“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21)
A well-known Bible prophecy teacher of recent memory, John Walvoord, wrote the following significant words:
From the introduction to the judgments portrayed in the book of Revelation, it should be evident that the world is facing a time of trouble such as man has never known before. The dream of the optimist for a world becoming increasingly better scientifically, intellectually, morally and religiously does not fit the pattern of God’s prophetic word. The ultimate triumph of God is assured…. First, however, there must be the awful time of the great tribulation. – – The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Moody Press, p. 133.
The pessimist, by way of contrast, sees no hope and chooses to put his proverbial “head into the sand,” and opts for gloom and depression.
The realist can face reality because he has the facts straight and knows exactly how to deal with them: The Bible is a factual record of the past, present and future! All too many who have tried to refute it later became believers in the very Book they once doubted. The realist knows there is horrendous and incredible trouble up ahead, and shortly, I might add. He also knows that God will ultimately destroy evil and its practitioners. He realizes that there’s judgment up ahead, but also, at the same time, reviews the truths taught in Scripture. He realizes that there’s hope! This hope is given to those who trust in the God of the Bible and in Him alone! He repents of his sins and is given assurance of eternal and abundant life by the God who Himself is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). That’s reality, my friend! Count on it – – BE REAL!