Re: All Kings of Ethiopia were Called Lion of Juda
Posted By: Ras K In Response To: All Kings of Ethiopia were Called Lion of Judah (King David)
Date: Wednesday, 1 December 2004, at 7:49 p.m.
In Response To: All Kings of Ethiopia were Called Lion of Judah (King David)
I sight the sprit working through Selassie when I hail H.I.M not the man if the sprit of Jah is within H.I.M and working thru H.I.M he is one with Jah.
"Emperor Haile Selassie I, who, although he was descended directly from the Solomonic line, was not directly descended from Emperor Menelik’s branch. Haile Selassie was born Tafari Makonnen in 1892. His father, Ras Makonnen, was Governor and Ras of Harar, a close friend of his cousin, Emperor Menelik II, and a key figure in the Shoa Amhara nobility. As the son of a noble, Tafari was born with the honorific Lij (^). Because of his later functions and power, he was accorded the title Ras, and as Ras Tafari became Regent of Ethiopia and, in 1928, Negus of Ethiopia, before becoming Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930.
The Emperor, who is accorded the prefix “His Imperial Majesty” (in its Western translation), is, under the terms of the pre-revolutionary Constitution of Ethiopia, Head of State. He is also accorded the title “Elect of God” (Atsie), and is the Head of the House of Solomon, and holder of the Throne of Solomon. The wife of the Emperor, the Empress, has no constitutional power, unless she rules in her own right as Empress, as was the case with Empress Zauditu, early in the 20th Century.
The title “Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah” (^) is often attached to the Emperor’s name, but is not a title of the Emperor himself. Asfa- “The phrase ‘Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah’ has never been the title of Ethiopian monarchs. Rather, the words ‘The Lion of the Tribe of Judah hath prevailed’ (see Genesis 49:9) should be seen as the Imperial motto, in the same way that ‘Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense’ is the motto of the British ruling house. It is only our Lord Jesus Christ who is accorded this title [‘Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah’], and Ethiopian Monarchs used this motto in order to proclaim that they were Christians.”14
In proclaiming the 1955 Constitution, the phrase “Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah” appeared above the name of the Emperor, indicating the religious authority of the Crown.
The Crown Prince, although named by the ruling Emperor as his heir, is only named Emperor on the death of the ruling Sovereign if so approved by the Crown Council. He is accorded the prefix “His Imperial Highness” (HIH), as are all princes of the Blood in direct line of the ruling branch of the house. Princesses of the blood of the direct line of the ruling branch of the House, and the wives of such princes of the Blood are accorded the prefix “Her Imperial Highness”. Princes of the Solomonic bloodline from an older or cadet branch of the family are styled His Highness (HH), rather than HIH. "
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