Apocalyptic Prophecies From The Most Popular Religions

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“The Apocalypse is not something which is coming. The Apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet, and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the Apocalypse.”

— Terence McKenna

There are many religions and cultures that tout profound and mysterious “holy” books including apocalyptic prophecies. The most enduring of these tomes are the Bible and Quran, the most powerful and influential books birthed in recent history. These beloved testaments represent the beliefs of an almost unfathomable number of Christians, Jews, and Muslims throughout the world. 

Although these sacred scriptures are authoritative in their entirety, many devotees take the writings with grains of salt or focus on excerpts, which include the Torah (Tawrat), Zabur (Psalms), and Gospels of Christ (Injil).

Also, there are many related and adjunct writings that have not been fully approved by these popular religions. These include the Catholic Apocrypha, The Latin Vulgate and Septuagint, The Muslim Scrolls of Abraham and Moses, and the Gnostic (unabridged) Gospels, featuring the confronting Gospel of Mary and suggestive Gospel of Peace.

“The probability of apocalypse soon cannot be realistically estimated, but it is surely too high for any sane person to contemplate with equanimity.”     

— Noam Chomsky

How Have Apocalyptic Prophecies Played Out So Far?

Some of the most popular and feared chapters in these hallowed volumes refer almost exclusively to apocalyptic prophecies and events, the end of the world as we know it. They outline specific details about how a Messiah or Devil will appear and how the world we’ve come to love will be destroyed or reborn:

  • Books of Revelations, Daniel, Jubilees, Esdras, Isaiah, Malachi, Micah, Kings, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Zechariah, Matthew, Mark, Thessalonians, Haggai, Amos, Lamentations, Hosea, Nahum, Elija, and Elisha.
  • Apocalypses of Abraham, Adam, Baruch, Daniel, Elijah, Ezra, Gabriel, Lamech, Enock, Moses, Sedrach, Zephaniah, Zerubbabel, James, Galias, Pseudo-Methodius, Paul, Peter, Samuel, Stephen, and Thomas
  • The Aramaic Apocalypse
  • The Apocalypse of the Seven Heavens
  • The Book of Mormon

Whether the apocalyptic prophecies in these books are already etched into the stones of destiny or are merely twisted projections written by delusional cultists as fictional prose, these writings outline a long list of incredible events that many have believed to be the future playbook of humankind.

“We all love after-the-bomb stories. If we didn’t, why would there be so many of them? There’s something attractive about all those people being gone, about wandering in a depopulated world, scrounging cans of Campbell’s pork and beans, defending one’s family from marauders. But some secret part of us thinks it would be good to survive. All those other folks will die. That’s what after-the-bomb stories are all about.”

― John Varley

The Mother-List Of Apocalyptic Prophecies

Here is a sampling of the most popular and alarming apocalyptic predictions by the world’s most popular religions, philosophers, zealots, and psychics:

  • Based on the dimensions of Noah’s arc, Christ will return in A.D. 500
  • The end of the world will occur 666 years after the rise of Islam in A.D. 618
  • The European plague is the beginning of the end of times
  • For his “rapture,” Christ will call the faithful back to heaven, without warning
  • Christ or a similar Messiah will return to Earth and establish a peaceful kingdom, known as the Millennium (or opening of the 7th Seal)
  • After Christ’s reign, the Antichrist will come to Earth and persecute all Christians 
  • The Earth will experience devastation and a complete reboot before 2033
  • World wars and unimaginable weapons will kill millions of people over a century
  • The spiritual battle, known as Armageddon, will give rise to the Antichrist and a slew of horrendous, natural disasters
  • The world will end in 2800 B.C.
  • The world will end in 1666 with a fire in London or in 1524 with a flood in Germany


  • Christ will return, and the world will end by 1844
  • Israel will be redeemed and supported, and eventually command the planet
  • Israel’s enemies will wipe it from the face of the Earth
  • Your social security number is the “mark of the beast,” and denies you resurrection in Christ 
  • A mysterious, Babylonian, one-world system and religion will emerge in the end of times and present false notions of Christ (believed to be the New Age Movement)
  • Many new religions will emerge and encourage people to believe they are each the eternal God
  • America is the new Zion, loved and protected by God, and built to become God’s “new Israel,” protected by Him as the only significant nation on Earth
  • Christian nations will condemn and crush all Islamic nations
  • Islamic nations will condemn and decimate all Christian nations
  • Native cultures on many continents will be hunted, enslaved, and eventually eradicated
  • Two saviors will emerge, one will embody the light and one will emanate only darkness
  • The world’s most powerful nation (possibly the United States) will break international treaties and laws, initiate wars, and command an empire, which will give birth to the Antichrist and make way for his darkness
  • Years after Hitler’s death, hatred and greed will once again emerge as the basis for several nationalistic religions, which will inspire the truly devoted into a profound spiritual awakening
  • Earth will collide with the planet Nibiru in 2012, causing a physical and spiritual transformation for all living beings on Earth
  • The world will end in 1954, 1960, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2020, 2021, between 2028 and 2033, or after 2060, due to an asteroid or series of fireballs thrust from the heavens
  • By 2025, the leaders of the New World Order (NWO) will have amassed total control of all infrastructure, politics, climates, armies, and human life, and reveal themselves as the backbone to the world’s economies
  • Beginning in 2039, the melted polar ice caps will cause flooding, and there will be massive starvation due to uncontrolled population growth
  • By 2040, a variety of alien species (from other planets and galaxies) will make themselves known and teach us about the true origins and history of planet Earth
  • The Earth will become a slave-state with the sole mission of supporting non-biological Beings and robots
  • Several companies will continue to thrive through the ages, thousands of years into the future, including IBM and McDonalds
  • Before 2050, every human being will be chipped with an RFID
  • Before 2075, every chipped human being will be managed, mentally controlled, and emotionally influenced by a global electronic monitoring system
  • Before 2100, salt-water fish will become extinct, except those that are able to adapt 
  • At some point within the next 200 years, the universe will begin to reverse its expansion, which will cause time and gravity also to reverse
  • In 8000 years, the human race will either be extinct or unrecognizable
  • In 20 billion years, the universe’s atoms will have adopted new attributes, including no longer being able to contain their electrons (The Big Rip)
  • “The contraction of the universe with reversal of time and gravity will commence the beginning of the end, which will last for thousands and possibly millions of years. We will be removed from the regressing effects of reversed time as we come back alive in our own time. We will then be taken across many dimensions beyond this universe. A beautiful natural mechanism that is based on the laws of physics will cause all that to happen. This real end has nothing to do with wishful thinking and predictions of priests or shamans.”

— Dr. M.H. Kahn

The World’s Apocalyptic Religions, Movements, and Cults

Whether it’s born from a religious testament, a real prophet, the teachings of a short-lived, fear-based cult, or a vision from someone with an overactive imagination, most apocalyptic prophecies never see the light of day. 

When a religious leader promotes a date for the end of the world, their organization sees a rise in membership and revenue. While it’s misguided and dangerous, predicting the Apocalypse is good business. 

Here are a few more of the world’s religions, movements, thinkers, and troublemakers that have apocalyptic prophecies, outcomes, and events, and promoted catastrophe-based ideologies:

  • The Crusaders
  • The Assyrian Empire
  • The Baha’i Faith
  • Theosophists and Helen Blavatsky
  • Naziism
  • Mayan calendar enthusiasts
  • Branch Davidians and David Koresh
  • Seventh-Day Adventists and their many off-shoot cults
  • Fans of The Jupiter Effect
  • Believers in Haley’s Comet
  • Millerites and William Miller
  • Utopianism
  • Nostradamus
  • The New Age Movement
  • Church Universal And Triumphant, and Elizabeth Clare Prophet
  • William Branham And The Faith-Healing Movement
  • The Fifth Monarchists
  • The Anabaptists
  • Concerned Christians and Monte Kim Miller
  • Johannes Stöffler
  • Elohim City, Robert G. Millar, and John Millar
  • Botticelli and Girolamo Savonarola
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses and Charles Taze Russell
  • Mormons And The Church Of Latter-Day Saints, and Joseph Smith
  • Planet Xsters
  • The Seekers, The Guardians, and Dorothy Martin
  • God’s Salvation Church and Hon-Ming Chen
  • The Movement For The Restoration Of The Ten Commandments Of God, Credonia Mwerinde, and Joseph Kibwetere
  • Dami Mission, Lee Jong Rim, and Lee Dap-gye
  • Wilbur Glennism
  • Heaven’s Gate and Marshall Applewhite
  • Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
  • Exotheology and Marshall Vian Summers
  • The Order of the Solar Temple, Joseph Di Mambro, and Luc Jouret
  • Zoroastrians 
  • Established King and Wu Yangming
  • Pagans
  • Norse Mythology and Ragnarök

“Our Earth is degenerate in these latter days; there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; every man wants to write a book and the end of the world is evidently approaching.”

— Assyrian tablet, 2800 B.C.

The Truth About The Universe

The universe is a wild frontier and system built upon a limitless number of electric, magnetic and chaotic anomalies, all occurring in once instance, within multiple trajectories, and in a host of realms, all affecting each other. Given the temporary nature of our lives, and the eternal nature of conscious matter, human beings, in our current forms, are rather inconsequential.

Time does not exist. It’s a construct that helps us make sense of the madness. When the end comes, it will most likely be the result of a depressed, overworked, and sleepy, military technician. While misinterpreting a weapon’s cleaning instructions from an out-dated manual, he’ll pop a donut in his mouth, spill his coffee on the red button, and this iteration of reality will conclude.

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