Imagine: it’s 2018, and a centrist United States Supreme Court Justice has just died, unexpectedly. America’s 45th President, Jeb Bush, announces his choice of a replacement: Ted Cruz. Six years earlier such an event had been prophesied, to Ted Cruz’ father, during an August 26, 2012 appearance by Rafael Cruz at a Texas megacurch, as one of two future career possibilities for the talented and ambitious, newly elected Senator Cruz.

Republicans still hold the Senate; and after an acrimonious confirmation hearing – with caustic questioning from the outnumbered, beleaguered Democratic minority during which Senator Ted Cruz had sought to convince skeptical Democratic senators that his much-touted tack towards the political center since the 2016 election represented a true maturing of his political outlook rather than mere tactical cover, Cruz is railroaded through, as the 9th Supreme Court justice.

On the bench, Cruz’ vote, his energy, and his keen legal mind will prove decisive in Supreme Court decisions across a wide spectrum of issues. Despite the uproar over his continuing and more than occasional meetings with the Koch brothers, Ted Cruz will vote on cases ranging from Obamacare, campaign spending, business deregulation, labor unions and international trade agreements, to abortion, LGBT rights, access to birth control, and a closely related profusion of cases on religious liberty. Meanwhile, a ruling from the most conservative Federal district court in the nation, concerning same-sex marriage, is wending its way towards the Supreme Court docket.

As Irving, Texas megachurch pastor Larry Huch, who had in 2012 prophesied that Ted Cruz might be appointed to the Supreme Court, explained to his flock, Ted had been blessed by God, who rewards the faithful and punishes the wicked, and had been born for a time such as this.

Shortly before the 2012 prophesy, Rafael Cruz had explained the role of “kings”, who were “anointed” by priests to “take dominion” and accomplish a “great transfer of wealth”.

And that, too, had come to pass; the fast rising income income inequality which marked the Obama years had become, under President Jeb Bush, a death spiral for America’s middle class.

In response, Jeb Bush expanded his brother’s Faith Based Initiative far beyond its previous financial scope. Compassionate conservative federal largesse flowed out by the billions, to churches across the land, for soup kitchens, for a new faith-based social safety net for the tens of millions made jobless and homeless from the economic blight.

Aggressive proselytizing pervaded, of course, the new regime. In response, liberal interest groups found plaintiffs willing to challenge the apparent coercion. Out of one of America’s most liberal federal district courts, a case made its wending way towards the Supreme Court docket.

Ted Cruz, who as a clerk working for the late head Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist had cut his legal teeth preparing briefs on such church-state separation issues as the defense of Ten Commandment monuments on public property, was ready.

He was, of course, a king anointed by priests, for dominion.