Predicitions for the End of the World from 1965 to 1999

About a variety of people's predictions and beliefs for the end of the world coming between 1965 to 1999.


APR. 18, 1965

A Colombian preacher in Bogota warned his congregation that the world was about to explode on Apr. 18, 1965. One faithful believer, Nelson Olmeido, spent his life's savings in one almighty spree. When Apr. 18 passed, he sued the preacher.

DEC. 25, 1967

In front of millions of TV viewers on The David Frost Show, Anders Jensen, the Danish leader of the Disciples of Orthon, predicted Christmas Day would mark the Apocalypse. The sect chose a field near Copenhagen to build an underground bunker with a 20-ton lead roof to see them through the danger period. Fifty disciples, including 10 pregnant women and some midwives, spent Christmas Day underground. But the expected nuclear explosion failed to happen. One by one the disciples reappeared from their shelter, much to the delight of sightseers, who applauded as they emerged. Jensen said, "We expected to see ash covering the ground, a red glow in the sky, and everything destroyed. It's all a bit disappointing, but we are confident there is a simple explanation." The disciples later sold the bunker at a profit.

FEB. 20, 1969

The self-appointed "Popess," Maria Staffler, told her subjects the world would suffer a disaster on Feb. 20, 1969, and proceeded to invite the faithful to follow her to the safety of a mountaintop. Unbelievably, only a few accepted the invitation, so in hopes of saving more, Maria obligingly moved the day ahead to Mar. 17.

MAR. 17, 1969

Maria Staffler waited inside her specially built hut with a few of her faithful followers. The murmurs of discontent grew as nothing catastrophic happened. Maria said, "Wait for one hour." They did, but still all was peaceful. The faithful left, and workmen arrived to demolish the hut, which had been built without permission.

SEPT., 1975

Mrs. Viola Walker, 67, of Grannis, Ark., announced to her relatives in September, 1975, that she had received a message from God. The message was that the Second Coming and the end of the world were close at hand. At Mrs. Walker's urgings, a core group of 21 of her kinfolk began a vigil in a three-bedroom house, renouncing their earthly ties and possessions and awaiting the return of Christ. They also stopped paying bills and took their children out of school. Eventually, seven of the children were forced by court order to return to school. The vigil lasted 10 months and was brought to an abrupt end on July 16, 1976, when two deputy marshals drove up and ordered the house vacated. The eviction order was prompted by a foreclosure on the vigil-house's mortgage. In all, six cars and four houses belonging to Mrs. Walker's faithful were repossessed during the vigil. After the eviction, a spokesman for the group said that they would now continue the vigil in their hearts only and that their faith was not shaken.


Christ died in the 1,998th week of his life, so some prophets have chosen this year as the fateful one.


Criswell, a psychic prophet, claims that a black rainbow (a magnetic disturbance) will suck the oxygen off the earth in 1999. Then the planet will race into the sun, incinerating everyone and everything.

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