Israel’s arrest and expected deportation of members of a Denver-based Christian apocalyptic group has focused the spotlight on the government’s growing fear of violence from visiting doomsday believers as the millennium draws nearer.
But Sunday’s dramatic police raid of members of the group called Concerned Christians has also raised concerns from American religion experts who say Israel may have overreacted in this case.
The FBI is warning about the possibility of a terrorist attack in Jerusalem by Islamic extremists at the dawn of the new millennium, according to a new “Doomsday” report obtained by The Jewish Week.
The bureau also is sending out an alarm about violence from fanatical apocalyptic Christian groups streaming into Israel anticipating the Second Coming of Jesus after the world calendar flips over in two months.
Israel is heading toward an international religious crisis and the loss of untold millions in tourism following increased police actions against Christians.
So warned millennium experts and Christian and Jewish leaders in the wake of Israel’s midnight raid, arrest and deportation this week of a group of 21 Christians, mostly Americans, who had been living without incident near the Mount of Olives anticipating the “return” of Jesus and the beginning of the End of Days.