Q: I thought you said Jesus told you that your Dad would still be alive when Jesus returned. If so, he must be a very old man by now! Is your Dad still living?
A: This is probably the question I get asked the most. Hopefully I can clear up the confusion here.
As you’ll recall, when I had the dream where I was standing on our family’s sun porch looking up at the blood moon, knowing the Lord’s return was right at the door, I shared that I was suddenly aware that the first member in our family of four had died. The rest of us were still living.
In other words: “the rest of us were still living when my mom died.” NOT “the rest of us were still living when Jesus returned.” The Lord never said that.
Interestingly, this whole confusion has reminded me so much of the time Peter asked Jesus if John would still be alive when He returned, and Jesus said to Peter: What’s that to you? You serve me. And then the Bible goes on to record what happened next:
“Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” ~ John 21:23
Likewise, to me, Jesus only said, “When the first person in your family dies, Cinnie, and three of you are still living, that’s a SIGN that My return is right at the door.”
Just a sign. That’s all. Like a single “snapshot” in time, if you will, that the Lord was telling me to be on the lookout for, so that when that snapshot/sign appeared — the first member of my family dead, the rest of us still living — that would be His signal to me, alerting me that His return was right at the door!
Never did the Lord say, “and that means your Dad won’t die.”
As a matter of fact, my Dad died two full years before No Green Bananas was even published!
So no, that was never part of the prophecy God gave me.
Hopefully this clears up “the rumor.” : )