Here is a headline in Newsweek from Jan. 12: “Trump Will Start the End of the World, Claim Evangelicals Who Support Him.”
Did any evangelicals actually say that in the article? No.
Is there any truth to the claim? No.
In fact, I think I can better speak for evangelicals than the headline writers and fake-news purveyors at Newsweek. I’ve been one for over 40 years. I founded and run the largest Christian website in the world. I write books on the subject – including many on prophecy.
Evangelical Christians do not overwhelmingly support President Donald Trump because they believe he’ll cause the world to end, as Newsweek asserts, without any substantiation or evidence.
They support him for many good reasons:
- He is a defender of the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, not the rule of men.
- He supports religious freedom.
- He respects the beliefs of evangelical Christians, which neither Newsweek nor the Democratic Party does.
- He respects Israel and recognizes Jerusalem as its eternal capital and the capital of no other nation or people in the history of the world.
- His economic principles are on target and proving themselves once again with real results.
- He is an enemy of the tyranny of “political correctness.”
- He believes in the sovereignty of the U.S., not elite-style globalism unaccountable to the people.
I could go on ad infinitum.
But I neither know nor have I ever met a single evangelical Christian who supports Trump because he’s going to end the world. Neither has anyone at Newsweek. And that’s what demonstrates it’s a fake-news machine.
The Newsweek article went on to say “many evangelical Christians believe that Trump was chosen by God to usher in a new era, a part of history called the ‘end times.’ Beliefs about this time period differ, but it is broadly considered the end of the world, the time when Jesus returns to Earth and judges all people.”
Newsweek quotes one misguided pastor to build its narrative, concluding he represents “many.” He does not. He is quoted as saying: “What kick-starts the end times into motion is Israel’s political boundaries being re-established to what God promised the Israelites according to the Bible.” That’s just silly.
God doesn’t need the help of Donald Trump to set His timing for the return of the Jewish Messiah to Earth.
Newsweek goes on to make other false assertions:
- “The eastern part of Jerusalem has long been envisioned as the future capital of a Palestinian state if and when a two-state solution is reached between Israel and the Palestinians.”
- “By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, many critics say Trump killed any chance of a negotiated peace deal in the Middle East.”
- “For some, evangelicals simultaneously hold views that are supportive of Israel and deeply anti-Semitic. Meanwhile, the evangelical belief in the end times also includes the eventual conversion to Christianity of the Jewish people,” says Newsweek.
Let me refute these three lies quickly:
- East Jerusalem was under the control of Jordan prior 1967. King Hussein never visited the city. And no Arab leader ever mentioned it as a possible capital of a Palestinian state before Israel reunited the city in June of that year. Arab Palestinians who do fancy Jerusalem as a future capital of a Palestinian state are almost universally pledged to the eventual extinction of Israel as a Jewish state.
- Israel is never going to divide its capital willingly again. Both the left-wing and right-wing in Israel are on the same page when it comes to Jerusalem.
- There is nothing anti-Semitic in the pro-Israel position of evangelicals who worship Jesus as the One they believe is the Jewish Messiah – their Lord and Savior. Jesus won’t be converting – and neither will any other Jews. They will simply worship their Jewish Messiah – and so will “Christians,” which is a Greek word connoting “followers of Messiah.”
One thing is clear from this Newsweek report: The fake-news cartel hates evangelicals as much as it hates Trump.