Rev. Franklin Graham. (BGEA)
The Bible states that dramatic natural occurences, such as hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and violent seas are all indications of Jesus Christ's return to Earth, but we do not know exactly when this will occur -- only God the Father does -- so we must take steps now, today, to repent, confess our sins, and "be ready" because our lives could end at any moment, said Rev. Franklin Graham, son of pastor Billy Graham.
In a Sept. 10 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, "Wildfires raging on the West Coast. Violent hurricanes, one after the other, ravaging everything in their paths, with one of the worst—Irma—bearing down on Florida. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake shook the southern parts of Mexico this week, and we even recently experienced a rare solar eclipse."
"The Bible says in Luke 21:25, '... there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the Earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves,'" said Rev. Graham.
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He continued, "In Matthew 24:7 it says, 'For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.' These are some of the Biblical signs before Christ’s return."
"Nobody knows the day or hour, not even the Son of God, but it is a reminder to all of us to be ready—to repent and confess our sins, and ask for God’s forgiveness," said the reverend.
"In the meantime, we can find comfort, peace, and hope in Him," he said.
"As we pray for all those affected by the current disasters," said Rev. Graham, "we should also remember God’s promise to us in John 16:33, 'I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.'"
Franklin Graham, 65, is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He also oversees the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse. Franklin Graham is married and has five children. He regularly preaches in the United States and abroad, and he is a frequent commenter on current events.