Seven Is Your Unlucky Number
Seven seals, seven thunders, seven trumpets. Confused yet? Time was shorter than I thought. Confusion, as always, is the order of the day. Twelve days left to the seventh seal. Book your eagle tickets early!
Bear in mind that I have this third-hand from an online source who got it from another online source, but I believe it may be from someone who is either close to American leadership on the inside of the church, or at the very least a regular attender. This may be a reliable source, or it may be an intentional misdirection to help members spot the “ungodly”. Take that for what it is worth.
Here is the timeline as it has been promoted publicly by online CoG-PKG members (who may or may not be attenders):
1335 days from the day Christ will return is 2nd Feb 08. The sealing of the 144,000 was completed on that date.
1290 days = 18th March 2008. That will be the opening of the seventh seal (and also the time when Satan no longer has the same power to deceive those in the Scattered groups. Some from those groups will begin to be awakened spiritually as a result). While there is silence in heaven for half an hour, there will not be silence on earth and the thunders will all ’sound’ powerfully during that time.
1260 days = 17th April 2008, the day the first trumpet of the seventh seal will ’sound’. It will also be the time of the beginning of what is called “The Great Tribulation”
Confused yet? The seventh seal opens on March 18th, not April 17th. The first trumpet of the seventh seal blows on April 17th, and the great tribulation is set to begin, according to the CoG-PKG. Regardless of the semantics, according to one online believer, “April 17th is when the bad crap is supposed to happen.”
I entirely agree. We just happen to differ on what that “bad crap” is going to entail.
The lesson in this (for myself as well) is to listen carefully to CoG-PKG members, and try and understand exactly what they are referring to. This is difficult, as members are told one thing, and the public another, as material on the websites is changed or “re-interpreted”. Predictions of physical deaths become predictions of spiritual deaths and quotes showcasing physical deaths are still available online. Seven seals, seven thunders, seven trumpets. Outsiders can easily be confused, and this is how they are “spotted” as such.
These are typical Armstrongist tactics. The more overloaded the membership is, as long as they get the lingo right, and keep those outside of the church completely puzzled, they can then discredit the “detractors” by claiming “You got it wrong! You have no idea what you’re talking about!”
As I responded to the member online who came up with that toothless defense, I really don’t care what April 17th is referred to as, in Weinland’s twisted little theological landscape. Regardless of what he’s calling it (this week), April 17th is the definitive date that Weinland has set. No matter what it’s called, no matter what he’s “predicted”, that is the date to watch.
Either Weinland is perfectly aware of what he is doing, and already has the “spin” prepared for what he’s going to tell the church when nothing happens (doubtful), or he has something planned that will “prove” his prophecies (more likely), or he will simply hie for the hills with all of the money he’s collected thus far, during the “half hour of silence in heaven” (most likely of all, given his past antics in both the Worldwide Church of God and the United Church of God congregations that he has “led”), that is set to begin on March 18th, when “the seventh seal is opened”. Twelve days and counting.
Any way you slice it, whether April 17th is the seventh seal, the first trump, the last thunder, or the end of the CoG-PKG (either physically or financially) itself, the membership is going to get burned. I just want to make sure the world is aware of that fact, before it happens, so they can get their friends and family members out.