Obama’s standing above the country — above the world,” Thomas said during a 2009 interview on MSNBC. “He’s sort of God. He’s going to bring all different sides together.”

Many have been describing Obama as a type of messiah even before his first four years in office. Writer Dave Jolly notes that during the last election, Maggie Mertens, associate editor for the Smith College newspaper, penned an article entitled “I Will Follow Him: Obama as My Personal Jesus.”

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“Obama is my homeboy. And I’m not saying that because he’s black – I’m saying that in reference to those Urban Outfitters t-shirts from a couple years ago that said, ‘Jesus is my homeboy,’” she wrote. “Yes, I just said it. Obama is my Jesus.”

Jolly also pointed to an editorial in the Danish newspaper Politiken, which stated, “Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.”

Additionally, to mark Obama’s 100th day of presidency, artist Michael D’Antuono unveiled a painting that he had crafted, which depicted Obama in the oval office wearing a crown of thorns and raising his arms as if on the cross.

During the Democratic National Convention last September, a number of vendors offered products that depicted Obama as a messiah. One poster that was sold at the DNC displayed the head of Obama, which faded into a graphic of an open Bible with the word “Barak” highlighted. Above Obama was the headline “Prophesy Fulfilled.” To the left of the image, the poster read, “Barak is of Hebrew origin and its meaning is ‘flash of lightning.’ Barak is a valiant fighting man who cooperated with the prophetess Deborah to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds. Hussein [means] good and handsome. So, you see, Barak was destined to be a good and handsome man that would rise like a flash of lightning to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds.”

T-shirts were also sold by vendors that cite Psalm 110:1, which says, “The Lord said unto my Lord, ‘Sit Thou at My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.’” The graphic on the tees depicted Barack Obama sitting in a chair, placing his feet upon the back of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who is kneeling on his hands and feet.

Additionally, Obama calendars were up for sale, which used Scripture for each month of the year to point to Obama as a messiah. For example, in the month of August, Obama’s birth month, accompanying a photo of Obama were the words “Heaven Sent” with the Scripture John 3:16, which speaks of God sending His Son. The month of November featured a graphic of citizens laying hands on Obama while quoting Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Prior to the election, Florida A&M professor Barbara A. Thompson also penned a book entitled The Gospel According to Apostle Barack in which she claimed that she was given a series of dreams by God where she was able to realize Obama’s purpose as the leader of the free world. She says that after God answered her prayers to heal her son Gibran, who was badly injured in an accident, God told her to “go on a journey with Apostle Barack.”

“His followers needed to re-elect him to a second term so that he could continue to accomplish the promises he made, thus, realizing his vision of America as a more perfect political union or ‘heaven here on earth,’” she writes in her book description on Amazon. “[A]s I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid, something miraculous happened. I felt God’s Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night.”

“Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society; Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society for the middle class and working poor,” she continued. “Apostle Barack, the next young leader with a new cause, had been taken to the mountaintop and allowed to see over the other side. He had the answers to unlock the kingdom of ‘heaven here on earth’ for his followers.”

While many have made such claims about Obama, others are quite disturbed at these assertions.

“This is getting more creepy every day. He’s being worshiped like a god,” one commenter wrote. “I really don’t like where this is going. Reminds me far to much of North Korea and Kim Jong Il.”

Another commenter, who simply identified as “J,” pointed to 1 John 2:18, which reads, “Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.”

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  • JM

    Reading this article reminded me of two distinct passages of scripture, one in John 5:43 (I do not believe that he is the antichrist, just preparing the people for him), and another in Acts 12.21-23 about Herod.

  • justin

    This is sickening that people actually believe this guy is like God or Jesus. Jesus would never allow abortion to be passed. This guy is anything but Jesus and in reality may be an anti-Jesus or anti-christ.

  • Greg C

    Maybe the anti-christ but never compare this man to Jesus Christ.Very sacrilegious!

  • John Ghering

    These myrmidons of the left remind me of the times I attempted to reason with those under the influence of intoxicants. They cannot be reasoned with. They are blind, deaf and drunk on the idea of unbridled pleasure and/or a never ending supply of government services. There truly is a mob mentality behind O’Bama supporters. There seems to be no fundamental reason applied to their unquestioned loyalty, just simply hysteria. Thus I have vented my frustration. Our country needs prayer and fasting. As difficult as it may seem, those caught in this inexplicable cult of personality need our prayer for deliverance .

  • justin

    People who actually believe this guy is Jesus or God make me sick! This guy is anything but that. He seems more of a celebrity then a president. People voted for him becuase he was “cool” not for his policies which isn’t saying much about our nation.

  • Geoff W

    Part of a fullfillment of propehcy allright; many scriptural references to the coming of many “false prophets” and “false christs”…

  • To those who love God’s word and believe it to be the authenic
    word of God, don’t even waste your time debating this issue with
    unbelievers, remember scripture states not to cast our pearls be-
    fore swine.Obama will pass like the rest of us, and all will be
    left will be his bones, and he too, will have to stand before our
    Saviour and give account of why he rejected the true King of Kings.
    God sets them up, and He brings them down. Obama is just a puppet
    in the hands of an almighty God! God is the judge! I rest my case.
    God loves you,
    and I’m trying.

  • angel

    wow ..what a disgrace to our Father .God knows his plans for us .THANK YOU GOD FOR SENDING JESUS OUR SAVIOR .ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU GOD .

  • kris miller

    Obama as god? Lets be real, I do believe the comparison is to Lincoln rather God in Newsweek but that painting and “Jaime Foxx” are amazingly ridiculous as the president himself. I like Obamas intentions but his image is getting way out of hand for noresponse from President Obama. Yeah they messed up my spelling so i couldnt make a clear point. I do believe Obama is doing the best job he can with the mess that was left before him. He still needs to clean this up immediately though because a war of religions could end the world.

  • Georgewill

    This is unbelievably annoying. What nonsense ! May God have mercy on them.

  • L.nelson

    You all are christians?! If so why are you passing judgement, they didn’t say he IS Jesus, they said something LIKE Jesus…stop reading into things so much, this is just causing more division in this country…..PEACE