Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and convicted child rapist, is probably pretty upset about the whole being sentenced to life in prison thing! Now, normal people might brood in their cell until they rot away into nothingness, or take up a hobby like painting or writing. Jeffs? He decided to make a string of apocalyptic revelations because, you know, revenge or something.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Polygamy Blog (how cool is it that they have a polygamy blog?), the revelations started back in August, about a week after he was sentenced to life in prison for the sexual assault of two young girls, who he had taken as his wives. The first revelation basically just says that the whole conviction was a lie and life is unfair blah blah. After that, things start to get interesting.
His second revelation promises a “sickness onto the land.” What exactly does that mean? About two months later, Jeffs got to the specifics. Remember, these words are from God, not Jeffs. From the 16-page revelations (emphasis is ours):
…great and noticeable cities on the coast shall be swept off the land … Let also Arizona know that my judgment cometh; that earthquake and the sinking in the earth shall be on the capital city there; also volcano and earthquake take power in many habited and large populated places in Utah and Arizona … Idaho shall be as a melting fire of such powers to cleanse my land of all evil. Let also Seattle know there cometh a shaking an tidal wave upon her.
Yikes, you guys! It looks like Idaho, along with everywhere else Jeffs might have ever run into trouble, is doomed! His revelations go on to include an invasion of Washington, D.C. and a New Jerusalem established in Missouri (The Polygamy Blog has a handy Google Map of the whole thing). All this wrath and punishment is apparently the result of Jeff’s imprisonment as well as general “sins of immortality” (not including sexually assaulting young girls, I suppose).
As blogger Lindsay Whitehurst points out, this isn’t the first time Jeffs has given out apocalyptic revelations while in jail. During his trial back in July, he promised “sickness and death” to those prosecuting him. In March, his followers handed out revelations that promised destruction to President Obama’s old home state of Illinois if he wasn’t released. Sure, it’s easy to shrug these off as the ramblings of a disturbed, desperate man, but maybe we should keep an eye out for mass melting–just in case.
[via Polygamy Blog]