Question: On several occasions Benny Hinn and others have prophesied that Christ would bodily appear at a Hinn crusade. Might that really happen?
Response: The Bible speaks repeatedly of the bodily appearing of Christ to His own as a climactic future event which comes at the Rapture and not before. Paul declared, “there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,... and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his [Christ’s] appearing” (2 Tm 4:8). The “blessed hope” which Christians eagerly anticipate is “the glorious appear- ing” of Christ (Ti 2:13). This takes place at a Benny Hinn Crusade? John writes, “when he shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 Jn:3:2). To imagine this longed-for event occurring at a Hinn crusade raises that false prophet to the level of Christ, lowers this crowning heavenly event to earth’s level and robs it of its majesty and power. That Hinn could voice such an absurd and unbiblical boast, that Paul Crouch and others on TBN could give their approval, and that multitudes of gullible followers would be so enthusiastic over this false prospect is a sad commentary on the biblical illiteracy plaguing the church today.