Is Trump a King Cyrus or a Queen Esther?

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As President Donald Trump has wreaked havoc of biblical proportions across the world, some believers – quite understandably – have taken to the scriptures and their tales of great disasters and divine punishment to explain the current vortex of calamities.But there has also been another reading of religious texts, mainly by eager American evangelicals, which has paradoxically presented Trump – a serial adulterer and public sinner – as a divine blessing. Back in 2016, during a televised conversation on whether Trump has a “biblical mandate” to be a president, evangelical thinker Lance Wallnau opined: “America’s going to have a challenge […] With Trump, I believe we have a Cyrus to navigate through the storm.”Then just a few weeks ago, during his visit to Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked: “Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?” To which he responded: “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.” It would be quite tempting to disregard the absurdity of these analogies, and rush to the conclusion that the people who believe in them inhabit a delusional world of their own – very much like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his ISIL gangs or the Hindu fundamentalists and their lynch mobs. But building Trump into a floating biblical signifier has a far more sinister side to it. It is no coincidence that the Zionists from Tel Aviv to New York love such talk. After all it serves perfectly their systematic efforts to erase the true histories of Palestinians and Jews and falsify their way into claiming the whole of Palestine.Now, for sane people who care about history: Cyrus II of Persia (600–530 BC), more commonly known as Cyrus the Great, was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, the vastest multicultural empire of the ancient world that extended from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indus Valley.