I really felt that the Lord would return during this year's Feast of Trumpets but now I'm not so sure. Since Billy Graham's announcement that he believes God will allow him to live to 95, and carry out one last message next year in November, I kinda wonder if that might be true and we'll still be here next year. I have always believed Graham's messages and if he says he feels God will let him live, then that sounds like a God that would give a very last chance to us...much like Ninevah. Having said that, in the past 24 hours Mr. Graham was taken to the hospital again. I would like to get some others opinion. What do you think about this?
Billy Graham's Last Sermon(12 posts) (8 voices)
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"...so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God." 1 Cor 2:51 vote of thanks [Perhaps Today]
I think it's wonderful that Billy Graham still has the will to live and the drive to keep on going. It is important to have goals and something to look forward to. But I don't think his feelings have any bearing on when the Lord might return. It could be the Lord will come back before Billy passes on, in which case I hardly think he'd have a complaint about getting a glorified body.
Billy's belief sounds to me like a statement to the effect that, "If the Lord wills, we shall do thus..." If the Lord does tarry, then I wish him the best toward achieving that goal.
As for his last sermon having an effect similar to Jonah's preaching at Nineveh, I'm somewhat doubtful. We may have passed that point. But if any souls at all were persuaded to repent, then it would be a worthy goal to have met. May the Lord bless him and enable him to recover.
I think I have to agree with Robert here. I've read of other men of God who really felt that they would not die but be raptured. Zola Levitt was one, I believe and they have passed on. I think it would be awesome for Dr Graham to be raptured and experience that type of homecoming. But as Donna said in another post - whether he's raptured or just passes on - he'll be with his Savior and with Ruth and it's a win-win situation."If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17
That is true, many men of God have believed this. I guess we will know in a few weeks regardless. Thank you for the opinions.
Atleast if something does happen he will get to meet Jesus early. And,he'll be with Andy Griffith in the dead in Christ who shall rise!Remember this. Peace is when you trust God in difficult times despite uncertain circumstances.
Billy Graham has a famous saying that goes something like this:
"Live as if today could be your last day, but evangelize as if you have decades".
I believe as long as he is on this earth, he will ALWAYS have plans in the works to save souls!
Will have to agree with David on this one. I don't think the Lord's return will have any bearing on whether or not Billy Graham is alive or passed on. However, i've always felt that maybe the Lord would keep him with us and that he would live to see the return of Jesus, just because he's been one of the few, in my lifetime, that has spread the Gospel like he has.
But, nevertheless, the Lord will return on His timing and His timing alone. Praying for Billy and hope that he's still here to see the Lord return, because i still believe it's very very soon!
Blessings~Isaiah 54:9~ For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
Hmmm. This thread could either turn into a recitation of all of Billy Graham's mistakes or become a defense of all his accomplishments. Without dispute, he has not lived a perfect life, nor have any of us. I have had moments when I disagreed with him as well.
So how about looking at what he says he wishes he had done differently? That way we can have a realistic view from his own eyes.
I disagree slightly that all men speak well of Billy Graham. Perhaps his critics are a little less harsh these days in deference to an older man. But there were days when Billy was ripped to shreds publicly by comedians and mockers.
How many remember this TV appearance with Woody Allen? Allen is more respectful toward Graham, but the questions are still those of a scoffer. It will give you an idea, if you weren't around then, what people were interested in talking about at the time.
(I recall when this aired in prime time, so you can get some idea how old I am!)1 vote of thanks [DeAnn]
David said it very well!
The only thing I wish to add is; neither Billy Graham, his new announcement of "Repent America", or any future plans his ministry has is in no way hindering the Rapture from occurring!1 vote of thanks [David R]
I appreciate your responses; they all have good points. David I can see that you are a man that brings peace and wisdom together. And you back up your comments with "proof" from the Internet. Keep up the good work. I have learned that age is a wonderful thing. Dr. Graham probably feels like Paul...he's fought the good fight but either way it's good, to stay and bring others to the Lord, or go Home. I'm glad we as Christians leave that decision in the hands of the One who made us. The Potter knows us better than we know ourselves.
good thread !
Billy will either go up with us (those who are alive and remain )at The Rapture or he will go up immediately before us in the Dead in Christ Group with Ruth .
He is a sign that The Rapture is very near now .
His age , I believe , is a marker !
Bless him for his witness always , bbJesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” — John 11:25-261 vote of thanks [Tender Reed]
I also have always felt that brother Billy would live to experience the rapture. True that he is not perfect, nor have I always agreed with the council or methodology he employed with certain presidents. Having said this, we must also remember that Billy and his ministry is symbolic and representational of something bigger than Billy. Were he never to speak another word for the kingdom of God, his life and Gods bestowed favor towards him has spoken volumes. Many times the world, and men of God are often lost by individual or demoninational accomplishments. Again, what I believe highlights brother Billy and his ministry, is the unmistakable and demonstrated favor of God!
Love & blessings...Tender Reed“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
— John 14:271 vote of thanks [David R]
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