The following list is an examination of some of the people who taught that the world would end 6,000 years from creation. They lived long before Charles Taze Russell came on the scene with his doctrine that the end of the world would culminate soon—in his day—some 6,000 years from the time of creation. In the July, 1879 ZION’S WATCH TOWER, Russell stated the object of its publication was because “we are living ‘in the last days.’”
(This list was compiled from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Froom, Volumes I-III unless otherwise noted.)
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (1451-1506): Following the earliest teachings of Augustine, thought the world would last 7,000 years. He adopted the creation date of King Alfonso, which date was about 534 years before Christ. He believed that there were only about 150 years remaining until the end of the world.