John Hagee is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church, a place of worship and teaching he founded in San Antonio, Texas. The nondenominational evangelical church now has more than 18,000 active members. Known best nationally for his End-Time writings, he has authored several fiction and nonfiction best sellers, including What Every Man Wants in a Woman/What Every Woman Wants in a Man and The Seven Secrets.
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John Hagee says he wrote this book April of 2005. It would be seen as prophetic if he would have released it then, but since he did not, we will either have to disbelieve him or take his word for it. The truth is much of this book is a rehash of Dawn Over Jerusalem that Hagee wrote back in 1998. The only fresh stuff here is that Iran is currently a nuclear problem for the United States and Israel. The reason I gave this book three stars is because Hagee states his purpose is to make everybody aware of how important the Iranian escalating conflict is to the world. Hagee does this, but any newspaper in the Western World could have done the same. His second point was to inform us of the countdown in the Middle East as all being a part of God’s plan for the Jews. I think that Hagee’s interpretation of Scripture is skewed, but nevertheless, he does lay out clearly his interpretation of those scripture. Hagee says over and over again that “Anti-Semitism is sin and as sin it damns the soul.” This is a major point that he wishes to get across and because of its repetitive nature Hagee does accomplish his goal.
Hagee opens by speaking about Iran and the current crises that the U. S. and Israel as well as other parts of Western Civilization and the world face. He even gives a map of Iran and where at least eight of the nuclear development facilities are. He tells of privileged conversations that he has had with former Prime Ministers of Israel and other sources that he does not name both in Washington and in Israel. The first part of the book is interesting in the same way that the newspaper stories are interesting. Hagee then begins to speculate about what kinds of nuclear attacks are going to happen in the USA. He predicts, unashamedly that America is going to have a nuclear bomb set off in not just one but several major cities in the United States at the same time.
After this Hagee speaks about Islam and how militant the religion, or at least the radical fundamentalist element of the Islam religion really is. Hagee is not far off base here. He then goes his own history lesson from the Hagee point of view about the history of the nation of Israel. It is not so much that the facts of history that he gives are inaccurate, but he has a particular bias on the facts. For example, he says that Christians forsook the Jews during the Roman siege. If they did it is because Jesus himself told them to leave the city, as well as Jewish Christians and all Jews for that matter. Jesus warned and predicted the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD. The city was under the judgment of God. Hagee may have the historical story correct, but he puts a negative spin toward the “Christians” that left and went to Pella. He does give a history of Jewish people being wrongly persecuted, but at the same time he fails to mention how the Jews persecuted the Christians in history. Let me say that he is correct however, so called Christians were wrong at many junctures in history for their persecution of Jews. Another twisted concept is the story of Began and the bombing of the King David Hotel. Hagee says this was not a terrorist act. I guess it all depends on which side of the act that you are on. The Al Quada faction responsible for 911 probably sees that as an act of war, but everyone else defines it as terrorism. Hagee wants to present Israel as pristine and pure for all to support, but this is dishonest. When Israel of old tells her own story they include all of their failures in the story. They never paint a puritanical picture of themselves, but would tell the truth about their own sins and the sins of their kings. They did not make excuses or conveniently leave things out. I would hope that Hagee would reevaluate his approach to this, but he seems to think that brash arrogance is more convincing than the full truth.
Several times Hagee speaks of Anti-Semitism and how that it is sin. He is right, but does he not know (I am sure he does) that the Arabs are descendents of Shem as well and the term applies to them as well? Hatred against Jews or Arabs is wrong, not just hatred against Jews.
In the third section of this book Hagee gives his version (of which he claims scriptural support) of the future. He bases most of his end time events scenario on Ezekiel 37-39, Jeremiah, and portions of Daniel. He maintains that the Bible teaches that Russia will form an evil alliance with the Arab nations and march on Israel and that God will step in and send an earthquake, cause the armies to panic and turn on one another and rain down fire and brimstone upon the invading armies in order to demonstrate to the nations that He is God and that He loves Israel. He consults some older Hebrew Scholars to get the fact that Rosh in Ezekiel really means Russia and Meshech means Moscow and blanketly says that this is attested by virtually all scholars. He is right if you consider all Scholars to be Hal Lindsey, John Walvoord, and whoever else has graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. The fact is that such an interpretation is scarce among scholars. If it were so prevalent he would not have to go back to the 1800’s to find a lexicon to support his (really Hal Lindsey’s) theory. It seems to me that for someone who is suppose to take the Bible literally, he does an awful lot of not taking it literally when it comes to the weaponry described as bows and arrows. Hagee sees nuclear rockets and such. This is not the only place that he takes literal interpretation not so seriously.
Hagee takes several chapters to discuss Romans 9-11 in order to prove that the Jews are the elect and chosen of God. He says that this portion of Romans is God’s position paper on the nation of Israel and that it is what he calls the magnificent codicil. In other words it is a stand-alone document that does not need Romans 1-8 and 12-16. I do not have time or room to take this on here. Let me just say here that there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.
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