Oh Look, More Days of Prayer!

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, is concerned that God’s judgment is coming soon and she’s calling for nine days of prayer to…well, do something. It isn’t clear what. But she’s actually calling it “MAYDAY! MAYDAY!” because it’s terribly important.

This past Spring, Joel Rosenberg and I taught through the book of Joel as we led a prophecy seminar at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. It was my privilege to give the first two messages that covered Joel 1:1 through Joel 2:17. The impact on me was profound. Both times, when I stepped off of the platform, I knew God had spoken. The messages almost made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Why? Because God was clearly warning that His judgment is coming on America and on our world, and it’s going to be ugly. I knew it then, and I know it now.

I believe Jesus is soon to return to take all of His followers to Heaven with Him in what is referred to as The Rapture. While this will be deliverance for His people, can you imagine the impact on our nation, let alone the world, when suddenly every single authentic Christian disappears?

Institutions will collapse. Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate. Families will be torn apart. In the unprecedented turmoil, our nation will be vulnerable for our enemies to seize the moment and attack us. There will be mass chaos, confusion, fear, grief, despair, anger, threats, danger… judgment.

But just as God allowed the Israelites, His people, to go through three of the ten plagues He sent in judgment on Pharaoh and Egypt in Exodus 6-8, God may allow His people today to go through a time of distress and trouble before The Rapture takes place. I believe we are in that time now. I believe it’s time to not just pray. It’s time to cry out to God on behalf of our nation and our world.

MAYDAY! MAYDAY! is an international distress call that signals a life-threatening emergency. And it’s the call to cry out that I am issuing May 15-May 23. These are the nine days between the Day of the Ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost that have Biblically and traditionally been days of prayer and fasting for an outpouring of God’s Spirit.

So it’s nine days this time. This is not to be confused with the Family Research Council’s 21 days of prayer about gay marriage. Or the Virginia Family Foundation’s 40 days of prayer a year ago over gay marriage. Or the Christian Coalition of Alabama’s 49 days of prayer to save Alabama. Or Joseph Farah’s one day of prayer (what a wimp!). Or any of the other, nearly innumerable days of prayer that are constantly being declared by the Christian right over this, that or the other. But I’m sure this time it’ll totally work and achieve…something.

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  • Trebuchet

    Billy Graham Training Center, or BGTC. If you try pronouncing that, you get “Bigots”.

  • colnago80

    Rosenberg is a “novelist”, and a member of the McLean Bible Church who has written a number of apocryphal novels which are unbelievably bad (I started reading one and quit after 10 pages in disgust). A nutcase’s nutcase.

  • Larry

    Institutions will collapse. Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate. blah… blah… blah…

    Sounds pretty much like a day in the life to me.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    (S)he’s calling for nine days of prayer to…well, do something. It isn’t clear what.

    Refill the coffers, probably.

  • Mr Ed

    …can you imagine the impact on our nation, let alone the world, when suddenly every single authentic Christian disappears?

    The technical term for this is the Golden Age of Enlightenment.

  • MikeMa

    I think Mr Ed is a little optimistic. The term ‘authentic’ is what has me worried. Most of the american christians I read about would be skipped in any ‘authentic’ rapture. The ideal of having all the nutcases raptured up would be too good to be true.

  • blf
    …can you imagine the impact on our nation, let alone the world, when suddenly every single authentic Christian disappears?

    The technical term for this is the Golden Age of Enlightenment.

    (My emboldening.) A see a fly in the ointment there…

  • Sastra

    I though Christians were supposed to pray every day. Does this mean that if they take part in one of these “___ Days of Prayer” events they can finally take a break? For how long?

    If it were me, I’d say “Done … and done.”

  • blf

    And MikeMa beats me to it… (Sticks out tongue.)

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Must be rent is due.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Sorry, I’ll be attending a convention. Lots of sessions, no time for praying.

  • John Pieret

    Well, everyone needs a hobby. And if it keeps them out of from causing trouble …

  • Childermass

    I encourage them to continue having days, weeks, months, years of prayer.

    It is certainly better then them doing something effective to promote their views.

  • MikeMa

    blf (sticking out tongue), I so rarely get in early, therefore I am grinning happily!

  • Trebuchet

    @2, SLC:

    Rosenberg is a “novelist”, and a member of the McLean Bible Church who has written a number of apocryphal novels which are unbelievably bad (I started reading one and quit after 10 pages in disgust). A nutcase’s nutcase.

    (My bold.) I suspect you meant “apocalyptic”.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Yeah, America! Learn the lessons of Joel! Your fields wither, your livestock are parched and you aren’t sending your offerings of grain and meat to the Temple for some reason!

  • colnago80

    Re Trebuchet @ #15

    Apocalyptic is right.

  • martinc

    colnago @ 2:

    Rosenberg is a “novelist”, and a member of the McLean Bible Church who has written a number of apocryphal novels

    So when Lotz says “This past Spring, Joel Rosenberg and I taught through the book of Joel” maybe she meant one of those.

  • markymark

    I would expect now all the airlines are gonna fire their authentic Christian (™) pilots as liabilities. No, really, I expect it. I don’t want the plane I’m flying in to crash in flames while the flight crew is being raptured. Go rapture on your own time!

  • whheydt

    Rapture of “authentic Christians”, eh? You mean both of them? Like that’s going to impact any business that doesn’t work out of a garage.

    Or, of course, one could go for the claims of the JWs and we’ll be missing 144K people…or maybe just the US share of them. That would be like claiming that American business collapses every Monday and Friday due to absenteeism.

    Side note…I’m always kind of amused at the JWs. They hold that only 144K will be saved, all of them JWs of course. Yet they still actively recruit, thus–presumably–diluting their (individual) own chances of being among the lottery winners.

  • whheydt

    Re: markymark @ #19…

    What are the odds that both pilot and co-pilot are *both* “authentic Christians”?

  • MikeMa

    whheydt@21 As they are actually piloting aircraft, items never mentioned their babble, I expect neither would be considered authentic enough to get the call.

  • matty1

    Who wants to tell her May Day is a Socialist holiday?

  • dingojack

    Presumably if the pilots were one of her ‘authentic’ type of ‘christians’* they’d say:

    “MAYDAY! MAYDAY! is an international distress call that signals a life-threatening emergency. ”

    @@

    Dingo

    ———

    * you know — one that cherry-picks one or two verses from Leviticus, out of any context, and then twists the words to suit their own bigotry — rather than the kind of Christian that actually follows ideas actually attributed to Jesus.

  • dingojack

    She should be very careful living in the modern equivalent to ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’.

    Everyone knows what happened to Lotz wife

    Dingo

  • MikeMa

    dingojack: Lotz wife? A lifetime’s worth of seasoning?

  • bryanfeir

    So, anybody want to tell these people that the international distress call ‘Mayday!’ is actually the French ‘M’aidez!’ (Help me!)? Why are you using an un-American French term, Mrs. Lotz?

  • caseloweraz

    Anne Graham Lotz: Institutions will collapse. Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate. Families will be torn apart. In the unprecedented turmoil, our nation will be vulnerable for our enemies to seize the moment and attack us. There will be mass chaos, confusion, fear, grief, despair, anger, threats, danger… judgment.

    So, Armageddon will be confined to America, rather than being a worldwide phenomenon?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    I’m just trying to think of any bank that might have an authentic christian in the upper hierarchy of management.

  • dingojack

    MikeMa – A women for all seasons.

    Dingo

  • raven

    believe Jesus is soon to return to take all of His followers to Heaven with Him in what is referred to as The Rapture. While this will be deliverance for His people, can you imagine the impact on our nation, let alone the world, when suddenly every single authentic Christian disappears?

    There will be a lot of parties and cheering and a few hangovers the next day.

    And the world will be a much better place.

  • otrame

    The first time I heard of Rosenberg, I mentioned that I hoped he wasn’t the same Rosenberg who wrote a number of science fiction/fantasy books I really liked on some forum or another (I am old. I don’t remember where). The Rosenberg I liked wrote me an email saying, (paraphrasing) GOOD GOD NO!! I am not that Rosenberg, though I wish I had his sales”. Tickled the hell out of me. So in the scifi/fantasy aisle Rosenberg is good. I especially liked D’Shai, but he has written other really entertaining fiction. That other guy? Well, see above.

  • sezme

    What’s a “prophecy seminar” anyway? How To Read Frog Entrails In Three Easy Lessons.

  • dingojack

    “… can you imagine the impact on our nation, let alone the world, when suddenly every single authentic Christian disappears?”

    Oh no! Who’s going to ask us whether we want fries with our order at the local fast food outlet?

    :( Dingo

  • lorn

    Hmmm … where have I heard that story before?

    Ya’know, it sort of sounds like the Rapture story they talk about. Except the Rapture thing is pretty much always depicted as a world-wide phenomena. Whereas this seems to to be localized to the US.

    It also resembles that story about a select group of people going away and a nation collapsing because those under-appreciated people just so very vital, and irreplaceable. Didn’t Ayn Rand write about something like that? She called their departure “going Galt”.

    Sounds like what we have here is some classic mythological drift and recombining. Sort of how the classical Greek and Roman mythologies sort of came together with entire story line merging and losing many of their distinct Roman and Greek characteristics. That is what happens to stories. They get combined, distorted, bits get dropped entirely or re-purposed to contextualize issues that didn’t exist when the stories were new. Mythology exists to serve the needs of the people who tell the stories. In this case the message seems to be: Do things our way or we will go away. Which, in some unspecified way and by some vague mechanism, will cause the society to collapse … which will make all of us have a sad and miss the Christians and their vital influence in our society.

    Of course, some of this hybrid story line is blunted by two ideas: The Biblical Rapture is part of a story that end with Jesus coming back and a thousand years of righteous rule. This is suppose to be a big part of the really big plan to get all the good people in heaven, all the bad people into hell, and restore the world to perfection. That should be a seen by devout Christians as an unalloyed good. But Anne Graham Lotz is depicting it as a bad thing.

    Second, the whole ‘going Galt’ thing is rather vague about how the disappearance of a number, even a fairly large number of vital individuals brings down society. It isn’t as if things haven’t happened before. Wars, plagues, volcanoes erupting, famine, even combinations of several of those factors have killed off wide swaths of humanity. It seems likely that significant numbers of those spectacularly pivotal people were include in the rabble and the world didn’t end. Society didn’t collapse more than is typical following such disasters. People picked up the pieces and made do the best way they knew how without the help of those very special people.

    Which brings up that nagging and nasty question: If we can get along pretty well without all of those very special people, Christian or would-be Galts, what is so special about them?

  • dcsohl

    When the Rapture comes and takes away all the “authentic Christians”, well, I for one will miss the Unitarians and the Congregationalists. I’d much rather we lost the hate-mongerers instead.