Franklin Graham: Is the World Coming Apart at the Seams?

By   •   September 10, 2014

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Dear Friend,

As you watch the news, do you feel as I do—that it seems the world is coming apart at the seams? There appears to be no end to the bad news. The killing of Christians by Muslims from Indonesia to Bangladesh to Pakistan. China tearing down church buildings. Christians tortured, beheaded, and crucified in Iraq, with villages burned and churches destroyed, and much the same in Syria.

American pastor Saeed Abedini is still imprisoned in Iran for his faith. Throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East, and many parts of the world, the church of Jesus Christ—and anyone or any group who bears His Name—is under attack. In our own country as well, there is great opposition to the church of Jesus Christ. We see this throughout the media, the entertainment industry, government, and politics.

Jesus warned His disciples in Matthew 24 when they asked Him about the signs of the end of the age. He said there would be wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, and pestilence. He told them, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9, KJV).

As I read the news, I can’t help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns to rescue His church and God pours out His wrath on the world for the rejection of His Son. I don’t know if we have hours, days, months, or years—but as Christians, God calls us to take the truth of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Our job is to warn sinners of the consequences of sin and show them that God is loving and gracious, willing to forgive if we come to Him in repentance and faith. We have to accept God’s provision for our sins—the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross. This is what we preach at BGEA—Jesus Christ, dead, buried, and risen! Ultimately this is what matters most in this world.

We have seen firsthand the pestilence of Ebola. This year the virus has already claimed the lives of over 1,000, making it the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. A medical doctor serving with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia was infected with this deadly virus, but through the prayers of many righteous, God spared his life. All this reminds me of the urgency of preaching the Gospel while we have the opportunity. Jesus tells us, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4, NIV).

I have just completed a major evangelistic Crusade in Pittsburgh, and we have another coming up in Toronto, Ontario, and then Erie, Pennsylvania, where the Good News will be proclaimed to thousands and broadcast over the Internet to reach even more. This fall we have a powerful new My Hope film being released with a never-before-seen message from my father about Heaven. This is a great chance for you and your church to partner in My Hope 2014 with Billy Graham and invite your friends and loved ones to hear the Gospel. Plan to show it to people you know and encourage your church to show it as well.

Whether we are holding evangelistic Crusades in stadiums or reaching the lost in closed countries in the Middle East through the Internet as they search for answers to questions like “What happens after I die?” or “Who is Jesus?”—through whatever means we are able to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, your prayers and financial gifts make this ministry possible. We are grateful for your partnership and your heart for the Gospel.

May God richly bless you,

Franklin Graham

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  1. McClymont Julie says:

    I am a fervent follower of Billy Graham’s messages since I was a little girl watching with my parents starting in the 60 s and 70s. I believe in the power of this ministry to reach so many in need of hearing the gospel. God Bless all of you to continue your efforts. God bless!

  2. Dean Ward says:

    I knew Billy in 1949-50 when he was one of our pastors at Chicago Youth for Christ. I just wonder if God is saving him here on earth in order to lead his followers during the Rapture and experience that! As Franklin says, it could be before the hour is up, the week,month or year but scripture is being fulfilled as I am typing this. One thing: Christ said “WORK until I return”!! God Bless all!!

  3. gladys says:

    Thanks very much for richly blessing us with the words of God,may the Almighty God continue bless, strengthen and uphold this ministry and bringing many lost souls to repentence.Amen

  4. lori says:

    I am so glad that your ministry continues to go forth. I just believe what Jesus said that we will go thru things but He is gonna give us that peace. We are that light that shines in darkness and when they see that light they know that there is hope. Let us hold on to our faith for He has us in His hands.

  5. lori says:

    I am so glad that your ministry continues to go forth. I just believe what Jesus said that we will go thru trial and tribulation but he is gonna give us that peace not what the world gives but what He gives us. Let us continue to pray for people all over the world that the gospel will be reached to every country and every nation. I know that the Lord is coming soon and that it is definite. I thank the Lord for your ministry and all the ministries that preach the gospel. We are that light that shines in darkness and when they see that light they know that there is hope and that Jesus is our only hope. Let us hold on to what we believe in and never let go. He has us in His hands.