A zero Budget seems appropriate for a world which is headed for Doomsday

So why bother with five-year forecasts?

Dunno how to raise this small matter with Bill English.

But Alf has to say a huge amount of the Minister’s work is about to become a huge waste of time.

As most of us know, Bill has been tidying up the 2012/13 Budget and several announcements about its contents (the more generous ones) have been announced already.

The Budget speech will be next Tuesday.

The politicians, journalists, economists and hordes of others will then wade through the carton of documents accompanying the Budget speech.

One thing we know is that it will be a zero budget.

This means it will be stacked with figures, many of them zeros.

Special attention will be paid to the Budget deficit and the steps being taken by your Government to eradicate it by 2014/15.

A great deal of austerity is being imposed on the economy to ensure we deliver our promise of this deficit.

But Alf has a troubling message for Bill:

It’s this: Bill, me old mate, all this budget preparation has been a huge waste of time and public money.

How so?

Well, Mrs Grumble has reminded Alf of the prophesy of Ronald Weinland.

This Weinland feller has the sort of surname that gives him great credibility in Alf’s book.

And his book tells us the year 2008 marked the last of God’s warnings to mankind and the beginning in a countdown of the final three and one-half years of man’s self-rule that will end by May 27, 2012.

On December 14, 2008, the First Trumpet of the Seventh Seal of the Book of Revelation sounded, which announced the beginning collapse of the economy of the United States and great destruction that will follow. The next three trumpets will result in the total collapse of the United States, and once the Fifth Trumpet sounds the world will be thrust into WW III.

The Seven Trumpets of the Seventh Seal, as well as the Seven Thunders of the Book of Revelation (which the apostle John saw but was restricted from recording) are revealed in this book.

Many of the prophecies of the Seven Thunders are being fulfilled and will continue to increase in strength and frequency throughout this final three and one-half years of man’s self-rule on earth.

The prophecies revealed in this book explain the demise of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and much of western Europe, which will be followed by man’s final world war. This last war will be the result of clashing religions and the governments they sway. Billions will die! The destruction of this time will far exceed the very worst times of all human history.

As these events unfold, Weinland goes on to warn, the world will increasingly become aware of the authenticity of the words in this book “and realize that Ronald Weinland has been sent by God as His end-time prophet”.

This post is being written on Friday morning and Alf finds it sobering – well, almost – to think about what lies in store for us a week or so hence.

The big thing is whether to treat Weinland as just another false prophet.

It would be comforting to think this is so, and Alf has taken some comfort from brushing up on the failures of other false prophets to pick Doomsday.

Benjamin Radford is managing editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine.

He was prompted to look at the prophesy business by the disaster film “2012” and hype about Mayan calendars and doomsday predictions.

His observations – and scepticism – can be found here.

Most prophets of doom come from a religious perspective, though the secular crowd has caused its share of scares as well. One thing the doomsday scenarios tend to share in common: They don’t come to pass.

He proceeded to list 10 that didn’t pan out – at least, not so far:

Among them was The Prophet Hen of Leeds back in 1806.

History has countless examples of people who have proclaimed that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent, but perhaps there has never been a stranger messenger than a hen in the English town of Leeds in 1806. It seems that a hen began laying eggs on which the phrase “Christ is coming” was written. As news of this miracle spread, many people became convinced that doomsday was at hand — until a curious local actually watched the hen laying one of the prophetic eggs and discovered someone had hatched a hoax.

Then there were the The Millerites in 1843

A New England farmer named William Miller, after several years of very careful study of his Bible, concluded that God’s chosen time to destroy the world could be divined from a strict literal interpretation of scripture. As he explained to anyone who would listen, the world would end some time between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844. He preached and published enough to eventually lead thousands of followers (known as Millerites) who decided that the actual date was April 23, 1843. Many sold or gave away their possessions, assuming they would not be needed; though when April 23 arrived (but Jesus didn’t) the group eventually disbanded—some of them forming what is now the Seventh Day Adventists.

Oh, and Radford’s list includes Ronald Weinland.

According to God’s Church minister Ronald Weinland, the end times are upon us– again. His 2006 book “2008: God’s Final Witness” states that hundreds of millions of people will die, and by the end of 2006, “there will be a maximum time of two years remaining before the world will be plunged into the worst time of all human history. By the fall of 2008, the United States will have collapsed as a world power, and no longer exist as an independent nation.” As the book notes, “Ronald Weinland places his reputation on the line as the end-time prophet of God.”

But what if Radford is wrong?

Among other things, it will mean a great deal of Treasury forecasting for The Budget won’t be worth the proverbial pinch of salt.

As for the surplus – well, in those circumstances, it will be of no consequence.

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