MAXWELL:  Beyond millennial computer crashes

1/13/1999 – Printed in the EDITORIAL section of the St Petersburg Times Newspaper


Y2K computer glitches are the most talked about of the potential millennial crises facing humankind. But with forethought and organization, such electronic problems can be managed.

The world’s other potential millennial crises _ those of the mystic kind _ are another matter altogether. As a sign of the impending madness, the state of Israel, in addition to having to deal with its indigenous victims of delusions, must control Second Coming zealots from Denver.

Called the Concerned Christians, the sect has been settling in and around Jerusalem for several years in preparation for the return of the Messiah. Israel is concerned that, as 2000 approaches, these cultists will provoke violent incidents to initiate Armageddon and to quicken the arrival of Christ.

But the antics of such groups are only one part of the mass anxiety infecting people worldwide. The other part, the one that might be more ominous, is the collection of oft-repeated predictions, revelations and visions passed down by “visionaries” and those that are found in inspired documents.

A sampling of the dark events divined to occur in 2000 _ the third Christian millennium _ is worth noting, if for no other reason than to help us keep one eye cast toward the heavens, the other toward hell, depending on our state of mind.

In his new book, Prophecies: 2000, Matthew Bunson catalogs divinations that involve natural disasters, wars and Armageddon, and plagues and epidemics.

Here are a few of the disasters, such as famine, droughts, hail, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, predicted for 2000.

“The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkle of an eye.”

_ Edgar Cayce

“It is said that the oceans will entirely flood certain parts of the Earth, and that from moment to moment millions of men will perish.”

_ prophecy of Mary at Fatima

The worldwide ethnic encounters after the Cold War ended and the New World Order began have convinced the mystically inclined that 2000 will bring more wars _ even Armageddon.

“It is only war in the end that will save humanity. It is only when the world will be satiated with blood, destruction, and violence, that it will wake from its present nightmare of madness _ and thus it is that the coming “War of War’ fits into the design of things.”

_ Count Louis Hamon (Cheiro)

Plagues and epidemics are said to await humankind at the turn of the century. AIDS, for example, has darkened the future of many nations. And with increasing threats of experimental viruses and germ warfare, who knows what the future holds? Listen to the sages on the subject:

“And this is the plague which Yahweh will strike all nations who have fought against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they are standing on their feet; their eyes will rot in their sockets; their tongues will rot in their mouths.”

_ book of Zechariah

Given events in Iraq and elsewhere in the Arab world, many millennium watchers believe that the Antichrist is prepared to destroy the world’s Christian remnant. These are two of the most familiar prophecies:

“In 1999 and seven months

From the sky shall come the grand King of Terror

He shall resurrect the great King of the Mongols

Before and after, Mars shall reign happily.”

_ Nostradamus

“(A) king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirt, the overthrower and destroyer of the human race.”

_ Lactantius

Seventh-day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the world will end this year. Malachy, archbishop of Arnagh, Ireland, who died in 1148, predicted that the world will end in 2000. Edgar Cayce, who died in 1945, gives us until 2001.

Meanwhile, Israel is trying to stave off the end of the world _ at least as it is being interpreted by Denver’s Concerned Christians. Here is how Brother Raymond, a former petty thief and pot smoker and member of the group, describes his reason for being in the Holy Land: “I was starving inside, empty, just the kind of people God is looking for. He changed me overnight, filled me with more life than I ever knew. He woke me up. It was like a star burst inside me, and I just knew I had to be here.”

For its part, Israel wishes that Raymond and his brethren had sat out the dawning of the third Christian millennium.