Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, announced at his staff’s annual prayer retreat that God told him Americans would embrace socialism in 2009 “in order to relieve their pain” and that the economy would rebound under an Obama administration.
“The Lord said the economy of your nation will recover,” Robertson told a group assembled at Founders Inn on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., a university Robertson founded.
Robertson said God also declared, “The steps taken will lead to a dramatic increase in the power of government. The people will welcome socialism in order to relieve their pain. Nothing will stand in the way of a plan by Obama to restructure the economy in the same fashion as the New Deal in the ’30s.”
In a follow-up interview he granted to Terry Meeuwsen, his co-host on CBN’s The 700 Club, Robertson added, “It will be the largest transfer of power to Washington since the ’30s. But people are willing to accept it because the pain has been so bad.”
In a CBN-produced video clip containing both the predictions and the interview, Meeuwsen points out that Robertson has been right on his predictions before. At the beginning of 2008, for example, Robertson correctly predicted the year would include a world-wide recession, a stock market crash, oil hitting $150 (it hit $147) per barrel, and gold topping $1000 an ounce, which it did in March 2008.
You can view the video detailing Robertson’s 2009 predictions below:
In the interview with Meeuwsen, Robertson assures Americans that contrary to many economists’ opinions, the economic recovery will be swift.
“Cast off the gloom and the doom,” Robertson says, “because things are getting ready to turn around.”
Robertson’s New Year’s Day predictions for 2009 also offered reassurance for Israel with words demonstrating that he had foreseen the country’s military actions today in the Gaza Strip.
“Israel is entering a period of extreme crisis,” Robertson said. “A strong government that deals forcefully with the Palestinians will bring international condemnation and sanctions against Israel, but the Lord will uphold his people despite world opinion.”
Not all of Robertson’s predictions, however, are quite so rosy.
Socialist policies and massive government spending, Robertson told Meeuwsen, could lead to heavy hyperinflation, sending prices through the roof and the value of the dollar through the floor.
“The Lord said the dollar is going to go down dramatically,” Robertson said in the interview. “If I’m hearing him right, gold will go to about $1900 dollars an ounce and oil to $300 a barrel.”
As a result, Robertson warned, “People are not going to trust the United States any longer as the leader in financial matters.”
On a more spiritual theme, Robertson concluded his New Year’s Day predictions by declaring that God says now is the time for Christians to expand their outreach and evangelism around the world, especially toward Muslims.
“The whole of Islam is weakening. The violence and bloodshed has turned many against this religion of hate,” Robertson declared.
“There has never been, nor will there ever be, a more propitious time for the gospel,” he announced. “People by the tens of millions will be seeking answers. They will gladly receive the forgiveness of sins that was bought by the death of Jesus Christ.”
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