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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Being Super Human

It occurred to me that I have (We have, actually... since you are reading this.) lived through yet another world ending event. It seems that the Mayan date of 12/21/12 was simply the same as our 12/31/XX which indicates it is time to go to the bookstore and get a new calendar. Only the Mayans were more thrifty. You need only rotate the big stone circle to start over for the next 26,000 year cycle.

Anyway, this got me to thinking. How many times have I survived the end of the world since my birth? It seems that wikipedia.com had the answer I needed. So here is a brief rundown of what I learned.                
1972
The second of three revised dates from Armstrong after his 1936 and 1943 predictions failed to come true.
1973 Jan 11–21
Berg, the leader of Children of God, predicted that there would be a colossal doomsday event heralded by Comet Kohoutek.
1975
Armstrong's fourth and final false prediction.
In 1966 Jehovah's Witnesses estimated it would be 6000 years since man's creation in the fall of 1975 and it would be "appropriate" for Christ's thousand-year reign to begin at that time. These claims were repeated throughout the late 1960s and in 1974 they reaffirmed there was just a short time remaining before "the wicked world's end".
1977
The founder of the Christian Israelite Church predicted this year for Armageddon to occur.
This Christian minister predicted the Rapture would occur no later than 1977.
1980
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.
1981
The founder of Calvary Chapel predicted the generation of 1948 would be the last generation, and that the world would end by 1981 at the latest.
1982 Apr–Jun
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".
1982 Mar 10
Stated 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.
1982 Jun 21
Creme took out an ad in the Los Angeles stating the Second Coming would occur in June 1982 with the Maitreya announcing it on worldwide television.
1982 Oct–Nov
In late 1976 Robertson predicted that the end of the world was coming in October or November 1982.[need quotation to verify]
1984 Oct 2
Another prediction of the end from the Jehovah's Witnesses.
1985
This minister predicted the end in this year, even writing a book about it entitled I Predict 1985.
1987 Apr 29
Jensen predicted that Halley's Comet would be pulled into Earth's orbit on April 29, 1988, causing widespread destruction.
1987 Aug 17
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.
1988 Sep 13

1988 Oct 3
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.
1987–1988
The president of the Southwest Radio Church suggested that the Rapture would take place "possibly in 1987 or 1988."
1989 Sep 30
After all his 1988 predictions failed to come true, Whisenant revised his prediction date to this day.
1980–1989
Lindsey book The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon stated that "the decade of the 1980's could very well be the last decade of history as we know it" and that the U.S. could face "destruction by a surprise Soviet nuclear attack." The book strongly suggests that the 1980s would see the Biblical events of tribulation and end times come to pass.[not in citation given] Lindsey suggested the 1988 Rapture, reasoning that it was 40 years (one Biblical generation) after Israel gained statehood.
1990 Apr 23
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.
1991 Sep 9
This Russian-born rabbi called for the Messiah to come by the start of the Jewish New Year.
1991
The leader of the Nation of Islam declared that the Gulf War would be the "War of Armageddon which is the final war."
1992 Sep 28
This born-again Christian predicted the Rapture would take place on this day.
1992 Oct 28
(이장림 or 李長林)
Lee, the leader of the Dami Mission church, predicted the Rapture would occur on this day.
1993
Berg predicted the tribulation would start in 1989 and that the Second Coming would take place in 1993.
1994 May 2
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.
1994 Sep 6

1994 Sep 29
1994 Oct 2
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.
1994
The witnesses proclaimed 1994 as the end of the generation that saw the events of 1914.
1995 Mar 31
Camping's fourth predicted date for the end. This would be Camping's last prediction until 2011.
1996 Dec 17
California psychic Sheldon Nidle predicted that the world would end on this date, with the arrival of 16 million space ships and a host of angels.
1997 Feb
Judah stated the Tribulation would begin in late February or early March 1997 based on numerology and the Psalms, but stated that it was misrepresentation to call him a date setter.
1997 Mar 26
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.
1997 Sep 12
Johnson and friends calculated the latest possible completion of the book of life would be September 1997 and believed the tribulation was 90% likely to begin. He also held this date to be Jesus' two thousandth birthday.
1997 Oct 23
This 17th-century Irish Archbishop predicted this date to be 6000 years since Creation, and therefore the end of the world.
1998 Mar 31
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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. Critics stated that channel 18 on several cable systems was the Playboy Network.
1998 May–Jun
Her book The End of the Age placed May 31 (Pentecost) as the end of 6,000 years of creation. After this date she predicted June 7, 14, and 21, and about ten other dates for the end.
1999 May 21–22
Agee set this date for the Rapture after several failed predictions in 1998.
1999 Jul
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.
1999 Aug 18
The predicted date of the end of the world, according to this psychic well known for false predictions.
1999 Sep 11
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."
1999
Some literature distributed by Seventh-day Adventists predicted the end in this year.
This linguist predicted the end would occur in this year. He did not predict how it would occur, stating it may involve nuclear devastation, asteroid impact, pole shift or other earth changes.
(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.
Lindsey published the book Planet Earth 2000 A.D. in 1994, which stated that Christians should not plan to still be on earth by the year 2000.[not in citation given]
This preacher predicted the tribulation would begin before the year 2000.
This conspiracy theorist stated that the last days could "wrap up by the year 2000."
This President of Yale University foresaw Christ's Millennium starting by 2000.
2000 Jan 1
Predictions of a Y2k computer bug were to crash many computers and would malfunction causing major catastrophes worldwide and that society would cease to function.
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.
Falwell foresaw God pouring out his judgement on the world on this day.
These Christian authors stated 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.
2000, April 6
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.
2000 May 5
This movement claimed that the planetary lineup would cause a "star holocaust," pulling the planets toward the sun on this day.
2000 Oct 9
This bible teacher suggested this date as the "probable termination point for the 'last days.'"
2000
This 13th-century theologian wrote that the Antichrist would come to power between 1300 and 1340, and the Last Judgement would take place around 2000.
The founder of Theosophy foresaw the end of the world in this year.
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.
This self-described Christian psychic predicted the Earth's axis would shift and the Antichrist would reveal himself in this year.
This psychic predicted the Second Coming would occur this year.
The founder of the Unification Church predicted the Kingdom of Heaven would be established in this year.
This pastor predicted the end would occur in his book The End: Why Jesus Could Return by A.D. 2000.
This minister predicted the end in his book I Predict 2000.
This 18th-century preacher predicted that Christ's thousand-year reign would begin in this year.
In 1971, and again in 1984, the Jehovah's Witnesses stated the end would be before the end of the 20th century.
2001
This columnist for the Nation of Islam predicted the end would occur in this year.
2002
Various Yoruba
Yoruba priests predicted dramatic tragedy and crisis in 2002, including coups, war, disease, and flooding.
2003 May
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.
2003 Nov 29
This Japanese cult predicted the world would be destroyed by a nuclear war between October 30 and November 29, 2003.
2006 Sep 12
Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer, The House of Yahwah, Abilene, Texas in the Feb. 2006 newsletter predicted the start of nuclear war on September 12, 2006.
2007 Apr 29
In his 1990 book The New Millennium, Robertson suggests this date as the day of Earth's destruction.
2008 Sep 10

2010 Mar 30
A number of groups claimed that activation of the Large Hadron Collider experiment would bring about the end of the world through the production of planet-eating micro black holes or strangelets. Similar claims were made about 2010, March 30, when the collider reached 7 TeV, half of its maximum energy. See safety of particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider.
2010
This order predicted the world would end in this year.
2011 May 21
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 Sep 29
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.
2011 Oct 21
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 Aug–Oct
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.
2012 May 27
Ronald Weinland stated Jesus Christ would return and the world would end on this day.
2012 Jun 30
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.
2012 Dec 21–24
The so-called Mayan apocalypse at the start of the 14th b'ak'tun. The Earth would be destroyed by an asteroid, Nibiru, or some other interplanetary object; an alien invasion; or a supernova. Scientists from NASA, along with expert archeologists, stated that none of those events were possible.

I know it to be a fact that this is not all of the predictions. My young son told me he thought the world would end on 1/2/2013, which is today. I guess I need to wait until midnight to see what happens. But then again, I'm not sure if his prediction is based on our time zone or something else....

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