(Prelude to WWIV?)
Hagee teaches that during the “End of Days” leading up to the end of the world, many Jews will accept Jesus, presumably after the scales fall off their eyes. Melvin was more explicit about just what would happen to the Jews who didn’t: “Some of the Jews will perish and be going to hell.”
While Hagee tries to distance his eschatology from his support for Israel, it bears mentioning that the two are actually inexorably linked. In early 2007, Hagee participated in a conference call with bloggers and denied that eschatology plays any part in his support for Israel. But as Bruce Wilson, who monitors the religious right on the blog Talk2Action,pointed out in April:
Pastor Hagee’s words were directly contradicted by literature from Hagee’s San Antonio Cornerstone Church magazine, which exhorts readers to “Become a Part of the Fulfillment of Prophecy” by sending money to help Jews resettle in Israel. It is standard to Christian Apocalyptic Premillennial Dispensationalist eschatology that Jews must be encouraged to return to Israel where, according to the prophetic tradition, most of them will be killed in the Tribulation, Apocalypse and battle of Armageddon except for a “remnant,” generally held to number 144,000 Jews who have converted to Christianity, who will survive and serve as evangelical “super-Billy Grahams” who will convert all of humanity, surviving the expected (nuclear) end-times conflict, to Christianity.