A history teacher helps a disabled student during a history lesson, 1943
Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
~ Winston Churchill (contested, although George Santayana said something similar, and it is often misattributed to him)
I actually do not understand why people follow liars. When someone constantly twists other people’s words, twists Scripture to their own ideas and outright lies about other people’s motives, then I find it quite puzzling that anyone with an ounce of sanity would continue to follow them. I guess you can say they do not learn from history.
I suppose that the answer is implicit within the question, though. After all, sanity implies facing reality, and reality is just another word for truth. It is the opposite of deception. When you have the deceivers leading the deceived, they seem to form a feedback loop that can be difficult for the truth to penetrate.
I guess that is why people still follow Ronald Weinland, even though he is in jail. I’m also guessing that David C Pack will not lose a majority of his following right away for the same reason. It is hard to fight your pride and ego and admit you are wrong and were deceived. It takes humility, and most false prophets do not set themselves because they are humble.
4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
Wearing a rough garment, putting on an outer appearance, in order to deceive will not be viewed lightly by God. There will come a time of punishment.
So, which false prophet will fall next? It’s hard to say. Certainly, Bob Thiel is full of himself, and it is possible he will finally jump over the ledge into insanity. Actually, he might not have that far to go. Yesterday, he posted about his latest YouTube video on “Leading the Final Phase of the Work” (and I remembered the “nofollow” flag this time), which is nothing more than a lot of chest beating about how he has a double portion of the Holy Spirit, he reaches more with the message of the Gospel and how CCOG will “lead” the final phase of God’s work.
However, it isn’t just his ego that gets in the way of things these days. His continual reliance upon pagan prophecies is beyond troubling. On the one hand, you’re not supposed to pay attention to or fear pagan things, but then he goes into great detail about comparing pagan prophecies to the Bible. It makes you wonder if he is trying to discredit or lend credence to those same pagan prophecies!
However, something else finally became crystal clear. He quoted Herbert W Armstrong (HWA) more than he quoted the Bible! IOW, he is no different than any other of these organizations which idolize HWA! So, “Why not the CCOG?” to paraphrase an old COGWriter question? Because it is obvious that it is built upon idolatry.
OTOH, James Malm is no fan of HWA, is he? However, if Thiel’s ego is large, then Malm’s is ginormous. Malm strikes me as one who could look you straight in the eye and lie. Every post is full of … well … full of distortions and lies.
While I have been warning that Egypt would turn against Islamic Extremism and that a major regional war would defeat the Radical Islamic groups, the other COG Groups have been saying the exact opposite, and they have been shown to be wrong.
Actually, no, they have not. It is a lie, and Malm knows it. He sets up a strawman, knocks it down, and then he proceeds to beat his chest about how he is right. He has lied about Thiel’s writings, my writings, HWA writings, and he constantly twists God’s words as well. He is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
First of all, extremist Islam is not the King of the South. I defy anyone to come up with anything more substantial than a lot of hand waving on that one. LCG, UCG and COGWA all state that the King of the South will unite people under the banner of radical Islam, but that is not the same thing. Seriously, if Malm cannot even tell the truth about this, then why would anyone believe him about anything?
Second, radical Islam will never be exterminated before Christ returns. You cannot kill an ideology. The Soviet Union did a good job of trying to kill the idea of freedom and democracy, but it wound up being defeated instead. Yet, even the ideology of socialism in various forms lives on, including the not inconsequential nation of China.
There are only two ways to deal with radical ideologies. One way is the way of various regimes from the past to the present, and that is to suppress it. Radical Islam was suppressed under dictators like Hosni Mubarak and Bashar al-Assad, but even then it required a bone or two to be thrown to them.
The Muslim Brotherhood is by no means defeated! Even if it were, another more radical group would spring up in its place! We never destroyed Al Qaeda! It just scattered into smaller and harder to track groups! In fact, it is still an entity to be dealt with! That’s why Reuters just today posted “Al Qaeda affiliate urges attacks on Egyptian army“!
“There is nothing more right in God’s religion (Islam) than those who speak of the infidelity, reneging on Islam and abandonment of religion, and call for the necessity to fight these armies, foremost of which is the Egyptian army,” said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, spokesman for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to the Arabic recording.
“The Egyptian army is part and a mere copy of these armies which are seeking in a deadly effort to prevent God’s laws from being adopted and trying hard to consecrate the principles of secularism and man-made laws,” he said.
There is only one other way to defeat ideology: Deception. Surely, Malm would know something about that!
There is a coming individual who will deceive the entire world. He will claim to be the Messiah, the Christ, the Islamic Madhi, the Buddhist Maitreya, the Hindu Kalki, etc. He will be able to deceive everyone for a short while, most likely a 3-1/2 year period (however, that figure is debatable) that will lead up to an invasion of Jerusalem that will stop the sacrifices. This will begin the Great Tribulation, in which the whole world will descend into chaos and war. His deception will be seen through, but this King of the North will defeat the King of the South during his invasion. However, there will still be an eastern coalition of powers to be reckoned with.
In order for the King of the South to provoke him, however, it will first have to become evident that it is all a fake. Something will have to occur where at least part of the deception begins to crumble.
So, rather than radical Islam being defeated, it will again prominently figure in the battle leading up to the Great Tribulation!
This is something I shouldn’t even have to write about! It’s something a child can understand!
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
~ Heb 5:12
It is interesting that Paul chooses to point to the “first principles”, that is the fundamental beliefs, of the Church! This is something that could easily be (and probably are) written for our day!
Because, in the end, that’s where false teachers and false prophets start: By diverting away from the fundamental beliefs.