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   Heaven's Gate, Suicide
   And Other Death Cults
   Part 1

Endtime Prophecy Net - Article By The WordWeaver


Copyright 1994 - 2011 Endtime Prophecy Net

Published On : May 4, 1997

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

Rise Of The Internet & World Wide Web, Prognosticators Of The
Future, The Gullible Public, Proper Research, Inner Desires,
Pressures Of Modern Living, Aliens To Each Other And To God,
Escaping Our Pain, Our Personal Oasis, Modern Fringe Groups,
Jim Jones & Peoples Temple Mass Suicide, Congressman Leo Ryan
And Reporters Killed, Jim Jones Was Atheist And Bible Hater,
David Koresh, Branch Davidians And The Waco Siege & Massacre,
Timothy McVeigh, Oklahoma City Bombing & Ruby Ridge Incident,
Order Of The Solar Temple Suicides And Murders, Vilifying The
Cults & Sects, Deception Led To Death, Heaven's Gate Tragedy,
Similarities In Cult Suicides, Comet Hale-Bopp And The "SLO",
Beware Of Internet Rumor Mill, Marshall Applewhite Death Cult
Leader, Applewhite's False Messianic Claims, Endtime Delusion
And Wresting The Scriptures, Endtime False Christs & Prophets




As I first stated in my 1997 article "Age Of Deception, Age
Of Delusion", as we draw closer to the year 2,000 according
to the Western calendar, we'll undoubtedly see an increased
interest in the ideas, doctrines and philosophies which are
espoused by New Age thought advocates, political analysts,
economical forecasters, the scientific community, concerned
environmentalists, self-styled prophets and holy men, and
churches and organizations across the religious spectrum.

With the advent of the "Information Society", and the rising
popularity of the Internet, and the widespread availability
of the World Wide Web, the dissemination of this information
has already begun in earnest. All one has to do is connect to
his local ISP, or Internet Service Provider, in order to
experience the mind-boggling number of newsgroups, web sites
and mailing lists which have already become available to the
casual I-net user. Regardless of the topic, using one of the
popular search engines, one can easily and quickly find the
information ones seeks; whether it is the latest version of a
popular software, information on another person using the
Internet, or a web site that is geared towards a particular
user's specific interests. Surfing the Internet can in fact
easily become an overwhelming experience; something akin to a
data overload . . . or even an insatiable addiction!

In the case of prognosticators of the future, depending upon
the orientation and background of the particular supplier of
the information, we'll either be given a positive, optimistic
view of the world's future, or we could be told that we must
accept a darker, more pessimistic picture of things to come.
Of course, there will also be others who will say that, yes,
things are going to become worse, but ultimately, there is a
light at the end of the tunnel if we just endure the storm
until it passes. In the case of the negative scenarios, the
purpose of the information is not only to educate and inform
us, but also to hopefully motivate us to do something about
it so that we can either avoid it, neutralize it, or perhaps
better prepare ourselves for the events which await us, as
predicted by the bearer of the information.

However, one problem with this is that the world is full of
naive, gullible people who have a propensity for innocently
accepting things without really researching the matter for
themselves. This failure to personally conduct research for
any given matter can be due to spiritual or mental laziness,
or to a lack of sufficient time to conduct the research, or
simply to a lack of proper resources or know-how to verify
the information that we have been given.

More often than not, however, I suspect that this lack of
diligence in properly investigating such matters, can also be
attributed in large part to the fact that, deep within
ourselves, many of us yearn for something better; something
more than what this physical, materialistic world offers us;
and the older that we become, the stronger this desire seems
to grow. I would even dare say that it is a natural part of
our maturation process. As a result, because of this inner
yearning for something better, we sometimes blow caution to
the wind, we unwisely let our guard down, and we accept some
things without proper validation, which, maybe under normal
conditions, we might not be willing to accept so quickly.

Let's face it. The truth of the matter is that in spite of
the fact that some people are living in a relative state of
affluence, particularly in the industrialized, developed
nations of the world, nevertheless, they are still feeling
spiritually destitute, and rather empty inside. Many people
are also feeling stressed by the pressures and expectations
of modern-day living, where holding a job, and just trying to
earn enough money, is an increasing challenge. They are not
satisfied with their current existences and lifestyles, and
many are questioning if this is all that there really is to
life. They are looking for anything to remove the hidden pain
and loneliness they often feel inside.

Ironically, despite the fact that rapid transportation, and
international communication systems have greatly reduced the
physical barriers which have long existed between different
countries around the world, we humans have still become an
alienated society. We have become alienated from ourselves,
(a loss of identity and purpose); we have become alienated
from our neighbors; and some people have likewise alienated
themselves from God as well. Many people are trying to find
their own small oasis in the vast spiritual deserts of the
world. Tragically, some people, when they are unable to find
what they are searching for, in a moment of desperation, or
utter hopelessness, contemplate or even opt for more drastic
measures in order to resolve their problems; or at least to
relieve the pressure on their lives. We will discuss various
examples of this shortly.

For some people, the answer, or at least what they believe to
be the answer, is found in the consumption of alcohol. Others
choose to indulge in a variety of drugs, legal or otherwise.
And yet other people embrace one form of religion or another.
Still others resort to anarchy and acts of rebellion against
established norms and authority, as their way of expressing
their dissatisfaction with life. Then there are those people
who fall into unbridled lifestyles where sex and rock 'n roll
is the outlet for their frustrations in life.

For at least the past four decades, another alternative, and
a new kind of release has been offered in the form of groups
and organizations of various sizes, which embrace everything
from Eastern religions, to aliens, UFO's and the paranormal,
to occult practices, to more ancient forms of Christianity,
to a variety of socio-political ideologies. As a result, it
is even more important to recognize that, regardless of our
reasons for choosing them, failure on our part to adequately
research the reliability and the veracity of the information
that is provided by these groups before fully embracing them
and their particular dogma as truth, can sometimes lead to
very tragic results. Sadly, during the past several decades,
this has particularly proven to be true with what have now
been labeled as so-called "fringe groups" by the rest of the
"sane" world.

Take, for example, the tragic 1978 case of the Reverend Jim
Jones and the followers of the Peoples Temple. Most of us had
never even heard of Jim Jones or the Peoples Temple until the
day that their bloated, decaying bodies were discovered in a
remote compound, known as Jonestown, in the steamy jungles of
Guyana, South America. According to carefully meted out news
reports that were published at the time, those foolish people
were convinced by Jim Jones to take their lives by drinking a
lethal mixture of cyanide-laced grape-flavored Flavor Aid and
a sedative. Following this tragedy, a forty-five-minutes-long
tape recording was recovered by the American FBI. On it, Jim
Jones can be heard telling everyone such things as "Stop this
hysterics. This is not the way for people who are Socialists
or Communists to die. No way for us to die. We must die with
some dignity . . . Don't be afraid to die . . . [ death is ]
just stepping over into another plane . . . [ death is ] a
friend . . . We didn't commit suicide; we committed an act of
revolutionary suicide, protesting the conditions of an
inhumane world."

According to certain news reports, the Peoples Temple members
who refused to go along with what is now alleged to have been
a planned mass suicide, were shot in the head. Jones himself
was later found dead in a deck chair with a gunshot wound to
his head. According to the Guyanese coroner, Cyrill Mootoo,
it was a self-inflicted wound; but one of Jim Jones' sons by
the name of Stephan has stated that he believes that someone
else shot Jones by Jones' order. What makes this incident all
the more bizarre, is the fact that some online sources state
that simulated drills of the planned mass suicide, which they
called "White Nights", were conducted on a regular basis by
Jim Jones, in preparation for what Jones apparently viewed as
the inevitable outcome of their clashes with the System.

In all, 909 people took their lives that day at the Jonestown
compound, 276 of which were children. In addition to the 909,
nine other people were killed by Peoples Temple members at a
nearby airstrip as they tried to escape in two planes. This
included U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan, and four members of the
American mass media.

Concerning what motivated those people to take such drastic
measures, we may never know in full. One thing that is clear,
is that Jim Jones and his followers believed that they were
being harassed by the U.S. Government. Jim Jones didn't like
being scrutinized by the mass media or by the US Government;
which is one reason why he moved part of the Peoples Temple
from California to their so-called "Agricultural Project" in
Guyana. In fact, it was allegations of human rights abuses,
which had been made by former members of the Peoples Temple,
that motivated Congressman Ryan and the mass media to travel
to Jonestown in the first place. They wanted to determine
for themselves whether or not the allegations were true.

It is reasonable to assume that once Congressman Ryan and the
reporters had been killed, Jim Jones and his followers became
convinced that it wouldn't be long before the U.S. Government
would send down the troops to find out what was going on. So,
rather than face that eventuality, they chose to take their
own lives. This seems to be confirmed by the fact that on the
tape recording, one can hear Jim Jones saying such things as
"parachute in here on us", "shoot some of our innocent babies"
and "they'll torture our children, they'll torture some of our
people here, they'll torture our seniors."

One point I wish to make here is that, in my view, their
name, "Peoples Temple", is somewhat of a deceptive misnomer.
I say this because, while it is true that their organization
in the United States did have trappings of Christianity, and
while they apparently did help a lot of disadvantaged people
through their social outreach programs, nevertheless, it is
also true, that as the years progressed, Jim Jones revealed
that he was really a dedicated communist, and an atheist who
hated the Bible. For example, he mocked Christianity as just
being a "fly away religion". He also said that the Bible was
just a tool that was used by white people to justify keeping
women in submission, and subjugating people of color. Jones
also mocked the God of the Bible by referring to Him as just
a "Sky God" who was no God at all. He also wrote a booklet
entitled "The Letter Killeth" in which he criticized the
Bible.

But there is other evidence which exposes Jim Jones' atheism.
In an interview with the New York Times in 1977, even Jones'
own wife, Marceline Jones, revealed that as early as the age
of eighteen, when Jones watched his idol Mao Zedong overthrow
the Chinese government, he realized that the best way for him
to achieve socialist/Marxist change in the United States, was
by using religion to mobilize people. During the interview,
Marceline Jones stated that "Jim used religion to try to get
some people out of the opiate of religion". She also added
that on one occasion, her husband had slammed the Bible down
on the table and yelled "I've got to destroy this paper idol!"
Marceline Jones obviously agreed with Jim Jones, because her
dead body was found amongst all of the others in Jonestown.

According to online sources, Jones' ultimate goal in moving
to Guyana, aside from wanting to escape from the scrutiny of
the U.S. Government and the American mass media, was so that
he could establish a so-called "socialist paradise", but one
without God in the equation. In a tape recording which was
made the day before the mass suicide occurred, Jim Jones can
be heard saying "I believe we're the purest communists there
are". So as you can clearly see, Jim Jones was definitely no
Christian in any sense of the word, and he used Christianity
to mask his real intentions, and his deceived followers fell
for the ruse.

So no matter how we choose to look at this tragic incident,
the untimely death of over nine hundred people, that included
two hundred and seventy-six innocent children, is something
which should never have happened for any reason whatsoever.
Had those people taken the time to more carefully scrutinize
the teachings of their deranged, drug-taking leader, before
they decided to sell their possessions and fly off to South
America with him, perhaps they would still be alive today. As
I pointed out earlier, these poor people were apparently not
satisfied with their lives, or with their country. They were
looking for something better; and it seems that the Reverend
Jim Jones, with his charismatic personality and fast-talking
style, offered them what they sought for, or at least they
thought he did. Now, either through an act of desperation, or
due to other reasons, they are all dead.

The shock of the 1978 Jonestown mass suicide lingered with us
for a while; but being the humans that we are, we all tend to
prioritize things in our lives; and with the passage of time,
issues which are not important to our immediate survival are
eventually pushed into the back of our minds, where they are
either ignored or forgotten; that is, until something else
happens to dredge them up again.

Our reality was again shaken fifteen years later, in 1993, by
the live televised confrontation between David Koresh and his
followers - the Branch Davidians, a quasi-Christian cult that
was an offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventist church - and the
BATF; that is, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, not far from the central Texas city of Waco. The
questionable siege against the Branch Davidians by the BATF,
which was later handed over to the FBI, and which was given
the code name of "Operation Trojan Horse", began on the 28th
of February when BATF agents attempted to execute search and
arrest warrants at the Branch Davidian's compound, which was
known as Mount Carmel Center. This confrontation resulted in
the death of six Branch Davidians, and four BATF agents; but
it was only the tip of the ice berg. More dire consequences
would occur in the days and weeks ahead.

Here again, the picture of what really happened during this
incident was muddled for us, so that we were only allowed to
see what the mass media was permitted to show us. For almost
two months the tense standoff continued between the FBI and
the Branch Davidians, while David Koresh, whose real name was
Vernon Wayne Howell, and who was the Branch Davidian's fourth
"prophet", locked up in the Mount Carmel Center compound with
his faithful followers, worked on his interpretation of the
Seven Seals of the Book of Revelation. Then, just as Easter
approached, the tragedy occurred as a mysterious fire broke
out in the compound on the final day of the conflict.

By the time that the drawn-out siege came to an end fifty-one
days later, on April 19th, about eighty-two Branch Davidians
were dead, including Vernon Wayne Howell, twenty-one children
and two pregnant women, as well as the four BATF agents. This
tragic incident would eventually become known by the name of
the Waco Massacre, or the Waco Siege, or simply Waco, and it
has continued to fuel controversy to this very day. In fact,
as I point out in the article "Bloody But Unbowed: Timothy
McVeigh And The Death Penalty", it was two years later to the
very day that Timothy J. McVeigh and Terry Nichols detonated
a massive truck bomb outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which resulted in the
death of one hundred and sixty-eight people. McVeigh claimed
that his actions were his personal revenge for the attacks at
the Branch Davidian compound, as well as the government-led
attack against Randy Weaver and his family at Ruby Ridge, ID.

As with the Jonestown incident, I suspect that we'll probably
never be told the whole truth of exactly what occurred at the
Branch Davidian compound on that final day. Did the BATF jump
the gun, and unwisely initiate an armed conflict against the
Branch Davidians, instead of relying upon a more diplomatic
approach? Did their aggression against the Branch Davidians
only serve to convince the cult that they were under serious
attack, and thus they also retaliated with force, or did the
Branch Davidians fire first, as the US Government claims? Is
there any truth to the US Government's claim that Koresh and
his followers were storing up and selling fire arms, as was
reported by the news media at the time? The BATF stated that
their agents had discovered that the Branch Davidians were in
possession of over 150 weapons of various types, as well as
8,000 rounds of ammunition. According to online sources, it
was allegedly the sound of noise coming from some of these
weapons, which eventually led to the BATF obtaining search
and arrest warrants for certain members of the cult.

The fact that the Branch Davidians were able to fire back at
and kill some of the AFT agents, certainly seems to confirm
that they were in possession of some weapons. Precisely how
many I obviously do not know. If the Branch Davidians truly
were a group that was founded upon Christian principles, then
personally, I can only conclude that they were terribly mis-
guided by their leader; because nowhere in the New Testament
does Jesus Christ, or His Apostles, teach us that we are to
store or sell weapons, or to take up arms and fight against
the U.S. government, or against any government or individual.
For a deeper look at my views regarding this topic, please
refer to some of my other articles.

There's also the question regarding how the three fires were
started, which eventually killed seventy-four of the cult
members. Did the Branch Davidians start the fires themselves,
or were the fires the result of the government forces using
pyrotechnic devices and flamethrowers as some people allege?

But one thing is certain; and that is that whether it was due
to the unnecessary use of deadly force by the US Government,
(as some say also occurred during the Ruby Ridge incident),
or due to David Koresh and the Branch Davidians taking their
own lives under some messianic delusion, after determining
the futility of their situation, (as has been claimed by the
US Government), absolutely no one should have died that day
at the Mount Carmel Center outside of Waco, Texas. That the
U.S. Government would have allowed, or even caused those men
women and children to die in such a horrible way, is totally
indefensible in my view, and a reproach to the authorities.
In light of these events, it is no wonder that many people
continue to mistrust the U.S. Government to this very day.

It seems to me that, as had occurred fifteen years earlier
with the followers of Jim Jones at Jonestown, the members of
the Branch Davidians made the mistake of putting their faith
in the teachings of one man -- Vernon Wayne Howell, a.k.a.,
David Koresh -- instead of relying upon God's Holy Spirit to
reveal the truth to them directly through personal study of
His Word, the Bible. They surrendered their wills to a man,
when they should only surrender it to God. At one point, as
the negotiations were underway, David Koresh is claimed to
have told the federal agents that he was the Second Coming of
Jesus Christ. Obviously, to even suggest such a possibility,
demonstrates very serious delusion on the part of Koresh, if
it is even true that Koresh said this.

In the previous two cases, as well as in other incidents that
have occurred before, and since then, such as the well-known
1994 tragedy involving the suicide and/or murder of over one
hundred members of the Order of the Solar Temple, also known
as the Ordre du Temple Solaire in Canada and Switzerland, the
words "cult" and "sect" have been freely used by governments
and the mass media to conveniently vilify and cast a negative
shadow upon anyone who adheres to some form of belief or way
of life which falls outside the norm of what is deemed to be
acceptable human behavior and practice. Where these people
really cult members?

In the aforementioned incidents -- Jonestown and the Peoples
Temple, Waco and the Branch Davidians, and Joseph Di Mambro,
Luc Jouret and the Order of the Solar Temple -- all three
parties believed that they were simply following a pure form
of Christianity, led by their inspired "prophet" of God who
received revelations from God. Whether or not they actually
were cults really isn't the focus of this article; although I
have pretty much stated my position concerning them. However,
please feel free to conduct your own research, and then make
your own determination. The main point that I would like to
emphasize here, is that in each case, they blindly followed
the spiritual teachings of one man without really doing their
own personal research; and that is what eventually led to
their deaths. They were deceived.

After the Jonestown, Waco and Solar Temple incidents, nobody
would have guessed that in March of 1997 we would witness the
most bizarre mass suicide case ever recorded in the history
of the continental United States. The neat, calculated death
of thirty-nine members of a small group of web page designers
known as "Heaven's Gate", situated in San Diego, California,
left many people shocked and stunned. What is unbelievable,
is the fact that prior to taking their lives, members of the
Heaven's Gate cult used their web site to make their plan of
self-destruction publicly known.

What I also find disturbing is the similarities which exist
between these tragedies. In the case of Jonestown, the Solar
Temple and Heaven's Gate, drugs were used to either murder
people, or else to numb them to the pain of death, or maybe
both. With the Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate murders and
suicides, plastic bags were placed on many of the victim's
heads, and their bodies were neatly arranged. In the case of
the Solar Temple incident, the dead bodies were arranged in
a circle with their feet in the innermost part of the circle,
perhaps symbolic of a radiating sun; while with the Heaven's
Gate cult members, each individual was found laying dead in
their bed, covered with a purple shroud, wearing their dark
clothes and black and white Nike tennis shoes. Even stranger
still, each member was in possession of a five dollar bill,
and had three quarters in their pocket. Each member also
wore an arm band which stated "Heaven's Gate Away Team".

Similar to the members of the People's Temple, the Branch
Davidians and the Order of the Solar Temple, the members of
the Heaven's Gate cult also claimed to follow a unique form
of Christianity. However, in addition, they were also New Age
and UFO adherents who were convinced that the arrival of the
comet Hale-Bopp signified the time of their deliverance from
this earthly life, into an ascended existence in the Kingdom
of God. Their leader, Marshall Applewhite, had deceived them
into believing that all that was required of them in order to
achieve this ascension was to voluntarily leave their shells,
(i.e., their earthly bodies), behind, by taking their lives;
and that is exactly what they did. Their belief was that they
would be immediately transported to a huge spacecraft which
was concealed in the tail of the now-famous comet, Hale-Bopp.

While the Heaven's Gate cult suicide incident came as a shock
to many people, those of us who have been following events in
the New Age thought and UFOlogy crowd for a while, were less
surprised. For quite a few years now, the Ascension Movement,
of which the Heaven's Gate cult was merely one manifestation,
has been advocating the transformation of planet Earth, along
with her inhabitants, into a higher plane of existence. New
Agers refer to this process as the "Ascension". As I explain
in some of my other articles and series which delve into this
topic, talk of UFO's, encounters with extraterrestrial beings,
channeling alleged entities from outer space, the photon belt,
the "Space Brothers" and the "Great White Brotherhood", etc.,
is the norm for the people who adhere to these beliefs. It is
as common as talking about the weather. It elicits no unusual
response amongst such people.

The arrival of comet Hale-Bopp during the early part of 1997,
along with its perceived "odd" behavior, caused an immediate
uproar within the New Age community; particularly after the
purported discovery by amateur astronomer Chuck Shramek, of a
large and self-illuminated object trailing the history-making
comet. Within days of Mr. Shramek publishing an image of the
purported object on the controversial Art Bell web site, as
was to be expected, the Internet was abuzz with all kinds of
rumors and theories regarding the precise nature and purpose
of the mysterious object, which later was dubbed the SLO, or
"Saturn-Like Object". In fact, after an Internet-wide contest
was carried out, the purported companion object was given the
name "Hail Mary". As I noted earlier, within the UFO and New
Age community, the SLO was believed to be either a large UFO,
that is, an alien spacecraft, or possibly the fabled planet
Nibiru, which is an idea directly borrowed from the writings
of Zecharia Sitchin, who has studied the ancient Sumerian
culture, including the many clay tablets which have been
found in Iraq.

At this point, allow me to reiterate a point that I have made
many times before. If there is one important lesson which all
newcomers to the Internet and the World Wide Web must learn
sooner or later, it's to take everything with a grain of salt;
particularly in messages which they find posted on web sites,
on IRC channels, in Usenet newsgroups, on messageboards, etc.
While I have clearly encouraged everyone to conduct their own
personal research, you also need to remember that while there
is a lot of good information to be found if one goes to the
right places, we must also constantly remind ourselves that
the Internet is also the largest electronic rumor mill in the
world. Whether something is true or false has little bearing.
Information travels so fast across the Internet, that half
the world is already talking about it before it has even been
properly verified or refuted. So the point is, be judicious
regarding what you choose to believe.

Amidst this vast, online, electronic world of the Internet,
the Heaven's Gate web site was just a small speck. Prior to
the tragic story being disseminated by the mass media, very
few people had even heard of the Heaven's Gate cult, outside
of their New Age and UFO followers. Maybe if more attention
had been drawn to the cult sooner, the mind-boggling events
which occurred that day at Rancho Santa Fe, could have been
avoided. What is alarming about the Heaven's Gate tragedy is
that what motivated them to take their lives is symptomatic
of our world society. The victims of the Heaven's Gate cult
fit perfectly into the psychological mold that I described
for you in the opening paragraphs of this article. They were
a disaster just waiting to happen; and yet sadly, no one saw
it coming, in spite of the clear signs which they purposely
left on their web site.

In the case of Heaven's Gate, their pattern was pretty much
the same as with the Peoples Temple, the Branch Davidians,
and the Order of the Solar Temple. Their untimely deaths were
a collective action which resulted from embracing an illusion.
The misguided members of the Heaven's Gate cult thought that
they had found "salvation", and solace, in a man by the name
of Marshall Applewhite, who was a self-proclaimed "prophet",
who for some twenty years had promised deliverance to those
who would put utter faith in his words, and ultimately accept
his foolish invitation to the stars. Like others before him,
Applewhite preyed upon the weaknesses and private yearnings
of those who followed him. When he told his followers that it
was time to go, as far as we know, his flock blindly followed
him to death without question or hesitation. Today, Marshall
Applewhite and thirty-eight of his followers, (plus two more
later), are dead; poisoned and suffocated by their own hands;
and I seriously doubt that any of them are now buzzing around
on a spaceship, enjoying their new-found spiritual freedom in
the Kingdom of God as Marshall Applewhite claimed they would.

Having personally read quite a bit of material that was found
on the Heaven's Gate web site, I can say without hesitation
that Marshall Applewhite was more than just a false prophet;
he was a false messiah and an antichrist. Similar to a number
of other modern-day false prophets, through his own writings
and video tapes, Applewhite claimed that he was Jesus Christ
returned in the flesh. In his delusion, he convinced his cult
that he was a second incarnation of the Son of God. As you
can probably imagine, for a Christian such as myself, these
kinds of remarks are nothing short of blasphemy. Applewhite
and his followers were obviously under some extremely strong
delusion. As I explain in other articles, this is precisely
what we are told would happen in the Last Days, when people
reject the truth of God's Word, and embrace false doctrines.
The Apostle Paul wrote:

". . . because they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them
strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:"
2 Thessalonians 2:10b-11, KJV

From reading the Heaven's Gate material, it is quite evident
that Marshall Applewhite took verses from the Bible, and gave
them his own New Age meaning, in order to try to support his
false doctrines. The Bible refers to this dangerous practice
as wresting the Scriptures to their own destruction, and this
is exactly what the members of the Heaven's Gate cult did.
For those of you who are not familiar with the terminology of
the Authorized King James Bible, the word "wrest" is an Old
English word which means to twist or change the meaning of.
Through their misinterpretation of the Holy Scriptures, the
sad members of the Heaven's Gate cult in fact destroyed their
very lives. In writing about how some people were perverting
the meaning of the Epistles of the Apostle Paul, the Apostle
Peter wrote:

"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these
things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which
they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also
the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."
2 Peter 3:16, KJV

Almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus clearly warned us that in the
Last Days, there would come many false prophets and false
messiahs who would deceive many. He said that they would be
so subtle in their doctrine, that if it were possible, they
would even deceive God's very Elect. Consider what Jesus
said in the Gospel of Matthew:

"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or
there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs,
and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders;
insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the
very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they
shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not
forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not."
Matthew 24:23-26, KJV

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