Graham Lotz: Jesus Coming Back Before I Die

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of the infamous Billy Graham, did an interview with CBN in which she said that she’s sure, just absolutely certain, that Jesus is going to come back before she dies. We’ll add her to the untold millions of others who were just as certain of that over the last 2000 years — including those who knew him.

“The signs that Jesus gives, whether it is in the environmental world, or the national world, the wars and rumors of wars, or the persecution of Christians, the persecution of Jews,” Lotz said, “when we see that ratcheting up, increasing in frequency and intensity in the same generation that sees the Gospel being preached to the whole world and Israel reborn are a nation, that’s the generation that’s the last.”

“I believe, with deep conviction, that it’s my generation,” she continued. “I believe that in my lifetime, if I live out my lifetime, a natural lifetime, I believe I will live to see the return of Jesus in the Rapture when he comes back to take us to be with himself. Which means, preceding that, there are going to be some signs, there are going to be some warnings.”

I suggest a bet. If she dies before Jesus comes back, everything in her estate should go to an atheist group.

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  • tbp1

    Have any of Billy Graham’s kids actually accomplished anything, other than cashing in on his name?

    In fairness, I acknowledge this happens with other famous people’s children, as well, but as far as I know all five of his have never done anything else with their lives.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    , I believe I will live to see the return of Jesus in the Rapture when he comes back to take us to be with himself

    Easy: just hold your breath. Real long.

  • Mr Ed

    The signs that Jesus gives

    Lets see what the big book of all things good and true has to say.

    But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. Matthew 24:36

    In his own words Jesus doesn’t know the day so how could he giving signs.

  • colnago80

    I seem to recall that Yeshua ben Yusef of Nazareth was quoted as telling his followers that he would return while some of them still lived. As Martin Gardner put it, the Galilean carpenter turned itinerant preacher was mistaken.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Mr Ed : Wasn’t he always supposed to be that very “Father” and the holy Spirit as well? Trinity doctrine ya know?

  • Synfandel

    The signs that Jesus gives, whether it is in the environmental world, or the national world, the wars and rumors of wars, or the persecution of Christians, the persecution of Jews…

    Wouldn’t it be simpler, and a whole lot clearer, if he just held a press conference or ran an ad in Haaretz?

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

    What a fool. Imagine the ego and shear vanity it takes to think the universe revolves around her. Jesus isn’t coming back in her lifetime. He’s coming back in mine

  • Larry

    In Douglas Adams’ book Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the Great Prophet Zarquon makes his triumphant return with the immortal words “Sorry, I’m late…” literally seconds before the Universe explodes into total oblivion. This occurs 576 billion years in the future. I don’t believe Cruella DeVille, there, is going to last that long.

  • grumpyoldfart

    #1

    …as far as I know all five of his have never done anything else with their lives.

    You watch them jump into action when Billy dies and they’re all trying to get the best deal from the share-out. They will be working harder than they’ve ever worked before.

  • whheydt

    Well…what do you know… According to Wikipedia, today (5/21) is her birthday. She is 67. Given US statistics, she should have about another 20 years. She has just made a prediction. Some of those younger than me should make a note to bring it back up in 20 years.

  • Trebuchet

    I’m pretty sure the reason for Billy Graham’s enormous popularity, back in the day, was that he made of not appearing crazy. His kids haven’t figured that out.

  • Trebuchet

    Dang, we can haz edit function pleeze? What I meant to say was “He made a POINT of not appearing crazy.”

  • whheydt

    Re: Trebuchet @ #12….

    Preview, preview, preview…. One still makes mistakes like that, but not as many.

  • brucegee1962

    ” Cloud had said: it only seems as though the world is getting old and worn out, just as you are yourself. Its life is far too long for you to feel it age during your own. What you learn as you get older is that the world is old, and has been old for a long time.”

    — John Crowley, Little, Big

  • typecaster

    We’ll add her to the untold millions of others who were just as certain of that over the last 2000 years — including those who knew him. – Ed.

    Sadly, we have no records at all from anyone who knew him (or would have, assuming he’s historical). Paul never met him, except in visions. And none of the original apostles (Peter, James, etc.) left any writings. Most likely, they all died in the Revolt. The tradition that they left Jerusalem before it was destroyed first appears several centuries later, when apostolic succession became important and someone wanted to claim linkage with Peter.

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    Wasn’t he always supposed to be that very “Father” and the holy Spirit as well? Trinity doctrine ya know? -StevoR

    Not always, no. A great many early Christians thought that his “son-ship” was adoptionist, not co-substantial. He wasn’t God by doctrine until the fourth century.

  • frankgturner

    @ Trebuchet # 12

    I would disagree from the standpoint that Graham Sr was implicitly crazy instead of explicitly, otherwise he would not connect with his followers / constituents (I use both terms when I think someone is more of a politician than a preacher, I do the same thing with WLC). His kids are just overt about it.

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    There is a lot to be said for succeeding on your own merits rather than your name. It is why I admire Joe Hill and Nicholas Cage.

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    @ telecaster #15

    Even if we had records, irrefutable video recordings of every action, even people openly admitting that it was all fabricated, believers have “Divine Revelation” (in other words, their imaginations). Too many people think the world works like a JM Barrie novel.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Matthew 16:28 “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”

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    Any literal interpretation of that verse must mean either that Jesus came back within 30 years or so, and we all missed it, or that Jesus was not speaking, um, verily. (Or that some of his apostles are still alive. Some Christians have said that. Of course, the bible also says that nobody will live longer than Methuselah did – 969 years, so either way they’re fucked.)

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    A Zen Buddhist might understand this as saying the Jesus saw that some of his disciples were close to achieving enlightenment, and “the Kingdom of God” referred to satori. That, at least, is how I saw it 50 years ago. He called his disciples the “children of God”, after all. In any event. we can’t trust anything attributed to him as a quote. Everything he is reputed to have said had been filtered through the eyes and agenda of everyone who contributed to what became the bible (and they didn’t know him). And all of that has been interpreted by people since than, with their own agenda and understanding and needs. The Gospel of Thomas sounds more Zenny, but it didn’t make the cut.

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    The Grahams never had a clue, but they know what they want: They only want God’s will to be done, and God apparently wants them to make a bundle of money, and to be admired for their virtue while doing so.

  • samgardner

    Well, no reason she shouldn’t just put the atheist organization of her choice into the will now, then. If she’s wrong then atheism is correct, if she’s right all the Christians will be carried away in the rapture.