By now, pretty much everyone agrees that Pat Robertson is crazy. So we shouldn't be surprised when Media Matters tells us he said something crazy. The emphasis is theirs.
ROBERTSON: It's shocking what's happening. And I got home over the weekend and read the 38th chapter of Ezekiel, once again, to see a war that is forecast where a nation identified as Russia and possibly some of the Caucasian states, maybe Turkey, but some of those states in that region, join with Iran, Libya, and the Sudan to move against Israel. A great horde of people to come against Israel, re-gathered from the nations in the latter days.
It's amazing that Iran has come to the fore as it has with a president who says Israel should be wiped off the map, who -- it now has atomic weapons. And a year ago, the Lord told me, as I was praying, that Israel was entering into the most dangerous time in its existence as a nation. He confirmed this again in January, and lo and behold, the events in the -- in the current affairs just keep tumbling, tumbling, tumbling upon us. And I look in disbelief.
Of course, Iran does not have nuclear weapons. They're years from even testing a device. But what gets me is that he thinks he can lie to people who read the bible about what's in the bible.
Out of all of those nations he lists, one is mentioned in the Ezekiel 38 - Libya.
Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
Iran was Persia once, but it isn't anymore - obviously it's Iran. He says he turns to the bible and sees "a nation identified as Russia". Identified where? A quick search of the bible shows that the word 'Russia' appears in the bible exactly zero times.
What Robertson is referring to is Eze 38:2, "Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,". Some people believe that Gog refers to Russia. And those people are crazy.
According to WhatSaithTheScripture.com, "Ezekiel 38 is the classic text used by many to prove a World War III or Armageddon-like invasion of Israel. WW III may actually be an engagement prior to the Tribulation Week involving an incident between the U.S. and the Arabs, followed by the neutralizing of the U.S.A. by Chinese and Russian missiles. However, Ezekiel 38 describes how the Russian-Arab alliance will be destroyed by "an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone" (Ezekiel 38:22) 30 days prior to the Middle of the Week." The only thing missing are flying saucers.
This is what I find so frightening about the christian right, not only do they believe things the bible says, they believe things the bible doesn't say. And they want to use these beliefs to set foreign policy. It's insane - why not just crack open a fortune cookie? It has as much to do with reality.
So we should be scared of Ethiopia? If this prophecy refers to present day Iran and Russia, then Ethiopia's a real military power. It says so right there in the bible.
But, of course, Robertson and the religious crazies aren't concerned with what the bible actually says. They're concerned with what they think it says. And, because they're freakin' insane, they think it says some seriously crazy shit.