Can anyone actually believe that the Islamic fanatics presently in charge of the Iranian government would not use nuclear weapons on Israel, America, and the World? 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 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.
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Can anyone actually believe that the Islamic fanatics presently in charge of the Iranian government would not use nuclear weapons on Israel, America, and the World? 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 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. Hagee says over and over again that "Anti-Semitism is sin and as sin it damns the soul.
Hagee opens by speaking about Iran and the current crises that the U. 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 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 , 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. The fact is that such an interpretation is scarce among scholars. 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 in order to prove that the Jews are the elect and chosen of God. In other words it is a stand-alone document that does not need Romans and 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. Pastor Hagee takes a two people of God approach and he does so emphatically.
This is a remarkable stretch of exegeses that has no New Testament support whatsoever. This is where Hagee is at his most heretical. For me, Hagee has missed the message of Jesus in the Gospels all together. Jesus condemns the Jewish establishment of his day Hagee would agree with this statement with limitations to Caiphas and the Herodians only and the Temple and predicted there coming destruction. Jesus reconstitutes Israel in himself, in other words Jesus message is repent and believe the gospel or give up your way of being Israel and come trust me for mine see N T Wright.
Jesus redefines Israel, not as a Gentile Church replacing Israel, but by being the true Son Hagee rightly points out that Israel is called the true son of God , or the New Israel himself. Jesus is the New Israel and appoints twelve apostles and tells them that they will be the new judges over the twelve tribes of Israel.
He is not only Israel but also He, himself replaces the Temple as well. Jesus said "Destroy this Temple and I will build it again in three days. Hagee does not see that Jesus fulfills in himself the promises made to Abraham and David.
This is the point of the opening of Matthew and the genealogies that are there given. Anyone interested in further discussion send me an email at darrengjohnson38 yahoo. I realize that by criticizing John Hagee I am opening myself up to people not liking my review. People generally judge something like this on the basis of whether you were kind to their favorite preacher and not was the book review really helpful.
There are some good things in this book,the historical chart at the end being one. Hagee also wakes us for the necessity to pray for a hurting part of the world that we would rather forget about and hope that it just goes away. I am not sure if there will be an attack like Hagee predicts and even if I were sure I am not sure what good it would do to know.
We cannot live in fear. We must hold to the hand of the one who holds our future in His. Jesus the Messiah is the answer. I only wish Hagee would say this more. This book is on the forefront of the political debate with Iran.
The Chapters of the book start with a discussion on where the situation with Iran is today. The next chapter discusses the history of how we got into this situation.
The next chapter deals with what the future holds and concludes with a Christian perspective on the situation. The book is compelling and chilling. It is a page turner. This book is not about preaching the bible, it is about the realities that Western Civilization faces with the Islamic Radicals in Iran and their quest for Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Hagee points out that Iran must be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons. He provides detailed information obtained from Israeli Officials that suggests Iran will have the Nuclear Weapons by October The book then talks about the response of the Arab Nations and how that ties into the bible regarding Revelations.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about the growing Radical Islamic threat the world faces from Iran. By Jga on May 12, The book has some excellent material in it showing Old Testament prophecy coming to fruition now. I look at this book as "a word to the wise. I am amused that some reviews give indication to the contrary. I think it despicable that some reviewers are not only critical but nasty with their comments and titles bestowed on this servant of the Lord. For instance, pg 78 - Peter cut off the ear of a soldier?
Bible says, "servant of the high priest. I thought he built the first temple. Pg - the first source of contention in the church was doctrine Acts What about the widows of Acts 6?
He said that the Romans conquered Jerusalem in 70 A. That would mean it would be at least A. But it was Over exaggeration is annoying. Pg - I had no idea Gideon and his men fought the Philistines, I thought it was the Midianites.
Pg , The morning after Elijah ate the food from the angel God asks, "What are you doing here? Pg - Haman and his 7 sons were hanged from the gallows Haman prepared for the Jews of Persia.
Uhhhh, Haman and his 10 sons, and the gallows were prepared for Mordecai, not all the Jews of Persia.
Jerusalem Countdown : A Warning to the World by John Hagee (2005, Paperback)
ISBN 13: 9781629986975