John Hagee says Socialism leads to the Antichrist, but shouldn’t that be a good thing?

 

John Hagee believes that America has a one-way ticket to Socialism, which isn’t surprising if you’ve listened to any of his sermons over the past several years. I disagree with his assessment, but that’s not the point I want to make.

Instead, I’d like to observe a strange disconnect in Hagee’s theology.

In John Hagee’s eschatology, the emergence of the antichrist precedes the second coming of Jesus Christ. The latter is viewed as the culmination of God’s plan for humanity, and it cannot be accomplished without the former.

The antichrist must emerge to power, seduce the nations, martyr Christians, unite the governments of the world, etc., etc., before Jesus can return to judge the world and rule with his saints for 1,000 years. That is an unescapable fact, one that cannot be avoided or even delayed.

If America is becoming socialist, and if socialism facilitates the emergence of the antichrist, and if the antichrist is a necessary precursor to Jesus’ return, shouldn’t Hagee actually be excited? Or at the very least, shouldn’t Hagee do everything in his power to avoid America becoming a socialist country?

I just don’t get it.

If Socialism is requisite for the antichrist, and Obama’s a socialist, then Christians ought to be voting for Obama in massive quantities so that the antichrist can emerge more quickly and easily, thus hastening Christ’s return in judgment and victory.

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12 thoughts on “John Hagee says Socialism leads to the Antichrist, but shouldn’t that be a good thing?

  1. Er… I think most Christians still have hope that God will change His mind and save our America and Americans, and the world. It’s not looking this way though, so basically most Christians are praying for God’s will and attempting to support a political perspective that most resembles something Christ-like. (Basically, *that* clearly leaves both party’s out entirely).

  2. Christ comes after the Antichrist in order to rescue the repentant from the consequences of submitting to the Antichrist’s deception (which is a sure destruction) and to judge those who refuse to repent.
    The darkest hour is just before the dawn,So also, evil has to reach its peak before God’s Final judgment comes into effect(Gen 15:16,Matt 24:21)
    And the Antichrist already reigns supreme on our Midst.However only those who have eyes to see and ears to hear can recognize Him:http://truth.co.vu/antiidentity

  3. Of course he doesnt want Jesus to come sooner! As a true Christian, he wants the people of our world to have more time to come to know Jesus Christ as Savior.. He cares more about the salvation of others than he does about how soon he can get to heaven. True Christians are motivated out of love for others and spreading the gospel…thats why he would hope that the coming of the Messiah was later rather than sooner.

  4. The notion that God’s delay of the second coming is merciful and that Christians should want it delayed simply defies logic and doesn’t really seem very loving and merciful at all. Think about it- based upon literal Biblical interpretation, there is a narrow gate, and fewer people will find life than death. So if a 1,000 people die each day (just to pick a small sampling) and 20% (again, a random number) of those people are Christians and thus go to heaven, that means 800 of them are going to hell every day. It’s simple math now. So each day Jesus delays his coming, hundreds more are doomed to eternal torment. It’s great for the 200 that made it in each day, but sucks for the ones who didn’t. It seems to me that God would cut this off sooner rather than later, and stop this awful flow of people into Hades. To delay it doesn’t sound very loving when you consider the numbers. Or maybe I’m missing something…

  5. “If Socialism is requisite for the antichrist, and Obama’s a socialist, then Christians ought to be voting for Obama in massive quantities so that the antichrist can emerge more quickly and easily, thus hastening Christ’s return in judgment and victory.”

    You make it sound like WE control when Christ comes back. Which we don’t. And wanting the Anti-Christ to come, just so Christ can make His second coming, seems pretty selfish in comparison to our duties as Christians: Die to ourselves, follow Jesus and make disciples of ALL nations.

    How can we be excited about the antichrist?… that just means there is less time to bring up disciples. I’m on team Jesus – seeking the lost, bringing them to HIm, helping them fall in love with Him. There’s enough pressure as it is without the antichrist showing up.

    1. Well, I actually don’t believe in the Antichrist the way Hagee does (and I assume you do as well?). I believe Revelation was written to a specific group at the time of its writing, not as a foretelling of the end of the world.

        1. Glad to offer a response. Basically through studying biblical studies and church history.

          Premillennial dispensationalism is a completely new idea, almost exclusively found in American Evangelicalism. In other words, until now, no Christians have ever read the bible this way and come to these conclusions.

          In terms of biblical studies, Revelation has a genre, and there are other non biblical books in it: apocalyptic literature. I am of the persuasion that Revelation, as apocalyptic lit, spoke to the people to whom it was written.

          A great example of this for my is the symbolic nature of the text. The number 666, for example, applies to a Nero like figure, perhaps Nero himself, not some Antichrist thousands of years into the future. Because Christians feared persecution, symbols were used instead of names directly, and this is a common trait of lit in the genre.

  6. thats right then God is the one that puts leaders into place because His word has to be fullfilled. so they are calling for 40 days prayer and fasting so obama should not win. Thank God, God is God.

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