Here are Top 10 People & Organizations who Predicted the End of the World…some of them failed big time!
10. Martin Luther
Martin Luther was the founder of the Lutheran Church in 1571 during the Protestant Reformation. In 1526, he came up with his theory of the end of the world – he believed that on October 19, 1533 the world would cease to exist. While Luther was hesitant to set a definite date, he was convinced that there were too many indications in his own time to harbor any doubt. 400+ years later, the universe is still intact and humans continue to live in it. From the beginning of his reformatory career to the time of his death, Luther also clung to the belief of the return of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the timing and manner of the return were not clearly stated in Luther’s writings.
9. Mormon Armageddon, 1891
Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, organized a special meeting from the Mormon Church leaders in February 1835. It was in that meeting that he revealed to his listeners that he had spoken to God and that it was revealed to him that Jesus would return in the next 56 years.
8. Jehovah’s Witnesses
Jehovah’s Witnesses make many claims in their attempt to proselytize outsiders. They believe that they have the only true Christian church, are the only true representatives of God and possess the only correct Biblical teachings. Charles T. Russel, a former president of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, had a prediction that the world would begin to end in 1941 and would eventually culminate in the fall of 1975. The date coincided with the 6000th anniversary of the creation of mankind. 40 years later this prediction has also been proven to be false.
7. Jim Jones
Jim Jones, the People’s Temple founder, is best known for the Jonestown mass murder-suicide in 1978. On that dreadful day in in 1978, he led hundreds of his followers to commit mass-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of South America. All of them willingly ingested a poison laced punch drink. The death toll was 909, and a third of those victims were children.
6. John Gribben and Stephen Plagemann
In 1982, 2 well-known astrophysicists, John Gribben and Stephen Plagemann, came up with the preposterous assertion that a rare alignment of all nine planets in 1982 would create a combined gravitational pull that would place huge stresses on the planet’s tectonic plates, causing earthquakes and severe changes to our climates. The book they wrote together, The Jupiter Effect, scared thousands of people/readers. But after the alignment passed without any effect, their professional reputation went down the drain. They later claimed the theory was intended simply as an exercise in astrophysical speculation, but by then the damage was already done.
5. Nostradamus, August 1999
The metaphorical writings of Michel Nostradamus have confused and intrigued people for over 400 years! His writings have been translated and re-translated in dozens of language. His most famous and feared quatrain reads: “The year 1999, seventh month / From the sky will come great king of terror.” This was a hot topic during the whole scare of Y2K. As the last century drew to a close, many people grew concerned that computers might bring about doomsday.
4. Baba Vanga
Baba Vanga was a blind Bulgarian woman who made many predictions for the future and had a big following due to her so-called mystical powers. When she died in 1996 huge crowds gathered to say goodbye at her funeral. Among her many predictions…she claimed that by 4599 man would achieve immortality and that less than 100 years later we would begin assimilating with the alien populations we meet on the hundreds of planets we will have populated by that time. She also claimed that by 4509, people will become so sufficiently developed that they will begin to communicate with God directly.
3. Isaac Newton
Most know Sir Isaac Newton as the father of modern science. He is considered one of the most influential scientists of our time. He came up with the law of gravity and the law of motion thereby explaining the movement of the planets, moons and stars due to gravitational pull of larger bodies. It radically transformed the way we look at astronomy. What many people don’t know is that this famed English physicist and mathematician also predicted the end of the world in his book ‘Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John’. The doomsday date he arrived at? 2060. Check out his letter pictured above.
2. God’s Church Ministry, Fall 2008
According to God’s Church minister Ronald Weinland, the end times are upon us. In his 2006 book “2008: God’s Final Witness” , he boldly says that hundreds of millions of people will die, and that by the end of 2006, “there will be a maximum time of two years remaining before the world will be plunged into the worst time of all human history. By the fall of 2008, the United States will have collapsed as a world power, and no longer exist as an independent nation.”
1. The Mayans
The 2009 movie, “2012,” is a 2.5 hour portrayal of Mayan apocalypse theory, with enough death and destruction to bring up the question, “What’s so bad about 2012?” It depends on the person you ask. The fear is based on the way some people interpret the Mayan Long Count calendar, which is divided into Great Cycles lasting approx. 5,125 years. One of these cycles happened to end on Dec. 21, 2012, giving some doomsday believers the ammunition they needed to argue that the world would end on that day. Some backed up this claim with the argument that a mysterious planet known as Nibiru, Planet X or Eris, or a large meteor, would collide with Earth. December 21, 2012 passed and no apocalypse happened. The doomsday theory failed.