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Hank Hanegraaff teaches against the premillennial rapture. Hannegraff raises doubts in the minds of Rapture believing 'babes in Christ.' He and others as well, want people to believe that the Rapture is/was no more than a fad that has run its course. How utterly wrong these teachers are! They try to build momentum with the belief that the prophesied generation has passed away and that the Rapture has already taken taken place . . . which could be a big reason on the falling away (apostasy) that is to continue.
This "generation" . . . what is it, when is it? Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (KJV) . . .
There are several ideas about the term, this generation. Some say mankind; others, the generation of Christians; and still others, the whole generation of the Jews. I think it wise to keep it in context with the Passage. What has Jesus been talking about in Matthew 24?
Matthew 24:5-9 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. (KJV) . . . These things: wars, rumors of wars, famines, disease and earthquakes in many places . . . have always have been in the world, but they
have been increasing both in number and severity. ALL the things listed here will
intensify as we close in on the end of this age. What we are seeing
now, is only the “beginning of sorrows.”
This Generation Will Not Pass Away?
Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (KJV) . . . This is a hard saying by many. Personally, I think it refers to Christ's Second Coming in glory. IF Jesus really meant that this event would take place within a generation from the time of His speaking (only a few days before His arrest and crucifixion), then was He mistaken? Was He wrong? I say NO!
Those like me, who do NOT think that Jesus made a mistake, are convinced that this refers to His glorious Advent, beginning with the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18). If so then, "all these things" must mean the events leading up to the Advent. Others interpreting, will place emphasis on "this generation." Jesus could have meant "the generation which will be alive at the time about which I am speaking." IF this is right, the generation on Earth when these things . . . ALL these things, begin to take place will still be on Earth when they are all completed. I believe that all these things will take place within the span of one generation.
Could it be that our Saviour means those that were present at that time (when all these things He spoke of in Matthew 24 happen in the world) . . . those who were at that time living should not all die until ALL these things He mentions shall be fulfilled? I will stay with this idea. Look around! ALL the things Jesus spoke of in Mat.24:5-9 ARE happening, and with more and more abundance and severity!
Another possibility, some say: if we assume that the prophesied generation started when Israel became a state in 1948, we know that this generation has not yet died off.
The Bible tells us that scoffers would come in the last days mocking those who are teaching the imminent and soon return of Jesus Christ. Hanegraaff and many like him are fulfilling this prophecy made to the Church. We should not be surprised that people in the last days will not endure sound doctrine because that also was foretold. 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (KJV)
I do not think TRUE Christians will fall away from the faith because people like Hanegraaff discount the soon return of Jesus Christ and any literal future fulfillment of prophetic passages. A TRUE believer CANNOT deny the Spirit within. The Holy Spirit tells TRUE Christians that the return of Jesus is very soon. Any wise person "in Christ" can see that the world CANNOT stay on its present course much longer! We see Satanic and anti-Christian views rising at a terrific rate of speed in the world and IF we read what the Bible states, and believe it . . . we KNOW that God's judgment must soon come. All signs and worldly trends point in that direction. It is my humble opinion that the drastic weather conditions taking place in the world, can also be included in "all these things" of which Jesus spoke. Personally, I think 'global warming' is a farce! I think that all weather and natural disasters can be included in "earthquakes." Am I wrong? I could be. But I do know this: GOD is in control of ALL things . . . NOT mankind!
Most amillennial (denial of the millennium) and post-millennial (after the millennium) believers seem much more interested in setting up their own little kingdom right here on earth right now without Jesus. We must defend against those who teach against premillennial Rapture, and the way to do that is staying close to Jesus and using clear Biblical doctrine. Those who have ears to hear WILL hear. Those who are sleeping or are caught up with worldly things will NOT know the time of His Coming and they will get what they seem to want . . . that being, more time to live in their flesh on Earth.
Excerpts from A Review of Hanegraaff's "The Apocalypse Code"
By: Dr. Thomas Ice
For the last fifteen years or so when I have heard Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man radio program, field questions on eschatology (end times prophecy) it was very clear that he has been decidedly against the futurist perspective. Hanegraaff has told his audience for years that he was studying the field of eschatology and would announce his views in a book one day. Hanegraaff's book has now been released, entitled The Apocalypse Code, . . . . . . . . . Even though Hanegraaff always insisted that he was open to and had not adopted a specific view of eschatology, it has always been equally clear to anyone who is schooled in the various views of the end times that he had all along rejected dispensationalism and embraced his own version of a preterist/idealist scheme.
Anti-Israel and Pro-Palestinian
Hanegraaff's blend of preterism and idealism produces an eschatology that is viciously anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian. His brand of replacement theology teaches that national Israel has no future since she is replaced by the church.
Just as Joshua is a type of Jesus who leads the true children of Israel into the eternal land of promise, so King David is a type of the "King of Kings and Lord or Lords" who forever rules and reigns from the New Jerusalem in faithfulness and in truth (Revelation 19:16;cf. 19:11). In each case, the lesser is fulfilled and rendered obsolete by the greater.
As is typical within systems of replacement theology, Hanegraaff renders much of the Old Testament obsolete by what is said to have happened in New Testament theology. He says, the "relationship between the Testaments is in essence typological." Future prophetic Promises, which usually relate to Israel, are rendered as mythical or mere types and shadows of something else, but never what they actually say. Through alleged hermeneutical ideas, such as Hanegraaff's so-called, "typology principle," he interprets future Promises to Israel allegorically as fulfilled through the church. He actually says, with a straight face, that some of the symbols in Revelation, such as the dragon (Rev. 12) are "fantasy imagery."
Such deconstruction of God's Word renders the future Promises to Israel as mythological and not true historical records of God's veracity Thus, the reader should not be surprised to learn that Hanegraaff does not believe that the seventy weeks of years (490 years) in Daniel refer to literal years that actually elapse in specific history. Instead, he says, "the seventy sevens of Daniel encompass ten Jubilee eras and represent the extended exile of the Jews that would end in the fullness of time -thequintessential Jubilee- when the people of God would experience ultimate redemption and restoration, not in the harlot city, but in the holy Christ." Hanegraaff regularly calls Jerusalem "the harlot city."
This book is not only filled with factual error throughout, but teaches that most Bible prophecy has already been fulfilled and advocates the following preterist viewpoints: Nero was the beast of Revelation (i.e., the antichrist), Christ's Olivet discourse and most of the Book of Revelation were fulfilled by events surrounding the a.d. 70 destruction of Jerusalem, and the tribulation was also fulfilled in the first century. Hanegraaff is certainly no lover of Israel since he teaches that God divorced the harlot Israel (he needs to read the end of Hosea) and took a new bride -the church, supports the pro-Palestinian claims against Israel, and even accuses Israel of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Hanegraaff embraces and argues for many viewpoints that are detrimental to sound Bible study and interpretation. Not surprisingly, I do not recommend this book, unless one is looking for an example of how not to study the Bible for all its worth. Maranatha!
To read the entire article, go to: http://www.pre-trib.org/
Excerpts from A Review of Hanegraaff's "The Apocalypse Code"
By: Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D.
As one who teaches eschatology from a dispensational perspective at an evangelical seminary I like to read a variety of books on end times issues or what is often called “eschatology.” In fact, I probably read more books I disagree with than books that agree with my perspective. When looking at books that differ from my own views, I sometimes am able to glean a nugget of knowledge or perspective. Sometimes I am challenged to rethink a particular point. Normally I do not feel compelled to sit down and write a response to each book I read. But an exception has been made after my reading of Hank Hanegraaff’s 2007 book, The Apocalypse Code: Find out What the Bible Says about the End Times and Why it Matters Today.
In sum, popular author and radio host Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man, has offered a critique of Tim LaHaye and dispensational theology. In doing so he offers a perspective that is often known as Partial Preterism—a view that interprets most prophetic passages in the Bible as being fulfilled in A.D. 70 with the destruction of Jerusalem.
. . . . . . . . . . From my perspective, it seems as if mocking Dispensationalism was as important as offering a reasoned defense of Preterism. Yet preterists bring up some important issues that should be discussed. Issues such as what Jesus means by “this generation”, the meaning of the timing texts in Revelation, and the dating of the Book of Revelation.
. . . . . . . . As I read Hanegraaff’s book I was shocked by the tone and the irresponsible scholarship. Halfway through the Introduction I could no longer take Hanegraaff’s book seriously. When one violates basic principles of scholarship when dealing with a theological issue, his or her credibility on that topic has been lost. This happened over and over again in regard to Hanegraaff’s book.
. . . . . . . . . I personally do not believe this book is helpful for anyone whether they are preterist, dispensationalist, premillennialist, postmillennialist, amillennialist, or any other eschatological view.
. . . . . . . When the Gospel or essential Christian doctrine is at stake, we are to remain firm and uncompromising. To the death we should defend the doctrines of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, salvation by grace alone through faith alone, substitutionary atonement, and other essential doctrines.
In addition to the accusations of racism and ethnic cleansing, Hanegraaff has a host of other charges and associations for dispensationalists. He compares Dispensationalism to Darwinian evolution (38), Bill Clinton (70), Joseph Smith (44), and the Jehovah’s Witnesses (124). He favorably uses a quote in regard to premillennialism that describes premillennialists as “the socially disinherited, psychologically disturbed, and theologically naïve” (44). According to Hanegraaff, today’s dispensationalists threaten the entire human race. They are “bent on ensuring that the horrors of Armageddon become a self-fulfilling prophecy” (47). In fact, the only way to save the world according to Hanegraaff is to reject Dispensationalism: “If the evangelical death march toward the endgame of Armageddon is to be subverted, it will be because believers recommit themselves to faithful illumination” (48). Dispensationalists are also those who shout down their opponents as those who are “peddlers of godless heresy” (68).
Hanegraaff consistently manipulates the playing field to make sure those who disagree with him are viewed in the most negative light possible. For example,
--If you believe that Israel will be saved and restored to her land or that Israel will undergo persectuion you are a racist who supports ethnic cleansing (xx–xxiii).
--If you believe in a future Antichrist who will be raised from the dead you are diminishing the resurrection of Christ and His deity (xix).
--If you believe that the “this generation” of Matt 24 is a future generation you are a Scripture-twister (77).
For more on what Michael Vlach states about Hanegraaff's book, see: TStudPress@aol.com
HERESIES OF HANEGRAAFF
The following are some of the false doctrines (damnable heresies) that Hanegraaff of Christian Research Institute (CRI) teaches, with a refutation from Scripture:
Hanegraaff: "The HOLY SPIRIT does not dwell within the bodies of all believers. The "indwelling" is symbolic of a relationship believers have with the Father, Son and HOLY SPIRIT." . . . . To say that the HOLY SPIRIT does NOT literally live within the physical body of ALL believers is absurd. The Bible clearly teaches that the HOLY SPIRIT literally lives within the physical bodies of ALL believers, for ever. John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (KJV) 2 John 1:2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. (KJV) . . . Our bodies are called temples of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (KJV) . . . To say the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is symbolic of a "relationship" is twisting Scripture. Anyone who dares to mess with God's HOLY Word is in serious trouble!!! (Deut.4:2; 12:32; Pro.30:5-6; Gal.1:8-9; Rev.22:18-19).
Hanegraaff: Hell and the Lake of Fire are not real places. The descriptions of Hell and the Lake of Fire are merely symbolic of a harsher punishment that the wicked will suffer. . . . . All descriptions of Hell and the Lake of Fire in the Bible ARE literal. Hell DOES exist!
Hanegraaff: The blasphemy of the HOLY SPIRIT is not a specific act, but a continual rejection of YAHSHUA as Savior. . . . The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is clearly explained in Mat. 12.22-32.
Hanegraaff: The Roman Catholic Corporation is a true Christian (Messianic Faith) "church" that has some false doctrines. . . . Catholicism is a CULT because: (1) of a false gospel of works and rituals; (2) a supposed infallible leadership which must be obeyed; (3) the prohibition of its members to interpret the Bible for itself; (4) the placing of Catholic dogmas and traditions on a par with Scripture; (5) its claim to be the only way of salvation; (6) the ridiculous claim that members cannot be saved apart from its sacraments; (7) the anathematizing (pope ritually puts a curse on them) of all who reject its dogmas and traditions; etc.
Hanegraaff: Fallen angels have no extension in space (they cannot appear to people). . . . The Bible clearly teaches that ALL angels (holy and fallen) most certainly CAN appear to people. For holy angels, see: (Gen.18 & 19; Dan.10:1-21; Mat. 28:1-7; Mark 16:5-7; Luke 1:26-38; 2:8-14; 24:4-7; Acts 12:6-10) and the devil appeared to the Lord (Mat. 4:3-11; Lk: 4.1-13). Paul also states that holy angels appear to believers (Hebrews 13:2) and that the devil can appear as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14). If the devil can appear as a good angel, so can the bad angels.
Hanegraaff fails to understand that angels are not ghostly beings who have no bodies. Angels are physical beings who have immortal, physical bodies similar to the ones that we will have at the resurrection (Mat.22:30). They dwell in a different dimension than we do and they have the ability to move from their dimension into ours at will, like our resurrected Lord Jesus did (John 20:19). When they enter our dimension we can see, touch and hear them. We cannot see, hear or touch them while they are in their dimension unless we are given the ability to as Elisha and his servant were (2 Kings 6.17).
The Promised Land
Last but not least . . . Israel's Land.
In Whose Land? Whose Promise?
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it plainly: “Our claim to this land is based on the greatest and most incontrovertible document in creation—the Holy Bible.” The debate over WHO owns the land takes on heightened significance with the city of Jerusalem. No piece of real estate in Israel is more coveted. And in Jerusalem no property is more precious than the Temple Mount.
The Muslims’ multimillion-dollar Dome of the Rock is located on the spot where the Jewish Temple should be. There is no other place on Earth suitable for the Temple. And there is no other single thing that would unite the Muslims in starting a holy war as the
Does the Bible really prophesy a rebuilt temple? YES! There is NO Jewish Temple today. There must be a Temple for it to be measured (Rev.11:1-2) and for the prophesied abomination of desolation to take place (Dan.9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Mat.24:15). The Land belongs to ISRAEL! See: http://www.hisservants.org/israel_promised_land_h_s.htm. WHY are so many politicians and foolish people trying to take it away from them?
Excerpts below from Rapture Ready Web Site:
In his novel 'Fuse of Armageddon' Hanegraff blames evangelical Christians for causing Middle East terrorism. He states "Much of American Middle East policy is influenced by a huge voting bloc of evangelicals who are taught not to question Israel's divine right to the land," says Hanegraaff. "God is not pro-Jew. He is pro-justice. He is not pro-Palestinian. He is pro-peace. Only a gospel of peace and justice is potent enough to break the stranglehold of anti-Semitism and racism fueled in part by bad theology."
My Answer to Hanegraaff
God is absolutely pro-Jew! The Jews are His people! His Covenant with them is EVERLASTING!!!
Genesis 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. (KJV)
Genesis 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (KJV)
1 Chron.16:13-18 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;
16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;
17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; (KJV)
Psalms 89:33-37 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah. (KJV)
Psalms 105:8-15 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. (KJV)
Jeremiah 33:19-21 And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying,
20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;
21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. (KJV)
Another excerpt from Rapture Ready:
Hanegraaf holds to the preterist position that purports that all prophecy (with the exception, perhaps) of Christ’s actual Second Advent) was finished with the AD 70 destruction of the Temple atop Moriah and Jerusalem. Modern Israel has no place in God’s economy. The Church has now replaced the Jew as inheritors of God’s promises. God has, apparently, changed His Mind about Israel being His people forever, no matter what, as plainly laid out in the Book for which Mr. Hanegraaf claims to have the answers.
Genesis 17:7-8 "And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojourning, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."
My answer to Hanegraaff
The Church has NOT, nor will ever replace Israel.
The Church is NOT a continuation of Israel! Many today believe the damnable heresy that
Christianity is the New Israel, a continuation of the concept of Israel from the Old Testament. Do NOT fall for this ridiculous heresy! The Church is NOT the replacement for Israel and the many Promises made to Israel are NOT fulfilled in the Christian Church. The prophecies in Scripture concerning the blessing and restoration of Israel to the Land of Promise are NOT the Promises of God to the Church.
WHY then, do these people believe that only the prophecies of condemnation and judgment remain for Israel and the Jews? IF Israel has been condemned by God, and IF there is NO future for the Jewish nation, HOW can the supernatural survival of the Jews be explained?
The Church is completely different and distinct from Israel!
The Church has no relationship to the curses and blessings for Israel. The covenants, Promises and warnings are valid only for Israel. Israel has been set aside in God's program during these past 2,000 years, but the church has NOT replaced Israel in God's eyes! The Lord has preserved the Jews through great persecutions, even though they are largely in unbelief.
After the Rapture (1 Thes. 4:16-18) God will again start to deal with Israel. The "Time of Jacob's Trouble," (the Great Tribulation) will begin. This horrible period of seven years (Dan.9:24-27), which begins at a slow pace during the first half then intensifies in full during the latter half. All people will be judged for rejecting Christ, while Israel is prepared through the trials of the Great Tribulation for the Second Coming of the Messiah. When Christ does return to the Earth, at the end of the Tribulation, Israel will be more than ready to receive Him (Zec.12:10-12). The remnant of Israel which survives the Tribulation will be saved and the Lord will establish His Kingdom on this Earth with the capital as Jerusalem. With Christ reigning as King, Israel will come to Jerusalem to honor and worship the King,along with ALL other nations (Jer.3:17-19; Isa.2:2-4; Zec.2:10-11; 14:16-21). The Church will return with Christ and will reign with Him for a literal thousand years (Rev. 20:1-5).
Amos 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. (KJV) The LAND belongs to ISRAEL!!!
Psalms 89:30-37 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; 31 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; 32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. 33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. 34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. 36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. 37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah. (KJV) . . . Israel shall endure FOR EVER!!
Jeremiah 31:35-37 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. (KJV) . . . NO one can change the way God rules this Universe . . . so NO one is capable of eliminating God's people, Israel!
BUT . . . Hanegraaf ridicules those of us who believe the Bible, those of us who take the Pre-Trib, Pre-Millennial, Dispensational position who believe that God ALWAYS keeps His Promises. God does NOT change!
Hanegraaff insists that the Muslims have as much right to the Promised Land as Israel, if not more. He, and most of the world in general, accuses Israel in being the reason for no peace in the region. Israel wants peace desperately! She fights only to survive! Check out some of the prophecy news site.
To see more about Hanegraaff, go to: http://www.raptureready.com/who/Hank_Hanegraaff.html
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