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Twitter Goes Ballistic After Secretary Of State Says Trump Was ‘Raised Up By God’

Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody and Chris Mitchell during the secretary’s swing through the Middle East this week. Mitchell had some, uh, interesting questions for the Evangelical Pompeo, including whether or not he thought Trump was “raised up” by God.

“Could it be 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 the Iranian menace?” Mitchell asked.

“As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,” Pompeo replied, adding, “I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”

Queen Esther is a Jewish Biblical figure who persuaded her Persian husband King Xerxes to reverse his advisor’s order for a Jewish genocide and instead allow the Jews to kill their enemies. The incident is commemorated during the Jewish holiday of Purim, which was celebrated this week.

On Twitter, there was much less celebrating at the news that American foreign policy is being carried out under some vague notion of Divine Right.

And for good reason. If you’re wondering why so many Evangelical Christians are so pro-Israel, it’s because they seem to think the book of Revelation is some kind of script they should be following. According to Revelation, Jesus won’t return until the Jewish temple its rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where an Islamic shrine currently stands.

According to Evangelical Christians, when Jesus does return the rapture takes place and Jews get cast into the lake of fire (along withother apostates) for not believing in Jesus. Right-wing Evangelical pastor and Trump booster John Hagee has even said Hitler was sent by God to chase Jews back to Jerusalem to hasten the second coming.

Of course, Trump doesn’t know or care about any of that. All he knows is that he needs support from Evangelicals and that this is something Evangelical leaders (and his son-in-law Jared Kushner) want him to do.

h/t: NBC News, CBN