Over a long period of time, from ancient times to the present day, a number of very interesting sects and cults have arisen. Almost all of these mysterious sects had ideas and beliefs that seemed rather strange to the vast majority of people. A sect called the Gates of Heaven that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s united people who shared a very interesting faith.
Cult members use Christian terms such as Jesus, messiah, Bible, God, and angel, but what they were really talking about were aliens, UFOs, higher consciousness, and transformation into superhuman beings. The peak of fame for this interesting cult came in 1997, when 39 of its members committed mass suicide. Here’s what you need to know about the Heaven’s Gate Cult, one of the most mysterious and interesting formations of the recent past.
The foundations of the Heaven’s Gate cult were laid by a man named Marshall Herff Applewhite and a woman named Bonnie Lou Nettles.
In 1972, when they met, they were both going through a very painful spiritual period. Nettles claims to have received various “revelations” from spiritual beings and angels, while Applewhite has studied “end of the world” narratives in religious texts in an attempt to relieve his mental depression.
In 1974, Applewhite and Nettles developed an unusual belief system. They talked about the Bible, Jesus, God and angels to the people around them. But what they really meant were aliens and UFOs.
According to the duo, the “creatures to be believed” were aliens, beings superior to humans. In their meetings, they often stated that aliens would come to Earth, destroy it, or at least transform it.
Also, in this interesting belief system developed by Applewhite and Nettles, he must save “the faithful who are ready to take it to the next level” before the aliens destroy the Earth. Later, Applewhite and Nettles began to consider themselves “two witnesses”, which also found a place in Christian narratives. In a scripture narrative, two witnesses are killed and resurrected after witnessing the apocalypse.
However, the way they interpreted this testimony and the scriptures they attributed to themselves was slightly different. For example, Christian stories said that the prophet Jesus would be taken up to heaven on a cloud. But for Applewhite and Nettles, the cloud rising into the sky was nothing more than a UFO. The duo believed in extraterrestrial technology, not miracles, and found their way to salvation by worshiping aliens.
In 1975, they began to spread their own beliefs. They became prominent figures in the “alternative faith” world in the US states of California and Oregon.
The duo, who began to share their beliefs with people, explained in their meetings that earthly life is an intermediate realm where humanity learns to fight “evil aliens”, transcend the human body and transform into perfect beings. The story that aliens, the highest form of life, are the true gods and will save the faithful was quickly embraced by many. There is a noticeable increase in the number of duo subscribers.
The members of the Heaven’s Gate Sect never referred to themselves by that name. They named their community “The Class”.
Nettles and Applewhite were considered “teachers”. Those who followed them were called “students”. Members of the sect often used the term “classmate” when talking about each other.
As the reputation of the Heaven’s Gate Sect grew, so did the number of members.
During this period, the “teachers” Nettles and Applewhite began to claim that they were aliens sent to Earth to prepare humanity for impending doom. The duo changed their names to “Ti” and “Do”. With an increase in the number of members, the order gradually acquired the status of a monastery.
Heaven’s Gate has managed to create its own rituals as well as its own belief system.
T&D asked their students, whom they were trying to prepare for release, to sever ties with their families, “celibacy” was shown as a prerequisite for joining the cult, and members were asked to wear Star Trek-inspired uniforms. .
Bonnie Lou Nettles, or T as she was in the cult, died in 1985.
This unexpected death of Ti caused a major break in the belief system of the Heaven’s Gate Sect. Because the members of the sect were told that they would be transformed into superior beings physically and mentally while they were still alive. However, his teachers died before he could transform into a higher being. For this reason, a very interesting method was found to overcome the crisis of faith in the sect. More precisely, a new model of faith was developed.
After Ti’s death, the sect members were told that they should “get rid of their imperfect human bodies in order to reach the next level, to have someone else’s mind and body”!
Many members of the sect already saw themselves as “an alien temporarily imprisoned in a human body.” For this reason, the idea of getting rid of imperfect human bodies was easily accepted among the members of the sect.
The members of Heaven’s Gate chose March 1997 to get rid of human bodies and transform into superior beings!
Because at the time, scientists announced that Comet Hale-Bopp would be closest to Earth in March 1997. In other words, this star, which is 1,000 times brighter than Halley’s Comet, would be visible from Earth to the naked eye. However, this event was much more than a rare natural occurrence for members of Heaven’s Gate. The expected sign was approaching.
On the night of March 22-23, the Heaven’s Gate members took the final step they needed to take to “get rid of the destruction”, “release” and “take their place at the gates of heaven”!
39 members of the sect, including Marshall Herff Applewhite, committed mass suicide during the comet’s passage, hoping to greet the aliens and raise their consciousness into the sky.
After this suicide incident, which was met with great surprise around the world, videos made by members of the sect surfaced. In the pictures, members of the sect enthusiastically talked about how they were eager to start a new life …
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