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> This month David Wilkerson gave a message that he believes is from God,

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. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath.

What are we to make of such comments? I don’t know much about Wilkenson. I have read his book The Cross and the Switchblade which demonstrated God working in the lives of gangsters. His commitment and theology may be quite solid. And I personally have no issue with Pentecostal theology.

My difficulty is not so much with Wilkenson, nor even this type of warning, rather that these prophecies seem too common and yet their fulfilment is not always apparent. I have heard rumours of earthquakes hitting California; of earthquakes occuring in New Zealand. Sometimes within timeframes that have expired. I am not aware of any prophecy concerning the Asian tsunami in 2004, though I believe there were several interpretations after the fact.

What makes things more difficult is that if large numbers of people prophesy a variety of events then, by chance, some are likely to occur. This depends somewhat on the specificity of the prediction and the ability or inability of man to bring it about. So we are left with the situation that a person probably needs to give multiple words from God that subsequently come true for us to recognise them as a prophet (in one sense of the word). Further, such a person must teach in sync with Scripture (Deut 13:1-5).

There is also the issue of God relenting when we repent. Jeremiah claims it is prophecy of peace and prosperity that is determined by fulfilment, not necessarily that of calamity (Jer 18:7-10; 28:9).

Interestingly Wilkenson’s comments concerning this warning are limited to suggesting people have a month of food on hand and encouraging them to trust in God. He mentions on his blog that some may sense to stay in a safe place, whereas others may feel called to go elsewhere to serve. He also suggests how people should respond to these kinds of warnings. His advice seems reasonable,

We are to listen carefully to the warnings of the watchmen but are not to become obsessed with their warnings.

We are to be alerted and warned by prophetic messages, and we’re to heed every one that’s revealed and confirmed in Scripture. We’re to gather all the knowledge we can about the coming storm, so we can prepare our hearts for whatever destruction it brings. But we are not to let fear or anxiety consume our thinking, dominate our minds, take hold of our hearts!

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  1. 2009 March 16 at 09:00

    mmmm, I not known for my worldwide prophecies or anything, but in reading the full blog it didn’t really register with me. I will not be changing my behaviour due to this prophecy…
    One thing that God has spoken to me lately is this verse from Proverbs 11:28 (or thereabouts)
    “He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf”
    I personally think that God’s judgement is mainly deferred until the end of the world and so stuff on the scale that this prophecy is pointing to is beyond my belief in the way God is doing things at the moment.
    In the days of Noah, God did get to the point of regret at the sight of the evil in the world so anything is possible of course.
    There, have I covered all bases?

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