On November 3, 1948, The Chicago Tribune headline was “Dewey Defeats Truman.” The polls had indicated that Dewey would win, but the newspaper learned that you don’t count your chicks before they hatch. That was in reality what God told Isaiah to tell people in northern Galilee. He foretold that gloom would soon overshadow their country. Tiglath Pileser, the Assyrian king, was about to invade their land. But the good news was this enslavement would not last forever. The prophet predicted that the Messiah would later arrive to offer life and light to the people in that area. Isaiah put it this way: “[The] time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. …There will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.” When Jesus finally came, He spent most of His time in Northern Galilee, fulfilling that ancient prophecy. Those today who predict total destruction for our world overlook a significant fact. God has great plans for this planet. He will keep His promise to judge those who ignore His call to repent and accept His lordship. At the same time, He will preserve the earth for His purpose—despite what media and headlines may suggest.
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