Shirat Devorah thinks that DreamingOfMoshiach was "on the money" with her prediction of the present financial woes. As she writes,
On 23 October 07, Dreaming of Moshiach predicted the current situation: Analysts predict more US Banks will failThe problem is that this is not what DreamingOfMoshiach predicted at all. Even if she had merely predicted financial woes, she explicitly did it with no set time. Thus,
Many have emailed me asking me if I was told when bankruptcy of the banks will happen? The answer is that I don't recall that a date was given but I was told to quickly withdraw the donation money for building the Tzion for Devorah HaNevia, a'h.That kept the urgency but left it with no fixed time, so that this dream prophecy remained unfalsifiable -- no one could say "Aha! Date X passed and nothing happened." And since financial markets fluctuate up and down, anyone could point to a downturn and claim it as the fulfillment of the prophecy.
At any rate, what was her actual prediction? I quote, bolding specific sections:
11 Cheshvan, Shamayim told me to quickly begin withdrawing the donation money that was collected for Devorah HaNevia, a'h, from the bank because very soon, all banks will be bankrupt.There may be an increase in failing banks, but as the article makes clear, these were, and will be, covered by the FDIC. Typically, bank accounts are insured by the FDIC up to $100,000.
I was shown what will happen when the banks will go bankrupt; there is going to be such a mess... No one will be able to withdraw from any bank even a nickel... All previously written checks that were not yet cashed will not be honored... People will get charged for returned checks, although it's not their fault... There will be so much havoc, confusion, and anger....
People were feeling very frustrated and confused, crying, 'I never saw it coming...". Everyone became so money-crazed.... People were banging on banks' doors to be let in... The workers in the bank were also petrified because they also lost all their money and the only reason they came to 'work' was not to work, but to try to save their money. Everything seemed so chaotic...
The FDIC has $53 billion set aside to reimburse consumers for deposits lost at failed banks. IndyMac will eat up $4 billion to $8 billion of that fund, the agency estimates, and that could force it to raise more money from the banks that it insures.Thus, it does not seem like all banks are failing, and that customers are out any money, assuming they had under $100,000 in the account. There was no reason to take my money out of the bank, where it is earning me interest, and put it under my mattress while inflation and the fall of the dollar would make it worth less money.
I've seen enough of these dubious predictions claimed to have been fulfilled, in rather dubious ways. Until I actually see a prediction actually come true, without kvetch -- and perhaps several, since if you make a bunch of wild predictions, one might randomly come true -- I will continue to view DreamingOfMoshiach as merely a delusional person.
Indeed, she made another prediction, with more or less a fixed date. She claimed that the Zohar claims that President "Gog" (oy!) Bush is going to cancel the US elections. (Perhaps an analysis of this claim, and its purported partial fulfillment, in a subsequent post.) So if November comes and goes and we get to elect a President Obama or a President McCain, DreamingOfMoshiach will have some egg on her face.
Except of course she won't. Either because people will ignore the failed predictions (and she has had failed predictions in the past, for example in this post from 2006 where she more or less predicted a nuclear war of Gog and Magog in 40 days from the date of the post). Or because people will give extremely charitable explanations such that almost any prediction can be made true. Or they will claim that the actions of the faithful somehow prevented the disaster.