Pat Robertson’s Annual Predictions Greatest FlopsBy: Mike Tuttle - July 10, 2013
Pat Robertson pops up every few months to make some statement or other that polarizes people. His faithful viewers get some red meat, and his ministry gets some attention. Robertson doesn’t seem to care a whit about any negative blowback from the things he says. People are pretty used to his outlandish statements by now, and he never really suffers any repercussions because of any of them. His latest statement about gays making him long for a Vomit Button on Facebook is just the freshest news.
Each year Robertson takes to the airwaves with something he calls “Words of Knowledge”, predictions that he says come from God. Here are a few of the doozies Robertson has floated over the years, and never really come back to revise, revisit, or review.
1980 – Robertson predicted that the USSR would invade the Middle East.
1981 – Robertson predicted global economic collapse, and that the USSR would invade Israel, control all the oil in the Middle East, and foul up the world economy.
1988 – Robertson said God told him to run for President. Apparently God did not tell him to win.
1996 – God told Robertson that Bill Clinton would not be elected for a second term. He also said that a terrorist with a nuclear weapon would strike within the United States.
1998 – Robertson said God would strike the United States with tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, and “maybe even a meteor” due to Orlando, Florida’s city council voting to fly rainbow flags during a Gay Pride celebration. Orlando was never hit, though Virginia Beach, Robertson’s home, was.
2005 – Robertson said God told him that George W. Bush would pass Social Security reform, tax reform, and that the Supreme Court would end up packed with conservative judges. He also said there would be a widescale conversion of Muslims to Christianity.
2006 – Robertson said God told him that tsunamis would ravage the coasts of the United States.
2007 – Robertson predicted that there would be a massive terrorist event aimed at the United States that would result in “mass killing” during the second half of the year. “The Lord didn’t say nuclear, but I do believe it’ll be something like that – that’ll be a mass killing, possibly millions of people, major cities injured,” Robertson said.
2012 – Robertson said God told him who would win the Presidential election that year, but he would not tell. However he later said, “I won’t get into great detail about elections but I sure did miss it.” Robertson also said that 2012 would bring about a collapse of the American economy. This information came only after a question and answer session with God that included Robertson asking if the disaster would be the result of an “EMP blast” or a “Mayan galaxy alignment”, all of which God took a pass on.
2013 – For this year, Robertson revisited some older financial themes again, saying that a financial reckoning is coming, debts called in, money devalued, people on fixed incomes will suffer. Creditors will seize assets to pay back debts.