Ronald Weinland of CGPFK made the news for being wrong yesterday:
10 Failed Doomsday Predictions
By Benjamin Radford, LiveScience’s Bad Science Columnist
posted: 04 November 2009…
With the upcoming disaster film “2012″ and the current hype about Mayan calendars and doomsday predictions, it seems like a good time to put such notions in context.
Most prophets of doom come from a religious perspective, though the secular crowd has caused its share of scares as well. One thing the doomsday scenarios tend to share in common: They don’t come to pass…
God’s Church Ministry, Fall 2008
According to God’s Church minister Ronald Weinland, the end times are upon us– again. His 2006 book “2008: God’s Final Witness” states that hundreds of millions of people will die, and by the end of 2006, “there will be a maximum time of two years remaining before the world will be plunged into the worst time of all human history. By the fall of 2008, the United States will have collapsed as a world power, and no longer exist as an independent nation.” As the book notes, “Ronald Weinland places his reputation on the line as the end-time prophet of God.” http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/091104-doomsday-predictions.html
The above article pointed out false predictions for the end in the 19th-21st centuries. But the problem is not prophecy, it is false prophets. The Bible specifically warns against them:
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. (2 Peter 2:1-2)
Because of false prophets, people seem less willing to believe the true predictions of God’s word as explained by His servants. But whether people believe the prophecies of the Bible or not, they will come to pass.
Now, as long term readers of the COGwriter page are aware, I first denounced Ronald Weinland for being wrong about four years ago. Thus far, he has never been right, and my track record for denouncing false prophets even before their prophecies have proven to be false has not failed.
Ronald Weinland is a self-appointed “prophet” who also claims to be one of the two witnesses. He still claims that he is God’s prophet, but his current prediction that Jesus will return on is also in error. In his 3/15/08 sermon he said. “September 29, 2011, Jesus Christ returns”. Here is what he and his church now teach:
As regular readers/listeners are aware, on December 14, 2008, the world entered the final 3 1/2 years spoken of throughout prophecy as the end-time of man’s rule on earth. On Pentecost of 2012, the world will experience a final transition from mankind ruling himself to that of God’s government ruling over all nations. (Weinland R. “In” the Final Three & One Half Years. March 9, 2009, www.ronaldweinland.com)
1260 Days: The blowing of the first Trumpet will occur/occurred on the 14th of December, 2008. This is the beginning of the Great Tribulation and 3 1/2 years until the return of Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost. The beginning of the fall of the USA and other Israelite countries begins from the start of the 1260 days (CGPFK website, FAQ–Timeline Questions Answered. viewed 2/25/09).
Pentecost in 2012 is May 27, 2012. But, Jesus cannot and will not return then.
Now Ronald Weinland is not unique in being wrong of course.
A relatively well known semi-Protestant, Harold Camping, has made somewhat of a splash too. In his publications, We are Almost There! and To God be the Glory, he inaccurately claims that certain biblical passages teach that May 21, 2011 is the date of Jesus’ return (which he calls the Rapture) and October 21, 2011 is the date for the end of the world. And while some day I will post more about Harold Camping, let me go on record and state that Jesus cannot and will not return on May 21, 2011.
Despite false prophets rising up, the truth is that the Great Tribulation will begin relatively soon, Jesus will return, and the final Bible prophecies will be fulfilled. But Jesus cannot return prior to 2016 and the Great Tribulation cannot begin prior to 2013.
Some articles of related interest may include the following:
Concerns About Ronald Weinland’s Church of God-Preparing for the Kingdom of God Ronald Weinland falsely claims to be one of the two witnesses God is raising up and that the end will come in 2008 (first April 17th, then June 2008, now December 14, 2008). Why does the Bible show that Ron Weinland is a false prophet? He also has at least one other view that suggests that he is not part of the Church of God.
Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected? What does the Bible really teach? Does the Church flee or is it taken up just prior to the great tribulation? Who really is left behind?
Why is a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem Not Required? Although people like Timothy LaHaye teach a third Jewish temple is required, who is ‘the temple of God” in the New Testament? Does the Bible require a rebuilt Jewish Temple?
Laodicean Warning for God’s People Is there really a place of safety? Do God’s people need to be warned? Warned for what?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2009, 2010, or 2011? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?
Who Are The Two Witnesses? What is their job? What does the Bible reveal? What has the Church of God taught on this subject? Might even Roman Catholic prophecies give some clues here?
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012? How might Barack Obama be involved in 2012?
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect This is a link related to a book by Bob Thiel (COGwriter). This also has YouTube videos related to 2012. The book is for those truly interested in understanding how prophecies inter-relate and who want to see a real sequence of end time events.