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?
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.
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.
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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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.
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On September 23, nothing happened.
A quick revision of the writings, a few tweaked sums and a new date was settled on.
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.
APOCALYPSE: Conspiracy theorists predict Nibiru to trigger the end of the world
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.
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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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.
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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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?