Doomsday timeline: Dates when David Meade, others said the world was supposed to end

The start to the end of the world is coming this fall, according to doomsday writer David Meade.

Meade, who said he is using astronomy and the Biblical book of Revelations, has predicted that Oct. 15 will be the start of the tribulation – the seven-year period that brings the demise of the world.

“Hold on and watch – wait until the middle of October and I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed,” said Meade, who also predicted a “magnificent sign in the skies” will occur on Sept. 23.

Meade certainly isn’t the first person who predicted the end of the world. Here’s a look at some other recent times the world was supposed to end.

October 7, 2015

Chris McMann, the leader of the eBible Fellowship group in Philadelphia, warned that the world would be destroyed by a fire on Oct. 7, 2015. When that didn’t happen, McCann told The Guardian it was “surprising.”

eBible Fellowship appears to still be in existence.

December 21, 2012

Reverend Billy performs to celebrate the "End of the World" in Times Square, New York December 21, 2012.  A 5,125-year cycle known in the Mayan calendar as the Long Count comes to an end on Friday and has been widely interpreted by cultists, New Age disciples, and believers in the esoteric as heralding the destruction of the planet. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM2E8CM0QLO01

Reverend Billy, a singer, performs during an "End of the World" celebration in New York on December 21, 2012.  (Reuters/Andrew Kelly)

Conspiracy theorist, numerologists and self-described prophets looked to Dec. 21, 2012 as the day the world would officially end – known as the “Mayan Apocalypse.”

They predicted the world would end with a massive solar storm that would knock out the power grid or from a comet blasting into Earth.

May 21, 2011

A volunteer from the U.S. religious group Family Radio, a Christian radio network, hands out pamphlets with warnings of an impending Judgment Day at Times Square in New York May 13, 2011. The designation of May 21came from Family Radio president Harold Camping, who predicted that date through a series of mathematical calculations and the unraveling of codes behind the Bible story of the great flood. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) - GM1E75E08B501

A volunteer from the religious group Family Radio hands out pamphlets warning of the impending Judgment Day. Harold Camping, an evangelist, predicted the end times would begin May 21, 2011.  (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Harold Camping, a former evangelist, convinced so many people that the world would end on May 21, 2011 with a series of earthquakes that many quit their jobs and donated money to Camping’s Family Radio network.

After the world was still very much in tact on May 22, Camping changed the date to Oct. 21, 2011. And when the world still wasn’t destroyed then, Camping apologized for his “sinful” statements. He died in 2013.

April 29, 2007

Evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson takes his seat onstage ahead of a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Virginia Beach, Virginia September 8, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS RELIGION) - GM1E899099O01

Evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson has predicted the supposed end of the world multiple times.  (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Former Southern Baptist pastor Pat Robertson has predicted the world will end multiple times – including on April 29, 2007. He made the prediction in his book “The New Millennium” in 1990.

January 1, 2000

Customers leave a major Australian bank in Sydney January 4. Australian banking and investment markets appear to have slipped through the Y2K net with no apparent problems related to the potential computer glitch on the first business day of the year. - PBEAHULOTBQ

Many people thought the start of Y2K would cause the world to end.  (Reuters/Jason Reed)

There was widespread concern and theories that computers couldn’t handle the start of the new Millennium and the world would end. That idea was also promoted by Jerry Falwell, the southern pastor who died in 2007. Falwell warned that the new century would be “God’s instrument to shake this nation, to humble this nation.”

Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, authors of the fiction “Left Behind” series about the end times, also at one point warned that the Y2K could have brought about the destruction of the world.