this the End?
by Jim Josephsen
December 21, 2012. Does this day have any significance? To
astronomers, December 21, 2012 will be the
solstice; the day when the sun reaches its southernmost point in
the sky. Throughout history, December 21 has been a mystifying day,
often a fearful day. Additionally, in many ancient pagan cultures,
the winter solstice was a day of celebration; appeasing the gods,
begging them to return the sun to its strength in the sky.
The crumbled remains of ancient temples and edifices give testimony
of primitive religious practices associated with celestial activity,
including winter solstice sun worship.
once again a site where modern pagans visit in celebration, on the
winter solstice. The winter solstice and the
provide a strong connection to the modernized pagan celebration we
Christmas. God Almighty, through the prophet Jeremiah, told the
Children of Israel learn not the way of the heathen and be not
dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the heathen are dismayed at
them. For the customs of the people are vain.
No doubt, you have heard, for the stories abound. An ancient
predicts December 21, 2012 is doomsday, the end of the world. Cable
TV programs like the
Channel have given this story coverage. Newspaper and magazine
articles, local television news reports, talk shows and radio
reports; all have given this subject exposure. Some reports have
presented a humorous angle, while others have elicited a sense of
Take a simple Google search
and you will find hundreds of websites which discuss the Mayan
calendar and the belief that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of
Supernaturalists, calendar aficionados,
mystics and the
like all exercise their
First Amendment right to utter their beliefs about the Mayan
calendar and the end of the world.
websites provide you with all the sustenance and implements
necessary for survival once December 22 arrives; all of course at a
cost. What started as a fringe community has developed into masses
of people across the world that tremble at the possibility of the
world ending on 12/21/12.
There are many Mayan calendar ‘end of the world’ theories. Some of
the more prevalent are: on December 21, a galactic alignment will
gravitational effect between the sun and a black hole called
Sagittarius resulting in chaos on earth. Another theory finds
that a polar
shift will occur, resulting in the reversal of the
Simple science concludes these theories to be unrealistic. Others
postulate giant meteors pummeling the earth. What great storylines
Simple research reveals the Mayan calendar is not a single calendar
Gregorian calendar that we commonly use today. The
is not like the
calendar, which is a solar
The Mayan calendar was a complex system of three calendars all used
simultaneously, centering on solar activity.
Mayan mathematicians formulated various calculations when creating
the Mayan calendar. The Mayans calculated that August 11, 3114 BC (as
correlated to the Gregorian calendar in use today) would
be the date the calendar should begin, even though Mayan
civilization did not commence until the 16th century BC. The Mayan
calendar consists of a calculated Long Count, which has a duration
of 5125.36 years. Additionally, the last day of the Long Count falls
on the 13th Baktun,
or 220.127.116.11.0. Both calculations for the 13th Baktun and the end of
the Long Count fall on December 21, 2012. When all is said and done,
December 21 2012, being the day of the winter solstice, happens to
be the end of Mayan calculations for the calendar which is now so
The Mayans never predicted an end of the world. In all reality,
December 21, 2012 will be to the Mayan calendar and its people as
December 31 is to those who commonly use the Gregorian calendar. To
explain further, we will naturally see January 1, 2013 as the day
following December 31, 2012. However, for the Mayans and the Mayan
calendar, there will be no December 22, 2012. December 21, 2012 will
simply be the day the Mayan calendar quits.
A recent Reuter’s survey found that “whether [people]
think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural
disaster or a political event, whatever the reason,” nearly 15
percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their
lifetime. Ten percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will
happen in 2012. Many also acknowledge the 16th century AD mystic
Nostradamus, believing he predicted an end to the world in 2012.
End time scenarios are not at all uncommon. Once again, cruise
through a Google search to find hundreds, if not thousands of web
sites, blogs, tweets; the cacophony of opinions, ideas and
speculation surrounding the concept – the end of the world.
There are those who believe
Sandy was a precursor to the Mayan end of the world prediction.
Many believe the highly debated “fiscal
cliff” is but a prelude to a global economic meltdown. Others
look at the Middle East, convinced that Russia will step in once
again, rising up to world power status and eventually fight Christ
in the war of Armageddon. Some see China locked at war with Europe
and the United States. Others see
Islam rising up to
conquer the world.
Only some 18 months ago, an
from California predicted the world would end on May 21, 2011.
Wrong about that date, he tried again for October 21, 2011. Of
course, the results of those predictions – yet another false prophet
under the search title: “List
of dates predicted for apocalyptic events,” reveals some 150
false predictions. There are hundreds of books available today,
which take a cynical, supercilious look at the idea of the end time.
There are books that take a comical look; and there are those, which
take the end time seriously. Again, a
Google search will avail much.
As related to eschatology, practically every culture and religion
has its say as to end time events and the culmination of man’s
Islam and of course
with their hundreds of interpretation; these all and others have a
say as to what their god has communicated the end time to be.
You can rest assured the earth will still be rotating and the sun
will rise on Saturday December 22, 2012, just as it did on December
21 and will do on December 23, 2012. The world will not end on
December 21, 2012. However, don’t be fooled. There is more at work
here than what meets the eye.
The hundreds of “end of the world,” “doomsday,” “end time” scenarios
we have been subject to of late are only adding to the cynicism and
disbelief so evident today. Whereas some 15 percent believe the
world will end in their lifetime, a much larger percentage believe
no such thing will ever occur. For most citizens of planet earth, to
think that the world will end is pessimistic, foolish and simply a
waste of time. Thinking of the end of the world is simply putting
too much trust in the stuff of religion and God; and who trusts that
This recent Mayan calendar debacle has done nothing more but raise
suspicion and scoffing. It is fantasy and another failed prediction,
producing more doubt. It has yet again deflected from the actual
truth of God; the actual realities God has declared will take place,
relating to the end time and the last days. Hearing and reading from
all the fools who, in their deception, declare their interpretations
of the end of the world, we can understand why the Apostle Peter was
inspired to write, first, I want to remind you that in the last days
there will be scoffers who will laugh at the truth and do every evil
thing they desire.
The truth of God declares the reality of an end time or the last
days of man’s governments, man’s religions and cultures upon the
earth. The societies, cultures, governments and nations, economies,
businesses and religions that we are accustom to will all soon
As the Bible reveals, the end time will be so catastrophic and
destructive, as mankind sets its course on total annihilation, that
unless God steps in and intervenes to stop man’s insanity, there
would be no one left alive. Rather than being a time of complete and
cataclysmic destruction of the earth, with no life left; the time of
the end will get mankind’s attention, stopping their foolishness in
its tracks. God will intervene and the world will not be destroyed;
all this done just prior to the second coming of Jesus Christ, to
establish the Kingdom of God on this earth.
The end time is real and its countdown has already begun. Rather
than depending on a Mayan calendar or Nostradamus, we must depend on
the word of God, the very prophecies of Jesus Christ to know for
sure, what to look for, signaling the end of this age, the end time,
the last days.
The 24th chapter of Matthew bullet points some of the events to
occur in the end time. In particular, Jesus Christ said when you see
Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the
abomination of desolation will quickly follow. In conjunction with
these events, once great nations like the United States of America,
Great Britain, Canada and Australia will crumble by internal strife
and economic collapse; eventually weakened by a nuclear war attack;
the survivors subjugated to European nations, Middle Eastern and
Asian countries. Once these events take place, you will know all
things that were written in the Bible by the prophets are true and
More than waiting with trepidation for December 21, 2012 only to
realize the end has not come, you need to look at world events as
Christ and His prophets declared they would occur. Look especially
at the Middle East, Egypt and Jerusalem. Watch Europe and the rise
of Germany, leading a desperate Europe. Given the tension rife
within the Middle East, occurring even as you read, the evidence is
clear, the writing is on the wall; armies can quickly encompass
Jerusalem, Israel. Once that happens, watch how quickly a religious
leader will sit in a newly constructed Temple, setting himself up as
god, deceiving the world with lying signs and wonders.
War and armies surrounding Jerusalem and a religious holy man ruling
from Jerusalem; watch for that. The reality of this happening is
more certain than any Mayan predictions. When these things happen,
then the end has come. Then Jesus Christ will return from His
Father’s throne to save His creation from the absolute chaos and
deception by which it is now held captive.