Anne Graham Lotz wrote on her website this week that she believes that God may be using her cancer, to give her a message about Israel.
Lotz starts the blog post by noting that for many years she believed her life was somehow entwined with Israel and its history. She wrote, “For years I have believed that my life was entwined with the nation of Israel. I was born one week to the day after her rebirth. We are both 70 years old. Could it be that God has given me a message for her that I am living out in my own experience?”
CBN News reports that Lotz noted how God would often have his spokespersons live out what he was trying to communicate. She said, “God often had His spokespersons live out the message He gave them…before they delivered the message to the people.” She then offered the examples of Hosea, who married an unfaithful wife, this Lotz said represented the broken heart of God over an “unfaithful Israel.”
The evangelist also gave the examples of Jeremiah and Isaiah, whose stories paralleled things happening in Israel.
Lotz wondered if she too could be a living example of what is to happen to Israel.
She said, “This is what I seem to see… In her 70th year…
…just as my cancer is a potentially fatal disease, is Israel also in danger of being attacked in a potentially fatal way?
…just as my cancer struck suddenly and unexpectedly through no fault of my own, will Israel also be struck by her enemies suddenly and unexpectedly through no fault of her own?”
Lotz continued, saying, “The warning I feel deep within is that Israel is in danger of a surprise attack in this, her 70th year. This is the message God has placed on my heart for her."
Lotz then quoted Joel 2:12-14 which says, "Even now, declares the Lord, Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning… Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows but that he may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing…"
The daughter of the late Billy Graham also shared a message for God’s people.
She wrote, "And this is the message God has placed on my heart for you and me… for God's people. It's time, once again, to: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’ It's time to pray for Jerusalem and for the whole House of Israel.”
The Evangelist was diagnosed with breast cancer in mid-August and she had surgery only a few weeks after being diagnosed. Graham is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment following her surgery.
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