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A theory that the world will end on July 29, 2016 has captured the imaginations of many (video below).
Conspiracy theorists from End Times Prophecies released an online video claiming the apocalypse will occur soon, with Jesus Christ resurrecting.
"This is Armageddon News,” they said. “In this broadcast we’ll discuss the second coming of Jesus Christ, which occurs at the same time as a magnetic polar flip and catastrophic global earthquake."
The channel uses Bible verses to describe the end that’s approaching.
"Revelations 6:12 says, 'There was a violent earthquake, and the Sun became black like coarse black cloth, and the moon turned completely,'” they recite, adding that there will be violent earthquakes.
It’s not the first time conspiracy theorists have frightened many by claiming the world will end soon, Brittanica.com reports.
One of the earliest predictions likely came from Montanus in the second century, who claimed Jesus was coming back soon.
Centuries later in the 1800s, religious leader William Miller would also predict Jesus’ return, claiming the world would end in 1843. He attracted more than 100,000 followers, many of whom were disappointed when they did not ascend to heaven that year.
“I waited all Tuesday, and dear Jesus did not come ... I lay prostrate for 2 days without any pain -- sick with disappointment,” said Henry Emmons, a follower of Miller's.
Experts explain there a variety of psychological and sociological reasons why people love predicting the end of the world, New Scientist reports.
For some, it helps them explain the often mysterious world around them and offers hope.
"Within its limitations, apocalypticism is very rational. It's a world view that explains time, space, and human existence. It's not science -- it's not universal or repeatable -- but it does explain things,” said Lorenzo DiTommaso, associate professor of religion at Concordia University in Canada.
Not everybody who enjoys interpreting prophecies fits the stereotype of crazy or unintelligent.
"They tend to be quite intelligent compared with the general population but they are looking for answers for how life is the way it is, and whether there is a purpose,” added DiTommaso. “Envisioning a better time past the evils of the world provides a very powerful way of understanding the world and all its problems."
H/t: Opposing Views