- Nice Bedfellows You've Got There!
- Coming this Sunday to an AIPAC
Policy Conference near you:
- SUNDAY NIGHT PLENARY - The U.S. and Israel: Tradition
- Two eloquent voices from diverse backgrounds explore
the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and how Americans from
all faiths can find common cause in supporting Israel.
- Pastor John Hagee
- Author and Scholar Michael Oren
- Special Guest Eitan Wertheimer, Chairman of the Board
- Who's John Hagee? Sarah Posner can tell
you all about it. I'll just note this:
- In Hagee's telling, Israel has no choice but to strike
at Iran's nuclear facilities, with or without America's help. The strike
will provoke Russia -- which wants Persian Gulf oil -- to lead an army
of Arab nations against Israel. Then God will wipe out all but one-sixth
of the Russian-led army, as the world watches "with shock and awe,"
he says, lending either a divine quality to the Bush administration phrase
or a Bush-like quality to God's wrath.
- But Hagee doesn't stop there. He adds that Ezekiel predicts
fire "'upon those who live in security in the coastlands.'" From
this sentence he concludes that there will be judgment upon all who stood
by while the Russian-led force invaded Israel, and issues a stark warning
to the United States to intervene: "Could it be that America, who
refuses to defend Israel from the Russian invasion, will experience nuclear
warfare on our east and west coasts?" He says yes, citing Genesis
12:3, in which God said to Israel: "I will bless those who bless you,
and I will curse him who curses you."
- To fill the power vacuum left by God's decimation of
the Russian army, the Antichrist -- identified by Hagee as the head of
the European Union -- will rule "a one-world government, a one-world
currency and a one-world religion" for three and a half years. (He
adds that "one need only be a casual observer of current events to
see that all three of these things are coming into reality.") The
"demonic world leader" will then be confronted by a false prophet,
identified by Hagee as China, at Armageddon, the Mount of Megiddo in Israel.
As they prepare for the final battle, Jesus will return on a white horse
and cast both villains -- and presumably any nonbelievers -- into a "lake
of fire burning with brimstone," thus marking the beginning of his
- So you see, John Hagee, who wants to see Israel adopt
a hawkish foreign policy that he believes will result in its destruction
at the hands of a Russo-Arab alliance is a friend of the Jews. By contrast,
everyone who thinks a little pressure to make peace could wind up helping
Israel in the long run is
- Ahhh, Hagee. A revolting, rotund bewailing psychotic
who brazenly pontificates almost absolute certainty about and many strange
interpretations of the major and minor Hebrew prophets, bent to his own
liking. With a corny false vibrato commensurate with his equally operatic
delivery of hellfire and brimstone forewarnings, Hagee delights in outrageously
self-serving divisions of the body of Christ (The Church) splintering it
into end-times obedient 'layers,' with up to seven distinct raptures depending
on how 'faithful' one has been (faithful = obedient to the Hagee doctrinal
twists and turns as well as his malformed interpretations of Christ's teachings).
He makes the "Left Behind" authors seem like mere scalawags pulling
a schoolyard prank.
- Hagee, like most of these dispensationalist yahoos, knows
full well that the blessing of God upon Israel in Genesis (12:3 "I
will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.")
was entirely a conditional blessing, and was never bestowed upon sinful
Israel (just as 'choseness' was never attributable to sinful Israel), but
applied only to those of true faith. When Israel disobeyed God, they walked
under the curse, not a blessing. At present, having murdered the Lord of
Life, they stand cursed before God above all the peoples of the earth.
They and only they have a God-imposed veil of blindness set upon them (Romans
11:25). "National Israel," created by the UN, is not now, nor
will it ever be, The Israel of God.
- The Israel of God is marked by faith in Jesus Christ,
His only begotten Son, to whom the full inheritance was given. Israel rejects
Jesus as Messiah, therefore there can be no blessing, no peace, no inheritance.
Only those who individually, by the heart and the spirit, turn to Him can
overcome the curse. John states plainly, they who have not the Son have
not the Father also. Israel is a Godless nation, playing the harlot with
the kings of the earth and posing as a religious empire.
- True Israel was never according to the flesh (race),
as Paul explains perfectly in Romans 9:8 "They which are the children
of the flesh, these are NOT the children of God: but the children of the
promise (according with faith) are counted for the seed." This was
what John the Baptist tried to teach his people as a voice crying in the
wilderness, who were caught up in the lie of a racist doctrine invented
by evil men, usurping the Word of God; and which Jesus made full disclosure
of throughout his Ministry, as a judgment upon them, using only confusing
parables so that they could not see or hear, "lest at any time they
should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand
with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."
(Matthew 13:13, 13:34), for the hour of their judgment was upon them (:Luke
- Those pastors and teachers of God's Word who today make
these false claims of speciality of the "Jews" are committing
a horrendous blasphemy; they are all but renouncing Christ and his accomplishment
at the cross and his inheritance to his face! Evangelists and pastors like
Hagee know this, like the Pharisees of Jesus' day KNEW He was the anointed
One of God, but conspired against Him, and against God, and the people,
seeking to lay claim to earthly and political power and worldly dominion.
- Jesus says of these wicked men, "Verily I say unto
you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before
you." (Matthew 21:31). Their self-righteousness is a snare which will
trap them, for "judgment begins with the House of God."