Skip to main content

February 22, 2018 On the Departure of Billy Graham

Billye Brim Blog
February 22, 2018
The Parsonage

On the Departure of Billy Graham, Yesterday, February 21, 2018

July 2007

My son, Chip and I were flying in a private plane between ministering in meetings in California. The Word of the Lord came to me clearly, strongly, and quite unexpectedly. It began, “Tell Oral Roberts….”

Before I relate the Word here, let me fill in some background so you can understand how I immediately knew what the Word referred to. About ten years before, I was having a meal in Ft Worth, Texas with Oral and Evelyn Roberts, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, and my daughter Shelli.

Oral Roberts, suddenly made this announcement, “When I reach 87 years of age, I am going Home.”

“Oh! Brother Roberts,” I exclaimed. “Please don’t go. We need you. And besides I wanted you to be a part of our Autumn Prayer Meetings in Branson.”

“No,” he said. “I know what happens to the human body as it ages. And I’m going home at 87.”

Evelyn piped in, “Oh, Billye, he doesn’t like to travel. After he leaves, ask me and I’ll come to your meeting.”

Well, May 4, 2005, Evelyn went Home before Oral did. She was 88.

He was 87. And I knew he began in earnest to pray to go Home.

So, in that airplane in July 2007, I knew what the Lord was referring to when He gave me that very clear Word.

Tell Oral Roberts that some men can choose the day of their departure as is *revealed through the Apostle Paul.
But two men who cannot are Oral Roberts and Billy Graham.
The dates of their departures are in the sovereign plan of God.
For at their departures there will be a major shift in the heavenlies.

*Philippians 1:20-25

I phoned Brother Roberts and asked if we could come see him in his Newport Beach, CA home. He invited us to come for lunch. We had an amazing day. Brother Roberts prayed for Chip’s back which was giving him much trouble. Both felt the power of God flow and Chip was immediately healed.

Later I received a six-page handwritten letter from Brother Roberts in which he wrote:

“Finally, please know that I received your prophetic word that in finishing my course, that at my death SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY will happen by the Holy Spirit. My response is to continue obeying God and walking THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death (not lying down in that valley and giving up).
I am at great peace, I fear no evil, for Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is with me.
Blessed be His Name! With my whole heart, Oral Roberts”

December 15, 2009

God called Oral Roberts Home. He was 91 years of age.

I sat with my Bible when I heard the news and prayed as to what was “the major shift in the heavenlies.”

Billy Graham

Through the 8 years since Oral’s departure, when Billy Graham was hospitalized I heard the Lord say within me, “Not now.”

And then, the Lord’s sovereignly chosen date came.
Yesterday morning The Lord called his humble servant, this great man of God Home. He was 99.

I copied the following from the Internet:

On his 99th birthday back in November, world famous evangelist Billy Graham released a video encouraging people to seek God with their whole lives. It turned out to be his final public prayer for the world.
"I've been praying that we might have a spiritual awakening," Graham said. "I think that becomes possible only as individuals surrender their lives afresh and anew to Christ."

Graham also shared advice about how people can truly live the Christian life.

"First, we must do everything we can to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Live a life in which we love one another, we help one another, and we live according to His word as Jesus lived."
"The Holy Spirit is the one who helps us live that new lifestyle. It’s one of love, gentleness, and patience and all of these things that are the fruits of the Spirit," he added.

Again, I sit before the Lord not really knowing what “major shift” occurred in the heavenlies, but I know that it did. I would hope that it has something to do with the spiritual awakening the great Evangelist Billy Graham was praying for, and for the harvest it surely will bring.

Oral Roberts: January 24, 1918 – December 15, 2009

Billy Graham: November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018