Though WorldNetDaily mocked people who ascribed messianic qualities to Barack Obama, it's been uniroinically doing the same for Donald Trump.
A Jan. 25 article quotes WND's favorite prophet-slash-cash cow Jonathan Cahn, after first having "presented a grim image of the Obama era," went on to "hail the rise of Trump as an example of God’s will":
Thus, the Trump administration should not be regarded as an unmitigated triumph. Instead, Cahn showed, it is a charge and a challenge laid before both the nation and the new chief executive. It is for American believers to fulfill what is commanded in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – to seek God’s face and turn from their wicked ways. And it is for Donald Trump, a man who has not lived the life of a believer, to now become a vessel for God.
Cahn gave a charge to the new president.
“As you are lifted up to become the most powerful man on earth, remember always that it is the Almighty who lifts up kings to the throne, and the Almighty who removes them,” Cahn said to Trump. “Your authority comes not from man but from God, the King above all kings. Therefore, submit your life to His authority, and by His authority you shall lead. Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
“Your life has been a vessel of your will. Now it must become the vessel of His will and His purposes. Walk in His footsteps, seek His righteousness, and follow the leading of His voice.
“Uphold His ways, and you shall be upheld. Keep His Word and you shall be kept. Give honor to His name, above all names, and your name shall be honored. Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. If you do this, and you will arise, and you will shine, and the glory of the Lord will rise upon you.”
“What was it that all the experts and pollsters missed?” Cahn asked. “The answer was 3,000 years old: ‘If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.’
“For the power of prayer is stronger than kingdoms. And God is faithful. And His promises are true.”
Then, A Jan. 29 article touted how "An American-born member of the Israeli Knesset, in Washington for the inauguration of Donald Trump, says he sees the new administration in biblical terms in an era in which the words of the prophets are becoming a reality."
That was followed by Jesse Lee Peterson's column. After spreading his usual anti-Democrat hate (he claimed black men "believed in God and took care of themselves and their families" until "Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act" and "Democrats seduced blacks away from God and the Republican Party with 'programs'"), anti-Obama bile ("We know that a radical feminist mother who hated her own race raised Obama; he no doubt resented her, and, therefore, thinks and acts just like her") and false claims (he asserted "Murder, violent crime, unemployment and taxes all rose dramatically" when Cory Booker was mayor of Newark, N.J.; in fact, it was going down until the Great Recession forced the city to lay off police), Peterson declared that Trump is the "white savior" for blacks (no, really; his column is titled "TRUMP: WHITE SAVIOR TO BLACK AMERICA"):
Trump is going to reinstate law and order because he loves all Americans. His father was his role model. When men and women love their fathers, it’s like loving God, and they have real love and a desire to help people.
Still, many blacks hate Trump even though he is trying to save them. It reminds me of how Jesus Christ made it possible for us to return to the Father, and yet he was hated for that.
To help himself and his family, the black man must recognize that Donald Trump and whites aren’t the enemy. The black man’s anger was first caused by his impatient mother and grandmother who raised him (the father is rarely in the home). When the black man understands this and repents of his anger, he will be set free. He can then help himself, his family and his community.
After eight years of denigration of Obama -- Antichrist, anyone? -- WND can't stop heaping on the praise for Trump, praise he can't possibly live up to.
UPDATE: WND managing editor David Kupelian perpetuates the idea Trump is heaven-sent in his monthly begging-for-money letter (italics his): "In fact, many people, myself included, saw the hand of God in the election’s outcome, as if He were saying to America, in response to an avalanche of urgent prayers: 'You have fallen far away from Me, but I have not given up on you – and am giving you one last chance.'"