Some Christian groups which believe in the rapture believe Trump will start the end of the world. These Evangelicals believe that the end of this millennium will result in the Second Coming of Christ and that believers will be transported to heaven. It is an eschatological concept of certain branches of North American Christians. Their belief is that there will be an end time event when all Christian believers who are alive will rise along with the resurrected dead believers into Heaven and join Christ. Apocalyptic events would result in the extinction of humanity, a collapse of civilization, or the destruction of the planet. The Last Judgment , Second coming of Christ, and Great Tribulation are common events described in the Christian scriptures. A poll conducted in 2012 across 20 countries found over 14% of people believe the world will end in their lifetime. Global weather phenomenon which occur with warming of the atmosphere has ushered in more belief in this area ; but these are man-made events and they often become conflated with eschatology.
Historical and prophetic examples are that Jean Dixon, psychic predicted that the world would end in 2020. F. Kenton Beshore predicted the second coming of Jesus between 2018 and 2028. The Messiah foundation International is a spiritual organization that predicts the end of the world in 2026 when an asteroid collides with Earth. There are other sources too many to mention that predict the End in 2129, 2239, and 2280. (Wikipedia).
Some see the Administration of Donald Trump as president representing important events leading to the Second Coming of Christ. Mike Pence the Vice President is pushing this movement along. The moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem and the expressed sovereignty of Israel to the Golan Heights are revealed as steps toward gaining land to set the stage for Armageddon for some Evangelicals. ” For many US evangelical Christians, one of the key preconditions for such a movement leading to the ‘rapture” is the gathering of the world’s Jews in a greater Israel between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. It is a belief, known as premillennial dispensationalism or Christian Zionism and it has very real potential consequences for US foreign policy( The Guardian, Jan 11,2019 by Julian Borger).
Announcing the strategic recognition of “sovereignty of the Golan Heights, a plateau east of the Sea of Galilee known in Bible times as the region of Bashan, …the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it is possible to help save the Jewish people from the menace of modern-day Persia, Iran.” (Dipsensationalists delight in Trump’s Golan Heights statement”, Bob Allen Baptist News Global, March 25, 2019)
Dispensationalism which is the collective movement, a theology and metanarriative for the Bible. The theology states there are ages to which God has allotted distinctive administrative principles to be manifested on Earth. Each age of God’s plan is administered by a steward during that time to do God’s will. Who are the stewards to usher in the period when God judges humanity and introduces a new period of probation under a new administration? I leave that to the reader to speculate. (Wikipedia).
Some even say that Trump is a flawed leader but vessel of God like King Solomon of the Old Testament. Actually Donald Trump is an opportunist who needs the Evangelical vote to be re-elected in 2020. He was raised Presbyterian and represents to the Evangelicals a bright spot for their values. 80% of Evangelical Christians voted for him in 2016.
Mike Pompeo, secretary of State says, “I keep the Bible open on my desk to remind me of God and his word, and the truth”. In a Cairo, Egypt meeting Pompeo spoke about America’s innate goodness. In fact, Pompeo called on the congregation of a Kansan mega church three years ago to join a fight of good against evil. “We will continue to fight these battles’ the then congressman said at a Summit church in Wichita. “It is a never-ending struggle…until the rapture. Be part of it. Be in the fight.”
This conjunction of Evangelical religion with politics does not bode well for the Jews and Arabs in the Middle East. In fact this conflation of religion and politics is against the Jeffersonian idea of separation of church and state. This conflation of relgion and politics makes the US unable to be a neurtral broker in the Middle East conflict. Prominent evangelical leaders, like Robert Jefferies who is a Christian Zionist goes on record as saying ‘Jews, like Muslims and Mormons, are bound for Hell’. Many see the Netanyahu government, the lack of balancing sympathy for the Palestinians and the insistent demonization of the Iranian government as part of Trump’s administration policy that would usher in a Holy War. (The Guardian, Jan 11, 2019 by Julian Borger)
Psychic inflation can occur on a collective level and that is what I see can happening at these times among paranoid people, dispensensatonalists, and evangelical Christians who believe the American way of life threatened by diversity and the global involvement of Islam in our government. But I think evangelical nationalism is a real threat to democracy. Tolerance and cultural relativism which are very common in today’s cultures in America and Western Europe is frowned upon by evangelical nationalists. What is described below is the process in which individuals become radicalized by archetypes which then create psychic imbalance first on an individual level and then collectively.
The process of psychic inflation by the archetype of the Self.
Sometimes the Self (see diagram) becomes innervated with archetypes ( ex. prophet/false prophet) that overwhelms the ego with contents through complexes in the personal unconscious. One part of the complex for example, the False Prophet part can eclipse the ego complex of the person. This causes an inflation of the ego identity of the person. This inflation of the ego becomes contaminated with unconscious contents so powerful so as to make the person appear fanatic. He can become apparently psychotic or unable to function as well in daily life because he is preoccupied with the grandiose delusion that he is a prophet of eschatological events, divinely inspired. A powerful delusional identification of the person with a prophet can result when unconscious contents from the Self archetype flood into ego awareness thus creating a challenge to current ego identity of the person. Moods and attitudes can change abruptly and the person is bewildered by a new state of consciousness. Obsessions and manic behavior may take hold and create a physical imbalance creating insomnia and psychic states that appear unstable. When these delusions are coupeled with politics an operational catastrophe is waiting to happen. These conflations are manifestations of the Self and its teleology toward wholeness. This experience can be described by the metaphor of a ‘psychic storm’ that unless there is counter compensation from another part of the psyche to create balance again the person(s) will deteriorate in relationship and occupational functioning as well as in reality testing ability.
The inflation that arises here is from ambition and desire for recognition to solve the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. Both manifested in the politicians and religious individuals, namely Donald J. Trump and John Hagee. The ego of person(s) become obsesses with Armageddon happening in our time.
Trump believes that the solution to the Irsraeli-Palestinian conflict lies with his son-in-law , Jared Kuschner, who will negotiate peace in the Middle East. Trump is ambitious to pave the way for this to happen and receive favor from Christian Evangelists before the 2020 election.
John Hagee predicts a religious war with those countries that oppose Israel. In his book, Earths’s Last Empire (2018), John Hagee has said, those who do not vote for Trump are going to be punished by God.
I suggest that it is these two mens’ joint ambition is a form of psychic inflation that attracts entities from the astral level that feed on the life force’s of individuals who are stimulated by ambition and desire for it… desire for a world-wide Christian theocracy that comes from Apocalyptic visions of Armageddon which John Hagee sees as coming soon. In John Hagee’s mind, this grandiose and paranoid vision of End of Days will result with tribulations. There will be a great war involving Russia, Germany, Iran, Syria against Israel which will usher in the greatest world destruction in history involving the Antichrist, Satan and false prophets. Armageddon is nothing but a vision and predicted eventuality that will elevate Hagee and his believers into a elite position in the eyes of God. Further the rapture will deliver the true believers before major tribulations prior to Jesus’s second coming.
“But alas, ere they are aware of their danger, an army from the Principality of Ambition rushes through and captures the citadel of their hearts, and they are carried away captive; so it is with all the other principalities when we open the door through harboring or contemplating their characteristic thoughts.” From Realms of the Living Dead, Curtiss, Harriet and F. Homer, 1926, p. 140.
I am not qualified as a spiritual leader but am a psychotherapist. I believe however, that to create balance in the psyche caused by inflation, that a ritual prayer and spiritual intervention is called for by those qualified individuals who are called to do so. I also believe the in the collective field there can be entrained, Guides or entities who can provide assistance as I explain below.
It can be that Guides can be constellated by prayer from the collective field, sentient beings like the archangel Michael (who leads God’s armies against Satan), to help with psychic inflation. And the person(s) willingness to accept a prayer that may help restore psychic balance is of course a necessary precondition. However, that is unlikely because of the ‘certainty’ that events are unfolding to reveal historical biblical prophesy of the Second Coming of Christ.
Even if these actors are not receptive to balance, those who are concerned about this unprecdedented development of marriage of religion and politics in modern times can pray for balance, restoration of sanity to the US. One example of a counter treatment to his psychic imbalance is to invoke an Archangel archetype through prayer as follows:
St. Michael the Archangel, illustrious leader of the heavenly army,
defend us in the battle against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of the world of darkness and the spirit of wickedness in high places.
Come to the rescue of mankind, whom God has made in His own image and likeness,
and purchased from Satan’s tyranny at so great a price.
Holy church venerates you as her patron and guardian.
The Lord has entrusted to you the task of leading souls of the redeemed to heavenly blessedness.
Entreat the Lord of Peace to cast Satan down under your feet, so as to keep him from further holding man captive and doing harm to the Church.
Carry our prayers up to God’s throne, that the mercy of the Lord may quickly come
and lay hold of the beast, the serpent of old, Satan and his demons, casting him in chains into the abyss, so that he can no longer seduce nations.
Source: Roman Ritual