The late Rev. David Wilkerson was a minister and author who gained respect across different denominations due to his street evangelism work, including drug rehabilitation and gang intervention in the darkest parts of the US. In his later years David Wilkerson’s ministry took a turn as his preaching became more fiery and prophetic in nature, detailing visions of an apocalyptic time of God’s judgement to come to America.
This progression caused many of his earlier supporters to turn against him. His books were taken away from bookstores and pastors who once celebrated him began warning their congregations against consuming his materials. This is an all too familiar pattern of rejection from the mainstream religious circles seen in many prophets spoken of in the bible.
Regardless of the widespread rejection David Wilkerson faced in his day, he continued to detail accounts of “nuclear holocausts coming headed straight for America”. Many of these prophecies did not reach their full manifestation while he was alive but are now playing out before our eyes after his passing.
In Apostle Michael Petro’s sermon titled ‘Hammer Rock’, he highlighted a sermon from David Wilkerson dating back to July 21st 2003, where Wilkerson expressed anguish over the state of modern Christianty and predicted a future generation of Christians that would return to the former pattern established in the early church. This company of people would carry the heart of God, being consumed by radical faith and obedience to the word of God like never seen before.
The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” ( Haggai 2:9)
David Wilkerson said:
“Those saints of old were rock-like in their refusal to go forward without a word from God. And they wept and mourned for days at a time over the backslidden condition in His house. They refused to eat, drink or wash their bodies. They tore out clumps of hair from their scalp and beard. The prophet Jeremiah even lay on his side in the streets of Jerusalem for 365 days, continuously warning of God’s coming judgment.
I wonder, where did these saints get the spiritual authority and stamina to do all they did? They were men of a different sort, servants of a totally different type from those we see in the church today. I simply can’t relate to them and their walk. I know I’m not totally of their kind. And I don’t know a single Christian who is.”
Apostle Michael brought Wilkerson’s words to light because this same anguish spoken of in Jeremiah’s day is still occurring now. This exodus from truth is still happening in a widely spread, but inconspicuous way. We see many in the church being led astray by different doctrines into the worship of idols. But instead of the golden calves and carven images of old, our modern day idols come in the form of television, addictions, worship of self, medications, mental illness and countless other ills. (2 Timothy 3)
David Wilkerson admonished his congregation:
“You take this word in your hand and say ‘God, as sure as I have the authority to sit and watch television for three hours I’ve got the ability, I can make a decision to study God’s word’”
Today we see a mental slavery holding mankind captive that paralels the Hebrews in Egypt under the bondage of Pharoah. Instead of a physical enslavement, this subtle possession takes place in the hearts of minds of people through cultural conditioning. In the Lord’s divine providence, He foresaw and allowed these events to take place because His people had turned their hearts against Him and towards foreign gods. It took a deep and sincere cry of repentance to move the heart of God to release the people from enslavement.
The Lord is now moving powerfully on the hearts of the intercessors in our church to cry out in deep anguish for the souls and the nations. Just as God moved upon Moses to forsake his life and become a living sacrifice, God is using a remnant of people to walk in the same servitude to pull out the spiritually enslaved from their bondages.
“The Bible says the exploits of these men in the Old Testament were recorded as lessons for us: “All these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). Their stories are meant as examples, to show us how to move God’s heart, or how to bring a corrupt people to repentance.”
Apostle Michael Petro said:
“God has shown generation after generation the price to pay to enter into the glory of God. Very few are willing to pay the price to bring it forward. We’ve been given the Apostolic Constitution and writings from the Early church fathers as a pattern to follow.”
Apostle Michael expounded on how the Lord used the prophet Jeremiah to place an indictment upon the religious system of his day because of their disobedience and corruption of God’s holy word. God desires justice, as He says His word is “like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces” (Jer. 23:29).
Apostle Michael paralleled that just as a hammer breaks apart rocks, God’s word is alive and powerful enough to destroy everything that stands in opposition. The bible talks about two opposing rocks or ‘words’ in Deuteronomy 32:31 “for their rock is not like our Rock”. This ‘rock’ represents our foundation of truth in which we choose to build our lives upon. Just as the ancient civilizations built their physical homes upon solid ground in order to secure their livelihoods, we are cautioned to discern which word we are establishing our lives upon.
Jesus reveals the meaning of this parable in Matthew 7 stating that His words are symbolic of the rock and only those who not only hear, but also obey His words will remain.
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Right now we are witnessing the collapse of the religious system on a worldwide scale. This great fall not only validated Jesus’ words, but reveals that their foundation was never built upon the true word of God but another ‘rock’. From the discovery of unimaginable crimes against children happening in the Vatican. (Source: Washington Post)
To the exposure of corruption in widely known mega churches, as well as their leaders. (Source: New York Post)
Over the past 2 years during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic we’ve witnessed the hostile government takeover that has threatened to overturn the power of the church. In many cases these restrictions prevailed as pastors and leaders of the church submitted to demands and closed the door to their congregations in a time of great need.
This whole situation brought further light to a disturbing reality; although many preach faith in the Word, very few were walking in it and actively defending it.
This has exposed who the true believers are and where our loyalty truly lies. The bible predicted this would be the case as only a remnant would be found at the end of the age. Apostle Paul wrote concerning the church during the second coming of the Lord:
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,
2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
For over 20 years of ministry, Apostle Michael has harkened the call to obey to the Word of God in churches across the globe, saying:
“In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, those who didn’t take the time to listen AND obey did not enter in. The virgins could have listened to the call to get ready but without the action of enquiring from the oil merchants and filling their lampstands they would’ve been left out.”
Apostle continued in his sermon:
“God is calling us to a place of divine impartation- not only for ourselves but for others. Now more than ever we have to be those people that are seeking the heart of God. When we read the bible and see those the Lord used there was no laziness. In every move of God they weren’t lazy about the things of the Kingdom of God. The fasting, prayer and weeping that they had are the very things that move the heart of God.”
We have stepped into a season in the timeline of God where He is releasing the fullness of His glory through His people. The Apostle Paul writes, “when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:10).
This is no small feat, and it comes with a weighty sacrifice not many are willing to pay.
“The Lord doesn’t move unless there is a sacrifice. The religious mentality is thinking we’re good to go just because we said a prayer of salvation. All throughout history God only used those willing to sacrifice, die to themselves, do the things of the kingdom of God. God is calling all of us to come to that place and understand what the reality of His calling entails.”
“None of us can achieve getting into these places unless we are willing to fast and pray and have the same burden in our hearts for the kingdom of God like that did. Without a genuine burden and burning within us our prayers are just hearsay to God. You could search the country and find very few people that are willing to fast and be used by God. In our church we have a fasting lifestyle.”
“So, were these saints a special breed? Were they supermen, with a pre-determined destiny, endowed with supernatural powers unknown to our generation? Not at all. The Bible states emphatically that our godly forebears were people just like you and me, subject to the same passions of the flesh (see James 5:17). The fact is, their examples reveal a pattern for us to follow. These men possessed something in their character that caused God to lay his hand on them. That’s why he chose them to accomplish his purposes. And he’s urging us to seek that same character quality today.”