One of my greatest sources of unintentional comedy is Mark Taylor, otherwise known as the “Firefighter Prophet.” Among his bizarre prophecies and conspiracy theories is a recurring theme: that Democrats (and former President Obama) are using weather control technology to obstruct President Trump’s agenda.
Earlier this month, Taylor claimed Hurricane Florence was created by liberals to cover up mass voter fraud in North Carolina. In June, he said liberals were planning to create hurricanes to suppress the midterm election turn out. Now, he’s saying that Hurricane Michael, which is currently bearing down on Florida, was artificially created by “scared” anti-Trump forces in “retaliation” for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
“Does anyone else think it’s strange that Justice K is sworn in and we have a major hurricane inbound?” Taylor tweeted this Tuesday. “DS scared? They should be. Retaliation? Absolutely. We will not be intimidated! Warriors arise, time to go to work! You know what to do.”
Does anyone else think it's strange that Justice K is sworn in and we have a major hurricane inbound? DS scared? They should be. Retaliation? Absolutely. We will not be intimidated! Warriors arise, time to go to work! You know what to do. …-
— Mark Taylor (@patton6966) October 9, 2018
In past rants about weather conspiracies, Taylor resorts to a common target “chemtrail” conspiracists use to back up their claims, namely the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP. But the now-defunct government program doesn’t have the ability to create hurricanes — or enact mind control, as Taylor and other *misinformed* people like him claim. According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, “HAARP is a group of high-frequency radio transmitters powered by four diesel tugboat generators and one from a locomotive. The transmitters send a focused beam of radio-wave energy into the aurora zone. There, that energy can stimulate a speck of the electrical sun-Earth connection about 100 miles above our heads.”
Taylor is no smalltime fringe internet crackpot. The evangelical college Liberty University is making a movie about him, further legitimizing his religious quackery to gullible people.
From The Guardian:
It was, everyone agreed, a miracle. The unexpected election of Donald Trump in 2016 was an act of God, who chose the philandering billionaire and reality TV star to restore America’s moral values. This is the theme of The Trump Prophecy, a movie telling the story of Mark Taylor, a former fireman from Orlando forced to retire after suffering from PTSD, which premiered on Tuesday.
Between graphic nightmares featuring demonic monsters and hellish flames, Taylor received a message from God in April 2011, while he was surfing television channels. As he clicked to an interview with Trump, Taylor heard God say: “You are hearing the voice of the next president.”
About 1,200 cinemas across the US screened The Trump Prophecy on Tuesday and Thursday last week. There may be repeat showings if there is demand. Given several rows of empty seats in the Regal River Ridge Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia – a conservative evangelical heartland – that may prove unnecessary.
If you’re wondering how people can take this guy seriously, take a look at the comments on his tweet:
This Prayer Warrior is rising to the occasion.
We will not be intimidated.
We will WIN!
— Candy O'Donnell (@CandyODonnell) October 9, 2018
It crossed my mind this mornin … then the LORD reminded me of
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, & rebuked the winds & the sea; & there was a great calm.
And I rebuked "Michael" in the Name of JESUS #GODIsInControl
— ♥ Malaine ♥ (@MalaineGill) October 9, 2018
— Sovereignty 🚀⚡ (@sovereignity77) October 9, 2018
Was thinking the same thing. Coincidence? Nope.
— Constabella (@Constabella2) October 9, 2018
We are on it Mark!
— Jeffrey Clark (@The_Way_JC) October 9, 2018
Love listening to you Mark. May God continue to use you for His glory!
— Shotgunprepper3 (@Shotgunshell23) October 9, 2018
May God help us all.
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