What do the names of those running for our highest offices in America tell us? Names speak of identity and destiny. I started to research the names of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates after I saw a meme about the Finnish meaning of the name Kamala. I was shocked. Surely, it was a made-up meme! Turns out it wasn’t…
Names are important because they carry meaning both in the natural and spiritual. They tell a story about the individual. For example, the name Adam means “man.” The name Saul means, “asked for or prayed for.” In biblical days the people asked for/prayed for God to give them a king. That man was Saul. His name prophesied destiny.
Yet another example is the name Esther which means “secret or hidden.” That was certainly accurate of the historical account of Esther when her true nationality was hidden from the king as she became Queen of Persia around 479 BC. Her secret became a key to the deliverance of her people.
Names carry identity and destiny.
It is no different with the names of those running for office. As I researched the meanings of our candidates, I felt it was rather revealing and thought you might as well.
Donald John Trump
John = God is gracious, Grace or mercy of the Lord (Hebrew)
Trump = drum
The definition of “drum” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is:
- to stir up interest
- to summon or enlist by or as if by beating a drum
- to dismiss ignominiously: EXPEL
- to drive or force by steady effort or reiteration
Mike R. Pence
Pence – derived from the name Pen(n), it means a hill or an area that housed stray animals.
The definition of “pen” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is:
- a small enclosure for animals
- a small place of confinement or storage
- a protected dock or slip for a submarine
Joe R. Biden
Joseph = God will add (Hebrew)
Robinette = bright fame (Teutonic), the communication channel of a salted fountain or barrel pond (French) The name Robin is a derivative made famous by the character Robin Hood known for stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
Biden = button
If we look at the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s definition of button it says,
- “something (such as a push button) that has the real or symbolic capability of initiating a catastrophe.
- a hidden sensitivity that can be manipulated to produce a desired response.
Kamala Devi Harris
Devi = goddess of power (Indian) Divine (Hindi) A mythological Hindu title relating to Shiva’s wife who is known by different names according to her exercise of power for good or ill.
Names carry identity and destiny.
Do these names tell us anything? Personally, I believe they do. It explains in part what we see in the natural. Names carry destiny and we are seeing that proven true right before our eyes.
Names are so important that when there was a heart change or destiny change in the Bible, God changed the individuals name. Sarai (princess) became Sarah (to rule), Abram (exalted father) became Abraham (father of a multitude) , Jacob (supplanter) became Israel (God contends, to contend to fight), Simon (he has heard) became Peter (rock/stone).
In each case, the name change spoke of destiny. Regarding Peter, Jesus said, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” (Matt 16:16-18 NASB). Jesus prophesied to Simon who he really was and how he would be used.
With just days before the election, may we no longer ignore what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears from the candidates and from their actions. And may we return to the foundation of biblical instruction rather than a politically correct culture that picks and chooses, like looking for a favorite chocolate, which scriptures apply and which don’t.
May we remember that God is specific and intentional with even the smallest detail. Nothing escapes His notice or the fulfillment of His plan. May we pay attention to what He is saying.
Ecclesiastes 10:2 tells us, “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.”
Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear what You are saying to us through Your Word and through information in front of us. Help us to be willing to look at uncomfortable truths. Forgive us for trying to take Your Word and make it fit our mold. Guide us back individually and as a nation, to truly seeking You and following Your voice and Your Word.