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Yang Xiangbin

Church of Almighty God (Eastern Lightning)


Church of Almighty God (Eastern Lightning)


Eastern Lightning, Dongfang Shandian, Lord’s Hidden Advent in China, Endtime Work of God


Zhao Weishan


Zhao Weishan, Yang Xiangbin


Zhengzhou, China ca. 1993


Zhengzhou, China; West Nyack, NY USA


include The Scroll that the Lamb Opened; The Eternal Gospel: The Salvation of God’s Kingdom Has Come; The Word Appears in the Flesh


Eastern Lightning claims that Jesus has returned as a Chinese woman named Yang Xiangbin who lives in hiding in Henan, China. Salvation is achieved through this female Christ. The group’s message is highly apocalyptic.


Widely reported to be a highly aggressive sect that uses brainwashing sessions to make converts and has published a 67-page instruction manual on how to convert other Christians. Accusations of abuse—including blackmail, poisoning, even torture—are common.


Critics charge that the group conceals its identity through the use of various aliases or front names.


Claims 300,000, but more likely 20,000–30,000


Canada, China, Kenya, Laos, Vietnam, United States


Mandarin, other Chinese languages/dialects; Spanish, Portuguese, German, Greek, Russian, Swahili, and others


https://www.chinasource.org/resource-library/articles/by-tag/almighty-god-cult
www.chinaramblings.com/archives/13343
www.chinaramblings.com/archives/13346
www.chinaramblings.com/archives/13351
www.chinaramblings.com/archives/13357
www.chinaforjesus.com/EL_development.htm
www.chinaforjesus.com/EL_2.htm
www.chinaforjesus.com/EL_3.htm
www.chinaforjesus.com/EL_4.htm
www.chinaforjesus.com/EL_5.htm
www.cswusa.com/Countries/China-LighteningfromtheEast.htm
www.apologeticsindex.org/189-eastern-lightning


www.jpost.com/Israel-Elections/Christian-sects-Twitter-accounts-suspended-for-Israeli-election-messages-586070
news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/15/she-was-a-demon-we-had-to-destroy-her-two-chinese-cult-members-to-be-executed-for-mcdonalds-murder/
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11046155/Inside-Chinas-most-radical-cult.html
www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-cults-20140607-story.html#page=1
www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march/chinas-deadly-lightning.html
www.charismamag.com/blogs/215-j15/columns/global-picture/697-chinas-most-evil-cult
www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-targets-members-of-doomsday-cult/2012/12/20/014704c4-4acf-11e2-9a42-d1ce6d0ed278_story.html
articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/17/world/la-fg-china-doomsday-arrests-20121218


https://en.easternlightning.org
www.holyspiritspeaks.org
www.godfootsteps.org/en
www.kingdomsalvation.org
www.endtimeworkofgod.org
www.youtube.com/user/godfootsteps
english.thelordsadvent.org/home.php


https://books.google.com/books?id=SA15CgAAQBAJ&pg=PP10&lpg=PP10&dq=%22Cult
%22+Church
+and+the+CCP:+Introducing+Eastern+Lightning&source=bl&ots=xHahN_O1pW&sig=rbPYND83-Moo0ZalHqruE8QpBcc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi03NK5mMPeAhXIrVQKHQwND2A4ChDoATAGegQIBBAB#v=onepage&q=%22Cult%2C%22%20Church%2C%20and%20the%20CCP%3A%20Introducing%20Eastern%20Lightning&f=false