Friday, March 23, 2012
Exposé of John Hagee's False Teaching that says Jesus did not claim to be the Messiah.
John Hagee falsely teaches that the Lord Jesus did not claim to be the Messiah. God's Word refutes his heretical error. "Messiah" is a Hebrew word, and "Christ" is a Greek word. Both mean "anointed." They mean the same thing. The Lord Jesus is the "Anointed" One of God.
The woman at the well said to the Lord, "... I know that MESSIAS cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I THAT SPEAK UNTO THEE AM HE." (John 4:25-26)
Jesus here claims to be the Messiah!
In speaking of the last days, the Lord Jesus said, "... many shall come in MY NAME, saying, I am CHRIST; and shall deceive many." (Matt 24:5)
Here again He claimed to be the Messiah.
The prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-2 is further proof not only that Jesus is, but that He claimed to be the Messiah. There it states:
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath ANOINTED me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD ..." (Isaiah 61:1-2)
Then in Luke 4:16-21 it is recorded that at the very beginning of the Lord's ministry He read this passage from Isaiah in the Nazareth Synagogue one sabbath.
"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath ANOINTED ME to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:16-21)
That means that He claimed to be the one that Isaiah prophesied of as being anointed, that makes Him the Messiah!
Psalm 2 says, "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his ANOINTED. ... I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." (Psalm 2:2, 7)
The prophecy of Psalm Chapter 2 ties two essential facts together:
1. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God.
2. Jesus is the Anointed One of God, the Messiah.
The Apostle Peter knew that Jesus is the Messiah for he said to Him, "Thou art the CHRIST, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16; cf. Mark 8:29; John 6:69).
Lazarus' sister, Martha, acknowledged that Jesus is the Messiah when she said to him, "I believe that thou art the CHRIST, the Son of God" (John 11:27).
The Ethiopia eunuch said, "I believe that Jesus CHRIST is the Son of God" (Acts 8:37) Even devils that the Lord Jesus cast out of people said to Him, "Thou art CHRIST the Son of God." (Luke 4:41)
The Prophet Daniel foretold of Christ's first coming in Daniel 9:25-26:
"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself ..."
A careful study of this detailed prophecy shows that it was fulfiled exactly and that Messiah Jesus came at the precise time prescribed!
Messiah or Christ is His very name! Jesus is the Messiah and He said He was the Messiah! John Hagee is in error!
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