The OCeeker: Open Bible Seminar and Satan's Korean Pen Pal

True be-Lee-ver
Don't hold your breath for the end of the world. It already happened. Sorta.

The announcement came Saturday at Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, and was made by a South Korean preacher who once signed a blood oath to God after a star fell from the sky and guided him to a heavenly messenger.

The OCeeker shits you not, ye heathen.

I saw the light

After a smoke in the parking lot and a Spotify spin of Dan Reeder's "Food and Pussy", your freelancin' philanderer learned all about it.

Man Hee Lee, who descends from the royal Joseon Dynasty, was born in 1931, in the countryside town of Gyeongbuk Cheongdo. He was the seventh of 12 sons. His name means "complete light", and was given to him by his grandfather, who had a vision of a light from heaven shining down. When that happens, you know some good shit's a'comin'. 

The OCeeker is the first-born of three chilrens, and his pawpaw had a vision of Brut rainin'  down from heaven. His name means "sower of wild oats."

Anyway. Once upon a time, during a moment of prayer, the aforementioned star lit upon Lee, and he purposed in his heart to spread God's message to the world. The message? That the New Testament prophecies--including Revelation--have been fulfilled. You see, after Lee was visited by the heavenly host, he dropped by Tabernacle Temple in his hometown, and "saw and heard the events right before my very eyes that were fulfilling Revelation."

This presumably not only included Jesus ralphing out lukewarm believers, but the Whore of Babylon riding a scarlet beast with seven heads and 10 horns. In other words, the wingnuts that gather at Bible prophecy conferences to hear about the latest bogeyman who will soon become the Antichrist? They're totally lame, bro. 

Not so, the throng of believers who assembled at Crystal Cathedral to hear Lee deliver the straight dope from the deity.

The OCeeker last visited Crystal Cathedral to attend the funeral of a woman who shot herself in the head. He still remembers the poignant playing of Sting's "Fields of Gold".  If Robert Schuller had witnessed what the OCeeker saw Saturday, well, let's just say we'd once again have to hear about the west wind moving like a lover so, upon them fields o' barley.

Not all those who wander are lost

Your lord and king ambled into the sanctuary, whereupon he was immediately greeted by some of the cutest Korean gals seen outside a sweatshop. Indeed, fellow alphas, they were smartly dressed, and appeared to be made in the same factory as Sun from "Lost". They sure as hell didn't look like Margaret Cho.

Now, the OCeeker is bilingual--he speaks English and love. But he don't speaky the Korean. Thankfully, the seminar folks provided an English translation through headsets in the pews, which clearly were designed during an era when Americans weren't fat. (Not a lotta room for a rascal to recline.) And oh thank heaven for that sweet little lady voice that carelessly whispered Lee's teachings in the OCeeker's ears. She had a slight accent, and as God is true, the OCeeker thought he heard her say she would love him "long time."

After a worship set, where we sang the modern-hymns of American evangelicalism (when asked to raise our hands in worship, the OCeeker, with one hand in his pocket, lifted the other in a Nazi salute), Lee took the stage, dressed in a dark suit and bright yellow tie. Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old Man Lee, ye heathen.

He is the founder and spiritual leader of the Tabernacle of Testimony in South Korea. It claims 53 daughter churches and more than 140,000 members worldwide. Lee says he is the only person--uh, besides, um, the Apostle John--who saw and heard the events of Revelation and can share the book's mysteries with the world. 

Location Info


Crystal Cathedral Ministries

13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, CA

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