Lutunacevamaca, Gavoka Warn Fiji: Zero Hour is 2:30 Today
Flashback. Blog posting March 30. Senior Pastor Laione Lutunacevamaca Dip Th., MABS, of the Kuriakos Christian Centre in Nadi claims to have been told by God that a disaster on a scale previously unknown will strike Fiji from all directions at 2:30pm on 23 June 2010, and he has warned people to prepare themselves. You may read his full pronouncement here.
But people are panicking, writes regular columnist Allen Lockington in an email received today. "The prophecy has rattled many people in Fiji. Tomorrow it is supposed to hit the east coast of Fiji. From what I hear even many religious denominations took it seriously."
And among those helping to spread the panic is Bill Gavoka, FRU Chairman, known supporter of the ousted SDL government and former head of the Fiji Visitors' Bureau, who -- I cannot believe this -- sent emails to tourist operators warning them of them of the pending disaster. "This is not a prophecy made by cult leaders," he wrote, "but by a mature and balanced pastor."
"The prophecy is commanding a lot of dialogue in the Christian community across the country and my background was tourism. I spent 30 years in the industry and I know that they're very vulnerable and I remember what happened in Thailand in 2004 with the Asian tsunami and I thought I would be doing my duty to alert them to this and prepare themselves for something real. According to the prophecy it will be around 2.30 in the afternoon."
NZ journalist Michael Field reports that Gavoka was "seized" by police and according to "State controlled and censored Fiji Broadcasting is being questioned over spreading the rumours of pending disaster." Note the careful choice of words. Everyone can make a little political capital out of the rantings of a religious fundamentalist.
"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances;And one man in his time plays many parts..." (Shakespeare). My prophecy is that Pastor Lutunacevamaca will have prepared his "exit" long before 2:30 this afternoon. I'm unsure what the rumour-mongers will say as the afternoon progresses but Gavoka may have learnt to avoid politics and prophecies and stick to rugby where outcomes are sometimes more predictable.