Reading recent remarks made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, it is obvious we have crossed over from light to dark into the twilight zone.
This must be the Old Testament God, because it has nothing to do with Christ, the Sermon of the Mount, and Christ’s teaching that one should turn the other cheek.
Indeed, the Old Testament, taken from the Jewish Tanakh, is chock full of violence, revenge, genocide, and acts of terrible punishment and cruelty. A vengeful Jewish God slaughtered the Sodomites, eradicated the Canaanites with leprosy, sent a plague into Egypt, and told his people to make slaves out of neighboring tribes. There are dozens of other references in the Old Testament to horrific acts of violence, most of it retributive.
Pompeo made his remarks on Purim, the celebration of the Jewish exodus from the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire, today known as Iran.
From the BBC:
[Pompeo] was asked if “President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from an Iranian menace.”
The former tank commander declared, “I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”
For America’s top diplomat to say God has sent Trump to save the Jews (who are not threatened by Iran) is a new milestone in absurdity for the “indispensable nation.” It demonstrates apocalyptic Christian Zionists like Pompeo have undue influence on a largely clueless president.
For Christian Zionists, the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 followed biblical prophecy envisioning the return of Christ as King of the Earth. They believe in a dispensationalist view of the Bible, that is to say they believe the Old Testament foreshadows Christ and the New Testament.
Pompeo’s remarks are extremely dangerous. His commentary anchors the Trump effort to destroy Iran directly within the context of biblical prophecy—and such religious fanaticism, as history repeatedly demonstrates, often results in war and mass murder.
The Trump administration is now fully and unapologetically embracing Christian Zionism following the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv in Israel proper to a divided (and increasingly ethnically cleansed) Jerusalem. Trump’s VP is an evangelical Christian and his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are Orthodox Jews.
There has been a sea change. President Obama, according to the Zionists, was not sufficiently loyal to the tiny renegade state of Israel, never mind he continued to send billions of dollars a year to the Israeli government. Donald Trump has shown he is a dedicated Christian Zionist, although I don’t believe he is capable of serving Christ (his over-the-top narcissism won’t let him). He was shrewdly manipulated into this position by his son-in-law, a man who avidly supports illegal settlements and the murder of children, medics, journalists, and endless terror campaigns launched by Orthodox Jews against the Palestinians.
Finally, Pompeo’s remarks made in Israel serve as further indicators of things to come—not only the wholesale theft of Syria’s Golan Heights (al-Jawlān in Arabic), but ongoing efforts to destabilize and destroy Israel’s neighbors (a constant since the establishment of the Jewish state), the likelihood of an annexation of the West Bank, further ethnic cleansing, and a war with Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Of course, none of this will be possible without the direct involvement of the United States and its Pentagon war machine.
Trump’s neocons are moving the nation in the direction of once again bombing the daylights out of a sovereign nation that poses no threat to the United States. The injection of religious fanaticism is, to say the least, a worrisome prospect.