Religious information & conflict
Prophecies of TEOTWAWKI:
The purpose of this section of the ReligiousTolerance.org web site:
Over the past two millennia, there have probably been thousands of predictions made which anticipate a future world-shaking event. Many are based on an interpretation of religious scriptures. They typically describe an event to occurr at a specific date in the future, that would completely change the world. In some of the more remarkable cases, the expectation is that most or all human life on Earth would be wiped out -- perhaps all life.
All predictions, so far, have failed miserably. We expect more predictions, and more failures, to continue in the forseeable future.
Many such prophecies capture the imagination of a significant portion of the public. Many people trust the prophecies and suffer high anxiety, as the appointed day approaches. In some recent cases, a few people have committed suicide in order to have control over their death and to prevent having to go through a horrible experience causing to their death.
It is our hope that this series of essays will generate some skepticism and doubt among the public, and thereby lower the amount of suffering experienced, and perhaps even save a life.
Quotations about end time prophecies, with comments:
||"About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies,
and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition." Sir Isaac Newton
(1643-1727 CE), for example, 1 predicted that the end of the world will occur about the year 2060 CE.
||"The prophecies are ... unintelligible to the ungodly but
intelligible to those who are properly instructed." Blaise Pascal (1623 -
1662 CE) 2
||"The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound.
Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and
it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching." Allegedly,
this came from an Assyrian tablet, written circa 2800 BCE.
However I recall reading that an almost identical message was said to have
appeared as graffiti on a wall in Pompeii which was buried under ash during an eruption of the Vesuvius volcano in 79 CE.
"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but [only] the Father." A statement in the Gospel of Mark 13:32, from the King James Version. It is attributed to Yeshua of Nazareth (a.k.a. Jesus Christ), 3 Note that the passage specifically states that nobody knew the hour and day back on about the year 70 CE when the Gospel of Mark was written. Yet, many biblical interpretators believe that it implies that only God the Father knows the date of "the end" today. Others speculate that all three pesons in the Trinity, the angels and some humans today have learned the time of the end. Also, just because people don't know the day and hour, the statement does not precude others knowing the week, month, and year. So, the statement can be interpreted in many ways.
Millennium and TEOTWAWKI topics covered in this
Introduction to TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)
Related essays on this web site:
A charming, skeptical, and imaginative web site dealing with "The End:"
Loren Madsen has created a web site at http://www.manyendings.com dealing with TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it). It includes both prophecies from religious figures, academics, etc. and is graphic intensive. It is well worth visiting; a lot of fun. [As of 2017-APR-12, the link is broken.]
Books about end of the world prophecies:
- Quotation found on the web site of the "Ancient of Days UFO Conference"
in Roswell, NM for 2003-JUL-4. We are uncertain of its validity. Original
source is unknown.
- Quotation found on the "Blessed Hope Ministries" web site at: http://www.bhm.dircon.co.uk/ Original source is unknown.
- Serendipity, "New Age Truth," at: http://www.newagetruth.com/ Well worth reading!
- Richard J. Hooper, "End of Days: Predictions of the End from Ancient Sources," Sanctuary Publishing, (2011), Page 20. Read
reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store.
- S.J. Gould, "Questioning the Millennium: A Rationalist's Guide
to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown.", Harmony Books, (1997) You can read a
review and perhaps buy this book from amazon.com online bookstore
- "Teenager who feared the world was about to end," Bath Chronicles, 2012-MAY-18, at http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/
- Billy Hallowell, "This Has the Vast Majority of Evangelicals Convinced That the Biblical ‘End Times Are Nearer’," The Blaze, 2015-DEC-07, at: http://www.theblaze.com/
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Originally published 1996-MAR-03
Last update: 2017-APR-12
Author: B.A. Robinson