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Diana Butler Bass, eminent Christian theologian, explains that having the state of Israel take full control of Jerusalem is part of the bizarre right-wing evangelicals’ mythology that would allegedly bring about the resurrection of one Jesus H. Christ.
“For decades, conservative evangelicals have been longing for this recognition. They believe it is necessary in order to regain control of the Temple mount. That is important because rebuilding the Temple is the event that will spark the events of the Book of Revelation and the End Times.”
Bass does not believe Trump himself is looking to bring about the end of the world, however she does think that many of the evangelicals who have lobbied him on a variety of Christian issued, have done so on this issue as well.
“You can’t discount those evangelical advisers… almost all of whom take these End Times prophecies literally. Of all the possible theological dog-whistles to his evangelical base, this is the biggest. Trump is reminding them that he is carrying out God’s will to these Last Days.”
To this end, says Bass, those fanatic evangelicals are praying, and praying hard, that Trump’s ill-advised move will destabilize the Middle East, causing war and all sorts of suffering, bringing about the return of the Jesus character. Making others suffer in the name of Jesus, is, after all, the Christian way.
“They want war in the Middle East. The Battle of Armageddon, at which time Jesus Christ will return to the Earth and vanquish all God’s enemies.”
Naturally, the evangelicals are giddy with excitement, now that Trump has given them what they want. Already millions are praying to their God thanking him for Donald Trump, and wishing him a bon voyage because no doubt he will be packing his heavenly bags and booking his trip to earth.