Bonehead Predictions in Christian History



Throughout the history of mankind, frauds, opportunists and charlatans have taken advantage of the ignorance, fears and superstitions of their fellow man in the name of religion. Sadly, this has never been more true than it is in the realm of Christianity.

It is not this authors intent to disparage those who believe in Christ Jesus, but to awaken them to the fact that the only trustworthy authority on matters spiritual is the Word. Just as there can be no true bridge but Christ between man and God, neither can there be any true authority between man and the Word.


These are but a few examples of why the way of truth is evil spoken of today by the unbelievers as predicted by the apostle Peter. 2nd Peter 2:2


In 999 many Europeans gave away their possessions to the Catholic Church, to prepare their souls for the expected end of the world on January 1, 1000. The Catholic priests carefully recorded all donations to the church and refused to give them back when Christ failed to show up on schedule.




In 1190, English King Richard the Lion-Hearted conferred with prophecy expert Joachim of Fiore. They determined that the Antichrist was already then living in the world somewhere, that it would be the destiny of Richard to deal with and defeat him, and that the Millennium would begin by 1205. Richard missed his date with Antichrist, dying in 1199, leaving no children who might have continued the Holy fight, since he was a homosexual.





Melchior Hoffman announced that Christ would return in 1533 and set up the New Jerusalem in the German city of Strassburg. For his part in fomenting the Munster Rebellion which was consequential to the failed prediction, the rulers of Strassburg put him in prison, where he remained until he died.





The Old Believers of Russia predicted the end of the world in 1669. When it didn't happen, 20,000 of them burned themselves to death in the period up to 1690 to protect themselves from the coming of Antichrist, who was later identified as Peter the Great.





In 1830 prophetess Margaret McDonald announced that Robert Owen would be the Antichrist. She also announced that the Church of Jesus Christ would be "Raptured" before the coming of the Great Tribulation. Owen later participated in the founding of New Harmony, Indiana and then died in 1859.





Mormon prophet Joseph Smith predicted the end of the world to come before the end of the 19th Century. He also stated by revelation that the Moon was inhabited by a race of men 6 feet tall and dressed like Quakers.





Baptist preacher William Miller, founder of the Millerites, announced that Christ would come on March 21, 1843, and when that failed, he proposed a new date of October 22, 1844.






Prophecy teacher Michael Baxter of England pinpointed the arrival of Christ to come on March 12, 1903 between 2:30 and 3:00 AM.





The Jehovah's Witnesses announced that Christ would come in 1914, then in 1925, then again in 1975. During World War II, faithful witnesses were encouraged not to get married because the war was a sure sign of the soon coming of Christ. Until recently the Watchtower taught that the generation that saw the events of 1914 would see the return of Christ, but with the extended passage of time, that teaching has been quietly dropped.








In 1978 Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, California announced that the Rapture was coming in 1981.




Edgar Whisenant, a former NASA rocket engineer turned prophecy teacher, became famous through a book entitled "88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Occur in 1988".


Whisenant predicted that Jesus would return to rapture His church sometime during the Jewish holiday of Rosh-Hashanah in 1988, which was from sunset, September 11, to sunset, September 13.


When the September prediction failed, Whisenant updated the time to October 3. Now that date, too, has fallen through. Whisenant nevertheless remains undaunted: "The evidence is all over the place that it is going to be in a few weeks anyway."


It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that he was wrong.





Prophecy expert Hal Lindsey led his followers to believe that the Rapture was coming in 1988. At last report, the late great Hal Lindsey was still alive and well on Planet Earth, enjoying book royalties with his third wife.





Korean preacher Lee Jang Rim announced that the Rapture would come on October 28, 1992. When it didn't happen, the Korean authorities put him in jail and many of his followers committed suicide.





Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, announced on his radio programs the world would come to an end in September, 1994.





Florida Assemblies of God preacher Benny Hinn predicted that the Rapture would come in 1993, and also that God would destroy all homosexuals in America by 1994 or 1995 at the very latest.





Florida Baptist preacher Peter Ruckman stated, based on his inside knowledge of the King James Version, that the Rapture was to come in 1990, give or take a year or two, and that the Millennium would begin by 2000 or earlier.





In 1997, "Prophecy Figure" James Lloyd made a bundle of money when he announced that New York City, Miami Florida, Los Angeles California, and Rome Italy would be destroyed by a nuclear bomb on July 4th, 1998.





In the late 20th Century, numerous Authors, Hucksters, and at least one self proclaimed "Watchman" announced that all computers on the planet would lock up on January 1st, 2000, in what they called the "Y2K" Crisis.





In the early 21st Century, Several Authors using the Occult as their source (including Mark Hazelwood, Nancy Leider, and James Mc Canney) announced that a mysterious Planet "X" would devastate the world when it would pass by planet Earth no later than May 15th 2003.





In 2003, "Prophecy Figure" James Lloyd again "prophesied" that New York City would be destroyed and the "Ushering in the Great Tribulation" at America's destruction, first on June 24th, then on July 4th, 2003. He sold a lot of "product", but America is still here, and James is still selling his merchandise.


In 2004 James Lloyd once AGAIN issued the same "Prophecy" that America would be destroyed on July 4th 2004 and when that prediction "failed", he set the date for sometime in November of 2004.








How many times can this guy tug on the same cow before it runs out of Milk?



Since 1992, James Lloyd has maintained that the 6th Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros Ghali, would become the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations and would assume the office of "The Antichrist" before his 81st birthday on November 14th, 2003, at which time Lloyd states "He will be too old for the office".

He has since "revised" that "perspective" which will allow sales of his "Antichrist" books and tape sets to continue unhindered by the outdated "scenario".






Since 1992, James Lloyd has also maintained that Pope John Paul II would rule the world in "the Office of False Prophet"

Pope John Paul II passed away on April 2, 2005.

John Paul II continues to defy James by remaining dead to this very day!




The Pot does call the kettle black, does it not?



Since 1992, James Lloyd has maintained that the 6th Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros Ghali, would become the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations .

On January 1, 2007, Korean Ban Ki-moon became the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations on January 1, 2007, thus killing Lloyd's Antichrist "prediction".










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