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The Rapture Theory/not so brief history

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  • holderlin66
    holderlin wrote: You see now how we lift and it was not the Rapture. Oh how silly, we are not lifted, we must lift ourselves and in this we slowly do by
    Message 1 of 5 , May 3, 2004
      holderlin wrote:

      "You see now how we lift and it was not the Rapture. Oh how silly, we
      are not lifted, we must lift ourselves and in this we slowly do by
      courting, Romantically, nurturing, vertically, horizontally, in
      nature and in spirit, but from the core of the I AM and thinking
      only can this union take place. We are changed, and not in a
      twinkling. Do you not see it? What sown confusion, what sad harpies.
      What beastly horror. We have her, AnthroSophia by the skirts. She is
      no Rapture, she holds back the highest gifts of the human soul that
      must meet her in the I AM."

      Oh Rapture!

      http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/rapture.html

      "One of the major problems America faces is a large population of
      religious fundimentalists who have become as fanatical in their own
      way as any Middle Eastern Ayatollah. At present, they are caught up
      in their own version of the myth of the end of the world, and hope
      that by working to bring it about, they'll get to sit at the right
      hand of their diety and to hell with everyone else. No doubt
      fistfights will break out over who gets to sit closest, but that is
      a subject for another article.

      So fervent is the belief of the mythoholics that they are ready and
      willing to sacrifice money, children, civil rights, freedom, even
      life itself (so long as it is someone else's) to bring about the
      final rapture and end of the world. Never mind that the guy selling
      this belief is a child molester and makes money off of these fables,
      the seekers (and there is one born every minute) do so want to
      believe!

      So, I thought it might be appropriate to list some of the many other
      times in history that religious fanatics of all kinds have decided
      the world was about to end, what they did about it, and what really
      happened to those who followed them when the world did not end as
      scheduled.

      AD 30 Jesus. According to Matthew 16:28, Jesus himself predicted his
      second coming and the end of the world within the lifetime of his
      contemporaries.

      AD 156 A man named Montanus declared himself to be the "Spirit of
      Truth," the personification of the Holy Spirit, mentioned in the
      Gospel of John, who was to reveal all truth. Montanus quickly
      gathered followers, including a pair of far-seeing "prophetesses",
      who claimed to have visions and ecstatic experiences supposedly from
      God. They began to spread what they called "The Third Testament, a
      series of revelatory messages which foretold of the soon-coming
      Kingdom of God and "The New Jerusalem," which was about to descend
      from heaven to land in Montanus' city of Pepuza, in Phrygia (modern-
      day Turkey), where it would be home for all "true" believers. The
      word was spread, and all were urged to come to Phrygia to await the
      Second Coming. The movement divided Christians into two camps, even
      after the New Jerusalem didn't appear. Whole communities were
      fragmented, and continuous discord resulted. Finally, in AD 431, the
      Council of Ephesus condemned Chiliasm, or belief in the Millennium,
      as a dangerous superstition, and Montanus was declared to be a
      heretic. Despite the failure of the prediction, the cult survived
      several centuries until it was ordered exterminated by Pope Leo I. --
      SSA pg 54

      AD 247, Christian prophets declare that the persecutions by the
      Romans are a sign of the impending return of Jesus.

      AD 300 Lactantius Firmianus (AD c260 - AD c340), called
      the "Christian Cicero", from his Divinae Institutiones: "The fall
      and ruin of the world will soon take place, but it seems that
      nothing of the kind is to be feared as the city of Rome stands
      intact." Rome would fall in AD 410. --TEOTW pg 27

      AD 365, Hilary of Poitiers predicted the world would end in 365.

      AD 380, The Donatists, a North African Christian sect, predicted the
      world would end in 380.

      AD 387 St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, identified the Goths with
      Ezekial's Gog. The Goths had just destroyed the Imperial army at
      Adrianople, prompting Ambrose to say, "...the end of the world is
      coming upon us." --TEOTW pg 27

      AD 300 St. Martin, Bishop of Tours: "Non est dubium, quin
      antichristus...There is no doubt that the Antichrist has already
      been born. Firmly established already in his early years, he will,
      after reaching maturity, achieve supreme power." --TEOTW pg 27

      AD 410 When Rome was sacked, some proclaimed, (as reported by St.
      Augustine of Hippo) "Behold, from Adam all the years have passed,
      and behold, the 6,000 years are completed." This alludes to the
      Great Week theory, held by many millennialists, that the God-alloted
      time of man on earth was 6,000 years, to be followed by a thousand
      years of peace under the earthly reign of Christ. --TIME pg 30

      AD 500 At the mid-fifth century, Vandal invasions recalled
      calculations that the world would end in the year 500, 6000 years
      after Creation, and spurred new calculations to show that the name
      of the Vandal king Genseric represented 666: the number of the
      Beast. --Apoc pg 34

      AD 500 Hippolytus of Rome, a third-century theologian supported the
      oft-accepted (for the day) view of the end of the world occuring
      sometime around the year AD 500. He used a mass of scriptural
      evidence, including the dimensions of the ark of the covenant. --
      TIME pg 31

      AD 500 Roman theologian Sextus Julius Africanus (ca. 160-240)
      predicted the second coming of Jesus in the year 500.

      AD 500 The theologian Irenaeus predicted the second coming of Jesus
      in the year 500.

      AD 590 Bishop Gregory of Tours, who died in AD 594, calculated the
      Time of the End for sometime between 799 and 806. --Apoc pg 48

      AD 793 Elipand, bishop of Toledo, accused Beatus, abbot of Liebana,
      of having prophesied the end of the world. Beatus made the
      prediction on Easter Eve, predicting the end of the world that very
      night, spraking a riot. --Apoc 49-50

      AD 800 Sextus Julius Africanus predicted the second coming of Jesus
      in the year 800.

      AD 800 Beatus of Liébana, not having learned anything from the riot
      he started in 793, wrote in his Commentary on the Apocalypse that
      the world would end in the year 800 at the latest.

      AD 806 Bishop Gregory of Tours predicted the world would end between
      799 and 806.

      Ad 848 The Christian prophetess Thiota predicted the world would end
      in 848.

      AD 900 Adso of Montier-en-lDer, a celbrated 10th-century apocalyptic
      writer, a Frankish emperor of Rome who was 'the last and greates of
      rulers' would, after governing his empire, go to Jerusalem and put
      off his sceptre and crown at the Mount of Olives; this would be the
      end and consummation of the Christian empire and the beginning of
      the reign of Antichrist. --TIME pg 53

      AD 970 Lotharingian computists foresaw the End on Friday, March 25,
      970, when the Annunciation and Good Friday fell on the same day.
      They believed that it was on this day that Adam was created, Isaac
      was sacrificed, the Red Sea was parted, Jesus was conceived, and
      Jesus was crucified.

      AD 992 A rumour that the end would come when the feast of the
      Annunciation coincided with Good Friday. This happened in 992, when
      Easter fell on March 22, and eager calculators established that the
      world would end before three years had passed. --Apoc pg 50-51

      AD 1000 Christian authority all over the known world predicted the
      second coming in the year 1000.

      AD 1033 When the world did not end in 1000, the same Christian
      authorities claimed they had forgotten to add in the length of
      Jesus' life and revised the prediction to 1033. The writings of the
      Burgundian monk Radulfus Glaber described a rash of mass hysterias
      during the period from 1000-1033.

      AD 1033 The roads to Jerusalem fill up with an unprecedented number
      of pilgrims. Asked why this is happening, the 'more truthful of that
      time...cautiously responded that it presaged nothing else but the
      coming of the Lost One, the Antichrist, who, according to divine
      authority, stands ready to come at the end of the age." --TIME pg 47

      AD 1100 Guibert of Nagent (1064-1125) informed would-be crusaders
      that they should seize Jerusalem as a necessary prelude to its
      eventual capture by Antichrist. "The end of the world is already
      near!," he explained. --TIME pg 61-62

      AD 1184 Various Christian prophets predicted the end of the world in
      the year 1184. Nobody seems to remember just why.

      AD 1186 Certain prophecies, during the time of the Third Crusade,
      began circulating in 1184, telling of a "new world order." These
      were believed to have been written by astrologers in Spain, and one
      of them, the "Letter of Toledo," appearing in 1186, urged everyone
      to flee to caves and other remote places, because the world was soon
      to be devastated by terrible storms, famine, earthquakes, and more.
      Only a few true belivers would be spared. --SSA pg 55

      AD 1260 The year, according to Joachim of Flores'(c1145-1202)
      prophecies, when the world was supposed to pass throught the reign
      of Antichrist and enter the Age of the Holy Spirit. Joachim was an
      Italian mystic theologian who wrote, in his Expositio in
      Apocalypsia, that history was to be divided into three ages: The Age
      of the Law (the Father), The Age of the Gospel (the Son), and the
      final Age of the Spirit. He had indicated at the end of the 12th
      Century that the Antichrist was already born in Rome. --DOOM pg 87,
      TEOTW pg 125

      AD 1260 A Dominican monk named Brother Arnold gained a following
      when he wrote that the end was about to take place. According to his
      scenario, he would call upon Christ, in the name of the poor, to
      judge the Church leaders, including the Pope. Christ would then
      appear in judgement, revealing the Pope to be the heralded
      Antichrist. --SSA pg 56

      AD 1297 Writing in 1297, the friar Petrus Olivi predicted
      Antichrist's coming between 1300 and 1340, after which the world
      would enter the Age of the Holy Spirit, which itself would end
      around the year 2000 with Gog and the Last Judgement. --Apoc pg 54

      AD 1284 Pope Innocent III predicted the end of the world in the year
      1284, 666 years after the founding of Islam.

      Ad 1290 When Joachim of Fiore's predicted end of the world had not
      happened by 1260, members of his order (the Joachites) simply re-
      scheduled the end another 30 years later to 1290.

      AD 1300 A Frenchman, Jean de Roquetaillade, published a guide to the
      tribulation. Imprisoned for most of his adult life, he predicted
      Antichrist in 1366, to be followed in 1369 or 1370 by a millennial
      Sabbath. Jerusalem, under a Jewish king, would become the center of
      the world. --Apoc pg 55

      AD 1300 Many Germans were living in fearful expectation of the
      return of the Emperor Frederick II, who had been considered a
      century earlier as the Antichrist, the terrible ruler who was to
      chastise the Church before the return of Christ.

      AD 1306 Gerard of Poehlde, believing that Christ's Millennium
      actually began when the emperor Constantine came to power,
      predicts the end of the world 1000 years after the start of
      Constantine's reign, in 1306.

      AD 1307 fra Dolcino founds a society, the Apostolic Bretheren, in
      1260. He preached that authority had passed from the Roman Church to
      themselves. The Pope and clergy would soon be exterminated by the
      forces of the Last Empoeror in a tremendous battle leading to the
      age of the spirit. Dolcino and his followers perished in a battle at
      Monte Rebello in 1307. --TIME pg 68

      AD 1335 The Joachites again re-scheduled the end of the world, this
      time to the year 1335.

      AD 1348 Agnolo di Tura, called "the Fat," writing during the time of
      the Black Death: "And I...buried my five children with my own hands,
      and so did many others likewise...And nobody wept no matter what his
      loss because almost everyone expected death... People said and
      believed, 'This is the end of the world.'" --TEOTW pg 115

      AD 1349 The group known as the Flagellants claimed that their
      movement must last thirty-three and a half years, culminating in the
      Second Coming. They persuaded many people that their assertions were
      true. One chronicle states: "Many persons, and even young children,
      were soon bidding farewell to the world, some with prayers, others
      with praises on their lips." --TEOTW 125-129

      AD 1366 Jean de Roquetaillade, a French ascetic, predicted the
      Antichrist was to come in 1366, with the end of the world a few
      years after that.

      AD 1367 Czech archdeacon Militz of Kromeriz claimed the Antichrist
      was alive and well and would show up no later than 1367, bringing
      the end of the world with him.

      AD 1378 The Joachites again re-scheduled the end of the world, this
      time to the year 1378.

      AD 1420 Martinek Hauska, near Prague, led a following of priests to
      announce the soon Second Coming of Christ. They warned everyone to
      flee to the mountains because between February 1 and February 14,
      1420, god was to destroy every town with Holy Fire, thus beginning
      the Millennium. Hauska's band then went on a rampage to "purify the
      earth", ridding the world of, in their eyes, false clergymen in the
      Church. They occupied an abandoned fortress which was named Tabor,
      and defied the religious powers of the day, ultimately succumbing to
      the Bohemians in 1452 --SSA pg 56, TIME pg 75-77

      AD 1476 Hans Bohm was burnt at the stake for heresy, after
      proclaiming the village of Nikleshausen the center of imminent world
      salvation. --Apoc pg 151

      AD 1490 Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican visionary, attracted large
      crowds with his prophecies of Antichrist. He began preaching that
      his city of Florence would soon be "The reformation of all Italy..."
      and that its people would take on the mantle of God's elect, saved
      from destruction to play a glorious new role. This would only be
      accomplished, however, if Florence submitted peacefully to the
      invading Charles VIII of France. They did so, and for a short time
      became what has been called a 'proto-Messianic republic.' But when
      the corrupt Pope Alexander VI regained Florence, Savanarola was
      publicly executed in May, 1498. --TIME pg 79-81

      AD 1496 Several 15th Century prophets predict the end of the world
      for the year 1496.

      AD 1499 A mathemetician in Tubingen, Germany, had foretold of a
      coming alignment of the planets in 1524, which would bring a
      disastrous world-wide flood. This was generally rejected because
      such would violate God's covenant with Noah. the uneasiness, though,
      did not pass, and in 1523, printing presses in Germany churned out
      51 pamphlets which added fuel to the speculative fire.

      AD 1500 Martin Luther, Protestant reformer, stated: "I persuade
      myself verily, that the day of judgement will not be absent full
      three hundred years. God will not, cannot, suffer this world much
      longer... the great day is drawing near in which the kingdom of
      abominations shall be overthrown."

      AD 1500 The Italian artist Botticelli captioned his painting, "The
      Mystical Nativity" with a message warning that the end of the world
      would occur within three years, based on the predictions of Girolamo
      Savonarola.

      AD 1526 Anabaptists in St. Gallen, Switzerland, excited by various
      leaders and events, began running through the streets and shouting
      that the Last Day would arrive in exactly one week. Many were
      baptized, stopped work, abandoned their homes and set off into the
      hills, singing and praying in expectant furvor. After a week had
      passed with no sign of their returning Lord, they returned to their
      homes. --TEOTW pg 145-153

      AD 1520 Nicholas Storch was a former weaver who was a self-
      proclaimed expert on the Bible. He began warning groups of workers
      that all of Christendom was about to be annihilated by the Turks.
      Not only did he quote from the Scriptures, but insisted that God
      spoke to him directly through dreams and visions. Ultimately
      rejected by reformer Martin Luther, Storch vanishes from history at
      the end of 1522. --TEOTW pg 155

      AD 1520 Thomas Muntzer, another self-appointed prophet in Germany,
      who made bold predictions based upon the book of Daniel, and called
      for the overthrow by the peasantry of those in power. "The time of
      the harvest is at hand," he declared. "...I have sharpened my
      sickle." Muntzer proclaimed that is was the Last Days, and whoever
      resisted his preaching would be, "..slain by the Turks when they
      come next year." He was executed in 1525, after leading a peasant
      army in rebellion. TEOTW pg 153-158

      AD 1520 Melchior Hoffman (c1498-1543/4) was one of the most
      influential of the self-appointed prophets. A Swabian furrier by
      trade, Hoffman had converted to Lutheranism in 1522 and became a
      wandering preacher. In 1526 Hoffman published a detailed pamphlet on
      the twelfth chapter of Daniel which proclaimed that the world would
      end in seven years, at Easter fo 1533. The seven year period was to
      be divided into two parts. The first part would see the appearance
      of Elijah and Enoch, who would overthrow the Pope. They would,
      however, be martyred and all the saints would then be persecuted.
      After forty-two months of tribulation, Christ would appear. Hoffman
      referred to himself as Elijah, and embarked on the fulfillment of
      his vision. He was imprisoned for his views, however, in Strasburg,
      later dying in the 1540s. --TEOTW pg 160-162

      AD 1524 Prophets in England predicted a flood on February 1, 1524
      (Julian) to strike at London. 20,000 people abandoned their homes in
      fear. Yet another prophet, citing an alignment of planets in the
      constellation Pisces, set the date for the flood for February 20th.
      Both days turned out to be sunny with not even a drop of rain.

      AD 1525 Anabaptist Thomas Müntzer, thinking that he was living at
      the "end of all ages," in 1525, incited a spectacularly unsuccessful
      revolt of the peasantry.

      AD 1527 A German bookbinder named Hans Nut said that he was a
      prophet of God sent by Christ to herald the Second Coming. This
      would occur exactly three and a half years after the start of the
      Peasant's War, in 1527. The Lord's arrival would be followed,
      according to Nut, by a thousand years of free food, love, and free
      sex. He amassed some followers, but was killed during an attempted
      prison escape in 1527. --SSA pg 56

      AD 1528 Hans Romer insisted that Christ was coming within the year,
      so he organized his own rebellion to attack the city of Erfurt on
      New Year's Day of 1528. He was betrayed, however, and arrested. --
      TEOTW 159

      AD 1528 Prophets in England, having failed in their February 20th,
      1524 prediction for a massive flood, reschedule the prediction to
      1528.

      AD 1528 Reformer Hans Hut predicted the end would occur on Pentecost
      (May 27, Julian calendar) 1528.

      AD 1532 Bishop Frederick Nausea (yes, that is his name), predicted
      that the world would end in 1532 after hearing a single report of
      bloody crosses appearing in the sky alongside a comet.

      AD 1533 Anabaptist prophet Melchior Hoffman predicted the end of the
      world in 1533. he also predicted that Jesus would reappear in
      Strasbourg, to save 144,000 people from the world's end.

      AD 1533 Mathematician Michael Stifel, a devout Christian, calculated
      that the Day of Judgement would begin at exactly 8:00am on October
      19, 1533.

      AD 1534 A message out of the besieged city of Munster, where fanatic
      Anabaptists, originally led by one Jan Matthys, self-proclaimed
      Enoch, second witness (after Hoffman's Elijah) to the coming end of
      all things, read: "God has made known to us that all should get
      ready to go to the New Jerusalem (Munster), the city of saints,
      because he is going to punish the world...flee out of Babylon, and
      deliver every man his soul...for this is the time of the Lord's
      vengeance." Matthys had also fancied himself a second Gideon,
      leading 30 followers out in an attack on the city's besiegers. He
      and his band of thirty were annhilated. The movement's new leader,
      Jan Beukels, or Bockholdt, known to history as John of Leyden, had
      declared himself King of the World, a position he would hold until
      Christ's return. Berhardt Rothmann published two pamphlets
      proclaiming the triumph of the saints at Munster, but the Catholic
      bishop whose town was held, eventually retook it, executing most of
      the rebels. --SSA pg 57, TEOTW pg 163-175

      AD 1532 Michael Stiefel, mathematician and follower of Luther,
      published Apocalypse on the Apocalypse: A Little Book of Arithmetic
      about the Antichristwhich computed the Day of Judgement for 8AM on
      October 9, 1533. when nothing happened on that day, the local
      peasants siezed the minister and tookhim to nearby Wittenburg, where
      some sued him for damages. Stiefel survived this misadventure and,
      twenty years later, published a "recalculation." --Apoc pg 91-92

      AD 1537 French astrologer Pierre Turrel, a devout Christian, wanting
      to avoid the Jaochites' embarrassment, hedges his bets and predicts
      the end of the world in 1537, 1544, 1801 or 1814.

      AD 1555 French theologian Pierre d'Ailly predicted the end of the
      world in 1555. Christopher Columbus' own apocolyptic views were
      based on this prediction.

      AD 1556 Rumors of the end of the world swept through the churches of
      Switzerland on Magdalene's Day in 1556, source unknown.

      AD 1583 Several astrologers and clergy cite a conjunction of Jupiter
      with Saturn as a sign that the second coming of Jesus will occur in
      London at noon on Apr 28, 1583.

      AD 1584 Above prophecy is revised one year later.

      AD 1588 Philip Melanchthon, ally of Martin Luther, claimed that a
      divine numerical cycle, chiefly utilizing the numbers 7 and 10,
      would culminate in 1588, which was 10x7, years from Luther's 1518
      defiance of the Pope. It was then that the seventh seal would be
      opened, Antichrist be would be overthrown, and the Last Judgement
      would occur. --The Armada pg 175

      AD 1588 The sage Johann Müller (aka Regiomontanus) predicts the
      second comiong of Christ in 1588.

      AD 1594 John Napier, mathemetician extraordinaire, published A
      Plaine Discoverie of the Whole Revelation of St. John, in which he
      predicted the Last Judgement either for 1688, according to
      Revelation, or 1700, according to Daniel. --Apoc pg 92

      AD 1600 The Fifth Monarchy Men, an extreme Puritan sect in England,
      believed that the time of the monarchy which would succeed the
      Biblical Assyrian, Persian, Greek, and Roman monarchies was at hand.
      During this time Christ would appear to reign on earth with his
      saints for 1000 years. After the fall of the Commonwealth, the sect
      first supported Oliver Cromwell, but later were at odds with the
      Lord Protector. Their extreme violence led to the arrest of their
      leaders. Despite attempted uprisings, the movement eventually died
      out. --Brit 1957, vol 9, pg 227

      AD 1600 Martin Luther predicted that the world would end no later
      than the year 1600.

      AD 1603 Dominican monk Tomasso Campanella wrote that the sun would
      collide with the Earth in 1603.

      AD 1623 Eustachius Poyssel used numerology to pinpoint 1623 as the
      year of the end of the world.

      AD 1624 The same astrologers who failed in predicting a great flood
      in 1524, finally moved their predictions safely beyond their own
      deaths, to 1624.

      AD 1648 Sabbatai Zevi, a rabbi from Smyrna, Turkey, predicted that
      the Messiah would come in 1648. When 1648 arrived, Zevi announced
      thet he was the Messiah.

      AD 1651 The date selected for the end of the world by fifteenth
      century "prophet" Johann Hilten. --TIME pg 89

      AD 1654 In 1578, physician Helisaeus Roeslin of Alsace, basing his
      prediction on a nova that occurred in 1572, predicted the world
      ending in 1654 in a blaze of fire.

      AD 1656 The date the world would end, according to predictions put
      forth by Christopher Columbus in his "Book of Prophecies". Columbus
      held that his explorations were fulfillment of prophecy. he was to
      have led a Christian army in a great final crusade that would
      eventually convert the entire world to Christendom. The date weas
      chosen because supposedly 1656 years passed between the time of the
      creation and Noah's flood. --99R pg 13

      AD 1657 The Fifth Monarchy Men, a group of radical Christians
      intending to force the British Parliament to base all laws on the
      Bible (much like Christians are trying to do to the United States)
      predicted the world would end in 1657.

      AD 1660 Joseph Mede, whose writings influenced James Ussher and
      Isaac Newton, claimed that the Antichrist appeared way back in 456,
      and the end of the world would come in 1660.

      AD 1666 During a period of strife, English clergy announce that the
      year 1666 will bring the end of the world, a prediction thought to
      be coming true when a great fire strikes London.

      AD 1666 Few believe Rabi Sabbatai Zevi is the Messiah, so he changes
      his prediction for the appearence of the Messiah to 1666. He is
      arrested for disturbing the peace with his prophecies, and when
      given the choice between execution and conversion to Islam, eagerly
      converts.

      AD 1673 Deacon William Aspinwall, a leader of the Fifth Monarchy
      movement, predicts the end of the world for 1673.

      AD 1680 The supposed founder of Rosicrucianism, Christian Knorr von
      Rosenroth, told in his Proper Exposition of the Aspects of the Book
      of Revelation of the fall of the idolatrous Roman church and the
      establishement of Christ's Millennium in 1860. --Apoc pg 122

      AD 1686 Frenchman Pierre Jurieu published his work L'Accomplissement
      des propheties, in which he predicted the end of the persecution of
      the Protestant Huguenots, and the fall of Babylon (the Roman
      Catholic Church, according to Jurieu) for 1689.

      AD 1688 John Napier, the mathematician who discovered logarithms,
      applies his new mathematics to the Book of Revelations and predicts
      the end of the world for 1688.

      AD 1689 Pierre Jurieu, a Camisard prophet, predicted that Judgement
      Day would occur in 1689. The Camisards were Huguenots of the
      Languedoc region of southern France.

      AD 1694 Anglican rector John Mason and German theologian Johann
      Alsted both predict the end of the world for 1694. Another German
      prophet Johann Jacob Zimmerman, predicted that Jesus would reappear
      in America and organized an expedition of Christians to sail across
      the Atlantic and welcome their savior when he reappeared. Although
      Zimmerman himself died on the day of departure, his followers
      completed the journey and remained encamped in the wilderness of
      North America until it became obvious that Jesus had stood them up.

      AD 1697 Anglican rector Thomas Beverly predicts the end of the world
      for 1697.

      AD 1697 Notorious witch chaser Cotton Mather predicts the end of the
      world for 1697.

      AD 1697 Napier tries again, predicts the end of the world for 1697.

      AD 1697 Henry Archer, a Fifth Monarchy Manpredicts the end of the
      world for 1697.

      AD 1700 The Camisards were a radical movement of French peasantry
      that engaged in organised military resistance to the renunciation of
      the Edict of Nantes. They were supposedly accompanied by miracles,
      such as lights in the sky which guided them, and resistance to
      wounding. They also purportedly spoke in tongues and prophesied in
      ecstatic trances, foretelling the soon destruction of the Roman
      Catholic Church, the supposed Satan and Babylon. Due to pressures
      they fled to England where they became known as the "French
      Prophets," forcasting doom and a new world ahead. They gained large
      numbers of followers, and much attention. Their prophecies failed to
      materialize, however, and their numbers soon dwindled. Their
      movement influenced many later groups, though, including the
      Shakers. --SSA pg 57

      AD 1701 The prophetic writer Mory Cary, writing in 1647, expected
      the conversion of theJews in 1656 and the Millennium in 1701, and
      thought that there would be a prophetic outpouring before then. "Not
      only men, but women shall prophesy...Not only superiors but
      inferiors; not only those that have university learning but those
      that have it not, even servants and handmaids." --TIME pg 90

      AD 1700 Immanuel Swedenborg, though never claiming the desire to
      found a sect, said that dreams, visions, and direct communications
      from God had led him to believe he had been given a new, divine,
      interpretation of Scripture. Swedenborg claimed to have witnessed
      the Second Advent, which was manifested in the inauguration of
      his "New Church." --HOD pg 236-238, Brit 1957, vol 21

      AD 1755 A sea captain witnessing the disaster of the Lisbon quake
      wrote: "...if one went through the broad places of squares, nothing
      to be met with but people wringing their hands, and crying 'the
      world is at an end.'" --TEOTW pg 179-189

      AD 1700 Jonathan Edwards, premier evangelist, was fascinated by the
      Apocalypse, noted all signs of the times, and calculated and
      recalculated its coming. He concluded that Antichrist's rule would
      end when the papacy ended in 1866, and that old serpent, the Devil,
      would finally be vanquished in the year 2000, when the Millennium
      would begin. --Apoc pg 171

      AD 1700 Sir Isaac Newton, the great scientist, was himself not
      immune to misprophecy. He developed a carefully constructed grand
      scenario which predicted that the Jews would return to reclaim
      Jerusalem in 1899, and that the second coming of Christ would occur
      precisely forty-nine years later.

      AD 1785 Jean-Baptiste Ruere, a professed descendant of King David,
      claimed that heavenly sources assured him he was destined to rule as
      king in Jerusalem, and likewise foretold of revolution, kingdoms
      overthrown, the Jews returning to the Holy Land, and Jesus returning
      to launch the Third Age. --Apoc pg 107

      AD 1789 The forecast year for the end of the world, or at least of
      Christendom, by Cardinal Pierre d-Ailly, Canon Roussart, Dijon
      Academy rector Pierre Turel, and the Londoner Peter Pearson. --Apoc
      pg 109

      AD 1799 Esther Thrale Piozzi recorded how many found the First
      Consul of France, Napoleon Buonaparte to be "the Devil Incarnate,"
      the Appolyon mentioned in Scripture. The name of Antichrist had
      become clear, and it was (in the Corsican dialect) N'Apollione, the
      Destroyer "coming forwards followed by a cloud of locusts from ye
      bottomless Pit." --Apoc pg 114-115

      AD 1800 Mother Ann Lee, leader of the "Shaker" movement, claimed
      that in her the female principle of Christ was manifested, and the
      promise of the Second Coming fulfilled. Christ's kingdom on earth,
      according to Lee, began with the establishment of the Shaker Church.

      AD 1800 The Rev Edward Bishop Elliot, fellow of Trinity College,
      Cambridge, provided a massive work in four volumes, wherein he
      stated that the French Revolution had been the "pouring out of the
      1st vial (of Revelation)" There was to be a short time, he warned,
      before the end of all things. --TSOR pg 11

      AD 1820 In England, Edward Irving preached on the imminent
      appearance of Christ as witnessed by the apparent revival
      of "apostolic gifts", and Irving's own intense study of prophetical
      books, especially Revelation.

      AD 1832 Mormon founder Joseph Smith prophesied under "divine
      revelation" the gathering of the saints and the coming of the New
      Jerusalem, the temple of which would be built in Missouri
      and "reared in this generation." Smith added "Pestilence, hail,
      famine, and earthquake will sweep the wicked of this generation from
      off the face of the land, to open and prepare the way for the return
      of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country....there are
      those now living upon the earth whose eyes shall not be closed in
      death until they see all these things which I have spoken,
      fulfilled." --99R pg 120

      AD 1840 Dr. John Cumming, eloquent preacher of apocalypse, drew
      audiences of many thousands to his lectures. Cumming, while
      preparing for the publications of these lectures, warned that the
      seventh and final vial of God's wrath was now being poured out. "We
      are about to enter on the Last Woe...and to hear the nearly-spent
      reverberations of the Last Trumpet." --TSOR pg 84

      AD 1843 People stared in wonder and unneasiness at the parahelia, a
      great halo that circled the sun. They also looked with fear at the
      night sky where a giant comet with a fiery tail rushed through the
      darkness. Some said that the comet was racing toward mankind,
      bringing "the end of the world." --Thief pg 1

      AD 1844 William Miller, a Massachussetts farmer, after a years-long
      study of the Bible, chiefly Revelation and Daniel, concurred that
      the Second Coming of Christ would take place between 21 March, 1843,
      and 21 March, 1844. When this time passed, Miller and his followers
      set up new dates, again with failure. Eventually the movement
      collapsed, but gave birth to Seventh Day Adventism, while also
      influencing the formation of several others, including the Jehovah's
      Witnesses. --SSA pg 58, TSOR pg 16, Doom pg 92-111

      AD 1847Joseph Wolff, a converted Jew living in Palestine, predicted
      the Advent for 1847. --Thief pg 1

      AD 1850 Chinese schoolteacher Hung Hsiu-ch'uan, failing a government
      job examination for the thrid time, suffered an emotional collapse
      during which he professed to have had visions of an old man in a
      golden beard, as well as a younger man. These two told Hung that the
      world was overrun by demons and that he, Hung, was to be the
      intrument in their eradication. Later, after returning to his home
      village, Hung reread a Chines Christian missionary's book and
      discovered the meaning for the vision which he had experienced. The
      old man had been God, and the younger man, Jesus. Hung further
      understood that he was the second Son of God, sent to save China.
      Eventually his charisma and teachings began to gather a following
      and he became the leader of a group known as the Pai Shang-ti Hui
      (God Worshipper's Society). By 1850 the movement had grown into open
      rebellion. In 1851 Hung proclaimed the new dynasty the T'ai-p'ing
      T'ien-kun (Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace), and assumed the title
      of Heavenly King. His ragtag group of thousands grew into a
      disciplined army of over a million. Full scale war erupted across
      the Chinese countryside. Chinese imperial troups were defeated in
      pitched battle on more than one occassion. Hung captured the city of
      Nanking, making it his capital. Eventually he fell ill, and
      committed suicide in 1864. Chinese forces lay seige to Nanking, and
      in taking it inflicted a terrible slaughter of over 100,000 people.
      The rebellion gradually faded across China. As many as 20,000,000
      people died as a result of this, the T'ai-p'ing Rebellion, and Hung
      Hsiu-ch'uan's misprophetic delusions. --Brit 1977, vol 8

      AD 1858 The Rev Richard Shimeall of New York identified Napolean III
      as the Beast of the Apocalypse. --TSOR pg 78

      AD 1870 Cyrus Read Teed, a former corporal in the Union medical
      corps, said that he was the "seventh messenger of God", and
      adopted "Koresh" as his new surname. Teed claimed that an angel had
      visited him, giving him new spiritual awareness. He was now the
      reincarnated Messiah, and it was his job to gather the 144,000
      faithful to await the Last Judgement. Teed's legacy would bear
      bitter fruit in the 1990s, with the rise of another Koresh, David,
      who would lead his followers into an apocalyptic death near Waco,
      Texas.

      AD 1874 Charles Taze Russell, founder of what would become the
      Jehovah's Witnesses, first announced that the Last Days had
      definitely begun in 1874, then that the end would come in 1914.
      Succeeding Witnesses placed the date in 1925, 1936, 1953, 1973... --
      99R pg 20

      AD 1881 A prophecy in rhyme by Mother Shipton: "The world to an end
      shall come,/in Eighteen hundred and eighty one." Purportedly written
      by a 15th century witch, it was actually penned by Charles Hindley
      of Brighton, who profitted greatly from the double false
      prediction. --TSOR pg 99

      AD 1890 A native American known as Kicking Bear claimed to have
      received a certain divine revelation. Christ had returned to earth,
      given his followers a new spiritual magic, the "Ghost Dance", which
      they were to engage in until Christ came again to "take them up into
      the air," eventually to be set down among the ghosts of their
      ancestors on the new earth, where only Indians would live. The
      movement spread quickly among the various tribes on and off the
      reservations, especially among the Sioux. --Bury pg 431-435

      AD 1897 Brazil -- Antonio Conselheiro (The Counsellor), a sixty-year
      old, half crazy ascetic, became spiritual leader of Canudos, a "New
      Jerusalem" of tumbledown shacks in the remote state of Bahia. The
      residents were largely peasants who fled the decline of the
      northeast coffee and sugar economies. They practiced a mixture of
      Catholicism, Indian rites, and witchcraft. conselheiro had seen the
      overthrow of the Emperor Pedro II as an act of disobedience to God,
      and a shattering of the patriarchal order so wicked that it must
      foreshadow the apocalypse. After several violent encounters with
      local police and government soldiers, in which the Canudos zealots
      inflicted severe defeats on their foes, an army of 10,000 men
      surrounded Canudos, and on October 5, 1897 took by force the last
      smoking huts. The defenders had died by enemy bullets and by fire,
      the latter set by their own hands.

      AD 1900 Paris priest Pierre Lacheze published several apocalyptic
      works, and predicted the restoration of the Jerusalem temple for
      1892 and Doomsday in 1900. --Apoc pg 136

      AD 1900 Philosopher Vladimir Solovyev, eminent Russian theologian,
      foretold in his work, War, Progress, and the End of History, of a
      war with the Japanese in which the Japanese would win, conquering
      much of the world, but eventually being driven back by the
      Europeans. Then there would arise a brilliant writer and thinker who
      would unite the world and decree everlasting peace, ultimately
      summoning all religious leaders of the world, promising them
      everything they wanted if they would bow down and accept his
      sovereignty. The Jews would accept him as the Messiah, until they
      learn that he is not a Jew. Then would begin the revolt that would
      lead to the final battle north of Jerusalem, as well as the eruption
      of a volcano from the bottom of the Dead Sea. Said Solovyev: "The
      approaching end of the world strikes me like some obvious but quite
      subtle scent -- just as a traveller nearing the sea feels the sea
      breeze before he sees the sea." --TEOTW pg 221-227

      AD 1901 In 1889, the Rev. Michael Baxter, editor of the London
      Christian Herald, announced in a book called The End of This Age
      about the End of This Century that 1896 would witness the Rapture of
      144,000 devout Christians, and that the world would end in 1901. --
      TIME pg 120-121

      AD 1901 Sergei Nilus, Russian magistrate, in a book titled The Great
      in the Small, prophesied "the coming of the Antichrist and the rule
      of Satan on earth." He later stated in 1905, "The king born of the
      blood of Zion -- the Antichrist is near to the throne of universal
      power." --TEOTW pg 234-237

      AD 1906 H.G.Wells shows that apocalyptic fever was prevalent in his
      day: "Like most people of my generation...I was launched into life
      with Millennial expectations...it might be in my lifetime or a
      little after it, there would be trumpets and shoutings and celestial
      phenomena, a battle of Armageddon and the judgement." --TSOR pg 177

      AD 1908 When a terrible explosion rocked Siberia, a newspaper
      correspondent present reported..."All the inhabitants of the village
      ran out into the streets in panic. The old women wept. Everyone
      thought the end of the world was approaching." --TEOTW pg 274

      AD 1910 In Pittsburgh, a clergyman announced that the arrival of
      Haley's Comet would herald Armageddon and the Second Coming.

      AD 1918 Clarence Larkin, in his book Dispensational Truth,
      writes, "...at no time in the history of the Christian Church have
      the conditions neccessary to the Lord's return been so completely
      fulfilled as at the present time, therefore his coming is imminent,
      and will not probably be long delayed...If the Millennium is to be
      ushered in in AD 2000, then the "Rapture" must take place at least 7
      years before that...It may have been 4075 years, instead of 4004 (as
      generally given) from Adam to Christ. In that case we are living in
      the year 5993 from the creation of Adam, or on the eve of the
      Rapture." --Disp

      AD 1940 William Marrion Branham, a pentecostal faith healer declared
      himself to be God's end-time prophet, and urged all Christians to
      come out of their corrupt denominations before the Lord's return. --
      99R pg 115-116

      AD 1945 A Protestant minister in Hiroshima upon the dropping of the
      first atomic bomb: "The feeling I had was that everyone was dead.
      The whole city was destroyed...I thought all of my family must be
      dead -- it doesnt matter if I die...I thought that this was the end
      of Hiroshima, of Japan, of humankind...This was God's judgement on
      man." --TEOTW pg 337

      AD 1973 The "Children of God" cult claimed that its leader, David
      Berg, was "God's end-time prophet to the world." They fled America
      in 1973 due to Berg's prediction that Comet Kohoutek would destroy
      the country. --99R pg 117

      AD 1976 Prophecy teacher Doug Clark announced that President Jimmy
      Carter would be "the president who will meet Mr. 666 (the
      Antichrist) SOON!" A flier announcing Clark's new book that year
      claimed, "The Death of the United States and the Birth of One World
      Government under President Carter." --SSA pg 24 (Personal note: I
      was working at a TV station in Orange County California whose
      manager believed the Clark prediction, and transformed the station's
      output into 24 hour a day warnings of the end of the Earth, even to
      the point of abandoning the commercials rotation. The Earth did not
      end but the TV station went out of business. )

      AD 1980 North Carolina prophecy teacher Colin Deal has set dates for
      the return of Christ for 1982 or 1983, 1988, 1989, and in a March
      17, 1989 radio broadcast, "about eleven years away." If at first you
      don't succeed... --SSA pg 38

      AD 1980 Prophecy promoter Charles Taylor predicted a 1988
      rapture: "This new book (Watch 1988 - The Year of Climax) is being
      written with the expectation that it will be the last book I will
      ever write ...with the millennial reign of Christ due to begin in
      1995, the rapture must surely occcur in 1988 to coordinate with many
      other prophecies!" Not surprisingly, Taylor also made similar
      predictions for 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, and,
      of course, 1989. --SSA pg 134-142

      AD 1981 May 25. About fifty members of a group called the Assembly
      of Yahweh gathered at Coney Island, NY, in white robes, awaiting
      their "Rapture" from a world about to be destroyed between 3PM and
      sundown. A small crowd of onlookers watched and waited for something
      to happen. The members chanted prayers to the beat of bongo drums
      until sunset. The end did not come.

      AD 1982 Full-page advertisements in many major newspapers for the
      weekend of April 24-25, 1982, announced: "The Christ is Now Here!"
      and predicted that he was to make himself known "within the next two
      months." That date passed, but the Tara Centers that placed the ad
      said that the dalay was only because the "consciousness of the human
      race was not quite right..." --99R pg 154-155

      AD 1980 Psychic Jeanne Dixon predicted a world holocaust for the
      1980s, and the rise of a powerful world leader, born in the Middle-
      East in 1962. --99R pg 120-122

      AD 1988 Edgar C. Whisenant, in his book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture
      Will Be in 1988, gave a three day period in September for the saints
      to be "caught up with the Lord." When this failed, he issued another
      book claiming that he was a year off, and urging everyone to be
      ready in 1989. --SSA pg 28-33, DOOM pg 134

      AD 1991 Reginald Dunlop, end-times author, stated that "The
      Antichrist would be revealed" around the year 1989 or 1990, perhaps
      sooner." The Rapture he predicted for 1991. Says dunlop, God
      verified this "through many prayers...I am MORE than positive that
      this is THE YEAR that the Rapture will occur." --SSA pg 36

      AD 1990 Southwest Radio Church's David Webber and Hoah Hutching's
      book, "Prophecy in Stone" contained a chart which set dates for the
      rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in 1974-1978, and the Great
      Tribulation for sometime between 1981 and 1992. A later book, "New
      Light on the Great Pyramid," had another chart which revised these
      figures, tentatively setting dates of 1988, 1992, and 1996, for the
      Tribulation, the abomination of desolation, and Christ's return,
      respectively. --SSA pg 37

      AD 1990 Elizabeth Clare Prophet predicted the end of the world by
      nuclear war in 1990. Her church has since seen a decline in
      membership.

      AD 1992 "Rapture, October 28, 1992, Jesus is coming in the Air."
      Full page add in the October 20, 1991, issue of USA Today, placed by
      followers of the Hyoo-go (Rapture) movement, a loose collection of
      Korean "end-times" sects. When the prophesied events failed to pass,
      much turmoil broke out among the sects. Some believers were
      distraught, while others tried to attack their doomsday preachers
      with knives. The founder of one church was later charged with
      swindling four million dollars from his parishoners. --99R pg 11,
      168-169

      AD 1993 David Koresh, self-proclaimed little lamb of Isaiah 16, and
      the Second Coming of Christ, dies in a fiery conflagration with some
      80 of his followers. These members of the Branch Dividians, an
      offshoot of the Seventh-Day Adventists had faced a botched ATF raid
      on their compound near Waco, Texas, and a subsequent 51-day siege by
      the FBI. A devastating fire broke out when the FBI attempted to fire
      gas into the group's buildings. --99R pg 122-124

      AD 1994 Arab Christian prophet Om Saleem claimed that the antichrist
      was born November 23, 1933, that his unveiling would come in 1993
      and the rapture in 1994. --99R pg 149

      AD 1994 Harold Camping, a radio evangelist, wrote a book
      entitled "1994?" In it, Camping says, "if this study is accurate,
      and I believe with all my heart that it is, there will be no
      extensions of time. There will be no time for second guessing. When
      September 6, 1994, arrives, no one else can be saved, the end has
      come." Thousands believed Camping's distorted biblical teachings,
      but again, the end did not come as Camping had wished. --99R pg 12,
      48-50

      AD 1997 Mary Stewart Relfe wrote in 1983 that she had been praying
      to " know the year" of the Lord's coming, and that subsequently she
      receied detailed "divine revelations" from God. She relaeased a
      chart showing World War III beginning in 1989, the Great Tribulation
      starting in 1990, and that Jesus Christ will come back in 1997, just
      after Armaggeddon." --SSA pg 35

      AD 1998 Larry Wilson, a former Seventh-day Adventist pastor,
      predicted four massive global earthquakes beginning around 1994 and
      ending in 1998 with the Second Coming. --99R pg 77

      The fact is that there is ALWAYS some con-artist in a robe, waving
      around portents, signs, and holy writ, claiming that the world is
      coming to an end and ofering to tell you what to do about it for
      only $19.95 (plus if you act now they'll throw in a free glow-in-the-
      dark plastic Jesus statue).

      Now, if you really want to believe in these predictions, that's
      fine. This is a land of religious freedom and you are free to go
      hide in a cave and pull a rock in on top of you while you wait out
      the end of the world. And if you really want to,. you are free to
      turn over all your worldly goods to the guys in the funny robes and
      follow them off the edge of a cliff. But what you are NOT free to do
      is set fire to the planet the rest of us live on because you think
      this is going to win you an inside track to wings and a harp. That's
      selfish and rude.

      Throughout history, every single idiot who bought into a prediction
      of the end of the world was made a total fool of. In worst cases,
      entire lives and even entire towns were wrecked by these con-
      artists. And the worst con-artists right now are those trying to get
      you to support wars in the Mideast on promises that it will bring
      about The Rapture and open up those pearly gates wide for you."
    • Jo Ann Schwartz
      ... [A really really not so brief history...] ... Or as John Perry Barlow (former cattle rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist, currently co-chair of the
      Message 2 of 5 , May 4, 2004
        --- Bradford wrote/quoted:
        [A really really not so brief history...]
        > Throughout history, every single idiot who bought into a prediction
        > of the end of the world was made a total fool of. In worst cases,
        > entire lives and even entire towns were wrecked by these con-
        > artists. And the worst con-artists right now are those trying to get
        > you to support wars in the Mideast on promises that it will bring
        > about The Rapture and open up those pearly gates wide for you."

        Or as John Perry Barlow (former cattle rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist,
        currently co-chair of the Electronic Frontier Foundation) noted:

        "Life, human or otherwise, flows directly against entropy. We often ignore the
        miracles of safety which surround us every day. Before we allow a sense of
        on-rushing doom to paralyze us, we should be mindful of two things: First, the
        world has been going to hell for the entire length of recorded history, and it
        hasn't made it yet. I think we can trust this trend to continue indefinitely.

        "Second, the one thing we can say with certainty about the future is that our
        present visions of it will look pretty silly by the time we get there. As
        recently as one hundred years ago, the darkest shadow on the future of urban
        America was what to do with all that horse manure."

        Musing on how hard it is for some to believe that God/dess loves us... just the
        way we are,
        JoAnn









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      • holderlin66
        Bradford comments; Where does it stand? Michael Moore isn t cracking open the Saudi s, what happened was that America was asked to move elsewhere, that the
        Message 3 of 5 , Jun 16, 2004
          Bradford comments;

          Where does it stand? Michael Moore isn't cracking open the Saudi's,
          what happened was that America was asked to move elsewhere, that the
          buddy relationship inside Saudi Arabia was unravelling and the entire
          Carlisle and Bush brigade felt the pressure. The PNAC has been the
          Chessgame all along for the global oil. The United States was
          petulantly, greedily and strategically going to take their former
          cooperative marbles away from the Saudi's and find their own oil, no,
          no, rather have all the oil and even Taken over the Saudi's oil by
          erupting from within the entire middle East and disrupting the Saudis
          as well. With all our bases, we don't have to be guests of the Saudis
          any longer.

          Oh God what a plan. The Israelis are in on the torture and the mix.
          They have been in on the plots, moving with black bag and kidnapping,
          moving with the U.S. Special forces, so there is no real confidence
          that can be placed in News saying this is this group of Terrorists
          faction and this is US, beheadings and all might be US, but we are
          Orwellian.

          When in fact the grip of the Presidency, as the Literal New Ruler of
          the world, above any laws made by any group of humans, ever, is, and
          remains the aim of young Bush. Every President tries to expand the
          realm of the presidential power, but Bush and the NeoCons have gone
          to the Wall. The U.S. has been in the terror business for well over
          20 years, let us not be naive. The U.S. record offends with potential
          tyranny the entire human race.

          But with all of America's billions, upon billions of dollars building
          up base, upon base in the middle east, the connection that the
          Bush/Baker group had with the Saudis, is now on tilt. Bush wants the
          entire middle east to implode. That is the intent. What base does
          Bush have to keep his presidency with fundamental lunatics? Hopefully
          sanity will prevai, or the country will come to this horrific divide
          that locks down into a petulant Rush-Fundamental like blindness that
          truly defines Good as WE Americans.

          The horrific divide has always been this BS strangle hold of goodie,
          goodie, hypocrisy boated Fundamentalism and its entangled lies and
          half truths and its lies and Ahrimanic rigidity that diverts the
          attention away for expanded humanism and richer Michael School
          insights that would enrich the Freedom and Religion of every human
          being. Ahriman craves that hypocrisy clings to the literal Bible
          interpretation and therein serves the Neocon agenda.

          The Neocon PNAC has been to secure and control all the Oil as the oil
          becomes scarce over the globe. To betray as needed, Palastinians,
          Saudis or the previous tyrant funded by the U.S. Saddam. This is a
          great plan. Under the cover of Terrorism, that all purpose label,
          U.S. black bag operatives, Israeli Mossad, hidden cells run two ways.
          Torture cells and prisons have been built in sixty to hundred
          different locations in different countries. So terrorist cells, are
          fighting terrorist cells - while big baggy Troops seem to be
          lumbering around on the ground, grunts, while the Special Forces have
          secret cells all over the world. Who is the enemy? Presently it is
          the United States. The U.S. are the worst offenders because they
          claim to represent truth, justice and respect for the rights of
          humanity. The U.S. record is foul, ugly and brazen and this, this
          exact support of killers and tyrants has left a bloody trail that
          leads directly up to the White House and Israel.

          http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0616-05.htm

          Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 by CommonDreams.org
          The Unholy Alliance of Politics and Religion
          by César Chelala

          "The decision by the Bush campaign to enlist thousands of religious
          congregations all over the country to distribute information and
          register voters for the coming presidential elections shows how close
          the connection has become between politics and religion, a situation
          not anticipated by the United States founding fathers in the
          Constitution. This circumstance runs the risk of having government
          make political decisions based primarily on religious considerations,
          thus undermining the separation between Church and State that the
          Constitution clearly establishes.

          "Support by the Christian fundamentalists of the Israeli government's
          policies is based on their widespread belief that Christ will return
          to Earth when certain conditions have been met, the most critical one
          being the establishment of the State of Israel. Two additional
          conditions are Israel's total occupation of its "biblical lands," and
          the rebuilding of the Third Temple. This new temple should be built
          in the place now occupied by the Temple Mount, one of the holiest
          sites in Islam. The seeds of further conflict are too evident.
          According to this worldview war is inevitable, and will happen before
          Christ appears.

          This view also determines that the Antichrist will also become
          manifest. Under the guise of a peacemaker he will wage war and
          Christians will be persecuted. A great battle will then take place
          between Christ and the Antichrist in Armageddon, outside of
          Jerusalem. Those saved by Christ and those "born again" will be taken
          into heaven. Those Jews who "accept" Jesus as the Messiah will also
          be saved. Otherwise, they will burn in hell with the other "unsaved" -
          Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Jews- and will suffer eternally."
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