Christian Confusion On End-Times Nonsense
Christianity has never been immune from error in apocalyptic teachings that have continually led Christians astray. These errors of understanding have continually made a fool of Christian expectations, especially in this century.
These errors have become so rooted into much Christian thinking on the End Time as to constitute an effective delusion in the church that undermines the credibility of real biblical Christianity before the world!
Like it or not, the Second coming was a failed first century prophecy and just wont happen. With the events of September 11 the craze is on again. Will they continue to turn Jesus into a joke?
Note: There is some confusion of events starting around 1800. The Western World was deluged with pseudo-science, Eastern religion, prophecy, faith healing, speaking in tongues, and all kinds of other occult nonsense became a craze. The most lasting effects was the creation of scores of new cults, pseudo-Christian cults, New Age cults, and all types of apocalypse nonsense which had invaded many older Protestant denominations. Most of what makes up the religious right and New Age religion today (including Satanism cults) originated in the 19th century.
Below are more places to look into this. All of these kooks from 1800-1900 copied and stole from each other; you the reader can sort it out.
A Chronology of Confusion
220 more examples of prophecy.
Archbishop Ussher of Armagh fixes the date of Creation as 4004
BC (26th October at 9 AM), and the End as 1997 AD (6000 AM of the Great
Week) when the Millennium begins. He claimed to know when the earth was created (4004 BC) and is still quoted by fundamentalists today.
||Ann Lee (tongues-speaking Quaker) founds the United Society
of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing (Shakers) as the Millennial church
in America (promoting celibacy). She declares herself to be the reincarnation
of Christ and female aspect of God's dual nature. The Shakers win the admiration
of many for their inventiveness (the circular saw, screw propeller, rotary
harrow, etc.), model farms and their orderly prosperous communities.
||The Millennium does not arrive. New prophecy nuts come out in droves.
Prophetess Joanna Southcott in England begins 'sealing' the
'144 000' elect for the End. Her thousands of followers include some Anglican
Britain's Rev Edward Irving predicts that Christ will return
in 1864 (the Irvingites are the origin of the Catholic Apostolic
Church, and today's New Apostolic Church. The Old Apostolic Church is a
South African break-away from this group).
Edward Irving begins his "school of the prophets" focusing on
end time issues.
Edward Irving, Henry Drummond, and John
Nelson Darby develop the 'pre-Tribulation
Rapture' theory of Christ's Return. Darby (Plymouth Brethren) promotes
the idea as part of a dispensational division of history. Through the Bible
notes of a lawyer, C.I. Scofield,
the Irving-Drummond-Darby 'pre-Tribulation Rapture' theory spreads among
Christians to become the dominant End Time view in Christian circles in
the 20th century.
Latter Day Saints (Mormonism) founder, Joseph Smith of America,
"I was once praying very earnestly to know the time of the coming
of the Son of Man, when I heard a voice repeat the following: Joseph, my
son, if thou livest until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see
the face of the Son of Man; therefore let this suffice, and trouble me
no more on this matter." (Doctrine & Covenants 130:14-15).
Joseph Smith declared: "I prophesy in the name of the Lord God,
and let it be written--the Son of Man will not come in the clouds of heaven
till I am eighty-five years old." (History of the Church, Vol.5, pp.336-37).
Joseph Smith dies without seeing the Lord's Return or his 85th
March 21st : William Miller, encouraged
by some clergy, calculates this date as Christ's Return. It fails and is
recalculated as -
October 22nd: The Return of Christ
predicted by Miller's Adventists (numbering about 100 000) fails again.
The 'Seventh-day' Adventist movement, helped by Mrs Ellen G
White as prophetess, develops the doctrine of the 'mark of the Beast' as
Sunday-worship by a papal Antichrist in explanation of Christ's so-called
Rev. Edward Irving's predicted Return of Christ fails. (See
||In France, General Boulanger is denounced by an un-named
prophet from England as the Antichrist, claiming that his name in Greek
has the numeric value of 666, and pedicts that Christ will return at 3
PM on March 5 that year.
Rev. Michael Baxter, editor of the Christian Herald, announces
in his book The End of This Age about the End of This Century that
1896 would witness the Rapture of 144 000 devout Christians, and
that the world would end in 1901.
Baxter's Rapture does not happen. (See 1889).
||Baxter's Millennium does not come. (See 1889).
Jehovah's Witnesses' predicted return of Christ fails, but they
now change their teaching to an invisible Coming known only to true believers.
|May 13th: Three
small children claim to have seen the Virgin Mary standing in an oak tree.
On the 13th of each subsequent month until October crowds gather to see
the vision but only the children claim to see her. They also claim that
three prophecies are given, two revealed and a third kept secret in the
Vatican. (See May 13, 2000).
||April 22nd: hundreds of 'Davidians'
(a break-away Seventh-day Adventist sect) at their 77 acre compound at
Waco, Texas, await the Return of Christ, watched by a large crowd and the
media. The expectation is broadcast across the United States - and fails.
(See 1993, February 28th).
|July: self-styled prophet, William
Branham, declares in response to California earthquake: "The Scripture
reader or even a--a believer knows that we are now at the end of the history
of the world. There will be no use of writing it, because there won't be
anybody to read it. It's at the end of the time. ..."
This idiot is still at it!
Hal Lindsey publishes in his best-selling book 'Late Great Planet
Earth' that there will be only one generation between Israel's new statehood
and the End Time. Although he does not state the date he provides many
of the arguments upon which the date 1988 is based.
David Wilkerson claims a supernatural vision of imminent world-wide
disaster of unprecedented proportions, economic collapse, famine, earthquakes,
etc., in 'this generation', leading to Christ's sudden evacuation
of Christians and the rise of Antichrist. 'More than one-third of the
United States will be designated a disaster area within the next few
Roman Catholic Sister Agnes Katsuko at Akito, Japan, receives
a message from the Virgin Mary, saying 'Father God will inflict a punishment
greater than the Deluge ... Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out
a great part of humanity, sparing neither priests nor the faithful. The
survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.'
In anticipation of the year 2000. (TW Petrisko, Call of the Ages,
Queenship, 1995, p.xxi)
||November 18th: 'Disciple's of Christ'
church, 'Peoples Temple', Jonestown, Guyana, conducts a mass suicide of
its 900 members (one third were under 18 years and so some probably murdered)
because of a Federal investigation (they practised suicide procedures several
times over the years as a sign of loyalty to the church). Pastor Jim Jones
had warned his followers that a disastrous period of fascism, race war,
and nuclear holocaust was coming. In the year of the suicide 'Peoples Temple'
was the highest contributing church to their denomination.
||Edgar Whisenant (former NASA engineer) publishes his book, 88
Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988.
Hal Lindsey (of 'The Late Great Planet Earth') writes concerning
the so-called 'Jupiter Effect' - 'what we can expect in 1982
is the largest outbreak of killer quakes ever seen in the history of planet
earth along with radical changes in climate'.
Hal Lindsey's 'Jupiter Effect' prediction fails. Should have seen Pat Robertson quoting this nut on TV!
||Charles Taylor, American prophecy teacher, advertises a Holy
Land tour with the incentive that by staying in a hotel on the Mount of
Olives, 'if this is the year of our Lord's return, as we anticipate,
you may even ascend to Glory from within a few feet of His ascension.'
September 11/12 is expected as
the date of the Rapture by Trinity Broadcasting Network, who cancel their
regular programs and run videotapes instructing non-believers what to do
if their families suddenly shoot up into the sky.
September 29/30 is published by
Hart Armstrong (chairman of 'Christian Communications') as a Rapture Alert
date in his publications.
October: Return of Christ as predicted
by many Christian evangelicals fails (40 years (a 'generation')
+ 1948 (Israel's statehood) = 1988).
Christian evangelist George Curle predicts God's judgement on
Antichrist in 1999, the Tribulation in 2002, and Christ's Return and the
millennium of Israel in 2005: 'the third Exodus for Israel and
believing Gentiles will be accomplished in 2005 AD'.
||Cape Town's Rev. J.S. Malan predicts the beginning of the great
Tribulation 'op die laaste' by September 1995 and Christ's Return
||The Tami Church based in Seoul, South Korea, under pastor Lee
Jang Rim, distributes the visions and prophecies of it's world-wide membership
indicating the Rapture will happen 28th October 1992. (the Millennium will
begin 7 years later in 2000 AD).
October 28th: 20 000 members of
the 'Mission for the Coming Days' (Tami Church), spend the afternoon waiting
for the Rapture, resulting in great public humiliation to Christians and
the amusement of the world.
||February 28th: Four American Federal
Agents investigating illegal weapons are killed, 16 wounded, by 'Davidians'
at Waco, Texas, thus initiating a siege of the premises (see 1959). The
Davidians believe they are living in the days of the book of Revelation.
March 11th: President Clinton
is appealed to jointly by Revd's Dunn (Baptist Joint Committee) and Kelley
(National Council of Churches) to urgently demilitarized the Waco siege,
as the 'Davidian' apocalyptic mentality would see it as 'validation
of their fondest prophecies ... Whether it explodes or implodes, the result
will be tragic for all'.
April 19th: 6.00 AM Tear gassing
of the Waco compound begins. Davidians fire at Federal Agents.
12.05 PM The Waco Davidian compound
bursts into flame accompanied by explosions and gunfire. 74 Davidians are
found dead, including 21 children (10 under five years old).
||Roman Catholic newspaper 'Queen of Peace' (Pittsburgh Centre
for Peace, Spring, 1995) announces concerning the nearing third millennium,
'The time has arrived' ... the long awaited 'Era of Peace' predicted
at Fatima in 1917 is said to be about to occur. ... The Virgin's words
indicate the face of the earth will be transformed. Like the ancient cities
of Sodom or Gomorrah, some nations will even vanish. Others, like Russia,
are promised to blossom with new splendour. Peace will rule and the Church
will reign, Evil will be paralysed, and like an old well, it will dry up
and almost vanish from the face of the earth.'
September: Rev. Malan's predicted
start of the Tribulation and world rule of Anti-Christ fails (see 1991).
||Marilyn J. Agee, with much Christian support, publishes her
so-called Bible-based predictions, as:
2008 April 6: the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His saints,
first day of Jewish Regnal Year (Nisan 1, 5768).
||'most likely May'
||Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Bride of Christ
||The end of this Age (Elul 29, 5767)
||The 2300th day of the Shortened Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture of Tribulation
||All Israel born-again in a day (who will live on into the Millennium)
(Tishri 1, 5768).
2008 May 30: Armageddon lasts 40 days and 40 nights, ends Friday (Iyar
2008 May 31: true world peace, the Millennium, begins (Iyar 26,
November 6: Archbishop Ussher's
prediction fails (see 1654).
But, Dr James McKeever (editor of the End Times News Digest) declares
that the 6000 years of the Great Week could end 'sometime between now
and the year 2030'.
||May: Marilyn Agee's prediction
of the Rapture of Christians fails!
August 16: Samuel
Doctorian announces to Christians at a
Prayer Retreat on Patmos an encounter he had with the "five angels of
the five continents" in his room on the island at 3:50 AM on Saturday
June 20 1998 who revealed to him a program of world destruction starting
immediately, during which the Christian church will be preserved.
Financial crisis, nuclear holocaust, earthquakes over Asia killing
Australia will split and "a great part will go under
the ocean". Nuclear weapons used in general war throughout the whole
East (which he describes as a continent) causes huge loss of life.
In Europe earthquakes and flooding, "millions drown", Eiffel
tower collapses, a "great part of Germany destroyed", etc. In Africa,
from Cape to Cairo, earthquakes to change river flow and drown many. "There
shall be a trembling of the earth like has not been seen since the creation.
None shall escape the sword of the Lord". Millions die. "The
final day has come. Judgement day is here." In the Americas
millions die, the Atlantic and the Pacific join together, "the Amazon
river turning into a great sea". "The angel said, 'It is our message.
You are the instrument, the channel. What a privilege that God has chosen
you to give this message to the nations.' I said, 'Lord, Thy will be
What a pity that this ultimate message was entrusted
to someone with such limited communication skills, so that it was only
announced 57 days later (more than eight weeks!). It could have helped
many Christian pensioners to avoid loosing their life savings in the slide
of many stock markets following the East Asian financial crisis of this
September 20: Robert Blake 'This
could see the start of the Final War, Armageddon, followed by the establishment
of the Millennium in the year 2000.'
||January 4th, The Interior Ministry
of Israel orders the deportation of 11 members of an apocalyptic Christian
cult under suspicion that they were planning to commit violent acts
in Jerusalem at the close of 1999, Israel Radio, 'Kol Yisrael',
reports. Three additional cult members will remain in Israel for
questioning. The 'Jerusalem Post' reports that the Denver-based apocalyptic
cult intended to provoke a shoot-out by opening fire on policemen, an act
they believed would hasten the second coming of
JESUS. A police statement said that "The arrests were carried
out to protect certain sectors of the Israeli population
and members of the cult themselves, who blindly follow" a leader who
is now overseas. According to Israeli authorities, the leader, identified
as Monte Kim Miller, has claimed that he is one of the final 'two
witnesses' prophesied in the New Testament in Chapter 11 of the Book of
Revelation, and is said to have told his followers that he would die in
Jerusalem in December 1999 and be resurrected three days later.
note on Nostradamus (Michel de Notredame)
Recent publications of Nostradamus' 'prophecies' as applied to whatever
is the current public concern are largely inventions of the various
commentators/publishers and bear little relation to his 1555 and 1558 Centuries.
title 'Centuries' merely refers to the grouping of his rhyming quatrains
and has no reference to time).
||Evangelist Curle's predictions begin to fail. (see 1988).
July 7: Eileen Lakes - The
pole-shift in July 1999 will immerse the world in the Water Baptism.(?)
At 7 am GMT, according to Eileen, the world will turn 90 degrees to the
right 'very instantly'. Perhaps her own surname inspired her.
August 24: Adrian Gilbert's astrological
calculation of the End fails.
September 27: H.J. Hoekstra - The
date of the Rapture! - Really?
'Rosh Hashanah' - Jack
Van Impe's date "...when this generation that lives to see 'all these
things' comes to a glorious conclusion." Van Impe then, in an attempt to
avoid justified criticism, says "We're not setting dates" (although it
has the same effect), "but one has to admit - it's interesting!" (Playing
with words, Dr Jack, does not excuse misleading God's people). (See 2001).
|April, Friday 17, Uganda: Leaders
of a dissident Catholic apocalyptic sect ('Restoration of the Ten Commandments
of God') burn 470 followers to death. The subsequent investigation exposes
several mass murders by the sect's priests, bring the total victims to
above 900, and indicating that financial gain by the priests may have been
predicted apocalyptic disasters arising from a so-called "alignment" of
the planets does not happen.
Saturday 13, Rome:
The Papacy announces the content of the third and secret 'prophecy' of
Fatima, being one of danger to the pope amidst a field of corpses. (see
||September 6: Daniel Adam
Millar - The peace accord between Israel and Palestine on September
13, 1993 marked the beginning of the seven-year tribulation. On September
6, 2000, the Antichrist will proclaim himself God, and begin the battle
of Armageddon. (This Tribulation really needs to be renamed!).
The House of Yahweh - The last seven years of human history began on
September 13, 1993. Presumably, the final war will then begin sometime
about September 13, 2000. (ditto).
widely predicted Return of Christ fails (Sir Isaac Newton,
|Jack Van Impe - This year will see the start of the Great Tribulation.
Political chaos, natural disasters, nuclear war and the world-wide rise
of Islam will usher in mankind's final hour. (Apart from nuclear war, what's
new?). This is about as accurate as his Rosh Hashanah 1999 speculation!
||Rev. Malan's predicted Return of Christ is to fail. (see 1991).
||Another predicted Return of Christ is to fail. (Based on the
40 years, a supposed 'generation', after the 'Six Day War' of 1967 which
brought the ancient Temple site under Israeli political control).
|An asteroid larger than Jupiter will strike the earth. (If its
an "asteroid" its in our solar system. If its as large as Jupiter how-come
its invisible?). And so on ...
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