Review of Issues Covered in Part 1
Intro: Events before Mark 13
1. The Big Questions - Mk. 13:1-4 | Lk. 21: 5-7 | Matt 24:1-3
What were the disciples were asking for?
Jesus’ Second coming?
End of the Age?
2. The time to wait (signs of the end) Mark 13:5-13 | Matt. 24: 4-14
Eye witness accounts
Wars and rumors of war
Fearful sights and great signs from heaven
The siege by Vespasian and Titus
(when will these things happen? And what will be
the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?)
Issues to Cover in Part 2
3. THE TIME TO RUN – Mark 13:14-25 | Matt. 24: 15-28
The Abomination that causes Desolation
The call for understanding – Daniel 9:27, 11:31-35, 12:11-12
What about the Rapture?
Jesus’ “coming” - a study in biblical symbolism
What is a generation? - Matt. 24: 32-35
Parables that applied to 70AD
Warning for us today and our hope as Christians
Catalogue of Failed Apocalypse Predictions (66AD – 2015AD)
Matt. 24: 15-28
15"So when you see standing in the holy place `the abomination that causes
desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader understand--
16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17Let no one on the roof
of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18Let no one in the field
go back to get his cloak. 19How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant
women and nursing mothers! 20Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or
on the Sabbath. 21For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the
beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again. 22If those days
had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those
days will be shortened. 23At that time if anyone says to you, `Look, here is the
Christ!' or, `There he is!' do not believe it. 24For false Christs and false prophets
will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that
were possible. 25See, I have told you ahead of time.
26"So if anyone tells you, `There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, `Here
he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27For as lightning that comes from the
east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
28Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
3. The time to Run
– Matt. 24: 15-28
The Abomination that causes Desolation
The call for understanding – Daniel 9:27, 11:31-
What about the Rapture?
Jesus’ “coming” – a study in biblical symbolism
What is a generation? - Matt. 24: 32-35
Parables that applied to 70AD
Warning for us today and our hope as Christians
The Abomination that causes Desolation
(This calls for understanding)
Daniel 9:25-27, 11:31-35, 12:11-12
25"Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore
and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there
will be seven `sevens,' and sixty-two `sevens.' It will be rebuilt with
streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26After the sixty-two
`sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The
people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the
sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the
end, and desolations have been decreed. 27He will confirm a covenant
with many for one `seven.' In the middle of the `seven' he will put an
end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up
an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is
poured out on him."
31"His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple
fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will
set up the abomination that causes desolation. 32With
flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the
covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly
33"Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a
time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or
plundered. 34When they fall, they will receive a little help,
and many who are not sincere will join them. 35Some of
the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified
and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still
come at the appointed time.
11"From the time that the daily sacrifice is
abolished and the abomination that causes
desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.
12Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches
the end of the 1,335 days.
What is the “Abomination?”
Luke 21:20-22 / 19:41-44
20"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know
that its desolation is near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to
the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country
not enter the city. 22For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of
all that has been written.
41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and
said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring
you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43The days will come
upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and
encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44They will dash you to the
ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one
stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's
coming to you."
The “Abomination?” – Idolatry and Emperor Worship.
Pagan symbols in the Temple
The “Desolation?” - Destruction of Jerusalem and
The Abomination was marked by the Siege of
This was the last sign needed by the Christians.
This was the time to RUN!
15"So when you see standing in the holy place `the abomination that
causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader
understand-- 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
17Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of
the house. 18Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19How
dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing
mothers! 20Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the
Sabbath. 21For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the
beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again. 22If
those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the
sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23At that time if anyone
says to you, `Look, here is the Christ!' or, `There he is!' do not believe it.
24For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great
signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible.
25See, I have told you ahead of time.
A. Why flee if this is rapture or second coming???
1.Most Premillennialists have the rapture at this time!
2.Why would Jesus command the Christians to flee if they are going to be raptured
3.But it makes perfect sense since Jesus was warning the Christians living in
Jerusalem in 69AD to be ready to flee when the Roman armies surrounded the city
just prior to its besieging!
B. Hindrances to flight:
1.small children (slow down make escape difficult)
2.winter (Danger of freezing, exposure, hypothermia, snow slow down)
3.Sabbath day (gates closed every Sabbath in Jerusalem until 70AD: Neh 13:19-21)
19When evening shadows fell on the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered the
doors to be shut and not opened until the Sabbath was over. I stationed some of my own men at
the gates so that no load could be brought in on the Sabbath day. 20Once or twice the
merchants and sellers of all kinds of goods spent the night outside Jerusalem. 21But I warned
them and said, "Why do you spend the night by the wall? If you do this again, I will lay hands on
you." From that time on they no longer came on the Sabbath.
Flee The City To The Mountains!
•Josephus says the Roman general
Vespasian, began the siege of
Jerusalem and set up pagan
symbols in the Temple. But hearing
of the political tumult in Rome,
returned to Rome to become the
new emperor. He then sent his son
Titus back to Jerusalem to finish
the siege, and during the break in
the siege, Christians alert to the
warnings of Christ, fled the city.
Days cut short
If God had not shorten the days, the Roman army
would have exterminated the entire inhabitants
Again, this is not the second coming of Jesus!
Answer: How can they know this? They weren't living to
see how terrible 70 AD was
Josephus, who was living said: "It appears to me that the
misfortunes of all men from the beginning of the world, if
they were compared to those of the Jews, are not so
considerable as they were" - Wars 4:5:6.
The magnitude may be measured by suffering, terror and
cruelty rather than mere numbers of deaths. Slow torture
is much worse than a quick death.
Argument: Surely this couldn't be as bad as
WW1, WW2, Holocaust or the Gulf war!
HIS COMING LIKE LIGHTNING
(Apocalyptic Style of writing in the Bible)
26"So if anyone tells you, `There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, `Here he is,
in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27For as lightning that comes from the east is
visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever there is
a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
29"Immediately after the distress of those days
" `the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'
30"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of
the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky,
with power and great glory. 31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and
they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
(destruction of Babylon)
10The stars of heaven and their constellations
will not show their light.
The rising sun will be darkened
and the moon will not give its light.
11I will punish the world for its evil,
the wicked for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty
and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
Other examples of use of this kind of Language
(Punishment against Nation against Jerusalem and Israel's deliverance)
26The moon will shine like the sun,
and the sunlight will be seven times
brighter, like the light of seven full
days, when the LORD binds up the
bruises of his people and heals the
wounds he inflicted.
Eze. 32: 7
(Against the Pharaoh of Egypt )
7When I snuff you out, I will cover
the heavens and darken their
stars; I will cover the sun with a
cloud, and the moon will not give
Acts 2 (
(The destruction and bloodshed preceded Jerusalem's Fall)
19 I will show wonders in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and
glorious day of the Lord.
Symbols and their Meaning
Stars and Heavenly Bodies = Kings and Ruler of the Earth
When the “Fall” = Killed, Succeeded or Dethroned
NOTE: One Star is over a Million times bigger than the
Earth. Thus, they cant literarily “Fall” to the Earth.
The Radiance of the MOON is the Reflection of the SUN’s
(This does not mean God Came personally)
"There is no one like the God of
Jeshurun, who rides on the
heavens to help you and on the
clouds in his majesty.
2He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent
3and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their
waters. He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
Psalm 68:4, 33
4Sing to God, sing praise to his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds
his name is the LORD--
and rejoice before him.
33to him who rides the ancient skies above,
who thunders with mighty voice.
19 1An oracle concerning Egypt:
See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud
and is coming to Egypt.
The idols of Egypt tremble before him,
and the hearts of the Egyptians melt
All these symbolizes God’s Aid or Judgment
on a people
32 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As
soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves
come out, you know that summer is near.
33Even so, when you see all these things, you
know that it is near, right at the door. 34I tell
you the truth, this generation will certainly
not pass away until all these things have
happened. 35Heaven and earth will pass
away, but my words will never pass away.
33 "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you
escape being condemned to hell? 34Therefore I
am sending you prophets and wise men and
teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify;
others you will flog in your synagogues and
pursue from town to town. 35And so upon you will
come all the righteous blood that has been shed
on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the
blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you
murdered between the temple and the altar. 36I
tell you the truth, all this will come upon this
Therefore this generation will be held
responsible for the blood of all the
prophets that has been shed since the
beginning of the world, 51from the
blood of Abel to the blood of
Zechariah, who was killed between the
altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you,
this generation will be held responsible
for it all.
24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which
flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25But first
he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, "This is a wicked
generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it
except the sign of Jonah. 30For as Jonah was a sign to the
Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31The
Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the men of this
generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the
earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now oneI greater than
Solomon is here. 32The men of Nineveh will stand up at the
judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at
the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.
Generation = English
Genia = Greek
To a Jew, a generation is between
Today we talk of “Generation Gap”
All these prophesies will take
place within 50 years! = 70AD
26 "So if anyone tells you, `There he is, out in the
desert,' do not go out; or, `Here he is, in the inner
rooms,' do not believe it. 27For as lightning that comes
from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the
coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever there is a
carcass, there the vultures will gather.
Jesus foretold that many will mistake these events for the
end of the world, thus false prophets and prophesies
Jesus drew a line between the coming destruction and his
No one knows the hour, but they would be able to read the
Parables & other descriptive terms that
applies to 70AD
The fig tree
Like days of Noah and the flood
Like days of Sodom and Lot
Like a thief
Like master returning to slave
The ten virgins
"Listen to another parable: There was a
landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall
around it, dug a winepress in it and built a
watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to
some farmers and went away on a journey.
The king was enraged. He sent his army and
destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
Parables of the Vine Yard and Wedding
"Then the owner of the vineyard said, `What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love;
perhaps they will respect him.'
14"But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. `This is the heir,' they said.
`Let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' 15So they threw him out of the vineyard and
"What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and kill those tenants
and give the vineyard to others."
When the people heard this, they said, "May this never be!"
17Jesus looked directly at them and asked, "Then what is the meaning of that which is
" `The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone'?
18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be
19The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately,
because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the
20Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to
catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority
of the governor. 21So the spies questioned him: "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach
what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with
the truth. 22Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who
was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on
him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27A large number
of people followed him, including women who mourned and
wailed for him. 28Jesus turned and said to them,
"Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for
yourselves and for your children. 29For the time will come
when you will say, `Blessed are the barren women, the
wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!'
" `they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!"
and to the hills, "Cover us!" '
31For if men do these things when the tree is green, what
will happen when it is dry?"
“The whole body, however, of the
church at Jerusalem, having
been commanded by a divine
revelation, given to men of
approved piety there before the
war, removed from the city, and
dwelt at certain town beyond the
Jordan, called Pella.”
From Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History
According to Eusebius
In Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, Book III, Chapter VIII, we read:
Taking, then, the work of the author, read for yourself the account42 given by him in the sixth book of
his history. “The wretched people” says he, “at this time were readily persuaded to give credit to the
impostors and liars against God, but they neither believed nor paid regard to the significant and
wonderful events that prognosticated the approaching desolation. On the contrary, as if struck with
stupidity, and as if they had neither eyes nor understanding, they slighted the declarations of God. At
one time, when a star very like a sword stood above the city, as also a comet that continued to be
seen a whole year, at another, when before the rebellion and the commotions that preceded the war,
whilst the people were collected at the feast of unleavened bread, on the eighth of the month of April,
about the ninth hour of the night, so great a light shone around the altar and the temple, as to seem a
bright day. And this continued
for half an hour. To the ignorant this appeared a good omen, but by the scribes it was immediately
judged to refer to the events that took place at the issue. At the same festival also, a cow struck by
the priest for sacrifice, brought forth a lamb in the midst of the temple. The eastern gate also, of the
inner temple, which was of brass and immense weight, and which at evening was scarcely shut by
twenty men, and resting on ironbound hinges, and secured with bolts very deeply sunk in the ground,
was seen in the sixth hour of the night to open of itself.”
“For before the setting of the sun there were seen chariots and armed troops on high, wheeling
through the clouds around the whole region, and surrounding cities.”
82 Attend closely:
The houses were filled with women and
children that had thus perished; the byways
with the dead bodies of old men.
But the boys and the young men, swelling up,
tottered and reeled like shadows through the
markets, and then falling
down, lay wheresoever the malady had
overtaken them. The sick were not even able
to bury their dead, and those yet
in health and strength were loath to do it, both
on account of the number of the dead, and the
uncertainty of their own
fates. Many, indeed, fell down and died upon
those they were burying.
“… But the robbers themselves, with
their mouths wide open for want of food,
roved and straggled hither and thither,
like mad dogs, beating the doors as if
they were drunk; and for want of
counsel, rushing twice or thrice an hour
into the same houses. Indeed, necessity forced them
to apply their teeth to every thing, and gathering
what was no food, even for the filthiest of irrational
animals, they devoured it, and did not abstain at last
even from belts and shoes. They took off the hides
from their shields and devoured them...85”
The conclusion is that Judaism no
longer has a solid theological basis.
We may be forced to agree with Paul
in Galatians 3:7! (Understand, then,
that those who believe are children
Hence the destruction of Jerusalem
was more than just a physical
destruction and loss of life; it was
the final destruction of biblical
It is also a spiritual truth that in some
sense Judaism was abolished at the cross.
“having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against
us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross” -
70 may be seen
as a last chance
to the Jews for
This was the
Eusebius et al.
Standing Today on Israel’s Most Holiest Site is
Islam’s 3rd Most Holiest Site, home to the
al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
1. destruction of temple Mt. 24:2
2. wars and rumors of wars Mt 24:6
3. famines in various places Mt 24:7
4. execution/hatred of church Mt 24:9
5. false prophets Mt 24:11
6. gospel preached to the whole Roman world Mt 24:14
7. desolating sacrilege Mt 24:15
8. the exodus Mt 24:16ff.
9. great tribulation Mt 24:21
10. false signs Mt 24:24
11. coming of armies of Titus Mt 24:27
12 vultures feed on corpses Mt 24:28
13. fulfillment in present generation Mt 24:34
14. embankment Lk 19:43
15. encirclement Lk 19:43
16. captivity Lk 21:24
Beginning April, A.D.70, Forty Years to the Week from the
Crucifixion of Christ. The temple was burnt August 10, A. D.
70, the exact same day and month on which it had been burnt
by the king of Babylon: Josephus, Ant.
Inscription in monolith:
"Imp[erator] Caesar Vespasianus Aug[ustus]..."
The Latin inscription on this triumphal
column dedicated to Titus, who led the
siege against Jerusalem. The
abbreviation "LEG-X-FRE" appears at the
bottom, indicating that the column was
erected by the Tenth Roman Legion.
Most likely, this column stood at on of
the entrances to the Roman temple in
Jerusalem. The column was discovered
as part of the foundation to a Moslem
palace south of the Temple Mount.
What are the Warning
for us today and our
hope as Christians?
1 Thess. 4
13Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall
asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14We
believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will
bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to
the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are
left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who
have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from
heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and
with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up
together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we
will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with
The term Rapture stands for the so-called coming of a
millennial reign of Christ on earth.
The word Rapture comes from the Latin, RAPARE,
which means to "take away" or "snatch out.“
The theory that is directly associated with It is taught
by many who endorse this theory that Christ at his
second coming will silently remove from this world the
righteous - and this just before a terrible tribulation shall
take place on the earth.
1. The word Rapture is not even to be found in the Bible; Nor is the doctrine taught there.
2. The Lord's return will not be secretive or silent. Revelation 1:7 states that, "every eye shall see him',
1 Thessalonians 4:16, says that His coming will be heralded with, "a shout'. with the voice of the
Archangel, and with the trump of God".
3. The "tribulation" often referred to is based upon an erroneous interpretation of Matthew 24. This
"tribulation' was associated with the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 according to the first question the
Lord answered in Matthew 24:1-3. That "tribulation" did in fact come before that generation passed,
4. According to the Bible there is but one resurrection and that will include both the good and evil., John
5:28-29, states, "all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth".
5. Based upon the Bible, Christ's Kingdom is not future It has already been in existence for nearly 2000
years and it is a spiritual kingdom, not an earthly one. Jesus stated it in John 18:336 "My kingdom is
not of this world." Christ promised Peter in Matthew 16:18-19 -that he could open the doors of the
kingdom, and this the apostle exercised in Acts 2:38-47. John, the apostle, stated in Revelation 1:9
that he was "in the Kingdom".
6. All of these books were written in the First Century and the kingdom was spoken of as existing then.
Mark 9:1 is a passage that definitely puts the beginning of the kingdom in that generation.
7. The idea of a thousand year reign of Christ on earth is a gross
distortion of Revelation 20:1-7. This is a highly figurative context within
a very symbolic book.
The reign viewed in Revelation 20 is not an "earthly" reign of the Lord at
all. It is a spiritual reign with victorious saints (Revelation 20:4). In
Revelation 6:9-11 these martyred souls were, "underneath the altar",
crying for vindication; in Chapter 20, however, they were on, "thrones
reigning with their Lord." This was a prophetic indication that Christianity
would be triumphant over its enemies.
The 1,000 years is likely a symbol of the completeness of that victory. The
number 1,000 is used more than 20 times book of Revelation in there, but
not in a literal sense. The whole concept of the so-called Rapture
contradicts scores of Bible passages of the clearest import.
1And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and
holding in his hand a great chain. 2He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who
is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3He threw him into the
Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations
anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a
4I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.
And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for
Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his
image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came
to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5(The rest of the dead did not come
to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed
and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no
power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him
for a thousand years.
7When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison
God said Premillennialists say Already fulfilled in the Bible!
Last days Pentecost 33 AD Dan 2, Isa 2 Last days 1947 AD
Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17; Heb 1:2; 1
When Roman empire exists: Dan 2:44 When United Nations Exist Pentecost: Lk 2:1
Before disciples died: Mk 9:1 coming postponed Pentecost
Near Jesus' ministry: Mk 1:15 coming postponed Pentecost
Started at ascension: Dan 7:13; Lk 19:11 At second coming Acts 1:8-9
The Kingdom of Prophecy Won’t exist until second coming
Existed in the first century: Mt
16:18; Col 1:13; Heb 12:28;
Gives up kingdom to God at 2nd coming 1007 years after second coming 1 Cor 15:24
"The end" is the second coming 1007 years after the end 1 Cor 15:24
Death abolished at 2nd coming death during millenium 1 Cor 15:26
No signs of 2nd coming many signs (misapplied) 2 Pe 3:10
Earth destroyed at second coming earth lasts 1000 years longer 2 Pe 3:10
Church will last forever church temporary: "stop-gap" Eph 3:21
Church invented before creation church invented at cross Eph 3:11
good and bad raised at same moment G & B raised 1000 yrs apart Jn 5:28
The bible Vs Premillennialism
26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many
times since the creation of the world. But
now he has appeared once for all at the end
of the ages to do away with sin by the
sacrifice of himself. 27Just as man is
destined to die once, and after that to face
judgment, 28so Christ was sacrificed once to
take away the sins of many people; and he
will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but
to bring salvation to those who are waiting for
Here are a few of today's most popular opinions:
• The Devil taking political control of the world through
the United Nations?
• A future US president?
• A supernatural being with horns and red glowing eyes?
• Sadam Hussin of the gulf war?
• A demon possessed super-intelligent man?
• Barack Obama
• A genetically-engineered super-human clone?
Little known facts about the antichrist:
Most people don't know that...
1.the word "antichrist" is only found in four Bible
2.the word "antichrist" is not found even once in the book
3.All were penned by Apostle John
4.All passages are within the books of First John and
antichrist = opposed to Christ
"antichrist" = "anti" + "Christ"
The Greek word from which our English word "antichrist" is translated is
very easy to understand.
•It is a simple compound word and means "anti" + "Christ" =
"Anti-Christ" is anyone who opposes Christ.
Bible passage #1 of 4
1 John 2:18-19:
18Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist
is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the
last hour. 19They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if
they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going
showed that none of them belonged to us.
When John wrote this book in about 85 AD, had the antichrist come
No, the antichrist has not yet come, but will come in the last days.
Yes, the antichrist had already arisen.
Bible passage #2 of 4
1 John 2:22-23:
22Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a
man is the antichrist--he denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who
denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the
Who does the Bible identify as the antichrist?
The antichrist is the Devil or his demons
The antichrist is anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ
Why the antichrist cannot be the Devil:
James 2:19 says:
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe
The Devil already knows that Jesus is the Christ
•The Devil believes in Christ more than many Christians
•The Devil shudders because he knows his destruction is near.
Bible passage #3 of 4
1 John 4:2-3:
2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that
acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every
spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of
the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the
Who does the Bible identify as the antichrist?
The antichrist is some future genetically-engineered super-human clone
The antichrist is anyone who does not confess that Jesus is the Christ
Bible passage #4 of 4
2 John 1:7
7Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as
coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such
person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
Who does the Bible identify as the antichrist?
The antichrist is a future political leader who will promise world peace
The antichrist is anyone who does not believe that Jesus ever actually lived
You have now read all 4 antichrist
•This has been an exhaustive study on the
•The antichrist is not mentioned in any other
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The four Bible passages again:
1. “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many
antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19They went out from us, but they did not
really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going
showed that none of them belonged to us." 1 Jn 2:18-19
2. "Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the 22Who is the liar? It is the
man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist--he denies the Father and the Son.
23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.“ 1
3. "This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has
come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is
the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world." 1 John
4. "Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the
world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist." 2 John 1:7
When will the antichrist arise?
•even now many antichrists have arisen 1 Jn 2:18 (before 100 AD)
•now it is already in the world 1 John 4:3 (2000 years ago)
•deceivers have gone out into the world 2 Jn 1:7
How many antichrists will arise?
•many antichrists 1 Jn 2:18 (plural)
•they went out 1 Jn 2:19 (plural)
•they all 1 Jn 2:19 (plural)
•many deceivers 2 Jn 1:7 (plural)
•those 2 Jn 1:7 (plural)
Who is the antichrist?
•the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ 1 Jn 2:22
•Whoever denies the Son 1 Jn 2:22
•Whoever will not confess the son 1 Jn 2:23
•the liar 1 Jn 2:22
•every spirit that does not confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh 1 Jn 4:2
•every spirit that does not confess Jesus 1 Jn 4:3
•those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh 2 Jn 1:7
When will the antichrist arise? (a quiz)
The antichrist has been in the world for 2000 years
The antichrist has not come yet
even now many antichrists have arisen 1 Jn 2:18 (before 100 AD)
now it is already in the world 1 John 4:3 (2000 years ago)
deceivers have gone out into the world 2 Jn 1:7
The name of
in Greek is 666
GEMATRIA /ɡəˈmeɪ.tri.ə/ (Greek: meaning geometry) is an Assyro-Babylonian-Greek
system of code and numerology later adopted into Jewish culture that assigns numerical
value to a word or phrase in the belief that words or phrases with identical numerical
values bear some relation to each other or bear some relation to the number itself as it
may apply to nature, a person's age, the calendar year, or the like. – Wikipedia.org
This calls for wisdom. If anyone
has insight, let him calculate the
number of the beast, for it is
His number is 666.
Letter Name Value Letter Name Value Letter Name Value
a alpha 1 i iota 10 r ro 100
b beta 2 k kappa 20 s sigma 200
g gamma 3 l lamda 30 t tau 300
d delta 4 m mu 40 u upsilon 400
e epsilon 5 n nu 50 f phi 500
z zeta 7 x xi 60 c chi 600
h eta 8 o omicron 70 y psi 700
q theta 9 p pi 80 w omega 800
Gematria or gimatria the system of assigning numerical value to an alphabet.
666 is not the Pope
Some claim that 666 refers to the Pope because the Latin title to the
Pope of Rome is "Vicarius Filii Dei" (which, in English, means "Vicar of
the Son of God").
When you add up the Roman numeral value of this Latin Title, it totals
666. Scripture is clear that 666 is the number of a man's name
(Revelation 13:18; 15:2).
Vicarius Filii Dei is a title to the pope's office, it is not his name.
Therefore, this does not fulfill prophesy because this is not a name of a
man, like scripture says. It is a title
Nero Caesar fits the gematria code number "666.“
Using this code, his name would be rendered as "NRWN QSR."
(NRWN QSR).The number values are:
N = 50
R = 200
W = 6
N = 50
Q = 100
S = 60
R = 200
Date (CE) Claimant Description
66–70 CE Simon bar Giora, Essenes
The Essene sect of Jewish ascetics saw the Jewish revolt against the
Romans in 66–70 as the final end-time battle before the arrival of the
Messiah. By the authority of Simon, coins were minted declaring the
redemption of Zion.
365 CE Hilary of Poitiers Announced that the end would happen that year.
375–400 CE Martin of Tours
Stated that the world would end before 400, writing, "There is no
doubt that the Antichrist has already been born. Firmly established
already in his early years, he will, after reaching maturity, achieve
Hippolytus of Rome,
Sextus Julius Africanus,
All three predicted Jesus would return in the year 500. One prediction
was based on the dimensions of Noah's ark.
793 Apr 6 Beatus of Liébana
The Spanish monk prophesied the second coming of Christ and the
end of the world on that day to a crowd of people.
800 Sextus Julius Africanus Sextus Julius Africanus revised the date of Doomsday to 800.
799–806 Gregory of Tours Calculated the End occurring between 799 and 806.
List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events (66AD - 2015)
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Date (CE) Claimant Description
848 Thiota Declared that the world would end during that year.
992–995 Various Christians
Good Friday coincided with the Feast of the Annunciation; this had
long been believed to be the event that would bring forth the
Antichrist, and thus the end-times, within 3 years.
1000 Jan 1 Pope Sylvester II
The Millennium Apocalypse at the end of the Christian Millennium.
Various Christian clerics predicted the end of the world on this date,
including Pope Sylvester II. Riots occurred in Europe and pilgrims
headed east to Jerusalem.
1033 Various Christians
Following the failure of the January 1, 1000 prediction, some theorists
proposed that the end would occur 1000 years after Jesus' death,
instead of his birth.
1260 Joachim of Fiore
The Italian mystic determined that the Millennium would begin
between 1200 and 1260.
1284 Pope Innocent III
Pope Innocent III (d. 1216) predicted that the world would end 666
years after the rise of Islam.
The followers of Joachim of Fiore rescheduled the End to 1290 and
then 1335 when his 1260 prophecy failed.
1346–1351 Various Europeans
The black plague spreading across Europe was interpreted by many as
the sign of the end of times.
1370 Jean de Roquetaillade
The Antichrist was to come in 1366 and the Millennium would begin
either in 1368 or 1370.
Date (CE) Claimant Description
1378 Arnaldus de Villa Nova This Joachite wrote that the Antichrist was to come in this year.
1504 Sandro Botticelli
Believed he was living during the Tribulation, and that the Millennium
would begin in three and a half years from 1500.
1524 Feb 1 London astrologers
A group of astrologers in London predicted the world would end by a
flood starting in London, based on calculations made the previous
June. 20,000 Londoners left their homes and headed for higher ground
1524 Feb 20 Johannes Stöffler
A planetary alignment in Pisces was seen by this astrologer as a sign of
1524–1526 Thomas Müntzer
1525 would mark the beginning of the Millennium, according to this
Anabaptist. His followers were killed by cannon fire in an uneven
battle with government troops. He died under torture and was
1528 May 27 Hans Hut Predicted the end would occur on this day.
1528 Johannes Stöffler
Revised date from Stöffler after his 1524 prediction failed to come
1533 Oct 19 Michael Stifel
This mathematician calculated that the Judgement Day would begin at
8:00am on this day.
1533 Melchior Hoffman
This Anabaptist prophet predicted Christ's Second Coming to take
place this year in Strasbourg. He claimed that 144,000 people would
be saved, while the rest of the world would be consumed by fire.
Date (CE) Claimant Description
1555 Pierre d'Ailly
Around the year 1400, this French theologian wrote that 6845 years of
human history had already passed, and the end of the world would be
in the 7000th year.
1585 Michael Servetus
In his book The Restoration of Christianity, the Spanish born reformer
claimed that the Devil's reign in this world had begun in 325 AD, at the
Council of Nicea, and would last for 1260 years, thus ending in 1585.
1588 Regiomontanus Predicted the end of the world during this year.
1600 Martin Luther Predicted the end of the world would occur no later than 1600.
1624 Feb 1 London astrologers
The same astrologers who predicted the deluge of February 1, 1524
recalculated the date to February 1, 1624 after their first prophecy
1648 Sabbatai Zevi
Using the kabbalah, this rabbi from Smyrna, Turkey, figured that the
Messiah would come in this year.
1654 Helisaeus Roeslin
This physician made a prediction that the world would end this year
based on a nova that occurred in 1572.
1656 Christopher Columbus
In his Book of Prophecies (1501), Columbus predicted that the world
would end during 1656.
1657 Fifth Monarchists
This group of radical Christians predicted that the final apocalyptic
battle and the destruction of the Antichrist were to take place
between 1655 and 1657.
1658 Christopher Columbus
Columbus claimed that the world was created in 5343 BCE, and would
last 7000 years. Assuming no year zero, that means the end would
come in 1658.
1660 Joseph Mede
Mede claimed that the Antichrist had appeared in 456, and the end
would come in 1660.
Following his failed prediction of 1648, Zevi recalculated the end of the
Earth in 1666.
The presence of 666 in the date, the death of 100,000 Londoners to
bubonic plague, and the Great Fire of London led to superstitious fears
of the end of the world from some Christians.
1673 William Aspinwall This Fifth Monarchist claimed the Millennium would begin by this year.
1688 John Napier
This mathematician calculated the end of the world would be this year
based on calculations from the Book of Revelation.
1689 Pierre Jurieu This prophet predicted that Judgement Day would occur this year.
John Mason This Anglican priest predicted the Millennium would begin by this year.
Johann Heinrich Alsted Predicted the Millennium would begin by this year.
Believed that Jesus would return and the world would end this year.
1697 Cotton Mather
This Puritan minister predicted the world would end this year. After
the prediction failed, he revised the date of the End two more times.
After his 1688 prediction failed to come true, Napier revised his end of
the world prediction to this year.
In his 1642 work, The Personall Reigne of Christ Upon Earth, Archer
predicted the second coming of Jesus would occur in approximately
Camisard prophets predicted the end of the world would occur in
either 1705, 1706 or 1708.
1716 Cotton Mather
Revised prediction from Mather after his 1697 prediction failed to
1719 Apr 5 Jacob Bernoulli
This mathematician predicted a comet would destroy the Earth on this
1700–1734 Nicholas of Cusa This Cardinal predicted the end would occur between 1700 and 1734.
1736 Oct 16 William Whiston Whiston predicted a comet colliding with the Earth this year.
1736 Cotton Mather Mather's third and final prediction for the end of the world.
1757 Emanuel Swedenborg
Swedenborg claimed that the Last Judgement occurred in the spiritual
world this year.
1780 May 19
Assembly members, New
The sky turning dark during the day was interpreted as a sign of the
end times. The primary cause of the event is believed to have been a
combination of smoke from forest fires, a thick fog, and cloud cover.
1789 Pierre d'Ailly
1789 would bring the coming of the Antichrist, according to this 14th-
Shakers Predicted the world would end in both 1792 and 1794.
1795 Nov 19 Nathaniel Brassey Halhed
While campaigning for Richard Brothers' release, Halhead proclaimed
that the world would end on this day.
1793–1795 Richard Brothers
This retired sailor stated the Millennium would begin between 1793
and 1795. He was eventually committed to an insane asylum.
1805 Christopher Love
This Presbyterian minister predicted the destruction of the world by
earthquake in 1805, followed by an age of everlasting peace when God
would be known by all.
1806 Mary Bateman
In Leeds, England in 1806 a hen began laying eggs on which the phrase
"Christ is coming" was written. Eventually it was discovered to be a
hoax. The owner, Mary Bateman, had written on the eggs in a
corrosive ink so as to etch the eggs, and reinserted the eggs back into
the hen's oviduct.
1814 Dec 25 Joanna Southcott
This 64-year-old self-described prophet claimed she was pregnant with
the Christ child, and that he would be born on Christmas Day, 1814.
She died on the day of her prediction, and an autopsy proved she was
1836 John Wesley
Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, foresaw the Millennium
beginning this year. He wrote that Revelation 12:14 referred to the
years 1058–1836, "when Christ should come".
1843 Apr 28
1843 Dec 31
Although it was not officially endorsed by their leadership, many
Millerites expected the Second Coming to occur on April 28 or at the
end of 1843.
1843 Harriet Livermore The first of two years this preacher predicted the world would end.
1844 Mar 21 William Miller Miller predicted Christ would return on this day.
1844 Oct 22 Millerites
After Christ did not return on March 21, 1844, the Millerites then
revised William Miller's prediction to October 22, 1844, claiming to
have miscalculated Scripture. The realization that the predictions were
incorrect resulted in the Great Disappointment.
1847 Aug 7 George Rapp
Rapp, the founder of the Harmony Society, preached that Jesus would
return in his lifetime, even as he lay dying on August 7, 1847.
1847 Harriet Livermore The second prediction of the end of the world from this preacher.
Many people[who?] thought the Crimean War was the Battle of
This Scottish clergyman stated it was 6000 years since Creation in
1862, and that the world would end.
An English convert to Mormonism, Morris had revelations to gather his
followers and wait for the Second Coming, through successive
1863 John Wroe
The founder of the Christian Israelite Church calculated that the Millennium would begin this
1873 Jonas Wendell
In 1870, Wendell published his views in the booklet entitled The Present Truth, or Meat in Due
Season concluding that the Second Advent was sure to occur in 1873.
Predicted the return of Jesus to occur in 1874, and after this date reinterpreted the prediction
to say that Jesus had indeed returned in invisible form.
This 15th-century prophet was quoted as saying "The world to an end shall come, In eighteen
hundred and eighty one" in a book published in 1862. In 1873 it was revealed to be a forgery;
however, this did not stop some people from expecting the end.
The founder of the Ghost Dance movement predicted in 1889 that the Millennium would occur
This church, founded in 1831, claimed that Jesus would return by the time the last of its 12
founding members died. The last member died in 1901.
He predicted that the 1910 appearance of Halley's Comet "would impregnate that atmosphere
and possibly snuff out all life on the planet", but not the planet itself. "Comet pills" were sold to
protect against toxic gases. The comet indicated the Second Coming to many.
1892– Charles Piazzi This pyramidologist concluded from his research on the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of
1914 Charles Taze Russell
"...the battle of the great day of God Almighty… The date of the close
of that "battle" is definitely marked in Scripture as October 1914. It is
already in progress, its beginning dating from October, 1874."
1915 John Chilembwe
This Baptist educator and leader of a rebellion in Nyasaland predicted
the Millennium would begin this year.
Christendom shall be cut off and glorification of the Little Flock (The
Church) in the Spring of 1918 A. D.
In 1918, Christendom would go down as a system to oblivion and be
succeeded by revolutionary governments. God would "destroy the
churches wholesale and the church members by the millions." Church
members would "perish by the sword of war, revolution and anarchy."
The dead would lie unburied. In 1920 all earthly governments would
disappear, with worldwide anarchy prevailing.
1925 Feb 13 Margaret Rowen
According to this Seventh-day Adventist the angel Gabriel appeared
before her in a vision and told her that the world would end at
midnight on this date.
1935 Sep Wilbur Glenn Voliva
This evangelist announced that "the world is going to go 'puff' and
disappear" in September 1935.
1936 Herbert W. Armstrong
The founder of the Worldwide Church of God told members of his
church that the Rapture was to take place in 1936, and that only they
would saved. After the prophecy failed, he changed the date three
1941 Jehovah's Witnesses
A prediction of the end from the Jehovah's Witnesses, a group which
branched from the Bible Student movement.
1943 Herbert W. Armstrong
The first of three revised dates from Armstrong after his 1936
prediction failed to come true.
1947 John Ballou Newbrough
The author of Oahspe: A New Bible foresaw the destruction of all
nations and the beginning of post-apocalyptic anarchy in this year.
1954 Dec 21 Dorothy Martin
The world was to be destroyed by terrible flooding on this date,
claimed this leader of a UFO cult called Brotherhood of the Seven Rays.
The fallout of the group after the prediction failed was the basis for
the 1956 book When Prophecy Fails.
1959 Apr 22 Florence Houteff
The 2nd Prophet of the Branch Davidians predicted the apocalypse
foretold in the Book of Revelation would proceed on this date. The
failure of the prophecy led to the split of the sect into several subsects,
the most prominent led by Benjamin and Lois Roden.
1962 Feb 4
Jeane Dixon, various
Jeane Dixon predicted a planetary alignment on this day was to bring
destruction to the world. Mass prayer meetings were reported from
1967 Aug 20 George Van Tassel
This day would mark the beginning of the third woe of the Apocalypse,
during which the southeastern US would be destroyed by a Soviet
nuclear attack, according to this UFO prophet, who claimed to have
channeled an alien named Ashtar.
1967 Jim Jones
The founder of the Peoples Temple stated he had visions that a nuclear
holocaust was to take place in 1967.
The founder of the Church of the Firstborn predicted the Second Coming of
Christ would occur on this day.
1969 Charles Manson
Manson predicted that an apocalyptic race war would occur in 1969 and
ordered the Tate-LaBianca murders in an attempt to bring it about. Manson
based his prediction on his interpretation of The Beatles' self-titled album.
1972 Herbert W. Armstrong
The second of three revised dates from Armstrong after his 1936 and 1943
predictions failed to come true.
Berg, the leader of Children of God, predicted that there would be a colossal
doomsday event heralded by Comet Kohoutek.
Herbert W. Armstrong Armstrong's fourth and final false prediction.
From 1966 on, Jehovah's Witnesses published articles which stated that the
fall of 1975 would be 6000 years since man's creation, and suggested that
Armageddon could be finished by then. More details.
The Brahma Kumaris founder, Lekhraj Kirpalani, has made a number of false
predictions of a global Armageddon which the religion believes it will
inspire, internally calling it "Destruction" but externally presenting it as
"Transformation". During Destruction, Brahma Kumari leaders teach the
world will be purified, all of the rest of humanity killed by nuclear or civil
wars and natural disasters which will include the sinking of all other
continents except India. All other religions will also destroyed, so that they
alone will inherit the Earth for 2,500 years. These predictions are generally
hidden from outsiders and, as they have failed, have been removed from
The founder of the Christian Israelite Church predicted this year for
Armageddon to occur.
William M. Branham
This Christian minister predicted the Rapture would occur no later than
1980 Leland Jensen
In 1978 Jensen predicted that there would be a nuclear disaster in 1980,
followed by two decades of conflict, culminating in God's Kingdom being
established on Earth.
1981 Chuck Smith
The founder of Calvary Chapel predicted the generation of 1948 would be
the last generation, and that the world would end by 1981. Smith identified
that he "could be wrong" but continued to say in the same sentence that
his prediction was "a deep conviction in my heart, and all my plans are
1982 Apr–Jun Tara Centers
Full-page ads in many newspapers April 24–25, 1982, stated that "The Christ is
Now Here!" and that he would make himself known "within the next two
1982 Mar 10
Stated in their 1974 book The Jupiter Effect that combined gravitational forces of
aligned planets would create a number of catastrophes, including a great
earthquake on the San Andreas Fault.
1982 Jun 21 Benjamin Creme
Creme took out an ad in the Los Angeles Times stating that the Second Coming
would occur in June 1982 with the Maitreya announcing it on worldwide
1982 Pat Robertson In late 1976 Robertson predicted that the end of the world would come in 1982.
1985 Lester Sumrall
This minister predicted the end in this year, even writing a book about it entitled I
1987 Apr 29 Leland Jensen
Jensen predicted that Halley's Comet would be pulled into Earth's orbit on April
29, 1987, causing widespread destruction.
1987 Aug 17 José Argüelles
Argüelles claimed that Armageddon would take place unless 144,000 people
gathered in certain places in the world in order to "resonate in harmony" on this
1988 Sep 13
1988 Oct 3
Edgar C. Whisenant
Whisenant predicted in his book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988
that the Rapture of the Christian Church would occur between 11 and 13
September 1988. After his September predictions failed to come true, Whisenant
1989 Sep 30 Edgar C. Whisenant
After all his 1988 predictions failed to come true, Whisenant revised his
prediction date to this day.
1990 Apr 23 Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Prophet predicted a nuclear war would start on this day, with the world
ending 12 years later, leading her followers to stockpile a shelter with
supplies and weapons. Later, after Prophet's prediction did not come to
pass, she was diagnosed with epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease.
1991 Sep 9
This Russian-born rabbi called for the Messiah to come by the start of the
Jewish New Year.
1991 Louis Farrakhan
The leader of the Nation of Islam declared that the Gulf War would be the
"War of Armageddon which is the final war."
1992 Sep 28 Rollen Stewart
This born-again Christian predicted the Rapture would take place on this
1992 Oct 28
Lee Jang Rim (이장림
Lee, the leader of the Dami Mission church, predicted the Rapture would
occur on this day.
1993 David Berg
Berg predicted the tribulation would start in 1989 and that the Second
Coming would take place in 1993.
1994 May 2 Neal Chase
This Bahá'í sect leader predicted that New York would be destroyed by a
nuclear bomb on March 23, 1994, and the Battle of Armageddon would
take place 40 days later.
1994 Sep 6
1994 Sep 29
1994 Oct 2
Camping predicted the Rapture would occur on September 6, 1994. When it
failed to occur he revised the date to September 29 and then to October 2.
1995 Mar 31 Harold Camping
Camping's fourth predicted date for the end. This would be Camping's last
prediction until 2011.
1996 Dec 17 Sheldan Nidle
California psychic Sheldan Nidle predicted that the world would end on this
date, with the arrival of 16 million space ships and a host of angels.
1997 Mar 26 Marshall Applewhite
Applewhite, leader of the Heaven's Gate cult, claimed that a spacecraft was
trailing the Comet Hale-Bopp and argued that suicide was "the only way to
evacuate this Earth" so that the cult members' souls could board the supposed
craft and be taken to another "level of existence above human". Applewhite
and 38 of his followers committed mass suicide.
1997 Oct 23 James Ussher
This 17th-century Irish Archbishop predicted this date to be 6000 years since
Creation, and therefore the end of the world.
1998 Mar 31 Chen Tao (陳恆明)
Hon-Ming Chen, leader of the Taiwanese cult God's Salvation Church, or Chen
Tao – "The True Way" – claimed that God would come to Earth in a flying
saucer at 10:00 am on this date. Moreover, God would have the same physical
appearance as Chen himself. Chen chose to base his cult in Garland, Texas,
because he thought it sounded like "God's Land." On March 25, God was to
1999 Jul Nostradamus
A prediction attributed to Nostradamus stating the "King of Terror" would
come from the sky in "1999 and seven months" led to fears of the end.
1999 Aug 18 The Amazing Criswell
The predicted date of the end of the world, according to this psychic well
known for false predictions.
1999 Sep 11 Philip Berg
Berg, dean of the worldwide Kabbalah Centre, stated that on this date "a ball
of fire will descend, destroying almost all of mankind, all vegetation, all forms
This linguist predicted the end would occur in this year. He did not predict
how it would occur, stating that it might involve nuclear devastation, asteroid
impact, pole shift or other Earth changes.
Hon-Ming Chen (陳恆
Hon-Ming Chen's cult God's Salvation Church, now relocated to upstate New
York, preached that a nuclear holocaust would destroy Europe and Asia
sometime between October 1 and December 31, 1999.
James Gordon Lindsay This preacher predicted the tribulation would begin before the year 2000.
Timothy Dwight IV
This President of Yale University foresaw Christ's Millennium starting by
Nazim Al-Haqqani Predicted that the Last Judgment would occur before the year 2000.
2000 Jan 1 Various
Predictions of a Y2K computer bug that would crash many computers and
cause malfunctions leading to major catastrophes worldwide, and that
2000, April 6 James Harmston
The leader of the True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last
Days predicted the Second Coming of Christ would occur on this day.
2000 May 5 Nuwaubian Nation
This movement claimed that the planetary lineup would cause a "star
holocaust," pulling the planets toward the sun on this day.
This 13th-century theologian wrote that the Antichrist would come to
power between 1300 and 1340, and the Last Judgement would take place
Newton predicted that Christ's Millennium would begin in the year 2000 in
his book Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of
This self-described Christian psychic predicted the Earth's axis would shift
and the Antichrist would reveal himself in this year.
Edgar Cayce This psychic predicted the Second Coming would occur this year.
Sun Myung Moon
The founder of the Unification Church predicted the Kingdom of Heaven
would be established in this year.
This pastor predicted the end would occur in his book The End: Why Jesus
Could Return by A.D. 2000.
Lester Sumrall This minister predicted the end in his book I Predict 2000.
This 18th-century preacher predicted that Christ's thousand-year reign
would begin in this year.
2001 Tynnetta Muhammad
This columnist for the Nation of Islam predicted the end would occur in this
2002 Various Yoruba
Yoruba priests predicted dramatic tragedy and crisis in 2002, including
coups, war, disease, and flooding.
2003 May Nancy Lieder
Lieder originally predicted the date for the Nibiru collision as May 2003.
According to her website, aliens in the Zeta Reticuli star system told her
through messages via a brain implant of a planet which would enter our
solar system and cause a pole shift on Earth that would destroy most of
2003 Nov 29 Aum Shinrikyo
This Japanese cult predicted the world would be destroyed by a nuclear war
between October 30 and November 29, 2003.
2006 Sep 12 House of Yahweh
Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer, The House of Yahweh, Abilene, Texas
in the Feb. 2006 newsletter predicted the start of nuclear war on
September 12, 2006.
2007 Apr 29 Pat Robertson
In his 1990 book The New Millennium, Robertson suggests this date as the
day of Earth's destruction.
Hermetic Order of the
This order predicted the world would end in this year.
2011 May 21 Harold Camping
Camping predicted that the Rapture and devastating earthquakes would
occur on May 21, 2011 with God taking approximately 3% of the world's
population into Heaven, and that the end of the world would occur five
months later on October 21.
2011 Sep 29 Ronald Weinland
Ronald Weinland stated Jesus Christ would return on this day. He
prophesied nuclear explosions in U.S. port cities by July 2008 as the blowing
of the Second Trumpet of Revelation. After his prophecy failed to come true
he changed the date for the return of Jesus Christ to May 27, 2012.
2011 Oct 21 Harold Camping
When his original date failed to come about, Camping revised his prediction
and said that on May 21, a "Spiritual Judgment" took place, and that both
the physical Rapture and the end of the world would occur on October 21,
There were fears amongst the public that Comet Elenin travelling almost
directly between Earth and the Sun would cause disturbances to the Earth's
crust, causing massive earthquakes and tidal waves. Others predicted that
Elenin would collide with Earth on October 16. Scientists tried to calm fears
by stating that none of these events were possible.
2012 May 27 Ronald Weinland
Ronald Weinland stated that Jesus Christ would return and the world would
end on this day.
2012 Jun 30 José Luis de Jesús
José Luis de Jesús predicted that the world's governments and economies
would fail on this day, and that he and his followers would undergo a
transformation that would allow them to fly and walk through walls.
2012 Dec 21 Various
The so-called Mayan apocalypse at the end of the 13th b'ak'tun. The Earth
would be destroyed by an asteroid, Nibiru, or some other interplanetary
object; an alien invasion; or a supernova. Mayanist scholars stated that no
extant classic Maya accounts forecast impending doom, and that the idea
that the Long Count calendar ends in 2012 misrepresented Maya history
and culture. Scientists from NASA, along with expert archeologists,
stated that none of those events were possible.
2013 Aug 23 Grigori Rasputin
Rasputin prophesied a storm where fire would destroy most life on land and
Jesus Christ would come back to Earth to comfort those in distress.
2014 Apr –
John Hagee and Mark
The so-called Blood Moon Prophecy, first predicted by Mark Blitz in 2008
and then by John Hagee in 2014. These Christian ministers claim that the
tetrad in 2014 and 2015 may represent prophecies allegedly given in the
Bible relating to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
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