Written By Thomas Perez. November 5, 2012 at 3:14PM. Copyright 2012.
It has come to my attention that there are those who are still in denial of simple truth’s. Truth’s that many claim to be fundamentally incorrect, outdated, or just ms-interpreted. The latest of which comes in the form of one named, “John Hagee.”
Dr. John Hagee is the founder of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Cornerstone is a nondenominational church with several thousand members. Dr. John Hagee can be seen on more than 160 television stations and 50 radio stations across America. He is the author of at least 10 books.
When one visits his website at www.jhm.org everything seems to be on the up and up. I even heard Hagee claim that Jesus is Lord. However, when one reads his latest book entitled, “In Defense of Israel,” that is simply not the case. In his book, we read in chapter 10, pages 121-169 – Quote:
“…God gave Moses four signs to convince the children of Israel that he was their messiah… He knew he was anointed of God to overthrow Egypt and lead the Jewish people to the promised land.” p. 136. “The next two signs God gave Moses were to convince the children of Israel that Moses was their Messiah.” p. 136 “When impetuous Peter could stand it no longer, he blurted out, ‘You are the Christ.’ Or in other words, ‘You are the anointed one! You are the Messiah who will lead the Jews in their revolt against Rome.'” p. 140 “Even after his resurrection and repeated denials that he would not be the Messiah, his disciples were still hanging on to the last thread of hope that he would now smash realm (Acts 1:6).” p. 141
For reference, Acts 1:6 says, “So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”
“He refused to be their Messiah, choosing instead to be the Savior of the world.” p. 143.
Don’t you just love the way Hagee placed words into the mouth of Peter the Apostle? If Mr. Hagee is insinuating signs that should accompany a Messiah, then he should clearly remember the words of Jesus when He said, “a wicked and perverse generation seeketh after a sign, but none shall be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah”
The book is a political book. In all probability, it is a book that supports ‘Zionism‘ (a political movement that many Jews and non-Jews adhere to) However, true Judaism and its true faith in God as Sovereign King and Lord are rather non-supportive of this anti-Mosaic Judaic system of political ideologies and systematic beliefs – of which incidentally, supports the mystical occultism of the Kabbalah. For further study on the Kabbalah please see my study, “What is the Kabbalah?”
We can safely conclude that Hagee’s book is a denial of Jesus’ true Messianic ministry. Hagee’s quotation “Jesus did not come to Earth to be the Messiah” is grossly miss-interpreted. Moreover, He also cites that “since Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah, how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered?” In this Hagee is again grossly ms-interpreting the Scriptures. Perhaps John Hagee overlooked two important statements regarding the Messiah….“the Stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Corner Stone and this particular Stone was to be TRIED (Psalms 118: 22 cr – Luke 20:17, Isaiah 20:16).
Moreover, Romans 11:26-27 reveals the Messiah as the Deliverer that comes out of Zion, who in turn takes away all ungodliness from Jacob (Israel) this is the covenant, or did Mr. Hagee forget this? Maybe Mr. Hagee didn’t read Stephan’s account of the Jewish rejection of their Messiah (Acts 7:51-53). And what about Peter’s statement regarding Israel’s rejection of the Messiah? Did not Peter claim in Acts 2:22-23, 36, 3:13-15 that the Jews/Israel rejected the Messiah? Yes, they did. Or can it be perhaps Mr. Hagee is doing this on purpose, to further his political idea’s concerning Zionism? Furthermore, we also learn from his promotional video regarding his book, that”…Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah.” It really surprises me that Hagee may have overlooked these statements from Jesus’ own mouth….
John 1:41, “He found first his own brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which translated means Christ).”
John 4:25-26, “The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.’ 26 Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.”
The Greek word for “Messiah” is “Christ.” Therefore, when we read the title “Jesus Christ our Lord” or “the Lord Jesus Christ” or “Christ our Saviour,” we are reading into the term Messiah and what that title entails. The title entails a Political Deliverer/Messiah, in this Hagee is correct. Yet, the title also incumbents the ministerial activities of a Saviour and Redeemer (I use the term “a Saviour” for grammatical purposes only) For the Scriptures reveal that Christ Jesus is “the Saviour of all men.
Hagee also quotes Moses as a Messiah – in this he is correct. He also cites that the definition of the word Messiah is a political term. I too quoted similar statements in my ’Preface’ to “The All Restored Study Bible” – Quote: “….One should understand that there were many historical messiahs who once lived – for their accomplishments were often written about” – Unquote.
In another study entitled, “The Hidden God/The Jesus Evidence,” I cited…“When we continue to examine the nature and continuity of the book of Isaiah, we continually come across a central figure head that came to be known as ‘The Messiah.’ Yet, this Messiah was not seen as a conquering hero as often portrayed by His predecessors. Instead, this particular Messiah was seen as a suffering servant. Yet, there are also many passages of scriptures that elude to a conquering Messiah as well. This must have been a hotly debated, yet curious topic discussed in ancient synagogues. Did ancient rabbis, view this as two Messiah’s or one deliverer with two separate advents/comings? We can not be certain for sure as to which position was believed upon by the people. But this much is certain; The facts pertaining to the historical Jesus tells us that the religious institution (except for a small number within that institution) of Jesus’ day, did put Him to death upon a cross. Thus, asserting their disbelief in a Messiah of servitude. They wanted a conquering Messiah to deliver them from their Roman oppressor’s ( the 4th beast, as we have seen). Unquote.
…“However, when one reads the recorded passages of scripture pertaining to Israel’s blessings and curses throughout the Old Testament by such writers as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, Daniel, etc; we can obviously see their belief in a general coming of a conquering Messiah justifiable, due to their yearning for liberation and freedom from oppression – Unquote.
I also cited, “who is the Messiah?” Who was He to be? Did the person incarnate in Jesus fulfill the required prerequisites of Messianic authenticity? To answer this question we must define the definition of the word ‘Messiah.’ According to ‘Vines Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words,’ The word or title of Messiah comes from the Hebrew word “Anointed One” after the promise of David II Sam 7:13” (150 of O.T. Hebrew words). The Messiah was to come after the rebuilding of the second Jewish temple as recorded in the writings of Daniel 9:25. However, in Israel’s past there have been many messiah’s or anointed ones. Such anointed ones included The Patriarchs, Moses (often called a deliverer), The Priests, The Kings, and The Prophets of old (Isa 45:1, Psa 105:15). Yet, all of the ancient Biblical deliverers, priests, kings, and prophets pointed to one central figure head, who came to be known as ‘Messiah The Prince’ or ‘The Christ’ as rendered in Greek. Unquote
However, Hagee’s book fails to recognize this fact. It is far to vague. I say this because he does not elaborate on other passages of Scriptures that indicate otherwise, such as;
Matt. 16:16-17, “And Simon Peter answered and said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Mark 14:61-62, “But He kept silent, and made no answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” See also Luke 24:26,46; John 10:23.
Hagee also fails to elaborate on these verses; Christ is Messiah (John 1:41), Christ as Son of Man coming on the clouds (Matt. 26:63-64), Messiah/Christ as Savior (Luke 2:11), Christ as King of the Jews (Luke 23:2-3), Christ will reign forever (Rev. 11:15), etc
And not to mention the countless times Jesus is mentioned as the “Christ/Messiah” by the Acts, the epistles, and the Apocalypse.
I seriously believe that Mr. John Hagee needs to address these issues or at least clarify what he is trying to convey. If Jesus is not the Jewish Messiah, then who is He, Mr. Hagee? Who is He? Or perhaps the question should be phrased, are we to look for another Messiah? I doubt that, since that would make Acts 1:11 null and void. And furthermore if deliverance, not from oppression, but from sin, is not a true sign of Jewish Messianic authenticity and power; then Messiah died in vain, we are still in captivity (I Cor 15:3-4) and He did not come to redeem the House of Israel – the scattered tribes. However, the Scriptures reveal that Messiah died for our sins and rose again from the dead, thereby qualifying Him (Jesus) as the Messiah/Saviour of the Jews and the world. Which is easier? To say your sins are forgiven, or to take up your bed and walk?
If this rhetoric continues to go unchecked it can lead to all sorts of misconceptions concerning the person of the Messiah/Christ as revealed in Jesus. I will address some of these issues concerning the person of Jesus in other notes (though I have already) but I think I still see the need for clarification – such as it is. For I see far to many individuals citing the phrase’s “Jesus obtained the Christ” or “the Christ-hood”, “the Christ is an idea,” “we must find the Christ in us,” “Love is the Christ,” – thereby insinuating that Love is the principle force while all others, including Christianity and its figure head ‘Jesus Christ’ is secondary to that virtue. Another such phase is “we must become one with the universe/cosmos,” or “we must transcend to find the Christ” (this phase usually means becoming one with the earth and all creation – resulting in achieving and finding the Christ) Notice the word/Name Jesus is no where to be found in these phases?
I find this type of rhetoric far to often within the camps of Christian Universalists, even more so in Unitarians (in fact that is what they teach – there are no absolutes). This is the very reason why I tend to stay away from such a label, preferring to be called an Ultimate Reconciliationist. The term “Christian” only identifies me in my position, belief identity, and individualism. In this day and age of “spiritual enlightenment” one can easily loser his/her identity and individualism. Christ has now become the symbolic emblem of the New Age Gnostic Masonic Deist of the past (as found in ancient Babylon, Egypt, Rome, etc) under the guise of “In God we Trust” – “Give me Liberty” “There are many roads to salvation.” “I have the liberty and freedom to believe what I believe.” While freedom and liberty is an ethical moral right that every individual should aspire to, the under belly of this conscience is the temptation to do away with individualism. Such a doing away is the cutting off of our identities, culture, individualism, and our very own conscience in favor of a One World Conscience, a One World Religion, and One World Government or New World Order in the guise of peace and prosperity.