Eastern Lightning

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Eastern Lightning or the Church of Almighty God is a Chinese cult based on Christianity who believe that Jesus Christ has been reincarnated as Yang Xiangbing, a Chinese woman. It was founded in 1989 by Zhao Weishan, who currently resides in the United States where he continues to lead the church.


As the Second Coming of Jesus, Yang Xiangbing will guide mankind through the end times. Eastern Lighting preaches salvation through her third testament, The Word Appears in the Flesh.[1] Eastern Lighting refers to the Chinese Communist Party as the "Great Red Dragon" of the Book of Revelation, and predicted that the world would end on December 21, 2012.[2]


Like other Chinese new age groups such as Falun Gong, the Chinese government considers Eastern Lightning to be a cult and has outlawed the group. However, unlike Falun Gong, Eastern Lightning explicitly engages in acts of violence. For instance, in 2002 Eastern Lightning kidnapped 34 members of a Chinese house church by pretending to be a Christian training center, and held them for months.[3] Furthermore, in 2014, the cult beat a woman to death at a local McDonald's for simply refusing to give Eastern Lightning members her phone number.[4]

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  1. Inside China's 'Eastern Lightning' cult Global Times, June 03, 2014
  2. China cracking down on doomsday group Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2012]
  3. Deceived by the Lightning Christian Research Institute, 2005
  4. The Chinese cult that kills 'demons' BBC News, 13 August 2014]