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End of the world predictions

9 failed end-of-the-world
predictions for 1995 - 1997

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Some Christians and secular individuals predicted several momentous events that they believed are related:

bulletThe second coming of Jesus Christ, when he returns to earth after almost two millennia.
bulletThe war of Armageddon -- a massive battle in Israel.
bulletThe arrival on earth of the Antichrist, an evil political, military leader.
bulletThe Tribulation, a seven year interval of great suffering and death.
bulletThe Rapture, when Christians who have been born again -- both living and dead -- will rise into the sky towards Jesus.
bulletSome 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 also fail.


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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Failed prophecies - 1995 to 1997:

bullet1995: We haven't been able to find a prophecy for "the end" in this year.
bulletSometime in 1996: The book "The Return of Jupiter: End of the world in the light of the Bible" Dorrance Publishing, Pittsburgh PA predicted a disaster starting in the Pacific Ocean: "A terrible earthquake is going to break the oceanic earth crust under the Pacific Ocean by the year 1996 AD"
bullet1996-OCT-23: Since 1658, many Christians have accepted the calculations of James Ussher, an Irish archbishop, who estimated that the first day of creation occurred on 4004-OCT-23 BCE. This would make the time interval between the creation of the world and a common estimate of the birth of Christ to be precisely 4000 years. Some people believe that Ussher fudged the data to make it come out neatly. He also estimated that the end of the world would occur exactly 6000 years later, in the fall of 1996. This is based on the concept of the "millennial week": that each of the 6 days of creation mentioned in Genesis is linked to a 1000 year time span in the life of the earth. On the 7th millennial day, 1996-OCT-23, Ussher expected that life as we know it will cease.
bullet1997-MAR-8: The Vortex of the Star of David religious sect of Luskville, Quebec, Canada was quoted as predicting the end of the world on Saturday, MAR-8. 1  A father, Jean Leon Marcoux, was interviewed; he was worried because his children will be visiting their mother at the sect's commune on that weekend. He approached the Quebec police but was unable to get them to take any action. A spokesperson for the sect stated that they do not follow a doomsday scenario.
bullet1997-APR-10: Dan Millar, of Surrey, BC, Canada and Bob Wadsworth of the Biblical Astronomy newsletter are both religious researchers. They followed the age-old tradition of looking for signs in the heavens for the arrival of the Antichrist, second coming of Christ, etc. Ancient prophecies told of heavenly events and even a cross in the sky in advance of momentous developments. Millar and Wadsworth predicted the arrival of the Antichrist on APR-10. Dan suggested that we watch news from the Vatican and from Jerusalem on that day, because he expected some sort of coup by the Antichrist. He was expected to come to power in the Vatican as Pope Peter II.

One heavenly indicator was the intersection by two comets of the star Algol in the constellation Perseus. Comets Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp intersected the star on the same date (APR-11) on two adjacent years (Hyakutake in 1996 and Hale-Bopp in 1997). Plotting the two comets' trajectories over the period APR-1 to APR-30 on the two years forms an almost perfect cross. They intersected between the eyes of the Medusa head that Perseus is holding in his left hand. "Algol" means "Demon Star" in Arabic. The head is known as Rosh Satan (the head of Satan) in Hebrew. There was one further heavenly sign: on the evening of APR-10, there will be a lunar occultation of the star Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus.

bullet1997-OCT-20: A Jewish group, called the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement were expected to attempt to place the cornerstone of a new temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This is a small piece of real estate that is the most sacred spot in the world to Jews, and one of the most sacred to Muslims. The Rapture Ready home page has predicted that the "Tribulation" would be triggered by that event. Previous attempts had failed either because of riots, or police action. There was one report that they were going to try to airlift the stone by helicopter this time. On OCT-20, several thousand police officers were deployed throughout Jerusalem; they successfully prevented access to the Temple Mount.
bullet1997-NOV-27: The Sacerdotal Knights of National Security report that "A space alien captured at a UFO landing site in eastern Missouri cracked under interrogation by the CIA and admitted that an extraterrestrial army will attack Earth on November 27 with the express purpose of stripping our planet of every natural resource they can find a use for -- and making slaves of every man, woman and child in the world!"
bullet1997: Superdave the Wonderchemist took the magic number 1331 and added it to 666 the "Number of the Beast" from the Book of Revelation to get the year of the arrival of the Antichrist and the end of the world. 2 Why is 1331 a magic number?
bullet1331 is the same backwards as forwards.
bulletIt is 11 raised to the 3rd power
bulletIt displays the unlucky number 13 when read in either direction.
bulletit is the fourth row in Pascal's Triangle:
         1 1
        1 2 1
       1 3 3 1
      1 4 6 4 1   etc.
bullet1997-DEC-31: The 1997-JUL-29 issue of the Weekly World News reported that the biggest end of the world scare since the Cuban missile crisis was circulating through Washington. President Clinton called a secret meeting with leading Bible scholars for the week of JUL-27. A confidential Pentagon memo sparked the scare; it predicted a worldwide cataclysm of unprecedented proportions. Earthquake activity was allegedly on a rise and will peak at year-end; the earth's crust was believed to have been shifting ominously.
bulletSometime in late 1997 or early 1998: The 1997-JUL-29 issue of the Weekly World News carried a statement by a spokesperson of the International Association of Psychics. 92% of their 120,000 members have had the same "end time" vision. Spokesperson Madame Vredeau predicted:
bulletA rise in religious belief. Prophets and saints will appear and lead the faithful to safety
bulletThe oceans will shrink. Deserts expand. Crops will fail; there will be massive starvation
bulletWidespread emotional and mental collapse; increase in crime and violence
bulletChanging weather patterns; basic laws of nature will be disrupted
bulletSatanic demons will appear in broad daylight. War, pestilence, a worldwide plague will spread.
bulletHumanity will disappear around the year 2001 CE.

If almost all psychics believed that, then one can conclude that their predictions are generally quite unreliable.


  1. Global TV network newscast, 1997-MAR-4
  2. "Superdave the Wonderchemist's" estimate is at: http://www.math.gatech.edu

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