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The Last Christians

David Wilkerson, a street preacher in the 60s and 70s in New York City, wrote The Vision in 1974. The book relates a prophecy given to him by the Holy Spirit, which described the collapse of the Christian Church in America, and very accurately describe all the related phenomena we've seen occurring in ever increasing magnitude over the last decade. In his vision he saw Satan appearing before God one last time to ask permission to tempt the last Christians:

And the Lord said unto Satan, Where have you come from? Satan answered, From going to and fro in the earth and observing the last Christian. And the Lord said unto Satan, Have you considered these last-day Christians--how dedicated, how upright, how God-fearing, and Christ-loving they are? How they try to run from your evil plots? Then Satan answered the Lord, Yes, but just take away the hedge You've built around them. Job wouldn't forsake You in his poverty--but just increase and bless all the last Christians far beyond anything Job ever had and then see what happens. Make all these last Christians affluent like Job. Build them fancy new homes--give them fine automobiles--all the money and gadgets they need. Swamp them with campers, boats, world travel, fine clothes, exotic foods, land holdings, and savings accounts. See what happens to your last Christians when they become full, rich, increased with goods, and are in need of nothing. They will forsake God and become self-centered.

"The number one temptation for the last Christian will be prosperity." Wilkerson wrote, predicting that "automobiles, clothes, motorcycles, and all kinds of materialism" would, in end times, become bigger impediments to faith in Christ than drugs, sex or alcohol.

We will always have a drug problem in this nation, but it will not be nearly as big a problem as hatred in the home.

And beyond the home:

I have never believed that we have seen the end of violence and bloodshed and rioting in our streets. I abhor it and pray that God will spare us. But more than ever I am convinced that the worst is yet to come.

While Pastor Wilkerson, back in 1974, was accurate in many ways (predicting a global digital currency system implanted into human beings for scanning, for instance) he didn't foresee that it would be prosperous Christians with liberal beliefs who would be calling for closing traditional Christian churches along with the arrest and prosecution of pastors and priests in countries like Australia and Canada and to a large extent in the USA.

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