My name is Henry M. Morse, I am a Messianic Rabbi.
I have just heard of some news concerning something you have written and said that greatly disturbs me, yet does not surprise me. Please correct me if I am wrong. Am I to assume your words represent the true sentiment of your heart.
MT 12 NASV
34 Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
For, as you said in your commercial about your book.
"Jesus did not come to Earth to be the Messiah"
"Since Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered."
If these statements were true then we have to do away with the entire New Testament (Brit Hadasha) this would include the Speech of Steven in Acts chapter 7. Review that please.
Do you really believe that Yeshua did not claim to be Messiah? How do you justify that Biblically in Tenach or the Brit Hadasha?
If he is not the Messiah to the Jew then who is he for? You claim to be pro Israel you claim to be a true born again believer, or do you? Then, you deny the very one promised to Israel. How can He only be for the gentiles and still be anything other than a fraud?
I read your retraction statement yet, I am still not comforted. I don’t understand the point you are trying to make. Are you trying to placate the Jewish community with statements like these.
‟In defence of Israel will shape Christian theology”
‟it scripturally proves that the Jewish people as a whole did not reject Jesus as Messiah”
Or are you speaking shock statements just for the sale of your book. Either way anything you say is now suspect.
I am ashamed to say that I am embarrassed to have to even address such a remedial issue as this to one such as you.
I don't want to insult you but have you not read the Messianic Prophesies, Is 53, Ps 22, Micah 5:2, Dan 9, etc.
Please forgive me but what do we do with John 10 NASV
24 The Jews therefore came round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou hold us in suspense? If thou art the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believe not: the works that I do in my Father's name, these bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep.
30 I and the Father are one.
31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from the Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, For a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy; and because thatthou, being a man, makest thyself God.
I could understand if these were the only scriptural references but I could point out at least hundreds of like nature. I don't want you think that this letter is a pointless rebuke but as a Messianic Jew and Rabbi I find your claims to be pro Israel and anti Yeshua for the Jews to be a clear contradiction in light of what Rav Shaul, (the apostle Paul) said.
Rom 9:1-3 NASV
1 I say the truth in Christ, (Meshiach) I lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit,
2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart.
3 For I could wish that I myself were anathema from Christ for my brethren's sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh .
Was Rav Shaul lying or deceived? Was he proclaiming the exclusivity of Yeshua or just bloviating? He sure put his money where his mouth was when it came to his sacrificial lifestyle for Yeshua. Or was this all for naught?
Please Mr. Hagee make up your mind if you are for Israel then you also have to be for the remnantRomans 11:5-7.
Don't make the same mistake that Peter made in Galatians 2:11-21 Stop trying to win the approval of those who reject the very Messiah who purchased you. If you want to love Israel then give them their Jewish Messiah in love, and compassion without compromise. They are not going to except you until they find the very one they have looked for and missed.
Preaching the Gospel to them does not mean that we have to attack them or persecute them. We should speak out boldly against anti Semitism, we should support Israel. But, we should not neglect the preaching of the Gospel for the sake of acceptance. If you love Israel give them what they need Messiah Yeshua, not a mixed message. The ”Your ok I’m ok‟ message is not the Gospel.
I have been preaching the Gospel to my brethren for 31 years and I have felt the sting of their rejection in a very personal way. My very own father has disinherited me. I have little to no communication with my own family. Trust me, this hurts. Yet, I have also seen many come to the hope of Israel and serve him. Please repent of this sin and be restored to the body of Messiah.
Your words are bringing confusion and derision to the body of Meshiach. They do not line up to the scriptural record. They insult the remnant and the sacrifice they have made to follow Yeshua. Your retraction does not clear things up it only complicates things. You are not being misunderstood. You are being judged by what you say. Choose your words more carefully Mr. Hagee, repent with out excuse and help us win Israel to their Messiah by preaching the unadulterated Gospel. If you can’t do that then just get out of the way and stop making it difficult, for us who are, by preaching a message of confusion.
Romans 1:16 NASV
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
If you would like to consult me on how to reach the Jewish people I would be happy to speak to you in private with no fanfare, in person on the phone or by email.
In Messiah Yeshua
Rabbi Henry M. Morse
Messianic Congregation Sha’ar Hashamayim
2 Canton St. Suite A21
Stoughton MA. 02356