Famous Christian Preacher Warns of Impending Disaster: New York City Calamity will Spread to other Citys


Here is a devotional from David Wilkersons Website.  Last Days America takes no position on this man’s prediction other than to say that his past record should accord him sufficient respect to consider this warning and keep it in the back of your mind.  I listened to the message he delivered at on “Anguish” at his church and it’s clearly something he feels deeply but the ultimate test of someone claiming to be prompted by God is if the message proves true. 

It’s said in the bible that in the last day’s old men will dream dreams and the young men will see visions.  It’s not just that evil has a field day but it’s the case that the Holy Spirit goes into overdrive too and works to gather as many as possible to the love of God in very loveless times.  If Wilkerson is wrong about this warning he may well find that this statement is a career ended since no word of prophesy spoken by God through a prophet can be wrong.  Mr. Wilkerson has much invested in this message and I bring it to you as a possible word from the Holy Spirit or as an impassioned cry from a longtime servant of Christ whose heart is broken by what he sees going on in our world.

Decide for yourself if this sounds plausible.  Here is his devotional message that prompted the story on World Net Daily and the Drudge Report:


Saturday, March 7, 2009


I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world.


For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to 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.

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?” (v. 3).

God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.

The prophet Jeremiah pleaded with wicked Israel, “God is fashioning a calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh, turn back each of you from your evil way, and reform your ways and deeds. But they will say, It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart” (Jeremiah 18:11-12).

In Psalm 11:6, David warns, “Upon the wicked he will rain snares (coals of fire)…fire…burning wind…will be the portion of their cup.” Why? David answered, “Because the Lord is righteous” (v. 7). This is a righteous judgment—just as in the judgments of Sodom and in Noah’s generation.


First, I give you a practical word I received for my own direction. If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster.

As for our spiritual reaction, we have but two options. This is outlined in Psalm 11. We “flee like a bird to a mountain.” Or, as David says, “He fixed his eyes on the Lord on his throne in heaven—his eyes beholding, his eyelids testing the sons of men” (v. 4). “In the Lord I take refuge” (v. 1).

I will say to my soul: No need to run…no need to hide. This is God’s righteous work. I will behold our Lord on his throne, with his eye of tender, loving kindness watching over every step I take—trusting that he will deliver his people even through floods, fires, calamities, tests, trials of all kinds.

Note: I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off. I have unburdened my soul to you. Do with the message as you choose.

God bless and keep you,

In Christ,


Posted by David Wilkerson on 3/07/2009


Here is the link to the original coverage that I found on World Net Daily



Here is something from Wikapedia on David Wilkerson:

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David Wilkerson welcome message at entrance to Times Square Church

David Wilkerson (born May 19, 1931 in Hammond, Indiana) is an American Christian evangelist, most famous for his book The Cross and the Switchblade. He is also the founder of Times Square Church in New York, an interdenominational church.

Wilkerson’s widely distributed sermons, such as “A Call to Anguish,” are known for being direct and frank. He emphasizes Christian beliefs, such as: God’s holiness and righteousness, God’s love toward humans and especially Christian views of Jesus. Wilkerson tries to avoid categorizing Christians into distinct groups according to the denomination they belong to, and as such he is an evangelist with broad-based appeal.

On Saturday March 7, 2009 Mr. Wilkerson published at his online blog what he called “an urgent message…compelled by the Holy Spirit” which includes the following wording:

An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen. It is going to be so frightening, we are all going to tremble — even the Godliest among us…There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting—including Times Square, New York City…

Internet media beginning with Worldnetdaily at 3:15 a.m. EST Sunday March 8, 2009 and then the Matt Drudge “Drudgereport” then reported the prediction under the headline “Famed pastor predicts imminent catastrophe…”



[edit] Life

Reverend Wilkerson served as pastor in small churches in Scottdale and Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, until he saw a photograph in Life Magazine in 1958 of seven New York City teenagers charged with murder. He later wrote that, as he felt the Holy Spirit move him with compassion, he was drawn to go to New York in February 1958. It was then that he began his street ministry to underprivileged inner-city youth.

David Wilkerson is well-known for these early years of his ministry to young drug addicts and gang members in New York City in the 1950s and 1960’s. Wilkerson co-authored a book about his work with the New York drug addicts, The Cross and the Switchblade, which became a best-seller. Included in the book is the story of Nicky Cruz‘s decision to become a Christian. The book has sold over 50 million copies in over thirty languages since it was published in 1963. In 1970 the book was also released under the same title as a Hollywood movie starring Pat Boone as Wilkerson and Erik Estrada as Cruz, and was included among the 100 most important Christian books of the 20th century.

In the early 1960s David Wilkerson, his wife Gwen, Loren and Darlene Cunningham, and Howard and Pat Foltz, prayed together in Colorado. Their prayer birthed 3 ministries: Teen Challenge USA (Wilkerson’s), YWAM (Cunningham’s), and Teen Challenge Europe-Asia (Foltz’s), which have reached youth and adults, many with life-controlling problems worldwide, through its centers and ministry. Teen Challenge’s USA and Europe-Asia ministry is a biblically based recovery program for drug addicts that has been recognized as one of the most effective efforts of its kind [1].

In 1967, David Wilkerson began Youth Crusades, an evangelistic ministry that was aimed to reach teenagers whom David Wilkerson called “goodniks” — middle-class youth who were restless and bored. His goal was to prevent them from becoming heavily involved with drugs, alcohol, or violence. Through this ministry, CURE Corps (Collegiate Urban Renewal Effort) was founded. It was intended to be something of a Christian version of the Peace Corps and VISTA.

In 1971, David Wilkerson moved his ministry headquarters to the obscure town of Lindale,Texas, just outside of Tyler, where he founded World Challenge. The organization’s mission is to promote and spread the Gospel throughout the world.

In 1986, while walking down 42nd Street in New York City at midnight, David Wilkerson believes that the Holy Spirit called him to return to New York City and to raise up a ministry in Times Square. This resulted in the establishment of Times Square Church which opened its doors in October 1987. The church first occupied rented auditoriums in Times Square (Town Hall and the Nederlander Theater), later moving to the historic Mark Hellinger Theatre, which the ministry purchased in 1989 and in which it has operated ever since.

For over four decades, David Wilkerson’s ministry has included preaching, teaching and writing. He has authored over 30 books.

Since the 1990s, David Wilkerson has focused his efforts to encourage pastors and their families throughout the world to “renew their passion for Christ.” In his own words:

“I’ve been an evangelist for 50 years, but I didn’t want to preach to pastors until I had gray hair, until I’d pastored. Now after 15 years of pastoring, sharing the hurts, pains, and difficulties of the ministry as a pastor, I felt the Lord finally release me, that I might have something to say.”

Wilkerson and his wife Gwen moved to New York City at the inception of Times Square Church in 1987, and in 2006 began splitting their time between New York and Texas (near their World Challenge offices in Lindale.). They have four children and eleven grandchildren. His son Gary Wilkerson has also begun to gain recognition as a Christian minister and evangelist.

[edit] Prophetic Ministry

In 1973, Wilkerson claimed to have received a vision regarding the future of the United States and subsequently gave a sermon on the vision and published a book called The Vision. Wilkerson believed that God had revealed to him a great calamity which was going to befall America due to increase in sins such as homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, and greed.

Some of the details of this 1973 vision were:

  1. “Worldwide recession caused by economic confusion”
    • “At most a few more fat flourishing years, and then an economic recession that’s going to affect the life style of every wage-earner in the world. The world economists are going to be at loss to explain what’s happening. It’s going to start in Europe, spread to Japan and finally to the United States.”
    • There will be a move toward a worldwide, unified monetary system. The US dollar will be hit bad and it will take years for it to recover.
    • The only real security will be in real estate (until a somewhat later stage, at which point this apparent security will also disappear).
  2. “Nature having labor pains”
    • Environmentalists will come under heavy criticism.
    • There will be major earthquakes.
    • There will be a major famine.
    • Floods, hurricanes and tornadoes will increase in frequency.
    • “A new kind of cosmic storm appearing as a raging fire in the sky leaving a kind of vapor trail.”[2]
  3. “A flood of filth and a baptism of dirt in America”
    • Topless women will appear on television, followed by full nudity.
    • Adult, X rated movies will be shown on cable television. Young people will gather at homes to watch this kind of material in groups.
    • Sex and the occult will be mixed.
    • There will be an acceptance of homosexuality, and the church will even say that it is a God-given gift.
  4. “Rebellion in the home”
    • “I see the new number one youth problem in America and the world as hatred towards parents.”[2]
  5. “A persecution madness against truly Spirit filled Christians who love Jesus Christ”
    • There will arise a world church consisting of a union between liberal ecumenical Protestants and the Roman Catholic Church, using Christ in name only.
    • There will be a hate Christ movement.
    • There will be a spiritual awakening behind the Iron and Bamboo Curtains.
  6. Others
    • There will be another wave of riots.
    • There will be a fall in moral conduct.
    • There will be a new drug that will be popular with teenagers that will break down resistance and will encourage sexual activity.
    • Homosexual and lesbian ministers will be ordained and this will be heralded as a new breed of pioneer.
    • There will be nude dancing in church, but this will never be widespread.
    • There will be occult practices in churches.

Since then, Wilkerson has continued to produce prophetic books, all predicting economic disasters, food shortages, rising crime, and ultimately, destruction for the United States. He urged his followers to store food, water, and medicine for a coming disaster in the late 1990s in a book entitled God’s Plan to Protect His People in the Coming Depression. Wilkerson has faced increasing criticism from many sources, many of whom voice concern that the threats of upcoming disasters have led many of Wilkerson’s followers to take preemptive action that they later regretted. His most serious utterances are reserved for the dire state of the Church, in particular, the church in Western nations. He predicts that the Church in Asia and Africa will flourish greatly, but under severe, if not dire circumstances. Other material that he has written is very critical of the so called “Faith movement” in which he identifies many doctrinal errors, some serious enough to place the practitioners in a very serious position with God. He identifies many of the problems that genuine Christians have as a direct result of exposure to these types of movement.

[edit] Bibliography

  • David Wilkerson, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill (1962). The Cross and the Switchblade. Jove. 
  • Beyond The Cross and the Switchblade
  • Purple Violet Squish
  • Born Old
  • The Vision
  • Revival on Broadway
  • Hungry For More of Jesus
  • Have You Felt Like Giving Up Lately?
  • The New Covenant Unveiled
  • America’s Last Call, On the Brink of a Financial Holocaust (1998)
  • God’s Plan to Protect His People in the Coming Depression (1998)
  • Sipping Saints (1978), ISBN 0-8007-8339-5
  • The Little People (1966)
  • Parents on Trial
  • Hey, Preach . . . You’re Comin’ Through!
  • Man, Have I Got Problems
  • Twelve Angels from Hell (1968)
  • Rebel’s Bible
  • David Wilkerson Speaks Out
  • I’m Not Mad at God
  • Racing Toward Judgment
  • Life on the Edge of Time
  • My Bible Speaks to Me
  • Pocket Promise Book (1972), ISBN 0-8307-0191-5
  • End Times New Testament
  • Jesus Person Maturity Manual
  • Jesus Christ Solid Rock
  • Suicide
  • Pocket Proverbs (1983), ISBN 0-8307-0893-6

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. ^ Teen Challenge Research
  2. ^ a b http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/singlefile.php?lid=11 The 1973 sermon “The Vision” at SermonIndex.net

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