UPDATE: Asteroid Apocalypse Spells End Of The World In September 2015
A gargantuan asteroid is hurtling towards Earth, with enough power to wipe out life as we know it.
That’s the belief of an online community of biblical theorists who predict our collective demise will occur between 22 – 28 September 2015.
Though sources are dubious, chatter about the impending end of life as we know it has prompted Nasa to speak up.
Biblical theorists say our demise will occur when an asteroid strikes the Earth in September 2015
In comments reported by Yahoo News, a spokesman said: "Nasa knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small.
"In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years."
These rumours have been swirling for years, however.
The Inquisitr traces the originator of this prophecy to self-proclaimed prophet Rev Efrain Rodriguez, who claims to have written to Nasa in 2010 warning of the asteroid.
Rev Rodriguez says he learned of the impending disaster via a message from God, stating the asteroid would hit the ocean near Puerto Rico and cause a massive earthquake and tsunami which will devastate the east coast of the US, Mexico, central and southern America.
Rev Rodriguez also claims Nasa had confirmed the trajectory of the asteroid and that President Barack Obama had been briefed – though the only preparations have been made to enable the “rich and powerful” to protect themselves.
Other similarly questionable sources cite a meeting between French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and US Secretary of State John Kerry in May 2014 as being further evidence the Rapture is approaching.
Referring to climate change and climate “chaos”, Fabius was quoted as stating: “As I said, we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos. And I know that President Obama and John Kerry himself are committed on this subject and I’m sure that with them, with a lot of other friends, we shall we able to reach success on this very important matter.”
A blog entitled Coercian Code –Dark Times Upon Us seized upon this to warn: “This was the public announcement to the world of what is coming on September 24 2015, the end of the 500 day count, when the Abyss will open and the days of darkness will begin.”
At odds with talk of the Rapture, however, is the theory that the asteroid isn’t going to get us – but the CERN Large Hadron Collider will.
One blogger points out: “The CERN logo is 666, the sign of the beast in a circle.”
With all this in mind, here are seven predicted Armageddons you've already survived. And one that you won't.
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Language tycoon Charles Berlitz suggested that the world would end in 1999, although he wasn't sure how.
He speculated that it might involve nuclear devastation, asteroid impact, pole shift or other earth changes.
This worldwide armageddon phenomenon struck ahead of the millenium, causing governments and companies across the world to assess their computer systems for potential bugs.
Although many thought Y2K was a computer virus that would cause machines to rise up and kill their creators á la Terminator, it was actually a consideration of the date systems used in computers. Some manufacturers had failed to use the full year dating system, so most aging tech at the time considered the year to be 99 instead of 1999. Worried that the machines would malfunction and be rendered useless or vulnerable when they ticked over to 00, the world population strived to rectify the issue.
And it definitely didn't result in planes falling out of the sky or microwaves trying to kill their human masters, which is good.
foresaw the world ending in May 2003. She said aliens in the Zeta Reticuli star system told her via a brain implant that the comet Nibiru would enter our solar system and cause a pole shift on earth that would destroy humanity.
Despite the credible sources, Lieder's prediction failed to come true.
Yisrayl Hawkins, founder and pastor at The House of Yahweh, predicted the world would end as the result of a nuclear war which would start of September 12th, 2006.
After the bombs failed to drop, Hawkins published his book Birth Of the Nuclear Baby: The Explosion Of Sin, in which he claimed the nuclear war HAD started on his prophesied date but the launch of nuclear weapons was yet to occur.
After already wrongly predicting armageddon three times in 1994 and once in 1995, in 2011 Harold Camping of the Family Stations Ministry stated that the Rapture would occur on May 21st and this would be followed by the end of the world 5 months later.
Reuters camped outside the preacher's house on the eve of ascension, only to see him emerge "flabbergasted" on the 22nd.
The next day, Camping revised his prediction and said that the faithful would ascend to heaven on the same day as the Earth's destruction, October 21st.
Needless to say, that didn't happen.
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José Luis de Jesús, self-proclaimed reincarnation of Jesus Christ and the Antichrist, believed that he and the members of his Creciendo en Gracia sect would be able to fly and walk through walls following the fall of the world's economies and governments on June 30th 2012.
The Floridian's outlandish claims were overshadowed, however, by the sheer virality of the Mayan 2012 prophecy.
Prompting a disaster film titled 2012 and various History channel "documentaries", the end of the ancient Mayan calendar was widely believed to be an omen of the end of the world.
Despite NASA scientists saying nothing would happen, believers thought the world would be struck by an asteroid or some other interplanetary object on December 21st 2012.
It is estimated that in the 3×1041st century, all nucleons in the observable universe will decay causing any remaining life in existence to evaporate entirely.
This is known as the Total Existence Failure of the universe, and it doesn't sound very pleasant at all.
That is, if we avoid the galaxy Andromeda colliding with ours in the 40 millionth century.