According to some, 2012 will be “The End” of the world because the Mayan long count calender resets to zero (it takes about 5,126 years). Shades of Y2K. One such person is journalist Lawrence Joseph, who forecasts a widespread catastrophe in his book “Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation Into Civilization’s End.” On the winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years. This means that “whatever energy typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will indeed be disrupted on 12/21/12 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time,” said Joseph. He’s not the only one trying to cash in on people’s fears. Since November 2010, three books on the subject have been published. We must remember that the word of God has already prophesied a tribulation period, and a wicked world ruler (commonly called the Antichrist) that must appear before the world will change hands (from darkness or Satan, to light or Christ).
Others have reported that according to the Cosmic Pyramid or a nine-step-god (Bolon, Yookte), who has nine different waves that will simultaneously manifest as the Mayan calendar comes to an end. They (those of the New Age movement) say that instead of “The End” occurring, that a new consciousness or Paraclete (Holy Spirit) will appear or begin at that time. Christians since 33 AD on the day of Pentecost have all experienced the infilling of the Holy Spirit of God. The Comforter (Holy Spirit) will teach us all things, and bring them to our memory. Read Acts 2.
However, most of the 2012 predictions are the end-of-the-world types. The scriptures warn us that nobody except God knows exactly when that time will be. Jesus said: “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (Mark 13:32-37). He told us to watch, pray and be ready.
The apostles wanted to know the same thing. Jesus told them to look for signs instead of a particular date. “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?” And Jesus answering them began to say, “Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.” (Mark 13:4-11) Also, we generally know that there will be a peace treaty signed by the Antichrist and Israel for “One Week” or seven year time period (Daniel 9:24-27).
Jesus also spoke of “Birth Pangs” or problems. one after another, becoming more severe until the end happens. “All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:8-14)
“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:1-4).
Today, just as in the past, the name of Jesus is hated above every other name, and those who teach and preach it as the only saving or commanded way to God are persecuted. Many false teachings, preachers and Christs have arisen. The spirit of deception is everywhere. Sin is rampant. We live in a instant communication age. Every year and a half knowledge doubles. Consider that research proves that it took from 1 AD to 1500 AD to double knowledge, since then the doubling process has continually been shortened until it’s present day status. The speed of travel has greatly increased, going from the horse in 1900 (25-50 mph) to mach 45 (35,000 mph) in 2011. Israel has been reborn (1948) after thousands of years, and Persia (Iran) has an alliance with Magog or Gog (Russia). See Ezekiel 37-39. There’s no doubt to many that were in the end times. But do not rush out and quit your job, or sell all your possessions just yet. I believe that the signs show that we are in final quarter of the game, but there is still some time left. Use it wisely.