A few days before Billy Graham passed away, my attention was drawn by my wife to what appeared to be a large ball of fire in the sky over Glasgow. It had a tail like a comet.
The object looked like a meteor entering the atmosphere. It wasn’t in sight long as it moved away and faded.
I am aware that such signs were often thought of in olden times as portents. Signs in the heavens are to be expected in these last days so there is a comfort to know these things are biblical as well as exciting to behold.
I believe balls of fire are portents of revival but was unsure what this sighting was indicating.
Now I believe I know.
A few days after this amazing sighting, Billy Graham went home to be with the Saviour he preached about all over the world. I am told that Billy believed his time in Glasgow in 1955 was the nearest he came to seeing an outpouring of revival. His crusades here have certainly had a massive impact on the Christian church in Scotland.
My conviction is that the ball of fire I saw a few days previously was a sign of Billy Graham’s passing. Pastor Alex Gillies of Victory Christian Centre pointed out to me that Billy Graham was known as the “Mid Century Meteor” because of his massive impact on 20th century nations.
In 2012 Benny Hinn gave this prophetic word:
“The sign will be Billy Graham’s death. You are talking about a people in hiding, just like Elijah was in hiding, but when he came out, he challenged the prophets of Baal. And the Lord said to me in 1989, when Oral Roberts and Billy Graham go home, it will be the key, it will be the sign of the beginning of the greatest revival. Oral is home and Billy is about to go home, and when he does, I’m telling you, the whole Church, get ready.”
People can make what they want about this but if it is a valid prophetic word, then we can expect great things. I believe revival is coming.
With Billy Graham’s passing, we have lost a great evangelist and harvester of souls. But we need the office and ministry of the evangelist more than we ever did, as well as every believer just doing evangelism. The church today is insular and introspective and there is no passion to reach people who don’t know Jesus. That needs to change or revival may be a forlorn hope for yet another generation.
We 21st century believers want to send out the Holy Spirit to save souls but He wants to thrust us out!
Moses once wistfully wished that all the Lord’s people were prophets. In this day and age we could say, “Oh that all the Lord’s people were evangelists!”
Billy Graham’s passing has particular poignancy for me in respect to my own walk with God.
All my life since I was a child I have been conscious of God’s hand on my life. But I date my conversion from the night as a teenager when I knelt by my bed and asked Jesus into my heart. I wanted to know for sure I was born again so I read a book titled “How To Be Born Again.”
The author of the book was Billy Graham.
Not long ago there was a television documentary about Billy Graham’s six week evangelistic campaign in Glasgow back in 1955. It was fascinating to see just how gripped the city was with the visit of God’s servant, particularly at that pivotal time in history.
There was, mainly due to that 1955 campaign, a strong bond and connection between Billy Graham and Glasgow. Although Glasgow was not won to the Lord by that and subsequent visits, seeds were, I believe, sown that will result in a great harvest of souls in Glasgow.
Billy Graham will see this harvest from the grandstands of eternity. But it will be those to whom he has passed the baton that will bring in the harvest.
That is you and I, the Body of Christ in Glasgow.
As for the ball of fire my wife and I saw that day over the city of Glasgow, it wasn’t the first time I had seen such a sign. I used to pastor a church in Uddingston and after the meetings we would sometimes see balls of fire streaking across the night sky. That church was a gateway church right at the edge of Glasgow.
Glasgow is a vital part of God’s plan and purpose in these end times.
Interestingly, the programme I mentioned on Billy Graham – “Six Weeks To Save The World” – very much emphasised that Billy Graham saw his 1955 Glasgow Crusade as a vital step in winning the nations to Christ.
Although that was decades ago, it is still, I believe, a valid strategic insight in terms of advancing the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of God in the earth. Glasgow is a pivotal city and is “contested territory” spiritually at this time.
Billy Graham discerned many years ago what is essential for us to understand now – that Glasgow plays a key part in taking the world for Jesus.
In my book The Coming Revival, I speak of the great endtime revival that is coming to this planet and how it will begin in Scotland. As Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow has a massive role to play in this coming outpouring.