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But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Both the Shakers, the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearance, were convinced the world was going to end in 1794. One of the founders of the Methodist religion, Charles Wesley also believed 1794 marked the end of time.
A Methodist woman named Joanna Southcott, who was born in 1750, believed that she would give birth to the Messiah on October 19, 1814 – which would bring about the end of the world. Joanna died in December 1814. Maybe she misinterpreted signs of her own end?
Charles Wesley’s brother, John, later claimed that “the great beast” would arrive on the earth in 1836, marking the end of the world.
1843 or 1844
William Miller, a Baptist minister, said the prophesies found in the Old Testament book of Daniel, pointed to an end date of March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844. When the predictions did not prove true, the dates were, of course, changed. First to April 18th, and later to October 22, 1844.
Albert Porta, a meteorologist, believed that December 17, 1919 would be the end when a union of several planets would “cause a magnetic current that would pierce the sun, cause great explosions of flaming gas and eventually engulf the Earth.” Porta’s claim caused suicides and mob violence.
1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975, or 1994
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have claimed the imminent end of the earth several times and then changed the date as each year came and went. The end time predictions of this group have included the following years: 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975, and 1994.
In Oregon City, during the night of March 29, 1965, Brother Walter had a dream he believed to be a prophesy of the end of time. Nobody in the Oregon City Followers of Christ doubted him. One woman named her newborn daughter Angel, believing should would soon be in heaven. Christ told Walter in his dream that baptisms would end in three years. On May 5, 1968, Walter baptized for the last time. In December 1969, Walter died.
In 1996 and 1997, the Hale-Bopp comet was visible from earth. When an astronomer claimed to have seen an object following the comet, the Heaven’s Gate cult decided to commit mass suicide in March, 1997 believing the object seen next to the comet was a spaceship that could only be boarded by leaving their bodies.
Then, of course, time was predicted to end in Y2K by a great many folks. Thanks to the paranoia, I landed a great job as a technical writer for one of the millions of Y2K projects going on in Information Technology departments around the world in 1999. There were billboard predicting the end, and we were advised by the news reporters to stock up on emergency preparedness products, jugs of water, candles, canned foods, etc.
Over the past several years, the media hyped the December 21, 2012 end-of-time prediction with movies and books portraying the end. And that date came and went without incident
Some say we are already living in end times. Others believe the new prophesies stating that the world will end by 2015.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2 Peter 3:10