The Bible says that in the final days or “end times” there will be “distress of nations,” said Rev. Franklin Graham, emphasizing that “this is certainly the case today” given events in the Middle East, Israel, Russia, China, Europe and in Washington, D.C.
Everywhere people will seek peace but they will find none, he said, adding that the only “solution” is Jesus Christ.
“The Bible tells us that in the end times there will be ‘distress of nations with perplexity,’” said Rev. Graham in a Mar. 17 post on Facebook. “This is certainly the case today.”
The reverend, son of evangelist Billy Graham, was quoting from the Gospel of Luke (21:25) where Jesus Christ, speaking to his disciples, says, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring.”
Continuing in his Facebook post, Rev. Graham says, “The meltdown of the Middle East. The rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and here in the America. China and Russia building their military at cosmic speed. The financial crises worldwide. The political crisis in Washington.”
“Israel is desperate to have peace, but the Bible says ‘they will seek peace but there shall be none,’” says Rev. Graham. “There is only one ultimate, eternal solution—Jesus Christ and Him alone.”
In the chapter form Luke, it goes on to say in verses 27-28, “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
While these passages in Luke certainly concern some of the things Jesus said about future events and His Second Coming, it merits noting that Rev. Graham and his father, Pastor Billy Graham, have always stressed that Christians do not know the precise unfolding of prophecy or specifically when certain things will occur.
As the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), headed by Rev. Franklin Graham, states: “All Christians do not agree on every detail of what will occur in the final events of this world’s history. Some of these events and their order of occurrence have simply not been made clear in the Bible. What is important is that all Christians hold in common that Christ will ultimately return bodily, visibly, and gloriously to reign and rule with His resurrected and transformed saints forever and ever. The details of this great event will be made known in God’s own time.”
In addition to his work at the BGEA, Rev. Franklin Graham oversees the international relief group Samaritan’s Purse. Billy Graham, 96, is reportedly doing fairly well and resides at his home in Montreat, N.C.