'End of world' is nigh and Armageddon battle looms, warns Cheltenham reverend
THE end of the world is nigh, according to one Cheltenham minister.
But the Reverend Glyn Taylor said Cheltonians still had time to avoid the 'tribulation period of judgment and unprecedented suffering' by joining the Prophetic Witness Movement.
Mr Taylor, from Bushcombe Close, in Woodmancote, runs the worldwide movement from his home.
The group believes that the end of the world is coming and that Jesus Christ will return to claim his new kingdom.
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Mr Taylor, who has been involved in the movement for 30 years, has distanced himself from followers of the Mayan calendar who believed the world would end in December last year.
An international frenzy was sparked by that suggestion and people ran to mountain tops while others hid in specially-built bunkers.
But Mr Taylor, a retired minister, said he does not have an exact date for the end of days.
He added: "It could be at any time but we are not into speculating about dates as the Bible says that no man should know the time that it will happen.
"All we know is that it is imminent. It could happen very soon as there are increasing signs."
According to their theology, the Second Coming will come in two phases.
It will begin with the Rapture, in which non-believers are left behind on Earth, while believers ascend in the air to meet the Lord.
Secondly, there will be seven years of tribulation "climaxing in the Battle of Armageddon" where there will be blood shed "up to horses bridles".
Earthquakes and conflicts around the world are given as telltale signs the end is nigh.
And if the end of the world does come, we will not need to run to bunkers with supplies.
"Christ will be returning here soon," said Mr Taylor. "This is the future hope for the world."
Four rallies will be held in Cheltenham this year in a bid to persuade people to believe in God and to save themselves.
The first rally takes place on March 2 at 7.30pm at the Elim Christian Centre, on St George's Road, in Cheltenham.
The next events will happen on the first Saturdays of June, September and December.