Back to the drawing board for ‘rapture’ cult

2011-05-25 07:20

It’s back to the scriptures for a group of South Africans who believed the end of the world would start on May 21.

Johannes Coetzee, a supporter of American TV evangelist Harold Camping, said they would look to the scriptures to see where they got it wrong, and they would let themselves be corrected by the scriptures.

Camping incorrectly predicted that there would be a massive earthquake and the faithful would be taken away on May 21.

Coetzee said on Monday that they were disappointed, but they were still well.

He believed that people who thought like him were in the same position that Jesus’s disciples had been in when he was crucified while they thought he would become king.

‘End of days is near’

He admitted they were wrong and apologised, but said this was only in some aspects, like the taking away of the faithful and the earthquake.

Coetzee is convinced that something very important happened in spirit. There was a worldwide proclamation that the end of days was near.

He referred to the Bible parable of the five wise men and five foolish maidens which spoke of the waiting groom. They were now trying to establish the reason for the delay.

Coetzee remains convinced that the final end of the world will arrive on October 21, when the Earth will be consumed by fire and sulphur.

He also said the group’s hotel bill and every other bill had been fully paid.

Financially, he is poorer than before, but he says he now has wealth in heaven, and adds that he wants to serve no other God.

However, he said he will never go back to church as he is enduring the worst judgment and ridicule from churchgoers.

Meanwhile, South African evangelist Angus Buchan, convenor of the so-called Mighty Men gatherings, posted a clip on YouTube that the Bible clearly stated that nobody knew when the end of the world would come.

If people knew their Bible, they would know this, he said, adding that he would be overjoyed if Jesus returned to earth tomorrow, or if Jesus returned in a thousand years.

– Beeld, Sapa

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