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What Is It Like to Enjoy God?

What Is It Like to Enjoy God?

God created you not mainly to do things for him, but to delight in him. The more we enjoy God, the most he is honored, and our very purpose in life is fulfilled.

“If you lay gold in the dust, and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent-bed, then the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver. For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and lift up your face to God.”

These are the words of Eliphaz in Job 22:24–26, spoken to his friend Job. Job had lost all ten of his children in one night. All of his livestock was dead or stolen. His wife had turned against God. And he was covered with boils. His friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, had sat with him for seven days in silence (Job 2:13). But now they were speaking. “If you lay gold in the dust . . . the Almighty will be your gold. . . . Then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and lift up your face to God.”

When Job’s trial was over we read this: “The Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: ‘My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has’” (Job 42:7). And yet, what could be more right, or more beautiful, than to say to someone, “If you lay gold in the dust, the Almighty will be your gold, and you will delight yourself in the Almighty and lift up your face to God”?

Words Not Fitly Spoken

I regard that sentence as true and beautiful and right. Because you can find that truth all over the Scriptures. Compared to God and his infinite value and preciousness, all the gold in the world is like dust. That is true. And therefore, in him, you can have more delight, more enjoyment, more pleasure than you can find in all the gold at Fort Knox or in all that it can buy.

And yet when Eliphaz spoke these words to Job God was angry. Why? Because he used them as an indictment against Job. In the preceding verse Eliphaz said, “If you return to the Almighty you will be built up; if you remove injustice far from your tents . . .” (Job 22:23). Eliphaz and his friends could not conceive that Job was a man of justice and that he loved God more than he loved gold, because if he had been a man of justice and a man who loved God supremely, he would not be suffering this much.

And in that, they were dead wrong. And God was angry with them, because they took truth and turned it into a cruel indictment against a good man because they did not think that such suffering and such goodness could be in the same person. And they were wrong. And God was angry.

Beware of Half-Truths

The reason I am beginning here with these words of Eliphaz is that I want to talk about the truth that he spoke, and I want you to be aware that it is possible for me to speak about this truth in a way that would make God angry. I want to heighten your vigilance as you listen. I want you to realize that every time you hear someone speak, the true things they speak may be mingled with false things. True things may be spoken along with half-truths. True things may be spoken from a proud, unloving heart. True things may be spoken in cruel ways. True things may be spoken that are out of balance with other truths. It is possible for a Christian preacher to be like Eliphaz.

I have alerted myself, and I am alerting you: it is possible to speak truth about the preciousness of God and about delighting in God in ways that make God angry. I am putting your minds on high alert, lest you remove every biblical filter from your brain and become like a mere sponge to everything you hear.

When you lift your hands in passionate praise at this gathering, you are not being asked to turn off your brains. You are being summoned to think clearly about the truth of the lyrics you sing, and you are being summoned to feel deeply about the beauties of Jesus Christ. And that is true of this message as well. I want you to think carefully and feel deeply.

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When All Hope Is Gone

Key Passage: John 4:1-42 Introduction In Touch Ministries

Hope is a word of optimism and expectation that looks forward to a promising future, yet multitudes of people have lost their hope. Some feel hopeless about specific areas such as their marriage, children, health, finances, or job. But for others, this emotion permeates their entire lives. They exist but have no hopes, dreams, or goals. This is not the way God intends for us to live. He created us to live with purpose, working toward goals with a sense of anticipation for things to come. The story of Jesus and a Samaritan woman, found in John 4:1-42, is one that gives hope to those who have lost it. Sermon Points

Various life circumstances cause people to experience hopelessness.

This was the case for the Samaritan woman.

  • First of all, she made wrong choices.
  • Second, she repeatedly failed.
  • Third, she may have felt trapped.
  • Finally, she was isolated from her community.

A personal encounter with Jesus Christ radically changes people’s lives.

  • Jesus broke all the established social barriers by starting a conversation with the Samaritan woman.
  • The woman was immediately interested in the living water He offered.
  • When Jesus asked about her husband, she perceived His prophetic insight.
  • After Jesus claimed He was the Messiah, she immediately believed.
  • This once discouraged and ostracized woman became the city evangelist for Christ.

Summary

The Samaritan woman began that day as a rejected and hopeless woman but found her hope restored in Jesus because He accepted her and loved her unconditionally. As believers, we are called to pass the living water on to thirsty people who don’t know where to find it and to lead them into a relationship with Him, just as Jesus did for the Samaritan woman.

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The Second Step: Growth

The Second Step: Growth
THE PATH OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY

The beginning of every endeavor requires a first step.

An entirely new life awaits those who take steps toward spiritual maturity, but some beliefs about that life are far from the truth. In this 3-part series, The Path of Spiritual Maturity, Dr. Stanley describes the steps, the pitfalls, and the erroneous assumptions associated with growing as a Christian.

Accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior is only the beginning. From there, many new followers are left without any guidance as to how to proceed. How do I start a personal relationship with Him? What does it mean to grow spiritually? How is the Bible my spiritual compass? How could I possibly serve the almighty God?

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When we were born again, we became children of God. As our Father, He intends for us to grow spiritually all the days of our lives.

In this message, Dr. Stanley tells us that it was predetermined that we would be saved to grow and conform to the likeness of Jesus Christ. As believers, if we don’t grow, there’s something wrong with us. Dr. Stanley teaches us how to judge, test, and gauge our growth as Christians. He also explains how we can change our conversations, our conduct, and our character.

A sanctified life is a life that is continually growing in holiness, righteousness, and obedience to God. Are you growing in your Christian life?

Living A Surrendered Life

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Is there something God is asking you to relinquish to Him? In military terms, surrender means defeat, but for a follower of Jesus, it means victory over whatever is hindering our Christian life. In this message, Dr. Stanley explores what it truly means to ask the Lord for His will to be done in our lives and encourages us to let go of anything that God says is not for our best. We lose nothing when we yield everything to Him. For more messages from Charles Stanley, including this week’s broadcast, go to intouch.org/tv.

SUMMARY

To the best of your knowledge, are you fully surrendered to Jesus Christ?

If He is your Savior and Lord, then this should be your wholehearted response. Although we all love the comfort of knowing that we are saved and our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, there should also be progress in every area of our lives through surrender to the will of God.

SERMON POINTS

A surrendered life begins at salvation.

When we recognize that there is nothing we can do to save our souls but must wholly trust in Jesus who bore our sins and paid the penalty we deserved. It’s ironic that we surrender our souls to His authority for salvation yet try to control other areas of our lives. If Jesus is our Savior, and we acknowledge Him as Lord God, then we should also realize that He is the Lord of our lives as well.

Yet many Christians resist full surrender to Jesus because it seems too costly, too demanding. It’s not like surrendering to another person because when we yield ourselves to God, it includes every area of lives—even the things hidden deep within our hearts. Yet this absolute surrender is exactly what God expects because Christ died for us, and we belong to Him.

Full surrender is God’s perfect will for our lives.

However, the application of this principle looks different for each believer. What one person finds easy to release to the Lord, someone else may not. But we can each sense what He is asking us personally to relinquish. It’s a conviction or that “thing” that keeps cropping up when we pray. It may be a bad attitude or habit, or it could be something that isn’t sinful but is not presently part of God’s will for our lives.

The Just Shall Live by Faith

The Just Shall Live by Faith

The situation which Habakkuk faces is the imminent invasion of the southern kingdom of Judah by the Chaldeans (who are the same as the Babylonians). This invasion eventually happened at the end of the sixth century BC, and Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC. The Lord revealed to Habakkuk beforehand that Judah was going to be punished for her sin by the Chaldeans.

Unlike Joel and Zephaniah and Amos, Habakkuk does not even mention the possibility that destruction could be averted. He does not call for national repentance. It is too late. Instead, he predicts the destruction of Judah, and beyond that the doom of the Chaldeans themselves. And he promises that the only way to preserve your life through the judgment is by faith. So even though destruction is decreed for the nation, there is hope for individuals who hold fast their confidence in God. The full-blown doctrine of justification by faith, as Paul taught it in Romans and Galatians, is not yet here. But the seed is here. So what I would like to do today is survey the content of this prophetic book, then focus on its main point and how it unfolds in the New Testament as the great gospel truth of justification by faith.

Judah’s Wickedness and Coming Judgment

After introducing the book as a “burden” which he received from God, Habakkuk cries out in Habakkuk 1:2–4 that Judah is full of violence and perverted justice. For example, verse 4: “So the law is slacked and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous, so justice goes forth perverted.” Amos had warned the northern kingdom that injustice would bring judgment, and in 722 BC Assyria swept the northern kingdom away. Now here is the southern kingdom of Judah, 130 years later, guilty of the same offenses. They had not learned anything.

So in Habakkuk 1:5–11 God foretells what he intends to do. Verse 6: “For lo, I am rousing the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize habitations not their own.” God is in control of the nations. He swings them like a sword to chastise his people. The Chaldeans will come against Judah as God’s rod of correction.

But verse 12 expresses the confidence Habakkuk has that God will not utterly destroy his people. “Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained them as a judgment; and thou, O Rock, hast established them for chastisement.” God is rousing the Chaldeans against his people, but it is not for annihilation but for correction and chastisement.

The Chaldeans’ Wickedness and Coming Judgment

Then in 1:13–17 Habakkuk shows that he is not satisfied that the proud (Habakkuk 1:11) and violent (Habakkuk 1:1415) and idolatrous (Habakkuk 1:16) Chaldeans should themselves escape the judgment of God. They certainly are no more righteous than Judah (Habakkuk1:13), even if God is using them to do his righteous work of judgment. So he protests in verse 17: “Is he [i.e., the Chaldean nation], then, to keep on emptying his net, and mercilessly slaying nations forever?”

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In chapter 1, then, Habakkuk protests first against the violence and injustice of his countrymen in Judah (Habakkuk 1:1–4), and then against the violence and injustice of the Chaldeans whom God is sending to punish Judah. Now, in chapter 2, Habakkuk takes his stand to await the divine response to his protests. In Habakkuk 2:23, the Lord answers him in a vision. We are not told what he saw.

But I assume that the rest of what Habakkuk says about the future of Judah and the Chaldeans is based on the assurance received in that vision. The word regarding Judah in verse 4 is this (following the NASB instead of the RSV’s unnecessary conjecture): “Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith.” There is hope for those who will hold firm their trust in God as the calamity comes.

But the word regarding the Chaldeans in 2:6–19 is a five-fold woe. Verse 6: “Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own.” Verse 9: “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high.” Verse 12: “Woe to him who builds a town with blood.” Verse 15: “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink up the cup of his wrath.” Verse 19: “Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; and to a dumb stone, Arise!”

In other words, the great power of the Chaldeans will, in the end, come to naught. The nations weary themselves in vain to fill the earth with their fame and power. Why? Because, as Habakkuk 2:14 says, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters covers the sea.”

Habakkuk need not fear that a rebellious nation will have the last say. The earth is the Lord’s, and he will fill it with his glory. The chapter closes with these awesome words in verse 20: “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” Let all the nations be still and know that he is God. His glory will fill the earth, not the glory of the Chaldeans.

So in answer to Habakkuk’s protests, God assures him that the pride of the Chaldeans will come to a woeful end (Habakkuk 2:6–20) and that any in Judah who humbly trusts God will gain his life. “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4).

Habakkuk’s Song of Praise and Faith

The last chapter of the book is Habakkuk’s response to what he has heard. But it is more than his own personal prayer. It is intended as a psalm to be used in worship. When it says in verse 1, “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth,” it means that the prayer is to be used to musical accompaniment with a spirit of excitement and triumph.

This is confirmed by two things: (1) the very last phrase of the book, “To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments,” and (2) the use of “Selah” at the end of verses 3, 9, and 13. The reason this is important to see is that Habakkuk wants us to be able to sing this prayer with him. It is not here to merely inform us about Habakkuk’s piety. It’s here to show us how we should face the judgment of God. The Chaldeans are coming against Judah for sure. How should the godly prepare for this tribulation and calamity? We should ask the same question. Tribulation is coming upon the world, as Jesus said (Matthew 24:21). How should we prepare for it? How shall we endure it?

First of all, in 3:2 Habakkuk prays, “O Lord, I have heard the report of thee, and thy work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years renew it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk has a sober and healthy fear of the judgment of God. So he prays that in the midst of wrath God will have mercy on him.

Then in Habakkuk 3:3–15 he sings the greatness of God’s power, and especially his power to save. For example, verse 13: “Thou went forth for the salvation of thy people, for the salvation of thine anointed. Thou didst crush the head of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck.” The prophet knew God’s power from his work in the past, and so he counted on his ultimate victory in the future. So verse 16 says that even though his body trembles at the thought of the invasion, he “waits quietly” for what must be. And finally, in 3:17–19, Habakkuk breaks out into a wonderful song of faith:

Though the fig tree do not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like hinds’ feet, he makes me tread upon my high places.

In other words, no matter how severe the tribulation when the Chaldeans invade the land, Habakkuk will never stop trusting God. Even though God himself has roused this “bitter and hasty nation” (Habakkuk 1:6), Habakkuk is confident that in wrath, God will show mercy to those who trust him and rejoice in him alone when all else fails.

When a man and a woman marry, they pledge their love and faithfulness to each other “for better or for worse, whether rich or poor, in sickness and in health, ‘til death do us part.” And if that’s true between husband and wife, how much more between us and God! That consecration is so important to Noël and me that we used Habakkuk 3:17–19 as a wedding text 14 years ago. We are each other’s, and we are God’s, no matter how severe the tribulation. We trust each other, and we trust him absolutely.

The Main Point of Habakkuk

Now as we step back from our survey, it shouldn’t be too hard to see what the main point of this little book is. Negatively it is this: Proud people, whose strength or ingenuity is their god (Habakkuk 1:11162:419), will come to a woeful end, even though they may enjoy prosperity for a season either as God’s chosen ones in Judah, or as the victors over Judah. All the proud, whether Jew or Gentile, will perish in the judgment. But Habakkuk stresses the positive side of his main point, namely, “the just shall live by his faith.” He states it as a principle in 2:4, and then he celebrates it as his own song in 3:16–19. When Habakkuk says, “Even when all the fruit and produce and flocks and herds are destroyed and my very life is threatened, yet will I rejoice in God,” — when Habakkuk says that, he shows us what he means by faith in 2:4: “The just shall live by his faith.” He means banking your hope on God no matter what.

Remember that Habakkuk’s prophecy began with his attack on Judah’s violence and strife and perverted justice in Habakkuk 1:34. You might expect that when he comes to tell the people how to be saved in the judgment he would say: “Cease being violent! Do justice! Put away strife!” (That’s what Amos said.) But he doesn’t. When the judgment is certain and the question is, “How can I gain my life before the wrath of a holy God?” Habakkuk’s answer is trust him. “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4).

Amos had said to Israel, “Seek good, and not evil, that you may live . . . Remember justice in the gate, and it may be that the Lord of hosts will be gracious” (Amos 5:1415). So Habakkuk could have said to Judah: The just shall live by his goodness! The just shall live by executing justice in the gate! And he would not have been wrong. For it is a thoroughly biblical teaching that people whose everyday lives are not changed by the Holy Spirit will not inherit eternal life (Galatians 5:21). So in a real sense we do gain our lives by becoming better people in God’s power and by doing justice and loving mercy.

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But that is not the heart of the gospel. And unless we have the heart, that part of God’s message will become a dreadful legalism and a horrid burden to the conscience. Habakkuk’s message comes close to the heart of the gospel. When he says, “The just (or the righteous) shall live by his faith,” he implies two things. One is that all those who are righteous are also ones who have faith in God. Having a right standing before man and God always includes faith in God. The other thing Habakkuk 2:4 implies is that faith is what saves from God’s wrath. “The just shall live by his faith” means: just people are people of faith, and faith is what secures their life and keeps them safe for eternity.

Close to the Heart of the Gospel

The reason Habakkuk’s message comes close to the heart of the gospel (but doesn’t reveal the heart) is that he does not tell us explicitly how righteousness and faith are related. He simply says, “Righteous people have faith, and this faith saves them.” The heart of the gospel is that the righteousness which God requires comes by faith, and it is possible for us sinners to have it because Christ died for our sins. Genesis 15:6 says, “Abraham believed the Lord; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness.”

The relationship between trusting God and standing righteous before him is that God looks at our faith and counts us righteous. The reason God can do that for us sinners is that Christ took the punishment for our iniquities on himself. Already in Isaiah 53:11 this is plain: “By his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities.” When God reckons a person righteous because Christ died for him and because he puts his trust in Christ, that is what we call justification by faith, and that is the heart of the gospel, the best news in the world to people who know they are sinners and God is holy.

But let’s not move beyond Habakkuk too quickly. There may be more here than we think for the encouragement of our faith. The judgment of God is coming, most immediately in the Chaldean invasion of Judah, but finally at the end of the age. What is it that will bring life instead of death in the judgment? Before I give Habakkuk’s answer, let me make clear that if this is not your question, you are in a dream world. You are living in a fool’s paradise of unreality if you do not ask with all your heart, “How can I stand in the judgment, which is coming?” “It is appointed for me to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Those who resist God are “storing up wrath for themselves on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed” (Romans 2:5). On that day it will appear clearly to all how utterly naïve it was for millions of people to live their lives as though the God who made this world for his glory would never call them to account for how little he has meant to them. It squares with Scripture and with reason: “He has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:31).

Therefore, I urge you to ask yourself: Would I gain my life before a holy God if I died tonight? Am I ready to take my stand in the divine courtroom and hear the Judge pass an eternal sentence on me? There will only be two verdicts in that day, and one or the other of them will be passed on every person: either “condemned” or “justified,” hell or heaven, eternal death or eternal life.

If you want to know how to be ready to gain your life on that day, listen to Habakkuk 2:4. “The just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk knew that everybody in Judah was a sinner. And he knew that the holiness of God prevents him from ignoring our sins: “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on wrong” (Habakkuk 1:13). So Habakkuk taught that the only thing that could save us is faith. Faith in what? In God’s mercy. In Habakkuk 3:2 he prays, “In wrath remember mercy.”

Habakkuk couldn’t see ahead to how God would preserve both his holy hatred for sin and his merciful forgiveness of sinners who trust him. But God had revealed it, and so he proclaimed it: the just shall gain their lives in the judgment by faith. He knew that when he called them “just,” they weren’t sinless. He meant that those who are right with God in spite of their sin are those who trust God for his mercy. But how can a holy God, who hates sin, show eternal mercy on sinners who simply trust him for mercy? God did not reveal that much to Habakkuk.

The New Testament Revelation of the Gospel

But he did to the apostle Paul, and the answer is the death of Christ. Paul said it like this:

They are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:24–26)

Let me try to translate that into your situation. When you put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, when you give up trying to lead your own life and establish your own worth, and instead surrender your heart to him and bank on him for your future, three things happen. (1) Your sin receives its deserved condemnation. (2) God’s righteousness receives its deserved glorification. (3) And you receive your undeserved justification.

1. Your sin receives its deserved condemnation.

You may be drunk with self-confidence now before the awesome holiness of God. But, I promise you, on your deathbed (if God gives you a chance) you will sober up in a hurry, and be scared to death that in a day or two you will stand with all your sin before God. Sin must be punished. But God, who is rich in mercy, sent his Son to take our sin on himself and suffer for it. “What the law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:243:182 Corinthians 5:21Isaiah 53:6Mark 10:45). If you close with Christ in faith, the death he died becomes your death. Your sins become his, and you bear them no more. They have received their deserved condemnation.

2. It is not as though God’s righteousness is easily satisfied.

It took the death of Christ for God’s righteousness to receive its deserved glorification. If his righteousness had not been at stake, he might have swept your sin under the rug. But he glorified his righteousness by requiring an infinitely valuable sacrifice — the death of his own Son.

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It is unthinkable in a moral universe that God could simply let bygones be bygones. The sins you committed ten years ago are as vivid and horrible and condemning as if you did them last night. The righteous God cannot forget and ignore sin — unless there is an atonement — a sacrificial substitute. Therefore, he sent the Son, so that our sin might receive its deserved condemnation, and his righteousness might receive its deserved glorification.

3. When you trust in Christ, you receive undeserved justification.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). “Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). “To the one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness” (Romans 4:5).

The Just Shall Live by Faith

Habakkuk taught us that when judgment comes, the just shall live by his faith. And when that seed comes to full flower in the New Testament, we see that the reason the just live by faith is that the just are justified by faith. As Paul puts it (and with this invitation I close), “They are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 3:24).John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org 

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What You Need to Know about David Wilkerson’s ‘Urgent Message’

How people are responding to his warning of riots, fires, and economic collapse in NYC.TED OLSEN| MARCH 16, 2009

What did David Wilkerson say that got so many people talking?

On March 7, evangelist David Wilkerson posted an “urgent message” to his blog, ministry website, and mailing list. It began:

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.

Aren’t such prophecies relatively common online?

Prophetic words in general are not very rare. For example, you can subscribe to Charismamagazine’s “Prophetic Insight” newsletter to get the latest messages from those who say they have a message for the church directly from the Lord. The newsletter tends more toward the “words of encouragement” prophecies than “end times” parsing, though you can find lots of those newsletters online, too.

Are most of the other prophecy newsletters as calamitous?

Actually, Charisma’s latest “Prophetic Insight” seems to be a response of sorts to Wilkerson. “Contra the doom-and-gloomers, and despite my own emotional pull to hit the panic button, America will not collapse economically or politically,” wrote R. Loren Sandford, …

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