Every now and then, a conversation regarding the separation of church and state presides in the media. Sometimes, politicians go to extremes, attempting to relate scriptures from the Bible to current events.
This is one of those times.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., made headlines today when she made comments relating to foreign affairs, arguing that the current state of ISIS, Iran, and Syria all are a prelude to the arrival of Jesus.
In a radio interview done by Olive Tree Ministries, the former congresswoman warned the public about the alliance between Iran and Russia, stating that their current presence in Syria can have great implications for the future.
“What we see, which is about to happen, I believe, with Syria … the prediction is that Syria has fallen apart, quite literally,” Bachmann said in the interview. “But on a political basis, they would be quote ‘partitioned’ in that, although Russia today has control of Syria, they would be partitioning it so that the eastern portion of Syria would effectively be considered disputed, occupied territory by the Islamic State.”
“I believe that Putin and Iran have an alliance so that they can control, not only the production of global oil, but the distribution of global oil,” Bachmann went on to say in the interview. “And I believe that they’re positioning themselves so that someday they can invade Israel to be able to take over the vast stores of oil and natural gas that Israel is controlling, with this very unique new partnership between Iran and Russia in Syria.”
Bachmann fears that the world is close to giving ISIS legitimacy, and that consequently, the Islamic State would assume total control over Iraq and eastern Syria.
“I think this lines up with scripture,” Bachmann said on air. She then went on to explain that the race for natural resources provides the motivation for an invasion of sorts, especially when one considers the natural gas that Israel has recently discovered.
“[Russia and Iran] would support a global world order to keep their game going into the future,” she said.
Before finishing the interview, Bachmann encouraged Christians to heed to eschatological scriptures, and preach the word of God to others.
“We know that there is more prophesy of Jesus’ second coming even than there was in the first,” Bachmann said on air. “We also should be encouraged and empowered as believers in Jesus Christ — now more than ever — with the Bible in one hand, the newspaper in another, to say to our neighbors and co-workers and people at church, this is about the Lord speaking to the world that, ‘I am coming soon.’”