#0026 Donald Trump and Evangelical Christians II (Gog and Magog)

Outline

  1. Donald v. Jesus
  2. Evangelicals side with Donald and Donald sides with a hate-mongering racist.
  3. Triggering Armageddon
  4. L-Directed thinking: the quick-fix, turnkey, plug-n-play ideologies/doctrines
  5. Those who have eyes to see and ears to hear let them see/hear=R-Directed thinkers.

Before we get going on the next talking point, let’s have a word about the hate-mongering racist’s question presented to Trump and his response. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCtAJNiplaw

I wanted to include this footage as an example of the typical sort of people and the energy they bring with them to the trump thing. Note how unruffled and in key Trump’s answer is to the man. He seems neither surprised nor taken off stride with by this man’s commentary as he gives him an ambiguous but otherwise encouraging answer: “We’re going to be looking at that a lot of different things and, you know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying a lot of different things. And a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and we’re going to be looking at plenty of other things.” Evidently Trump is speaking the language of the hate-mongers and conspiracy-theorist-racists  and he’s drawing them in like flies to a big pile of horses**t; but where does the common ground lie between these two groups—between the Evangelical Christians and the hatemongers?

Going back to Jesus for a moment; in His day, He had plenty of sinners who followed Him around just to hear Him speak. He encountered sinners in His travels and in other interactions with persons; some of these were, no doubt, hate-mongers. In all situations, His words to the crowds as well as His words of council to individuals were intended to sew peace, forgiveness and love—not to incite rage, revenge and hate. So I ask again…where is the common ground? Consider the group of people this racist is all-consumed with–with whom he so desperately wants Trump to deal—the Muslims. Maybe this fact can shine a little light on the question of where the common ground lies for the Evangelical Christians. The Muslims are descendants of Ishmael–who was the firstborn son of Abraham. Ishmael’s mother wasn’t Abraham’s wife; because of this he and his mother (Hagar) were cast out of the tribe. One thing lead to another and another and now, today, Christians and Muslims are caught up in a whole big thing of epic proportion. Conservative Christians (e.g.: Evangelicals) who put a lot of bank on the Bible have contrived a narrative around the Battle of Armageddon and the time when two evil powers will arise and come together. At such a time, the beginning of the end will be upon us. According to conservative Christian beliefs, that time is now and the Battle of Armageddon will supposedly be preceded by the  coming together of these two evil world powers: Gog and Magog. Cue Wikipedia

Modern apocalypticism

In Europe expectations of the end-times have receded with the advance of a secular worldview during the 19th century. This has not been the case in the U.S., where a 2002 poll indicated that 59% of Americans believed the events predicted in the Book of Revelation would come to pass. During the Cold War the idea that Russia had the role of Gog gained popularity, since Ezekiel’s words describing him as “prince of Meshek”—rosh meshek in Hebrew—sounded suspiciously like Russia and Moscow. Even some Russians took up the idea, apparently unconcerned by the implications: “Ancestors were found in the Bible, and that was enough.” Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, told state legislators in 1971:

“Ezekiel tells us that Gog, the nation that will lead all of the other powers of darkness against Israel, will come out of the north. Biblical scholars have been saying for generations that Gog must be Russia. What other powerful nation is to the north of Israel? None. But it didn’t seem to make sense before the Russian revolution, when Russia was a Christian country. Now it does, now that Russia has become Communistic and atheistic, now that Russia has set itself against God. Now it fits the description of Gog perfectly.”

Post Cold War-millenarians still identify Gog with Russia, but they now tend to stress his allies among Islamic nations, especially Iran. For the most fervent, the countdown to Armageddon began with the return of the Jews to Israel, followed quickly by further signs pointing to the nearness of the final battle–nuclear weapons, European integration, Israel’s seizure of Jerusalem, and America’s wars in Afghanistan and the Gulf. In the prelude to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush told Jacques Chirac that Gog and Magog were at work in the Middle East: “This confrontation is willed by God,” he told the French leader, “who wants us to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.” Chirac consulted a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) to explain Bush’s reference.

In the Islamic apocalyptic tradition the end of the world would be preceded by the release of Gog and Magog, whose destruction by God in a single night would usher in the Day of Resurrection. Reinterpretation did not generally continue after Classical times, but the needs of the modern world have produced a new body of apocalyptic literature in which Gog and Magog are identified as the Jews and Israel, or the Ten Lost Tribes, or sometimes as Communist Russia and China…

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Gog and Magog

TBC

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