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End-of-the-world prophecies

In 2007 or 2008. All have failed

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Overview:

Predictions have been made of several events that some Christians 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 and occult predictions have also been offered as well. 1

In this section of our web site, we have listed over 7 dozen past predictions of TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) which have one factor in common: none have ever came true. There is every likelihood that most (perhaps all) of these future predictions will not materialize either.

Here are more than 30 additional predictions for the rest of this decade.

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.

Predictions of TEOTWAWKI in 2007 that never happened:

bulletAccording to the Weekly world News for 2001-FEB-13, the rapture was expected on the 7th hour of the 7th day of the 7th month of the Hebrew calendar year that corresponds to 2007 CE. Jesus will appear simultaneously in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Washington, Moscow and in every other capital city of the world.
bulletDr Michael Mau predicts that Armageddon has already begun and will intensify during 2007:

"...our planet, its vibrations accelerated, will swing out of the grip of the dark forces that have imposed upon us, horrors such as 911 and into the light. But there will be no avoiding the resulting turmoil: what we see now is just the beginning..." 2

bulletMichael Travesser, a.k.a. Wayne Bent, of the Lord Our Righteousness Church, proclaimed that he is the Messiah. He and his 56 devoted followers live in Strong City, NM. He believed that the Book of Daniel predicted that some important events would occur on 2007-OCT-31 and DEC-15. This has been widely reported as a prediction that the world was to end with some sort of apocalyptic event at midnight on one of those dates. It didn't happen. 3,4

2008: Predictions of the end on specific dates in 2008:

bullet2008-MAR-21: After a lengthy calculation based on the Bible, a British group, The Lord's Witnesses, has concluded that the start of Armageddon will happen on this day. Three quarters of the world's population will die during the subsequent war. This will be preceded by the United Nations taking over complete control of the world in the lunar month preceding 2001-APR-24. This is exactly 666 Hebrew months after the founding of the United Nations in 1945. 5
bullet2008-APR-6: Philip B. Brown incorrectly predicted that the Great Tribulation would start on 2001-APR-7, with the appearance of the the two witnesses described in Revelation. He also predicted that the start of Jesus' millennial reign would be on 2008-APR-6. 6 Neither happened.

bullet2008-APR-17: Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) received the following unsolicited Email:

"Hello. I would like to E-mail you on behalf of one of the end time prophets of the God of Abraham....Traditional Christianity has really lost its way...the Catholic church is the beast power in Revelation and yet Christianity follows its teachings. That is exactly why only 144,000 will be resurrected on Christ's return, to be a part of the the new government that is coming to earth in 2011."

"Everyone else who dies will be resurrected at the end of the first 1,000 years of Christ's rule in a physical body to learn the truths of God. God has not been trying to save anyone. If he has been, he is doing a lousy job. My words are true and you will see for yourself very soon, starting, 2008-APR-17th the 7th seal of revelation will be taking effect. The first 4 trumpets will bring a total collapse to the United states and her closest allies within a 6 month period. This is the great tribulation that will last for 3.5 years beginning on 2008-APR-17. it will begin in the United States and by 2011 only 10 million of the population will be left of the USA. For your own good, the correct day for worship of the eternal is on the Saturday. Sunday was the original worship of the sun god Mithra and also the day of worship for the pagan god Baal. You need to repent. This is all true and once again, it is not from me but from the end time prophet of the God of Abraham. I want you to keep my E-mail address and when these disastrous events begin to take place, you may believe me and contact me again. Good luck and I hope you live in to the new age that is just ahead." (Capitalization, punctuation, spelling corrected and date format changed)

bullet2008-MAY: Pyotr Kuznetsov is the leader of a Russian doomsday sect called the True Orthodox Church. They reject processed food and regard bar codes as Satanic symbols. He predicted that the world would end in 2008-MAY. During 2007-NOV, thirty-five of his followers barricaded themselves in a cave near the village of Kikolskoye, 435 miles (725 km) southeast of Moscow. They threatened to blow up gas cylinders if officials tried to force them to leave. Twenty-four left when spring floods caused part of the cave to collapse; only a few adults remained. Meanwhile, Kuznetsov is believed to have become depressed at the failure of his prophecies and tried to commit suicide by hitting himself on the head with a log. 7

bullet2009-SEP-19: El Shaddai Ministries predicts that Jesus will return to Earth in 2015, and that the tribulation could start during the fall of 2008 at the Feast of Trumpets: September 19. 13
 
bullet2008-OCT-31: Michael Travesser's group of 45 adult followers survived his failed 2007 prediction. It is fairly common among such groups to experience an increase in group cohesion after a failed prophecy, as they desperately search for a new prediction in which to believe. Travesser and some of his followers started one-week fast during which they ate no food, followed by another one-week fast when they consuming neither food nor water. This was to protest the criminal charges against their leader based on allegations of his sexual conduct involving underage girls -- a charge he denies. Their plan was to continue this until they receive their "deliverance promised by heaven" at the end of their "Year of Jubilee."

They collected on Friday midnight, expecting a deliverance from God from their earthly life. It never came. They then broke their fast. Travesser accused the local District Attorney of harassment and is considering lawsuits against the State of New Mexico for civil rights violations. He was arrested and taken to the hospital in Clayton, NM. He wrote:
"Today is the last day of the year of Jubilee. The Jubilee is the year God's people are delivered from this earth. The Scriptures also call it "The Last Trump." This final message brings judgement, [sic] and announces the deliverance, the change, and the end of all things. We have been in the year of judgment since Ben Anthony filmed our celebration one year ago today, later mocking it in his documentary film. I am writing, perhaps for the last time on this page, to wrap up a few details of the last few days." 8.9,10

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Predictions of the end sometime in 2008:

bullet2008: Ronald Weinland believes that he "... has been send by God as His end-time prophet." Weinland predicts the demise of the United States, followed by the start of "man's final war" in 2008. He has published a book titled: "2008: God's Final Witness." A free copy can be obtained at: http://the-end.com/ The year 2008 has ended, but his book is still available.

bullet2008: Billy Hargie predicted the assassination of the next president of the U.S. by a southern activist. This would cause riots which would require the U.S. army to be recalled from Iraq. Iran will then be overrun by Iran. A nuclear world war will start. The environment will rapidly degenerate. The Mayan prediction for 2012 will come true. 97% of all known species will become extinct. Scattered pockets of humans will survive by living off the land. He describes this as the "Dawn of the Eighth Day."

bullet2008?: Linda Newkirk reported that she received a revelation from Yahweh on 2007-NOV-17. She writes that a comet, 17/P Holmes, "... is a sign of the [second] coming of the Son of Man" -- Yeshua of Nazareth or Jesus Christ. The comet was discovered by Edwin Homes in 1892 and follows an inclined elliptical orbit between the planets Mars and Jupiter. It experienced a massive increase in brightness during the night of 2007-OCT-23-24 when it went from about a magnitude 17 to about 2.8 in just 42 hours. Linda's prophecy appears to have been another false alarm, because the comet has since faded from sight with no appearance of Yeshua. The comet is expected to return in 2014. 11,12

Related essays:

bulletThe end of the Millennium: What people thought would happen: The Y2K Problems: Social, Economic, and Spiritual Aspects
bulletPremillennialism 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. Tom McIver, "The end of the world: An annotated bibliography," McFarland & Company, (1999) You can read a review and perhaps buy this book from amazon.com online bookstore. "This bibliography contains careful and bias-free annotations of close to 3,500 works written over many centuries about the end of the world." It mainly lists Christian sources, but also includes some Jewish, Islamic, psychic and occult predictions. An Amazon.com reader regards this book as "Indispensable for serious researchers."
  2. "What happens from now until the year 2012?," at: http://www.arberton.com/
  3. "The end of the world cult: Michael Travesser," Channel 4, UK. 2007-DEC-112, at: http://www.religionnewsblog.com/
  4. Personal Email.
  5. "The date of Armageddon without using the code," The Lord's Witnesses, at: http://www.bibledecoded.com/
  6. Unsolicited E-mail from "Paul" at 888leon888_@mail.ru
  7. Phil Stone, "The Parable of the Good Samaritan," Bible Time, at: http://www.bibletime.com/
  8. "The 16th Day," Strong City mirror site, at: http://www.strongcity2.info/
  9. Raam Wong, " 'Life Goes On' for N.M. Cult Followers," Albuquerque Journal, 2008-NOV-02,Nov. 2, 2008. Subscription required. Article summarized at: http://www.religionnewsblog.com/
  10. Jeff Bent, "The Last Day," Strong City mirror site, at: http://www.strongcity2.info/
  11. "An Open Invitation to A Spectacular and Timely Heavenly Event!," Mountain Prophecies, at: http://www.prophecies.org/
  12. "17P/Holmes," Wikipedia, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/
  13. "Stipulating Eclipse Comments," El Shaddai Ministries, at: http://www.elshaddaiministries.us/

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