Q: I've always been fascinated with the future and how the world is going to end, so I've been trying to read the book of Revelation in the Bible. But to be honest, I can't make much sense of it. Can you give me some suggestions? -- J.V.R.
A: When Revelation was written, Christians were facing intense persecution. The Roman Emperor had demanded that Christians worship him as a god, but they wouldn't give up their faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior, sent from heaven to save us from our sins.
Don't get lost in details or try to figure out every symbol in Revelation (particularly if you're reading it for the first time). Instead, focus on its central message: Someday God will defeat all evil, and Jesus Christ will rule forever. No matter what you're facing right now, is your hope in Him?
Be sure, however, that you don't ignore the rest of the Bible. Instead, make the Bible part of your life every day, asking God to draw you closer to Christ through its pages. Remember: "All Scripture is God-breathed... so that the man [or woman] of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
(Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: http://www.billygraham.org.)