1) Year 2000: Expectations of 2ndcoming in and around the year 2000.
I witnessed people using this event in their speeches, when they spoke of Christ’s 2ndcoming. Most people expected something to happen immediately, but nothing to that effect. So when Tsunami struck Japan, it was little seen in the context of prophecies, but rather as another natural disaster.
3) May 21st 2011: Harold Camping’s failed prediction of the return of Christ.
Harold Camping blindly believed in his own speculations, and he also indoctrinated many people to make them believe that the rapture was going to take place on May 21st, but this later brought shame to many Christians, for it received unprecedented attention, worldwide. When what he said didn’t happen, it was another chance for others to make fun of Christian’s apocalyptic beliefs, and some even started to question the credibility of Biblical prophecies.
The Mayan Calendar has nothing to do with the Bible, yet, it has made many to have second thoughts about the end of the world (compounded by the horror created by the film 2012). But nothing happened, and the effect was that people started to mock the concept of the end of world itself. Even though, everyone knows that the world could meet with disaster, connecting it with the religious traditions is losing a great deal of significance.
5) Year 2013: Theories connecting the new Pope and end of the world.
Malachy, Don Bosco, Lady of Fatima, aliens, false prophets and a lot more of such “tags” made the election of new pope (Pope Francis) an unforgettable event. The world was eagerly waiting to see whether something was going to happen, when the new Pope got elected. On the day of Pope Ratzinger’s resignation, when a lightning bolt struck the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, expectations were very high. But as usual, this event also seems to have moved on without any significant news, at all.
6) Increased acceptance of Abortion and Homosexuality:
It was prophesized centuries back that one day the world will become increasingly wicked and people will be unholy and selfish than ever before, and then Jesus Christ will return. From the point of view of an unbeliever or a semibeliever who have heard about the prophecies, it is high time that Christ returns. The fact that the world has already started to publicly embrace homosexuality and other wickedness and the delayed return of Christ often tempts one to be skeptical. This is fast evading the faith in the 2nd coming and is known to have confused even the very militant believer.
So what can we Christians hope for?
We can only pray for His coming and prepare ourselves with a holy conduct which will please Him. We have the word of God, which gives us wisdom to understand how the prophetic events will be unfolding. For it is written,
” For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Hebrews 10:37
” Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9