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This is a list of predicted dates for apocalyptic events such as the Rapture , Last Judgment , or any other event that would result in the end of humanity, civilization, the planet, or the entire universe. The list shows the dates of predictions from notable groups or individuals of when the world was, or is, forecast to end.
Many Romans feared that the city would be destroyed in the 120th year of its founding. There was a myth that 12 eagles had revealed toRomulus a mystical number representing the lifetime of Rome, and some early Romans hypothesized that each eagle represented 10 years.
Simon bar Giora , Essenes
The Essene sect of Jewish ascetics saw the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 66–70 as the final end-time battle. By the authority of Simon, coins were minted declaring the redemption of Zion.
Martin of Tours
Stated that the world would end before 400, writing, “There is no doubt that the Antichrist has already been born. Firmly established already in his early years, he will, after reaching maturity, achieve supreme power.”
Good Friday coincided with theFeast of the Annunciation ; this had long been believed to be the event that would bring forth the Antichrist, and thus the end-times, within 3 years.
1000 Jan 1
Pope Sylvester II
The Millennium Apocalypse at the end of the Christian Millennium .Various Christian clerics predicted the end of the world on this date, including Pope Sylvester II . Riots occurred in Europe. Pilgrims headed east to Jerusalem.
1524 Feb 1
A group of astrologers in London predicted the world would end by a flood starting in London based on calculations made the previous June. 20,000 Londoners left their homes and headed for higher ground in anticipation.
1525 would mark the beginning of the Millennium , according to this Anabaptist. His followers were killed by cannon fire in an uneven battle with government troops. He died under torture and was beheaded.
This Anabaptist prophet predicted Christ’s Second Coming to take place this year in Strasbourg. He claimed that 144,000 people would be saved, while the rest of the world would be consumed by fire.
In his book The Restoration of Christianity, the Spanish born reformer claimed that the Devil’s reign in this world began in 325 AD, at the Council of Nicea, and will last for 1260 years, thus ending in 1585.
The presence of 666 in the date, the death of 100,000 Londoners tobubonic plague , and the Great Fire of London led to superstitious fears of the end of the world from some Christians.
1780 May 19
Connecticut General Assemblymembers, New Englanders
The sky turning dark during the day was interpreted as a sign of the end times . The primary cause of the event is believed to have been a combination of smoke from forest fires, a thick fog, and cloud cover.
In Leeds, England in 1806 a henbegan laying eggs on which the phrase “Christ is coming” was written. Eventually it was discovered to be a hoax. The owner,Mary Bateman , had written on the eggs in a corrosive ink so as to etch the eggs, and reinserted the eggs back into the hen’s oviduct .
1814 Dec 25
This 64-year-old self-described prophet claimed she was pregnant with the Christ child, and that he would be born on Christmas Day, 1814. She died on the day of her prediction, and an autopsy proved she was not pregnant.
Wesley, the founder of theMethodist Church, foresaw theMillennium beginning this year. He wrote that Revelation 12:14 referred to the years 1058–1836, “when Christ should come”.
1844 Oct 22
After Christ did not return on March 21, 1844, the Millerites then revised William Miller ‘s prediction to October 22, 1844, claiming to have miscalculated Scripture. The realization that the predictions were incorrect resulted in the Great Disappointment .
This 15th-century prophet was quoted as saying “The world to an end shall come, In eighteen hundred and eighty one” in a book published in 1862. In 1873 it was revealed to be a forgery; however, this did not stop some people from expecting the end.
He predicted that the 1910 appearance of Halley’s Comet“would impregnate that atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet”, but not the planet itself. “Comet pills” were sold to protect against toxic gases.The comet indicated the Second Coming to many.
Charles Taze Russell
“…the battle of the great day of God Almighty… The date of the close of that “battle” is definitely marked in Scripture as October 1914. It is already in progress, its beginning dating from October, 1874.”
In 1918, Christendom would go down as a system to oblivion and be succeeded by revolutionary governments. God would “destroy the churches wholesale and the church members by the millions.” Church members would “perish by the sword of war, revolution and anarchy.” The dead would lie unburied. In 1920 all earthly governments would disappear, with worldwide anarchy prevailing.
Herbert W. Armstrong
The founder of the Worldwide Church of God told members of his church that the Rapture was to take place in 1936, and that only they would saved. After the prophecy failed, he changed the date three more times.
1954 Dec 21
The world was to be destroyed by terrible flooding on this date, claimed this leader of a UFO cult called Brotherhood of the Seven Rays. The fallout of the group after the prediction failed was the basis for the 1956 book When Prophecy Fails .
1959 Apr 22
The 2nd Prophet of the Branch Davidians predicted the apocalypse foretold in the Book of Revelationwould proceed on this date. The failure of the prophecy led to the split of the sect into several subsects, the most prominent led by Benjamin and Lois Roden.
1962 Feb 4
Jeane Dixon , various Indianastrologers
Jeane Dixon predicted a planetary alignment on this day was to bring destruction to the world. Mass prayer meetings were reported fromIndia .
1967 Aug 20
George Van Tassel
This day would mark the beginning of the third woe of the Apocalypse, during which the southeastern US would be destroyed by a Soviet nuclear attack, according to this UFO prophet, who claimed to have channeled an alien named Ashtar .
Manson predicted that an apocalyptic race war would occur in 1969 and ordered the Tate-LaBianca murders in an attempt to bring it about. Manson based his prediction on his interpretation of The Beatles self-titled album .
In 1966 Jehovah’s Witnesses published an article which stated that the fall of 1975 would be 6000 years since man’s creation. This led some Witnesses to speculate that the end would come in that year.Belief in the prediction was held only by a relatively small number of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States; whereas most Witnesses were unaware of the prediction.Some subsequent publications either cautioned against the prediction or stressed it was only a possibility, though some continued to affirm that 1975 would “probably” be the end. More details.
1982 Mar 10
John Gribbin , Stephen Plagemann
Stated in their 1974 book TheJupiter Effect that combined gravitational forces of aligned planets would create a number of catastrophes, including a great earthquake on the San Andreas Fault .
1988 Sep 13
1988 Oct 3
Edgar C. Whisenant
Whisenant predicted in his book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988 that the Rapture of the Christian Church would occur between 11 and 13 September 1988. After his September predictions failed to come true, Whisenant revised his prediction date to October 3.
1990 Apr 23
Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Prophet predicted a nuclear war would start on this day, with the world ending 12 years later, leading her followers to stockpile a shelter with supplies and weapons. Later, after Prophet’s prediction did not come to pass, she was diagnosed with epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease .
1992 Oct 28
Lee Jang Rim
(이장림 or 李長林)
Lee, the leader of the Dami Mission church, predicted the Rapture would occur on this day.
1994 Sep 6
1994 Sep 29
1994 Oct 2
Camping predicted the Rapture would occur on September 6, 1994.When it failed to occur he revised the date to September 29 and then to October 2.
1997 Mar 26
Applewhite, leader of the Heaven’s Gate cult , claimed that a spacecraft was trailing the Comet Hale-Boppand argued that suicide was “the only way to evacuate this Earth” so that the cult members’ souls could board the supposed craft and be taken to another “level of existence above human”. Applewhite and 38 of his followers committed mass suicide.
1998 Mar 31
Hon-Ming Chen, leader of the Taiwanese cult God’s Salvation Church, or Chen Tao — “The True Way” — claimed that God would come to Earth in a flying saucer at 10:00 am on this date. Moreover, God would have the same physical appearance as Chen himself. Chen chose to base his cult in Garland, Texas, because he thought it sounded like “God’s Land.” On March 25, God was to appear on Channel 18 on every TV set in the US.
1999 Sep 11
Berg, dean of the worldwideKabbalah Centre , stated that on this date “a ball of fire will descend, destroying almost all of mankind, all vegetation, all forms of life.”
This linguist predicted the end would occur in this year. He did not predict how it would occur, stating it may involve nuclear devastation, asteroid impact, pole shift or other earth changes.
Hon-Ming Chen’s cult God’s Salvation Church, now relocated to upstate New York, preached that a nuclear holocaust would destroy Europe and Asia sometime between October 1 and December 31, 1999.
2000 Jan 1
Predictions of a Y2K computer bug were to crash many computers and would malfunction causing major catastrophes worldwide and that society would cease to function.
Year 2000 problem
Credonia Mwerinde ,Joseph Kibweteere
An estimated 778 followers of thisUgandan religious movement perished in a devastating fire and a series of poisonings and killings that were either a group suicide or an orchestrated mass murder by group leaders after their predictions of the apocalypse failed to come about.
Tim LaHaye ,Jerry B. Jenkins
These Christian authors stated the Y2K bug would trigger global economic chaos, which the Antichrist would use to rise to power. As the date approached however they changed their minds.
2000, April 6
The leader of the True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days predicted the Second Coming of Christ would occur on this day.
Lieder originally predicted the date for the Nibiru collision as May 2003. According to her website, aliens in the Zeta Reticuli star system told her through messages via a brain implant of a planet which would enter our solar system and cause a pole shift on earth that would destroy most of humanity.
2008 Sep 10
2010 Mar 30
A number of groups claimed that activation of the Large Hadron Collider experiment would bring about the end of the world through the production of planet-eatingmicro black holes or strangelets .Similar claims were made about 2010, March 30, when the collider reached 7 TeV , half of its maximum energy. See safety of particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider .
2011 May 21
Camping predicted that theRapture and devastatingearthquakes would occur on May 21, 2011 with God taking approximately 3% of the world’s population into Heaven, and that the end of the world would occur five months later on October 21.
2011 end times prediction
2011 Sep 29
Ronald Weinland stated Jesus Christ would return on this day. He prophesied nuclear explosions in U.S. port cities by July 2008 as the blowing of the Second Trumpet of Revelation. After his prophecy failed to come true he changed the date for the return of Jesus Christ to May 27, 2012.
2011 Oct 21f
When his original date failed to come about, Camping revised his prediction and said that on May 21, a “Spiritual Judgment” took place, and that both the physical Rapture and the end of the world would occur on October 21, 2011.
2011 end times prediction
There were fears amongst the public that Comet Elenin travelling almost directly between Earth and the Sun would cause disturbances to the Earth’s crust, causing massive earthquakes and tidal waves. Others predicted that Elenin would collide with Earth on October 16. Scientists tried to calm fears by stating that none of these events were possible.
2012 Jun 30
José Luis de Jesús
José Luis de Jesús predicted that the world’s governments and economies would fail on this day, and that he and his followers would undergo a transformation that would allow them to fly and walk through walls.
2012 Dec 21
The so-called Mayan apocalypse at the start of the 13th b’ak’tun . The Earth would be destroyed by anasteroid , Nibiru, or some other interplanetary object; an alien invasion ; or a supernova . Mayanistscholars stated that no extantclassic Maya accounts forecast impending doom, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar ends in 2012 misrepresented Maya history and culture,Scientists from NASA, along with expert archeologists, stated that none of those events were possible.
2012 Dec 23f
The president of theFundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saintspredicted from his prison cell that the world would end by December 23.
This alleged psychic claimed that Armageddon would take place in 2020 and Jesus would return to defeat the unholy Trinity of the Antichrist , Satanand the False prophet between 2020 and 2037. Dixon previously predicted the world would end on February 4, 1962.
F. Kenton Beshore
Beshore bases his prediction on the prior suggestion that Jesus could return in 1988, i.e., within one Biblical generation (40 years) of the founding of Israel in 1948. Beshore argues that the prediction was correct, but that the definition of a Biblical generation was incorrect and was actually 70–80 years, placing the Second Coming of Jesus between 2018 and 2028 and the Rapture by 2021 at the latest.
The Messiah Foundation International
Members propagate that the world is to end in 2026, when a comet would collide with Earth in accordance with Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi ‘s predictions inThe Religion of God.
Kurzweil predicts aTechnological Singularitycaused by the compounding effects of exponential technological progress.Kurzweil writes “There will be no distinction, post-Singularity, between human and machine...“.
According to abjadinterpretation of a hadith , this Sunni Muslim theologian who wrote the Risale-i Nur Collection, a body of Qur’anic commentary exceeding six thousand pages, which expected the end in 2129.
Talmud ,Orthodox Judaism
According to an opinion on the Talmud in mainstream Orthodox Judaism, the Messiah should come within 6000 years from the creation of Adam , and the world could possibly be destroyed 1000 years later. This would put the beginning of the period of desolation in the year 2240 CE and the end of the period of desolation in the year 3240 CE
The end of our Sun ‘s current phase of development, after which it will swell into a red giant, either swallowing the Earth or at least completely scorching it. It is widely accepted by the scientific community that the earth will be destroyed around this time.However, as the Sun grows gradually hotter (over millions of years), the Earth may become too hot for life in only a billion years’ time.
The Big Rip theory predicts that the entire universe will eventually be progressively torn apart by its continual expansion . One hypothetical example of the theory places the end in approximately 22 billion years time.
The heat death of the universeis a suggested ultimate fate of the universe, in which the universe has diminished to a state of no thermodynamic free energy and therefore can no longer sustain motion or life.
Heat death of the universe
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