Did you know that Christopher Columbus predicted the apocalypse? The most recent failed apocalypse prediction got me interested in other predictions and I found a list on Wikipedia detailing well over a hundred different major failed predictions (as well as some still yet to come). I expected to see people on that list such as Harold Camping, Jeane L. Dixon, Edgar Cayce, Ruth Montgomery, and so on. However, a few, such as Christopher Columbus, came as a bit of a surprise.
It’s true though. Apparently Christopher Columbus wrote a book called Book of Prophecies that incorrectly predicted the end of the world (according to the list) in both 1656 and 1658. I never knew that.
Martin Luther? Him too. 1600. I was raised a Lutheran and I never knew that.
Sir Isaac Newton?!!!! A famous physicist and mathematician making rapture predictions? At least his isn’t until 2060, but I’m still thinking he’s wrong.
There’s a number of surprises on the list, even beyond the sheer number or the fact that the first mentioned was as far back as 66-70 CE (or AD for those of us more used to that convention). I know people have long been obsessed with the apocalypse, but this was surprising even to me.