Hey YouTube, Jim here! Welcome to Top10Archive! Remember in 2012 when everyone thought the
world was ending? And, you know, the dozens of other times before
and after that? Well, if you look through the many mythologies
of the world, you’ll find so many different ways the world was – or is – slated to end
that we just aren’t paying attention to. Not sure if that’s more or less of a comfort…
but here are ten of those ways for your viewing pleasure! Not that it will matter when – ahem, if – the
world ends, but go ahead and give us a subscribe and be sure to click the bell for future notifications! If the world doesn’t end by the end of this
video, be sure to give it a thumbs up and leave a comment because we’re always looking
for a good conversation! 10. Sermon of the Seven Suns
“There will come a season, O monks, when after hundreds of thousands of years, rains will
cease. All seedlings, all vegetation, all plants,
grasses and trees will dry up and cease to be…” The words described by Buddha in the “Sermon
of the Seven Suns” are a version of the apocalypse foretold in Buddhist theology. According to the text found in the Pali Canon,
seven suns will appear before Earth, with the seventh one setting the world ablaze,
engulfing every inch into an impossible inferno that kills all signs of life. 9. The Death of Kiviuq
In Inuit epic stories, Kiviuq is a legendary hero, a wanderer that deals with adversaries
like spirits, giants, sea monsters, and cannibals. It’s not a widespread belief among all Inuit
people, but some, like a small sect near Baker Lake in Washington, think that when the great
hero dies, the world will end. The Inuit were also subject to a movement
called mumiksimaniq, which involved multiple Messiah figures cropping up from the 1930s
to the 1950s depicting their own version of the apocalypse. 8. The End of the Kalpas
According to traditional Hindu scriptures, aeons, or kalpas, are divided into smaller
cycles or periods. Kalpas are said to last 8.64 billion years,
or one day/night cycle for Brahma. Our current kalpa consists of four Yuga, or
epochs, and we are living through the last yuga, Kali Yuga. At the end of this age, which is filled with
violence and decay, the tenth and last avatar of Vishnu, Kalki, will appear atop a white
horse with a blazing sword drawn. Kalki is believed to bring the end of times,
which will wipe out humanity and usher in the Satya Yuga, the first yuga of the next
cycle. 7. Yawm ad-Din
The Arabic word for the Day of Judgment, followers of Islam believe that on this day, God will
judge those that have passed. Their soul awaits for Yawm ad-Din, anticipating
Gods’ arrival and subsequent judgment. Those judged favorably will enter Akhirah,
or the Islamic afterlife. Upon his judgment, God will wipe out all life
from existence. There’s no specific time frame as to when
Yawm ad-Din will occur, but there are ten major signs, including the emergence of a
false messiah like the anti-Christ, a large black cloud of smoke engulfing Earth, and
the rising of the sun from the west. 6. The Story of Utnapishtim and the Great Flood
In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the end of the world scenario already technically happened and
shared similarities with the fable of Noah’s arc. At the core of the Gilgamesh flood myth is
Utnapishtim, a mortal man that was tasked by Enki, the Sumerian god of water, to abandon
his life, gather his family, animals, and grains, and build a large ship that would
survive an oncoming flood. It was Utnapishtim’s task to preserve humanity
while the rest of the world was washed away by the rush of water. 5. End of Days
According to Jewish eschatology, or the theological section that deals with the end of the world,
the End of Days is less about the end of the world and more about the conclusion to history
as we perceive it. Possibly the best version of the “apocalypse”
we could ask for, End of Days is a sort of rebirth, where the world will continue on
and world peace will be prevalent. Then again, how End of Days unfolds can be
a bit of a bummer. According to one scenario, the Messiah will
arrive on a donkey after societies have started to crumble and the world is engulfed in a
cataclysmic world war. But it’s okay, because everything will be
okay afterwards… 4. Frashokereti
According to Zoroastrian beliefs, the end of the world will be preceded by a great battle
at the tail end of the “third time.” Forces of good and evil will battle, with
good prevailing, and while that sounds like the best scenario, what happens on Earth seems
less than ideal. The dead will be resurrected and are forced
to partake in a last judgment with the living. The metal in the hills and mountains will
be melted, forming a molten river that mankind will need to wade through. Those marred by wicked deeds will be burned
and will follow the flow of the river down to hell. The righteous will enjoy their time in the
river and will be left to thrive once all wickedness is removed from the world. 3. When Atum Gets Bored
According to Egyptian scriptures, the end of the world is a possibility, but thankfully,
it can also be avoided. Since it’s not a guarantee, the apocalypse
isn’t described in thorough detail, but from the texts that are available, it’s been determined
that the ancient civilization believed in cycles of renewal. In the Book of the Dead, Atum, the god of
creation, reveals his plan to return the world to its primeval state. When he decides to revert back to the waters
of chaos that predated mankind, all lifeforms, even the Egyptian deities besides Osiris and
himself, will cease to exist. 2. Rapture
In Christian faith, the rapture is the end of the world event depicted in shows like
The Leftovers and in the Left Behind series. All believers of Christianity, living and
dead, will rise into the sky to join their savior, Jesus Christ. Those accepted into Heaven will have to give
an account of their work done on Earth while those that weren’t raptured will be faced
with an apocalyptic event that will ravage the world and wipe out all of mankind. There have been dozens of predictions of the
supposed rapture, with one of the most infamous being that of Harold Camping, who convinced
millions that May 21st, 2011 was the end of the world. 1. Ragnarok
Try not to get your Norse mythology from Thor: Ragnarok. It was in the relative ballpark, but not quite
a good representation of the Nordic end of times. It’s true that Surtr, the fiery being at the
beginning of the film plays a role, but he’s not the sole bringer of damnation. Ragnarok is depicted as a great battle between
the gods, instigated by Loki and his wolf-son, Fenrir. In the war between the gods and giants, Odin,
Thor, and Freyr fell, as did the sea serpent Jormungand and the fire giant, Surtr. Ultimately, the war-torn land sank into the
seas, leaving nothing in its wake but the bottomless abyss Ginnungagap. So depictions of Ragnarok view the event as
the end of a cyclical period and not the end of history and life.

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