Bundy and his family ranched in Nevada’s Gold Butte for almost 70 years before the blm even existed. The Bundys, like many other ranchers, were induced to settle the area with the promise of free grazing land with no fees or limitations. It was part of the government’s plan to develop the West—and the Bundys did their part. It was a win-win situation.
That does not mean you won’t experience any trials, or that you don’t need to take reasonable precautions to protect yourself. Neither does God promise us a problem-free life in this world. As Paul wrote to Timothy, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (verse 12). But He does promise to fight our battles for us—to deliver us from every trouble and affliction. And as long as you continue to obey God, you will overcome those trials—and emerge stronger for them.
Under Obama — whom Hagee blamed in 2014 for Ebola in West Africa — the preacher lost his influence in the highest halls of power. “President Obama did not understand the Middle East,” Hagee wrote in an email to the Observer, arguing Obama “capitulated” to America’s enemies. “President Trump understands that our friends have to trust us and our adversaries should fear us.”
The Bible contains prophecies that run through the last day of the Earth and into the New Earth that will be created by The Lord. For a believer to gain understanding of interpreting and rightly dividing Bible prophecy, it should come through study of the Scriptures, not the stars. In Deuteronomy 18, God specially referred to those who are “observer of times” – a term for trying to determine the future by looking at constellations or other heavenly bodies, an abomination. Hagee defends his looking to the stars to tell the future by citing Genesis 1:14 – “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:” Does this verse mean that Christians are supposed to look to the starts to gain knowledge about the future and to interpret a message from God?
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. – Joel 2:30-32.
Trying to predict the date of a future event has been a continual trap that many people have fallen into when writing about the End Times. We all want to know when the major events of the last days will occur. It would be fantastic if we were able to calculate them through cleaver mathematical schemes or to figure them out through looking at astronomical signs like blood moon tetrads. Unfortunately, the Bible does not give us the dates of End Times events in advance, and the timing of events in the last days can not be calculated except after the start of Daniel’s Seventieth Week. Jesus said that only the Father knows the absolute timing of all events (Matt. 24:36).
In 1977, Christian Zionist groups published ads in major U.S. newspapers in opposition to land concessions before Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem. But their efforts soon began to take a more politically organized shape. As political scientists John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt explained in The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, Israeli military victories and deeper inter-religious ties encouraged Christian evangelicals “to begin working to ensure that the United States was on the ‘right side’ as the Bible’s blueprint for the end-times unfolded.”
Here is a short description: The modern nations of Israel—primarily the United States, Britain and the tiny nation called Israel in the Middle East—along with the sinning saints of God, will suffer great evils during a horrifying 2½-year period—even being conquered by foreign invasion and brought into captivity (Revelation 6:9-11). You can read more about this in our article on page 22.
They think they will be only spectators in the arena. Pretrib teachers and pretrib believers think they will be raptured at any moment, which will occur before the arrival of the Antichrist’s great tribulation. They are giddy to talk about biblical prophecy from afar. Ironically, they chatter and write profusely about the Antichrist and related Bible prophecy events, all along thinking in the back of their mind that they will escape the front-line persecution of the Antichrist.
In the August 2013 edition of this magazine Mr. Flurry wrote, “Many people are trying to pretend like there is no real problem, and that those who are concerned are overreacting. But this should deeply trouble every American! There is an unparalleled spirit of lawlessness behind all of these scandals! And it is leading to an outcome far worse than most people believe.”
The remainder of the book consists of fairly standard presentations of a pretribulational view of last things, and here Hagee does well in not trying to pinpoint contemporary persons and events as the definite fulfillments of the biblical passages. In this section he provides a helpful chart which contrasts the Lord Jesus with the Antichrist (136).
Almost all futurist Bible prophecy students will agree that there are three end time wars involving Israel. However, we disagree somewhat on the timing of first two wars. Those wars being the Ezekiel Chapter 38 and 39 war where Gog comes down with a host of nations and the Psalm 83 war where a confederacy of nations attempts to cut Israel off from being a nation. In the mix somewhere is the destruction of Damascus since the prophecy has never been fulfilled yet.
This passage details a very specific sequence of events culminating with the defense of Israel by God and their return to believing faith. This is emphasized as the final verse of the chapter stresses that whosoever calls on God’s name will be “delivered.” It is a time of salvation for the believing remnant of Israel. So why do we not see John Hagee or Mark Biltz mentioning the rest of the prophecies in Joel chapter 2? Why are they not talking about the mighty army that is going to ravage homes and destroy people in a manner never seen before? Why have they not mentioned these aspects and instead picking just one verse out of context? It is because they are not following Scripture but instead looking to the stars, NASA and Google for their prophetic interpretation.
We also should be aware, however, that some of the sensational claims made by authors with regard to blood moon tetrads may be false or misleading. Each claim or statement should be carefully verified to be sure they are accurate. For instance, the author Rivkah Lambert Adler writing for breakingisraelnews.com said with reference to these blood moons:
“I was literally moved to tears as I began to walk the streets of Jerusalem and I remembered the historical nightmare that the Jewish people were forced to live because of organized Christianity’s brutality,” Hagee told the New York Times about his 1976 visit to Israel. His focus on Christian responsibility for the Jewish community’s suffering became a fixture of his philosophy well after 1976. Abe Levy, a former reporter for the San Antonio Express News who interviewed Hagee several times, explained to me that strong opposition to anti-Semitism in San Antonio and around the world is an aspect for which Hagee became well known.
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Pompeo obviously shares the widespread Christian affinity with Jews and the conviction that they have a right to gather in safety in the Holy Land (whatever the pros and cons of Israeli policy at the moment). He recently told the Christian Broadcasting Network that “I am confident that the Lord is at work” in Israel. But it’s unclear how much Pompeo strays from traditional Presbyterianism in favor of “Dispensationalism,” with its detailed and highly literal teaching about Bible prophecies and the End Times, including the rapture.
You folks doing the name calling demonstrate clearly what kind of person you are. I’d bet my a$$, to a person, none of you have even met Hagee, let alone know the man intimately enough to pass public judgement. But, that’s the kind of folks you are apparently. Nothing better to do than try to muddy up the waters for others. Or, maybe thats your job, huh?
I was a very big supporter of John Hagee before he boasted that Jews don't need salvation through Jesus and Jesus did NOT say He was their Messiah or THE SON OF GOD…. WRONG! I also did not like that fact that he cruised around with prosperity teachers like Jessie Duplantis, Jerry Seville, Copeland Ministries, and TD Jakes to name a few! BUT, I do like much of his Tribulation studies. I have known that he has always favored pre-trib, and I still have some of his books that support his position. His nephew went to CBC with my daughter and she said his nephew always claimed that his uncle was a fake and not what he appeared to be. I know he appears to care a great deal for the Jewish people, but his claim to them has been VERY disturbing and detrimental to them as needing SALVATION THROUGH JESUS JUST LIKE NICODEMUS WAS INSTRUCTED! His voice has been
A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is directly in alignment between the moon and the sun, “blocking” the sun’s rays from reflecting off of the moon. However some sunlight filters through the Earth’s atmosphere and hits the moon, giving it a reddish color, hence the name “blood moon.” Hagee credits NASA for confirming that a sequence of four lunar eclipses, or a tetrad will occur in April 2014, on Passover, and then again in September 2014 during the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkoth. The timing is the same for 2015 — a total of four blood moons, all appearing on Jewish feast days.
Hagee would have his readers and followers believe that the blood moon, which is a lunar eclipse, is what is being described in Joel 2:31. In fact it is not. As explained above a blood moon is a total lunar eclipse – a moment when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, putting the moon in a complete shadow. The moon during a lunar eclipse appears red in color because of the way light bends around the earth’s atmosphere, scattering short wavelength light (green through violet) and leaving longer wavelength light (red, orange and yellow). It’s why sunsets and sunrises generally are red. During the 20th century, there were 229 lunar eclipses and 85 of those were complete lunar eclipses which lead to the “blood moon.”
Around the time of Graham’s visit to Israel, Hagee was a student at Trinity University from Baytown, Texas who had descended from four generations of preachers. He was a lineman on the football team earning a degree in physical education. As a sophomore in 1962, Hagee was a starting guard in the “Bandito” unit. In November of that year, according to the school’s newspaper, he was nursing a separated shoulder in advance of Trinity’s homecoming game against Abilene Christian. A teammate took his place and the Tigers lost the game by a single point; it was the second to last game in a 1-8 season.
In, God’s Two-Minute Warning, Pastor Hagee confidently states, “I believe that we have arrived at the “two-minute warning” on God’s clock. Unlike the players in a professional football game, we do not know how much time we have left. What we do with the time remaining will make all the difference in the world…and in eternity. It is vital we live every day for Him.”