The massacre of Palestinians by Israel over the US Embassy recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital is driven by fanatical American Christians who see violence in the middle east as a pre-requisite for their rapture to heaven.
It really is…
Middle Eastern prophecy: Is Trump King Cyrus reincarnated, destined to herald the end of days?
Prophecy is unfolding in the Middle East. Riots. Killings. War. At its centre is President Donald Trump. And his evangelical supporters are hoping he will bring on Armageddon.
The move of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem was bold.
Its outcome was predictable.
The territorial dispute between the Palestinians and the recently recreated (after some 1875 years) Israel has been erupting sporadically ever since 1948.
Any change to the delicate power balance was sure to topple into violence.
It has shattered hopes of fresh peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
It has also damaged the credibility of the US as a Middle East peace broker.
How this has been allowed to happen doesn’t make much sense — unless you look at it through the evangelical eyes of some of Trump’s top advisers and closest confidantes.
The move was about domestic politics.
Not international diplomacy.
The real reason why Trump has moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem and sparked the Israeli massacre of Palestinians has to be understood through the damaged world view prism of his must crazy supporters, Evangelical American voters.
For this voting block, the Bible is a literal version of events, not a metaphorical one. They believe the Earth is less than 10 000 years old, they believe climate change won’t flood the planet because God showed Noah a rainbow and they believe that the end of times and Armageddon could be upon us and they will all be raptured away to heaven.
How big is this voting block? A terrifying 50 million Americans consider themselves evangelical to this extent.
What’s more terrifying than that number of ignorant voters? That they all have a self-fulfilling evangelical death cult prophesy that sees creating conflict in Israel as the beginning of Armageddon.
I. Kid. You. Not.
There are some 50 million Evangelicals in the US who believe in the
literal truth of Bible prophecy. You can argue theological accuracy all you
want. This massive block of citizens possesses unshakable belief that the
end of the world will be heralded by a series of prophetic events some of
which have occurred (e.g. 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina) some of which are
ongoing (the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan).
I am not talking about Bible-thumping, street-corner ravers, though one
or two do appear in our film. The people we profiled — from Evangelical
leaders to rank-and-file believers — are for the most part formidable,
intelligent, well-educated. And all are fixated upon Israel (the land of
Waiting for Armageddon opens with James and Laura Bagg, an attractive
pair of 30-something jet-propulsion engineers living in Connecticut. Yes,
Evangelical rocket scientists from the Northeast.
“We could be raptured out of this world during this interview,” Laura
says, referring to a miracle where all good Christians disappear from earth
and rematerialize in the clouds as chaos seizes the world. “There will be
car crashes and plane crashes. And the people left behind will be asking,
‘Are they coming back for me?’”
Then James Bagg explains that, “You see God has a plan for the world
and it all centers around Israel.”
The Baggs are, in a way, typical. Millions of Evangelicals share one
political belief even more sacred perhaps than opposition to abortion or
same-sex marriage: The belief that Israel must remain a Jewish state
If that sounds unfamiliar or contradictory, then you’ve never spent much
time listening to Evangelicals. End Times theology declares that the Jewish
people must maintain control of Israel and Jerusalem, and retake the Al-Aqsa
Mosque (a/k/a the Dome of the Rock), or Jesus won’t return. Period.
Understand, they are talking about mankind’s ultimate salvation. And if that
means embracing foretold disasters and wars including the Battle of
Armageddon, so be it.
Professor Gary Dickerson from the all-Christian Corban College puts it
this way: “I don’t look at the wars in the Middle East with the hope that
things will work out. We’ve been told, Israel will experience this distress
all the way to the end.”
Thus comes the central political reality explored in Waiting for Armageddon: that Evangelicals risk creating what the Rev. Barbara Rossing calls “a self-fulfilling prophesy of death and destruction.”
…these religious fanatic lunatics believe that generating conflict in Israel will bring about their great war in the Valley of Armageddon which will herald the ends times as promised in the Book of Revelations.
They believe they will all be raptured to heaven and the planet will descend into a 7 year supernatural battle between mankind, the Anti-Christ and God.
The viciously crazy evangelical Vice President, Mike Pence, was the one pushing for this Jerusalem Capital and he’s pushing for it for the same insane reasons his far right Evangelical voters want it, to create their self-fulfilling Evangelical death cult prophesy.
This is what is forming American Foreign policy, and Trump’s agreement is merely pandering to this self-fulfilling Evangelical death cult prophesy so he can keep their votes.
Far-right Evangelical voters are happy to ignore his pussy grabbing because he’s going to inadvertently start the violence in the Middles East that gives them their self-fulfilling evangelical death cult prophesy.
I’m not sure what is more terrifying, crazy death cult literal Bible believing Christians who want to spark a war for the end of the world or a manipulative Leader happy to feed their lunacy.