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.

Beliefs[edit]

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]

Activities[edit]

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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References[edit]

  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]