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CHRISTIAN HISTORY: Ethiopian Christian Emperor Haile Selassie The First was born on July 23, 1892

Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia

(Original Caption) 1930 - Ethiopian (Abyssinian) Emperor Haile Selassie I in coronation robes and crown. Originally Prince Ras Tafari Makonnen, he is revered by the Jamaican-based religion of Rastafarianism, which bears his name.

Ethiopia's world-renowned Christian Emperor Haile Selassie The First was born today, July 23, 1892 in Ethiopia - one of the world's first Christian nations, if not the first. Ethiopia was formerly known as Abyssinia.

This is the man revered by the Rastafarians as divine - both man and Almighty God - indeed Jesus Christ in his kingly character. It is to be duly noted that the absolutely devout Christian Emperor Selassie I never claimed publicly to be Jesus Christ, nor is there any record of him denouncing the Rastafarians.

Words barely express his lifelong achievements, the number of royals, dignitaries and diplomats who idolized him and the amount of popularity he enjoyed during his lifetime.

World leaders including Queen Elizabeth, General Francisco Franco, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Jomo Kenyatta, President Kennedy, Patrice Lumumba, etc. all considered him a mentor.

According to the rules of international royal protocol, he was your favorite world leader's world leader because of his wise father-like, strong leadership, charisma and charming personality, plus emperor's rank higher than kings, queens and popes.

Queen Elizabeth with Haile Selassie (Original Caption) 10/15/54-London, England- Queen Elizabeth II of England rides in an open carriage with Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie. Entering Whitehall from Parliament Square on the Buckingham Palace. The Queen went to the station to welcome the Emperor as he arrived in the British capital October 15th for a three-day state visit.

As a senior statesman who was awarded honors and medals from a host of nations, he boldly represented Ethiopia to the far corners of the earth as the world's first Christian Empire.

He often referred to the Book of Acts that records the miraculous conversion of an Ethiopian eunuch to Christianity by Philip. The eunuch was "of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship" (Acts 8:27 - 40).

Emperor Selassie was born into the Ethiopian royal family which proudly and boldly claims descent from King Solomon and Makeda the Queen of Sheba. Which means descent from King David who produced Solomon with Bathsheba.

Menelik I who was Ethiopia's first emperor has been recognized as the son of Solomon and Makeda since the 10th century B.C. - 1,000 years before Jesus was born from the Virgin Mary.

According to Ethiopian national history, Menelik I carried the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia where its priests claim it is today, and eventually inaugurated the Solomonic Dynasty in Ethiopia, according to the Kebra Negast - Ethiopia's national history book.

Emperor Selassie I was recognized as the 225th successor in that 3,000 year-old Biblical Dynasty and reigned from 1930 - 1974. He was Ethiopia's last and final monarch.

Born Tafari Makonnen, he was given the Christian baptismal and coronation name Haile Selassie I which translates to "Might of the Holy Trinity." He was the son of a nobleman named Ras or Prince Makonnen.

Selassie I rose to power after being awarded various royal titles before he was crowned in 1930 as King of Kings, Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16). His other titles included Defender of the Faith, Elect of God and Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5).

Dignitaries and diplomats from all over the world, including the U.S. and U.K. attended his lavish coronation celebrations held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He was named Time Magazine's Man of the Year on January 6, 1936 even before warning the world that Mussolini had ambitions of conquering lands other than Ethiopia. The Emperor addressed the League of Nations and told the world that the Italians, who had invaded Ethiopia in November of 1935, intended on conquering everyone - not just Ethiopia.

This proved to be true as the unholy alliance between the Italians, including the Pope, and Germans under Adolf Hitler sparked WWII.

The emperor went into exile while rallying forces to eventually return triumphantly, driving Mussolini out of Ethiopia, with the help of British troops in May of 1941.

The invading Romans had already been soundly defeated by Ethiopian forces under Emperor Menelik II at the Battle of Adwa in 1896. In 1935 the Romans returned with illegal mustard gas that they sprayed over Ethiopia, which still had antique weaponry - but the Empire of Ethiopia was never conquered by foreign invaders in its long Christian history.

There is much more to come featuring Ethiopia's last reigning monarch.

Stay tuned to Christian Commander for more Christian history.

Long live the Gospel of Jesus Christ!



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