My Vision of the Destruction of America By A. A. Allen July 4, 1954 Atop the Empire State Building

My Vision of the Destruction of America By
A. A. Allen July 4, 1954 Atop the Empire
State Building


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 60 or 80
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?
Giant Telescope
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, 2
CHRONICLES 16:9, “For the eyes of the LORD
run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to
shew himself strong in the behalf of them
whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou
has done foolishly; therefore, from henceforth
thou shalt 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.

Automatic Clock

The ticking of the telescope stopped. The man
before me had used up his dime’s 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
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.
North American Continent
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.

Great Cities

There, clear and distinct, lay all the North
American continent with all its 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 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.

Gigantic Hand

As I 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. It 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 and spew 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 25:27. 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, “Ye 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 ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not
be unpunished, for I will call for a sword upon
all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord
of hosts” (Jeremiah 27:29)

War, , Destruction

When the cup was withdrawn from the lips of
the Statute of Liberty, I noticed the sword was
missing from the cup, which could mean but
the sword merely typified war, , 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: “Drink ye and be
drunken and spew and fall and rise no more
because of the sword which I will send among
you” (Jeremiah 25:37).

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 by night, nor
for the arrow that flyeth by day, nor for the
pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the
destruction that wasteth at noonday” (Psalms

Black Cloud Rising

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.
Skeleton Destroys Multitudes
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. At the waist the skeleton seemed to
bend toward 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 its entire attention seemed to be
focused upon the United States, overlooking
Canada at least for the time being. As I saw the
horrible black cloud in the form of a skeleton
bending toward America, bending from the
waist over, reaching down toward Chicago and
out toward both coasts, I knew its one interest
was to destroy the multitudes.

Mortal Agony

As I watched in horror, the great black cloud
stopped just above the Great Lakes region and
turned its face toward 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 Los
Angeles area were covered with its vapors.
Then toward the center came a third great
puff. As I watched, St. Louis and Kansas City
were enveloped in its white vapors. Then on
they came toward 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 maid, so with
her ; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as
with the lender, so with the borrower; 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 hath 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, hath 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

As I watched, the coughing grew worse. It
sounded like a person about to cough out his
lungs. The Statue of Liberty 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, 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 . Tears ran down my face as
I realized that she was ! Only the lapping of
the waves, splashing over her body which was
partly under the water and partly out of the
water, broke the stillness.
“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”. Screaming of Sirens Suddenly
the silence was shattered by the screaming of
sirens. The sirens seemed to scream, “RUN FOR
Never before had I heard such shrill, screaming
sirens. They seemed to be everywhere to the
north, the 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 of Liberty struggling to regain
her poise and balance and finally falling for the
last time 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, but only a few ever got
to the shelters.

Above the moaning and the groaning of the
dying multitudes, I heard these words: “A noise
shall come even to the ends of the earth, for
the Lord hath a controversy with the nations.
He will plead with all flesh; he will give them
that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, 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 unto
the other end of the earth. They shall not be
lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they
shall be dung upon the ground” (Jeremiah

Rocket Missile Attacks

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 toward the United States. On the
ground the sirens screamed louder, and up
from the ground I saw similar rockets
beginning to ascend. To me these appeared to
be interceptor rockets although they arose from
different points all over the United States;
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 oceans 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 somewhere in the
South Pacific. In my vision it was so real that I
seemed to feel a searing heat from it.

Widespread Desolation

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 in Psalms 127:1: Except the Lord
build the house, they labour in vain that build
it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman
waketh but in vain.”
Then as the noise of battle subsided, to my ears
came this quotation: “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. 2. 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 generations. 3. 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.
4. The appearance of them is as the appearance
of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
5. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of
mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a
flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a
strong people set in battle array. 6. Before
their face the people shall be much pained; all
faces shall gather blackness. 7. They shall run
like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like
men of war, and they shall march every one on
his ways, and they shall not break their ranks.
8. Neither shall one thrust another; they shall
walk every one in his path; and when they fall
upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9.
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall
run upon the wall; they shall climb up upon
the houses; they shall enter in at the windows
like a thief. 10. The earth shall quake before
them; the heavens shall tremble; the sun and
the moon shall be dark,, and the stars shall
withdraw their shining (Joel 2:1-10).

The Silence of

Then the voice was still. The earth, too was
silent with the silence of . 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 rock mountain.
Hidden in the Cleft
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.



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