What do we do with dire predictions?
By Mario Murillo
Charisma magazine dug up an old video of David Wilkerson on the old PTL show with Jim Bakker. They were startled by the pinpoint accuracy if David’s predictions.
Recently a well-known conservative blog found another dire prediction from David Wilkerson and posted this: A respected pastor, best-selling author and founder of a major ministry to teens predicts an imminent “earth-shattering calamity” centered in New York City that will spread to major urban areas across the country and around the world – part of what he sees as a judgment from God.
David Wilkerson, author of “The Cross and the Switchblade,” a book about his ministry to troubled New York street kids that was later made into a movie starring Pat Boone, tells readers of his blog this weekend that he is “compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message” about his prediction.
“An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen,” he writes. “It is going to be so frightening; we are all going to tremble – even the godliest among us.”
Wilkerson’s vision is of fires raging through New York City.
“It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires – such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago,” he explains. “There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting – including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
“God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations,” claims Wilkerson. “He is destroying the secular foundations.” Wilkerson urges everyone to stockpile a 30-day supply of food and other necessities to deal with the catastrophe he foresees.
“I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off,” Wilkerson concluded in his message. “I have unburdened my soul to you. Do with the message as you choose.”
A past vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention is hoping believers pay attention to Wilkerson’s message.
“I have known David Wilkerson for more than 25 years as well as many of his friends and associates,” said Pastor Wiley Drake. “He is a godly man and I believe he is listening to God. I encourage each Christian to read and heed what God is saying through our brother.”
Why have the prophetic warnings of David Wilkerson come to the forefront? More to the point…what should we do with dire predictions?
Each believer is equipped with discernment. All of us have access to wisdom. I know that to reject David’s words simply because they are terrifying is a disaster in and of itself. You should reject any voice that says you do not need to prepare for possible calamity.
I also know that God has promised a fire wall of protection around His remnant. Therefore to live in fear or to go into hiding would be an unqualified tragedy. Therefore you should reject every voice that denies the possibility of revival and restoration.
Even David Wilkerson said, “”God’s last-day church …will be even greater than that [the first-century church,] … mightier, stronger, and even GREATER revelation of Jesus. A greater unction from the Spirit than ever, GREATER EVEN THAN PENTECOST….As I see it, the gospel of Jesus Christ has not been fully preached in this generation!”
Here are three things you must realize:
1. America is being judged for ingratitude. When you take inventory of the sins of America this one gets overlooked but it is the one that ignited judgment.
Look at these verses: Romans 2: 4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
Psalm 78 12 “Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap. 14 In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire. 15 He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink in abundance like the depths. 16 He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers. 17 But they sinned even more against Him.”
Verse 21 sums it up: “Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious; So a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel…”
How can you deny that America is being judged right now? For seven years the White House has blasphemously shaken its fist at God daring Him to act. In that time, we have not repented or even acknowledged our guilt. Consider all that God has done for America…look at how we repaid Him.
It is utter foolishness for us not to prepare for the violent convulsions that come to any nation that burns the candle of their life for themselves and then blows the smoke in God’s face.
2. Ask yourself: What is wrong with being prepared? If New York City does not burn I will be at the front of the line rejoicing. However, what is wrong with praying over the words of a true man of God. What is wrong with checking our hearts to see if we are participating in things that have brought the wrath of God to America? We have already seen shortages and breakdowns in our culture. Some food stored is simple wisdom not gloom and doom.
3. You must drench yourself in prayer and ministry. Disasters and convulsions are coming…some are already here. Therefore your best move is to be actively engaged in supernatural warfare to win the lost and to heal the sick. The glory of revival blunts the pain of persecution! Pressing into intimacy with Jesus destroys fear and anxiety.
Seeking a strong anointing and passion to be a source of life to others will cause calamity to go around you. Psalm 91: 5 “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come nigh unto you.”
Note: The verses talk about terror at night—arrows by day—pestilence that walks in darkness. It does not say they won’t happen…it says they can go around you if you dwell in God and choose to be one of His anointed ones.
All of Jehovah’s children can minister, heal the sick, cast out devils and even raise the dead. Chuck the notion that there are only elite vessels that have access to ministry.
Even David Wilkerson said the church would not limp to heaven in the last days: “God’s last-day church …will be even greater than that [the first-century church,] … mightier, stronger, and even GREATER revelation of Jesus. A greater unction from the Spirit than ever, GREATER EVEN THAN PENTECOST….As I see it, the gospel of Jesus Christ has not been fully preached in this generation!”