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Hi folks!
Before you shout Heresy!! The words of the above title are not my words.
They are a part of a set of quotes from a TV advert/video about a book written by a pretty well known “Christian preacher”.

All quotations shown, I have personally verified and you can hear the man himself verbally verify the following assertions.

Here are his assertions…

  • The Jews as a people did not reject Jesus as Messiah!
  • Jesus did not come to Earth to be the Messiah!
  • Since Jesus refused (by word & deed) to claim to be the Messiah, how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered!

Listen for yourself! At

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8khCJTDD44

(There are many copies of this genuine TV advert/video on YouTube!)

Thus, the above assertions are based upon John Hagee’s book: In Defense of Israel.In Defense of Israel

 

 

 

 

 

 

These assertions therefore show the extremes of being
“Pro-Israel”.
It is as if Hagee sees Israel as a nation, totally guiltless of all things, both in modern and ancient times.
So much so, that he states 

  • “The Jews as a people did not reject Jesus as Messiah.”
    (From video)
  • “How can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered?” (Page 136 of his book)

What follows are some quotes from his book.
These quotes are based on Chapter 10 of his book titled,
Answering Christian Critics.

He states on page 121, that the reason for this chapter is to clarify his position on his “unwavering support for the State of Israel and his outreach to the Jewish community.”

Granted he has a true and fair point when he quotes certain so-called Church Fathers who taught and preached blatant anti-Semitic hatred … e.g. John Chrysostom on pages 122,123:

“John Chrysostom coined the term deicide Jews (“killers of Christ”). It was a vicious label the Jews were never able to escape. This Roman church leader’s anti-Semitic teachings were recorded in his homilies:
… The Jews are the odious assassins of Christ and for killing God there is no expiation possible, no indulgence or pardon. Christians may never cease vengeance, and the Jews must live in servitude forever. God always hated the Jews, it is incumbent upon all Christians (i.e., their duty) to hate the Jews.

 

In response, I would say that, what comes to mind is the fact that our Lord & Saviour, Jesus the Messiah, the one as Christians we are meant to take heed to and to follow; never ever taught that we ought to hate the Jews; in fact, he did not teach us to hate any nation! He taught us to love our enemies, and to love our neighbours as ourselves. Plus of course, the words he taught were the words of God Himself.
Therefore, no true follower of Christ would hate any nation much less teach hatred!

Nevertheless, the above quote plus some other details are used as a foundation for Hagee to state that: (p. 125)

One of those deadly New Testament myths is that the Jews killed Jesus, yet no justification can be found in the New Testament to support this lie.

 

Well, we all know that the Gentiles/Romans performed the actual crucifixion. However, the Jews handed Jesus over to the Romans in order to be crucified. Therefore, through the agency of the Romans, the Jews indeed crucified/killed Jesus.

Indeed, that was what the Apostles seem to believe when you read their verbatim preaching/remarks in the Book of Acts, directed both to the Jewish people as a whole and the Sanhedrin council alike! And the Apostles ought to know… they were there, they lived during that era. For example:

  • (Acts 2:23 to the crowd at Pentecost) you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain;
  • (Acts 2:36) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
  • (Acts 3:14-15 to all the people at Solomon’s porch) But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life;
  • (Acts 4:10 to the rulers, the elders, the scribes, the high priest, the council) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified;
  • (Acts 5:30 to the council) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you slew and hanged on a tree;
  • (Acts 7:52 to the council) Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers;
  • (Acts 10:39 to the house of Cornelius) And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree;
  • (Acts 13:27-28 to the synagogue at Antioch) For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.

Personally, I would stick to the testimony of the Apostles.
Besides, wasn’t the fact of what the Jews did to Jesus of Nazareth, the very reason and basis for their Repentance? In light of what they did, wasn’t that the very reason why Peter told his audience in Acts 2 to Repent?

The Apostles and the early apostolic church did not hate the Jews (nor did they teach hatred) in light of the Jews’ complicity in the crucifixion of Jesus;
but rather used this fact as the very basis for Repentance i.e. for Jews to Repent!!
 

Hagee places the following header on page 132:
The Jews Did Not Reject Jesus as Messiah

On pages 135-136, Hagee states

“Five major points must now be made that are crucial to understanding that the Jews did not reject Jesus as Messiah

  1. Jesus had to live to be the Messiah
  2. If it was God’s will for Jesus to die from the beginning…
  3. If it was Jesus intention to be obedient unto death…
  4. If there is not one verse in the New Testament that says Jesus came to be the Messiah…
  5. And if Jesus refused by his words or actions to claim to be the Messiah to the Jews, then how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered?
     

Hagee then goes on to attempt to prove all five points!!

Thus, my response:

Point 1

Jesus had to live to be the Messiah i.e. if Jesus was the Messiah he would have never died!!

Well, what springs to mind is Matt. 16:16ff.
It was God Himself that revealed to Peter that Jesus was indeed the Messiah! And from that time forth, began Jesus to show unto his disciples that seeing that he was the Messiah, he had to suffer many things, be killed and be raised the third day! Jesus of Nazareth clearly taught that the Messiah had to first suffer and be killed before he would live forever!

Jesus said to the disciples on the Emmaus road:
(Luke 24:25-27) Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

To the eleven he said…

(Luke 24:44-46) And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

Sadly, Hagee disagrees. In his book, he asserts that Jesus came the first time as Saviour not as Messiah; thus, as Saviour he came to die.
If he was meant to be the Messiah when he came to earth, he would have lived, not died!!

Points 2 & 3

Again, Hagee’s reasoning is that Jesus came as a Saviour to die! If he came as the Messiah he would not have died but lived.
Seeing therefore, that he had died, this was proof that it was God’s will that Jesus did not come to earth to be the Messiah, but rather came to earth to be the Saviour.
It was therefore, not God’s will for Jesus to come the first time as the Messiah!

On page 143, Hagee says this about Jesus:

He refused to be their Messiah, choosing instead to be the Savior of the world.

 

Therefore, Hagee sees a distinction between Jesus being the Saviour and Jesus being the Messiah. The Scriptures make no such distinction.

And Thank God, neither did the Samaritans!
(BTW Hagee’s reasoning is that the Samaritans were Gentiles so John 4:42 doesn’t apply?!?!)

(John 4:42) And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Also compare the words of the angel of Yahweh…

(Luke 2:11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 

Point 4

What can one say? (Sigh!)
Matt 16:16-18, John 1:41-42, 6:69, 11:27, 20:31, Matt 1:1,16-18; all spring to mind as well as:

(John 4:25-26) The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

(John 17:3) And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

(John 10:24-25) Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. 25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

(Mat 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 unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

 

God Himself revealed to Peter that the man in their midst (whilst on earth) was indeed the Messiah. Would God lie to Peter?? [Titus 1:2]

The angel of Yahweh declared to the shepherds that born this day in Bethlehem was the Messiah. [Luke 2:9-11] The wise men came to inquire and seek after the Messiah. [Matt. 2:1-6] Jesus told the Samaritan woman that he was the Messiah. [John 4:25-26] Jesus told the high priest that he was the Messiah [Mark 14:61-62], etc.
And Jesus had this ever-growing tendency to convince his disciples and many who heard him that he was indeed the Messiah!
(Cp. John 7:25-32, 40-42)

If Jesus did not come to earth to be the Messiah, then he did not do a good job of teaching his disciples and followers that doctrine!

In fact, what did Paul and the Apostles try to convince the Jews of, when they were searching and proclaiming the Scriptures before them?
Was it not the fact that Jesus of Nazareth, the man who was crucified, was indeed the Messiah??
(Sigh!)

Point 5

Hagee states that in his words and actions, Jesus refused to be the Messiah.
Here are some actual quotes from his book whilst he attempts to prove this point:

  • page 138
    [seeing that Moses was proven to be an anointed leader…]

    If God intended for Jesus to be the Messiah of Israel, why didn’t he authorize Jesus to use supernatural signs to prove he was God’s Messiah, just as Moses had done?  

     

  • page 138
    [Jesus before Herod…]  

    Jesus refused to produce a sign for the national leadership of Israel in an attempt to prove he was the Messiah because it was not the Father’s will, nor his, to be Messiah. 

  • page 140
    The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews.  

     

  • page 141
    He performed these miracles to minister to the needs of the people; they were not intended to be a demonstration of supernatural signs to prove he was the Messiah.

 

Now, granted Jesus did not come the first time as a conquering Messiah to conquer and destroy Israel’s enemies and inaugurate the Kingdom of God upon the earth.
(This point Hagee makes repeatedly; and it is the basis of his proof that Jesus did not come to earth to be the Messiah.)
However, the Scriptures do indeed teach and assert that the Messiah would come with signs and miracles, as well as the fact that the self-same Messiah would come to suffer and die.

How can Hagee deny that the signs/miracles that Jesus performed, were God-authorized proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah?

  • (Luke 4:18-21) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
  • (Mat 11:2-6) Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
    (See also Luke 7:16-23)
  • (John 7:31) And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?
  • (John 20:30-31) And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Yet, Hagee does not see that the miracles that Jesus performed by the power of God, were proof that Jesus of Nazareth came to earth to be the Messiah??? [Cp. John 10:24-25]

 

Hagee states that it was neither God’s will nor Jesus’ will for Jesus to be the Messiah; Jesus refused both to be the Messiah and to perform any Messianic signs or deeds!

In reply, granted it was not God’s will for the Messiah to come the first time to conquer and reign. And granted, Jesus did not come the first time to be the Jews’ definition of the Messiah i.e. what the Jews thought the Messiah was meant to be and do!

Nevertheless, it was God’s will for the Messiah first to suffer and die; and then to be raised from the dead and to come the second time in Glory!
And seeing that Jesus totally obeyed God’s will, he most certainly did not refuse, whether by word or deed, to be the Messiah of God before the Jews!

Scripturally, the suffering Messiah, the conquering Messiah, the “political” Messiah; are one and the same Messiah!
There is no distinction.
And the name of this self-same Messiah is
Jesus of Nazareth!

 

Lastly, concerning the preaching of the Gospel.
On page 133 Hagee points out that the Jews considered the Gentiles as unclean. Indeed, the Gentiles were (Eph 2:12) … aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.

Hagee illustrates the divine rebuke that God gave Peter in Acts 10:9-16.

Hagee states (page 133):

When Peter saw the sheet (which I believe was actually a prayer shawl) let down from heaven by its four corners and saw it full of “unclean creatures,” he was repulsed. 

Then Hagee continues on page 134, with the following statement; it renders me speechless each time I read it.
Judge for yourself:

That’s why the Great Commission commanded,
“Go ye [Jews] into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature…”
Gentiles were considered creatures. Jesus even referred to the Gentiles as dogs. The message of the gospel was from Israel, not to Israel!

 

Did you get that? The Gospel was not to or for the Jews? It was solely to every creature, that is, every Gentile!!!
(Which sheds some light on a statement that Hagee makes on page 135, i.e. “Had Jesus not gone to the cross, not one Gentile would have ever come to redemption.”)

What can I add to that??
 

Anyways, the reason why I wrote this blog is to give you some idea of what is currently happening in Christendom; seeing that Hagee heads a denomination of around 18,000!

Also to alert the dangers of what can happen when one does not have a scripturally balanced view of who Jesus is and the purpose of his ministry;
especially in light of 1 John 2:22.

 

POSTSCRIPT: JOHN HAGEE’S RESPONSE.

Just in case people like myself may have misinterpreted Hagee or quoted him out of a context.
A radio station asked for a response from Hagee after seeing his advert about the book and the statements made.

What follows is the verbatim response from Hagee.
The only change I made was, to change Luke 26:28,29 to Matthew 26:28,29; seeing that Luke 26:28,29 were typographical errors.

The response can be found at http://theexpositor.wordpress.com/2007/11/16/john-hagee-responds-to-controversy/

QUOTE:

Many Christians have constructed a catch 22 concerning Jesus as Messiah.  The catch 22 is this:

 “Jesus came to be Messiah but because the Jews rejected Him as Messiah He had to go to the cross, hence the Jews are the Christ Killers.”  

 Fact: According to Webster’s Dictionary the word “Messiah” means “the expected king who delivers from oppressors.”  A Messiah is one who rules and reigns over a given people. 

Fact: The God of the Bible is absolutely sovereign!  That means He is in control of everything in heaven and on earth all the time.  If God is not sovereign; He can’t be God.   

Question: What was God’s Sovereign will for Jesus Christ from the foundations of the earth?   

Revelation 13:8 reads that Jesus Christ was the “Lamb of God slain from the foundations of the world.”  This verse says it was God’s Sovereign plan for Jesus to die as Savior before the world was created in Genesis 1:1.   

Most people confuse the role of “Messiah” and “Savior.”  To be Messiah you must live.  To rule and reign you must live.  Jesus came to die and be the Savior of every person on earth.   

THERE IS NO DUAL COVENANT!  The Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). 

Jesus Himself stated in Mark 14:8, Luke 24:46 and Mark 10:33-34 that He had come to die for the sins of the world as Savior.  Again, you must live to be Messiah.  You cannot be both Messiah and Savior!   

John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the “Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).  The only thing a lamb can do is to be slaughtered as a sin offering.   

Fact: Jesus claimed to be Savior several times in the Bible.  He never claimed to be Messiah to the Jewish people.  In John 4 Jesus told the woman at the well, a Gentile, who He was, knowing the Jews and Samaritans had nothing to do with each other.  I go into this in great detail in my latest book, “In Defense of Israel.”  

 Fact: Jesus repeatedly in His ministry told His Disciples and followers to “tell no one” about His supernatural accomplishments.  If Jesus wanted to be Messiah by popular demand, He would have wanted His supernatural exploits to be told by everyone to spread His popularity.   

Sixty-four times in the four Gospels Jesus instructed those who were excited about His being the Messiah to “tell no one.”  He refused the role.  He never promised to be Messiah.  The Jews did not reject Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who refused to be the reigning Messiah because it was God’s Sovereign will for Him to die on the cross.  

Fact: Bible proof that Jesus did not come to be Messiah is found in Matthew 26:26-30 where Jesus, a Jewish Rabbi, was celebrating Passover with His 12 Disciples in what Christians call “The Lord’s Supper.”  

In the Passover there are five cups of wine that Jesus and His Disciples would drink together.  These five cups have been and still are celebrated by observant Jews who keep the Passover.   

The fifth cup is the Messiah’s Cup.  Matthew 26:28, Jesus claims to be the Savior of the world by saying, “For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin.”  

In the next verse, Matthew 26:29, Jesus rejects the Messiah’s Cup saying, “But I say unto you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”  

Jesus rejected the Messiah’s Cup because He knew He was about to die.  He promised His Disciples that He would drink the Messiah’s Cup when He returns to earth the second time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.   

Fact: If an Almighty and Sovereign God sent His Son into the world the first time to be Messiah…God failed!  The truth is, God cannot fail…never.

Jesus was sent to the earth the first time to die as the Lamb of God. 

I trust this simple explanation will clarify any concerns you might have concerning Jesus the Messiah and Jesus the Savior.  Let us prepare for the soon coming of King Jesus, our Deliverer and Lord of Lords.  It will be very soon! 

SOURCE: 

http://theexpositor.wordpress.com/2007/11/16/john-hagee-responds-to-controversy/

 

2 Responses to “Jesus did not come to Earth to be the Messiah!!”

  1. on 19 Dec 2007 at 2:57 pmSean

    Thanks for doing the work on this, Delroy. Shocking stuff! Just goes to show you that people will fall for anything so long as someone with a big TV following says it. Anyhow, thanks for analyzing his arguments and refuting them.

    The primary category in which Jesus of Nazareth was understood during his ministry was apocalyptic prophet and healer. Then his inner circle of disciples came to understand that Jesus was more than “that prophet” but he was in fact the Messiah. Jesus did not want this information to get out (yet) and so immediately following the Caesarea-Philippi confession, “he warned them to tell no one about him” (Mark 8.30). Even so, following his resurrection the disciples were commissioned to publish Jesus as Messiah far and wide beginning in Jerusalem (Acts 1.8). The book of Acts describes how the disciples went about proclaiming Christ and testifying (witnessing) that he indeed was resurrected. To reject Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah is to reject the resurrection. The two cannot be separated.

    Romans 1:1-4 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

    Whether Jew or Gentile, all need to look into the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth and decide for themselves what kind of Messiah he is: a false one or the authentic one who will establish the kingdom of God at his 2nd coming. The question is not, “Is Jesus the Messiah?” it is, “Is he the true Messiah?” And it is to this question that I answer most emphatically YES and the resurrection proves it! More on the resurrection of Jesus here.

  2. on 19 Dec 2007 at 3:38 pmWolfgang

    Hi
    quite a story … isn’t it interesting how having a pre-conceived idea or agenda causes one to look at things through “coloured glasses” and results in a distorted view?

    He states on page 121, that the reason for this chapter is to clarify his position on his “unwavering support for the State of Israel and his outreach to the Jewish community.”

    One wonders what kind of “outreach to the Jewish community” the author has in mind? It almost seems as if the author is rather taking a Jewish position and promoting an outreach to the Christian community to convince them of some Jewish ideas? could it be that his ideas are based on a wrong idea of the meaning of the term “Messiah”?

    Cheers,
    Wolfgang

  

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