Seventy-seven percent of U.S. evangelicals believe we are living in the End Times, as do 40 percent of all Americans (video below).
The basic End Times scenario involves the appearance of a false prophet, known as the Antichrist, after which the real Messiah will make his long-awaited return, which will set off the apocalyptic war of Armageddon, during which the Antichrist will be defeated, and then Christians and converted Jews will ascend to heaven.
Since the End Times is considered by believers to be the wonderful fulfillment of biblical prophecy, it’s no wonder there are frequent predictions of its imminent occurrence.
One such prophecy currently making the rounds on social media is a 17-minute video posted to YouTube, which has gone viral and been viewed more than 4 million times, reports Metro.
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The producer of the video, Armageddon News, claims the Earth’s magnetic field is about to reverse its polarity, setting off the end of the world.
According to the video’s computerized narrator, “The polar flip will make the stars race across the sky, and the vacuum from the reeling of the Earth will pull the atmosphere along the ground, trying to catch up, creating what is known as a roll cloud.”
A group called End Times Prophecies has uploaded the video to YouTube, with the headline: “Why The World Will End Surely on 29 July 2016? Shocking Facts.”
As a result, many people now believe the world will end on that day. The director of Armageddon News, John Preacher, in a comment posted to the Mirror's website, says his video makes no such prediction.
Apparently, people are just reading the headline and not actually watching the video.
Preacher gives a fuller explanation of the video's prophesy:
"Someone is re-uping our videos and saying that the end of the world is July 29th. Nothing is going to happen on July 29th. We have never claimed such a thing, this date is just another false date being promoted online.
"We in no way promote that anything will happen on July 29th. There are a number of prophecies which must be fulfilled first, including the conquest of Jerusalem by the surrounding Arab nations, which lasts for 42 months (Rev 11:2), before the Second Coming and global earthquake/reeling occurs."
Apart from the fine details of when the end of the world will happen and what will set it off, the magnetic reversal is a scientific fact.
In 2011, NASA explained:
"Scientists understand that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia. In other words, if you were alive about 800,000 years ago, and facing what we call north with a magnetic compass in your hand, the needle would point to ‘south.’ This is because a magnetic compass is calibrated based on Earth’s poles. The N-S markings of a compass would be 180 degrees wrong if the polarity of today’s magnetic field were reversed. Many doomsday theorists have tried to take this natural geological occurrence and suggest it could lead to Earth’s destruction. But would there be any dramatic effects? The answer, from the geologic and fossil records we have from hundreds of past magnetic polarity reversals, seems to be ‘no.'"