The ability to see the future has always fascinated people, after all, who wouldn’t want to know what was going to happen and how to influence it. And that alone allows people who are less than honest to try and make money from it. First Diane Warwick seems to have gotten “suckered ” in to being part of a mass “boiler room” operation followed relatively shortly (so it seemed) by Miss Cleo. Of course, Miss Cleo turned out to be a sham herself, and the network exposed as being nothing more than a scam involving keeping people on the phone at so much per minute as along as possible, without giving out any information that might be something someone could sue over.
Then tonight I came across THIS story:
In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson predicted Tuesday that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in “mass killing” late in 2007.
“I’m not necessarily saying it’s going to be nuclear,” he said during his news-and-talk television show “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network. “The Lord didn’t say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.”
Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September. Robertson said God also told him that the U.S. only feigns friendship with Israeland that U.S. policies are pushing Israel toward “national suicide.”
Robertson suggested in January 2006 that God punished then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a stroke for ceding Israeli- controlled land to the Palestinians.
The broadcaster predicted in January 2004 that President Bush would easily win re-election. Bush won 51 percent of the vote that fall, beating Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. He also predicted Bush’s victory for a second term in 2005.
“I have a relatively good track record,” he said. “Sometimes I miss.”
In May, Robertson said God told him that storms and possibly a tsunami were to crash into America’s coastline in 2006. Even though the U.S. was not hit with a tsunami, Robertson on Tuesday cited last spring’s heavy rains and flooding in as partly fulfilling the prediction.
After saying a few unpleasant things about Mr. Robertson’s desire to become a prophet – as well as keep the money flowing in to support whatever he chooses to have it support. I thought about something Mr. “Cleo” Robertson seems to have forgotten.
Since he seems to have decided to be a prophet of God – he needs to read a little more carefully the end results of that career decision. For those prophets, there was NO margin of error. None. There were no partial successes only dead on predictions. If there was an error, a simple apology would not work. There was no way of saying the people misquoted them. There was no going on another preachers program and suckering them into agreeing with your position.
There was none of that. The end result of being wrong with the word of the Lord was very simple … death. Death by stoning. A very painful death to be sure, and one that reminded other would be prophets that they need to be VERY sure they are hearing the word and not just their own off-beat, prejudiced, harmful and highly personal agenda.