Some dates (not all!) for the End of the World

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53 — Thessalonians panicked on Paul, when they heard a rumor that the day of the Lord was at hand, and they had missed the rapture.

c100 — Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus thought the days of the Messiah would last 40 years.

130 — Rabbi Jose thought the Messiah would come in three generations (60 years), after the destruction of the Temple

400 — Hippolytus "calculated that 5,500 years separated Adam and Christ and that the life of the world was 6,000 six full 'days' of years until the seventh the day of rest." His calculations in 234 indicted there were still two centuries left.

400 — Rabbi Dosa said the Messiah would come at the end of 400 years, based on Genesis 15:13

435 — Rabbi Judah ha-Nasi believed Messiah would come 365 years after Temple destroyed in 70

470 — Rabbi Hanina thought Messiah would come 400 years after Temple Destruction

500 — A prediction that Christ would return in A.D. 500, based on the dimensions of Noah's ark

The end of the Millenium was of course assumed to be the End of the World, and a flood of apocalyptic literature greeted the end of the century.

Both Halley's comet in A.D. 989 and a super nova in A.D. 1006 were interpreted as signs of the end. About the same time, the Moslem caliph, Al Hakim, destroyed the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem prompting apocalyptic fear in the west as well as violent anti-Jewish outbursts.

1033 — This year was sighted as the beginning of the millennium because it marked 1000 years since Christ's crucifixion.

1533 — Beginning of the Millennium, Anabaptists

1533 — Christ's Coming and Judgment at 8:00 AM October 19, 1533; Michael Stiefel

1533 — End of the world, Melchoirites

1572 — Benedictus Aretius of Berne (1505-1547) calculated that 1260 years added to the year Constantine made Christianity the official religion (312+1260=1572) should be the year

1666 generated much discussion as it was 1000 + 666

1715 — Christ's coming; Isaac Newton, a note in his research on the Law of Gravity

1715 — Coming of Christ; William Whiston, who succeeded Newton as the Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge

1809 — Mary Bateman, who specialized in fortune telling, had a magic chicken that laid eggs with end time messages on them. One message said that Christ was coming. The uproar she created ended when she was caught forcing an egg into the hen's oviduct by an unannounced visitor. Mary later was hanged for poisoning a wealthy client.

1814 — Spiritualist Joanna Southcott made the startling claim that she, by virgin birth, would produce the second Jesus Christ. Her abdomen began to swell and so did the crowds of people around her. The time for the birth came and passed — she died soon after. An autopsy revealed it had been a false pregnancy

1836 — John Wesley wrote that "the time, times and half a time" of Revelation 12:14 were 1058­1836, "when Christ should come"

1836 — Millennium begins; Johann Albrecht Bengel divided 666 by 42 and came outh that each month = 15-6/7 years. Came up with date using this formula

1843-1844 — William Miller was the founder of an end-times movement that was so prominent it received its own name — Millerism — precursor to the Jehovah's Witnesses.

1859 — Rev Thomas Parker, a Massachusetts Minister, looked for the millennium to start about 1859.

1874 — invisible return of Christ, by The Watchtower Society (pre-JW). Charles Taze Russell predicted the Rapture in 1910, followed by End of the World in 1914

Later interpreted as invisible return of Christ when nothing visibly happened

1914 — Charles Russell, after being exposed to the teachings of William Miller, founded his own organization - the Jehovah's Witnesses. In 1914 Russell predicted the return of Jesus Christ.

Further dates offered by the Jehovah's Witnesses:
1914, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994

1975 looked likely as it was computed as the 6000th anniversary of the creation of Adam in the Garden of Eden in 4026 BCE. They interpreted Psalms 90:10 as defining the length of a generation to be 80 years. Since 1914 plus 80 equals 1994, they predicted Armageddon would occur around that year. The latest estimate was 6000 years after the creation of Eve, for which no date can be determined with any accuracy.

1918 — JWs

1925 — JWs again

1953 — David Davidson wrote a book titled "The Great Pyramid, Its Divine Message". In it, he predicted that the world would end in 1953.

1957 — JWs again!

1960 — Piazzi Smyth, a past astronomer royal of Scotland, wrote a book circa 1860 titled "Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid." It was responsible for spreading the belief in pyramidology throughout the world. He concluded from his research that the millennium would start before the end of 1960

1967 — When the city of Jerusalem was reclaimed by the Jews in 1967, prophecy watchers declared that the "Time of the Gentiles" had come to an end.

1970's — The late Moses David (formerly David Berg) founder of The Children of God predicted an apocalypse

1970 — The True Light Church of Christ incorrectly forecasts the return of Jesus

1975 — The JWs are back again!

1981 — Lindsey boldly declared that "The Rapture" would occur before Dec. 31, 1981, based on Christian prophesy, astronomy and a dash of ecological fatalism

1982 — Planetary alignment would trigger events causing the end of the world

1984 — The JWs take the record for failed predictions — nine so far

1984 - 1999 — Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh predicted massive destruction, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bombay will all disappear

1986 — Moses David of The Children of God faith group predicted that the Battle of Armageddon would take place in 1986

1987 — The Harmonic Convergence planned for Aug. 16-17, 1987, and several New Age events were to occur at that time. The second coming of the serpent god of peace and the Hopi dance awakening were two examples.

1988 — The book "88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988" came out only a few months before the event was to take place. What little time the book had, it used effectively. By the time Sept 11-13 rolled around, whole churches were caught up in the excitement the book generated

1989 — After the passing of the deadline in 88 Reason's, the author, Edgar Whisenaunt, came out with a new book called "89 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1989." This book sold only a fraction of his prior release

1990s — David Koresh of the Branch Davidian group in Waco Texas 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. After a 51-day standoff, 76 members died as a result of a deliberately set fire.

1993 — If the year 2000 is the end of the 6000 year cycle, then the rapture must take place in 1993, because you would need 7 years of the tribulation. This was the thinking of a number of prophecy writers

1994 — After promising themselves they would not make any more end time predictions, the JWs fell off the wagon and proclaimed 1994 as the conclusion of an 80 year generation - the year 1914 was the starting point

1995 — Armageddon Delayed! In November 1995 JWs make newspaper headlines around the world announcing the postponement of the End

1996 — Since 1658, many Christians have accepted the calculations of James Ussher, an Irish archbishop, who estimated that the first day of creation occurred on 4004-OCT-23 BCE. This would make the time interval between the creation of the world and a common estimate of the birth of Christ to be precisely 4000 years. Some people believe that Ussher fudged the data to make it come out neatly. He also estimated that the end of the world would occur exactly 6000 years later, in the fall of 1996.

1998 — Numerology: Because 666 times three equals 1998 some people point to this years as being a prophetically significant year

1998 — Marilyn Agee in her book "The End of the Age" has her sights set on May 31, 1998. This date will conclude the 6000 year cycle from the time of Adam. Agee looks for the Rapture to take place on Pentecost also known as the feast of weeks. Another indicator is the fact that the Holy Spirit did not descend upon the until 50 days from Christ's resurrection before descending on the Church. Israel was born in 1948, add the 50 days and you come up with 1998. If this prophecy fails, numerology will mark itself as one of the most unreliable method of foretelling and yet the most repeated. After her May 31 rapture date failed, Agee, lacking the ability to face up to her error, continued her date setting by using various scripture references to pointing to June 7, 14, and 21.

1999 — TV newscaster-turned-psychic Charles Criswell King said in 1968 that the world as we know it will cease to exist on August 18, 1999

1999 — Second Coming of Jesus Christ predicted by Kirk Nelson using Edgar Cayce's Predictions in correlation with the Christian Bible.

1999 — Hon-Ming Chen has founded God's Salvation Church in Texas. The group believes that a nuclear war will destroy parts of Earth in 1999. They have identified a nine-year old boy as the "Jesus of the East", a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. They believe that if they can link him up with the "Jesus of the West" then 100 million lives will be spared. The second Jesus is supposed to live in Vancouver BC, look like Abraham Lincoln, and have been born in late 1969. Their search was unsuccessful

2000 — Michael Drosnin, author of "The Bible Code," found a hidden message in the Pentateuch (the first five books in the Bible) that predicts that World War III, involving a worldwide atomic holocaust, will start in 2000 (or perhaps 2006)

2004 — a date for Jesus' return is based upon Psalmology, numerology, the biblical 360 days per year, Jewish holidays, and "Biblical astronomy."

2012 — New Age writers cite Mayan and Aztec calendars which predict the end of the age on Dec 21, 2012.

2012 — Michael Drosnin, author of "The Bible Code," found a hidden message in the Pentateuch (the first five books in the Bible) that predicts that a comet will crash into the earth in 2012 and annihilate all life.

2034 — John Denton (Bible Research & Investigation Co) takes the view that both covenants must be of equal time. (problem with this view is that the first covenant started at Sinai. The promises to Abraham are completely separate from the first covenant. Gal 3 and Heb 8)

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Check 'em out ...over 200 dates for the end of the world!

Thomas
 
Great post! And it just goes to show that nobody knows when the day will be, which is exactly what the Bible says. I'm sick of so-called Christians wasting their lives on attempting to predict God's actions, when it serves them and humanity much better to simply obey Christ's teaching to love God and love each other.
 
Interesting post Thomas....

End of the world....... Who really cares? lol..... Focus on the present and do the best you can, to be worthy of any sort of mercy, strange how (so many) humans are fascinated in studying their holy books for something they have no control over, instead of what they do.

And 'Still thinking' It isn't only christians that are listed....


Ma Salama.
 
I'm with you, 17th. We're more likely to just plain 'ole die than to have the end of the world happen. But either way, it's better if we just do what is right each day and be grateful for God's grace. Then, we're doing what we ought to be doing whether it's the end of the world tomorrow or not.

It's not like even if we knew, we could do anything about it. (Except maybe take a few weeks off work before hand...) :rolleyes:
 
for those who have been given insight they know that 1914 is the START of the last days , and now in 2008 we are well along into bible prophecy and chronology , yes we really are living in the time of the end and things are moving along just as the bible foretold.

Jesus foretold that many persons would be distressed by the fulfillment of the "sign." "Men [will] become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth." However, it would be different with his followers.



Christ told them: "As these things start to occur, raise yourselves erect and lift your heads up, because your deliverance is getting near." (Luke 21:26, 28)

We must not ignore what is happening, nor senselessly brush it aside as coincidental.

Those in Jerusalem who ignored the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in their day lost their lives. Jesus tells us: "Keep awake . . . that you may succeed in escaping."—Luke 21:34-36.
Yes, it is possible to survive the end of the present wicked system of things. No human knows the exact "day and hour" of the coming end, but what has occurred on earth in our lifetime proves that it is very near.

However, more is asked of us than merely ‘keeping on the watch.’ (Matthew 24:36-42) It should have an effect on our thinking and conduct.
Peter writes: "Your lives should be holy and dedicated to God, as you wait for the Day of God. . . . Do your best to be pure and faultless."—2 Peter 3:11-14, Good News Bible.


As part of the "sign," Jesus said: "This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14)


To have our proper share in that activity, we need to know what that "kingdom" is and why it is so vital now since the end is near.
 
Nice demonstration, Thomas, of the sad history of doom-mongering. Amazing that even when presented with this clear and unambiguous history of false logic some will still continue to swallow the crap.

Tao
 
Well, I for one am relieved and gratified. It looks like massive propagandized, politically motivated, and targeted fear mongering was not really invented by the U.S. over the past eight years...whew ! Guess that lets the current administration off the hook huh ? Thanks for your work Thomas !

flow....:rolleyes:
 
Well, I for one am relieved and gratified. It looks like massive propagandized, politically motivated, and targeted fear mongering was not really invented by the U.S. over the past eight years...whew ! Guess that lets the current administration off the hook huh ? Thanks for your work Thomas !

flow....:rolleyes:

:p Ha ha! No, unfortunately people's fears have been used against them since the beginning.
 
Hi Da-Veeth...Please explain your belief re: 1844.

flow....:rolleyes:

My great great grandpa almost got eaten by a shark... ;)

Okay, moving on...

I believe 1844 was the end of an age and the beginning of a new era. I believe it was the end of the "Abomination of Desolation" and that the Jews began to return to Palestine that very year, 1844. It is the year of the Declaration of the Bab and the beginning of the Baha'i Faith.
 
"Abomination of Desolation" .



it was, then it was not , then it was here again ,and it is still here. but it is a counterfeit. those who are in the know do not put their trust in it .



only GODS HEAVENLY KINGDOM can bring peace to the earth .


but those who claim to be in the know , but are really unfaithful , will be the first to have it .


its all happening in the last days ,




 
Dah-veeth...thank you for your response. I'll agree that the events that you listed were significant happenings. From the prespective of those who believe as you do they may well mark the end of an age and the beginning of a new era.

But the term "end of the world" connotes deeper and more all-inclusive changes, and not necessarily for the better. I guess we're all just suffering from a confusion of terminology here. See what the "towers of Babel" are capable of doing to us all ?

flow....;)
 
it was, then it was not , then it was here again ,and it is still here. but it is a counterfeit. those who are in the know do not put their trust in it .

only GODS HEAVENLY KINGDOM can bring peace to the earth .

but those who claim to be in the know , but are really unfaithful , will be the first to have it .

its all happening in the last days ,
Namaste mee,

How do you explain away the old Watchtowers, and papers and declarations of past leaders/founders that forecast the dates and times clear as mud?

How do you tell others that their thought is counterfeit?

I am so confused at how you choose what to ignore and what to promote, the logic completely escapes me. If you claim to be using the bible today what was it they used? And if they made such grevous mistakes misleading others what is to say the same is not occurring and will be explained away simply and easily 2000 years from now with that latest and greatest proclamation of truth and errancy of interpretation of those in this century?
 
Dah-veeth...thank you for your response. I'll agree that the events that you listed were significant happenings. From the prespective of those who believe as you do they may well mark the end of an age and the beginning of a new era.

But the term "end of the world" connotes deeper and more all-inclusive changes, and not necessarily for the better. I guess we're all just suffering from a confusion of terminology here. See what the "towers of Babel" are capable of doing to us all ?

flow....;)

Thanks! I think the original meaning in scripture was "end of the age" and not "end of the world." I think this world will still be around for a very long time.... at least five hundred thousand years, likely a few billion years.
 
Namaste mee,

How do you explain away the old Watchtowers, and papers and declarations of past leaders/founders that forecast the dates and times clear as mud?

How do you tell others that their thought is counterfeit?

I am so confused at how you choose what to ignore and what to promote, the logic completely escapes me. If you claim to be using the bible today what was it they used? And if they made such grevous mistakes misleading others what is to say the same is not occurring and will be explained away simply and easily 2000 years from now with that latest and greatest proclamation of truth and errancy of interpretation of those in this century?
it was, then it was not , then it was again .



this is talking about what the bible refers to , and knowing just what it is helps us to not be decieved by it . do you know what it is ? the understanding is now abundant Danel 12;4
 
Namaste mee,



How do you tell others that their thought is counterfeit?

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knowing what the counterfeit is, leads to greater understanding . do you know what the bible is refering to , when it speaks about the thing that was, and the thing that was not , and then it was again .:)
 
knowing what the counterfeit is, leads to greater understanding . do you know what the bible is refering to , when it speaks about the thing that was, and the thing that was not , and then it was again .:)
Yes I do. It means that 1,000, 10,000, and 100,000 thousand years from now someone will be proclaiming the end is near, paradise is at hand, and have an out to deny the predictions and predictors of today while at the same time swearing they got it right this time.

Heaven or Hell, tis here now, and is our choice, our perception, look neither high nor low...
 
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