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How a Bible prophecy shapes Trump’s foreign policy


There’s a church in the city of Bethlehem. It was built on the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born. It’s called the Church of the Nativity. If you consult UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites, or ask travel expert Rick Steves, both will tell you that the church is in Palestine. But when a question about the church’s location came up during a round
of Jeopardy in January 2020… What is Palestine? No. What is Israel? That’s it. That answer set off something
of an internet firestorm. That’s because what you call this land,
and who controls it, is at the center of a decades-long conflict between Israelis
and Palestinians. But more recently, there is also a third group that is becoming more and more influential here and throughout the Middle East, American evangelical Christians. Today, evangelical Christians are one of the most politically powerful voting blocs in the United States. And in the Trump administration, they’ve been given unprecedented power. They’ve turned support for Israel and hostility towards its enemies into core tenets of conservative ideology. And a big part of those policies is rooted in how they interpret the Bible. In 2016, more than a quarter of all US voters identified as white evangelical Christians. One of the primary differences between evangelicals
and other Christians is their relationship with the Bible. Conservative evangelicals believe that the Bible is literally true. Sarah Posner writes about religion for a bunch of different publications. Many of them believe that the Bible is sort of this prophetic road map for modern life, that events
described and prophesied in the Bible will it will become true. The Bible is the most historically accurate book ever penned. The Bible is the one book that
dares to predict the future with 100% accuracy. For evangelicals, the most
important of the Bible’s prophecies is the second coming, when Jesus will return
to Earth. The Bible doesn’t say when this will happen, but it does say where. This is Jerusalem. World history as we know it is going to
end right here. Greg Laurie is an evangelical preacher, one of several who
meet regularly to advise President Trump. They’re the leaders of megachurches
with tens of thousands of members. And many of them, including Greg Laurie,
preach a belief called Christian Zionism, the idea that the return of the Jewish
people to Israel is one of a series of events that will trigger Jesus’s second
coming. Jesus is telling us that the rebirth of Israel is a sign of the end. Not just a sign, it’s the super sign. According to this theology, God will
reward those who help Israel and punish those who don’t. Jesus will be on his
throne and he separates the nations. On what basis? How they treated Zion. Let’s back up. After the Holocaust, the UN divided up the then-British territory of Palestine, home to more than a million Arabs, into two states, giving Jews who had been persecuted in Europe a homeland. Over the next few decades, Israel fought
multiple wars with its Arab neighbors and seized much of the land that had
been originally set aside for Palestinians. Evangelical Christians see that as a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. It happened exactly as foretold. It was a miraculous act of God. They own that land, and they own that city. Ever since, groups like Hamas have been
fighting against the Israelis trying to win that territory back. And the government of Iran has been one of their biggest supporters. That’s part of the reason Iran plays
such an important role in evangelical beliefs about the present state of the
world, and the future. According to Christian Zionism, if the US wants to be
on the right side of biblical prophecy, they need to do everything possible to
protect Israel and punish Iran. That also helps explain why a different Bible story is also really important to them. The Old Testament story of Esther, about
a plot to destroy the Jews of Persia, or modern-day Iran. The Book of Esther plays
such an important role for Christian Zionists they’ve made multiple movies out of it. He has convinced your husband to destroy all the Jews, including you. Esther saves the Jews by using her persuasion with the king. Evangelicals who are very
wrapped up in this kind of theology, because Persia is modern-day Iran, they
sort of contextualize this Bible story into foreign policies. Could it be that that 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? As a Christian I certainly believe that’s possible. I’m confident that the Lord is
at work here. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and vice president Mike Pence both identify as evangelical Christians. And both have enormous influence over
American foreign policy. A ProPublica investigation found that Pence routed
millions of dollars in foreign aid that had been earmarked for humanitarian projects in Iraq, diverting it towards Christian groups in the country. When President Trump approved the drone strike that killed Iran’s top military commander in January 2020, it was, according to the Washington Post, at Pompeo and Pence’s urging. When President Trump moved the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the move had more support from American evangelicals
than American Jews. The other news swirling around the embassy’s move to
Jerusalem is what it could signal as part of biblical prophecy. Donald Trump recognized history. He, like King Cyrus before him, fulfilled the biblical prophecy. That evangelical support isn’t an accident. The Trump administration courts it. After the administration put out a peace plan that would have given Israel unprecedented control over Palestinian land, The Christian broadcast network interviewed Trump’s ambassador to Israel. You’re talking about opening up the Bible, bringing it back to life in ways that I think your listeners could
not have even have imagined. it’s an opportunity for biblical tourism that I think will grow and flourish in profound ways. The network’s coverage
followed his lead. Good news in this proposed peace plan. Israel would have sovereignty over many historical biblical sites. For evangelical Christians in America, the Bible isn’t just a foundational text, it’s a prophetic road map that tells the future and shapes the way they view the present. And for an influential group of them, that motivates their support for a foreign policy that they see as affirming those prophecies, and a president who depends on their
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