Written by Dennis A. Swick
2000 A.D. – What’s on the horizon?
Scientists and Nobel laureates predict humanity’s demise in 2000 A.D. due to over population, famines, deforestation, pollution, depletion of ozone layer, global warming, spilled oil, poisoned seas, radioactive soil, acid rain, and toxic wastes. The L.A. TIMES, Oct. 15, 1996 report reads “IRS Computer System Threatens Chaos in 2000”. Government computers can’t read 2,000 but will go to 1900 instead. The Government has 900 people working on the IRS computers and will spend $30 billion over the next 2 years. Others involved in this serious problem are the Treasury Dept., Social Security, Energy, Transportation, and Labor. The Daily Telegraph, 26th August 1998, ran the article, “Meet Mr. Cyborg: half-husband, half-machine”, By Robert Uhlig. It states that Professor Kevin Warwick of cybernetics at Reading University in England injected himself with a silicon chip. “On Monday, he underwent an operation under local anesthetic to embed a 23mm by 3mm glass capsule containing a radio receiver and several chips under the skin inside his left elbow.”
Charles Berlitz says that the alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, the sun and the moon with the earth in 1982 could produce tidal waves, earthquakes, a polar flip and a collision with planetoids by the year 2000 A.D. Curiously enough, in 1345 a grand conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars was thought to bring on “The Black Plague.”
Coins and paper are becoming obsolete. Electronic transfer of funds are being made through credit cards. Through computers the following information is known: check and credit card purchases, credit records, health history, marital background, education, employment, phone calls made, and even where you shop using hidden video cameras.
2000 A.D. – What’s on the horizon?
The major religions of the world all point to the arrival of a world Savior: Hindus = Kalk, Buddhists = Maitreya, Jews = Messiah, Muslims = Mahdi (Tenth Imam), and Christians = Jesus Christ.
“Terror 2000” a report compiled in 1993 by 41 experts including former ranking CIA, FBI, State Department and Rand Corp. officials predicted patterns of global terrorism. Terrorism is evolving into multiple, simultaneous targets using more sophisticated weapons.
In 1998 robots are 50% cheaper than made in 1988 and 425% more efficient. By 1996 there were 23 million robots. In 1989 the National Science Foundation said America will face a shortage of 675,000 engineers and scientists by 2006 to explore new options for the use of robots.
America has the highest divorce rate in the world and is rising by 3% annually. In 1990 there were only 700,000 two-parent families in America, a mere 26% of the family units.
Most of the young people in 1998 are cynical and disillusioned. There are less jobs and less money to be made than what their parents had. In 1990, a survey showed that 21% of twenty-five year olds and older were still living at home with their parents. And 68% don’t talk to their parents about school, dating, money, hobbies, friends, future plans, etc.
By the year 2000, most Americans will live between 75 to 80 years thanks to DNA research and biochemical engineering. And by 2027, it is predicted that there will be more people over sixty-five than eighteen. This will present some major financial, political and cultural problems!
THE END OF THE WORLD !
Many ancient civilizations- cultures- and prophets believed that one day the world would end…..
Persians maintained that one day increased earth-quakes, fires, floods and pestilence would herald a final battle between good and evil.
The Mayan and Aztec calendars point to the year 2012 as the end of this age.
Many New Agers expect that a paradigm shift will take place by the year 2000.
Islam believes in a future “day of the Lord” that will bring God’s judgment on humanity. They call their deliverer the great Mahdi (the “rightly guided one”).
The conservative Jews known as Ateret Hacohanim are planning for their Messiah. By 1992, 53 of the 103 temple implements of silver and gold had been restored. Priestly garments are being made and a red heifer to being sought after for use in sacrifices.
Nostradamus predicted the arrival of the “King of Terror” in September of 1999 followed by Armageddon.
The year 2000 is a key date for many Christian and non-Christian prophets such as Edgar Cayce, the Virgin of Fatima, and the Process Church and Foundation Church (both Satanism-related).
Apocalyptic thinking emerges during times of change, stress, anxiety and disasters. In September 999 A.D. a bright meteor startled many in England who saw it as an omen. Later on December 31, 999 crowds were singing and praying, waving torches and palm branches in the streets of Rome. In fact, many store keepers in Europe didn’t even charge for their articles of food and clothing while others wrote up wills and testaments.
Charles Mackay writes:
“The scene of the last judgment was expected to
be at Jerusalem. In the year 999, the number of
pilgrims proceeding eastward, to await the
coming of the Lord in that city, was so great
that they were compared to a desolating army.
Most of them sold their goods and possessions
before they quitted Europe, and lived upon the
proceeds in the Holy Land.”(Extra-ordinary Popular
Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841, pg. 257-258)
Despite all the predictions, nothing happened.
2000 A.D. and threats of Mass Annihilation
* Doomsday by cataclysmic forces from the earth – tornados, volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.
* Doomsday by cataclysmic forces from outer space – comet collision, asteroids, etc.
* Doomsday by disease and pestilence – plagues, famines, etc.
* Doomsday by human choice – wars, barbarism, pollution, etc.
* Doomsday by cataclysmic forces from the earth – hurricanes, tornados, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.
· The World Almanac 1992 lists 57 floods, tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions that killed at least 10,000 people, all since 526 A.D.
· 1960 – an earthquake in Chile killed 3,000 people.
· 1976 – an earthquake in China killed 242,000.
· 90% of all recorded earthquakes in the United States occur in California.
· John Hagee, author of Beginning of the End, states: “ The number of earthquakes recorded has risen from 2,588 in 1983 to 4,048 in 1992.”
· Bob Phillips, author of When the Earth Quakes, cites United States Department of Commerce figures showing earthquakes are on the increase: several million world-wide each year.
· 1902 – Mount Pelée volcano erupts killing 40,000.
· Scientists predict that within 2,000 years from now the Northern Hemisphere will be covered by a huge mantle of ice. This mantle will be the result of the oscillating tilt of the Earth’s axis and its fluctua-ting orbit. This would create a second “ice age”.
GREAT EARTHQUAKES OF
THE 20TH CENTURY
Date – Location – Fatalities – Richter Scale
Apr. 4, 1905 Kangra, India 357,000 8.3
Apr. 18, 1906 San Francisco, Calif. 700 8.3
Dec. 28, 1908 Messina, Italy (Sicily) 160,000 7.5
Dec. 16, 1920 Gansu, China 100,000 8.6
Sept. 1, 1923 Sagami Bay, Japan 200,000 8.3
Feb. 3, 1931 Hawke’s Bay, N. Zealand 255 7.9
Mar. 10, 1933 Long Beach, Calif. 120 6.3
Dec. 26, 1939 Erzincan, Turkey 30,000 6.0
Aug. 15, 1950 Assam, India 30,000 8.4
Feb. 29, 1960 Agadir, Morocco 15,000 5.9
May 22, 1960 Arauco, Chile 2,000 8.4
Sept. 1, 1962 Iran 12,000 7.3
Mar. 27, 1964 Anchorage, Alaska 114 8.5
Dec. 23, 1972 Managua, Nicaragua 10,000 6.2
Feb. 4, 1976 Guatemala City 23,000 7.5
July 28, 1976 Tangshan, China 695,000 7.9
Sept. 16, 1978 Northeast Iran 25,000 7.7
Oct. 10, 1980 Algeria 20,000 7.5
Nov. 23, 1980 Southern Italy 3,000 6.8
Sept. 19, 1985 Mexico City, Mexico 7,000 8.1
Mar. 5, 1987 Ecuador 4,000 7.3
Dec. 7, 1988 Armenian SSR 25,000-45,000 6.9
Oct. 17, 1989 Northern California 67 7.1
June 21, 1990 Northwest Iran 40,000 7.7
June 28, 1992 Yucca Valley, Calif. 1 7.4
Dec. 12, 1992 Flores, Indonesia 2,500 7.5
July 12, 1993 Northern Japan 185 7.8
Sept. 30, 1993 Southwest India 12,000-13,000 6.4
Jan. 24, 1994 Northridge, Calif. 61 6.7
Jan. 17, 1995 Kobe, Japan 1,800 7.2
MAJOR FAMINES SINCE WORLD WAR 1
Year – Place – Cause
1928-29 Northwest China Drought; 3 million deaths
1932-34 U.S.S.R. 5 million deaths
1941-43 Greece War; 200,000-400,000 deaths
1943 Henan, China War; drought; 3-5 million
1943-44 Bengal, India War; 1.5-3 million deaths
1967-70 Nigeria (Biafra) Civil war; 2-3 million deaths
1979-81 Uganda Civil war, drought; more
than 250,000 deaths
*Information from Grolier’s Encyclopedia
HURRICANES AND TYPHOONS
Year – Storm and Location – Deaths
1900 Hurricane Galveston, Texas 6,000
1906 Typhoon Hong Kong 10,000
1928 Hurricane Caribbean 4,000
1930 Hurricane Santo Domingo 2,000
1934 Typhoon Honshu, Japan 4,000
1938 Hurricane New England 600
1942 Hurricane Bengal, India 40,000
1954 Hurricane North and South 1,173
1955 Hurricane North Carolina/ 184
Diane New England
1957 Hurricane Louisiana/Texas/ 390
1963 Hurricane Haiti/Cuba 7,000
1965 Hurricane Bahamas/Florida/ 75
1969 Hurricane Mississippi/ 256
1974 Hurricane Honduras 8,000
1979 Hurricane Caribbean/ 1,205
David eastern U.S.
1984 Hurricane Southern 1,363
1988 Hurricane Caribbean/Gulf 800
Gilbert of Mexico
1989 Hurricane Caribbean/ 60
1992 Hurricane Bahamas/South 14
*Information from Grolier’s Encyclopedia
Doomsday by cataclysmic forces from outer space – comet collision, asteroids, etc.
· 989 A.D. Halley’s Comet appeared in the sky. In 1910 it appeared again. Many saw it as an omen of doomsday. Later it passed in 1986.
· On March 23, 1989 a half-mile-wide asteroid flew through Earth’s path at 46,000 mph.
· David Rabinowitz of the University of Arizona said on October 1992 that as many as 50 Near Earth Asteroids (NEA) with diameters from 16 to 160 feet across orbits with the Earth and come closer to us than the Moon.
· NASA said in 1992 that between 1,000 to 4,000 earth-crossing asteroids are more than a half mile wide.
· On May 20, 1993 an asteroid measuring about 30 feet in diameter and weighing the equivalent of a navy destroyer, passed within 90,000 miles of Earth. The asteroid was traveling at about 48,000 mph.
· Aug. 26, 1998 – Solar winds blowing at more than a million miles per hour hit the Earth’s magnetic field. The resulting fluctuations in the field could cause power outages, satellite failures, disruptions in communications and the aurora borealis. A severe magnetic storm in 1989 caused collapse of the Hydro-Quebec power system in Canada.
· 2004 – The asteroid Toutatis will pass by the earth with less than 1 million miles. In 1992 it passed within 2 million.
· The sun is an average-sized, middle-aged star about 4.5 billion years old. Its fuel supply is not unlimited. It is estimated that its hydrogen will be depleted in 5 billion years.
*O.C.Register, 8/28/98, N-16; Russell Chandler, Doomsday, Ann Arbor: Servant, 1993.
Doomsday by disease and pestilence – plagues, famines, etc.
1918 – some 20 million people died of influenza.
1973 – a drought in Ethiopia kills 100,000 people.
1981 – Uwe Brinkmann estimated that some 300 million residents of cities in developing countries suffered debilitating illnesses due to chronic parasitic infections.
1990 – the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) found these following diseases in the general population: Malaria – 270 million; Lymphatic filarisis – 90.2 million; and sleeping sickness – 25,000.
1991 – it was estimated that more than 500,000 children have AIDs. In 1993 over 14 million adults are infected with the HIV virus. By the year 2000, W.H.O. estimates that 40 million people will be infected.
1991 to 1992 – famines kill hundreds of thousands in Somalia.
1992 – the Ugandan government estimated that 9 million people were infected with the HIV virus and that 9 million more would be dead by 1995.
In 1993 Jim Le Duc, of the WHO headquarters in Geneva, discovered that 34 disease detection laboratories worldwide had insufficient reagents to conduct diagnostic tests to detect Ebola, Marburg, Lassa and Machupo- four deadly diseases!
1995 – Ebola virus (dangerous) surfaces in Zaire destroying the immune system and causing massive bleeding.
1997 – Two hurricanes affect the rise of Malaria near the Mexican shoreline. Some 10,755 cases reported for 1998.
Doomsday by human choice – wars, barbarism, pollution, etc.
- It has been estimated that 14,000 wars have been fought through the centuries and some 3.6 billion people have died.
- From 1930 to 1947 Joseph Stalin killed between 10 million to 30 million people. more than Hitler had killed in his concentration camps.
- On July 16, 1945 Professor Julius Oppenheimer saw the first atomic bomb explode in New Mexico. Less than a month later, on August 6, 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed.
- Almost all major industrial countries now possess nuclear weapons. This includes the smaller nations like Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Israel.
- Plutonium, a waste product of nuclear fuel, requires 25,000 years to lose just half of its radio-activity. Small amounts of plutonium produce cancer.
- The United Nations Environmental Programme says that twenty billion tons of wastes are being dumped into the seas each year.
- More than 700 chemicals have been identified in drinking water of which 129 are considered dangerous.
- 1843 – William Miller believed and taught that the end of
the world would come on March 21 based on Daniel 8:14. (The 7th Day Adventists)
- 1874 – Charles Taze Russel, founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, said that Jesus Christ would return in 1874 and would begin his visible kingdom in 1914.
- 1967 – Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, said the kingdom would be achieved in 1967.
Later he changed the dates to 1981 and finally 2000.
- 1968 – Charles Manson, of the Manson Family, believed that he was Jesus Christ and was to usher in Armageddon.
- 1968 – David Brandt Berg, founder of the Children of God, said in 1968 the “End of the Times of the Gentiles” would happen. The Antichrist would be revealed in 1985 and the rapture would take place in 1993.
- 1975 – Herbert W. Armstrong, of the World Wide Church of God, taught the tribulation would start in 1972 and the end would come in 1975.
- 1978 – Rev. Jim Jones, of the People’s Temple, believed the end of the world had come. Only those who followed him would be saved. 922 committed suicide in Guyana.
- 1987 – José Arguelles, New Age prophet, predicted that Aug. 17, 1987 would be the beginning of the end culminating in a catastrophe by 2012.
- 1990 – Elizabeth Clare Prophet, of the Universal Church and Triumphant, said that the universal judgment would take place on April 23, 1990. Now she says all kinds of disasters will transpire between 1990 to 2002.
- 1991 – Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a Hasidic Jew of the Chabad Lubavitch movement in Brooklyn, New York, predicted that the Messiah would come on Sept. 1991. Many believed Menachem to be the Messiah.
- 1992 – “11:11 Doorway Movement”, a New Age group, teaches that humanity can pass into new realms of consciousness (the “doorway”) only from Jan. 11, 1992 to Dec. 31, 2011. Then the doorway will close.
- 1993 – Vernon Howell alias David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, believed that 1993 would usher in the second coming of Christ. 86 died on April 19, 1993 according to the prophecy of Rev. 6:12-17.
- 1994 – Luc Jouret proclaimed the end of the world. 69 members of the Order of the Solar Temple died in Canada and Switzerland.
- 1997 – Marshall Herff Applewhite, leader of Heaven’s Gate (a UFO cult), believed that his group was to leave the earth with the arrival of the Hale-Bopp comet. 39 suicide victims died.
- 1999 – Shoko Asahara, leader of Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth), said the end of the world would start after Japan sinks into the ocean. Shoko said he was “the Christ.”
- 1999 – Jean Dixon, well known prophetess, stated that on Feb. 5, 1962 “child of the East” was born and would reach full power in 1999.
- 2000 – Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), founder of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (1931), predicted there would be a natural disaster followed by the coming of Christ in 2000 A.D.
Debunking Doomsday Prophets
1. There has been a decrease in the most powerful hurricanes
to hit the U.S. Coast instead of an increase. For example:
the most powerful cyclone to hit the U.S. shores was in
1935 in the Florida Keys (category 5).
2. Earthquake casualties have actually decreased over the
years. More people died between 1715 and 1783 from
earthquakes (1,373,845) than between 1915 and 1983
(1,210,597). The worst quake was in China in 1556.
3. It is said that tornados have been on the rise but the actual
truth is that better record keeping since 1953 has resulted
in these higher numbers. During the late nineteenth and
early twentieth century poor informational techniques were
4. Famines are also lower in this century. The greatest series
of famines hit China from 1810-1811, as well as in 1846
and 1849. The 1849 famine took 14 million lives. The
second deadliest famine hit India from 1876 – 1878 and
killed over 5 million people.
5. J. David Singer and Melvin Small wrote in 1972, “Is war
on the increase, as many scholars as well as laymen of our
generation has been inclined to believe? The answer
would seem to be a very unambiguous negative…” (Richard
Abanes, End Time Visions, 1998, pp.278).
6. Death tolls from diseases are not as great. From 310 to 312
approximately 99% of the northwestern province of China
was wiped out by pestilence. From 542 to 565 the bubonic
plague took an estimated 100 million people. From 1338 to
1349 the Black Death killed some 20 to 30 million people.
And from 1817 to 1896 outbreaks of cholera killed an
estimated 100 million people worldwide.
The new millennium will not really start on January 1, 2000 but rather January 1, 2001 because the calendar we now use begins at the year 1.
And yet not everyone measures time by the birth of Christ. The Muslim calendar begins on A.D. 622 and has 354 days meaning 1997 is really 1418.
The Chinese, on the other hand, celebrated the year 4695 in 1997.
And the Jewish calendar for the year 1997 was really 5757.
As Richard Abanes points out in End Time Visions: “ …for about sixty-five percent of the world’s population, the Christian year 2000 will, from a calendrical perspective, be absolutely meaningless.”
What does the Bible say?
Scripture plainly teaches that we will never know when the apocalypse will occur:
Matt. 24:42, “Be on the alert for you do not know which day your Lord is coming… The Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”
Mark 13:32, “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven.”
Acts 1:7, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by His own authority.”
1 Thess. 5:1-2, “Now as to the times and seasons, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.”
Rev. 3:5, “I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.”
· Antiochus Epiphanies
· Judas Iscariot
· The papacy
· Frederick II Hohenstaufen
Pope Pius XII
John F. Kennedy
Pope John XXIII
Pope John Paul II
Anwar Sadat (the bow of his ship had 666)
Jimmy Carter (secret force 666)
Ronald Wilson Reagan (letters in his name- 666)
King Juan Carlos of Spain
So-called ‘Christian’ Prophets
1. 1976 – Jack Van Impe, of the TV program “Jack Van Impe Presents”, said the
“Soviet flag would fly over Independence Hall in Philadelphia by 1976.” Later he said
Armageddon would occur in 2000.
2. 1981 – Chuck Smith, pastor of Calvary Chapel, once said “the Lord is coming for
his church before the end of 1981.” But ten years later he repented of his mistake.
3. 1982 – Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, predicted
that the tribulation would begin around 1982.
4. 1988 – Hal Lindsay, author of Late Great Planet Earth, strongly suggested the rapture would occur in 1988.
5. 1988 – Edgar Whisenant, author of 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988,
said the rapture would take place on Sept. 11, 1988.
6. 1994 – Harold Camping, founder of the “Family Radio” predicted the end of the world on Sept. 6, 1994.
7. 1994 – John Hinkle, pastor of the Church of Christ in Los Angeles, said the end would come on June 9, 1994.
8. 1997 – Mary Stewart Relfe, author of When Your Money Fails, said that the ‘666 System’
is here. The World Bank code number is 666. She predicted that Christ would return by 1997.
9. 2000 – Lester Sumrall, of LeSEA Broadcasting and author of I Predict 2000 A.D.,
said by 2000 we would see the “fullness of man’s operation on earth.”
10. 2030 – James McKeever, author of End Times News Digest, said Christ would
return between 1983 and 2030.
* from Richard Kyle, The Last Days Are Here Again, Baker Books, 1998.