It's really hard for me to understand how there are still intelligent, educated humans that believe in the existence of a God at all, much less this kind of ridiculous "prophecy" BS. I understand how humans bought into the religion stuff before the widespread use of schools to educate people. Basically, humans were mostly ignorant of math and science. But, at least half of the world now has a basic education in science and math. So, what is the reason that there's still so many people that believe in this nonsense?
To put it simply, religion evolves. The tactics that have caused people to believe in these things have been honed for millenia, if they hadn't been the religions would have died off. At no point was it ever based on rational epistemology or evidence, so those things aren't going to work for many people.