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Rastafari: A Vision of God in Modern Times

By Nigel Daring | April 29, 2019

A mural of the Lion of Judah, alongside Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen. (Photo by Rod Waddington)

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astafarians see His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, as God on Earth. Indeed, we are justified in our reasoning because we believe that the Almighty Creator, in His infinite love for mankind, would want to show us the way to a better future. His Majesty manifested as such a one in our faith, having fulfilled numerous Biblical prophecies:

"And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords." - Revelation 19:15-16

We recall, also, that the living God promised King David that his throne would be upon the Earth forever:

"And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever." - 2 Samuel 7:16

Indeed, we see that David's throne through the line of Solomon has survived the ages by a dynasty which exists into modern times. We are confident then, as believers in Biblical prophecy, that God has been revealed upon the Earth through the monarchy He promised and by the titles He promised.

Solutions to Our Most Vexing Problems

We must now turn to His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, for perspective on ourselves and the world. In Him we must find solutions to our most vexing problems. He has not left us destitute. His Majesty has left us an abundance of writings. And He has lived His life as an example for us. If the world were indeed to follow these ideals embodied by Haile Selassie I, it would find itself in a vastly better place. Abiding by Him, we are in effect abiding by God's wishes for mankind.

The world unfortunately lacks vision when it comes to Emperor Haile Selassie I as the Redeemer. As such, it lingers in war and strife, and is beset by problems which unsettle the conscience. Rastafarians who recognize His Majesty for who He is must take up the mantle of His leadership, and rally around Him in seeking a better future for themselves and the world at large.

Rastafari Leadership

Mankind needs Rastafari leadership. We have a vision of God in modern times. Throughout the world, most religions have been stuck in their ancient roots, with the great Prophets of those days. But Rastafari has the great Prophet for the modern world, who spoke about current issues and problems and took concrete steps to solve them.

Emperor Haile Selassie I has reasoned on practically every sphere of human behavior and society. Rastafarians, especially, must grasp His ideology in full, being bearers of His name and claimants to the understanding of His Divinity. In every facet of our growth and development, and in every effort at impacting world change, Emperor Haile Selassie I must be our point of reference and our rallying cry. We must bring His ideology to bear in a reality that so desperately requires it for survival.

A Greater Humanity

His Majesty spoke of personal duty, political responsibility, economic fairness, social cohesion, liberation and equality. He emphasized the value of spirituality as well as material progress. He dictated the terms of a lasting peace, which He viewed as a process that requires continual work. He declared His wishes for collective security as well as denuclearization. He declared, also, that nations must begin to put greater focus on human welfare than on building and stockpiling armaments.

His Majesty called for increased effort in removing ignorance, poverty, and disease. He was focused on education as His chief endeavor. Indeed, He held the title "Minister of Education" Himself while also being head of the Ethiopian state. Rastafarian people must embrace the Teachings of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, to bring God's wishes to a greater humanity. With His Majesty as the leader for mankind, Rastafarians must be His agents in this endeavor.

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