“I know It’s absolutely true, because the Bible is absolutely true.” – Harold Camping, President, Family Radio
May 23, 2011, 8:00PM PH Time, I already knew this one, like the other predictions about the so-called Dooms day, had yet again failed. And not just me, but many people eagerly or bluntly waiting for this monstrous moment to unveil. Many from their homes praying or like my self out of the road. Some of my friends go to a bar to party while waiting for this Rapture thing to happen. But in the other side of the world, the predictor and his followers are not just being criticized but also humiliated by the people whom they want to save. How sad on what this people are now experiencing while their prophet is hiding somewhere else.
All the known religions of the world have their own versions of Dooms Day event or how the world will end. But Christianity as a whole is the most notorious and so obsessed in such a glorious event so the say. From the time of Christ himself until now, Christianity predicts when the world would end by giving such dates like the recent 21 May, 2011.
But we will not just cover the Christianity Dooms Day event alone, but all known predictions who failed or still awaiting to happen, like the December 21 – 24 2012.
When I was young, I was so frightened of the Judgment day, specially that there is a circulating rumor the world would end in year 2000. I was a fifth grader when I first heard of such news. My first encounter of this so-called day of Rapture is when my classroom adviser forced us to memorize a piece titled “The Judgment Day” that to be used for a group declamation competition in our school. I still remember the first part, that goes: “In that great day, people in that great day. Go is going to rain down fire, God is going to sit in the middle of the air. To judge the living and the dead…“, and there I became obsessed with the doomsday teachings…
Now we go back to our topic. I will give you my compilation of incomplete lists of End-of-Time predictions which didn’t or awaiting to occur in the future, with the dates and the predictors name.
- According to Charles Freeman, a historian, early Christians expected Jesus to return within a generation of his death somewhere in 30 A.D. – 33 A.D. after literally translating Jesus prediction in the Gospel of Mathew 24, and when the second coming didn’t occur, the Christian communities were thrown into turmoil.
- By literally interpreting the Epistle of Paul, his writings seems to imply that Jesus would return during the lifetime of persons who were living in the middle of the 1st century or around 60 A.D.
- (St.) Clement I predicted that the End of the World would occur in around 90 A.D.
- 2nd century A.D. is the predicted year of the prophets and prophetess of the Montanist movement for the return of Christ.
- Montanus said that in year 200, Christ would return and set up the new Jerusalem in the small town of Pepuza in Phrygia.
- 365 A.D. is the year predicted by Hilary of Pointiers for the end of the world.
- (St.) Martin of Tours stated that the end of the world would end around 375 – 400 A.D.
- An anti Pope named Hippolytus and a Christian academic named Sextus Julius Africanuspredicted the rapture year in the year 500 A.D.
- A Spanish monk named, Beatus of Liebana prophesied the 2nd Coming of Jesus and the end of the world that day to a crowd of people in the 6th of April 793.
- Many Christians in Europe by that time believed that the end of the world would occur in Jan 1, 1000. And when it did not occur, the Church reacted by exterminating some as heretics.
- 1033 is the year thought by some believers to be the return of Christ as it is Jesus 1000th Death and Resurrection anniversary.
- (St.) John of Toledo predicted year 1179 as the Rapture year during 1186.
- Year 1284 is Pope Innocent III predicted year for the end of the world.
- Anabaptist’s of the 16th century believed that the millennium would occur in 1533.
- A Lutheran named, Adam Nachenmoser predicted that around 1635 is the most likely the rapture will occur in 1584.
- Thomas Brightman, a Presbyterian, predicted between 1650 and 1695 would be the end of time.
- Benjamin Keach, a Baptist, predicted 1689 as the end of time.
- Christopher Love, Presbyterian predicted years 1758, 1759 and 1763. But all failed.
- William Whiston, theologian, predicted that the Earth would meet its end due to a comet collision onOctober 16, 1736.
- The Shakers believed that the Judgment day would occur in year 1792.
- Charles Wesley, one of the founding fathers of Methodism, predicted 1794 as the year of the end of the world.
- The prophet Hen of Leeds hoax predicted year 1806 as the end of the world.
- Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints predicted years 1830 to 1832, then when his predicted years failed, he predicted again year 1890 or 1891 as Rapture years.
- William Miller, Baptist, 1st predicted Christ return on March 21 1844. When it failed, his new prediction was April 18, 1844. Also failed a dooms day event.
- Samuel Snow, a Millerite, predicted October 22, 1844 as the said date for the end of the world. This failed prediction leads to “Great Disappointment“.
- The founder of the Seventh Day Adventists, Ellen White made many predictions of the timing of the end of the world like year 1850 and 1856, but all failed.
- Reverend Michael Baxter predicted between or within 1867 – 1875.
- A Russian Mennonite Minister named, Claas Epp Jr. predicted March 8, 1889, and when the date was uneventful, he predicted year 1891.
- Charles Taze Russell, 1st President of the Watchtower Society also known as Jehovah’s Witnesses predicted 1874 as starting year for the Rapture and will end in 1914. And when the 1st prediction failed, in 1917, the Jehovah’s Witnesses predicted yet again 1918 as Gd will destroy Churches with million members in it. Then J. F. Rutherford, successor of Russell, predicted 1925 as the Millennium. And in 1966, Jehovah’s Witnesses yet again predict and expected the arrival of Armageddon in 1975. The last prediction was 1994. All predictions failed.
- George Rapp, founder of Harmony Society, predicted end of the world would occur in September 15, 1829.
- Bernard Muller, Christian mystic and member of Harmony Society predicted March 1832.
- Jonas Wendell, an Adventist, predicted year 1873 as the Second Advent of Christ in 1870.
- Ursula Southell also known as Mother Shipton predicted year 1881 as the day of Judgment.
- 1919 is the year Albert Porta predicted the end of the world would occur due to planetary alignment which cause the sun to explode.
- Assemblies of God members believed that the Judgment day would occur in no later that 1934 or 1935.
- Dorothy Martin, a housewife from Chicago, claimed that the end of the world would take place in 21st of December 1954, given to her by aliens.
- Charles Manson predicted apocalypse in summer of 1969.
- A doomsday event in USA heralded by Kohoutek comet was prophesied by David Berg occurring on January 11 -21 1973.
- Herbert Armstrong, founder of Worldwide Church of God predicted in his book: “1975 In Prophesy!” that the world ends in 1975.
- In 1978, Leland Jansen predicted that there would be a nuclear disaster in 1980 which would lead to the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
- Benjamin Creme, a Buddha believer, put advertisements in many major newspapers in the world in early 1982 stating that the 2nd Coming would occur in June 21, 1982.
- Pat Robertson of the 700 Club predicted in 1976 that the world would end in October or November 1982.
- Hal Lindsay, a Christian Evangelist, predicted in his 1970 book ” The Late, Great Planet Earth” and ” The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon” that the world would end in around 1980, and not later than 1988. He also predicted in his book “Planet Earth 2000 A.D.: Will Mankind Survive?” that the world would end in year 2000.
- A former NASA Engineer and Bible student named, Edgar Whisenant, predicted that a rapture would occur in 1988 sometime September 11 and 13 in his book “88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988”.
- An Anti Christ will surfaced and will rule the world as what Benny Hinn said that would occur in 1989.
- Elizabeth Clare Prophet, leader of the Summit Lighthouse predicted a nuclear holocaust on April 23 1990.
- October 28, 1992 is the rapture date predicted by Lee Jang Rim, leader of Dami Mission in South Korea.
- David Berg of Children of God predicted Christs return in year 1993.
- Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in L.A. predicted the return of Christ on June 9, 1994.
- Harold Camping first predicted the rapture in September 6, 1994.
- Benny Hinn predicted destruction and judgment on America’s homosexual community in the year 1995.
- The Church of the Subgenius predicted that aliens would invade and kill most of the humanity on the 5th of July 1998. But after 1998, they claimed receiving a memo from the alien race that the end of the world will really occur on July 5, 8991.
- Credonia Mwerinde and Joseph Kibweteere predicted January 1, 2000 as the end of time and when the said apocalypse failed to come about, they orchestrated group suicide and mass murder.
- Richard Noone predicts that a catastrophic event would occur on May 5, 2000 due to planetary alignment of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
- Nancy Lieder, founder of the website Zetatalk, predicted in 1995 that the Earth would collide with a rogue planet Nibiru on May 2003, which is given to her by aliens from Zeta Reticuli star system.
- 21 of May 2011 is the given date predicted by Harold Camping for the said rapture, but when this event failed, his alibi used was due to his miscalculation and so he reset the rapture date on October 21, 2011.
But we’re not done yet! I still have one more list to go! And this list is the incoming Dooms Day event that would possibly occur in the future time. (My hands cramping from writing.. ouch!!!)
- Ronald Weiland of Church of God, preparing for the Kingdom of God (COG-PKG) predicted May 27, 2012 as the date for the end of the world.
- The 2012 Doomsday theorists claims that December 21, 2012 would be the date for the end of the world.
- Sir Isaac Newton on his occult studies proposed year 2060 + as the year of Apocalypse based upon calculations using figures from the Book of Daniel in the Bible.
- According to the Talmud and Orthodox Judaism, the end of the world scenario will occur in year 2240.
- According to Rashad Khalifa, upon researching on the Qur’an code, he predicted the possible year of the world on year 2280.
- Michel De Nostradame (Nustradamus) predicted the end of the world is year 3797.
- 5079 is the possible year the Earth would end according to Baba Vanga, a mystic, clairvoyant and herbalist.
Those are some of the possible end of the world predictions that might occur someday and I know that many more will be added in this list in the near future.
But even the scientists are trying to predict the possible end of the world and as of now is the more acceptable and probable of all the predictions given. Even the possibility on how the world would end is the most probable of them all. Given that the world is billion years old, the Earth has billions of years more to go before this planet meet its end. And the destruction of the Earth and the solar system is due to the death of our very own Sun (called as Super Nova), but also will occur billions of years from now.
So rather that be hysterical, chaotic and suicidal, we should just chill out, take a deep breath and enjoy our lives.
Let’s just enjoy our ride till the end of time come….