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Pat Robertson’s at it Again… ‘Mass Killing’ in 2007

Orginally published on Wednesday, January 03, 2007 at 2:05 PM
by Todd Rhoades

Religious broadcaster predicted Tuesday a horrific terrorist act on the United States that will result in "mass killing" late in 2007. "I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his news-and-talk television show "" on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that." Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.

“I put these things out with humility,” he said.

Robertson said God also told him that the U.S. only feigns friendship with Israel and that U.S. policies are pushing Israel toward “national suicide.”

Robertson suggested in January 2006 that God punished then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a stroke for ceding Israeli-controlled land to the Palestinians.

Predicting events for the coming year is an annual tradition for Robertson.

He predicted in January 2004 that President would easily win re-election. Bush won 51 percent of the vote that fall, beating Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.

In 2005, Robertson predicted that Bush would have victory after victory in his second term. He said Social Security reform proposals would be approved and Bush would nominate conservative judges to federal courts.

Lawmakers confirmed Bush’s 2005 nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the . But the president’s Social Security initiative was stalled by widespread opposition.

“I have a relatively good track record,” he said. “Sometimes I miss.”

In May, Robertson said God told him that storms and possibly a tsunami were to crash into America’s coastline in 2006. Even though the U.S. was not hit with a tsunami, Robertson on Tuesday cited last spring’s heavy rains and flooding in New England as partly fulfilling the prediction.

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I have no comment on this one.  smile Other than to say that here’s my prediction:  will say something during 2007 that will get him in trouble.  That, and will not get a new book deal.

(I’ll put up my predictions against Pat’s anyday of the the week; and I’m not even suggesting I heard the voice of God).

SOURCE:  Fox News


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  • Posted by Brian La Croix

    So does he claim to be a prophet?

    If so (and I don’t know that I’ve ever heard him claim the title although he seems to see himself as one), then his comment about “Sometimes I miss” makes him a false prophet.

    Also, if he claims to be giving us the words of God, yet some of them don’t come to pass, then was God wrong?  I don’t think so!

    Whether or not he is, all I know is that he quit speaking for me years ago…

    Brian

  • Posted by Bart

    Maybe if he starts praying about it now he can stop it just like he prayed and God diverted a hurricane a few years ago.

  • Posted by

    I predict that Pat will say something that makes him appear to be a buffoon in 2007.

    That’s an easy one, too!

  • Posted by Leonard

    One time Pat Robertson was speaking and Jesus started to take notes.  When someone asked Jesus, “why are you taking notes, didn’t you write the bible and create everything?” Jesus replied, “yes, but some of this stuff I’ve never heard before.”

  • Posted by

    Pat, Pat, Pat, sometimes you make me tired all over.

  • Posted by

    You might be wrong about Ted Haggard getting a new book deal. Raise you hand if you would read a book about Ted’s life lessons this year?

  • *raises hand* It would make for an interesting read - Probably more interesting than Pat’s predictions.

  • Posted by

    Hey call me the “ark” rocker. But I again find myself feeling the need to “present” the other side by asking a couple of questions.

    First question: Do we believe God uses prophetic voices to warn countries and people so they might turn in repentance?
    2nd Question: How did most of those in times past treat the prophets? Didn’t they “scorn them” ridicule them for “getting things wrong or just appearing weird?” (I mean come on, parading naked through the streets?)
    With the exception of Ninivah? They seemed to receive the phophetic voice and repented. They could have just as easily mocked Jonah in the press, written blogs about how stupid he was or how his personal political views were unchristlike.

    While I’m at it, Ninivah brings up an interesting point. Technically Jonah “got it wrong.” He said, “40 days and Ninivah will be destroyed.” But it wasn’t. According to the way some want to interpret prophetic guidelines you would have stoned Jonah because what he said DID NOT happen. (yes, I know the story, I know they repented and God’ granted grace. But you only say that because you see God’s side revealed in that story.... is it possible you don’t see God’s side revealed in today’s stories?)

    What I’m saying is perhaps we should not be so willing to discount the prophetic in our culture today. Yes, I know its embarrasing. Yes, I know its harsh. Yes, I know it appears wrong.

    But what if God is using it anyway?

    (Is it possible?)

  • Posted by Daniel

    And further, how do assumptions about continuity and discontinuity between ancient Israel and the Church affect how one understands prophecy?  The New Testament writers clearly believed in prophecy, but it doesn’t seem to be much like (some of the) prophecy in the Old Testament.  How is this relevant to the aforementioned question?

    And how does Pat Robertson’s (non-existent) credibility affect his ‘message’?  (should it affect his message?)

  • Posted by

    Keith is right when he points out that OT prophets were frequently treated with derision and disbelief because of their unpopular prophecies and eccentric ways of communicating them.  But I think that the similarities between Pat and say, Jeremiah end there.  One major difference between Pat’s prophecies and the OT prophets’ is that there was usually a call for repentance, or some way to effect a change in the prophecies of doom and gloom.  Pat’s ideas of national repentance would seem to center around our treatment of Israel, not nationwide moral depravity.  Without getting into a debate on US foreign policy towards Israel, I disagree with Pat’s opinions and assessment of the nature of our relationship with Israel, which makes it real difficult for me to repent and thus forestall either typhoons or an impending Social Security crisis.

    In the case of Jonah, as Keith pointed out, there was nationwide repentance which led to physical and spiritual salvation.  How can Pat say that nationwide repentance (ie, a dramatic change in foreign policy) saved us from the typhoon he predicted, and yet was not enough to result in Social Security reform (if that would indeed be his argument)?

    It is right to caution against being quick to judge and ridicule a particular prophecy, but does that mean we are to suspend all judgement and critical thinking on every prophecy presented, even when presented by prophets with a less than 100% track record?

    By the way, I don’t happen to think that Pat’s most recent prophecy is a real risk on his part; a cursory look at the current political events could result in similar predictions by reasonable people.

  • Posted by Brian La Croix

    Nora, I would agree with you last statement to a point.  Most people can make predictions - but PR claims to have been given direct revelation from God about this.

    Brian

  • Posted by

    Yes, Brian, I guess what I was trying to say (and failed to do) was that even if there were some sort of terrorist attack on a major US city this year, due to the volatility of the current political situation, this would not necessarily be proof to me that Pat had heard from God when he predicted it.

  • Posted by Brian La Croix

    Gotcha.  And I agree 100%!

    Brian

  • Posted by

    Hmmm, insert “psychic xxx” over the name Pat Robertson and you have the next Tabloid headline for the predictions of 2007 issue. That’s the first thing that came to my mind.

    Keith has a point I agree with, that the prophets of the OT were ridiculed and persecuted for their minsitries. However, Nora, you hit the nail on the head - their messages were preached with a call to repentance. The prophet had to have a 100% track record or they were a false prophet. With Robertson claiming God tells him these things, and then they don’t happen, I have to wonder which voice he was listening to? Can it be explained that God changed His mind, as we see happen every so often in the OT? I don’t think so - because the situations don’t match up. I think he’s hearing more of his flesh than anything else. When someone says they hear something from God and then they contradict themself later, one has to wonder....

  • Posted by

    I am wondering if the problem is that the purpose of the gift of prophecy is not widely understood by parachuch organizations not just Pat Robertson.  I agree It always includes a call to repentence, especially to a perverse and rebellious nation, and direction to avoid God’s judgement.  It seems most of the controversy surrounds prophesying for ratings or fundraising activities.  But the church nevertheless must hold to the vision God gives us personally and corporately, whether it makes sense to anyone else or we’ll fade away.  And in these last days, many will fall away, but God will refine those who endure and use us to speak prophetically to this nation by the operation of this gift through the church (your sons and daughters will prophesy).  This will not make sense many times till we see it through but this is how God does it so keep on prophesying!

  • Posted by phill

    I was saved in a church that always predicated the crash of economy, Y2K disaster, and that the anti-Christ was already born.

    After years of hearing this stuff and never seeing it come together. No wonder we have such harsh critics. We constantly destroy our creditability and loose more an more people to these claims.

    I donít want to over communicate this but we have lost a lot of ground as being anything but foolish in the world we serve. A recent poll taken by men and how they view religion and the church boiled down to its all a joke.

    I donít have a problem with our faith, I have a problem with the way we represent our faith.

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