TIMELINE ONE: The Beginning of the End: RW Sermon April 19, 2008: “It Has Begun”
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Takeaway quote from this sermon:
0:17:05 RW Sermon April 19, 2008 “It Has Begun”
“My first exercise in use of power is to you mockers. It begins with you. You will be the first to experience [it]. You don’t have to wait long. For those who mock from this day forward, by what you say against god’s people, for what you say against god’s truths, you will suffer from sickness that will eat you from the inside out and you will die. Your death will not be quick.”
Charming. And if you want to hear all two hours and seventeen minutes of it, it can be heard here or downloaded here. So what did Weinland have to say that promised to be so important in his blog post on April 18, 2008?
The opening hymn (only one) is a repeat of the Passover hymn In Thy Loving Kindness Lord. The chorale version. Weinland did not sing this time, thankfully.
The wife is the second witness. We knew that already. Here’s the thing though. Her job as a witness is to “witness” (i.e., watch) Weinland “witness” (i.e., prophesy). Yes you read that correctly.
Oh and the sound of the first trumpet [“blown” on April 17, 2008] was only heard by truly converted members of god’s church who listen to god’s words. (I.e., who listen to Weinland’s sermons.) Only if you have ears to hear, that is. He did say at one point that those who mock him do not have ears. As in “they do not have ears” full stop.
And the powers that have been manifested in these two witnesses? Weinland’s first act as one of the two witnesses of the book of Revelation and the spokesman for both is to call forth cancer on all of those who mock him. We will die slowly, suffering from the inside out. Yes it’s harsh, but that is the love of God, and how he will prove himself and his wife as the two witnesses.
The bulk of the sermon was devoted to those who mocked him in the past, will mock him in the future, and who are mocking him now. Those listening who do not have ears, etcetera. After an hour and a half of basically pleading with people to believe him (or die a slow painful death), he starts on the Alexander Hyslop/Two Babylons schtick that follows classic Armstrongism. Interspersed with this was the rock-solid concrete dates Weinland has already set.
Oh yes, and the first trumpet being fire mingled with blood is now going to be the sound of the second trumpet, within 45-90 days. So the first trumpet is 45-90 days, which is the trumpet that only those truly converted to Weinland’s church can hear, and the death, destruction, drought and diseases, will be the second trumpet. Weinland also spoke at great length about the fifth trumpet. A sign that he is jumping ahead once again? The old bait-and-switch? Perhaps. This sermon makes it more than clear that he will not step down, as he promised “by Pentecost or July” [Pentecost was June 8, 2008], as the proof in the pudding is supposed to be the second trumpet, which is supposed to sound (with death, destruction, drought and diseases) in 45-90 days or “as god progressively reveals”.
Listening to the sermon, it is clear that the only thing to be felt for Weinland, and for his followers, is the fervent hope that his followers realize exactly what their witness is made of, and stop sending the church money. The hope is that the clear delusion of this sermon will have members voting with their feet, not just lack of tithes, as so many did in ’75. Weinland’s small church cannot afford a mass exodus, however, which is a good thing. Anyone remaining in the church after this sermon will have been quite thoroughly indoctrinated by Lifton’s thought reform techniques. There is no other logical reason for members to stay, although Weinland did make repeated pleas towards “the patience and the faith of the saints”.