13 FAILED END-OF-THE-WORLD
THE YEAR 2001
Some Christians and secular individuals predicted several
momentous events that they
believed are related:
The second coming of Jesus Christ,
when he returns to earth after almost two millennia.
The war of Armageddon -- a massive
battle in Israel.
The arrival on earth of the
Antichrist, an evil political, military leader.
The Tribulation, a seven year
interval of great suffering and death.
when Christians who have been born again -- both living and dead -- will
rise into the sky towards Jesus.
Some horrendous natural disaster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2001-APR-16: Bill Singleton predicted that the Rapture would
occur on Easter weekend
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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: http://www.truinsight.com/
Sometime in 2001:
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!"
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.
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.
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