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.