Who was David Wilkerson? From the website of World Challenge, a brief biography of this amazing man of God.
“David Wilkerson was called to New York City in 1958 to minister to gang members and drug addicts, as told in the best-selling book The Cross and the Switchblade. He went on to create Teen Challenge and World Challenge, Inc. to minister to people’s spiritual and physical needs.
In 1987, he established Times Square Church. As its founding pastor, he faithfully led this congregation, delivering powerful biblical messages that encourage righteous living and complete reliance on God.
David Wilkerson also had a strong burden to encourage his fellow pastors. He founded the Summit International School of Ministry; and from 1999 to 2008, he held international conferences to strengthen church leaders.
His passion to support believers, build up leaders and care for the poor is still at the heart of World Challenge’s ministries to this day.
‘In this vision, I saw five terrible calamities coming to America in the world.
First of all, worldwide recession [will be] caused by economic confusion. I saw in my vision at most a few more fat flourishing years and then an economic recession that [is] going to affect the lifestyle of every wage earner in the world. The world economists are going to get lost [trying] to explain what’s happening. It’s going to start in Germany, spread to Japan, and finally to the United States. Large and trusted corporations are going to go bankrupt. Many churches are going to go into bankruptcy and some missionary projects are going to flounder. And one of the clearest messages I’ve ever received from God in my life is this: use the next few good years left to prepare for financial crises. Get your house in order because hard times are coming.
Number two. I saw nature having labor pains, supernatural signs, and changes that can’t be explained by men. Worldwide disasters that we’re witnessing right now, I see as labor pains in nature which are going to become more and more frequent and more intense the closer we get to the birth of the kingdom of God. I saw major earthquakes coming to the United States. I saw a worldwide famine, especially in China India, and Russia. I saw the world’s food supplies completely dwindled, millions starving. I saw coming a new kind of cosmic storm appearing as a raging fire in the sky leaving a kind of vapor trail. tornadoes, hail storms, floods, and hurricanes are going to pound the earth with such intensity and violence that all of mankind is going to have to admit [that] the world is under supernatural siege.
Number three. A flood of Filth and a baptism of dirt in America. I see the prophecy of Nahum coming to pass in the very near future. God set up for abominable filth upon you. This means triple x-rated movies on table-top television after midnight. This means r-rated movies within the next few years on network television. This means our newsstands are going to be flooded with such filth that Playboy magazine will look like a puritanical piece of trash. It means sex education classes in school will be using animated cartoons and films [that] dramatize sexual intercourse. And just when it appears there’s going to be a successful campaign against smut, yes, when the Supreme Court seems to be ruling against pornographers, when it appears the nation is returning to old-fashioned moral standards, suddenly the floodgates are going to swing open and Satan is going to vomit filth out of hell and it will be just as it was in the days of Lot, they will vex the souls of God’s most devout saints.
Number four. Rebellion in the home. I see the new number-one youth problem in America and in the world as hatred toward parents. Now, I’m reading this to make sure, for fear I’ve [not] changed a single word of what I’ve seen and had to write down as the Holy Spirit laid on my heart. And mans worst enemies will be they of his own household, the Bible says. Children are going to turn against their parents with a passion. Parents are going to be betrayed and will die a thousand deaths at the hands of children who have learned to despise the hypocrisy. There could be millions of stay-at-home Runaways who need not go away anymore and run away from home because their parents are going to give them what they choose and what they want as long as they stay home. Kids will not even be expected to communicate with their parents. They’re going to live under the same roof but will be like enemies at war living under a truce. This is the clearest vision I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s going to be bigger than drug addiction, bigger than sex abuse, or alcohol, or any other youth problem. And in a recent survey we did, 5,000 kids in 12 major cities, over 45% said, “I hate my parents.” Already.
Number five. A persecution madness against truly spirit-filled Christians who love Jesus Christ. Now I don’t have time tonight with all the details of these four calamities I’ve just mentioned. However, the Holy Spirit has talked to me tonight to go into detail and share with you what I see coming in the way of persecution. Now it was Jesus himself who told us to tarry for a Pentecost. Jesus himself told us the Holy Ghost would fall upon us. Jesus himself promised this power from on high. But it was also Jesus Christ Himself who predicted persecution was coming for all true Spirit-baptized believers. Jesus predicted it. John 15:18, Jesus said if you were the world the world would love his but because you’re not of this world and I chose you out of the world therefore the world will hate you. Remember the word that I said to you. The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. if they have kept my saying theywill keep yours also here is another one the brothers shall deliver up the brother to death the father the childchildren will rise up against their parents and cause them being put to death he shall be hated of all men for myname’s sake but he that endures to the end shall be saved but when they persecute you in this city one toanother because I tell you you will not have gone over the cities of Israel until the Son of Man become the discipleis not above his master nor the servant above his Lord it is enough for the disciple that he feared this master nowthe purpose of this coming persecution that I see in the spirit would be toseparate and scatter the true believers from the fall time is running out andthe gospel still has to be preached to all nations before Jesus comes now the Holy Ghost has been poured out uponthousands but just isn’t the early Pentecostal outpouring disciples stillsit around singing rejoicing it’s caring only with each other among this we’re still those who talk in tongues andstill live like the devil but he’s flying to lay the axe to the root it’slike this separates a week from the staff it’s going to scatter a seed to the far corners of the earth and God’sWord will be fulfilled second Timothy 3:12 all that will livegodly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
without revealing his plan
to his servants the prophets.
Amos 3:7 NIV