Kentucky pastor JAMIE COOTS (in video above) died from a rattlesnake bite on Saturday. Which wouldn't be nearly as ironic if Jamie wasn't one of those pastors who believe they're protected from snake venom by the power of God.

Jamie handles snakes as part of his religious services. He even had his own show on the National Geographic Channel, called "Snake Salvation". Coots was bitten in his church Saturday, but refused medical treatment, as he ALWAYS has whenever he's been bitten. He just went home . . . where he DIED.

His son says, "when it's your time, it's your time."