Rev. Graham: “As I read the news, I can’t help but wonder if we’re in last hours”

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Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse and son of world-renowned preacher Billy Graham, said that given all the ‘bad news’ about the killing of Christians by Muslims in some countries, and attacks on Christians by the media and the government even in America, he cannot ‘help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns,'” reports CNS News.

“As I read the news, I can’t help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns to rescue His church and God pours out His wrath on the world for the rejection of His Son,” said Rev. Graham in a post on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) website.

“I don’t know if we have hours, days, months, or years—but as Christians, God calls us to take the truth of…

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Jesus promised that the world would hate us…

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Perhaps if Ahab had lived a more virtuous life, the prophet may have had something good to tell him. Regardless, it is infinitely better to speak the truth and have the frown of the world than to withhold the truth and have the frown of God. Jesus promised that the world would hate us because it hates Him, so don’t expect otherwise.

2 Chronicles 18:7 So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil. He is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say such things!

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“Is God omniscient? He didn’t know what Israel would do.”

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God “tests” us, not for His sake, but for ours. For example, Ecc. 3:18 tells us, “God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals…” In school, students are given periodic tests to show them their current progress—what they think they know but don’t, where they are wrong and need to relearn—so they can have a “course correction” before it is too late. After seeing God’s miraculous provision, both Abraham and the children of Israel were “tested” to see if they had learned the lesson that they could trust God (Gen. 22:1; Exod. 15:25). God brings tests and trials to those He loves, to cause them to mature and develop godly character. Tribulation, temptation, and persecution “establish, strengthen, and settle” the godly (see 1 Pet. 5:10). See also Psa. 66:10–12.

Judges 3:4 And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know…

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Wesley: Plucked from burning.

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Every Christian is a “brand plucked from the fire.” We have been saved from the fire that shall never be quenched, and our commission is to pull sinners “out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 23).

“Born in 1703, John Wesley was the fifteenth child, and second surviving son of Susanna and Samuel Wesley. His father was the pastor of Epworth…[When John was age five] the Wesleys’ home caught on fire in the night. All the children were removed safely from the house, but when they were counted, John was missing. A farmer from nearby spotted little John looking out of an upstairs window amid the leaping flames. Several neighbors climbed on each other’s shoulders, until the man on top was able to put his arms around the boy and pull him out of the flames to safety. Only moments after he was rescued…

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With Israel facing enormous pressures from all sides, would you pray today for one full hour for the peace of Jerusalem? Here’s a suggested prayer.

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Today, on this first day of the ninth month, would you join Anne Graham Lotz and me and Christians all over the world to pray for at least one full hour for the peace of Jerusalem?

The citizens and leaders of Israel face enormous geopolitical and economic pressures from every side. They also face a fierce and raging spiritual battle beyond what most of us can understand or imagine. What’s more, some of us have a sense that the Jewish State will soon face its darkest and most difficult hour. Let us not just say we love Israel. Let us intercede on her behalf. Let us come before the God of Israel and ask Him to grant His protection and blessings and pour out His Holy Spirit on all the people of Israel — Jews, Arabs and all inhabitants of the Land. The Bible commands us in Psalm 122 to “pray for the peace…

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