The self-proclaimed 'King of the world' today (Saturday) declared the Berlin Wall cast into the sea - but moments later was refused permission to cross it for a similar ceremony in East Berlin.
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Background: The self-proclaimed 'King of the world' today (Saturday) declared the Berlin Wall cast into the sea - but moments later was refused permission to cross it for a similar ceremony in East Berlin.
Bishop Homer Tomlinson, of the Church of God in New York City, prayed in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin that the wall might be removed immediately. But despite his lightweight golden crown, his red robe of office, and his portable throne - an aluminum folding chair - he was not allowed to repeat the request on the Eastern side of the Brandenburg Gate.
East German border guards told taxi drivers who were negotiating for the 74-year-old American that he could not cross to make a speech in East Berlin without government permission.
So Tomlinson gave up his plans, crossed to the Eastern zone by another gate and drove straight to East Berlin's Schoenefeld Airport to fly to Prague. He will also visit Vienna before going to Jerusalem where he plans to set himself up as a successor to the Throne of David on Mount Zion on October 6. A number of his disciples are travelling with him.