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End-of-the-World Panic Proven False…Again

I have some good news for you: if you’re reading this, you’ve debunked the latest end-of-the-world theory.

See? It wasn’t the end of the world after all.

We managed to survive at least a full week after the latest theory attempted to pinpoint the final day of human existence. Last Friday, July 29, was the latest date to be predicted as our final day.

That’s because July 29 was the day of the “polar flip,” an interesting phenomenon in which the earth’s magnetic poles reverse their polarity. It has happened, NASA tells us, many times since Earth came to be. It happens every 200,000 to 300,000 years, the agency says, but it adds it has been nearly twice that long since the last flip.

So surely, a flip after this long would be enough to knock our collective blocks off, guaranteeing Armageddon. At least that’s the claim that a YouTube channel known as “End Time Prophecies” made.

I get so annoyed when I hear people try to name a specific date on which the world is going to end. It’s just not something we’re going to possibly know, unless some very unusual circumstance, such as, for instance, a planet-sized asteroid is headed straight for us. Even then, we have to assume we can accurately calculate its trajectory and speed, not to mention its mass to be able to confirm it’d cause us trouble.

But the list of dates (or at least years) listed as end-of-the-world times continues to grow.

The earliest such prediction came from the Essene sect of Jewish ascetics, which viewed the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 66–70 in Judea as the final end-time battle before the arrival of the Messiah.

One of the next predictions comes from the late psychic Jeane Dixon, who suggested Armageddon would take place in 2020. Of course, she had previously predicted the world would end on February 4, 1962, so take that 2020 thing with a grain of salt.

I tend to lean on the Bible when I hear someone talking about the end of the world. I have always believed Matthew 24:36 sums it up quite nicely. In that verse, Jesus Christ provides an answer to the question about when He will return:

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

He backs up that message in verse 42:

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

That guidance doesn’t mean someone couldn’t correctly guess the actual date. But it does make it clear that it’d be — at best — only a “lucky” guess.

Do you pay attention to end-of-the-world predictions?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.