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Billy Graham sounds alarm for 2nd Coming

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Billy Graham sounds alarm for 2nd Coming

Famed evangelist sees signs 'converging now for the 1st  time'

 

Evangelist Billy Graham

By Troy Anderson

Just as Noah did in ancient times, world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham is  sounding the alarm that the Second Coming is “near” and signs of the end of the  age are “converging now for the first time since Jesus made those  predictions.”

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United  Nations General Assembly “biblical prophecies are being realized.”

And last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., claimed the world has entered  the last days.

“When you see up is down and right is wrong, when this is happening, we were  told this: that these days would be as the days of Noah,” Bachmann said.

The remarks by Graham, Netanyahu and Bachmann come amid a steadily rising  wave of public interest in the end times, as demonstrated by recent polls and  New York Times and Amazon.com bestselling books such as “The  Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of Ameri... by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, and “Four  Blood Moons: Something is About to Change,” by Pastor John Hagee.

In September, a poll by the Ventura, Calif.-based Barna Group found 4 in 10  Americans – and 77 percent of evangelical Christians – believe the “world is now  living in the biblical end times.”

Now, a new wave of end-times predictions for 2014 and 2015 involving blood  moons on Jewish holy days and prophetically significant events on the Shemitah –  the ancient biblical year of the Sabbath – are igniting even more interest in  humanity’s ultimate fate.

Throw in next year’s reboot of the “Left Behind” film featuring Nicolas Cage  and the cinematic destruction of biblical proportions in “Noah,” starring  Russell Crowe, and last-days fever is back with a mainstream vengeance.

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“I think we’re on the verge of a global awakening in interest in apocalyptic  events,” said Paul McGuire, an internationally recognized prophecy expert who is  a regular commentator on Fox News and CNN and appeared on two highly rated  History Channel specials, including “7 Signs of the Apocalypse.”

“I see a fuse being lit here, between what Billy Graham, Michele Bachman and  Benjamin Netanyahu said, and I think there is going to be an explosion of  interest in the end times like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” McGuire  said.

Watching the signs

In an exclusive email interview with WND, Graham, 94, who is giving what may  be his last message to the world as part of the My Hope America with Billy  Graham evangelistic outreach in early November, said the world is “coming toward  the end of the age.”

“There’s a great deal to say in the Bible about the signs we’re to watch for  and when these signs all converge at one place we can be sure that we’re close  to the end of the age,” Graham wrote. “And those signs, in my judgment, are  converging now for the first time since Jesus made those predictions.”

In his new book, “The Reason for My Hope: Salvation,” the famed preacher who  has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in  history wrote the great hope of the Christian faith rests in the promised return  of Christ.

Graham said he now has a burden for “sounding the alarm for humanity to  repent and turn from their sin … just as Noah did in ancient days.”

“God keeps his promises, and this is why we can be sure that the return of  Christ is near,” Graham said. “Scripture tells us that there will be signs  pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe all these signs are evident  today.”

The evangelistic outreach and book come as a number of major evangelists –  Graham, his son Franklin Graham, Reinhard Bonnke, Greg Laurie, Luis Palau,  Banning Liebscher and others – are turning their attention toward America in the  hope of helping ignite what Graham calls an end-times “great spiritual  awakening.”

In what the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association describes as the largest  outreach in its six-decade history, Graham will give a dynamic and poignant  pre-recorded message the week of Nov. 7, his 95th birthday. The My Hope programs  will be available for viewing online and on YouTube. The Cross, the primary  program in the My Hope series, will be broadcast on the Fox News channel, TBN,  Christian networks and local television stations in a number of cities.

The event follows an open letter Graham released in the summer of 2012 titled  “My Heart Aches for America.”

In the letter, Graham wondered what his late wife, Ruth, would think of a  nation in which “self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin  are now emblems of the American lifestyle.”

Graham compared America to the ancient city of Nineveh, the lone superpower  of its time. When the prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed  God’s warning, the people repented and escaped judgment, Graham wrote, adding he  believes the same thing could happen today.

Acceleration

The end-times warnings by Graham, Netanyahu, Bachmann and others come amid a  series of events in recent years that have prompted many to ask whether the  countdown to Armageddon has begun.

The events include the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina,  the global recession and more recently what some view as an increase in  purported end-times signs, including super-earthquakes, mega-tsunamis and  gargantuan storms and tornadoes.

“We’re looking at things like the possibility of another global economic  meltdown,” said McGuire, an author of 22 prophecy books, including “The Day the  Dollar Died” and the upcoming “A Prophecy of the Future of America.”

“Consider the earthquake warnings, the potential volcanic eruption of  Yellowstone, the Japanese tsunamis and the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear  disaster traveling across the ocean and contaminating the food supply here on  the West Coast, along with massive tornadoes the size of which we’ve never seen  in human history,” he said.

McGuire said government and scientific experts are also expressing concerns  about the potential of a massive West Coast tsunami, increased solar flare  activity and severe climate change.

“The dramatic and unprecedented planetary climate change is something on the  level of the apocalyptic predictions of the Bible,” McGuire said. “We’re on the  verge right now, because of climate change, of massive food and water shortages,  which could affect tens of millions of people worldwide because of the droughts  that have occurred. The intense heat and water shortages have dried up the  crops, and we are going to see that play out in the near future because of all  the freak weather.”

Blood moons

Against this apocalyptic backdrop, prominent faith leaders such as Graham,  Greg Laurie, Cahn and John Hagee say they are witnessing an unparalleled  acceleration in last-days signs that suggest the Second Coming is fast  approaching.

Hagee, pastor of Cornerstone Church and author of the newly-released book  “Four Blood Moons,” told his 22,000-member congregation recently that the  appearance of four blood moons on Jewish holy days between April 2014 and  October 2015 points to a “world-shaking event” that could signify the beginning  of events leading up to the seven-year Great Tribulation.

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“I believe that the heavens are God’s billboard – that he has been sending  signals to planet Earth and we just haven’t been picking them up,” Hagee told  his San Antonio, Texas, congregation. “Today, with the help of God’s word and  some very astute scientists, I’m going to walk you through 500 years (of four  blood moons on Jewish feast days) and show you how God is literally screaming at  the world: ‘I am coming soon.’”

The phenomenon, a rare combination of lunar and solar eclipses, has only  occurred a few times in the last 500 years – 1492, 1948 and 1967. It will happen  again in 2014-15.

The previous dates correspond with the Jews’ expulsion from Spain and  Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America (a sanctuary for the Jewish people),  the creation of Israel, the Six-Day War and what Hagee and other Bible prophecy  scholars believe could be the Middle East “War of Gog and Magog” predicted by  the prophet Ezekiel 2,700 years ago. This war, according to Bible prophecy  scholars, involves an attack on Israel by a coalition of nations led by Russia  and Iran.

“The Bible speaks of signs in the heavens that have been discovered and  recorded by NASA that you yourself can find on Google on the Internet,” Hagee  told his church. “The coming four blood moons point to a world-shaking event  that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015. What does it mean? What is  the prophetic significance? Is this the end of the age?”

Likewise, Cahn, author of “The Harbinger,” which has remained on the New York  Times bestseller list since its release in January 2012, says his book  highlights a pattern of escalating judgments at seven-year intervals on the  Shemitah that may point to another major prophetic event between September 2014  and September 2015.

Cahn’s book, based on a real-life prophetic mystery he discovered in Isaiah  9, frames a biblical warning of national judgment in a narrative as a journalist  encounters a mysterious figure, “The Prophet,” who claims the same nine  harbingers of divine judgment that preceded the destruction of Israel 2,700  years ago are now manifesting in America.

The book, and its newly released nonfiction version, “The  Harbinger Companion,” notes that the greatest stock market crashes in  American history occurred seven years apart. The first was shortly after the  Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the next on Sept. 29, 2008, amid a global  economic panic.

“Both crashes took place on the exact same biblical day, Elul 29, the day of  the Shemitah, the day appointed in the Bible to strike a nation’s financial  realm, and wipe clean its financial accounts,” said Cahn, the senior rabbi at  the nation’s largest messianic congregation, the Beth Israel Worship Center in  Wayne, N.J.

“The Shemitah is based on a seven-year cycle,” he said. “If you go back seven  years from the greatest crash in our financial history, it takes you to [Sept.  17, 2001].”

And while Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 29, 2008, are not exactly seven years  apart on the Western calendar, they are on the biblical Hebrew calendar, Cahn  pointed out.

“On the biblical Hebrew calendar, it was Elul 29, the Day of the Shemitah, to  strike a nation’s financial realm,” Cahn said. “So the greatest crashes in  American history, up to those days, each happened on the exact same biblical  day, the day that just happened to be appointed to strike a nation’s financial  realm, and exactly seven biblical years apart to the very day and the very  hours.”

The next Shemitah begins in September 2014 and concludes in September 2015.  And while he’s not “dogmatic as to what will happen,” Cahn said it’s quite  curious to note that the dates of the blood moons “in some ways parallel the  Shemitah’s in that they take place also between 2014 and 2015.”

“The correlation between (the blood moons) and the Hebrew holidays are very  interesting,” Cahn said. “The occurrence of the blood moons on these Jewish  holidays occurred only a few times in the past 2,000 years. Some of these, in  the early Middle Ages, are hard to connect to significant dates. But the last  three, the Spanish expulsion, the birth of Israel and the regaining of  Jerusalem, are all very significant dates in Jewish history and, in the case of  two of these, in end-time prophecy.”

Haven’t we heard this before?

Despite these apocalyptic portents, critics point to a nearly endless string  of failed end-times predictions dating back thousands of years. This includes  the the Mayan apocalypse on Dec. 21, 2012, and radio evangelist Harold Camping’s  prediction that Christ would return on May 21, 2011.

Laurie, pastor of the 15,000-member Harvest Christian Fellowship in  Riverside, Calif., and president of Harvest Crusades, said he’s seen many  end-times prognosticators come and go over the last several decades.

Laurie, who got his start under the ministry of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa  Pastor Chuck Smith, who died Oct. 3 at age 86, became a Christian during the  Jesus Movement of the 1970s – a time when there was a great emphasis on the  imminent return of Christ.

It was the decade of Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth,” the book  the New York Times called the “No. 1 nonfiction bestseller” of the 1970s. The  book popularized prophetic beliefs about the last days and contributed to the  Jesus Movement.

“Well, clearly, decades have passed and Jesus has not returned,” Laurie said.  “Were we misguided in our beliefs? Well, I don’t think we were. The Bible says  that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to  repentance and it also says in the same series of verses that God is not late as  some men count lateness, but is longsuffering toward us.

“And I’m glad that God did not answer our prayers back in the early ’70s for  Jesus to come back, because if he had, there would have been a lot of people who  would have missed the Rapture and would have gone through the Tribulation  period.”

Today, Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic  Association, said there is an urgency and sense “that the Lord Jesus could be  returning soon.”

“The Bible gives us warning signs,” he said. “Jesus told his disciples the  things people should be looking for, and I believe all the prophecies that have  to take place for Jesus to return have been fulfilled.”

One of the big prophecies was the rebirth of the nation of Israel in  1948.

“It’s just now a question of when is that time, and I believe in my own heart  that it’s sometime soon,” he said. “When I say soon – the next 10, 20 years – I  don’t know. But as far as the history of the world, I believe we’re coming down  to the midnight hour on God’s clock.”

‘We can’t go on much longer’

Charlie Daniels, the country music legend and the host of the recent  documentary, “Behold a Pale Horse: America’s Last Chance,” said Billy Graham is  a very dedicated man of God and “what he’s feeling is very much valid and in  connection with what is going on now.”

“I also feel the end times are approaching,” said Daniels, who is best known  for his No. 1 country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” “I don’t know the  chronology. I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I know it’s closer than  it was. I believe that the things left to be fulfilled in the Bible could be  fulfilled in a very short amount of time.”

It’s a time, Billy Graham wrote in “The Reason for My Hope: Salvation,” to  take the news of the day in one hand and the Bible in the other and watch the  unfolding of the great drama of the ages come together.

“This is an exciting and thrilling time to be alive,” wrote Graham, a man who  has preached to more people – 2.2 billion – than any Protestant in history and  who has appeared on Gallup’s list of the most admired men in the world 56 times  since 1955, more than any other individual in the world.

“I would not want to live in any other period,” he said.

“The Apocalypse (the unveiling of the end times) speaks powerfully of trouble  ahead with storm warnings that carrying a booming jolt of truth. The warning is  clear: prepare to meet thy God – followed by the voice of the gentle Shepherd –  ‘Come.’”

A new world is coming, Graham wrote. The paradise that humanity lost in the  Garden of Eden will be regained. Christ is coming to conquer evil and establish  his perfect rule over all creation

“But until then God wants to give everyone an opportunity to know Christ  through repentance and faith,” Graham wrote. “Regardless of what society says,  we can’t go on much longer in the sea of immorality without judgment coming. We  are at a crossroads, and there are profound moral issues at stake. It is time to  return to biblical truth.”

An award-winning journalist at the Los Angeles Daily News, The  Press-Enterprise and other newspapers for two decades, Troy Anderson writes for  Reuters, WND, Charisma and many other media outlets. He’s also the president and  editor-in-chief of the World  Prophecy Network – An Online Newsmagazine and Community Spreading the Hope  of Jesus in the End Times. He lives in Irvine, Calif.

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