I’ve been thinking a lot about what our old pal One-L has been peddling since her forced retirement from grifting the people of Minnesota:
“Almost every article in the paper” has to do with conflicts in Israel, Bachmann said, “and it ties with so much biblical prophecy. This week really was about biblical prophecy in many ways. And we’re seeing as events are speeding up, events are speeding up so quickly right now, and we see how relevant the Bible is, and we’re reading our newspaper, at the same time we’re learning about these biblical events, and it’s literally day by day by day, we’re seeing the fulfillment of scripture right in front of our eyes, even while we’re on the ground.”
“We recognize the shortness of the hour,” she said, “and that’s why we as a remnant want to be faithful in these days and do what it is that the Holy Spirit is speaking to each one of us, to be faithful in the Kingdom and to help bring in as many as we can — even among the Jews — share Jesus Christ with everyone that we possibly can because, again, He’s coming soon.”
…because her End of Days joy is exactly the flip side of the ISIS theology. The goal of both is the end of the world. The Debbil is in the details.
I personally find it disconcerting when theocrats of every stripe are aligning as if they are hearing the same thing from a host of demented angels. The comedic novelist Christopher Moore postulates (in The Stupidest Angel, which if you have not read you must for The Holidays) that angels are attracted to crazy people. Something about the energy crazy people emit and because when crazy people talk about seeing/talking to angels, well, no one believes them because they are crazy. But I digress.
ISIS is as much of a doomsday cult as evangelical Christianity is. I did not understand the importance of the Last Caliphate when I would read about ISIS, and finally looked it up. Did you know that there is an Islamic equivalent to the Book of Revelations, a step-by-step guide as it were to how to bring about The Big Bang, just like Revelations? Bachmann and her ilk are reading from one instruction set, and ISIS from the other.
Anyway, the Islamic version has The Last Caliphate, and it is a territory large enough to be its own country and thus inspiring the final showdown with the rest of the world. That ISIS now is now achieving that goal is inspiring their young, disillusioned warriors to join them.
This Last Caliphate is as significant in their prophecies as if Bachmann and her nutty evangelical crew somehow conquered Jerusalem following the step-by-step in Revelations (and converted the jews). Evangelicals would flock to them to finish the job.
As I’ve noted before, I’m not a theologian. But purely as an overly simplified, Buffy-the-Vampire Slayer tactic, it seems that if you want to stop the theocrats, first you stop the prophecies. Take away the proof to the true believers that they are the chosen ones in the chosen time, and the theocrats become just another crazy person shouting on a street corner. The Muslim world needs to lead on this, otherwise it is just more Western aggression. And they would understand the culture better than we ever will.
I hope that someone in our vast intelligence operation is looking in that direction.