In July, 2010, Professor Tark, professor of Religion at Busan Presbyterian University, discussed the WMSCOG’s activities in South Korea during a conference attended by former members of various mind control groups.
During his lecture, Professor Tark showed a brochure in which the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG), or AhnSahngHong Witnesses according to the brochure cover, predicted that Jesus or “the husband” would return on “the last day of the year 2012 A.D.” Skip to 21:07 in the movie to see the brochure.
While we can not verify the authenticity of the brochure, we do find what it has to say interesting.
Of note in the calculations within the brochure is the year 1844. William Miller, the heresiarch responsible for Seventh Day Adventism (of which Ahnsahnghong was a part of, and where he got many of his beliefs from), predicted that Jesus Christ would return between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844.
When Jesus did not return within Miller’s predicted time frame, Samuel S. Snow, another Millerite preacher, revised the date to October 22, 1844. Again, Jesus did not return. This was dubbed the Great Disappointment and was a major event in the history of the Millerite movement. The Millerites faced criticism from the public. One group of Millerites revised their views on the event claiming that the cleansing of the sanctuary in Daniel 8:14 did not refer to the sanctuary on earth but to the sanctuary in heaven, therefore making the prophesied event invisible. From this group of Millerites emerged The Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Ahnsahnghong was baptized into the Seventh Day Adventist religion in 1948 at age 30, and remained a follower for 16 years. Ahnsahnghong decided to form his own church in 1964, which is known today as the World Mission Society Church Of God. Therefore, it is not surprising that if the brochure was indeed published by the WMSCOG, who follow some Seventh Day Adventist doctrines, that they would have included the year 1844 in their calculation of Jesus’s return. On their website, the WMSCOG recognizes the 1844 movement led by William Miller in their explanation of The Feast of Trumpets.
According to the brochure “the construction of the heavenly temple was started and completed in 168 days, in other words in 168 years”. The brochure uses a conversion of one day to one year (Ezekiel 4:6, Numbers 14:34). The calculation begins on the Day of Atonement (10th day of the 7th month) when Moses received the 10 commandments for the second time (Exodus 34) and ends on the day that the tabernacle was finished (1st day of the 1st month of the 2nd year Exodus 40:17). Here it is broken down:
- 20 days left in the 7th month
- 8th and 9th months together have 59 days
- 10th month has 29 days
- 11th month has 30 days
- 12th month has 29 days
- then 1 day in the first month
and you get 168 days
The brochure proposes that Jesus will complete the heavenly tabernacle in 168 years just like the earthly tabernacle was completed in 168 days in the time of Moses. The brochure arrives at 2012 by adding 168 years to the year 1844.
Several members that I have asked, denied that WMSCOG teaches that Jesus Christ will return in 2012. I also can not find any information on the official WMSCOG website that affirms or denies these claims. But this brochure proves that at one time someone printed a brochure in the name of the WMSCOG that did in fact claim that Jesus would return in 2012. Was this an official brochure? Or perhaps did someone print it and pass it off as an official WMSCOG brochure? We can’t be sure the origins of the brochure, but if anyone can find anything official from the WMSCOG concerning 2012, we would be interested in hearing from you. One thing is for sure though, my friend in the WMSCOG is pretty convinced the world is going to end in 2012. Where he is getting this from, or if it’s even connected, I can’t be certain.
The headline on the front of the brochure states, “The husband is late getting in here, so everyone is sleeping.” If Jesus Christ is our husband, then doesn’t that make those who are waiting for him the bride? Then how can Zhang Gil Jah be the bride? Is the meaning of the bride something that has changed over time in the WMSCOG? This would be a very interesting question to find out the answer to.
Jesus said that no one knows the hour nor the day that the world will end (Matthew 24:36). So you don’t need to be concerned. One thing is for sure, as soon as anyone predicts they know when the end of the world will be, they’re directly going against what Jesus said in Matthew 24:36. So who do you believe? Jesus Christ, or someone else?