This week, Pastor John Hagee quoted The Book of Genesis which says God uses the sun, moon, and stars for signs and seasons. Examples can be found throughout the Bible. According to Pastor Hagee, God is getting ready… to speak this way once again.
“I believe that in these next two years, we’re going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world,” he predicted.
The story was reported by CBN News and you can read it on this link: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2014/February/Divine-Sign-for-Israel-Hagee-Explains-Blood-Moons/
In case you don’t know who is Pastor John Hagee, he is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational megachurch with more than 20,000 active members.
In his 2005 book Jerusalem Countdown: A Warning to the World, Hagee interprets the Bible to predict that Russia and the Islamic states will invade Israel and will be destroyed by God. This will cause the antichrist, the head of the European Union, to create a confrontation over Israel between China and the West. The book echoes predictions made in The Late, Great Planet Earth, the best-selling 1970 book co-authored by Hal Lindsey and Carole C. Carlson. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hagee)
That’s a bit different than my book TRIBULATION. The antichrist, also known as “the beast” is described in Rev. 13:1-2 as: 1Then I saw a beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads blasphemous name[s]. 2The beast I saw was like a leopard, but it had feet like a bear’s, and its mouth was like the mouth of a lion…
The reader can see my illustrations, with descriptions of the 1st and 2nd beasts at the following link: http://www.tribulation7.com/illustrations.html
I say the beast is an oil rig which symbolizes the oil companies and that’s a far cry from the “head of the European Union”
In 2007, Hagee stated that he does not believe in global warming, and he also said that he sees the Kyoto Protocol as a conspiracy aimed at manipulating the U.S. economy. Also, Hagee has condemned the Evangelical Climate Initiative, an initiative “signed by 86 evangelical leaders acknowledging the seriousness of global warming and pledging to press for legislation to limit carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hagee) Many other Judeo-Christians do believe in climate change. The National Religious Partnership For The Environment has sent several letters to President Obama emphasizing the seriousness of climate change and its threat to our civilization. The National Religious Partnership For The Environment is comprised of:
I wonder if Pastor Hagee knows that his beloved state of Israel is a participant in the Kyoto Protocol or if Hagee is discounting our sins from Isaiah Ch. 24 which are resulting in climate change. Is Pastor Hagee open-minded enough, based on the descriptions in Rev.8:8-9 (the 2nd Trumpet – Deepwater Horizon Disaster) and Rev. 16:8-9 (the 4th Bowl – Global Warming) to see that these respective events have occurred or are occurring as we speak.
In the CBN article, Hagee spends a lot of time directing his latest prophecy to some place between the Old Testament and his own personal visions. In the article, he does make one reference to the Book of Revelation where it ‘says that during the Great Tribulation, “the moon will become like blood.”‘ What he’s referring to is the 6th of 7 seals described in Rev. 6:12-14 which reads; 12 Then I watched while he broke open the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; the sun turned as black as dark sackcloth and the whole moon became like blood. 13The stars in the sky fell to the earth like unripe figs shaken loose from the tree in a strong wind. 14Then the sky was divided like a torn scroll curling up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.
The biblical notes of the New American Bible discuss this particular scripture and go on to say that its a “symbolic rather than literal description of the cosmic upheavals attending the day of the Lord when the martyrs’ prayer for vindication (Rev 6:10) would be answered; cf. Am 8:8–9; Is 34:4; 50:3; Jl 2:10; 3:3–4; Mt 24:4–36; Mk 13:5–37; Lk 21:8–36.” As you can see, it uses a lot of both Old Testament and New Testament scripture as its basis.
What Pastor Hagee may or may not realize and probably wouldn’t agree with, is that the 6th Seal has already occurred. The reader can check the following facts:
A 6.5 Earthquake occurred in Iran on 12/20/10 @ 12:41p.m. CST. A Lunar eclipse “the whole moon became like blood” occurred on 12/21/10 @ 1:41 a.m. CST, exactly 13 hrs. (Rev.1:3) after the 6.5 Earthquake. A Geminid Meteor Shower occurred 12/13/10 and an Ursids Meteor Shower on 12/21/10, from my book TRIBULATION by G.R. MILLER.
Rev. 1:3 reads “Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near.”
Regarding “every mountain and island was moved from its place”, read the following NASA article: Japan Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days, Moved Axis
Lk21:25 which is titled The Coming of the Son of Man says “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
The Fukushimi earthquake and tsunami occured on Mar. 11, 2011. The “Supermoon” rises on Mar. 18, 2011: which was the biggest full moon in 18 Years.
The 6th Seal may or may not be part of “The Tribulation” which is best described in Mt. 24:15-31, Lk.21:7-28, 2Thes.2:1-17, 2Tim3:1-9, 2Ptr.3:8-10, Rev. Chapter’s 8-11 & 13-19.
As you read the Hagee article, you see a continuing tone from the pastor regarding Israel and its neighbors and a potential nuclear threat.
Hagee says; The blood moons of 2014 and 2015 are poised to appear as Iran works toward nuclear weapons and Israel’s neighbors, Egypt and Syria, are in chaos.“The only reason that Iran will not acquire a nuclear bomb will be that Israel chooses a military solution to that crisis,” Hagee told CBN News. Hagee appears to be salivating over his prophecy of Armageddon occurring in the next 2 years, I assume on Mountain of Megiddo as described in Rev. 16:16.
“I believe that if that happens, it will start a series of events that will change the course of world history,” he said. “If Israel does not, then it will still change the course of world history.”
Hagee has been warning of the Iranian nuclear threat through his work with Christians United for Israel, which he founded in 2006. It is now the largest pro-Israel organization in America, with some 1.3 million members.
Personally, I do my best to quote scripture regarding our obligation to protect Israel.
Psalm 98:1 says: A psalm. I Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done marvelous deeds. His right hand and holy arm have won the victory.
The NAB biblical notes for Psalm 98:1 say: Marvelous deeds…victory: the conquest of all threats to the peaceful existence of Israel, depicted in the Psalms variously as a cosmic force such as sea, or nations bent on Israel’s destruction, or evildoers seemingly triumphant. His right hand and holy arm: God is pictured as a powerful warrior.
My thoughts are: “His right hand and holy arm” are the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ.
Mark 16:19, The Ascension of Jesus, says So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. In Rev. 17-14 it says; “They will fight with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and king of kings, and those with him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
Israel has the Leviathon Gas Field, which contains roughly 19 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and is the largest gas field to have been discovered in the past decade. It was discovered in 2010, about a year after the discovery of the Tamar field, which, together with Tamar Southwest reservoir, contains roughly 11 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The Leviathan reservoir is expected to be the largest infrastructure project in Israel’s history. Last week, on Feb. 7th, Australia’s Woodside acquired a 25% stake in the Leviathon Gas Field for $2.7 billion. (Source: http://www.haaretz.com/business/.premium-1.573015)
Just a quick note: the name Leviathon is referenced in Isaiah 27:1 where scripture titled The Judgment and Deliverance of Israel says: On that day, The LORD will punish with his sword that is cruel, great, and strong, Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the coiled serpent; he will slay the dragon* in the sea.a
From the NAB Biblical Notes,
“*” referencing Leviathan…dragon: the description of Leviathan is almost identical to a passage from a much earlier Ugaritic text. The sea dragon became a symbol of the forces of evil which God vanquishes even as he overcame primeval chaos; cf. notes on 30:7; 51:9–10; Jb 3:8; 7:12; no power can challenge God. Leviathan is even spoken of playfully in Ps 104:26.
“a” referencing Old Testament scripture Jb 40:25–32; Ps 74:12–14; Ez 32:2.
Dragon is the description used throughout the Book of Revelation referring to Satan. From Rev. 12:13-18; 13When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year. [3 1/2 years is the length of the Tribulation]. 15The serpent, however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current. 16But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed out of its mouth. 17Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus. 18It took its position on the sand of the sea.
Maybe now some open-minded readers can see my view of the “the beast” as an oil rig, symbolizing an oil company. As it says in Rev. 13:2 “To it [the beast] the dragon gave its own power and throne, along with great authority.” In this case the authority to market “the dragon”. Some where in all that is the sign of the beast as described in Rev. 13:16-18…a numbered stock certificate? a gasoline credit card? I’m open to other suggestions.
Natural gas is being used to displace petroleum and coal to reduce CO2 emissions and global warming; therefore, I see a plausible conflict between Israel and the OPEC nations in the Middle East and Northern Africa, due to sheer competition, (which could significantly drive down the price of oil) or especially if Israel starts mass exporting LNG (liquified natural gas) to nations currently importing petroleum and coal as their primary energy sources.
We’re already seeing Saudi Arabian concerns about lifting sanctions on Iran: Iran would then put more oil on the world market driving down the price. Follow my logic. Congressional Doves —>Lift Iranian sanctions if they agree to stop their nuclear weapons program —> More oil on the world market driving down the price of oil; thereby, diminishing the economics of projects like Keystone XL. The inverse of that logic we’re seeing: Congressional Hawks —–> Continued and additional sanctions on Iran regardless of Iranian compliance with eliminating its nuclear weapons program —-> No additional oil from Iran on the world market —-> Oil prices stay high —> Projects like Keystone XL still have an acceptable rate of return. Sound plausible?
Several of my references to scripture above could segue to Rev. Chapter 7 The 144,000 Sealed, Chapters 8 and 9 The Trumpets, Chapter 14 The Lamb’s Companion’s, Chapter 15 and 16 The Seven Plagues and Seven Bowls, and Part V of the Revelation (Chapters 17 – 20) The Punishment of Babylon and the Destruction of Pagan Nations. I’ll write about that later.
God’s message is clear: Protect Israel from any threat to their peace, be it Iran or any other country; however I say we MUST go through the peace process between Iran and Israel, regardless of the shrill false prophesies of the “John Hagee’s” of the world.
Author G.R. Miller, utilizing his engineering and project management experiences in the fossil fuels energy sectors and guidance from God, takes a pragmatic approach of part preterism, part symbolism and part literalism in decoding the Revelation of Jesus Christ. He exhibits a Climate Change connection through scripture, commentary and illustrations.