Pat Robertson: D.C. earthquake ‘means we’re closer to the coming of the Lord’

The U.S. Geological Survey says a fifth aftershock from Tuesday’s earthquake in Virginia was recorded early Thursday morning. Pat Robertson, … Continued

The U.S. Geological Survey says a fifth aftershock from Tuesday’s earthquake in Virginia was recorded early Thursday morning.

Pat Robertson, natural disaster interpreter extraordinaire, said on Wednesday’s 700 Club that the earthquake that struck the Washington region Tuesday “means that we’re closer to the coming of the Lord.”

On Thursday’s broadcast, Robertson pointed to the damage to the Washington Monument in the earthquake as a possible ‘sign’ from God:

Robertson made his remarks during the same week that his Christian Broadcasting Network is featuring a series called “Signs of the Times” examining “what the Bible says about Israel and the end times, economic and natural disasters, wars and signs of the Anti-Christ.”

The televangelist Wednesday cited Matthew’s Gospel, and the earthquake’s “upheaval in the earth” as a sign that the End Times are nearing. Natural disasters, war and “one world government,” Robertson said, citing Scripture, are all “birth pangs” of the world to come.

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Thursday broadcast:

Robertson has a history of blaming natural disasters and terrorist acts on the victims. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people, Robertson commented that Haitians had made a “pact to the devil” and were being “cursed” through the earthquake. He suggested that Hurricane Katrina was the result of legal abortion, according to Time Magazine. And in the wake of 9/11, Robertson had a now (in-)famous exchange with the late Jerry Falwell in which the two religious leaders suggested that the United States “deserved” the attacks for its tolerance of secularism, gays, abortion, feminists and pagans. Robertson’s religious worldview sees God as a being that can withdraw his protection from the United States based on the country’s morality.

A survey by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the Religion News Service, reported by CNN, shows that 4 in 10 Americans (38 percent) believe that earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters are a sign from God.

Robertson also prayed at the end of Thursday’s broadcast for God to send Hurricane Irene out into the ocean and away from the East Coast.

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Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
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