The president has been talking about Israel a lot lately.
First, there was Trump pressuring Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent two members of Congress from visiting Israel.
Then he suggested that Jews who vote for Democratic candidates lack knowledge and are “disloyal.”
Then a conservative pundit and promoter of the Obama birther conspiracy named Wayne Allyn Root said this about Trump:
I happen to be Jewish by birth, and 75% of all Jews vote Democrat and they don’t like Trump and he is the greatest president for Jews, and for Israel, in the history of the world–not just America, Trump is the best for Israel in the history of world. And the Jewish people love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God. And in America, American Jews don’t like him.
Trump liked what he heard. Of course he did. He is always glad when one of his sycophants worships him. He tweeted:
And then there was yesterday press briefing. I think Root got in his head. Watch Trump’s refer to himself as “the chosen one”:
Whenever Donald Trump mentions Israel he is speaking directly to his evangelical base.
Here is what I wrote in Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump:
The third major issue championed by the court evangelicals is the United states recognition of Jerusalem as the “eternal capital ” of the Jewish people….One of the reasons conservative evangelicals are ecstatic about this move is that many of them believe…that biblical prophecy teaches that the return of the Jews to Israel is a prerequisite for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Christ will one day return to earth with his raptured saints and descend on a rebuilt temple located inside Jerusalem. Robert Jeffress is one of the most outspoken defenders of Trump’s decision to move the capital to the holy city. He has written several books on biblical prophecy and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, the center of Dispensational theology in America. Jeffress told Fox News that Trump is now “on the right side of history” and on the “right side of God.”
Trump’s decision to move the embassy, which no doubt came after much lobbying from the court evangelicals, is not only a triumph for the Dispensationalists; it also fits well with INC apostle Lance Wallnau’s prophecy that Donald Trump is a new King Cyrus. This merger of Dispensational theology and INC prophecy appears in court evangelical Mike Evans’s response to the Trump move. One of America’s leading Christian Zionists, Evans recently founded the Friends of Zion Heritage Center and the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem to celebrate the “everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.” When Trump announced that he was moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, Evans enthusiastically told the Christian Broadcasting Network that when he next saw Trump in the Oval Office he would say to him: “Cyrus, you’re Cyrus. Because you’ve done something historic and prophetic.” Wallnau envisioned Trump as a Cyrus who would save American Christians; Evans believed that Trump was a modern-day Cyrus who would make possible the restoration of Jerusalem and the further confirmation of Israel’s future role in biblical prophecy. Because of Trump’s actions, Evans declared, the blessing of God would come upon America. Indeed, this decision would make America great in the eyes of God. It also made Trump great in the eyes of the court evangelicals, raising questions about whether his decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem was more of a political move than a diplomatic or religious one.
Yesterday Fox News broadcaster Todd Starnes had court evangelical Robert Jeffress on the show to talk about Trump’s comments about Israel. Listen to it here:
Jeffress tries to downplay biblical prophecy in this interview (despite the fact that he has written books about this very topic), but it should not surprise anyone that he supports Trump’s remarks about Jews who vote for Democratic candidates.
Again, when you hear Trump talk about Israel, think about the evangelical base he needs to win in 2020.