One of the minor notes of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was the exposure of the Religious Right’s utter hypocrisy in happily abandoning their claims to moral and ethical superiority in order to gain the momentary political advantage of aligning themselves with the hedonistic Donald Trump. But even I was surprised at the lengths that these pious hypocrites will go to in order to justify the frisson of joy they feel that a sexually amoral vulgarian has become their strength and shield. And they plan to use bizarre efforts to rewrite ancient history in order to glorify Trump as the harbinger of Christ’s Second Coming
It goes without saying that the dimmer among the Religious Right can’t quite push their minds to think beyond the outright lies that Trump himself tweets out with regularity. L. A. Marzulli, who is increasingly refashioning himself as a Trump apologist rather than a Nephilim theorist, actively embraces Trump’s lies and justifies them as a hidden truth. In a blog post yesterday, Marzulli repeated Trump’s lie that millions of votes for Hillary Clinton were cast illegally, and he repeated Trump transition officials’ allegations that the Democratic Party and Pres. Obama fabricated Russian election hacking to excuse Clinton’s Electoral College defeat: “This is the last—trust me it won’t be—in a series of ongoing media spins to de-legitimize the TRUMP landslide.” Trump, who lost the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes, won the Electoral College, but his margin of victory is not by any measure a landslide; his electoral victory was smaller than most presidents, and his popular vote loss is the largest of any winning candidate. Only by embracing a lie—that Clinton’s votes were fraudulent—can Marzulli create the fiction of a landslide. “Trump stated that the election process was rigged and he’s right.”
But it is more disturbing that Marzulli has embraced a conspiratorial view of the election that is part and parcel of the same conspiracy that David Wilcock embraced a few days earlier. Wilcock imagined that the world is controlled by Satan-worshiping liberal Democrats (the rest of the world, of course, lining up behind American political divisions) and that Trump is true avenging angel who stands outside of the stranglehold that Luciferian leftists have on government and society. Marzulli offers an only slightly toned down version of the same claim:
We are living in a managed agenda and Trump is not part of it. This is why the backlash and endless evisceration of both his public and personal life. Yet, the people have spoken. He’s the agent of change and the American people are tired of the elites in Washington as well as the left-wing news.
In the end, Marzulli is nothing but a low-rent Rush Limbaugh copyist who dresses up his unoriginal repetition in the robes of the Elohim to give them a cosmic sheen. However, he does agree with his smarter colleagues on one point: Like other Evangelical Trump fetishists, he believes that the world is about to end and that Trump is the Lord’s instrument for bringing Jesus back.
We’ll see how that plays out a few years from now when it’s clear that there is no Second Coming and that Donald Trump is not serving at the right hand of God.
Marzulli’s comments echo those made by End Times preacher and fellow Nephilim theorist Tom Horn on Jim Bakker’s infomercial – sorry, TV show – on Monday, when Horn announced that the Jews are secretly venerating Donald Trump as the Messiah and that Christians should embrace Trump as the harbinger of Christ’s return. You will remember that Horn is the author of Exo-Vaticana, an anti-Catholic conspiracy theorist, a believer in Nephilim bloodlines, and a colleague of anti-gay Nephilim theorist Steve Quayle. Together, the two claimed that liberal Democrats and the Catholic Church were working with the Nazis living in secret Antarctic bases to resurrect the corpses of the Nephilim from the Marianas Trench, where Noah’s Flood deposited them.
According to Horn, a secret group of Jewish leaders have turned to Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as saviors of Israel, asking them to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. He added:
The rabbis over there, some of what the mystical rabbis are saying is very, very curious right now. […] There are so many articles that we’ve been running at Sky Watch TV almost every week right now, and I’ve only brought a couple with me. This one: “Trump Upset Victory Divinely Sent to Begin Messianaic Process Say Israeli Rabbis.” Right? And this one: “Ancient secret of Daniel’s 70 weeks predicts end of days will come this year in 5777, which started in October last month in the Jewish calendar year and will be done by September of the coming year.” So, and by the way that was Rabbi Mere (?) Horowitz 300 years ago working on Daniel’s time, time, and a half a time. […] He set a date. He said the Messiah will arrive. The End Times will begin in the calendar year 5777. The rabbis have held that dear to them since then. So what is that? That’s 2016-2017. Messiah will arrive. Now, they’re looking at Donald Trump. One of the rabbis illustrated how his name in the gematria, the numerology of his name actually means “Messiah.” There’s some weird stuff here that’s going on. So big!
Horn went on to claim that the Zohar predicted Trump’s political career, noting that Trump arrived in Israel at the predicted date of 2012 and led Benjamin Netanyahu to political victory. This was the first sign, he claims the Jews said, that Trump is the “only politician on the face of the Earth” who can credibly serve as the military, political, and cultural leader who can recall the Jews to Israel defeat the forces of Islam, and “reinstitute the Temple service.”
Horn added that he does not believe the all Jews truly believe Trump is the Messiah but that most think of him as a John the Baptist figure and forerunner of the Messiah. Nevertheless, among the hardcore believers in Messiah Donald Trump, “there is an effort underway right now to go back through the European monarchy cousins of President Donald Trump to show that his bloodline goes back to the Davidic dynasty. Now why are these efforts underway? I’m just saying there’s something very strange here.”
Yes, very strange indeed, but not the way Horn thinks.
Note, incidentally, the parallels between the Holy Bloodline of Trump and the Da Vinci Code style Holy Bloodline of the alleged children of Jesus via the same European monarchs, claims that go back to medieval fantastical genealogies, British Israelism, and other unsupportable pseudo-historical ideas.
Horn cautions that because Jews are delusional Christ-deniers, “their Messiah is going to be the Antichrist, but I also don’t believe Donald Trump is the Antichrist.”
So what the hell was all this blathering on about?
Oh, right: to provide divine cover for toadying up to power: “The smart ones [say] he is what we would call John the Baptist. He is God’s messenger. When he takes over in January, there is a 5777 countdown to the appearance of the Messiah, and something could happen overnight that could lead to the reconstruction of the Temple.”
There’s a lot to unpack there, but it’s probably worth pointing out that the Zohar doesn’t contain a prophecy of the Messiah arriving in 5777, and that this interpretation doesn’t come from Rabbi Horowitz (presumably Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz, the famous Bohemian kabbalist who died around 1630) but rather from modern writers who attempted to fit the “70 weeks” prophecy from Daniel 9:24-27 to the history of the state of Israel. The prophecy foresees the history of Israel divided into three periods of 49, 434, and 10 years, if we agree with most commentators that the “weeks” were intended to be sets of seven years. By trying to fit the prophecy to Israel’s 1967 war, this made the end of the first period fall in 2016, 49 years later, for modern End Times writers. In the past, some Christians thought that prophecy referred to the period from the rebuilding of Jerusalem in 445 BCE to the crucifixion of Jesus in 30 CE, using a “year” of 360 days. Other dates have been proposed to have the prophecy’s end fall in line with the Roman occupation of Jerusalem of the destruction of either the First or Second Temples. The long and short of it is that most who aren’t End Times preachers believe that text to refer to ancient events, not future ones.
The interesting thing, I guess, is that prior to the election, Evangelical End Times writers who accept that 1967 is the turning point in world history due to the Israeli capture of East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War predicted alternately that 5777 would be the start of a period of darkness and horror due to the rise of the Antichrist, or the end of the Tribulation before Christ’s return. But once Trump was elected, suddenly the “prophecies” turned to jubilation at the coming Millennium of glory.
The Nephilim theorists and the theocrats and Evangelical extremists have been to the mountaintop, but what they found there was not a vision of the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 34:1-4). Instead, “the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9). They wish to trade things spiritual for things temporal, and they are willing to surrender any claim to the moral high ground so long as they can taste the sweet nectar of worldly power.
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