Billy Graham's Final Column: 'By The Time You Read This, I Will Be In Heaven'

February 22, 2018Feb 22, 2018

The famed pastor and evangelical legend, Billy Graham, peacefully passed away on Wednesday morning. It was reported that he died at his home in the early morning hours, surrounded by his family.

At the time of his death., Graham was 99 years old. His 100th birthday was due this November. Recently, Franklin Graham revealed he had been battling some health issues.

According to the Gaston Gazette, Billy recently approved the following response to what would be his final interview column. His answers can be found below:

"I hope I will be remembered as someone who was faithful — faithful to God, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to the calling God gave me not only as an evangelist, but as a husband, father and friend.

I’m sure I’ve failed in many ways, but I take comfort in Christ’s promise of forgiveness, and I take comfort also in God’s ability to take even our most imperfect efforts and use them for his glory.

By the time you read this, I will be in heaven, and as I write this I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the day when I will be in God’s presence forever.

I’m convinced that heaven is far more glorious than anything we can possibly imagine right now, and I look forward not only to its wonder and peace, but also to the joy of being reunited with those who have gone there before me, especially my dear wife, Ruth. The Bible says, 'Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face' (1 Corinthians 13:12).

But I won’t be in heaven because I’ve preached to large crowds or because I’ve tried to live a good life. I’ll be in heaven for one reason: Many years ago I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to make our forgiveness possible and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life. Do you know you will go to heaven when you die? You can, by committing your life to Jesus Christ today.

'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life' (John 3:16)."

What do you think about this? Please send your prayers for the Graham family and let us know your thoughts. Also, be sure to read our viral article about the final social media post Graham made just hours before his death.

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