In the wake of Harold Camping’s failed May 21 rapture prophecy that caught the world’s attention and drew fits of hysterical laughter, the COG has produced a new batch of apocalyptic doomsayers who have dubbed themselves prophets and apostles, each aiming to attention-whore and defraud people of their money.
The first is actually a woman, a rare thing within the COG seeing as how women are supposed to be submissive to men under Armstrongism, and are not even allowed to speak in church. Yet, the Prophet Val is here to break those rules. She has written an e-book, The Good Tale, and her blog is strangely obsessed with spankings.
The second is L. F. Maschio, who is yet another “apostle” who has resurrected the works, name, and image of Herbert W. Armstrong.
But within this new batch of loony religious hucksters, there no one more disassociated from reality than the “Apostle” James Malm of the The Shining Light.
Like Flurry, Weinland, Cox and Meredith, Malm is preaching that WE ARE IN the end-times, and that 2011, this year, is the beginning of the end. He comes to this using some brilliant reasoning:
…it is interesting that the first permanent English colony in America was assured with the first harvest and a thanksgiving in 1621. Add 390 in light of the prophecy. Again this shows the closeness of the end times and may NOT be exactly accurate as to a year; since we do not know for certain that this period started at that time.
And the 390 year figure comes from this line of “thought”:
These things were all prophesied thousands of years ago. Ez 4 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: 2And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
Ezekiel is told to portray the city of Jerusalem under siege by setting up a model of the city under siege as an instruction and sign for the people.
3Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.
Yet, during the days of the siege, an iron plate or wall is to be placed between the city and the besiegers. At this point Ezekiel is told to bear the sins of Israel for390 days [190 LXX] and to bare the sins of Judah for 40 days; this being symbolic of a day for a year in fulfillment.
The same thing will happen to Joseph-Israel [Ephraim- Manassah] as God bears their sins and blesses them for 390 years; after which he stops bearing their sins and stops their blessings as well.
This developing war is setting the conditions for a peace deal 1 Thess 5; exactly how long it will take for this war to run its course and for a peace deal to be finalized remains to be seen. We can KNOW that the tribulation is now very close.
Even though Malm claims that he isn’t “setting dates” for the Apocalypse, he does claim that the “Abomination of Desolation” described in Revelation will take place September 2011, specifically on the 28th:
And I will tell you now that the end of the 1290 days is the resurrection from the dead on the 6th day of Unleavened Bread; and 45 days later brings us to the end of the 1335 days, which must fall before the Feast of Pentecost. And on the feast of Pentecost, after those days Joel 2:28; God’s kingdom will be established. God’s spirit will be poured out on all flesh even calming the savage beast. And the Kingdom of God will be established and the millennium or thousand years of peace will start.
The proof of this will be in the fulfilling! If we find the earliest possible sixth day of Unleavends and then count back from there 1,290 days and the abomination [final false prophet] is actually set up at that time; then we shall know that this concept is true. Each year I have published the POSSIBLE date that the abomination might be set up.
Again insisting that he does not set days, Malm has chosen 2015 as the ultimate end of the world.
He also believes that only 50% of “God’s chosen people” at the “place of safety” in Petra will be resurrected, including parents being taken up and leaving little children behind. You know, the working a loving God.
Malm is giggling like a schoolgirl at the prospect of Israel and Gaza sniping at each other, and is additionally preaching that a war between Israel (Anglo-Saxon Americans) and Islamic Extremism is about to erupt.
He is conspiratorial without boundaries and is enraged that UCG may be introducing doctrines of grace.
Malm is adamant about the COG more closely following the New Moons to the point where it borders on lunar worship.
Malm has also been setting himself as the authority on marriage, divorce and disciplining those trouble-making female types, and believes that unless one adheres to his specific guidelines for “ruling” a household, there is no salvation and no place in “God’s coming Kingdom”:
If we can’t even lead our own families properly and in a godly manner; do we really expect God to give us authority over the nations? People expect to rule nations and they cannot even rule their own families in a godly manner. Of course this is a very broad generality and there are many exceptions, but there are far too many problems that really NEED to be overcome in this matter. Part of the reason that we were given families is so that we could learn to rule; So what is godly leadership and ruler ship?
Malm is also obsessed with spanking women, mirroring Armstrong’s own obsession outlined in an infamous September, 1962, edition of The Good News Magazine.
Malm refuses to be silent, as if anyone cares about his babbling enough to actually stop him. He is hurting for money, and because Satan is a big meanie, he can’t setup his own Feast sites for his “followers” (there is no proof these exist, even on his Twitter account @WatchmanHerald), and gets extremely angry at COG sects for holding dances/potlucks on a Holy Day.
Best of luck to the Apostle Malm at his straitjacket fitting.