- "Viking apocalypse: End of the world predicted to happen on Saturday (but don't cancel your weekend plans yet)"
Heather Saul, The Independent (UK) (February 19, 2014)
- "Mayan Apocalypse Transition: Book a Galactic Cruise; or Take the Cosmic Bike Tour"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (February 3, 2012)
- "Planet X, NASA, and the Lizard People From Outer Space"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (January 2, 2012)
- "Zombie Apocalypse: CDC's Tongue-in-Cheek Disaster Preparedness Advice Post"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (May 19, 2011)
- "The Neutrinos are Coming! 2012 and Hollywood Science"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (November 16, 2009)
Two aspects of this plan have so far thwarted my ambition. First, someone might take me seriously, and a really don't need that kind of trouble. Second, the robot revolt has been done: including an insightful analysis by XKCD:
(From XKCD, used w/o permission.)
Tales about giant fire-breathing lizards and mutant ants can be fun. Real doomsday predictions: not so much.
Prophecies of doom, and their anticlimactic aftermath, is nothing new: and not limited to Christians. Wikipedia has a list of anticipated apocalypses: from 634 BC, when Rome didn't fall; to 2013 August 23, 2013, when Grigori Rasputin said fire would consume all life on land.
At least two 'prophecies' were accurate: in a very narrow, tragic, sense.
new Eden: socialist, of course.
Mr. Jones called his little group The People's Temple of the Disciples of Christ, but I don't think the People's Temple can reasonably be called a Christian church. Mr. Jones apparently called Christianity a "fly-away religion" that oppressed women and enslaved "people of color." Back in the '60s that notion may have seemed novel, and that's another topic.
1967 brought "Captain_Scarlet_and_the_Mysterons" and "All You Need is Love, but no apocalypse: nuclear or otherwise.
The mass murder-suicide in Guyana started November 17, 1978, when Congressman Leo Ryan; news media workers Don Harris, Bob Brown, Greg Robinson; and escaping Temple follower Patricia Parks were killed at an airstrip. On the evening of November 18, 1978, Jim Jones and his followers drank poisoned Flavor Aid. The final body count was 918: 642 adults and 276 children.
Marshall Applewhite and 38 of his Heaven's Gate followers spent their last days in a San Diego-area gated community. On March 24, 25, and 26, 1997, they methodically killed themselves.
By now, I suppose someone has blamed Christianity, Congress, flavored beverages, gated communities, vodka, or Star Trek for these deaths. I'm inclined to see them as somewhat extreme examples of human folly.
This creation's closing ceremony could start any time, but my guess is that it's not imminent. We've been on standby alert for about two millennia, and that's another topic. (Matthew 25:13)
When the Second Person of the Trinity was here, my Lord said:
"21 But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, 22 but the Father alone.' ..."Pretty much the same thing is in Mark 13:32. I'm willing to leave the decision to God, and concentrate on my part of the job outlined in Matthew 28:19-20. Not everyone feels that way.
I could try slicing and dicing Bible verses and history trivia to get a nifty new Apocalypse prediction — but I really do not need that kind of trouble. My particular judgment is coming within the next few decades, and that's another topic. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1021-1022, 1051)