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From: Amy S. Trosen
Sent: Sunday, July 7, 2013 11:42 AM
Subject: Some Thoughts on David Wilkerson's Passing
The righteous perish and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away,
and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. - Isaiah 57:1 (NIV)
With the sudden and unexpected death of David Wilkerson in a car accident yesterday, I cannot help but think of this troubling verse. Couple Isaiah 57:1 with Hebrews 11:38-39, which says of the righteous saints who endured much in their proclamation of the prophetic word:
The world was not worthy of them... these were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.
David Wilkerson was a man of God whose message to God's children was, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."
Pastor Wilkerson preached holiness, forgiveness, and our security in Jesus. He prayed for us. He encouraged us to remain faithful. He admonished us to rest in the Lord's forgiveness and to move out in power from that base to do God's will in the place where we live our daily lives. He preached repentance as our only recourse when we have sinned, and then he soothed our fears with his thundering pronouncement that God always forgives and heals a repentant heart - something he had learned firsthand, and having walked, himself, in this truth shared the benefits of obedience with us freely out of the trials of his own life.
At times, David Wilkerson had to preach a distinctly prophetic word, a "head's up" to this generation. Although he did not consider himself to be a prophet, he did have the dreams and visions that the Old Testament prophet Joel predicted would come to people of the last generation.
There seems to be a pattern in Scripture, however, that the visionary does not live to see the days actually come to pass. God seems to have a track record of protecting those who had to bear a hard word against the day of its fulfillment. God takes them home before the evil arrives. Does this mean we are on the brink of a catastrophic bond market failure, as David Wilkerson warned us to expect, what was it, last year? Is the world as we know it, in all of its opulence and decadence and greed, about to end? It seems likely.
As such, I want to pass along to God's children an encouragement for us to grasp firmly when the darkness descends upon our land. It comes from Michael Boldea who, too, had a vision of what is soon to come. He recorded it at "http://www.handofhelp.com/vision_58.php" on his website, but with his permission, I will copy and paste it below, because it has a word of warning to us who love Jesus, that we should continue to trust Him despite what our eyes see, our ears hear, and our hearts fear.
THREE MEN IN A WHEAT FIELD
Posted March 2010 by Michael Boldea
Shortly after returning to the United States I began having a recurring dream. I have prayed many nights as to whether or not I should share this dream, and I finally received confirmation that I should. There are some dreams or visions that I receive wherein I know instantly that it was either meant for me personally, or that it was intended to be shared. This was not such a dream. After seeking the Lord on the matter however, I know I was supposed to make this dream public.
I dreamt I stood in front of a large wheat field. By the golden hew the wheat stalks had taken on, in my dream, I knew that it was close to harvest time, either late summer or early autumn. It was beautiful and peaceful watching the wheat sway gently in the breeze under a picture perfect blue sky.
As I grew familiar with the scene before me, I began looking around and saw three men, evenly spaced at the edge of the field. One man stood on the left corner of the rectangular field, the second man stood in the middle, and the third man stood on the far right edge.
All three men were dressed in white, and since I was seeing them from behind I could not make out their faces. Each of the three men held something in their right hand. The man on the left held a burning torch, the man in the middle held something that looked like a wineskin, and the man in the far right corner held an old fashioned sickle, and a basket lay on the ground next to him. I recognized the sickle, because I used to play with one in my adolescence while living in Romania.
As I stood and watched this strange scene before me, the man on the far left tipped his torch slightly, and touched one of the wheat stalks with the lit torch. Suddenly about one third of the entire wheat field burst into flame. The fire went out as quickly as it began a sudden burst of flame, followed by the scorched remnants of a once beautiful wheat field.
As I continued watching, the second man uncorked the wineskin, raised it about shoulder level, and tipped it slightly. One solitary drop of water poured out of the wineskin, but as it made contact with the wheat another third of the field was leveled as though a great wave had just swept through it.
I did not understand what I was seeing but I continued to watch the scene unfold. I was expecting the third man to do something as dramatic as the first two, but instead he simply bent from the waist, grabbed a handful of wheat stalk with his left hand, and with a practiced swing of the sickle cut through it. He then laid the wheat he had cut in the basket.
Although there was a solemnity in the actions of all three men, the gentleness and care with which the third man laid the wheat in the basket stood out for some reason. The man continued the process of cutting wheat and putting it in the basket until it was full, then with practiced ease, tied the wheat into a small bushel with a piece of twine he removed from his waist. He laid the bushel aside, and returned to swinging the sickle and filling the basket. This went on for some time as the man methodically and quickly made bushel after bushel of wheat.
For the first two nights, this is where my dream ended, and as I knew this could not be the end of it, I began to pray that I might either see the conclusion of the dream, or receive the interpretation.
On the third night, the dream began as the previous two nights, with the first man setting fire to one third of the field, the second man flooding one third, and the third man meticulously harvesting the last third, I thought it would be the same dream yet again, until the man with the sickle turned, looked at me and said, 'the world will know hunger, the faithful will know the power of their God.' I recognized him; I had seen him in both my dreams and my visions before. I woke up, and went about my day thinking that I would have the dream again that night, but the dream did not return. I received no further insight or interpretation, but this is what I believe in regards to its meaning:
I believe that a worldwide food shortage is imminent. Whether due to too much sun and not enough rain, or too much rain and unprecedented weather patterns, global agriculture will suffer a severe blow very shortly. I also believe that God has already prepared provision for His children, that He will provide for them, and miraculously so. I do not believe God reveals coming events to His children that they might grow fearful or panic, but rather that they might learn to trust Him, knowing that He who is already into tomorrow, has already made provision for it.
Matthew 6:25-26, Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Matthew 6:31-33, Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek firs the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
While many "prophetic" words are nothing more than a greedy preacher's appeal to the flesh, just because there are spiritual charlatans out there doesn't mean we should reject every prophecy as false. The Bible says we are not to despise prophecy, and a man's good character is testimony to the possibility that God might want to use a vision through which to prepare us prior to impending calamity. I know visions are possible. I had one a long time ago that played out exactly true. I know Michael preaches holiness and lives it in his life. I take this vision seriously.
So, note in the vision how tenderly Jesus will care for His own in the coming days. Stockpiling food, hoarding silver... these things will not save us. Christians will be provided for out of God's own storehouse IF we cast off all of our personal independence and rely on Jesus alone to give us what we need as we serve Him where He has placed us.
The word for today is repent. Repent of all your sin. Turn to Jesus and place your complete trust in Him.
And pray for David Wilkerson's family and church as they come to terms with his sudden home-going.
May all who come behind us find us faithful.
Amy S Trosen
Baxter, MN 56425
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