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Eastern Lightning Eschatology

From the series Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?


The following eschatological scheme is what I have pieced together from scattered statements in Eastern Lightning writings. It does not seem altogether consistent, and it may not reflect the common understanding among the cult's rank and file.

  • At some point when Yang Xiangbin (the Almighty God) puts off this incarnation and returns to Heaven, her followers will continue the work.1
  • After the work in China is completed, the next step will be "conquering" the entire world.2
  • The peoples of the earth will face famine, plagues, the seven bowls of Revelation and seven disasters.3 All Israelites will return to Israel. The peoples of the world will revolt, and all the nations will fall like stars from Heaven.4
  • One third of mankind will be savedthose who follow Yang Xiangbin. The rest will be destroyed. Those who are saved will reproduce and have multitudes of offspring.5 (Though in another place it says that there will be no husband-wife relationships or parent-children relationships. The fleshly life will be eradicated.6 )
  • Satan will also be destroyed. God will dwell in Heaven and the saved will dwell on earth in their bodies. God will take the saved up to Heaven for sightseeing visits ("人在安息中也会被神带到天上游览一番").7 (Though in one place it says that the saved will change their "image," leave the flesh and go with God to the Third Heaven.)8

Back to Brief Look at Some of Eastern Lightning's False Teachings.

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1"The Differences in Substance Between the Incarnated God and the Men Used by God" in The Word Appears in the Flesh (Selected Pieces)https://www.godfootsteps.org/en/books/40051.html; "Dao cheng roushen de shen yu bei shiyong de ren zai shizhi shang de qubie" 道成肉身的神与被使用的人在实质上的区别 in Hua zai roushen xianxian (xuanpian) , http://www.hidden-advent.org/shenhua-141.html. Both accessed on 2 March 2014.

2"The Inside Truth of the Conquering Work (1)" in Selected Pieces from The Word Appears in the Fleshhttp://www.holyspiritspeaks.org/shenhua-123.html; "Zhengfu gongzuo de neimu (yi)" 征服工作的内幕(一)in Hua zai roushen xianxian (xuanpian)话在肉身显现(选篇)http://www.hidden-advent.org/shenhua-178.html. Both accessed on 2 March 2014.

3"Di sanshiliu pian shuohua"第三十六篇说话 [The thirty-sixth talk] in Hua zai roushen xianxian (xuanpian)话在肉身显现 [The Word Appears in the Flesh], https://www.holyspiritspeaks.org/tr/books/40040.html, accessed 17 February 2014. I have been unable to find an online English translation.

4"Di ershiqi pian shuohua de jieshi"第二十七篇说话的揭示 [Revelations of the twenty-seventh talk], http://www.hidden-advent.org/shenhua-079.html, accessed 17 February 2014. I have been unable to find an online English translation.

5"No Fleshly Man Can Escape the Day of Wrath" in The Word Appears in the Fleshhttp://en.kingdomsalvation.org/shenhua-133.html; "Fan shu xueqi de wuren neng taotuo na fennu de rizi" in Hua zai roushen xianxian (xuanpian)话在肉身显现(选篇) , http://www.hidden-advent.org/shenhua-188.html. Both accessed on March 3, 2014.

6"God and Man Will Enter into Rest Together" in The Word Appears in the Fleshhttp://en.kingdomsalvation.org/shenhua-154.html; "Shen yu ren yitong jinru anxi zhi zhong" 神与人将一同进入安息之中in Hua zai roushen xianxian (xuanpian) 话在肉身显现(选篇), http://www.hidden-advent.org/shenhua-209.html. Both accessed on March 3, 2014.

7Ibid.

8"The Promises to the Perfected Ones" in The Word Appears in the Fleshhttp://www.holyspiritspeaks.org/shenhua-069.html; "Dui bei chengquan zhi ren de yingxu" 对被成全之人的应许in Hua zai roushen xianxian (xuanpian) 话在肉身显现(选篇), http://www.hidden-advent.org/shenhua-124.html. Both accessed on March 3, 2014.

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