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Predictions, Prophecies, and The End of The World

Updated on May 19, 2011

The end of the world has been forecasted for several centuries, from the old Hopi Indian tribe tales to 16th century Nostradamus, interpretations of the Bible, and even more current prophecies such as those of the modern day Dr. Doom (Nouriel Roubini), a web bot project based on science and the Internet, and the upcoming May 21st deadline. According to most of these prophets and predictions, the end of the world is inevitable, but the question is when.

Some predictions indicate the end of the world is upon us with extreme weather conditions, such as earthquakes and flooding. It's difficult to determine what can be translated into an actual sign though. For example, reported stories of massive numbers of wildlife dropping dead like flies in several parts of the world; Red-wing Blackbirds suddenly dropped dead from Arkansas skies shortly around midnight Jan 1, 2011, thousands of dead crabs washed ashore on England's beaches, and swarms of fish washing up on beaches around the world.

Although there is no explanation for the dead wildlife, the cases are scientifically unrelated. Cases like these happen almost every year, but since it's 2011 and there is an approaching doomsday deadline, these are the stories that are now creating dramatic headlines. In years past, we rarely heard of this happening, but it is actually a normal occurrence- proof the news gives us a distorted view of the world.

Nouriel Roubini
Nouriel Roubini

Possible Prophets

Many have heard of Nostradamus, a 16th century prophet, healer, psychic, author, and astrologist who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide, including a book published "The Prophecies", translated from the French version "Les Propheties".

Several of his prophecies have supposedly come true such as the death of Henry II of France, the London Fire in 1666 (he predicted the year too), the French Revolution, Hitler's reign, and John F. Kennedy's assassination. An example of his predictions and their translations are as follows: "From the deepest part of Western Europe
A young child will be born to poor people
Who will by his speech seduce a great multitude,
His reputation will increase in the Kingdom of the East."
(this described and predicted Hitler's reign)

I find the prophesies of of Nostradamus intriguing, but I am a constant skeptic. Perhaps Nouriel Roubini (Dr. Doom and possible prophet), a NYU Professor who makes predictions about the future, has a little more to convince me. In September 2006, The Economics professor warned, "the United States was likely to face a once-in-a-lifetime housing bust, an oil shock, sharply declining consumer confidence, and, ultimately, a deep recession". What seemed to be inconsequential predictions actually matched the reality of our current economic atmosphere beginning in 2008.

Roubini claims he can predict events in the future with mathematical equations and "reading" simple human behavior. Many of his forecasts have concentrated on the financial demise of the U.S, and has led him to be an integral part of world political economy, meeting with Chinese officials and working with the Obama administration as well. He seems to be a financial genius with a very pessimistic nature, as described by those who've met him, which makes me realize the pessimistic nature of all prophets and predictions.

May 21, 2011

Big contradictions here, but just to be safe, don't agree to adorn a purple robe and drink the punch. I've been reading my facebook home page and have found numerous people buzzing about the end of the world coming Saturday, May 21, 2011. So how did this vicious rumor begin? People talking about it, of course. It all began with some pamphlets handed out in crowded locations. Don't we all remember the power of a good rumor in high school? I got two words for you: wild fire.

The theory is based on numerological proofs. One of the proofs is in Genesis 7:4, when God said to Noah: "Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living". Supposedly God also meant 7,000 years from the flood that occurred in 4990 B.C. which is May 21, 2011. The other proof involves Christ's crucifixion and more numbers involving "7".

My problem with this theory is the Bible also states, no one will no when the end of the world will be. So why are these special "Christian" and religious groups so privy to this information? Their numbers may add up, but their logic and knowledge of the Bible does not. I'm no prophet, but I don't think anyone has anything to worry about this coming Saturday but party hard in Friday if it makes you feel better.

Technological Prophet

The Web Bot is an Internet software program that claims to predict future events by tracking keywords from Internet chatter; blogs, forums, discussions, news, etc. It was created in 1997 by Clif High and George Ure, who keep the algorithms secret, but sell the predictions via their website

It's past predictions included the 9/11 attacks, picking up words like fire, destruction, war, and enemy, prior to the event. It's algorithms are based on the notion that words precede actions; people talk about what they will do before they do it. This makes sense to me because terrorists do communicate via the Internet and any extra words indicating the attack would be picked up by the Web Bot since it crawls the Internet worldwide. What's interesting is the Web Bot indicates little to no data to be found end of 2012- 2013, suggesting massive technological failure at the very least. I would understand if it came up with end of the world type words because there will be more chatter about that since next year is the infamous 2012. Is this beginning to sound like the other end of the world year, 2000?

Predictions of humans in Wall-E movie
Predictions of humans in Wall-E movie

Doomsday, Destruction, and Demise

Why are prophets and predictions so pessimistic? Psychology tells us, with numerous studies, that in general human behavior is predictable. It isn't that we're all negative, but because our bad habits die hard, our need for instant gratification leads to destructive lifestyles and society, and we rarely concern ourselves with the consequences.

Are humans capable of "ruining" the world? I strongly believe so, but I don't claim to be a prophet. The recession has taught little to many folks because we have a high unemployment rate and spending excessively is still happening all around us. I don't think we're learning any lessons. I look at human behavior with the knowledge that we live life excessively with bad habits like overspending and overeating.

If anything, there is nothing positive happening within most people- no spiritual renewal or awakening (less religion, more politics), more arguing less action, less creativity more conformity, and less time for ourselves and people both casual acquaintances and those we love. With this knowledge, I can easily predict a certain demise, but I'd rather see it go in the direction of a renewal, getting back to basics. Who's with me on that one? If you've ever seen the kids' Disney movie 'Wall-E', the writers on that movie described an excessive lifestyle which ruins our planet and humans become obese over-consumers.

Mayan Calendar
Mayan Calendar
Seattle under water
Seattle under water

The End Of the World

While the signs of various sources seem to have a lot in common with each other, there is no commonality in the speculated year of the world's end. The end of the world according to Nostradamus is 3797, the Qur'an predicts 2280, and the end of the Mayan Calendar is December 2012 (indicating an end of the world as well). Many current groups and sources are conspiring and creating a buzz about the end of the world in 2012, but that year is derived from only one source. You'll find they try to correlate it with other sources, but nothing matches.

I do see coincidences in how the end of the world will unfold: earth shakes, fires, land masses under water, mountains crumbling. Some of this could ultimately come true and it doesn't take a geologist or prophet to realize or predict this. However, if we were one day visited by aliens or found viable life on another planet, does that mean conspiracy theorists and science fiction authors are prophets? I can use my imagination, possibly even calculate, end of world signs too, but I'd rather enjoy life now. We're all going to die....eventually and perfectly said in one of my favorite quotes, "We all have a terminal illness, it's called birth".


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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 years ago from Washington DC

      Laura, you asked "Why are prophets and predictions so pessimistic" although I don't call them "pessimistic" but the law for this half of the world. The following is my answer with detail unmanly of my hubs.

      The world has four different times like a day along the equator that has about 11 hours of evening (time preceding...), about 1 hour of transitioning into about 11 hours of morning (...time of light) with another 1 hour transitioning back into evening. Civilization has (Rev. 21) an evening civilization that ends (Gen. 1:1-8) with an all at once rapture taking up the first 2 days of the 7 (thousand year) days before this civilization's sunrise begins with Adam and ending the flood (Gem. 2:4 - 6:1-4) when everyone died as did Adam except Noah's house represent the "sons of god" in the four basic ethnics of man.

      All of the prophecies suggest only a remnant of people will survive this morning civilization's end, Jesus called "10 virgins", who will be protected in Armageddon while the remaining people will kill each other off to the last person.

      As I said, most of my hubs talks about both the beginning and ending of this world. That's because it is mostly what the Bible, and other scriptures, suggest happens during the termination of this morning world so, if it interest you, you can read how I've interpreted primarily the Bible.


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      8 years ago

      I am sorry about that izettl but I deleted that one but if you stop by my hubpages there are plenty of other new articles I have written

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      8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks for stopping by Sam, I've been on vacation so I have a lot to catch up on the Hubpages. I'll be by to check out your article.

      Nijuni, I googled prophecies, robots, and other related keywords and the images popped up. I haven't used googles new search image tool. That's cool!

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      8 years ago

      I don't want to sound like a commercial spam-bot, but... I found this page by experimenting with Google's new "search-by-image" function. And I found my spam-bot image used on this page. I'm curious, how'd you find that image?

      Also, I like your take on all these doomsday prophecies. As Bugs Bunny once said: "Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out of it alive".

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      8 years ago

      I believe no one can predict the end of the world people have been trying almost as long as humans have been around and not one has been right after 2012 I swore to myself I would never believe this end of the world crap again.

      Well anyway izettl I remember you said once in one of my other articles you are interested in the paranormal/supernatural well if you are interested I wrote something about werewolves if that interests you.

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      8 years ago

      THERE IS NO 21 12 2012

      i read Qur'an and there is some thing gone

      go wrong all the world is bad and getting bad

      if the time come is will PE come

      that is what in the Qur'an. more people died. that will make Allah/god angry

      why every one thinking the world will and?

      who own the world is Allah/god he knows every thing.

      if your time is and you will die.look what the people did

      in the world .people get kill easy. nuclear weapon.chemical.

      they don't care the world .

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      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Gmiah- I will check it out.

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      Gous Ahmed 

      9 years ago from Muslim Nation

      No worries, i just thought i'd explain a little bit about what it says in the Quran.

      From a different perspective, in the next couple of years, there may be events that take place which will be the beginning of the end, ie something devastating happens like the earth tilts it's axis and everything changes on earth like the weather, more natural disasters etc.

      There are references in the hadith (sayings of the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him) about how the world will end and i have highlighted them in my hub titled 'Minor and Major signs before the end of the world' (Not exactly this but similar, i can't remember lol). Check it out, it is very interesting from a general point of view.

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      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      G~ interesting ionfo on the quaran. I think we can find no actual predictions in anything, but it lies more within peoples' interpretations than anything else. What means the end of the world to one person may not mean the same thing to another, etc.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing.

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      Gous Ahmed 

      9 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Just to inform you, the Quran does not predict when the world will end. There is no such reference in the Quran at all. Only Allah (God) knows and no one else on earth knows or can predict such an event.

      There are signs which are mentioned in the Quran about the major and minor events that will unfold before the end of the world, but they are unpredictable too. At the moment what the Quran says of the major and minor signs are prominent, and looks like things are getting worse day by day with all the violence and civil wars, the economy dwindling all over the world and more and more people being miserable, unhappy and impatient.

      We should all pray, all who are religious whatever their religion, that we are not around when the major calamities will take place before the end of the world.

      Take care.

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      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks for the comment Skye

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      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      izetti Fantastic read. Jesus come soon. Children of God look for His coming and in the time we have on planet earth let us boldly share the Gospel Truth of Salvation. GOD wants no one to perish and all to come to repentance. I do pray that in these most challenging times many come to know Jesus Christ Saviour of the World. There is one creator GOD Almighty and He is in control. Amen.

      If one opens the Bible the events are unfolding rapidly. God has for told us of all things. Jesus is going to return to rule reign and not to sacrifice HIS life for the sins of the World. May God Bless you and multiply in you HIS peace and joy, this new year izetti.

      Be ready people.

      Know Jesus-Know Truth;

      No Jesus-No Truth.

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      thanks for your input bill.

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      10 years ago

      the problem with all these people on this site is their on one form of medication or another.

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      ruby~ I have no doubt some predictions are coming to fruition, but like you said, the year 2000 nothing happened. I don't think anyone is close to being able to predict the exact year. THanks for stopping by and taking time to comment.

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      ruby morgan 

      10 years ago from missouri

      I have been hearing about the end of the world from the sources on the science channel.I believe it is going to happen very soon,if you follow the news everything is unfolding as they have predicted.

      the only skepticism that I have is they also predicted the end of the world in 2000 also.I enjoyed reading your hub because you have put it together so nicely.

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Kimmie~ There is a lot of info on the end of the world and all the interpretations of it too. It brings out the paranoia in people because all of it seems to be based on a doomsday, yet I'd like to think of something like a new beginning and as you refer to, a transition. We could really use that.

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      Kimmie Kingsley 

      10 years ago from Petaluma, California

      Thank you for compiling so much infomation in one article! I am more concerned with people freaking out in 2012 than I am of the world coming to an end. I can't help but recall how so many people I consider sensible and intellegent lost all logic in 1999. My father-in-law flew my sister-in-law back to colorado because he was certain that her car would simply conk out as the computer would not recgonize the date!????? He is a college educated person!

      I hope the Mayans predictions for the end of civilazation in 2012 translates to an END to present condition of our world and the beganning of a transition period into a time where we are able to re-connect and heal.

      Thank you for an ensightful article.

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      bsmith9585~great point about the Mayan calendar. They don't mention it will be the end of the world, but many (possible western society) have interpreted it that way. We certainly could use a new spiritual beginning. Having studied psychology I realize the power thought effecting actions. That's why I found the web bot fascinating because it is based on what people are discussing the most on the internet to find out what may happen in the the future. THank you for your great comment.

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      Brad Smith 

      10 years ago from New York

      One error regarding 2012 is that the Mayans don't believe the world will end but that there will be a re-awakening of spirit. This is a cycle, not an ending but a beginning, one which is supposed to be spiritual in nature. The only real issue with 2012 is actually found through the study of noetic science. Where human thought affects actions and that in turn affects reality

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      tipoague~ The premise of the whole idea about the end of the world is that anything can happen so it leaves a lot to imagination. Some of it has no basis and other info is eerily relevant. We'll see, but yes it's interesting reading material for now.

      Joshua Kell~ Thanks for the nice words and stopping by to read.

      Zach~ guess we'll find out huh? I kinda doubt it will be 2012.

      PhoenixV2~ The dying animals happen nearly every though so it's hard to distinguish between prophecy and normal occurances.

      mecheshier~ I had fun learning about some of this too. I enjoyed the Web Bot the most- very interesting.

      Ingenira~ I would hope people would live the best life they can, but sadly I doubt that. Very philosophical comment and I enjoy thinking about that. We have to realize we all have a terminal illness- it's called birth.

      amybradley~ somehow I think we/humans will be the ones to take the world out and destroy it. I don't think we can get away with our careless attitude for it forever.Thank you for your comment.

      Dave Price~ thank so much for your nice comment.

      JodiVee~ good point about 2000- I didnt't buy into that one either. One of them may be right someday but in the mean time we've had so many false alarms nobody will know the real thing.

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      Levi Joshua Kell 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      Brilliant. I very much enjoyed this hub. Thanx.

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      10 years ago

      End of the world 2012, we shall see lol...

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      10 years ago from USA

      Interesting hub, I have noticed bunches of animals dying everywhere, lately I think it was buffalo and cows in the US and Vietnam. There are prophecies about dying animals, fish and birds.

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      10 years ago

      Very well articulated. Great information, nice angle. Love the Technological Prophet section.Thank you for such a wonderful Hub.

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      10 years ago

      Interesting article. If one believes that there is really the end of the world, will that discourages him from doing his best ? Or will he live his best for today ? It is easy to live one's best for today, but there are many things in life which requires long term planning, and the decision we make today will affect our future. Perhaps it will boil down to one question, what are we here for ?

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      10 years ago

      With global warming, and other issues of today environmentally this is a very good topic for us all to take much more seriously. I think many of us do take for granted that this earth will always be here, and so will we all. Very good page, thanks so much for sharing this with us here!! A.B.

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      10 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      I always love the logic and sensibility of your writing, and this is another great work. Very well spoken, and actually inspirational to me - more the reason to make every day count!

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      10 years ago

      Interesting hub. No need to buy into the doom-mongering; once 2012 passes (uneventfully), they'll just come up with another doomsday for us to stress about. The year 2000 came and went, and yet here we are, alive and quite well.

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      10 years ago

      Very interesting hub indeed. My husband has been telling me for years that the world was going to tilt on its axis and the poles would melt. I never asked where he got the idea from and just assumed it was a saying of his. I just took it with a grain of salt until I started to read up on some of what he was saying. To think of the possiblity of this even happening is almost mind boggling and yet facinating. I guess in some ways, (if these events did happen) getting back to the basics isn't such a bad idea. In the mean time, it makes for some entertaining material to read. I vote this a thumps up! Great hub!

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Better yourself~ you're so right and well said. Thank you fo visiting.

      arthurchappell~ eat,drink and be merry and it's safe to go shopping today- great quotes and certainly applicable here.

      Thanks for your comment prasetio30 and is true about everything in God's hands. To me it's like worrying about the other side of the world flooding when your own house is on fire.

      Dave Matthews- yes I believe an end is coming as described somewhat in the bible, but an exact date is something I don't think any prophet can predict. Thanks for your comment.

      abbykorinnelee~ You gave me some stuff to check out- thanks. I haven't read sylvia Browne's predictions or seen Jesse Ventura's 2012 episode. Thanks for the info.

      varun2145~ great point. The people who invented the Web Bot are selling this for big money. It gets attention at the very least.

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      10 years ago from India

      I am not sure how much of these prophecies are true, but what is true is that they are very profitable business for certain individuals, who make use of intrigue and fear of people to sell advice and products under the aegis of these issues.

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      Abigayle Rourk 

      10 years ago from Ripon, Wisconsin

      I appreciated reading your post. I agree with what you wrote so I won't spend an hour typing a ton but I do want to say I love Revelations in the bible and find Sylvia Browne's predictions very interesting and Nostradamus as well. I believe we are in the process of quite a long one headed towards the end but we can't set a specific year as the bible's time frame may be different. A thousand years of peace on earth as well to consider; but its interesting none-the-less. I just hope I am long dead before having to go on the run so I don't get beheaded for refusing the mark of the beast. Did you see Jesse Ventura's conspiracy theory episode about 2012?

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Leafy Den~ It seems I skipped over some comments here- your included sorry about that. It's a beautiful comment and thank you so much. I'm with you- I can't see the future as being all depressing and I think I read that the Web Bot is programmed to pick up negative words for impending danger. I'd like to think of a renewal era so we can get back to basics again- if there was something catastrophic that happened. Hope you are doing good in the New Year- so far so good for me.I've been wondering how you're doing and it's nice to see you here.

      DrBj~ thanks for stopping by!

      Tatjana M~ I also think the Web Bot is most reliable, if any of them are, since talk precedes actions. Even technology can only be so reliable.

      Fred Allen~ INteresting stuff. I did read something about the possibility of loss of power and technology as we know it. Thanks for adding to the discussion.

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. My friend, in mu opinion everything is on God's hand. As human we can predict about anything. Maybe some of us has special ability to see something in the future. But for the end of the world. I just believing God as my guidance of life. Thanks for writing this. Have a good day!


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      Dave Mathews 

      10 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I believe that I am spirt living in flesh and blood for a brief period of time. In my fleshly existance, I have restraints. I believe that at death my spirit is released and returns to a spiritual heavenly existance. I look forward to this time.

      As for the so called end times or end days, there is definitely going to be some day in time that this will happen since nothing lasts for ever but nobody knows when and I'm not so sure it would be a good thing if someone did know this date.

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      10 years ago from Manchester, England

      Eventually the Sun will expand and swallow the solar system, and beyond that, the Universe will contract and implode on its ow gravity but neither event is likely to occur for billenia - it's safe to go shopping today - our own individual deaths are the end of our world enough without thinking of an Apocolypse - eat, drink and be merry and don't worry about such matters - great Hub essay

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      Better Yourself 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      I love your conclusion. When you look at nature or study earth's history,we can see that everything has a beginning and an end...but at every end something new comes along, life finds a way :)

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      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Robwrite~ you are so right. I remember all the hype about 2000 and then nothing- nothing was ever mentioned again, not only by people, but the media who also joined in on the end of world claims.

      Thougforce~ thanks for the comment, glad you liked reading it.

      Gus Theredneck~ thanks for stopping by and I love your positive take on this.

      Mr AhSea~ You make a great point about what can't even be imagined today, may be a reality tomorrow. For example, I just read a hub about Ariticial Intelligence.Some things that make great fiction can be a reality. I still don't think there is any precise way of predicting any of this with any sort of reliability. SO the message is live your life now. Thanks for the comment.

      TamaraJo~ you make a good point and it made me realize I wouldn't want to know in advance if the world was ending. Thanks for stopping by.

      Dallas93444~ Do any of the them live their lives like there isn't much time left? No, so they can't really believe even what they preach and predict.

      Cari Jean~ I love your point! Nobody really knows except God and I believe in the signs more than the hype about what date it will occur.

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      10 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      I've gone through several end-of-the-world deadlines in my life. The biggest one was at the millenieum when I was told by certain Christians that the messiah was returning. They bugged me about it for several years but when the date passed, they never mentioned it again.

      Normally, when one of these deadlines passes, the people who believed it either say they miscalculated the date and reschedule the end-of-the-world, or they just forget they ever mentioned it. Strangely, no one ever says "I was wrong".

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      Christina Lornemark 

      10 years ago from Sweden

      Very interesting article, and your writing starts many thoughts:) I believe that our beautiful planet will not last for ever, and we humans are certainly doing our best to speed things up! The Universe is not constant and not our planet either. I do not think that no one know, or can predict the year for destruction unless we can actually see a meteor coming our way! But you have done a great job putting all the big philosophers together and I enjoyed reading!

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      10 years ago


      In the beginning there was light and where there's a beginning there has to be a ending if its natural there will be darkness if man made probably a brighter light knowing the human race. Dinosaurs never saw the end coming but it created just another beginning. The world could end next week tomorrow or even before i finish typing this the only part of time that is important is the now if we get now sorted then maybe tomorrow we can sort other things bigger things. The human race should not be the disease that kills this planet but the cure and the sooner so called leaders realise this and stop there incessant squabbles the sooner they can start there real work the job they were elected for if the worlds going to die naturally then we should either work towards healing it or finding a new home for humanity either way the future starts now and there shouldn't be a place for petty wars over a bit of land or anything else PEACE is not something you can fight for with weapons and unless everyone rows the boat in the same direction no one will get anywhere except lost at sea.Private Frazer's line from Dads Army "we're doomed" although funny is only true if humanity lets it happen. Think back to your childhood those of you that are old enough (and those that aren't ask your parents) could any of you predict the advancements in technology we have had in your life times ??? and that's during a period when humanity still believes blowing each other up is a solution to things isn't it ??? so think what we could achieve if we put that waste of life brains finance materials etc etc to a good cause ??? life after all is what we make of it not what we blow up..

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      10 years ago from USA

      Hi izettl - It is interesting to conjecture about these things, and your well-done article does a good job of that. I am consoled by the probable fact that matter and energy are neither created (now) or destroyed (later), and that if things don't maintain, they are bound to start again sometime or other (should time actually exist). Keep smiling, or if that is not possible, keep a stiff upper lip.

      Gus :-)))

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      10 years ago

      I'm with you. It's more important to live in the day we have been given. We all know at some point times up personally or globally. The bottom line is to make each moment count. No point wasting time on useless speculations about things that only God Himself knows.

      Sometimes I think we delude ourselves into thinking that if we could know the future we would some how do things differently giving us the illusion of some sort of control over future events, When really we just end up missing the present moments.

      I enjoyed your conclusion about it all.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      10 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great hub. Flag up and awesome. I have asked the "doom-sayers" to quit claim their properties dated 2013. This would mean they can enjoy their "stuff" up to the end of the world and when they leave I would enjoy their "stuff." None will put their money where their mouth is...

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      Cari Jean 

      10 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Very interesting hub. Wasn't the end of the world supposed to come in 1988 as well? For those who believe in what the Bible says (as I do) there is no specific date as to when the world will end but there are plenty of signs that are stated in the Bible. Many Christian prophets are declaring we are living in the last days, but really truly only God knows.

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      fred allen 

      10 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      I have a lot of free time available to me where I work so I have done quite a bit of research concerning end time prophecies as well as 2012 predictions. Many of them are far fetched. From the supposed reappearance of a planet called Nabiru that supporters say has an elliptical orbit that will bring it close to Earth for the first time in several thousand years in 2012, to a second sun emerging from the darkness of space. One thing I noticed in my research that did alarm me was the credible scientists that agree the Sun (which undergoes polar shifts every 11 years) is going to have an especially powerful shift change in 2012 that could result in an electromagnetic wave that would be strong enough to effectively shut down our power grid with damage that could take years to fix. Imagine how profoundly life would change without electricity. Chaos would most certainly be the result.

      Awesome hub!

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      ....some spiritual groups are already changing the date for doomsday - apparently the end of Mayan calendar is miscalculated (what was excpected).

      Web Bot seems to be very interesting - we do create our own future, so this source could be the most reliable of all mentioned.

      The same as Leafy Den, I would like to hear - reliable positive plans for human future.

      Thank you for good article.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Very well-written and thought-provoking, izettl. Thank you for your acumen in putting this all together.

    • Leafy Den profile image

      Leafy Den 

      10 years ago from the heart


      This is a well-researched and very interesting hub - I enjoyed reading it - although it was a bit depressing :)

      It was funny, as I was reading, I found myself asking a question and then, as I read further down, it is like you were reading my mind and presented the question in the text: "Why are prophets and predictions so pessimistic?"

      I would like to see a prophecy that goes something like this: The inhabitants of earth will get a grip on and resolve the problem of overpopulation and overconsumption; there will be an ability to solve differences through diplomacy and without weapons, the weather will be constant and predictable with no dramatic changes that cause damage or death. Human greed will cease and people will live together in harmony.

      Why is that we only consider the negative to be "reality"?

      Thank you for the thought provoking reading!

      Hope you are doing well and happy new year!

    • msorensson profile image


      10 years ago

      I love the conclusion part, izettl but the whole hub is beautifully presented. Where did you get the pictures, if I may ask?

      Thank you.

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Good point BJBenson.

      CP~ I'll have to read that AI hub. I'd actually be more concerned about AI robots like from Terminator or I Robot.

    • BJBenson profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      People have been dying since the person was on Earth. So would it really matter if we all died on the same day. Maybe the artificial intelligence will notice and remember us?

    • Christopher Price profile image

      Christopher Price 

      10 years ago from Vermont, USA


      True, nothing lasts forever. It's humanity's seemingly overwhelming urge to hasten "The End" that makes lemmings look rational! lol!

      I just wrote about what may be the first step in the realization of machines with artificial intelligence affecting our perception of the world. The future portrayed in "The Terminator" movies' seems frighteningly possible.

      Maybe "the artist formally known as Prince" (!) has the right idea..."Let's party like it's nineteen ninety nine!" :{)



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