That Kim Clement “Trump Prophecy”

From WND:

Kim Clement was known as the “singing prophet” before he died Nov. 23, just 15 days after Donald Trump shocked many by winning the presidency.

But if recordings of Clement’s predictions are accurate accounts of what he reportedly said in appearances in 2007, he wouldn’t have been surprised.

Audio recordings of “prophecies” reportedly delivered by Clement nine years ago, long before anyone was taking Trump seriously as a presidential candidate, not only predict his successful bid for the White House, they also say he is God’s choice – and will become known as a “prayerful president.”

Unusually, the item is unbylined (although there’s an advert for “Joel Richardson’s compelling books and videos on Bible prophecy, the Antichrist and end times”), and the writer’s approach is cautious:

Are the recordings real? Clearly they have been edited.

Indeed. It should be noted that Clement does not say anything so direct as “Donald Trump will be president”. Here are the extracts, from 4 April 2007:

This that shall take place shall be the most unusual thing, a transfiguration, a going into the marketplace, if you wish, into the news media, where Time magazine will have no choice but to say what I want them to say. Newsweek, what I want them to say. The View, what I want them to say. Trump shall become a trumpet, says the Lord. Trump shall become a trumpet. I will raise up the Trump to become a trumpet, and Bill Gates to open up the gate of a financial realm for the church, says the Lord…

For God said, “I will not forget 9/11. I will not forget what took place that day, and I will not forget the gatekeeper that watched over New York, who will once again stand and watch over this nation,” says the Spirit of God. “It shall come to pass that the man that I shall place in the highest office shall go in whispering My name. But God said, when he enters into the office, he will be shouting out by the power of the Spirit. For I shall fill Him with My Spirit when he goes into office, and there will be a praying man in the highest seat in your land.

The most obvious interpretation of the above is that Rudy Giuliani – “the gatekeeper that watched over New York” on 9/11 – will become president (presumably in 2008), while Trump and Gates will become evangelists. I  suspect Trump and Gates were named because Clement was fascinated by powerful businessmen, and Trump and Gates are perhaps the most famous examples in the USA. Further, he appears to have believed that their very names are puns that reveal God’s purposes. Clement went on to make many predictions about the future in the years that followed (often expressed in a vague and obscuranist way), but Trump does not appear to have been a figure of particular interest.

The edited video of this prophecy then follows with an earlier prediction, from February 2007:

There will be a praying president, not a religious one. For I will fool the people, says the Lord. I will fool the people, yes I will. God says, the one that is chosen shall go in, and they shall say, “he has hot blood”. For the Spirit of God says, yes, he may have hot blood, but he will bring the walls of protection on this country in a greater way, and the economy of this country shall change rapidly, says the Lord of hosts. Listen to the word of the Lord. God says, “I will put at your helm for two terms a president that will pray, but he will not be a praying president when he starts. I will put him in office, and then I will baptize him with the Holy Spirit and My power, says the Lord of hosts.

Of course, “hot blood” could be seen as a reference to Trump’s impulsive lashing out, but again it’s a very vague shot in the dark and the detail has been chosen retrospectively out of a mass of claims about future presidents. For instance, here’s Clement in 2010 predicting a future president from Texas, and in 2014 stating that the next president will be “a man of prayer, a man of choice words, not a man who is verbose, who has verbosity, who speaks too much” – hardly applicable to Trump.

Clement has been in the news for this kind of thing before. In 1996 he stated that America “will go to the place of the east and we will go and we will bring them down for what they did to our people as they flew in the air over Long Island”. This was later taken to be a prophecy of 9/11, although he actually made the statement a week after after TWA flight 800 exploded in the air above Long Island – and before it had been determined that the incident had been an accident rather than a terrorist attack. He also claimed to have predicted the effects of Katrina on New Orleans, as I discussed here.

UPDATE (February 2019): The phrase “he will bring the walls of protection on this country” is now being interpreted as a reference to Trump’s intention to build a wall along the Mexico border. Thus Charisma has a new headline stating that “2007 Kim Clement Prophecy Says President Will Be Baptized in Holy Spirit, Build the Wall, Win Second Term“.