Millennial task force

The purported last year of the old millennium started with a vivid reminder that eschatological hopes and fears will be flourishing in the months of 1999. In Jerusalem on January 3, Israeli police arrested a group of U.S. Christians who were planning either to kill themselves or to have themselves killed in an effort to hasten the Second Coming of Christ.

The Concerned Christians, who originated in Denver, operate on the lunatic fringe of the millennialist movement (see story, page 50). Their leader, Monte Kim Miller, has said he expects to die and be resurrected in Jerusalem. Perhaps, like Marshall Applewhite of the Heaven's Gate cult, he sees himself as one of the "witnesses" or "prophets" whose death and resurrection in Jerusalem are part of the unfolding of the end times described in chapter 11 of the Book of Revelation.


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