Every once in a while we get the Millenniumism hysteria. Someone falls to the floor, foams at the mouth and says God/Jesus/Aliens are coming. As I grew up as a child of the New Age, I often heard of the coming disasters/wars/plague/earthquakes that are coming to devastate the Earth, so far it's never happened. Every time, every prediction, wrong.
This is often referred to as TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it).
I have collection of the few of the most recent ones made by people who are still living, and apparently not embarrassed at all about getting it wrong, thanks to Religious Tolerance :-
1998-MAY-31: Evangelist Marilyn Agee predicted that the rapture would happen on this day, Pentecost. This, she believes, would trigger the various events listed in the book of Revelation, including the war of Armageddon.
1998-OCT-10 Concerned Christians is a destructive, doomsday cult of 30 to 60 adults and children, led by Monte Kim Miller. Miller was an anti-cult activist in the 1980's. He predicted that an unspecified disaster would wipe Denver CO off the map on OCT-10. He predicted his own death in 1999-DEC and his resurrection three days later. The Denver apocalypse didn't happen. They left Denver near the end of September and relocated to Jerusalem. Many Christians believe that when Jesus returns, he will descend from the sky and make landfall on the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem. 1 Israeli police arrested members of the group and deported them. The Israelis seem to be motivated by fear that the group may commit mass suicide.
1998-OCT: The House of Yahweh, Abilene™ predicted that an end-of-world scenario will start during 1998-OCT. By mid-2001, they predict that 80% of the world's population will have been killed as a result of nuclear warfare.
1998-NOV: Natalia de Lemeny - Makedonova has written a book titled "Eternal Laws - New Mankind - Spiritual Transformation" She predicts that the:
"Son of Creator - Immanuel - the ruler of the millennial empire, announced in the Bible, will be born in Slovakia in November...His birth will be accompanied by a star which will shine in the sky and will be visible in the whole world. This event will also be announced by other unearthly phenomena in the sky." A purification of the earth will begin at his birth; it may be either "catastrophic or symbolic."
1999-MAR: The Students of the Seven Seals (Branch Davidians) teach that disaster will strike the earth in the form of warfare, earthquakes, blacked skies and other horrors. They believed that on AUG-6, their late leader David Koresh will return to earth. He will raise the dead, judge humans, and start over in Jerusalem. None of this happened.
1999-APR-3: Ed. Dames, president of PsyTech predicted that solar flares would strike the earth during the Easter weekend (APR-3 and 4 in the West). Persons who were living in caves or under the earth might survive. The rest of the world's population would all die. He predicted that space aliens would arrive about 2012 to rescue the few survivors. Ed., his family and employees spent the weekend hiding out inside a lava tube in Hawaii. Solar activity was high in early 1999; it varies routinely over an 11 year cycle.
1999-SEP: Shoko Asahara, leader of the Aum Shinri Kyo destructive cult, predicted that Armageddon will happen during this month. (Yes they still exist)
2000-SEP: Efraim Genootshap claims to be the reincarnation of the biblical prophet Elija. He believes that God has given him the responsibility of gathering the lost twelve tribes of Israel from among western-European nations, in preparation for the Tribulation period. He leads the Efriam Society, a Netherlands based Christian group. They predicted that the rapture would occur this month.
2000-SEP/OCT: Michael Rood predicted that the nations of Gog and Magog, as described in the Bible, will attack Israel sometime between the end of September and OCT-28. The "Day of the Lord" would begin on the Feast of Trumpets in the fall of that year.
2000-OCT-14: Yisrayl Hawkins, the leader of the House of Yahweh taught that the Israeli Peace Accord of 1993-OCT-13 marked the start of the 7 year period of tribulation. This will time the second coming of Jesus on 2000-OCT-14.
2005-APR-06: Warren Jeffs, the prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, predicted the end of the world at least three times in recent years. He has gathered his followers to be lifted up into heaven with him. Each time, the apocalypse did not materialize. Jeffs explained that the delay was caused by the unfaithfulness of the membership. There was speculation that he is planning something dramatic on 2005-APR-06. This will be the 175th anniversary of the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Joseph Smith. It didn't materialize.
This is just a small sample of those who have made End of the World predictions, and are still here. If you look at these peoples sites, you can see they are still at it.
2005-OCT-04/05: Titu John Negovan wrote that: "There is a strong possibility that Yahshua (Jesus) the Bridegroom is returning for His bride, the church (His body/Jewish and Gentile believers), this October 04, 2005, Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets." He also wrote: "If for some reason, Yahshua does not return for His bride this Rosh Hashanah October 03-05 of 2005; I apologize for the misinformation. Do not be upset with Yahshua, or the Father (YHWH)!!!"
2008-MAR-21: After a lengthy calculation based on the Bible, a British group, The Lord's Witnesses, has concluded that the start of Armageddon will happen on this day. Three quarters of the world's population will die during the subsequent war. This will be preceded by the United Nations taking over complete control of the world in the lunar month preceding 2001-APR-24. This is exactly 666 Hebrew months after the founding of the United Nations in 1945. 5
2008-APR-6: Philip B. Brown incorrectly predicted that the Great Tribulation would start on 2001-APR-7, with the appearance of the the two witnesses described in Revelation. He also predicted that the start of Jesus' millennial reign would be on 2008-APR-6. 6 Neither happened.
But we have a new one, and a new date 21st May 2011, and how do we know Harold Campling said so.
Family Radio (assets of over $120 Million I might add) who is behind the large amount of billboards and the Website WeCanKnow and has a large number of volunteers driving around the US delivering "The Message". Even more worrisome is they are planning on going to Latin American and Africa to spread this absurd rubbish.
So I wonder why they don't go to Europe or Australia where they all speak English? I suppose being told your crazy in another language is easier to take.
So what if the world ended, or Jesus returned and you had forgotten the date? For your calendar I have made an ical file for 21 May 2011. They don't seem to say what time of day it will be.
Also I would worry about 2012..really it's a hoax
"it's the end of the world and we know it, and I feel fine" -REM