The Bible strictly forbids people from interpreting omens (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). Interpreting omens is the attempt to extrapolate supernatural messages through ordinary and regular things. This hasn’t stopped Anne Graham Lotz from arguing that her cancer diagnosis is God’s sign to Israel.
At 70 years of age, why did I come down with cancer? My cancer is potentially fatal. It struck swiftly and unexpectedly. It required immediate, prompt, drastic surgery and follow-up treatments that include chemotherapy and radiation. Through our prayers and God’s answers, I believe I will be victorious over it. But the word of the Lord has come to me, “Anne, what do you see?”Anne Graham Lotz, Charisma Mag
As I have contemplated the answer in light of my present circumstances, I have wondered … Could it be there is more to my cancer at the age of 70 than just a random coincidence?
The answer, of course, is no. People at the age of 70 get cancer. In fact, the CDC says that the cancer rate of the typical 70-year-old being diagnosed at some point in their life is 31.59% and dying of cancer is 18.56%. Hundreds of thousands of people Graham’s age are diagnosed with cancer every year, and never does it bode well or poorly for the nation of Israel.
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? This is what I seem to see.Anne Graham Lotz, Charisma Mag
No. That is not possible. Furthermore, it is horrendously stupid and narcissistic.
In the editorial, Lotz argued that being given cancer in her 70th year had something to do with Israel’s 70th year. What she was living out, Lotz argued, Israel was going to have to live out. Ergo, Israel was about to go through a time of suffering like Lotz.