Nearly 300 members of a Christian sect who believed the world was about to end dressed in new clothes, barricaded themselves in a church in the west Java city of Bandung and waited for Jesus Christ to come to their rescue. The 280 followers of the fundamentalist sect, led by a minister called Mangapin Sibuea, arrived at the simple church on Sunday night in preparation for the end of the world, according to reports on the local Detik news service.. The devotees, who came from all over Indonesia to settle near the church in Bandung, believed that when the world ended at 3pm, Jesus would carry them up to heaven. Local residents said the sect members began their spiritual preparations for the end of the world by asking forgiveness for any past wrongdoings. But instead of being carried off by Jesus after 3pm, they were carted off to the local police station. The police and a crisis team from the Christian Forum for Communication had earlier arrived to warn the sect leader and his followers that their predictions contradicted Christian teachings. The team urged leader Sibuea to 'revise his teachings' but he refused. Although Christians make up less than 10 per cent of the population in mainly Muslim Indonesia, evangelical groups, particularly those that preach end-of-the-world scenarios, are popular among the faithful.