Billy Graham celebrated his 93rd birthday this week! What if God allowed our generation’s most famous evangelist to prolong his life until the Rapture of the Church? It’s just a thought! Don’t say I predicted that this would happen. But many scholars have noted with interest that Methuselah, the biblical character who apparently lived the longest, died in the very year that Noah’s flood began. (Do the math from Genesis, chapter 5 and Genesis 7:6.) No one knows for sure, but it is possible that Methuselah was a godly man and that The Lord held off the Flood until his life was finished.
Now Billy Graham is growing old, and the Rapture of the Church is obviously growing closer! The Rapture won’t take place until the last person of the Church Age accepts Christ as Savior. Our omniscient (all-knowing) God knows when that last person will say “yes” to Jesus. And our omnipotent (all-powerful) God could extend Dr. Graham’s life a few more days or years.
Of course, it doesn’t matter whether Billy Graham lives that long. He will still go up in the Rapture, and like my sister reminded our saintly mother, Mab, who had longed to live until the Rapture, “The dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
Here’s another thought. What if you have not yet accepted Christ, but you are the last one who will do so before the Rapture?