“Go up north away from land and veer off in the name of Jesus. We declare in the name of the lord that you shall go no farther, you shall do no damage in this area,” the evangelical leader continued.
“He went on to declare a “shield of protection” over parts where “innocent people” are bracing for the hurricane, which is already reportedly packing winds of up to 140 mph, according to CNN.
“In Jesus’ holy name, be out to sea!” Robertson continued.
“He also said that the “shield” has worked in the against previous hurricanes.
“It’s almost hilarious to see them try,” he said. “They try to get in and they can’t, and then they go north and they turn around, try to come back in. They can’t do it.”
He also blamed Harvey on Texas’ failure to pass a bathroom bill, saying “Jesus sends the message home, unless Americans repent, unless Houston repents…they will all likewise perish.”.
Radio preacher Rick Wiles, likewise, said Houston is underwater because it "boasted of its LGBT devotion."
During the interview, Mr Cahn stated that the storm was a sign God was angry about the legalization of gay marriage and abortion and the relationship between the United Nations and Israel.
He's quoted as agreeing, adding "God is trying to send us a message".
Ironically, Perkins’ Louisiana home was destroyed by a flood in 2016. Perkins downplayed the significance of the smiting:
“New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that,” Mr. Hagee said in an interview on NPR in 2006. “Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the City of New Orleans.”