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The Vision and Beyond, Prophecies Fulfilled and Still to Come, by David Wilkerson, 1974—reprinted 2003, World Challenge Publications, 143 Pages, $5.00
I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t eager to know what the future holds, yet the Bible warns believers away from psychics, mediums and others who foretell the future. However, God did send prophets in the past, such as Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Jonah to prophesy about or warn of future events.
Which raises the question, does God still give prophetic words today. According to Amos 3:7 (ESV) “…the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.”
I consider Pastor David Wilkerson, who believes America is living in what the Bible calls, “the beginnings of sorrows” that precedes Armageddon, a modern day prophet God uses to warn America of His pending judgment.
This man of God had two prophetic visions. The first in 1958 that led to Wilkerson’s Teen Challenge ministry with street gangs, prostitutes and the addicted of New York City. Wilkerson wrote that story in the bestseller The Cross and the Switchblade.
His second powerful vision in April 1973 included a clear prophetic word about the role of the United States and United States churches in end time events. That vision is recorded in this book in its entirety with two additional chapters. That catastrophic vision sent Wilkerson to his knees, convinced the events he foresaw would happen in this generation.
At the nudging of the Holy Spirit, he published The Vision and Beyond in 1974. Because of popular demand, the book, long out of print, has been reprinted by World Challenge ministries.The book sells for $45 and up except for World Challenge who offers the book for $5 plus minimal shipping from their website: http://www.wilkersonpublications.com/The-Vision-and-Beyond-P1900C0.aspx
The book is an amazing revelation of past, current and future events. Chapters one through five focuses on the US economy, drastic weather changes, earthquakes, persecution, terrorism, homosexuality and our nation’s youth among other topics. Chapters six through ten include messages for the prepared and those unprepared, the fallen towers and excerpts from Wilkerson’s prophetic writings. The appendices include Scriptures for reference and study.
Reading about prophesized events that did come true is like reading yesterday’s newspaper headlines. Seeing their fulfillment adds authenticity to Wilkerson’s future prophesies. He shares his vision without apology or defense saying “…the message can be tested only by time and events.” Since the book’s publication over 37 years ago, I believe time has more than tested this pastor’s prophetic words.
Pastor Wilkerson, a solid nondenominational Christian evangelist, ministered to laymen and ministers alike. Well-known known for his frank, direct manner, he wrote and spoke on God’s holiness, righteousness and love throughout his lifetime. However, his emphasis was on Jesus Christ, with a message of salvation, trust, hope and encouragement.
This exceptional little book is a warning to us all of what’s to come and how to prepare. While coming events are catastrophic, knowing God is in control of ALL things, even this, is comforting and faith building.
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