Self-Published Genius #75: The Prophecy Expert

This is another strange addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.

The reason this one is strange is that although we have the press release, it’s not about a book. However, it does mention books that this author has written in the past which may qualify for our list, so we’ll go with it. The press release is titled Hawaii’s Volcano Signals Impending Calamity On US According To Dr. Richard Ruhling, Biblical Prophecy Expert, issued by openPR. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections [that look like this]:

“The Hawaii volcano is not random evolution of global warming, but Intelligent Design’s move to warn us of impending judgment on the US,” says Dr. Richard Ruhling.

Ooooooooooooh! A warning from the intelligent designer! Then it says:

Ruhling is the author of ‘God Bless America?’ and he says the time of judgment in Revelation 14 is impending this month because God gives man “six days to do all his work” (Exodus 20) and “a thousand years are as a day” according to St. Peter’s 2nd book, 3rd chapter “6,000 years are complete and time is up as current events are showing,” says Ruhling.

Ooooooooooooh! Judgment is coming this month! Here’s the Amazon listing for that book. It’s 82 pages long, published 20 years ago with no reviews yet. The publisher is Total Health, of which, according to his website, Ruhling is CEO. After that we’re told:

Why this month? Ruhling explains Christ’s closing parables as supporting a huge event with the same timing, “as the days of Noah” when the Flood came with Passover timing, but in the 2nd spring month. Passover was when God “executed judgment” (Exodus 12) and the sacrifice was selected on the 10th day (verse 3). That was when Noah entered the ark in Genesis 7. When people refused Noah’s invitation, they selected themselves for sacrifice.

That makes sense. The press release continues:

Ruhling further states that the judgment impending on the US is a megaquake that initiates the biblical end-times as seen in Joel 2, verse 10,11 and Revelation 8, verses 5,6. He cites the LA Times, Oct 22, 2015 that gave an 88-99.9% risk of a major earthquake in 3 years. The San Andreas Fault is said to be “locked, loaded and ready to roll.”

Wow — the bible and the LA Times agree! Let’s read on:

Dr. Richard Ruhling is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [omitted]. ‘God Bless America?’ is available at Amazon at no-charge Sunday, May 20 at at Amazon. More information is available at his website.

Here’s the end of the press release:

Dr. Richard Ruhling is a retired physician who taught Health Science at Loma Linda University [a bible college], an expert on Biblical prophecy and the author of ‘The Alpha & Omega Bible Code’, ‘The Earthquake and the 7 Seals’ and ‘The Destruction of Jerusalem: A Sign for US of Good News Amid Impending Calamity’.

We only looked for the first of those at Amazon — here it is: The Alpha & Omega Bible Code: End-Time Surprises in Daniel, Revelation & Christ’s Wedding Parables!. It’s 44 pages long and doesn’t seem to have a publisher.

So there you have it, dear reader. As we said, it’s one of the strangest additions to our list, but it could be the most important. If he’s right, the end is nigh!

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24 responses to “Self-Published Genius #75: The Prophecy Expert

  1. Is it even possible to be an expert on biblical prophecy?

  2. Ha! That was exactly my thought.

  3. Michael Fugate

    If there is a prophecy of the end times as 6000 years after the creation, then why did those writing the Gospels get it wrong?

  4. Does anyone who predicts the exact date of the End Times ever explain why the other predictors are wrong?

  5. ” Dr. Richard Ruhling is available for media interviews…”
    So is my schizophrenic sibling.

  6. Some questions:
    1) who thinks volcanoes are the product of “random evolution of global warming”?
    2) what courses are taught in “Health Sciences”?
    3) should Dr. Ruhling be congratulated for producing a testable prediction?

  7. Loma Linda University isn’t just “a bible college”, it’s a Seventh-day Adventist college. These are the people who invented Young Earth Creationism, and still hold to it very tightly.

    Also, if *this* eruption is a message-from-God, what was the ‘message’ of the previous thousands of eruptions that created the Hawaiian Islands over the last few million years?

  8. Ah, TomB beats me:

    “random evolution of global warming,”
    This is highly original creacrap. No healthy mind would be able to think expression up. What’s next? The gender of a waterdrop?

    “the judgment impending on the US is a megaquake”
    I must admit that I would be tempted to convert if this megaquake were limited to the terrain of the White House (but only if Donald the Clown is there).

    “The San Andreas Fault ”
    And my hope is shattered once again. If my understanding of American topography serves me right that one is at the other side of the country.

  9. The current eruption of Kilauea has a VEI rating of 1. There have been larger eruptions of K. in historic times. See Wikipedia.
    Not to mention many much larger eruptions of other volcanoes, in recent times. Mount St. Helens etc.

  10. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    A bit thin, Kent Hovind’s End Times book from 2013 has 268 pages.

  11. bewilderbeast

    This: “The Hawaii volcano is not random evolution of global warming, but Intelligent Design’s move to warn us of impending judgment on the US,” says Dr. Richard Ruhling.”
    must rate as one the bat[crap]-craziest sentences of this decade.
    There should be an award for it.

  12. Holding The Line In Florida

    Oh boy! Another end of the world/second coming! In my 61 years, already lived through about 45 of them.

  13. Ruhling is continuing the deepest of 7th Day traditions. Adventism itself was born in reaction to the Great Disappointment of 1844.

  14. Deep trachea

    This is what comes from closing all the psychiatric hospitals and letting the patients out into the community….

  15. This is a completely idiotic claim but not surprising from someone who believes bible-code nonsense.

    Does he even know how volcanoes work?

  16. Oh dear it has a website. Prepare for the ride, folks:

    Hi, I’m Richard Ruhling, MD, a retired physician who taught Health Science at Loma Linda University after becoming board-certified in Internal Medicine. It wasn’t easy, but I now see prescription drugs as a leading cause of illness, disability and death.

  17. Whelp! Tag cleanup at aisle 13!

    [*Voice from above*] I stretched forth my mighty arm — and behold!

  18. Draken, don’t scoff at the drug-denouncing doctor. I’m being serious. The Loma LInda 7th Day community is remarkably long-lived. Good climate, healthy diet, great mutual support through the Church community and a belief that their lives are meaningful.

    Much that we can all learn from

  19. Mark Germano

    It’s just a riff on the standard big pharma conspiracy. He’s anti-vax, too.

  20. Michael Fugate

    Here are the 7 healthy habit of Lester Breslow – mentioned by Ruhling:
    Sleep 7-8 hours.
    Exercise 30 minutes.
    Maintain a stable weight.
    Eat breakfast .
    Eat at the same time.
    Drink moderately.
    Don’t smoke.

  21. I sleep 8 hours, am a stable 65kg, exercise more than 10 hours per week and don’t smoke. That leaves the drinking. Here I follow W.C. Fields’ advice: never trust a man who doesn’t drink.

    Advice on healthy habits is fair enough, but denouncing modern medicine seems over the top.

  22. @ Draken: And IIRC, it was W.C.Fields who noted, “I never drink water: fish have sex in it.”

  23. I’m afraid that’s apocryphal, Megalonyx, but it could have been him.

  24. Eric Lipps

    Ah, yes, Loma Linda again. When I was in grade school I attended an SDA school for some years out of some nutty notion on the part of my grandparents (not Adventists themselves) that I needed a little religion with my education. We captives, er, students were always being bombarded with Loma Linda “studies” purporting to prove that Adventists were healthier than other people–but I couldn’t help noticing that my fellow students almost all seemed to be either obese or stick-thin and to have bad teeth as well. And of course they were creationists; one of my teachers even ordered us all to go through our (secular) science textbooks and, wherever the books referred to millions of years, cross out “millions” and write in “thousands.” (No, I’m not making this up. And I didn’t do it.)