The ultimate fate of the Earth and its inhabitants is no great mystery…
…if you’re an atheist you believe that eventually the entire universe is going to cool down until the last star’s light is finally extinguished. It is the hope of some that, by that time, humanity will have evolved beyond the need for matter as we understand it…a nice dream, but highly unlikely.
However, if you–like thousands of scientists, cosmologists, archaeologists and historians–believe the Bible to be an entirely accurate historical document, then the future has the potential to be more hopeful, positive and brighter than any of us can imagine.
The think is…in the case of Biblical prophecy the saying is true:
“It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.” – Thomas Fuller, 1650
That is to say that before GOD returns with an Eternal Paradise in His wake, Evil will be allowed to vent its full fury on Humanity…bringing us to the edge of extinction (Matthew 24:22).
In this blog post I present the first of two modern, extra-biblical prophecies that I personally believe to be authentic (i.e., from GOD). The recipient, the famous evangelist Asa Alonso Allen, has a bio here. I came across this volume while doing evangelical work in the California desert. The excerpt below has only the actual vision minus Allen’s personal thoughts and interpretations.
“As the elevator shot upward to the first of the Empire State Building observatories, 86 floors above the ground, my ears began to close as the altitude increased. This was my first time to go up the great ascent to the top of the Empire State Building, and I was thrilled with the expectation of seeing all of New York City, New Jersey, Manhattan, the Bronx, and on across the Hudson River to Westchester, in a great panoramic view. But little did I realize that God had an even greater view awaiting me, as through a supernatural vision. He would let me see that which is soon to take place on the whole North American continent.”
“As I stepped off the elevator and went onto the outside terrace, just to the south of me, on Bedloe’s Island, I could see the Statue of Liberty, illuminating the gateway to the “New World” as She held aloft her torch. To the north extended Manhattan Island, and although there was some fog, I was able to see glimpses of the city stretched in every direction.”
As I looked about me, I saw a giant telescope, of the kind into which one may drop a dime and for a certain period of time, be able to see everything distinctly for a distance of about 15 miles (24 km). With my dime in hand, I stood waiting for the man in front of me to be through viewing the scene. Suddenly, he swung the telescope in such a way that its giant eyes seemed to look directly at me. To my amazement, I felt a great surge of the Spirit and power of God.”
“Then suddenly, I heard the voice of the Lord, clear and distinct. It seemed to come from the very midst of the giant telescope. But I knew it was a voice directly from heaven. It said,
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)”
“The ticking of the telescope had stopped. The man before me had used up his dime’s worth. I was next. As I swung the telescope to the North, suddenly the Spirit of God came upon me in a way that I had never thought of before. Seemingly in the spirit I was entirely caught away.”
“I knew that the telescope itself had nothing to do with the distance which I was suddenly enabled to see, for I seemed to see things far beyond the range of the telescope, even on a bright clear day. It was simply that God had chosen this time to reveal these things to me, for as I looked through the telescope, it was not Manhattan Island that I saw, but a far larger view. That morning, much of the view was impaired by fog. But suddenly as the Spirit of the Lord came upon me the fog seemed to clear, until it seemed that I could see for thousands of miles.”
“But that which I was looking upon was not Manhattan Island, it was all of the North American Continent spread out before me as a map is spread upon a table, it was not the East River and the Hudson River that I saw on either side, but the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. And instead of the Statue of Liberty standing there in the bay on her small island I saw her standing far out in the Gulf of Mexico. She was between me and the United States.”
“I suddenly realized that the telescope had nothing to do with what I was seeing, but that it was a vision coming directly from God. And to prove this to myself I took my eyes away from the telescope, so that I was no longer looking through the lens, but the same scene remained before me.”
“There, clear and distinct, lay all the North American continent, with all its great cities: Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and the Gulf Coast cities. There were the towering ranges of the Rocky Mountains, and I could trace with my eye the Continental Divide. All this, and more, I could see spread out before me as a great map upon a table. And as I looked, suddenly from the sky a giant hand reached down toward the Statue of Liberty. In a moment her gleaming torch was torn from her hand, and instead was placed a cup.”
“And protruding from the cup, a giant sword, shining as if a great light had been turned upon its glistening edge. Never had I seen such a sharp, glistening, dangerous sword! It seemed to threaten all the world!”
“As the great cup was placed in the hand of the Statue, I heard these words:
“Thus says the LORD of hosts; Drink, and be drunken, and vomit, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.” (Jeremiah 25:27)
“I was amazed to hear the Statue of Liberty speak out in reply, “I WILL NOT DRINK!”
“Then as the voice of the thunder, I heard again the voice of the Lord, saying,”
“And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then shall you say unto them, Thus says the LORD of hosts; YOU SHALL CERTAINLY DRINK.” (Jeremiah 25:28)
Then suddenly the giant hand forced the cup to the lips of the Statue of Liberty, and she became powerless to defend herself.”
“The mighty hand of God forced her to drink every drop from the cup. As she drank the bitter dregs, these were the words that I heard:”
“…should you be utterly unpunished? You shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, says the LORD of hosts.” (Jeremiah 25:29)”
“When the cup was withdrawn from her lips, the sword was missing from the cup, which could mean but one thing. The contents of the cup had been completely consumed! And I knew that the sword merely typified war, death, and destruction, which is no doubt on the way. Then as one drunken on too much wine, I saw the Statue of Liberty become unsteady on her feet and begin to stagger, and to lose her balance. I saw her splashing in the Gulf, trying to regain her balance. I saw her stagger again and again, and fall to her knees. As I saw her desperate attempts to regain her balance, and rise to her feet again, my heart was moved as never before with compassion for her struggles.”
“But as she staggered there in the Gulf, once again I heard these words:”
“You shall drink and be drunken, and spew, and fall, and rise no more because of the sword that I shall send among you.”
As I watched, I wondered if the Statue of Liberty would ever be able to regain her feet – if she would ever stand again. And as I watched, it seemed that with all her power she struggled to rise, and finally staggered to her feet again, and stood there swaying drunkenly. I felt sure that at any moment she would fall again – possibly never to rise. I seemed overwhelmed with a desire to reach out my hand to keep her head above water, for I knew that if she ever fell again she would drown there in the Gulf.
“Then as I watched, another amazing thing was taking place. Far to the Northwest, just out over Alaska, a huge, black cloud was arising. As it rose, it was as black as night. It seemed to be in the shape of a man’s head. As it continued to arise, I observed two light spots in the black cloud. It rose further, and a gaping hole appeared. I could see that the black cloud was taking the shape of a skull, for now the huge, white, gaping mouth was plainly visible.
“Finally the head was complete. Then the shoulders began to appear and on either side long, black arms. It seemed that what I saw was the entire North American Continent, spread out like a map upon a table with this terrible skeleton-formed cloud arising from behind the table. It rose steadily until the form was visible down to the waist.”
“As the awful form stretched forward, I could see that the entire attention seemed to be focused upon the U.S., overlooking Canada at least for the time being. As I saw the horrible black cloud in the form of a skeleton bending towards America, bending from the waist over, reaching down toward Chicago and out towards both coasts, I knew it’s one interest was to destroy the multitudes.
“As I watched in horror, the great black cloud stopped just above the great lakes region, and turned it’s face towards New York City. Then out of the horrible, great gaping mouth began to appear wisps of white vapour which looked like smoke, as a cigarette smoker would blow puffs of smoke from his mouth. These whitish vapours were being blown toward New York City. The smoke began to spread, until it had covered all the eastern part of the United States. Then the skeleton turned to the West, and out of the horrible mouth and nostrils came another great puff of white smoke. This time it was blown in the direction of the West Coast. In a few moments time, the entire West Coast and L.A. [Los Angeles] area was covered with it’s vapours.”
“Then towards the center came a third great puff. As I watched, St. Louis and Kansas City were enveloped in its white vapours. Then on it came towards New Orleans. Then on they swept until they reached the Statue of Liberty where she stood staggering drunkenly in the blue waters of The Gulf. As the white vapours began to spread around the head of the statue, she took in but one gasping breath, and then began to cough as though to rid her lungs of the horrible vapors she had inhaled. One could readily discern by the coughing that those white vapours had seared her lungs.”
“Then I heard the voice of God, as He spoke again:”
“Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad its inhabitants.
“And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
“The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD has spoken this word.
“The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
“The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
“Therefore has the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” (Isaiah 24:1-6)
“As I watched, the coughing grew worse. It sounded like a person was about to cough out his lungs. The Statue was moaning and groaning. She was in mortal agony. The pain must have been terrific, as again and again, she tried to clear her lungs of those horrible white vapours.”
“I watched her there in the Gulf, as she staggered, clutching her lungs and her breast with her hands. Then she fell to her knees. In a moment, she gave one final cough, and made a last desperate effort to rise from her knees, and then fell face forward into the waters of The Gulf and lay still as death. Tears ran down my face as I realized that she was dead! Only The lapping of the waves, splashing over her body, which was partly under the water, and partly out of water, broke the silence.”
“Suddenly the silence was shattered by the screaming of sirens. The sirens seemed to scream, “RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!” Never before had I heard such shrill, screaming sirens. They seemed to be everywhere – to the North, South, the East and the West. There seemed to be multitudes of sirens. And as I looked, I saw people everywhere running. But it seemed none of them ran more than a few paces, and then they fell. And even as I had seen the Statue struggling to regain her poise and balance, and finally falling to die on her face, I now saw millions of people falling in the streets, on the sidewalks, struggling. I heard their screams for mercy and help.”
“I heard their horrible coughing as though their lungs had been seared with fire. I heard the moanings and groanings of the doomed and the dying. As I watched, a few finally reached shelters … and above the moaning and groaning, I heard these words: ”
“A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth for the Lord has a controversy with the nations. He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword, says the Lord. Behold evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth… and the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even onto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented neither gathered nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.” (Jeremiah 25:31-33)”
“Then suddenly I saw from the Atlantic and from the Pacific, and out of the Gulf, rocket-like objects that seemed to come up like fish leaping out of the water. High into the air they leaped, each headed in a different direction, but every one towards the U.S.”
“On the ground, the sirens screamed louder. And up from the ground I saw similar rockets begin to ascend. To me, these appeared to be interceptor rockets although they arose from different points all over the U.S. However, none of them seemed to be successful in intercepting the rockets that had risen from the ocean on every side.”
“These rockets finally reached their maximum height, slowly turned over, and fell back toward the earth in defeat. Then suddenly, the rockets which had leaped out of the ocean like fish all exploded at once. The explosion was ear-splitting.
“The next thing which I saw was a huge ball of fire. The only thing I have ever seen which resembled the thing I saw in my vision was the picture of the explosion of the H-bomb in the South Pacific.
“In my vision, it was so real I seemed to fell a searing heat from it.
“As the vision spread before my eyes, and I viewed the widespread desolation brought about by the terrific explosions, I could not help thinking, ” While the defenders of our nation have quibbled over what means of defense to use, and neglected the only true means of defense, faith and dependence upon the true and living God, the thing which she greatly feared has come unto her! How true it has proven that
“Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman watches but in vain.”
“Then as the noise of the battle subsided, to my ears came this quotation from Joel, the second chapter,
“Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; surely it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, so there is a great and mighty people; there has never been anything like it, nor will there be again after it to the years of many generations. A fire consumes before them and behind them a flame burns.
The land is like the garden of Eden before them but a desolate wilderness behind them, and nothing at all escapes them. Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like war horses, so they run.” (Joel 2:1-4).”
“Then the voice was still. The earth, too was silent. Then to my ears came another sound a sound of distant singing. It was the sweetest music I had ever heard. There was joyful shouting and sounds of happy laughter.”
“Immediately I knew it was the rejoicing of the saints of God. I looked, and there, high in the heavens, above the smoke and poisonous gases, above the noise of the battle, I saw a huge mountain. It seemed to be of solid rock, and I knew at once that this was the Mountain of the Lord.
The sounds of music and rejoicing were coming from a cleft high up in the side of the rocky mountain. It was the saints of God who were doing the rejoicing. It was God’s own people who were singing and dancing and shouting with joy, safe from all the harm which had come upon the earth, for they were hidden away in the cleft of the rock. There in the cleft they were shut in, protected by a great, giant hand which reached out of the heavens and which was none other than the hand of God, shutting them in until the storm be over passed. “