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Rev. Hagee’s Group Revisited
Mon, 07/19/2010 - 20:00

When Christians United for Israel (CUFI), which held its annual “Washington summit” this week, was created in 2006, the reaction across the Jewish spectrum was predictable.  

Progressive leaders warned that the new group, led by the dynamic Pastor John Hagee, would damage pro-Israel efforts here by aligning with the Israeli far right. On the other side of the political divide, Jewish activists welcomed the new group, which raised significant sums of money, wasn’t afraid to hide it sympathies for Jewish settlers on the West Bank and didn’t hesitate to criticize new U.S. pressure on the Jewish state.

Many Jewish leaders in the center took a wait-and-see approach, pleased by the new group’s strong advocacy for Israel but wary because of Hagee’s long ministry involving apocalyptic biblical prophecies.

They’re still waiting. Four years later, CUFI has become a more accepted part of the pro-Israel coalition, but the jury is still out on its long-term impact.

The group’s leaders have become more cautious about weighing in on Israeli policies, and their rhetoric has been toned down.

CUFI has become a visible presence on Capitol Hill, especially with Republican lawmakers, and its energetic message of support for Israel is increasingly important in this era when the winds of delegitimization are blowing across the planet.

Rev. Hagee and others have effectively put to rest concerns that their support for Israel is a cover for evangelizing Jews. Less clear is the connection to Bible prophecy. Rev. Hagee has not adequately explained how his political involvement for Israel can be completely separated from a ministry that remains heavily focused on grim prophecies that center on the troubled Middle East.  

We’d like to hear him answer this question directly: Since you continue to write about Bible prophecy, what, exactly, do you believe will happen to the Jews around the world and in Israel during these “end time” events? And do you regard these events as inevitable?

Also unanswered: will CUFI’s support remain steadfast if and when Israel’s citizens choose to elect a government that wants to pursue land-for-peace negotiations more actively?

 

Bible prophecy, Christian Zionism, Christians United for Israel, John Hagee, pro-Israel activism

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I'm carefully researching CUFI, understand end-time prophecies as undesrtood by Hagee, but also want to support Israel in whatever way I can--not to convert, but to love as commanded.
My visit in 2008 brought an incredible yearning to love this country and its people.
I'm a Christian Zionist for no other reason then I'm continuing to study the Old Testament and learn of its unfailing love for His people, Israel.
If there is another organization for people like me, please let me know that I might participate.

Yes Hagee's interpretation of end times does not sound like the Messiah bringing good times to Israel! He is confusing the first Resurrection with the second. The first Resurrection is to eternal life and the second death has no power over those who hear the voice of the archangel and rise from the graves to reign for 1000 years with the lord. At that time Satan will be chained for 1000 years and then after this 1000 year time the second Resurrection will take place, the Resurrection to damnation, then Satan will be set free to deceive the nations and gather them for battle. They will gather about the new Jerusalem , Satan, the false prophets and all who's names are not written in the book of life, the books will be opened and they will be judged according to what they did on earth, then they will be thrown into the lake of fire, this is the second death, they will burn until completely consumed, death itself will be thrown in, the old earth will be consumed and a new heaven and earth with no sin or death will be the home of the saints with the new Jerusalem where God will dwell Isaiah 65:17
I think the answer to some of these questions can be found in Hagee's new book, released in June, 2010. The title is "Can America Survive: Ten Prophetic Signs That We Are The Terminal Generation." Included are quotes like the following: "Note carefully that the Jewish people at this point in time do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. The Bible is very clear that this will happen at the end of the Tribulation... Because of this colossal battle on the soil of Israel, the Jewish people will abandon their disastrous relationship with the Antichrist and begin turning toward the Most High God." (page 243) "If you look at a map of the Middle East and fix the boundaries recorded in Scripture, the day will come when Israel will own and control all of present-day Israel, including Jerusalem, Lebanon, the West Bank of Jordan,a d most of Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia." (page 109) "...in the near future, there is a specific day and hour in which one-third of the human race will die in a day." (page 251) Also, let me assure you that massive proselytizing programs and support of Messianic ministries is taking place in Israel, Russia, Ukraine, South America, and U.S. because of the access given Christian Zionists. CUFI director Stephen Strang's Charisma Magazine celebrated Israel's 60th anniversary with an issue dedicated to Messianic and evangelical ministries working to convert Jews in Israel, and the magazine regularly calls for American churches to support proselytizing of Jews. Hagee and other CUFI directors have publicly endorsed Maoz Israel, an aggressive Messianic ministry in Tel Aviv.