by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

I believe God’s vision for His last-day church is based on His revealed
Word—because the Bible clearly outlines what the church of Jesus Christ will
be like just prior to His coming.

The church in America is far from what God envisioned it to be. For the most
part, entire denominations today operate without the Holy Spirit. They are
devoid of the presence of Jesus and bankrupt of all spiritual gifts. They
practice a form of religion without any power, conviction or saving message.
They are cozy with the world and are more political than spiritual. They
appease sin, wink at divorce and ridicule the supernatural, while tossing aside
all teaching about heaven, hell, repentance and judgment.

The New Testament church made devils tremble! It drove legions of demons into
the abyss, prayed prison doors open, made rulers cringe in fear. Those early
believers had such faith and power that cripples rose up leaping and beggars
became evangelists. They believed in the supernatural and they opened blind
eyes, unstopped deaf ears and healed all manner of diseases. They even raised
the dead!

I am not saying God’s last-day church will be a repeat or copy of the
first-century church. No—I am saying it will be even greater than that! It
will be mightier, stronger, with an ever greater revelation of Jesus. It will
have greater unction from the Spirit than ever—greater even than at
Pentecost! God always saves His best wine for last!

The prophet Daniel confirms this. He said that certain prophetic truths were
locked up, only to be revealed in the last days: “For the words are closed up
and sealed till the time of the end. . . . And none of the wicked shall
understand, but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:9-10).

Today the Holy Spirit is revealing these things to spiritual, discerning
saints! “It is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered
into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love
Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit
searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

The Lord is preparing a powerful yet humble army of shepherds after His own
heart and also a remnant congregation of hungry sheep who have turned away from
the deadness and sin of the modern church. The scene is being set for that
church which will be hot, not lukewarm—and it will rock the very foundations
of hell. No power on earth will be able to ignore or despise it!

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