The reality of the Coronavirus forces a largely spiritually apathetic Western world and church to face an uncomfortable truth: the prosperity we thought was so invincible suddenly appears shakeable, even transient.
For all our cultural pride and great achievements, noble and not-so-noble pursuits, we now live in a time when even the strongest and most secure amongst us are nervous.
Even Christians are realising they need to reflect on what really matters and what the future may hold—as well they should.
For too long we’ve relaxed in the prosperous present with little concern for the future. This despite God warning for years that a stormy season like this was approaching, and that the current worldwide pandemic is just the beginning.
A prophetic voice
One such prophecy was from David Wilkerson, a past American evangelist who wrote The Cross and the Switch Blade and pastored New York’s Times Square Church.
33 years before Coronavirus hit the world and New York city with a fury and reach unparalleled in the modern era, David prophesied its coming:
I see a plague coming over the world, and bars, churches and government will close. The plague will hit New York and shake it like she was never shaken. Every house will be closed, no one can come in and out. All sales will end. The day will come when sport won’t be in the minds of people. All entrances and exits of cities will be blocked. All civil activities will stop. When this judgment falls, it will devastate the economy. (David Wilkerson prophecy excerpt 1986)
In 1986 he prophesied with 100% accuracy because God knew what was coming and tried to warn us. Some may call this incredible, and while it is, God has been prophetically warning about this season for years.
This brings us to an important question. If God revealed Coronavirus was coming decades ago, what else will take place in the coming years?
Jesus himself warned us of what’s coming in the Bible:
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences in various places, along with fearful sights and great signs from heaven.”
Luke chapter 21, verse 11
The Bible also says God warns his prophets of what’s coming through dreams and visions. Over the years God showed me great war is on its way, the likes of which the world may never have seen before. Russia will attack America and there will be worldwide tribulation.
In one dream I saw darkness at noon day and the stars shaken in the sky and vanish from sight. In others I saw mighty tornados arise, and violent storms and great fires take place across Australia. Recently that was fulfilled in our nation’s worst fire season in its history.
In another dream I saw a nuclear explosion off of our nation’s central East Coast. In another, which could’ve been symbolic or actual, I saw some of our land break up. This will lead much of this nation to believe God is real.
In others I’ve seen asteroid strikes, a tsunami that will hit Australia’s East Coast if there isn’t widescale repentance in this nation and amongst its Christians, and massive UFO’s which will stay and make their presence known for all to see.
Proven track record
If you doubt my believability, years ago God showed me future events that have since come to pass, just like the Australia fire prophecy. I posted about these revelations on my social media sites and a public blog years before they happened.
I was shown that planes would again be involved in terrorist incidents and tragedies after the 9/11 attacks. Multiple incidents occurred after that time, including the 2014 downing of the Malaysian flight MH17 where 298 people lost their lives and a 2015 Egyptian flight where 224 were killed when it broke up over the Sinai (Timeline of airliner bombing Attacks, Wikipedia 2019). The mysterious disappearance of Malaysians airlines Flight 370 was also presumed to have killed the 239 on board.
Another dream revealed the global airline industry would suffer a major blow which would ground it. Fast forward to the Coronavirus crisis and now most countries have shut down all international flight and heavily reduced domestic travel. The World Economic Forum estimates this has cost the industry $880 billion so far.
In other dreams I saw terrorist attacks would become a new reality in the West, at a time when 9/11 was still a shocking, virtually unprecedented event for a country like America. Since then various attacks have taken place around the world, especially in England, France and Germany.
In England the 2005 Islamic bombings and Manchester arena bombings in 2017 combined to kill 79 people and injure 907. The nation has suffered a staggering 20 terrorist attacks since 9/11*.
Before things got worse in France, especially in 2015 and 2016 where terrorist attacks took a total of 802 lives and injured around 808, I had a vision of a man bowed over in a position of sorrow with a French flag draped over his body.
Even our nation hasn’t been immune, with the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis being the most shocking of ten terrorist incidents here since 2001.
Prophecy with a purpose
God prophetically warns about times like we’re now in to warn the world he’s real, and that one day we’ll meet our Maker and go to Heaven or Hell. He warns us now so we’ll choose to believe, avoid Hell and instead be with him forever.
For Christians he’s warning of what’s coming to encourage us to follow him no matter how bad things get while on the earth. Jesus said that those who endure to the end will be saved, and he will make good on his promise and see us through even the worst of the times to come if we hang on to him.
Tim is a high school teacher in Queensland and just finished a season being a youth pastor in America. He has a passion for the gospel and for seeing lives changed by the power, person and love of Jesus Christ.
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