In 1889, the WT said " we present PROOFS that the setting up of the kingdom of God has already begun...and that 'the battle of the great day of God almighty' (Revelation16:14),which will end in AD1914 with the complete overthrow of the earth's present rulership, is already commenced.".
The watchtower presented "proofs".
These "proofs" were wrong, so what credibility do they have to "proclaim" anything?
By Jack Ryan
The trio of 'signs' have all emerged in the past few months
Three unusual happenings have sparked claims that Biblical prophecies about the end of the worldÂ and the coming of the Messiah may be coming true.Â
The first occurrence was the birth of the first 'red heifer in 2,000 years' in Israel - a creature that features in 'end of times' tales in both Christianity and Judaism.
The news of the birth, which emerged in September, was followed by claims last month that fish and other forms of life are quickly filling up Dead Sea sinkholes.Â
Hebrew prophet EzekielÂ’s end-of-days prophecy foresees the sea - a hypersaline environment, with a reported 37 per cent salinity - flourishing into life.
And a photojournalist with the Dead Sea Revival Project said that coming to the body of water, "the lowest point on earth, you see prophecy coming true".
The first occurrence was the birth of the first 'red heifer in 2,000 years' in Israel Fish have reportedly been spotted in Dead Sea sinkholes The third strange occurrence took place this week, when a snake was filmed slithering out of Israel's Western Wall, unexpectedly interrupting prayers.
Footage showed the reptile scaring away a pigeon - with some Internet users deeming it a sign that a prophecy about the Messiah's coming will soon be fulfilled.Â
While countless 'end of the world' conspiracy theories have fallen flat over the decades, some claim that the beginning of the 'end' will actually begin in 2021.Â
The trio of 'signs' have all emerged in the past few months.
Below are the happenings that have sparked prophecy fulfilment claims
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Snake emerges from Western Wall cracks fulfilling Bible prophecy and signaling 'end of days' Birth of 'first red heifer in 2000 years'Â
Two months ago, it emerged that aÂ 'red heifer' had been born in Israel.Â
The Temple Institute announced the birth via YouTube, and said the calf and her mother would undergo "extensive examination" to determine if she's "blemish free".
It said the red calf "brings the promise of reinstating Biblical purity to the world".
Red heifers feature in "end of times" tales, with the birth and sacrifice of the red cow said to precede the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.
In mainstream Orthodox Judaism, the rebuilding of the Temple will happen before the coming of the Jewish Messiah. The two previous temples have been destroyed.
The Temple Institute announced the birth of the red calf via YouTube Rabbinical experts reportedly confirmed the calf is a Â“viable candidate for the Biblical red heiferÂ” The Temple Institute and other organisations have been established with the goal of building the Third Temple on Mount Moriah or the Temple Mount.
However, some theologians believe the construction of the Third Temple is linked to 'Judgement Day' or the 'end of times'.
After Â“extensive examination" of the calf, rabbinical experts are said to have confirmed she is a Â“viable candidate for the Biblical red heiferÂ”.
Breaking Israel News reported a board of rabbis verified she fulfilled the requirements of the prophecy - which says the cow must be red "without blemish".Â
A board of rabbis verified the creature fulfilled the requirements of the prophecy Fish spotted in the Dead Sea
It is said that the Dead Sea's high salinity prevents fish from living in it.Â
However, marine life has reportedly been spotted in the sea's sinkholes.Â
Scientists are said to have been shocked to discover the sinkholes rapidly filling up with fish and other forms of life that never used to be sighted.Â
Israeli photojournalist Noam Bedein said the body of water is "anything but dead", tellingÂ Breaking Israel NewsÂ that it is the Â“eighth wonder of the world.Â”
Scientists are said to have been shocked to discover Dead Sea sinkholes rapidly filling up with fish and other forms of life Old Testament prophet Ezekiel foresaw the Dead Sea flourishing into life in his end of times prophecy He has reportedly seen fish in the sinkholes - and witnessed growing vegetation.
Ezekiel, a priest and prophet who appears in the Old Testament, foresaw the Dead Sea flourishing into life in his end-of-times prophecy.Â
According to Ezekiel 47: 8-9, "there shall be a very great multitude of fish".
And Mr Bedein said: "A place that was once cursed in Biblical times, now you can come here to the Dead Sea, explore the sinkholes and see fish where the water has receded Â– fulfilling prophecies from Ezekiel who talked about the land flourishing and blooming when the Jews return."
Snake wriggles out of the Western Wall
A snake was spotted crawling out of the stones of Israel's Western Wall on Wednesday night, causing some "panic" among worshippers.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation released video footage of the reptile emerging from one of Judaism's holiest sites, theÂ Times of IsraelÂ reports.Â
During the incident, the snake reportedly scared away a pigeon - which some bloggers have claimed is a symbol that we are living in "dangerous times".Â
They say these times lead up to the coming of the Messiah.
A snake was spotted crawling out of the stones of Israel's Western Wall on Wednesday night Video footage has emerged of the incident at one of Judaism's holiest sites Some Internet users have also drawn connections to the serpent that tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, according to the Bible.Â
According to Ynet news site, the snake that slithered out of the wall's stones was likely trying to fatten itself up for the winter months.
The incident came just months after a 220-pound boulder dislodged and fell from the Western Wall, nearly crushing a female worshipper below.
By Guest Nicole
Short answer — no.
But David Meade, a Christian and self-published author of end-of-the-world survival guides, predicts doomsday is near — very near, as in this Saturday.
Meade’s ideology, laid out in his book “Planet X — The 2017 Arrival,” is described by the author as “a compendium of information from every sphere—astronomical, scientific, the Book of Revelation and geopolitics.” There’s some astrology in there, too.
Meade is the latest in a very long line of American self-proclaimed prophets who claim they know when — sometimes to the hour — the biblically predicted “end times” will arrive. And while it’s fun to laugh at his belief that the “Planet Nibiru” will collide with the Earth this week, the failed prophesies of some of his predecessors have, at times, led to important religious movements or illuminating ways of thinking about faith. Let us explain:
How common are predictions the end is at hand?
Very common. Wikipedia lists over 170 different religiously motivated predictions of the end of the world. The first recorded one dates back to the year 66 and ancient Judea. Since then, doomsday predictions have jumped continents, cultures and religions, but they do seem to be a mostly Protestant pastime. The first American-born doomsday dude was Cotton Mather. This son of Puritans, teenage Harvard graduate and popular New England preacher publicly proclaimed the world would end three different times, in 1697, 1716 and 1736.
If their predictions were wrong, why remember them?
Because some of the people or groups who made these failed predictions led to other important things in American religious history. Consider the Millerites, a band of 19th-century Americans who left their fields unplanted and sold their worldly goods in anticipation of their expiration date — Oct. 22, 1844. After their “Great Disappointment,” they eventually became the Seventh-day Adventists. (Fun fact: The Millerites inspired HBO’s “The Leftovers” and even made an appearance in a couple of episodes.)
Then there were the followers of Charles Taze Russell, a 19th-century preacher who looked for Jesus’ return and the resurrection of the dead (Christians only, please) in 1878 (and again in 1914). They became Jehovah’s Witnesses, who now ring doorbells around the world (and are persecuted for it in some places — looking at you, Russia). Even John Wesley, co-founder of Methodism, dabbled in predictions, once writing that Jesus would return between 1058 and 1836 (rather a large spread as predictions go).
Some failed predictions bring unexpected insights into religion. In 1955, most people laughed when Dorothy Martin, a Chicago housewife, said aliens from Planet Clarion informed her the world would end for all but her and her small band of followers, who would be “lifted up.” No end, no lift. But social psychologist Leon Festinger developed his “theory of cognitive dissonance” from his firsthand study of Martin, and he went on to write a 1957 book that explained how rational people come to believe irrational things that is still used to explain everything from religious beliefs to real estate bubbles.
And to flat-out ignore some predictions can be perilous. Florence Houteff, considered a prophetess by the Branch Davidians, predicted April 22, 1959, as the rollout date of the Book of Revelation’s fire and brimstone. Wrong, and her group splintered in the aftermath.
One of the splinters wound up in a compound in Waco, Texas, surrounded by federal agents demanding their surrender on firearms charges. Their leader, David Koresh, was another self-proclaimed prophet who made doomsday predictions involving the deaths of his followers. Some critics felt the federal agents failed to fully understand Koresh as a religious leader, seeing him only as a con man and criminal. By the end of a 51-day siege, after a battery of gunshots and a fast-moving fire, 86 people were killed, including Koresh and several children.
Why this prediction now? Wasn’t there another big “apocalypse now” prediction a few years ago?
Scholars say doomsday predictions cluster around certain events — the Great Plague of the Middle Ages, or the “harmonic convergence” of the planets, or the year 2000. Meade has pointed to last month’s solar eclipse as a “sign” of what he says is to come.
And yes, there has been a long string of predictions in the last two decades. Who can forget Harold Camping, the Christian radio media mogul who picked two dates in 2011, hit the airwaves, put up billboards, solicited money — and nada. He joined some rather famous names — Edgar Cayce, Sun Myung Moon, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson (at least twice, but before he had access to the White House) and John Hagee among them — of failed futurists. Heck, Sir Isaac Newton himself, great astronomer and mathematician, bet that Jesus would return in the year 2000.
Even the man who explained gravity was wrong. So relax. Make some weekend plans. See you Monday.
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