Who is Zahng Gil Jah?
Zhang Gil Jah 장길자, born Jang Gil Ja on October 29, 1943 in South Korea. It is believed that Jang Gil Ja’s name was romanized in order to claim that Ahn Sahng Hong is the alpha and that Zhang Gil Jah is the omega in Revelation 22:13. The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) believes that Zhang Gil Jah is “god the mother.”
How Did Zhang Gil Jah Come To Be Known As “God the Mother?”
Zhang Gil Jah was baptized into Ahn Sahng Hong’s church, Church of God Jesus Witnesses in 1969. At that time, she was married to Jae Hoon Kim and had two children, a son and a daughter. According to Jae Hoon Kim, his then wife Jang Gil Ja’s involvement in Ahn Sahng Hong’s church caused problems within their marriage and resulted in Jang Gil Ja selling their home and donating all marital assets to the church. They ultimately divorced and Jang Gil Ja and their two children remained members of Ahn Sahng Hong’s church.
After Ahn Sahng Hong died in 1985, his church split into two groups. The first group, the New Covenant Passover Church of God, is currently led by his son. The second group, World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG), is led by Zhang Gil Jah and general pastor Joo Cheol Kim. The WMSCOG claims that Zhang Gil Jah is Ahn Sahng Hong’s spiritual wife and “god the mother,” despite Ahn Sahng Hong having been married with four children of his own. Ahn Sahng Hong never divorced his wife Hwang Won Soon. Both he and his wife are buried next to each other beneath a shared tombstone in South Korea.
World Mission Society Church of God members believe that Zhang Gil Jah is “god the mother”, “the bride” and “heavenly Jerusalem” that came from heaven. Contrary to mainstream Christianity, the WMSCOG believes that worship of Zhang Gil Jah is required for salvation, among many other requirements. The death of Zhang Gil Jah is believed by the group to usher in the end of the world and only those chosen by Zhang Gil Jah will be saved from death and eternal damnation.
What Is The International WeLoveU Foundation?
In addition to her role in the World Mission Society Church of God, Zhang Gil Jah is the chairperson of the International WeLoveU Foundation 국제위러브유 운동. While the International WeLoveU Foundation purports to be a global volunteer organization that is involved in numerous volunteer activities. Critics have suggested that the International WeLoveU Foundation is a front group that exists for the purpose of recruiting new members for the WMSCOG.