Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Billy Graham on end times

Billy Graham ministry focuses on end times
February 08, 2009

THE Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will focus on the return of Jesus Christ and help prepare believers for life in the last days in 2009, according to a recent announcement.
Writing in one of the several resources that the ministry is providing on the End Times, Rev. Billy Graham said, “People ask me, 'Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is going to come back to this earth again?”
“Yes, I do,” he continues. “The Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again. And I don’t see any other hope, because we’re heading toward a catastrophe in our world.”

“The most important question, however, is this: Are you ready for Christ's return?”
Towards this end, the ministry has compiled a number of End Times resources including a message delivered by Graham in 1998, a 2008 message from BGEA president and CEO Franklin Graham, an article adapted from a message delivered by Anne Graham Lotz in 1996, an End Times article on the basics of the Second Coming, and a couple of Q&As with Billy Graham that includes a question on whether the world will end in 2009, according to news reports.
Through its compilation of resources on the Second Coming of Christ, the BGEA hopes that believers will learn how they can fulfill God's plan for their life, increase their love for the Savior and grow their faith during these times.

The world renowned evangelist also reminds believers that regardless of when Christ returns, the end of the world does come for each and every single person – the moment that they die.

“[A]nd that could be at any time for any of us. We never know,” Graham states.
“If that happens today, are you ready?” Graham asks.

Psalm 145:18 says 'The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him, in truth.' What a blessed assurance! But look at the qualifier at the end of the verse. The Lord is nigh upon all that call upon Him in truth. Oftentimes, our prayers are not answered because we don't call upon Him in truth. Our prayers lack conviction and faith. A believer said: 'Prayer should be our first response, not the last resort.'