When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. ~ Deuteronomy 18:22
This is just a small list I put together to prove a point. Most of these we look at and think to ourselves how nutty these people were, but yet there are still some that believe and follow their every word even though it is proved to be not of truth. Nobody knows the time of the end but God himself. Man needs to quit trying to prove God wrong. This should make one wonder what else is being falsely taught by these people. Do not follow the false prophets. It will be a man just like this that causes the people to worship the final anitchrist.
Margaret McDonald, a 15 year old who had a vision of a pretribulation rapture in 1830, stated that Robert Owen was the future desolator antichrist. Owen died in 1859.
Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church, attended a meeting of church leaders on Feb. 14, 1835. He said that the meeting had been called because God had commanded it. He announced that Jesus would return within 56 years.
William Miller, founder of the Millerite movement, predicted that Jesus would come on March 21, 1843. A very large number of Christians accepted his prophecy. When Jesus did not return, Miller predicted this new date, Oct. 22, 1844. In an event which is now called “The Great Disappointment,” many Christians sold their property and possessions, quit their jobs and prepared themselves for the second coming. Nothing happened; the day came and went without incident.
Ellen White, founder of the Seven Day Adventists movement, made many predictions in the 1850s of the timing of the end of the world. All failed.
1914 was one of the more important estimates of the start of the war of Armageddon by the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society). They based their prophecy of 1914 from prophecy in the book of Daniel, Chapter 4. The writings referred to “seven times”. The WTS interpreted each “time” as equal to 360 days, giving a total of 2520 days. This was further interpreted as representing 2520 years, measured from the starting date of 607 BCE. This gave 1914 as the target date. When 1914 passed, they changed their prediction; 1914 became the year that Jesus invisibly began his rule. Other years included 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994, etc.
Herbert W Armstrong, founder of the Worldwide Church of God, predicted that the Day of the Lord would happen sometime in 1936. When the prediction failed, he made a new estimate: 1975.
The late Moses David (formerly David Berg) was the founder of the Christian religious group, The Children of God. He predicted that a comet would hit the earth, probably in the mid 1970’s and destroy all life in the United States. One source indicated that he believed it would happen in 1973. 1986: Moses David of The Children of God faith group predicted that the Battle of Armageddon would take place in 1986. Russia would defeat Israel and the United States. A worldwide Communist dictatorship would be established. In 1993, Christ would return to earth.
Pat Robertson predicted a few years in advance that the world would end in the fall of 1982. The failure of this prophecy did not seem to adversely affect his reputation.
Hal Lindsey had predicted in his book “The Late, Great Planet Earth” that the Rapture was coming in 1988. This failed prophecy did not appear to damage his reputation. He continues to write books of prophecy which sell very well indeed.
Jack Van Impe has many times suggested dates for the beginning of the tribulation period. A 1993 video was entitled “A.D. 2000 – The End?” An article in the January-February 1993 issue of “Perhaps Today” magazine included a detailed chronology to demonstrate that the Lord will probably return in September of 1999. Jack made comments before the year 2000 that Jesus should return by 2004, then it was 2007, then he pushed it back to either 2012 or 2018.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. ~ Matthew 7:15