by LEO HOHMANN
The “mock Michele Bachmann for her religious beliefs” train ride seems to be gaining passengers among those on the left.
And now even the president of the United States has jumped aboard, making Bachmann the butt of his jokes during the recent White House Correspondents Dinner.
Bachmann, the former four-term Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, criticized Obama earlier this month for his support of a framework agreement with Iran that she says will lead to war and bring judgment on America.
Obama took her to task in a half-joking, mocking tone.
“Michele Bachmann actually predicted I would bring about the biblical end of days,” Obama told the correspondents, who erupted in roaring laughter. “Now that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean Lincoln, Washington, they didn’t do that.”
Bachmann had made her comments about Obama in a recent interview with Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries on her show, “Understanding the End Times.”
Bachmann was unfazed by Obama’s snarky comeback.
“The Bible is filled with exciting information about living life today and in the future, both in this life and in the life to come,” Bachmann told WND. “Any message that brings people closer to God’s wonderful plans for our lives is a good thing.
“God’s word is true and brings freedom and wholeness to all who read it and believe in Him.”
When the progressive media heard Obama’s mocking of Bachmann, they dutifully took his cue and heaped more invective on the former congresswoman.
Shawn Drury, senior editor for Blue Nation Review, chimed in with an abusive article titled “Armageddon is Upon Us Because of Obama, Gays.” MSNBC, Huffington Post and others followed suit.
Huffington Post writer Marina Fang, reported uncritically the Obama line that his negotiations with Iran are “meant to prevent the country from developing or obtaining nuclear weapons.”
“Obama has said repeatedly that the goal of the nuclear talks with Iran is to prevent the country from developing a nuclear weapon,” Fang reported, adding that “Bachmann also blamed abortion and gay marriage, arguing that God is punishing the United States for ‘embracing a pagan view.’”
As WND previously reported, in just the last month Obama’s administration rejected a plea from Israel that that nation’s right to exist be acknowledged in any nuclear agreement with Iran; abruptly declassified Israel’s nuclear program secrets, revealing never-before released details about the Jewish state’s defenses to its enemies; publicly indicated America’s abandonment of Israel by suggesting it would no longer defend Israel in the United Nations; and prompted Hollywood star Jon Voight to declare: “President Obama does not love Israel. His whole agenda is to control Israel. And this way, he can be friends with all of Israel’s enemies.”
Christian leaders weigh in
Author, Bible teacher and documentary filmmaker Joel Richardson recently returned from a missionary trip to Iraq and has seen firsthand the misery that Obama’s foreign policy has unleashed upon Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities.
“Rarely has this nation witnessed the kind of hubris, arrogance and callousness as we did at the President’s Correspondents Dinner. President Obama and his left-wing supporters in the media think it is absolutely hilarious that his policies could have fostered in an apocalyptic atmosphere in the earth,” said Richardson, author of New York Times-bestseller “The Islamic Antichrist” and director of the film “End Times Eye Witness.”
“But having only recently returned from Iraq to minister to dozens of families displaced from their homes by ISIS, I can most certainly testify that for them (there are now over 2 millions refugees and displaced peoples across the region) the end of their previous world has indeed arrived,” he continued. “Instead of laughing and mocking, our president and his supporters should be weeping because of the unfathomable agony and chaos that his foreign policy through the Middle East has produced.”
But Richardson said the Iranian regime with which Obama has been negotiating might just as well be called “Armageddon Incorporated” for its apocalyptic views based on its interpretation of the Quran.
“While President Obama obviously takes Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s comments very seriously, he scorns the notion that we should be at all concerned by the Iranian regime and their absolute fixation with the end times, including the end of Israel and the United States,” Richardson said. “But instead of taking them seriously, the president has flung wide the door for them to actually acquire nuclear material and missiles. The mass executions, beheadings, kidnappings and rape that have all come to the world as a result of the president underestimating ISIS are nothing compared to the loss of life and chaos that will be unleashed because of his underestimating the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Christian author Carl Gallups said he has a healthy appreciation for humor, but he finds the lengthy track record of Obama disrespecting Christians to be “unnerving.”
Final Warning 300×250“I am rarely offended by good humor, especially upon consideration of the context in which it is spoken. But I think what is unnerving about Obama to so many Christians is his consistent mocking of Christianity, the scriptures, the basic Christian message, and even the Judeo-Christian heritage of America. A quick search on Google reveals the veracity of these concerns,” said Gallups, author of “The Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation.”
Gallups further stated:
At the same time Obama engages in these activities, he props up partial birth abortion, the destruction of the defense of marriage act, homosexual marriage and, what many believe to be, turning his back on and even threatening Israel and its leadership. Each of these issues are core to the contextual biblical message of the Christian faith.
At the same time, many of Obama’s critics have noted that he completely shies away from anything that even comes close to mocking the Islamic faith. As a matter of fact, he sometimes takes the position of being an ardent apologist for the Islamic faith and has called the Islamic call to prayer (the Azan) “one of the prettiest sounds on earth.” He has written and spoken profusely about his Islamic heritage and affinity towards that faith system – all the while claiming to be a “Christian.”
Markell said she has known Bachmann for 20 years as a woman whose primary goal is “glorifying God and getting people into the Kingdom.”
“To see her hammered and trashed by the left, and even some on the right such as ‘The Christian Post,’ is very grievous,” said Markell, co-author of “Trapped In Hitler’s Hell” with Holocaust survivor Anita Dittman, which has also been made into a film.
“What is there about a godly Christian woman that is so offensive to so many today when they are simply telling the truth as Michele is?”
But two solid weeks of trash talking has accomplished more to get Bachmann’s message out than any single interview on a Christian radio station ever could, Markell said.
“God has His way of getting out a message about the end-of-days scenario. If he has to use a donkey such as the left-wing outfits that have trashed Michele for two weeks, then I thank God for His creativity,” she said. “One way or another, He will get His message out that He is coming soon. I am thankful that Michele Bachmann and I, who have teamed up for many years, can be used in this manner. God is calling all watchmen on the wall.”
Joseph Farah, WND founder, chief editor and CEO, believes Obama’s mocking of Bachmann is just the latest example of his disdain for anyone who actually believes what he reads in the Bible and is willing to discuss it publicly.
“Michele Bachmann, like me, was profoundly impacted by the stunning revelations of the New York Times-bestseller ‘The Harbinger’ by Jonathan Cahn about the way America has been inadvertently re-enacting an ancient script written and played out during the fall of Israel,” Farah said.
“To Obama and most other non-Christians, this is just silly superstitious stuff – the kind of thing you make jokes about for cheap laughs at the White House Correspondents Dinner. But remember who the cheap laughs come from – people who look at what Obama has done over the last six years and see success, progress, achievement, prosperity, wisdom. If that’s what you see in Obama’s America, then you will surely think it’s funny that the nation is threatened by God’s judgment for disobedience and turning from His ways.
“Time will tell who is right – and I don’t think it will be a long time before we know,” Farah added.
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Bachmann and Obama have been taking jabs at each other for years.
But when Gallups read Obama’s latest remarks making light of Bachmann’s declaration that Obama was moving the world toward the end of days, he said he immediately thought of the scripture 2 Peter 3:3-4.
In it, the apostle Peter writes: “Knowing this first that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts and saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming?’”
Ironically, Obama was correct when he proclaimed, “Washington and Lincoln never did that.”
“Regardless of how uncomfortable Bachmann’s comments might have made some feel, the biblical fact is that when a nation turns its back on Israel and at the same time celebrates, promotes, and legalizes homosexual marriage it is inviting end of days judgment upon itself,” Gallups added. “The Word of God is clear concerning these matters.”
While Obama certainly does not stand alone in mocking the warnings of the Bible, he represents the current leadership position of America, Gallups said.
It’s kind of like poking your finger in the eye of a grizzly bear, Gallups said. What is there to be gained by tempting God?
“To those of us who know and contextually understand the Word of God, it is a perilous ledge on which to be standing,” he said. “I truly don’t think it was anything a president of the United States should be joking about. Especially in light of the horrendous persecution of Christians currently taking place around the world – and particularly in the Middle East. ”
Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” said Bachmann is doing what any good Christian with a public stage should do, and that is to call out evil and celebrate good.
If Christians won’t communicate godly wisdom for their elected leaders, he asks, who will?
“Michele Bachmann is absolutely right that the church needs to be like the sons of Issachar who had an understandings of the times so they knew what Israel ought to do,” Biltz said.
He said the church needs to “wake up to the times we are in,” as 2016 “will be one of the most pivotal years in prophetic history. The blood moons of 2014 and 2015 are forewarnings of what is to come in 2016. President Obama, I believe, was only half joking when he made his comments.”