And I wrestled with His severe word as I prepared this message. I prayed, "Lord, is this really going to happen?" Again and again, I heard the still, small voice: "Preach it--warn! Those who want the truth will receive it!"
Dear saint, this warning is not meant to scare anyone. It's meant only for you to take to the Lord and pray. This is what I believe the Lord showed me:
Thirty days of chastisement will fall on New York City such as the world has never seen. God is going to let down the walls! There will be unimaginable violence and looting--over a thousand fires will be burning at the same time, throughout the city and its boroughs. Times Square will be ablaze, and the flames that ascend into the heavens will be seen for miles. Firetrucks will not be able to handle it all!
Trains and buses will shut down for a few weeks. Billions of dollars will be lost. Broadway shows will stop completely for weeks at a time. It will cause businesses to flee the city in an unstoppable hemorrhage. The violence will be so ferocious, it will shock the whole world. Our streets will be lined with not just the national guard, but our country's militia. Los Angeles' fires were confined to a few sections of that city--but New York will be ablaze in all its boroughs!
Such things are expected in Third World countries, but not in a civilized nation like the United States. Yet in not too long a time afterward, New York City will go bankrupt--the world's "queen city" cast into the dirt! It truly will become a Third World city--a city of poverty!
When will all this come about, you ask? All I can say is, I BELIEVE I WILL BE HERE WHEN IT HAPPENS! And when it happens, no matter where we are--in our apartment or on the job--we are not to panic or fear!
Jeremiah survived the horrors he warned were coming! "And he was there when Jerusalem was taken" (Jeremiah 38:28). He must have watched in silent horror from behind a prison wall as the Chaldean army poured into the city. For twenty-three years he had warned, but no one would listen--and now the blood was flowing!
The king's house was in flames. All the leaders were dragged out of hiding. The sights and sounds were unbearable, how Jeremiah must have cried out for mercy! "Oh God, I saw it all--I prophesied it! But Lord, can't You spare?"
Yet here is the good news:
Jeremiah was present to see the city broken up--but he was safe!
And not only was he safe, but so was Ebed-Melech, the man who pulled him out of the deadly mud pit! When everything was coming down, Jeremiah sent a message to Ebed-Melech, who was hiding in fear: [Thus] saith the Lord: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but they life shall be for a prey unto thee; because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 39:17-18)
Can you imagine Ebed-Melech's comfort as he heard this word? Yet we have the same message that was given to Ebed-Melech: Those who love God's Word and walk in faithfulness and obedience will be miraculously spared by the Lord in hard times! "I will deliver you! Don't be afraid--your life will be spared because you trust in Me!"
Right now, God is shaking California with earthquakes, from San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego. The entire nation is feeling the birth pangs of judgment!
But when you see these things, and you hear that New York City is in flames, you can fall on your knees and begin to rejoice--not because of the judgment, but because of God's promise: "Lord, I wanted to hear what You had to say--and You warned me! I have obeyed Your Word--and now I need not be afraid!"