Countdown to Armageddon

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Directed by David de Vries
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) David de Vries
Release
Original release
  • December 26, 2004 (2004-12-26)

Countdown to Armageddon is a 2004 History Channel documentary film that reviews the history of apocalyptic literature (Armageddon). The documentary is written and directed by David de Vries, produced by Craig Haffner and Glenn Kirschbaum, narrated by Edward Herrmann, and features archaeologist/historian Eric H. Cline, Orthodox Christian scholar John McGuckin, televangelist John Hagee, author Tim LaHaye, and author Gershom Gorenberg.

"The End is Near" is a cry that has echoed throughout human history. Every religion has stories of the end of the world, and believers in every era have prophesized that the time was at hand. So far, these predictions have come to naught, but a rash of unusual events and the rise of fundamental faiths have led to a new golden era of doomsayers.
Asteroids on a collision course with Earth, super volcanoes, global warming, killer viruses--all are potential catastrophes that threaten to wipe out life on our planet. Are these simply natural disasters that have been occurring since time immemorial? Or are these threats terrifying prophesies from the Bible that are at last coming true? Are our fears overblown? Or are the infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding among us in a countdown to Armageddon?

(source: DVD cover)

Other subjects include: Millerites, the rapture, bird flu, etc.

The documentary also appears in The History Channel's History Alive series.

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