False Prophet Ronald Weinland was in his home state of Kentucky this weekend, in Bowling Green. His local elder Curtis Fields gave the opening prayer and he imported his senior elder Steve Dalrymple to give the closing. Ron did give some of his new elders a chance to exercise their baptizing skills.
This may be the last of his “Vision” sermon series. Ron needs for his followers to have the correct vision so they’ll continue to follow him to the end. The “end” will come whenever Ron is no longer able to preach, and “correct vision” is ignoring the lack of confirming evidence of his prophecies and abundance of contradicting evidence.
Ron went back to his latest book, reading excerpts beginning on page 89 of “2008: God’s Final Witness”. He spent a good deal of time seizing on ambiguous statements and redefining the difficult parts or glossing over them. “Great worldwide tribulation” is “great worldwide upheaval”, and while we in the US have it good other parts of the world have upheavals. Ron spent a good deal of time discussing the upheavals in Egypt. While this situation is of concern, the situation of worldwide upheaval is not and has not been as several as that of World War II. “The direct effect of all four events [the first four trumpets] is first and foremost upon the United States.” (2008 GFW page 116) and “the first four trumpets announce massive destruction, which is first and foremost upon the United States and her closest allies.” (2008 GFW page 66), but the trumpets are delayed for the very end.
The trumpets and thunders are all mixed up now. The first trumpet is the economy, which is also the fourth thunder. The fifth through seventh thunders are reserved for the end of the great tribulation, so the five specific minister who were to die to prove Ron as a prophet of God are still not safe. And somehow the sixth thunder will come true despite the statement on page 116 “Also, by this moment in time [talking about the opening of the seventh seal], there will be a strong, rapidly growing recognition within the United States that I am who I say I am—one of God’s end-time witnesses and His prophet.” Sorry Ron, your thousand or so deluded followers do not constitute “strong, rapidly growing recognition”. Except of course in the deluded minds of your followers.
Ron mentioned flooding in Australia, with flooding abating in Queensland but increasing in New South Wales and Victoria. He also read articles about the weather, including the drought in the US Southwest with rainfall below normal. He didn’t read Revelation 11:6 which states about the Two Witnesses: “These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy;”
Ron also spent time reinterpreting Matthew 24. Jesus Christ came as a “thief in the night” to the Sardis era of his church (the Sardis era being whatever God’s church was before Herbert Armstrong brought about the Philadelphia era in the 1930′s). Referring to verse 40, “Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left” and verse 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen”, he cautioned his followers against losing faith, it’s up to them whether they are chosen. The type of faith required for Ron is that mentioned in Hebrews 11 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” His followers hope for the end, and continue believing him despite fulfilled prophecy not seen.
Ron is doing most of his prophesying via the Internet, with a relatively low-key Google Ad campaign. Sighted recently was the sponsored link shown to the right. But wait, I think the worst must be over. Two years ago, he was serving up the following:
Now for something completely off topic. Taking a page from Dill Weed, I hope you enjoy this video (I did). Let’s see Dill Weed Jr. top that!!!