List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events

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This is a list of predicted dates for events that would result in a massive or total collapse of humanity, civilization, the planet, or the entire universe made by diverse individuals or groups thereof.

Religious-related predictions[edit]

In Christianity and other Abrahamic religions, there have been numerous predictions standing for or similar to the escatological events described on their sacred scriptures. Christian predictions typically refer to events like the Apocalypse, the Rapture, Last Judgment, or the Second Coming of Christ.

Past dates[edit]

Date (AD) Claimant(s) Description Reference(s)
66–70 Simon bar Giora, Jewish Essenes The Essene sect of Jewish ascetics saw the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 66–70 in Judea as the final end-time battle before the arrival of the Messiah. By the authority of Simon, coins were minted declaring the redemption of Israel. [1][2][3]
365 Hilary of Poitiers The French bishop announced the end of the world would happen during that year. [4]:30
375–400 Martin of Tours The 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." [5][6]:119
500 Hippolytus of Rome, Sextus Julius Africanus, Irenaeus All three predicted Jesus would return in the year 500. One of the predictions was based on the dimensions of Noah's ark. [4]:31[7]:35
793 Apr 6 Beatus of Liébana The Spanish monk prophesied the second coming of Christ and the end of the world on that day to a crowd of people. [4]:31
800 Sextus Julius Africanus Sextus Julius Africanus revised the date of Doomsday to the year 800. [8]:37
799–806 Gregory of Tours Calculated the End would occur between 799 and 806. [9]:48
848 Thiota Declared that the world would end during that year. [6]:337
992–995 Various Christians Good 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 3 years. [10]:236
1000 Jan 1 Pope Sylvester II The Millennium Apocalypse at the end of the Christian Millennium. Various Christian clerics predicted the end of the world on this date, including Pope Sylvester II. Riots occurred in Europe and pilgrims headed east to Jerusalem. [4]:32[7]:35–36
1033 Various Christians Following the failure of the January 1, 1000 prediction, some theorists proposed that the end would occur 1000 years after Jesus' death, instead of his birth. [4]:31[7]:36[11]
late 1000s Various Christians Leading up to the Crusades, many people made pilgrimage to Jerusalem in hope of being saved, for the "dread day of wrath was upon them: men no longer tilled the earth, fearing the end of all things". [12]
1260 Joachim of Fiore The Italian mystic determined that the Millennium would begin between 1200 and 1260. [8]:48
1284 Pope Innocent III Pope Innocent III (d. 1216) predicted that the world would end 666 years after the rise of Islam. [5]
1290
1335
Joachimites The followers of Joachim of Fiore rescheduled the End to 1290 and then 1335 when his 1260 prophecy failed. [13]:58
1346–1351 Various Europeans The black plague spreading across Europe was interpreted by many as the sign of the end of times. [4]:33[14]
1370 Jean de Roquetaillade The Antichrist was to come in 1366 and the Millennium would begin either in 1368 or 1370. [9]:55
1378 Arnaldus de Villa Nova This Joachite wrote that the Antichrist was to come in this year. [13]:62
1504 Sandro Botticelli Believed he was living during the Tribulation, and that the Millennium would begin in three and a half years from 1500. Wrote into his The Mystical Nativity that the Devil was loose and would soon be chained. [9]:60[15]
1524 Feb 1 London astrologers A group of astrologers in London predicted the world would end by a flood starting in London, based on calculations made the previous June. 20,000 Londoners left their homes and headed for higher ground in anticipation. [10]:236–237[16]
1524 Feb 20 Johannes Stöffler A planetary alignment in Pisces was seen by this astrologer as a sign of the Millennium. [10]:236–237
1524–1526 Thomas Müntzer 1525 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. [7]:36[17]:48
1528 May 27 Hans Hut Predicted the end would occur on this day. [9]:67
1528 Johannes Stöffler Revised date from Stöffler after his 1524 prediction failed to come true. [10]:238
1533 Oct 19 Michael Stifel This mathematician calculated that the Judgement Day would begin at 8:00am on this day. [13]:88
1533 Melchior Hoffman This 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. [8]:59
1534 Apr 5 Jan Matthys Predicted that the Apocalypse would take place on this day and only the city of Münster would be spared. [6]:338
1555 Pierre d'Ailly Around the year 1400, this French theologian wrote that 6845 years of human history had already passed, and the end of the world would be in the 7000th year. [13]:72
1585 Michael Servetus In 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. [18]
1588 Regiomontanus Predicted the end of the world during this year. [10]:239
1600 Martin Luther Predicted the end of the world would occur no later than 1600. [9]:66
1624 Feb 1 London astrologers The same astrologers who predicted the deluge of February 1, 1524 recalculated the date to February 1, 1624 after their first prophecy failed. [10]:236–237[16]
1648 Sabbatai Zevi Using the kabbalah, this rabbi from Smyrna, Turkey, proclaimed that the Messiah would come during that year. [10]:239
1654 Helisaeus Roeslin This physician made a prediction that the world would end this year based on a nova that occurred in 1572. [10]:240
1656 Christopher Columbus In his Book of Prophecies (1501), Columbus predicted that the world would end during 1656. [19][20]
1657 Fifth Monarchists This group of radical Christians predicted that the final apocalyptic battle and the destruction of the Antichrist were to take place between 1655 and 1657. [8]:67
1658 Christopher Columbus Columbus claimed that the world was created in 5343 BC, and would last 7000 years. Assuming no year zero, that means the end would come in 1658. [13]:77
1660 Joseph Mede Mede claimed that the Antichrist had appeared in 456, and the end would come in 1660. [13]:147
1666 Sabbatai Zevi Following his failed prediction of 1648, Zevi recalculated the end of the Earth for 1666. [10]:239
Fifth Monarchists The 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. [7]:36–37[21]:87
1673 William Aspinwall This Fifth Monarchist claimed the Millennium would begin by this year. [6]:209
1688 John Napier This mathematician calculated the end of the world would be this year based on calculations from the Book of Revelation. [9]:92
1689 Pierre Jurieu This prophet predicted that Judgement Day would occur this year. [8]:70
1694 John Mason This Anglican priest predicted the Millennium would begin by this year. [8]:72
Johann Heinrich Alsted Predicted the Millennium would begin by this year. [8]:66
Johann Jacob Zimmermann Believed that Jesus would return and the world would end this year. [22]:19–20
1697 Cotton Mather This Puritan minister predicted the world would end this year. After the prediction failed, he revised the date of the End two more times. [6]:338
1700 John Napier After his 1688 prediction failed to come true, Napier revised his end of the world prediction to this year. [9]:92
Henry Archer In his 1642 work, The Personall Reigne of Christ Upon Earth, Archer predicted the second coming of Jesus would occur in approximately this year. [23]
1705
1706
1708
Camisards Camisard prophets predicted the end of the world would occur in either 1705, 1706 or 1708. [8]:70
1716 Cotton Mather Revised prediction from Mather after his 1697 prediction failed to come true. [6]:338
1719 Apr 5 Jacob Bernoulli This mathematician predicted a comet would destroy the Earth on this day. [10]:240
1700–1734 Nicholas of Cusa This Cardinal predicted the end would occur between 1700 and 1734. [13]:73
1736 Oct 16 William Whiston Whiston predicted a comet colliding with the Earth this year. [24]
1736 Cotton Mather Mather's third and final prediction for the end of the world. [6]:338
1757 Emanuel Swedenborg Swedenborg claimed that the Last Judgement occurred in the spiritual world this year. [25]
1780 May 19 Connecticut General Assembly members, New Englanders The 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. [26][27]
1789 Pierre d'Ailly The year 1789 would bring the coming of the Antichrist, according to this 14th-century Cardinal. [9]:59
1792
1794
Shakers Predicted the world would end in both the years 1792 and 1794. [6]:338
1795 Nov 19 Nathaniel Brassey Halhed While campaigning for Richard Brothers' release, Halhead proclaimed that the world would end on this day. [13]:310
1793–1795 Richard Brothers This retired sailor stated the Millennium would begin between the years 1793 and 1795. He was eventually committed to an insane asylum. [13]:73
1805 Christopher Love This 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. [21]:101
1806 Mary Bateman In 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. [7]:37[28][29]
1814 Oct 19 Joanna Southcott This 64-year-old self-described prophet claimed she was pregnant with the Christ child, and that he would be born on Oct 19, 1814. She died later that year having not delivered a child, and an autopsy proved she had not been pregnant. [30]
1836 Johann Albrecht Bengel In the 1730s he proclaimed that, based on a careful study of the prophecies of the Bible, Judgment Day would come in 1836, with the Pope as the anti-Christ and the Freemasons representing the "false prophet" of Revelations. [31]
1836 John Wesley Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, foresaw the Millennium beginning this year. He wrote that Revelation 12:14 referred to the years 1058–1836, "when Christ should come". [7]:37[13]:269[32]
1843 Apr 28
1843 Dec 31
Millerites Although 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. [33]:16
1843 Harriet Livermore The first of two years this preacher predicted the world would end. [13]:699
1844 Mar 21 William Miller Miller predicted Christ would return on this day. [33]:17
1844 Oct 22 Millerites After Christ did not return on March 21, 1844, the Millerites then revised William Miller's prediction to October 22, 1844, claiming to have miscalculated Scripture. The realization that the predictions were incorrect resulted in the Great Disappointment. [7]:38[33]:17[34]
1847 Aug 7 George Rapp Rapp, the founder of the Harmony Society, preached that Jesus would return in his lifetime, even as he lay dying on August 7, 1847. [22]:23
1847 Harriet Livermore The second prediction of the end of the world from this preacher. [13]:699
1853–1856 Various Many people[who?] thought the Crimean War was the Battle of Armageddon. [13]:437
1862 John Cumming This Scottish clergyman stated it was 6000 years since Creation in 1862, and that the world would end. [6]:283
Joseph Morris An English convert to Mormonism, Morris had revelations to gather his followers and wait for the Second Coming, through successive prophesied days. [35]
1863 John Wroe The founder of the Christian Israelite Church calculated that the Millennium would begin this year. [30]
1873 Jonas Wendell 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. [36]
1874 Charles Taze Russell Predicted the return of Jesus to occur in 1874, and after this date reinterpreted the prediction to say that Jesus had indeed returned in invisible form. [37][38]
1881 Mother 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. [10]:243
1890 Wovoka The founder of the Ghost Dance movement predicted in 1889 that the Millennium would occur in 1890. [17]:69
1901 Catholic Apostolic Church This 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. [39]:87
1910 Camille Flammarion He 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. The comet indicated the Second Coming to many. [7]:38[40]
1892–1911 Charles Piazzi Smyth This pyramidologist concluded from his research on the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Giza that the Second Coming would occur between 1892 and 1911. [22]:94
1914 Charles Taze Russell "...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." [41]
1915 John Chilembwe This Baptist educator and leader of a rebellion in the British protectorate of Nyasaland predicted the Millennium would begin this year. [17]:69
1918 International Bible Students Association Christendom shall be cut off and glorification of the Little Flock (The Church) in the Spring of 1918 A. D. [42][43]
1920 International Bible Students Association In 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. [44]
1925 Feb 13 Margaret Rowen According 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. [6]:45
1926 Spencer Perceval (Junior) Son of the former Prime Minister of Britain and one of the 12 Apostles of the Catholic Apostolic Church. He believed that the world was growing nearer and nearer to the Apocalypse due to what he viewed as the rampant immorality of the times in Europe. [45]
1935 Sep Wilbur Glenn Voliva This evangelist announced that "the world is going to go 'puff' and disappear" in September 1935. [6]:287
1936 Herbert W. Armstrong The 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 saved. After the prophecy failed, he changed the date three more times. [46]:99
1941 Jehovah's Witnesses A prediction of the end from the Jehovah's Witnesses, a group which branched from the Bible Student movement. [46]:72
1943 Herbert W. Armstrong The first of three revised dates from Armstrong after his 1936 prediction failed to come true. [46]:99
1947 John Ballou Newbrough The author of Oahspe: A New Bible foresaw the destruction of all nations and the beginning of post-apocalyptic anarchy in this year. [10]:243
1954 Dec 21 Dorothy Martin The 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. [47]
1959 Apr 22 Florence Houteff The 2nd Prophet 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. [48]
1962 Feb 4 Jeane Dixon, various Indian astrologers Jeane Dixon predicted a planetary alignment on this day was to bring destruction to the world. Mass prayer meetings were held in India. [6]:340[49][50]
1967 Aug 20 George Van Tassel This 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. [51]:145
1967 Jim Jones The founder of the Peoples Temple stated he had visions that a nuclear holocaust was to take place in 1967. [9]:214
1969 Aug 9 George Williams The founder of the Church of the Firstborn predicted the Second Coming of Christ would occur on this day. [52]:77
1969 Charles Manson Manson predicted that an apocalyptic race war would occur in 1969 and ordered the Tate-LaBianca murders in an attempt to bring it about. Manson based his prediction on his interpretation of The Beatles' self-titled album. [53]
1972 Herbert W. Armstrong The second of three revised dates from Armstrong after his 1936 and 1943 predictions failed to come true. [46]:99
1974 Jan 11–21 David Berg Berg, the leader of Children of God, predicted that there would be a colossal doomsday event heralded by Comet Kohoutek. [54][55]
1975 Herbert W. Armstrong Armstrong's fourth and final false prediction. [46]:99
Jehovah's Witnesses From 1966 on, Jehovah's Witnesses published articles which stated that the fall of 1975 would be 6000 years since man's creation, and suggested that Armageddon could be finished by then. More details. [56][57]
1976 Lekhraj Kirpalani Lekhraj Kirpalani's third false prediction.
Brahma Kumaris The Brahma Kumaris founder, Lekhraj Kirpalani, has made a number of false predictions of a global Armageddon which the religion believes it will inspire, internally calling it "Destruction" but externally presenting it as "Transformation". 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. All other religions will also be destroyed, so that they alone will inherit the Earth for 2,500 years. These predictions are generally hidden from outsiders and, as they have failed, have been removed from their literature. [58][59]
1977 John Wroe The founder of the Christian Israelite Church predicted this year for Armageddon to occur. [10]:243
William M. Branham This Christian minister predicted the Rapture would occur no later than the year 1977. [60]
1980 Leland Jensen In 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. [61]
1981 Chuck Smith The founder of Calvary Chapel predicted the generation of 1948 would be the last generation, and that the world would end by 1981. 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." [62][63]
1982 Apr–Jun Tara Centers Full-page ads in many newspapers April 24–25, 1982, stated that "The Christ is Now Here!" and that he would make himself known "within the next two months". [7]:39
1982 Mar 10 John Gribbin, Stephen Plagemann Predicted in their 1974 book The Jupiter Effect that combined gravitational forces of aligned planets would create a number of catastrophes, including a great earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. [6]:62[40]
1982 Jun 21 Benjamin Creme Creme 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. [64]
1982 Pat Robertson In late 1976 Robertson predicted that the end of the world would come in 1982. [65][66]
1985 Lester Sumrall This minister predicted the end in this year, even writing a book about it entitled I Predict 1985. [6]:99
1986 Apr 29 Leland Jensen Jensen predicted that Halley's Comet would be pulled into Earth's orbit on April 29, 1986, causing widespread destruction. [52]:73, 76
1987 Aug 17 José Argüelles Argüelles claimed that Armageddon would take place unless 144,000 people gathered in certain places in the world in order to "resonate in harmony" on this day. [8]:156
1988 Sep 13
1988 Oct 3
Edgar C. Whisenant Whisenant predicted in his book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988 that the Rapture of the Christian Church would occur between 11 and 13 September 1988. After his September predictions failed to come true, Whisenant revised his prediction date to October 3. [6]:93[67]
1989 Sep 30 Edgar C. Whisenant After all his 1988 predictions failed to come true, Whisenant revised his prediction date to this day. [6]:93
1990 Apr 23 Elizabeth Clare Prophet Prophet 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. [4]:61[68]
1991 Sep 9 Menachem Mendel Schneerson This Russian-born rabbi called for the Messiah to come by the start of the Jewish New Year. [7]:40
1991 Louis Farrakhan The leader of the Nation of Islam declared that the Gulf War would be the "War of Armageddon which is the final war." [6]:307
1992 Sep 28 Rollen Stewart This born-again Christian predicted the Rapture would take place on this day. [69]
1992 Oct 28 Lee Jang Rim

(이장림 or 李長林)

Lee, the leader of the Dami Mission church, predicted the rapture would occur on this day.

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1993 David Berg Berg predicted the tribulation would start in 1989 and that the Second Coming would take place in 1993. [8]:145
1994 May 2 Neal Chase This Bahá'í sect leader predicted that New York would be destroyed by a nuclear bomb on March 23, 1994, and the Battle of Armageddon would take place 40 days later. [52]:79
1994 Sep 6
1994 Sep 29
1994 Oct 2
Harold Camping Camping predicted the Rapture would occur on September 6, 1994. When it failed to occur he revised the date to September 29 and then to October 2. [6]:95[71]
1995 Mar 31 Harold Camping Camping's fourth predicted date for the end. This would be Camping's last prediction until 2011. [6]:95
1996 Dec 17 Sheldan Nidle California psychic Sheldan Nidle predicted that the world would end on this date, with the arrival of 16 million space ships and a host of angels. [72]
1997 Mar 26 Marshall Applewhite Applewhite, 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. [73]
1997 Oct 23 James Ussher This 17th-century Irish Archbishop predicted this date to be 6000 years since Creation, and therefore the end of the world. [17]:68
1998 Mar 31 Chen Tao

(陳恆明)

Hon-Ming Chen, leader of the Taiwanese cult God's Salvation Church, or Chen Tao – "The True Way" – claimed that God would come to Earth in a flying saucer at 10:00 am on this date. Moreover, God would have the same physical appearance as Chen himself. Chen chose to base his cult in Garland, Texas, because he thought it sounded like "God's Land." On March 25, God was to appear on Channel 18 on every TV set in the US. [7]:43[74]
1999 Jul Nostradamus A prediction attributed to Nostradamus stating the "King of Terror" would come from the sky in "1999 and seven months" led to fears of the end. [75]
1999 Aug 18 The Amazing Criswell The predicted date of the end of the world, according to this psychic well known for false predictions. [6]:43
1999 Sep 11 Philip Berg Berg, 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." [7]:44
1999 Charles Berlitz This 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. [8]:194
Hon-Ming Chen

(陳恆明)

Hon-Ming Chen's cult God's Salvation Church, now relocated to upstate New York, preached that a nuclear holocaust would destroy Europe and Asia sometime between October 1 and December 31, 1999.
James Gordon Lindsay This preacher predicted the great tribulation would begin before the year 2000. [6]:280
Timothy Dwight IV This President of Yale University foresaw Christ's Millennium starting by 2000. [8]:81
Nazim Al-Haqqani Predicted that the Last Judgment would occur before the year 2000. [76]
2000 Jan 1 Various During and before 1999 there was widespread predictions of a Y2K computer bug that would crash many computers on midnight of December 31, 1999 and cause malfunctions leading to major catastrophes worldwide, and that society would cease to function. Year 2000 problem
Credonia Mwerinde, Joseph Kibweteere An 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. [77][78]:21
Jerry Falwell Falwell foresaw God pouring out his judgement on the world on this day. [79]
Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins These 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. [80]
2000, April 6 James Harmston The 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. [13]:2496
2000 May 5 Nuwaubian Nation This movement claimed that the planetary lineup would cause a "star holocaust," pulling the planets toward the sun on this day. [51]:121
2000 May 5 Richard W. Noone In his book 5/5/2000: Ice, The Ultimate Disaster, Noone predicted that a "planetary alignment" on this date would trigger a series of natural disasters, beginning with a disruption of Earth's polar ice caps. [81]
2000 Peter Olivi This 13th-century theologian wrote that the Antichrist would come to power between the years 1300 and 1340, and the Last Judgement would take place around the year 2000. [9]:54
Isaac Newton Newton predicted that Christ's Millennium would begin in the year 2000 in his book Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John. [21]:96
Ruth Montgomery This self-described Christian psychic predicted the Earth's axis would shift and the Antichrist would reveal himself in this year. [8]:156, 195
Edgar Cayce This psychic predicted the Second Coming would occur this year. [82]
Sun Myung Moon The founder of the Unification Church predicted the Kingdom of Heaven would be established in this year. [8]:148
Ed Dobson This pastor predicted the end would occur in his book The End: Why Jesus Could Return by A.D. 2000. [83]
Lester Sumrall This minister predicted the end in his book I Predict 2000. [6]:99, 341
Jonathan Edwards This 18th-century preacher predicted that Christ's thousand-year reign would begin in this year. [9]:171
2001 Tynnetta Muhammad This columnist for the Nation of Islam predicted the end would occur in this year. [9]:213
2002 Various Yoruba Yoruba priests predicted dramatic tragedy and crisis in 2002, including coups, war, disease, and flooding.
2003 May 27 Nancy Lieder Lieder originally predicted the date for the Nibiru collision as May 2003. According to her website, aliens in the Zeta Reticuli star system told her through messages via a brain implant of a planet which would enter our solar system and cause a pole shift on Earth that would destroy most of humanity. [84]
2003 Nov 29 Aum Shinrikyo This Japanese cult predicted the world would be destroyed by a nuclear war between October 30 and November 29, 2003. [51]:98
2006 Sep 12 House of Yahweh Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer, The House of Yahweh, Abilene, Texas in the Feb. 2006 newsletter predicted the start of a nuclear war on September 12, 2006. [85]
2007 Apr 29 Pat Robertson In his 1990 book The New Millennium, Robertson suggests this date as the day of Earth's destruction. [6]:138
2010 Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn This order predicted the world would end during this year. [46]:223
2011 May 21 Harold Camping Camping predicted that the Rapture and devastating earthquakes would occur on May 21, 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. 2011 end times prediction
2011 Sep 29 Ronald Weinland Ronald Weinland stated Jesus Christ would return on this day. He prophesied nuclear explosions in U.S. port cities by July 2008 as the blowing of the Second Trumpet of Revelation. After his prophecy failed to come true he changed the date for the return of Jesus Christ to May 27, 2012. [86][87][88]
2011 Oct 21 Harold Camping When his original date 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 October 21, 2011. 2011 end times prediction
2011 Aug–Oct Various There 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. [89]
2012 May 27 Ronald Weinland Ronald Weinland stated that Jesus Christ would return and the world would end on this day. [90]
2012 Jun 30 José Luis de Jesús José Luis de Jesús 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. [91][92]
2012 Dec 21 Various The supposed Mayan apocalypse 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 forecast impending doom, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar ends in 2012 misrepresented Maya history and culture.[93][94][95] Scientists from NASA, along with expert archeologists, stated that none of those events were possible. 2012 phenomenon
2013 Aug 23 Grigori Rasputin Rasputin prophesied a storm would take place on this day where fire would destroy most life on land and Jesus Christ would come back to Earth to comfort those in distress. [96]
2014 Apr – 2015 Sep John Hagee and Mark Biltz The so-called Blood Moon Prophecy, first predicted by Mark Blitz in 2008 and then by John Hagee in 2014. These Christian ministers claim that the tetrad in 2014 and 2015 may allegedly represent prophecies given in the Bible relating to the second coming of Jesus Christ. [97]
2016 Jul 29 End Time Prophecies A viral video from the YouTube channel "End Time Prophecies" claimed that the world would end on this day. They predicted that the Earth would undergo a "polar flip", which would apparently cause the Earth's atmosphere to be pulled to the ground as the surface reels like a vacuum, causing a "rolling cloud" to cover the planet. They also claimed that a worldwide "megaquake" would ensue. [98]

Future dates[edit]

Date (CE) Claimant(s) Description Reference(s)
2020–2037 Jeane Dixon Jeane Dixon claimed that Armageddon would take place in 2020 and Jesus will return to defeat the unholy Trinity of the Antichrist, Satan and the False prophet between 2020 and 2037. She had also previously predicted the world would end on February 4, 1962. [99]
2021 F. Kenton Beshore F. Kenton Beshore 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 by 2021 at the latest. [100]
2026 Messiah Foundation International Members predict that the world will end in 2026, when an asteroid would collide with Earth in accordance with Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi's predictions in The Religion of God. The chances are only 1 out of 300,000. [101][102]
2060 Sir Isaac Newton According to Sir Isaac Newton's research of the Bible, Jesus will rapture his Church one jubilee from the time of Israel re-acquiring Jerusalem. [103]
2120 Adnan Oktar According to the abjad interpretation of a hadith, this Sunni Muslim creationist claims that the Last Day will come about in 2120, when Nemesis would collide with the Earth. [104][105]
2129 Said Nursî According to abjad interpretation of a hadith, this Sunni Muslim theologian who wrote the Risale-i Nur Collection, which expects the end in 2129. [106]
2200 Various Using a cricket analogy of the doomsday argument, the last humans will be born before the start of the year 2200. Doomsday Argument By Cricket Analogy
2239 Talmud, Orthodox Judaism According to an opinion on the Talmud in mainstream Orthodox Judaism, the Messiah will come within 6000 years from the creation of Adam, and the world could possibly be destroyed 1000 years later. This would put the beginning of the period of desolation in the year 2239 CE and the end of the period of desolation in the year 3239 CE Year 6000
2280 Rashad Khalifa According to Rashad Khalifa's research on the Quran Code, the world will end during that year. [107]
11120 John A. Leslie According to Leslie's figures for the doomsday argument the last humans will be born within the next 9120 years. Doomsday Argument[108]

Scientific predictions[edit]

Different scientists and groups of scientists have estimated dates for possible natural events which would potentially danger Earth's life or existence.

Estimated date
(years from now)
Claimant(s) Description Reference(s)
500,000 Nick Bostrom Earth will have likely been hit by an asteroid of roughly 1 km in diameter, assuming it cannot be averted. The impact would cause a mass extinction. [109]
1 million The Geological Society Earth will most likely have undergone a supervolcanic eruption large enough to erupt 3,200 km3 of magma, an event comparable to the Toba supereruption 75,000 years ago. [110]
100 million Stephen A. Nelson Earth will have likely been hit by an asteroid about 10–15 km in diameter (comparable in size to the one that triggered the K–Pg extinction which killed dinosaurs 65 million years ago), assuming it cannot be averted. [111]
500 million James Kasting The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will drop dramatically, making the Earth uninhabitable. [112]
500–600 million Anne Minard Estimated time until a gamma ray burst, or massive, hyperenergetic supernova, occurs 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 the hypothesis is correct that a previous such explosion triggered the Ordovician–Silurian extinction event. However, the supernova would have to be precisely oriented relative to Earth to have any negative effect.[113] [113]
1–5 billion Various It is widely accepted by the scientific community that the estimated end of our Sun's current phase of development, after which it will swell into a red giant, either swallowing the Earth or at least completely scorching it, will occur around five billion years from now. However, as the Sun grows gradually hotter (over millions of years), the Earth may become too hot for life as early as one billion years from now. [112][114]
1.3 billion S. Franck, C. Bounama, W. Von Bloh Eukaryotic life will die out due to carbon dioxide starvation. Only prokaryotes remain. [115]
7.59 billion David Powell The Earth and Moon will be most likely destroyed by falling into the Sun, just before the Sun reaches the tip of its red giant phase and its maximum radius of 256 times the present day value. Before the final collision, the Moon possibly spirals below Earth's Roche limit, breaking into a ring of debris, most of which falls to the Earth's surface. [116]
22 billion Various 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 ~-0.991, meaning the Big Rip will not occur. [117]
10 duotrigintillion Various The heat death of the universe is a scientific theory, in which the universe will diminish to a state of no thermodynamic free energy and therefore will no longer sustain motion or life. Heat death of the universe

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