Eastern Lightning is the name of a religious cult in China that is doing much harm. The group appeared in the early 1990's in China's Heilongjian province. They base their cult on Matthew 24:27 - "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." However, they deny the authority of scripture and fundamental doctrines like the trinity. They believe that Jesus has already returned as a 30-year-old Chinese female. Belief in this female messiah is required for salvation.
Eastern Lightning is most spectacularly known because of their kidnappings for the purpose of conversion. They generally target active Christians from the house church movement. They physically kidnap them, torture them, and brainwash them into joining their cult. Eastern Lightning advocates also infiltrate existing Christian churches and slowly attempt to convert them to their doctrine. Cults such as this not only attack the existing churches, but they also threaten to increase persecution by the government of China. Please pray for the millions of China and their precious souls. More information can be found on this cult.