Eleven predictions that "the end"
2010 and 2014.
All of them failed.
Christians have predicted several events that many believe are
related: the second coming of Jesus, the war of Armageddon, the arrival on earth of the
Antichrist, the Tribulation, the Rapture, some horrendous
natural disaster, etc. Jewish, Islamic, psychic, occult
and other predictions have been offered as well.
We have listed over 7 dozen
the end of the world would happen before the year 2010. They all have one factor in common: none ever came true. There is every
likelihood that most (perhaps all) of these future predictions will not materialize either.
We have been criticized by some of our readers for whipping up hysteria about the end
of the world. Our intent is the exact opposite: we want to dampen the level of panic. We
hope that by listing many dozens of past predictions -- all of which have
failed -- that people will realize that some very intelligent, respected, dedicated individuals have
been totally wrong when they predicted the end of the world.
End of the world predictions have been
common throughout Christianity and other religions for
almost 2,000 years. It is almost certain that none of the following predictions of the date of
the end of the world will come true. We will be very surprised if one of them
did -- that is, if we are actually alive to be aware of the end and to be capable of being surprised.
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.
Predictions of TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it):
2010+ In early 2005, Roderick C. Meredith, leader of the Living Church of God wrote in his church's magazine Tomorrow's
World that the end of the world is near. He said that events
prophesied in the Bible are:
"... beginning to occur with increasing
frequency....We are not talking about decades in the future. We are
talking about Bible prophesies that will intensify within the next five
to 15 years of your life."
That is, from 2010 to 2020. This prophecy, or a local sermon based on
it, may have been partly triggered a mass murder in
Brookfield WI on 2005-MAR-12. Church member Terry Ratzmann, who was
experiencing serious depression and facing unemployment, shot 11 people,
killing 7, and then killed himself at a church service. 1
2011-MAY-21 Harold Camping, President of Family Radio, predicted that "we can know from the Bible alone that the date of the rapture of believers will take place on that date. His previous estimate was 1994-SEP-06 which appears to have failed. More details.
2011-SEP-29: Harold Camping was also reported as predicting that the end of the world will occur sometime
later in 2011 during the eight day Feast of Trumpets. More details.
Sometime in 2011: Ric Steiner sent us an Email suggesting that the date of the end
is embedded in Luke 21:11 -- not in the text, but in the chapter and verse
designation. "21" refers to the 21st century; "11" refers to the 11th year.
The problem with this prophecy is that the chapter designations in the Bible
were only created in the 13th century CE; the verses in
the Christian Scriptures (a.k.a. New Testament) were only assigned in the
16th century CE. 2 Both designations were somewhat arbitrary.
2011-JUN-18: Osiris, the Alpha and Omega, the Son of Man, formerly known as Osiris, then Mithra, then Jesus Christ, is on Earth, staying in a hotel in Uruguay. He is part of the Holy Trinity with his Father RaHorus (God), and sister Isis. His brother is Set-Hen (Satan). He predicted revelation of an economic Armageddon on this date, to be followed with an attack by Al Queda on New York City, Los Angeles and Houston on 2011-JUL-04. On NOV-19 a 150 megaton nuclear bomb will be detonated in Israel. On 2012-FEB-28, a volcano in French Montserrat Island will erupt. Finally, on 2014-MAR-21, asteroid qq47 will hit Earth, causing a six month nuclear winter and the start of a new ice age. We kept Osiris' Email on file in case the economic Armageddon happened. As we anticipated, it didn't.
2011-OCT-21: Along with his prediction that the rapture will occur on 2011-MAY-21, Harold Camping also predicted that "God will destroy the world on 2011-OCT-21. This appears to be a slight readjustment from his earlier prediction of 2011-SEP-29. For some reason, Camping believed that God had given humanity a stay of execution for 23 days. The WeCanKnow.com website says that "... these dates are 100% accurate and beyond dispute. 3
2011-NOV-11: We received an Email from "A.H." who believes
that the end of the world will happen on 11/11/11. His reasoning is that
"...this is the only date until the next millennium that has the same
number "1" in the date." Actually, it is the only date until 3011
which is made up of the repetition of pairs of the same digit. We are
skeptical. Recall that the Gregorian Calendar is based on the year 1 CE having being arbitrarily chosen. It occurred
four to seven years after Jesus birthday, when nothing much of world
impact was happening. With an arbitrary beginning, it doesn't make a lot
of sense to assume that the end of the world would happen at some
magical combination of numbers in the Gregorian date, like the first day
of the year 2000, or 11.11.11. 4
2011-NOV-22: We received an Email from "F" who expects the end of the
world on this date. She/he said:
"what the angel told me was the following: 'Child is at home in 2011 will be
the end, for 3 days close in doors and windows? don't let anyone enter or
leave the house, an old order is reborn and with it the pain and suffering.'
Then the angel showed me the bodies of people crowded the cities were burning
and the streets deserted grass grew high, we throw people also saw blood in
the mouth, as if a virus is up. What I saw in Europe was perhaps France, or in Flanders."
2012: This year seems to be a major focal point for many prophecies. Many estimates center on the Winter Solstice of that year at 2012-DEC-21. We discuss them in a separate essay.
2012-2019: Damon_051572, who describes himself as "the
physical and spiritual Jew," distributed an Email widely on
2006-AUG-19. It it titled: "Message from God: Some events of the end of
the world." He believes that the following will happen sometime
The Two Witnesses mentioned in Revelation will issue prophecies and send
144,000 Jewish virgins will convert many to Christianity. (Author's note: We are at a loss to understand this prophecy).
People will be required to receive a mark on their hand or forehead. Any
that accept the mark "will be cast into the lake of fire forever to
experience unimaginable suffering forever."
Satan and his angels attack God's kingdom.
Nuclear war begins.
According to Sun magazine for 1999-DEC-21, Pope Leo X
(1513-1522) wrote on 1514:
"I will not see the end of the world, nor
will you my brethren, for its time is long in the future, 500 years hence."
1514 plus 500 = 2014.
Isaiah Robertson predicts that Jesus' second coming will happen in
Niagara Falls. He said:
"Niagara Falls is a holy place, like
Jerusalem. The sound of the water going over the falls is the voice of
He expects that the water at the base of the falls will turn
into a "lake of fire." He said that a cross in his home came:
from God. Itís not manís work. This cross is telling you that the coming
of the Lord is at hand. If you walk away from this cross and donít
accept Christ, then youíre lost forever." 5