Today is December 22, 2012, and, despite Mayans said, the world is still here.
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But, did Mayans say that really? No, they didn’t. Mayans didn’t leave any prediction about a world’s end, they didn’t consider that matter. Simply their calendar had cycles, and when a cycle ends another one begins.
But Maya calendar was deliberately misunderstood for modern people to find a world’s end prophecy. World’s End is a matter that Western culture loves, and modern “prophets” are always choosing data for world’s ends. Preferably a bloody world’s end.
Do you know how many times the world should have ended already, according to the prophecies? If you are an adult, you have survived to several world’s ends. Some of them -but not all- are these (I found them and many more in this site www.religioustolerance.org and this es.wikipedia.org):
2011, October 21
Five months before, on May 21, millions of people would fly up to heaven. Once the chosen people at the heaven (probably I wouldn’t be), God would be during the next five months sending fire, brimstone, plagues and that kind of things that God likes to use to kill living beings ((It’s said that God did that to Egyptians time ago, during months torturing and killing thousands of persons because their pharaoh didn’t want to obey him. It’s a weird behaviour for an omnipotent being, and it’s amazing that these terrorist acts were narrated by his followers instead of hiding the crimes of their leader. But that is other matter, today I’m talking about prophecies))
Finally, on October 21, once God had satisfied his sadistic tendencies, the world would be finally destroyed. However, it didn’t happen, or you wouldn’t be reading this post.
A guy named Thomas Chase predicted the World’s End would happen this day. But I haven’t found more details about this prediction nor the author, it seems this guy didn’t get to become so popular as Harold.
2000, May 5
Richard Noone predicted that this day, due to an alignment of Earth, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn, an Ice Age would start, and it would cause the World’s End. It didn’t happen, but Mr. Noone got to sell a lot of books.
2000, January 1
Of course, this was a great data for a World’s End, because it was a round number. The same happened in 1000 and 500, round numbers are always good for a World’s End. Also, on 2000, computers would fail disastrously, and that would help to a dramatic World’s End.
1994, June 9
John Hinkle, Pastor of Christ Church in Los Angeles, announced that Jesus Christ would return to Earth on Thursday, June 9 of 1994, of course in Los Angeles. If he returned, it seems that he went unnoticed and the world didn’t end.
This year was chosen by the Watchtower Society, better known as Jehova’s Witnesses, for the World’s End, because this was the 6000th anniversary of creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. It’s well known that the human species have lived many more than 6000 years, but Jehova’s Witnesses are unaware of this fact.
If you continue reading this post, you’ll check that this society has been very active prophesying World’s Ends, although without much success so far.
This was other prophesy made in Watchtower Society. Because it’s 6/66, and the number 666 is refered to the Mark of the Beast, so this was a good data for a World’s End. Although it wouldn’t be the evil Beast who destroy the Earth killing every living beings, but the merciful God, that sounds weird.
Anyway, unfortunately for Jehova’s Witnesses, the world continued this time as well.
1954, December 21
She fled to a hiding when her family decided that a psychiatric hospital would be the best place for her. She had got a lot of followers though, it seems that any fool can get followers if he/she predicts craps.
This was the year clearly marked in the Scriptures for a World’s End, according to another of the prophecies made by Jehova’s Witnesses. Also, something even scarier would happen: some corpses (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and others) would return to the Earth, they said.
1919, December 17
Albert Porta, a meteorologist, predicted that the conjunction of six planets would generate a magnetic current that would pierce the sun, cause great explosions of flaming gas and eventually engulf the Earth. But the conjunction or the magnetic current failed.
This was one of the few world’s end predictions that weren’t made by religious people and their bloodthirsty God, and it shows that some scientists can play the idiot as well.
This was the third choice of the Jehova’s Witnesses for the World’s End when their second choice failed (continue reading to know their first and second choices).
The second choice of the Jehova’s Witnesses, a brief reprieve from their first choice.
Charles Taze Russell, the founder of Jehova’s Witnesses, announced that Christ had secretly arrived in the year 1874 and would establish the Kingdom of God in Earth on 1914, October. I don’t know if Mr. Russell explained why Christ would delay 40 years his tasks.
On 1835, February 15, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, announced that Jesus would return to Earth (and so destroying life here) within 56 years (1891). However, 177 years have passed since his announcement, and we’re still waiting.
Ellen White was the founder of The Seven Day Adventists. As Jehova’s Witnesses did later, Ellen White was predicting the World’s End again and again, and her mistakes didn’t discourage her and her followers. 1856 was her last choice.
On 1850, June 27, an angel, who used to talk with Ellen White, told her that the world would end in only a few months. Maybe that angel was a joker.
1844, October 22
This day was the second choice of William Miller, founder of the Millerite movement. As other prophets, Miller did a second prediction when his first one failed.
It’s amazing that this day was called later “The Great Disappointment”, because many followers had sold their properties. It’s amazing in two ways: to be disappointed because the world hadn’t been destroyed, and to believe a prophet who had failed a year before about the same matter.
1843, March 21
The first prediction of William Miller was for this day.
Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Christ, predicted that the world would end when he (Mr Smith) was eighty-five years old, and that would happen on 1832. Unfortunately (or fortunately) he died five years before, and maybe for that reason the world didn’t end.
Well, this has been a brief review to some of the world’s end prophecies, 20 prophecies (including Maya’s one) in the last 180 years, a world’s end each 9 years. The list might be end-less, but this is enough for the purposes of this blog, I think. Of course, there will be more prophecies for next months and years, and I’m sure that new prophets are now thinking about our destruction (and wishing it).
I wonder why most of prophets came from USA. If I were American, I would be worried about that.