This Week in History

A year ago this Monday, False Prophet Ronald Weinland started his job as Spokesman Witness for the second time and also restarted the Great Tribulation.  But he’s had to restart the Great Tribulation yet again and will do so again.

Four years ago tomorrow, Ronnie declared himself to be the Spokesman of the Two End-Time Witnesses.  And 15 years ago tomorrow, Joe Tkach Sr opened the First Seal in his December 17, 1994 sermon in Atlanta witnessed by Weinland’s backup man Johnny Harrell.

Joe Tkach reprised his Atlanta sermon a week later in his “Christmas Eve” sermon in Big Sandy.  Ambassador College alumni including relations of mine were in attendance for a reunion.

Here is a clip of the first part of Tkach’s “Christmas Eve” sermon.

Thanks to J of Shadows of WCG for finding this. He has links to both sides of the first audio tape of the sermon on his blog. (YouTube limits clips to 10 minutes each).

A video of the sermon was distributed to all the local congregations in the Worldwide Church of God in January of 1995. As a result of the changes introduced by this sermon, WCG imploded with Ronald Weinland leaving WCG as minister in March of 1995 and incorporating The United Church of God – Toledo, Inc. the following month.  And the rest — is history.

7 thoughts on “This Week in History

  1. Ron will have to get out his jumper cables and try to start his Great Tribulation engine again. But it won’t start. The engine is dead and not repairable.

    He will have to tow it around behind his apostlemobile until it too breaks down, and they are both left abadoned in the middle of the road.

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  2. “Ron will have to get out his jumper cables and try to start his Great Tribulation engine again.”

    Seeing as the “g”reat Tribulation engine is soley in Rons head he will need more than luck to start something that does not in fact exist. But Ron knows this, and his Con-Man alter ego must have a hearty laugh every time he hears it. On the other hand Rons Man-of-God ego must cringe every time he has to even approach his “engine” as the d*mn thing wont even turn over much less run.

    Delusion is a heady cup is it not?

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  3. mmmmmmmm- was just reading ‘Richards’ comment over at Shadows. Seems he remembers the FIRST sermon at Atlanta where Tkach gave this sermon. Seems he was interrupted as another meeting was due to be held.

    mmmmmmm was just thinking how Ron says delivery of the FIRST of Tkach’s sermon was the opening of the FIRST seal. Mmmmmmmm – Tkach’s second delivery of the sermon seemed to be a lot more dramatic – but I guess the dates for the second sermon (a week later) don’t fit with Ron’s plans……

    Just thought that was interesting……

    All the WCG ministers have the same look in their eyes don’t they……… surprises me still.

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  4. This was back in the days before everyone had the Internet though, and the church did not (Could not?) have the sermon that brought in the changes as a satellite transmission (as the Feast did). The delay was in shipping, as the videos had to be sent out to all church areas. Some outliers didn’t get the tapes till the middle or end of January. So, that kind of “rolling blackout” effect must have had an impact on how things went down as well; not to mention the fact that Tkach Sr had been buddying up with the Christian evangelicals, practically from the time Armstrong’s body was cold — which would have been ten years PRIOR to the formation of UCG.

    It definitely wasn’t cut-and-dried, although I’m certain Tkach Sr wished it could have been, and his son too, who had to try and pick up the pieces. (And do the necessary sleight-of-hand to maintain his papal infallibity).

    If anything, revisiting the sermon that rocked the boat, proved to me that there are no easy answers. Pack and Weinland and Meredith and Flurry all think there ARE easy answers, about what happened to the church, and what’s worse, they’ve convinced small factions of ex-members that THEY have the easy answers.

    There are NO answers, never mind easy ones, for what happened. Those of us who were long-time members of the church will probably never know the truth of it all, in our lifetimes.

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  5. My family is following one of the splinter groups because they are the only “remnant” who has the answers to WHY it all fell apart. …. I of course agree with Aggie… We’ll never really know. And I’m so over it, I don’t care why it happened anymore. I’m just glad it did. 😉

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  6. I’m glad it happened too, Karen; otherwise I would still be parking my butt in a rented union hall every week, singing hymns to a god I would “worship in Thy fear towards Thy holy place”.

    From your comments, I’m guessing your family might have joined CGG; just out of curiousity, how are they handling Ritenbaugh’s shift to born-againism? (You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to.)

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