The Seventh Seal Definitively Debunked.
Updated March 23, 2008: Apparently the church has reversed its position on the shock and horror at the opening of the seventh seal. Or at least the church is trying to explain it in a manner that will keep the brainwashed members in for as long as they possibly can, until Ron&Co get enough money to be able to safely head for the hills themselves. Not because of any global great tribulation, but because of the tribulation the members are going to give Weinland and his elders, when they realize they’ve been duped!
“I know the exact day the Sixth Seal was opened, and the world will be shocked and in horror on the day that the Seventh Seal is opened.” [pp. 23, 2008: God’s Final Witness]
The world isn’t shocked and in horror yet and “the day that the seventh seal is opened” is wearing on. Strike one Weinland!
“….the world will be caught off guard when the Seventh Seal is opened.” [pp. 59, 2008: God’s Final Witness]
It’s been opened. Anyone caught off guard yet? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Striiiiike twoooooo!
“The opening of the Seventh Seal will serve as a warning to the world that the final end-time tribulation has come……” [pp. 60, 2008: God’s Final Witness]
Pity nothing happened.
“Before the Seventh (and final) Seal is opened, the Seven Thunders will become so pronounced that the validity of everything written about them in the previous chapter should roar loudly in the ears of anyone who is willing to admit the truth.” [pp. 115, 2008: God’s Final Witness]
The seventh seal has been open for quite some time now and none of the final three thunders have become that “pronounced”: Rod Meredith is not dead, the US has not recognized Weinland as god’s end-time prophet and the Christian world has not, last time I checked, abandoned trinitarianism. Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerike threeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Thank you for playing Rotten Ronnie, you’re out!
Do members still want to hang on until April 17th, 2008? Weinland has been proven false time and time again. The financial abuse of the membership continues (a tithe is required before members are “approved” for baptism). What reason do members have left to stay in the church, except that they have been so frightened by Weinland’s apocalyptic predictions that they feel they have nowhere left to turn before “time runs out”?
Time has been “running out” for Armstrong and his adherents for over seventy-five years. Why their time hasn’t “run out” completely, is anybody’s guess. Charisma? Promises of “the wonderful world tomorrow”? So much time and money invested that members feel they have no choice but to “stick with it” to the bitter end?
Whatever the reason, Weinland is getting richer. Even after April 17th, 2008 passes without incident, his followers will probably still find or make some excuse for him (if he and his ministers don’t make up their own). The same thing happened in 1975, and the church kept going (in some places even stronger than it was before) right up until 1993.