Pat Robertson predicts violence, recession for 2008 – i thought the bible specifically said something along the lines of “you should never pay attention to people who predict things that don’t come true”… if i recall correctly, acknowledging that he has made predictions that didn’t come true himself is one of your biggest clues that pat robertson doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Pat Robertson predicts violence, recession for 2008
January 2, 2008
By Steven G. Vegh
Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, who has made predicting the future an annual tradition, predicts a recession and a major stock market upheaval are on their way for the United States.
Aside from a recession this year, Robertson suggested Wednesday that Americans will be paying much more for gas at the pump as the price of a barrel of oil rises by 50 percent in the coming months.
Specifically, he said oil would reach $150 a barrel – the price hit $100 on Wednesday – with the dollar continuing to lose value in 2008.
“I also believe the Lord was saying by 2009, maybe 2010, there’s going to be a major stock market crash,” said Robertson, who is a millionaire businessman as well as an evangelical leader.
But don’t unload your portfolio just yet. Robertson acknowledged Wednesday that his prophecy of a nuclear terror attack in 2007 failed to unfold.
He also cited information from God when he predicted on a year go that major U.S. cities would be hit by “very serious terrorist attacks” causing “possibly millions” of deaths.
No such catastrophe occurred.
“All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed and God in his mercy spared us,” Robertson said on “The 700 Club,” a television show he hosts on the Christian Broadcasting Network, based in Virginia Beach.
“So did I miss it? Possibly,” he said of his unrealized prediction. “Or, on the other hand, did God avert it? Possibly. But whatever, it didn’t happen, so I think we can all rejoice.”
On Wednesday, Robertson, 77, implied that God informed him who will be elected president in November.
“He told me some things about the election, but I’m not going to say, because some old man on “60 Minutes” would make fun of me, so I’m not going to tell you who the winner’s going to be,” Robertson said, in apparent reference to CBS humorist Andy Rooney, who turns 89 on Jan. 14.
Additionally, “the Lord was saying there’s going to be violence and chaos in the world,” Robertson said. He cited violence in Kenya and Pakistan, saying “we’ve just begun to see what’s going to happen.”
Robertson said he received no divine information about the war in Iraq. In past years, he said, “the Lord told me it would be a disaster; well, it has been a disaster.”
In May 2006, Robertson cited God in predicting that “the coasts are going to be lashed by vicious hurricanes this year” and that the Pacific Northwest could see a tsunami.
No hurricanes struck the U.S. coastline in 2006; three tropical storms hit the country.
In January 2004, Robertson said, “I really believe I’m hearing from the Lord it’s going to be like a blowout” re-election for President Bush.
Bush won 51 percent of the vote that fall, beating Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.