From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Seven
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"The Tribulation is the Big Question "
Bible verses on the last days are shown in:
John 5:28-29; 6:39-40; 6:44; 6:54; 12:48, and Acts 24:15.
Various influential people in recent times
have tried to predict the end time and have failed miserably such as:
This page updated on January 20, 2011.
- William Miller who lived from 1782-1849 was an American religious leader who preached that Christ's Second Coming would take place in 1843. Miller's followers later organized the Advent Christian Church (1860).
- Charles T. Russell (1852-1916) predicted it to occur in 1914, he was an American religious leader who founded (1884) the sect now called Jehovah's Witnesses.
- Herbert Armstrong promoted it to be on January 7, 1972.
- The Jehovah's Witnesses, attempted a guess for 1975. They are members of a religious denomination founded in the United States during the late 19th century in which active evangelism is practiced, the imminent approach of the millennium is preached, and war and organized governmental authority in matters of conscience are strongly opposed.
- Edgar Whisenant threw his towel in the ring for September 11-13, 1988, which was based on the forty year generation of Moses added to when Israel became a nation in 1948.
- On CNN news service August 8, 1994 a man whose last name is Camping the author of the book titled "1994?" predicted nationally that the end of the world would begin on September 6, 1994. This is based on his theory that Jacob was born in 2,007 B.C., as was King David’s birth in 1,007 B.C., then Jesus Christ was assumed to be born on 7 B.C. Therefore on the basis that each was born 1,000 years apart, which totals to 2,000 years, then he could predict that 2000 years from Christs first coming would equate to his second coming. Therefore 7 B.C. plus 2000 years would be the year 1994 depending on what month one chooses for the birth of Jesus. In this case Mr. Camping chose Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year, observed on the first day or the first and second days of Tishri (Ethanim) September 6 and marked by solemnity as well as festivity [Hebrew ros haššanâ: ros, head, beginning + ha, the + sana, year]. This is the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, when the constellation Libra arises in September and October. This prediction occurred while I was writing this section. I expect him to revise his predictions any day now. Most likely he will decide that maybe Christ was born in the year zero, and change the name of his book to "2000?."
- Various other persons are looking to 1999-2000 as the year based on the assumption of 51.4 years as a generation. Even the assumption of the Kabbalistic practices representing the number of years in a man's life as 72, based on the 2160 years in an age divided by 30 degrees of the circle, would place it about the year 2020.
- In Psalms 90:10 there is a reference to a generation equaling 70 to 80 years, and even 90 years is possible, as it is stated "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."
- On December 5, 1990 the Center for Disease Control released the World Death Rates that included the Life expectancy average per 100,000 population. The Life expectancy for the countries were specified. At the low end was Hungary (1987) at 69.7 years to the highest of Japan (1987) at 79.1 years. The United States (1986) came in at 75.0 years. I find it interesting that from Moses death (1500 to 1405 B.C.) at 120 years old to now at an average of 75 years that in only 3,494 to 3,399 years the ratio only decreased by 38 % less than a range of 1.29 to 1.32 years per century. Compared to Shem's posterity which was scripturally encompassing only 365 to possibly 1,168 years. This is extreme in relation to the latter.
- Lately all the predictors in a last minute shuffle to wedge their bets if nothing happens by the year 2000, all sounded out that the new reference point was the date of June 8, 1967 when Israel regained their Holy Jerusalem.
So take your pick. 1967 plus 38 years equals 2005,
plus 40 years is 2007,
and in 2010 the same man named Camping seen above is trying to promote the end of the world again occurring in late 2011,
plus 51.4 years is 2018,
and 70 to 72 years equates to 2037 and 2039 A.D.
To make things more interesting they threw in the Swift Tuttle Comet which will hit the earth supposedly in the year 2126 A.D.
To go back to generations which led to these predictions found in Chapter Six.
or return to the 14 Generations from Matthew found in Chapter Six.
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