The Ancient Roots of Doomsday Prophecies and End of the World Beliefs | Ancient Origins
- Doomsday prophecies are as old as recorded time. For as long as humans have existed, there has been a fear of an apocalypse or â€˜end of timesâ€™, when the gods wish vengeance upon their people, when humans pay for the sins of their fathers and forefathers, and when the demons of the world rise up and devour all that is good. Prophecies of the end of times stem from the mythologies of civilizations past: the Norse story of RagnarÃ¶k, the tale of Noah and the Flood, and the Biblical apocalypse. Though these civilizations are all thousands of years in the past, the same fear that drove them to make these mythsâ€”the fear of the unknownâ€”continues to haunt the human race today.