Only God Knows: Six 2020 Doomsday Predictions That Didn’t Happen


Here are doomsday predictions, not by prophets or psychics, but by secular, so-called “experts” who were convinced that these six catastrophes awaited us by or before 2020.

Ignore the so-called experts

“Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’”

–Isaiah 46:10

Ask any Christian and they’ll tell you that only our omniscient creator knows what the future truly holds and speaks to mankind through his prophets and Bible prophecy. But instead, the majority of the world listens to the so-called experts who continually get things wrong.

They come from all walks, whether it’s those possessing overpriced Ivy League degrees, leading scientists, or a former vice president who wrote a book championing the effort against global warming and inconveniently got it wrong. There’s one thing they all have in common – their predictions keep falling flat.

1. The US will warm by 6 degrees from 1990 to 2020

Those ringing the alarm bell over global warming predicted that by 2020, the United States will have warmed by 6 degrees over twenty years beginning in 1990.

2. US will run out of oil by 2020

Predictions about oil have come and gone over the last several decades. We were supposed to hit peak oil in the 1970s. The New York Times predicted in 1989 that domestic oil would run out by 2020.

Instead, in 2018, the US became energy independent as a net oil exporter for the first time in 75 years.

3. Missing out on the tech revolution will cause starvation for a billion people

This prediction comes courtesy of Discover magazine, which in 2000, predicted that tech-induced inequality will create a “grisly reality” that will lead to extreme global poverty where a billion people in the Third World will starve.

However, just the opposite happened. According to the World Bank, from 2000 to 2020, global extreme poverty actually fell by about a billion people. They had the number right, but the prediction was 180 degrees wrong in the opposite direction.

4. North Polar Ice Cap will be gone

Former Vice President Al Gore, author of “An Inconvenient Truth” which made the case for global warming and the need for mankind to do something about it, got it inconveniently wrong when he made a prediction about the North Pole.

On December 14, 2008, Gore predicted that the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely ice-free within five years – by 2013. The last anyone checked – it’s still there.

5. “Millions will die” from climate change by 2020

This comes courtesy of a Reuters headline from 1997: ‘Millions will die’ unless climate policies change. Citing a prediction in the Lancet medical journal, the report went on to state that by 2020, 8 million people will die as a result of climate change and weather-related deaths.

However, the statistics show the opposite. A climatologist from the University of Alabama in Huntsville stated that there has been “a 95 percent decline in weather-related deaths in the last 100 years.”

6. No glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro by 2020

“It’s now estimated that by the year 2020, there will be no glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro,” an officer at the U.N. Environment Program said in 2003.

A quick check will verify that the glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro are still there. However, more so-called experts are now recalibrating their predictions after failing famously.

Now, according to a report published by “experts” in the Journal Ecology and Evolution this year, they’ve added a new timetable that shifts the disappearance of the glaciers to the year 2045.

Trust in God for predictions about the future

“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

–2 Peter 1:21

Every day we are treated to alarming headlines in the news. The old axiom of “If it bleeds, it leads,” speaks to the fact that sensationalist headlines entice people to read. The more readers, the more money news outlets make. But at the same time, all this alarmism leaves people understandably shaken and uneasy.

Even the experts can’t agree on their opinions. But we need to ignore the so-called experts and put and confidence about predictions of what’s to come in the only one that truly knows the future – God.

God’s prophecies are for hope and encouragement

“On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.”

–1 Corinthians 14:3

While there are certainly calamities predicted in Bible prophecy, mostly, prophecy is there to provide reassurance, hope, encouragement, and proof of the accuracy of God’s word.