On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

25 times in the past that the doomsday prophets apparently missed something

How seriously should we take this latest prediction of doom? Well, we can count at least 25 times in the past when a lot of people took predictions very seriously … and Almighty God didn’t choose to return on cue:

200 A.D. — Prophets and Prophetesses of the Montanist movement predicted that Jesus would return sometime during their lifetime and establish the New Jerusalem in the city of Pepuza in Turkey.


365 A.D. — Hilary of Poitiers, announced that the end would happen that year.

375 to 400 A.D. Saint Martin of Tours was convinced that the end would happen sometime before 400 AD.

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500 A.D. —  Sextus Julius Africanus, writing in the early 220s, used Chaldean, Judaic and Egyptian history with Greek mythology and Christianity in his five-volume Chronographiai, in which he proclaimed the Second Coming would happen by 500 A.D.


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1000 A.D. – Prophetess Thiota in 847, declared that the turn of the millennium would usher in the 1,000-year reign of Jesus mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

1147 —  Gerard of Poehlde decided that the Christ’s 1,000-year reign had actually started in 306 A.D. Thus, the world would end in 1306 AD.


1205 — Joachim of Fiore predicted in 1190 that the Antichrist was already in the world and that King Richard the Lion-Hearted of England would defeat him.

1284 — Pope Innocent III computed the day the world would end by adding 666 years onto the date the Islam was founded.

1340-1350 — At the height of the Black Death plague — with most of the world dying — Florentine chronicler Mateo Villani announced the plague was “divine action” the purpose of which was to wipe out wicked humanity.

1669 —  The Old Believers in Russia believed that the end of the world would occur in this year and  20,000 burned themselves to death to protect themselves from the Antichrist.


1806 — In the English town of Leeds in 1806, a hen began laying eggs on which the phrase “Christ is coming” was written. As news of the miracle spread, many people became convinced that doomsday was at hand – until pranksters were caught, pen and egg in hand.

1843 — New England farmer William Miller, after years of very careful study, concluded that God’s chosen time to destroy the world on April 23, 1843. Thousands of followers sold or gave away their possessions. When the end did not come, several stayed together, forming what is now the Seventh Day Adventists.

1881 —  Mother Shipton, a mystic, predicted: “…The world to an end shall come; in eighteen hundred and eighty-one.”


1891 — Joseph Smith called a meeting of his Mormon church leaders in February 1835 to tell them that Jesus would return within the next 56 years.

1910 — In 1881, an astronomer discovered through spectral analysis that comet tails include a deadly gas called cyanogen and Earth would pass through the tail of Halley’s comet in 1910. Panic spread across the United States and abroad. The comet came and went.


1914. 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941. Estimates of the start of the war of Armageddon by the Jehovah’s Witnesses of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Their leaders finally explained that Christ had actually returned, but only took back with Him 144,000 of the redeemed who had filled heaven to capacity – and no one else would be admitted.

1919 — Albert Porta, a meteorologist at the University of Michigan, predicted that during December 1919, an enormous sunspot would destroy Earth due to the “electro-magnetic pull” on the sun exerted by an alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.

1982 — John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann in their best-selling 1974 book The Jupiter Effect, predicted that the March 10, 1982, alignment of seven planets would lead to a change in the speed of Earth’s rotation and worldwide disaster.


1988, 1989, 1990 and 1993 – Retired NASA engineer Edgar Whisenant wrote 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988. He had crunch of numerical clues in the Bible and said the end would come between Sept. 11 and 13, 1988. His book sold millions of copies. When it did not happen, he revised the date to 1989. Then to 1990. And then 1993.

1995 – In 1987, Japanese author Chizuo Matsumoto renamed himself Shoko Asahara and mashed together various aspects of Buddhism, Nostradamus, Christianity, Hinduism and yoga into Aum Shinrikyo or “Supreme Truth”). He proclaimed himself Christ, then was convicted of spreading deadly nerve gas through the Tokyo subway system, killing 12 and injuring thousands in March 1995. He was convicted and sentenced to death, but is still awaiting execution.


1997 —  When comet Hale-Bopp appeared in 1997, a cult in San Francisco called “Heaven’s Gate” declared that an alien spacecraft was following the comet. About 40 members committed suicide on March 26, 1997 so their spirits could ascend to meet the spaceship.

1999 – Nostradamus’ poetry has been translated and re-translated in dozens of different versions. One of the most famous quatrains reads, “The year 1999, seventh month / From the sky will come great king of terror.”

2000 — Global catastrophe was assured by Richard Noone, author of the 1997 book 5/5/2000 Ice: the Ultimate Disaster. He said the Antarctic ice mass would be three miles thick by May 5, 2000, on which the planets would be aligned in the heavens, resulting in global icy extinction.


2008 — Ronald Weinland’s 2006 book 2008: God’s Final Witness states that hundreds of millions of people would die by the end of 2006. By the fall of 2008, he said, the United States would collapse as a world power and no longer exist as an independent nation.” His book noted that the author “places his reputation on the line as the end-time prophet of God.”

2011 – Harold Camping, a radio preacher with a chain of stations in California, proclaims Judgment Day will occur on May 21, 2011, revised from his previous declaration that it would occur on September 6, 1994.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jkat

    Most familiar woshipers think no man will know, as the Book has it. Others will pop-up from time to time claiming otherwise, having of course – followers.

    Whatever the case, the most important thing we can do is prepare ourselves for the time to come. Some live to worship evil found in thngs such as drugs, money, pornography, power & greed… etc…

    Living the Word is the only thing that will save us, and make the world a better place in the mean time.

  • http://WearelivingintheLastDays! Chaplain Jack

    I believe that Jesus Christ is coming back agian. That this event “The Rapture of The Church,” where Jesus Christ Himself will call all true believers to join Him in heaven. It will happen , as the Bible says, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” No one knows the Day or Hour. “…not even the angles of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36). Here is a closing question for you: If Jesus came back today, would you be ready?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sandy

    Everyday, the world comes to an end for a vast number of people that exist on this globe, no man knows the hour only God in my mind means our death. Not one single day is promised to any of us, all we have is this day and we should be thankful and live it to its fullest.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment san

    Man fabricates events for his own benefit. God has no watch on his right hand, He knows no time as we do. Time doesnt exist in Gods realm. Man is so primative and so nieve.

  • http://EndofDays Ingrid

    I believe the world ends when a person dies. Thats when the person is judge. And we see the truth. God does not say when, where, what, who, why and how. We can not predict the only one that can predict is God. Just believe in God have faith in him. Accept Him as your Lord and saviour and all will be well.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment First Lady that Believe in the Father

    I’m glad that I believe in my Father, fake prophets need to stop trying to be GOD because Clearly its only one GOD. U can name ur GOD whatchu want to but remember its only one GOD almighty who is in heaven. In the good book it reads no one knos the day nor thee hour. So no man can come & get me to believe or join his cult. Judgement day comes when the Father says cause he has the FINAL SAY! The son not thee angels kno of he great return oh what a happy day it will be. The question is will we or how many of us will be ready when he comes back? The best way to be is to stay prayed up & to be christ like cause no one could never walk in his shoe. I’m waiting for my fathers return, I want to walk the streets that r paved with gold.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pixie

    Ron Kerby,

    You have a good point that God exists outside outside normal space and time. I would agree with that. The problem is that Jesus was talking in “earth-time”. He was very specific about when he would return. “This generation shall not pass away” and “Some of you will not taste death.”

    If you are a biblical literalist this poses a big problem,to say the least. Did Jesus lie? Maybe. Or more likely those words were put in his mouth.

    I am not against Christianity. But I believe that God gave me a brain and he meant for me to use it. It is not a sin to investigate what is true and what is not true.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dark Paradox

    I am kind of sad that the Rapture did not happen. The loss of so many people of faith could have ushered in a new golden age, a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Oh well, maybe next apocalypse…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    OOPS! Looks like they goofed again! Seems as if some folks have absolutely nothing else to do but try and convince some folks, those religious and those not so much or not at all, that THEY know when this earth will meet it’s demise. Has already become a joke—as will the NEXT prediction from the so called experts. Happy May 22, 2011, everyone. Haven’t met anyone’s god yet. :o)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Danladi Dele Agbeyo

    The Sun, our home star, is the creator of life on our planet earth. Life on earth will be impossible without the sun. All the fuel we use, all the energies stored in our foods that keep all living things alive come indirectly from the sun. The sun, therefore, creates and sustains life, not God or Gods. The sun as a non-living thing, requires no prayers or worship. The sun is a themonuclear reactor that converts its nuclear fuel to heat and light. The sun is a middle aged star and has enough fuel to last another 5 billion years. The earth and other planets in our solar system will continue to revolve round the sun for as long as the sun exist. This is based on basic, solid science. Threfore, millions of prophesies or revelations on imminebt end of the world are mere wishful thoughts and not to be taken seriously as a gospel truth.

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