When President Trump authorized the drone strike that killed the powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, he wasn't just flexing America's muscle in the Middle East.

He was also acting on the advice of a politically powerful group of evangelical Christians who believe that the US and Israel are part of the Bible's plan to bring about the second coming of Jesus.

Once considered a fringe element of the religious right, evangelical Christian Zionists are playing an increasingly visible role in Republican politics. Today, unprecedented access to the Trump administration has given them an opportunity to reshape the Middle East.

What they ignore in their zeal to bring about the end times is every word Jesus taught them, and what Yahweh explicitly commanded. E.g. Thou shalt not covet anything that is your neighbor’s. According to Jesus, their hatred, xenophobia, and greed make evangelicals unfit for heaven. Odd, they have lined up behind a man that exemplifies the antithesis of piety and fidelity to the commandments, having broken every single one multiple times.

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