As we come to the end of the age measured in mans time we find increasing number of false prophets on the scene. Many have calculated the ages in 1,000 years and in the 6,000 year Christ will return to rule in the millennium for 1,000 years. The year 2,000 is supposedly the 6,000th year since Adam was created.(4004 BC Ushers timetable) however a true calculation is held to this timetable would be that in 1996 it was the 6,000th year since Christ was born 4-6 BC..
The true test for a prophet is found in Deuteronomy 18:20-22. This scripture teaches that a prophet must be tested by checking his prophecies. Deut. 13:1-4 "If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, "and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'-- which you have not known--' and let us serve them,'3 "you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.4 "You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him."
Christ had said no one would know the time of his return "no one knows the day or hour" (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32). This is a Jewish idiom that means one cannot predict with any accuracy when he will come back. This in the Greek tense that means no man will ever know, only the Father knows, it is reserved for him alone. This doesnt stop numerous people from saying that they DO know. They do this by playing word games such as the word know does not mean what it says or they just ignore this warning. By doing this they fall right into the category of a false predictor of the times, what Jesus called a false prophet.
This is not done to slander or impugn anyone, but to make us think about being loose with our tongue and pursuing calculations from Scripture that we are told are impossible to know. And most importantly, abusing the authority of the Lords name and possibly operating under a deceiving Spirit.We should learn from history or are doomed to repeat its mistakes
mid 2nd CenturyA Movement started by Montanus who proclaimed himself as the Spirit of Truth believed he knew of things to come. Prophets and Prophetesses of the Montanist movement predicted that Jesus would return sometime during their lifetime and expected Millennium at any time. That New Jerusalem was going to descend from heaven and fix itself in Phrygeria in Asia Minor. The word went out for the people to gather there and await the 2nd coming.
375-400: Saint Martin of Tours (c. 316-397), who served as Bishop of Gaul, teaches that the Antichrist exists in his day, writing: "There is no doubt that the Antichrist has already been born. Firmly established already in his early years, he will, after reaching maturity, achieve supreme power"(from End-Times Visions Richard Albanes)
798The Spanish monk Beatus (d. 798) feels that he will live to see the Antichrist and the end of the world by the year 800. (from End-Times Visions Richard Albanes)
848 Prophetess trained Thiota is able to gather a sizable following by announcing that the end of the world would take place by 848. (from End-Times Visions Richard Albanes)
1000 AD Many Christians in Europe had predicted the end of the world on this date. Most considered the anti Christ as coming. They believed Christ would return at the end of the first 1,000 years. People sold their businesses and left their fields. Raoul Glaber a Burgandian monk who was born in the late 10th cent wrote Histories which mentions a panic concerning the end Pope Sylvester the II spoke of hundreds of pilgrims flocking to the holy land in expectation of the end of the world.
1205Joachim of Fiore predicted in 1190 that the Antichrist was already in the world, and that King Richard of England would defeat him. The Millennium would then begin, sometime before 1205.
1420 Martinek Hauska says the fire will come down. Hauska led a number of disgruntled priests to herald the 2nd coming. "They told everyone to hide in the Mountains, because between Feb.1 and 14 God would destroy every village and town with fire and usher in the millennium. (reference from Soothsayers of the 2nd Advent, William Alnor p.56)
1420: The Taborites, an extremist Christian sect, held that in 1420 God's fiery wrath would consume the world.
1527 Hans Nut a bookbinder declared himself a prophet and said he was sent to by Christ to herald his coming which was to be in 1528. Needless to say Nutting happened.
1533 The Anabaptists movement was fueled with end times fever. One writer prophesied that strassburg (France) was chosen by God to be the New Jerusalem. That Gods spirit would flow so strong through the miracles of the saints that no one could resist it. Enoch and Elijah were to appear to judge the unbelieving earth. When this failed two of the members claimed that they were the two witnesses and they were going to set up New Jerusalem in Munster.
1533 According to Melchoir Hoffmann (c. 1495-1543), Jesus' return takes place during this year.(from End-Times Visions Richard Albanes)
1534 Jan Matthys, a Dutch supporter of Hoffmann, preaches violence to cleanse the ungodly from the earth in preparation for Jesus' return and the world's destruction by Easter 1534.
1673: Deacon William Aspinwall, of the state's General Court predicts the world's demise "no later than 1673
1697,1716, 1736: Influential Puritan Cotton Mather (1663-1728) preaches that 1697 would be the year of the world's end. He later changes his prediction to 1716. After that date passes, 1736 becomes his new deadline for Christ's return.(from End-Times Visions Richard Albanes)
1700s The Comisards were French prophets (Children as well) that spoke in tongues and went into trances. They spoke of the destruction of the Roman Catholic Church referring it to Babylon. As things became estranged for them they fled to London and started to prophesy against the Church in London about their destruction and the new world to come.
1787 Shakers- Ann Lee had a vision while in prison that she was to restore True Christianity establishing a perfect society on earth. Mother Ann Lee was believed to be the 2nd coming and was fulfilling in herself Christ's kingdom on earth starting with the Shaker church. The Shakers, believedthat the world will end by 1792.
1835 Mormons Joseph Smith predicts in 1835 that, "The coming of the Lord, which was nigh - even fifty-six years should wind up the scene" (Vol. 2 p. 182).
.....Were I going to prophesy, I would say the end (of the world) would not come in 1844, 5, or 6, or in forty years. There are those of the rising generation who shall not taste death till Christ comes....I prophesy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written--the Son of Man will not come in the clouds of heaven till I am eighty-five years old. (History of the Church, 5:336; April 1843; Joseph Smith was born Dec. 23, 1805, so the Lord would come sometime after Dec. 23 1890)
On September 22 and 23, 1832, Joseph Smith foretold of an LDS temple to be built in Independence, Missouri. "Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which shall be reared in this generation. "For verily this generation shall not all pass away until a house shall be built unto the Lord," (Doctrine and Covenants 84:4 & 5).
1843-44 2nd/ 7th Day Adventists William Miller, founder of the Millerite movement, predicted that Jesus would come on Mar.21,1843. William Miller's prophecy for the return of Christ had already failed. Miller had changed the year to 1844 with the same day March 21 as the time of Christ's appearing. When the latter date had passed a new date was set In August of 1844, Adventist preacher named Samuel Snow claimed he had discovered the exact day when Christ would return. October 22 1844 the Day of Atonement. This date arrived again Christ did not. Then the whole concept was changed to promote another doctrine called the investigative judgment, where Christ went from the holy place into the holy of Holies.
E.G. White continued this date setting "Soon we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming." (Early Writings, p. 15 ) The voice of God is heard from Heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus' coming, and delivering the everlasting covenant to His people" (The Great Controversy, p. 640)
"It is well known that many were expecting the Lord to come at the 7th Month 1845. That Christ would then come we firmly believed.( A Word to the Little Flock", p.22, 1847 edition, by her husband, James White)
"In a view given June 27, 1850, my accompanying angel said, "TIME IS ALMOST FINISHED....Said the angel, "Get ready, get ready, get ready...."....Then I saw that the SEVEN LAST PLAGUES WERE SOON TO BE POURED OUT upon those who have no shelter...." (Early Writings, p 64)
1844Christadelphians- John Thomas was in agreement with the Ellen G. White on the date of Christ's return in 1844! "...we could agree and concluded to await the arrival of the Ides of March, 1844..." or another date of "..the 42 months of the Apocalypse and the time and a half of Daniel were expected to terminate in 1864-1868" (Eureka p.209)
1844 Bahaullah is claimed to be the 2nd coming of Christ by the Bahais. Speaking of Bahaullah ,"He is the Promised One of all Religions, whose coming was foretold in all the sacred scriptures," (Welcome to the Baha'i House of Worship, p. 2). Many Christians are surprised to find that a new messenger from God has already come, saying that he is the return of Christ." (The Return of Christ p. 4 1978 Bahai publishing trust) "Bahaullah claims that he is the teacher from God for this day, that he is the return of Christ." (The Return of Christ p.2)
This is different than most false prophets in that he claimed to have already come and failed to set up the kingdom. Hes a dead ruler, whom the bible says the kingdom will never end.
1868 The Rev. M. Baxter (Church of England) predicts that the Battle of Armageddon would occur during this year.
Jehovah's Witnesses1874 Charles Taze Russell visited a meeting and met Barbour a 2nd day Adventist. Befriending Russell he convinced him that Christ actually returned invisibly in 1874.(One false influence births another.)
Russell was thoroughly convinced and wrote "Second advent in 1874; the Lord took power in 1878. (STUDIES, Vol. 3, p. 234)
Scriptures prove that the Lord's Second Advent was in 1874. (STUDIES, Vol. 7, p. 680
Eighty-eight proofs that the Lord's Second Advent occurred in the fall of 1874 (STUDIES, Vol. 7, pp. 68-71)
"Our Lord, the appointed King, is now present, since October 1874, A.D."STUDIES, Vol. 4, p. 621
"The Millennium began in 1874, with the Return of Christ." (STUDIES, Vol. 7, p. 386)
"The second coming of the Lord therefore began in 1874 (CREATION, p. 289 early editions, p. 310 later editions)
"Our lord, the appointed king, is now present since Oct. 1874. According to the testimony of the prophets to those who have ears to hear." (Studies in the Scriptures vol.4,pg.621)
1914 was one of the more important dates believed to be the start of the war of Armageddon by the Jehovah's Witnesses. Other dates followed as this one failed, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975
1908 Lee T. Spangler - a grocery store owner in York, Pennsylvania announces that the world would end by fire in October 1908.
1935Rastafarians- Christ was manifested as Hale Selassie fulfilling the prophesies of Rev.5:2-5 and 19:16. He is the king of Kings and lion of the tribe of Judah.
1936The issue of Plain Truth,(June/July 1934) the magazine launched by Worldwide Church of God founder Herbert W. Armstrong, predicts that the economic depression and fear of war marking the early 1930s would continue until 1936. Then, said Armstrong, "we may expect to see the heavenly signs of the sun and moon becoming dark ... which shall be followed by the 'Day of the Lord"' (p. 5).
1941William blessings of The house of Prayer for all people, the 2nd coming occurred in 70 CE. When the temple was destroyed, the dead were raised and the saints were raptured. Yahshua is already here and will establish the kingdom before 2,000 A.D. (The Encyclopedia of World religions J.G. Melton)
1950s William Branhamwas believed him to be the prophet Elijah who was to come before the return of Christ Jesus. I sincerely believe and maintain as a private student of the word along with Divine Inspiration that 1977 ought to terminate the world systems and usher in the Millennium." (Seven Church Ages Page 322) Branham proclaimed himself the angel of Revelation 3:14 and 10:7 and prophesied that by 1977 all denominations would be consumed by the World Council of Churches under the control of the Roman Catholics, that the Rapture would take place, and that the world would be destroyed. (Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, p. 96)
1954 Charles Laughead, a respected physician at Michigan State College, proclaimed to his friends and family that doomsday would occur on December 20, 1954.
1957The Remnant Church, Mrs.Tracy B.Bizich marked the beginning of the end of the world in 1957 the first angel blew the trumpet in 1962.
1960Jesus failed his task by not marrying and producing offspring. Reverend sun yung moon fulfilled his mission as Lord of the 2nd advent when he married Han ja Han and had 12 children. In so doing he finished the task of Jesus being the Lord of the 2nd advent
1970 Shiloh true Light Church of Christ. Cunningham Boyle through bible chronology found that the 7,000 years was the full time from creation to judgement (the 7 days of creation were symbolic of this time period). That the last generation of 100 years began in 1870. In 1970 Jesus Christ was to appear and begin the Millennium.
1970 Ansaaru Allah community in 1970 the prophesies of Rev.8:1 "opening of the 7th seal" commenced.
1971 The family -leader Moses Berg prophesied that California would be destroyed by earthquakes (Moses David mountainslide oct.21,1971 GP no.120)
"Moses" David Berg, the leader of the children of God heralds a prophecy of America's destruction in 1974 by the comet Kohoutek. "But it will be a 40 day warning culminating somewhere in January, most likely between the 11th and 21st of January" (The 3rd Letter of Moses on the Comet!, 12 November 1973, p. 1)."You in the U.S. have only until January to get out of the states before some kind of disaster, destruction or judgement of God is to fall "(40 days! And Nineveh shall be destroyed COG Nov.12 1973 ) He also prophesied that Christ was to return in 1993 (MO Letter no.456 ).
1975 Herbert W. Armstrong set dates about the rapture. 1936,1943,1972 and 1975 after these dates were wrong he kept silent on the issue. "This drought will be even more devastating than he foresees, and that it will strike sooner than 1975 - probably between 1965 and 1972! This will be the very beginning, as Jesus said, of the Great Tribulation!" Armstrong further stated, "Here is exactly how catastrophic it will be: One Third Of Our Entire Population Will Die in this famine and disease epidemic!" (1975 In Prophecy, pp. 10, 12).
1975 This is the first "end of the world" year in a long string of years named by Christian prophecy extremist Charles Taylor. Other years that Taylor has predicted for doomsday include: 1976,1980,1981,1982,1983,1985,1986,1987,1988,1989,1992,1994.(from End-Times Visions Richard Albanes)
1977 Reginald Dunlop prophesied the Anti-Christ would be revealed around 1990 and the rapture in 1991.(Quoted in Soothsayers of the 2nd Advent by William Alnor,p.36)
1977 William Branham prophesied: "that by 1977 all denominations would be consumed by the World Council of Churches under the control of the Roman Catholics, that the rapture would take place, and that the world would be destroyed." (Burgess and McGee, Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, p.96)
1975-1977 In the February 1967 issue of Plain truth, Worldwide Church of God founder Herbert W. Armstrong's predicts: "The 'Day of the Eternal' . . . is going to strike between five and ten years from now! ... I am not writing foolishly, but very soberly, on the authority of the living Christ" (p. 47).(from End-Times Visions Richard Albanes)
1979Prophecy teacher Colin Deal predicts in his book Christ Returns by 1988, 101Rreasons Why.p.158 "Christ will return bodily to the earth or in the air for the Church by 1988."
1979: Herbert W, Armstrong, in the June 1968 issue of his Plain truth magazine, declares that universal peace would be "coming in our Lime - and not later than the decade of the 1970s.... To save human life from annihilation Jesus Christ will come again, this time to set up the very kingdom of God on earth, and to establish the wonderful world of Utopia tomorrow" (p. 23).
1981 Teleminister Arnold Murray predicted that the Antichrist would appear before 1981.
1982 Tara center (Benjamen Crème) THE CHRIST IS IN THE WORLD. A great World Teacher for people of every religion and no religion. A practical man with solutions to our problems. He loves ALL humanity... Christ is here, my friends. Your Brother walks among you. (Tara Center, full-page ad in USA Today, January 12, 1982) Followers expected his revealing by June of 1982 . Were still waiting
1983 Mary Stewart Relfe had a chart of world war III for 1989, and one year later the tribulation would start and Jesus would return in 1999. Believing her chart was accurate to within one year.( Mary Stewart Relfe, Economic Advisor feb.28,1983)
1988 R.G .Stair on WIBF-FM in Jinkinton, Pennsylvania R.G .Stair gave this prophecy: "God told me in September of 1985, before we would witness the end of 1988 that three things would take place in the United States, that are going to bring terrible judgments and destruction upon our land:
1986 Moses David of the Children of God predicted that the Battle of Armageddon would take place in 1986. Russia would defeat Israel and the United States. A worldwide Communist dictatorship would be established. In 1993, Christ would return to earth.
1987 Lester Sumerall in his book I predict 2000 A.D.. "I predict the absolute fullness of mans operation on planet earth by the year 2,000 AD.Then Jesus Christ shall reign from Jerusalem for 1,000 years."( Millennial madness CRI journal cited by Ron Rhodes fall 1990 p.39)
1988Edgar Whisenant, a NASA scientist, published his book "88 Reasons why the Rapture will Occur in 1988." Many were convinced and over 4.5 million copies sold. Wisenant said the rapture would occur Sept.11 and 13 1988. He used pyramidology, astrology numerology as well as psychic Jeane Dixon for some of his date setting. When this failed he reset his calculations it became Sept.30 1989 or possibly Oct 14-20 1989. It is now almost 11 years later.
Early 1990's: In 1992, David Koresh led the Students of the Seven Seals (the Branch Davidians) group in Waco Texas. He changed the name of their commune from Mt. Carmel to Ranch Apocalypse, because of his belief that the final battle of Armageddon of the Bible would begin at the Branch Davidian compound. They had calculated that the end would occur in 1995.
1991: Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan announces that the Gulf War will "be that [war] which the scriptures refer to as the War of Armageddon which is the final war."(from End-Times Visions Richard Albanes)
1991 the House of Yahweh Abilene, Texas claims they are already in "the midst" of Tribulation: "In order to understand what time period Yahweh is referring to when He says, 'the midst,' we will refer to Yahshua's Message of the End Time - the Time Period known as: The Seven Years of Tribulation... Since the time of my brother Yaaqob's death, March 22, 1991, wars have been raging not only in Israyl, but throughout the eastern world."..."These things: wars famines pestilence's, and earthquakes are Prophesied to take place through the FIRST HALF of the Great Tribulation. But, the end is not yet! When the first three and one half years are complete, the LAST HALF of the Great Tribulation begins. Since the Feast of Tabernacles, September 22, 1994, my brother Yaaqob, the first witness to be killed by the Beastly System, will have been dead three and one half years" (The Prophetic Word, November 1994, pgs. 14, 16) we are APPROACHING the middle of the Seven Year Time Period known as The Great Tribulation, (ibid.pg.18)
1991 on Oct. 20 1991 a full page ad was run in USA today RAPTURE OCTOBER 28,1992 JESUS IS COMING IN THE AIR." World war 3 was predicted 50 million will die in earthquakes and 50 million in traffic accidents. Jong Mal Ron movement from Korea predicted.
1992 Livingstone and Mission for the Coming Days (The Korean Hyoo-go movement) gave their revelation, "The Lord has revealed the exact time of the Rapture, October 28, 1992 at 24:00 hours by Korean Time" (Jesus Is Finally Coming: Are You Ready for the Rapture on October 28, 1992? , p. 48).
"Later, as judgment drew nearer, He revealed the month, October of 1992. Then, He revealed the date, 28th October. Next, the exact time, October 28, 1992 at 24:00 hours was revealed to us, Koreans" (Ibid, p. 73).
1994 June 9th- Was the most recent big blunder of many. John Hinkle predicted evil would be ripped from the world on June 9th on TBN, everyone is excited. It will be the most cataclysmic event since the resurrection. It would be the day of the Lord (the tribulation?) or the day the son of man is revealed. Using Isa.25:6-9 which is the reference for the literal coming of Christ. "I was awaken and the lord spoke to me in the most awesome voice I heard it outside and inside and as I sat up he said on Thursday June the 9th I will rip the evil out of this world."
Many others received the same type of message.
"This is a cleansing that removes evil from the whole world and activates a worldwide spiritual revival with millions of people pouring into the church". Don Hackman ("THE EVANGELIST")
"In a similar vision, the Virgin Mary appeared and said, 'A great darkness will come upon the world. The heavens will shake. The only light will be through the Son of God and Man. The lightning bolts will flash like nothing the world has ever seen.MY HAND WILL COME OVER THE WORLD MORE SWIFTLY THAN THE WIND' and Christ will execute a worldwide cleansing and revival". (Ibid.) "it is a time for judgment and cleansing. It must be done that my church will be ready..." Don Hackman (THE EVANGELIST)
God states, "...NOTHING LEFT NOW BUT THE CLEAN-UP AND THE RESURRECTION." (the Resurrection/Rapture follows closely behind the Clean-Up).
"Watch to the east. Even as the sun rises, so wil1 the signs come from the East. For 7 days the earth will vomit and rail. The land will be defiled for 21 days. The earth will be black with smoke. Distress as never before." Don Hackman, (THE EVANGELIST.) (Quoted from Discernment Newsletter may/ June 1994)
1994- Elizabeth Claire prophet was informed by an ascended master that catastrophe awaits the world." I believe that anytime between now and the year 2002 there is a high probability, a likelihood, of war between the united states and the soviet union."(John Dart "sect leader continues to spread word despite uproar over forecasts Los Angeles times Feb.23 1991 F20) It was then stated that Guru Ma had not predicted nuclear war for April 23rd only the "possibility" that it may occur. Times reporter, Timothy Egan, said that April 23rd was not the first time Prophet, "predicted the end of the world," pointing to a similar proclamation made last October.
1994 September. Harold Camping, president of Family Radio predicted that the end of the world would happen in September 1994. Claiming when the 6th comes no one else can get saved. He commented the likelihood of his being wrong on his calculations was very remote. Now no one can even remember him saying this thats how remote it was.
1996: According to California psychic Sheldon Nidle December 17, the end of the world was to occur with the arrival of "millions of spaceships" and accompanying angels.
Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research Dr. Kinley "Dr. Kinley, himself, knew when the day would come despite what one might read in the bible that no man knoweth the day or hour (Mt.24:36 , Mk.13:32)." (From the book Elohim the archetype (original) pattern of the universe, P.7) Also, "with this Divine Vision and Revelation, I received power to foretell every world-wide event and happening ". (ibid. p.3) The secret of the day went to grave with him although some have said it was revealed and has already passed.
Chen Tao. 1998- God's Salvation Church, a Taiwanese Christian-Buddhist spiritual sect, moved into Garland TX awaiting God's arrival. They expected that on Mar.25 the appearance of God on channel of every television set in North America. He would then be reincarnated into a man on Mar.31 at 10:00 AM, local time. They anticipated a crowd of about one million who want to be touched by God. Their leader, Hoh-Ming Chen, selected Garland because it sounds like "God land". March 25, 1998 Update: Teacher Chen retracted his prophecy that God will appear on March 31st after his prophecy about God appearing on channel 18 on March 25th failed. July God's Salvation Church in Taiwan teaches that Jesus will come to earth in a spaceship during the middle of a nuclear war
1998-OCT: The House of Abilene predicts 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 from nuclear warfare.
1998: The famous psychic Edgar Cayce (deceased) predicted that a secret, underground chamber would be discovered between the paws of the Great Sphinx. Inside, there will be documents revealing the history of Atlantis. This revelation will trigger the Second Coming of Christ. Rumor is that two independent studies have revealed that there is in fact an underground structure just where Cayce said it would be.
1998-Oct.10Concerned Christians 30 to 60 adults and children is a dubbed a doomsday cult, led by Monte Kim Miller. Miller predicted that an unspecified disaster would wipe Denver CO off the map on OCT-10. He also predicted his own death in Dec. 1999 in Jerusalem and his resurrection three days later. Many members 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 . adapted from Christopher Walker, "Doomsday cults are converging on Jerusalem," The Times of London, 1998-Oct-22. )
1999 Nostradamus in the year 1999 and seven months the great king of terror will come from the sky. He will bring back to life the great king of the monguls. Before and after war reigns happily unrestrained." (Nostradamus Century X quatrain 72)
1984 to 1999: In 1983, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Guru of the Rajneesh movement predicted massive destruction on earth, including natural disasters and man-made catastrophes. Floods larger than any since Noah, extreme earthquakes, very destructive volcano eruptions, nuclear wars etc. will be experienced. Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bombay will all disappear.
1999-Mar: The Students of the Seven Seals ( Branch Davidians) state that disaster will strike the earth in the form of warfare, earthquakes, blacked skies and other horrors. On Aug.6, David Koresh will return to earth. He will raise the dead, judge humans, and start over in Jerusalem. It has been revealed to them that the Second Coming will occur in 2000.
1999- In 1968, the psychic Criswell gives this date for doomsday, saying: "The world as we know it will cease to exist ... on August 18,1999."
2000 Jack van Impe -On his television broadcast, Van Impe declares: "The Bible teaches that an Antichrist comes to power (Rev. 13:1) - a world dictator ... This world dictator could appear anywhere from now to 2003 ....(July 2, 1997)
On his home page promotes his new book, "On the Edge of Eternity" in which he predicts that the year 2001 will "usher in international chaos such as we've never seen in our history." He predicts that in 2001, and the afflicting entire populations throughout the [African] continent...By the year 2001, there will be global chaos." widespread religious deception will be commonplace, leading to the dawn of a virtually unopposed one - world church controlled by demonic hosts (Rev. 9:20). Christians, beware of the seductive spirits that will soon descend on all our houses. (1 Tim. 4:11) Ezekiel 38 predicts what is now taking place.... and much more. (all likely if Y2k is as a bad as some predict?)
Father Stefano Gobbi, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico December 5, 1994: "I confirm to you that, by the great jubilee year 2000, there will take place the triumph of my immaculate heart, of which I foretold you at fatima, and this will come to pass with the return of Jesus in glory, to establish his reign in the world. Thus you will be able to see with your own eyes the new heavens and new earth." ("Marian Movement of Priests" Message #532; National Cenacle of the M.M.P.; "The Apple of My Eye") Apparitions: appearances of Jesus and the Virgin Mary"
2000 The Stelle Group says economic depression would begin in 1975 and Armageddon would and an atomic war would end in 1999. A massive catastrophe will rearrange land masses triggered by the alignment of the planets on May 5, 2,000 AD.. Only 10% of the people would survive this, which will be them.
2001 The year that Edgar Cayce (1945) prophesied would bring a globally devastating 'pole shift'
2001 According to the Weekly world News for 2001-Feb.13, the rapture was expected on the 7th hour of the 7th day of the 7th month of the Hebrew calendar year that corresponds to 2007 CE. Jesus will appear simultaneously in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Washington, Moscow and in every other capital city of the world.
2007 Dr Michael Mau predicts that Armageddon has already begun and will intensify during 2007:
"...our planet, its vibrations accelerated, will swing out of the grip of the dark forces that have imposed upon us, horrors such as 911 and into the light. But there will be no avoiding the resulting turmoil: what we see now is just the beginning..." What happens from now until the year 2012?," at: http://www.arberton.com/
2007- Michael Travesser, a.k.a. Wayne Bent, of the Lord Our Righteousness Church, proclaimed that he is the Messiah. He and his 56 devoted followers live in Strong City, NM. He believed that the Book of Daniel predicted that some important events would occur on 2007-OCT-31 and DEC-15. This has been widely reported as a prediction that the world was to end with some sort of apocalyptic event at midnight on one of those dates. The end of the world cult: Michael Travesser," Channel 4, UK. 2007-Dec, at: http://www.religionnewsblog.com/
2008 Ronald Weinland claims he "... has been send by God as His end-time prophet." Weinland predicted the demise of the United States, followed by the start of "man's final war" in 2008. He has published a book titled: "2008: God's Final Witness."
This list can go on and on, there are numerous other dates which cannot be verified at this time but this should be sufficient to prove the point.
Date setting has always proven false and those who do this have not looked at the past to see the great crowd of false witnesses behind them. But there may be many more in front of them as well especially as we see the turmoil of the world increasing.
To sum all this up. With all these predictions increasing someone is bound to possibly get one right, one of these times, maybe!
Jesus never said to look for Armageddon, or the antichrist or for calculating the day of his return, but to watch and be ready for you know not when the master comes. One thing we do know all these predictions proves he is closer to coming as he said there would be a rise of false prophets, prior to his return, just what we are seeing today.