OK, so that's old news. I'm sorry! Have I mentioned that I've been busy? ;-) Enough of that broken record though, and on to the end.
While I know you've heard that Benedict XVI resigned and Francis took his place, did you know that Benedict XVI was the Antichrist? Oh yes! Shortly after Benedict XVI became Pope on 19 April 2005, claims sprung up about him being the Antichrist, such as here and here. I heard about this, and I have been waiting for that old codger to kick the bucket ever since!
Don't get me wrong; I didn't wish any harm on him. I just wanted yet another foolish "prophesy" to be fully rendered into the gibberish that all such prophesies have been since the dawn of time. His resignation was good enough, as it will be difficult for him to do what the Antichrist is supposed to do without the Papal seat. :-)
If you look at those linked sites above, they hedge the claims about Benedict XVI being the Antichrist so as to look less foolish if they are wrong, but years ago that was not the case.
It seems that lots of people have a fetish for the end of the world at this particular moment of history. Between globalization of business and the exponential boom of technology, the world is changing faster than I change my underwear; and I'm a single-side, single-use, single-day kind of a guy when it comes to that. ;-) Not finding any truly rigid point to affix their hopes to, the faithful seem ever-more-anxious to push the reset button and recreate the world into some form of perpetual paradise at the hand of a benevolent God.
For example, way back in 2010, I found this little gem:
"If additional time is granted the world for repentance and the acceptance of Yahuwah’s invitation to accept the sacrifice of His Son, Yahushua’s gift of eternal life, it would be short at best. Any additional time of grace is far from assured. After the fall of 2013, every additional day granted by Yahuwah should be regarded as living on borrowed time."That's this year! But don't get too excited. Now that the end is near, according to that prophesy, they have reworded the page to be much more vague about the dated of the end. You will not find that quote here anymore. In fact, I just checked and found the page completely removed, and you can't find any word about Fall 2013. I guess God must have changed the dates on them, or maybe they didn't want to appear too much like Harold Camping.
There are two important things to remember here. One point is that predictions of the end, in one form or another, have been made almost since religions got their start. The second point is that they have all been 100% wrong. There are no signs of that changing any time soon...
The folks at OnlinePsychologyDegree.net created this fine info-graphic with a sampling of interesting and funny predictions of the end throughout the centuries. Enjoy!