The senior associate leader at popular charismatic California church Bethel has openly apologised for making a "major, major mistake" in prophesying that Donald Trump would win a second term in office.
In a video posted to Instagram, Pastor Kris Vallotton said he apologised for "missing the prophecy about Donald Trump" after it became clear that Democrat challenger Joe Biden had been elected to the presidency.
Vallotton said that he had previously issued an accurate prophesy that Trump would be president following the announcement of his candidacy back in 2015. "That was obviously right," he remarked, before noting that he also felt that the Lord was telling him that Trump "would not be impeached and that he would win another term".
While the efforts to impeach Trump failed, the incumbent president did not get re-elected to the White House in 2020, as Vallotton had predicted.
"I was completely wrong," the pastor admitted. "I take full responsibility for being wrong. There is no excuse for it. I think it doesn't make me a false prophet but it does create a credibility gap...a lot of people trust me and trust my ministry. I want to say that I am very sorry for everyone who put their trust in me and that there was this major, major mistake.
"I want to say I'm sorry and I want to look into the reasons why there is a disconnection there and what I heard. I have always believed that when you make a public declaration...that if you get it wrong, you have to make a public apology."
Vallotton said he has "never had to make a public apology for a bad prophetic word that I've given."
"This is my very first time," he added. "I feel a little burned from it. This was a very big mistake...I hope that you'll forgive me and I hope that we can all learn from it."
Vallotton's video apology came as democratic challenger Joe Biden secure the 270 Electoral College votes required to be elected the next President of the United States.
Biden, 77, who will become the country's oldest president in history, has promised to mend the fractures in American society. "This is a time to heal," he said in his victory speech at the weekend. "I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify, who doesn't see red states and blue states but only sees the United States."
President Trump is refusing to concede the race and has launched a number of lawsuits alleging fraud at the polls. On Saturday, as various media outlets began calling the election for Biden, Trump again declared that he had "won the election".
"Bad things happened which our observers were not allowed to see," he added, alleging corruption at the counting centres. "Never happened before. Millions of mail-in ballots were sent to people who never asked for them."
The president's tweet, along with several others that he sent during the election, was marked by a warning sign from Twitter administrators, which read: "This claim about election fraud is disputed."