Ronald WeinlandMove over Harold Camping – you got the month and approximate date right, you were just out by a year. The end of the world is May 27, this year, 2012. Nothing to do with the Mayan calendar (yes I wondered too if the world was going to end in 2011 when I found that all my calendars ended on December 31!). No; this is a Christian calculation from another we-get-all-our-teachings-from-the-Bible church.

Many of you will remember the magazine the Plain Truth, of Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God (we’re talking the 1980s – the monthly magazine, with a circulation of 8 million, was free). Herbert W. Armstrong was typical of so many leaders of such sects, destroying families, living extravagantly from the tithes of followers (he taught 30% of gross income), teaching against remarriage after divorce (except for himself, of course). When he died the Worldwide Church of God fragmented into splinter groups, each with their own leader and teaching that they had the truth from the Bible.

One of these inheritors of the Worldwide Church of God and Herbert W. Armstrong’s mantel is The Church of God, Preparing for the Kingdom of God (COG-PKG) led by Ronald Weinland. Weinland is “the spokesman of His two end-time witnesses” mentioned in Revelation 11:3. He and his wife, Laura, are both prophets, and he is an end-time apostle to the world, and the end-time Elijah to come as mentioned in Malachi 4:5-6. “The final countdown has begun, as the 1,335 days before the actual day Jesus Christ returns began on Tuesday, September 30, 2008.” The return of Christ is dated to Pentecost, May 27 2012.

NB: I’ll starting listening to Ronald Weinland, and people like this, when he signs away, in an absolutely water-tight binding way, every last thing that he possess to the poor, and all his rights to employment and remuneration – coming into effect May 28, 2012. [Let’s not get distracted by the Swiss-bank-account-tax-avoidance charges].

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