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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.

The hey-day of prophecy appears to be over. Dozens of predictions of the end of the world were were made for 1999 and 2000. Shortly after, people seem to have become disillusioned at the continual failure of the industry. Few prophecies are being predicted for 2004 or future years. Still, some fundamentalist Christian leaders such as Jack van Impe continue to predict imminent doom and enjoy very high ratings on television.

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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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Predictions of TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it):

bullet 2004-APR: In the fall of 2003, a Pastor Hawking was allegedly predicting on a Hawaiian cable channel that the start of the Tribulation would occur in 2004-APR. It was to have arrived without warning.
bullet 2004-APR-9: Victor Hopchenk, and Orthodox Christian, had prophesized that by God's "wish and compassion", an asteroid would hit Los Angeles, CA, which he describes as the "center of propaganda of debauch, lechery, violence and cruelty." The asteroid collision was to have exterminated all life there. God wants Hollywood to stop creating immoral and pornographic films. He had given 49 warnings in the past; this is the 50th and final warning.
bullet 2004-OCT-17: Clay Cantrell computed the date of the Rapture from size of Noah's Ark with particular attention to the precise location of the "escape window" in the top of the vessel.
bullet Late 2004: Arnie Stanton noted on 1997-SEP-16 that the evening was the fourth Jewish festival since 1996-APR-3 on which a lunar eclipse occurred. He quoted Luke 21:25-26 which mentions "signs in the sun, in the moon and in the stars and on the earth distress of nations" He believed that "these recent lunar eclipses are the last known astronomical signs that will precede a 7 year (360 day/year) countdown to Armageddon/Christ's return to the Earth." He expected that Christ's return would occur within a few months of 2004-SEP-29 when Asteroid Toutatis made a very close approach to the Earth - perhaps even a collision!

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Related essays:

bullet Will the world end in the near future?
bullet Approaching the end of the Millennium: The Y2K Problems: Social, Economic, and Spiritual Aspects
bullet Past end-of-the-world scenarios which have failed
bullet Premillennialism and other competing Christian theories about the end of the world.

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