It’s the end of the world. Boo!
Did that scare you? Dontcha worry one bit, the world will surely end but for today it’s still intact, faulty government, climate change and all. What you should know is that you and I have survived more “end of the worlds” than we know of and we’ll probably survive the future predictions too. Chances are the person who predicted them will most likely die before his prediction actually came true.
But the catch is this – the world will definitely end someday. In fact, we’re in the middle of the birth pangs! Haven’t you noticed the worsening natural calamities, wars and rumors of wars, increased crime rate, blind people ferociously defending blind leaders, what more do you need? Biblically, this was predicted to happen in the last days, and these days things don’t seem to be getting any better.
We’ve created a list of the times the world was predicted to end (the next one’s on Saturday!) and other predictions in the future, although this doesn’t even cover 1% of all the ‘prophecies’ it just goes to show that many may predict but nobody really knows the real date.
1666: The Great Fire of London
The number 666 in the Bible is known as the ‘mark of the beast,’ this is why many people in 17th-century Europe believed that the world will end in 1666. It didn’t help that a year before, a hundred thousand people died from the Great Plague. The world did not end but what did happen was the Great Fire of London which lasted four days from September 2 to September 5. It burned through 13,000 houses and 87 parish churches. However, fewer than 10 people perished from the blaze. It was indeed the end of the world for the establishments on that city, thankfully not the people.
1997: Hale-Bopp comet comes to earth with UFO
When the Hale-Bopp comet appeared in the skies in 1997 and Chuck Shramek took a fuzzy photo of it in the skies, a UFO seemed to be trailing behind the comet. News spread on the internet making people believe that an alien spacecraft will land on earth and many people saw it as a sign of the apocalypse. NASA disputed the claim but imaginative people were hell-bent on believing that information was being withheld.
A San Diego UFO cult named Heaven’s Gate believed that the comet was a herald to the End Times. 39 cult members committed mass suicide believing they could board the UFO that way and it would whisk them away from the hell that is earth. The world did not end but it did for those 39 lives.
Y2k: The Year 2000
Being alive at the beginning of a new millennium must be such a thrill. It’s a historical moment indeed, some for darker reasons. People believed that civilization will end when the ‘00s begin mostly owing to the fact that computers then were programmed to only change the last two digits so if it flipped to ’00, it’ll mean the 1900s. Back then computers were already heavily relied upon and a collapse like that is a huge thing. But then, obviously, nothing very serious happened except for a few minor software glitches here and there.
If it did flip back to the 1900s, would it have been better that way?
May 21, 2011: Rapture and Judgement Day
You’ve probably heard the name Harold Camping always being mentioned during predictions of the apocalypse. That’s because he has predicted the end of the world more times than I’ve been to the zoo. Anyway, he ultimately predicted that the rapture and judgment day will happen on May 21, 2011 (even put up billboards for it) followed by massive earthquakes and other atrocities. He claimed that the date was exactly 7000 years from 4990 BC, after the Great Flood in the Bible. He later revised the date to October 21 of the same year, claiming that his mathematical calculations were wrong the first time. While we’re grateful Harold is sharing us these things to help us prepare, all I’m saying is I wouldn’t trust my fate to a wishy-washy person such as him who never seem to get calculations right the first time.
A lot of people panicked and some committed suicide to evade the oncoming peril. And when the day came and went, Camping got a lot of flak from people worldwide. Pretty easy to see why.