Billy Graham: It’s the End Times All Over Again

Billy Graham, the vastly overpraised evangelist and world-class bigot (listen to him call Jews the “synagogue of Satan” during secretly recorded conversations with Richard Nixon), is now old and probably senile. But he thinks the end times, and not just his, are soon upon us:

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.”

For the first time? Seriously? Volumes could be written and have been written about the interpretation and reinterpretation of the Bible’s end times prophecies. Virtually every single generation since the death of Jesus, including those alive at the time, have believed that Jesus was coming back any moment. Jesus himself even says that there are people alive then that would not taste death before he returns.

Christians have repeatedly reinterpreted Daniel and the book of Revelation, which is full of figurative language that one can make mean virtually anything they want. The Antichrist has been identified and reidentified over and over again. And this generation is no different. Vague signs like “wars and rumors of wars” and natural disasters are always present in the world, so the entire premise is one that can be applied to all circumstances at all times. But Billy Graham knows it’s coming soon. It isn’t.

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  • unbound

    I thought Nostradamus put all this to rest based on a special I watched in the 80s. Per that special, WW III started in 1992 and in 1996 we were all eating each other for food (or something close to that). Therefore, we have been in the end-times for the past 21 years or so now, right?

  • cheesynougats

    Personally, I think the Apocalypse of John was just the worst acid trip ever.

  • People, people, people… The world ended already. It has been ended for almost 25 years. When the beloved Canadian super-band LoverBoy broke up, music died, and with that the world.

  • raven

    From what I’ve heard about Billy Graham’s medical condition, I doubt he said this or anything for that matter. He has advanced Parkinson’s.

    Unless there is video of him saying it, you have to assume he is just a meat puppet by now.

  • Ironically, there’s an ad for a free book about the Antichrist on this website as I write this.

  • cheesynougats

    BTW Ed, I read the transcript of Graham’s talk with Nixon from your link. Graham actually refers to 2 different groups of Jews, one of which is the synagogue of Satan. According to him, those are the ones who are producing pornography and the like (something about Time and Newsweek stores which I haven’t looked up yet). He never mentions who the other group is; I suspect he means the “nice Jews” who don’t remind Christians that Jesus never fulfilled any of the Jewish prophecies

    Might be worth a bit more research (which I’m going to start on now). Just an FYI.

  • cptdoom

    People, people, people… The world ended already. It has been ended for almost 25 years. When the beloved Canadian super-band LoverBoy broke up, music died, and with that the world.

    And here I thought it ended when both the Fool and the Virgin survived the Cabin in the Woods.

  • Try as I might, I can’t picture him and Nixon discussing the Jewish metal band.

  • robb

    @holytape: Lies! LoverBoy is a shining example of good ol’ American ROCK. I suppose next you will try to tell me AC/DC is Australian, Scorpians are German and Golden Earring are Dutch.

  • No One


    Personally, I think the Apocalypse of John was just the worst acid trip ever.

    The island of Patmos is covered in Datura. You might not be that far off.

  • @cheesynougats #2 – Patmos is a volcanic island; there is a myth about Artemis lifting it from under the sea. It was once known for its oracles, who lived in caves, breathed in volcanic fumes such as ethylene, and spoke “prophesies” while high and oxygen deprived.

    According to legend, John of Patmos had been exiled during the persecutions of Domitian which ran roughly from 90 CE to 96 CE. Imperial records show that Patmos was one of several tiny islands where political discontents were exiled. Presumably, John continued to write inflammatory essays against the Empire while in exile, and presumably he wrote these while secluded in one of the many caves on the island, away from prying eyes. Many of these caves, even today, are off limits because of the build up of toxic gasses.

    No acid required.

  • anubisprime

    Raven @ 4

    What after all the hauling ass for jeebus, all the cash scammed for the greater glory of yahwey and his ‘evah umble’ servant billy O (of course scams are not cheap) over the years…his delusional hero curses him with Parkinson’s…is that not biblical or summat?

    It is certainly uncaring of a faithful servant, or perhaps billy ‘o’ knows to much and probably where the ‘bodies’ are buried?…so sky fairy is jus’ takin’ care of bizzyness!

  • oranje

    I didn’t realize he was still alive. Not making a joke; I really thought he died years ago.

  • Randomfactor

    Similarly, the Rapture was decades ago. Nobody made the cut.

  • tbp1

    Who was/is the bigger fraud: Billy Graham or Mother Teresa?

    Opinions, anyone?

  • It’s Loverboy. Note the small b. And they’ve been touring this year, and released their most recent album in 2012.

  • busterggi

    Now the bible quotes Jesus as saying that some of his contemporary followers will stil be alive for his return – how many Jews (other than Mel Brooks) are over two thousand years old?

  • felidae

    The fact that this superannuated grifter is still breathing is further proof the good die young

    Mr Hitchens elaborates thusly:

  • Daryl Carpenter

    I think it’s an overused and inaccurate atheist trope to say Revelation is a bad acid trip. Sure, it’s the product of a crazed worldview, but it’s a bit lazy to always pull out the drug analogy. To compose such a piece one needed a damn good knowledge of not only old testament scripture, but ancient astrology as well (astrology permeates the whole document.) Couple this with a highly vivid imagination, and it’s clear that drugs need not come into the picture. But perhaps I’m taking it all too seriously…

  • Al Dente

    I took a Biblical Studies course as an undergraduate. The professor held that Revelation was a thinly disguised political tract denouncing Rome in general and Emperor Domitian in particular and predicting the downfall of Rome.

    Elaine Pagels wrote an interesting essay on Revelation.

  • gorgias

    @cheesynougats I’m under a similar impression. From the transcript, I get the impression that the “Synagogues of Satan” comment was just Graham sucking up to Nixon (who was the one going on an anti-Semitic tirade) rather than Graham about revealing his true colors. He probably was just citing a “biblical” reason to support Nixon’s opinions without necessarily sharing them.

    Honestly, though, that makes it much worse. To be a straight-up Anti-Semite is one thing; to not have any particular beef with the Jewish people while tacitly condoning the hatred of them, all in order to secure one’s place with the people in power? That’s an entirely different level of despicable.

  • cjcolucci

    Jesus said that some who heard him preach would live to see the end times. Maybe Mel Brooks’ 2000-year-old man is real. That would explain why the end times haven’t happened yet. Let’s keep a death watch on Brooks.

  • exdrone

    Daryl @19:

    But perhaps I’m taking it all too seriously…

    Yeah, I think so. But in any case, it’s not so amazing that someone who lived in that part of the world in the 1st century CE would be imbued with an indepth knowledge of astrology and the OT without having to be well studied in those areas. If someone grew up with the belief that those cultures are relevant and important would remember and identify with the related symbols and narratives. It’s not that much of a stretch for such a person to have related visions if psychotic or drug-induced, so I would consider the drug analogy to be a viable hypothesis. Although personally, I prefer the thinking that it was symbolized political criticism.

  • Daryl Carpenter “I think it’s an overused and inaccurate atheist trope to say Revelation is a bad acid trip.”

    Yes. It’s more like PCP.

    “Sure, it’s the product of a crazed worldview, but it’s a bit lazy to always pull out the drug analogy.”

    If Revelations was about him wanting to start a bonfire, think about how big the universe is, and play pop hits on his acoustic guitar (which, coincidentally, he “just happens” to have in the trunk of his car), would comparing him to a stoner be inaccurate?* I say “No.” (Actually, I say “Nay”, but that’s because I’m going as a horse for Halloween).

    * Would me getting in to a fight with him after he told my girlfriend she “has an old soul” and cupped her chest somehow make me the bad guy? How about it, Lisa? How am I the bad guy in this situation? No, I am not making more of this than there is! How the hell are you alright with him just grabbing your tits like that? I am not yelling!

  • I don’t need Jebus to get raptured. Just some cannabis and a guitar.

  • Irv Spielberg

    Franklin Graham’s Warning !

    Franklin’s warning of coming persecution of Christians echoes what his mother Ruth and father Billy have clearly stated. Re Ruth, see search engines including Google for “Letter from Mrs. Billy Graham.” To see what Billy has written, Google “Famous Rapture Watchers – Addendum.”

    Since Franklin blamed the Obama administration for his own National Day of Prayer snub and persecution, and since he accused “Christian” Obama of “giving Islam a pass,” readers can get some rare insights into Obama and his fellow travelers by Yahooing “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “Obama Avoids Bible Verses,” “Separation of Raunch and State,” and “The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”

    To see some exceptional in-depth studies of coming persecution, see two unique books by media figure Joe Ortiz entitled “The End Times Passover” and “Why Christians Will Suffer ‘Great Tribulation’ ” – both published in the US and UK by AuthorHouse. Also Google “Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart,” “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Pretrib Rapture Pride,” “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” and “Pretrib Rapture Stealth” – most by the author of “The Rapture Plot” (the most accurate and comprehensive history of the 183-year-old pretrib rapture view) available by calling 800.643.4645.

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