The WMSCOG’s Failed Doomsday Predictions of 1988, 1999, and 2012. What Will They Predict Next?
The WMSCOG has predicted the end of the world incorrectly at least three times, and 2012 will be next. Even though the WMSCOG predicted the end of the world in 2012, and numerous members have said so, some members are denying ever having said it.
Actually, the WMSCOG did say the world would end in 1988, 1999 and 2012. It also came out during the fact finding stage of Church of God World Gospel Association vs. Ji Won Tak as recorded by the Northern Seoul Regional Court of South Korea in 2005. (Church of God World Gospel Association is the direct Korean translation for WMSCOG). A news station in South Korea broadcasted an investigative report on the WMSCOG’s prediction that the world would end in 1999.
Failed Predictions of 1988 and 1999
The judgement in the case of Church of God World Gospel Association vs. Ji Won Tak proves that the WMSCOG predicted the end in 1988 and 1999.
The judgement in the case of WMSCOG v. Kang Geun Byeong & Jo Seong Geun also proves that the WMSCOG predicted the end in 1988, 1999 and 2012.
Some members of the WMSCOG have gone so far as to tell me that the failed 1988 prediction was a “prophesy”. Alright, I’m sure members will find some way to dismiss one or more failed predictions, but you cannot dismiss all three failed predictions. Were all three end of the world claims that didn’t come true “prophecy”?
Is the WMSCOG Different From Other Controversial Groups?
The WMSCOG is not the only controversial religious group that has a history of failed predictions. The Watch Tower Society, or Jehovah’s Witnesses, falsely predicted the end of the world in 1914, 1918, 1925 and 1975. It is a well-documented fact that the Watch Tower Society subsequently altered their doctrine and deleted the predicted dates from their literature. William Miller, pioneer of the Adventist movement, also falsely predicted that Jesus would return in 1844. This caused three divisions in the Millerite movement; each with three separate explanations for the Great Disappointment of 1844. The third group explained the failed prediction away by claiming that the cleansing of the sanctuary that was predicted to happen on earth in 1844, actually “took place in heaven”. More recently, Harold Camping falsely predicted that the rapture would occur on May 21, 2011 and when his prediction failed to materialize, he revised his prediction and claimed that what had occurred was a “spiritual” rapture and that the “physical” rapture would happen on October 21, 2011. News 24 reported a decrease in the number of Camping’s followers following the failed prediction in May of 2011. We all know that his second prediction did not occur either.
The WMSCOG seems to already be doing some damage control in advance of 2012. In 2010, it was stated on one of their many member-run Internet blogs in an article titled “Heavenly Mother Jerusalem and 2012” that:
Nowadays there are many rumors about Doomsday in 2012…The Bride is the Heavenly Jerusalem (Rev 21:9) who is our Mother (Gal 4:26). Whether God destroys the earth or not in the year 2012 that’s irrelevant to those who receive Mother because they will live in eternity enjoying the blessing of eternal life.
Rumors? It appears to be documented by the court in Church of God World Gospel Association vs. Ji Won Tak.
Bringing You The Information
One of the great things about this site (www.examiningthewmscog.com) is that we obtain the information directly from South Korea, and have it translate into English for you to read. If there was less of a language barrier you would know much more about this group and their history. For instance, you would have known about:
- Their three failed end-of-the-world predictions (see the Ji Won Tak case pages 3, 5-6 and the Kang/Jo case page 5)
- 300 of their members causing disruption outside a man’s store and with some members assaulting him after he chose to leave the WMSCOG and speak out against the organization according to this court case pages 4, 7-8.
- That Ahn Sahng Hong is buried in a cemetery where at least two other people who claim to be Jesus are buried.. and that’s just one cemetery
- That there was a split in the church that Ahnsahnghong established (New Covenant Passover Church of God) after he died, and that his original church is still active (see the court case pages 3, 6-7)
In fact, if you could read Korean, you would know that Ahn Sahn Hong’s own son isn’t even a member of the WMSCOG. He is a leader in the NCPCOG.
Unfortunately, the WMSCOG has incorrectly predicted the end of the world at least three times now. Failed predictions are the sign of a false prophet. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 says:
You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.
This should be sufficient proof that Ahn Sahng Hong was not god. If you are looking for more evidence, click here.
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