Millennium Rage: Survivalists, White Supremacists, and the Doomsday Prophecy

Millennium Rage: Survivalists, White Supremacists, and the Doomsday Prophecy

Millennium Rage: Survivalists, White Supremacists, and the Doomsday Prophecy

Millennium Rage: Survivalists, White Supremacists, and the Doomsday Prophecy

Synopsis

As the millennium approaches, apocalyptic fervor is sweeping the nation. Militias, white supremacists, survivalists, and cults have seized upon the Book of Revelation to trumpet their own fractured version of the end of the world. Millennium Rage is the only book that connects the strands of these fringe groups to a tradition that has underpinnings in American culture and mainstream religion. It moreover shows that many of these groups have stolen and twisted apocalyptic religious symbols to fit their own end: gearing up for Armageddon in this world, not the next. The Oklahoma bombers, the Sons of Gestapo, the Branch Davidians, and the Unabomber are, as Philip Lamy astutely demonstrates, extreme examples of burgeoning strains within society. "Ruby Ridge" and "Waco" have become rallying cries of a growing number of average Americans who feel disenfranchised and forgotten. Members of militia movements and white supremacists, whom Lamy interviewed for this book, have tapped into their reservoir of discontent and are channeling it for their own aims. As Lamy points out, rugged individualists and utopian groups have always dotted the American landscape. What is alarming, however, is the misuse of the Christian apocalypse to promote a religion that fans the flames of hate, preaching the destruction of minorities - including Jews, blacks, and immigrants - in a whirlwind showdown. Lamy asserts that this new religion, "Christian Identity," serves as a unifying factor among an array of extremist groups who call for a battle here on earth against Satan's supposed forces - minorities allegedly bent on a worldwide conspiracy to rule the world. Distorting the Bible and other literature through a prism of hate and fear, they have made some inroads into the consciousness of America, according to Lamy.

Excerpt

This is the blood of the new testament, which is shed for many ... I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

MARK 11:24-25, KJV

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.

REV. 1:1, KJV

On the afternoon of the first day of the week following his crucifixion, Jesus of Nazareth, having risen from death that morning, appears to his 11 apostles in a house in Jerusalem, just as they are discussing the rumors of Jesus' resurrection. After chastising them for their doubt, he says to them, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every living creature" (Mark 16:15). In the following decades, disciples of the Messiah took to heart their teacher's final words, and went forth into the world to preach the Gospel, or "good news," to all nations. Facing persecution, arrest, imprisonment, and often execution, the early Christians faced tremendous obstacles as they spread out across the Middle East, further east to Asia, and west to Europe, spreading "the word," making converts, and building the early church based on the New Covenant, or New Testament, intro-

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