The End of the Word
and other such nonsense

So, was anyone else all set for the world to end on Saturday? I waited patiently (it was supposed to happen at 6 p.m.) but nothing happened. *sigh* Then I did a little research and found out that the 21st was the “Rapture,” where believers will be taken up to heaven immediately, and everyone else gets to stay on earth in torment until October 21st, when the world is again scheduled to end.

Here’s a few other failed predictions for the world coming to the end.

About 90 AD: Saint Clement 1 predicted that the world end would occur at any moment.

365 AD: A man by the name of Hilary of Poitiers announced that the end would happen that year. It didn't.

500 AD: This was the first year with a nice round number panic. The antipope Hippolytus and an earlier Christian academic Sextus Julius Africanus had predicted Armageddon at about this year.

968 AD: An eclipse was interpreted as a prelude to the end of the world by the army of the German emperor Otto III.

960 AD: Scholar Bernard of Thuringia caused great alarm in Europe when he confidently announced that his calculations gave the world only thirty-two more years before The End. His own end occurred before that event was to have taken place.

1179 AD An astrologer known as John of Toledo circulated pamphlets advertising the world's end when all the (known) planets were in Libra. In Constantinople, the Byzantine Emperor walled up his windows, and in England the Archbishop of Canterbury called for a day of atonement. Though the alignment of planets took place, The End did not.

1260 AD Joaquim of Flore worked out a splendid calculation that definitely pinpointed 1260 as The Date. Joaquim had a bent pin.

1524 AD: Many astrologers predicted the imminent end of the world due to a world wide flood. They obviously had not read the Genesis story of the rainbow.

1669 AD: The Old Believers in Russia believed that the end of the world would occur in this year. 20 thousand burned themselves to death between 1669 and 1690 to protect themselves from the Antichrist.

1736 AD: British theologian and mathematician William Whitson predicted a great flood similar to Noah's for Oct. 13 of this year.

1801 AD: Astrologer Pierre Turrel chose this date, along with three others, for The End. His first two had already failed by this time. Again, no luck.

1850 AD: Ellen White, founder of the Seven Day Adventists movement, made many predictions of the timing of the end of the world. All failed. On June 27, 1850, she prophesied that only a few months remained before the end.

1919 AD: Meteorologist Albert Porta predicted that the conjunction of 6 planets would generate a magnetic current that would cause the sun to explode and engulf the earth on December 17.

1925 AD: Watchtower magazine predicted: “The year 1925 is a date definitely and clearly marked in the Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914; but it would be presumptuous on the part of any faithful follower of the Lord to assume just what the Lord is going to do during that year.”

1936 AD: Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Worldwide Church of God, predicted that the Day of the Lord would happen sometime in 1936. When the prediction failed, he made a new estimate: 1975

1957 AD: The Watchtower magazine quoted a pastor from California, Mihran Ask, as saying that “Sometime between April 16 and 23, 1957, Armageddon will sweep the world! Millions of persons will perish in its flames and the land will be scorched.’

1970 AD: The late Moses David, founder of the Christian religious group, The Children of God, predicted that a comet would hit the earth, probably in the mid 1970’s and destroy all life in the United States.

1980 AD: Leland Jensen leader of a Baha’i Faith group, predicted that a nuclear disaster would happen in 1980. This would be followed by two decades of conflict, ending in the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth.

1999 AD: According to the Weekly World News, long lost "Bethlehem Prophecies" predict that a "final, stunning epidemic will kill almost everyone left on earth," during the year 2000.

2000 AD: William Cooper, head of a militia group in St. John's AZ, predicted that on this date the secret chambers of the Pyramid at Giza will be opened. Its secrets will be revealed and Satan will become a publicly known figure. The American militia will engage in a massive war at this time.

2011 AD: Harold Camping predicts the Rapture for May 21, where believers will be taken directly to heaven.

Interestingly enough, no one has seen or heard from Reverend Camping since Saturday. Does this mean he was one of the chosen who ascended? And if that’s the case, does this mean his end of the world prediction for October 21 will come true? I guess only time will tell.

Seriously, did you think I could do this post and not include this video? :-D


Nofretiri said...

Girl, where do you got your ideas for such posts? It's amazing ... and quite interesting, too!

Let's see, if we can still post after the end of Mayan Calender next year?!?!

Karin @ Nofretiris Dream Of Writing

K.C. Woolf said...

I don't read newspapers and don't watch the news if I can help it, so I nearly managed to miss the whole fuss.

I did wonder why there seemed to be more tweets about the end of the world than usual, though. ;-)