List of predicted dates for the end of the world

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The end of the world has been predicted many times. To date, every prediction has been wrong.

  • 1st or 2nd century CE: Numerous passages in the Bible predict that the Second coming will occur within the lifetime of Jesus' disciples.
  • Jan. 1 1000: Coinciding with the early crusades, many Christians believed this would be the end of the world. This could have been far worse than the Y2K computer problems, if mass communication had existed and more people actually knew what day of the year it was.
  • 1284: Pope Innocent III added 666 years to the date Islam was founded.
  • 1794: Charles Wesley one of the founders of Methodism, used Revelations to predict the end times.
  • 1806: The Prophet Hen of Leeds a hoax involving a chicken laying eggs that said "Christ is coming".
  • 1832: Joseph Smith founder of the Mormons included a prediction in his writings.
  • 1850: Ellen White founder of the Seven Day Adventists made several predictions about the end of times.
  • 1936 or maybe 1998: Edgar Cayce, born in 1877 received message in a trance from the “Source”. His end time prophecies involved Atlantis reappearing, the West Coast of the United States falling away, Japan sinking and earthquakes in South America.
  • 1947: Herbert W. Armstrong founded the Worldwide Church of God. He created the “Plain Truth” magazine extolling his personal version of Christianity. He never choose a specific date, but taught extensively of Armageddon and the coming of Jesus. A controversial figure, he died in 1986. The church he left behind is now considered mainstream.
  • Jim Bakker: began a television ministry, The Praise The Lord Club, claiming that it would broadcast twenty-four hour Christian television until the return of Jesus Christ. He set the mold for much of Christian TV to follow. In 1988 he was charged with fraud for illegal fund raising for a theme park called Heritage USA.
  • Sep. 13, 1988: In his book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988, Edgar Whisenant predicted that the Rapture would occur between Sep. 11 and Sep. 13, 1988.
  • 1994: Harold Camping
  • 2006: Michael Drosnin has written software, available on the Internet, that draws words out of the Bible by selecting letters according to formulas. He claims to have found predictions for 9/11, Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination and the end of days.
  • 2006: Shoko Asahara, an acupuncturist from 1980 mixed Eastern and Western traditions including Nostradamus and claimed he conversed with people from the future (for him then, that was 2006). They told him WW III was coming. His followers somehow figured it was best to bring these predictions into reality, so they released Sarin nerve gas into the Tokyou subway system on March 20, 1995.
  • May 21, 2011: Harold Camping
  • Oct. 21, 2011: Harold Camping
  • 7 October, 2015: Chris McCann of the eBible fellowship

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