This led Bakker to describe “never-been-aired” footage of a 1979 interview he conducted with then-Gov. Reagan in which “Ronald Reagan prophesied.”
“He said, ‘Jim, if America doesn’t change, repent, America will become Sodom and Gomorrah,’” Bakker claimed.
Lori Bakker, Jim’s wife who also says she saw the footage, added that “he said, ‘If America doesn’t turn from its ways right now,’ he said, ‘this could be the generation that sees Armageddon.’”
Unfortunately, the Bakkers said they don’t have the tape of Reagan’s remarks.
Wiles said that this footage must be released “because what America is going through right now is a cultural cleansing, this is a communistic cultural cleansing.” He claimed that the communists who have supposedly taken over the U.S. are doing away with America’s knowledge of God and their own history and lamented that “America has been under a communistic cultural cleansing for the last forty years” … which would include the Reagan era.
Wiles recountedpreviousconversations he had with disgraced ex-FBI agent John Guandolo, who emerged as an anti-Muslim activist after leaving his position due to a sex scandal. Wiles warned that the day will come when all of the mosques in the U.S. will call on Muslims to “commit acts of terror” simultaneously, lamenting that there will be “certain elements of the U.S. government that will be on the side of the jihadists.”
The broadcast then turned to a message from evangelist Perry Stone, who alleged that ISIS has weapons warehouses in all 50 states and has set up “sleeper cells” in “Knoxville, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky and throughout the Southeast, including in the mountains of West Virginia.”
After Bakker asked Wiles why politicians “want to disarm America totally,” the End Times broadcaster said it was because “they are trying to overthrow the constitutional republic of the nation.”
Yesterday, televangelist Jim Bakker and radio host Rick Wiles launched into a discussion on the topic of pornography, which was abruptly stopped when a fire alarm sounded in Bakker’s television studios. Bakker, of course, promptly blamed the fire alarm on Satan.
“That’s a signal that the Devil’s mad,” Bakker said. “Whenever we hit a subject that really stirs hell and Satan, the fire alarm, that goes off, every time.”
Wiles, however, said that something noteworthy did happen in September: the Russian bombing campaign in Syria against anti-Assad rebels.
“God bless Russia,” Wiles said, praising Russia for curbing online pornography and banning gay pride parades and speech deemed “gay propaganda.”
“It’s illegal to say ‘God bless America’ in schools,” Bakker added.
Wiles then claimed that God may use Russia in a future war against America, where he said Christians will soon move underground. “Russia is turning to God,” he said. “America has walked away from God. America is losing her leadership in the world and Russia is becoming the leader of the world. If we don’t understand it in this context, we’re going to keep talking about, ‘Bad Russia, they’ve got to be attacked, they’ve got to be brought down.’ No, you don’t understand it, God may use Russia to attack evil America. We’re the Christians that are going underground, like they did in Russia.”
Conservative commentators are running out of time for all of their dire prophecies about President Obama to come true, including fears about the looming imposition of martial law, establishment of Obama’s private army and the assassination of conservative leaders. Right-wing pundits also seemed to have missed with their prophecies about financial collapse, natural disasters and widespread unrest coming in 2015.
Essentially, Cahn claimed that prophecies pertaining to biblical Israel can now apply to the U.S. because the founding fathers, like ancient Hebrews, made a covenant with God. As a result of the country breaking that covenant due to national “sins” like gay marriage and legal abortion, he forecasted that September 13 would be the date that America faced divine punishment.
Contrary to Cahn’s predictions nothing catastrophic happened on that day in the U.S. Cahn defended his prophecy by pointing to an earthquake off the Gulf of California, a body of water which he conveniently forgot to mention borders Mexico, not the U.S. He also claimed that a stock market selloff on August 18 was close enough to his doomsday date, so he was right all along! (The Dow Jones has since rebounded since the August correction). He went on to insist that anything bad that happens between September 2015 and September 2016 would also validate his prophecy.
Televangelist John Hagee went even further, claiming that there could be “a 50 percent correction in the stock market” in the fall due to the Shemitah and blood moon prophecies. “I believe, in the fall of this year, America and the world will face another economic crisis, perhaps as a result of war in the Middle East or an economic crash,” he declared.
Jim Bakker, a televangelist who himself claims to receive personalmessages from God and regularly had Cahn on his program to discuss the Shemitah/blood moons prophecy, and made a few predictions of his own about September 13.
He also said that on September 13, the U.S. could be hit by a typhoon, earthquake, bombing or financial meltdown: “God spoke to me.”
Gay Marriage Punishments
After blowing his September prophecy, Cahn saw a biblical threat from Hurricane Joaquin. He said that the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling and the White House’s LGBT Pride Month celebration with rainbow lights had provoked God’s judgment, and now, Hurricane Joaquin would strike Washington, D.C. Cahn wasn’t alone, as Wiles too said that God was using Hurricane Joaquin to punish the U.S. by striking Washington, D.C., and New York. (It didn’t hit either city).
Cahn and Wiles were far from alone in making wild predictions about the effects of gay marriage.
One month before the Supreme Court issued its ruling, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer warned that if the Supreme Court struck down state bans on marriage equality, then we would see violence in the streets: “If the Supreme Court continues to overreach and they aren’t checked, we are headed towards civil unrest, I don’t think there is any other way around it. If it’s not stopped and reversed, the tyrannical overreach of the Supreme Court, we are to have social dislocation and I believe we are going to have violence as a result.”
The Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory, which was cynically fueled by GOP politicians, centered around fears that a military training exercise taking place between July 15 and September 15 of this year would produce grave consequences, such as a federal takeover of Texas, the declaration of martial law and the transformation of closed Walmart stores into FEMA camps. Others thought that Jade Helm 15 was a deliberate attempt to stoke chaos, which would justify military rule in the future.
Gun activist Lawrence C. Mackin similarly warned that “Obama’s private internal army” will include government employees who ally with “a group of radical Islamists,” “illegal aliens from the Middle East” and “Soviet troops.”
That’s all that’s happening right now. This is a show. We’re watching a script and a play play out in front of us. None of this stuff is real. Those riots in Baltimore. That wasn’t real ... At some point, there will be a straw that breaks the camel’s back, and it will set the whole country on fire. And what happens? We will cry out for police help. The police will be overwhelmed. The DOJ will say, 'We’re going to take over policing, we’ll coordinate it from here.' And you’re done. It’s lights out, republic.
Beck went on to explain that he and other leaders who are exposing such deeds to the masses may be killed, just like how Hitler killed potential rivals in the Night of Long Knives and Turkish leaders killed Armenian leaders at the beginning of the Armenian genocide.
“They do that so there is nothing left but sheep and no shepherds,” he explained, claiming that these nefarious agents are going after him and not his 10 million viewers because they know “they cannot kill 10 million people in one night.”
“Prepare for a time when voices like mine or others are no longer heard and yours is the only voice,” he said.
When it gets to the holiday season here at Right Wing Watch, our inboxes are flooded with warnings about the “War on Christmas,” often accompanied by year-end fundraising pitches or, better yet, Christmas gift ideas.
As a public service, we’ve compiled some of the best of these into our annual Right Wing Watch War on Christmas gift guide, where you can find something for everyone on your list.
Don’t be deterred by the elitist critics who describe the “odd, lingering aftertastes” of Bakker’s food buckets or pan them as “one of the worst things I’ve ever eaten in my life.”
For The Public Official Who Just Really Doesn’t Want To Do Her Job
The War on Christmas began early this year, when Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis became a Religious Right hero after her ill-fated attempts to exempt her county from the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling landed her briefly in jail.
(Apparently the campaign has opted not to sell Sabo’s other most famous work, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis as “ Abortion Barbie.”)
For The Ted Cruz Fan With A Festive Spirit
For the Cruz supporter with a more wholesome sensibility, consider this sweater, which Cruz’s campaign instructs supporters to wear while setting “an example for the ‘tolerant left’” by saying “Merry Christmas every chance you get!”
For The Downcast Jeb Bush Supporter
Why should Ted Cruz supporters get all the cool merch? For just $20, you can get a deserving friend or relative this stylish Jeb Bush Christmas ornament, guaranteed to cheer up anyone who’s been looking at his poll numbers.
For The Relative With ‘A Case Of The Bah-Humbugs’
Kirk Cameron’s movie “Saving Christmas” came out last year, but the DVD was released last month, just in time to stuff the stockings of loved ones who need a reminder of the true spirit of the season.
In the movie, Cameron plays a pro-Christmas warrior who must cure his brother-in-law of “a bad case of the bah-humbugs.” Film critic Peter Sobczynski writes that the movie is “little more than a screed delivered by Kirk Cameron scorning everyone who doesn't celebrate the season as ostentatiously as he does, justifying his attitude with bits and pieces gleaned from the Bible, delivered in the most self-righteous manner imaginable. The result is perhaps the only Christmas movie I can think of, especially of the religious-themed variety, that seems to flat-out endorse materialism, greed and outright gluttony.”
The Wrap’s Alonso Duralde, however, was pleasantly surprised: “I had assumed it would be a 90-minute jeremiad aimed at atheists, Jews, Muslims, and other people who don’t celebrate Christmas exactly the way Kirk Cameron does. Instead, it’s an 80-minute jeremiad aimed at other Christians who don’t celebrate Christmas exactly the way Kirk Cameron does.”
Why settle for a Bible when you could have a Bible supplemented by misleading American history?
For The Birther Who Will Never Give Up
President Obama may be entering his last year in office, but the conservative news source WorldNetDaily will never give up on its quest to prove that Obama was ineligible for the presidency all along. What better gift for a similarly persistent loved one than these bumper stickers from the WND store, which a recent email from WND points out would make great stocking stuffers.
While Donald Trump’s friends at Fox News are defending his false statements about Muslim-Americans, the GOP front-runner’s new friends at InfoWars are floating conspiracy theories of their own about the San Bernardino shooting.
This week on “The Jim Bakker Show,” Jim Bakker recounted a story that “a very well-known man of God” told him after he was released from prison about the threats facing televangelists. According to Bakker, this man sat next to a self-proclaimed witch on an airplane who told him that her coven was going to “take down” Jim Bakker.
“She said, ‘Right now, all the witches ... They’re all agreeing they’re going to destroy the television ministries and we’re starting with Jim Bakker. And we are all praying, praying to destroy him,’” Bakker said.
Bakker’s guest, End Times radio host Rick Wiles, chimed in to mention a former Satanist named John Ramirez, who he says “targeted the pastors and the ministers that were really preaching the word of God.” Bakker added that these practices are why you see pastors “going through troubles,” because “all the demons in hell brought whatever, whether it be sex, drugs, or women” with them to attack godly preachers.
After linking the recent terrorist attacks in France to the country’s support for Palestinian statehood, End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn told televangelist Jim Bakker yesterday that America could face terrorist attacks as part of God’s wrath over the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Cahn, who described terrorist attacks as the “second harbinger” of God’s judgment on a nation, claimed that God will punish nations like the U.S. and France for their gay marriage “apostasy” by lifting up violent extremists.
He said that the “second harbinger,” or terrorism, could come to America due to its support for marriage equality “in a way that is greater than the first,” a reference to the September 11 attacks.
Yesterday, End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” for a program titled “Shocking France and Harbinger Connections” to discuss his claim that the Paris terrorist attacks were tied to biblical prophecy.
Cahn linked the massacre in Paris to the French government’s support for a UN resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which according to Cahn, angered God and became a curse on France.
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
While some conservatives are using the latest mass shooting as an opportunity to offer warnings about government conspiracies and Nazi tyranny coming to America, Religious Right activists continue to harp on old memes about government persecution and the dangers of LGBT rights.
5) The Black Underwear Prophecy
Televangelist Jim Bakker often invites his guests to offer their “prophetic” view of current events, like the California drought (a good thing!) and Jade Helm 15 (a bad thing!).
But sometimes, Bakker delves into prophecy of his own, like when he predicted that the U.S. would experience a massive financial crash or get hit with devastating natural disasters on September 13 of this year.
Of course, neither prayer nor the Bible are outlawed in schools, but the myth survives, with the help of a steady stream of debunkedstories about school officials disciplining students for praying over their lunches.
This week, Focus on the Family held its an annual “Bring Your Bible To School Day,” telling participants about a case in Broward County, Florida, where a student was allegedly banned from reading the Bible.
As Sarah Jones points out, “facts don’t appear to matter to Focus on the Family.” In reality, the student in question wasn’t disciplined for reading his Bible, but because he refused to read an assigned book. “The Broward School District claimed it was told Giovanni was reading the Bible when he should have been reading an assigned book, not during free-reading time,” CBS News reported. “The district stressed that any student may read the Bible, or any other religious book, during free time.”
3) Another Discredited Fox Report
Speaking of fabricated stories, Fox News recently jumped on an incident where a woman claimed that she was “kicked out of a sporting goods store after alerting a manager that a man had frightened her young daughter in the women's restroom.”
Naturally, Fox’s report used the claim to both knock the retailer, REI, and to demonize trans rights.
Seeing that the allegation came from the Pacific Justice Institute, a group that has pushed similar stories that have ended up on Fox News before being debunked, it came as no surprise when REI reported that after “reviewing relevant video footage,” it “found no evidence to suggest that a man entered the women’s restroom on the date in question” and also found no evidence that the customer was kicked out of the store.
But something tells us that this story will continue to percolate through the right-wing media, even after being exposed as false.
2)High Alert For Hitler
Ben Carson wants Americans to know that the stage is set for the rise of an Adolf Hitler-like leader in the U.S. as a result of the “control of thought and control of speech,” which he says is destroying this country.
He also sounded off on measures to prevent gun violence, claiming that Hitler and other tyrants only were able to carry out their actions because people didn’t have firearms, a notion rejectedbyresearchers who have actually studied such dictatorial regimes.
Right-wing commentators have been stepping over each other in the last week trying to havetheworstpossiblereaction to the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, but the response from End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles truly was in a class of its own.
The “Trunews” host suggested that the shooting was actually the work of a “secret death squad” that goes around “this country staging mass shootings in order to build public support for disarming the American people of their firearms.”
As evidence, he cited “the mysterious appearance of similar looking persons at the scenes of recent mass shooting,” a claim he likely picked up from an online meme that merely shows four women with brown hair in tears.
Today on “The Jim Bakker Show,” End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin for intervening in the Syrian conflict to “kill ISIS,” while lamenting that “the United States doesn’t want to kill ISIS.” Of course, the vast majority of Russian airstrikes have targeted rebel groups that oppose both ISIS and the Syrian regime, while the U.S.-led coalition has launched approximately 7,000 airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq.
Nonetheless, Wiles predicted that “there’s a clash coming very soon” between America and Russia, noting that Russian religious leaders believe that “the wickedness in America is evidence that the Day of Armageddon is drawing near.”
Wiles’ warning about war and the apocalypse conveniently produced more material for Bakker to use to sell his latest survivalist product: buckets of milk.
These milk buckets, Bakker said, will be “a good thing if everything stopped, if all the food was gone, if we had nuclear winter, which people are talking more and more about now.”
Rick Wiles returned to “The Jim Bakker Show” today to onceagainwarn about the purported threat of gay marriage, this time telling Bakker that people may die because conservative Christians haven’t stood up and resisted the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality ruling.
Wiles, who hosts the End Times radio program “Trunews,” told Bakker that pastors have been silent in the face of several signs of the Last Days, including “hundreds of thousands of Christian schoolkids going to elementary school, putting their thumb on the scanner to get school lunch.” Bakker agreed, declaring that “it’s going to take a shaking, a vicious, hellish time to wake us up because we are going along with the systems, we are sheep going to the slaughter.”
The failure of conservative Christians to defy and overturn Supreme Court rulings on abortion rights and the separation of church and state, Wiles explained, “is how we got to June 26, 2015, and they changed marriage because they knew the Christians wouldn’t stand up because we gave them decades of being passive.”
“Now it’s going to cost us dearly, Jim, to stand up,” he said. “It’s going to cost us now. Somebody’s going to jail, somebody’s going to die, somebody’s going to suffer.”
Wiles continued: “I’m not advocating violence, but I’m saying, look at Kim Davis in Kentucky. The ruling elite of this country, there are two things that they will crush: They will crush anybody who tries to stop abortion and anybody who speaks against homosexuality, those are the two things they’ll crush. They came down on her, I mean, U.S. federal Marshals took that woman to jail in the United States of America and where’s the outrage?”
During televangelist Jim Bakker’s September “Prophetic Conference,” pastor Chuck Missler said that there is little to no hope that America can avoid God’s judgment, insisting that the U.S. is already experiencing divine wrath. “It’s going to get darker and darker and darker,” he said.
Missler lamented that hate crime laws have supposedly criminalized the freedom of speech while members of the media are somehow not in jail for treason: “We have a media that is the lapdog of the government. The purpose of the media in a democracy is to inform the electorate; we have a media that takes pride in shaping opinions rather than informing them and that should be a crime and they should be tried for treason in effect because that’s their job.”
Increasing acceptance of homosexuality, Missler said, is a sign that “there is a judgment of God prevailing and it’s going to increase,” in addition to the fact that “the people who are trying to destroy America have taken over.”
During one of his September shows, Bakker pointed to another signal that something terrible would occur that month: God had told him to dress all in black, right down to his underwear.
“I went to get dressed and I pray about what I wear, I really do, I know I look stupid sometimes, but the last time God told me to wear a color was red, and what happened that day? The stock market crashed,” Bakker said. “Today, God said, ‘I want you to wear all black.’ Even my shoes are black. My underwear is black. My socks are black.”
When Bakker’s wife and co-host, Lori, complained such details were “TMI,” Bakker disagreed: “No, it is not too much information because when God says, ‘Get the sin out,’ He meant, ‘Get the sin out.’ When you take over your enemy, you are to destroy every part of the enemy. I am in mourning because people aren’t ready.”
For much of this year, right-wing pundits such as Glenn Beck and Pat Robertson were swept up in an End Times frenzy largely created by author and messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn, who claimed that an extremely disastrous event would happen in the U.S. during the month of September, more specifically, around September 13, as a sign of God’s judgment on America. “This is down to the day, the hour,” he told Robertson of his prophecy.
When Robertson recently asked Cahn — who devised his prophecy by linking together Jewish holidays, the appearance of blood moons and the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage — why no tremendous and horrible event had occurred in the country on the much-heralded doomsday date, he insisted that the August 18 stock market selloff came close enough, and that a minor earthquake off the Mexican coast was also a sign that God is punishing the U.S. Cahn then claimed that if something — anything — bad happens between now and September of next year, that will prove that his prophecy was right all along!
One televangelist who was enthralled by Cahn’s claims was Jim Bakker, who after hosting Cahn many times on his program, made several predictions about cataclysmic events that would occur in September, all the while urging people to buy his survivalist gear and food buckets in order to prepare.
Two months after France dropped a potential UN resolution on Palestinian statehood “in wake of pressure by Israel and the U.S.,” Bakker’s co-host Zach Drew said that the U.N. would soon take up a vote on the resolution, and that the U.S. would likely support it.
While he failed to mention that France had already abandoned the resolution and that it never won American support, he and Bakker said that the resolution would trigger a massive earthquake in the U.S. in mid-September.
Joyner said that he received a message from God in 1987 that martial law was coming to America, insisting that “it can be a good thing” if we “get the right martial who can get things back on track.”
Bakker, who worried that he would end up in jail as a result of Jade Helm 15, then asked Joyner if he was worried that “martial law is going to come out of” the military exercise, which Joyner said is a possibility since all “first world nations” are “preparing for everything from pandemics to whatever to create a situation where you need martial law.”
Likening Trump to King Cyrus, the Persian king hailed for liberating the Jews from captivity in Babylon, Joyner said that God could use a President Trump to “turn it around” for the country because “his kind of boldness” and “courage” is exactly what America needs.
“It’s going to take incredible boldness to think ways nobody else can think and do things, if God is going to send us somebody to do it,” he said.