Legacy of Two Witnesses: Apologists Nabeel Qureshi & Ravi Zacharias

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nabeel with ravi
Nabeel called Ravi his "Uncle." They have both finished the race and kept the faith.

Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias was an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist. He authored more than 30 books on Christianity and mentored apologists Nabeel Qureshi. He went to be with the Lord on May 19, 2020, after a short battle with cancer.

Tim Tebow held back his tears and said, “my mentor and a great hero of the faith.” Louie Giglio referred to him as a “humble giant,” Franklin Graham said, “he is one of the great Christian apologists…”

For Greg Laurie, Ravi is a “treasure;” Ben Shapiro considered him a “terrible loss,” and Peter Tan-Chi told him, “You have always been a blessing to us.”

John Allen Chau testimony, martyred at 26.

Ravi’s last message to Filipino Christians

Ravi gave his last message at CCF Center last January. He said, “My work is done, there’s nothing new I can say…, I’ve done it all. He gives this advice to young people:

Young people, those days fly by like the wind and you suddenly look back and say, where have all the years gone… Harness the time, take the time that God has given you.
Ravi Zacharias, January 26, 2020

Ravi Zacharias (with CCF Senior Pastor Peter Tan-Chi) has been the spiritual father of many Christian figures like Tim Tebow. He is a regular visiting preacher at CCF Center in the Philippines.

Nabeel Qureshi

Nabeel Qureshi had a Medical Degree, two Master’s, and was finishing his Doctorate when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2016. He died on September 16, 2017, at 34. He was perhaps the greatest apologist of his generation.

Ravi wanted to pass the baton to younger legs. He could have taken that place, and now they’re both gone. There is much joy knowing that Nabeel Qureshi’s testimony is proof God seeks the lost – God will raise his prophets!

Nabeel could have just left like all other Muslims who died without cause or hope; but in his short life, God used him to deliver His message. Nabeel veered many to a correct interpretation of scriptures, just as Ravi did.

Reaching fanatic muslims

Hard-line Muslims are thankful for the death of who they think is their enemy, though Nabeel is alive with the LORD!. They mock the “infidel” and rejoice his “punishment.” He was a “true messenger” of God to the Islamic community. Their laughter is the rejection of their salvation.

David Wood is a Christian apologist who doesn’t mince his words, rebuking defiant Muslims. He was a good friend of Nabeel Qureshi. They met as freshmen at Old Dominion University.

Why do they have to die soon?

Ravi Zacharias died 74 years old. You might think he’s old enough and lived a full life. However, despite his age, he was prolific and soaring until God took him. Imagine what two more decades can do? On the other hand, Nabeel Qureshi was barely 34 years old.

Nabeel Qureshi studied for years, only for God to take him so soon? We may never know why, what’s important is he did all things for the Lord. His death reminds us that whatever we do on earth, we must always use it glorifying God.

We all die once. Then, Believers face the judgment seat of Christ, while unbelievers face their final judgment. Praise God for the lives of Ravi and Nabeel!

We must always use our time glorifying God.

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Albert is an academic researcher and UX/UI content manager. He is a graduate of Asian Studies and went to the Asian Bible Seminary and Trinity College of Music. He is happily married with three lovable teenagers.

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