As today starts another year, and per tradition I look back at last year and put forth my non-prophetic guesses for the coming year as to False Prophet Ronald Weinland.
In January, the five month point was reached before Christ’s second non-return on Pentecost of last year. Ron explained that the five month period of torment didn’t mean that people would be tormented for the full five months, but five months during which we would be tormented even if only for a minute. Ron and I both had interviews. Mine was on a God Discussion Blogtalk program heard by a few dozen. Ron had an interview on a minor market radio station, the only one after advertising his availability. So much for his being sought out by the media as he prophesied in “2008 — God’s Final Witness”. In the meantime, I found evidence that Ron’s claim that Joe Tkach died 40 weeks to the very hour after his Atlanta sermon was just another of his lying wonders.
February came with happy news, the birth of Kirrily’s son who wouldn’t exist had she continued to follow Weinland. Also in February, Ron’s talented legal defense team came up with the third time line for his criminal trial, with the trial date rescheduled for June 4 after having been originally scheduled for January 31 and then continued to March 20.
During March, Ron faced competition from David Pack, one of those who he prophesied to die early on following the publication of “2008 — God’s Final Witness”. He also faced competition from his own breakaway splinter.
During April, Ron made his final tour before his criminal trial to Australia and New Zealand for the Days of Unleavened Bread. Then he spiritualized the deaths of the Two Witnesses as God showed great mercy so Ron and Laura would not have to literally-physically die in the streets of Jerusalem the following month.
May was the month it all didn’t happen. Ron made his farewell tour to Europe mid month, then returned to Kentucky for his pretrial conference shortly before he and the Mrs did not meet their fate in the streets of Jerusalem at the hands of the beast power. He then recorded an emotional sermon reading what almost sounded like a suicide note. Web traffic to my blog which had been increasing steadily due in part to people curious about his books due to his Google advertising campaign. On the day of Christ’s non-return (May 26), web traffic peak at a record amount. Shortly after the moment Christ didn’t return (sundown in Jerusalem), Ron fulfilled my prophecy by posting on his blog, and later in the day recording a Pentecost sermon. with his present Present Truth(tm) that Christ is returning next Pentecost.
Despite his stated expectation that Christ would return on Memorial Day weekend, Ron kept his talented legal team engaged in preparing the defense at his criminal trail which final began on June 4. After a week and a half of government revelations countered by a black-hearted defense, Ron was found guilty by a jury of non-peers in just a few hours. Judge Reeves did not send him straight to prison, and his neighbor and cult member Joyce Garrett put up her home as collateral so that Ron could wear the GPS ankle bracelet of humility and watch cable TV while awaiting his sentencing. Two of the jurors were so offended by Ron’s actions that they got on this blog and supplied details of his perfidy.
During July and August, Ron lost a number of members, some prompted by Christian in Australia, and a group in the UK. Ron lost elders he ordained in 2008 including the notable defection of Adrian Gray in New Zealand to HWA-wannabee-and-ayatollah Dave Pack.
In anticipation of his original sentencing date of September 24, Ron recorded all the feast sermons except for 3 given by his evangelists Johnny, Wayne, and Terry. The US probation officer asked for more time to prepare the pre-sentencing report, so Judge Reeves delayed sentencing to October 29. Even though Ron was given more time, his prerecorded sermons were the ones delivered.
In his Last Great Day sermon, Ron explained that the Great Tribulation was being delayed because the year-long Great and Terrible Day of the Lord started off with the nighttime portion. During October, I made a number of posting based on trial transcripts. The October 29 sentencing date was postponed to November 14 to allow more time for objections at the hearing.
During November, I wound up the posting of trial testimony with the devastating testimony of Audra and the IRS special agent who investigated the case. Devastating for those who had eyes to read. Yours truly attended the sentencing hearing, meeting two of the jurors away from the hearing and one of the cult members inside the court building. Judge Reeves sentenced Ron to 42 months along with fines and restitution with a self-reporting-to-prison date of January 2. Following the hearing, I visited the Boone county clerk’s office and found that Ron also played loose with the facts in signing his daughter’s marriage certificate, claiming the ceremony had taken place on Kentucky soil when according to Audra’s testimony it happened in Germany.
The year ended with Ron’s reporting date to prison delayed to February 1.
During the first post of last year I predicted:
Looking forward to this coming year, I prophesy that Christ will not return on Pentecost or any other day. I am more sure of this than Ron is of the opposite. (Remember that Ron hedged his bet by paying the property tax on his house on the golf course even though there would be no legal repercussions before Pentecost.) I am less certain of how this failure will play out in terms of Ron’s response. If the outcome of his legal situation results in his imprisonment before May, I expect he will declare some kind of timeline change. If he beats the rap, the recognition of failure will come later. There is a possibility that Ron will spiritualize the return of Christ as he has other failures such as the non-sounding of the First Trumpet. And as he did the non-deaths of his mockers and critics.
I predict that Ron will retain a sizable following even after the failure of his prophecies, and this even if he ends up with an extended vacation in Club Fed. Significant numbers of his followers will leave, and if Ron is isolated in prison more followers will drift away during his imprisonment.
I’d say I pretty much batted 1.000 on that. Looking forward to the coming year, I expect that Ron will show up to prison as scheduled and Joyce Garrett will get her house back. Ron will have new Present Truths(tm) to explain why the daylight portion of the Day of the Lord is not accompanied by the Great Tribulation and yet another Present Truth(tm) in May to explain why Christ is still a no-show. Ron will leak more members, but the majority will continue to stick with him to pay for his lawyers and his back taxes.
I wish all my commenters a successful New Year, and hope that those in the process of exiting will have a smooth transition joined by yet more PKG members who open their eyes. I plan to continue blogging but hope that things begin to wind down.