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How religions predict the world will end

From Safa Sameizade-Yazd, Special to CNN

Updated 10:42 PM ET, Fri March 10, 2017
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He says his name is Jezus and he's building an ark for a few chosen followers when the apocalypse happens. Obscure cults like Jezus' Cinderland -- featured on CNN's "Believer with Reza Aslan" -- aren't the only ones who believe that the world will come to an end in a dramatic fashion. They don't all agree -- even within a particular faith -- but here are a few of the more popular doomsday prophecies. CNN
Aztec mythology: The Aztecs, who lived in what is modern-day Mexico from the 14th to 16th centuries, believed that the earth would be ended by a never-ending solar eclipse. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Hopi mythology: The teachings of the Native American Hopi tribe predict that the world will be covered with iron snakes, stone rivers, and a giant spider's web. The seas will turn black and a huge blue star will crash into the planet. Culture Club/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Norse mythology: The end of the world, according to Norse mythology, happens in an all-destroying battle between the gods. Heritage Images/Hulton Fine Art Collection/Getty Images
Hinduism: There is no "prophecy" on how the world ends in Hindu thought. Most Hindus believe that the universe goes through a sequence of cyclical eras.

Correction: A previous version said Hindus believe the world will end in a cataclysmic flood, but that is not a universally accepted belief.
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Buddhism: Buddhists predict that after the complete degeneration of human society, the earth will enter a new era in which the next Buddha will appear. Courtesy Graham Chapman
Zoroastrianism: Zoroastrians believe that the earth will be devoured by fire, after which sinners will be punished for three days -- and then forgiven. AFP/Getty Images
Judaism: When the world ends, according to Judaism, Jewish exiles will gather in Israel, the dead resurrected, and all of humanity will live in a redeemed world. GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images
Mainstream Christianity: The Bible says that the end of the world will be marked by a complete unraveling of society, including widespread calamity and war. The righteous will be raptured and directly lifted into heaven. Print Collector/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Mormonism: Mormons, who follow the Bible and the Book of Mormon, believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth in Missouri, and believers will be assigned to one of three heavenly kingdoms. Robert Alexander/Archive Photos/Getty Images
Islam: The Muslim holy book, the Quran, says that God will assess humanity by annihilation of all life, resurrection and judgment. The end days will mark an era where good eventually triumphs over evil. Noe Falk Nielsen/NurPhoto/Getty Images
Rastafarianism: Rastafari is a religion developed in Jamaica in the 1930s. It reveres the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as God incarnate. Rastafarians believe Selassie will return for the day of judgment and bring home those taken from Africa through the slave trade, heralding an era of peace and harmony at Mount Zion in Africa. Carl Court/Getty Images