“A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”
Circulating on Social Media is a prophecy supposedly given exclusively to one individual, Mike Evans, while having breakfast with a prophet, David Wilkerson, in 1986. As soon as I read it I was troubled. Something about it did not ring true. First, why was the prophesy given to one person? Why was it not revealed before now—especially since prophecies are broadcast BEFORE God’s judgments occur?
I watched Evans’ Youtube video, entitled, “The Coronavirus will Bring in a Great Awakening,” relating Wilkerson’s prophesy. He claims that he wrote down the prophesy as Wilkerson gave it. Perhaps he did, but when I am talking with someone I seldom ever write anything down. Further, I do not say, “Wait—repeat that again so that I can write it down.”
Here is the message that Evans claims Wilkerson spoke to him.
“I see a plague coming on the world and the bars and church and government will shut down. The plague will hit New York City and shake it like it has never been shaken. The plague is going to force prayerless believers into radical prayer and into their Bibles and repentance will be the cry from the man of God in the pulpit. And out of it will come a third Great Awakening that will sweep America and the world.”
Wilkerson was never shy about speaking his important prophecies publicly, writing them in articles, and even books (The Vision). Further, I wonder that if Evans believed it was a significant prophecy in 1986, why didn’t he reveal it to his listeners and followers.
Consider the more recent prophecy by David Wilkerson that does not mention a great plague that will cause another “Great Awakening.”
“I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world. 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.
For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to 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.
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…
God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.”
(Wilkerson further warned people to “lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials.”) – David Wilkerson, “An Urgent Message,” March 7, 2009, World Challenge (online)
Wilkerson appears to have forgotten the prophesy that he purportedly gave to Evans in 1986.
The fact is that God’s word does not prophesy of a great, end-times, revival. For years I have been hearing and reading the statements by false prophets and heretics claiming such a thing. It has to be in their narrative or else they would be out of the business of pandering to and cajoling the masses with sugar-coated lies. The idea of a great, end-times, revival came out of Fuller Theological Seminary, which has produced numerous heretics and the New Apostolic Reformation.
“But what’s the harm believing in a great, end-time, revival?”
Because if we are in the end-times, there is a great danger in believing a lie. The great deception will be so clever and intense that “if possible” the very elect could be deceived (Matthew 24:24). This is a time of not only great deception, but a great number of Christians have apostatized. Christianity now presents an open door to every charlatan that wishes to enter in and set up shop.
For years the watchmen have been warning of great apostasy. Now that it has arrived, they are warning people to prepare for a brutal period when their faith will be tested to the extreme. Presuming a prophecy proves that COVID-19 was sent by God to bring the world into another “Great Awakening,” is not only in opposition to the watchmen, but it has the potential to marginalize their warnings and make them of none effect.
God’s word is clear about testing the spirits. Evidently, false prophets are being influenced and likely indwelled by demonic spirits.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1
Therefore, let’s try the claim that COVID-19 is a prophetic plague that will bring NYC’s apostates to their knees in repentance. Consider an article written in 2018, “Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis.” It reveals that New York City has been infected with many plagues, including Yellow fever, cholera, typhoid, and influenza. The 1918 “Spanish Flu” killed 30,000 people, and that was when the city was much less populated. Before that in 1883, “Typhoid Mary” brought a plague on the city that killed thousands. The Yellow Fever epidemic from 1795 to 1804 killed thousands of people.
Let’s put things in the proper perspective. Over 125,000 people are living with HIV in NYC and 25% do not know they are infected. Furthermore, over 100,000 have died of HIV. Heart disease causes approximately 45,000 deaths, and cancer another approximately 36,000 deaths. In normal times, there is a death in NYC every 9.1 minutes, about 145 per day or 52,925 per year. In 2018, the flu caused 959,000 hospitalizations and 61,099 deaths nationwide. In NYC, 128,000 there were cases of influenza, 23,317 people were hospitalized, and 4749 died. With presently over 8,550,405 people, a population roughly the number of Israel or Switzerland, and larger than Hong Kong, 4,111 COVID-19 deaths is not a stunning number.
So when a prophecy comes along that will shake NYC as it has never been shaken, I do not believe that COVID-19 fulfills that prophecy. Furthermore, it is not the direct damage that the virus can do that has the attention of God’s Remnant, but the way the Government, expressly, the WHO and CDC, are handling it.
The fact is, apostate professing Christians are not waking up to the truth, regaining the love for truth that they abandoned, and are not showing any signs of repenting. Additionally, the wicked ones appear to become more wicked. We are on the verge of a One-world Government and One-world digital money system. The Protestant leaders surging into ecumenism with the Roman Catholic Church are not repenting. None of the false prophets, heretics, hirelings, and other charlatans that have risen to fame and fortune merchandising GOd’s people have repented.
All I am witnessing that could be construed as a sign is the dedication to religion. I have often said before and it bears repeating, “Christianity today has become Churchianity—the ritual of meeting with an end in itself, and all the trappings thereof.”
Instead of an expression of true Christianity, there appears to be a massive effort to continue ritual meetings—even if it means rolling into a parking lot and listening to a sermon on the radio. Some of those churches may be sincerely attempting to bring some normalcy to the “shutdown.” There may be some good accomplish as a result of “drive-in” church meetings and et cetera.
However, my point is that all that effort does not present evidence of a great awakening. In fact, there is no indication of a great awakening in New York City or any other venue.
I remember clearly that pastors in Oklahoma City remarked that after the Alfred P. Murrah disaster, their churches filled with people. But within a year, their fear dissipated and the attendance was back to normal. People are much colder spiritually now than they were then.
The fact is, compromised professing Christians are thus because they rejected God’s word. They chased God’s men out of the pulpits and replaced them with hirelings and heretics. They refuse to listen to the watchmen and even despise their words. The great conglomeration of apostate Christianity is sinking in a rotting mass, waiting on its revival by ecumenism with Roman Catholicism and other religions, and for the fulfillment of lies by false prophets, heretics, and hirelings.
It is not that I regard David Wilkerson as a false prophet, but he is not infallible. It does not matter who they are—anyone who clashes with the Word of God will not have my approval. No virus that is less deadly than influenza is going to shake professing Christians in NYC or any other venue.
Where in God’s word does it declare that apostates will be sent a plague to shake them and initiate another “Great Awakening?” Is it in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10 where Paul describes what will occur at the time of the end?
Even if it could be proven that it came from David Wilkerson, I do not receive the prophesy presented by Mike Evans. I intend to trust God’s word, heed the Holy Spirit, and I will try every spirit—especially the ones that do not have a great track record of genuine “words from the Lord.”