Why Are So Many Christian Fundamentalist Trump Supporters Also Zionists?
Part I: For the same reason other Fundamentalist quasi-Christians are (hint: It’s not because they like Jews): They want the Apocalypse.
Why? So that they can have The Second Coming of Christ, The Rapture (be ‘raptured up’ in their perfect bodies), all be ‘saved’ and go to sit at the right hand of God the Father, and/or settle in for the 1,000-year Reign of Christ on Earth, otherwise known as the New Jerusalem or the Kingdom of God.
The catch: The ‘Second Temple’ (Solomon’s Temple) must be rebuilt on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, where the Al Aqsa Mosgue now stands. The Dome of the Rock is the holy site in Islam from which the Prophet flew to heaven and stood before the throne of God, and flew down to visit Hell and saw lots of people, mostly women, being tortured for all eternity (for doing things like talking too much or disobeying their husbands and going outside) on the back of a magical flying horse called Al-Buraq, who had the upper torso, head and face of a beautiful woman, kind of like a lady centaur with wings like Pegasus, in his (the Prophet’s) Night Journey or ‘Miraj,’ before the Second Coming, the Apocalypse, its mighty world-engulfing Battle of Armageddon, and the New Jerusalem can come to pass. (The Revelations of John, final Book of the New Testament, and the Hadith)
[Of Note: It is the Whore of Babylon who kicks off the Apocalypse by “pouring out the cup filled with the filth of her fornications and the wine of her pollutions,” by which is meant menstruation in the good old core Judeo-Christian purity and pollution discourse, whereby menstruation is a ‘pollution’ next only to handling corpses.]
Why? So that God can destroy the Temple for the second time, which is the trigger for the Apocalypse… Well, that and the Whore of Babylon pouring “her chalice filled with the filth and pollutions of her fornications” out upon the world. (Revelations 17:4. For further questions concerning the bizarre logics presented in The Book of Revelations, please see additional notes below.)*
Reference: It is why Trump said that if North Korea’s threats to the United States continue, Pyongyang will be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” It is why Trump’s evangelical adviser, Texas Mega-Church pastor Robert Jeffress, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to ‘take out’ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil,” Jeffress said. (Sarah Pulliam Bailey, ‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un, evangelical adviser says,’ The Washington Post, August 9th, 2017)
It is why Trump’s weaponizers — religious nihilists, the Mercer’s, Bannon, Pence, De Voses, Eric Prince (corporate mercenary), the Acton Institute (the Evangelical arm of the Christian business and economic imperialism arm of the Ayn Randian ‘Atlas Network’ active in incendiary Capitalist/Christian regime change operations worldwide), Trump’s Evangelical Base, the Mega-Churches, Christian and quasi-Christian Fundamentalists, et al — want war, whether with North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Palestine, Syria, Niger, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, etc., etc., etc. ad infinitum, until the End Times cometh.
- The Book of Revelations was written by John of Patmos, and inserted as the final Book in the New Testament, ratified by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, at the behest of Constantine, who called the Council and presided, even though he was not then himself a Christian, but merely wanted to create a doctrine and a dogma to weaponize the Christian priesthood at the service of Rome, literally. What is so disastrously wrong with literalist Evangelical and/or Fundamentalist applications and interpretations of John’s 1st-century heavily politicized ideological text is that John of Patmos wrote his revenge-porn fantasy against Rome when he was suffering in the exile the empire had forced on him. He was royally pissed-off, which gives the tone to this one, violent, final, war-faring book of the New Testament.
- John of Patmos, the author of the Book of Revelations (not the Apostle John of the Gospels), the toxic New Testament meta-narrative we can no longer afford (if we ever could), was exiled by the Roman Empire to the island of Patmos as a criminal and as an insurgent. He therefore had even less love of the Romans than he had before his exile. The ‘Whore of Babylon’ of his revenge-fantasy-styled Epistle is thought by Bible scholars to represent the city of Rome, as the ‘new Babylon,’ and the Holy War of Armageddon and the Apocalypse wreaked by God and the Angels of heaven, St. Michael and the Angel of the Apocalypse, et al, is widely acknowledged to represent the total destruction of the pagan Roman Empire (the prospect of which didn’t take an act of prophesy to apprehend, as it was already well underway in the 5th century A.D., when John composed Revelations from his exile on Patmos).
- For non-Christians, what about Armageddon? How’s that going to go down? How does the Judgement Day discriminate against those who have not accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour — who are, for example, steadfastly Jewish, Hindu, Muslim (who don’t recognize Christ as the Son of God and divine in his being, but as a prophet, like Moses, and Mohammed), Buddhist, Confucian, Shamanist, or Pantheist (a system of belief that doesn’t discriminate among ‘ranks’ of divinity, but which sees everyone and everything in the created cosmos and the world as sacred)? How is making that distinction, as to who is designated for destruction and who isn’t, not in fact discriminatory Hate in action? And, in arbitrarily designating ‘Evil’ according to a local, punitive deity or parochial narrative, how does that very act, itself, not enact and embody evil? This becomes even more confusing when every Fundamentalist Christian sect claims a monopoly on righteousness, lays claim to the rank and status of God’s ‘Chosen People,’ and ends up regarding legions of fellow Christians as ‘non-Christians.’
- And what about the Righteous in the face of Armageddon? As far as I recall — in Revelations at least, where we find this toxic meta-narrative about the Apocalypse (properly speaking, an eschatological discourse — The End Times, Armageddon, the Rapture, the Second Coming, the Judgement Day and the 1,000 Year Kingdom of God, etc.) most fully developed, a fissure is prophesied to open up in the earth near the Dome of the Rock, into which people in the know can run and be ‘saved.’
Part II: …It’s Not Because They Like Jews. They Want The Apocalypse!
I think it is important to note a part of the Evangelical cunning plan to help bring about the Apocalypse that they do not advertise quite so widely. Though this ‘secret’ is only for the Right-Wing Christian ‘initiated,’ it is the basis for a multi-million dollar industry in religious tourism to Jerusalem every year, as ground-zero for the initiation of the End Times and the coming Rapture.
As I have written elsewhere, “Millions of Americans believe that the Bible predicts the future and that we are living in the last days. Their beliefs are rooted in dispensationalism, a particular way of understanding the Bible’s prophetic passages, especially those in Daniel and Ezekiel in the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. They make up about one-third of America’s 40 or 50 million evangelical Christians and believe that the nation of Israel will play a central role in the unfolding of end-times events. In the last part of the 20th century, dispensationalist evangelicals become Israel’s best friends-an alliance that has made a serious geopolitical difference.”
The desire to defend and promote an expanding, sovereign Israel is due to the Evangelical belief that only then will the ‘Third Temple’ be built on Zion (the Mount of the Rock, currently the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a profoundly holy site in Islam as this is where the Prophet is said to have flown up to heaven and down to hell on the back of his magical steed, Al-Barak, sort of a mixture of Pegasus and Chiron as she takes the form of a winged female centaur).
The Third Temple must be built by a strong and resurgent Israel, who re-takes Zion, so that God can destroy it a third and final time as the kick-off to Armageddon, thus triggering the Apocalypse, the Second Coming of Christ, the Rapture, and all the other good things coming to Good Christians. This corps, greatly grown at this point, having been inflated and expanded beyond counting due to the stimulus of 9–11 having encultured apocalyptic belief in the Book of Revelations as prognostication, with many having been instructed from the pulpit, is who elected Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States.
Directors Franco Sacchi, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner captured, “…the apocalypse-obsessed wing of the evangelical Christian community,” describing “scenes of plainspoken faith, theological collision, and hubristic tourism,” in their documentary, Waiting for Armageddon. “The filmmakers follow Dr. H. Wayne House as he leads twenty-some evangelicals on a tour of the Israel and parts of the West Bank. The film portrays House and his tour as a busload of indignant, anti-Muslim and selectively naïve foreigners. On a boat tour of the Sea of Galilee, where Christians believe Jesus walked on water, they fly the American flag and pump “The Star-Spangled Banner” from loud speakers.” (Will Wlizlo, ‘Evangelical Christians Wait for Armageddon,’ in Utne Reader, 7/19/2010.)
Evangelicals have actually been at the business of making America over in their own image for a long time, since the 1980s. The Jr. Bush’s presidency advanced their aims to establish the post-Apocalyptic ‘Kingdom of God’ under the tutelage of Billy Graham Sr., geared up powerfully by Bush’s administrative hawks, Rumsfeld and Cheney. The Bush State Department advanced a secret agenda to de-stabilize Middle Eastern governments other than Israel’s, as revealed and documented by filmmaker-documentarist and historian, Olive Stone. Billy Graham Jr. delivered the Faith Community’s missive at Donald Trump’s inauguration, intimating that Trump had been sent by God to advance the political aims of Evangelicals.
In his 2004 book, “On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel’s Best Friend,” Timothy P. Weber described how, in the early 1980s, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism recruited evangelical religious leaders for free “familiarization” tours. Hundreds of Evangelical preachers got free trips to the Holy Land. The Ministry of Tourism was interested in very much more than mere tourist dollars. Their aim was deeply ideological; “…here was a way of building a solid corps of non-Jewish supporters for Israel in the United States by bringing large numbers of evangelicals to hear and see Israel’s story for themselves.” (http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/end-times/on-the-road-to-armageddon.aspx#vTAZ01TCeFuoRPs5.99)
Getting American evangelicals to travel to Israel enacted only half of the Israeli strategy. “The other half was to create a politically-engaged, pro-Israel force among conservative American Christians in the United States. Shortly after the Six-Day War, elements within the Israeli government saw the potential power of the evangelical subculture and began to mobilize it as a base of support that could influence American foreign policy. The Israeli government sent Yona Malachy of its Department of Religious Affairs to the United States to study American fundamentalism and its potential as an ally of Israel.” (http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/end-times/on-the-road-to-armageddon.aspx#vTAZ01TCeFuoRPs5.99)
Malachy was enthusiastically received by fundamentalist conspiracy theorists and she was able to influence many of them to issue strong pro-Israeli manifestos. By the mid-1980s, there was a discernible shift in the Israeli political strategy. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Jewish state’s major lobbying group in Washington, D.C., started re-aligning itself toward the American political right-wing, including Christian conservatives, and away from the traditional alliance of Jewish intellectuals with liberal, left-leaning groups. “Israel’s timing was perfect. It began working seriously with American dispensationalists at the precise moment that American fundamentalists and evangelicals were discovering their political voice.”(http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/end-times/on-the-road-to-armageddon.aspx#vTAZ01TCeFuoRPs5.99)
“This is important because, while only 36 percent of all Americans believe that the Bible is God’s Word and should be taken literally, 59 percent say they believe that events predicted in the Book of Revelation will come to pass. Almost one out of four Americans believes that 9/11 was predicted in the Bible, and nearly one in five believes that he or she will live long enough to see the end of the world. Even more significant for this study, over one-third of those Americans who support Israel report that they do so because they believe the Bible teaches that the Jews must possess their own country in the Holy Land before Jesus can return.” (http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/end-times/on-the-road-to-armageddon.aspx#vTAZ01TCeFuoRPs5.99)
The way to advance “God’s Kingdom” is to promote Armageddon and the Apocalypse, because only then is the Second Coming possible, with the 1,000-year long Kingdom of God coming in its wake. This Fundamentalist Christian, Betsy De Vos, and her brother, Eric Prince, want to bring on the End Times, as did their mother, who singlehandedly funded more anti-environmental Big Oil initiatives than any other single funder besides the Mercers, in their push to defend and uphold “Judeo-Christian values” through buying politicians and supporting Big Oil. Eric Prince is the mercenary militia corporate boss who founded Blackwater Ops, XE Services, and other shadow military organizations for hire.
Prince currently heads Frontier Services, and was discovered to have brokered back door direct communications between Trump and Putin. He is called the ‘real’ power behind the throne in Washington, in league with Bannon and Kushner in a militant pro-Israel stance. This is why Kushner was appointed the person in charge of negotiating ‘peace’ in the Middle East, and has just been sent to Iraq to negotiate sovereignty issues, despite having NO experience in foreign policy or affairs of state. What he does have is an intensely, emotionally committed Zionism (since his idealistic teenage years), dating from his youthful immersion in an ideologically radical kibbutz.
For Evangelicals, the Earth, and her resources (her beauties, landscapes, vistas, living creatures, plants, ecosystems, and elements) are not important. Nor are they to be cherished, as they are mere, foul matter. A hint is given as to how we should regard physical beauty in Revelations’ description of one of the other major triggers of the Apocalypse, the one that prompts observant Christians to spout that the day women are equal with men is the day the world will end:
“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.” (Rev. 17:1–5)
Our physical bodies are similarly not to be cherished, as that is both pride and vanity, for “all flesh is grass” (Isaiah 40:6). In any event, our bodies, the trees, animals, seas, the elements, and — in (“alternative”) fact — the entire Earth shall be destroyed in an instant and replaced with better ones by God upon the Judgement Day. Those of us who believe and who have accepted Christ, even the faithful dead, shall be ‘raised up’ in their ‘perfect bodies’ and piled around ‘The Right Hand of God’ (whatever that means in spatial terms for a phantasmological dimension consisting of no physical ‘space’) in the New Jerusalem (“Kingdom of God”).
Everyone else, the unfidelitous unfaithful, the disbelieviers, the heretics, infidels and agnostics, the Jews (Muslims aren’t covered because, when John of Patmos wrote his “Revelations” in the 1st century A.D., Islam wasn’t around yet), the dross of Earth, and Earth’s base matter itself, shall be cast down into hell or ‘disappeared,’ depending upon their degree of ‘baseness,’ ‘sinfulness,’ or insubordination to the ‘New Order’ (a phrase reminiscent of Steve Bannon’s many little addresses to ultra-Conservative, Far Religious Right think tanks and secretive societies in the Vatican and elsewhere in devout Christendom).
The need to promote Israel on the parts of Evangelicals derives from the same philosophy as Fundamentalist Christian Secretary of the Interior under Nixon, James Watt, who opened up National Parks to oil exploration and development because he believed (and stated, many times, even though it was un-Constitutional, not to mention demented) that America, as a “Christian nation,” had the duty to exploit all of America’s natural resources and especially oil reserves in building a war machine and economy powerful enough to take down the “Great Satan” in the Apocalypse, which — to his and his fellows’ minds then, was the Soviet Union. Now, the “Great Satan” is Islam and its own corresponding Apocalyptic Fundamentalist militant fronts of ISIL and Al Qaida, et al, who, in turn, think that Judaism and Christianity are ‘The Great Satan.’
That this should be the case even though their own faith was derived from Judeo-Christianity, traced to the same patriarch, Abraham and his slave’s son, Ishmael, is a profound irony — one that we may expect could only have been born in the Hell all of the players in this sick scenario devoutly believe in. The connections among the beliefs are exact, with each camp projecting all the ‘bad’ bits onto the demonized ‘Other.’ Ishmael, himself, is a tremendously nuanced character. He was born from the female body-slave, or so-called ‘Handmaiden,’ of Sarah, the aged and infertile wife of the Judeo-Christian patriarch, Abraham.
After the equally old Abraham had raped the girl, Hagar, at the behest of the (like De Vos and her mom) consummately male-identified, aggressively female competitive Sarah, Hagar conceived and gave birth to Ishmael. By this means, Sarah could ‘bear’ a son by proxy through her slave; the child, like his mother, both legally belonged to Sarah as human property or chattel. The theme is echoed in the tale of Rachel giving her handmaid Bilhah to her husband, Jacob so that the girl could “…bear on my knees, that through her I too may have children.” (Gen 30:3)
Some Bible historians interpret this to mean that the adolescent slave had lain down above her mistresses’ body, making a kinky Old Testament sex ‘sandwich,’ and the patriarch had impregnated her in that proxy position. This story is of course the Old Testament narrative Atwood used for her profoundly dystopian novel plot device in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’