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Sunday, 4 January 2015

End Of The World

In France there was a mass panic that the 1000th anniversary of the death of Christ would result in the end of the world. Fears were heightened when terrific thunderstorms destroyed the crops in the spring of 1033 resulting in widespread famine. Many people made public spectacles of repentance and many more embarked on pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

By “deciphering” the Book of Revelations, a minister in Lochau, Germany, Michael Stiffel proclaimed in 1533 that the world would end later in the year on October 18th. When the end of the world didn't happen he was given a good thrashing by the townspeople.

Martin Luther expected Christ to return in 1636.

Isaac Newton predicted the end of the world in 2060.

Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville's 1805 novel Le Dernier Homme (The Last Man) was the first work of modern speculative fiction to describe the end of the world.

Anglo-Irish Bible teacher John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) is considered to be the father of modern Dispensationalism. This is a theory that the Bible is divided into a seven dispensations or eras, where God deals with people in particular ways.
Darby believed that the church was at the end of a dispensation period and future events prophesied in the Bible such as the secret rapture of Christians was imminent. The latter centered on the idea that the return of Christ will come in two stages. The first will be a “rapture” of true believers from the earth, followed by a seven year period of “tribulation” for the remaining before Christ returns to begin a literal thousand-year reign on earth.


Following much study of Bible prophecies, William Miller, an American Baptist preacher and the leader of the Millerite Adventists, declared in 1843 that Jesus Christ would return later that year. He calculated from the Book of Daniel that 2,300 years would pass from the order given by the king of the Persian empire, Artaxerxes I  to Ezra to rebuild Jerusalem to Christ's return.

William Miller

When William Miller realized the expected Second Advent hadn't occurred he recalculated his data having recognized there is no year zero in the Gregorian calendar, and set the data for October 22, 1844. Many of his 50,000 followers sold goods and properties and sat on a hill waiting for an event that didn't occur. After the failure of Miller's expectations, October 22, 1844, became known as the Millerites' Great Disappointment.

In 1970 the American evangelist and writer Hal Lindsay published his book of end-times speculation, The Late Great Planet Earth. In it he used John Darby’s Pre-millennium interpretation of the End Times . Lindsay's book went on to be published in over 50 languages and to sell over 35 million copies.

Lee Jang Rim, the South Korean founder of the Dami Mission church predicted the world would end on October 28, 1992, but used donations from his followers to purchase bonds that did not mature until after that date.

Researchers place humanity's risk of extinction before the year 2100 at 19%.

Here is a list of End-of-the-world Songs.

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