I have to admit, I do not know a lot about these end of times type preachers. Every now and again I see something about one of them on a show like Rachel Maddow's, but I generally don't give them much consideration. Left and right both have their radicals who rant and rave about a ton of crazy shit, but they are usually outside of the mainstream. Recently, William did a post about Obama, Malcolm X and Rev. Wright and put this quote in near the end "My point is that Obama received a strong influence from acknowledged hard left ideologues." So if we are to be fearing for the preservation of the country due to Obama being influenced by these ideologues, then how bout explaining Mike Bickle.
Maddow's premise was that McCain had relished in the support of a particular minister that eventually turned into kind of a poop storm for him. I'm not even gonna bother mentioning his name. Now, Cruz has gotten the support of this scary whack job named Mike Bickle, and he is proud of it. https://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/ted-cruz-touts-endorsement-from-church-founder-who-claims-oprah-is-the-forerunner-of-the-antichrist/ The link on this page is bizarre enough claiming that Oprah is paving the way for the anti Christ, but this whack job has far scarier shit in his bag of tricks.
This link http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/10/18/15172/771 is more disturbing. Now I'm gonna be honest here, I just googled Bickle's name coupled with Hitler and got to this second one, I have no idea what the organizations who posted these links are about. I especially grabbed the second one because it has a video of this guy selling his vision. Basically, he's saying that Jews need to move to Israel and convert to Christianity, or face the wrath of God. At first, they will be given subtle nudges from "fisherman". If that fails, God will then send the "hunters" after them and he then claims that Hitler was one such hunter. In other words, Hitler was doing God's work.
While Maddow and me have both undoubtedly cherry picked some inflammatory shit, the truth is that the same was done to Rev. Wright. It's easy to find offensive stuff he has said, and it's certainly very easy to find stuff he said that is racist. I don't think what he said, however, is equal to claiming that Hitler was doing God's work. Obama at first defended his connection to Rev. Wright in what I felt was a thoughtful speech. And then Rev. Wright had to double down and Obama cut that tie. If I am to believe, as William postulated, that the seed had already taken hold, then I think we have to accept the Ted Cruz believe the extermination of Jews was something they had coming for not heeding the message to move to Israel and convert to Christianity.
I no longer claim Christian affiliation, but after spending the entirety of my formative schooling in a private Lutheran School, I don't think it can be said I am ignorant of what is in the bible. I don't have a problem with Christians, even the pretty conservative one's who I find little to agree with on regarding social norms. That said, I believe people like this guy, and politicians who court or celebrate their endorsement, are scary. These people seem to be praying for the end of the world to start. Judging from recent comments of Rev. Wright, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/what-ever-happened-to-jeremiah-wright/406522/ Obama is a failure. When I look at Cruz and what he is saying, I don't believe he will be viewed as a failure by guys like Bickle if he gets into office.