False Prophet Ronald Weinland was in Georgia yesterday for yet another big announcement. The last time he was to be there, Ron was a no-show claiming illness on that day of judgment on the 40th sabbath of the Great Tribulation, the Feast of Trumpets, and the end of the “time” before the real “times”.
As reported by Jack and Gavin, Rotten Ronnie has expanded his CV yet again, now claiming “I also am an Elijah-to-come”. To hear it from his own lying lips, download the sermon from the PKG website and start listening beginning at 51 minutes into the file. (If the link is broken, navigate to the audio page on the PKG website and download it. Also if the sermon file link is broken, the file has probably been edited to remove announcements and/or other misstatements in which case the statement of interest would be a few minutes earlier).
To set the stage for his big announcement, Ronnie meandered through an article written by his spiritual idol, Herbert Armstrong in the March 6, 1981 Worldwide News [8MB PDF download]. In this article, on page 10, 3rd paragraph of the 3rd column, Armstrong wrote:
I have been asked “Are you the Elijah?” And I say “No.”
That would be a reference to Malachi 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:” However, in the WWN article following Herbie’s denial, he seemed to claim the Elijah title without coming out and directly stating it, likening himself to John the Baptist. This just prior to putting out another call for money to pay for quality for God’s end-time Apostle. In any case, Weinland wrote in 2008 God’s Final Witness (page 162): “God’s end-time apostle and prophesied “Elijah to come” was Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong.”
At 1 hour, 8 minutes and 45 seconds in yesterday’s sermon recording, Ron squeezes in “I am the final fulfillment of the Elijah-to-come”. So Ron is not only “an” Elijah-to-come, he is the final one. I imagine he could easily proof-text for his followers that there can be more than one of “the” Elijah’s-to-come, should one of them think to ask about it.
Ron is certainly reducing his cycle time for adding titles. He became a prophet in 1997 or 1998, according to various statements. Yet he didn’t make an announcement of this to his church until 2002. Then in 2005 he decided that he and the missus are the end-time witnesses and waited a couple of months before announcing it to his church. Just five weeks ago he added the claim of being an Apostle after God “put it in his mind” just a few weeks earlier. And now today he adds the title of the final Elijah-to-come. There is an ever reducing cycle between adding titles. Since Ronnie can’t dazzle his members with brilliance, he’s baffling them with BS.
There were a few interesting asides before starting the sermon. At one point he thought that Laura was giving him a warning look as though he was about to say something we wasn’t supposed to . Is Ron a puppet dancing to Laura’s string pulls? I doubt it, but expect that he needs her to keep him from chewing on his foot in any more often than he does.
His newest evangelist, Terry Wrozek, was brought down from Jackson, Michigan so that Ron could meet with him and senior evangelist Johnny Harrell. On the agenda were discussions of the new yet unannounced doctrine, and things in addition to doctrine. Ron needed to get his evangelists on board with the new changes before rolling them out over the next few weeks. Could these “additional things” have anything to do with the IRS investigation? I doubt that Ronnie’s flight to the beast power is imminent, since even if the investigation were complete, there will still be a review process within the IRS and an additional review by the Department of Justice’s tax division before a referral would be made to a US attorney. Nevertheless, he could be positioning himself should his legal position deteriorate.
It’s now 52 weeks since Ron cursed me with a speedy death for criticizing him, but somehow I expect I’ll still be around to find out what amazing new doctrines he promises to reveal to his followers.