The predictions for 2016 are already starting to come in hot now that the New Year’s Day is almost upon us. So far, the 2016 predictions are looking fairly interesting. While World War 3 fears have become common due to saber rattling by China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia, some people are combining the 2016 Nostradamus predictions with Bible prophecies related to Jesus and the Antichrist’s end times. Throw a giant asteroid into the WW III mix, and these 2016 conspiracy theories are certain to be a blast.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the U.S. military is preparing their WMD bioweapon defense teams for a potential end of the world threat, but their efforts eerily resemble the fiction related to a zombie apocalypse virus.
The last two years have not been good to end of the world predictions. There were multiple 2015 asteroid impacts that proved to be untrue, some tried to claim the Mayan calendar actually ended in May of 2015, and the Norse myth of Ragnarok came to pass. Instead of being doom and gloom, like the myths portrayed, the end of the world date for Ragnarok was so much real world fun that Thor may want to do it again.
First off, full disclosure, this article is a semi-serious take on these 2016 predictions. Some of the ideas are very likely to be untrue, and Nostradamus’ prophecies can be applied to a long list of years, but the Bible’s prophecies are debated among Christians to this day. So, now that you have been forewarned, let us proceed.
The End Times Prophecies Of Daniel In The Bible
End times predictions have always been a tricky subject since Jesus said, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Regardless, many Christians have attempted to use other prophecies in order to guess the time frame in which the Antichrist may usher in the end of the world.
Obviously, all of these old predictions have been wrong about Jesus’ second coming, but some point out that Daniel 9:24 gives a time limit for these events to happen.
“A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.” — Daniel 9:24
In this case, the Bible verse may be referring to Jubilee cycles, a 49 year period which ended with debts being cancelled and servants being set free. Thus, “seventy sets of seven” is referring to 3,431 years. Scholars generally agree on how these numbers may be calculated, and there are some technicalities, but the disagreement begins when it comes to matching Bible predictions to the modern calendar.
The traditional date for the Jewish exodus from Egypt is 1446 B.C., and thus the year that the Jews entered Canaan would be 40 years later, or 1406 B.C. This starting date is very important to Daniel’s prophecy, since the prediction would point to the year 2016 A.D. assuming that the Jews entered Canaan in 1416 B.C., which is a position advocated by some websites.
“God’s people will be totally and permanently delivered from sin and Jesus will come again,” claims MarkBeast.com. “The second coming of Christ will occur at the exact time predicted in Daniel’s prophecy. In 2016 there will be an end to sin in the world, Jesus will come the second time, and then the end of the world will come.”
2016 Nostradamus Predictions, World War 3, And The Antichrist
Anyone who knows Nostradamus’ prophecies also knows they can be applied to many situations since they are often vaguely depicted. In fact, many websites that claim to have the top 10 Nostradamus predictions for 2016 often are listing off modern day news events with no references to the actual writings. The Nostradamus Society of America takes a different approach.
“In an attempt to make sense of the future, we can develop hypothetical scenarios of possible future events by linking certain quatrains [a four line stanza] together with other quatrains of similar subject matter, time frames, and geographical regions,” explains the society. “Due to Nostradamus’ intentional confusion of linear time in the sequence of the quatrains it is possible to construct hypothetical scenarios of future events which might later be proven correct, or incorrect.”
They believe that multiple paragraphs reference World War 3, with Vladimir Putin’s Russia, Israel, and NATO playing central roles in the conflict. The Antichrist is a central figure to the predictions, and the society states that if the Antichrist “makes his appearance before the year 2050, hypothetical years for events which might involve him could be… 2016.” Of course, they also list off 10 other future years in which they believe Nostradamus predictions could be applied, so it’s not like this is a set date for the end of the world.
As an interesting aside, Nostradamus also states that global flooding will occur at some point in the future, and the society believes this could be a reference to global warming. Climate change scientists have been saying for years that the sea levels will rise and flood coastal cities all over the Earth, and the society makes another connection there.
A Modern Day Nostradamus Predicts A 2016 Asteroid Impact On Earth
Pastor Ricardo Salazar is really sticking his neck out as a Christian pastor since the Bible clearly states that if the words of a self-proclaimed prophet do not come true, then they are to be stoned to death. According to Express, Salazar is so confident about his 2016 predictions that he has published a timeline of events.
The first part begins in 2015, with the pastor claiming that refugees in Europe will soon find the borders closed to them. To a certain extent, this reaction could have been predicted regardless of the other claims, but Salazar claims World War 3 starts with China attacking Japan in February of 2016. Again, others have made similar predictions, including writers for the American Thinker and George Soros, who believed there was a “likelihood” that China’s Communist Party would start an external conflict in order to unify the people against a common enemy if their economy begins to falter.
It is claimed that in April of 2016 that Russian scientists will spot a 5.6-mile wide asteroid on an impact course with Earth. In May of 2016, the asteroid is supposed to impact on either May 15 or May 17, and the resulting destruction will kill 1.2 billion people. This particular 2016 prediction has been covered in a previous Inquisitr article, and NASA says there’s nothing to fear yet.
“NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small,” a NASA spokesman said. “In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”
Even a Yellowstone volcano eruption is part of these 2016 predictions, with the supervolcano destroying most of the United States. The USGS may admit that this scenario is possible, but it would need something major (like an asteroid) to cause the pressure contained underneath Yellowstone to be released, suddenly, in a nuclear-sized explosion. Fortunately, scientists have been analyzing how to make accurate volcano eruption predictions; so far, Yellowstone National Park seems stable.
Let’s get back to the end of the world, shall we? In response to the volcano blowing its top, China and Russia will supposedly continue World War 3 with an attack on the United States. This war eventually expands to include Israel, and the Bible does speak of foreign nations attacking during the end times.
Salazar is already making 2017 predictions, since he claims the Chinese Yuan, or renminbi, will become the new global reserve currency instead of the U.S. dollar. Again, this 2016 prediction does have some grounding in reality since the Chinese yuan was approved by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in recent times.
All of these events will supposedly set up conditions for the Antichrist to take over the world by 2020, but 2023 Jesus’ second coming will allegedly end it all.
What Do Mainstream Christians Say About End Times?
If the apocalypse is around the corner, then some of the more well-known, modern figures in Christianity may have something to say. Pat Robertson has famously claimed that he also believes an asteroid impact on Earth may happen, but he hasn’t specified a date. Perhaps the most famous evangelist of them all, Billy Graham, just states there is “great confusion” related to Christian end times theology.
“The more I listen to the news of what is going on in the world, and in the church, there is great confusion about the end times,” he said, according to Charisma News. “Some people wonder how to get to heaven and others don’t seem to care if they wind up in hell. God has a lot to say about this, and He has not kept His promises hidden, but few pastors preach on it today.”
What do you think?
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