The end is nigh!
Or so has been the claim for many years. And despite a success rate of zero, people continue to make passionate end of the world predictions, looking for the Apocalypse in just about every major turn of events from Y2K to Weapons of Mass Destruction to the ending of the Mayan Calendar. In fact, according to a survey taken in 2001 by the Barna Research Group, forty percent of Americans at that point believed that supernatural intervention would lead to the eventual end of the world.
The first recorded end of the world prediction came in 634 BCE. Over subsequent years, there have been many, many more. What follows is just a sampling.
- In 365 CE, a man named Hilary of Poitiers announced that the world would end that year. On April 6th, 793, a Spanish monk called Beatus of Liebaba announced to a crowd that the world would be ending that day. Oops. Historians Sextus Julius Africanus, and Gregory of Tours made a number of predictions, recalculating after each ...