Dr. Juergen Buehler is Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy In Jerusalem (ICEJ). He wrote an article in their monthly newsletter entitled Hope In Dark Times. Here is an excerpt of what he had to say. It gives great hope in the day in which we live ~
" The Prophet Joel foresaw how the nations will one day be gathered together in the Valley of Jehoshaphat (the Kidron in Jerusalem) to be judged by God concerning their mistreatment of Israel and the Jewish people. But this same prophet could also see God pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh "before the great and terrible day of the Lord."
" While he understood the seriousness of God's end-time judgments, Joel also spoke of revival and proclaimed a message of hope that "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
"The Prophet Daniel describes in chapter 11 the rise of an evil and frightening Antichrist system which will even "make war" with the saints. Yet in the midst of this dark time are people who "know their God and they are strong and carry out great exploits." While he saw the redeemed under great persecution, he also saw them as victorious overcomers."
" In Chapter 12 the same prophet sees terrible times such as never before. And in exactly that setting, Daniel sees the saints not as weak and defeated but shining as bright stars on a dark firmament, leading many to righteousness. We should never forget that even in the darkest times ahead, the Word of God forsees a body of believers having an incredible impact-doing "great " exploits and leading "many" to righteousness."
Words of hope in deed!