and all that jazz
Just a few of the dates proposed
for the End of the World.
(There have been others but this list will surely
50-100 Jesus supposedly said, 'This
generation shall not pass away until all be
fulfilled.' In the minds of the first Christians the
statement clearly meant that the End would come in their
70 John Humphrey Noyes, one of the founders, in the
19th century, of the Oneida sect, taught that the Second
Advent had already taken place in this year, which marked
the fall of Jerusalem.
1000 St Augustine, among others, felt this was a
good date for the End. The fact that the year zero had been
arbitrarily set by a Scythian monk, Dionysius the Less, in
the 6th century, did not seem to matter. That there was
little support from the Biblical texts for this year did
not prevent vast numbers of people abandoning their homes
and trekking to Jerusalem to await the end.
1100 When the year 1000 passed and no Christ-god
re-appeared, this date was proposed. For what reason I
know not, but it is as good a date as any, I expect.
1200 When the year 1100 passed and no Christ-god
re-appeared, this date was proposed. Again, for
what reason I know not.
1500 As Papal power grew and dissenters arose many
dates were suggested for the End. 1500 was but one of
1535 THE fateful year, when John of Leyden and a
band of faithful followers occupied Munster as the New
Jerusalem, to await the return of the deity. They enjoyed
a little orgiastic pleasure while they tarried.
1660 Joseph Mede said this was THE End.
1666 In a rare display of unity Jews and Christians
both believed this was the date of the End. The Jews
looked to the first coming of the Messiah, the
Christians expected the second coming! The date
had been calculated from the Book of Revelation. Panic and
excitement reigned yet again.
1688 John Napier, Scottish mathematician and author
of A Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St
John, calculated that the end would come before
1689 Another year given out by someone or other.
1700 Napier later changed his mind and proposed a
new date - 1700. As he was already dead when 1688 came and
went he was not to suffer disappointment over his two
1730 Yet another year announced by someone. No
doubt established by 'careful study' of the Scriptures,
1733 None other than the great Sir Isaac Newton now
entered the lists, prognosticating on the End, giving this
year as his choice. Fortunately he, too, was dead and
buried before he had a chance to experience
1736 William Whiston of Cambridge announced on 13
October that Beginning of the End was nigh and would start
with the destruction of the sodom of London.
Panic-stricken Londoners headed for high places to escape
floods predicted. None came. Whiston later announced a new
date (see further).
1757 Emanuel Swedenborg, who conversed frequently
with angels (or so he assured us), was certain this was
the date. Being both a renowned scientist and having
contact with the heavenly sphere one would have thought he
would know, but alas, he failed the world on this score.
1763 George Bell, one of the over-enthusiastic
followers of John Wesley, caused a panic among the 'lower
classes' by prophesying the world would end in this year,
on 28 February precisely.
1814 Predicted by Joanna Southcott, the prophetess,
as the date of the rebirth of the Christ-god (19 October),
Joanna being the chosen vessel to bear the babe. She was
not pregnant, but had dropsy; she died soon afterwards.
1819 Joanna Southcott's followers found a
replacement for the expected babe in this year. But the
world at large seems to have been unaware of the
1834 William Miller (whose group was to form the
Seventh-Day Adventist Church) was sure this was the date
of the End. Until, that is, he changed his mind.
1836 Others, after 'careful study' of the Bible,
disagreed with Miller and thought this was the year.
Johann Albrech was among their number. Note that, as we
get nearer our own day, the dates increase in frequency!
1843 Miller's re-calculated date, in the month of
April. This was to prove one of the biggest events in the
End-Time calendar. When April came and went Miller set to
work on a new date.
1844 Miller's brave new choice - on 21 March. The
Millerites waited in droves on high vantage points in
special ascension robes for the expected End.
Hysteria reigned. People sold up farms and homes. But
still the End did not come.
1864 Edward Irving, one given to strange outbursts
in tongues, announced this as the date.
His prediction was as spurious as his signs.
1866 Back in 1734, after Newtown's prediction
failed, William Whiston,theologian and mathematician, who
succeeded Newton at Cambridge, announced this year as THE
one. He had support from a Dr John Cummings.
1874 Charles Taze Russell, founder of the group
later known as the Jehovah' Witnesses, said that Christ
had returned invisibly in this year. Nice touch
as there was no way of proving it!
1881 Mother Shipton's predicted date.
1914 Russell next proposed that 1914 would be
actual End. When the Great War started it must have looked
like the End, but it wasn't. Russell died disappointed in
1916-80? Judge Rutherford, now heading the
Jehovah's Witnesses, told everyone: 'Thousands now living
will not die,' for they would instead be alive to see the
End. Rutherford and many thousands did die without seeing
1919 Professor Porta of Michigan University
predicted the End for 17 December of this year.
1920 A prophet in Latvia preached this year as
being the End. His followers believed with such fervour
that they dug graves and waited beside them for the End.
How long they waited, I know not; some may still be there.
1925 The Americans were back in the prediction
business and this year saw scenes reminiscent of those in
1844 involving the Millerites, when a Mrs Margaret Rowen,
a Californian, and her Brides of the Lamb prepared
themselves for the End; they, too, took to the heights.
1975 The Jehovah's Witnesses, ever given to
predicting doom, came up with yet another date.
1984 The Jehovah's Witnesses never give up! They
were at it again, causing something of a furore by
assuring everyone this was the final End. Witnesses sold
up homes and businesses to wait; by now a very familiar
1988 Edgar Whisenant made himself a nice packet of
money with a book assuring everyone THIS was the year. He
had 88 reasons for his assurance. And 4 million reasons
for being happy, for that is how many copies his book were
sold to a gullible public.
1989 Surprise, surprise. Mr Whisenant found he had
made a mistake so he issued a new book. 1989 was the year.
More lovely book sales and still more naïve people keeping
Mr Whisenant in luxury.
1990 Coming thick and fast now. Mrs Elizabeth Clare
Prophet told Americans that this was THE year. Her
followers went underground; for all I know some of them
might still be there.
1991 The Gulf War breaks out and all the religious
ravers get on their phones to the radio stations telling
us that this is Armageddon, this is it, this is THE END.
1992 The Australian Mission for the Coming Days in
1991 was predicting that Jesus would come on 29 October
1992, at 1 am Sydney time precisely ('2 am in case of
Daylight Saving' ).
1999 Followers of Nostradamus claim that, according
to the French seer, the End of the world is due in July
International Ministry announces Jesus is expected to
enter the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem in the year 2000.
2001 Terrorists attack New York and Washington.
Some think this marks the beginning of the end!
Camping, an American, proclaims 21 May 2011 as the Day of
Judgment. When nothing happens on that day he
'recalibrates' and discovers the correct date is 21
October 2011. Alas for this prophet 21 October comes and
goes and nothing happens. Are we surprised?
2012 The End
of the World according to the Mayan calendar.
Nostradamus also gets credited with this one!
(This space reserved
for yet more end-time prophecies. There will surely
2398 Shaoshyant, the Zoroastrian Saviour, is due
to return in this year. Thus, the Christ-god is fast
running out of time to do so! If he doesn't put in an
appearance soon we'll all have to become Zoroastrians.
© Mark Owen, 1991 & 2011 -