That killer asteroid that somewhat coincided with the fourth in the tetrad of blood moons and was supposedly on course to provide a cataclysm to the apocalypse that was to unfold — well, it missed. The Earth, that is. In fact, it missed by a considerable distance. So… now what? On to the next doomsday?
CNN reported October 10 that Asteroid 2000 FL 10 came so close to hitting the Earth that it missed our home world by 15 million miles. That is roughly 63 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon, which is 238,000 miles away. Truth to tell, Asteroid 2000 FL10 (also known as Asteroid 86666, which is most likely how it got conflated into the Blood Moon tetrad apocalypse scenario — you know, having all those sixes, three of them being the Number of the Beast) passed by at about three-fifths of the distance to the nearest planet, Venus (which, at its closest, is about 25 million miles away).
Despite dire warnings of an impending impact from Asteroid 2000 FL 10, NASA had already announced that the passing space rock actually posed no threat of hitting the Earth on its (exaggerated) near miss flyby on October 10. “There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth” on the dates suggested by doomsayers, NASA’s Paul Chodas, manager of the Near-Earth Object office noted in the statement. The program maintains that there are no asteroids or comets that threaten Earth in the “foreseeable future.”
So with a double-dose of doomsdays come and gone within just as many weeks, how close are we to the next doomsday? Barring an unforeseen collision with a planet-killing asteroid (remember: the Chelyabinsk meteor was an uncharted piece of space rock that appeared seemingly out of nowhere), something NASA says will likely not occur anytime soon, the next big doomsday prophecy (except for the calculations of evangelical preachers and apocalyptic imams) is set for 2020.
According to Listverse, apocalyptic author Hal Lindsey predicted that the end of the world would occur in 1988, a biblical generation (40 years, according to Lindsey) after the formation of the new state of Israel. However, World Bible Society president F. Kenton Beshore expanded the timespan — due to Lindsey’s calculations being in error — to 70 years, placing doomsday in 2018.
But close on the heels of Lindsey’s prediction is that of the late famed psychic Jeane Dixon, who predicted in her 1971 book, The Call To Glory, that the End Times would begin in 2020 with the battle of Armageddon. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ and his clash with the Antichrist and the False Prophet is supposed to occur before 2037.