A conservative politician at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida on Friday appeared to suggest that the president's controversial decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may usher in the biblical end times.
Republican state Senator Doug Broxson represents the Florida Panhandle in the legislature and gave an introductory speech welcoming President Trump to Florida.
"Now, I don't know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem -- where the King of Kings [applause] where our soon coming King is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel," Sen. Broxson predicted.
That was the only jaw-dropping line of the speech.
Trump "appointed 24 cabinet members that were the very best of the best, the brightest of the brightest," Sen. Broxson claimed.
In a follow-up interview with Christianity Today, Broxson said he was "certainly not predicting when or where" the Second Coming of Jesus would happen. But he did think that Trump's decision was "significant."
He further added: "God throughout the Old Testament used peculiar people to fulfill his purpose. Those that sometimes didn’t even believe in him in the way that as we do. Could Trump be one of those people? Could be, I don’t know. But I don’t think it’s intentional, I think he’s simply doing what he said he would do during the campaign and letting the chips fall where they may."
(Note: This article has been updated to include additional quotes from Broxson.)