Should We Take Future End Of The World Predictions
With A Dollop Of Salt?
Apocalyptic and doomsday end of the world predictions regularly surface with the most recent coming from physicist Stephen Hawkins. He has recently predicted that overcrowding and increased energy consumption will bring an end to the world within 600 years. Another of his recent predictions warns that artificial intelligence could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization or the worst.
End of the world predictions come and go and continue to cause much debate and skepticism. The most recent failed end of the world prediction was that the world would end on September 23rd, 2017. When we would encounter a rogue planet called Nibiru. Resulting in a collision with the earth or it causing a world-changing celestial alignment that heralded the End of Days.
End of the world predictions normally hail from two main camps, those being religious and scientific. Over the years there have been many such predictions. The following is an overview of some of the end of the world predictions that are still yet to happen.
Future End Of The World Religious Predictions
Many ends of the world predictions are based on interpretations of religious scriptures. For example, Christian predictions typically refer to events like:
- The Rapture
- Great Tribulation
- Last Judgment
- The Second Coming of Christ
Here is a list of some apocalyptic events that are predicted to happen in the future.
American psychic Jeane Dixon claimed that Armageddon would take place between 2020 and 2037. When Jesus will return to defeat the unholy trinity of the Antichrist, Satan, and the False Prophet. She had also previously predicted the world would end on February 4th, 1962.
American pastor Kenton Beshore bases his prediction on the earlier suggestion that Jesus would return in 1988. Within one Biblical generation (40 years) of the founding of Israel in 1948. He argues that the prediction was correct, but that the definition of a Biblical generation was incorrect and was actually 70–80 years. Placing the Second Coming of Jesus between 2018 and 2028 and the Rapture by 2021 at the latest.
The Messiah Foundation International predicts that the world will end in 2026. When an asteroid would collide with Earth in accordance with Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi’s predictions in The Religion of God.
In an unpublished manuscript, Isaac Newton gave a date of 2060 which was falsely reported as a date for the end of days. He was against date setting. Rather, he gave it as a date before which it could not happen. He later changed this date to 2016.
Sunni Muslim scholar Said Nursî abjad translated many of Muhammad’s sayings and wrote the Risale-i Nur Collection. He predicted the world would end in 2129. According to the Quran, it will happen as a result of a one-eyed beat of the earth. Possibly in human form, doing battle with the Messiah while the ancient people of Gog and Magog descend from the heavens to scourge the Earth.
According to an opinion about the Talmud in mainstream Orthodox Judaism. The Messiah will come within 6000 years of the creation of Adam, and the world could be destroyed 1000 years later. This would put the beginning of the period of desolation in the year 2239 CE and the end of the period of desolation in the year 3239 CE.
According to the Egyptian-American biochemist Rashad Khalifa and based on his research on the Quran code. The world will end during the year 2280.
Future End Of The World Predictions Scientific Predictions
Scientists and scientific groups from around the world have also theorized estimated end of the world predictions. Caused by possible natural events which would potentially endanger life or existence on Earth. The most recent of these coming from Stephen Hawking during a video appearance at the 2017 Tencent WE Beijing summit.
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has predicted the world’s mounting population will consume enough energy to render the world a “ball of fire” within 600 years. It’s not the first apocalyptic prediction from him either. In another recent video speech, he declared that effective artificial intelligence “could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization. Or the worst.
300,000 Years From Now
Peter Tuthill has predicted that WR 104 part of a triple star system located about 7,500 light years from Earth is expected to explode in a supernova. It has been suggested that this may produce a gamma ray burst that could pose a threat to life on Earth should its poles be aligned 12° or lower towards Earth.
500,000 Years From Now
Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom predicted that the Earth will have likely been hit by an asteroid. Measuring roughly 1 km in diameter. Bostrom writes “In order to cause the extinction of human life, the impacting body would probably have to be greater than 1 km in diameter and probably 3 – 10 km”.
1 Million Years From Now
The Geological Society has suggested that the Earth will likely have undergone a supervolcanic eruption large enough to erupt 3,200 km3 of magma. An event comparable to the Toba supereruption 75,000 years ago.
100 Million Years From Now
Stephen Nelson Associate Professor for the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences Tulane University New Orléans. Predicted that the Earth will have likely been hit by an asteroid. Measuring about 10–15 km in diameter (comparable in size to the one that triggered the K–Pg extinction which killed dinosaurs 66 million years ago). Assuming it cannot be averted.
500 Million Years From Now
American geoscientist and Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University James Kasting predicted that 500 million years from now. The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will drop dramatically, making Earth uninhabitable.
500–600 Million Years From Now
Freelance science journalist Anne Minard Estimated that a gamma-ray burst, or massive, hyperenergetic supernova, occurs within 6,500 light-years of Earth. Close enough for its rays to affect Earth’s ozone layer and potentially trigger a mass extinction. Assuming the hypothesis is correct that a previous such explosion triggered the Ordovician–Silurian extinction event. However, the supernova would have to be precisely oriented relative to Earth to have any negative effect.
1–5 Billion Years From Now
Various scientists have estimated this time as the end of the Sun’s current phase of development. After which it will swell into a red giant. Either swallowing Earth or at least scorching it completely occurring around five billion years from now. However, as the Sun grows gradually hotter (over millions of years). The earth may become too hot for life as early as one billion years from now.
1.3 Billion Years From Now
7.59 Billion Years From Now
It is predicted that Just before the Sun reaches the tip of its red giant phase and its maximum radius of 256 times the present day value. The Earth and the Moon will most likely be destroyed by falling into the Sun. Before the final collision, the Moon possibly spirals below Earth’s Roche limit. Breaking into a ring of debris, most of which falls to Earth’s surface.
22 Billion Years From Now
Various scientists have predicted that in 22 billion years the universe will end in the Big Rip scenario. Assuming a model of dark energy with w = −1.5. Observations of galaxy cluster speeds by the Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest that the true value of w is ~-0.991. Meaning the Big Rip will not occur.
End Of The World Predictions Summary
Should We Take Future End Of The World Predictions With A Dollop Of Salt?
Personally, I remain skeptical of many of these predictions. Some of the predictions that are based on science may carry a little more weight in my mind. However they are not set to happen in my lifetime, this being said they are still just predictions. So you should, of course, make up your own mind. If nothing else the subject of end of the world predictions should remind us that being as prepared as we can for any emergency or disaster situation that occurs is the sensible way forward.