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Countdown to Apocalypse is a six-part documentary that is produced and distributed by the History Channel and H2, More to History. H2 takes a close look at the prophecy that claims the world would end on December 21, 2012. They investigate the cultures and traditions that believe in end-of-the-world prophecies, such as the Mayan calendar and the wrath of Revelations from the Bible. H2 delves into the origin of such prophecies to understand where and why they began. In each episode scientists study the evidence and decipher if there are any facts that are relevant enough for a prophecy to be deemed true.

The Mayan calendar is explained, and scientists discuss how accurate Mayan calendars really are. The belief that the most violent solar storm will occur due to a rare galactic alignment is also investigated. As people believe that the planet will meet its demise, H2 interviews people that are going to extremes in preparation for the end of the world.

The Christian belief of the four horsemen of the apocalypse is dissected to see if there is any truth in in the four divine judgments that many people believe have already started on earth. The Hopi blue star is investigated, and experts debate the possibility of massive earthquakes, tsunamis and super-volcanoes destroying the earth.

Nostradamus might have accurately predicted a number of events, but he was not the only prophet of doom to have correct predictions; H2 experts take a close look at the predictions of Edgar Cayce, Joseph Smith, St. Malachy and Sir Isaac Newton.

Countdown to Apocalypse looks beyond this latest prediction and researches what Doomsday predictions are yet to come. Interviews are also conducted with everyday people that are going to extreme lengths to prepare for survival, just in case one of the end-of-the-world predictions comes true.

History
1 Season, 6 Episodes
November 9, 2012
Documentary & Biography
5.7/10
Cast: Billy Carson, Matt Mogk
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Countdown to Apocalypse Full Episode Guide

  • A woman prepares for the end of the world by storing mass quantities of food; a man stockpiles weapons in preparation for a potential zombie invasion.

  • Prophets, psychics, scientists and data predicting doom.

  • A closer look at the prophecies of the Hopi people that warn of natural disasters.

  • Centuries ago the prophet Nostradamus had visions of the end of our modern world. Now, scholars decipher his mysterious predictions and learn of terrible tragedies and catastrophic events that threaten to annihilate global populations. Nostradamus has successfully predicted the rise of Hitler, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the detonation of the atomic bomb, and countless other events. Many fear that the remaining unfulfilled prophecies of Nostradamus will manifest before our very eyes. At Radius Engineering in Texas, Walton McCarthy shows state of the art underground shelters to a concerned family and in South Florida, Billy Carson of Fort Terra Nova meets with a prospective client interested in joining an underground shelter community large enough to house over 350 people.

  • The Book of Revelation: the New Testament s blueprint of doom foretells the coming of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse, heralding the end of days. These horsemen will usher in four divine judgments that promise to devastate humanity. While skeptics dismiss it as a mere allegory, every Sunday around the Christian world, church pews reverberate with its dark prophecies. With the potential for global pandemic hiding in every unchecked sneeze, worldwide hunger at an all-time high and the specter of World War III hanging over the Middle East, Revelation s followers believe its dark imagery is coming to light in modern times. Believer and prepper Ray Gano sees current events as a confirmation of the Book of Revelation s predictions and is preparing to face the divine fury of God.

  • The Maya's accurate calendars have always been revered by scientists. Will their predictions about December 21, 2012 come true?

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