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End of the world prophecies

21 predictions that "the end" will
come during or after the year 2020:

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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 as well.

We have listed over 7 dozen predictions that the end of the world would happen before now. 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 important 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 2000 years. It is probable 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.

By the year 2020, the very widespread apocalyptic predictions for 2012-DEC-21 will have faded from most people's memory and there should have been another series of books published with later predictions for the end of the world. Over time, we expect that many prophecies for the 2020s will be made.


We offer no guarantees that the authors 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):

  • 2020: Vincent Carthane predicts that some form of heavenly encounter will occur during the year 2020. He links this date with the Bible and other Christian symbols:
    • America started in the Jamestown VA settlement, named after King James. He became king over much of the world in the year 1603 CE. If one goes to Matthew 16:03, one sees a reference to discerning the signs of the times.

    • A five pointed star -- the symbol of Satanism -- fits neatly into the design of the Pentagon -- America's military headquarters. The central space defined by a pentagram forms the shape of the Pentagon.

    • The cross is in the shape of the letter "T" which is the 20th character in the alphabet. A configuration of two cross symbols worn on opposite lapels by some clergy therefore can be interpreted as the number 2020.

    • John 20:20 refers to disciples seeing the Lord.

    • The pilgrims landed in 1620 CE, exactly 400 years from 2020. The Bible refers to an unfulfilled 400 year prophecy.

Vince has written a book:
book cover "Aimed at America: Bible codes that shoot down deceivers." Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store

It contains more links between the Bible and the year 2020. See Vincent's You Tube video at:

  • 2020s or 2030s: Bill Joy, co-founder and chief scientist of Sun Microsystems predicted the end of humanity in within 20 or 30 years, in an article in the 2000-APR issue of Wired Magazine. He wrote that leading-edge technologies such as robotics, genetic engineering and nano-tech may soon lead to the extinction of human society. 1

  • On or before 2021: Harold Lindsey predicted the time of the Tribulation and Apocalypse from the text of Matthew 24:32-33. In the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, these verses say:

    "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.

    Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door."

    The NIV version contains a footnote, saying that the word "it" may also be translated from the original Greek as "he."

    Lindsey apparently interpreted "he" as referring to Jesus. He also interpreted the mention of the maturing fig tree to refer to the rebirth of the State of Israel on 1948-MAY-14. He said that a biblical generation is "something like 40 years" so that the end would come "within 40 years or so of 1948" or by 1988-MAY.

    Many Christians believed that it would happen, but it obviously didn't.

    Kenton Beshore, President of the World Bible Society reinterpreted the verses as saying that this "born one" will not pass away until all these things are fulfilled. That is, he views the State of Israel as like a human who was born on 1948-MAY-14 and will become an old man at age 80, on 2028-MAY-14. Thus, he views the millennium date to be on or before the latter date. Subtracting seven years for the interval of the Tribulation, this means that the Rapture will occur on or before 2021-MAY-14! The "Rapture" refers to a relatively recent interpretation of a Bible passage that some people believe implies that Christ will return in the sky, and all saved Christians -- buried and alive -- will rise into the sky to meet Jesus there. Beshore said:

    "The Lord will return before Israel becomes an "old man" by age 80 in 2028, and [will come] seven years earlier to rapture the church."

    Since this article is being updated in late 2019, if this prediction is accurate, then the rapture might ocurr at any time, next year, next month, next week, next day, next hour, minute, or second!

  • 2022: According to the Christian Post, Rabbi Yosef Berger of King David's Tomb in Mount Zion, Jerusalem, predicts that Jesus Christ might return in 2022. He bases this belief on two factors:
    • Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, known by the acronym Rambam, predicted in the 12th century that a bright star would appear in the sky just before his return.

    • Some astronomers have predicted that two stars in the Northern Cross will collide in 2022. This will cause an explosion so powerful that it will be visible on Earth without a telescope. 9

  • 2023: According to an Email from Clarence D'Souza, Daniel 12:12-13 predicts the end of the world and of the Universe during this year.

  • Before 2024: A web site titled "Fire from the sky: Meteors and Biblical Prophecy," predicts that a meteor (actually a meteorite) "could" hit the earth sometime between 1998 and 2023. This would cause fireballs of debris, tidal waves, supher [sic] dioxide, a "red tide" in the oceans, and a dust cloud.

  • 2019 to 2026: John Ash had attempted to predict the date of the tribulation unsuccessfully on two occasions. However, he later came to the conclusion that the tribulation was to being in the year 2019 CE. He rearranged the digits in the 1,290 days of Daniel 12:7 to produce 2019, which he predicts will be the start of the tribulation. He then took the 1,335 value from the same verse and added the number 691 -- the approximate year that the Dome of the Rock was built on the temple mount in Jerusalem to produce 2026. He believed that this is the end date of the tribulation. 5 However, he now believes that Christians should not attempt to predict the timing of the end times. He sent us an Email saying that he has formally recanted this prediction. 7
  • 2026-2017: Christian Gaviria Alvarez, writing for the Wisdom of God website, predicts that, some events mentioned in the Biblical book of Revelation will occur as follows:
    • The Second Coming of the Messiah, when he opens the 7th Seal, will ocurr on Thursday, 2026-SEP-03. That is the beginning of the millennial Shabbath of the Earth, during which the Messiah will rule the Earth for 1,000 years.

    • The "two witnesses" will die on 2026-SEP-17.

    • The Gathering of the People of God (a.k.a. The Rapture) will occur on 2026-SEP-20.

    • The Final Judgment and throwing of unsaved persons into the Lake of Fire in the Valley of Jehoshaphat on the south side of Jerusalem will ocurr on 2027-FEB-22. 19
  • 2028: Gabriel Ansley has written a book titled: "2028 END: Declaring the End from the Beginning." Review/order this book. Ansley writes that, during 2008, he received a message from God that Jesus will return during 2028, on the bimillennial anniversary of Jesus' execution by the Roman Army.

  • 2028-OCT: Asteroid "1997 XF11" will approach close to earth. At first, scientists were concerned that there was a small probability that it might impact earth. However, data from 1990 has indicated that it will miss earth by about 600,000 miles. 2 Still, this is a near miss, as astronomical distances go.

  • About 2028: A visitor to this web site from Norway has analyzed biblical chronologies and determined to his satisfaction that "Jesus became Messiah [about the year 28 CE] exactly 4000 years after Creation." He believes that God created the world to last 6,000 years. Thus, the end of the world will happen about 2028. Actually, various theological sources estimate the date of Jesus' execution between 28 and 33 CE. 30-APR-07 is a common date. So, the millennium of Jesus' resurrection would occur between 2028 and 2033.
  • 2029: Mike Flipp believes that God has been communicating with him by sending him signs all based on the number 2. He wrote in an Email: "And then on April 26th, 2005 EXACTLY 2 years worth of getting signs of 2's, I got the Grandiose Sign of the Aceptable [sic] Year of the Lord - Luke 4:19." The sign is that Jesus will return in the year 2029. He does not know the month, day, or hour. See:

  • 2029: The asteroid Apophis was named after the Egyptian supernatural being of destruction and darkness. It was discovered in 2004. Based on available data at the time, astronomers computed that it had a 2.7% chance of hitting the earth in 2029. However subsequent calculations show that it will miss the earth by about 30,000 km (19,000 miles) on 2029-APR-13, a Friday the 13th! Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer at Queen's University in Belfast, says that gravitational forces between the asteroid and Earth in 2009 will change its orbit slightly. There is a 5 in a million chance that it will hit the Earth in 2036 with a collision with about 100 times the energy of the largest nuclear bomb. The point of impact would be a great place to avoid!

  • 2034: The web site predicts the end of the current age and the beginning of the Millennium will happen during 2034 CE. They sell a book "Rest Onto the Land" that describes their conclusions. See:

  • Before 2038: The environmental group, Greenpeace, predicts massive starvation due to uncontrolled population growth. Global warning will melt the polar ice caps and cause massive coastal flooding. Thousands of plant and animal species will become extinct.

  • 2038:  The book "The Bible and the Future" predicts that "large percentage of the world's population will die in a series of severe punishments from God" at this time. See:

  • 2047-SEP-14: According to The Church of !BLAIR!, the human race will probably be terminated at 3:28 AM (Soho, UK time). The church teaches, with tongue firmly in cheek, that if the human race does not discard their plastic conformity, then the Gods will withdraw their protection. The Gods don't want us to worship them; they don't want sacrifices or even offerings. They just want us to rid itself of our excessive "Normalcy". At that time, Astro-Lemurs (extra-terrestrials similar in shape to lemurs, but with rainbow colored bodies) will attack the entire human race and beat them to death with gigantic burritos. You have been warned. ;-)

    Unfortunately, the Church is no longer online to reinforce their warnings.

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  • About 2060: Sir Isaac Newton, Britain's greatest scientist, analyzed the Bible, which he believed contained God's secret laws of the universe. He concluded that the end of the world will happen on or after the year 2060. According to Malcolm Neaum, the producer of a TV documentary on Newton:

    "He spent something like 50 years and wrote 4,500 pages trying to predict when the end of the world was coming. But until now it was not known that he ever wrote down a final figure. He was very reluctant to do so." 3

  • 2070 to 2250: Kermit Zarley, a lay biblical scholar and former PGA Tour professional golfer, wrote a book in 2006 titled:

    book cover "The Third Day Bible Code" Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store.
    He uses the "third day" motif that appears throughout the Bible, couples it with the belief that "one day is like a thousand years" for God, and interprets 2 Peter 3:8 and Psalm 90:4 to predict that Jesus' return will be sometime between the years 2070 and 2250. 4

  • 2076: Bede the Venerable, an 8th century Christian theologian computed Jesus birth as 3,942 years after the world's creation. The Earth's 6,000 year millennial week will thus end in this year.

  • 2076: Some Sufi sects expect the end of the world in this year, which is the year 1,500 in the Muslim calendar.

  • Sometime before 2100: "Magnus" reports that his supernatural friends:

    "... were making statements to the effect of earth would have initiated the major cataclysmic events during the second world war but Gods authority around me postponed all of that. So in effect all of who have lived since can thank Gods authority for their life, without earth would have commenced those cataclysms a long time ago." 

    "I know it will begin sometime before 2100, so people will have to live their lives to the fullest from now till then."

  • At some time in the future: Dr. M.H. Kahn believes that all of all other predictions in the past are invalid. He cites pasages from the Qur'an; they imply that some time in the future, the current expansion of the universe will reverse. This will cause time and gravity to reverse. He writes:
    "The contraction of the universe with reversal of time and gravity will commence the beginning of the
    end which will last for thousands and possibly millions of years. We will be removed from the regressing effects of reversed time as we
    come back alive in our own time. We will the be taken across many dimensions to beyond this universe. A beautiful natural
    mechanism that is based on the laws of physics will cause all that to happen. This real end has nothing to do with wishful thinking and
    predictions of priests or shamans." 6

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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 Predictions for 2012-DEC-21 that never materialized
bullet Predictions for other years
bullet Premillennialism and other competing Christian theories about the end of the world.

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Bill Joy, "Why the future doesn't need us," Wired Magazine, 2000-APR. Online at:
  2. Asteroid 1997 XF11 has its own web page at:
  3. Jonathan Petre, "Newton set 2060 for end of world,", 2003-FEB-22, at:
  4. "Christian explanations of the third day motifs in the Bible," part of the Wikipedia article on the third day in the Bible at:
  5. John Ash, "2019-2026: A prediction to end predictions..." Email, 2008-DEC-15.
  6. Dr. M.H. Kahn, "The physics of the day of judgment," at:
  7. John Ash, "End Times letter to Religious Tolerance," Email, 2011-AUG-01.
  8. Rebecca Morelle, "Apophis asteroid: Large space rock flies past Earth," BBC News, 2013-JAN-09, at:
  9. Stoyan Zaimov, Rabbi Claims Jesus Christ Will Return in 2022, Bases His Prediction on Astronomy," Christian Post, 2018-JAN-18, at:
  10. Christian Gaviria Alvarez, "Estimated dates of the events of the 1 year great tribulation of the Earth, Wisdom of God, 2019-NOV, at:

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