Apocalypse not now: 5 times ‘prophets’ wrongly predicted we would die in 2017


Apocalypse not now: 5 times ‘prophets’ wrongly predicted we would die in 2017

SINCE the beginning of recorded history, man has been trying to predict when the world will end.

By
Charlotte Ikonen

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With the earth heating up and nuclear tensions a hot topic on everyone’s lips in 2017, Doomsday may be closer than ever before.

But is the complete destruction of mankind a realistic possibility in the foreseeable future?

Probably not.

Just like all of those before, anyone that attempts to predict a rapture in the future will likely be forced to accept defeat.

Despite the near misses, the end of time remains a hot topic.

We have put together a list of five of the apocalypses we survived in 2017.


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SURVIVAL: We have survived no less than FIVE apocalypses this year

So here’s a look at the 2017 that could have been…

January 1, 2017: Beginning of the end

The year got off to a good start when this terrifying prediction turned out to be wrong.

Secret death cult The Sword of God Brotherhood said the world would end on January 1, 2017.

According to the cult, the archangel Gabriel came to them and told them everyone except them was destined to go to “hellfire” as soon as the clocks ticked over to the new year.

The people who predicted the APOCALYPSE

 

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1997 Mar 26: HeavenÕs Gate Cult. Cult members committed suicide believing they' be escaping the end of the world
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1997 Mar 26: HeavenÕs Gate Cult. Cult members committed suicide believing they’ be escaping the end of the world


They are reportedly part of an off-shoot of the white supremacist group The Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, which was started in 1971 in the US state of Michigan.

The group became known for stockpiling weapons in preparation for going it alone and surviving in a post-apocalypse world.

But the Covenant was thought to have disbanded following a raid on its compound by US authorities in 1985.

However, their chilling armageddon prediction has refused to go away, with conspiracists still convinced the end is nigh.

Luckily though, somewhere, someone was wrong.




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THE END: A mysterious and secretive sect predicted the end is January 1

Is this the END of days?

 

We live in turbulent times. Trump has the keys to nuclear weapons, and could end work to prevent climate change. Putin is looming in the East, the far-right are on the rise in Europe and Kim Jong-un is developing nuclear weapons of his own. Is this the END of days?
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Before his inauguration, Donald Trump asked a security expert three times during a briefing, why the US couldn't use nuclear weapons after he becomes president.
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Before his inauguration, Donald Trump asked a security expert three times during a briefing, why the US couldn’t use nuclear weapons after he becomes president.



“We survived!”

Nibiru believer

Nibiru: Again and again

The idea of mythical planet Nibiru – or Planet X – has been around for decades.

Supposedly sourced from ancient Sumerian writings, author David Meade has backed the idea with biblical interpretations, numerology and astrology.

He’s since come up with a few dates.

The first was September 23. There was a ‘rare’ alignment of the Sun and Moon with the constellation of Virgo. There were nine stars and three plants clustered about the constellation’s head — like a ‘crown’.

Meade was doubly convinced this was it. September 23 was also 33 days after a total solar eclipse crossed the United States (exactly why the US is significant in biblical terms is apparently taken for granted).

And 33 was important as it is the speculated age of Jesus at his death.

With further convoluted interpretation and numerological gymnastics, Meade came to the conclusion Planet Nibiru would be passing

close to the Earth — sparking a series of cataclysms that represented seven years of Tribulation leading to the return of Christ.

But not a single astronomer had seen any hint of such a planet as it supposedly crossed the orbits of Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars on its way towards Earth in recent decades.

Nibiru to hit earth THIS SATURDAY: could this be the end of days?

 

Nibiru the mythical planet – also known as Planet X – is said to strike once and for all this coming Saturday, with doomsayers claiming the massive planet will wipe out humanity by either smashing into Earth or making a catastrophic near-miss.
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Prophecy of the blood moon
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Claims that Nibiru will smash into Earth are to happen on the 21st of this month





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APOCALYPSE: Conspiracy theorists predicted Nibiru would trigger the end of the world

On September 23, nothing happened.

A quick revision of the writings, a few tweaked sums and a new date was settled on.

October 15.

Nothing happened.

Yet another urgent review came up with the ultimate interpretation of prophecy: November 19.

We’re still here.

The newest predictions suggest the alien planet could unleash chaos next year.




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APOCALYPSE: Conspiracy theorists predict Nibiru to trigger the end of the world

Halloween

Doomsayers were convinced Jesus Christ would return on Halloween and herald the end times.

The Second Coming of Christ is supposed to unleash the Rapture, where non-believers are cast into Hell and Christians taken up to Heaven.

And this year a Biblical researcher supposedly uncovered the date of Christ’s return.




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A video from YouTube channel End Time Prophecies stated: “All the evidence tells us that the end of the world, and the end of time will be on October 31.”

One reason Christians feared it would kick off what that October marked the 100 year anniversary of the appearance of “Our Lady of Fatima”.

One website said that October will mark the 100 year anniversary of “Our Lady of Fatima”.

Lucky for us though, this turned out to be false.

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Days in history when the Earth stood still
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Days in history when the Earth stood still


Pope

Another of the prophecies applying to the past year is actually quiet old.

This one doesn’t explicitly specify 2017, though it certainly falls within its scope.

The 12th Century Irish bishop Saint Malachy decreed only 112 popes would take up St Peter’s throne in the Vatican following the 1143AD election of Pope Celestine II.

Pope Francis is the 112th.




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TICKING TIMB BOMB: One prophecy claims we will only have 112 popes

So, according to Saint Malachy, the apocalypse has been just a heartbeat away since his election on March 13, 2013.

Not that 2017 is any more likely to have seen his death than 2016, or 2014. But Pope Francis isn’t exactly a spring chicken. He was 76 when elected. Now an octogenarian, his time is certainly winding down.

Watch this space.

Asteroids

We have survived a fair share of near-misses this year.

Asteroids hit Earth most days, however because they are so small they burn up in our planet’s atmosphere.

But some had space agency NASA worried.

Perhaps the most nail-biting encounter was 3200 Phaethon, which brushed past earth on December 17.




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SPACE FEARS: NASA continues to monitor dangerous asteroids

Top Facts About Asteroids

 

Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the Sun. The first asteroid was Ceres, discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801. There are currently over 600,000 known asteroids in our solar system. Most asteroids are found orbiting in the Asteroid Belt, a series of rings located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
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There are Millions of Asteroids in the solar system, usually found in the Asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, however those in that pass the Earth are called Near-Earth objects
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There are Millions of Asteroids in the solar system, usually found in the Asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, however those in that pass the Earth are called Near-Earth objects


Named after a foolhardy Greek god who nearly wiped out all life on our planet, the space rock was described as “potentially hazardous asteroid whose path misses earth’s orbit by only two million miles.”

Just up the road in space terms.

Luckily though, the passing came and went without incident.

It seems we’re obsessed with the end of the world. Zombies, massive meteors, or nuclear annihilation – who else is excited to see what 2018 brings?

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