Chopping Block

Several weeks ago, False Prophet Ronald Weinland announced that he was going to perform some trimming on his bloated ministry.  Comments were left on the prior post with a list of elders’ names and demotions.

It seems that demotions were communicated by letter.  A form letter at that. Here is a copy of the form letter to demoted elders  as posted in the comment:

This letter is being sent to you to inform you that you are being moved from the role of an elder to that of an associate elder. This is rather new for the Church, since our history coming from Worldwide has been different. During those days, an ordination, or specific office in the ministry, was viewed as a life-long placement. However, in this time that is now before us, there is a different design and purpose in what God is working, and we are simply to learn from it and support it. God has specific reasons for these changes and the streamlining that is taking place in the ministry. Some of that will be mentioned here, but other matters will be learned as you go forward.

At this point, there are right at 40 ministers being directly affected by these changes and reorganization, with the likelihood of a few more that will follow. So we are sending most all of you this same letter concerning this specific change, although there are a lot of others who are now being fully removed/retired from the ministry.

As a whole, God is now preparing and training a group within the ministry who will become quite active as we go into the final stages of this end-time and they are primarily being readied for responsibilities once the Millennium is established. Many of you have issues with health and/or age that simply restrict you from carrying out certain duties. This may also restrict you from being able to serve in what is coming.

In a few cases, it is simply a matter that the need for your service as a minister does not or will not exist where you are located. This also means that the need for some roles within the ministry are not now needed for the same purpose that existed several years ago and for what God was teaching and molding within the Church. Many things have changed since this process of a widely expanded ministry began.

Yet for a few of you, this is a matter of your need to more deeply examine yourself and the example you have been living that reflects upon the ministry. Ministers are indeed held to a higher standard of responsibility and example in what is reflected in our life to others around us. It is a matter of striving to be on greater guard in all that we do, say, and administer in our responsibilities toward the world around us, toward the Church, and also our personal families. Over the next year, this will be the time to make the necessary changes that have been put off or ignored for too long now.

In other cases, the change in one’s role may simply be a matter for the need of stepping aside so that others can be inserted who need the experiences that can only be gleaned, learned, and molded into a person by serving for a period of time in the ministry. This is God’s work in us and it is by His design.

Everyone being moved from the role of an elder to that of an associate elder will be receiving this “form letter”, although, some few of you are being given more than this letter. For those receiving more direct correction where it is needed, you know some of the primary matters that must be addressed and changed in your life. Others will need to genuinely examine yourself before God to see it there are things that you need to address and change. Although there are still some of you who have consistently been moving forward and growing spiritually and the change for your role in the ministry is simply a matter of some of the other reasons listed, and not primarily of a matter of correction.

Lastly, is a matter of great importance to Laura and myself. We have loved working in a more direct manner with you due to your being in the ministry. In a short time, we have been through much together. We are so thankful for all the support and service you have given to us and God’s Church. That does not change simply because you are no longer in the role of an elder, but that of an associate elder. You are in God’s ministry and yet have much before you concerning service you can render to the Church. So again, thank you!

We continue to move forward together as a family. As there is still so much that is before us as a Church, and for Laura and myself, we need and are requesting your continued prayers and support for us and the Body of Christ.

The list left in the comments had 123 names of elders on it.  From that list, the Ministry page was created, linked at the top banner of the blog.

Of that list, 12 were demoted and 16 defrocked for a total of 28 names.  As Weinland mentioned 40, there are a dozen names which are yet to come out.

The following Senior Elders demoted to Elder: Jimmy Carlisle, Angela Hopkins, Lori Williams.  Jimmy was one of the first promoted to Senior Elder back in 2008 when Ron created the rank.  I understand that Lori is a childhood friend of Laura.  Angela Hopkins was formerly Angela Wrozek before divorcing Terry earlier in the year.

The following Elders demoted to Associate Elder: Tim Tiernan, Sandy Bays, Tim Brown, Sandy Czech, Curtis    Fields, Susan Illitch, Mark and Kalee Wiesman, Ken Zitt.  All of these are long-time members, from well before the first time the Great Tribulation didn’t start in 2008.

The following Elders removed completely: George Black, Gayle Blair, Maggie Carlisle, Bill Carr, Newt Carter, Engelien Henderson, Fredda Maeker, Sam Qualls, Karen Rode.  Fredda is a long-time member, going back to the 80′s and from West Texas was a member of one of the WCG congregations to which Ron was assigned when he was first hired.

The following Associate Elders were removed completely: Cookie Fields, Brandi Light-Siedentopf, Bob Madison, Kim Oaklund, Gerald Prutsman, Keith Prutsman, Beverly VanNorman.

 

Hubris

I ran across this article which led to an “Aha” moment.  Hubris Syndrome combines aspects of different personality disorders, such as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Histrionic Personality Disorder.

—————The symptoms of hubris syndrome, from a scholarly article: ————–

Proposed criteria for hubris syndrome, and their correspondence to features of cluster B personality disorders in DSM-IV
1. A narcissistic propensity to see their world primarily as an arena in which to exercise power and seek glory; NPD.6
2. A predisposition to take actions which seem likely to cast the individual in a good light—i.e. in order to enhance image; NPD.1
3. A disproportionate concern with image and presentation; NPD.3
4. A messianic manner of talking about current activities and a tendency to exaltation; NPD.2
5. An identification with the nation, or organization to the extent that the individual regards his/her outlook and interests as identical; (unique)
6. A tendency to speak in the third person or use the royal ‘we’; (unique)
7. Excessive confidence in the individual’s own judgement and contempt for the advice or criticism of others; NPD.9
8. Exaggerated self-belief, bordering on a sense of omnipotence, in what they personally can achieve; NPD.1 and 2 combined
9. A belief that rather than being accountable to the mundane court of colleagues or public opinion, the court to which they answer is: History or God; NPD.3
10. An unshakable belief that in that court they will be vindicated; (unique)
11. Loss of contact with reality; often associated with progressive isolation; APD 3 and 5
12. Restlessness, recklessness and impulsiveness; (unique)
13. A tendency to allow their ‘broad vision’, about the moral rectitude of a proposed course, to obviate the need to consider practicality, cost or outcomes; (unique)
14. Hubristic incompetence, where things go wrong because too much self-confidence has led the leader not to worry about the nuts and bolts of policy; HPD.5
  • APD = Anti-Social Personality Disorder; HPD = Histrionic Personality Disorder; NPD = Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

In making the diagnosis of hubris syndrome we suggest that ≥3 of the 14 defining symptoms should be present of which at least one must be amongst the five components identified as unique.

—– Back to discussion —————-

Here are some characteristics that Weinland displays from the list above:

  •  (#6 unique) I have heard Weinland use the royal “we”, as in “we believe”.
  • (#7 NPD) Although Ron talks about “walking side by side to God’s house in counsel-blended sweet”, at the end of the day he’s not willing to accept the advice or criticism of others .
  • (#8 NPD) He has an exaggerated self-belief in what he can achieve (#8).  Millions of people will still yet join his church.
  • (#9 NPD) Weinland thinks he only answers to God.
  • (#10 unique) Ron had the hubris to think he could take the witness stand in court and get off.  Instead he just made himself look even worse, bragging about the suit the church paid for that he was wearing to court on non-church business.  And his explanations for his Swiss bank account.
  • (#14 HPD)  Ron left the nuts-and-bolts of financial accounting to Laura.

With 6 characteristics 2 of them being “unique”, in my opinion Weinland meets the criteria for a diagnosis of Hubris Syndrome.  Perhaps some of my readers more familiar with him could add to this list.

 

A Heightened Dedication – Part 1

False Prophet Ronald Weinland must have more time to wear out #2 pencils with the cold weather keeping him indoors off the roof.  Another post just 9 days since the last.

—– Ron’s Raving —————————–

God and Christ are beginning to reveal a far deeper understanding for the need of accepting greater “personal responsibility” in one’s life. This post will help to magnify God’s will from the beginning about what it actually means to exercise such responsibility in a godly manner rather than from a selfish motive.

In The Beginning
From the very beginning, mankind did not embrace God’s will, but his own will, as he turned inwardly and exceedingly selfish. Mankind was created with the ability to do (to live) both good and evil, but because mankind rejected God as the only true authority and source of good, man’s good became based on selfishness instead of godly righteousness.

Without God’s spirit in one’s life, the true depth of our selfish human nature cannot be seen or fully acknowledged by anyone. God has to reveal it, as it is a “spiritual condition” of the mind that can only be corrected and changed by God’s spirit. That holy spirit can only work in the mind of a person who actually desires, chooses, and then yields to such a transformation.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9) This knowledge is difficult for the human mind to accept as true, yet God clearly reveals that this is man’s nature. It is a matter of wisdom to come to believe and acknowledge such truth concerning our human mind and thinking.

The word “heart” in this verse is about the inner thinking, reasoning, and intent that originates in the very spirit of one’s mind. This verse goes on to say about this human mind, which is empowered by a spirit essence that is fully separate from God’s holy spirit, that it is “desperately wicked.” Those two words are translated into the King James Version from a single Hebrew word that simply means “sick,” or even better, “incurable.” The following verse more accurately translates this same word and reveals its clearer meaning by its very context: “Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed?” (Jer. 15:17)

To grasp the depth of the depravity of the human mind that of itself is “incurable,” is what makes other scriptures about healing so exciting and beautiful, because this is what God’s purpose is concerning the human mind – that it be healed. “I (the Eternal speaking) have seen his (man’s) ways, and will heal him. I will lead him also (of those who will choose to follow), and restore comforts unto him and his mourners (those who bemoan and grasp the burden of such a sick nature). I create the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, says the Eternal, and I will heal him” (Is. 57:18-19).

This healing process begins once the human mind (spirit in man) is begotten by God’s holy spirit, and then with the continual indwelling of the holy spirit the mind and thinking of an individual can begin to “change” – to be healed. “Do not be conformed to this world (living as all others do by selfishness), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove (indeed prove and discern) what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:3). It should also be stated that this word “transformation” is the Greek word “metamorphoó,” which literally means metamorphose. This is awesome change!

Herbert W. Armstrong simplified the clear reality of all life by stating that there are only two ways of life – one is “get” and the other is “give.” Only God’s way of life is the way of true “giving.” The way of mankind is the way of “get” – totally inward and selfish by nature. Only by receiving the indwelling of God’s holy spirit into one’s life can a person begin a life-long process of change and transformation in “thinking” in order to come into unity and continual practice of God’s true way of “give.”

We are now being given even deeper insight into how this process can be more fully captured, enhanced, and lived as we learn more clearly about taking greater control of life, rather than letting life control us. In reality, when a person allows a motivation of selfishness to continue to exist on any level, then they are not in true control of their life. They are not free from that bondage as long as that specific portion of selfish living is controlling them.

An Enhanced Transformation of the Mind
That which is going to be addressed in this post is about this enhanced process of transforming the mind. The Church has always been taught about this transformation of the mind, but because of the abundance of revelation that God is pouring out to His Church at this time, the process of transforming the mind has been greatly enhanced and accelerated. Only in recent time has this begun in the Church as each individual has been learning about false thinking and prejudices that has been in the minds of all people – passed down through generation after generation since creation.

God chose to reveal to His Church, after 6,000 years, that the curse upon women was to come to an end. He also chose this time now to reveal more of his plan concerning a verse in Genesis. Both of these topics (the curse being removed, and what God is revealing now) started in the beginning with Adam and Eve. They both have a direct effect – a direct relationship – to the process of transforming the mind, indeed making it an accelerated, enhanced process.

The Removal of the Curse: The Beginning of an Enhanced Transformation
Within the Church over the past few years, God has begun to reveal the rightful place of women in the family, society, and in the Church. God is beginning to reverse this curse that has plagued the world for nearly 6,000 years. This requires a complete “change” in thinking regarding such matters. True “change” that is genuine and lasting is one that can only come about on a spiritual plane as a result of repentance and transformation of the mind itself. The Church is now simply scratching the surface, as it is only in the beginning stages of making this specific transformation regarding a right mindset toward women. There is more “work” that must be done in this area, much more!

Much of God’s “good news” (gospel) to this world is that this same transformation will begin to spread throughout the earth during the Millennium – from its very beginning. It can only spread throughout the world as the Church itself grows and spreads to encompass this earth because such a transformation in thinking is spiritual and requires God’s spirit to dwell in the mind of each member. As God’s spirit begins to dwell in most all of humanity, that which God intended mankind to “live” in family and society will begin to be experienced throughout the world.

In the time that is now ahead of us, women will begin to think right about men and themselves. Likewise, men will begin to think right toward themselves and toward women. Family will begin to be what God first created it to be, as His spirit begins to “reign” within those families.

This change in human thinking itself will create a massive measure of dynamic peace and fulfillment in life that is right now difficult to grasp. The reason is because such “thinking” has never fully existed, except in the life of one person – Jesus Christ. Over the past few years, it has only started to exist within the Church in small ways (in actual numbers) and to a much smaller degree than what it will finally become (percentage-wise within the Church), as the process for this particular transformation of the mind has only just begun. This rapidly escalating change that will begin to spread around the world will bring change not only to the “family unit,” but it will result in great changes throughout society in entertainment, music, clothing styles, business, advertising, and so much more.

An Enhanced Transformation Continued
Toward the end of Herbert W. Armstrong’s life, God began to reveal to him a much deeper meaning about the two trees in the Garden of Eden. Mr. Armstrong’s excitement was electrifying, as he was being blessed to continually add to this understanding on a spiritual plane because God was pouring out more and more spiritual meaning that was contained in this story of the first two parents on earth.

Now, at this very moment in time, there is additional revelation and spiritual understanding that God is pouring out upon His Church regarding deeper meaning concerning His purpose for what is stated in another verse in Genesis. All this is actually tied into, and building upon meaning associated with those two trees. That is coupled together in context with what is stated in Genesis 2:15.

“The Eternal God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it.” That which was stated earlier about what God is now revealing, which is what will be addressed in this series, is about this verse in Genesis. This instruction, from the beginning, was rejected by mankind, and it is only now being once again addressed by God so that this too can begin to be “changed” within the Church and then “lived” by mankind in the Millennium.

It was also stated earlier, “That which is going to be addressed in this post is about this enhanced process of transforming the mind.” So this “enhanced process” of transforming the mind is about how God has chosen this time now to begin to reveal what His intended purpose was from the very beginning, and that is now being revealed to the Church. The direct relationship to this process is about how this is what God began to do in the revelation of the curse upon women being removed and the Church now beginning to live differently. This same process is now beginning to take place with what God is revealing concerning what it means to “dress it and keep it,” and how this was God’s intended purpose from the beginning.

God has chosen this time now to be the time to begin to far more fully reverse this self-destructive course of mankind, beginning first within the Church. This will become a heightened deliverance from captivity into a far stronger ability to begin experiencing an escalation in truer freedom – a beginning for greater deliverance from “selfishness and get” to the way of “give.”

What we are living through now is the beginning of a transition in time as these things are now being revealed to the Church – for the Church to begin learning, embracing, and living more fully. Then, as the Millennium is established and God’s one true Church begins to spread throughout the entire world, so will the “living and experiencing” of His true ways and purpose, given from the very beginning, become firmly established.

A few years ago, we partially touched upon a greater significance contained in this verse that has only the simplest of application on a physical plane. Yet, as we will learn, it has an awesome significance on a spiritual plane, which powerfully affects our physical lives. This is true far, far more than what anyone could “see” when it was first mentioned. At the time when it was first mentioned, it was only seen in a very basic manner, so much so that it carried “little significance,” compared to other matters in life that were being taught. Yet when this post is complete, all will hopefully see that this carries incredible importance for great transformation in thinking that will yield much greater change, beginning within the Church itself.

Drawn to Selfishness
In the beginning, God placed Adam and Eve in an environment that was filled with abundance. Everything that was needed to sustain, enhance, and enrich human life was available in that Garden of Eden. Not only was every physical necessity for human life made easily obtainable, but mankind’s spiritual needs were also made accessible. God Himself was in their midst, and there was access to the tree of life, access to spiritual knowledge, truth, understanding, and necessary spiritual strength from God.

However, we know the story of how the first two parents did not choose to partake “only” of the tree of life, but they also chose to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Physically motivated human nature was drawn to selfishness rather than to God’s only true ways of “give.”

From the moment in time that Adam and Eve chose to partake of the forbidden tree, they became their own judge of what was good and what was evil, rather than accepting God as the only true source of such knowledge. There is awesomely great understanding that can be learned from this account. It is about that which “originates” from the human heart – from the very mind of man that reveals the true purpose and intent that is motivated only by selfishness.

So man’s good, on the surface, may often seem to agree with what God says is good, but the source of such decisions (judgments) is what is vastly different. God tells mankind not to murder. On the surface, because so much of mankind believes the same thing, it might appear that mankind is in agreement with God, but he is not! The true difference and even the actual opposition toward God in this lies in the “source” (the means) for formulating the belief that mankind should not murder.

Human reasoning, of itself, is selfish. That which may “appear” to be in agreement with God, as with the example where most people in the world agree that murder is wrong, has nothing to do with God. Certainly, the choice of society that reflects that people are largely in agreement with one another that murder is wrong, does agree with what God states in His law about the subject. However, man’s choice in believing such a thing – making such a judgment (decision) – isn’t at all based on any actual reasoning that God commands it. It is just a selfish decision based on easy to understand self-preservation.

Even traditional Christianity does not understand this deception in human reasoning. Those who claim that this law of God is good and who also believe they are making such decisions because they are in agreement with God do not believe in obedience to all of God’s laws, just the ones that suit them, that suit their selfishness.

There is a giant difference with being in agreement with some things that God has stated and then that of actually being in agreement with God due to one actually believing that God alone is right in all things. Only when God calls an individual and then gives the “spiritual” help to “see” that only He is true and right in all things can a person then begin making choices not based on selfishness, but on agreement with God as the source of one’s judgment (decisions).

Once called and begotten of God’s spirit then one has entered an agreement, a covenant, with God to resist selfishness and yield to a “personal responsibility” of agreement – of obedience to His word. When a person fails to resist selfishness and they do not take personal responsibility, then one is to quickly repent of their selfish choice and seek to again live in agreement with God – to walk only in His ways.

During this “Year of Dedication,” we are to seek a heightened dedication to accept and more fully exercise personal responsibility to “dress and keep” what God has placed before us.

Beginning With the Physical
The human mind cannot see what is spirit or spiritual except by the help of God’s spirit. Even with such help, the human mind still works first and foremost on a physical plane. So even in this, God gives spiritual insight and learning through the use of the physical world around us. The examples of this are seemingly endless. It would be good to just mention a very few.

God gives us the physical analogy of yeast working in bread to help us grasp spiritual matters like the leavening of sin, pride that puffs up, and then unleavened bread as being free of sin, and instead filled with sincerity, truth, and righteousness. Examples of wind and water are likened to God’s spirit. Incense is likened to the prayers of God’s people. Aspects of a physical temple and the service within that temple leads to better understanding of a spiritual temple and many aspects of work and service in it. The types and analogies of so much that is physical helps to clarify, magnify, and even beautify that which is spiritual.

Concerning the previous reference in this post, about how previously we had only slightly touched upon some of the meaning of Genesis 2:15, some simple, physical examples had been used to touch upon part of what was meant by God’s instruction to “dress and keep it.” One reference was in the simple example of the upkeep and grooming of one’s own yard. How do we take care of what God has given us? How do we care for, enhance, and/or build upon what God gives to us, which is under our own personal control? What are those things that actually come under what should be seen as our own “personal responsibility” in life?

[Pt. 2 will follow.]

Special Inset Post

The feast is over, and False Prophet Ronald Weinland is back to wearing out #2 pencils.  A new post up this morning (thanks Plimsol for alerting me).

—————– Ron’s posting ———————————————————

Overall, from the numerous letters, email, and ministerial reports, the 2014 Feast of Tabernacles has proven to be a very special one for God’s people. There was a trend toward a much closer fellowship, far fewer conflicts or problems (which have been very few and small in importance), and a far greater appreciation for what God and Christ have been pouring out upon the Church. The growth in so many people over the past year has been very encouraging even though there have still been a lot of trials. However, those trials have only worked to make most people stronger.

We are now looking forward to next year’s Feast and making plans for it more quickly than usual. There have been several fast moving developments that have led to our making some quick and easy decisions that have now been made about this coming Feast. It is evident that God and Christ are preparing us for an even much greater Feast next year. With the latest post that has just come out concerning this coming year being one of a “Year of Dedication,” we should indeed be able to see how next year will prove to be a most awesome Feast!

By Feast time, the Church will have become much, much stronger spiritually. The growth and blessings people will experience, coupled together with the incredible importance of the time we are currently entering, will all work together to make the 2015 Feast of Tabernacles the most important we have experienced since the remnant Church was formed. By Feast time, we will be at the pinnacle of the “Year of Dedication,” and will have witnessed the fruit that “this year” will have produced.

Consolidated Feast Sites
We are consolidating a lot of sites for this coming year. As a result, the Church will be helping some who are most affected by the need to travel a lot of extra distance in order to attend the site closest to them. However, not all will be able to receive such assistance. There also will be some who may receive assistance for travel, but it may not be the full amount of travel expenses that they will incur. This information is being sent out early so that you can begin making plans, which will include financial ones, so that you can start preparing now, seeking extra work you might be able to pick up, and/or to save extra in order to insure you can attend.

By consolidating sites, we also recognize that due to age and/or factors of health that hamper mobility that there will be more individuals who will not be able to attend this next year. However, God will bless those individuals with an extra measure of help and spiritual strength as they seek to glean all that they can from the messages of the Feast.

For any who will be traveling long distances, above all things, do not make early airline reservations unless you have the money in hand to do so, as such funds are not refundable if you have a change in plans or do not receive the full assistance you need for travel. We will have an early sign-up for the Feast. Hopefully the information on all sites will be out before the end of this year, and then you can begin to make lodging reservations right away.

Anyone who desires to attend an international site should feel comfortable and free to do so. This is being stated because sometimes in the past there has often been some reluctance to travel far from home because of uncertainty about when tribulation might begin that might prevent one from returning home. After the last post, it should be clear that any physical destruction from the sounding of the trumpets cannot begin until some point after the Year of Dedication is over.

Those who plan on traveling to the Gold Coast in Australia, lodging reservations need to be made as soon as possible since there are other activities taking place in that region that are already resulting in fast booking of available lodging. If you are going there you will need to contact Wayne Matthews right away to get what you need concerning the meeting location and lodging information.

It has been decided that there will be no Feast site in New Zealand this year. There will only be the one in Australia on the Gold Coast for everyone in that region of the world.

Another area being consolidated is in Europe, as there will only be a single site in the Netherlands and there will not be one in the United Kingdom.

The site in the Niagara Falls, Canada region will remain the same. Just as a side note to any in the States who might want to attend that site, please be advised that you must have passports in order to cross-over into Canada.

There will only be one site in the United States and that will be in the Cincinnati area. It will be at the same location as last year, except that by the time of the Feast, the entire hotel will have been renovated. There will be no site in Hawaii, or any other location in the U.S.

That makes only four Feast sites to choose from for this coming year, which includes the Gold Coast of Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, and the Cincinnati area. So you have some decisions that you will need to make concerning this next year, as we plan on having our sign-up for the Feast to be out by the end of the year, and we are requesting that everyone sign up as quickly as possible for planning purposes. Any who fail to sign up early and then have need for assistance to attend will not receive assistance. It is highly needful that everyone sign up early.

Ministerial Organization
On another matter, we want the Church to be aware that we are going to begin making quite a few changes in the structure of the ministry. There are several reason for this, but it is something that everyone needs to be aware of since we will be making this information known to the Church when the primary changes have taken place and as other changes are made throughout the following year. The Church needs to know who is serving in their region within the ministry, so we will be updating this information when it is time to do so.

The ministry is beginning to be streamlined and organized in a fashion that better prepares everyone for what lies ahead of us, including the Millennium. Some of those changes have already begun. One important change involves the preparation of the immediate structure of the Church once we enter the Millennium. Although it did not strike me at the time when it took place, the recent ordination of a third prophet in the Church was picked up by quite a few people as they realized this could mean that a woman, if not part of the 144,000, would be the physical head of the Church at the beginning of the Millennium, just as I am now, as an apostle, the physical head of the Church under Jesus Christ. It is wise to note here that God is preparing someone for that role and it will be someone well trained and molded for it.

Our focus 2008 and forward, as we began to have much growth in the ministry, was that of Pentecost 2012 being the time for Christ’s coming. This focus for the ministry also included the work that would need to be accomplished through an incredible increase in the requests for baptisms. That increase would be the result of more and more people repenting, the farther the world is thrust into end-time tribulation, as the return of Christ drew nearer.

Certainly, that time is still ahead. There will be much work for God’s people before Christ returns, and there will be much more after he returns. But much has happened since 2008, and the primary fact is that all in the ministry have grown older, and within this process, those who were older anyway have in many cases weakened physically and/or even become more incapacitated due to lessened mobility and sicknesses that often accompany the aging process.

So some individuals in the ministry are going to have the stress and potential demands (many which will be multiplied mightily once the tribulation begins) of the ministry removed from them by no longer requiring their service in the ministry. In some cases, a lesser level of service will be made, as in moving an elder to the role of an associate elder, or a sr. elder to an elder. It will be along the lines equivalent to employment that goes from full-time to part-time or even retirement due to age or health.

There will also be changes for others to a lesser role in the ministry that is the result of other ministerial issues such as the “actual need” in a particular region, which has changed. In some cases, things that will happen in the future and where they will occur have changed. Only God and Christ are knowledgeable of those conditions and will lead the government of God to make those changes, which are a matter of their direction and will, just as they were made when a person was ordained or raised in position of responsibility.

Then finally, there will be a few changes that will occur in the ministry because of correction that is being given, and the role of the ministry did not fit a person’s life. Some other changes will be the result of “personal needs” in a person’s life that are more important for an individual to deal with than with the issues of the ministry at this specific time.

There are yet other issues, needs, and inspired purposes for some changes that only God and Christ have in their knowledge and control, which are for the purpose of molding and fashioning the Church through various experiences, training, etcetera. When that is the case, only God and Christ alone can perform (work to accomplish) a creation of greater growth and transformation in the lives of individuals who are being prepared for different parts of the body, specific places within the temple, which require different circumstances to exist in their life to accomplish such a work.

The bottom line is that one does not have to be in the ministry, nor does one need to remain in the ministry in order to receive the kind of experiences, growth, learning, and transformation that God is creating in each person in order to be in a specific part of the Family of God. We are all different and are all being prepared for different places within the temple. Ours is not to question God, but to yield ourselves to the process and awesomeness of such a calling. Nor should anyone try to figure out why any such changes are being made, as these are from God and His Government alone and not open to judgment from anyone else, lest one find themselves guilty of judging God.

[The next post will begin the new series entitled, A Heightened Dedication.]

Year of Dedication

Two weeks after the Last Great Day and the Feast of Tabernacles, False Prophet Ronald Weinland finally has his latest #2 pencil nonsense.   Perhaps someone can explain why the “Year of Dedication” which is somehow part of prophecy is 366 days long and not a 360-day prophetic year.

Here’s Ron’s post and your chance to comment.

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We are now past the fall holy day season for 2014, and we are already planning ahead for next year’s Feast of Tabernacles. However, I am highly sobered as we begin making these preparations, since I know that this next Feast may well be the last we are able to keep together in this age at sponsored sites around the world. That is just how serious and perilous these times are for us and for the world.

On the other hand, I am also very positively moved concerning what lies ahead for the Church in this following year. For all who work for and yield themselves to what God is offering us, this coming year will be one of tremendous blessings and growth. But it will require much work and dedication on your part, for this next year is to be a “Year of Dedication.”

The last year of the “sixth period” of 1,260 days in the measuring of the temple begins on the 6th of November 2014, and it will end on the 7th of November 2015. Then, on the following day, the “seventh period” and the primary work of God’s two witnesses will begin. This final year in the measuring of the temple is going to be set aside to be devoted as a “Year of Dedication” for God’s Church. More will be explained about that year later in this post.

Since writing Part 4 of the last series entitled, Measuring the Temple, I have had much given to me concerning the potential content for another post that has been weighing heavily on my mind. I am going to comment on some of what was stated in the last paragraph of Part 4 in that series.

It was stated that I was “excited” about what God was showing me, but that whether I could proceed with the post, and to what degree, depended upon you. In that last sentence I stated, “So my parting admonition and encouragement to you is that you pray for this next post in a zealous, fervent, and highly desirous manner.” Paraphrasing other portions, it was stated that the “potential” depth in strength and revelation it would contain (be allowed to be given) was “fully dependent upon each person’s petitions,” concerning your actual desire “to receive what God can give to us.”

Indeed, prayers have definitely been in the process of being answered, and what God had already begun giving to me before has been progressively growing stronger. Throughout this Feast of Tabernacles, as I am currently writing this first portion of this post, that same process has intensified even more. Before the Feast actually began, I had already written Part 1 of that new series which is entitled, A Heightened Dedication. That first part will serve more as an introduction to what that series will finally begin to address. Between that writing and now, I have been deeply moved and inspired to begin writing this post that will be published first. This post will tie in powerfully so with that new series and will further set the stage for even greater things that God is revealing of that which He will accomplish in our lives, if we so desire, if we will work and yield ourselves to the process, and if we are of a genuine spirit.

Not only that, but the series that preceded this will become even more important, as the order and timeliness of all this is by God’s awesome design. God’s will is to bless this Church in a manner that is staggering on a spiritual plane. It involves the last phase of “measuring the temple,” which involves the potential for a highly positive aspect to our being measured. It is more about being brought up to, or being developed into, a “higher and more precise level of measurement” within the Temple.

However, it needs to be said that this is a kind of two-edged sword, as it cuts both ways. It can be powerful and spiritually rich to those who will actively work at and also yield themselves to the process that is addressed in this post and the series that follows. This following year cannot be one of “business as usual.” It is one that is far, far away from coasting in life or of life going on as normal. It is the exact opposite of being lukewarm! And some have been slipping backwards and becoming lukewarm!

For any who do not earnestly participate in this “Year of Dedication,” and address it in the manner that is laid out, or for any who back away (draw back) and let up, or begin to coast, it will be a difficult year and one that could easily lead a person out of fellowship with God and His Church. But there is no need for that for those who truly want what God is offering. God will work with and highly bless those who humble themselves to truthfully address needed “changes” in their life. For those who yield to the opportunity that is before them, they will experience far greater transformation than they ever have before. If any rely on themselves, however, then the greater transformation God is offering will not happen.

Holding Back Tribulation
This world is rushing into a final world war. The stage for that is already set. However, the world does not “see” what is speeding toward them in the form of World War III. That war, including all the greater events from the Thunders and the actual physical effects of the Trumpets are being held back. Those cannot begin until specific events are fulfilled (finished) and others are fully readied.

Beginning on the 6th of November, we will have one more year remaining in the measuring of the temple. This entire measuring process must first be accomplished before we enter the 7th and final period of 1260 days. It will be in that 7th period that a final work of God’s two witnesses will be fulfilled. Candidly, I do not yet fully know what all this will entail or when some of the major events they declare will take place. However, I can tell you what I believe God has given to us that we do know.

We know that the events of the devastation spoken of in the book, 2008 – God’s Final Witness, will be fulfilled. That which was written has not changed except in the timing for their fulfillment. They will still come to pass. This includes a far greater fulfillment for the Thunders of Revelation than what has occurred to date. Although the Thunders have been sounding to various degrees over the past several years, they will sound much more in that last 1260 days and then on up to the actual coming of Jesus Christ. It is also in that final period, and all the way to Christ’s coming, that the physical manifestation and fulfillment of the Seven Trumpets will be heard and seen.

Not only have the physical events of the Seven Trumpets been held back until that final period that leads up to Christ’s coming, but the greater destruction from the Seven Thunders have also been held back until that period of the final work of the two witnesses. Many of those events from those thunders will actually be a result of what the two witnesses will be proclaiming within that time period.

In all that we have experienced since a “final witness” began in 2008, we can now see more clearly some of those things that God revealed to John. It would be good to look a little more closely at what God has now brought us to see.

“After these things, I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. He cried with a loud voice to the four angels (those of the first four trumpets), to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Do not hurt the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Rev. 7:1-3).

It is revealed here that the great physical tribulation that is associated with the destruction upon present day nations of Israel, as a result of the first four trumpets, cannot begin “until after” the 144,000 have been sealed in their totality. God revealed to the Church that the final sealing of the few remaining to be included into the complete count of the 144,000 began on the Feast of Trumpets on the 30th of September 2008, and was completed by Pentecost on the 27th of May 2012 (1335 days).

However, just because that sealing was completed by that date does not mean that the physical events following those four trumpets was to begin immediately after that sealing. It is simply stating that the complete sealing must first be accomplished.

God also revealed that the Seventh Seal of Revelation was opened on November 14th of 2008 and that 30 days later, the First Trumpet sounded (Dec. 14, 2008), and “God’s final witness” began.

Now there is more that God is giving concerning the actual sounding of the trumpets. As a result of events that have transpired since the 2008 Feast of Trumpets to this time period for the “measuring of the temple,” God is showing us more about the combined meaning of all that is contained in Revelation 7 and 8.

Throughout this period of time to now, we have been uncertain about “timing” regarding the blowing of the trumpets. Due to what God has revealed to us, we know that a very small portion of the effects of the First and Fifth Trumpets have occurred. God has shown to us that part of the Fifth Trumpet was spiritual in nature as it applied to the Church and that those events have already occurred, but the actual greater physical fulfillment concerning Europe’s involvement will come later after the effects of the Fourth Trumpet have been clearly made manifest.

We also know that the physical manifestation of the First Trumpet will be a progressive escalation in fulfillment throughout the physical manifestation of all Seven Trumpets. Since the blowing of the First Trumpet, only a “prophetic type” of its fulfillment has begun, but the actual physical destruction that it portends will begin later. Since 2008, that “prophetic type” for this trumpet has continued to build momentum and is mushrooming, until the complete wealth (the U.S. Dollar) of the U.S.A. (of Manasseh) totally implodes and collapses. The underpinnings of the petrodollar are already being unhinged and it will not be much longer before it collapses.

What God is now clarifying for us is that the “physical manifestation” of great destruction that follows the blowing of the Seven Trumpets has been held back. Only a prophetic type of the First Trumpet and a spiritual fulfillment concerning the Fifth Trumpet have occurred. No other trumpets carry any additional meaning and purpose as these two did.

Blowing of the Seven Trumpets
As an apostle, I believe God is showing the Church that all Seven Trumpets were actually blown on the same day of December 14, 2008. That was the beginning of a specific fifth cycle of 1260 days. It was the beginning of a “final witness,” but it was not the fulfillment of the primary work of the two witnesses described in Revelation 11.

Concerning the Seven Trumpets which were blown, we have already covered how no actual physical destruction that they portended could begin “until after” the complete sealing of the 144,000 was finalized. It is only in the last series on Measuring the Temple that God has shown that when that period of the sealing was completed, we then entered the sixth cycle of another specific 1260-day period that is about that “measuring.” Now, not only has God revealed that the physical destruction from the trumpets, and even more specifically the first four trumpets, could not begin until after the sealing, but neither could they begin until after the measuring of the temple was complete. Yet it is even more specific than that, as you will see.

This separation in time between the sounding of the trumpets and their actual physical fulfillment that would follow has been deeply hidden in scripture, as it was not to be seen in any way until God gave it. The trumpets sounded on the first day of the beginning of the “fifth period” of seven prophetic periods of 1260 days – at the beginning of the “final witness.” This was necessary in order to accomplish the prophetic fulfillment of those matters concerning the First and Fifth Trumpets that were described earlier.

Then there is the timing of a prophetic 30-days of silence in heaven (Nov. 14 to Dec. 14, 2008) that ended once the seven angels sounded their trumpets. This is the meaning and timing of the context that begins Revelation 8.

“When he (Christ) had opened the Seventh Seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God, and to them were given seven trumpets” (Rev. 8:1-2).

A few verses later, beginning in verse 8, John is shown what will result from the blowing of each individual trumpet. But before this, in verse 7, it describes the effects of the blowing of the First Trumpet. It is, however, written differently than those that follow. It is a matter that pertains to “timing.”

“Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The first angel sounded and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast to the earth, and a third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up” (Rev. 8:6-7).

The actual sequence of all these events is about to be covered more thoroughly. First, however, it is important to know that from the time the seven angels were given their trumpets, once the Seventh Seal was opened (vs. 1-2), to when they were finally prepared to sound, and then did so (vs. 6-7), there was the time lapse of 30 minutes in heaven where other events were being carried out by other angels. The silence that followed the angels being given the trumpets was because they did not blow them right away. The silence is simply an omission of sound from the trumpets until they are actually blown. Thirty minutes after being given the trumpets (a prophetic 30 days) they then blew them, which was an event that took place on December 14, 2008.

As it has been mentioned, something was added to the description of the effects of the First Trumpet sounding that is different from the six trumpets that followed. It is due to the fact that this is the first to be blown, and so, it contains important information regarding a factor of “time.” Obviously, no other physical destruction from the following six could commence until the physical destruction from the First Trumpet actually begins. This is the reason why verse 7 is written with the use of a word that adds something unique to what is being said concerning that First Trumpet. It states that the first angel sounded, but that the actual destructive physical events were “followed.”

That word translated as “followed” is not used to describe an event that would follow immediately, as this was not to happen right away. It is good to understand how this word is used in scripture, as its primary meaning is one that indicates that something will “cause to become, be brought to pass, and/or have eventual fulfillment.”

The context for the use of the Greek word translated as “followed” does not apply to action that follows immediately, but follows in time due to some initial cause. There are two good examples of the use of this Greek word that in John 1 is translated as “to become,” and in Matthew 24 is translated as “be fulfilled.”

“But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on his name” (Jn. 1:12).

“Truly I say unto you, this generation shall not pass until all these things be fulfilled” (Matt. 24:34).

So the First Trumpet was blown, but that which it was to fulfill in physical destruction was not to be accomplished until later. Because there would be a “period of time” that would follow the blowing of that trumpet before the actual physical destruction would begin, there would also be the same extension of time automatically added to all the other destruction that would result in the remaining effects of the other six trumpet blasts that do follow.

The Book of Revelation is not written so that one can read it in a simple story flow that neatly follows a clear chronological order. It was written in the manner that it was so that no one could remotely know “timing” until God revealed it, just as He is now doing so with these events we are addressing. It would now be good to clearly review the chronology of Revelation 7 and 8, and build upon it.

The last of the 144,000 began to be sealed starting on Trumpets of 2008 and would take 1335 days to be completed. Forty-five days after Trumpets of 2008, on the 14th of November of 2008, the Seventh Seal was opened and seven angels were given their trumpets. Then, the prophetic 30 minutes of silence in heaven followed. It is a period of silence resulting from the trumpet blasts not sounding (until they were actually blown). Again, this is not referring to complete silence in heaven, because during this period, specific things were being declared to those angels. Instead, this is just referring to the silence from the omission of the blowing of the trumpets only.

Two Events Holding Back Destruction
There are actually two events that are revealed during this 30 minutes of silence, before the trumpets sounded, which declare what must first be fulfilled before physical destruction from great tribulation can begin.

Once the Seventh Seal was opened, the seven angels were given their trumpets, and then, in Revelation 7:2-3 “an angel came” and told the first four angels that no physical destruction was to begin “until after” all 144,000 had been sealed.

Then, in addition, during that same period of silence, “another angel came” before the trumpets were blown and performed an incredible function.

“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer, and there was given unto him much incense that he should offer (Gk. – give) it with the prayers of the saints upon the golden altar which is before the throne. The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand” (Rev. 8:3-4).

We know that incense offered upon the altar is symbolic of the prayers of God’s people through time. However, this is an account that is awesomely unique in itself. It actually describes a very particular time that must specifically be fulfilled before the physical destructive events portended by the Seven Trumpets can commence.

Post Revealed
I’d like to share some of the process of how God revealed and then led me to the actual specific meaning of these two verses (and of much of this post and the next series that will follow), as this entire process has been so incredibly inspiring. Furthermore, most of it has been most powerfully revealed throughout this year’s Feast of Tabernacles period, making that Feast period all the more inspiring and meaningful to me personally. This will only be a quick summary.

God initially revealed during the writing of Part 4 of the Measuring of the Temple that He had much to reveal and give to His people in the time remaining for this “measuring.” Later, God began to move me to see that we could have a very special year before us in the remaining time for this measuring process to become complete. That has led to declaring that from the 6th of November of 2014 through the 7th of November of 2015 we are going to observe a “Year of Dedication.”

While focusing upon becoming more fully dedicated – more thoroughly consecrated to God – I was led to accounts where the temple built by Solomon was dedicated. This was followed by reviewing what occurred in Jerusalem after the captivity of Judah and of how the house of God was once again dedicated with offerings upon the altar. In addition, I was led to the account of how the altar itself had been originally dedicated with offerings.

Within all this that I was being led to examine more closely, I still had no understanding of where it was leading. God had already given to me to have in my heart and mind that we were to have a year of dedication in the final year of the measuring of the temple, but I did not know there was much more to this that was going to be revealed within these verses in Revelation 8. However, all of this did lead to deeper understanding of where God was indeed leading us and of what these verses were actually about concerning what the angel was offering upon the altar before God concerning the incense and the prayers of God’s people.

This has only been a quick summary of what occurred over a period of a few weeks, but it has proven to be so incredibly inspiring and exciting to experience. Hopefully, you will get a better sense of that in what I have just written so that you can share in some of that same excitement.

Two Events Holding Back Destruction (continued)
In reviewing what God has revealed, the last year for the measuring of the temple is to be a “Year of Dedication” for God’s Church. It will be a year of finalizing our preparation (PKG) for the great work that yet lies ahead and the actual coming of Jesus Christ in his Kingdom. We will be working to more fully dedicate God’s house – the temple of God – our lives with God and Christ dwelling in us – through prayer as we actively seek and then apply ourselves (in work) to fully offer up sacrifices (of self) on the altar before God. Much of what this will actually involve in the lives of God’s people will be covered more thoroughly in the series that follows.

Specifically, these verses in Revelation are all about this coming “Year of Dedication.” These verses are fully about us and what we will be focusing upon and doing in this final year. This angel of Revelation 8:3-4 described the focus and work of God’s people in this coming “Year of Dedication” – in the final year of the measuring of the temple. God has now revealed that great physical tribulation resulting from the trumpets has been held back until this coming prophesied year has been fulfilled.

During the 30 minutes of silence in heaven, after the seven angels had been given their trumpets and before they actually blew them, two angels came before them. These two angels revealed the two events that were to be fulfilled before any actual physical tribulation could follow the blowing of the trumpets and what each trumpet portended. One event was the finalization of the sealing of those few remaining individuals who would be added to complete the count of all 144,000. The other event is that which was described by the second angel who revealed this coming “Year of Dedication,” which would also be fulfilled before actual physical tribulation could begin.

In the following year, there will be an intensified focus on the sacrifices and the work that will follow. This is only beginning to be addressed in this post and then far more thoroughly in the series that is to follow. The first thing we are to individually focus upon right now, for those who can physically do so without jeopardizing their health in any manner, is that each of us is set aside at least one day each month to fast before God.

It must be said that for those who are able to participate in such fasting that no one compare their fasting to that of others. It is to be done exactly as Christ spoke when he stated that one’s fasting should not be made obvious to others. It is a private matter between each individual and God, and it is to be done just like our prayer life that is to be “in private” with God our Father. Certainly, within one’s own family there will usually be the need to share such information concerning one’s schedule and timing for doing so due to the needs surrounding meals and their preparation.

This fasting needs to be taken soberly and seriously, as it is about much needed humility on everyone’s part to live this following year in a faithful, zealous, and truthful manner. Some few in the ministry had not been faithful in sending in monthly reports as they had been directed to do, but instead had been negligent, complacent, lethargic, and disobedient toward instruction given from the government of God. This has now been largely corrected. However, concerning our attitude and participation in this monthly fasting, it cannot be approached in the same manner that some few ministers addressed these monthly reports.

The timing and purpose for the prophetic fulfillment of this year that is now before us was planned, designed, and then written in prophecy long ago. This coming year is exceedingly important to the final preparation of God’s people for Christ’s coming and of the spiritual condition the Church is to be in at that time.

Individuals will either eagerly embrace the work and changes that we are going to be directed to focus upon, or they will resist. Most will embrace all this and be blessed beyond measure. However, as with the sword that cuts both ways, some few will refuse and suffer accordingly. It is all a matter of free choice and greater acceptance of personal responsibility.

Satan’s Diminishing Power
Indeed, the vast majority of God’s Church will be zealous in setting aside this following year for greater dedication to God – far greater dedication for change and transformation. One should deeply fear to do otherwise, for if one does not fear now, once this year is past, they will.

God is offering us an opportunity for far greater spiritual growth, transformation, and blessings that are unprecedented in time and to a degree that we cannot now fathom. That which you have been called to share in at this time – to participate in – leading up to Christ’s coming cannot remotely begin to actually be seen, but it is most great!

Perhaps more will be written later about what is about to be stated, but there is a mighty work of God that is going to be accomplished as we proceed through this coming year and on up to Christ’s coming. It is important to know that this period also involves a process that will begin from the very start of this “Year of Dedication,” whereby God will immediately “begin to diminish” Satan and the demon’s ability to have influence or power upon (or even toward) God’s Church. As this power and influence diminishes, what will remain is a tormented raging fury that they will turn toward the physical world around them.

At different points through time, God has taken certain powers away from Satan and the demons. Over this coming year, they are going to be awakened to the reality that there is indeed more spirit power that is being taken away from them. As they experience this final process that begins to take place over this next year and on up to the return of Christ, there is a specific power that they will be given that has to do with the seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire in the form of a United States of Europe. They have not been given that specific power yet, but they will, once the time for the physical manifestation of the effects of the Fifth Trumpet are allowed. Yet throughout the time that remains until Christ returns, these beings are going to be experiencing a process whereby much spirit power will be declining, until they have arrived at the moment of their confinement that will last for the next 1,100 years.

We are now entering a time in which we ourselves will begin experiencing the transition in a shift of powers away from Satan’s domain and mankind’s self-rule to that of God’s Kingdom. That will be manifested powerfully in the work of God’s two end-time witnesses.

2014 Feast Introduction

Plimsol left a comment:

On the PKG website they have put up a “Feast 2014 Introduction” from Ron.

There’s a new prophet!!! Guess who!

Without further introduction, here is a copy of Ron’s Introduction for your commenting:

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Well, a special hello to everyone! Laura talked me into this short introduction this year for the Feast, and although it’s going to be a little short.

This reminds me of a greeting from Mr. Herbert Armstrong. In the last several years of his life he had a satellite hook-up to Feast sites around the world toward the beginning of each Feast of Tabernacles. And I can still hear that hearty, dynamic greeting. He would say, “Greeting’s, brethren, around the world!”

So again, greetings to all of you at this 2014 Feast of Tabernacles! Hello and greetings to all of you meeting together in Australia, New Zealand, to those gathered in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and to all of you in Canada and the U.S.

We also have some in a few other locations, scattered in different areas of the world, of those who could not be at sponsored Feast sites, but are at home by themselves observing this Feast and in some cases are able to get together with a few others. Now, we need to remember them as they’re not able to be in larger groups at organized sponsored sites, and they don’t have the opportunity that you do to hear this message. However, within a couple of days, it will be placed in with the sermon section of this years Feast sermons as a PDF (a written file only) so that at least everyone can read it.

Now, there is one other area that I’d like to extend a special greeting, as they must sometimes feel a little cut off, and that is to those of you gathered together in Hawaii, who, although you are part of the U.S., you are stuck out there a long way away from other church locations. So no one is forgotten and all of you are needed as vital parts of the begotten Family of God.

So you are all now observing a time that pictures the soon coming millennial period where this world and all its ways are to be put far behind you. So you are to do this at this time and enjoy and rejoice at this Feast – 8 full days together in God’s Feast.

Although I was sent to prison for serving God’s Church, as everything was actually about how God’s Church functions based on our beliefs of this being the end-time. So again, although I was sent to prison by the government where I live, it’s nothing new for God’s apostles and prophets. Now, Paul was in prison and later killed, just as Peter. And most of the original apostles were imprisoned and killed by the governments of their time. And we are only fairly certain about one, and that’s the apostle John, who was imprisoned in his time who was able to live out his life and die naturally. And we know of even John the Baptist who was imprisoned and then beheaded. Of course many of the prophets of old were imprisoned and many of those killed. So, as I was going to say, although I was sent to prison: God’s. Work. Did. Not. Stop. It has continued on, even as the “gates of hell” cannot stand against God, against God’s Church. In this case, the administration of the Church has continued on just as it was before, still being led by God’s last apostle in this age of mankind.

Today there is an important and strong message God is giving to His Church at the beginning of this Feast. During this final phase of the end-time, God has been pushing forward the recognition of women and their service to His Church. Now, I find that awesomely exciting!

Now, within the Church, God is giving us a wider, open window into changes that will occur in families, society, and the Church concerning the freedom from bondage that’s being given to women. This freedom is also a much greater freedom being given to both couples in a marriage, to all in the families, and even a greater, true freedom within God’s own Church.

Now, along those lines, what I mentioned a moment ago (repeating it): During this final phase of the end-time, God has been pushing forward the recognition of woman and their service to His Church. God has reserved this very time right now, while you’re listening to this, to make some very special announcements.

A while back I told the Church that there was the need for another level of service (of an office, of an ordination) that was needed in God’s Church. God is revealing that. That service was to be above that of a senior elder. God and Christ were showing me that it was to be a service, an ordination for both men and women. And as I mentioned then, I did not know what the description should be. Finally, when preparing this message, it was given to me, although we (Laura and myself) had considered other descriptions (or names) for this particular ordination, yet is has been made clear to me there is a term that we are already familiar with, and that is of that of a “pastor.” So that description is from the meaning of “pastoral,” which in this sense of the definition “is that of giving direct spiritual care or guidance as a function of responsibility within the Church,” and it ties in with further description in scripture that I’ll mention in a moment.

There is an order to ordinations that begins first under Christ with that of an apostle, then a prophet, and then followed by that of an evangelist, and now this reinstituted function just mentioned for a pastor. Now, the duties of a pastor are a part of the responsibility that already belongs to an apostle, a prophet, and an evangelist, and obviously they also have more duties that go beyond that of a pastor. This description of the work of a pastor is not one that is given to a senior elder. An elder may be involved in communicating such things to others as they have been instructed to do so from time to time by those over them; in other words, the source then of such spiritual care or guidance that in the past has only been coming from an evangelist, a prophet, or an apostle. Now that can also come directly from a pastor.

Now I’m going to read part of the primary description of such a service in the Church. It comes from Titus 1:9. It states that such a person is known for holding fast the faithful word as he (and now she) has been taught. During Paul’s time within the Church, and ever since then, and until now, that’s been the case in the Church as only men were in the ministry.

So reading it again: “Holding fast the faithful word as he (and now also she) has been taught that he (or she) may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and convince (and that word “convince” meaning in essence, “to expose”) the gainsayers.” It goes on in context that such responsibility also includes the authority to give rebuke, to give correction when necessary, when carrying out such duties.

Now, for some men in the future who may be ordained to this position, their duties will likely be reflected in more preaching on their part, in other words, in split-sermons or sermons, but that will not be the case, basically, for women (that they do not give sermons). For women, this new role will entail more direct, administrative contact and involvement, and this will be for the men as well, that it will involve more direct, administrative contact and involvement in spiritual matters with an individual or a group of individuals.

Now, certainly much more can be said about these duties, but for the sake of time in this message I’m going to press forward in this by saying that the first, first ever to be ordained to this is a woman, and it is an ordination, not simply a raise in responsibilities from an elder to a senior elder that does not required an additional ordination. So the first woman to ever hold this office was ordained by her husband and my wife, Laura, just before the Feast, and she is Myrtle Harrell.

Now, there is another ordination that God has reserved to be announced at this time. It is one that God and Christ began revealing to me around Passover season (even before that) of this year. I even held off discussing it with Laura for a time. I didn’t follow through with what God was revealing clear back then at that point in time because I was waiting until God had made it highly and abundantly clear to me that this was to be done. Now, there’s much prayer and spiritual manifestation, in other words, proof, evidence, that came through answered prayer before I would proceed with this.

A little over a month ago I ordained Audra to a prophet. I deeply believe all ordinations are from God and Christ and it is up to each individual, how they yield to such, whether it be the one being ordained or others, the rest of the Church. This ordination, for me, was rather close to my own experience when God was revealing to me that He and His Son had made me a prophet. I resisted that for a time and wanted to be exceedingly certain before announcing it, just as I was in this case.

Now, these two ordinations, brethren, are exceedingly exciting! It needs to be clearly seen that these two ordinations were established by God and Christ and we are to collectively rejoice together in what they have given the Church.

Again, I’m going to repeat what I stated toward the beginning: “During this final phase of the end-time God has been pushing forward the recognition of women and their service to His Church.”

Well, brethren, the ordination of Audra also pushes forward the kind of importance that God places on His great desire to work in family. God has been working mightily within my family for great purpose, to powerfully magnify the great importance and focus He wants on family itself. WE are a family! And we are made up of many physical families whom God desires to work in and bless far more fully into the future!

The period of this Feast pictures the Millennium. It is indeed about true freedom being granted to women, and thus to families as well, where families will be able to begin experiencing the kind of fullness and excitement in life that can exist when division, opposition, and the destructiveness of sins that brings curses to families can be more fully conquered so that families can reap far greater and awesome blessings and riches in life, all of this so that the vision of God’s Family, Elohim, can be magnified far more greatly.

Well, brethren, we have a great work ahead of us. In little over a year I am to be released from imprisonment by a government where I reside, as it is not my government, for mine (and yours) is the Kingdom of God in which we are ambassadors. We reside in different nations of the world and we are to be good and law-abiding citizens, but we all belong to one Government, and that is the Government, the Kingdom of God.

That which you are witnessing right now in the Church would not be in this Feast if I were not in prison, so I do rejoice that this is where I am so that God can reveal more of His perfect purpose and will concerning what I have been blessed to tell you in this message.

You have been blessed to have much—much more revealed to you through posts at a time that sermons and the administration of the Church has continued, as God has pushed forward the importance and true role of women, and also as He has given further training and equal experience to more within the ministry.

Now the words, the things that I am going to be saying next do not adequately convey my deep feelings, happiness, and joy that by my being in prison I have been so incredibly blessed to see in the kind of strength, growth, and life that God is giving to His people in this phase of His work. I believe with all my being that I am exceedingly blessed above all people – yes, and especially even while I am here imprisoned—to see things that otherwise never would have
happened.

I have seen greater blessings and incredible spiritual knowledge, understanding, and potential wisdom being poured out upon God’s Church in posts and the blessings of growth and strength that have been produced in the Church in brethren in this Family. And I have been blessed to see my own son give a split-sermon mightily inspired by God to His Church. I’ve been blessed to see how God has already been using my own daughter as a prophet before she was ever ordained to it. She has been trained and given an ability to discern and judge the spirit of matters within the Church and ministry, that I have mentioned before, that exceeds that which has been given to the general ministry in the Church. In the past many months, that has been magnified to Laura and myself. It is something that only God and Christ can give, as it is with all spiritual abilities that are given within the Church. And I have been blessed to see the love of my life no longer being a silent witness but a prophet who is serving God’s Church in a powerful way, administratively and spiritually, in strong spiritual perception, discernment, and judgement as God has pushed her out in the forefront in an incredibly important role and function of service to the Church during this phase of God’s ongoing work.

Yes, brethren, I have been so exceedingly blessed. You, too, have been exceedingly blessed. You will grasp that in a much, much, much deeper way ten, twenty, and thirty years down the road in ways you cannot truly fathom right now, just as I would not have been able to begin to fathom what I have been blessed to see and experience within only nine years after having a heart attack where I could have died. But God had more for me to do and to witness and He does for you as well.

So, rejoice in this Feast. Give of yourself at this Feast! And above all, give thanks and love to the Almighty God and His Son, Jesus Christ, for all your blessings in life. Laura and I love each and every one of you and we encourage you to press forward in this fight that is before us and the work that is yet ahead, being ever faithful to God. Be strong and of good courage!

 

 

The Pre-Recorded Feast

All of the Feast of Tabernacles sermons are pre-recorded and posted on the PKG web site.  Last Great Day sermons as well.

Including one given by Jeremy Weinland.  Listening to it, sounds as though he’s reading from a script.  Perhaps prepared by the Silent Witness herself,

More Announcements

Here is a comment left on the last posting by “Jim”.  I am not able to verify its authenticity, but it’s consistent with other internal announcements.

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These are some miscellaneous announcements that are being made prior to the Feast that some will need to be aware of concerning being asked to give opening prayers at the Feast. This matter of giving an opening prayer also obviously applies to anyone doing so at any Sabbath service.

There is more information contained in this email that applies directly to many in the ministry, however, it would be good to make this material available to all within the Church. So those of you to whom this is being sent are being asked to go ahead and email this to the rest of the ministry in the area you are located and/or the region you are over (just as you forward other ministerial information). This should also be made available to all the brethren for their learning and understanding as well. This entire announcement is to be made available in its complete form.

Feast Prayers:

Although this is primarily being sent out so that everyone being asked to give opening prayers at a Feast site have this information, these guidelines also need to be followed by anyone who gives an opening prayer on the Sabbath.

The primary purpose of giving an opening prayer is to help establish the right atmosphere for the beginning of a service, where everyone is to focus keenly upon the message that God has blessed the Church to receive that day. Such a prayer helps to establish a needful transition from general fellowship with one another, to that of a quiet, respectful, and focused attention upon the message.

There are always basic matters that are to be addressed at such a time that should help everyone to focus upon the fact that we have gathered together before God to receive what He and His Son have blessed us to be able to receive. So thanks should always be given to God at such a time and a request for help to receive what He is offering to give us.

These opening prayers are a time that are to reflect the hope, desire, and gratitude that each individual in the congregation has toward the service that God is blessing them to partake in, as well as the fellowship being made available that day, so that each person can indeed say “Amen” – that they are in agreement and are themselves saying, “so be it.”

One of the main reasons for sending this information concerning opening prayers, is that this is an opportunity to petition God for all who are gathered together before Him, and this should be received and given in a strong spirit of humility. This means that the individual giving the prayer will want to do so in a way that does not unduly draw attention to themselves because this most certainly is not about the individual giving the prayer. It is about God and the right spirit of humility and meekness each of us should want to express and live toward Him.

However, there have been some who have been approached in the past concerning the wrong example that they have too often set when giving a prayer. Although sometimes, they seemingly don’t hear what is being said. Giving a prayer is absolutely NOT a time to draw attention to self. It is NOT a time to give a mini-sermonette. It is NOT a time to preach or teach. It is NOT a time to show how well we can present ourselves and/or show how spiritual we are.

It would be good to understand, that because some have consistently done this, that they have held themselves back in potential greater service to God’s Church. Sometimes, such individuals are no longer even asked to give a prayer because of some of these tendencies.

Elder’s Reports:

Some in the Church may not be aware of a requirement upon the ministry to send in monthly reports to the Church. Such reports are to reflect any concerns about a troubling situation that may exist in an area, perhaps some difficult trial someone may be experiencing, or to address some question of concern someone may have. Such reports are mostly to consist of a personal response from the minister as to the affects of current posts, sermons, or other things may be impacting their personal life. These reports are needful to help those in the administration of the Church to have a good sense as to the ongoing welfare of the Church and the ministry worldwide.

In the past, within the Worldwide Church of God, monthly reports were required of full-time ministers for basically the same purpose of keeping the headquarters of the Church informed and up-to-date concerning the Church and ministry. In my experience, it was always an unimaginable thing to hear about some in the ministry who did not follow that directive from headquarters. For me, it later magnified how these same men had a wrong spirit of service to the Church and did not stand fast for God and His ways within the Church. Such individuals reflected a variety of wrong thinking, practice, teaching, counseling, and service to God’s Church. That kind of spirit of neglect and/or rebellion reflects a spirit toward God that cannot be allowed to exist within the ministry.

Since some have been negligent in sending reports, they have either been reduced in their service within the ministry or have simply been removed from the ministry. The ministry needs to be aware of this, as well as the Church. Government, and the administration of God’s way of life, is a most basic characteristic that each member of the Body of Christ is to embrace and heartily live toward God, and most assuredly this applies to a minister. We are also now requiring that if both a husband and a wife are in the ministry that each one needs to send in a separate monthly report.

This is being written because some are still being negligent in sending in monthly reports and it needs to be understood that we are now WELL beyond any grace period that has been given too often to too many. It is for this basic reason that there will still be some who will be removed from the ministry if they do not follow through with this very simple request to respond as responsible servants to God’s Church. It needs to be taken seriously that we are in a most unique period of time in the measuring of the temple and God is moving the Church to be in the forefront of this process.