The Talmud Says, "Death to Those Who Calculate the End of Days," but That Hasn't Stopped Jews and Non-Jews from Trying. Here Are a Few Notable End Time Predictions That Never Came to Pass

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The Talmud Says, "Death to Those Who Calculate the End of Days," but That Hasn't Stopped Jews and Non-Jews from Trying. Here Are a Few Notable End Time Predictions That Never Came to Pass


Breger, Sarah, Moment


2012

After his tailed 1944 prediction, Harold Camping gave it another try-and declared the Rapture would take place on May 21, later revising his prediction to October 21.

2000

The cult Heaven's Gate thought this was the year Earth would be "recycled." According to them the only way to survive was to leave Earth and get to the "Next Level" via mass suicide.

1994

Since its inception, Jehovah's Witnesses, a Millenarian Christian denomination, have prophesized this year to inaugurate Jesus' reign as king--the beginning of the End.

1844

Rooted in the Zohar, the expectation that the Messiah would come in the Jewish year 5600 was widely accepted, as documented in letters and books Persia to England.

1666

Based on an interpreted passage in the Zohar, this year was greeted with mass Messianic fervor. In the wake of the devastating Chmielnicki pogroms, Jews were prepared to read that slaughter as the "birth pangs of the Messiah."

1533

Using complicated numerical equations, the commentator Rashi computed verses from the book of Daniel and the years of Israel's slavery, recorded in Exodus, to predict the Messiah's arrival.

1420

Pope Innocent III predicted the Second Coming based on the date of Islam's inception + 666--the mark of the devil.

1240

According to some Jewish commentaries, a combination of the Jewish calendar cycles and biblical numerology forecasted the Messiah to arrive in the Hebrew year 4856.

1033

Some ancient Romans saw the eruption of Mount Vesuvius--which people thought was divine--and the destruction of Pompeii as sign of the world's end.

1500BCE

The Mayan calendar's 5,125-vear cycle ends December 21--hitting the reset button on the world.

2011

The mass hysteria of the impending millennial apocalypse due to the Y2K bug left people stock-piling food and hoarding water. …

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