Throughout our history, we have seen people make several predictions and put forth various theories on how there is an imminent apocalyptic event that will end life as we know it. Some predictions saw the world’s end through raging fires, while others predicted floods or even comets. What remains known about them is that they were predicted and did not happen.
We have a list of the different doomsday events predicted to end the world for you. While all these apocalypse predictions did not come true, there might be something on the horizon that could cause the end of the world.
The Mayan Apocalypse
One of the most well-known predictions about the end of the world was for December 12, 2012. Around eight years ago, the Mayan Long Count calendar’s first “Great Cycle” was supposed to end. Many people made the mistake of interpreting the end of the calendar cycle as a prediction for the world’s end.
The calendar was tracking dates from 5,125 years and would stop its cycle on December 12, 2012. Many people considered various possibilities of how the world would end once the cycle was complete. From an imaginary planet called Nibiru to giant solar flairs, some predictions never took place.
The Harold Camping Prediction
Harold Camping was a renowned public figure who predicted the end of times at least 12 times based on interpreting numerology from biblical events. He published a book in 1992 called ‘1994?’ that predicted the end of the world sometime within that period.
His most prominent apocalypse prediction was for May 21, 2011. According to his interpretation of biblical numerology, it was the date exactly 7,000 years from the biblical flood from Noah’s time. However, the date passed without anything significant taking place. He pushed back the date to October 21, 2011 – again, there was no incident.
Hon-Ming Chen’s True Way
Hon-Ming Chen was a Taiwanese religious leader who predicted the end of the world through God’s descent on the Earth. Chen created a religious movement called True Way and gained plenty of traction among his followers. He predicted that on March 25, 1988, the world would end as God descended to the planet in a physical form similar to his own.
According to his prediction, the world would end a year after his descent. Millions of devil spirits will rampage the world along with massive flooding that would lead to mass extinction. Nothing happened.
William Miller’s Millerism
William Miller was a prominent religious leader in the 1800s. He began preaching his religious views in the early 1830s, predicting that the world will see the second coming of Jesus Christ in 1843, and the end of the world would soon follow. He had at least 100,000 followers who believed that when Jesus would arrive, they would be carried off to heaven before the world was destroyed. Miller’s prediction did not come true, and the world carried on.
Johannes Stoffler’s Great Flood
A notable German mathematician and astrologer, Johannes Stoffler, also predicted the end of the world. He prophesized a great flood that would cover the world as a whole on February 25, 1524. His prediction for the flooding was based on the alignment of all the known planets at the time under Pisces, the water sign star formation.
On the actual day of his prediction, the world saw nothing more than the usual light rain. No floods were recorded anywhere on the planet.
The Great London Fire
The 17th Century saw most of Europe fear that the end of the world was upon them by 1666. The Great London Fire is one of the most devastating events in London’s history. The fire lasted for three days between September 2 and September 5, 1666.
Most people saw the London fires as the fulfillment of the apocalypse prediction. However, the fire only claimed ten lives and did not destroy the entire world. It was no more than another failed apocalypse prediction.
The Hen Prophet from Leeds
One incredibly absurd prediction for the end of the world came in 1806. The source of the prediction was a hen, of all the things in the world. The prediction came forth when a hen in Leeds supposedly laid eggs inscribed with the message “Christ is coming.”
People around the country began to freak out. They would visit the hen in droves and began to despair about the coming of the Day of Judgment. Later, it was discovered that the owner of the hen had been writing on the eggs.
Joanna Southcott and The Second Messiah
Joanna Southcott was a 42-year old lady who predicted that the world would end. She claimed that she had started hearing voices that told her about future events like crop failures and famines in 1799 and 1800. She garnered a substantial following of more than 100,000 believers.
In 1813, she predicted that she would give birth to the second messiah. Her son’s arrival on the planet would signal the last days of the Earth. She died before she could give birth to a baby, and the prediction never came true.
The Reality of the Situation
As per biblical knowledge, the second coming of Jesus Christ is a prerequisite for the end of times, and the exact date is, in fact, encoded within the text. Over the centuries since Jesus Christ came to the Earth, many have tried to predict the end of the world. You can see a common pattern with William Miller, Harold Camping, and Joanna Southcott, among many others, when it comes to the apocalypse predictions they have made.
According to Prophet Zechariah and Apostle John, the bible has the date of the second coming of Jesus – but it wasn’t for all to decipher and predict the end of the world. Many have tried and failed over the years. However, the people who tried were not genetically intuned to “hack” the date. The people’s intent was correct, but they were not meant to predict the end of the world. Those who are Gentile would hack the exact date of the second coming of Christ and the end of times. There are major events in the world happening all the time that contribute towards a prediction for the apocalypse that we fail to see. Thomas Bayo discusses it in detail in “2042, End of USA“.