In Ron Weinland's latest book he has the following comment which describes the ultimate hope of every single Church of God leader out there today.
How many decades have we all heard this exact same thing. "The church is small since its inception"...not true at all! The church grew and millions have been touched by the words of Jesus and who, in massive numbers, are better Christians than ANY of the Church of God leaders we have today.That Church has been small from its inception. It has been hated, maligned, persecuted, and a vast number of its leaders have been imprisoned and/or even put to death. It has been so small that most in the world have never even known of its existence. But that is all about to be changed, as it is now God’s purpose to make it a powerful Church, and the only Church on earth.
According to the false prophets of the Church of God, their god was too impotent to preserve his word for future generations. Little itsy-bistys groups of men (always men) held on to "the truth" and kept it hidden till Herbert Armstrong listened to his wife and started his own church. Then, in only six months, he found it all hidden in the Eugene, Oregon library. God was a crafty dude to hide it there!
Yes, for centuries good men and women were been killed for their faith and continue to be to this very day. From martyrs in Iraq to those killed in Syria and Egypt, they stood up for their faith, secure in their beliefs. Not so in the Churches of God today.
The men leading the Churches of God today have never stood up for anything. They have never been persecuted. All any of them have done is create groups to secure their financial success and standing. In spite of their grandiose dreams and boasting, 99.99% of the world has never heard of any of the COG's. That much in Ron Weinland's statement is true.
I can state emphatically that Jesus will NOT return on Wednesday, June 9, 2019. Nothing will change on that date and God certainly is NOT going to make Ron Weinland's personality cult a powerful church any more than he will ever make any of the Churches of God powerful and the ONLY church on earth. Why would anyone alive today want to live in a kingdom ruled by spiritual despots like Dave Pack, Ron Weinland, Gerald Flurry, James Malm, or Bob Thiel? Who would want to be ruled over by any of their nasty and vindictive members?
The hope and desire of real Christians is something greater than any of the pipedreams of current COG leaders. That hope and desire is rest and release from the burdens of life as their burden are lifted and carried by one greater than them. There will be no ruling with rod's of iron or police states that so many in the church think they will be able to set up when they are made rulers of their worlds.