When it comes to end of the world prophecies, the death and resurrection of Jesus often plays an important role in the date. In one instance, a fear of witches added to the devastation of one of the most notorious diseases to sweep Europe. In this article, you will learn predictions centered on the 1000th anniversary Jesus’ death and other interesting prophecies.
1005 to 1006
When a horrible famine spread throughout Europe, people believed it was a sign that the end was near.
Because some felt that the 1000th anniversary of the death and resurrection of Jesus fell during this year, they anticipated his second coming. The actual execution date is unknown, but is thought to have taken place between 27 and 33 CE.
Because Gerard of Poehlde believed the millennium had actually started in 306 CE during the reign of Constantine, he spread the word that the end of the world would take place in 1306 CE.
After observing the alignment of many planets, John of Toledo predicted that the end of the world would take place during 1186.
According to Joachim of Fiore, the Antichrist was already in the world and in 1190; he believed that King Richard of England would defeat him. He then said that the Millennium would then start , an event he predicted would take place sometime before 1205.
Pope Innocent III believed the end of the world would come 666 years after the founding of Islam.
As the black plague stretched across Europe, one third of the population was killed. The event was viewed as the beginning of the immediate end of the world. Interestingly, the plague was given free reign to spread because of an increase of rats (and rat fleas). This came about because the Christians killed many cats, which were thought associated to witches. Without the cats to curb the rat population, the disease was able to kill larger numbers of people.
Approximately 1500 years after the birth of Jesus, it was a widely held belief by mystics during the 15th century that the millennium would start during this year.
When a flood attacked a great part of the world, lots of astrologers felt the end of the world was near.
Melchior Hoffman was sure that Jesus’ return would take place in 1533 , a millennium and a half after the supposed date of his execution. He believed the New Jerusalem would become established in Strasbourg, Germany. However, he was arrested and lived the rest of his days in a Strasbourg jail.