A 2010 Pew research center survey revealed that 50 percent of American protestants believe the return of Christ would occur within the next 40 years. Even though the Bible says we do not know the day or hour of Christ's return (Matthew 24:36), people have for centuries been tempted to make such predictions anyway.




2800 BC Assyrian clay tablet reads, "Our earth is degenerate in these letter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end."

1981 Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel, predicts the world would end this year.

AD 1000 Pope Sylvester II predicts the world will end on January 1, 1000.

1982 Pat Robertson predicts the world would end in October or November.

1033 Widespread belief that the 1,0000th anniversary of Christ's death would mark His return.

1994 Harold Camping claims the rapture would come in September or October.

1284 Pope Innocent III predicts the world would end 666 years after the rise of Islam.

1999 A prediction attributed to Nostradamus states the "king of terror" would come

1658 Columbus claims the world was created in 5343 BC and would last 7,000 years.

2000 Many believe that the Y2K computer bug would cause major catastrophes leading to the end of the world as we know it.

1884 Baptist Preacher William Miller predicts the return of Jesus sometime on October 2

2007 Pat Robertson again predicts the destruction of the earth. This time on April 27.

1914 Charles Taze Russell predicts the great day of the Lord would occur in October.

2011 Harold Camping again claims the rapture would occur on May 21 and that the end of the world would occur on October 21.

1936 Herbert W. Armstrong predicts the rapture would take place this year.

2012 Some claim a Mayan calendar predicts the end of the ages on December 21.

1962 Jeane Dixon predicts a planetary alignment would bring destruction to the world.

2014/2015 John Hagee and Mark Blitz claim that four "blood moons" point to the second coming of Christ.

1967 Cult leader Jim Jones claims that nuclear holocaust would take place this year.