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.
Most scientists tell us that yes, the world will end eventuallyyears from now when the sun burns itself out or the universe is torn apart by its continual expansion. And it is quite likely that humans will be long extinct by then, having made our planet uninhabitable through our own folly. But as long as we are still here, I suppose there will continue to be predictions of total destruction and people will prepare themselves for the imminent end of time.
This article was originally published in April 2013, and has been updated for the
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