Humanity has been thinking about the end of the world and the Second Coming for centuries now. Many prophecies saw the light of day throughout this time. Some believe that it’s God who will end us, others threaten us with comets and some with natural catastrophes. Another risk was added to that list in the 20th century - humanity itself. People realized - there are many different ways we can extinguish life on the planet, without even starting a nuclear war.
In a more or less livable way, the world still exists. So we decided to tell you about the five apocalypses that were expected but, fortunately, didn’t happen.
Pope Silvester II said that the end of the world would come on the 1st of January 1000. The world survived, the Pope - not really. He had to flee Rome in about a year after that. After a while his contemporaries supposed that Silvester II was slightly mistaken and that it would be 1000 not after Christ was born but after he was crucified. However, in 1033, this explanation didn’t quite turn out to be true either.
For popular reasons, the number 666 is disliked by many Christians. We can see that with Georgia’s examples even today. Therefore, it’s not hard to guess why 1666 wasn’t exactly greeted with fireworks in Christian Europe. In September of that year, a huge fire erupted in London, lasting for 3 days and destroying most of the city, including 87 churches and 13 000 houses.
It’s 1806, a hen lays an egg in Leeds, England, with the words “Christ is coming” on it. For many, it was a sign of the approaching Judgement Day. As it was later discovered, the owner wrote the message with special ink and forced the poor hen to lay the egg for a second time. It’s a miracle, please share!
The approaching of the new millennium created a new matter of worry for humanity. Many feared that with the arrival of the 21st century, a huge number of computers would crash. The thing is that many of the programs created in the 20th century only read years in two numbers instead of four. Therefore, there was a risk that 2000 would be perceived by them as 1900.
However, apart from a few glitches, everything ended well. By the way, we were also threatened with an approaching comet and a parade of the planets around the same time. But that’s nothing compared to crashing computers.
According to the Maya calendar, December 21, 2012, was to become the end of the first “big cycle”. However, many perceived this as a sign of the apocalypse.
Crashing with an asteroid, climate catastrophe, crashing with the planet Nibiru - many different scenarios were debated on the internet at the time. But in the end, they simply made a couple of films about it in Hollywood and that was the end of speculations.