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John McCain, the End Times and Israel
Thursday, March 13, 2008
By Rev. Stephen Sizer
"All I can tell you is I'm very proud to have pastor Hagee's support," Mr. McCain said.
What is behind this is the belief harbored by extremist Christian Zionists that the second coming of Jesus Christ is related to the Jewish re-possession of the biblical lands of Israel and re-building ofthe Temple in Jerusalem on the site currently occupied by two of Islam's holiest mosques.Jerusalem Countdown: A Warning to the World, is well aware. Political expediency, of course, dictates that people like John Hagee and Mike Huckabee deny that this End Time's theology has anything to do with their support for Israel. But in point of fact it does, as anyone who has read Hagee's,
No one would accuse the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, of being an extremist Christian Zionist. He is not, like Huckabee, a darling of the Christian right. Many in this camp, including Focus on the Family's,James Dobson,say they will not under any circumstances give himtheir support. Yet according to John Hagee, McCain is firmly in the Christian Zionist camp. He has, in fact, apparently endorsed not only Hagee's insistence on unconditional support for Israel, but also his more extremist views on the End Times. At the very least he has done nothing to repudiate them.
Here is an excerpt from a piece done by Bruce Wilsona year ago (Feb. 23, 2007) that appeared on the blogsite, AlterNet, raising the right questions about McCain's ties to the extremist Christian Zionist, John Hagee while also showing that McCain's courting of Hagee goes way back. It makes for chilling reading.
McCain Courts "Apocalypse Pastor" Hagee
Posted by Bruce Wilson(on Alternet.org) at 7:19 AM on February 23, 2007.
SEN. McCAIN: I think we could have Armageddon.
- John McCain, on the Iran crisis. April 2nd 2006, on Meet The Press.
So, what were the "secret matters" John Hagee and John McCain discussed last January 29th ? And, why is Senator McCain seeking political support from an advocate for apocalyptic war ?
"CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL
January 29, 2007
This morning I had an extended breakfast with Senator John McCain of Arizona. Our topic of discussion was Israel and his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States of America.
Senator McCain's comments concerning Israel are on target! He gets it! While I do not want to put the specifics of our conversation in this update I am glad to report to our leadership and supporters that John McCain is solidly pro-Israel.
We discussed his positions on other matters that I will share with you when I speak with you in person. This newsflash goes to the ends of the earth and I don't want to read it in the media tomorrow."
Rev. Stephen Sizer is the co-founder of Challenging Christian Zionism together with Don Wagner, Gary Burge and John Hubers, a group of Christians offering an alternative to the biblical and political distortions of Christian Zionism.
He is the pastor of Christ Church, Virginia Water, and is a founder member of the Institute for the Study of Christian Zionism, and trustee of the Amos Trust. A frequent speaker in the United States and Middle East, he is the author of many articles and audio resources as well as several books, mostly on subjects relating to Zionism and the land of Israel. Titles include Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon; In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles (Eagle); and Zion’s Christian Soldiers.
Rev. Sizer opposes both Christian Zionism and any forms of Antisemitism as he holds a Covenantal overview and hermeneutic for the Bible.
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