Numerology For Dummies
Times, thunders, seals, and all of it proof-texted from the books of Daniel and Revelation: For the Churches of God, bad things always came in sevens.
Weinland is taking the “time, times and half a time” from Daniel and interpreting that as 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days, respectively. Thus, from Feb 2, 2008 (the day the 1335-day countdown by Weinland began), the countdown to 1290 days will bring the calculation up to March 18th, 2008, according to one follower.
Weinland does not use 1260 days in his prophecy as other CoG splinters do; Weinland gets around the “half a time” calculation by using the “silence in heaven for half an hour” verse in Revelation. As one CoG-PKG member put it to me, “…which Ron has told us is one month…” which brings us to the April 17th, 2008 “first trumpet of the seventh seal and the beginning of the Great Tribulation” prediction by Weinland in the latest sermon. April 17th, 2008 (to April the 20th, 2008 ) marks the various dates on which Church of God splinters will be keeping Passover.
If the CoG-PKG follows suit with “classic” Armstrongism, Passover will be observed with a solemn church service, a foot-washing service, and the breaking of (unleavened) bread and sharing of bitter wine, served in shot glasses from a silver platter that has holes for each glass, and a silver cover on top of it. The holy days calendar on the CoG-PKG site notes that Passover, kept on April 19th, 2008, will be “observed the previous evening after sunset”.
Weinland called for a church-wide fast (remember, that’s nothing by mouth for twenty-four hours, from sunset to sunset) on the day of his declaration that the 1335 days had begun; CoG-PKG members may be asked to fast on the 17th of April, 2008 for the same reason. [Fortunately this turned out not to be the case.]
What this means for the CoG-PKG? Church members may very well be asked to starve themselves of food and all liquids for twenty-four hours, whereupon they will break that fast by eating unleavened bread (essentially dry crackers), and drinking bitter wine that the church will be providing. For those members unable to get to a congregation, Weinland mentions in the “45 Days” sermon that an instant message may be sent out via the website or over the Internet, when the time is ready. [This did not happen during the 2008 Passover weekend, fortunately.]
Weinland is clearly painting himself into a corner via the certainty of these dates he is predicting; it is absolutely impossible to tell what will happen, once he finds himself backed into it, and his prophecy falls flat. I want to say that nothing will happen after April 17th, 2008 passes without incident. I actively want to be wrong about my concern for the members of this closed high-demand religious group.
Everything within me and everything I know from my past in the Worldwide Church of God, tells me that there is a possibility of something truly awful happening to church members, when Weinland has to face the fact that he is a false prophet. (Remember, Weinland is fond of quoting Deuteronomy with regards to the leaders of the other Church of God splinters; he believes false prophets will die.)
I must again urge friends and family members with loved ones in this potentially extremely dangerous cult to consult with a qualified exit counselor before April 17th, 2008. After all, if we’re wrong, all we have to lose is a little bit of face (a penalty I will gladly accept). Your loved ones have potentially much more to lose if the concerns of myself, and other ex-members, are valid.