Monday, March 9, 2009


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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?"

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Wilkerson is the founding pastor of Times Square Church in New York
City, where he launched a ministry to gang members and drug addicts in
1958. He is a highly regarded mentor to other pastors in evangelical
circles and travels the world holding conferences for other Christian

His work in New York in the 1950s and 1960s led to the formation of
Teen Challenge – a nationwide ministry to reach out to people with
life-controlling habits. Teen Challenge has grown to include 173
residential programs and numerous evangelism outreach centers in the
United States, and 241 centers in 77 other countries. The program
claims a recovery rate of 86 percent.

The story of Wilkerson's first five years of ministry in New York is
told in "The Cross and the Switchblade," a book he co-authored in
1963. The book became a best-selling phenomenon and more than 15
million copies have been distributed in over 30 languages.

"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."