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Wrongly predicted dates for the return of Christ
and the end of the world

Deuteronomy
18:20-22

 

    The prophet who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded him to speak... shall die. And if you say in your heart, «how may we know the word which the Yahuh has not spoken?»  When a prophet speaks in the name of Yahuh, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which Yahuh has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously”.

 

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Year 909:

 

      The end of the world in 909 was formally announced at the Synod of Trosly, (Soissons, France) organized by Hervé, Archbishop of Reims. In this synod bishops were invited to prepare themselves to be accountable for all their actions because God's judgment was at hand. Several official documents were headed with the Latin phrase “Mundi Termino Appropinquante” (the end of the world is approaching). Abbot  Abbone de Fleury refers that towards the middle of the tenth century, many preachers and hermits predicted an imminent end of the world.

 

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Year 992:

 

 

     The hermit Bernard of Thuringia announced that God had told him that the end of the world would come in the year 992.

At the end of the tenth century, the coincidence of two dates considered important,   created much concern, and the hermit Bernard of Thuringia used this argument to terrorize all of Europe, announcing that on March 25th, the day regarded as the that of the conception of Jesus, would coincide with the anniversary of his death (Good Friday), and this coincidence would mean the end of the world.

He calculated that such an event would take place in the year 992, and a solar eclipse gave certain credibility to his claim. The ancient chronicles relate that, before the safety of the coincidence of the two dates was discovered, many fled towards the mountains.     (John Bell e François-André-Adrien Pluquet. “The Wanderings of the Human Intellect”. London; E. Walker, 1814, p.159).

 

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Year 992:

 

     Abbot Abbone de Fleury, (945-1004), philosopher and writer, says to have heard in his youth, a preacher in Paris announcing year 1000 as that of the end of the world and the Final Judgment. He also reports that in the land of Lorraine, it was said that the world would come to an end in 992, when the dates of the Annunciation and of Good Friday coincided.

 

4

Year 1000:

 

     In the tenth century, the idea of an approaching end of the world, encouraged people to interpret any disaster or epidemic, and the disorders caused by war or unbearable social and religious situations, as signs of this event.

On the first half of the tenth century, abbot Odon, a refined diplomat and musicologist, and second abbot of Cluny (Cluny, Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy, France) was convinced, as  shown his works, that the world would come to an end on year 1000. As the time approached, all the people, from clergy to feudal lords, undertook pilgrimages to places considered as holy, to pray and ask forgiveness for sins.

In France, abbot Abbone de Fleury (945-1004) refers that towards 975, preachers  multiplied on the squares and streets of Paris, to announce the end of the world and the extinction of humanity. (Gouguenheim Sylvain, «Les Fausses Terreurs de l'An Mil», Paris, Picard, 1999)

 

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Year 1033:

 

      The proximity of the year 1000 was lived with anxiety and concern.

When the French monk Raoul Glaber (985-1047) saw that humanity had survived the entry of the second millennium, estimated that the thousand years should not be counted from the birth of Jesus, but from his death, so that the end the world would come in the year 1033.

     (Emile de La Bédollière, «Mœurs et Vie Privée des Français dans les  Premiers Siècles of Monarchie» vol.3, p.45. A. Rigaud, 1835)

 

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Year 1186:

 

     Awad al-Dīn Muammad ibn Muammad Khāwarānī,  better known as Anvari (Anwarī, 1126-1198), philosopher, physician, lawyer and  Arab theologian, who is considered as one of the fathers of the classical Persian poetry, announced that the end the world would be on September 16th 1186, because in that day, five planets would be aligned in the constellation Libra, causing a devastating energy release.

 

7

Year 1284:

 

      Pope Innocent III (1160-1216), the 176th Pope of the Roman Catholic church, believed that Islam was the “Beast” identified with the number 666 in the Book of Revelation. This led him to conclude that Islam would endure 666 years from the alleged date of its  beginning in 618, and adding  666 years to this date, calculated that the end of the world would come on 1284.

 

8

Year 1420:

 

      Martin Huska (Hausha Martinek, called Loquis), was the main prophet of the Taborit sect, a revolutionary and radical wing de of the Hussites, the great Bohemian social and religious reform movement. Huska predicted that the great final battle, the end of the world, was imminent. The wrath of God would befall on the entire world from the 10th to the 14th of February of 1420, sparing only Mount Tabor, near Čenkov u Bechyně, in southern Bohemia, and other four Taborit centers.

 

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Year 1524:

 

     The German Johannes Stoeffer, known by the Latin name Stofflerinus, an astronomer and professor of mathematics at the University of Tübingen, as well as cartographer and astrologer of Count von Iggleheim, predicted in 1499 a second Universal Flood on February 20th, 1524. A major planetary conjunction should happen on this date. He prepared a list of dramatic disasters caused by this event, which would fall over Europe, bringing the end of the world. His position was supported by another scholar, Jakob Pflaumen, and also by many astrologers who corroborated the incident and its interpretation as a sign of a great catastrophe. Many English astrologers agreed with Stoeffler forecasts, but set the doomsday date on February 1st , 1524. More than a hundred books about this event were published, and as the announced date approached, mass hysteria swept across Europe.

A  widespread panic invaded London and more than 20,000 people fled their homes.  St. Bartholomew’s prior sealed his own church, after storing enough supplies to survive for a few months.

Count von Iggleheim had built an ark, which was invaded by his terrified fellow citizens. During the struggle he was stoned to death, and in the tumult that followed, hundreds of people died.

 

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Year 1532:

 

      End of the world according to the bishop and theologian Viennese Friedrich Grau, also called “nàuʃea”, which at the end of 1525 was official preacher of Mainz Cathedral, and was later the minister of worship in Frankfurt am Main.

In 1533 he was graduated in Theology by the University of Siena and in 1534, became court preacher in the court of Ferdinand I, King of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1538, he became coadjutor to the bishop of Vienna, and succeeded him in 1541.

Friedrich Grau wrote a long list of signs that foretold the end of the world in 1532.

 

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Year 1532:

 

 

     According to the estimates of  Michael Stiffelius, mathematician and Lutheran minister, the book of Revelation indicated that the moment of the end of the world would cone in October 18th, 1532, at 8 am. Many of his fellow citizens believed him and took care of selling their homes and all their possessions. Stiffelius awaited for the end of the world with his fellow citizens, and when it did not happen, was imprisoned.

Then he remade his calculations and set a new date of the end of the world, October 3rd, 1533 at 10 am.

 

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Year 1533:

 

     Melchior Hoffman, (1495-1543) from Schwäbisch Hall in Germany, was the prophet, the visionary and the spiritual Gide of the Anabaptist of Münster. he made himself a culture in theology while working in his furrier profession, and in 1531 foretold that in 1533 the world would be consumed by a devastating fire that would spread over all countries on earth. This year would be that of Christ return and of the beginning of the millennium.

According to him, this date was numerologically correct, because 1533 marked the 1,500th  anniversary of the death of Christ. Only the city of Strasbourg would be saved, to become the New Jerusalem.

In 1533 he was imprisoned, and died in prison ten years later.

 

 

13

Year 1537:

 

     The French man Pierre Turrel,  renowned astrologer and mathematician, and in 1520 director of the school of Dijon, used four different methods of calculation to find four possible doomsday dates, ensuring that his calculations were based on the interpretation of a strictly orthodox religious reading. The fact of presenting various dates, to avoid any inconvenience to the members of the military-religious order of St Jacques to which he belonged, was a smart move. The four dates predicted by Turrel were: 1537, 1544, 1801 and 1814.

The Parliament of Dijon him prosecuted him for witchcraft.

 

 

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Year 1584:

 

     Cyprian Leowitz, (Cyprián Karásek Lvovický ze Lvovic, (1514-1574), Bohemian astronomer, mathematician and astrologer, studied in Wroclaw in 1540 and in 1542 in Leipzig. Later he studied astronomy and mathematics at Wittenberg, and in 1547 went to Nuremberg and after, to Augusta, to the court of Fugger.

In 1556, Otto Henry, Count Palatine, nominated Leowitz professor of astronomy and mathematics in Lauingen, where he directed the school until 1566.

Leowitz published several works of astronomy in Latin. In 1564, announced in a treatise called: De coniunctionibus magnis insignioribus superiorum planetarum” (the great significant conjunctions of the  major planets ), that the world would come to an end in the cosmic year of 1584, in late March or early April.

 

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Year 1588:

 

     The German Johannes Müller von Königsberg, better known by the Latin name Regiomontanus, was a mathematician, an astronomer, an astrologer and a prophet. From his early youth acquired the reputation of prodigious mathematician and astrologer. At the age of 11 he entered at the University of Leipzig, Saxony. In 1457 obtained the title of “Master of Arts” (master of science).

Linking astronomy to prophesy, he predicted the end of the world for the year 1588.

 

16

Year 1654:

 

     The Alsatian physician and scientist Haeliseus Roeslin (1545-1616), announced that the world would end in 1654 because of the solar eclipse due on the 12th of August.

 

17

Year 1665:

 

In the year 1665, a terrible plague spread in England and caused some 75,000 to 100,000 deaths. Solomon Eccles, a Quaker musician and composer, announced that the plague was one of the most obvious sign that the time of the end of the world had come. When the plague ceased, and the end of the world did not come, Eccles was arrested, but he escaped and fled the country.

 

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Year 1666:

 

      For many Christians, the year 1666 was to be the year of the Apocalypse. This idea influenced the rabbi of Smyrna, Sabbatai Zevi, who announced the end of the world in 1666, though he had already predicted it for 1648.

In 1663, Sabbatai Zevi moved to Jerusalem, then to Cairo and later to Palestine, where he met Benjamin Nathan Levi of Gaza, which became his right arm. In 1665 Nathan of Gaza announced that the following year would begin the messianic age, and Sabbatai Zevi, who proclaimed himself the Messiah, would gather on Holy Land the ten lost tribes of Israel.

 

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Year 1704:

 

      The German Cardinal Nicola Cusano (Nikolaus Krebs Von Kues, (1401-1464),  theologian, philosopher, humanist, jurist, mathematician and astronomer, predicted that the world would end between 1704 y 1734.

 

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Year 1719:

 

      Doomsday year for Jacob Bernoulli, a well-known Swiss mathematician who was the first of a line of eight famous mathematicians. He predicted that the return of the comet already observed in 1680, would bring the end of the world on May 19th, 1719.

 

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Year 1757:

 

     1757 would be the year of the end of the world, according to the Swedish scientist Emmanuel Swedenberg (1688-1772), who claimed to be in contact with the angels. Swedenberg, who was the son of a Lutheran bishop, was inventor, writer and philosopher, but also a renowned medium and psychic, considered one of the pioneers of spiritualism.

 

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Year 1761:

 

     Doomsday Year for William Bell, an English soldier of the Royal Guard, who toured the city of London announcing the approaching end of the world and attracting many followers.  When there were two earthquakes, one in the February 8th and another in March 8th, he announced that 28 days later, on April 5th, 1761, a third and extremely violent earthquake, would cause the end of the world.

 

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Year 1774:

 

     End of the world in 1774, according to the prophetess Joanna Southcott, coming from the Church of England, and founder of the religious sect known as Southcottians.

 

24

Year 1820:

 

    According to the “prophet” John Turner, new leader of the sect of Southcottians, world's end would ensue on October 14th, 1820.

 

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Year 1843:

 

     The end of the world should come on April 3rd, 1843, according to William Miller, the founder of the sect of the Millennialists, which later took the name Seventh Day Adventist Christian Church. Miller predicted that on this date, Jesus would ascend the faithful and gather them in heaven. When his prediction was not fulfilled, he  sought help in the mathematician Samuel S. Snow, and established the date of doomsday in July 7th, 1843, then in March 21st, 1844, and again, in October 22nd, 1844.

 

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Year 1881:

 

     Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900), was a prominent British astronomer and director of the Edinburgh Royal Observatory from 1846-1888.  He became famous for his many innovations in the field of astronomy, and  in 1846 developed the theory of pyramidology.  He had come to the conclusion that the Great Pyramid of Cheops in the Giza Necropolis, hid some secrets related to the understanding of the prophecies of the Bible.  He explained that the internal measures of the pyramid enclosed some  encrypted prophecies, which establish connection with the events that later molded the essential parts of the Old Testament and of all Christendom, including the second coming of Christ. Through his calculations, he concluded that the world would come to an end in 1881.

 

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Year 1914:

 

     Year of the end of the world, according Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916), of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; founder of the International Bible Students and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.  According to his calculations, the return of Christ should be in 1874. When the prediction failed, he calculated that the end would be in 1914,  a year that Russell considered very important, for he was convinced that on the first day of October, the students of the Bible would be ascended into heaven and the kingdom of God through Christ, would be established on Earth; an event that would lead to the end of this world and to the total destruction of all human kingdoms and governments.

 

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Year 1919:

 

     In 1919, Alberto Porta, an Italian who lived in San Francisco, and was a seismologist and meteorologist at the University of Michigan, predicted that on December 14th, 1919, the alignment of six planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, would create a magnetic disturbance causing a huge explosion on the sun and the consequent destruction of the Earth.  This forecast spread terror and caused suicides in various parts of the world, and Porta lost his job.

 

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Year 1925:

 

     In 1923, Margaret W. Rowen, (1881 - 1940?) from Hollywood, prophetess of the Reformed Church of Seventh-day Adventist, said he had a vision of an entity from another World, the archangel Gabriel, who announced the second coming of Christ to the Earth and the end of the world, at midnight of February 13th, 1925.  Margaret asked the faithful to go, in this date, on a hill near Hollywood. (Prophets of the Apocalypse, 1994 “Baker Books House Company”)

 

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Year 1925:

 

     1925 was predicted as the year of “Armageddon” by Joseph Franklin Rutherford, (1869-1942), better known as “Judge Rutherford”, second president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Jehovah's Witnesses.  Rutherford asserted that the Millennium would begin on that same year, and in his book: “Millions Now Living Will Never Die”, he writes: “We can expect confident, that 1925 will be the year that will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old...  While waiting for this resurrection, he acquired a luxury villa in San Diego, California, which he named Beth Sarim (House of Princes), and a 16-cylinder Cadillac, to serve the resurrected.

 

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Year 1936:

 

     In 1932, George Raymond Riffert, (1883-1987) after analyzing the dimensions of the pyramid of Cheops in Giza, wrote in his book “Great Pyramid Proof of God”,  that the world would end in September 6th 1936. As this did not happen, he shifted the date of the end of the world and the second coming of the Messiah, to August 20, 1954.

   

 

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Year 1936:

 

    Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986),  after his advertising activity, founded a religious community, the Worldwide Church of God,  and concentrating on radio preaching, predicted the start of the “great tribulation” and Christ's return for year 1936.  The Church of God would be miraculously transported to a safe place, probably the ancient city of Petra in southern Jordan, to be protected from the horrors of Armageddon. And since his expectations failed, moved the date to 1943.

 

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Year 1942:

 

     1942 was considered by the then president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, Joseph Franklin Rutherford and his associates, as the year of doomsday. They thought that the second world war would converge with a general anarchy and the battle of Armageddon.  Their magazine “The Messenger” from September 1st 1940, says on page 6: “Armageddon is upon our heads”.  Already in 1934, Rutherford declared that after the battle of Armageddon expected in 1942, Christ would put an end to all the religions and governments on Earth.

 

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Year 1945:

 

      In 1938, Rev. Charles Long of Pasadena, son of Bill Long, secretary-treasurer of the Iowa District Assemblies of God, revealed that upon waking in the night, saw a blackboard and a spectral hand that wrote on it “1945. After a long time reflection about this vision, predicted that on September 21st 1945, the Earth would be vaporized and humanity would be transformed into ectoplasm. His followers stopped eating, drinking and sleeping a week before the alleged catastrophe.

 

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Year 1947:

 

    John Ballou Newbrough (1828-1891), predicted that 1947 would be the year of doomsday. He was born near Springfield, Ohio, and was clairvoyant and hearer since childhood. He attended the Cincinnati Medical College and exercised the profession of dentistry in New York.  Through automatic writing on a typewriter, drafted in 1881, the book “Oahspe: A New Bible”. Oahspe means “sky, earth and spirit, especially in the sense of corporeal and spiritual knowledge”. Through this book, he wanted to make known to mankind the new revelations prepared by God himself, and transmitted through angelic ambassadors.

 

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Year 1954:

 

    Beda el Venerable (672-735) English monk and historian who lived in the Benedictine monastery of Peter and Paul of Warmouth, Durham (England)  prophesied: “While there is the Colosseum, Rome will exist. When the Colosseum falls, Rome will fall, but when Rome falls, the world will fall”. Because of this prediction, when on May 18th 1954, some cracks appeared on the Coliseum, there were some who said that the world would end at May 24th 1954. Thousands of pilgrims flocked to St. Peter's Square to ask the Pope the absolution of sins.

 

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Year 1954:

 

    Dorothy Martin (aka Marian Keech, 1900-1992) of Chicago, UFO cult leader of the “seekers”, believed to be in contact with superior beings who came from Clarion (unknown planet) and contacted with her ​​through automatic writing.  She stated that these alien beings had reported that before dawn on December 21st 1954, there would be a major disaster that would cause a new universal flood, but that the aliens would come in a flying saucer, to save her and her group.

 

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Year 1959:

 

     According to Davidians (Branch Davidians) a Protestant sect founded in 1955 by factional Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, 1959 was the year of the end of the world.  The sect claimed that on April 22nd, the faithful would be gloriously massacred by celestial forces, and then be resurrected, and ascended into heaven. Since they worked hard to publish this event, on the 22nd April thousands of onlookers besides television, attended the announced event that obviously did not happen.

 

39

Year 1960:

 

The pediatrician Elio Bianco, who called himself Brother Emman said his late sister had revealed to him that the world would come to an end on July 14, 1960, at 2:45 pm. It would be destroyed by a U.S. secret weapon that would lead to a nuclear catastrophe. To protect themselves, they built on Mont Blanc, with the help of 45 assistants, a chest with 15 rooms, and one hundred and ten followers moved to Courmayeur (Italy), 2,200 meters high, waiting for the things predicted by Brother Emman.

 

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Year 1967:

 

    Sun Myung Moon (1920–2012), South Korean preacher and founder of the Unification Church, foretold the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven for the year 1967, also predicting a major catastrophe that would start the end of the world. When his prediction was not fulfilled, transferred the event date to 1981.

 

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Year 1972:

 

    1972 was the last doomsday date predicted by Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986). Armstrong had foretold the beginning of the great tribulation and the return of Christ on different dates, predicting that the Worldwide Church of God would probably be miraculously transported to Petra, but he reported once more that that Christ would return in 1972, before the battle of Armageddon. Armstrong said that after those events, would start a millennium of peace and prosperity, under the guide of the Worldwide Church of God and the Sons of God, who he believed to be the saints of the Bible, resurrected at  Christ return.

When his prophecy failed again, he delayed once more the date and trough the  pamphlet “1975 on Prophecy”, announced the return of Christ in 1975.

 

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Year 1973:

 

    Eugenio Siragusa (1919-2006), from Catania (Italy), founder of the “Centro Studi Fratellanza Cosmica”, said that on March 25th 1952 he had been penetrated by a beam of light coming from a luminous globe, and from that moment his life changed.

He held to be in contact with the aliens, and preached that due to the conduct of that generation, the end of the world and the divine judgment were imminent. Explaining his role, said: “We are here on Earth, to warn you of the coming trial and the end, and that the judgment will come from one day to another, or better, at the moment determined from above. The prelude of the trial should not pass unnoticed, because the warnings are obvious and clear, and the accusations are indisputable. You cannot say  «I did not know», you cannot justify yourselves. You better prepare yourselves to pray if you wish to save your souls”.

Eugenio Siragusa considered himself spokesman of the revelations of  Adonesis, the alien that announced him the end of the world.

 

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Year 1975:

 

     Jehovah's Witnesses deserve a special mention for having published six dates of the time of the end and the presence of Christ. In their “Awake!” magazine of 1969, May 22nd, stated on page 15:

True, there have been those in past times, who predicted an "end to the world," even announcing a specific date. Yet nothing happened. The “end” did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing? Missing from such people were God's truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them”.  

But what can they say about their other unfulfilled prophecies? In the book published in 1966 “Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God", Chapter 1, paragraph 41, pages 28 and 29, they wrote:   

The published timetable resulting from this independent study (?) gives the date of man's creation as 4026 B.C.E. According to this trustworthy Bible chronology (which really is a biased subjective chronology) six thousand years from man's creation will end in 1975, and the seventh period of a thousand years of human history will begin in the fall of 1975 C.E. So six thousand years of man's existence on earth will soon be up, yes, within this generation”. 

In the district assemblies of 1967, all lecturers made ​​a speech prepared by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, about what should be expected in 1975. It was the same lecture, entitled “Stay alive to Seventy-Five”, presented at Sheboygan (Wisconsin) in spring 1967, by Charles Sunutko, who said:

Well now, as Jehovah's Witnesses, as runners, even though some of us have become a little weary, it almost seems as though Jehovah has provided meat in due season. Because he's held up before all of us, a new goal. A new year. Something to reach out for and it just seems it has given all of us so much more energy and power in this final burst of speed to the finish line. And that's the year 1975.

 In all their international conventions of 1975, the speakers referred to the end of the world in that year, and the vice-president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society said at the conference held in Los Angeles on the 10th of February:

Brothers, now, in the next few months, there is a rumor about this, about what is going to happen, that we can live through the destruction of a whole wicked system of things, which takes place by the hand of Jehovah God and the plaid execution of his judgments against these wicked organizations. Well, all of that it had to happen, and will occur by September the first, at the end of 1975

 

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Year 1980:

 

    Leland Jensen and Charles Gaines, leaders of the sect Baha'i Faith, forecasted that the world would end in 1980. Jensen y Gaines announced that the third world war would break out on April 29. They said their calculations were based on the Book of Revelation and the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

On April 26th, they led a group of followers to anti-nuclear shelters, hoping to be protected from apocalypse. When nothing happened, they changed the date to May 7th, 1980.

 

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Years 80:

 

     Jeanne Dixon, (Lydia Emma Pinckert, 1904-1997), known as the “prophet of the White House”, announced that the end of the world would occur in the 80's and would be caused by the impact of a large comet. Jeanne Dixon was considered the most important astrologer of modern times. She was a practicing Catholic who every morning went to Mass at Washington Cathedral.

 

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Year 1982:

 

In 1979, Caterina Kolosimo doubted the survival of humanity after 1982. Mixing astrological and astronomical considerations, in her book “Will we survive to 1982?” The author reflected on the consequences of an astral conjunction that would have caused huge disasters, as powerful tides and devastating earthquakes. Because of its scientific presentation, the text terrorized many people. This same date was also indicated by Andrè Barbault in his book “The great  planetary imbalance 1982-1983, which predicted major disasters after the expected planetary conjunction.

 

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Year 1982:

 

Pat Robertson, American TV preacher, announced in 1976, that the end of the world would occur between October and November 1982. When his prediction was not fulfilled, Robertson reported that he contemplated another date; the year of the disaster would be 2006; it would begin with a powerful tsunami that would befall the American coasts. When this did not happen, the American TV preacher said a third date, 2007, in which a terrible terrorist attack would devastate the territory of the United States.

 

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Year 1983:

 

  The Bulgarian-Uruguayan astrologer Boris Cristoff, whose real name was Christ Cristoff Naumova, born in 1925 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a resident since 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay, predicted a global catastrophe and the consequent end of the world for 1983.

In his book “The Great Catastrophe of 1983”, we read:

Astrologers and scientists do agree that the 80s will be characterized by major upheavals on our planet, due to the particular activity and position of the sun and the other planets.

The expected catastrophe that should reach its peak in 1983, will be of enormous proportions, but the phenomena that will take place cannot be established with certainty. The planets are since some time, moving towards that fateful alignment that will bring many ills to mankind”.

 

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Year 1987:

 

    José Argüelles (1939-2011), writer and artist of Rochester (Minnesota, USA), inspired by the theories of the Russian anthropologist Nicholas Roerich, founded in 1983 along with his mate Lloydine, the “Planet Art Network” for global peace. In 1987, he organized in Sedona, (Arizona), the global meditation called Harmonic Convergence. This name was applied, according to its theorists, to the rare alignment scheduled for the 16th and 17th of August 1987, between the Sun, the Moon and six other planets, which would cause the renovation of planetary energetic grid and transmit great waves of divine energy (esoteric light), from cosmos to Earth.

Argüelles  is also known for his theorization of the Dreamspell or esoteric calendar of the Thirteen Moons, a complicated system of calculating time, deduced from the interpretation of the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, the Ching and other esoteric sources. Based on the Dreamspell and the Harmonic Convergence, he predicted the coming end of the world and the subsequent start of the New Age.

 

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Year 1988:

 

    Edgar Whisenant, (1932-2001), former NASA engineer and Bible student, predicted that the return of Jesus to Earth and the ascension of the saints to heaven, would be verified between the 12th and 13th of September 1988. He published two books on this argument, making a list of the 88 reasons why ascension must happen in 1988. He said:  «Only if the Bible is in error can I be wrong. It is irrefutable».

 

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Year 1988:

 

     According to American TV TBN, the world would end between the 11th and 12th of September 1988. The normal programming was interrupted for the occasion, and was replaced by a video for the preparation of the non-believers to the end of the world.

TBN stands for Trinity Broadcasting Network, the largest Christian television network in the United States, born in 1973 through the work of Paul Crouch, young pastor of the American Assemblies of God, his wife Jan Crouch, and Jim and Tammy Bakker. The headquarters of the TBN is located in Costa Mesa, Orange, California.

 

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Year 1990:

 

    Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1939-2009), prophesied that Armageddon would come in 1990. This writer and spiritualist belonging to the New Age sect, believed herself a reincarnation of various historical figures, among which, Nefertiti, Geneva the wife of the legendary King Arthur, and Marie Antoinette.

 

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Year 1992:

 

     According to Rev. Lee Jang Lim, of the Missionary Church of Tami in South Korea, at midnight of October 28, 1992, Christ would bring together 144,000 elect (Revelation 7) to save them from the world's end.

More than 100,000 people listened to him, and gathered in more than 200 fundamentalist churches. Many left their work and family, giving all their properties to the Rev. Lee Jang Lim.

With the four million dollars collected from the donations of the faithful, Lim acquired some investment funds, which would be released in 1995, three years after the announced end of the world.

He was arrested a month before the predicted date.

 

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Year 1993:

 

     Tsvygoun Marina, who was named Maria Devi Christos and Seventh Messiah, was the priestess of an Ukrainian sect called White Brotherhood. She predicted the end of the world for 1993, and for the occasion arranged a collective suicide. The end was to begin at noon of November 24, 1993, in the capital of Ukraine, in front of the cathedral of St. Sophia.

 

55

Year 1994:

 

Astronomers of around the world announced that on July 25, 1994, the comet Shoemaker-Levi 9 would fall on Jupiter. Two months later, the alleged Polish astronomer Sofia Paprocski, who called herself Sister Marie Gabriel, bought some pages in the major British newspapers to announce this event.

The difference was that according to her, this event would mean the largest atomic explosion in mankind's history, and to avoid it, the powerful in this world must strive to heal all the ills on it.

 

56

Year 1994:

 

Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles, caused a tremendous stir by announcing that he received a vision from God, to tell him that the apocalyptic events should begin on June 9, 1994. Quoting what God told him, Hinkle said:  «On Thursday, June 9, I will eliminate evil from earth».

 

57

Year 1997:

 

     Dan Millar, of Surrey, BC Canada and Bob Wadsworth of the Biblical Astronomy Newsletter, scholars of Bible prophecy, followed the ancient custom of seeking astronomical signs that would indicate the return of Christ and the rise of the antichrist.

The path that comets Hale-Bopp y Hyakutake would run from the 1 to 30 April 1997, formed an almost perfect cross, intersected in the constellation of Perseus, between the eyes of the head of Medusa, which Perseus holds in his left hand.

One of these “eyes” made ​​of two binary stars, is called Algol, a name derived from the Arabic “Ra's al-Ghul” or “Devil's Head”. Furthermore, on the evening of April 10, 1997, the star Aldebaran of the Taurus constellation would be obscured by the Moon. This convinced the two observers, that these facts were the signs of the return of Christ and of the rise of the antichrist.

Dan Millar warned about the expected events, and said that on April 11, 1997, after a takeover in the Vatican, the antichrist would take power under the name of Pope Peter II.

 

58

Year 1997:

 

According to the religious sect The Vortex of the Star of David in Luskville (Quebec, Canada) World's End would ensue on Saturday March 8, 1997.

 

59

Year 1998:

 

End of the World According to Hon-Ming Chen, a Taiwanese aged 42, who transferred his group known as “The Church of Christ's salvation” or “Foundation Flying Disc God Saves the Earth”, to Garland, Texas, because "Garland" sounded like “God-land”.

In March 31, 1998, he announced that God would incarnate in his body, and then he would multiply 100,000 times to shake hands with as many people as possible.

Chen also said that on March 25th, God would announce his return by television channel 18, and that in August 1999 would be initiated a nuclear war between Asia, Africa and Europe. Only a selected group would be saved by a flying Disc sent by God.

 

60

Year 1998:

 

     According to some estimates, including an alleged age of the world, the foundation of the state of Israel, the war of the six days, the fact that Pentecost fell on a Sunday and other things, the expert in numerology Marilyn Agee set for May 31, 1998 the second coming of Christ. When Jesus did not appear, she quoted the letter of James, who writes: “You also have to be patient ... the judge is at the door”, maybe thinking that Jesus would stay outside the door a few weeks.

When she accepted the fact that she was wrong, she turned to the Julian calendar to say that  it was not Pentecost 1998, but 1999, and in a final calculation, she indicated 2007.

   

61

Year 1998:

 

     Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), an American photographer considered an “infallible prophet and the most gifted medium of the  twentieth century, provided a number of natural disasters that would last from 1958 to 1998, as the eruption of Etna, several volcanic eruptions in the Philippines, and the destruction of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Manhattan.

In his vision, the world would suffer a reversal of the magnetic poles, with apocalyptic consequences, as massive tsunamis and earthquakes, earth's plaque rupture on the western U.S. disappearance of many Japanese islands, and rise of a new land in the east coast of America. These things would cause major changes in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

According to Cayce, in the year 2000, Christ would return to Earth, and herald a new era of peace.

 

62

Year 1999:

 

    Credonia Mwerinde,  founder and high priestess of the Ugandan sect “Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God”, predicted the end of the world for December 31st 1999.

The failure of her prophecy provoked a furious reaction on his followers, and most of them died in the arson of the main church of the cult, in Kanungu (Uganda), and due to a series of poisonings and killings organized by the group's leaders. Since then  there is an international arrest mandate on Mwerinde

 

63

Year 2000:

   

    Many experts predicted that this time, the end of the world really arrive on May 5th, 2000, caused by what was called "The Great Planetary Alignment", an alignment of the planets Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and the Sun, in a row from the hidden side of the Moon.

The influence of this alignment should cause in our planet the sliding of the earth crust, the shifting of the poles, the rise of the sea level for more than 100 meters, tsunamis, strong winds, earthquakes from grade thirteen of the scale Richter, and magnetic storms all over the globe. (Richard Noone “5/5/2000 Ice: The Ultimate Disaster”, John Gribbin and Stephen Plackmann, “The Jupiter Effect”, 1998).

 

 

64

Year 2009:

 

    David Ray Wilkerson, (1931-2011),  American Pentecostal evangelical minister, founder of Times Square Church in New York City, said:

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the day of the catastrophe of the twin towers, I had an extraordinary dream, the Lord spoke to me of his imminent return. In this dream I realized I was going to meet the Lord in the air. It was the rapture. I was surrounded by a crowd of people ascending to heaven”.

On Friday, March 7, 2009, referring to the end of the world, he made this prediction: “I feel the impulse of the Holy Spirit, to broadcast an urgent message to all friends and ministers I have met worldwide; a destructive calamity is about to come on Earth . It will be so terrible as to shake the holiest of among us”.

   

65

Year 2011:

   

      The evangelical engineer Harold Camping, preacher of the radio station “Family Radio”, stated that the day of Judgment would begin on May 21, 2011, and would be followed by the end of the world on October 21st of the same year. Camping figured these dates through mathematical speculations, and based on his own calculation of the date of creation, which he set in the year 11,013 BC.

This was not his only forecast about an imminent end of the world, he had already set the apocalypse for September 6, 1994, a date later postponed to October 2nd of the same year. Many people believed him, leaving their jobs and selling their properties in order to follow him.

 

66

Year 2011:

 

   Peter Anamoh,  Ghanaian prophet and former businessman,  fueled the apocalyptic fears spread in the evangelical circles, which included his Machaira Community Church. He prophesied the end of the world for November 11th, 2011, and maintained his prediction with these words:

People ought to know that this is not the first time that such a disaster will fall upon the world. It happened in the days of Noah. When twenty four billion people (?) perished. It also happened in Sodom and in Gomorrah, and in a town called Jericho. And the fourth and last time, is about to happen in our days, in November of this year”.

 

67

Year 2012:

 

    José Luis de Jesús Miranda (1946-?),  founder of the sect from Miami “Growing in Grace International Ministry”,  declared himself Jesus Christ returned to Earth, and intensified his global campaign in order to announce that in on June 30th 2012, would acquire a perfect body and then would be appointed governor of all the nations in the world. This would be the day of the end of the world, and of the final judgment, and except for his followers, most of humanity would be eliminated. Miranda said that after this, the Earth would be under his rule and that of his followers.

 

68

Year 2012:

 

     A colony of Italians sought doomsday refuge in the Mexican state of Yucatan. They are a group of about 38 families, belonging to the organization “Quintessence”, and dwell in the village of Oxkutzcab, in the province of Xul, about a hundred kilometers from Merida, Yucatan's capital.

The colony, a fortified complex of 38 villas called “The Eagles”, would be  built with  walls 38 centimeters thick and constructed with material that stands extreme temperature changes, radiation, fire and floods. Besides, would be provided with antimissile windows and an underground bunker communicating  through a net of galleries, the houses to each other,.

There is not much information on the “Quintessence” organization, but this complex would be designed as a shelter for the events to happen during the end of the world that was scheduled for December 21st 2012. Apparently, the choice of location was due to the premonitory dream of a woman, who was induced by an invisible force to  travel to Xul.

 

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Deuteronomy
18:20-22

 

    The prophet who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded him to speak... shall die. And if you say in your heart, «how may we know the word which the Yahuh has not spoken?»  When a prophet speaks in the name of Yahuh, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which Yahuh has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously”.

 

1

Year 909:

 

      The end of the world in 909 was formally announced at the Synod of Trosly, (Soissons, France) organized by Hervé, Archbishop of Reims. In this synod bishops were invited to prepare themselves to be accountable for all their actions because God's judgment was at hand. Several official documents were headed with the Latin phrase “Mundi Termino Appropinquante” (the end of the world is approaching). Abbot  Abbone de Fleury refers that towards the middle of the tenth century, many preachers and hermits predicted an imminent end of the world.

 

2

Year 992:

 

 

     The hermit Bernard of Thuringia announced that God had told him that the end of the world would come in the year 992.

At the end of the tenth century, the coincidence of two dates considered important,   created much concern, and the hermit Bernard of Thuringia used this argument to terrorize all of Europe, announcing that on March 25th, the day regarded as the that of the conception of Jesus, would coincide with the anniversary of his death (Good Friday), and this coincidence would mean the end of the world.

He calculated that such an event would take place in the year 992, and a solar eclipse gave certain credibility to his claim. The ancient chronicles relate that, before the safety of the coincidence of the two dates was discovered, many fled towards the mountains.     (John Bell e François-André-Adrien Pluquet. “The Wanderings of the Human Intellect”. London; E. Walker, 1814, p.159).

 

3

Year 992:

 

     Abbot Abbone de Fleury, (945-1004), philosopher and writer, says to have heard in his youth, a preacher in Paris announcing year 1000 as that of the end of the world and the Final Judgment. He also reports that in the land of Lorraine, it was said that the world would come to an end in 992, when the dates of the Annunciation and of Good Friday coincided.

 

4

Year 1000:

 

     In the tenth century, the idea of an approaching end of the world, encouraged people to interpret any disaster or epidemic, and the disorders caused by war or unbearable social and religious situations, as signs of this event.

On the first half of the tenth century, abbot Odon, a refined diplomat and musicologist, and second abbot of Cluny (Cluny, Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy, France) was convinced, as  shown his works, that the world would come to an end on year 1000. As the time approached, all the people, from clergy to feudal lords, undertook pilgrimages to places considered as holy, to pray and ask forgiveness for sins.

In France, abbot Abbone de Fleury (945-1004) refers that towards 975, preachers  multiplied on the squares and streets of Paris, to announce the end of the world and the extinction of humanity. (Gouguenheim Sylvain, «Les Fausses Terreurs de l'An Mil», Paris, Picard, 1999)

 

5

Year 1033:

 

      The proximity of the year 1000 was lived with anxiety and concern.

When the French monk Raoul Glaber (985-1047) saw that humanity had survived the entry of the second millennium, estimated that the thousand years should not be counted from the birth of Jesus, but from his death, so that the end the world would come in the year 1033.

     (Emile de La Bédollière, «Mœurs et Vie Privée des Français dans les  Premiers Siècles of Monarchie» vol.3, p.45. A. Rigaud, 1835)

 

6

Year 1186:

 

     Awad al-Dīn Muammad ibn Muammad Khāwarānī,  better known as Anvari (Anwarī, 1126-1198), philosopher, physician, lawyer and  Arab theologian, who is considered as one of the fathers of the classical Persian poetry, announced that the end the world would be on September 16th 1186, because in that day, five planets would be aligned in the constellation Libra, causing a devastating energy release.

 

7

Year 1284:

 

      Pope Innocent III (1160-1216), the 176th Pope of the Roman Catholic church, believed that Islam was the “Beast” identified with the number 666 in the Book of Revelation. This led him to conclude that Islam would endure 666 years from the alleged date of its  beginning in 618, and adding  666 years to this date, calculated that the end of the world would come on 1284.

 

8

Year 1420:

 

      Martin Huska (Hausha Martinek, called Loquis), was the main prophet of the Taborit sect, a revolutionary and radical wing de of the Hussites, the great Bohemian social and religious reform movement. Huska predicted that the great final battle, the end of the world, was imminent. The wrath of God would befall on the entire world from the 10th to the 14th of February of 1420, sparing only Mount Tabor, near Čenkov u Bechyně, in southern Bohemia, and other four Taborit centers.

 

9

Year 1524:

 

     The German Johannes Stoeffer, known by the Latin name Stofflerinus, an astronomer and professor of mathematics at the University of Tübingen, as well as cartographer and astrologer of Count von Iggleheim, predicted in 1499 a second Universal Flood on February 20th, 1524. A major planetary conjunction should happen on this date. He prepared a list of dramatic disasters caused by this event, which would fall over Europe, bringing the end of the world. His position was supported by another scholar, Jakob Pflaumen, and also by many astrologers who corroborated the incident and its interpretation as a sign of a great catastrophe. Many English astrologers agreed with Stoeffler forecasts, but set the doomsday date on February 1st , 1524. More than a hundred books about this event were published, and as the announced date approached, mass hysteria swept across Europe.

A  widespread panic invaded London and more than 20,000 people fled their homes.  St. Bartholomew’s prior sealed his own church, after storing enough supplies to survive for a few months.

Count von Iggleheim had built an ark, which was invaded by his terrified fellow citizens. During the struggle he was stoned to death, and in the tumult that followed, hundreds of people died.

 

10

Year 1532:

 

      End of the world according to the bishop and theologian Viennese Friedrich Grau, also called “nàuʃea”, which at the end of 1525 was official preacher of Mainz Cathedral, and was later the minister of worship in Frankfurt am Main.

In 1533 he was graduated in Theology by the University of Siena and in 1534, became court preacher in the court of Ferdinand I, King of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1538, he became coadjutor to the bishop of Vienna, and succeeded him in 1541.

Friedrich Grau wrote a long list of signs that foretold the end of the world in 1532.

 

11

Year 1532:

 

 

     According to the estimates of  Michael Stiffelius, mathematician and Lutheran minister, the book of Revelation indicated that the moment of the end of the world would cone in October 18th, 1532, at 8 am. Many of his fellow citizens believed him and took care of selling their homes and all their possessions. Stiffelius awaited for the end of the world with his fellow citizens, and when it did not happen, was imprisoned.

Then he remade his calculations and set a new date of the end of the world, October 3rd, 1533 at 10 am.

 

12

Year 1533:

 

     Melchior Hoffman, (1495-1543) from Schwäbisch Hall in Germany, was the prophet, the visionary and the spiritual Gide of the Anabaptist of Münster. he made himself a culture in theology while working in his furrier profession, and in 1531 foretold that in 1533 the world would be consumed by a devastating fire that would spread over all countries on earth. This year would be that of Christ return and of the beginning of the millennium.

According to him, this date was numerologically correct, because 1533 marked the 1,500th  anniversary of the death of Christ. Only the city of Strasbourg would be saved, to become the New Jerusalem.

In 1533 he was imprisoned, and died in prison ten years later.

 

 

13

Year 1537:

 

     The French man Pierre Turrel,  renowned astrologer and mathematician, and in 1520 director of the school of Dijon, used four different methods of calculation to find four possible doomsday dates, ensuring that his calculations were based on the interpretation of a strictly orthodox religious reading. The fact of presenting various dates, to avoid any inconvenience to the members of the military-religious order of St Jacques to which he belonged, was a smart move. The four dates predicted by Turrel were: 1537, 1544, 1801 and 1814.

The Parliament of Dijon him prosecuted him for witchcraft.

 

 

14

Year 1584:

 

     Cyprian Leowitz, (Cyprián Karásek Lvovický ze Lvovic, (1514-1574), Bohemian astronomer, mathematician and astrologer, studied in Wroclaw in 1540 and in 1542 in Leipzig. Later he studied astronomy and mathematics at Wittenberg, and in 1547 went to Nuremberg and after, to Augusta, to the court of Fugger.

In 1556, Otto Henry, Count Palatine, nominated Leowitz professor of astronomy and mathematics in Lauingen, where he directed the school until 1566.

Leowitz published several works of astronomy in Latin. In 1564, announced in a treatise called: De coniunctionibus magnis insignioribus superiorum planetarum” (the great significant conjunctions of the  major planets ), that the world would come to an end in the cosmic year of 1584, in late March or early April.

 

15

Year 1588:

 

     The German Johannes Müller von Königsberg, better known by the Latin name Regiomontanus, was a mathematician, an astronomer, an astrologer and a prophet. From his early youth acquired the reputation of prodigious mathematician and astrologer. At the age of 11 he entered at the University of Leipzig, Saxony. In 1457 obtained the title of “Master of Arts” (master of science).

Linking astronomy to prophesy, he predicted the end of the world for the year 1588.

 

16

Year 1654:

 

     The Alsatian physician and scientist Haeliseus Roeslin (1545-1616), announced that the world would end in 1654 because of the solar eclipse due on the 12th of August.

 

17

Year 1665:

 

In the year 1665, a terrible plague spread in England and caused some 75,000 to 100,000 deaths. Solomon Eccles, a Quaker musician and composer, announced that the plague was one of the most obvious sign that the time of the end of the world had come. When the plague ceased, and the end of the world did not come, Eccles was arrested, but he escaped and fled the country.

 

18

Year 1666:

 

      For many Christians, the year 1666 was to be the year of the Apocalypse. This idea influenced the rabbi of Smyrna, Sabbatai Zevi, who announced the end of the world in 1666, though he had already predicted it for 1648.

In 1663, Sabbatai Zevi moved to Jerusalem, then to Cairo and later to Palestine, where he met Benjamin Nathan Levi of Gaza, which became his right arm. In 1665 Nathan of Gaza announced that the following year would begin the messianic age, and Sabbatai Zevi, who proclaimed himself the Messiah, would gather on Holy Land the ten lost tribes of Israel.

 

19

Year 1704:

 

      The German Cardinal Nicola Cusano (Nikolaus Krebs Von Kues, (1401-1464),  theologian, philosopher, humanist, jurist, mathematician and astronomer, predicted that the world would end between 1704 y 1734.

 

20

Year 1719:

 

      Doomsday year for Jacob Bernoulli, a well-known Swiss mathematician who was the first of a line of eight famous mathematicians. He predicted that the return of the comet already observed in 1680, would bring the end of the world on May 19th, 1719.

 

21

Year 1757:

 

     1757 would be the year of the end of the world, according to the Swedish scientist Emmanuel Swedenberg (1688-1772), who claimed to be in contact with the angels. Swedenberg, who was the son of a Lutheran bishop, was inventor, writer and philosopher, but also a renowned medium and psychic, considered one of the pioneers of spiritualism.

 

22

Year 1761:

 

     Doomsday Year for William Bell, an English soldier of the Royal Guard, who toured the city of London announcing the approaching end of the world and attracting many followers.  When there were two earthquakes, one in the February 8th and another in March 8th, he announced that 28 days later, on April 5th, 1761, a third and extremely violent earthquake, would cause the end of the world.

 

23

Year 1774:

 

     End of the world in 1774, according to the prophetess Joanna Southcott, coming from the Church of England, and founder of the religious sect known as Southcottians.

 

24

Year 1820:

 

    According to the “prophet” John Turner, new leader of the sect of Southcottians, world's end would ensue on October 14th, 1820.

 

25

Year 1843:

 

     The end of the world should come on April 3rd, 1843, according to William Miller, the founder of the sect of the Millennialists, which later took the name Seventh Day Adventist Christian Church. Miller predicted that on this date, Jesus would ascend the faithful and gather them in heaven. When his prediction was not fulfilled, he  sought help in the mathematician Samuel S. Snow, and established the date of doomsday in July 7th, 1843, then in March 21st, 1844, and again, in October 22nd, 1844.

 

26

Year 1881:

 

     Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900), was a prominent British astronomer and director of the Edinburgh Royal Observatory from 1846-1888.  He became famous for his many innovations in the field of astronomy, and  in 1846 developed the theory of pyramidology.  He had come to the conclusion that the Great Pyramid of Cheops in the Giza Necropolis, hid some secrets related to the understanding of the prophecies of the Bible.  He explained that the internal measures of the pyramid enclosed some  encrypted prophecies, which establish connection with the events that later molded the essential parts of the Old Testament and of all Christendom, including the second coming of Christ. Through his calculations, he concluded that the world would come to an end in 1881.

 

27

Year 1914:

 

     Year of the end of the world, according Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916), of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; founder of the International Bible Students and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.  According to his calculations, the return of Christ should be in 1874. When the prediction failed, he calculated that the end would be in 1914,  a year that Russell considered very important, for he was convinced that on the first day of October, the students of the Bible would be ascended into heaven and the kingdom of God through Christ, would be established on Earth; an event that would lead to the end of this world and to the total destruction of all human kingdoms and governments.

 

28

Year 1919:

 

     In 1919, Alberto Porta, an Italian who lived in San Francisco, and was a seismologist and meteorologist at the University of Michigan, predicted that on December 14th, 1919, the alignment of six planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, would create a magnetic disturbance causing a huge explosion on the sun and the consequent destruction of the Earth.  This forecast spread terror and caused suicides in various parts of the world, and Porta lost his job.

 

29

Year 1925:

 

     In 1923, Margaret W. Rowen, (1881 - 1940?) from Hollywood, prophetess of the Reformed Church of Seventh-day Adventist, said he had a vision of an entity from another World, the archangel Gabriel, who announced the second coming of Christ to the Earth and the end of the world, at midnight of February 13th, 1925.  Margaret asked the faithful to go, in this date, on a hill near Hollywood. (Prophets of the Apocalypse, 1994 “Baker Books House Company”)

 

30

Year 1925:

 

     1925 was predicted as the year of “Armageddon” by Joseph Franklin Rutherford, (1869-1942), better known as “Judge Rutherford”, second president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Jehovah's Witnesses.  Rutherford asserted that the Millennium would begin on that same year, and in his book: “Millions Now Living Will Never Die”, he writes: “We can expect confident, that 1925 will be the year that will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old...  While waiting for this resurrection, he acquired a luxury villa in San Diego, California, which he named Beth Sarim (House of Princes), and a 16-cylinder Cadillac, to serve the resurrected.

 

31

Year 1936:

 

     In 1932, George Raymond Riffert, (1883-1987) after analyzing the dimensions of the pyramid of Cheops in Giza, wrote in his book “Great Pyramid Proof of God”,  that the world would end in September 6th 1936. As this did not happen, he shifted the date of the end of the world and the second coming of the Messiah, to August 20, 1954.

   

 

32

Year 1936:

 

    Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986),  after his advertising activity, founded a religious community, the Worldwide Church of God,  and concentrating on radio preaching, predicted the start of the “great tribulation” and Christ's return for year 1936.  The Church of God would be miraculously transported to a safe place, probably the ancient city of Petra in southern Jordan, to be protected from the horrors of Armageddon. And since his expectations failed, moved the date to 1943.

 

33

Year 1942:

 

     1942 was considered by the then president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, Joseph Franklin Rutherford and his associates, as the year of doomsday. They thought that the second world war would converge with a general anarchy and the battle of Armageddon.  Their magazine “The Messenger” from September 1st 1940, says on page 6: “Armageddon is upon our heads”.  Already in 1934, Rutherford declared that after the battle of Armageddon expected in 1942, Christ would put an end to all the religions and governments on Earth.

 

34

Year 1945:

 

      In 1938, Rev. Charles Long of Pasadena, son of Bill Long, secretary-treasurer of the Iowa District Assemblies of God, revealed that upon waking in the night, saw a blackboard and a spectral hand that wrote on it “1945. After a long time reflection about this vision, predicted that on September 21st 1945, the Earth would be vaporized and humanity would be transformed into ectoplasm. His followers stopped eating, drinking and sleeping a week before the alleged catastrophe.

 

35

Year 1947:

 

    John Ballou Newbrough (1828-1891), predicted that 1947 would be the year of doomsday. He was born near Springfield, Ohio, and was clairvoyant and hearer since childhood. He attended the Cincinnati Medical College and exercised the profession of dentistry in New York.  Through automatic writing on a typewriter, drafted in 1881, the book “Oahspe: A New Bible”. Oahspe means “sky, earth and spirit, especially in the sense of corporeal and spiritual knowledge”. Through this book, he wanted to make known to mankind the new revelations prepared by God himself, and transmitted through angelic ambassadors.

 

36

Year 1954:

 

    Beda el Venerable (672-735) English monk and historian who lived in the Benedictine monastery of Peter and Paul of Warmouth, Durham (England)  prophesied: “While there is the Colosseum, Rome will exist. When the Colosseum falls, Rome will fall, but when Rome falls, the world will fall”. Because of this prediction, when on May 18th 1954, some cracks appeared on the Coliseum, there were some who said that the world would end at May 24th 1954. Thousands of pilgrims flocked to St. Peter's Square to ask the Pope the absolution of sins.

 

37

Year 1954:

 

    Dorothy Martin (aka Marian Keech, 1900-1992) of Chicago, UFO cult leader of the “seekers”, believed to be in contact with superior beings who came from Clarion (unknown planet) and contacted with her ​​through automatic writing.  She stated that these alien beings had reported that before dawn on December 21st 1954, there would be a major disaster that would cause a new universal flood, but that the aliens would come in a flying saucer, to save her and her group.

 

38

Year 1959:

 

     According to Davidians (Branch Davidians) a Protestant sect founded in 1955 by factional Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, 1959 was the year of the end of the world.  The sect claimed that on April 22nd, the faithful would be gloriously massacred by celestial forces, and then be resurrected, and ascended into heaven. Since they worked hard to publish this event, on the 22nd April thousands of onlookers besides television, attended the announced event that obviously did not happen.

 

39

Year 1960:

 

The pediatrician Elio Bianco, who called himself Brother Emman said his late sister had revealed to him that the world would come to an end on July 14, 1960, at 2:45 pm. It would be destroyed by a U.S. secret weapon that would lead to a nuclear catastrophe. To protect themselves, they built on Mont Blanc, with the help of 45 assistants, a chest with 15 rooms, and one hundred and ten followers moved to Courmayeur (Italy), 2,200 meters high, waiting for the things predicted by Brother Emman.

 

40

Year 1967:

 

    Sun Myung Moon (1920–2012), South Korean preacher and founder of the Unification Church, foretold the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven for the year 1967, also predicting a major catastrophe that would start the end of the world. When his prediction was not fulfilled, transferred the event date to 1981.

 

41

Year 1972:

 

    1972 was the last doomsday date predicted by Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986). Armstrong had foretold the beginning of the great tribulation and the return of Christ on different dates, predicting that the Worldwide Church of God would probably be miraculously transported to Petra, but he reported once more that that Christ would return in 1972, before the battle of Armageddon. Armstrong said that after those events, would start a millennium of peace and prosperity, under the guide of the Worldwide Church of God and the Sons of God, who he believed to be the saints of the Bible, resurrected at  Christ return.

When his prophecy failed again, he delayed once more the date and trough the  pamphlet “1975 on Prophecy”, announced the return of Christ in 1975.

 

42

Year 1973:

 

    Eugenio Siragusa (1919-2006), from Catania (Italy), founder of the “Centro Studi Fratellanza Cosmica”, said that on March 25th 1952 he had been penetrated by a beam of light coming from a luminous globe, and from that moment his life changed.

He held to be in contact with the aliens, and preached that due to the conduct of that generation, the end of the world and the divine judgment were imminent. Explaining his role, said: “We are here on Earth, to warn you of the coming trial and the end, and that the judgment will come from one day to another, or better, at the moment determined from above. The prelude of the trial should not pass unnoticed, because the warnings are obvious and clear, and the accusations are indisputable. You cannot say  «I did not know», you cannot justify yourselves. You better prepare yourselves to pray if you wish to save your souls”.

Eugenio Siragusa considered himself spokesman of the revelations of  Adonesis, the alien that announced him the end of the world.

 

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Year 1975:

 

     Jehovah's Witnesses deserve a special mention for having published six dates of the time of the end and the presence of Christ. In their “Awake!” magazine of 1969, May 22nd, stated on page 15:

True, there have been those in past times, who predicted an "end to the world," even announcing a specific date. Yet nothing happened. The “end” did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing? Missing from such people were God's truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them”.  

But what can they say about their other unfulfilled prophecies? In the book published in 1966 “Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God", Chapter 1, paragraph 41, pages 28 and 29, they wrote:   

The published timetable resulting from this independent study (?) gives the date of man's creation as 4026 B.C.E. According to this trustworthy Bible chronology (which really is a biased subjective chronology) six thousand years from man's creation will end in 1975, and the seventh period of a thousand years of human history will begin in the fall of 1975 C.E. So six thousand years of man's existence on earth will soon be up, yes, within this generation”. 

In the district assemblies of 1967, all lecturers made ​​a speech prepared by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, about what should be expected in 1975. It was the same lecture, entitled “Stay alive to Seventy-Five”, presented at Sheboygan (Wisconsin) in spring 1967, by Charles Sunutko, who said:

Well now, as Jehovah's Witnesses, as runners, even though some of us have become a little weary, it almost seems as though Jehovah has provided meat in due season. Because he's held up before all of us, a new goal. A new year. Something to reach out for and it just seems it has given all of us so much more energy and power in this final burst of speed to the finish line. And that's the year 1975.

 In all their international conventions of 1975, the speakers referred to the end of the world in that year, and the vice-president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society said at the conference held in Los Angeles on the 10th of February:

Brothers, now, in the next few months, there is a rumor about this, about what is going to happen, that we can live through the destruction of a whole wicked system of things, which takes place by the hand of Jehovah God and the plaid execution of his judgments against these wicked organizations. Well, all of that it had to happen, and will occur by September the first, at the end of 1975

 

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Year 1980:

 

    Leland Jensen and Charles Gaines, leaders of the sect Baha'i Faith, forecasted that the world would end in 1980. Jensen y Gaines announced that the third world war would break out on April 29. They said their calculations were based on the Book of Revelation and the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

On April 26th, they led a group of followers to anti-nuclear shelters, hoping to be protected from apocalypse. When nothing happened, they changed the date to May 7th, 1980.

 

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Years 80:

 

     Jeanne Dixon, (Lydia Emma Pinckert, 1904-1997), known as the “prophet of the White House”, announced that the end of the world would occur in the 80's and would be caused by the impact of a large comet. Jeanne Dixon was considered the most important astrologer of modern times. She was a practicing Catholic who every morning went to Mass at Washington Cathedral.

 

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Year 1982:

 

In 1979, Caterina Kolosimo doubted the survival of humanity after 1982. Mixing astrological and astronomical considerations, in her book “Will we survive to 1982?” The author reflected on the consequences of an astral conjunction that would have caused huge disasters, as powerful tides and devastating earthquakes. Because of its scientific presentation, the text terrorized many people. This same date was also indicated by Andrè Barbault in his book “The great  planetary imbalance 1982-1983, which predicted major disasters after the expected planetary conjunction.

 

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Year 1982:

 

Pat Robertson, American TV preacher, announced in 1976, that the end of the world would occur between October and November 1982. When his prediction was not fulfilled, Robertson reported that he contemplated another date; the year of the disaster would be 2006; it would begin with a powerful tsunami that would befall the American coasts. When this did not happen, the American TV preacher said a third date, 2007, in which a terrible terrorist attack would devastate the territory of the United States.

 

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Year 1983:

 

  The Bulgarian-Uruguayan astrologer Boris Cristoff, whose real name was Christ Cristoff Naumova, born in 1925 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a resident since 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay, predicted a global catastrophe and the consequent end of the world for 1983.

In his book “The Great Catastrophe of 1983”, we read:

Astrologers and scientists do agree that the 80s will be characterized by major upheavals on our planet, due to the particular activity and position of the sun and the other planets.

The expected catastrophe that should reach its peak in 1983, will be of enormous proportions, but the phenomena that will take place cannot be established with certainty. The planets are since some time, moving towards that fateful alignment that will bring many ills to mankind”.

 

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Year 1987:

 

    José Argüelles (1939-2011), writer and artist of Rochester (Minnesota, USA), inspired by the theories of the Russian anthropologist Nicholas Roerich, founded in 1983 along with his mate Lloydine, the “Planet Art Network” for global peace. In 1987, he organized in Sedona, (Arizona), the global meditation called Harmonic Convergence. This name was applied, according to its theorists, to the rare alignment scheduled for the 16th and 17th of August 1987, between the Sun, the Moon and six other planets, which would cause the renovation of planetary energetic grid and transmit great waves of divine energy (esoteric light), from cosmos to Earth.

Argüelles  is also known for his theorization of the Dreamspell or esoteric calendar of the Thirteen Moons, a complicated system of calculating time, deduced from the interpretation of the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, the Ching and other esoteric sources. Based on the Dreamspell and the Harmonic Convergence, he predicted the coming end of the world and the subsequent start of the New Age.

 

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Year 1988:

 

    Edgar Whisenant, (1932-2001), former NASA engineer and Bible student, predicted that the return of Jesus to Earth and the ascension of the saints to heaven, would be verified between the 12th and 13th of September 1988. He published two books on this argument, making a list of the 88 reasons why ascension must happen in 1988. He said:  «Only if the Bible is in error can I be wrong. It is irrefutable».

 

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Year 1988:

 

     According to American TV TBN, the world would end between the 11th and 12th of September 1988. The normal programming was interrupted for the occasion, and was replaced by a video for the preparation of the non-believers to the end of the world.

TBN stands for Trinity Broadcasting Network, the largest Christian television network in the United States, born in 1973 through the work of Paul Crouch, young pastor of the American Assemblies of God, his wife Jan Crouch, and Jim and Tammy Bakker. The headquarters of the TBN is located in Costa Mesa, Orange, California.

 

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Year 1990:

 

    Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1939-2009), prophesied that Armageddon would come in 1990. This writer and spiritualist belonging to the New Age sect, believed herself a reincarnation of various historical figures, among which, Nefertiti, Geneva the wife of the legendary King Arthur, and Marie Antoinette.

 

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Year 1992:

 

     According to Rev. Lee Jang Lim, of the Missionary Church of Tami in South Korea, at midnight of October 28, 1992, Christ would bring together 144,000 elect (Revelation 7) to save them from the world's end.

More than 100,000 people listened to him, and gathered in more than 200 fundamentalist churches. Many left their work and family, giving all their properties to the Rev. Lee Jang Lim.

With the four million dollars collected from the donations of the faithful, Lim acquired some investment funds, which would be released in 1995, three years after the announced end of the world.

He was arrested a month before the predicted date.

 

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Year 1993:

 

     Tsvygoun Marina, who was named Maria Devi Christos and Seventh Messiah, was the priestess of an Ukrainian sect called White Brotherhood. She predicted the end of the world for 1993, and for the occasion arranged a collective suicide. The end was to begin at noon of November 24, 1993, in the capital of Ukraine, in front of the cathedral of St. Sophia.

 

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Year 1994:

 

Astronomers of around the world announced that on July 25, 1994, the comet Shoemaker-Levi 9 would fall on Jupiter. Two months later, the alleged Polish astronomer Sofia Paprocski, who called herself Sister Marie Gabriel, bought some pages in the major British newspapers to announce this event.

The difference was that according to her, this event would mean the largest atomic explosion in mankind's history, and to avoid it, the powerful in this world must strive to heal all the ills on it.

 

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Year 1994:

 

Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles, caused a tremendous stir by announcing that he received a vision from God, to tell him that the apocalyptic events should begin on June 9, 1994. Quoting what God told him, Hinkle said:  «On Thursday, June 9, I will eliminate evil from earth».

 

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Year 1997:

 

     Dan Millar, of Surrey, BC Canada and Bob Wadsworth of the Biblical Astronomy Newsletter, scholars of Bible prophecy, followed the ancient custom of seeking astronomical signs that would indicate the return of Christ and the rise of the antichrist.

The path that comets Hale-Bopp y Hyakutake would run from the 1 to 30 April 1997, formed an almost perfect cross, intersected in the constellation of Perseus, between the eyes of the head of Medusa, which Perseus holds in his left hand.

One of these “eyes” made ​​of two binary stars, is called Algol, a name derived from the Arabic “Ra's al-Ghul” or “Devil's Head”. Furthermore, on the evening of April 10, 1997, the star Aldebaran of the Taurus constellation would be obscured by the Moon. This convinced the two observers, that these facts were the signs of the return of Christ and of the rise of the antichrist.

Dan Millar warned about the expected events, and said that on April 11, 1997, after a takeover in the Vatican, the antichrist would take power under the name of Pope Peter II.

 

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Year 1997:

 

According to the religious sect The Vortex of the Star of David in Luskville (Quebec, Canada) World's End would ensue on Saturday March 8, 1997.

 

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Year 1998:

 

End of the World According to Hon-Ming Chen, a Taiwanese aged 42, who transferred his group known as “The Church of Christ's salvation” or “Foundation Flying Disc God Saves the Earth”, to Garland, Texas, because "Garland" sounded like “God-land”.

In March 31, 1998, he announced that God would incarnate in his body, and then he would multiply 100,000 times to shake hands with as many people as possible.

Chen also said that on March 25th, God would announce his return by television channel 18, and that in August 1999 would be initiated a nuclear war between Asia, Africa and Europe. Only a selected group would be saved by a flying Disc sent by God.

 

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Year 1998:

 

     According to some estimates, including an alleged age of the world, the foundation of the state of Israel, the war of the six days, the fact that Pentecost fell on a Sunday and other things, the expert in numerology Marilyn Agee set for May 31, 1998 the second coming of Christ. When Jesus did not appear, she quoted the letter of James, who writes: “You also have to be patient ... the judge is at the door”, maybe thinking that Jesus would stay outside the door a few weeks.

When she accepted the fact that she was wrong, she turned to the Julian calendar to say that  it was not Pentecost 1998, but 1999, and in a final calculation, she indicated 2007.

   

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Year 1998:

 

     Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), an American photographer considered an “infallible prophet and the most gifted medium of the  twentieth century, provided a number of natural disasters that would last from 1958 to 1998, as the eruption of Etna, several volcanic eruptions in the Philippines, and the destruction of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Manhattan.

In his vision, the world would suffer a reversal of the magnetic poles, with apocalyptic consequences, as massive tsunamis and earthquakes, earth's plaque rupture on the western U.S. disappearance of many Japanese islands, and rise of a new land in the east coast of America. These things would cause major changes in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

According to Cayce, in the year 2000, Christ would return to Earth, and herald a new era of peace.

 

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Year 1999:

 

    Credonia Mwerinde,  founder and high priestess of the Ugandan sect “Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God”, predicted the end of the world for December 31st 1999.

The failure of her prophecy provoked a furious reaction on his followers, and most of them died in the arson of the main church of the cult, in Kanungu (Uganda), and due to a series of poisonings and killings organized by the group's leaders. Since then  there is an international arrest mandate on Mwerinde

 

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Year 2000:

   

    Many experts predicted that this time, the end of the world really arrive on May 5th, 2000, caused by what was called "The Great Planetary Alignment", an alignment of the planets Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and the Sun, in a row from the hidden side of the Moon.

The influence of this alignment should cause in our planet the sliding of the earth crust, the shifting of the poles, the rise of the sea level for more than 100 meters, tsunamis, strong winds, earthquakes from grade thirteen of the scale Richter, and magnetic storms all over the globe. (Richard Noone “5/5/2000 Ice: The Ultimate Disaster”, John Gribbin and Stephen Plackmann, “The Jupiter Effect”, 1998).

 

 

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Year 2009:

 

    David Ray Wilkerson, (1931-2011),  American Pentecostal evangelical minister, founder of Times Square Church in New York City, said:

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the day of the catastrophe of the twin towers, I had an extraordinary dream, the Lord spoke to me of his imminent return. In this dream I realized I was going to meet the Lord in the air. It was the rapture. I was surrounded by a crowd of people ascending to heaven”.

On Friday, March 7, 2009, referring to the end of the world, he made this prediction: “I feel the impulse of the Holy Spirit, to broadcast an urgent message to all friends and ministers I have met worldwide; a destructive calamity is about to come on Earth . It will be so terrible as to shake the holiest of among us”.

   

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Year 2011:

   

      The evangelical engineer Harold Camping, preacher of the radio station “Family Radio”, stated that the day of Judgment would begin on May 21, 2011, and would be followed by the end of the world on October 21st of the same year. Camping figured these dates through mathematical speculations, and based on his own calculation of the date of creation, which he set in the year 11,013 BC.

This was not his only forecast about an imminent end of the world, he had already set the apocalypse for September 6, 1994, a date later postponed to October 2nd of the same year. Many people believed him, leaving their jobs and selling their properties in order to follow him.

 

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Year 2011:

 

   Peter Anamoh,  Ghanaian prophet and former businessman,  fueled the apocalyptic fears spread in the evangelical circles, which included his Machaira Community Church. He prophesied the end of the world for November 11th, 2011, and maintained his prediction with these words:

People ought to know that this is not the first time that such a disaster will fall upon the world. It happened in the days of Noah. When twenty four billion people (?) perished. It also happened in Sodom and in Gomorrah, and in a town called Jericho. And the fourth and last time, is about to happen in our days, in November of this year”.

 

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Year 2012:

 

    José Luis de Jesús Miranda (1946-?),  founder of the sect from Miami “Growing in Grace International Ministry”,  declared himself Jesus Christ returned to Earth, and intensified his global campaign in order to announce that in on June 30th 2012, would acquire a perfect body and then would be appointed governor of all the nations in the world. This would be the day of the end of the world, and of the final judgment, and except for his followers, most of humanity would be eliminated. Miranda said that after this, the Earth would be under his rule and that of his followers.

 

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Year 2012:

 

     A colony of Italians sought doomsday refuge in the Mexican state of Yucatan. They are a group of about 38 families, belonging to the organization “Quintessence”, and dwell in the village of Oxkutzcab, in the province of Xul, about a hundred kilometers from Merida, Yucatan's capital.

The colony, a fortified complex of 38 villas called “The Eagles”, would be  built with  walls 38 centimeters thick and constructed with material that stands extreme temperature changes, radiation, fire and floods. Besides, would be provided with antimissile windows and an underground bunker communicating  through a net of galleries, the houses to each other,.

There is not much information on the “Quintessence” organization, but this complex would be designed as a shelter for the events to happen during the end of the world that was scheduled for December 21st 2012. Apparently, the choice of location was due to the premonitory dream of a woman, who was induced by an invisible force to  travel to Xul.

 

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