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Donald Trump is the Messiah???

If you’re thinking “What the fuck?” right about now, I don’t blame you. When I heard that shit, I was stunned myself. But, it’s true; Donald Trump is the messiah…, or, more likely, the harbinger of the messiah, a la John the Baptist. Well, according to end times nut case author and lecturer, Thomas Horn, he is.

Horn bases most of his claims about Trump on the words of some Orthodox Zionist rabbis who have reconstituted the Sanhedrin and are pushing to rebuild the Temple. I’m guessing these rabbis view Horn and compatriots as useful idiots who will help them reach that end. Which probably is okay with Horn and his end times believing pals because they think the rabbis are all dirty Jews who will be cast into the lake of fire when Jesus comes back. It’s what you might call a weird evangelical/Orthodox mutual contempt society.

This insanity is way to convoluted to get into with any depth here. Basically, it sounds a lot like this clip of Cartman explaining the 9/11 attacks from South Park’s “Mystery of the Urinal Deuce” episode:

Like I said, a bit much for a blog post. But, here are a few highlights:

  • The End of Days will come sometime next year. This goes back to Daniel’s “time, times, and a half a time” comment. According to an obscure 17th century interpretation of that passage, the messiah will appear and the end times will begin before September 30, 2017 (the end of the year 5777 in the Jewish calendar). Guess Jesus was just kidding with all that “thief in the night” business. What a joker.
  • Horn even goes so far as to say that, in gematria (Jewish numerology), Trump’s name actually means “messiah”. And, I guess it does, if you go down a rabbit hole that makes Alex Jones’ wildest conspiracy theories seem positively sane. If you’re a glutton for punishment and want to read the actual article, here’s a link.
  • He presents 3 bullet points that he feels point to Donald Trump, not as the messiah himself, but as John the Baptist. But, he does say that there is an ongoing effort to research Trump’s genealogy and show that he is a descendant of David. No joke on this point. I don’t think it needs one.
  • Of course, Horn tells us that this messiah the rabbis are saying is about to appear is a false messiah, the Anti-Christ. And, that he believes that Trump isn’t the Anti-Christ. Why? I’m assuming because he thinks a white, American man can’t be the Anti-Christ.
  • Trump is “God’s messenger”. What the hell kind of message God would send through an asshole like Trump, I don’t know. And, what kind of God would choose a semi-sentient hairball for their messenger doesn’t bear contemplation in my opinion.

All things considered, Horn’s pronouncements are not bad. It’s all bullshit, of course, but still not bad; for entertainment value, that is. Horn has some game in this arena, but even with all his “Trump is the messiah” talk, he’s still no William Tapley, the self-proclaimed Third Eagle of the Apocalypse and Co-prophet of the End Times. But then, who is, beloved? Who…, is.

It’s A Mystery

In my recent entry, “He Was a Disciple“, I mentioned that my father held some less than orthodox beliefs. He was especially fond of the those espoused in Religious Science and he was open to even more eccentric (as in “deviating from the recognized or customary”, not weird). If my dad felt this way, my brother does even more so; embracing beliefs related to Native Americans and something called “pronoia“. At the heart of both of their theologies, however, is a strong belief in God and the message of Jesus. Both of them, however, have always been more willing to embrace the mystery inherent in spiritual beliefs than me.

In truth, I have more in common with Thomas Jefferson when it comes to this subject. Jefferson, a deist, loved the social justice (strange for a man who was a slave owner, I know) aspects of what Jesus taught but utterly rejected any mention of the divinity of Jesus. So much so, in fact, that he made his own New Testament by razoring out the passages he liked and pasting them onto pages that he later had bound into a book, The Jefferson Bible, which focused on Jesus’ moral teaching and leaves out completely any mention of angels, prophecy, genealogy or miracles. Now, I don’t go that far, but accepting things like the virgin birth, raising people from the dead (including Himself) and ascending into heaven is hard for me. There are two pieces of this mystical pie that I embrace without as much hesitation and that’s communion and the Trinity. I think I accept communion because there’s a physical aspect to it. The sharing of the bread and wine provides a touchstone that ties me to the symbolism involved in the act. Plus, I’m well aware of the sense of community that is fostered by sharing a meal and Christianity is nothing if not communal. As for the Trinity, I have no idea why I can handle that but I balk at believing that Jesus was born of a virgin; nor why I enjoy reading the Christian mystics, like Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich and (my favorite) Thomas Merton. Go figure.

In past writings, I’ve referred to myself as a nuts and bolts kind of guy and mysticism is anything but nuts and bolts. But, for all that it makes me uncomfortable, I’m still drawn to it. I want to believe all these things and still have room for what I believe is the core of the Jesus message, which is best summed up by this passage of the book “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal“:

“You should be nice to people, even creeps. And if you: a) believed that Joshua was the Son of God (and) b) he had come to save you from sin (and) c) acknowledged the Holy Spirit within you (became as a little child, he would say) (and) d) didn’t blaspheme the Holy Ghost (see c) then you would: e) live forever f) someplace nice g) probably heaven However, if you: h) sinned (and/or) i) were a hypocrite (and/or) j) valued things over people (and) k) didn’t do a, b, c, and d, then you were: l) fucked”

My problem is a,b,c and d involve a heavy dose of mystery and, because of that, are hard for me. I hope that doesn’t mean I’m l) fucked.