In a true Billy Graham styled Crusade, today we saw almost a reenactment of revival of nearly seven decades ago. Anne Graham Lotz took to centre stage as she urged the Church, the world, and herself to “wake up!” as she joined her siblings and some 2,000 others at the funeral of her iconic evangelist father, Billy Graham, in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday.
“I believe, from Heaven’s perspective, that my father’s death is as significant as his life. And his life was very significant. But I think when he died, that was something very strategic from Heaven’s point of view,” Lotz said about her father’s passing.
Billy Graham is a world-renowned evangelist who is credited with inspiring more than 3 million people to commit their lives to Christ in a ministry that spanned 185 of the world’s 195 countries, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Lotz said her father brought liberation to people through the Gospel and she sincerely believes her father’s death on Feb. 21 at the age of 99 “is a shot across the bow from Heaven.”
“My father also is a great liberator. He brought millions of people out of bondage to sin and it gets us to the edge of Heaven, edge of the Promised Land, and then God has called him home. And could it be that God is going to bring Joshua to lead us into the Promised Land to lead us to heaven?” She said.
She continued: “And do you know what the New Testament name is for Joshua? It’s Jesus. And I believe this is a shot across the bow from Heaven. And I believe God is saying, ‘Wake up Church! Wake up world! Wake up Anne! Jesus is coming. Jesus is coming,'” she said, pledging to preach God’s Word for the rest of her life.
Billy Graham’s death is truly serving as a wake up call for many. May we get our houses in order.
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