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Prophecies of TEOTWAWKI:
("The End Of The World.
As We Know It"
) also called

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The purpose of this section of the web site:

Over the past two millennia, there have probably been thousands of predictions made which anticipate a horrendous future world-shaking extinction event. Many are based on an the interpretation of religious scriptures. They typically describe an event to occur at a specific date in the future, that would completely change the world. In some of the more shocking predictions, most or all human life is expected to be wiped out -- perhaps all life on Earth would be snuffed out.

All predictions, so far, have failed miserably. We expect more predictions, and more failures, to continue for the foreseeable future.

Some such prophecies capture the imagination of a significant portion of the public. Many people trust the prophecies and suffer high anxiety, as the appointed day approaches. Reacting to some recent predictions, a few people have committed suicide in order to have control over their death and to prevent having to go through what they perceived as an inevitable and horrible "end-time" experience that would cause everyone's death.

It is our hope that this series of essays will generate some skepticism and doubt among the public, and thereby lower the amount of suffering experienced, and perhaps even save a life.

There is one inevitable event in our future that will end all life on Earth. Our sun will become a "red giant" and increase in size until the sun exceeds the orbits of Merdury, Venus, and perhaps even Earth. The result will be that all life on Earth will end. Fortunately, this will not happen for at least another 4 billion years.

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Quotations about end time prophecies, with comments:

bullet "The prophecies are ... unintelligible to the ungodly but intelligible to those who are properly instructed." Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662 CE) 2

bullet "About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition."


An inscription on an Assyrian tablet, allegedly written circa 2800 BCE:

"The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching."

However I recall reading that an almost identical message was said to have appeared as graffiti on a wall in Pompeii which was buried under ash during an eruption of the Vesuvius volcano in 79 CE.


"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but [only] the Father."

This is a statement in the Gospel of Mark 13:32, in the King James Version of the Boble. It is attributed to Yeshua of Nazareth (a.k.a. Jesus Christ), 3 Note that the passage specifically states that -- on about the year 70 CE when the Gospel of Mark was written -- nobody knew the hour and day back . Yet, many biblical interpreters believe that it implies that God the Father, alone, knows the date of "the end" today as well. Others speculate that -- at some time between 70 CE and today -- all three persons in the Trinity, the angels and some humans leaned of the time of the end . Also, just because people don't know the day and hour, the statement does not preclude others knowing the week, month, and/or year. So, the statement can be -- and has been -- interpreted in many different ways.


Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727 CE) 1 predicted that the end of the world will occur about the year 2060 CE.

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Polling data:

According to Wikipedia, as updated on 2019-JAN-09:

"Polls conducted in 2012 across 20 countries found over 14% of people believe the world will end in their lifetime, with percentages ranging from 6% of people in France to 22% in the US and Turkey.

Belief in the apocalypse is most prevalent in people with lower rates of education, lower household incomes, and those under the age of 35.

In the UK in 2015, 23% of the general public believed the apocalypse was likely to occur in their lifetime, compared to 10% of experts from the Global Challenges Foundation. The general public believed the likeliest cause would be nuclear war, while experts thought it would be the adverse effects of artificial intelligence (AI). Only 3% of Britons thought the end would be caused by the Last Judgment, compared to 16% of Americans. Between one and three percent of people from both countries thought the apocalypse would be caused by zombies or the result of an alien invasion."

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the end Millennium and TEOTWAWKI  topics covered in this section:

Introduction to TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)

bullet During the year 2000 millennium (now passed uneventfully):
bullet All about the new millennium:
bullet When did it start?
bullet What was expected during the year?  
bullet What did the public expect at or near the millennium?

bullet About TEOTWAWKI:
bullet Overview

bullet TEOTWAWKI by natural means:
bullet Past and possible future catastrophes due to the collision of the Earth and an asteroid
bullet Some signs of an end-time panic:
bullet Hopeful, not-so-hopeful, and interesting signs

Recent prophecies of TEOTWAWKI that were predicted to happen:


Prophecies during this decade that didn't happen as predicted:

bullet A prediction that the Earth may last 5 billion more years, but the universe itself will last much longer

bullet End of the world as we know it, and religion:

bullet Premillennialism and other competing Christian theories about the end of the world or end of the age.


rapture The Rapture, a miraculous event when many evangelical Christians believe they will rise to meet Jesus in the sky.

bullet Information sources about the Millennium and TEOTWAWKI:

bullet Novels, other books and web sites

Related essays on this web site:

bullet The Y2K problems: computer and social: 5

bullet FBI's "Project Megiddo" warning of violence in the year 2000 that didn't happen.

bullet CSIS (Canadian security agency) warning of violence in 2000 that didn't happen.
bullet Public opinion polls on religion.

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A charming, skeptical, and imaginative web site dealing with "The End:"

Loren Madsen has created a web site at dealing with TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it). You enter a year to begin the prophecies. It is well worth visiting; a lot of fun.

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Video: 25 Frightening Signs The END OF THE WORLD is Near:


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References used:

  1. Quotation found on the web site of the "Ancient of Days UFO Conference" in Roswell, NM for 2003-JUL-4. We are uncertain of its validity. Original source is unknown.
  2. Quotation found on the "Blessed Hope Ministries" web site at: Original source is unknown.
  3. Serendipity, "New Age Truth," at: Well worth reading!
  4. imate of book cover Richard J. Hooper, "End of Days: Predictions of the End from Ancient Sources," Sanctuary Publishing, (2011), Page 20. Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store.
  5. S.J. Gould, "Questioning the Millennium: A Rationalist's Guide to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown.", Harmony Books, (1997) You can read a review and perhaps buy this book from online bookstore
  6. "Teenager who feared the world was about to end," Bath Chronicles, 2012-MAY-18, at
  7. Billy Hallowell, "This Has the Vast Majority of Evangelicals Convinced That the Biblical ‘End Times Are Nearer’," The Blaze, 2015-DEC-07, at:
  8. List25, "25 Frightening Signs The END OF THE WORLD is Near," You Tube, at: (376,638 views and 2,514 Comments by 2018-AUG-19

Copyright © 1996 to 2020 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally published 1996-MAR-03
Last update: 2020-JAN-04

Author:  B.A. Robinson

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