Top 10 Failed End-of-the-World Prophecies

Top 10 Failed End-of-the-World Prophecies

The world, as we now know it, will eventually disintegrate in a million years. But there were numerous groups and personalities who, apparently, wanted to have nothing to do with the world that they have conjured different prophecies and assumptions of when doomsday is coming. They truly believed and were confident with their theories, until the exact day of their prophecy came. Obviously, nothing happened, the world and everyone in it still lives, so they either buried themselves to the ground with embarrassment or they try to make another prediction, which obviously is not fooling anyone anymore.

10. Gribbin and Plagemann

Alignments of planets are normally seen as a bad sign. In The Jupiter Book Effect, its authors John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann claimed that on the 10th of March 1982, the nine planets in our Solar System will all align and would enable a gravitational pull so powerful that it would lead to all sorts of disasters on Earth.

9. Edgar C. Whisenant

Whisenant was a NASA engineer who has made a number of predictions about the Rapture. He confidently wrote and entitled his book, just to be disappointed when no Rapture came. He attempted two other predictions with two other books, but again failed.

8. Richard Noone

Noone predicted that on May 5, 2000, the six planets closer to the Sun will align with it as well as with the Moon, which will lead to the freezing of all of Earth. When the date came, everyone celebrated Cinco de Mayo just like the previous years, without any signs of the Earth turning into a huge fridge.

7. Harold Camping

According to Camping, the world would’ve ended by May 21, 2011 and that Jesus will return and this will cause the entire planet’s annihilation.

6. William Miller

For more than a decade, Miller conditioned the people of his time that October 22, 1844 will be the second coming of Jesus, leading to the end of the world. The date came and no it came and passed just as how it did for the past years. This theory was then named The Great
Disappointment, apparently, by people who didn’t want to see the break of dawn after that day.

5. Joanna Southcott

More than 100 years aho a virgin British woman about 60 years old announced that she was the woman in a passage in the Book of Revelations (12:1-6) and that she will bear a a child which will serve as the second Jesus in 1814, which would mean doomsday.

Failed Prophecies

4. Michael Drosnin

Drosnin came across a prediction that the world will seize to exist, as he was flipping through the pages of the Bible. He actually wrote a book about it entitled The Bible Code. In the book, he states that it just came to him that in 2006, the world will perish. His book has actually gotten a spot in the New York Times Best Seller list.

3. Jehovah’s Witness

Jehovah’s Witnesses have long been predicting that the apocalypse will dawn to us in the year 1914. After the year has passed, they still believe that doomsday is about to come near.

2. Y2K

Wall Street started a 20-year talk about the Y2K threat. They predicted that an error in calculation was bound to happen, and that all computers will crash, eventually leading to a lot of disasters. When the day came, everything went on as normal.

1. The Year 2012

This theory originated from the Mayans, which states that their calendar of 5,125 years ends on December 21, 2012.


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