Second coming could be high-tech: US evangelist

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 23 2011 01:44 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2011 09:44 PM

WASHINGTON - US evangelist Franklin Graham thinks the second coming of Jesus Christ could be a social media event captured by millions of mobile phones.

"The Bible says that every eye is going to see it" and that Christ will "come on the clouds," Graham, the oldest son of preacher Billy Graham, who used the media to make Christian evangelism a global phenomenon, told ABC News presenter Christiane Amanpour, host of "This Week."

"How is the whole world going to see him at one time? I don't know, unless all of a sudden everybody's taking pictures (with their cell phones) and it's on the media worldwide," he said in the interview to be aired Easter Sunday.

"I don't know. Social media could have a big part in that," the 58-year-old Graham said, noting the role that mobile phone recordings have played in spreading the word about the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

"Look at what's happening in Libya or Egypt. Everybody's got their phone out and everybody's taking recordings and posting it on YouTube or whatever, and sending it to you, and it gets shown around the world," he said.

In an interview last month with another media outlet, Graham said the powerful earthquake and massive tsunami in Japan could be signs that the end was nigh.

"What are the signs of the second coming? War and famine and earthquakes... Maybe this is it, I don’t know," he told in that interview.