August 4, 2013
Christian Zionists frequently cite Genesis 12 in support of their view that Christians must support the political and military ambitions of the Jews. In this chapter, God says to Abraham,
I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed
John Hagee, perhaps the most prominent of all Christian Zionist pastors, says of these verses that,
No pronouncement of scripture is clearer or more decisive. God smiles on the friends of the descendants of Abraham, and they enjoy heavenly favor. In contrast, God will answer every act of anti-Semitism with harsh and final judgment
Final Dawn Over Jerusalem, page 20
This Christian Zionist interpretation, however, is completely false, and directly contradicts the Word of God.
Biblical interpretation is one of the most important and difficult tasks for the Christian, and one that must be undertaken with the utmost caution since the Bible contains many obscure passages, especially in the Old Testament. In some instances, however, we are fortunate enough to have a New Testament passage that directly quotes and explains a passage from the Old Testament. When this is the case, we have the infallible Word of God explaining to us how these Old Testament passages are to be understood. In Galatians 3, the Apostle Paul directly quotes and explains Genesis 12:3, and this must be the starting point of our interpretation. Paul writes,
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, “In thee shall all nations be blessed”
And later on in the same chapter Paul writes,
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, “And to seeds”, as of many; but as of one, “And to thy seed”, which is Christ.
These words of Paul make the meaning of Genesis 12 absolutely clear: the seed of Abraham is Christ, and the blessing received by the nations is the salvation granted through faith in Jesus. Therefore, we can say that God will curse those who curse His Messiah, and bless those who bless His Messiah: the blessing of God depends on how a nation treats the sinless Son of God and His Gospel, not on how it treats the sinful and blasphemous Jews who rejected Jesus. No group has slandered and cursed the name of Jesus more than the Jews, and therefore the warning of Genesis 12 applies to them, not to “anti-Semites.”
Let us now return to the interpretation of John Hagee and see how it compares to the interpretation of Paul. Hagee argues that the blessing that God gives through the Jewish people is not only restricted to heavenly rewards, but also includes the many contributions that individual Jews have made to our society. In an attempt to prove this point, Hagee produces a long list of Jews involved in degenerate Hollywood films and the liberal mainstream media and says that, “These people are a living testimony that ‘in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed’”(32). Among those included on this list of Jewish “blessings” are comedian Peter Sellers, who was a mentally unstable drug-addict; actress Madeline Kahn, who is best known for starring in vulgar comedies like Blazing Saddles; actor Paul Newman, who has supported various left-wing causes for decades; advice columnist Ann Landers, who used her widely-read column to support legalized abortion; and talk show host Larry King, who has publicly endorsed homosexual “marriage”.
The Apostle Paul says that the blessing of Genesis 12 refers to the salvation of heathens through faith in Jesus Christ, while Hagee presents these degenerate Jewish celebrities as a fulfillment of the promise to Abraham. Through his brazen distortion of the truth, Hagee reveals himself to be a blasphemer and an enemy of Scripture, leading millions of Christians into fellowship with darkness.