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End of the world predictions

12 Failed end-of-the-world
predictions for 1990 - 1994

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Overview:

Some Christians and secular individuals predicted several momentous events that they believed are related:

bulletThe second coming of Jesus Christ, when he returns to earth after almost two millennia.'
bulletThe war of Armageddon -- a massive battle in Israel.'
bulletThe arrival on earth of the Antichrist, an evil political, military leader.'
bulletThe Tribulation, a seven year interval of great suffering and death. '
bulletThe Rapture, when Christians who have been born again -- both living and dead -- will rise into the sky towards Jesus.'
bulletSome horrendous natural disaster.'
bulletetc. '

It is worth noting that all of the following predictions have failed. We expect that predictions being made today about our future will also fail.

Disclaimer:

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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Failed prophecies - 1990 to 1994:

bulletAbout 1990:  Peter Ruckman concluded from his analysis of the Bible that the rapture would come within a few years of 1990.
 
bulletEarly 1990's: In 1992, David Koresh led the Students of the Seven Seals (a.k.a. Branch Davidian) group in Waco Texas. He changed the name of their commune from Mt. Carmel to Ranch Apocalypse, because of his belief that the final all-encompassing battle of Armageddon mentioned in the Bible would start at the Branch Davidian compound. They had calculated that the end would occur in 1995. After a 51-day standoff, on 1993-APR-10, 76 members died as a result of a fire deliberately set by the Branch Davidians.
 
bullet1990-APR-23: Elizabeth Clare Prophet, leader of the Church Universal and Triumphant made a series of statements that many members believed indicated the start of nuclear war on this date. At least 2,000 followers traveled to Montana to take refuge in CUT's fallout shelters on the night of 1990-MAR-15. Some had quit jobs and run up large debts in anticipation of the apocalypse, Nothing happened. Church officials later said that the event had been a drill. 1
bullet1991: Mother Shipton, a 16th century mystic predicted the end of the world: "...The world to an end shall come; in nineteen hundred and ninety-one."
 
bullet1991: C.M. Edwards reported that he regularly receives messages from God. One series in mid-1991 predicted a heavy judgment for the U.S. 1991-SEP would bring extreme devastation to the mid-west. One message stated, in part: "Before the close of this year you shall see My signs-true signs of My coming." 1 Interestingly, although the messages allegedly come from God, Edwards retains the copyright.
 
bullet1992-OCT-28:  Lee Jang Rim, a Korean Christian pastor, taught that the Rapture would occur on this date, at 10:00 AM EST. It didn't happen; many of his followers allegedly committed suicide.
 
bullet1993:
bulletBenny Hinn, an Assemblies of God pastor from Florida predicted that the rapture would come in 1993. He also said that God would destroy all homosexuals by 1995 at the latest.
bulletA millennial new religious movement in the Ukraine predicted the end of the world would happen in 1993-NOV. 3
bullet1993-NOV-11: The 1993-JUL-20 issue of the Weekly World News contained an article titled "Doomsday Asteroids." Top scientists allegedly wrote a top-secret document which revealed that M-167, a known asteroid, would hit the earth on NOV-11 and perhaps end all life on earth. The M series of astronomical objects were catalogued by Messier: M-1 is the crab nebula; M-31 is the Andromeda galaxy; M-45 are the Pleiades. There is no M object with a number higher than M-110.
 
bullet1993 to 1997: Rulon Jeffs was spokesperson for the The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon polygamist splinter group. In 1993, he allegedly told high school graduates to not attend college. The reasoning was that the world would end before they could finish. The splinter group was founded in 1929 and was excommunicated from the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of their promotion of polygyny.

bullet1994, approximately: There have been continual reports that Jesus and Mary have been appearing in Conyers, GA on the 13th of every month to deliver a message to Nancy Fowler, a homemaker and nurse. Over 1 million pilgrims have visited her prayer site. On 1994-FEB-6, Jesus is recorded as saying: "Conflicts will turn into wars....Then so will the earth tremble in many places. The earth will divide. The earth will divide and take away your riches. Some of you will die suddenly. You will have no warning...The clock continues to tick. The hour is rapidly approaching when one disaster after another will befall you. There will be fighting everywhere. There will be famine and polluted water in many places." Unfortunately, no specific dates were given for these occurrences. 4
bullet1994: A major, though unofficial, Jehovah's Witness prediction date.
 
bullet1994-SEP: Harold Camping, president of Family Radio predicted on his radio programs that the end of the world would happen sometime between 1994-SEP-5 and SEP-27. He said that he did not know the precise day because Matthew 24:36 of the Christian Scriptures says that "no man knows the day nor the hour." He interpreted a reference in John 21:1-14 to the disciples being 200 cubits from the shore in the Sea of Galilee as meaning that there would be 2,000 years between the birth and the second coming of Jesus. He estimates that Jesus was born on 0007-OCT-4 BCE. 5

References:

  1. "Elizabeth Clare Prophet, leader of sect that predicted nuclear Armageddon dies at 70," ReligionNewsBlog, 2009-OCT-17, at: http://www.religionnewsblog.com/
  2. C.M. Edwards, "Heavy judgment coming to the U.S.A.," at: http://www.geocities.com/
  3. Peter Levenda, "Unholy Alliance: A history of Nazi involvement with the occult," Continuum, (2003), Page 284.
  4. Appearances of Jesus and Mary in Conyers, GA, are described at: http://www.conyers.org/
  5. Edmund D. Cohen, "Harold Camping and the Stillborn Apocalypse." Free Inquiry 15 (Winter 1995),  Pages 35-40. Back copies of Free Inquiry can be ordered at: http://www.secularhumanism.org/

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