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Unfulfilled Christian religious predictions

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This article does not include predictions by authors of sacred texts. It includes other notable, original predictions, as well as predictions based on interpretations of sacred texts. Predictions written in major sacred texts are covered in articles such as Bible prophecy and Qur'an and miracles. Another list, which is specific to the Second Coming of Christ, can be found at Predictions and claims for the Second Coming of Christ.

The Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus warns of the false prophets who are to come, by Carl Heinrich Bloch, 19th century.

This article lists predictions of notable religious figures that failed to come about in the specified time frame. They are listed according to the religious groups of which they were members.



  1. Jump up^ William to Joshua V. Himes, February 4, 1844.
  2. Jump up^ George R. Knight, Millennial Fever and the End of the World, Boise, ID: Pacific Press, 1993, 163-164.
  3. Jump up^ Samuel S. Snow, The Advent Herald, August 21, 1844, 20.
  4. Jump up^ When Prophecy Fails, Festinger, Riecken and Schaeter, page 7
  5. Jump up^ Soothsayers Of The Second Advent, William Alnor, page 57.
  6. Jump up^ The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, pages 417, 419.
  7. Jump up^ April 10, 1917 edition, page 3
  8. Jump up^ May 13, 1916 pp 6–9 etc
  9. Jump up^ "End Times" by Chuck Smith. 1979. Pages 35, 36.
  10. Jump up^ see page 43
  11. Jump up^ Reformation Principles and Practice: Essays in Honor of Arthur Geoffrey Dickens, p 169
  12. Jump up^ Luther's View of Church History, John M. Headley, Yale University Press, 1963, pp 13,14
  13. Jump up^ Prophecy and Gnosis — Apocalypticism in the Wake of the LutheranProtestant Reformation, Robin Bruce Barnes, p 64
  14. Jump up^ The "End Times": A Study on Eschatology and Millennialism. A Report of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. September 1989
  15. Jump up^ Bartsch, Franz and Richard D. Thiessen. Epp, Claas (1838–1913). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2005. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 November 2006.
  16. Jump up^ A Great Expectation — Eschatological Thought in English Protestantism to 1660 by Bryan W. Ball and E.J. Brill, page 117
  17. Jump up^ The Logic of Millennial Thought by James West Davidson, page 200
  18. Jump up^ "Signior" is the spelling used in the book (see pages iii and following of the third edition).
  19. Jump up^ Flegg, C.G. Gathered under Apostles. 1992. Oxford University PressISBN 978-0198263357
  20. Jump up^ "The writer, among many others now interested, was sound asleep, in profound ignorance of the cry, etc., until 1876, when being awakened he trimmed his lamp (for it is still very early in the morning.) It showed him clearly that the Bridegroom had come and that he is living "in the days of the Son of Man." C.T. Russell (April 1880). "From and To The Wedding"Zion's Watch Tower: 2.
  21. Jump up^ Russell explained how he accepted the idea of an invisible return of Christ from N.H. Barbour in "Harvest Gatherings and Siftings" in the July 15, 1906 Watch TowerReprints page 3822.
  22. Jump up^ The Three Worlds and The Harvest of This World by N.H. Barbour and C.T. Russell (1877). Text available online at: Scan of book in PDF format
  23. Jump up^ The Three Worlds, p. 175
  24. Jump up^ The Three Worlds, pp. 104–108
  25. Jump up^ See pages 68, 89–93, 124, 125–126, 143 of The Three Worlds.
  26. Jump up^ The year 1914 was seen as the final end of the "day of wrath": "...the 'times of the Gentiles,' reach from B.C. 606 to A.D. 1914, or forty years beyond 1874. And the time of trouble, conquest of the nations, and events connected with the day of wrath, have only ample time, during the balance of this forty years, for their fulfillment." The Three Worlds, p. 189.
  27. Jump up^ In 1935, the idea that the 6,000 years ran out in 1874 was moved forward 100 years. "The Second Hand in the Timepiece of God" (PDF).The Golden Age: 412–413. March 27, 1935..
  28. Jump up^ Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 7, 1917, p. 485, "In the year 1918, when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by the millions, it shall be that any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russell."
  29. Jump up^ The Watchtower, May 15, 1922; Sep. 1, 1922; Apr. 1, 1923; Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 1925, p. 110
  30. Jump up^ Kingdom Ministry, Watch Tower Society, May 1974, page 3.
  31. Jump up^ "A Solid Basis for Confidence", Watchtower, July 15, 1976, page 441.
  32. Jump up^ The Watchtower, March 15, 1980, p.17 "With the appearance of the book Life Everlasting—in Freedom of the Sons of God, ... considerable expectation was aroused regarding the year 1975. ... there were other statements published that implied that such realization of hopes by that year was more of a probability than a mere possibility. It is to be regretted that these latter statements apparently overshadowed the cautionary ones and contributed to a buildup of the expectation already initiated. ...persons having to do with the publication of the information ... contributed to the buildup of hopes centered on that date."
  33. Jump up^ Boyett, Jason (2005). Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual for the End of the World. Relevant Media Group. p. 30.ISBN 978-0-9760357-1-8. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  34. Jump up^ Abanes, Richard (2003). One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church. Thunder's Mouth Press. pp. 461–467.ISBN 1568582838.