The cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami in Japan have all the trappings of Armageddon, but there’s no way to know whether the end times are upon us, evangelist Franklin Graham tells Newsmax. His advice in the wake of the tragedy: Help your fellow man as much as you can, and always be prepared to meet your maker.
“What are the signs of [Christ’s] second coming? War and famine and earthquakes … escalating like labor pains,” says Graham, founder of The Samaritan's Purse
charity. “Maybe this is it, I don’t know. We should pray and be vigilant. The Bible teaches us Jesus is going to return someday. Many of us we believe that day is sooner rather than later.”
“Whether the end is in five years, 10 years, 100 years or 1,000 years, we need to be ready to stand before God,” Graham says in an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview.
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Graham, son of beloved evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, is spearheading the shipment of 90 tons of relief supplies to the hardest-hit area in northern Japan though The Samaritan’s Purse. The group is sending blankets, hygiene kits, and other necessities to be distributed through hundreds of Christian churches in Japan.
The relief supplies are desperately needed, as conditions on the ground remain critical a week after the deadly quake, tsunami, and ensuing nuclear plant crisis, Graham says.
“In Tokyo, life goes on. But you don’t have to go very far north to find a different Japan,” he says. “The country in the north is without power, without fuel, bridges have collapsed, railroads not operating. You go for hour after hour at night and don’t see one light in the distance. They are suffering.”
Graham acknowledged that he and his staff are preparing to work in harsh, dangerous conditions, exacerbated by the looming threat of radioactive contamination from Japan’s damaged nuclear plants.
“I’ve told my staff, if any of you are nervous you don’t have go,” he says. “I haven’t had one person back out. There are dangers wherever we go in the world, but as Christians we put faith in God. He’s called us to do this work. He’ll look after us and protect us. It’s not going to stop us from responding and helping.”
Graham urges people to stay focused on helping the Japanese people and cautions against reading too much into the spiritual implications of such tragedies. “We do know that God made the world, but we don’t blame God every time there’s a disaster,” he says. “People like to say, ‘Why did God allow this?’ Every time there’s a storm in life, it’s not always God behind it.”
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