I was going to write a Bachmann Diary this weekend, touching satrically on her speech at CPAC about the “intellectual core” of the Tea Party. Then I watched Sarah Palin’s keynote address, and something she said, and the reaction of the conservative crowd, stopped me cold. No, not her slaughter of “Green Eggs and Ham,” her comment about nuclear war. During her chat with the crowd (because the Half-Governor is nothing if not chatty), Palin said:
Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.
A woman who was plucked from obscurity by John “Get Off My Damn Lawn” McCain’s campaign man to be a vice presidential candidate in 2008 stood in front of a crowd of right wing “Christians,” and advocated for nuclear war against Russia. Now you may be thinking “So what? Nobody listens to her anyway,” but you’re wrong. That little blurb got a lot of applause. The reason the Tea Party (especially religious fundamentalists like Michele Bachmann) thinks it’s a grand idea to blow the living crap out of Russia is, in their minds, they have nothing to lose. Let me explain why.
In 2011, Glenn Beck hosted a forum featuring End Times authors Joel Richardson and Tim LaHaye. Tea Party favorite Mike Huckabee sat down with LaHaye also in 2011 to discuss how President Obama is bringing us closer to the Apocalypse. Huckabee asked LaHaye if we are living in the End Times, and LaHaye responded “Definitely.” Most recently, Michele Bachmann has been speaking about the End Times on numerous radio programs. Glenn Beck has also hosted nationally-renowned hate pastor, John Hagee, for a discussion about End Time prophecies. Beck was still on CNN when he invited Hagee on for an hour-long discussion on Iran, Israel, and the End Times. Billy Graham has weighed in on End Time prophecies as well, through an email interview with World Net Daily.
Many in the Tea Party, including a former presidential candidate, believe we are closing in on the Apocalypse. I Googled “End Times prophecy,” and was flooded with fundamentalist Christian links. The one I chose, Raptureforums.com, listed 101 End Times prophecies they claim are coming to fruition. For example:
*Sorceries referring to witchcraft, magic, or occult practices used to enchant and deceive are also anticipated in the last days (Revelation 9:21; 18:23; 21:8; Isaiah 47:9-15; Micah 5:10-15). Today, interest in the occult is flourishing.
*Homosexuality would be flaunted at the end of the age. Jesus warned that the last days would be like the days of Lot who lived in wicked Sodom (Luke 17:28-30). We know that the root of Sodom’s sin was pride and complacency (Ezekiel 16:49) as it is today. However, Sodom’s lasting infamy stemmed from their aggressive homosexual sin (Genesis 19; Jude 1:7). Today, the homosexual agenda is flaunted and forced upon our entire society.
*Israel would dwell without walls prior to the invasion from the north (Ezekiel 38:8-11). As foretold, Israel now dwells “without walls” or bars or gates. Untill 1900, most Middle East cities and villiages were fortified. Yet modern weaponry (jets/missiles) can “ascend…covering the land like a cloud” making these barriers obsolete.
*A red heifer without blemish must be born and sacrificed to purify the temple in Israel (Numbers 19:2-9). The Temple Institute is actively seeking to acquire a kosher red heifer.
*Israel would be invincible (Zechariah 12:6-9). Since 1948, tiny Israel has been attacked in three major wars and several lesser wars. Yet despite being vastly outnumbered, they have defeated all attacking foes. Even during the final battle, when it looks like Israel will be destroyed, the Lord shall deliver her (Jeremiah 30:3-7; Zechariah 14; Mark 13:14-20). An invincible Israel makes no sense unless you believe God’s Word.
According to another End Times website, Deuteronomy 30:1-9 states Jesus will “regather all believing Jews to Israel.” In other words, Jews who accept Jesus as the Son of God get “regathered.” I read that passage from Deuteronomy, and it never mentions Jesus. It speaks about the Lord your God, not the Messiah. Also included in the passage are curse inflicting on enemies, circumcising hearts, and abundant prospering. But nothing about Jesus. The other thing you have to remember is what happens to people who don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God.
Thessalonians 2, 1:8-9 states:
He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.
It’s a twofer, if you will. You must “know” God, or believe in him, and you must obey the gospel of Jesus. You have to be a Christian to avoid “everlasting destruction.” Jesus will “regather all believing Jews to Israel.”
And this is why the Tea Party cheered when Sarah Palin advocated for nuclear war. Fundamentalist Christians live under the delusion that Jesus is going to come back, give them all a big hug, and whisk them up to Heaven if we destroy the world. Setting aside for a moment that the majority of fundamentalist Christians are pretty much the antithesis of Christ, how would blowing up Russia bring about the End Times? Quite a few End Time-rs believe Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39, are all about Russia invading Israel. According to the Bible, God gave the prophet Ezekiel a warning directed at nations far north of Israel. Fundamentalists who believe in the End Times prophecies view the ancient nation of Magog as Russia.
There you have it. The Tea Party audience who cheered Sarah Palin’s call for nuclear war believes Russia will invade Israel. If we blow Russia up, we are keeping Israel safe, which is necessary for the End Times. They have nothing to lose, because in their minds, Jesus comes, they go to Heaven, unbelievers go to Hell. This is scary, scary stuff, and a majority of right wing Christians believe it. They believe President Obama is leading us towards the Apocalypse, they believe Russia will invade Israel, and that the United States must, at all costs, protect Israel.
Who would Jesus nuke? Well if you ask Sarah Palin, it’s Russia. Jesus wants it, you betcha.