Now, THIS ARTICLE, opens with the following sentence:
“’God’s prophet’ – famed evangelist Billy Graham – is praying America will experience another ‘great spiritual awakening.’”
I beg to differ. I think Billy Graham was a great evangelist, but I don’t think he is a prophet.
Opinions, opinions; we all have them. I admire Mr. Graham for trying to further the kingdom.
The article promotes a nationwide day of prayer, repentance and fasting on Sept. 11 – the 9/11: National Day of Prayer and Repentance.
How can any Christian not be for that?
THE ARTICLE goes on to state:
“Graham compared America to the ancient city of Nineveh, the lone superpower of its time. When the prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, the people repented and escaped judgment…”
The piece mentions a New York best-selling book entitled “The Harbinger.” Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s book describes several “harbingers” that relate the 911 event to the story of the Assyrians.
I studied the Assyrians when I was in college. They could indeed be considered the world’s first “terrorists” as the book claims (if I remember correctly). To be honest, I couldn’t finish the book and I can’t really put my finger on why. I think it was the emphasis placed on the 911 tragedy that finally made me close the book.
There is a question that I have that maybe you can help me with. The story of Jonah and the repentance of the inhabitants of Nineveh is well-known. It is followed, approximately 250 years later, by another “minor” prophet named “Nahum.” Nahum contains four major prophecies concerning the fall of the great Assyrian empire. I did a report on this in college. The historical facts line up perfectly with the proclamations of the little-known prophet. Nahum, like a true prophet of God, did not err in the slightest. His final words of judgement are:
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 There is no relief for your breakdown,
Your wound is incurable.
All who hearabout you
Will clap their hands over you,
For on whom has not your evil passed continually?
My question is:
Are we closer to the Nineveh of Jonah’s day, or closer to the Nineveh of Nahum’s day?
I have a leaning, but your opinion is the one is seek. Please comment.