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False Prophet Ronald Weinland spoke in Bloomington, Illinois today. He drug along his elders Ralph Dowd and Ken Zitt from Cincinnati to say the prayers and help fill up the meeting room. I wonder if he also brought along Chris and Audra as he did last week to Erie and if they again went out for hot wings after services, or if Bloomington even has such a place.
Ron is excited about awesome new revelations coming down the pike, to be delivered in about 3-4 weeks leading up to the end of the first half of his shortened time on February 6 for which a church-wide fast has been proclaimed. Given that Ron’s new revelations involve numbers and novel interpretations of the Bible, he probably has two screens connected to his computer, with Excel on one screen to work out the number of days between different dates, and E-Sword with Strong’s Greek and Hebrew dictionaries on the other screen to select possible meanings of words which best suit him.
Ron again took a tour through history, talking about “duck and cover” drills school children were given in the ’50’s to prepare for “nukular” attacks. Stanley Rader was used in 1979 by God to defend WCG against California Attorney General Deukmejian, but no mention of the tithe and offering money that ended up in Stan’s pocket. Ralph Dowd was ordained in September of 1986 when Ron was assigned in Cincinnati as associate pastor, Terry Wrozek was ordained as an elder in April of 1998 and Johnny Harrell during the Feast of Tabernacles held that year at Niagara Falls.
Ron repeated the mention of the trip to Europe in November 1999 and being hosted by Benjamin and Grace in their London apartment. Also repeated his claim that 19 were in attendance in contradiction to his statement in December of 1999 that 12 were there including 3 children. Maybe the 10 virgins were hiding in the next room making it a total of 19 adults. Benjamin committed the unpardonable sin not only of being on Facebook but also trying to recruit other PKG members to be his Facebook “friends”.
- December, 1999 in which he prophesied that Y2K would be a non-Event, which was pretty safe at that point given the massive effort to update all the software.
- January, 2000 in which he rolled out the new name of the church in the banner and a new PO Box to which it seems his elders had not agreed.
- February-March, 2000 in which a 2nd new PO Box was obtained because of the split.
- Third Quarter of 2001 which was the start of a 4-parter proving that we’re in the end times.
- First Quarter of 2002, Ron still didn’t understand that 9/11 was the opening of the 6th seal when he wrote this.
- Third Quarter of 2002, This was the last issue of News Watch. Shortly after this, Ron opened the Swiss bank accounts. The following year he published his 4-color booklet “Time Has Run Out” and then went on to write his books.
Ron took News Watch off his website back in 2003, but threatens to put them back on. However, you can download PDFs of these issues now using the links above.
Near the end of the sermon, Ron indicated that he is going to exercise his newly recognized office of Apostle by adding new doctrine. A doctrine which he announced up front is not in the Bible, either — Old Testament or New Testament. PKG members will be expected to march in formation turning to the left or right as directed by Drill Instructor Ronald Weinland. Being an Apostle, he is entitled to invent new doctrine just like the Apostles in the New Testament. But then the Insane Liar invented his position as an Apostle in the first place, just as he invented his position as a Prophet of the God of Abraham. He will no longer be bound by novel interpretations of scripture, he can just make it all up. He expects that a few will leave the church. I hope a lot of PKG members will leave, but I expect that most of his followers will continue chugging down the Flavor Aid to wash it all down. Wonder if this will be better than his “no Facebook” doctrine.
Ron needs to use more smoke and mirrors to distract his followers from the lack of Great Tribulation. December 14 (Monday) is one year from the first non-start of the Great Tribulation in the second timeline. It’s now 12 weeks since the second non-start on the Feast of Trumpets. Since I’ve made it now 51 weeks without suffering the speedy death Weinland cursed me with, I expect I’ll be around a few more weeks to hear what amazing new bull Ron has to share. (I would have used a different word than “bull”, but listening to the false prophet is rubbing off on me 😉 )
At a couple of points during Insane Lying False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s sermon last Saturday, he took pot shots at some of the leaders of competing CoGs. He dug up some old copies of his News Watch magazines from 1998 and 1999. From the sermon:
[Reading from page 5 of the Jan ’99 issue of News Watch]”The large organizations will no longer be functioning as they are today. On the contrary, even now they are nearing their end.”
[Commenting extemporaneously] Now people can mock and make fun of that. 1999 – Hah, they’re nearing their end. A lot truer today than it was then. How near is near? Ten years? Eleven years? Is that not near? Amazing how human beings are sometimes, now haughty human beings are. Some who like to poke fun at and make fun of some of what is said in one area of the thunders about certain leaders of the church. It’s coming. It’s coming. In God’s time. According to God’s will.
The “area of the thunders” Ron referred to is the first phase of the fifth thunder of the 6th seal. During the first phase of the fifth thunder, Rod Meredith, Richard Ames (both of Living CoG), Gerald Flurry (Philadelphia CoG), David Pack (Restored Cog), and John Ritenbaugh (CGG) were to die early on. This is all described on page 107-108 of 2008 – God’s Final Witness and offered as a test of himself as a prophet “How much more specific can one be to show that he is either of God, and indeed His prophet, or someone who has clearly stepped over the line to be dealt with by God in a speedy manner. Time will tell! And, you don’t have long to wait!”
As described in 2008 – God’s Final Witness “This phase of the Fifth Thunder is one of my own choosing, which God has granted me as part of His own will and purpose for the Church”. Well, it’s over 3 years since the book was released in November of 2006, and over a year since the 6th seal ended for the second time, and we’re still waiting as none of these accursed CoG leaders are dead. Not mocking or making fun of, just pointing out something for those who have eyes to see. God didn’t grant Insane Lying False Prophet Ronald Weinland anything.
Ron wasn’t done. He took additional pot shots at John Ritenbaugh for counting Pentecost a week differently a few years. And then he went on to mention a “minister from Missouri”.
Ron started his globe trotting with a trip to Europe in November of 1999 using Steve Dalrymple’s air miles. Ron mentioned that during that trip he used Benjamin and Grace’s home in greater London to conduct a Bible study which was attended by a number* of people including Phillip Burman who is still one of Ron’s elders. The group in the UK now is fewer than 50, most of whom joined in 2007 and 2008 after Ron started promoting his book, so I doubt that very many of those attending Ron’s Bible study went with PKG. Any friendships that Benjamin and Grace had with others in that small group are now ended by edict of Sheriff Ron. * (According to Saturday’s sermon, 19 people were at the meeting in London in 1999. According to the sermon of Dec 5, 1999 there were 12 people including 3 children.)
Ron continued on in last week’s sermon:
“It was at this time  that we invited that minister from Missouri to be there during Thanksgiving while we were away. And while we were away, the mice did play. Because they started hatching up division while we were gone, while we were in Europe. And they began to spread things around a bit here and there. And they began to talk amongst themselves. About what I was doing and I was their minister and I should be there and I shouldn’t be anyplace else and I shouldn’t go anyplace else, because he’s our minister. And basically he should do what we tell him to do. Little did he know what God was
While Ron was in Europe, he missed two sermons. On November 20, 1999 Al Buchanan delivered a sermon titled “Children of the Light” to “the Church of God” in Toledo. Al Buchanan was the minister of the Belleville CoG (a suburb of St. Louis in Illinois). By all accounts, Al is not an empire builder. In fact a few weeks after this last Feast of Tabernacles he stepped down, stating that he felt his little CoGlet was encouraging division within Armstrongism. This just points up Ron’s paranoia. Ron, just because you’re plotting doesn’t mean that everyone else is.
On the other hand, it was just over two months after Ron’s first European trip as a prophet that he seized control of the Church of God Inc from its lay board during January and February of 2000. Ron the cat swallowed the church whole and spit out the mice.
During Ron’s sermon this past week, he quoted from various issues of News Watch. Here’s one potshot against CoGs that he didn’t quote. From the June-July 1999 issue on page 3 (336kB PDF Download):
Today some believe they are to give a warning witness to Israel. What a puny effort we see. If and when God gives a witness to Israel, more than He already has, you will know it. Israel has already received the height of a warning witness given through the Philadelphia period of time, and they rejected it. That is a witness against them!
The next witness will be obvious. It will be when God needs no Church to help sponsor nor support it. There will be such miraculous events accomplished at that time that much free publicity will be given. The work of that witness will consist of such newsworthy events that it will be widely reported in this world. There will be no need for an organization to sponsor such efforts.
That future witness to Israel will be one that reminds them of the earlier witness they refused during the Philadelphia era. It will tell them why they are then suffering once the physical tribulation has begun. It will also be a message to the whole world of what is soon to follow – the Kingdom of God on earth with the soon coming of Jesus Christ as King of kings. That job has been set aside for two to accomplish by the power of God. No church organization is going to do it, and no individual is going to be able to set himself up as God’s apostle to do it. It is for the two who are yet to be sent by God.
Ron sure doesn’t skimp on his irony pills. Ron, here you have it. It’s all your fault that the Great Tribulation hasn’t started. You don’t need the COG-PKG. Turn it over to Johnny and strike out on your own exercising your awesome Witness powers. When you and Laura are on your way out of town to call down plagues on world capitols, Y’ALL can stop off to breathe fire on that nasty IRS special agent who keeps serving Audra with summonses.
False Prophet Ronald Weinland spoke from the London UK area today. Ron went into full-sheriffing mode this week on a visit to the home of his UK elder Benjamin Ikwueme. The outcome of this meeting was that Ron de-ordained Benjamin as one of his elders. After the two witnesses left Ikwueme’s home and returned to their hotel, Mrs. Ikwueme called to say that they were quitting COG-PKG. Perhaps the issue for Ron was that Benjamin kept his Facebook page despite Ron’s fatwa and edict that elders were not to be on it. In his sermon on August 29 in which he strongly suggested that his members should not be on Facebook, Ron said:
That’s why I told the elders a long time ago to not be on those sites. Do you understand why I would have said something like that to elders a long time ago? Not to be on some of these open forums and so forth? If you don’t understand, think about it, pray about it and you’ll come to understand what’s healthier for the Church and why. And if it is good for elders to not do, I wonder… hmmm, it might be good for us.
Or perhaps Benjamin did not come through with the 419 millionaires Weinland expected since ordaining Benjamin in September of 2008. 😉 Joking aside, I hope that Benjamin and Grace will soon be able to put PKG behind them and that they and their sons will recover from the cult. And that they will reflect on their experience in PKG and avoid making the same mistake with another false prophet of which there are too many.
This trip has been an anniversary of a sort. It was 10 years ago, in late November of 1999, that Ron and Laura started their false prophecy globetrotting with a trip to the Belgium and Netherlands using air miles donated to them by Steve Dalrymple. While on that trip, Ron and Laura went to Paris and then London on or about November 25, 1999 and met the Ikwuemes. So Benjamin and Grace have had a long association with PKG.
Ron promises some timeshifting sermons to be delivered leading up to the fast on February 6. He’ll need to explain why the Great Tribulation has still not arrived well after the first trumpet blew for the second time.
Ron recycled one of his “News Watch” articles from the May 1998 issue. Looks like Ron’s not going to write another book, since he stated that everything in “2008 – God’s Final Witness” would happen exactly as written. And the timing would be right on target. Except for the 8 month delay between timelines which was qualified in the book as “a marginal 6-month window of time”. So does that mean:
- The US will no longer be an independent nation by June 21, 2009?
- The five specific ministers named as the first phase of the fifth thunder of the 6th seal who are still alive will indeed die during the 6th seal which ended on Feb 2, 2008 Nov 14, 2008?
- The economy is the 4th thunder and not the 1st trumpet?
- where “2008 – GFW” describes the 1st trumpet as “When we are told that a third of all plant life will be destroyed, that is exactly what it means.” that that’s exactly what it means, and that it’s not talking about the economy?
- That somewhere is an archive of interviews not arranged by Ron’s publicist? Since “2008 GFW” states “Radio and television interviews will become more the norm as curiosity, news, controversy, and fear increase in proportion to the growing intensity of these thunders.” This statement was in the chapter entitled “The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal” which ended on Feb 2, 2008 Nov 14, 2008.
The fire proceeding out of their mouth is symbolic of the power to pronounce exacting judgments upon anyone who would do them harm. Whatever the two witnesses pronounce will come to pass.
does it mean that I died a speedy death shortly after the Spokesman Witness pronounced his curse on me 49 weeks ago? That makes me so special. Not only am I a vulture picking on Ron’s putrid corpse, I’m a zombie vulture picking on Ron’s putrid corpse. How unusual. Somehow I manage to avoid picking on my own corpse and continue picking on Ron’s.