Greetings one and all in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I. I pray that this reaches you in good spirits around this Holyday season. I write to you during this winter solstice to share with you, if you havent known already, the powerful utterances when calling on the name of Jah Rastafari. It is one of deep spritual meaning that trancends; therefore never under the rule or limitations of a fleshy entity. It is a declaration to the path in your destiny, if this was an essay, it will be the thesis, the focus of where your thoughts and well of information are inspired.
It is for this cause that I felt the need to live by his name Sema Selassie (Hear God) as my personal mission, to subdue flesh, the lower man of short time that is constantly distracted. Sema Selassie!!! all people under the universal spirit from our One Creator.
Bare with me as I try to address each name of HIM, lets start with his birth name:
In the world, there are groups of parents that are very spiritually driven, they name their children with names that is noble and has a great meaning, the bible declares in Proverbs 22:1 that A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Many already has this written on the tablets of their heart, and name their children great names.
Tafari, which is the first name of the child that was born with the Government on his shoulder is of greatness. It means “To be reverenced, feared, respected, and inspires awe” All thorough out the bible this name reveals itself as an instruction for the people of Jah to observe. Here is two examples
Proverbs 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
The Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary defines Awe as
1. (n.) Dread; great fear mingled with respect.
2. (n.) The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence.
3. (v. t.) To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread.
Even the defintions declares HIM name…there is plenty more that testifys to this, that you will run into through casually reading or studying the bible.
HIM last name Makonnen is one that testifys of HIM as well, it means “He who holds the Government, exercises the rule. Isaiah 9:6, which is mentioned above, is of the child Yesus having this power. It reads For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
This leads us into the next name whch is Lidj, which means child, so we now have Lidj Tafari Makonnen which reads, the Child that is be respected holds the government. The will of Jah to reveals his son, Jesus Christ through his chosen blood bought man of David, and must be looked at as a sign of the Times observance. To verify this even more, at age 13 Tafari Makonenn’s Father appointed his son to be Governor of a Province in Ethiopia. Under a new title, called Dejazmatch
Dejazmatch is a strong name, that means the Commander of the door or Commander or general of the Gate. This name also signifies Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMoshiyah, in John 10:9, Jesus says I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. In Revealtions 3:20 HE says Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Proverbes 24:7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. and there is many more, but this one takes the cake for this topic. James 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
Who better to stand at the door than the Commander, Isis!!!!!!!!!
The next name is Ras, which is the title that HIM ascended to after the promotion of Dejazmatch. Ras means Duke, Prince, or Head, this is a very important name as well, because after the child was born and advanced in wisdom as stated in Luke 2:52, Jesus became the Head of everyman, and God was his Head. 1 Corinithians 11:3, But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
When InI say Rastafari, we proclaim our Savior by saying the Head is to be feared, reverence and Inspires Awe, We then move onto to a higher praised when Jah is added to it, to declare the Godhead by Jah Ras Tafari, the God Head is to be Feared. In Psalms 25:14, King David writes The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Ras Paul writes in Romans 1:20-21:
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
I have been blessed to also look and do a little bit of reasearch, of the influences of Christianity, or what may be fair its ancestors. Kemitian teachings revere Ra in the personality of the Sun, as the Power, the Life giver of the Creator. It is easy to identify these two letters in the name RAs, which supports this ivine teaching of the Almighty. There was a historian name Diodorus, who wrote centuries ago: “They [the Ethiopians] say also that the Egyptians are colonists sent out by the Ethiopians, Osiris [“King of Kings and God of Gods”] having been the leader of the colony . . . they add that the Egyptians have received from them, as from authors and their ancestors, the greater part of their laws.”
There is a connecton to what we are proclaiming, evidence shows that we are dealing with a Creator that made HIMself known to others prior to Christianity, we are all pulling from different rivers that find their way to the one Sea.
Negus is a title that means King, it was in 1928 that Ras Tafari became Negus Ras Tafari, the Head King to be feared, for in our Creators will, Negus Ras Tafari was adavancing and after 2 years of being Negus, he became Negus Negas.
Meaning King of Kings, 1 Timothy 6:15 shares, Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, and Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. As we move on, we can see the adavancement of Tafari Makonnen all in the grace and adavancement of Jesus Christ. We must note a few things that may draw questions. The first is why does he have these names? Simply put Ethiopia is the only nation in Africa that was acknowledge at one time that willingly sought Chrisitianity, colonizers brought and forced this religion under their own understanding which brought about voiolence, their philosophy of superiority and inferiority, rape, murder and a whole heap of heinous acts against a people outside of Ethiopia. It seems as if Jah shielded this nation, in lamens terms, it is hard to colonize a nation that has already accepted the name of God that you are trying to promote. It’s like a check mate in the game of chess. In I own personal life, I feel for the African countries outside of ethiopia, that had their way of religion stripped and beaten out of them, that they have lost a sense of self.
S. Radhakrishan writes an interesting thing on religion that I find to be true, When a man gets a feeling or a fear that after all life means nothing, leads nowhere, and at bottom no one is really necessary and nothing worth while, he cannot live. Religions exploit this need, this fundamental insufficiency of an all – pervading positivism, this primitive hunger for fellowship.
Religions attempt to satisfy this life, a creed and a community, and thus restore the broken relationship between him and find the spiritual world above and the human world around.
-S . Radhakrishnan
My take on it, is that a period destruction becomes of the man, when man is striped away from his self and culture. He become headless and has to search for self all over again. when the colonizers came with their Jesus, they brought a picture of white man and telling the dark African that this was God. This added to the war of the Afrikan’s mind. All were affected but not all succumbed, their way of life and expression for the Most High could not be extinguish, to the point that some practiced their original faith in remote places or became creative and replaced the chrisitians high men with their own ancient teachings.
The presence of this name has its place in the the age of Imperialism, Imperialism means a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through diplomacy or military force. This belief worked well with those thriving for power but was not equally appreciated on its victims; therefore we must not confuse the title ” His Imperial Majesty” with anything of wickedness. Some men are created to lead, while some are created to follow, nevertheless, the bible talks about Majesty. Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
His- denotes the male gender of the ruler.
Imperial means relating to an Empire an synonomous with the word Kingly, Emperor, Sovereign
Majesty- in the Blb Bible as splendour, majesty, vigour
Combined we have, His splendid empire, which leads into Haile Selassie I
Qedemawi Haile Selassie
QHS means the First Power of the Trinity, In the Tewahedo doctrine, the Trinity is upheld in this order, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If his name ascribes to the 1st Power then we have Abba, Father. Haile Selassie, Tafari Makonnen comes in his heavenly Fathers name. This name Haile Selassie was given to Tafari during his baptism as a child, when he became Emperor, he dropped his earthly Fathers name Makonnen to display to the world the co-union of the Father and Son, and through this covenant Tafari Makonnen, the earthly seed of David, mortal man was filled and perfected through the Holy Spirit.
For the bible aslo describes this title that Jesus Christ will have.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
This legacy of the Solomonic line traces its history to the union between the Queen of the South, Ethiopia, Sheba with the King of the North Solomon. They created a child, David II, Menelik and he eventually led the Ark of the Covenant, the 10 commandments with appointed Israelites by command of Yahweh that the King will appoint those who chooses when HE rules.
The bible says:
1 Samuel 8:11 KJV
And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
Ethiopia became the dwelling of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But the Solomonic line is not the start to this blood, Ethiopia’s natives are known to be created of its soil, they are true descendants of the Land. It is recorded that King Ori’ was the first line of kings, Ori is a prefix that is within the word Original; therefore, we know of Original as the first. J.A Rogers writes in his book that Haile Selassie I traced his lineage back to King Ori.
Through out, the time, I will add more to expound on the value of the name, if you meditate on the name, it will bring more power and insight into acts 4:12. Where it says Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Though I agree with the message, I disagree with its delivery. The name Jesus is a name that has been the final arrangement of what was before it. In Hebrew InI savior is Yeshua, Yoshua, or Yahshuah which in all means the Fathers Salvation. Once this is studied and real-eyes, you then begin to overstand Acts 4:12 differently, you see that Yahweh’s salvation is Yeshua, its a word, which is the Word, Salvation made flesh. Its not the word Jesus persay, but Salvation that has been dressed by interpretation.
Shalom and blessings in the one True God, called by many names that many desire to save their soul (mind) from their infirmities. Sema Selassie!!! Family