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SHOE THROWER - December 14, 2008
(posted: July 2009)

* All scripture references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.

  1. The Events of December 14, 2008
    Not since David squared off against Goliath has there been such an altercation where two religions or cultures were so publicly represented by just two individuals. Representing the United States and Christianity was the born-again Christian – President George W. Bush. Representing Iraq and Islam was the Iraqi journalist and Muslim – Muntadhar al-Zaidi.

    The incident occurred on December 14, 2008 during a live television news conference in which President Bush and Prime Minister Malaki were highlighting the newly adopted security agreement between their respective countries. It was to detail the total withdrawal of US Forces by the end of 2011. Mr. Zaidi suddenly jumped to his feet and hurled his first shoe at the president’s head while shouting “This is a gift from the Iraqi people; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” As he hurled his second shoe, he shouted “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!” Prime Minister Malaki reacted to the second shoe by extending his right hand to protect the President’s head. Fortunately, Mr. Bush ducked, and both shoes sailed over his head. The assailant, al-Zeidi, was promptly wrestled to the floor by Iraqi security guards and hustled out of the room.

    Other Iraqi journalists sitting on the front row of the conference profusely apologized to President Bush for al-Zaidi’s actions. Prime Minister Malaki later condemned the shoe throwing as a savage and shameful act. Throughout much of the Arab world, however, al-Zaidi was portrayed as a hero as the incident garnered front-page headlines and on-going television news coverage.

    While the shoes were not intended to be lethal weapons, they carried with them lethal symbolism. They were meant to publicly shame and humiliate the sitting president of the world’s most powerful nation. In the Arab world, throwing one’s shoe at a person is to figuratively put that person beneath the thrower’s feet. It lowers the targeted individual to the value of dirt under the soles of the aggressor’s shoes. Further scorn was heaped on President Bush by calling him a dog on live television. This video was subsequently seen by many millions of people worldwide. Dogs are considered unclean and detestable in Arab culture.

    Interestingly, shoe throwing or insulting with one’s feet is not mentioned in the Quran or the Hadith. It did not even enter Arab culture until around 1200 AD. However several thousand years earlier, it was mentioned in the Bible. Even more interestingly it was mentioned no less than 5 times in the very chapters that coincide with the year and day patterns associated with December 14, 2008. It seems that the shoe thrower unwittingly authenticated the Bible rather than the Quran.

    [For clarification, when this article and this website uses the word God, it is referring to the God of the Bible. When it uses the word Allah, it is referring to the god of the Quran.]
  1. Biblical Year Pattern for December 14, 2008 (Psalms 8, 108, 69)

    1. Psalm 108
      1. … Ephraim also is the helmet (literally protection) for my head. [Malaki extends right arm to protect Bush’s head]
      2. … over Edom I will cast my shoe. [It couldn’t be more obvious. The 1st direct reference.] Over Philistia I will triumph. [First shoe sailed over his head and the second shoe sailed over his head]
      3. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who will tread down our enemies. [The shoe insult is all about treading down one’s enemy. The 2nd direct reference.]
    2. Psalm 8
      1. & 5. What is man that you are mindful of him …? For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned Him with glory and honor. [Men’s place in the universe is affirmed by the Iraqi shoe thrower. God made man a little lower than the angels. Al-Zaidi was making President Bush lower than himself by invoking the shoe or foot insult in dramatic fashion. The 3rd direct reference.]
      2. & 7. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet. All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field. [Man’s place on earth affirmed by the Iraqi shoe thrower. Al-Zaidi symbolically put President Bush under his feet. The 4th direct reference.]
    3. Psalm 69
      1. , 7., 9., 12., 19., 20. [These verses deal with hatred, shame and reproach. Zaidi hated President Bush and reproached him in an effort to bring shame upon him.]
      2. , 24., 25. [Iraq in 2008]
      3. & 36. For God will save Zion and build up the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it. Also the descendants of His servants shall inherit it, and those who love His name shall dwell in it. [Israel in 2008]

  2. Biblical Day Pattern for December 14, 2008 (chapters 14 & 44 from the Torah, major prophets, and Gospels]

    1. Genesis 14
      1. … I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth [affirmed by Malaki raising his hand to protect the President.]
    2. Exodus 14
      1. And Moses stretched out his hand [Malaki stretched out his hand.]
    3. Numbers 14
      1. Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword that our wives and children should become victims? [Al-Zaidi’s second accusation: “This is from the widows, the orphans, and those killed in Iraq.”]
    4. Deuteronomy 14
      1. , 8, 12 [This chapter deals primarily with animals clean and unclean. Al-Zaidi’s first accusation ended with “you dog” an animal described by almost every news account as being “unclean” in Arab culture.]
    5. Isaiah 14
      1. That I will break the Assyrian in My land, and on My mountains tread him underfoot. [The 5th direct reference to the symbolism of the shoe, foot, and treading down.]
      2. … And this is the hand that is stretched out … [Prime Minister Malaki’s outstretched hand.]
      3. … His hand is stretched out. [See v. 26]
      4. … that the Lord has founded Zion, and the poor of the people shall He refuge in it. [The God of the Bible is also the God of Israel.]
    6. Isaiah 44
      1. - 8. [God challenging the other so-called gods to record ahead of time what will happen in the future to prove they too are gods.]
      2. (God) who frustrates the signs of the babblers, and drives diviners mad … and makes their knowledge foolishness. [Imams may be hard pressed to explain why an Islamic assailant seems to authenticate Judeo-Christian scripture.]
      3. (God) Who confirms the word of His servant, and performs the counsel of His messengers. [God confirms the words of His messengers.] Who says to Jerusalem you shall be inhabited, to the cities of Judah you shall be built. [The God of the Bible is also the God of Israel.]
    7. Mark 14
      1. Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said “Assuredly I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me. [President Bush was not attacked by an enemy insurgent, but was betrayed by an Iraqi journalist.]
      2. … but woe to the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed [Al-Zaidi allegedly treated harshly while in Iraqi captivity.]
      3. … This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. [The new covenant of Christ affirmed by the security agreement (covenant) being announced at the Iraqi press conference.]
      4. for it is written:
        ‘I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.’
        [What is written becomes reality. Zaidi attempted to strike the shepherd to scatter the sheep.]
      5. Now His betrayer had given them a signal saying “Whomever I kiss, He is the One … [The betrayer of Jesus and the betrayer of President Bush are both linked by a farewell kiss. “This is a gift from the Iraqis, this is the farewell kiss, you dog!”]
      6. … immediately he (Judas) went up to Him and said to Him (Jesus), “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. [“This is the farewell kiss, you dog!” Zaidi could have yelled many things when he immediately jumped up, but he yelled “this is the farewell kiss” as if scripted from the kiss of the betrayer in Mark 14.]
      7. Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him. [Security laid their hands on Zaidi and escorted him away.]
      8. … but the scriptures must be fulfilled [The spiritual scriptures manifest themselves in the natural world. The spiritual becomes the natural. The scriptures must be fulfilled. It’s the foundational tenet of Proves God.]
      9. & 6.2 “Are You the Christ the Son of the Blessed?” Jesus said, “I am. And You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, …” [The God of the universe begot a Son. His name was, is, and will be Jesus. He currently sits at the right hand of the Father. This concept was affirmed by the farewell kiss and also by Prime Minister Malaki’s raised right hand toward President Bush. President Bush was at the right hand of the power in Iraq.]
      10. They all began to spit on Him… to beat Him… (and) struck Him. [Jesus was severly tortured and then crucified – His blood for our sins. Had the Iraqi’s been able to beat and spit on President Bush, they likely would have. They certainly have done so to his likeness and the likeness of his father, former President George H. W. Bush.]
    8. John 14
      1. Jesus said to them, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
      2. If you would have known Me, you would have known My Father also, and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.
      3. … He who has seen Me has seen The Father…
      4. Do you not believe that I am in The Father and the Father in Me?
      5. Believe in Me that I am in The Father and the Father in Me, or believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
      6. And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. [The principal of Proves God. Illustrated in this instance by the Iraqi shoe thrower and the 5 shoe throwing/treading down references, 2 farewell kiss references, and numerous raised right hand references. Believe the works themselves. They were told in advance so that when they came to pass, you may believe.]

  3. Conclusion

    John 14 correlates by number via the day pattern to December 14, 2008, the day the shoe thrower chose to hurl his shoes at the President. This 14th chapter of John discusses in detail the relationship of the Son, Jesus Christ, with the Father, God.

    This whole shoe throwing incident revolves around a well known son and his father. President George W. Bush, of December 2008, was not the first President George Bush the Iraqi’s had known. They were seeing the son, but they had already seen the father.

    As is well known, the first President George Bush presided over the first Iraqi war directed at the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. While President Bush allowed Hussein to remain in power, Saddam took the opportunity to publicly humiliate President Bush. He did so by having mosaics of the former president, George H. W. Bush, placed into the flooring of the entryways of a number of his palaces. Anyone entering these palaces would tread down the likeness of President Bush, thus insulting him with their shoes and feet.

    Biologically speaking, the blood of the first President Bush courses through the veins of the second President Bush. The seed that initiated the life of the second President Bush originated from within the first President Bush. The father is in the son, but the son was in the father. All this sound very reminiscent of John 14:6-29.

    The concept to draw from the shoe assault of 2008 has nothing to do with the shoes, feet or insults, but it has everything to do with a son’s relationship to his father. The Father and the Son are one. They reside within each other, separate but together, perhaps as our fingers are separate but together on the same hand.

    The basic tenet of Islam is that Allah is the one true God, he has no partner or associate, he begot no one, and neither was he begotten by anyone. It’s easy to see Who is being repudiated by Islam’s foundational tenet. Unfortunately for Islam, the Islamic shoe thrower did nothing to authenticate Allah or his book. On the other hand, al-Zaidi authenticated God and His book repeatedly.

    There is indeed on true God. He exists in three persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God, the Father is insulted when people insult His Son but He is also forgiving when people come to His Son. There is one way to the Father, and it’s through the Son. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Amos

 

 

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