By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (January 13, 2016) — The second daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, Anne Graham-Lotz, is blowing a trumpet of warning for a second year in a row, following in the footsteps of her father — with the fervent spirit of the prophet Joel.
“As I look ahead into 2016, I believe our national and global situation will get worse,” she writes on her blog. “A good friend has focused my attention on Isaiah 60:1-2 as a word from the Lord for the New Year: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord shall rise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you.”
In her spirit she can feel the advance of evil directed against the American people. “I can feel the encroaching darkness of evil that is like a heavy moral and spiritual fog. It’s permeating our nation at every level. At the very same time that our nation is enveloped in thick darkness, God commands us to arise, let our Light shine, and the distinctive glory of our Lord will be obvious to all,” she writes.
These conflicting thoughts of darkness and light, evil and glory, were paramount in her thoughts in the days leading up to Christmas.
“I have been meditating on 2 Chronicles 20 in which Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, was warned that a vast army was coming against him. As I put myself in his place, I asked myself, what do we do when we are warned of the enemy’s advance?”
She found the answer in the next verse: “Then Jehoshaphat was fearful and set himself to seek the Lord, and he called for a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah was assembled to seek the Lord; even from all the cities of Judah, they came to obtain aid from the Lord” (2 Chr. 20:3-4). Jehoshaphat led God’s people in a prayer that was a desperate heart’s cry for help.
“I have been repeatedly warned in my spirit that the enemy is advancing. It’s something that I know,” she said.
PHoto captions: 1) Billy Graham with his daughter, Anne Graham-Lotz. 2) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world. He is also the co-host for “Windows on the World” with ANS founder, Dan Wooding, on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv).
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