Not since THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST given to the apostle John on the Isle of Patmos some 1900 years ago has there been a more awe-inspiring vision concerning the end of our presint age than the predictive material presented in THE VISION: A TERRIFYING PROPHECY OF DOOMSDAY THAT IS STARTING TO HAPPEN NOW! (New York: Pyramid Books, 1974) by David Wilkerson. This 143-page "mass-market paperback" edition has as its contents: an Introduction, eight chapters, and two appendices describing the details of a vision experienced by the now emeritus Pastor Wilkerson (Times Square Church, New York City) during a late-night time of prayer in April 1973.
In the first five chapters, readers will learn about the "five tragic calamities coming upon the earth." In order: (1) "Economic Confusion" with sevety-three related predictions; (2) "Drastic Weather Changes and Earthquakes" with fifty-four predictions; (3) "A Flood of Filth" (an allusion to moral collapse) containing ninety-two predictions; (4) "The Number One Youth Problem of the Future" with thirty-six predictions; and (5) "Persecution Madness" against 'born-again' Christians and 'Spirit-baptized' Roman Catholics with ninety-one predictions. These 'prediction counts' are my own, and are taken informally from the narrative text and may vary from reader-to-reader, but are helpful indicators of emphasis. Serving illustrative purpose are a number of related biblical predictions of God's judgments upon Israel and Judah in the eighth and sixth centuries B.C. These biblical references to God's judgments are NOT included in my informal chapter-by-chapter prediction counts.
I had heard about this little book off-and-on since the mid-seventies, but had never managed to read it for myself until March 2007. Many of the predicted developments and events do not now seem nearly as remote as they did to some when it was first published back in 1974. By my own cursory reckoning, it seems that nearly 50% of the predictions have been fulfilled at this date of writing (12/22/08) leaving approximately as many still to be fulfilled in the near future. Indications are increasingly strong--in all five categories--that the remaining predictions will be realized in this "present generation" as Wilkerson predicts. Saint Paul's analogy of a pregnant woman coming to full-term is an important simile to remember when evaluating the progress of end-time events--allowing as it does for a long, almost imperceptible growth (or degradation in the case of the end of this age) ultimately climaxing with numerous increasingly strong and painful contractions before the actual birth takes place (cf., 1 Thessalonians 5:3).
Because I believe this "vision" to be a genuine revelation from God for the sake of believers and unbelievers alike, I highly recommend it be read by everyone concerned about "the signs of the times" and how they relate to God's judgments upon the United States of America and the world-at-large; the physical return of Jesus Christ to establish his kingdom on earth; and the end of this present age.
Instructions have been provided by the seer/author to assist, both, "the prepared" and "the unprepared" on how to best conduct their lives in the face of the difficult times ahead. As the Hebrew prophet, Habakkuk, was assured by God concerning the certainty of the coming devastation at the hands of the invading Babylonians upon the nation of Judah, so Wilkerson invokes the ancient exhortation to patience as part of his epigraph: "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry" (Habakkuk 2:2-3, KJV).