People have predicted Doomsday for centuries, so today's doomsayers aren't unique. Every preceding generation declared there were valid signs that the end of the world was unfolding right before their eyes, and yet life has gone on. Discover several End of Days prophecies and see what became of the predictions (spoiler alert: the world is still here).
Holy Bible Prophecies of End Days
Walk into almost any church and you'll hear sermons on The Revelation and that the end is near. Clerics point to world events and climate change, but are these truly Revelation signs or just another chapter in the long story of human and Earth history? There are End of Days prophecies throughout the Holy Bible, but most people focus on The Revelation. This prophecy tells of tribulation, famine, wars, and all manner of evil before the Second Coming of Jesus, the Christ.
At the Second Coming, the righteous and those resurrected will live on Earth with Jesus Christ. He'll reign for the next 1,000 years. At the end of 1,000 years, the people will receive eternal life and go to another paradise. This will be like the Garden of Eden, only this time there is no forbidden fruit. God's wrath on Adam and Eve is gone and with it all suffering, sorrow, and death. For those living in the new paradise, they will spend eternal life with God.
The Biblical prophecy of a star called Wormwood is mentioned in Revelation 8:11. The scripture reads, "a great star burning like a torch fell from heaven and landed on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water." The star turns the waters bitter and tasting like wormwood oil. People then die from the water.
In 1986, the devastating disaster of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine was considered by many to be the sounding of the third trumpet. The reasoning for this conclusion was the Ukrainian word for Wormwood is Chernobyl. Of course, there was no falling star involved, but people overlooked that detail and embraced the nuclear disaster as an End Days' sign.
Mark of the Beast
In The Revelation, the center of chaos is the antichrist, aka "The Beast," who bears the mark of 666. The end of the world comes through war, famine, disease, and other afflictions. Most importantly is how those who willingly take the Mark of the Beast will suffer a plague brought by God's angels. Ever since the prophecy was written, people have been identifying all kinds of things as the fated Mark of the Beast.
When Social Security Numbers (SSN) were first created, doomsdayers were convinced they were the Mark of the Beast. Then came credit cards, and those numbers were the soul condemning Mark of the Beast. After that came IP addresses, followed by microchips that could be used underneath the skin for tracking, then GPS coordinates, and the list continues.
All of these numbers are just that, numbers. Even Bible scholars disagree about the end of days described by The Revelation as the foretelling of future events. Some believe it's an account of the past while others believe it's the foretelling of the entire history of the church up until Christ returns.
The Third Antichrist
16th century philosopher Nostradamus (aka Michel de Nostredame) is the most famous End of Days prophet. The antichrist will rule the world before the Second Coming of Christ. According to the prophecy of Nostradamus, there will be three antichrists. Nostradamus made what many believe are accurate descriptions of the first two antichrists, Napoleon and Hitler. The third and final one he identified as "Mabus." Some people who follow his prophecies believe that the third antichrist currently walks the Earth. Numerous attempts to peg Mabus have been made and include failed world leaders or terrorists, such as Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden. Some people point to these modern madmen as mere forerunners, paving the way for the third and final antichrist.
William Miller was a Baptist preacher who believed the world was coming to an end - soon. He began to preach the end of the world was imminent in 1831 and by 1843, he had accumulated more than 100,000 followers. Pressured by his followers to give the date for when the world would end, Miller predicted it would happen sometime between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844. When March 21, 1844, rolled around and Christ didn't come, Miller claimed his calculations were off, and he presented his followers with the new date of October 22, 1844. When Christ didn't return on that date, it became known as the Great Disappointment. The Millerite Movement shattered. However, one faction went on to form their own religious movement, the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Englishwoman Joanna Southcott was a self-proclaimed prophet who dubbed herself as the Woman of the Apocalypse. She wrote her end days prophecies in the poetic style of rhyming and published her own books. She gained fame and a devout following of about 100,000. She even sold individual Seals of the Lord to her followers that certified they would go to Heaven. When she was 64 years old, Joanna, a self-proclaimed virgin, announced she was pregnant with the second messiah. As soon as her son was born, the end of times would begin. The truth was, Joanna had some type of undisclosed medical condition that made her appear pregnant. She died soon after her announcement.
The Prophet Hen of Leeds
Imagine going to the hen house to collect the morning's eggs and finding an inscription on them that states, "Christ is coming." In 1806, this is what Mary Bateman, a follower of Joanna Southcott, claimed she found in her Leeds, England henhouse. The hen's prophetic eggs drew crowds from all over the country. It was later discovered that Mary used an acid to inscribe the eggs and then reinserted them back into the hen. When the poor hen managed to lay the eggs a second time, they appeared with the miraculous message. Hoaxing prophetic eggs was the least of Mary's deceptions. That same year, she was arrested and sentenced to death for murdering a woman with poisoned pudding.
Hopi End of the World Prophecy
In 1999, Hopi Sovereign Nation Chief Dan Evehema, Eldest Elder, shared sacred Hopi prophecies including the "Closing of the Fourth World." The History Channel's series Countdown to Apocalypse Episode 4 Hopi Blue Star discusses the Hopi tradition of prophecy and how the previous three worlds ended in fire (first world), ice (second world) and flood (third world).
The Hopi (People of Peace) were spared during the third world closing and "made a sacred covenant with the Great Spirit." They became the stewards of the world, tasked with keeping it in balance through ceremonies and sacred shrines. Ancient Origins lists some of those prophecies coming to pass and the build up to the present ones. One of the most profound pivotal signs of the prophecy, according to Chief Dan Evehema, was, "We were told that someone would try to go up to the moon: that they would bring something back from the moon; and that after that, nature would show signs of losing its balance."
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first man to step foot on the moon and brought back Moon rocks. Since the 1970s, changes in weather patterns and natural disasters have accelerated with droughts, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and more.
The Hopi message to the world is to return to "original spiritual teachings." The Hopi warn that the world has been taken by a great sickness: greed. The Great Spirit has chosen three helpers for the Hopi. If they fail, then "the one from the west will come like a big storm." If they are successful and at least one Hopi remains who kept the covenant, then the Great Spirit will save the world and renew it. For those who survive the end of the fourth world, the reward will be a beautiful world of everlasting life and peace. The fifth world is the final world and is birthed from the turmoil, chaos, and suffering of the dying fourth world.
Cayce Prophecy of Middle East Unrest
One Edgar Cayce reading (3976-26) given on April 28, 1941 foretold of unrest in the Middle East. He warned, "There are still influences indicated in the lives of groups banded as nations, banded as peoples, still influenced by those happenings." Cayce spoke of the powers of light and darkness clashing as they had 1600 years earlier. The regions of unrest are Libya, Egypt, Ankara, and Syria.
In that same reading, Cayce described the horrors that eventually were perpetrated in these regions. He dictated, "...we find nation against nation; the powers of death, destruction, the wrecking of that which has been and is held near and dear to the hearts..." He stated the strife will continue in the straits of areas "above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf."
Magnetic Polar Shift
Of the many future events Cayce saw that later happened, the polar shift was the one most scoffed at by his critics. Cayce viewed the polar shift as the beginning of the Apocalypse. It was sometime during the 1920s and 1930s that Cayce's readings discussed how the Earth's crust moves independently of the Earth's core. As a result of this movement, a pole shift would occur in 1998.
In 2002, NASA released a document of collected satellite data beginning in 1998. This data revealed a "bulge in the Earth's gravity field at the equator" that was still growing. In January 2011, Fox News reported that the Earth's "Northern magnetic pole is drifting slowly but steadily towards Russia -- and it's throwing off planes in Florida." In fact, the Tampa International Airport closed to "readjust its runways."
The 1910 arrival of Halley's Comet created pandemonium. People pointed to Nostradamus's predictions and stories of the gases the comet would release to poison the world. Everyone sought to buy a gas mask. Medicinal cures were hawked, such as Comet Pills, guaranteed to offer protection from the death gases of the comet. Churches attempted to address the panic by offering special comet vigils.
There were predictions that the tides would rise and create a worldwide flood. Earthquakes would tear the world asunder. It was truly the End of Days. Then, the comet came, and it went as quietly and unobtrusively as it arrived. The world survived with no consequence other than the beauty of the passing comet overshadowed by unfounded panic.
In 1997, the Hale-Bopp Comet arrived, and the internet hummed with stories that an alien spacecraft was in tow. A conspiracy evolved that NASA was covering up this fact. Even in the face of reputable astronomers reassuring the public that there was no alien spacecraft, many fringe believers held fast to their beliefs.
The San Diego UFO cult, Heaven's Gate, latched on to the conspiracy, believing the comet signified that the end had begun. The UFO in tow was their ticket to the "Next Level." Tragically, on March 26, 1997, all 39 cult members were discovered dead, having committed mass suicide. They'd believed their souls would be transported onto the alien spaceship, providing them with the means to get to Heaven.
Another End of Days prophet was Hon-Ming Chen, a Taiwanese religious leader who established Chen Tao (True Way). The strange hybrid religion was a mix of Buddhism, Christianity, Taiwanese folklore, and a UFO conspiracy theory.
Chen told his followers that on March 25, 1988, the world would shake as Channel 18 in the United States would suddenly be taken over by God, who would reveal that he was present and in one week would come down to Earth. God's physical appearance would amazingly be identical to the preacher's appearance.
Of course, God didn't interrupt the TV station or come down to Earth. Still, Chen's arrogance didn't prevent his second prophecy. A year after his failed prophecy, he boasted that millions of devil spirits and a massive flood would create the extinction of the human race. Loyal followers would be allowed to buy passage on the soon to arrive spaceships, so they could escape the cataclysm. They were told to be on the lookout for clouds, since the rescue ships were camouflaged to look like simple clouds. The cataclysm didn't happen and the spaceships never showed up.
Mayan 2012 End of World Prophecy
December 21, 2012 was proclaimed to be the end of the world by those who misinterpreted the end of the Mayan Long Calendar. Others understood that date only signified the end of a 5,125-year cycle also knew that the date was never intended to become a prophecy of the end of the world. According to National Geographic, December 21, 2012 concluded the 13th Bak'tun. A Bak'tun is a 400-year period within the Mayan long-count calendar. When a long-count calendar ends, the calendar simply resets to start the next long-count (5,125-year cycle) and the next 400 year Bak'tun.
However, some people latched on to the so-called Mayan Prophecy that the world was coming to an end on that fated calendar date. The date came and nothing significant happened. No cataclysmic events erupted. The world didn't end. It was just another false prophecy that rumbled across the planet and fizzled out.
Another prediction overlooked was found in the Mayan tablet known as Monument Six. This tablet predicted what would happen on December 21, 2012, but that portion of the tablet was broken off. However, the remaining portion told of a new era emerging through blood, suffering, pain, and then joy, as in a birthing or rebirthing process. William Saturno, Archaeologist and National Geographic Grantee, explained that the Mayans never predicted the end of the world, although many people misinterpreted this other Mayan related artifact. In fact, the Mayans predicted the Earth would continue for another 7,000 years!
Evangelical radio preacher Harold Camping spent millions promoting the Rapture date of May 21, 2011. Christian followers donated money, and some even gave everything they owned. Many quit their jobs in preparation of being taken into Heaven during the Rapture. When the day came and went, Camping revised his prediction, claiming he'd miscalculated and was five months off. When the revised October date also came and went with no Rapture, Camping was forced to admit he was wrong. He died two years later at the age of 92.
Pope Innocent III
In 1213 AD, Pope Innocent III spoke of End of Days signs. He dubbed the rise of Islam as a result of the Antichrist's reign. He decreed that the Crusaders defeating Islam would in fact usher in the Second Coming of Christ. He declared Muhammed was the false prophet, and that God had provided a sign that the end was fast approaching. He wrote that The Revelation of Saint John had given the fated number that 666 years would pass before Christ's Second Coming. He pointed out that 600 years had already passed. Of course, the Pope was wrong and the Second Coming didn't happen as he predicted.
End of Day Predictions
Ever since The Revelation was written, there have been prophecies claiming the world is in the throes of the End of Days. Many of today's Christians, like those over the past 2,000 years, staunchly believe the signs of the End of Days are upon the world and the Second Coming is imminent. If following what the Bible says, then it's vital to remember that not even the Angels in Heaven will know that time, and that only God knows.