‘Book of Miracles’? End: May 15, 2017? Malm: Great Tribulation 2019?


A reader sent me a link to the following:

April 25, 2017

Giant locusts swarm around a jagged aquamarine mountain. Great whales and strange beasts flounder amid stormy seas. Inky skies rain hailstones and blood. These bizarre and terrifying visions are found in the Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs, also called the Book of Miracles. It is a beautifully illustrated manuscript created in the German city in the mid-16th Century but only recently discovered and now collected in a new edition, by Till-Holger Borchert and Joshua P Waterman. …

“I remember that when I first saw the images in the flesh,” Till-Holger Borchert tells BBC Culture, “I was awestruck by the very touching combination of simplicity and beauty in systematically depicting catastrophes of all times.”

“These stunningly vivid pictures must certainly have imparted to those readers first seeing them a sense of awe at the progression of disasters and wonders from the beginning of history to the end of time, as then understood,” writes Waterman. The first half of the book concerns the Old Testament, while the second spans from antiquity through to the mid 1500s, when the book was produced. It ends with stories from the Book of Revelation. …

The final section of the book, inspired by the prophecies of the Book of Revelation, is to Waterman, “a clear example of how wondrous phenomena fit within a comprehensive ordering scheme of world history, understood as a progression from God’s act of creation to the second coming of Jesus Christ.”

The Augsburg Book of Miracles is a fascinating glimpse into an atmosphere of superstition and apocalyptic prophecy. But rather than dismiss these views as bizarre medieval preoccupations, Waterman argues that “it’s easy empathise with the 16th Century’s efforts to understand strange, inexplicable, or disastrous events in the world, even if our modern understanding is drastically different.”

Age of anxiety

And, in that society’s “sphere of anxiety”, Borchert sees some parallels with today, in that “every extreme weather phenomenon is hailed in news as proof of climate change and these days, every attack everywhere is almost instantly linked to terrorism.”

Yet this concern with weather and natural phenomena provides a more concerning link between the mid-1500s and today, Waterman says. “Thinking about environmental catastrophes back then and now, one becomes aware of a cruel irony: whereas human sin was once blamed for floods, storms, and droughts, only to have been replaced by scientific explanations after the Enlightenment, we have now, with global warming, come full circle.” http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170421-the-eerie-historical-visions-that-predict-the-apocalypse

Sin still has consequences, including impacting weather (Weather Blessings and Sorrows). The United Nations, Pope Francis, and others believe that they understand the causes of ‘climate change,’ but do not properly tie this with sufficient understanding of societal sins nor end time biblical prophecy (see United Nations: Humankind’s Last Hope or New World Order?).

Yet the ‘Book of Miracles” is correct that the end will come and Jesus will come again.

But when?

Another reader sent me a link to something from Live Countdown pointing to “the end” to come on May 15, 2017 (http://www.livecountdown.com/the-end/). But if that ‘end’ means the start of the Great Tribulation (it gives no explanation) that is not possible. For some details, check out the article When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2017, 2018, or 2019?

There is also another wrong prediction from one claiming to be in the COG. James Malm posted this incorrect speculation:

I think it highly probable that Israel will go to war with Gaza and Hezbollah destroying the remaining power of Syria and bringing regime change to Syria; and the US coalition will attack the Revolutionary Guards in Iran.

The general falling away in the COG Groups (Mat 24:3-5, 2 Thess 2:3, 2 Ti 4, Jude) is also moving ahead, more on that after the UCG GCE conference.

If events do not slow down or pause, all signs now point to the setting up of the abomination to do miracles in the Vatican in October of 2018, with the tribulation beginning 75 days later.  (Malm J. Personal. Shining Light. 04/20/17)

James Malm has a history of incorrect speculations as to when the Great Tribulation will begin. I have challenged his false speculations for close to a decade so far, and every year I have been right and him wrong. Here, for example, is something he wrote in 2007:

While the timing of this Festival is determined by the observance of the New Moon, the sixth day of this Festival is expected on 12 Apr 2012. Counting back from then, 1290 days, means that; the final false prophet we are awaiting, should be revealed around 30 Sep 2008 (Malm J. November 7, 2007 article titled “2008 in Prophecy).

In December 2007, he wrote:

Please, do not confuse me with R Weinland.  I strongly disagree with most of what he says.  For one thing I endeavour to provide scriptural backing for everything that I say.  However I do say that 2008 is a critical year.  As stated on the website I expect the Abomination (the man of sin) to be set up at the end of Sep and to go to the Holy Place within 75 days, triggering the occupation of Jerusalem.  We shall know soon enough if I am correct!

Sincerely   James Malm

Of course, that was wrong.  Nor does he properly understand many of the scriptures he refers to.

In 2008, he posted:

The only possible years for the 1335 days to begin in the forseeable future are 2008 or 2009…

In short the last day of the 1335 days may occur on the day before Pentecost, making the Feast of Pentecost representative of a NEW BEGINNING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. If this is true, and I shall study it further; the final False Prophet will be set up on 3 Oct 2009! (Malm. J. 2008 and Prophecy, 30 SEP 08).

On July 19, 2009, he emailed the following to me:

Dear Robert
Because I had told you in the past that no changes had been made to the  70 Weeks Prophecy article, I feel responsible to inform you that the article has been expanded and edited…

I have stated that If this is the year, the Final False Prophet will be set up 1,335 days prior to the day BEFORE Pentecost in 2013.  I have said that this date will be 3 Oct, if my calculations are correct.  It turns out that the calculation was not correct.  I had made an error which has been pointed out to me and I have since rechecked this calculation.  The date should be 19 Oct 09; NOT 3 Oct 09.  This is based on the Biblical Calendar…(Malm J. Email, July 19, 2009).

But because I posted the above email, even after telling him that my only prediction in 2009 was that the end (meaning the Great Tribulation) could not come then, he actually wrote in August 2009 the following and included a challenge:

Dear Robert
Yes, you did make a prediction. You predicted that nothing will happen. If something does then you will be the false prophet. Will YOU issue an admission that YOU were a false prophet? I will make a deal with you. If I have your promise to do so, then I will promise to issue a public admission that I have been wrong! Let me know!…James Malm

My response to him was:

If I am wrong, I will clearly admit it. So yes we have a deal. I hope that you will be clear if you were wrong.

Well, James Malm kind of sort of admitted it then, after he was proven wrong:

The abomination was NOT set up on the 19th of Oct and the trend of events seems to point to continued slow progress toward the Time Appointed.  God is working to His time table; NOT OURS…

The more time passes the less likely it becomes that the elderly Benedict XVI will become the final false prophet.

His excuse was similar to one that the self-appointed false prophet Ronald Weinland has used.  Furthermore, instead of properly repenting of his error, James Malm then lashed out improperly against me again (for details for back then, see James Malm Continues to Mislead). He could have simply stated that I was right and he was wrong, but instead made false accusations again towards me.

Of course, if he keeps predicting each year, one day he should get it right. But only because he has been predicting/speculating on most years since his predictions for 2008.

Despite his errors, the Great Tribulation is coming as Jesus said:

21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:21-22)

Why not in 2019 as James Malm is now pointing to?

Notice what Jesus stated would happen BEFORE the Great Tribulation can begin:

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.  18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.  19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. (Matthew 24:14-20)

There are at least a couple of things to consider.

First of all, although we in the Continuing Church of God are working towards the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14 (see The Final Phase of the Work), it is not yet complete, though we are preparing for it (see Preparing for the ‘Short Work’ and The Famine of the Word).

Secondly, the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet does not happen until about 3 1/2 years (the middle of a prophetic ‘week’) after the ‘peace deal’ of Daniel 9:27 is confirmed by a ‘prince’ (Daniel 9:26; see also The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27). Since the deal of Daniel 9:27 has not been made, let alone confirmed, yet, the Great Tribulation cannot begin prior to late 2020. And as I have written since before Donald Trump took office (see Can the Great Tribulation Start in 2017?), I do not believe the Great Tribulation would start prior to 2021–and of course, a later date is still an option until the deal of Daniel 9:27 is confirmed.

In the Continuing Church of God “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19, KJV).


Because we believe and teach what the Bible teaches.

More information on the Great Tribulation can be found in the article When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? A YouTube video of related interest may be Will the Great Tribulation Start in 2017?

Despite false prophets and error-ridden speculators, the Great Tribulation will begin in this century and the prophesied events in the Bible will come to pass.

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