10 Failed Doomsday Prophecy Predictions

Ever since the beginning of time, people have “predicted” the end of times. These predictions have come in the forms of biblical teachings and even scientific discoveries. However, one thing can be said for certain: we are still here. And because of this, we are going to present you with the top 10 failed doomsday prophecy predictions of all time. Maybe this list will help some people sleep better in 2012.


10. The Jupiter Effect

Two astrophysicists, Stephen Plagemann and John Gribben, made a discovery in 1982 that claimed that all nine planets would somehow create a gravitational pull that would place a huge amount of stress on our world. This stress would cause massive earthquakes and other severe changes in terms of climate and weather. The two even wrote a book together that was called “The Jupiter Effect”. However, time quickly showed that this theory was a bust and that their speculation was wrong.


9. Elizabeth Clare Prophet

In the 1980s, there was a spiritual prophet who had people convinced that a nuclear war would break out on April 23rd, 1990. People began to stockpile food and collect guns and other forms of weaponry. Some people even went as far as to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars constructing underground bomb shelters. Needless to say, nothing happened on this day and the lack of nuclear destruction caused people to see the entire incident as pure speculation with no evidence.


8. 1666 CE

Almost every few years in our society, we encounter a message that says that this year will be the “one”. Basically, people have been falsely predicting the end of the world for a very long time. One that actually became quite popular and well-known was the year 1666. The three sixes, which are symbolically used to describe the Devil, were combined with the millennium. And to many people’s surprise, it proved to be completely wrong.


7. 1033 and 1000 CE

Considering that the number “1000” plays such a huge role in various biblical scriptures, it would be hard to imagine entering a millennium with nothing “grand” happening. This contains even more significance for those people who took Revelations in the bible literally (since it claimed the end of times in 1000 years). Anyway, the years 1000 CE and 1033 CE were both predicted to be days where death and destruction would occur. These dates were even witnessed in various scriptures from supposed prophets.


6. Battle of Armageddon 1999

A man named Edgar Cayce made several predictions as to how the Earth would change. He made most of these predictions in the 30s and states that the battle of Armageddon would begin in 1999. Few know “how” he understood that these catastrophic events would occur but many trusted what he said. Obviously, these events failed to happen and most of his predictions have been proven false. And since he had been dead for forty or fifty years before that date, he was one of the few “ends of time prophets” who didn’t actually have to be here when his predictions failed.





5. Y2K Bug

Most of us remember this one. In 2000, a there was a prediction that the Internet would crash and the entire world would fail to operate effectively. Millions and millions of people imagined 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 was a book that became a bestseller in 1970. It was a paperback written by Hal Lindsey and it claimed that Christ’s magnificent return would occur within the 80s. While he never came out and pointed to a specific year, he did claim to “know” that these events would occur during this time. Surprisingly, the 80s did pass and his reputation as a writer suffered mildly as his predictions failed to come true. He has even gone as far as to acquire his own cable TV show which speaks about the same thing- go figure.




3. Heaven’s Gate 1997

On March 26, 1997, a mass suicide was discovered in San Diego. The police entered a mansion and was shocked to see a large amount of deceased individuals, all wearing the same thing. There were 39 bodies in total. This group of people quickly became known as “Heaven’s Gate”. They were a cult who believed that their only chance at salvation was to kill themselves. And apparently, they wanted to do it before the world broke out in mass destruction and famine. Needless to say, that never occurred. This goes to show that not all failed doomsday prophesies are fun and humorous.



2. The Great Disappointment 1844

There was a man named William Miller who believed that the world would end on October 22nd, 1844. He predicted that this would be the day that Jesus would return and save all of those souls who were willing to accept his love. He arrived to do this by doing a series of complex calculations that in the end really didn’t matter. 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.




1. Jehovah’s Witnesses (Several Dates)

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. And not to many people’s surprise, they were wrong in each account.

By Fabiha Zaidi (Author)

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