Israel and Jerusalem
As I pointed out in the first part of my articles on Israel and Jerusalem, the Evangelical TV preacher’s heads have been exploding with excitement over recent new events coming out of Israel. All is quiet for now other than a random explosive balloon once in a while launched by Hamas. Just think about how that must feel living in a place where all is quiet except for a balloon at any time that may explode over your house top setting it on fire.
Of all the TV evangelical preachers, John Hagee is my favorite to keep up with on the topic of Israel. The guy just does not run out of material and can think up more ways to preach around the Bible without actually preaching the truth of the Bible better than anyone I have ever listened to. His entire schtick is the topic of Israel and how we as Christians are going to be judged on how we treat the Jews. The man is obsessed with the modern nation of Israel and views the nation has above all others and claims the people of Israel are the apple of God’s eye. Around 2008 John Hagee wrote a book entitled “In Defense Of Israel”. Listen to the clip I linked below and ask yourself what part of the gospel of Christ did he get this from;
This promotion video raised a real stink for his ministry for a while and Hagee spent a lot of time having this clip removed from the internet, but as we all know, once it’s on the net it will never go away. He was getting people removed for copywrite violations and threatening lawsuits and causing all kinds of bad blood, but the clip will never go away. And as long as he is credited and it’s use is for education and critique it’s not considered copyright violation. And that’s why it’s being used. I want people who haven’t seen it to listen to what he says. He says Jesus didn’t come to be Messiah, and never presented himself to the Jewish people as a whole as Messiah. You really have to have the biblical discernment of a hubcap to be a student of the bible for 60 years as he claims and say that Jesus didn’t present himself as Messiah and actually refused to be the Messiah.
After much blowback and concern for losing support, Hagee did have the promotional video removed from TV and attempts to remove all YouTube evidence that this video ever existed. Also he revised his book to state what he “really” meant. His revision is still just as antichrist as his first edition. For example he says in Acts 1 when the Apostles asked Jesus if He would now restore the kingdom to Israel, that was proof Jesus wasn’t yet the Messiah and the Messiah will establish an earthly kingdom. But we know Jesus told the Apostles it was not for them to know the times and for them to stay in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came on them and then they would preach Him to all the world. And we see in Acts 2: 36 Jesus is indeed the Messiah sitting on His throne. But John Hagee says Jesus will come back to be the Messiah, Lord and Christ, and sit on a throne in Jerusalem. Did Jesus have to ascend to have the authority to be Lord and Messiah? Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 28:18? Jesus said; “All authority has been given unto Me in heaven and on earth.” That was before the ascension and He gave the Apostles their mission. Go and make disciples of All nations, baptizing them by the authority of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Peter confessed Jesus was the Messiah in Matthew 16:16 before He was raised from the dead. The Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, Jesus said to her in verse 26 He was the Messiah she knew would come. There’s just no biblical defense of John Hagee’s claims no matter how bad he wants to relieve the 1st century Jews of their guilt for rejecting Jesus. Hagee yet claims the Jews could not have rejected the Messiah since He wasn’t offered. Again, that’s simply heretical and requires the biblical discernment of a lug nut, a phrase I've heard Justin Peters use. 1 John 4;3 says anyone who denies Jesus the Christ came in the flesh is antichrist. With the Apostle John giving us the description of what antichrist is, I can’t think of a better shining example of an antichrist spirit than John Hagee or a better example of antichrist doctrine than John Hagee’s book, “In Defense Of Israel”.
Why do I care about what John Hagee preaches? Well, look at the number of subscribers he has just on YouTube. His ministry in San Antonio Texas has maybe 25k members. His ministry is aired all over the world on more than one network. He even has his own network which is Roku and Firestick for those of us who don’t use satellite or cable. Millions follow him and did not blink an eye when he came out with that heretical book. Which is not his only “masterpiece”.