Hi again [name withheld],
I'm glad you followed up, since this issue is very important.
Your insistence on the distinction between "Christ" and "Messiah" is absolutely false and unbiblical. As explained in my last email, the word "Christ" means "Messiah." The two words are interchangeable. They mean the same thing. There is no difference between "Christ" and "Messiah." Every Christian should know this because it is taught in the plain text of the Holy Word:
John 1:41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated, the Christ).
In your first email you wrote: "The name "Messiah" is actually only used twice in the Bible according to Strong's Concordance." That is not correct. You forgot to check the New Testament in which "Messiah" is listed as Strong's number 3323. And in both cases God ensures that there can be no mistake by translating the word "Messiah" as "Christ" in the very text of His Word:
John 4:25-26 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."
Do you see that? The text explains that Messiah is called Christ, and then Jesus Himself declared "I who speak to you am He
." When John Hagee says that Jesus did not come to be Messiah, he directly contradicts the very word of the Lord Jesus Christ as well as the entire New Testament. Every reference to Jesus as "the Christ" could accurately and correctly be translated as "the Messiah" which is exactly how the Jewish Complete Bible does it throughout the New Testament. For example, here is how the Messianic JEWS translate 1 John 2:22:
CJB 1 John 2:22 Who is a liar at all, if not the person who denies that Yeshua is the Messiah? Such a person is an anti-Messiah- he is denying the Father and the Son.
Even non-Jewish translations sometimes translate "Christ" as "Messiah" to help the reader who might be ignorant of this basic fact.
John Hagee teaches that Jesus Himself denied being the Messiah. This also is false. It directly contradicts the plain teaching of the Holy Word:
Matthew 16:15-17 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ [MESSIAH], the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
See that? Christ said that God the Father had revealed the He was Messiah (Christ). Some the translations use "Messiah" in Matthew 16:16 to help folks who don't understand the that "Christ" literally means "Messiah. A couple examples are the God's Word to the Nations version and the New Living Translation:
GWN Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!"
NLT Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
And if that's not enough, the Salkinson-Ginsburg edition of the Hebrew New Testament consistently translates the Greek "Christos" as the Hebrew "Meshiach" throughout from beginning to end! And if that's not enough, go visit your local Chirstian Bookstore and glance at the heading over Mark 8:26 in "The Complete Word Study New Testament" edited by Spiros Zodhiates which states (in bold print and large font):
Peterís Declaration That Jesus Is the Messiah (Matt. 16:13-20; Luke 9:18-21)
I could go on and on and on and on forever and ever! The proof is total and complete! There is no ambiguity whatsoever. God's Word declares it. All scholars confirm it. And Webster's dictionary defines it (in caps, no less!):
[Middle English Crist, from Old English, from Latin Christus, from Greek Christos, literally, anointed, from chriein]
(before 12th century)
1 : MESSIAH
2 : JESUS
There are two statements that define the Christian faith: 1) JESUS is LORD
, 2) JESUS is MESSIAH
. That is why God's Word says that anyone who denies that Jesus is Messiah is antichrist. To say that Jesus didn't come to be Messiah in the first century contradicts everything declared in the New Testament from beginning to end. It is pure heresy. It is pure apostasy. It is entirely the spirit of antichrist.
As for the idea that "Christ has two roles, one our Savior and the other as Messiah" --- That too is entirely false. When the angels announced the birth of Christ, they declared He was both Saviour and Chirst (Messiah). Here it is in three translations:
KJV Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord
NLT Luke 2:11 The Savior-- yes, the Messiah, the Lord-- has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
CJB Luke 2:11 This very day, in the town of David, there was born for you a Deliverer who is the Messiah, the Lord.
I hope you understand that I am speaking very plainly because clarity on this issue is absolutely essential. We are talking about the fundamental declaration of Jesus as Messiah! John Hagee has publically denied Him. And now he has comfirmed his denial of Jesus as Messiah in a public statement defending his book. God have mercy on his soul that he may come to repentance!
I pray you too have a wonderful and a blessed and a peaceful day of Thanksgiving unto God,