A fundamentalist Christian group is predicting the end of the world will "surely" occur starting on October 31 -- Halloween. Considering that the holiday is often a target of Christian groups (because of its occult imagery and pagan roots), the timing probably couldn't have been better for a quick polar shift to send the entire world into disarray and herald the Second Coming of the Christian messiah, Jesus Christ.
Haven't we heard this before? No, not the doomsday message that the end of the world is nigh. That happens quite often. But haven't we literally heard this before?
Yes, we have.
There is a video posted by the apocalyptic Christian YouTube channel End Times Prophecies, "Why The World Will End Surely on 31 October 2016? Shocking Facts," that many will find very familiar. It is the exact same video posted by End Times Prophecies back in July to warn that the end of the world would come "surely" on July 29. And how would it all begin? With the magnetic polar shift, of course.
To be clear, the only aspect of the more than 17-and-a-half-minute video that was altered was the date the world was coming to an end. The doomsday lines, the bad science, the even worse graphics, the unfortunate use of the word "surely," and biblical verses to tie it all together with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ -- all still there. In fact, End Times Prophecies did not even bother to alter the original posting date of the video (July 9).
As with many doomsday prophecies that predict exact dates, this one was picked up by the mainstream media and, as the Inquisitr reported, became an internet sensation leading up to the prognosticated last day, which, at the time, was July 29. The Daily Mail reported midway through the day on July 29 that the video had collected over 5 million views. (To compare, the video to date is nearing 7 million.) As can be seen on that posting and another in the Telegraph, the comment sections are replete with snide and facetious comments both before and after the "end of the world."
For those new to the doomsday video, let us reprise the salient points. End Times Prophecies tells us in the video -- via a narrator with a cheesy robotic voice -- that "the second coming of Jesus Christ coincides with a magnetic polar flip" (which, remember, now will "surely" bring about the end of the world on Halloween). Furthermore, the polar shift will trigger earthquakes around the planet and usher in a "rolling cloud" that will destroy everything that stands before it as it makes its way around the globe.
The makers of the apocalypse video conflate the conspiracy theory of the "overdue" magnetic polar shift with a weakening of the Earth's magnetic field, which they say will also allow deadly solar winds to infiltrate the ozone layer of the Earth.
And this ties in with the Christian bible through, as the video quotes, "Isaiah 24:20 says: 'The earth will crack and shatter and split open. The Earth itself will stagger like a drunk, sway like a hut in a storm."'
The basic problem with the video is not so much the prediction of the coming end times, which is a matter of faith, but the science the Christian group attempts to use as a backdrop -- the magnetic polar shift or "flip." Although polar shifts do occur, they are not sudden, nor, as far as has been determined by science, do they cause apocalyptic or cataclysmic events. In fact, when the magnetic poles shift, they do so over an extended period of time. They also are generally free of global disruption and have occurred hundreds of times, according to the geological record.
There is little if any evidence that the world will come to an end -- or begin some type of prophesied planetary demise -- on Halloween, no more than it did back on July 29. But the simple altering of the target day of the end of the world is reminiscent of many doomsday prophets over the years, the most recent being the Second Coming prophecies made by the popular Christian evangelist Harold Camping in 2011. When his prediction that the world would end on May 11 of that year did not actualize, according to USA Today, he told his followers that he had miscalculated by five months.
Of course, that ending of the world did not occur, either.
And when Halloween inexorably passes from midnight into November 1 without incident, there is little doubt that End Times Prophecies will do one of two things. The Christian YouTube user will either delete the end of the world prophecy or they will simply do what they did the last time nothing happened -- switch doomsday to some future date and let the video play on.
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