Ronald Weinland claims various religious titles. In ordinary dealings he prefers “pastor” and would rather not be called “reverend” though typically doesn’t make a huge issue of it when dealing with lay people such as radio interviewers. For his members and followers, there are other titles with religious significance.
Weinland claims to be the “end time prophet of the God of Abraham” — prominently so, below his picture on the back cover of his book “2008 — God’s Final Witness”. Then again inside the book “Yes, the ETERNAL God, the God of Abraham has sent me to you. I am to state clearly that I am an end-time prophet, a prophet of the God of Abraham.” [page 17]
In his book, he makes the additional claim of being one of the Two Witnesses prophesied in Revelation chapter 11. After quoting Revelation 11:3 and from Zechariah 4, he states “It is now with boldness, confidence and great clarity that I give to you what God has given me. I am to announce, through God’s direct revelation, that I am one of those two witnesses. The other witness will be revealed to the world during the time of the great tribulation—within the final three and one-half years of man’s era.” [page 16]. “As I have stated, I am one of those prophets, and I am also the spokesman of both.” [page 57]
As far as the other of the Two Witnesses, that is his wife. In his blog posting made April 18, 2008, he stated “.… now is the time to publicly reveal the name of the second end-time witness. It is my wife Laura.” Incidentally, that date was prior to his current 3 & 1/2 timeline which began in December of 2008.
Weinland claims additional titles. In a blog posting of December 24, 2009 he stated:
As God has made me both an apostle and a prophet for this end-time, He has also given me to fulfill prophecies being the spokesman of the two end-time witnesses of Revelation 11. In addition, He has given me to fulfill the prophecies of the “Elijah to come” and of Zerubbabel.
This claim contradicts earlier statements he made. In his booklet “Time Has Run Out” published in 2003, he stated:
Faithfully reviewing our history and acknowledging that this history is in perfect and complete harmony with the word of God and end-time prophecies should serve to strengthen brethren and sober us to the reality of how little time we have left to prepare ourselves. Yet this evangelist “of a large organization” waffles back and forth on this subject. He even plants the thought that there are experts who believe one of the two witnesses may fulfill this role of the Elijah to come. How could such a man be so blind, especially after all that he experienced in the Church during Philadelphia? And who are these “experts?” Have these experts written commentary about this subject, and are they supposed to be “Bible scholars,” who are in fact actually outside the Church—without the spirit of God dwelling in them? Do we look to experts outside the Church to help us understand the true word of God and those things that can only be revealed through God’s spirit? What would either of these two witnesses restore in that last 3½ years before Jesus Christ returns? That question alone should show how foolish this evangelist has been in presenting such suggestions!
These titular claims are contradictory to other of his earlier writing. In the June-July 1999 issue of “Newswatch”, he stated:
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.