Apocalypse...Now?

Yisrayl "Buffalo Bill" Hawkins, the founder of the House of Yahweh religious sect, has been incorrectly predicting Doomsday for years. His group has a 44-acre compound outside Abilene, Texas. His most recent wrong prediction was in June 2008.

Some groups believe in a misinterpreted bit of Mayan archaeology, which they interpret to believe that the earth will come to an end in 2012.

With every slew of seemingly out-of-the-ordinary disasters come some who claim the pattern reveals signs of the coming Apocalypse. With each cycle people forget the calamities that befell the planet years or sometimes just before.

In 2008, a disastrous cyclone in Burma followed by a deadly earthquake in China and floods in the United States led people around the world to wonder if the end was nigh.

Iceland Volcano: Sign from Above?

"Only wild-eyed fundamentalists would think that recent weather phenomena have any theological significance," said John P. Meier, a New Testament scholar and professor at Notre Dame in Indiana told ABCNews.com. "The Earth has seen and will see much worse in recorded history."

While few people believe the End of Days is at hand because a few thousand travelers were stranded in Europe, many do believe that natural disasters are God's will.

"As you look at the Bible, God has used natural disasters as agents of judgment. Look at the Flood in the time of Noah," said evangelical minister Robert Jeffers of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. "Not all disasters are the result of divine retribution. But they are all the result of God's will. They all mean God wants us to take note of something."

There are other views. On Friday, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh blamed the volcano and consequent ash cloud on Barack Obama's health care plan.

"You know, a couple of days after the health care bill had been signed into law Obama ran around all over the country saying, 'Hey, you know, I'm looking around. The earth hadn't opened up. No Armageddon out there. The birds are still chirping.' I think the earth has opened up. God may have replied," Limbaugh told his listeners. "This volcano in Iceland has grounded more airplanes — airspace is more affected — than even after 9/11 because of this plume, because of this ash cloud over Northern and Western Europe. ... It's got everybody just in a shutdown. Earth has opened up. I don't know whether it's a rebirth or Armageddon."

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