Last week I wrote about Janet Porter warning everyone that a massive catastrophe is on the way and citing, as her source, Teen Challenge founder David Wilkerson, who has been prophesying that God is about the judge America for its sins and that “major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires … There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting—including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath … God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.”
The reliability of Wilkerson’s prophecy hinged on the fact that, prior to the September 11th attacks, he had received a similar warning from God and, as Porter explained it, gotten prepared:
And on the 10th of September they stayed up all night making hundreds and hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. By morning they had about 2,000 sandwiches. At 8:46 a.m. the first plane hit the World Trade Center and Times Square Church was ready to feed and minister to rescue workers and victims of our nation’s worst attack.
Porter said that “we’d be crazy not to listen” to Wilkerson this time around, considering that he was right last time and that “when the guy who made the 2,000 sandwiches on Sept. 10 warns us: ‘AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN,’ I think we would do well to heed it.”
Perhaps we would be wise to heed Wilkerson’s warning, provided the claim about him making sandwiches throughout the night of September 10th is true – which, as it turns out, it’s not, leading to Porter’s column this week in which she apologizes:
Despite the fact that multiple people told me they read about Times Square Church members making sandwiches prior to Sept. 11, 2001, in the Times Square Newsletter – and the fact that when a staff member of mine called the church he got someone who answered the phone who confirmed it, saying they knew “exactly” what we were talking about, that information was wrong.
There were sandwiches. There were lots of them. But they were not made prior to Sept. 11.
Of course, now Porter is saying that it doesn’t really matter that Wilkerson didn’t stay up all night preparing sandwiches on September 11th and that his warning of massive devastation is still valid:
I wish I could say that because I was wrong on the sandwiches detail the rest of Pastor David Wilkerson’s warning was also invalid, but I don’t believe that is the case … I don’t want a calamity to come. I don’t want judgment to fall during my lifetime. I hate reading this stuff. But it’s now coming from so many sources, so many watchmen on the wall, that we can no longer ignore it … If we don’t follow that very clear warning directly from God Himself, I’m afraid that the calamity Wilkerson spoke of will, in fact, approach us quickly – regardless of when any sandwiches were made.
So even though she was wrong about Wilkerson, she still believes that we are getting a “very clear warning directly from God Himself” that his judgement is coming.
Have I mentioned that this woman was co-chair of Mike Huckabee’s Faith & Family Values Coalition during his presidential campaign? I just think it is important to keep pointing that out.