Food For Thought – Was Martin Luther King Jr. Our Moses?

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For the last few weeks I’ve been obsessed with MLK’s final speech the day before he was murdered. If you listen to his words carefully, it seems like he may have been referring to a literal vision from God. Here’s the short video of the end of his speech.

I’ve listened to this speech too many times to count over the last few weeks and there are a couple of things that seem to stand out about the first half of his speech.

  1. His vision sounds like exactly what happened to Moses.
  2. He knew that the road ahead was going to be difficult for us as a people.

If you recall the story of Moses, he was taken to the mountain top and shown the Promised Land literally just before he died, which is what seems to have happened to MLK.

“And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.” – Deuteronomy 34:3-5

It wasn’t until Moses and his generation died off that God allowed their children and grandchildren to enter the land.

  • Many of us living now are the children and grandchildren of King’s generation.
  • We are waking up to who we are as a nation.
  • We know our curse is coming to an end soon.

In the second half of the video, watch his entire demeanor change at the 1:27 mark. Something about his words after that seem to take on a different tone than the rest of his speech.

  1. He seemed to believe that he was going to die before we make it into the Promised Land.
  2. He saw us as a people enter the promised land.
  3. He saw the second coming of Christ.

I don’t believe he was speaking just as  preacher familiar with the story of Moses, but maybe as a prophet, even if he didn’t know it. I’m slow to give people the title of prophet, and he certainly never called himself one. However, at this moment in time, his words were indeed prophetic. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that we’re Hebrews. The timing of the speech is interesting as well, given what had happened slightly less than a year before.

The Ashkenazi had successfully defended Israel (Promised Land) against invasion the previous year from several Arab countries. For MLK to say that he saw us as a people make it into the Promised Land was highly inflammatory, and may have been what got him killed.

I believe MLK had undergone an awakening and was too much of a risk to let live. I can’t prove any of this, but it presents a very interesting new possibility as to why he was murdered.

I just want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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By Black History In The Bible

"And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." - John 8:45-47


  • Powerful. I personally believe he was speaking of a literal vision. Listened to the whole speech over and over late last year and I’m convinced. Everything about about the way he closed had a certain finality to it. Almost as if he had accepted what would be his fate, hence the “longevity has its place” line. Been meaning to watch the “King In The Wilderness” documentary to see if there’s more light shed on the circumstances surrounding this speech. Here’s the trailer in case anyone was interested:

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