This year, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will focus on the return of Jesus Christ and help prepare believers for life in the last days, according to a recent announcement.
"People ask me, 'Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is going to come back to this earth again?'" writes the Rev. Billy Graham in one of the several resources that the ministry is providing on the End Times.
"Yes, I do," he continues. "The Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again. And I don't see any other hope, because we're heading toward a catastrophe in our world."
As part of its effort, the ministry has compiled a number of End Times resources including a message delivered by Graham in 1998, a 2008 message from BGEA president and CEO Franklin Graham, an article adapted from a message delivered by Anne Graham Lotz in 1996, an End Times article on the basics of the Second Coming, and a couple of Q&As with Billy Graham that includes a question on whether the world will end in 2009.
"The most important question, however, is this: Are you ready for Christ's return?" Graham writes after offering his response.
The BGEA is hoping that through its compilation of resources on the Second Coming of Christ, believers will learn how they can fulfill God's plan for their life, increase their love for the Savior and grow their faith during these times - as if it were their last days.
"If that happens today, are you ready?" Graham poses.
The world renowned evangelist also reminds believers that regardless of when Christ returns, the end of the world does come for each and every single person – the moment that they die.
"[A]nd that could be at any time for any of us. We never know," Graham states.
"What have you done to prepare for that moment when your heart stops beating?"
The latest effort by the BGEA comes just a few months after Graham celebrated his 90th birthday and ahead of the 100th birthday celebration of George Beverly Shea, who for decades was the musical mainstay at Graham's evangelistic crusades. It also comes one year before the ministry marks its 60th anniversary.
On the Web:
A compilation of resources on the Second Coming of Christ at billygraham.org