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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

7 FAILED Doomsday predictions.

In preparation for the so-called end of the world this Friday, December 21, based on the Mayan calendar,
Aztec Calendar-an adaptation of the Mayan calendar
here are some of the most recent, popular doomsday predictions that didn't come true – some with tragic consequences:

1. Banahaw doomsday
A Short Trek to a cave dedicated to Mary the Virgin at Mt. Banahaw
In 1999, pilgrims flocked to the mystic Mount Banahaw to welcome the new millennium, believed to bring the end of the world. Isabel Suarez, a woman who leads a sect called Mistica, said the so-called end of the world will come through earthquakes, famine and other disasters. It has been 12 years since the so-called doomsday. Mount Banahaw can still be visited by pilgrims and tourists alike.

2. Pat Robertson

Best-selling author and “The 700 Club” host Pat Robertson first predicted in 1976 that the end of the world was coming in 1982. In a May 1980 broadcast of his show, he even went on the record to say that “I guarantee you by the end of 1982 there is going to be a judgment on the world.” Robertson continues to make predictions on the price of oil, US presidential elections, terrorist attacks, etc.

3. “The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon

Based on the New York Times best-seller “The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon” by Christian writer Hal Lindsey, it was possible that the battle of Armageddon could take place soon, noting, “the decade of the 1980s could very well be the last decade of history as we know it." Among his scenarios is a surprise Soviet nuclear attack. The Soviet Union collapsed and not only did the world survive. Lindsey, who went on to write “Planet Earth - 2000 A.D.,” which states that Christians should not plan to still be on earth by the year 2000. 

4. May 21, 2011 rapture

Harold Camping (American pastor, Christian radio broadcaster) predicted that the world would end on May 21, 2011- the date of the “rapture” – when Jesus Christ returns to earth and gathers the souls of those who have been saved. Camping had previously predicted that Judgment Day would occur on or about September 6, 1994. The world is still here. Camping said his prediction was an “incorrect and sinful statement” and announced that he is out of the prediction business.

5. Y2K
from oddculture.com
Several analysts predicted that the entire computer network would crash in the year 2000, causing widespread dysfunction to a population that has long been dependent on technology as the year 2000 would register as 1900. The year 2000 turned out to be just like any other year, save for a few scattered power failures. 

6. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple

Jim Jones, who founded the Christian doomsday cult Peoples Temple in the 1950s, earlier predicted that the world will end in a nuclear war. He then developed a belief called “translation,” in which he and his followers would die together and move to another planet for a life of bliss.

His followers drank cyanide-laced grape punch in a mass suicide in 1978. Jones, who died of a gunshot wound to the head in 1978, was found to have been “unbalanced” because of excessive drug use.

7. Heaven’s Gate

When the comet Hale-Bopp appeared in 1997, Marshall Applewhite, the leader of the UFO cult Heaven's Gate, believed rumors that were spreading at the time among paranormal followers that an alien spacecraft was trailing it. For Applewhite, this so-called spaceship would “transport their spirits aboard for a journey to another planet” and that “their souls would ascend to the spaceship and be given new bodies.”

Applewhite and 38 of his followers committed mass suicide -- the largest to occur inside the US. 

from abs-cbnnews.com

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