TULSA, JUNE 26 -- Evangelist Oral Roberts says he has raised people from the dead and been told by God that someday he will return with Jesus to reign on earth.

Roberts' comments, made to about 5,000 people at the closing session of the three-day Charismatic Bible Ministries Conference on Thursday, were broadcast nationally today on his son's "Richard Roberts Live" program.

"I won't tell you how many of the dead have been raised under my ministry," he said. "I had to stop and go back in the crowd and raise the dead person so I could go on with my service. It did improve my altar call that night."

Roberts said that while he was reading a spy novel in his bedroom in March 1986, God spoke to him from the doorway about turning the Oral Roberts University medical school around and told him his work "on the other side" is more important than the work he is doing here.

The evangelist said he asked God how he should raise the money for medical missionary scholarships and that God told him to ask for "no new money" but tell people already donating to the ministry to look at the way their money was being used in the mission field.

After that encounter, Roberts launched a fund-raising effort for the medical school that suggested God might end his life if listeners didn't send enough money, creating nationwide controversy over the method.

On his television program today, Roberts' son Richard discussed newspaper reports about his father's statement on bringing back the dead.

"The good news is they're printing the truth," Richard Roberts said. "I'm so glad the newspapers are finally getting it right."

On his program Friday, Richard Roberts said he recalled one instance in his boyhood when, he said, a dead child was brought back to life by his father.

"Right in the middle of my dad's sermon, a woman came running up to the platform with her baby in her arms screaming, 'My baby has just died. My baby has just died,' " Richard Roberts said.

"The child had died during the service. My dad had to stop in the middle of his sermon and lay hands on that child. And that child came back to life again."

"There are probably dozens and dozens and dozens of documented instances of people who have been raised from the dead," Richard Roberts said after he and guests on the program recounted stories about the dead being revived.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who took over the PTL ministry from Jim and Tammy Bakker, questioned the claims.

"Not having been present for the comments, obviously I do not know the context of what he was saying," Falwell said today in Lynchburg, Va.

"As one who has admired Reverend Roberts in the years past, I am sincerely hopeful that this is either a misquote or totally out of context. It is too ludicrous to give it any other interpretation."

Falwell laughed when asked whether he ever personally raised anyone from the dead.

"No, I haven't, and I don't think anyone else has outside those in apostolic days. His statement so totally confuses me that as an intelligent person it is difficult for me to comment on it," Falwell said.

Oral Roberts also said God told him he {Roberts} "will be coming back with my Son to reign" and "got this picture" that he {Roberts} would be coming to Tulsa.

"I'm coming back. I'm going to help bring that world back with me. I'm going to reign," he said. "I got a picture in my mind that he's going to position us to rule and reign. Maybe we'll have more power in the second try ... we're not going to stay over there. Watch what happens to Oral Roberts University when I get back."

Appearing on Richard Roberts' show today, the Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa said Oral Roberts' statement that he would return has a biblical source.

"Brother Roberts didn't say he was the only one," said Daugherty. "The Bible says we will put over a rule here. God will use those who have been faithful, and the Bible says we will reign with Him for a thousand years."

Richard Roberts said his father's promise to return to earth after his own death should be no surprise. He said "all born-again Christians" should expect to return to earth with the anticipated Second Coming of Jesus Christ spoken of in the Bible.