Dozens of prophesized doomsdays have passed uneventfully, and then society inevitably anticipates the next end-of-the world date. But as NASA reassures everyone, we will live beyond 12.12.2012, the inaccurately proclaimed “Mayan Apocalypse,” as well. Read: Apocalypse Not: NASA Video Explains 10 Days Early Why World Didn't End Yesterday.
But surviving past "doomsdays" doesn’t stop some people from predicting the next "end of the world" date and sending the more vulnerable into a fit of hysteria. A quick Internet search will turn up a slew of projected future apocalyptic days on social forums and message boards, the most popular being 2016 and 2020. As time passes, more prophecies will likely emerge. Indian Country Today Media Network culled the web and rounded up the most widely projected years for world destruction caused by radiation, biological warfare or even robots. Disclaimer: the sources may be unreliable, as have been the numerous other projected raputres and doomsdays.
A YouTube video by “Dr. Sal”, who professes to have worked for NASA for 20 years including at its special division Service and Advice for Research and Analysis (SARA), claims NASA has made contact with what is believed to be extraterrestrial beings, who warned them that the majority of life on Earth will end in August 2016 due to a geo-magnetic reversal. Between June 14, 2016 and August 19, 2016, Dr. Sal says the magnetic field of the plant will drift, and then the poles will reverse. While the magnetic fields have shifted before—780,000 years ago, according to his research—this one will occur at 124.762 degrees in an extremely quick 66-day period. The radiation released will devastate nearly all animals and 75 to 80 percent of human life. For the preppers thinking of hiding underground—it's not going to work; the danger lies within the Earth’s crust.
In an unrelated prediction, Professor Lloyd Cunningdale of Salt Lake City believes life on Earth will end in 2016. Years ago while excavating with his students at the site of the famous Donner party disaster of 1847, they discovered a time capsule left by the settlers containing many predictions for the future. It foresaw nations abandoning traditional methods of conflict and turning to biological warfare. Ultimately, a disease will spread, eliminating the entire human race, he said.
Vincent Carthane, who became an ordained minister specializing in hidden wisdom while in prison in 1999, predicts that some form of heavenly encounter, possibly tied to the end of the world, will occur during the year 2020. His assessment is based on Christian symbols and the Bible. Among his many points, he says a pentagram, a five-pointed star and the symbol of Satanism, is evident in the design of the Pentagon, America’s military headquarters. Furthermore, the Christian cross is shaped like the letter “t”, which is the 20th character in the alphabet. Some clergy wear two cross symbols on their lapels, which can be interpreted as the number 2020. John 20:20 refers to disciples seeing the Lord. Additonally, he notes, settlers landed on Indian soil in 1620, exactly 400 years from 2020. The Bible, he says, refers to an unfulfilled 400-year prophecy. Carthane’s book, "Aimed at America: Bible codes that shoot down deceivers", offers more examples of how the Bible is linked to the year 2020.
Bill Joy, co-founder and chief scientist of Sun Microsystems, forewarns in Wired Magazine that robotics, genetic engineering and nano-technology may threaten humanity existence as early as 2030. Among the many scenarios he raises, he points out that when humans eventually create robots, they may repopulate and take over. “It is even possible that self-replication may be more fundamental than we thought, and hence harder—or even impossible— to control,” he states.
He also raises concern about high-tech. "An immediate consequence of the Faustian bargain in obtaining the great power of nanotechnology is that we run a grave risk—the risk that we might destroy the biosphere on which all life depends," he writes.
Nostradamus, the famous sixteenth century French mystic, actually suggests the world will end in 3797, not 2012, contrary to common belief. But his obscure writings leave plenty of room for misinterpretation.