TV preacher Pat Robertson last month revealed his annual in-depth conversation with God and brought back good news for George W. Bush: 2005 looks like it’s going to be the president’s year.
Robertson claims that he has an annual one-on-one conversation with God, during which the Almighty gives the Virginia televangelist a run-down on what to expect in the new year. Robertson often reports back to viewers of his nationally broadcast “700 Club” and did so this year on Jan. 3.
After spending “a wonderful time of prayer,” the Christian Coalition founder said, “The Lord had some very encouraging news for George Bush. What I heard [from God] was that Bush is now positioned to have victory after victory and that his second term is going to be one of triumph, which is pretty strong stuff.”
According to Robertson, God even went into specifics. God reportedly said Bush will “also have Social Security reform passed, that he’ll have tax reform passed, that he’ll have conservative judges on the courts and that basically he is positioned for a series of dramatic victories, which I hope will hearten him and his advisors. They don’t have to be timid in this matter because the winds are blowing in his back and he can move forward boldly and get results.”
Apparently, God is going to give Bush a little help in getting those conservative judges onto the bench. According to Robertson, God told him that big changes are coming this year.
“The vendetta against religion in America is about to end,” Robertson said God told him. In what Robertson portrayed as a direct quote, God reportedly said, “I will remove judges from the Supreme Court quickly and their successors will refuse to sanction the attacks on religious faith.”
Robertson, a harsh critic of the high court’s church-state separation rulings, didn’t say how God plans to remove the justices. But viewers could not help but get the impression that the TV preacher was positively giddy at the prospect.
“I’m just filled with good things here today,” he burbled, when talking with co-host Terry Meeuwsen about the Supreme Court alterations.
Robertson, a multi-millionaire, also predicted an upsurge in the stock market, “extraordinary prosperity” for the nation and for his Christian Broadcasting Network, a tremendous incidence of miracles in the United States, a lessening of the terrorist threat and widespread conversions to Christianity among Muslims “that will amaze the world.”
Robertson also announced that the appearance of the Antichrist and the second coming of Jesus are not on the calendar this year. Although the Christian scriptures say no one knows the “day and hour” of Christ’s second coming, Robert\xadson insisted, “The end is not yet, because God has many more things to do. So people that say that Jesus is going to come tonight or that the Antichrist is going to be revealed tomorrow and so forth, that just isn’t going to happen.”
Robertson did not mention that his yearly Jan. 1 sit-down with the Lord often results in incorrect information. On Jan. 1, 1980, Robertson reported that God had told him that the Soviet Union would in that year invade several Middle Eastern nations, seize the world’s oil reserves and throw the United States and Western Europe into economic chaos, sparking worldwide conflict.
In 1981, Robertson predicted a global economic collapse between 1983 and 1985. He once predicted a Russian invasion of Israel and claimed that the USSR would collapse after the outbreak of a World War III.
Robertson’s predictions in more recent times have not fared much better. During his 2004 talk with God, the Almighty assured him that Bush would win reelection easily. Robertson reported that the race would be a “blowout.” In fact, Bush won narrowly by less than 3 percent.