Astronomy and Space

It’s the End of the World As We Know It…. And We’re Still Waiting

If you spend any amount of time looking at the headlines, you might wonder whether humanity’s clock is about to run out. If so, you would not be the first to come to that conclusion. For at least 2,000 years, plenty of would-be prophets have predicted the end of the world. As of today’s date, none of them have materialized. (But check here for an up-to-date status report on whether the Large Hadron Collider has destroyed the world yet.)

Here are more than 150 of the more noteworthy predictions over the past two millennia. These predictions do not end with today’s date but extend a few million years into the future, in case you want to keep your calendar current.

Date (AD)Claimant(s)Description
66–70Simon bar Giora, Jewish EssenesThe Jewish Essene sect of ascetics saw the Jewish uprising against the Romans in 66–70 in Judea as the final end-time battle which would bring about the arrival of the Messiah.
365Hilary of PoitiersThis early French bishop announced the end of the world would happen during this year.
375–400Martin of ToursThis French bishop stated that the world would end before 400 AD, 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 supreme power.”
May 27, 482HydatiusThis bishop of Aquae Flaviae (modern Chaves, Portugal) wrote his chronicle (c. 469) in his firm belief that humanity was living in the end times, marching towards its certain doom on this day, when Jesus would come back and the world would end.
500Hippolytus of Rome, Sextus Julius Africanus, IrenaeusAll three predicted Jesus would return in this year, with one of the predictions being based on the dimensions of Noah’s Ark.
April 6, 793Beatus of LiébanaThis Spanish monk prophesied the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world on that day in front of a large crowd of people.
800Sextus Julius AfricanusThis Christian historian revised his prediction from the year 500 to 800.
799–806Gregory of ToursThis French bishop calculated the end would occur between 799 and 806.
847ThiotaThis Christian declared in 847 that the world would end that year, though later confessed the prediction was fraudulent and was publicly flogged.
992–995Various ChristiansGood 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 three years.
1000Pope Sylvester II and othersAccording to several sources, various Christian clerics predicted this date as the Millennium, including Pope Sylvester II. As a result, riots were reported throughout Europe and pilgrims headed east to Jerusalem.
1033Various ChristiansFollowing the failure of the prediction for January 1, 1000, some theorists proposed that the end would occur 1000 years after Jesus’ death, instead of his birth.
1200–1260Joachim of FioreThis Italian mystic determined that the Millennium would begin between 1200 and 1260.
1284Pope Innocent IIIPope Innocent III (died 1216) predicted that the world would end 666 years after the rise of Islam in 618.
1290 and 1335JoachimitesAfter his 1260 prediction failed, the followers of Joachim of Fiore rescheduled the end of the world to 1290 and then again to 1335.
1346–1351Various EuropeansThe Black Death spreading across Europe was interpreted by many as the sign of the end of times.
1368–1370Jean de RoquetailladeThis French alchemist predicted the Antichrist was to come in 1366 and the Millennium would begin either in 1368 or 1370.
1378Arnaldus de Villa NovaThis Joachite wrote that the Antichrist was to come during this year.
1504Sandro BotticelliThis painter believed he was living during the Tribulation, and that the Millennium would begin in three and a half years from 1500. He wrote into his painting The Mystical Nativity that the Devil was loose and would soon be chained.
February 1, 1524London astrologersA group of astrologers in London predicted the world would end by a flood starting in London, based on calculations made the previous June. Twenty thousand Londoners left their homes and headed for higher ground in anticipation.
February 20, 1524Johannes StöfflerA planetary alignment in Pisces was seen by this astrologer as a sign of the Millennium.
1525Thomas Müntzer1525 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 beheaded.
May 27, 1528Hans HutThis German Anabaptist predicted the end would occur on this date.
1528Johannes StöfflerA revised date from Stöffler after his 1524 prediction failed to come true.
October 19, 1533Michael StifelThis mathematician calculated that Judgement Day would begin at 8:00 am on this day.
1533Melchior HoffmanThis 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.
April 5, 1534Jan MatthysDuring the Münster rebellion, this Anabaptist leader declared that the apocalypse would take place on this day. When the day came he led a failed attack against Franz von Waldeck and was decapitated.
1555Pierre d’AillyAround 1400, this French theologian wrote that 6845 years of human history had already passed, and the end of the world would be in the 7,000th year.
1585Michael ServetusIn his book The Restoration of Christianity, the Spanish born reformer claimed that the Devil’s reign in this world had started in 325 AD, at the Council of Nicea, and would last for 1260 years, thus ending in 1585.
1588RegiomontanusThis mathematician and astronomer predicted the end of the world during this year.
1600Martin LutherLuther, a German priest and professor of theology known for starting the Protestant Reformation, predicted the end of the world would occur no later than 1600.
February 1, 1624London astrologersThe same astrologers who predicted the deluge of February 1, 1524 recalculated the date to 100 years later after their first prophecy failed.
1648Sabbatai ZeviUsing the kabbalah proclaimed that the Messiah would come during that year. Later claimed to be the Messiah in 1666-1667.
1651Unknown author from Lübeck, GermanyThe apocalypse maps tell of an Antichrist, the rise of Islam and other events following Judgement Day that was predicted to occur in 1651.
1654Helisaeus RoeslinThis physician made a prediction that the world would end this year based on a nova that occurred in 1572.
1656Christopher ColumbusIn his Book of Prophecies (1501), Columbus predicted that the world would end during this year.
1655–1657Fifth MonarchistsThis group of radical Christians predicted that the final apocalyptic battle and the destruction of the Antichrist were to take place between 1655 and 1657.
1658Christopher ColumbusColumbus 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.
1660Joseph MedeMede claimed that the Antichrist had appeared in 456, and the end would come in 1660.
1666Sabbatai ZeviFollowing his failed prediction of 1648, Zevi recalculated the end of the Earth for this year.
1666Fifth MonarchistsThe 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.
1673William AspinwallThis Fifth Monarchist claimed the Millennium would begin by this year.
1688John NapierThis mathematician calculated the end of the world would be this year based on calculations from the Book of Revelation.
1689Pierre JurieuThis prophet predicted that Judgment Day would occur this year.
1694John MasonThis Anglican priest predicted the Millennium would begin by this year.
1694Johann Heinrich AlstedThis Calvinist minister predicted the Millennium would begin by this year.
1694Johann Jacob ZimmermannBelieved that Jesus would return and the world would end this year.
1697Cotton MatherThis Puritan minister predicted the world would end this year. After the prediction failed, he revised the date of the end two more times.
1700John NapierFollowing his 1688 prediction, Napier recalculated his end of the world prediction to 1700 in A Plaine Discovery, a book published in 1593.
1700Henry ArcherIn his 1642 work, The Personall Reigne of Christ Upon Earth, Archer predicted the Second Coming of Jesus would occur in approximately this year.
1705–1708CamisardsCamisard prophets predicted the end of the world would occur in either 1705, 1706 or 1708.
1716Cotton MatherRevised prediction from Mather after his 1697 prediction failed to come true.
April 5, 1719Jacob BernoulliThis mathematician predicted a comet would destroy the Earth on this day.
1700–1734Nicholas of CusaThis cardinal predicted the end would occur between 1700 and 1734.
October 16, 1736William WhistonThis theologian predicted a comet colliding with the Earth this year.
1736Cotton MatherMather’s third and final prediction for the end of the world.
1757Emanuel SwedenborgSwedenborg, a former Lutheran, claimed that the Last Judgement occurred in the spiritual world this year.
May 19, 1780Connecticut General Assembly members, New EnglandersThe 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.
1789Pierre d’AillyThe year 1789 would bring the coming of the Antichrist, according to this 14th-century cardinal.
1792 and 1794ShakersThe Shakers, a Christian sect founded in 18th century England, predicted the world would end in 1792 and then in 1794.
November 19, 1795Nathaniel Brassey HalhedWhile campaigning for Richard Brothers’ release, Halhead proclaimed that the world would end on this day.
1793–1795Richard BrothersThis retired sailor stated the Millennium would begin between 1793 and 1795. He was eventually committed to an insane asylum.
1805Christopher LoveThis 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.
1806Mary BatemanIn 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.
October 19, 1814Joanna SouthcottThis 64-year-old self-described prophet claimed she was pregnant with the Christ child, and that he would be born on October 19, 1814. She died later that year having not delivered a child, and an autopsy proved she had not been pregnant.
1836Johann Albrecht BengelIn the 1730s this Lutheran clergyman proclaimed that Judgment Day would come in 1836, with the pope as the Antichrist and the Freemasons representing the “false prophet” of Revelations.
1836John WesleyWesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, foresaw the Millennium beginning this year. He wrote that Revelation 12:14 referred to 1058 to 1836, “when Christ should come”.
April 28, 1843 and December 31, 1843MilleritesAlthough 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.
1843Harriet LivermoreThe first of two years this preacher predicted the world would end.
March 21, 1844William MillerMiller, a Baptist preacher, predicted Christ would return on this day.
October 22, 1844MilleritesAfter Christ did not return on March 21, 1844, the Millerites then revised William Miller’s prediction to October 22 that year, claiming to have miscalculated Scripture. The realization that the predictions were incorrect resulted in the Great Disappointment.
August 7, 1847George RappRapp, the founder of the Harmony Society, preached that Jesus would return in his lifetime, even as he lay dying on August 7, 1847.
1847Harriet LivermoreThe second prediction of the end of the world from this preacher.
1862John CummingThis Scottish clergyman stated it was 6000 years since creation in 1862, and that the world would end.
1862Joseph MorrisOriginally an English convert to Mormonism, Morris had revelations to gather his followers and wait for the Second Coming, through successive prophesied days.
1863John WroeThe founder of the Christian Israelite Church calculated that the Millennium would begin this year.
1873–1874Jonas WendellWendell, along with other Adventist preachers, predicted the Second Coming of Christ would occur in 1873 or 1874. 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. After the prediction did not bear out, Nelson H. Bardour reinterpreted the prediction holding that Jesus had in fact returned in 1874 but in an invisible form.
1881Mother Shipton (attrib.)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.
1890WovokaThe founder of the Ghost Dance movement predicted in 1889 that the Millennium would occur in 1890.
1901Catholic Apostolic ChurchThis 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.
1910Camille FlammarionFlammarion 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.
1892–1911Charles Piazzi SmythThis pyramidologist concluded from his research on the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Giza that the Second Coming would occur somewhere between 1892 and 1911.
1914Charles Taze RussellRussell, who founded the Bible Student movement, said “…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.”
1915John ChilembweThis Baptist educator and leader of a rebellion in the British protectorate of Nyasaland predicted the Millennium would begin this year.
1918International Bible Students Association“Christendom shall be cut off and glorification of the Little Flock (The Church) in the Spring of 1918 A. D.”
1920International Bible Students AssociationIn 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.
February 13, 1925Margaret RowenAccording 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.
1926Spencer PercevalThis British MP, who was one of the 12 apostles of the Catholic Apostolic Church, believed that the world was growing nearer to the Apocalypse due to what he viewed as the rampant immorality of the times in Europe.
1934Walter MarksMarks, an Australian MP, told the House of Representatives that Armageddon would occur in 1934 and culminate with the Royal Navy bringing Christ’s chosen people to Jerusalem.
September 1935Wilbur Glenn VolivaThis evangelist announced that “the world is going to go ‘puff’ and disappear” in September 1935.
1936Herbert W. ArmstrongThe 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 be saved. After the prophecy failed, he changed the date three more times.
1941Jehovah’s WitnessesA prediction of the end from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a group which branched from the Bible Student movement.
1943Herbert W. ArmstrongThe first of three revised dates from Armstrong after his 1936 prediction failed to come true.
1947John Ballou NewbroughThe author of Oahspe: A New Bible predicted the destruction of all nations and the beginning of post-apocalyptic anarchy in this year.
December 21, 1954Dorothy MartinThe 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.
April 22, 1959Florence HouteffThe leader 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.
1951–1960Johann Gottfried BischoffOn December 25, 1951, Bischoff stated the Second Coming would occur before he died. He died on July 6, 1960.
February 4, 1962Jeane Dixon, various Indian astrologersDixon predicted a planetary alignment on this day was to bring destruction to the world. Mass prayer meetings were held in India.
August 20, 1967George Van TasselThis 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.
1967Jim JonesThe founder of the People’s Temple stated he had visions that a nuclear holocaust was to take place in 1967.
August 9, 1969George WilliamsThe founder of the Church of the Firstborn predicted the Second Coming of Christ would occur on this day.
1969Charles MansonManson predicted that Helter Skelter, an apocalyptic race war, would occur in 1969.
1972Herbert W. ArmstrongThe second of three revised dates from Armstrong after his 1936 and 1943 predictions failed to come true.
January 1974David BergBerg, the leader of Children of God, predicted that there would be a colossal doomsday event heralded by Comet Kohoutek.
1975Herbert W. ArmstrongArmstrong’s fourth and final prediction.
1975Jehovah’s WitnessesFrom 1966 on, Jehovah’s Witnesses published articles which stated that the fall of 1975 would be 6,000 years since man’s creation, and suggested that Armageddon could be finished by then.
1976Brahma KumarisThe Brahma Kumaris founder, Lekhraj Kirpalani, has made a number of predictions of a global Armageddon which the religion believes it will inspire, internally calling it “Destruction.” 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.
1977John WroeThe founder of the Christian Israelite Church predicted this year for Armageddon to occur.
1977William M. BranhamThis Christian minister predicted the rapture would occur no later than 1977.
February 17, 1979Roch ThériaultThériault, who called himself Moïse (Moses), led a commune in the wilderness of eastern Quebec in the late seventies. Formerly a Seventh-Day Adventist, he told his group they would form the center of a new society during God’s 1000 year reign following Armageddon.
1980Leland JensenIn 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.
1981Chuck SmithThe founder of Calvary Chapel predicted the generation of 1948 would be the last generation and that the world would end by 1981 at the latest. 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 predicated upon that belief.”
March 10, 1982John Gribbin, Stephen PlagemannGribbin, an astrophysicist, co-authored the 1974 book The Jupiter Effect which predicted that combined gravitational forces of aligned planets would create a number of catastrophes, including a great earthquake on the San Andreas Fault.
June 21, 1982Benjamin CremeCreme 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 television.
1982Pat RobertsonIn late 1976 on his 700 Club TV programme, Robertson predicted that the end of the world would come in this year.
1985Lester SumrallThis minister predicted the end in this year, even writing a book about it entitled I Predict 1985.
April 29, 1986Leland JensenJensen predicted that Halley’s Comet would be pulled into Earth’s orbit on this day, causing widespread destruction.
August 17, 1987José ArgüellesArgüelles claimed that Armageddon would take place unless 144,000 people gathered in certain places across the world in order to “resonate in harmony” on this day.
September 11-13, and October 3, 1988Edgar C. WhisenantWhisenant predicted in his book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988 that the rapture of the Christian Church would occur between September 11 and 13, 1988. After his September predictions failed to come true, Whisenant revised his prediction date to October 3.
September 30, 1989Edgar C. WhisenantAfter all his 1988 predictions failed to come true, Whisenant revised his prediction date to this day.
April 23, 1990Elizabeth Clare ProphetProphet 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.
September 9, 1991Menachem Mendel SchneersonThis Russian-born rabbi called for the Messiah to come by the start of the Jewish New Year.
1991Louis FarrakhanThe leader of the Nation of Islam declared that the Gulf War would be the “War of Armageddon which is the final war.”
September 28, 1992Rollen StewartThis born-again Christian predicted the rapture would take place on this day.
October 28, 1992Lee Jang RimLee, the leader of the Dami Mission church, predicted the rapture would occur on this day.
1993David BergBerg predicted the tribulation would start in 1989 and that the Second Coming would take place in 1993.
May 2, 1994Neal ChaseThis Bahá’í sect leader predicted that New York City would be destroyed by a nuclear bomb on March 23, 1994, and the Battle of Armageddon would take place 40 days later.
September 6, September 9, and October 2, 1994Harold CampingCamping predicted the rapture would occur on September 6, 1994. When it failed to occur he revised the date to the 29th of September and then to the 2nd October.
March 31, 1995Harold CampingCamping’s fourth predicted date for the end. This would be Camping’s last prediction until 2011.
March 26, 1997Marshall ApplewhiteApplewhite, 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.
August 10, 1997AggaiThe 1st-century bishop of Edessa predicted this date to be the birth date of the Antichrist and the end of the universe.
October 23, 1997James UssherThis 17th-century Irish archbishop predicted this date to be 6,000 years since creation, and therefore the end of the world.
March 31, 1998Hon-Ming ChenChen, leader of the Taiwanese cult Chen Tao – “The True Way” – claimed that God would come to Earth in a flying saucer at 10:00 am on this date.
July 1, 1999NostradamusA quatrain by Nostradamus which stated the “King of Terror” would come from the sky in “1999 and seven months” was frequently interpreted as a prediction of doomsday in July 1999.
August 18, 1999The Amazing CriswellThe predicted date of the end of the world, according to this psychic well known for predictions.
September 11, 1999Philip BergBerg, 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 of life.”
1999Charles BerlitzThis 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.
1999Hon-Ming ChenThe leader of the cult Chen Tao preached that a nuclear holocaust would destroy Europe and Asia in 1999.
1999James Gordon LindsayThis preacher predicted the great tribulation would begin before 2000.
1999Timothy Dwight IVThis 19th century president of Yale University predicted Christ’s Millennium would start by 2000.
1999Nazim Al-HaqqaniThis Sufi Muslim sheikh predicted that the Last Judgment would occur before 2000.
January 1, 2000Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of GodAn estimated 778 followers of this Ugandan religious movement perished in a devastating fire and a series of poisonings and killings that were either a group suicide or an orchestrated mass murder by group leaders after their predictions of the apocalypse failed to come about.
January 1, 2000Jerry FalwellFalwell predicted God making judgement on the world on this day.
January 1, 2000Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. JenkinsThese Christian authors stated that the Y2K bug would trigger global economic chaos, which the Antichrist would use to rise to power. As the date approached, however, they changed their minds.
January 1, 2000VariousDuring and before 1999 there was widespread predictions of a Y2K computer bug that would crash many computers on midnight of January 1, 2000 and cause malfunctions leading to major catastrophes worldwide, and that society would cease to function.
April 6, 2000James HarmstonThe 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.
May 5, 2000Nuwaubian NationThis movement claimed that the planetary lineup would cause a “star holocaust”, pulling the planets toward the Sun on this day.
2000Peter OliviThis 13th-century theologian wrote that the Antichrist would come to power between 1300 and 1340, and the Last Judgement would take place around 2000.
2000Ruth MontgomeryThis self-described Christian psychic predicted the Earth’s axis would shift and the Antichrist would reveal himself in this year.
2000Edgar CayceThis psychic predicted the Second Coming would occur this year.
2000Sun Myung MoonThe founder of the Unification Church predicted the Kingdom of Heaven would be established in this year.
2000Ed DobsonThis pastor predicted the end would occur in his book The End: Why Jesus Could Return by A.D. 2000.
2000Lester SumrallThis minister predicted the end in his book I Predict 2000.
2000Jonathan EdwardsThis 18th-century preacher predicted that Christ’s thousand-year reign would begin in this year.
2001Tynnetta MuhammadThis columnist for the Nation of Islam predicted the end would occur in this year.
May 27, 2003Nancy LiederLieder proposed the Nibiru cataclysm, which was predicted to occur on this day. She claimed aliens in the Zeta Reticuli star system told her a planet which would enter the solar system and cause a pole shift on Earth that would destroy most of humanity.
October 30 – November 29, 2003Aum ShinrikyoThis Japanese cult, which carried out the Tokyo subway sarin attack in 1995, predicted the world would be destroyed by a nuclear war between 30 October and 29 November 2003.
September 12, 2006House of YahwehYisrayl Hawkins, pastor and overseer of The House of Yahweh, predicted in his February 2006 newsletter that a nuclear war would begin on September 12, 2006.
April 29, 2007Pat RobertsonIn his 1990 book The New Millennium, Robertson suggests this date as the day of Earth’s destruction.
May 1, 2008Pyotr KuznetsovFollowers of Kuznetsov, 31 adults and 4 children (one 18 months old), went into a cave in Russia in November 2007 thinking they would be safe from an apocalypse occurring in the spring. Kuzentsov did not join them, was later committed and attempted suicide when some had left the cave in the spring. By the time all the followers had left the cave in the spring, two adults had died.
2010Hermetic Order of the Golden DawnThis magical organization, which existed from 1887 to 1903, predicted the world would end during this year.
May 21, 2011Harold CampingAfter several unsuccessful predictions in 1994 and 1995, Camping predicted that the rapture and devastating earthquakes would occur on 21 May 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.
September 29, 2011Ronald WeinlandWeinland, the founder of the Church of God Preparing for the Kingdom of God, stated Jesus would return on this day. After his prophecy failed to come true he changed the date to 27 May 2012.
October 21, 2011Harold CampingWhen his original prediction 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 21 October 2011.
August –October 2011VariousThere 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.
May 27, 2012Ronald WeinlandWeinland’s revised date for the return of Jesus following the failure of his 2011 prediction.
June 30, 2012José Luis de JesúsThis cult leader 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.
December 21, 2012VariousThe 2012 phenomenon predicted the world would end 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 forecasted 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 archaeologists, stated that none of those events were possible.
August 23, 2013Grigori RasputinRasputin, a Russian mystic who died in 1916, prophesied a storm would take place on this day where fire would destroy most life on land and Jesus would come back to Earth to comfort those in distress.
April 2014–September 2015John Hagee, Mark BiltzThe so-called blood moon prophecy, first predicted by Mark Biltz in 2008 and then by John Hagee in 2014. These Christian ministers claim that the tetrad in 2014 and 2015 may represent the beginning of the Messianic end times. Some Mormons in Utah combined the September 2015 blood moon with other signs, causing a large increase in sales of preppers survival supplies.
September 23 – October 15, 2017David MeadeConspiracy theorist David Meade predicted that Nibiru would become visible in the sky and would “soon” destroy the Earth.
April 23, 2018David MeadeAfter his 2017 prediction failed, Meade predicted the rapture would take place and that the world would end on this date.
June 9, 2019Ronald WeinlandWeinland, who previously predicted the world would end in 2011, 2012, and then 2013, predicted in 2018 that Jesus would return on June 9, 2019. Prior to the date occurring he began to express some doubts regarding his own prediction.
2020Jeane DixonDixon predicted that Armageddon would take place in 2020. She previously predicted the world would end on February 4, 1962.
2021F. Kenton BeshoreThis American pastor bases his prediction on the prior suggestion that Jesus would return in 1988, i.e., within one biblical generation (40 years) of the founding of Israel in 1948. Beshore argues that the prediction was correct, but that the definition of a biblical generation was incorrect and was actually 70–80 years, placing the second coming of Jesus between 2018 and 2028, and the rapture during 2021 at the latest.
2026Messiah Foundation InternationalThis spiritual organization predicts that the world will end in 2026, when an asteroid collides with Earth in accordance with Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi’s predictions in his book The Religion of God.
2028Kent HovindWhile clarifying there is no way to be certain, this Christian fundamentalist evangelist speculated in 2015 that 2028 was the “most likely” date for the rapture.
December 31, 2129Said NursîThis Sunni Muslim theologian, author of the Risale-i Nur and founder of the Nur movement, wrote in a letter to one of his students (the 21st in the so-called Kastamonu Appendix) that by applying numerology to a hadith he had arrived at a date of 1545 for the arrival of doomsday. 1545 in the Hijri calendar would be 2122; in the Rumi calendar it would be 2129. Nursî added that this was not a definite prediction, as “nobody knows the time of doom in a strict manner”.
September 30, 2239Talmud, Orthodox JudaismAccording to the Talmud in mainstream Orthodox Judaism, the Messiah will come within 6000 years of the creation of Adam, and the world may be destroyed 1000 years later. This would put the beginning of the period of desolation in 2239 and the end of the period of desolation in 3239.
2280Rashad KhalifaAccording to this Egyptian-American biochemist’s research on the Qu’ran, the world will end during that year.

If you want to schedule things out past this date, you may need a few more pages on your calendar.

Estimated timeframe (years)Claimant(s)Description
300,000Peter TuthillIn approximately 300,000 years, WR 104, a triple star, is expected to explode in a supernova. It has been suggested that it may produce a gamma ray burst that could pose a threat to life on Earth should its poles be aligned 12° or lower towards Earth. However, spectroscopic observations now strongly suggest that it is tilted at an angle of 30°-40° and so any gamma ray burst should not hit Earth.
1 millionThe Geological SocietyWithin the next 1 million years, Earth will likely have undergone a supervolcanic eruption large enough to erupt 3,200 cubic kilometers of magma, an event comparable to the Toba supereruption 75,000 years ago.
100 millionStephen A. NelsonIt is estimated that every 100 million years, Earth is hit by an asteroid about 10–15 km in diameter, comparable in size to the one that triggered the K–Pg extinction which killed non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
500–600 millionAnne MinardA gamma ray burst or a massive, hyperenergetic supernova, would have occurred within 6,500 light-years of Earth, close enough for its rays to affect Earth’s ozone layer and potentially trigger a mass extinction, assuming that the hypothesis of a previous such explosion triggering the Ordovician–Silurian extinction event is correct. However, the supernova would have to be precisely oriented relative to Earth to have any negative effect.
600–800 millionVariousThe Sun’s increasing brightness causes the rate of weathering of the planet’s crust to increase. This will cause the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to drop dramatically, making photosynthesis in plants impossible. This will very likely cause a mega mass extinction of the Earth’s vegetation. The lack of oxygen-producing plants will cause oxygen in the atmosphere to disappear as well as the ozone layer, making animal life impossible. Even if photosynthesis were still possible, rising surface temperatures from the brighter sun will make complex life (plants and animals) impossible.
1–5 billionVariousThe estimated end of the Sun’s current phase of development, after which it will swell into a red giant, either scorching or swallowing Earth, will occur around five billion years from now. However, as the Sun grows gradually hotter (over millions of years), Earth may become too hot for life as early as one billion years from now.
1.6 billionVariousIt is estimated that all eukaryotic life will die out due to carbon dioxide starvation, with only prokaryotes remaining.
7.59 billionDavid PowellThe Earth and the Moon will most likely be destroyed by falling into the Sun, just before the Sun reaches the largest of its red giant phase when it will be 256 times larger than its current size. Before the final collision, the Moon will possibly spiral below Earth’s Roche limit, breaking into a ring of debris, most of which would fall to Earth’s surface.
22 billionVariousThis is the end of the Universe in the Big Rip scenario, assuming a model of dark energy with w = −1.5. Observations of galaxy cluster speeds by the Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest that the true value of w is approximately −0.991, indicating the Big Rip would not occur.
10100VariousThe time estimated for the heat death of the universe, a hypothetical event in which the universe would diminish to a state of no thermodynamic free energy, becoming no longer able to sustain directed motion or life.

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  1. To me, general human existence has for too long been analogous to a cafeteria lineup consisting of diversely societally represented people, all adamantly arguing over which identifiable person should be at the front and, conversely, at the back of the line. Many of them further fight over to whom amongst them should go the last piece of quality pie and how much they should have to pay for it — all the while the interstellar spaceship on which they’re all permanently confined, owned and operated by (besides the wealthiest passengers) the fossil fuel industry, is on fire and toxifying at locations not normally investigated.

    There has been discouragingly insufficient political courage and will to properly act upon the cause-and-effect of manmade global warming and climate change. There still prevails a do-little-or-nothing policy among the world’s top leaders, a number of whom remain more or less steered by big fossil fuel interests. ‘Liberals’ and ‘conservatives’ (etcetera) are overly preoccupied with criticizing one another for their politics and beliefs thus diverting attention away from the greatest polluters’ moral and ethical corruption, where it should and needs to be sharply focused.

    But I still see some hope for spaceship Earth and therefor humankind due to environmentally conscious and active children, especially those who are approaching/reaching voting age. In contrast, the dinosaur electorate who have been voting into high office consecutive mass-pollution promoting or complicit/complacent governments for decades are gradually dying off thus making way for far more healthy-planet-thus-people minded voters.


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