Since endorsing Ted Cruz, conservative commentator and media mogul Glenn Beck has used his platforms on radio and TV to spread the word — that a Donald Trump presidency is not in God's plan.
Beck and Trump have had a tense history throughout the campaign season, with Beck charging that Trump is not a real conservative and the billionaire maintaining that Beck is only hostile toward him because he rejected invitations to appear on Beck's show.
But Beck has turned to a higher power that, for the religious, supercedes a media fight. For Beck, the choice for Republican voters this season is about the ultimate fight between good and evil.
The prophesying reached a turning point Friday when Beck said on his TV show that he believes Cruz has literally been selected by God to guide the country.
"I have seen this man's life," Beck said of Cruz. "I have watched this man. I have prayed about this man. I have prayed about it by myself, out loud, in quiet, with my family, with my staff, and I happen to believe that Ted Cruz actually was anointed for this time."
It was the latest in a series of proclamations since Beck officially backed the Texas senator at a campaign rally ahead of the Iowa caucuses.
"If Donald Trump wins, it's going to be a snowball to hell," Beck predicted when he announced his support for Cruz.
Cruz handily won that contest but lost big in New Hampshire, coming in a distant third to Trump by more than 20 percent of the vote.
Moving into South Carolina, Beck drew a parallel between his experience leaving his show at Fox News in 2011 and Cruz's career in politics.
"I don't know why the Lord told me to tell this story but I swore I was never going to tell the story but I learned not to edit myself with the Lord," Beck said at a Cruz rally in February. "Here's one of the real reasons why I left Fox. I was called into an office and I was told stop talking about God. I was told stop telling people to pray."
He said that Cruz had faced a similar proposition when he moved to Washington as a Texas senator: sell out and "compromise" or do right by God for the American people.
One day later, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead, leaving open a seat that, when filled, could swing the ideological balance of the court from conservative-leaning to more liberal. Beck said that was a sign from God that Cruz was needed in the White House to nominate the next justice. (Obama has since proposed his own nominee.)
"I don't want to assume that I know [God's] plan but I will tell you this," he said on one of the radio shows he produces. He said that with Scalia's death, God "just woke the American people up" and "took them out of the game show moment and woke enough of them up to say, 'look at how close your liberty is to being lost.'"
Cruz ended up losing the South Carolina primary to Trump, who scored big with evangelical voters.
On Feb. 20, ahead of the Nevada caucuses, Beck, a Mormon, again turned spiritual.
"I would like to ask you to join me and my family Monday in a fast for Ted Cruz, our country and the Nevada caucus," he said to fans on his Facebook page." He added the next day, "I pray and fast not for Ted Cruz to win, but for [God's] will to be done and that our will and wants will align with His."
Trump trounced Cruz in that contest by more than 20 points.
The former Fox host found, however, a more receptive audience in Utah, with its higher population of Mormon voters.
At a rally on March 21, Beck told a pro-Cruz crowd that they had an "incredible opportunity" ahead of them.
"So many Christians have been standing up," he said, before delivering a harsh line to the evangelicals who sided with Trump. "But all throughout the South the evangelicals are not listening to their God. Let us raise a standard in Utah."
Three days later, on Wednesday, the day before dubbing Cruz a kind of savior, Beck cast further doubt on Christians who voted for Trump.
"No Christian, no real Christian — I don't mean a judgmental Christian, I mean somebody who is living their faith — no real Christian says, 'I want that guy, that guy is for me,'" he said on his radio program. "Nobody. Nobody."
A spokesperson for Beck declined to comment for this story.