Listen to the prophets: Hurry and get out of the cities—those that are marked for destruction!
Yes, God has revealed his special plan for America’s sinful cities that celebrate immorality and laugh at righteousness. He has alerted his prophets to set the trumpets to their mouths, announcing that judgment on rebellious cities is coming and a date has been set aside for their downfall.
Those who are sounding the alarm include prayer walker Henry Gruver, who delivered a message of warning on Steve Quayle’s site recently, sharing a vision he had years ago of the wicked rushing into sinful cities.
“God will draw the wicked into cities marked for destruction,” Henry warned. “By his Spirit he will draw them into massive conferences and conventions. He told me, ‘I will draw them as I drew the animals into the ark.’
“As they are in the cities, God will send destruction. But he will provide places of refuge for the righteous; they will be spared by God’s divine intervention.”
In this case, God’s intervention sounds like something from the pages of a science fiction novel, for even as Gruver watched a vision of cruise missiles firing on American cities from the sea, God’s people were safe in domed cities. Giant plexiglass domes—the modern-day equivalent of medieval walled cities--shielded them from fire, volcanic ash, and nuclear destruction.
God said that this devastation would happen in the latter days and directed his people to read Psalm 37 for confirmation.
The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in him.
In his books and sermons, the late David Wilkerson consistently warned about cataclysmic judgment on America, pointing out that today we have examples of cities such as Shiloh, Rome, London, Carthage and Ninevah.
“Yet these sinned less than our great American cities,” he pointed out. “There is not a doubt in my mind—New York City, Wall Street and the United States are living on borrowed time. God may move in judgment any day now.”
As decency laws have collapsed across the nation, our cities have been in a steady moral decline. Like Wilkerson, many Americans were shocked when national leaders fell off their pedestals in the 1990s and the city of Washington D.C. became a byword for corruption and blatant immorality. Today the political climate there has become synonymous with a quagmire to the point that cleaning D.C. of corruption is referred to as “draining the swamp.”
We have examples of other American sinful cities in our headlines every day. In fact, some citizens congratulate themselves for their city’s notoriety, exploiting the image of loose living without consequences to attract a profitable tourist trade.
Could people really be proud to have sin at the center of their city? It seems to be the case in Las Vegas, which has reached the number one place on most lists of America’s sinful cities. In fact, with its menu of gambling, vice and debauchery, Vegas has earned for itself the nickname of “Sin City,” a place to escape any overbearing notions of morality.
As one proud citizen told it, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
Interactive map from Wallet Hub seen below. Scroll over and left click for cities and 'sin' rankings.
But what about other sinful cities? Does America have enough candidates to make up a list naming the nation’s top 10 or even 25 sinful cities? The answer is yes, according to sites like WalletHub, and Faithwire, institutions that score cities on the amount of vice and corruption. Another scoring option used by some graders is based on the seven deadly sins, traditionally considered to be pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth.
Vegas has the distinction of top ranking on most lists. Following, in constantly changing order, are cities like New Orleans, Tampa, Milwaukee, Atlantic City, Reno, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Baton Rouge, Miami, and Pittsburgh. Even Orlando, the nation’s family destination, has made it on some lists.
So where does all the vice come from? How did a nation founded on God’s Word and Christian principles end up with its cities steeped in sin and ungodliness? Wilkerson credits the nation’s downfall on a “spirit of iniquity” that has caused a fast downhill slide of morality.
Another answer is straight from the Bible. In Matthew 11, when Jesus is sending out his disciples to preach about the kingdom of heaven, he instructs them on how to deal with those towns whose people are hardened and won’t listen.
And if anyone will not welcome you or heed your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. Matthew 10: 14,15
A Bible Gateway commentary on Matthew 10 notes, “Sometimes entire cities or nations withhold God’s truth from their children, perpetuating a hardness against God for generations. In such cases, judgment may be God’s primary means of gaining the people’s attention.”
So we go back to Henry Gruver’s message warning people to repent and come out from the sinful cities. With forecasts of apocalyptic judgment in the form of nuclear attacks, floods, famine, erupting volcanoes and walls of fire, can it be any wonder his prophets are crying out?
In a posting on Jouko Piho’s prophetic site, Texas pastor Sister Katy shared a vision she received on awakening one morning in 2010. Three times she heard in her spirit God’s directive: “Call my people out of the cities.”
The Lord told her to warn his people to leave the doomed cities and find shelter in the wilderness, in remote and forgotten places far away from the city where the coming destruction wouldn’t reach them.
“Tell them to build houses with thick walls that are earthquake and fireproof,” he instructed.
“I want My people to survive and inherit the earth.”