NEW YORK, NY — A well-known New York pastor claims he has been compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message about an imminent and ‘earth shattering calamity.’
David Wilkerson told readers of his blog on Saturday that the calamity would be centered in New England, and then spread across the country, and around the world, part of what he sees as judgment from God.
“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 includes 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 writes.
Wilkerson is the founder of a national teen ministry called Teen Challenge.
“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”
Wilkerson might know what he’s doing when it comes to writing best sellers. His “The Cross and the Switchblade,” became a best-selling phenomenon with more than 15 million copies being distributed in more than 30 languages.
He’s not so successful in predicting the destruction of mankind. In 1994, he called for the end of Gospel on television by 1999. Anyone who cannot sleep at night knows you can find Bible thumping doomsdayers on television.
“God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations,” Wilkerson wrote in this blog post. “He is destroying the secular foundations.”
How will we ever get by?
Wilkerson urges everyone to stockpile a 30-day supply of food and other necessities to deal with the catastrophe he foresees. He quotes biblical references and advises that people have a 30-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,” he wrote.
To put Wilkerson’s words in perspective, see David Wilkerson’s False Prophecies & Unscriptural Teaching
Elsewhere, Todd Rhoades writes:
When I read things like this, I think that this message, and its messenger, in particular, has to be one of three things:
1. Wilkerson is right: this is a legitimate message that Wilkerson heard from God that we need to take seriously and heed.
2. Wilkerson is wrong; God didn’t tell him this and it won’t happen; but Wilkerson truly feels this is a legitimate message and that God told him to tell everyone (Wilkerson is duped)
3. Wilkerson is wrong; God didn’t tell him this and it won’t happen; and Wilkerson is trying to dupe us all for some good publicity.
Are there really any other choices?