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End of the Wolrd
Scott Sullivan
Many based their forecasts on the Biblical Book of Revelation, probably written between AD 81 and 96. Its author names himself “John” in the text but scholars disagree who he was. John said God gave the revelation to Jesus, who then “made it known” to him through an angelic messen-ger. You’ve had that happen to you too? Revelation’s acceptance into the canon was (and is) controversial, but there’s no question it’s entertaining. How can you not love think-ing people you’re mad at will devoured by plagues, hurled into a lake that burns with sulfur, then have their unburied bodies danced over? Bet you’re sorry now, unappreciative boss or spouse. Hope you suffer long enough to see me up here with God, giving you the finger.

The world has been coming to an end from the start. Cartoon guys wearing sandwich boards have prophesied different scenarios and so far been disappointed. But there’s still hope.

Since we learn from mistakes—and that’s all we’ve made—let’s look at finales that fizzled the past few years.

April 2015: Mark Blitz and John Hagee claimed four “blood moons” in 2014 and 2015 meant Jesus would come again before May Day.

Dec. 21, 2012: the end of the ancient Mayan calendar meant Earth would collide with some interplanetary object.

June 20, 2012: José Luis de Jesús told followers after world governments and economies fell, they would be able to fly and walk through walls.

May 27, 2012: default day for Ronald Weinland, after the Second Trumpet of Revelation didn’t blow nor Jesus return as they also didn’t Sept. 29, 2011.

Oct. 21, 2011: default day for Harold Camping, after the Rapture and earthquakes didn’t happen five months earlier.

Other failed prophets include Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Sun Myung Moon, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, Jim Jones, Isaac Newton, Charles Manson, the Shakers and Jehovah’s Witnesses. How could all these great minds be wrong?

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