Millennium Concentrate:

New Series, I [August 1999]

With the Falun Gong movement causing a government crackdown in China and a Phineas Priest style gunman shooting up children in a Jewish community center in Los Angeles, apocalyptic and millennial ideas have been in the news quite a bit lately.

This new series of Millennium Concentrates will attempt to list recent and breaking news stories of millennial or apocalyptic interest.

Charles Cameron

Falun Gong:

Falun Gong or Falun Dafa, the Chinese group which has been sending tremors through the Communist Party recently, may seem on the surface like a meditative martial arts group that happens to have a few million members -- by some counts, 60+ million, putting them on an even footing with the Chinese CP itself. But is it millennial or apocalyptic?

In usenet post <37a7ac00.1205955@news.earthlink.net> entitled "Falun Gong clarification" posted to the newsgroups soc.culture.china, alt.philosophy.taoism, ut.chinese, alt.politics.religion, and alt.religion.buddhism.tibetan, group member T Ton denies this:

Advocating World Doomsday?

In the program "Li Hongzhi - His Personality and His Deeds" made by CCTV, some so-called witnesses alleged that Mr. Li once advocated world doomsday, etc. This has purely been out of fabracation. Master Li has never said so. Instead, in many lectures of his, he emphasized repeatedly that it was only cults that would advocate the approaching of world doomsday.

Compare this extract from Li's book, Zuan Falun, First Lecture, section entitled "Characteristics of Falun Dafa", and note the final phrase...
Our Falun Dafa is one of the 84000 Law cultivation schools. It has never been made public and taught in the history of this cycle of human civilization. But it was popularized to offer salvation to people during a prehistoric period of time. Now I have brought it into the open once again during the last days of Last Havoc.

http://falundafa-ca.falunusa.net/works/eng/pdf/zfl_en.pdf

See also Li's references to aliens in our midst cloning humans with a view to replacing us in a Time magazine interview:

http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/asia/magazine/1999/990510/interview3.html
Scholars of alchemy -- long a staple of Taoism -- will find the following paragraphs from the usenet post referenced above of interest:

The Issue of Supernormal Powers

Chinese Academy has invited Mr. Li many times to perform tests on supernormal powers. The Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy performed the following test. A piece of aluminum foil was confined in a small tester tube sealed on both ends. Mr. Li took the tube and shaked it a few times in his hand before it went to test. It was found that the molecular compositions of the aluminum foil had been changed. Some elements like gold, silver and tin were detected. There has been nobody else in the world who performed the same kind of tests. In the test to measure the energy potency of the gamma rays and thermal neutrons Mr. Li emitted, it was found that the rate of emission was 80-170 times that of a normal radioactive substance. The evetual potency was not known yet since the pointer of the testing device reached beyond its maximum limit. Both the Chinese Academy and Mr. Li Hongzhi himself have all kept the documents on the tests of his supernormal powers.กก

Falung Gong sites:

http://www.falunusa.net/
http://www.science-discover.net/
Falun Gong listed on Buddhist anti-cult site:
http://members.xoom.com/_XOOM/geleg/cults.htm
http://members.xoom.com/_XOOM/geleg/falun.htm

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Buford Furrow and the Los Angeles daycare shootings

Buford O'Neal Furrow, suspected in the Jewish daycare center shootings in Los Angeles, is associated with the apocalyptic "Christian Identity" movement and may have been attempting to become a "Phineas Priest" by his actions.

Christian Identity site:

http://www.kingidentity.com/
Christian Identity Background:
Thus a critical element in the "Christian Identity" movement is a militant apocalypticism rooted in the dispensational premillennialism of the Christian right and its fundamentalist counterparts. In "Identity" theology the modern era is the "last dispensation," perceived to be a time of particular depravity, reaching its climax in a seven year tribulation entitled the "Rahowa" -- the racial holy war. http://www.publiceye.org/pra/rightist/aarlong.html
Phineas Priest background:
http://www.adl.org/backgrounders/an_phineas.html

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In other news:

Under the heading Argentine stabs mother to avoid devil, Reuters (August 4 1999) reported the case of an end-of-millennium obsessed Argentine schoolteacher killing her mother -- to avoid the devil doing it.

The Associated Press (July 18 1999) carried a story about the Yamassee Native American Nuwaubians of Eatonton, GA, whose "armed guards and prophecies of deliverance by spaceships from another galaxy" were worrying the neighbors.

A Catholic breakaway group called the Magnificat Meal Movement has been causing similar concerns to the Australian authoities, according to a Reuters article (August 6 1999) headed "Australian police see risk of cult mass suicide". The article reported that the group's leader, Debra Geileskey, the recipient of visions of the Virgin Mary, had predicted her own Joan-of-Arc-like death "tied to a pile of sticks and set on fire by a priest" on September 9th 1999. Geileskey denies she predicted any such thing.

And still no word of the Stella Maris Gnostics from Cartagena, Colombia, whose departure for a month long retreat in the Sierra Nevada mountains was worrying the neighbors there enough to make BBC bulletins in early August. No doubt a successful retreat is less newsworthy than a mass suicide.

An Associated Press report (August 10, 1999) under the heading Brazil buzzes with end-of-the-world rumor reported: "End-of-the-world superstition is sweeping Brazil, sending residents in search of sanctuary or revelry as they prepare for tidal waves, cosmic clouds or other forms of apocalypse that some think will accompany today's solar eclipse." Many Brazilians sought sanctuary with a reclusive group known as the Christian Spiritualist Order, "founded by a truck driver known as Aunt Neiva".

And so it goes...


Copyright [c] Charles Cameron 1999.

Charles Cameron hipbone@earthlink.net is Principal Researcher, Y2K Desk, with the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University, and Senior Analyst at The Arlington Institute.