Should the Religious Right Wing Vote for the Antichrist?
October 25, 2009
Pastor John Hagee is the founder and National Chairman of the Christian-Zionist organization Christians United for Israel, incorporated on February 7, 2006.
He has incurred controversy for his religious beliefs and comments regarding Nazism, Catholicism, Islam, homosexuality, Jews, and Hurricane Katrina (In a interview Pastor John Hagee said "All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that." From the same interview: "God caused Hurricane Katrina to wipe out New Orleans because it had a gay pride parade the week before and was filled with sexual sin.").
However, on April 25 2008, Hagee backed away from the comments regarding Hurricane Katrina by saying, "But ultimately neither I nor any other person can know the mind of God concerning Hurricane Katrina. I should not have suggested otherwise.".
Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who is President of the Union for Reform Judaism said Christian Zionists, and especially Christians United for Israel, do not offer unconditional support for the Jewish state. They offer support for a particular religious vision, particular Israeli leaders, and particular political factions, all of which reflect their own prophecy-driven view of the Middle East,, calling Hagee and his group extremists.
Hagee also said The End Times (Rapture) is imminent and the U.S. Government must do what it can to hasten it, which at minimum requires: (a) a war with Iran and (b) undying, absolute support for a unified Israel, including all Occupied Territories .
Hagee and these other religious radical right wing Christians who hijacked Republican party red states think we should give Israel a free hand to destroy Muslims to allow the Jews in Israel to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple thereby ushering in the second coming of Jesus.
The Temple Mount, also known as Mount Moriah and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is a religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem. Due to its importance for Judaism and Islam it is one of the most contested religious sites in the world. The Temple Mount contains the holiest site in Judaism. Jewish Midrash holds that it was from here that the world expanded into its present form, and that this was where God gathered the dust he used to create the first man, Adam. The Torah records that it was here that God chose to rest His Name and Divine Presence, and consequently two Jewish Temples were built at the site. According to Jewish tradition, the Third Temple will also be located here, and will be the final one. In recent times, due to difficulties in ascertaining the precise location of the Mount's holiest spot, many Jews will not set foot on the Mount itself.
The Noble Sanctuary is the third holiest site in Islam, revered as the destination of Muhammad's journey to Jerusalem, and the location of his ascent to heaven. The site is also associated with all the Jewish biblical prophets who are also revered in Islam. The site is the location of the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the oldest extant Islamic structure in the world. Controlled by Israel since 1967, both Israel and the Palestinian Authority claim sovereignty over the site, which remains a key issue in the Arab-Israeli conflict. A Muslim council, known as the Muslim Waqf, manages the site. The Israeli government enforces a controversial ban on prayer by non-Muslim visitors.
These religious radical right wing Christians want Israel to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple for their own good.
It seems these same religious radical right wing Christians to ensure Jesus would die for their sins would have turned in Jesus like Judas Iscariot (known for his role in Jesus' betrayal into the hands of Roman authorities)
It stands to reason that if these same religious radical right wing Christians are not accusing a politician of being the Antichrist just for political reasons, which as a Christian would be a sin (the 9th commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.), they would vote for the AntiChrist thereby ushering in the second coming of Jesus.