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End of the World Predictions Gone Wrong

End of the World Predictions Gone Wrong
A 2010 Pew Research Center survey revealed that 50 percent of American Protestants believe the return of Christ would occur within the next 40 years. Even though the bible says we do not know the day or hour of Christ’s return (Matthew 24:36), people have for centuries been tempted to make such predictions anyway. Here are just some of the failed predictions through history:

Assyrian Clay Tablets

2800 BC


Assyrian clay tablet reads, “Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end.”
Pope Sylvester II

AD 1000


Pope Sylvester II predicts the world will end on January 1, 1000.
Jesus Christ

1033


Widespread belief that the 1,000th anniversary of Christ’s death would mark His return
Pope Innocent III

1284


Pope Innocent III predicts the world would end 666 years after the rise of Islam.
Columbus

1658


Columbus claims the world was created in 5343 bc and would last 7,000 years.
William Miller

1844


Baptist preacher William Miller predicts the return of Jesus sometime on October 22.
Charles Taze Russell

1914


Charles Taze Russell predicts the great day of the Lord would occur in October.
Herbert W. Armstrong

1936


Herbert W. Armstrong predicts the rapture would take place this year.
Jeane Dixon predicts a planetary alignment

1962


Jeane Dixon predicts a planetary alignment would bring destruction to the world.
Jim Jones

1967


Cult leader Jim Jones claims that nuclear holocaust would take place this year.
Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel

1981


Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel, predicts the world would end this year.
Pat Robertson

1982


Pat Robertson predicts the world would end in October or November.
Harold Camping

1994


Harold Camping claims the rapture would come in September or October.
Nostradamus

1999


A prediction attributed to Nostradamus states the “king of terror” would come.
Y2K

2000


Many believe that the Y2K computer bug would cause major catastrophes leading to the end of the world as we know it.
Pat Robertson

2007


Pat Robertson again predicts the destruction of the earth, this time on April 27.
Harold Camping

2011


Harold Camping again claims the rapture would occur on May 21 and that the end of the world would occur on October 21.
Mayan calendar

2012


Some claim a Mayan calendar predicts the end of the age on December 21.
blood moons

2014/2015


John Hagee and Mark Blitz claim that four “blood moons” point to the second coming of Christ.
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