VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – This weekend’s catastrophic earthquake in South Asia in the wake of recent U.S. hurricanes and December’s tsunami is catching the eye of televangelist Pat Robertson, who says we “might be” in the End Times described in the Bible.
“These things are starting to hit with amazing regularity,” Robertson said on CNN’s “Late Edition.”
Robertson, a former GOP presidential candidate and host of the “700 Club” daily Christian TV show, noted, “If you read back in the Bible, the letter of the apostle Paul to the church of Thessalonia, he said that in the latter days before the end of the age that the Earth would be caught up in what he called the birth pangs of a new order. And for anybody who knows what it’s like to have a wife going into labor, you know how these labor pains begin to hit. I don’t have any special word that says this is that, but it could be suspiciously like that.”
“What was called the blessed hope of the Bible is that one day Jesus Christ would come back again, start a whole new era, that this world order that we know would change into something that would be wonderful that we’d call the millennium,” he continued. “And before that good time comes there will be some difficult days and there will be likened to what a woman goes through in labor just before she brings forth a child.”
When asked if the world was approaching that moment, Robertson said, “It’s possible. I don’t have any special revelation to say it is but the Bible does indicate such a time will happen in the end of time. And could this be it? It might be.”
Hurricane Katrina left more than 1,200 people dead in the Gulf Coast region of the U.S., while the rising death toll from this weekend’s earthquake in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India is in the 20,000 to 30,000 range thus far.
On Dec. 26, an estimated 275,000 people lost their lives from a tsunami sparked by an undersea earthquake in the Indian Ocean.
Some New Testament verses often cited by Christians regarding signs of the end of this present age before the return of Jesus to Earth include:
Robertson isn’t the only one raising the End Times issue, as author and WorldNetDaily columnist Hal Lindsey has weighed in.
“It seems clear that the prophetic times I have been expecting for decades have finally arrived. And even worse, it appears that the judgment of America has begun,” Lindsey said on the Sept. 9 broadcast of the “International Intelligence Briefing” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. “I warn continually that the last days lineup of world powers does not include anything resembling the United States of America. Instead, a revived Roman Empire in Europe is to rule the West, and then the world. “
As WND reported last month, Robertson suggested the assassination of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
“We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,” he said, though he later backed away from the suggestion of assassination, stating he was taken out of context.
Robertson revisited his concerns about Chavez today, telling CNN, “The truth is, this man is setting up a Marxist-type dictatorship in Venezuela, he’s trying to spread Marxism throughout South America, he’s negotiating with the Iranians to get nuclear material and he also sent 1.2 million dollars in cash to Osama bin Laden right after 9-11.”
“I’ve written him. I apologized and I said I will be praying for him, but one day we will be staring at nuclear weapons and it won’t be [Hurricane] Katrina facing New Orleans, it’s going to be a Venezuelan nuke,” Robertson said.
When asked where he got the information about cash going from Chavez to bin Laden, Robertson said it was from “sources,” though WND has previously reported on the connection.
“That’s what I was told,” Robertson said. “And I know he sent a warm, congratulatory letter to Carlos the Jackal. He’s a friend of Moammar Gadhafi. He’s made common cause with these people who are considered terrorists.”
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