by A. A. Allen.

As God said through the prophet Joel, "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sonsand your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, youryoung men shall see visions." So today, as we approach the end of the age and the time of the Lord's return, God is speaking through His people with dreams and visions. The following vision was received by Evangelist A.A. Allen on July 4, 1954.

 As I stood atop the Empire State Building, I could see the Statue of
Liberty, illuminating the gateway to the new world.  Here, spread
before me like an animated map, is an area sixty or eighty miles in
diameter. I was amazed that the Spirit of the Lord should so move me,
there atop the Empire State Building.  Why should I feel such a surge
of His Spirit and power there?
     Suddenly I heard the voice of the Lord.  It was as clear and as
distinct as a voice could be. It seemed to come from the very midst of
the giant telescope.  But when I looked at the telescope, I knew it
hadn't come from there, but directly from heaven.  The voice said,
"The eyes of the lord run to and fro throughout the whole
earth, to show himself strong in behalf of them whose heart
is perfect toward Him.  Herein you have done foolishly. 
Therefore, from henceforth, you shall have wars."
     Immediately when I heard the voice of God, I knew this was a
quotation of Scripture.  But never before had a thing come to me so
forcibly by the power of the Spirit. The ticking of the telescope
stopped. The man before me had used up his dimes worth.  As he stepped
away I knew that I was next.  As I stepped to the telescope and
dropped in my dime, immediately the ticking started again.  This
ticking was an automatic clock which would allow me to use the
telescope for a definitely limited time only.
     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 it's great cities. To the North lay the Great Lakes. Far to the
Northeast was New York City. I could see Seattle and Portland far to
the Northwest. Down the West Coast, there were San Francisco and Los
Angeles. Closer in the foreground, there lay New Orleans, at the
center of the Gulf Coast area. I could see the great towering ranges
of the Rocky Mountains, and 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 l looked, suddenly from the sky I saw a giant hand reach down.
That gigantic hand was reaching out toward the Statue of Liberty. In a
moment her gleaming torch was torn from her hand, and in it instead
was placed a cup. And I saw protruding from that great cup, a giant
sword, shining as if a great light had been turned upon its glistening
edge. Never before had I seen such a sharp, glistening, dangerous
sword. lt seemed to threaten all the world. As the great cup was
placed in the hand of the Statue of Liberty, I heard these words, 
"Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Drink ye and be
drunken, spue and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword
which I will send"  As I heard these words, I recognized
them as a quotation from Jeremiah 25:7.
     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, "Thus saith the
DRINK." (Jer.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, saith the Lord of Hosts."
(Jer.25:29)  When the cup was withdrawn from the lips of the Statue of
Liberty, I noticed the sword was missing from the cup, which could
CONSUMED! 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, "Ye shall drink and be drunken, and spue, 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.
   "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the
pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction
that wastes at noonday." Psalms 91:5,6.
  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
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.  At the waist, the skeleton seemed to
bend towards the United States, stretching forth a hand toward the
East and one toward the West - one toward New York and one toward
Seattle. 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 vapor which looked like smoke, as a cigarette smoker would blow
puffs of smoke from his mouth.  These whitish vapors 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. area was covered with it's vapors
     Then towards the center came  a third great puff.  As I watched,
St. Louis and Kansas City were enveloped in its white vapors.  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 vapors 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
vapors had seared her lungs.
     What were these white vapors?  Could they signify bacteriological
warfare or nerve gas that could destroy multitudes of people in a few
moments time?
Then I heard the voice of God, as He spoke again: "Behold, the Lord
maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside
down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof,.  And it
shall be, as with the people. so with The priest; as with the
servant, so with his master; as with the buyer, so with the
seller, as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury
to him.  The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly
spoiled : for The Lord has spoken this word.  The earth
mourneth and fadeth away, The world languisheth and fadeth 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 are left."
     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 vapors. 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.
     "A fire devoureth before them, and behind them a flame
the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind
them, a desolate wilderness." Joel 2:3
     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
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 groanings, 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, saith 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. (Jer. 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.  Them 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 cam this
quotation from Joel, the second chapter, "Blow ye the trumpet in
Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the
inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD
cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick
 darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people
and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall
be any more after it, even to the years of many
 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth:
 the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a
desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as
horsemen, so shall they run..." (Joel 2:4).