On Tuesday during one of a broadcast for his show "The 700 Club" the notorious televangelist Pat Robertson said that God told him President Trump will win this year's election, and that a few years later an asteroid will hit the planet and “maybe” bring “the end.”
“First of all, I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election,’’ Robertson, assured his audience, according to The Hill.
However, he still encouraged them to go out and vote, even though the outcome seems to be set in stone.
He then predicted that after Trump's election, the world would see “at least five years or more of extraordinary peace” before being struck by an asteroid.
“What I think very frankly is the only thing that will fulfill the word of Jesus … is some kind of asteroid strike on the globe. It’s sudden destruction. It’s not going to be some nuclear war. We’re not going to be allowed to blow this earth up," he said.
While Robertson was sure that the asteroid would cause serious damage, he was not entirely sure if it would mean the end of humanity.
Robertson has made similar predictions about the end of the world in the past, and likely wants to leave himself some wiggle room just in case he's wrong.
In late 1976, Robertson predicted that the end of the world was coming in October or November 1982. In a May 1980 broadcast of The 700 Club, he stated, “I guarantee you by the end of 1982 there is going to be a judgment on the world.”
Then in his 1990 book “The New Millennium,” he predicted that the end of the human race would come on April 29, 2007.
Obviously, that apocalypse never came to fruition.
In September 2011, Robertson and several others who incorrectly predicted various dates for the end of the world were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for “teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations”
Robertson made headlines earlier this year by suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic was God's punishment for liberal policies that he didn't like. Robertson said that humanity is being punished for our “wicked ways” and said that the virus will not go away until people repent and change the ways that they are living. Abortion and same-sex marriage appeared to be among the top concerns of the televangelist and his viewers.
Robertson is no stranger to controversy, in fact, he has built much of his business on it, and these types of comments are fairly common on his show.
When high profile tragedies happen in the news, Robertson often takes the opportunity to tie in his fire and brimstone sermons, which typically sparks controversy. Similar comments were made on his broadcast after the world trade center attacks of 2001 and the Pulse night club shootings that happened just a few years ago, each time sparking similar outrage.
The 700 Club is the flagship television program of the Christian Broadcasting Network and it has been in production since 1966. Despite the changing times, the show is still widely popular, with an estimated 650,000 viewers every single day.