My brothers & sisters…
Following is an excerpt of a prophetic word written by David Wilkerson [deceased founder and pastor of Times Square Church] 22 years ago:
God is grieved over His backslidden, lukewarm, worldly minded church that exists in these present days. As He beholds His children, what does He see?
- He sees a people who fret and worry about maintaining their lifestyle. Many of His children have grown indifferent and apathetic to the things of God. Instead, they’ve become wrapped up in worldly activities and material pursuits. They have no time to seek Him with their whole heart. Some even pray for revival selfishly, wanting God to be appeased so He won’t take away their prosperity.
- He sees His children worrying about Social Security, retirement funds, mortgage payments, investments. He sees them full of anxiety and fear, as if their survival depends on their ingenuity and wisdom, or upon the good faith of the government.
But all of this is about to dramatically change! The fact is…the global pandemic and resulting economic self-destruction, the trampling over and shredding of our very foundational Constitution, the social destruction, the emotional destruction…has been brought about by God for a very specific purpose. God is taking His church into a wilderness of testing, to strip away our human reserves and make us wholly dependent upon Him! Our Lord is taking away our ease, our great financial flow, our high-tech resources we thought would always be available. He’s doing it because our recent multiple generations have never had to trust Him, whether for food, shelter, jobs, or daily supplies. We’ve grown lukewarm, self-reliant, and enticed by material things. And we are now quite suddenly thrust into a different kind of world altogether. It will be a world growing poorer by the day…a world of vanishing employment, scarcity, physical deprivation, soaring costs of living. And it is happening as God’s way of drawing us back to Himself. He is awakening us to our need for faith…an unwavering child-like trust in Him, an unreserved child-like dependence upon Him, an unquestioning child-like obedience to do, and to accept, His will… and to bring His children into His promised rest…an unruffled child-like rest, and an unclouded child-like carefree joy!
The Lord has warned us continually throughout Scripture…His Holy Book. And now… the party’s over! All your wild weekends and unholy holidays, all your sumptuous gardens and ornamental fountains, all the gloating over possessions and abundance is ending right now. All these things His children have trusted in…wealth, jewels, riches…are about to turn to dust before your eyes!
This is what the LORD says: I am bringing the doom of judgment on this place and this people, just as I stated in My Holy Book you read. My wrath burns against this place, and it shall not be quenched, because you have forsaken Me and worshiped other gods, that you might provoke Me to anger with all the work of your hands. Now I will take back the wine and ripened grain I generously provided each harvest season. I will take away the linen and wool clothing I gave you to cover your nakedness. I will strip you naked in public, while all your lovers look on. No one will be able to rescue you from My hands. I will put an end to all your festivities, and cause all your mirth to cease…all your solemn feasts and appointed festive assemblies…all your “religious” meetings. I will destroy your vineyards and orchards, things you claim your lovers gave you. I will let them grow into tangled thickets, where only wild animals will eat the fruit. I will punish you for all the times you deserted Me for indulgence in promiscuous “religion,” when you burned incense to your images of Baal, put on your earrings and jewels, and went out looking for your lovers…and never a thought for Me!
And now, this is what I am going to do: I am going to start all over again. I am taking you back out into the wilderness where I will win you back once again. I will lead you out into the desert and speak tenderly to you there. I will return your vineyards to you and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. You will respond to Me there, singing with joy as in days long ago in your youth after I had freed you from captivity in Egypt. In that coming day, once again you will call Me “My Husband” instead of “My Master.” [2 Kings 22:13-20; Hos 2:9-15]
To the angel (pastor) I have placed in charge of the church in Sardis concerning his congregation and each individual member, write:
“These are the words of Him Who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent! But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief in the night, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with Me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never erase his name from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge his name before My Father and His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches and each of their members.”
7To the angel (pastor) I have placed in charge of the church in Philadelphia concerning his congregation and each individual member, write:
“These are the words of Him Who is Holy and True, Who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars…I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the Earth. I am coming soon! Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of My God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the City of My God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of Heaven from My God; and I will also write on him My new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches and each of their members.”
14To the angel (pastor) I have placed in charge of the church in Laodicea concerning his congregation and each individual member, write:
“These are the words of the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the ruler of God’s Creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot…not willing to give up pretension and claim to My name, yet having too much love for the world to stand steadfast and immovable with Me. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm…neither hot nor cold…I am about to spit you out of My mouth! You say, `I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked! I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent! Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My Throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His Throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches and each of their members.”
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
He walks with me and He talks with me: