Matter of Faith: Running with Baal


From: Bill Steidtmann

In previous articles I connected altar call Billy Graham and wife Ruth Bell to phone call Alexander Graham Bell and deaf wife Mabel Bell, and to the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:26b who “... called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered ...” to show decision theology’s “calling” and “hearing” problems. I also connected Billy Graham to Wheaton Illinois resident Red Grange because Grange went to Wheaton High School and Graham went to Wheaton College. Now let’s see how running man Red Grange connects to “hearing.”

From Wikipedia, Red Grange, “Grange drew national attention for his performance in the October 18, 1924 game against Michigan … Grange returned the opening kickoff for a 95-yard touchdown and scored three more touchdowns on runs of 67, 56, and 44 yards in the first 12 minutes, the last three in less than seven minutes. On his next carry, he ran 56 yards for yet another touchdown. In the second half Grange scored a fifth touchdown on an 11-yard run … Michigan coach Fielding Yost said, ‘All Grange can do is run’ … The game inspired Grantland Rice to write this poetic description: ‘A streak of fire, a breath of flame, Eluding all who reach and clutch; A gray ghost thrown into the game, That rival hands may never touch; A rubber bounding, blasting soul, Whose destination is the goal – Red Grange of Illinois!’ … Chicago sportswriter Warren Brown nicknamed Grange “The Galloping Ghost.”

That ball running game was on October 18, i.e. 10-18, because of Romans 10:18:
Romans 10:14b,17-18 “... and how shall they hear without a preacher? … So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. [10:18] But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”

The Hebrew name “Baal” (see Strongs #1166-1168), aka “Bel,” means “husband,” and in Hebrew is pronounced like English “ball.” Billy Graham became a “baal,” a husband, when he married Ruth Bell in 1943 on August 13, which is 8-13. Red Grange became a “baal” when he married Margaret Hazelberg in 1941 on October 13, which is also 8-13 in that Latin “octo” means “eight,” October being the eighth month on the ancient Roman calendar. Two days before Red Grange got married, on October 11, 1941, God ordained the laying of the cornerstone of the “running” building of Billy Graham’s alma mater in order to connect the two husbands together, Grange running with the ball, and Graham running with Baal/Bel:

From Wikipedia, Wheaton College, “... is a Christian, residential liberal arts college and graduate school in Wheaton, Illinois … Alumni Gymnasium […] was built during the Edman presidency and paid for by alumni. The cornerstone was laid at homecoming on October 11, 1941.”

But why didn’t God ordain that Red Grange get married two days earlier on “octo” 11, or why not lay the cornerstone of the Wheaton College gymnasium two days later on “octo” 13? And what does any of this have to do with “hearing,” or the lack thereof, or running to and fro with the ball, or young baal/husbands marrying their fair virgins? Because it’s Amos “octo” 11 through “octo” 13:

Amos 8:11-13 “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.”


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