Jan Markell, who leads Olive Tree Ministries, told American Family Radio that there is an “air of hopelessness” and much of it can be directly traced to a year of frustration, panic, and fear over the virus pandemic.
“There's just a lot of despair and there's fear,” said Markell, who is also an AFR radio host on her weekend program, “Understanding the Times.”
Because of the radio program, Markell often hears from listeners who share their fears about the current times and about the future. The seasoned Bible teacher says she sees a sowing of fear, which is being planted intentionally, but that crippling fear deserves to be rejected by Christian believers who understand the times we are living in.
“What a privilege to be members of this last generation, to see the things the Bible foretold would happen coming about in our generation,” she observes. "Because even though we're in very, very tough times, from every standpoint, none of this caught God by surprise. None of it. He is in control totally.”
Not only is God in control, she adds, but the clever plans and devious schemes carried out by mankind are really part of God’s plans, too.