The Mayan doomsday deadline may have passed, but followers of jailed Colorado cult leader Warren Jeffs still believe the end of days is upon us.
CNN reports that Jeffs’ minions in Colorado and Utah are making preparations for the end of the world based on his jailhouse declaration that the apocalypse will occur before the New Year.
The edict has some authorities fearing an outbreak of violence or suicide among Jeffs’ followers, CNN reported.
“Jim Jones. Koresh. History has showed us that these things happen when religious zealots take charge of a group of people,” Sam Brower, a private investigator who has worked on cases for dozens of ex-Jeffs followers, told the network.
Jeffs, 56, is serving a life sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting two of his child brides. But he continues to lead his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from behind bars, authorities say.
CNN cited the closing of Colorado City’s only grocery store — which was owned by the FLDS and served as a meeting place for members — as evidence that Jeffs’ followers believe the world is coming to an end.
FLDS members refused to talk to reporter Gary Tuchman.
This is not the first time the sect leader has predicted the end of days.
Former FLDS member Isaac Wyle told Utah station KUTV that the world would not end, and Jeffs would blame his followers for not being faithful enough.
"It's just Warren whipping them up into another frenzy to gather money,” Wyle told the station.
We hope nothing like that happens, but this guy definitely has his folks on lock.