For at least the third time in seven years, a self-proclaimed Texas prophet’s prediction of doomsday failed to come true.
Thursday June 12th was the date set for nuclear war by Yisrayl “Buffalo Bill” Hawkins, the founder of the House of Yahweh religious sect located on a 44-acre compound outside Abilene, Texas.
Hawkins repeated his prediction in an interview with ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross, broadcast last Friday on 20/20.
Members of the sect, estimated in the thousands, had stockpiled food in hundreds of truck trailers in anticipation of what Hawkins calls “the nuclear baby.”
“When this baby is born, you’re going to see a third part of man dead in a fourth part of the Earth.” Hawkins said.
There were no reports in any part of the world of nuclear war.
The House of Yahweh web-site made no mention of the failed doomsday, and no new predictions surfaced on Hawkins’ web page.
Two years ago Hawkins made a similar prediction, claiming nuclear war would erupt on Sept. 12, 2006. Hundreds of his followers in Kenya hid in bomb shelters and donned gas masks in preparation, but went home in humiliation when there was no war.
But the 73-year-old founder of the House of Yahweh religion told “20/20” he is not concerned about people laughing at him.
“The savior himself, told me not to worry about that,” he explained. “They’re going to hate you above all people on the face of the earth.”
Former members of the Texas sect say Hawkins uses fear with his doomsday predictions to keep disillusioned members from leaving and to make money for himself by selling survival supplies.
“That’s how he controls people, is through fear,” said former member Miriam Martin.
Now that his nuclear doomsday has come and gone, Hawkins faces another date in September when he is set to go to trial on charges that he allegedly promoted and practiced bigamy.