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Famous prophecies about the end of the world

Not all predictions come true: Computers kept running after Y2K, the 'unsinkable' Titanic sank, and it turns out the world is not flat. But that doesn't stop people from believing them. Here are several dates on which the world should have ended according to some questionable predictions.

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It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
Famous Prophecies About The End Of Days

Not all predictions come true: Computers kept running after Y2K, the “unsinkable” Titanic sank, and it turns out the world is not flat. But that doesn’t stop people from believing. Throughout history, people have predicted the demise of civilization as we know it — some down to the exact time of day — but we’re still here.  According to the believers, here are several dates on which the world should have ended.


1666

Who: The People of London
What was predicted: A year ending with “666” already worried many people around Europe. The fire that began on 2 Sept. in London was surely going to be the end of the world.
What really happened: The fire, which began in a bakery, burned upwards of 13,000 buildings, but fewer than 10 people died in the flames.

1806

Who: The Prophet Hen
What was predicted: A hen in Leeds, England, began laying eggs that had the message “Christ is coming” written on them, indicative of the end of days.
What really happened: Visitors flocked to examine the eggs and prepared for the day of judgment. That was until it was discovered that the hen was, in fact, laying perfectly normal eggs that were then written on and cruelly reinserted into the hen.

1844

Who:Baptist preacher William Miller and the Millerites
What was predicted: Between 21 March, 1843, and 21 March, 1844, Jesus Christ would arrive for the Second Coming, and the Earth would burn.
What really happened: As many as 100,000 people gathered to await the end of days. The date passed, and Miller revised his prediction to October 22. Disappointed followers eventually disbanded, and many formed the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

1954

Who: Dorothy Martin, housewife and student of Dianetics
What was predicted: Aliens from the planet Clarion told Martin that flooding would destroy the world on 21 December and that believers would by rescued by spacecraft.
What really happened: Believers amassed at Martin’s home to await the spacecraft’s arrival at midnight. After several hours waiting, she reported another message from Clarions saying God spared Earth thanks to the Martin’s group.

1988

Who: Hal Lindsey and his book “The Late Great Planet Earth”
What was predicted: The world was to end by 31 December, and world events  (such as the threat of nuclear war) suggested demise was certain.
What really happened: The world continued on, and Lindsey went on to posit several other dates for the Rapture, though none were as popular as in 1998.

1994

Who: Harold Camping
What was predicted: Based on a series of calculations from the Bible, Camping said the world would end in September
What really happened: The world survived through 1994, and Camping went on to predict several other dates for the end of days — which have all failed, as well.

2012

Who: The ancient Mayans
What was predicted: Interpretations of the Long Count calendar suggest the world will end 21 December.
What really happened: To be determined!

 

SOURCES: TIME, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

 


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