Past predictions of TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it) during 2015 or 2016:
2015: John Hagee of John Hagee Ministries in San Antonia. TX noted in his 2013 book "Four Blood Moons: Something is about to Change" that a lunar tetrad would occur during 2014 and 2015. His book spent 152 days on a Amazon’s list of 100 top-selling books.
Mark Blitz, in his 2014 book "Blood Moons:Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs" agreed.
A tetrad is a very unusual event. It involves a series of four full lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months, with no partial lunar eclipses between them. The eclipses happened as predicted, on 2014-APR-15, 2014-OCT-08, 2015-APR-04, and 2015-SEP-27 & 28. The first and third aligned with Passover; the second and fourth aligned with the Feast of Tabernacles. This sequence has only happened eight times since the second century CE. The four eclipses in a tetrad have recently been called "Blood Moons." This is apparently a term invented by John Hagee. 1
Rev. Hagee's specific prediction was that:
"... an event of historical significance to the Jewish people is occurring or will occur."
However, a number of Christian leaders built on Hagee's prediction, and asserted that the end of the world would come on 2015-SEP-27 at the time of the final blood moon. It is supported by a verse in the Bible at Joel 2:31:
"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord."
Rev. Hagee refered to Matthew 24:36 to justify his prediction. He said:
"Matthew 24:36 makes clear that only God knows the timing of such, anyone who makes such a prediction is acting contrary to the Word of God."
Actually, the author of Matthew wrote circa 80 CE that only God knew the day and time exactly. Matthew 24:35-36 states, in the NIV version:
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
There is some wiggle room in this verse:
Although only God knew the day and hour when the Earth "will pass away," it might be possible for theologians to compute the year, month, and perhaps even the week when it would happen.
Matthew 24 refers to the situation as it existed in the late first century CE. God might have informed Jesus or various other individuals of the date and time at some time after 80 CE.
Mark Woods, writing for Christianity Today, said:
"Hagee and Blitz are set to join a long, long list of Christian preachers who have attempted to map world events on to their interpretation of what they imagine to be biblical prophecy. In 999 ...[CE], there was a minor panic as the end of the first millennium approached, with numbers of wealthy people giving their possessions to the Church in an attempt to ensure they were on the right side in the coming cataclysm. In 1346 the Black Death spread across Europe, killing a third of the population; it was regarded as a harbinger of the end times. The 17th century Baptist Benjamin Keach prophesied that the world would end in 1689, while the Methodist co-founder Charles Wesley plumped for 1794. Jehovah's Witnesses predicted it on various dates, reinterpreting it each time when it didn't happen. Most recently, evangelist Harold Camping predicted the Second Coming on May 21, 2011." 2
Some reactions to the rise in speculation about the end of the world:
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a.k.a. the Mormon Church, issued a public statement which cautioned Mormons to "avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events," like speculation about an imminent end of the world.
Patrick Mason, the Howard W Hunter chair of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University in California commented that for the LDS Church:
"... to decide to send out a policy letter means that they felt there was something they needed to tamp down on." 3
Kevin Allbee is a spokesperson for the Utah-based company "Emergency Essentials." They sell emergency food and other supplies. He said that they had seen an increase in sales sales up 200% to 300% during the summer before the final blood moon in the tetrad.
Julie Rowe, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- a Mormon -- wrote and spoke about a near-death experience that she had in 2004 when she allegedly entered the Spirit World and was shown upcoming world-wide disasters. She recommends that people prepare for the:
"... times we live in by increasing their faith in Christ and by looking to our prophet [Joseph Smith] and church leaders for guidance. 3
Irvin Baxter who leads Endtime Ministries in Plano, TX said:
"Some prophecy teachers are declaring boldly that this tetrad just ahead signals that something is getting ready to happen, which will change the world forever." 4
According to an article in The Guardian:
"The current tetrad, Baxter predicts, will precede the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. This, in turn, will 'mark the beginning of the Final Seven Years to Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth." 4
Mark Biltz, of El Shaddai Ministries, said:
"I believe and have always taught these signs in the heavens do not mark the end of the world. ... My interpretation is that we have at least another 1,000 years. But I do believe these signs portend major changes, including a possible major war involving Israel, and an economic collapse." 4
NASA attempted to calmed fears about the end of the world by posting a notice on their web site:
"Nasa [sic] knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years."
There are, of course, many other events beside asteroid or comet impact that could destroy human life on Earth.
Needless to say, Hagee's prophecy failed, as thousands of other prophecies before his. 2015-SEP-27 and 28 came and went without any momentous event(s) happening.
2015: Chris McCann, who heads the eBible Fellowship, wrote an article in Weekly World News predicting that the world would be annihilated on 2015-OCT-07. He updated the prediction by Harold Camping which had the world ending on 2011-MAY-21. He said:
"According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away. ... It’ll be gone forever. Annihilated. ... God destroyed the first Earth with water, by a flood, in the days of Noah. And he says he’ll not do that again, not by water. But he does say in 2 Peter, Chapter 3. A key passage is Verse 10 which says", in the NIV version:
"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare."
Sometime during 2016: An article in Weekly World News describes a find by a Professor
Lloyd Cunningdale of Salt Lake City who was excavating with his students at the site of
the famous Donner party disaster of 1847. The latter were a group of settlers bound for
California who became trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Cunningdale and
students have found a time capsule left by the settlers which contains many predictions
for the future. They predict that nations will abandon traditional methods of conflict and
resort to the use of biological warfare. In 2016, a note in the time capsule said that one such disease will spread out of control and kill
all of the humans on the planet. 5
2016-SEP-30/OCT-01: Since the moon goes through all of its phases every 29.5 days, and eleven months each year have either 30 or 31 days, it is possible to have two new moons in the same calendar month. The second of these new moons is called a "black moon." It occurs only about once every 32 months. One happened on OCT-01 at 0011 Universal Time which was 8:11 PM EDT on SEP-30 in Eastern North America. A day or so later, when a very slim crescent is visible to the naked eye there were two religious celebrations: the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, for year 5777 AM (Anno Mundi) and the Muslim New Year for year 1438 AH (After Hijrah).
As usual, whenever a rare celestial event approaches, some conservative Christians predicted the TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It).
Sean Martin, writing for the Daily and Sunday Express in the UK said:
"TONIGHT'S Black Moon could bring with it worldwide destruction and the second coming of Jesus Christ, Christians and conspiracy theorists have claimed. ... One wrote on Facebook:
'Those signs are letting us know that Jesus is soon coming. We are approaching the end of our world and the end of life on Earth for all human being. Every day, we have to come closer to our saviour Jesus Christ. For none can escape for what is coming for the Earth.'
'The Lord will make the moon turn red as blood … and turn black. Sounds familiar'?"
Express News did a survey of their web site visitors. Almost 20,000 voted; 74% said that the end of the world is not near. Its just a Black Moon -- its normal." The majority were correct. The day came and went without The End happening. 11
2016-OCT-31:Armageddon News predicts that the "world will end surely on 31 October 2016." There will be catastrophic worldwide earthquakes. The North and South magnetic poles will reverse so that compasses in the Northern Hemisphere will suddenly point south towards Antarctica. The earth will crack open, and stagger like a drunk through space. The sun will turn black. The moon will be red. Stars will fall from the sky. 100 pound (45 kilogram) hailstones will plummet the earth. Jesus will come in the clouds. The rapture will happen: First, bodies of dead Christian believers will rise from their graves. Then, Christian believers who are alive will join them and meet Jesus in the sky. A group of Arab nations will attack Israel. Jesus will lead an army of angels to drive them back. The final judgment will occur and people from all religions and cultures worldwide will be gathered together. According to the Sheep and Goats Section of Matthew 25, each person will be individually judged according to a single criterion: whether they had earlier treated needy persons -- the poor, sick, imprisoned, naked, hungry etc. with kindness -- that is, whether they obeyed the Golden Rule. They will be sent either to Heaven or to the torture chambers of Hell for all eternity.
A lot of people were probably frightened at this prophecy. Some of Armageddon News' previous You Tube videos received up to seven millionviews.
In short, the same sequence of events were predicted to start on 2016-OCT-31 that Armageddon News earlier predicted would start on JUL-29 -- a prophecy that didn't happen. 9,10
Webmaster's comment: If these events were to happen at some time in the future, I would feel sorry for the employees of CNN. They would be run off their feet trying to cover all the stories simultaneously happening from all around the world.