End of the world predictions
12 Failed end-of-the-world
predictions for 1990 - 1994
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.'
It is worth noting that all of the following
predictions have failed. We expect that predictions being made today about our future will
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.
Failed prophecies - 1990 to 1994:
||About 1990: Peter Ruckman concluded from his analysis of the
Bible that the rapture would come within a few years of 1990.|
||Early 1990's: In 1992, David Koresh led the Students of the Seven Seals
(a.k.a. Branch Davidian) group in Waco Texas. He changed the name of their commune from Mt.
Carmel to Ranch Apocalypse, because of his belief that the final
all-encompassing battle of Armageddon mentioned in the Bible would start at the Branch
Davidian compound. They had calculated that the end would occur in 1995. After a 51-day
standoff, on 1993-APR-10, 76 members died as a result of a fire deliberately set
by the Branch Davidians.|
||1990-APR-23: Elizabeth Clare Prophet, leader of the Church
Universal and Triumphant made a series of statements that many
members believed indicated the start of nuclear war on this date. At
least 2,000 followers traveled to Montana to take refuge in CUT's fallout
shelters on the night of 1990-MAR-15. Some had quit jobs and run up large debts
in anticipation of the apocalypse, Nothing happened. Church officials later
said that the event had been a drill. 1|
||1991: Mother Shipton, a 16th century mystic predicted the end of
the world: "...The world to an end shall come; in nineteen hundred and
||1991: C.M. Edwards reported that he regularly receives
messages from God. One series in mid-1991 predicted a heavy judgment
for the U.S. 1991-SEP would bring extreme devastation to the mid-west.
One message stated, in part: "Before the close of this year
you shall see My signs-true signs of My coming." 1 Interestingly,
although the messages allegedly come from God, Edwards retains the
||1992-OCT-28: Lee Jang Rim, a Korean Christian pastor, taught that
the Rapture would occur on this date, at 10:00 AM EST. It didn't happen; many of his followers
||Benny Hinn, an Assemblies of God pastor from Florida
predicted that the rapture would come in 1993. He also said that God would destroy all
homosexuals by 1995 at the latest.
||A millennial new religious movement in the Ukraine predicted the
end of the world would happen in 1993-NOV. 3
||1993-NOV-11: The 1993-JUL-20 issue of the Weekly World News
contained an article titled "Doomsday Asteroids." Top scientists
allegedly wrote a top-secret document which revealed that M-167, a known asteroid, would
hit the earth on NOV-11 and perhaps end all life on earth. The M series of astronomical
objects were catalogued by Messier: M-1 is the crab nebula; M-31 is the Andromeda galaxy;
M-45 are the Pleiades. There is no M object with a number higher than M-110.|
||1993 to 1997: Rulon Jeffs was spokesperson for the The
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a
Mormon polygamist splinter group. In 1993, he allegedly told high
school graduates to not attend college. The reasoning was that the
world would end before they could finish. The
splinter group was founded in 1929 and was excommunicated from
the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints because of their promotion of polygyny.|
||1994, approximately: There have been continual reports that Jesus and
Mary have been appearing in Conyers, GA on the 13th of every month to deliver a message to
Nancy Fowler, a homemaker and nurse. Over 1 million pilgrims have visited her prayer site.
On 1994-FEB-6, Jesus is recorded as saying: "Conflicts will turn into wars....Then
so will the earth tremble in many places. The earth will divide. The earth will divide and
take away your riches. Some of you will die suddenly. You will have no
warning...The clock continues to tick. The hour is rapidly approaching when one disaster
after another will befall you. There will be fighting everywhere. There will be famine and
polluted water in many places." Unfortunately, no specific dates were given for these
||1994: A major, though unofficial, Jehovah's Witness prediction
||1994-SEP: Harold Camping, president of Family Radio predicted on his
radio programs that the end of the world would happen sometime between
1994-SEP-5 and SEP-27. He said that he did not know the precise day
because Matthew 24:36 of the Christian Scriptures says that "no man
knows the day nor the hour." He interpreted a reference in John
21:1-14 to the disciples being 200 cubits from the shore in the Sea of
Galilee as meaning that there would be 2,000 years between the birth and
the second coming of Jesus. He estimates that Jesus was born on 0007-OCT-4
"Elizabeth Clare Prophet, leader of sect that predicted nuclear Armageddon
dies at 70," ReligionNewsBlog, 2009-OCT-17, at:
C.M. Edwards, "Heavy judgment coming to the U.S.A.," at:
Peter Levenda, "Unholy Alliance: A history of Nazi involvement with
the occult," Continuum, (2003), Page 284.
Appearances of Jesus and Mary in Conyers, GA, are described at: http://www.conyers.org/
Edmund D. Cohen, "Harold Camping and the Stillborn Apocalypse." Free
Inquiry 15 (Winter 1995), Pages 35-40. Back copies of Free Inquiry can be
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Compiled by B.A. Robinson