John Hagee says Jesus did not come to be the Messiah

John Hagee pastors a very large church. He goes on TV a lot. I understand he divorced and remarried a long time ago. Whether that disqualifies him from being bishop or an overseer over God’s people – you judge.

1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

I really question whether a man who can even slightly suggest that Jesus did not come as Messiah to the Jews can be considered “apt to teach”. Someone apt to teach is someone who has the ability to communicate God’s TRUTH unambiguously.

You can see from the youtube promo that he is now selling a book in which he claims that Jesus did not come to be the Messiah of the Jews. I would advise you to save your money and not buy the book.

UPDATE: It seems that John Hagee has published something of a retraction, and is going to rewrite a chapter of his book. That sounds like a good start. See here
for example.

Here are some comments from Rick Joyner on the issue and some comments on the comments.

To me serious questions have to be raised about the man’s discernment, if he can write and promote books which need to be partially retracted due to their promotion of SERIOUS doctrinal errors.

1Jo 2:22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

I have always understood Christ to be a based on greek word (Christus) for the Hebrew concept of Messiah (Maschiach). Jesus is called the son of David and never denies it. Jesus had the legal right (through Joseph, his adopted father) to the Davidic throne. This can be seen in Matthew’s gospel, chapter 1.

Jesus said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel” – meaning that his earthly ministry had God-appointed boundaries. “He came unto his own, but his own received him not” (John 1:11). Some of the parables of Jesus and much of the gospel of John show that the Jews by and large DID reject Jesus. They were a fickly bunch and stirred up by the chief priests, demanded before Pilate that Jesus by crucified. On the day of Pentecost, Peter rebuked his Jewish hearers, telling them:

Act 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Hagee seems to want to say we can’t blame the Jews for anything, they did no wrong in relation to Jesus, he never came as the Messiah, so we should totally support the state of Israel. It is reported that Hagee also believes that Jews don’t need to believe in Jesus to be saved – they have their own covenant with God. There are a lot of dangers in this dual covenant theology. Listen, Paul was a Jew, Peter was a Jew, the 12 apostles and the first church were all Jews. Did they have no need of Jesus, having their own special Jewish covenant?? A thousand times NO. The whole point was, they responded to God’s call, taking an unpopular way which was at variance to the consensus of their nation, and THIS proved that God in fact had chosen them for eternal salvation. Eternal salvation has NOTHING to do with being an earthly Jew. It has everything to do with having the circumcision OF THE HEART, and having the same kind of faith in God as ABRAHAM, who believed that God had the power to provide a sacrifice and even raise his son from the dead.

Its pretty extreme that such a one can actually sell books for profit peddling these kind of statements that contradict the Scriptures.

Don’t believe in people just because they can buy T.V. time or can sell books. Check things out for yourself according to God’s Word. Don’t follow men. And remember, in the last days, there is no safety in numbers. Twenty thousand churchgoers can EASILY be wrong.

What do YOU think?


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  1. Judahson says:

    ‘Know This’

    The Lord says this day;…..

    “There are many who are calling themselves the ‘Remnant’, just as there were many who called themselves the ‘Church’. They are sadly mistaken and will find out so in the coming days when I will exact My judgments in the earth.

    Do not be exhausted, My children, with their insolence. They shall know My truth soon enough. They shall be silenced finally. There shall be a Remnant Bride pure and spotless.”

    “They shall not enter in;…
    The ‘self-proclaimed’ shall not enter in, and I will judge them for their insolence.
    Let the Redeemed of the Lord know this.
    Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so,” says the Lord!

    “The Remnant Bride will be pure and free from the haughty.
    There shall be no unclean thing among My people, My Bride.”

    “Know this My children;…
    I am a jealous God, and I will not allow the swine to feed among My sheep.
    Know this!

    Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so!”


    ‘Which One Are You?’

    “One I will heal,… another I will kill.
    Which one are you,” says the Lord?

    Lines drawn,… choices made.


    ‘Ashes to the Wind’

    Says the Lord,…

    “If the little worms knew that the carcass that they feed upon was
    about to be thrown onto the fire, they would cry out for mercy.

    The rotting corpse of religion will be burned in the fire,
    and I will scatter their ashes to the wind.”


    ‘Generation of My Wrath’

    “I offer My people LIFE,” says the Lord.

    “The balm of Gilead is My love.
    I offer it for emotional healing and health.
    I offer it through the Blood of My Sacrifice.
    My chosen ones carry it and offer it to whomever I please.

    The serpent’s bite is deadly, and many of My people are near death.
    They have embraced the serpent, yet they do not know that they are near death.

    My love abounds in the hearts of MY chosen.
    It is there for the taking,… for those who are destined to receive.

    I have rejected the generation of My wrath,…
    but My sons and daughters shall walk in My love for one another.”



    “Let justice roll like a mighty wave upon the earth,” says the Lord.

    “For I have watched, and I have taken notice of all that has taken place around Me.
    I have seen it all….. Nothing has escaped My gaze.”

    “Each one will reap what they have sown,…..
    ‘life unto life,… death unto death,…..
    mercy upon mercy,….. refuse upon refuse’.

    I have proclaimed it, but so few believed Me,…..
    So few believed that the Day would ever come.”


    “Watch as I exact My JUSTICE in the earth.
    Stand back and watch in amazment as I do far beyond all that you could do or think.

    Watch as My JUSTICE rolls through the lives of those who know Me, and those who do not.

    You will soon know who is, and who is not,…
    for one I will exalt, and another I will destroy.

    You will be amazed at who is which.

    Watch as My JUSTICE rolls throughout the earth.”


  2. Janet Turner says:

    Re: John Hagee’s statement — what he really said was the Jesus did not come to be the messiah as expected by the Jews, a political as well as a spiritual king who would break the bondage of the Romans over the Jews and restore Israel and the temple and worship to its former glory.

    John Hagee said that Jesus came to be the suffering messiah as indicated in the prophecies particularly in the book of Isaiah. He came to offer eternal life, salvation, forgiveness & mercy to those who really loved God and believed that He, Jesus, was the actual son of the living GOD.

    If you really read the Old Testament in depth you will grasp the extent to which Israel had left the LORD and drifted into apostasy and serious idol worship — the spirit of Jezebel was rife all over the land — especially among the priests.

    • misterstroup says:

      You might give a person some time to speak for themselves. If anyone is familiar with his teaching then you’d know Pastor Hagee was NOT saying Jesus wasn’t the Messiah.

      A Special Message from Pastor John Hagee Regarding His Book “In Defense of Israel”
      Dear Friend:

      I am writing to share with you some important news pertaining to my latest book In Defense of Israel. It has come to my attention that my choice of language and some of the interpretation being given that language in Chapter Ten has caused some confusion and actually led some readers to question whether I believe that Jesus is the Messiah. If people are reaching such a conclusion, then I have clearly failed to communicate my views as well as I should have.

      I have decided to release a new edition of In Defense of Israel with an expanded Chapter Ten. The new version will make the same point as the prior one, but using language which cannot mislead anyone about my bedrock belief that Jesus was and is Lord, Savior and Messiah.

      I was surprised to learn that some people were interpreting my words as a rejection of this most fundamental Christian belief that Jesus came to earth as the Messiah promised in the Hebrew Scriptures. I have been preaching the gospel for half a century. Almost every Sunday for the past 50 years, I have stood in front of Christian audiences to clearly proclaim the glory of our Lord, Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ. For the past 30 years, these weekly sermons have been beamed to millions around the world on Christian television.

      Given my long years of preaching the gospel to so many, it simply never occurred to me that anyone would question my belief in the fundamentals of the faith. I chose to use challenging language that I hoped would confront the body of Christ to consider events from the Jewish and historical perspective and therefore develop greater empathy for our Jewish friends.

      Over the centuries, Christians have been quick to condemn the Jews for failing to recognize Jesus as Messiah. This approach led to replacement theology and the viewpoint of some that God has rejected and broken covenant with the Jewish people. These ideas, in turn, opened the door to a vicious Christian anti-Semitism that led to the Crusades, the Inquisition and countless pogroms.

      I tried to challenge this view by highlighting a distinction that has been long recognized in Christian theology between the role Jesus played in His first coming, and the role He will play in his second coming. Jesus came the first time as the suffering Messiah, as exemplified by His persecution, rejection and crucifixion. Jesus will come back as the reigning Messiah, who will rule the world from His throne in Jerusalem as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

      We Christians believe that the suffering Messiah was clearly foreshadowed in the writings of the Hebrew prophets. However, most Jews have never read the prophets in this way. The Jews were expecting the reigning Messiah. I know this, you know this, and our omniscient and omnipotent Savior knows this.

      God could have sent His Son to earth as the reigning Messiah the Jews were expecting. Instead He chose to send Him as the suffering Messiah, who submitted to the Cross, and I thank Him every day that He did. But I also regret daily that this divine move has led so many of the fallen humans it saved to denigrate and persecute the Jewish people from whom our Lord sprang.

      In the expanded Chapter Ten, I will make the same point with language that does not hide my own perspective on the matter. The primary change will involve how I use the word “Messiah.” In the expanded version, I will clarify the clear distinction between the “Suffering Messiah,” the Lamb of God and the “Reigning Messiah,” the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!

      I am deeply grieved for any confusion my writing may have caused the body of Christ. It was never intended. I trust this letter and the expanded edition of In Defense of Israel will clarify what I believe. I also hope that we can return our focus to what I had anticipated to highlight all along, the fact that we Christians must shift from condemning the Jews for what they missed to thanking them for what they gave.

      Blessings to you and those you love,

      Pastor John Hagee

      © John Hagee Ministries 2008
      P: (210) 494-3900 | [email protected]
      P.O. Box 1400 San Antonio Texas 78295-1400

  3. warrior daughter says:

    It amazes me how so many people follow after man and they take what man says and not what the Bible says as how to live their life…Yes, these people are very charismatic but that does not mean to follow after them…Some people will leave their church when a pastor leaves due to the fact they were following after man and they cannot nor do they want to accept the new pastor…Many people are glued to their tvs watching a tv preacher and believing every word that comes out of their mouth but would never go to a church in their own town…The church has many in all denominations that are in the role of being a shepherd due to the fact of all the extras they get from being a pastor…Ezekiel 34 tells about the false sheperds and because of the false shepherds God’s people has became prey and food for the beasts of the field (ie Satan) because there was no shepherd nor did My shepherds search for My flock but the shepherds fed themselves and not My flock….These false shepherds will have a severe judgment on them for leading people astray and not seeking what is lost, and bringing back what was driven away, not binding up the broken nor strengthening the sick…..

    • stevehenry says:

      acts 18:24-28 speaks of a man by the name of,apollos.who was a learned jew from alexandria.apollos had a thorough knowledge of the scriptures.but there was somthing missing in his teaching.he preached only the baptism of john.mark 1:2-4.he had not learned about the baptism in jesus name,of which peter and the eleven had preached on the day of pentecost,acts 2:38.apollos also had not received the baptism in the holy ghost,because in the new testament,baptism in jesus name usually takes place before one receives the holy ghost,acts 2:38; soon as aquila and priscilla heard apollos preach,they knew there was some lack in his understanding.they invited apollos to there home,and there in private ,aquila and priscilla instructed apollos more fully in the faith,apollos was already a famous preacher,apollos humbly accepted the correction of aquila and priscilla.let us learn from aquila and priscilla,they never beat apollos over the head,when they explained to him about the baptism in jesus name or about the baptism in the holy ghost.apollos humbly accepted,there you humbly accept my instructings,all the best in jesus name,steve henry

      • Timothy Luke says:

        I guess the answer to your question, “do you humbly accept my instructings?” depends upon what you are instructing and is it according to scripture? If so, God grant us all eyes to see and ears to hear!


        • stevehenry says:

          greetings in jesus name.your problem is not with me,its with the word of god.most christains today,always try to down play,jesus name close they come to blaspheming the,holy ghost.what i preach is the,truth and the devil hates the truth,as it is in jesus christ the lord.acts 5:32 and we ,the apostles are his witnesses of these things;and so is the holy ghost,whom god hath given to them that obey him.1peter 1:12 ;23 them that have preached the gospel unto you with the holy ghost sent down from heaven;being born again,not of corruptible seed,but of incorruptible,by the word of god,which liveth and abideth for ever.2peter 1:16 for we have not followed cunningly devised fables,when we made known unto you the power and coming of our lord jesus christ,but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.peter said they were eyewitnesses,peter also speaks about the way of truth shall be evil spoken dear friend,search the bible for yourself,if i am wrong i will give up what i preach,thats the preaching of the apostles doctrine.many have tryed,and many have failed,to prove this gospel wrong.the bible is the holy word of ,god.god bless.stevehenry

          • Timothy Luke says:

            So let me be clear my brother. You are saying that because I am daring to give credence to Matthew’s Gospel account where the Lord is quoted as saying to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I am in error? Am I reading you correctly brother? Because if I am you need to state flat out that Matthew’s account is heretical, if you say my believing it and taking it at face value is a problem “with the word of god (sic)”.

            You have failed to answer my questions to you asking if Matthew’s account is a heresy?


          • stevehenry says:

            greetings in the name of jesus.what i am saying is this,the apostles neither baptized using the so-called trinity formula nor did they leave any record of any teaching about a trinity.”i baptize you in the name of the father,and of the son,and the holy spirit.”by using the three titles rather than the one name of the father,son,and holy ghost,they take the position that in water baptism one must recognize three persons in the find out where the word trinity and the trinity doctrine came from,we must go to books other than the bible as the trinity is never mentioned in the learn about the trinity,we must resort to uninspired books such as the encyclopaedia britannica,the catholic encyclopedia,or hastings encyclopedia of religion and the council of nicea in a.d.325 called by emperor constantine,over three hundred bishops gathered,and in a setting of pomp and splendor the trinity doctrine was first officially the council and several councils thereafter,men continued to formulate the trinity doctrine and at the same time to establish the roman catholic church and its was some 350 years later,at the eleventh council of toledo in a.d.675,that the trinity dogma was triumphant over arian is the primary teaching of the catholic catechism:the catholic faith is this,that we worship one god in trinity ant trinity in unity,neither confounding the persons,nor dividing the substance.however,the divine nature does not subsist in one single person or hypostasis,but in three distinct persons.,father,son,and holy a result of this belief,catholics baptize into the trinity dogma using the trine formula-that is the titles of the father,son,and holy ghost rather than the singular name,of jesus christ.every protestant church that copies this formula of baptism has obtained its beliefs,theologies of men,and dogmas from its mother church-that is, the roman catholic may be termed hypocritical to use the originators form of baptism and belief in a trinity and yet object to the other teachings of that church.either we should recognize all of the man-made theologies that originated with the church of rome,or we should stick to biblical teachings and preach,teach,and live as the apostles did.this is how matt 28:19 came to be used in water baptism.i rather stick to the holy word of god,the bible.i hope this will answer your question.the apostles always baptized in the name of,jesus.lets not go name calling,we are not children,here,and i am not {sic} .god bless stevehenry

          • Timothy Luke says:

            LOL, on the last “i am not {sic}.”

            Thank you Steve for a clearer picture on where you are coming from. I do not believe the trinity to be a provable doctrine according to scripture. As was pointed out in another post, we do not pray to the Holy Spirit. At the same time it is also noted by myself that Paul in all his writings gives oft mention in addressing and praising the Father and the Son, but does not ever address the Holy Spirit. These things cast a shadow on the subject and so I leave it to God the Father and Jesus Christ His son to reveal these things clearly in due season.

            The question is not whose name do I baptize in then. You were focusing on that issue, not because you necessarily had an issue with us being told to baptize in the name of the Father and Holy Spirit, but rather your issue was with where other theologies take the mention of those names and draw up grand doctrines and teachings from that verse. Am I correct on that?

            Thank you for taking the time to sort through this with me. I did not realize I called you a name, brother. Maybe another glance at my post will make it clearer to both of us. God bless you, Tim

            PS – Capitialization of names is a form of respect that I personally honor grammatically. Those are the rules of grammar, to capitalize proper names, and so I placed a (sic) by it, to draw attention that I was directly quoting you and not lower casing God’s name of my own.

          • stevehenry says:

            greetins in jesus name.i am sorry,if i misundestood you.i want you to no,i have nothing to do with any oneness churchs.i try to stick to the book of acts as much as,possible.threw much study of the word,and threw prayer,i find that life alone is found in the lord jesus christ.i question the trinitarian doctrine,i was told it was a mystery that nobody can understand.i cannot have faith in a, lord jesus christ,is no mystery.the trinitarian doctrine was introduced by man and produced and developed by proclaims a mystery that nobody can understand.its the heart and soul of the roman is not biblical and it is not came from the carnal minds of men.the trinitarian theory and philosophy hides and ignores the power of the name of jesus christ in baptism.all the godhead dwells bodily in christ and he has all power and authority,colossians 2:9-10.for it pleased the father that in him,who is jesus christ ,should all fulness dwell,colossians 1:19.paul warns us,beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit,after the tradition of men,after the rudiments of the world,and not after christ.i must lay aside every weight,that so easily besets me and run the race,i must run in no other name but the name of jesus.bless you stevehenry

          • Wow!! I know this was posted back in July, but wow!! Why don't you just dunk him in the water and be done with it!!! God's probably even scratching His head!!

            (It's now December and you all are probably still arguing about it!!)

      • stevehenry says:

        acts 19:1-12 says paul came to ephesus,there he meet twelve disciples of john ,who had believed in christ,and was baptized with johns baptism and had not yet received the holy ghost.pauls understanding was that being baptized and receiving the holy ghost always went together,or within a short time of each other.sometimes the baptism in water came first ,acts 2:38;8:15-17.sometimes the holy ghost came first acts 10:44,47-48.whatever order it happened,to be a true christian it was necessary for them to be baptized and receive the holy ghost.paul found out that these disciples had not received the holy ghost,he ask them,what baptism did you receive?they said,johns baptism.paul taught them that johns baptism was only to prepare men for the coming of christ,mark 1:2-4,acts 18:25.having believed in jesus,they must be baptized in jesus name.this is the only time in the new testament where someone was baptized twice.the reason was,these disciples had not been baptized in jesus name, the first time.once someone has been baptized in jesus name,he never need to be baptized again.this is the third time in the book of acts,luke states explicitly that believers spoke in tongues when they received the holy ghost.those twelve disciples were rebaptized in jesus name,and filled with the holy ghost and they spake with tongues and prophesied.i like to ask you my,friends,unto what then were ye baptized.only you can answer that your water baptism found in the new testament or is it only the tradition of men.all the best,stevehenry.

  4. I have just been reading about Edward Irving and Henry Drummond. It seems that the doctrine of dispensationalism and the Zionist cause were entwined with the new charasmatic movement.

    Henry Drummond, banker to the monarchy and involved in business with many of the leaders of the enlightenment.

    We need to ask for the holy spirit gift of discernment to truly separate the wolves from the true flock.

    On the other hand however, I believe that if God could use a donkey to speak to Balaam, then He can use apostate televangelists.

    God is not mocked.

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