God doesn’t leave mankind in despair

Published 8:30 am Thursday, January 25, 2024

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: Watching the events in the Middle East, and particularly in Israel, makes me wonder if Armageddon is upon us. Growing up, I thought this idea was ridiculous. But after watching our culture implode, it doesn’t seem so off track to consider we may be on the brink of this prophetic war. – A.W.

Dear A.W. People may say they doubt the realities of such things as Armageddon, the apocalypse, and the end times, but it’s spoken of from many platforms, not just in the pulpit.
Newsweek has featured cover stories: “Armageddon.” The New York Times asks: “Why Are We So Obsessed with the End of the World?” The Wall Street Journal runs a review: “You, Me and the Apocalypse Review.” Psychology magazines print similar stories. World leaders often take up the matter of nuclear war. This subject is on the minds and lips of world citizens. But the truth of these matters will only be found in the pages of God’s Word.
Mankind has always dealt with war, but never on the scale predicted by Jesus. The world has no answers, but God does. We would do well to pay attention and study so that we can recognize the signs of the times. Jesus tells us that the state of the world will grow darker as we near the end of the age. The Apocalypse carries a booming jolt of truth: Trouble ahead.
God doesn’t leave mankind in despair. The paradise that man lost will be regained and one day we will live in a brand new world. We can know that we are safe in God’s keeping by repenting of sin and knowing Him as Lord and Savior (see Romans 5:10–11). This is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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