"The son of a Holocaust refugee, Mr. Cahn was raised in a nominally Jewish family in the New York suburbs. But from an early age, he was drawn to the more esoteric corners of belief.
He devoured the writings of Nostradamus, the Virginia psychic Edgar Cayce and far-out conspiracy theories about ancient astronauts. Mr. Cahn soon stumbled on "The Late Great Planet Earth," the 1970s best-seller that argued doomsday prophecies of the Bible were playing out with events like the Cold War and Israel's Six-Day War.
Mr. Cahn bought the book thinking it was about UFOs; instead he was given a crash-course in Christian eschatology."
What he was given a crash course in was relatively modern add-ons.....
"Advanced by the 19th century preacher John Nelson Darby, dispensationalism was absent from the first 1,800 years of Christian thought -- and it's come roaring back in recent decades as Hagee and his acolytes have gained more influence.
This, despite the fact that it's no longer taught in almost any mainstream seminary across the U.S. Deatherage told me he believes that the "residue" of dispensationalism still influences American foreign policy today."
Dispensationalism became fashionable again in some circles in the 1970s and again in the 2000s, thanks initially to books like Hal Lindsey's "The Late Great Planet Earth," which predicted the end of the world sometime in the 1980s, and the best-selling Left Behind series....
The theology was embraced by Christian fundamentalists such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, and the books themselves influenced tens of millions: "The Late Great Planet Earth" was a best-seller in the 1970s, and the Left Behind series sold 80 million copies."
So, he's just another carnival barker like Falwell, Robertson, Lindsey... or Pres Two Corinthians.