The Best Apocalypses in History

May not have come true YET but 1 of these times they will be correct. Question is whether it will be during your lifetime, & if so, whether you are ready to be judged by our heavenly Father…

“When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” – Ezekiel 33:33

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The end of the world is near. Again! For centuries, doomsdayers & self-styled prophets have claimed to know about the end of the world, emphasizing that their version of the apocalypse will come true. Of course, none of the end of the days predictions so far have come true – humankind & the earth is still here, & thriving.

An overview of some of the more notorious doomsday scenarios in history, serves to remind us that predicting the end of days is a tricky business.

The Mayan calendar
The end of the world was predicted to occur on December 21, 2012, when 1 of the great cycles in the Mayan calendar came to an end. In the run-up to the day, the internet abounded w/predictions about an apocalypse happening on “12/21/12”. Faced w/the wealth of alarmist information available on the world wide web, even NASA was compelled to publish an information page about why the world would not end on December 21, 2012.

Camping & the Rapture
The world was also supposed to end on October 21, 2011. American radio host, Harold Camping, had arrived at the date for the apocalypse through a series of calculations that he claimed were based on Jewish feast days & the lunar calendar. In addition to his claims about the end of the world, he also predicted that on May 21, 2011, at precisely 6:00 p.m., God’s elect people would be assumed into heaven, in an event he called the “Rapture.” Those who were not raptured, he said, would have to remain on Earth to wait for their doom 5 months later. According to media reports, some of his followers quit their jobs, sold their homes & invested large amounts of money to publicize Camping’s predictions. When the Rapture did not occur, Camping re-evaluated his predictions saying that the event would take place simultaneously w/the end of the world. After October 21, 2011, the self-proclaimed prophet stated that “nobody could know exactly when the time of the apocalypse would come.”

The Black Hole from Geneva
Scientists use the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland to set up controlled collisions of particles at very high speeds. The experiments have caused some to believe that the energies set free by the collisions will form a black hole powerful enough to consume Earth & all life on it. No such black hole has been sighted yet, & several high-profile studies have concluded that there are no such dangers associated w/the experiments conducted at the LHC.

Y2K & the Millennium Bug
Towards the end of the 2nd millennium, people around the world feared that the world would end simultaneously w/the beginning of the year 2000 or Y2K. This prediction was based on the practice followed by computer programmers of abbreviating year #s w/2 digits when developing software. For instance, “1999” would be coded as “99”. At the turn of the century, computers would revert to “00”, assuming that the date was 1900 instead of 2000 & leading to software errors. According to popular belief, this so-called “Millennium Bug” threatened banking systems, planes & even the safety of weapon systems, leading to an all-consuming chaos on planet Earth. However, at midnight on January 1, 2000, the world celebrated the new year & no planes dropped out of the sky.

Nostradamus & the King of Terror
Renowned seer Nostradamus prophesized 250 years ago that a “king of terror” will come from the sky in 1999. Austrian geologist & Nostradamus buff, Alexander Tollmann, decided to play it safe by sitting it out in a self-built bunker in Austria. Tollmann was convinced that the apocalypse was to come early in August, a fear that was consolidated by the total solar eclipse on August 11, 1999.

The Great Flood & the Flying Saucer
Chicago housewife Dorothy Martin (a.k.a. Marion Keech) claimed to have received a message from planet Clarion in the early 1950s: the world was to end in a great flood before dawn on December 21, 1954. Martin & a group of followers were convinced that a flying saucer would rescue the true believers before the inevitable destruction of Earth. The belief was so strong that some broke completely w/their previous lives, quitting their jobs, leaving their spouses & giving away money & possessions. Social psychologists Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken & Stanley Schachter infiltrated Martin’s group to study the effects of such convictions & the group’s reactions when the prophesized event did not occur. Their work, When Prophecy Fails, delivers the 1st instance of Festinger’s noted theory of “cognitive dissonance.” [In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values:

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