(Investigator 24, 1992 May)
During the centuries there have been hundreds of attempts to predict the year, month or even the day of Christ’s return – but rarely the hour.
Well, here it is.
The "Rapture", according to an 8-page pamphlet titled AN EMERGENCY NEWS will occur at midnight (Adelaide time) of October 28, 1992.
The term "Rapture" refers to Christians being whisked off the ground into the sky as part of Christ’s Second Coming and is based on Bible verses such as Matthew 24:31 and 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18.
The Bible says
90) that to God
"a thousand years are as yesterday". Linking this to the 6-day week,
sabbath, and the Millennium, gives the implication that God is acting
a 7,000 year schedule.
2nd Peter chapter 3 mentions "the last days" and adds: "with the Lord one day is as a thousand years..." Some Christians view this as meaning two "last days" each of 1,000 years and either commencing at the birth of Christ or at Pentecost.
The 7,000-year hypothesis has been around since Roman times. The most famous calculation of when Adam and Eve were created is that of James Ussher (1581-1656) who was an Archbishop in Ireland.
Ussher's calculation based on chronologies in the Bible came to October, 4004 BC. This result, or one very near it, is accepted by many sectarian groups. It would make 6,000 years from Adam end in October 1997 AD. Then would follow a 1,000-year Millennium to complete 7,000 years. Many sectarian groups aren’t quite that precise and prefer to allow a margin of error of 3 to 5 years either side of 1997.
The Korean-based group calling itself MISSION FOR THE COMING DAYS is not allowing for any margin of error. They claim that Christ's return is in two stages. The first stage is the Rapture on October 28/29 1992. This is followed by a 7-year "Great Tribulation", Christ’s completed return, and in 2000 AD the Millennium when Jesus rules the world.
If we check the Bible we find that Jesus cautioned: "But of that day and hour no one knows." (Matthew 24:36-42)
Similarly, the Apostle Paul wrote: "Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited..." (2nd Thessalonians 2)
In favor of the 6,000/7,000 year hypothesis is that political instability, nuclear proliferation, population growth and environmental degradation may lead to something like a "great tribulation" and this near the time indicated by Ussher’s calculation.
Against the hypothesis is the possibility of gaps in some chronologies given in the Bible which would mean that 6,000 years from Adam are long past. Furthermore if we regard humankind as being only 6,000 years old we would be opposing science by implying that anthropologists, geologists and archaeologists have gotten a lot of things wrong.
MISSION FOR THE COMING DAYS was organized in 1988 by Jang-Lim Lee a former Bible translator and minister of the Presbyterian Church in Seoul, Korea.
The sect has members in 61 Korean cities and in 40 other cities in a number of countries.
According to the
COMING ARE YOU READY FOR THE RAPTURE? (Published February 1992) the
Most of Korea’s 12 million Christians, however, regard MCD as heretics.
The hypothetical newspaper illustrated on p. 1 of the AN EMERGENCY NEWS pamphlet is the same as on a 1974 pamphlet titled A TRIBULATION MAP by Leon Bates (a popular Pentecostal writer).
The Bates pamphlet doesn’t set a precise date in its text but inspection with a magnifying glass of the newspaper reveals the date February 8 1996. The reproduced newspaper in AN EMERGENCY NEWS has the date altered by hand to October 1992.
The cover page
further MCD (6 Page)
pamphlet called GOD’S JUDGEMENT DAY IS NEAR also mentions
1992. It says,
The message is even being handwritten on envelopes apparently for the benefit of employees of Australia Post! Obviously MCD has no doubts or reservations about October 28/29 1992 at all!
What if the prediction fails and nothing unusual occurs by October 29 this year? There have been hundreds of prophetic groups in the past who experienced just such a predicament.
All such groups lose members and some such groups completely disintegrate. Often, however, the leadership provides an explanation for the failure and stress that the event is nevertheless very near. Remaining members may then even become more zealous, attract new interest to the group, and replacements may after a while exceed the losses.
If we check the Bible we find that Jesus repeatedly warned about "false Prophets". (eg Matthew 24:4-5; 23-28)
I suppose that
finds himself still
at ground level on October 30 will have to ask himself what to make of
information and documents
supplied by Chang Hun Jo, the MCD representative in New South Wales. An
accompanying letter by C H Jo said:
03/04/1992Dear Mr ______
I praise the LORD Jesus Christ for your interesting letter.
I don’t know well about INVESTIGATOR magazine but I agree that you can reprint our leaflet "AN EMERGENCY NEWS" or part of it with another information of the 6000 year calculation by Dr. Colin Deal (used in his book – 'The Day and Hour Jesus will Return' — he is at Rutherford College, North Carolina USA).
Also I send "A BIBLE MAP" by Leon Bates.
Are you ready for the rapture? If Jesus Christ will come in the air on 29th Oct. at 1 am? Can you meet Him fearlessly? He is holy God. You can’t meet Him with your sins. Only a few true Christians should go to heaven on the Rapture day.
Jesus promised that He will come to us in the air on 29th OCT. at 1 am (in Sydney time).
Let's have the Rapture! God really bless you.
Your brother in Jesus Christ
C. H. Jo
(Investigator 27, 1992 November)
1992 October 6
Details to hand are sketchy. Apparently a group did gather for the rapture in Sydney.
They had their prayers and songs. At the fatal hour there was a loud countdown of the final seconds – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, etc.
The disappointed cultists waited another hour before trying to make hasty exits while hiding their faces. A news reporter trying to take photos was allegedly punched.
In Korea, where the cult began, the midnight meetings were watched by police in case of trouble. Several suicides followed the prophecy failure.
The leader of the cult is in prison on charges of misappropriating donations.
about 10,000 and
included many university students.
(Investigator 28, 1993 January)
Lee Jang Rim, 44, leader of MISSION FOR THE COMING DAYS, has been sentenced to 2 years for stealing $US4.4million from his 10,000 followers.
Although the cult predicted they would be whisked up to heaven on October 28, followed by the start of the end of the world, Lee used the stolen money to buy bonds with maturities months beyond that date.
committed suicide but
most have returned to normalcy. The cult's Australian headquarters has
been abandoned and the phone disconnected for non-payment of the bill.