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Wrong Again!!

Let us state the obvious. If you are reading this — you are alive!! Well, of course you are. But you shouldn’t be — at least not according to a variety of end-time scenarios promoted by several individuals and groups claiming to be in the know.

In case you missed it, June this year was ’special’ — we had one day which was recorded as 06.06/06 or 666. Some so-called ’Satanists’ from the Hollywood style, dress up, excuse for justifying vice over virtue, known as the Church of Satan, started by Anton LeVey, (including the Melbourne, Australia, branch) gained some news coverage for declaring it to be a significant day in their calendar. There were occultists and other strange people who especially planned for their marriage to take place on June 6, 2006, while there were several mothers (influenced by the original movie: The Omen) who gave birth to boys on the 06/06/06 and named them Damien!! And, of course, the Hollywood entrepreneurs released another updated version of The Omen on that auspicious date earlier this year!

But there were more than a few others, around the world, including Christians and non-Christians who feared that the day with the ’Devil’s number’ would end the world! Wrong again!!

Anyway, any effort at accurately dating such cataclysmic events according to our current Gregorian calendar is doomed to failure. Our dating is far from precise. As one Roman Catholic pries, Richard Leonard pointed out, because of errors in the transition from Roman dating to the Gregorian system in 1582, 06/06/06 was not this year but actually occurred in our 2002. Wrong again!! (Besides, the Roam dating system was far from perfect to start with!)

Then there were claims by the supposed ’Church of the SubGenius’, which no-one really knows how to treat — is it all a bunch of meaningful nonsense; an anarchical philosophy based on chaos theory; somebody’s weird spoof and peculiar/weird sense of humour? Who knows?! But it claimed that the END of the world would occur on Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Well, you’re reading this aren’t you?! Wrong again!!

Then there was the Abilene, Texas-based ’House of Yahweh’, started by Yisrayl Hawkins (who used to be a country and western singer going by the name of Buffalo Bill Hawkins). This group claimed that the end was coming on September 12, 2006. They reported that those who laughed at their predictions would perish. The (Africa) Kenyan branch of the House of Yahweh raised deep concerns amongst government officials over fears that a possible suicide-murder tragedy might occur (such as the Ugandan failed end-of-the-world prophecies of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God — in which over a thousand people died in March 2000). So far members of this cultic group have been able to rationalise the non-event of the end of the world without any disasters or tragedies. Let’s hope it stays that way.

September has come and gone — we’re still here! Wrong again!!

In case you get too comfortable, however, there are a number of people (including some Christian writers, probably hoping no one has any copies of their old books lying around, and good enough memories to check their comments) who are predicting NEXT YEAR is going to be IT! We’ll see!

(From TACL Vol 24 #2 March/May 2003)