The Lists Of The "End Of The World" Dates
Another “End of the world” gone by.
So there I was today with a cup of decaf in my hand looking out of the window in the general direction of Switzerland. Some people promised the end of the world today. You see, The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is located just outside Geveva, Switzerland and it was supposed to get started today. Some said they feared that once the LHC starts colliding protons, this would create a black hole which, in turn, would destroy entire planet Earth. So I was curious to see how it works out. Luckily for all of us the Large Hadron Collider, the largest atom smasher to-date, has started, did its thing, turned off and the world is still here.
This is not the first “end of the world” that I luckily survived.
I remember back in the 80-es that some sect expected the end of the world and even retreated into a specially made bunker. This was not a small thing. A news helicopter footage showed huge amount of cars parked around the area of the bunker. I googled around and this might be either the 1982 grand conjunction event or this one in 1989.
Who could forget the 1999 and 2000? Nostradamus has “scheduled” the end in 1999, Arnold Schwarzenegger even made a movie about the Devil’s arrival in 1999 (“End of Days”) and the turn to 2000 was supposed to bring us the collapse of the computer systems all over the world. I remember some guy on either CNN or BBC saying that it is possible that some airplanes might fall due to their computers going berserk when switching from year 1999 to 2000.
I remember the morning of January 1 2000. All TV stations happily reporting that the worse thing that resulted from the ominous “Y2K bug” (remember that term?) was that some newborn baby in India was listed as being 100 years old in the hospital’s computer.
More of the same today. The world is still here. The researching, inquisitive side of me is wondering – how many “ends of the world” did this world go through until now? And mow many are expected (apart from the famous 2012)? As it turns out – more than I expected. The dates range from 634 BC to well over the “mwa-ha-ha” 2012.
Here are several sites that list such ends of the world in some detail. My favorite is this first one:
Six full pages of dates when people expected the end of the world and the short story behind each of them (yes, it includes 2012)
are also good and they concentrate more on the dates when Judeo-Christian communities and authors expected the end.
Here is partial list from the http://www.abhota.info/end1.htm:
|ca. 2800 BC||According to Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts
(1979), an Assyrian clay tablet dating to approximately
2800 BC was unearthed bearing the words “Our earth is
degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that
the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and
corruption are common.” This is one of the earliest
examples of the perception of moral decay in society
being interpreted as a sign of the imminent
|634 BC||Apocalyptic thinking gripped many ancient
cultures, including the Romans. Early in Rome’s
history, many Romans feared that the city would be
destroyed in the 120th year of its founding. There was
a myth that 12 eagles had revealed to Romulus a
mystical number representing the lifetime of Rome, and
some early Romans hypothesized that each eagle
represented 10 years. The Roman calendar was counted
from the founding of Rome, 1 AUC (ab urbe
condita) being 753 BC. Thus 120 AUC is 634 BC.
|389 BC||Some Romans figured that the mystical number
revealed to Romulus represented the number of days in a
year (the Great Year concept), so they expected Rome to
be destroyed around 365 AUC (389 BC). (Thompson
|1st Century||Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, there be
some standing here, which shall not taste of death,
till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
(Matthew 16:28) This implies that the Second Coming
would return within the lifetime of his contemporaries,
and indeed the Apostles expected Jesus to return before
the passing of their generation.
|ca. 70||The Essenes, a sect of Jewish ascetics with
apocalyptic beliefs, may have seen the Jewish revolt
against the Romans in 66-70 as the final end-time
battle. (Source: PBS Frontline special Apocalypse!)
|2nd Century||The Montanists believed that Christ would come
again within their lifetimes and establish a new
Jerusalem at Pepuza, in the land of Phrygia. Montanism
was perhaps the first bona fide Christian doomsday
cult. It was founded ca. 156 AD by the tongues-speaking
prophet Montanus and two followers, Priscilla and
Maximilla. Despite the failure of Jesus to return, the
cult lasted for several centuries. Tertullian, who once
said “I believe it just because it is unbelievable” (a
true skeptic if ever there was one!), was perhaps the
most renowned Montanist. (Gould p.43-44)
|247||Rome celebrated its thousandth anniversary this
year. At the same time, the Roman government
dramatically increased its persecution of Christians,
so much so that many Christians believed that the End
had arrived. (Source: PBS Frontline special Apocalypse!)
|365||Hilary of Poitiers predicted the world would end
in 365. (Source: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance)
This is just partial list from the first page. The full list is six pages long.
St. Hilary of Poitiers end of the world prediction
You will notice that first two of the above sites mention St. Hilary of Poitiers and his end of the world prediction for the year 365 AD. The third omits him. You may also notice that quite a few sites around the net mention St. Hilary’s prediction because he is a saint whereas most of these “end predictions” come from less venerated characters.
No source that I know of can quote the exact lines where he actually predicted the end. This may be the reason why the bible.ca site above omitted his prediction and many sites add that they are quoting him from another site which also doesn’t really have an exact quote. So I did a little bit of research and here are the relevant facts, for the first time on the net here on OccultCenter.
Somewhere around 360 – 365 St. Hilary wrote “Contra Constantium Augustum liber” (Latin: A book against Constantine Augustus). This Constantine Augustus was the Roman Emperor also known as Constantine II whom Hilary believed to be the Antichrist.
To make this situation more hilarious (excuse the pun) this Constantine II was the son of St. Constantine I, the Roman emperor who legalized Christianity and convened the famous council of Nicea where the Bible came to be. For these deeds (and more), the Constantine I was the first and only man on Earth who was celebrated as a god by Romans and proclaimed a saint by Christians. As we will see, St. Hilary proclaimed his son to be the Antichrist.
St. Hilary never says directly “the end of the world will be on such-and-such date”. He is a typical prophetic writer. He speaks in symbols and parables. He says that the Antichrist rules and thus we may expect the arrival of Christ. Since he writes all this around the year 365 – this was recorded as one of the years when the end was expected.
His book begins with the words:
Tempus est loquendi: quia jam praeteriit tempus tacendi. Christus exspectetur: quia obtinuit antichristus. Clament pastores: quia mercenarii fugerunt. Ponamus animas pro ovibus: quia fures introierunt, et leo saeviens circuit.
It is time to speak for the time to keep silent is passing. We may expect Christ for the Antichrist is ruling. Shout shepherds [priests] for the hired hands have fled. Let us give our lives for the sheep, for thieves are entering and raging lion is circling.
For anyone who has been to their Bible classes once upon a time the symbols there are clear. The “shepherds” are priests:
John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep.”
The surprising “thief” symbol comes from the words of Jesus:
2 Peter 3:10 (NIV) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 (NIV) for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
Matthew 24:43-44 (NIV) “But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Luke 12:39-40 (NIV) “But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Revelation 3:3 (NIV) “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”
Few lines later in the text Hilary says:
Impleta est prophetia, dicens:
Erit tempus, quando sanam doctrinam non sustinebunt, sed ad sua desideria coacervabunt sibi magistros scalpentes aures: et a veritate quidem auditum avertent, ad fabulas autem convertentur (II Tim. IV, 3);
sed exspectetur promissio protestantis, Beati estis, cum vos maledicent, et persequentur, et dicent omne malum adversum vos propter justitiam. Gaudete et exsultate, quoniam merces vestra copiosa est in coelo. Sic enim persecuti sunt et prophetas qui erant ante vos (Matth. V, 11, 12).
Fulfilled is the prophecy that said:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Finally, a few pages further in the text Hilary says:
At nunc pugnamus contra persecutorem fallentem, contra hostem blandientem, contra Constantium antichristum: qui non dorsa caedit, sed ventrem palpat; non proscribit ad vitam, sed ditat in mortem;
And now we fight against false accusers, against sweet-talking enemies, against Constantine the antichrist who scratches the belly instead of scourging the back, who doesn’t prescribe [laws] for life, but enriches in death.
As so many times with the religious people, they don’t say things in a clear and straight-forward way. Hence, there is no line in which St. Hilary directly says “end of the world is coming”, but when one reads the above lines, it becomes clear what his message is.
For a full six-page list of the “end of the world” dates, this seems the most detailed place:
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