Christian evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, the sister of Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham and the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, has told a left-leaning radio program that the world is “coming close to the end of human history as we know it.”
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“Our world is unraveling,” she told Alan Colmes on his Fox News Radio program. “I think the whole world senses, especially those who follow the news, senses that something is happening that is very unsettling.”
Colmes had asked Lotz, the author of nearly a dozen books and the president of AnGeL Ministries, whether she believed “we are at the end times now.”
“I believe that it is, Alan, and I base that not just on feelings; I base it on what Jesus said in the New Testament and then what I see going on in the world at the same time – and they match,” she said. “And so I put that together and I believe we’re coming close to the end of human history as we know it.”
Lotz said that with the end times, “comes accountability before God, which we would call a judgment.”
But Christians, she said, “who reach out to God in prayer either can delay the judgment, soften the judgment, or Joel chapter 2 in the Old Testament says that God would, instead of judgment, he would leave behind a blessing if – if people would cry out to him and pray and turn from their sins. So this is really a message to the church.”
The familiar text is God’s message that “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Lotz explained she based her assessment on the New Testament promises that the generation that sees the rebirth of Israel and the preaching of the Gospel to the entire world is in the end times.
Israel was reborn in 1948, and airplane travel and the Internet have accelerated dissemination of the Gospel worldwide.
“Did you get this from God?” Colmes asked.
“I get it from Scripture,” Lotz said.
She explained her understanding is that God’s judgment is not necessarily like a lightning strike or a nuclear bomb. It can simply be God backing away from protecting a nation.
“We keep telling Him to get out,” she said, citing court rulings regarding schools, the military and other issues. “Everywhere they’re telling Him to get out. They don’t want His name in the Pledge of Allegiance; they don’t want Him in the schools; they don’t want to say the name of His Son, Jesus, in public settings; they don’t even allow chaplains now in the military to pray in the name of Jesus.”
And when God backs away, she said, “It begins to collapse.”
“God is a gentleman. He doesn’t go where He’s not wanted. He gradually begins to walk away, and that’s what He told Israel in Deuteronomy 28. He said, I’m going to bless you if you turn to me, but if you turn against me, I’ll just back away. Then He allows us to be subjected to the things He’s been protecting us from.”
Colmes asked if in the rapture, people would meet God in the air and whether he would be able to see people rising.
Lotz cited the Bible’s explanation that it would happen in the twinkling of an eye.
“You won’t see us,” she told Colmes. “We’ll disappear.”
When Colmes stated that “separation of church and state” was established in the nation from its beginning, Lotz corrected him.
“There’s a separation of church and state, Alan, but that’s not a separation of state and God. Our Founding Fathers believed in God, and they honored God, and they respected God, and until the 1900s the Bible was a textbook in schools. And so when you begin to remove God, and you know we have been, He backs away.”
WND reported a few weeks ago President Obama was making jokes about end-times beliefs.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, a four-term Republican from Minnesota, had criticized Obama for his support of a framework agreement with Iran that she said would lead to war and bring judgment on America.
Obama took her to task in a half-joking, mocking tone.
“Michele Bachmann actually predicted I would bring about the biblical end of days,” Obama said. “Now that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean Lincoln, Washington, they didn’t do that.”
Bachmann made the comments in a recent interview with Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries on her show, “Understanding the End Times.”
Bachmann was unfazed by Obama’s snarky comeback.
“The Bible is filled with exciting information about living life today and in the future, both in this life and in the life to come,” Bachmann told WND. “Any message that brings people closer to God’s wonderful plans for our lives is a good thing.
“God’s word is true and brings freedom and wholeness to all who read it and believe in Him.”
Lotz’s brother, Franklin Graham, also said recently that the nation could be in the end times, pointing to Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
“One of the greatest threats to America is the progressives (a new name for liberals) led by President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder who are trying to impose a new morality – which is really no morality at all – jamming it down the throats of the American people,” he said, the Christian Post reported.
Graham said America has been “blessed by God” unlike any other country in the world but faces serious threats of degradation and destruction, mostly from within.
“When our country was birthed, its foundations and laws were based on biblical laws and principles,” he said, writing on his personal Facebook page. “We used to be ‘one nation under God.’ Now we’re a nation that has turned its back on God. History shows that when nations do this, their end is near.”
Graham has spoken on previous occasions about the failures of the present political leadership to guide this country in accordance with God’s will and warned of the consequences. Just a few weeks ago, he warned of the potential for terrorists to hit hard on America’s soil, largely because of an anti-Christian, pro-Islam vein coursing through Capitol Hill and the White House.
Then, he said, in a “Fox and Friends Weekend” interview: “I believe we’re going to see persecution in this country. We’ve already seen many laws that have been passed that restrict our freedom as Christians. I believe it’s going to get worse, and we see no question gaining influence in Washington by those that represent the Islamic faith. We do have a problem in this country and we are losing our religious freedom and we’re losing it a little bit day by day.”
Graham also remarked how Obama “defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies and fully supports gay marriage and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don’t agree,” the Christian Post reported.
By Bob Unruh on WND