As I am writing this, false prophet Harold Camping just failed to predict that the world will end on May 21, 2011. But this prediction of doomsday has been lingering for years and there were already so many people and groups who gave predictions but failed. I am sure there are still more to come out to scare all of us of the Judgment Day!
In May 1980, Pat Robertson, a media mogul, televangelist, and Christian Coalition founder, astonished and bewildered many by announcing that he could guarantee that by the end of 1982 there was going to be a judgment on the world.
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In 1997 rumors arose that an alien spacecraft was following the comet Hale-Bopp but it was kept a secret by NASA. Though the claim was refuted by astronomers, a San Diego UFO cult named Heaven’s Gate was convinced that the world would end soon and 39 of the cult members committed suicide in the same year. The body of Marshall Applewhite, who was the leader of the cult, was found among the dead.
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Michel de Nostrdame, July 1999
Nostrdame has enchanted many for over 400 years. His writings have been translated and retranslated in dozens of different versions. Many Nostradamus followers believed that in the seventh month of year 1999, a great king of terror will come from the sky.
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Ronald Weinland, 2008
Ronald Weinland, God’s Church minister stated that “by the fall of 2008, the United States will have collapsed as a world power and no longer exist as an independent nation.” in his book, 2008: God’s Final Witness.
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Harold Camping, May 21, 2011
Camping is president of religion-based Family Radio Worldwide of Oakland, California. He uses mathematical predictions applied to the Bible to predict dates for the end of the world. The most recent end time prediction is that the Rapture will be on May 21, 2011 and that God will completely destroy the Earth and the universe five months later on October 21.
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Mary Stewart Relfe
Mary Stewart Relfe wrote in 1983 that she had been praying to ” know the year” of the Lord’s coming, and that subsequently she receied detailed “divine revelations” from God. She relaeased a chart showing World War III beginning in 1989, the Great Tribulation starting in 1990, and that Jesus Christ will come back in 1997, just after Armaggeddon.”
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Vladimir Solovyev, eminent Russian theologian, foretold that in an upcoming war Japanese would win and conquer much of the world, but be defeated by the Europeans in the end. A brilliant writer and thinker would then arise and unite the world and especially all religious leaders. Then the Jews would accept him as the Messiah but only until they learn that he is not a Jew, which will result in the revolt in Jerusalem and the eruption of a volcano from the Dead Sea.
Prophecy teacher Doug Clark published his new book in 1976 and claimed “The death of the United States and the birth of one world government under President Carter.” He announced that President Jimmy Carter would be “the president who will meet Mr. 666, the Antichrist, soon.”