Franklin Graham on the Rapture


Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse and son of world-renowned preacher Billy Graham, said that given all the “bad news” about the killing of Christians by Muslims in some countries, and attacks on Christians by the media and the government even in America, he cannot “help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns.”

I think it’s not as soon as that…

but if you are convinced that we are weeks or months from the Rapture, this is the time to prepare. Not just for yourself, but for others. This would be the time to get yourself ready.

But this is also the time to throw caution to the wind, and start witnessing to people. I can think of no thought worse other than I condemned everyone I knew to suffer through 7 of the worst years the world has ever seen.

Share the Gospel. Give away tracts. Give away inexpensive KJV New Testaments to unsaved people.

Because if the Rapture was tomorrow afternoon, then the world will have seven years left.  Seven horrible years that will see somewhere between 66% and 75% of the world’s population die.

If you’re die in Christ, you go to be with the Lord forever. But if you die and you’re wrong, you’re dead wrong.

a lot of Christians are into prepping. Good! Every christian should prep. For yourself? Nope. You probably will never need it. But those supplies will help out those who get saved after the Rapture. Everyone help them out.

For more information, see my Surviving the Tribulation website, and also http://survivaltips1611.wordpress.com/

Help them out. You may be out of here, but they’re not.

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Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???

15 thoughts on “Franklin Graham on the Rapture”

  1. The bible tells us nowhere about seven years left after the rapture happens. The rapture happens on the final day which is when Christ comes. This is what is taught in scripture. What Christ wants us to do is keep living for Him as if
    rapture was 1000 years away.

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    1. That’s not what is taught in scripture.
      The Scripture clearly places the Rapture before the Tribulation.

      36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matthew 24:36-42 (KJV)

      51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (KJV)

      13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)

      We’ll deal just with the 12 Thessalonians verse compared with Matthew 24. If no man knoweth the day nor the hour, and we know that Christ is coming to raise the dead and the living with Him to meet them in the clouds, this cannot happen at the second coming. Again, as I have mentioned repeatedly on this blog, we know from the time of the signing of the peace accord, there is seven years left. This is known as the seventieth week of Daniel. So if we know the coming of the Lord is seven years after the signing of the peace accord… how in the world can it be “no man knoweth the day nor the hour?”

      If we are going through the Tribulation, how is it comforting to hear the Lord is returning after seven of the most horrible years the world has ever known? How can it possibly be the blessed hope if knowing there is a 75% probability you will not survive it? I strongly urge you to put aside denominational stances and doctrines, and READ the Bible yourself, comparing Scripture against Scripture! Anyone who is post-tribulational either has not studied the Bible on this issue fully, confuses the churches with Israel, or is not taking a literal, grammatical stance on interpreting the Bible, but an allegorical one.

      I urge you to study this. If you’re saved, you’ll be happy but a little embarrassed at the Rapture. On the other hand, if you’re not saved, then you’re in for sven horrible years. If anyone reading these words is not born again, you need to do so promptly. The Rapture is reality, and is coming. Don’t miss it.

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      1. In the scriptures you indicated such as I Corinthians 15, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, etc. There is no mention of a tribulation nor is there any mention of a seven year tribulation. This is the premillennial pre-conceived idea.

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      2. On the contrary, it’s the plain, literal interpretation of the Bible. You HAVE read Daniel and Revelation, right? They discuss the seven year tribulation in detail. does phrases like the 1,260 days ring a bell? I have several pages on the Tribulation which may explain it for you. I don’t understand how ANYONE can read of the events in the book of Revelation – which have not happened yet – and then read the Millennium comes after that – and STILL be amillennial or post-millennial.
        I pray you come to an understanding of this. If you cannot read Revelation and have an understanding of it, I worry you may not be born again.

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      3. You can’t make judgements on if I am saved or not simply because I may not agree with your view. That is cult like behavior. The bible teaches that you must believe in Christ to be saved not to believe in your view of the end times.

        With that said. There is no mention of the word tribulation in Revelation except in chapter 1. The 1260 days does not have to necessarily refer to the tribulation or rapture at all because it does not indicate so. Let me ask you what relevance would John’s audience benefit from if Revelation is only about current events or the rapture. The rapture is synonymous with the resurrection of the saints. Jesus said he would raise then up on the last day. The last days means there are no more days after that.

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      4. Read it again. I made no judgments. I did question your salvation based not upon extremely flawed eschatology, but rather upon a simple inability to understand the plain sense of Scripture.
        I have an entire post coming on the Last Days that breaks it down into simple, BIBLICAL concepts.
        The absence of a word is not a valid objection – the word Bible is not in the Bible, but we both have one. the 1,260 days do refer to the End of Days, as Daniel makes clear. Are we going to go round and round based upon forcing me to repeat myself over and over again?

        The Rapture features a translation of the living AFTER the dead… the Dead in Christ rise first. Can you find a single reference to a church in revelations between the time of the Rapture (Rev. 4:1) and the 2nd coming of Christ? The word is mentioned over 20 times in the first three chapters of Revelation and then… disappears. Just like Christians. And the first scene on Eearth describing believers in Christ is referring to JEWISH believers. The Tribe of Judah, the Tribe of Levi, etc.

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      5. I think you need to read your last post again. I am going to quote exactly what you stated. You stated “If you cannot read Revelation and have an understanding of it, I worry you may not be born again”. This is exactly what you stated. Therefore, you did question if I might not be born again simply because I may not understand Revelation. As I stated before you cannot assume or judge the fact that I might not be born again simply because I don’t agree with you. I would not say that about you. I believe you are a sincere person and that you love God and yearns for the truth even though I don’t personally know you. I don’t feel I have the same respect from you however. But you know, that’s what normally happens when one person simply does not agree with the pre tribulation rapture teaching.

        With that said why does Revelation 4:1 have to do with the rapture? There is no indication of that at all. As for your question about finding a reference to a church in Revelation between the so called rapture in Revelation 4:1 and the second coming. Well, technically the word “church” (as a whole) or in other words the body of Christ is not mentioned before Revelation 4:1 either. The only words you will find is the word churches when in reference to the seven churches in Asia. All of the references are to local assemblies or local churches, which are only part of the whole body of Christ. The fact is the words “church” (singular), and the word “churches” (plural) occur 19 times in Revelation chapters 1 through 3.

        Now while it is true the word “church” does not appear after chapter 3 until the last part of Revelation, the church is definitely referred to by other terms that are used in these chapters. In Revelation 13:7 it says “And it was given to him to make war with the saints”. The word saints is a synonymous term for “the church”. Look at Revelation 13:10 and 16:6, 17:6, and 18:24. It is not true that the church is not mentioned after chapter 4. It is mentioned only that the word “saints”is used.

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      6. I’m sorry if it seems like i’m not giving you respect. You’re committed to your viewpoint, but we’re warned in the pastoral epistles to keep our doctrine without spot. A spot is a small thing, and I’m going to keep mine unsullied.
        Your tone in the first few comments was combative, so I responded in kind. I also explained I’d written at least 30 articles defending not only the Biblical viewpoint of a Pre-Trib rapture, but explaining the End Times in a literal, grammatical viewpoint, and suggested you read some of them. Did you examine them?
        I do strongly recommend a King James Bible as well. Modern mistranslations can sully these issues by deliberately neglecting viewpoints – And I have quite a few articles detailing that as well.

        your points about the churches completely agree with everything I just said… the word Church is present over 20 times in the first 3 chapters of Revelation. It is an important subject… and then disappears.You neglect the fact that “Saints” refers to believers in Christ… and in the old testament refers to the Jews.
        Why would the Lord refer to the churches as churches, and then switch the wording unless the focus switches? You’re missing that point. The word church disappears after that.
        I am a believer that the word church always refers to a local body of believers as you point out, and that any reference to all Christians is used Biblically as “The Kingdom of Heaven” or “The Kingdom of God”. If the Lord wanted to reference ALL the saved, His letters would have said, “Unto the church, I have this against thee…” but instead it is “The church which is at Sardis”, etc.
        The churches are referenced while John is on Earth. John is called up into heaven, and – I pointed this out before – after that, the focus shows the believers in heaven. The first reference – using the law of first reference applies here – to believers on earth after John is taken into heaven shows that they are Jewish, not Christian. These are all Jewish believers.
        When John returns to Earth at the end of the book, he is coming with ALL the believers. So, since we see John called up into Heaven before the Tribulation starts and returns when the rest of the saints return, he is a type of the Rapture.

        We’re arguing in circles here. You’re not willing to learn, just wishing to debate me. I have stated repeatedly that I don’t have time for debates, not interested. This is my blog, where I am educating those who want to learn. If you’re willing to learn, we can go from there. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time arguing with me.

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      7. The whole point to I Corinthians 15 is resurrection. Paul clearly addresses Christ’s resurrection, and then references that we will be raised at the resurrection. There is no reference at all to a rapture of the saints and then the 7 year tribulation begins. The same case for Thessalonians.

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      8. Not at all – how then do you account for the “we who remain and ARE ALIVE” in Thessalonians?…? and 1 Cor. 15 says, 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (KJV)

        Both verses reference living believers who are caught up and changed along with the dead.

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  2. You guys may want to read Corrie Ten Booms warning to the western church. How many pre-tribulation proponents have ever experienced the persecution christians are enduring right now around the world? B Wertenberg

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    1. Mr. Wartenberg, it’s obvious you did not read ANY of my pages on the tribulation. You are comparing trials and persecution to the Great Tribulation – which I prove at length are two different things.
      If you’re going to discuss this issue, you need first to read all my pages on the Pre-tribulation rapture, as this way we can avoid covering ground and wasting time on things I’ve already answered.
      The Tribulation is not speaking to Christians – it is speaking to the Jewish people. God is returning His attention, as prophesied, to His chosen people for 7 years, identified in the Prophets as the time of Jacob’s trouble.
      Jacob, not Christians. Jacob refers to the Jewish people. Why is it that the word church is mentioned so many times in Rev. 1-3, and then is not mentioned again until the return of Christ?
      I’ve answered all these points before, and your answers, if you choose to read them, are there.

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  3. The pre-trib idea is so deeply flawed,read Dave Macpherson’s Rapture Plot to see the pre-trib errors.Just because the pretrib idea is a popular choice does not make it right.Pretribbers take Scripture and misinterpret it to suit their beliefs.

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