Sep 19, 2008, 12:36PM

Financial Apocalypse?

There are a lot of nervous commentators out there—and for good reason. The financial situation in this country is unsure at best. To lighten the mood, here's a list of spectacularly incorrect predictions concerning the apocaplypse and other hilarious events.

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Between the years of 1831 and 1841, William Miller (a Baptist minister), predicted the return of Jesus and the end of the world based on prophecies in the Book of Daniel (Daniel 8:14). “My principles in brief, are, that Jesus Christ will come again to this earth, cleanse, purify, and take possession of the same, with all the saints, sometime between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844.” The day came and went and the Millerites kept their faith. After further discussion, the date of the end of the world was changed to April 18th. Again the day came and went. Again the date was changed - this time to October 22, 1844. Miller continued to wait for the end until his death in 1849.

Interesting Fact: The Millerite religious movement eventually became the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They believe that the prediction was correct, but that it referred to an event in Heaven not on earth. They continue to believe that to this day. Members of the Bahá’í Faith also believe the prediction - they think it referred to the coming of a forerunner of their own religion, the Bab.


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