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End of the world prophecies

Eleven predictions that "the end"
will come between 2010 and 2014.
All of them failed.

Overview (repeated):

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 predictions that 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.

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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.

bullet 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.

bullet 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.

bullet 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.

bullet 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 website says that "... these dates are 100% accurate and beyond dispute. 3

bullet 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
bullet 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."
bullet 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.

bullet2012-2019: 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 before 2019:
bullet The Two Witnesses mentioned in Revelation will issue prophecies and send plagues.

bullet 144,000 Jewish virgins will convert many to Christianity. (Author's note: We are at a loss to understand this prophecy).

bullet 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."

bullet Satan and his angels attack God's kingdom.

bullet 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 God."

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:

"... straight 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

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Related essays:

bullet Will the world end in the near future?
bullet The end of the Millennium: What people thought would happen: The Y2K Problems: Social, Economic, and Spiritual Aspects
bullet Past end-of-the-world scenarios which have failed
bullet Predictions that the end of the world will happen between now and 2010
bullet Predictions for 2007-DEC-21 or so
bullet Predictions for times during the 2020's
bullet Premillennialism and other competing Christian theories about the end of the world.

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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. "Church Shooter Said Upset Over Sermon," EarthLink, 2005-MAR-13, at:
  2. Vince Des Roches, "Harmonizing the Holy Bible to help people discover truth," at:
  3. Justin Berton,, 2010-JAN-01, at:
  4. "III Chapter and Verse Divisions," Bible-Researcher, at:
  5. Bill Michelmore, "Niagara Falls prophesied as site of Second Coming," The Buffalo News, 2007-OCT-28, at:

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