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"End of the world as we know it" prophecies

Predictions that "the end" will
come between 2017 & 2019

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This topic is continued from the previous essay.

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Predictions of TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it) between 2017 and 2019. (Continued):

  • The end will come sometime during 2017. A number of groups predict this:
    • The "Sword of God Brotherhood" believes that Armageddon will occur in 2017. The Prophet Gabriel has personally told them this. Sadly, they believe that only their own members will survive to repopulate the world. All of the more than 7 billion other humans (including you and me) will "perish in hellfire." 6 That may present a real problem because quite a large group of people is required in order that inbreeding does not adversely affect future generations. The Brotherhood may not have the gentic diversity to prevent this from happening.

    • "Daniel's Timeline" bases their calculation on the concept of Jubilee years which occur every 50 years. The most recent three Jubilees were:
      • 1867 when the Jews were emancipated in Austria and Hungary.

      • 1917 when the Ottomon rule ended and the Balfour Declaration was created.

      • 1967 when the Six Day War occurred in the Middle East.

      They predict that the next and final Jubilee year will be 2017, "the time of the restitution of all things." 7

    • Some theologians make a calculation based on the year 1967, when Israel recaptured Jerusalem from Muslim control. Adding 50 years -- the Jubilee year interval, -- they arrive at 2017 as the year when Jesus is expected to return.

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  • Sometime before 2018:

    The website titled "A Nightmare for Everyone and the Countdown to 2000," predicted that an asteroid and comet will hit the earth, sometime between the date of the re-creation of Israel in 1948, and the year 2018. This site was at http://www.geocities.com/, but does not appearl to be still online.

  • During 2018:
  • A widespread belief among conservative Christians is that:

    • Jesus' teachings about the end of our age included a reference to the creation of the state of Israel. This happened in 1948 as a result of an action by the United Nations.

    • Jesus also taught that the generation that saw the creation of Israel would see his second coming.

    • A generation in the biblical sense is 70 years.

    • Thus, they believe that Jesus' second coming will happen in 2018 which will be:
      • Preceeded by many signs, such as the darkening of the sun and moon, the moon appearing blood red in color, stars darkening and appearing to be falling to earth; widespread seismic activity, and

      • Followed by the seven year tribulation period involving the deaths of billions of people.
  • During 2019-FEB:

  • On 2012-JUL-09, scientists at NASA and the US Airforce's Linear Observatory in New Mexico discovered a giant asteroid which they named 2002 NT7. Scientists at NASA and Pisa University in Italy carried out daily orbit calculations as more information became available. The object follows an orbit that intersects with the earth's orbit. Initial calculations showed that there was a one in 9.000 chance that the asteriod might collide with the Earth on 2019-FEB-01 at about 11:47 UT. If it did, then the results would be catastrophic.

    , writing for The Telegraph newspaper, referred to the asteroid as an "armageddon rock." He said that it is:

      "... between 0.6 and 2.5 miles across. ... [If it collided with Earth,] its impact velocity ... would be 18 miles a second -- enough to wipe out a continent and throw up enough dust to block out the Sun [worldwide], bringing devastation to the world's food supply.

      Dr Alan Fitzsimmons, of Queen's University Belfast and a scientist with the National Space Centre, said:

      "Since it was first discovered it has only moved across a small fraction of the sky. Although we know roughly where it is going, its orbit needs to be refined. The orbit has been calculated every day, but we need another few weeks before we can get a precise orbit."

    By the morning of 2002-JUL-26, the probability of a collision was computed to be one in 60,000. But by the end of that day a new calculation showed that the probablility had dropped to one in 75,000. It appears that the Earth is safe, at least from this asteroid. However, there are other large rocks out there.

  • During 2019-DEC:
    • David Montaigne wrote a book in 2013 that predicted the end of the world as we know it would end in late 2019:
  • book cover "End Times and 2019: The End of the Mayan Calendar and the Countdown to Judgment Day," published by Adventures Unlimited Press. You can read reviews and order this book safely from the Amazon.com online book store. It is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats.

    The author believes that the end will come precisely 7 years after 2012-DEC-21. That was the date when the Mayan Long Count calendar ended.

    A brief book review on Amazon.com states:

      "End Times and 2019 reviews the evidence suggesting that the end of the world as we know it will occur in December 2019.  Fact after fact is presented in logical order, progressing through astronomical clues given by the Maya, Egyptian pyramids, world mythology, and especially the Bible -– leading readers to a timeline of events for our civilization’s final years.  The author’s claim -- while bold and controversial -- is backed up with hundreds of documented citations and additional hundreds of Bible quotes, all of which point to the same events ending in 2019."

    • His second book was published in 2014:

    book cover "Antichrist 2016-2019: Mystery Babylon, Barack Obama & the Islamic Caliphate," published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. You can read reviews and order this book safely from the Amazon.com online book store. It is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats.

    The author continues to promote the belief that the end will come in late 2019-DEC. He also predicted that the identity of the Antichrist would become obvious to everyone on 2016-JUN-06. Unfortunately, this date came and passed without his prophecy coming true. This failure increases doubt that his main prophecy will come true.

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As the year 2020 approaches, we will revisit this topic and record some end of the world predictions that others are making for the 2020's. Judging on past predictions, all are expected to fail. Sadly, many people will believe the predictions. Some of them will become depressed. A small fraction of the latter will become suicidally depressed and may even commit suicide. We hope that this series of articles will show that the hundreds or thousands of previous predictions of "the end" have all failed and that future prophecies will probably not come to pass either. Judging by the wide variety of dates for "the end" that have been made over the past two millennia, the Bible appears to be vague and/or ambiguous on this topic.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. & , "What is a Blood Moon?," EarthSky, 2015-SEP-22, at: http://earthsky.org/
  2. Mark Woods, "Blood moons and the end of the world: How not to interpret biblical prophecy," Christianity Today, 2015-SEP-09, at: http://www.christiantoday.com/
  3. "Mormon church issues call for calm as 'blood moon' sparks apocalypse fears," The Guardian, 2015-SEP-26, at: https://www.theguardian.com/
  4. "'Blood moon' brings prophecies of end times – but Nasa says not to worry," The Guardian, 2015-SEP-26, at: https://www.theguardian.com/
  5. Bill Michelmore, "Niagara Falls prophesied as site of Second Coming," The Buffalo News, 2007-OCT-28, at: http://www.buffalonews.com/
  6. Mike Foster, "Chilling Prophecies found in 1847 Time Capsule", Weekly World News, 1997-MAY-20, P. 8-9
  7. "The Sword of God Brotherhood: Warriors of the Apocalypse," is at:   http://www.putpeel.net/
  8. "Daniel's Timeline Report," at: http://www.danielstimeline.com/
  9. , "The world ends on Feb 1 2019 (possibly)," The Telegraph, 2002-JUL-25, at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
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