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Bible Kook Hagee Wants War With Iran Now!

Whited Sepulchers

TV Religious Right WingNUT John Hagee, who seems to be in training to be a Suma Wrestler, Wants War With Iran, and

He Wants It Now!

by Bill Barnwell


If anyone still thinks that the radical end-times "prophecy" movement is not a threat to peace and stability, think again. At the popular level, in terms of the TV preachers and the hot-selling prophecy books, the dispensational pre-trib stuff still reigns supreme. Most conservative-leaning Evangelical churches in America today are heavily influenced by popular dispensational theology to some extent. Even churches and pastors that don't teach pretribulationalism still are influenced by dispensationalism to varying degrees.

The most dangerous element of this prophetic paradigm, however, is its doom-and-gloom view of the world. And in most cases, those who have a fascination with the end of the world have a particular fascination with war and militarism as well.

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.?"

More problematic, it assumes that their wars of choice are not just their own foreign policy preferences or personal opinions. Rather they are ordained by God. In 2003, more than a few pastors and influential Christian figures basically said that opposing the Iraq war was opposing God's end-time plan. According to Evangelical end-times enthusiasts, if you opposed the Iraq war, you didn't just hate your country and the troops, now you were opposing God and the Bible as well.

"whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment?"

An even bigger obsession for dispensationalists has always been Israel. For the average dispensationalist, modern-day secular Israel is going to be the focal point in the end-times. Therefore, if the Bible really does teach in Daniel 9:27 that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is going to be torn down for a rebuilt Jewish Temple, why should any of us seek to prevent it?

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.?"

Sure, it very well might ignite a regional war and even ignite tensions around the world, but it's all part of God's prophetic plan. Not to worry though, things might not get really ugly until after the "rapture," so the Christians today who are cheering for events that would bring about World War III won't have to worry about it anyway. Unless of course, they are wrong about the whole thing.

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.?"

Enter the Rev. John Hagee. Hagee is the pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio Texas, where he has 18,000 followers right in his own congregation. He also has a global television ministry and has sold scores of prophecy books over the years. John Hagee is perhaps the most powerful and influential Christian Zionist figure in America. Hagee has a long history making strange predictions about world events that are almost always wrong.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.?"

His books in the late 90's trumped up Y2K hysteria to ridiculous levels. He inaccurately predicted that the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin was the "Beginning of the End" in the book of the same name. In every book he writes, he is constantly warning of catastrophe in various forms right around the corner.

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.?"

According to one of his fans, he supposedly just preached a sermon predicting that 2007 would be a "significant" year in Bible prophecy and that his prophecy claims can be "mathematically" backed up by the Biblical text.

"Not everyone who says to me,'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will tell me in that day,'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?' Then I will tell them,'I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.?"

Given Hagee's prior success rate in making predictions, don't be shocked if 2007 doesn't shape up to be all that "significant" after all. As with all popular prophecy teachers, they are immune from making inaccurate predictions and false prophecies. Their followers simply forget or forgive them. Maybe they'll even claim that God changed His mind. Most don't even pay attention though and don't even realize their superstars are constantly revising their predictions and end-times charts.

"By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. A good tree can't produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit.?"

However, Hagee is not just another goofy eccentric on TBN. He has political clout and regularly meets with influential national politicians. If you've ever watched him on TV, he clearly basks in this fact and drops little hints about his discussions with people in governmental authority and other positions of power.

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God?"

For years Hagee has hosted "A Night to Honor" Israel and is founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel. Their goals span beyond supporting Israel, but also implementing a one-sided and radical approach to the Arab-Israeli problems in the Middle East.

"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him?"

There is no nuance to their policy prescriptions and ironically (or perhaps not so ironically) the agenda of Hagee and his group would actually make matters much worse in the Middle East.

"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.?"

And he has more than a few fans out there. He has not been afraid to remind his church and television audience, repeatedly over the years, that there are "millions in America and around the world watching this program right now." Whatever the number really is, what is clear is that Hagee is reaching many people and has a networking system that spans into the rich and powerful, some of whom are making national foreign policy decisions.

"My brothers, don't hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with partiality. For if a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, comes into your synagogue, and a poor man in filthy clothing also comes in; and you pay special attention to him who wears the fine clothing, and say, "Sit here in a good place;" and you tell the poor man, "Stand there," or "Sit by my footstool; haven't you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?"

If left up to Hagee, there would be a military strike against Iran today. Since last summer, Hagee has been practically foaming at the mouth for a new war with Iran.

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.?"

Why? Because he thinks it is the rest of the world's job to fight Israel's wars and because he thinks such a showdown is a piece of the puzzle in regards to Bible prophecy. To Hagee, there is no middle ground on this issue. God told Abraham he would "bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you" (Gen. 12:3). That means if YOU aren't on board with wars that might be in Israel's interest, but not in the United States', then YOU will be cursed by God. At least according to Hagee.

"Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment?"

To see just how bellicose, belligerent, and militaristic Hagee has come, just watch his speech at the AIPAC Washington conference. Behind his thundering prose and love for the Jewish people is a militaristic and even fanatical mindset that is hoping and praying for the world to fall apart. After all, Jesus can't come back unless it does, but all is well since Christians before the "rapture" will escape the worst of it.

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.?"

Unfortunately for the Jewish people, they still await another massive holocaust, according to many dispensationalists. Anyone interested in this subject should read our own Gary North's column, The Unannounced Reason Behind American Fundamentalism's Support for the State of Israel. An excerpt:

Nothing can or will be done by Christians to save Israel's Jews from this disaster, for all of the Christians will have been removed from this world three and a half years prior to the beginning of this 42-month period of tribulation. (The total period of seven years is interpreted as the fulfillment of the seventieth week of Daniel [Dan. 9:27].)

In order for most of today's Christians to escape physical death, two-thirds of the Jews in Israel must perish, soon. This is the grim prophetic trade-off that fundamentalists rarely discuss publicly, but which is the central motivation in the movement's support for Israel. It should be clear why they believe that Israel must be defended at all costs by the West.

"For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.?"

If Israel were militarily removed from history prior to the Rapture, then the strongest case for Christians' imminent escape from death would have to be abandoned. This would mean the indefinite delay of the Rapture. The fundamentalist movement thrives on the doctrine of the imminent Rapture, not the indefinitely postponed Rapture.

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.?"

Every time you hear the phrase, "Jesus is coming back soon," you should mentally add, "and two-thirds of the Jews of Israel will be dead in 'soon plus 84 months.'" Fundamentalists really do believe that they probably will not die physically, but to secure this faith prophetically, they must defend the doctrine of an inevitable holocaust.

This specific motivation for the support of Israel is never preached from any fundamentalist pulpit. The faithful hear sermons – many, many sermons – on the pretribulation Rapture. On other occasions, they hear sermons on the Great Tribulation. But they do not hear the two themes put together: "We can avoid death, but only because two-thirds of the Jews of Israel will inevitably die in a future holocaust. America must therefore support the nation of Israel in order to keep the Israelis alive until after the Rapture." Fundamentalist ministers expect their congregations to put two and two together on their own. It would be politically incorrect to add up these figures in public.

"For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.?"

Again, however, one can't make too big a fuss about this, since "Bible prophecy" demands this carnage. It's "God's will" for the world to fall apart, for tensions to further inflame between Jews and Arabs, for the United States to lead the charge in a pre-emptive strike on Iran, to rebuild a third Jewish Temple after tearing down the Islamic mosque, etc.

"But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!?"

All you have to do to prove this is cut passages like Genesis 12, Matthew 24, 2 Thessalonians 2, Ezekiel 36 and 37, and Daniel 9:24–27 out of context (along with the entire book of Revelation), make up some handy-dandy prophecy charts, and confidently present it to Biblically illiterate Christians who don't know any better.

While there are many doctrinal disputes amongst Christians, there are none that have as much practical significance as this one. I strongly disagree with those who deny the Trinity, but those who deny the deity of Christ are not clamoring for war, bombs, and destruction. Likewise, Christians disagree vehemently over issues like eternal security or the proper mode of baptism, but thankfully we've grown up and stopped killing each other over those issues in the last couple hundred years.

When it comes to questionable or inaccurate beliefs about the end-times, however, they are shaping many people's foreign policy and worldviews for the worse.

"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.?"

It is causing many to hold troubling escapist views towards the world. I know this because I am constantly told by other Christians that "we are not in the business of fixing up the world, we are just in the business of saving souls until the rapture!" It is in part because of faulty eschatology that Evangelical Christians, more than any other demographic group in America, supported the ill-advised invasion of Iraq in 2003.

"resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.?"

And it is faulty eschatology that is causing this same group of people to believe the militaristic agenda behind Rev. Hagee's bombastic oratory. After all, it's all been ordained, so how can we oppose it?

"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you?"

But maybe, just maybe, their preciously held beliefs about future prophecy are way off. Maybe they are dead wrong in their views and maybe all the wars, destruction and carnage they think are inevitable aren't necessarily mandated by God. Maybe the Bible is teaching exactly the opposite regarding these matters than what they teach.

But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Alas, no matter how many false predictions these guys make, or how many damaging theological and political beliefs they espouse, people continue to follow their dangerous teachings. It's time for both Christian and non-Christian alike to call this crowd out on their bad theology, false prophecies, and deadly worldview.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.?"

Hopefully Hagee is right that 2007 is going to be a significant year in Bible prophecy. It would be significant indeed if Biblical scholars, pastors and laymen finally and at long last rescued the doctrine of eschatology from the doom and destruction crowd of militaristic pretribulationists. Here's hoping that with each passing year the theology of Hagee and his ilk is exposed for how Biblically inaccurate and destructive it really is.

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.?"

Bill Barnwell is a pastor and writer from Michigan. He holds both a Master of Ministry degree and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things"?

"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."


Copyright © 2007 LewRockwell.com

http://www.lewrockwell.com

The comments in italics are not those of the author but inserted by HiddenMysteries. Why should anyone believe? when the 'believers' don't obey or believe the words of their own god Jeeezus? Hypocrites! Whited Sepulchers! Hagee and his Khristian Wingnuts are in this for Pharisee Fame and Mamon! They obviously don't follow the teachings of their 'god'!

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