From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Q: I used to hear sermons about the end of the world but not so much anymore; yet world news speaks about it in reference to global warming or nuclear war, and Hollywood turns the subject into comedy, especially at Halloween. Why is this? -- D.D.
A: Someday the end will come to our world that has been dominated by greed, evil, and injustice. The Preacher, Jesus Christ, spoke about it often. God warns of what is coming and calls us to be reconciled to Him. "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come" (Acts 3:19, NIV).
Reporters seem fascinated by the notion of the end of the world. While many preachers have stopped proclaiming God's truth that the state of the world will grow darker as we near the end of the world, it doesn't change the inevitable. Revelation is a pastor's letter to his floundering flock, an urgent telegram bearing a brilliant plan. The reason it is brilliant -- and true -- is that God promises that the end will come with the return of His Son Jesus Christ. Christians have every reason to be optimistic; but the world trembles in fear. For those who make it a mockery, the Bible declares woe! "Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming?" (2 Peter 3:3-4).
History is going somewhere. God, who does all things well, will bring beauty from the ashes of world chaos. A new social order will emerge when Christ comes back. A fabulous future is on the way. Be sure to choose the path that leads to God, the Redeemer and Savior of the soul.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)(c)2019 BILLY GRAHAM DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.