The following excerpt from Jerusalem: Countdown to Crisis, a collection of sermons by televangelist John Hagee, was heard on NPR’s Fresh Air on Monday:

In two minutes, let me tell you where we’re going from here.  This prophetic portrait paints the following sequence of events for the future.  America and Europe become weakened and cannot respond to Israel in the time that Russia and the Arab invasion begins against Israel.  This is God’s plan.  Why?  Because he wants the Jewish people in Israel and around the world to know that He — the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — saved them, not America.  Secondly, Russia with Arab allies will plot and plan Israel’s destruction.  That’s happening right now.  It has been happening for ten years.  Iran’s nuclear weapons have been produced with Russian scientists, the Islamic Arabs are using the “roadmap to peace” to get all of the land of Israel that they can get.  And when Israel finally says “Enough!,” you’re going to see the beginning of the implementation of Ezekiel’s War in 38:39.  The critical point is the church is raptured before this War begins.  I am telling you that makes this message one of the most thrilling prophetic messages you’ve ever heard in your life.  You could get raptured out of this building before I get finished preaching.  We are that close to the coming of the Son of Man.

Listen to Terry Gross’ interview with Hagee, in which he discusses the Middle East, American politics and Hurricane Katrina – here.