Last updated: March-12-1998, 15:56 GMT|
God Is Coming...March 31!
marking the announcement to the Virgin
Mary by the archangel Gabriel that she would give birth to a a son
named Jesus nine months later, will also, according to Chen,
be the date of a special worldwide appearence by God on television.
event will take place in Garland, Texas, on March 31 at 10.00 at 3513
||aiwaneese based UFO-cult, God's Salvation
Church is waiting for the arrival of God. According to cultleader
Hon-Ming Chen, this|
Upon arriwal God will take human form in
Chen's body. He will then be able to walk through walls, speak all languages
and by cloning be able to duplicate into hundreds of thousands of copys of
himself. March 25, which is the date of the Christian festival of the
Annunciation, the holy day
The declaration of God's arrival.
This means that six days before his arrival to Earth God will appear
on Channel 18 of every television set in the world.
Well, should God come it must be considered the biggest event of the
year. some might even consider it the biggest event of the millennium, but
what will happen if he does not show up? The people of Garland still have the
1993 tragedy of David Koresh's Branch Davidian cult outside Waco, not
more than 100 miles away, in fresh memory, and the parallells between
God's Salvation Church and Heaven's Gate are obvious.
to happen next year, and as Asia is devastated by nuclear war, Chen predicts
that flying saucers will meet a circle of true believers in Gary, Indiana, on
the shores of Lake Michigan. Chen preaches that flying saucers will
signal the unfolding of God's final chapter of human history.
The prophet Hon-Ming Chen, leader of God's Salvation Church.
|Chen denies any member of the group plans
to commit suicide, but would He openly admit it if they were?
Hon-Ming Chen, a 42-year-old former sociology professor, and about 150
of his followers (who all wear white joggingsuits, tennisshoes and white
cowboyhats), decided to move their church to Garland in the summer of '97
because the name sounds like and means "God's Land". Chen claims
shining, golden balls of light floated down from the sky and told him
God was coming there. Members of the cult began leaving Taiwan for
Southern California in 1995, worried about Chen's predictions of economic
doom, natural disasters and nuclear war in Asia. This is supposed
Despite the worry of some locals, that God's Salvation Church might be
planning a suicide ritual city officials and police say there's not much they
can do. "They haven't done anything illegal - no wild parties, no late nights,"
sais Garland police spokesman Joel Bettes. "We've talked to the folks and
they don't seem to be contemplating suicide, so we're going to do what
everyone one else is going to do - wait and see."
However, God's Salvation Church came to the attention of authorities
on December 24, 1997, when Sheriff's detectives went to investigate a
Taiwanese woman's claim that her teenage daughter was kidnapped by her cult
member uncle. While rescuing the girl at the church, detectives learned that
the group was going to Garland, Texas, where they expected Christ to come
down in a flying saucer to pick them up . They also found neatly packed
backpacks with matching white clothing and tennisshoes for the members to
take with them on their spacejourney, and Taiwanese media has reported that
Hon-Ming Chen, is encouraging newcomers to kill themselves so their
bodies could be picked up by flying saucers.
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