David Ray Wilkerson was born on May 19th, 1931, Wilkerson was an American Christianevangelist, He was well-known for his book The Cross and the Switchblade. He was the creator of the addiction recovery program Teen Challenge, and the founding pastor of the non-denominational Times Square Church in New York.
Wilkerson received a vision in 1973 regarding the future of the United States, subsequently published in a book called The Vision. Some of the subject areas of this prophecy were: “Worldwide recession caused by economic confusion”; “Nature having labor pains”; “A flood of filth and a baptism of dirt in America”; “Rebellion in the home”; and “A persecution madness against truly Spirit filled Christians who love Jesus Christ”.
Wilkerson’s widely distributed sermons, such as “A Call to Anguish”, are known for being direct and frank against apostasy and serious about making the commitment to obey Jesus’ teachings. He emphasized such Christian beliefs as God’s holiness and righteousness, God’s love toward humans and especially Christian views of Jesus. Wilkerson tried to avoid categorizing Christians into distinct groups according to the denomination to which they belong.
On March 7, 2009 Wilkerson posted a message to his personal blog titled ‘An Urgent Message’ where he re-stated an earlier prophecy he had made concerning New York city: “For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires”. Wilkerson indicated that this would be part of a “earth-shattering calamity” affecting the whole earth, brought on by the wrath of God in judgment against “the raging sins of America and the nations”.
Regarding the timing of these events, he said: “I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off.” On April 27, 2011, while driving east on US Route 175 in Texas, Wilkerson crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a tractor trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene, just over a month from his 80th birthday. His wife Gwen was injured.