By Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle
When Jade Helm kicked off last month without a bang, most fears that the seven-state military drill was a front for a federal coup d’etat in Texas quickly faded.
But not all of them, apparently.
Rick Wiles, a Dallas preacher with an internationally syndicated nightly radio broadcast aired in 29 U.S. states, warned listeners that the mild Jade Helm 2015 is likely a rehearsal for a biblically-foretold strike that will wipe Texas off the map.
“Don’t fear Jade Helm 15, but beware Jade Helm 16,” he said on his show TruNews.
Similar rhetoric and reporting on fringe news blogs stoked the initial Jade Helm frenzy, and thousands of Texans sounded their alarms that the highly-publicized military exercise was a federal ploy to subjugate the Lone Star State. Fears fell flat when the exercises kicked off on July 15. But some now say there could be worse to come.
Wiles spoke with guest Nathan Leal, a self-described messenger of God who said he has had 30 to 50 divinely-induced prophetic dreams in the last seven years. In one of them, Texas was the central battleground of the future.
“I saw civil war in Texas,” Leal said. “In this prophetic dream there was a battle cry; they were saying—can you believe that once again the battle cry is being said—’remember the Alamo.”
The Texans were revolting. There was heavy bloodshed. The economy was gone, food was scarce and the feds were in the Lone Star State. Leal wondered aloud if it had anything to do with recent Texas legislation that formed the first state gold depository in the country and called for the repatriation of Texas gold.
“I assure you it has to do with the gold,” said Wiles, who last month interviewed the gold bill’s author, Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller), on the air.
He hypothesized that Texas’ founding of a gold bank will irk federal authorities so much that tensions will spiral into violence, fulfilling his interpretations of biblical prophecy. He said Texans are poised to fight, which is exactly why they’ll be target number one when order breaks down. Troops are drilling in Texas for Jade Helm this month, he opined, in preparation for a full scale operation to come.
“I believe that they would level the state of Texas. I believe they would use an EMP against Texas,” he said. “I believe that they would use all kinds of new weapons against the Texas people before they would allow anyone to challenge the Federal Reserve.”
That, Wiles alleges, will be the end of times.
According to his bio on the TruNews website, Wiles is a metroplex-area preacher who founded a radio show in 1999 and bills himself as a citizen journalist. His program broadcasts in 14 Texas cities.