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Some Christians and secular individuals predicted several momentous events that they believed are related:

bullet The second coming of Jesus Christ, when he returns to earth after almost two millennia.
bullet The war of Armageddon -- a massive battle in Israel.
bullet The arrival on earth of the Antichrist, an evil political, military leader.
bullet The Tribulation, a seven year interval of great suffering and death.
bullet The Rapture, when Christians who have been born again -- both living and dead -- will rise into the sky towards Jesus.
bullet Some horrendous natural disaster.
bullet etc.

These prophecies share one factor in common with all of the other predictions that were to come to pass in previous years: In spite of the obvious sincerity of the persons making the prophecies, none actually materialized.

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We offer no guarantees that the prophets listed below actually made these predictions. We have described their alleged predictions as they were reported on the Web, in newspapers, books, etc. We do not have the resources to track down original source material.

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Failed predictions:

bullet Circa 2001: Charles Spiegel, a retired psychology professor, preaches from a small town near San Diego CA that the ancient land of Atlantis will emerge from the Caribbean circa 2001 CE. Shortly thereafter, 1000 extra-terrestrials from "Myton" in 33 spaceships will land there and bring new knowledge to humanity.
bullet 2001-JAN-31: Sun Magazine reported in its 1997-OCT-14 issue that Noah's Ark had been discovered intact in undamaged form on a slope near Mount Ararat in Turkey. Inside were a group of 6 copper-gold-silver scrolls, each 12" square. Scroll 2 reveals that the sun would superheat the earth, melting both polar ice caps, and creating a world-wide flood. Scroll 3 revealed that Doomsday is set for 2001-JAN-31. Good people who repent of their sins will be saved; cruel tyrants will be cast into the burning fires of Hell.
bullet 2001-APR-7: Philip B. Brown predicted that the Great Tribulation would start on 2001-APR-7. The two witnesses described in Revelation were supposed to start prophesizing Christ's return. The start of his millennial reign would be delayed until 2008-APR-6. 1
bullet 2001-APR-16: Bill Singleton predicted that the Rapture would occur on Easter weekend
bullet 2001-MAY-28 Marilyn Agee predicted the start of the Tribulation, the beginning of the ministry of the two end-time witnesses mentioned in Revelation, and the appearance of the Antichrist. The Rapture would have occurred before this date.
bullet 2001-JUL-7: According to the Weekly world News for 2001-FEB-13, Professor Philippe Garoche, head of a team studying a newly unearthed scroll in Athens, Greece, predicted that Jesus Christ will return to Earth on this day. He was to have appeared simultaneously to people all over the world at 7:07 AM, presumably Jerusalem time.
bullet 2001-NOV-21: Efraim Genootshap claims to be the reincarnation of the biblical prophet Elija. He believes that God has given him the responsibility of gathering the lost twelve tribes of Israel from among western-European nations, in preparation for the Tribulation period. He leads the Efriam Society, a Netherlands based Christian group. He predicted that the rapture would occur before the end of 2001 -- perhaps on NOV-21. He had earlier predicted that the rapture would come on 2000-SEP. It didn't.
bullet 2001-NOV-21: On 2001-OCT-28, Paul Smirnov, an Orthodox Christian, predicted  that an asteroid will suddenly destroy Los Angeles on NOV-21. He based the prophecy on Revelation 18, verses 2-3 and 21-23. Verses 2 and 3 refers to Babylon and wine which he translates to Los Angeles and immoral films. Verses 21 to 23 refers to a millstone, Babylon, various musicians, and craftsman which translate to asteroid, Los Angeles, the Grammy awards and film producers. He believed that the Antichrist would appear in 2001, going by the name King David.
bullet 2001-DEC-12: According to the Weekly World News for 2000-AUG-8, the U.S. Federal Government is suppressing information about the end of the world. They are aware that China and Iraq will attack Israel on this date and that the Battle of Armageddon will start -- an all-out nuclear war. The "end of all things" will occur on DEC-22. The News suggests that everyone who says "My life belongs to God" will be saved; everyone else will presumably be lost. If that was true, then an investment of $1.59 to buy a copy of the News is the best investment that one could ever make!
bullet 1999 to 2001: Stewart Best predicts that a small polar shift may occur. The polar inclination would increase from its present 23.5 degrees to about 22 to 45 degrees. An even larger shift will happen circa 2003 to 2007. See:
bullet Sometime in 2001:
bullet The Unarius Society received interstellar thought messages from a Pleiadean starship. They intended to land in the year 2001 on Atlantis, which will have risen from the depths of the earth in the Bermuda Triangle. Earth will join an alignment of 33 planets to form  "Interplanetary Confederation for the Spiritual Renaissance of Humankind on Earth!"
bullet Jack Van Impe Ministries sponsors the largest Evangelical Christian program devoted to end-time prophecy. In his home page, he discusses his book "On the Edge of Eternity" in which he predicted that the year 2001 will "usher in international chaos such as we've never seen in our history." He predicts that in 2001, and the years following, the world will experience "drought, war, malaria, and hunger afflicting entire populations throughout the [African] continent...By the year 2001, there will be global chaos." Islam will become much larger than Christianity. (That would take a sudden growth spurt; Islam is currently followed by About 20% of the world's population vs. 33% for Christianity). A one-world church will emerge; it will be "controlled by demonic hosts." Temple rituals (presumably including ritual animal sacrifice) would resume in Israel.
bullet Elohim City is located in the Cookson Hills of eastern Oklahoma. Its 100 heavily armed inhabitants live under the leadership of Robert Millar, a former Mennonite preacher. They expected an invasion of the U.S. by Asians. He believes that a series of natural disasters would occur probably soon after the year 2000. The wicked and unworthy would be purged from the earth at that time.
bullet About 2001: Jack van Impe once predicted that tumultuous events will happen about the year 2001. The Antichrist was to have appeared, and causes a seven year period of worldwide distress called the Tribulation. This will be followed by the Battle of Armageddon and the second coming of Christ. He has since changed his predictions, delaying them by many years into the future. His ministry continues to prosper, in spite of a string of failed prophecies.

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  1. P.B. Brown, "Timeline of the great Tribulation," at:
  2. Chris Nelson, "A brief history of the apocalypse," at:  This web site contains over 200 references to end-of-the-world predictions which have not come true.

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