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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Famous FAILED Doomsday Prophecies- FAILS then... HITs?

Below are the top 5 failed doomsday prophecy predictions of all time from smashinglists.com. Curiously, the Top 2 Doomsday failures are very much major parts of the history of 2 famous religious movements  today- well..not total failures after all...

5. Y2K Bug

In 2000, a there was a prediction that the Internet would crash and the entire world would fail to operate effectively with predictions of planes crashing, grocery stores being emptied, and bank accounts being drained. Because of this, many people believed that the turn of the new millennium would spell the end for the world as we know it. And on the morning of January 1st, 2001, people quickly realized that the prediction was false and went back to living their lives as normal.

4. Late Great Planet Earth 1970

The Late Great Planet Earth in the 1970′s provided a dispensationalist
view of the establishment being a key component of the return of Christ 
This was a a bestseller book in 1970 written by Hal Lindsey which claimed Christ’s magnificent return  within the 80s- NO specific year.  and his reputation as a writer suffered mildly with the passing of the 80s without incident but he was able to go as far as to acquire his own cable TV show which speaks about the same thing.

3. Heaven’s Gate 1997

from harunyahya.com
On March 26, 1997, a mass suicide was discovered in San Diego by the police composed of 39 people individuals all wearing the same thing. The group known as “Heaven’s Gate” were part of a cult who believed that their only chance at salvation was to kill themselves which they wanted to do before the world broke out in mass destruction and famine. 

2. The Great Disappointment 1844

On October 22, 1844, the Millerite believers, lead by William Miller, awaited the second coming of Christ. When he did not come on that day, they were greatly disappointed.
William Miller believed that the world would end on October 22nd, 1844 as this would be the day that Jesus would return and save all of those souls who were willing to accept his love guided which he deduced by doing a series of complex calculations. After his false predictions, he was never really seen or heard from much. His “Great Disappointment” proved to be too much for him and he lived the rest of his years in recluse and isolation. Out of this disappointment, however, the Seventh-day Adventist movement was born.

1. Jehovah’s Witnesses (Several Dates)

Charles Taze Russell the founder of The Jehovah Witnesses
Few can argue that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have claimed false doomsday predictions for a long time now. The group itself was discovered in 1874 by a man named Charles Taze Russell. After their inception, they had “predicted” several dates in which the world would end. These dates included 1874, 1914, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, and 1975.

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