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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Predicted Disasters Didn't Prevent Inauguration

At 12:05pm Washington time (January 20, 2009), Mr Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States of America. He is unlikely to have been aware that at least two self-appointed prophets said that he would not become the president! An exact quote is: "no new president will take office in January."

The prophecy was made by Ronald Weinland, the pastor of the 'Church of God - Preparing for the Kingdom of God' (COG-PKG). It is a unitarian church based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The pastor later claimed that it wasn't a prophecy! Perhaps he meant to say that he had made a mistake, and he wasn't listening to a deity when he first thought of it. (By the way, a number of his other prophecies have not come true either. He has had to invent a new timeline.)

Another self-appointed prophet who has made similar prophecies is Leland Freeborn from Parowan in Utah. Apparently he is known as the 'Parowan Prophet' and has about 12 followers (known as 'survivalists'). The original Los Angeles Times article is _here_. He said on his Internet home page in August that if Mr Obama lost the election there would be 'riots' ... After the election he said that he still thought the riots may begin before Christmas 2008. (I don't think there were any riots.) The riots would encourage the "old, hard-line Soviet guard" to seize the moment and "rain down nukes on the United States" killing at least 100 million people ... and therefore Mr Obama would not become the next President.
(If you are interested, there is a sad looking series of photographs _here_.)

If the test of a false prophet is that the prophecies don't come true, Ronald Weinland and Leland Freeborn can only be false prophets, and any back-pedaling, back-tracking, spiritualizing, or other excuses won't make any difference.
"Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their 'fruits'." Matthew 7:15,16. (Fruits = bad deeds, bad predictions, un-biblical doctrine, and threats to critics and mockers.)

Transcript of President Obama's _speech_
Analysis of the speech

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