January 1 2017: After failed prophesy, doomsday cult gives new end of world date
by Rachel Ogbu
For those who think they might have cheated death because the world according to Mayan predictions didn’t end even though a lot of people knew it wasnt going to happen anyway, a new date for annihilation is January 1, 2017.
According to followers of The Sword of God Brotherhood, the actual Apocalypse is in four years’ time.
They believe the ‘Prophet Gabriel’ told the Brotherhood that the ‘dying time’ will come on this date and only members of the group will survive, while everyone else perishes in ‘hellfire.’
The gloomy prediction follows yesterday’s scenes of people around the world preparing for oblivion at 11.11am, when the 5,126-year calender of the ancient Mayan civilisation ended. It proved particularly anti-climactic for the few dozen people who climbed a mountain in Bugarach, south west France, where they believed they would be rescued by aliens hidden inside the rock.
Other predictions for the end of the world include 2023, according to theologist Ian Gurny.
Also, Irish saint Malachy foretold in 1143 that there would be 112 more popes before catastrophe – and we are on 111.
A more realistic forecast, however, is approximately 4,500,000,000 AD, when the Sun will swell into a giant star, engulfing Mercury, Venus, Earth and possibly Mars.