The Only Hope is Christ

By   •   February 24, 2011   •   Topics: ,

World history centers around Israel. As news unfolds, now and in the future, the key nation to watch is not the U.S. or China, but Israel. The Bible says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6, NIV).

In recent weeks, we’ve seen political upheaval spread through Arab countries of the Middle East. Regardless of the short-term outcome in each place, underlying all of this conflict is radical Islam. Much of this effort, publicly or secretly, is under the banner of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that was founded in Egypt decades ago and has been active in many countries ever since, including the United States. Its two most basic goals are to replace governments and constitutions in order to bring nations under Sharia law, and to destroy Israel and drive Jews into the sea.

The political turmoil we have witnessed in Egypt could eventually result in the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power there. A leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, speaking a few days ago to the Arabic-language news media, said that under any new Egyptian government, “the people should be prepared for war against Israel.”

Whatever happens, the Bible tells us the ultimate outcome. “The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: ‘I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. … On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem'” (Zechariah 12:1–2, 9).

The Bible also declares that the last battle of history will be fought on the plains of Armageddon in northern Israel when the nations of the world fight against the Lord. My friend, these things are coming.

Before then, there will be tribulation–the Great Tribulation. There will be a one-world monetary system where people must receive the mark of the beast on their right hand or forehead. People will not be able to buy or sell or trade without this mark. Already today, many people in this country, Europe, and other countries around the world want to develop a unified worldwide monetary system. According to reports in the New York Times, even the pope has suggested that an answer to international economic upheaval would be to establish a “true world political authority” with power to regulate the global economy.

In the midst of all this, what are we to do? Dig a hole and hide? Throw up our hands and quit? No. We are to take the Gospel to people everywhere. The Gospel is the only message that can save. The Bible says, “With the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. … Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:10, 13, NASB). All people are sinners, and all sinners are doomed to judgment. But God doesn’t want anyone to perish (see 2 Peter 3:9). He wants people saved from a judgment that leads to everlasting torment.

The Gospel is the “power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16). It is a spiritual atomic bomb that destroys the power of sin. This is incredibly good news–salvation is available to all who commit themselves to the Lord Jesus, believing that He died for our sin, shed His blood on the cross, was buried in the grave, rose to life on the third day, and gives us eternal life with Him. This is our hope.

That is the message we are proclaiming in cities across North America this year from the Jersey Shore to Southern California, and from the Colorado Rockies to the Great Lakes to the Great Plains of Manitoba. It is what we will also proclaim in cities of Asia and Europe and Africa.

I will preach March 25–27 at a Crusade in Liberia, a West African country that has had strong historic ties to the United States going back a century and a half. Over the last 20 years, Liberia endured two ruinous civil wars fueled by ethnic and political rivalries, devastating the country. The nation is just beginning to recover, and people are very open to the Good News about Jesus Christ. Pray that the life-changing hope of the Gospel will penetrate many hearts.

People see nations torn apart by war, the Middle East in turmoil, and our own country struggling with massive economic and social problems. The only hope for each and every person is Christ.

We need your prayers and your support as we take the Gospel to the men and women of our generation and to the young people of the next generation. This is urgent work. People are dying every day without Him. Let’s not allow evil to triumph; let’s not give up striving to make Christ known.

Thank you for standing with us. I won’t give up. Satan is the author of confusion and destruction, but our God is “mighty to save” (Isaiah 63:1).

Franklin Graham

Help Spread the Gospel

You gift can help BGEA spread the Gospel through every available means and to every nation. Donate online today to support Festivals or other ministries.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published but you will receive our next BGEA ministry update. You can opt out of future emails at any time.

48 Comments

  1. Tyler says:

    I want to know I am forgiven and I need the assurance of my forgiveness and the assurance of heaven. I need this please I will know in my heart that I am forgiven, thanks… god bless you!…Jesus loves you.

  2. Luc Saint Fleur says:

    I congratulate your works. I watched your show on TV last night and learned about your activities. That's an amazing blessing to all this Graham family and supporters. I'm struggling with so much difficulties since 1999. I vainly tried to respond to the issues. I reborn christian. I fail and get up. Since May 2011, I get finally baptized and dedicace all my life to God. The problems persist but at least, I know Jesus takes care of whatever happens. I'm Luc Saint Fleur, originally from Haiti, resident in Florida. Please to always remember this name in your prayer. I not only need to serve God but to get involved in the Ministry also. I want to look like my Jesus in public as in private. Help me in your prayers. Help me please!!!

  3. Eric says:

    2 years ago, my father's career took the turn for the worst. At the time I tried to help out to get them on stable ground. I also pushed to move home ASAP and put my house on the market to move back to my family during these times.Now 13 months later, my dad left the family; my house hasn't sold; and money is tight for all of us. My mother and I are working, but its hard to make ends meet.The only thing we want is for God to soften my dad's heart and have him come back to my family. A father who used to lead us in the walk with Christ is now saying “I'll find out what God thinks of me when I die”prayer for us to Heal my family… help my house sell… make us whole again… make us more like Jesus…

  4. Asher says:

    I have liver problem, please prayer for my health

  5. Donna says:

    My husband of nearly 49 years is dying of cancer. Today the doctor told me he is going down hill and has 3 to 5 weeks left. Just lift us up in prayer. There are so many needs. I'm sad, I'm afraid, I'm overwhelmed at all the responsibility. Most concerning, I still don't know if he's saved. He say's he is but never reads his bible. Will you pray for us? (The Only Hope is Christ)

  6. Tyler says:

    Pastor Franklin Graham, please pray for me. Totally committed to Jesus as savior and Lord. I hope there is something I can do to help the good and the loving Lord. Thank You, amen.

  7. Ps.Tariq Sylvester says:

    Greetings in Jesus Christ,This is Pastor Tariq Sylvester from Pakistan.I humbly request to you that kindly pray for Mrs. Sonia Waseem. She want child blessing from above. Please pray for her Child blessing that may God grant her. We are also praying but we feel more prayers from you. May the Lord richly bless you.With Prayer and Love, Ps. Tariq Sylvester Karachi City,Pakistan (We would like to pray and provide some encouragement. Please call 1-877-247-2426 to talk and pray with someone. There are people here who care. Or, you can send a private email to help@bgea.org. We will continue to keep you in prayer. The BGEA Internet team.)

  8. Marlene says:

    Please pray for my son who has separated from his wife and left his 4 children. He has also left the Lord which is the most important. Now they are not allowing us to see their 4 children, our 4 precious grandchildren, ages 8,7,6 and 4. It is heartbreaking – only God can change their hearts and we ask you to pray that will happen. Thank you so much for praying and for your ministry. We are always blessed when we hear any “Graham” ministering. Thank you again.