12.21.2012: The End Is Near

End Times Blues

The sky is falling. Today there are a multitude of voices echoing that cry.

It's always end times somewhere; throughout history gleaners of secrets have often claimed to know exactly when the universe’s clock would tick down to doomsday. They’re never correct or ever been close, but there must be big money in reading signs in the heavenlies and stirring up unease because someone is forever singing the End Times Blues.

Just now the tune is getting considerable airplay as the indicators are stacked up like dominoes: Earthquakes, natural disasters, global warming, economic chaos, New World Order, Nostradamus, Revelations, technological wizardry, famines, swine flu, wars and rumors of wars. The present keystone domino is a Mayan calendar that some consider the herald of death and destruction.

December 21, 2012

The Mayan civilization occupied the Yucatan Peninsula. During its Classic Period, circa 250 - 900 AD, it launched large-scale construction projects and extended its influence by engaging in long distance trading endeavors. At its peak it was a culturally dynamic society.

Its most storied monuments are the stepped pyramids which were built for religious and astronomical purposes. The Mayans believed in the cyclical structure of time. Their priests were responsible to record and interpret celestial happenings to make sense of the past, present and future.

The prophetic outlook of the Mayans for 2012 is a phenomenon which suggests that unknown cataclysmic events are scheduled to occur on December 21st. That day in the year 2012 completes a 5,125 year cycle in the Mayan Long Count Calendar; it may be the catastrophic end of the world, though a more reasoned analysis of the evidence says the inhabitants of planet earth will experience some kind of physical and spiritual transformational breakthrough. Whatever that means?

It is all quite interesting fodder for discussion and hypothesis, but also fertile soil for fear-mongers and conspiracy theorists. The possibility of any positive or even benign exegesis or explanation of the ancient calendar is smothered by merchants of gloom seizing upon the opportunity for profit.

Mythology, numerology, human nature and a vast array of eschatological beliefs gets mixed together with shock-value headlines and sound-bites to produce an elixir that sells to the masses. The more dreadful and deathly the approaching hoofbeats can be portrayed the better; bad news generates a simmering panic which is good because it’s easy to market to a panicked population.

In 1973 OPEC's oil embargo resulted in rising prices at the pumps, long lines, short tempers & sales of apocalyptic literature.
In 1973 OPEC's oil embargo resulted in rising prices at the pumps, long lines, short tempers & sales of apocalyptic literature.
Y2K madness included marketing schemes to encourage the  stockpiling of weapons & survivalist gear.
Y2K madness included marketing schemes to encourage the stockpiling of weapons & survivalist gear.

Déjà vu

We’ve been here before: In the 1970s, in the context of oil embargoes and the Arab-Israeli conflict constantly on the front-page, Hal Lindsey’s The Late, Great Planet Earth sold millions of copies worldwide. Its simplified treatment of the complex tapestry of prophecy created a cottage industry for those determined to sell tickets to the show of sacred Hebrew texts playing out in real time.

And who can forget the sheer insanity of Y2K hysteria?

Now 12.21.2012 is neatly packaged as the harbinger of the apocalypse. What is disappointing, discouraging and downright maddening is the undercurrent of lunatic fringe paranoia rippling around the edge of Christian circles; it is tragic because it distorts and diminishes the immutable character of God.

In listening to the litany from those infected by 2012 fever, one could decide to repeat the strategy of Y2K alarmists; join the Church of the Deepest Bunker and stockpile gold, guns and garbanzo beans.

How is that mindset even an option? Was God sitting around heaven one day when he slapped his forehead and said: “Oops, I forgot about those Mayans and their pesky calendar. Now what am I going to do?”

No chance: God is omniscient, which simply means that he possesses all the knowledge there is to possess and nothing ever takes him by surprise; God is sovereign over all of history and over each one of our lives; God is omnipotent, having more than enough strength to do the sum total of all things.

God has the power to create, sustain or destroy the universe with a single thought, so why does humanity rail against him with such stiff-necked determination? Is it because with all our intellectual and scientific enlightenment we’ve reduced God to a warm and fuzzy afterthought to soothe life and death issues? Have we evolved or progressed beyond our need for God? Has the creation outgrown the Creator?

"when the moon turns to blood
 not everyone will see.
 they'll be watching some
 sleazy commercial for Bud
 or Regis and Kathy Lee
 and the headlines will 
 read:'It's the end of the 
 world, baby, you'd better
 pack your bags and leave'
 when the end of the world
 is televised..."
         ~h.k.abell~

What will happen on 12.21.2012?

  • End Of The World
  • A Cosmic Breakthrough
  • Winter Solstice
  • No Opinion
See results without voting

Call Me Crazy

IF the sky is falling and the end is near; IF 12.21.2012 ushers in an appalling calamity or some mystical cosmic transference, isn’t antsy fear an irrational and ridiculous response for believers in Jesus Christ?

Christians need to be leaders who demonstrate what reliance on our ever-present God looks like. God loves us with an everlasting love so we ought to stop paying lip-service to spiritual matters and seek to know him with such intensity that we stand firm and say with the Psalmist: “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”

The offer of an intimate personal relationship with God is a transcendent truth that weaves its way all through Scripture and is made possible in the person of Jesus Christ. Childlike faith in Christ cleanses us of our sins and opens the door to a relationship with the One who “determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”

Call me crazy, but all the hoopla and anxiety over 12.21.2012 being stoked in the Christian community is a crisis of faith, nothing more and nothing less.

The issues that will be stripped to the bone are these: Is our faith an energetic faith in our living Lord and Savior or is it a static faith in the transient systems of our world; is our citizenship in heaven or do the comforts of prosperity cause us to cling to earthly treasures and pleasures.

Those who follow Christ should be praying for the wisdom, discernment and courage to project an attitude of faith that gracefully proclaims: “Some trust in gold, guns and garbanzo beans, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”

Or as the Apostle John wrote: “Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.”

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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Ken, throughout history, doomsday preachers have been hitting the same notes in a song called, "Pack your bags. We're going home." Conspiracy theorists within and without Christianity have used this fear to motivate others. Y2K, the oil crisis and 9/11 have been used to support this as have massive tidalwaves and of course devestating earthquakes such as the one experienced recently in Haiti.

It hasn't helped one iota that such notables as Pat Robertson have thrown their media-influenced weight behind such things as prima facie evidence that we're two steps away from Armageddon or whatever other thing is supposed to waste the world in its entirety.

The Israelites required "signs" as did many of Jesus' Disciples especially Peter. The issue of the Olive Tree was a parable and not a time clock.

Ken, let us step back and consider what the motivations might be for these alleged "Doomsday" prophets. God was never the author of confusion so since many are running around like Chicken Little with his head cut off, what does that tell you about the originator of these alleged prophecies?


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

Ken,

Call me crazy too, for I believe the words of Jesus to be true. Jesus said, no man knows the day or the hour, not even the Son, only the Father. I'm sure this scare will raise the price of batteries and beans, and may even cause stock in Home Depot to skyrocket, but I'm not buying in, because I've got a home not made by man's hands. I'll be looking out for the answers to your questions, " Have we progressed beyond our need for God? Has the creation outgrown the creator?"

Great Hub

God Bless


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matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

Ken, Well Well Well.Well...

Well reseached, well thought out, well delivered, and well written. u r good! no, let me rephrase that.. U R VERY Good! "Take a Bow"! Ken, for its my hope and prayer that u will continue on, in so that others may learn from you, and too, like me come to appreicate that awsome God given talent you clearly possess!

Jim


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

KEN'S TRUTH ALERT!!! Call me crazy, but all the hoopla and anxiety over 12.21.2012 being stoked in the Christian community is a crisis of faith, nothing more and nothing less.

Wake up Christians!!

Where is the Christian FAITH? Why should we be concerned when or where end time will arrive? I really cannot comprehend this mindset. Lord, Jesus help us!

Better yet, Come, Lord Jesus.

Forever His,


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Unchained Grace - Good words, man. You should think about turning it into a Hub. Thank you for those thought-provoking comments. Much encouragement to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

godpreacher - Happy to have the company in the "call me crazy" department. Thank you for the affirmation & encouragement. Peace & blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Jim. To God be the glory. I am humbled by your expression of encouragement. Be encouraged & blessed.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RevLady - You are so kind & generous. I am very appreciative of your affirming words. Thank you. You have been a great blessing to me.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Great article. I never thought much about the Mayan Calendar or when the end will be because I believe we simply don't know. It will be "like a thief in the night". I praise God for each day and try to live the life he puts before me to the best of my ability.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

"When will the kingdom come?" "It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying 'here it is' or 'there it is.' Rather, the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it."


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Pamela. You have a great philosophy & approach to life. Be encouraged.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Lady Guinevere - Thank you for stopping in. Appreciate the visit & your comments. Peace & blessings to you.


einron 6 years ago

I agree with godpreacher. Jesus said that no one knows when the day will come except the Father.

Just live one day at a time to the best of your ability and obey and love God and your fellowmen as yourself. Amen.


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HOOWANTSTONO 6 years ago

Hi there

It seems there is a deliberate attempt by Hollywood and the likes to imitate Biblical truths by twisting them and at the same time and introduce extra or non biblical information to create media that calls to question about God and what he has already said would happen. Everyone of those always exclude the coming of Jesus Christ, but rather show the earths violent behaviour. Yes Jesus did say in various places there would be earth upheavals in all forms but they are signs of his coming as a woman in the pangs of birth getting ready to deliver.

They must be making a movie somewhere to copy the coming of Jesus except have another one to prime the minds of the world to receive an Anti-Christ ( Pseudo Christ) and he will be revealed before Jesus Christ comes.

Peace


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

RevLady put it very well. What this really amounts to is a strong "sit down" by God which says,"You, who are professing to be Christians, have allowed scare tactics to shake your faith? To run scared when you should be an example by standing strong?" Onward Christian Cowards.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

einron - Amen. Thank you for stopping in & sharing.

HOOWANTSTONO - Thank you for your insightful comments. I think you are exactly right.

Unchained Grace - May God's grace sustain & strengthen us as we press onward & upward.


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christinecook 6 years ago

Hello Ken,I have heard mention of this,I always believe no matter what happens,just as God led Moses and His people out of the desert He will lead and provide for us to!Jesus said we can see the signs,yet do not know the day. Good enough for me.

Peace Ken


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Christine - Amen. Good enough for me too. Thank you for stopping in & sharing.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Faith is all, and foremost, wonderful, Thanks for this post, Maita


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

You're welcome, Malta. Thank you for reading & sharing.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ken,

well written hub. I look at 2012 as nothing more than a year that holds the next election to either stay with the same liar or change to a new liar. I shoved out a hub that was a "doomsday" scenario and I think you read it. I do not see indication that any believer should be alarmed to the extent the world is in it's death throws, yet I see the life in the United States about to possibly change dramatically. Wise preparations to feed your family would be prudent as water, food and shelter are wise investments, I think the aftermath of Katrina pretty much proved that. I also think there are many in Haiti that wish they had set back prudently for a bad time such as the one they just experienced. I hold no faith in any predictions of the Mayan calender or any other source of prediction of this type. I peacefully slept through the Y2K bologna. As I will 12.21.2012, God willing mind you, that I am granted life through to that time. In preparation for the end time as told in the Bible I do but one thing, when I go to bed I lay out clothes to put on and have them near by. I read that we all should do that to keep from showing up to the party disgracefully Naked. A prayer for deliverance and I'm off to sleep. In reality what else can one do? Am I missing any important preparation? Come, Jesus, come.

Thank you for another heartfelt hub, you have enlightened my day. Stay Blessed.


weepingfool 6 years ago

To be honest, is the world REALLY all that bad right now? Not to undervalue the suffering that is present right now, but don't you think that it could get a heck of a lot worse? Having grown up watching dystopian flicks like Blade Runner or The Road Warrior, I kinda thought we'd be worse off than we are by 2010.... in fact, if anything, I'm a bit disappointed -- we're living in the future, but where are the flying Delorians?

I think that mankind has more to worry about than Mayan calendars or Nostrodomus' predictions in the Weekly World News. If there is to be apocalypse, my prediction is that it will be at our own hands. Robert Frost said in his famous poem about how the world will end "From what I've tasted of desire, I hold with those who favour fire..."

Poet t.s. eliot had this to say on the subject: "this is the way the world ends... not with a bang, but with a whimper".

And then of course, there's one of my favourite moments in cinematic history: Charlton Heston, banging his fists on the beach staring up at the post apocalyptic wreckage of the Statue of Liberty, screaming "YOU MANIACS!"

Fear not acts of God or propaganda -- fear the warmongering nature of the human heart -- fear ignorance and hatred and paranoia, and the jingoism of unquestioning patriotism (which is, so the Bard of Minnesota says, "the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings).

Creating a culture of fear is just another way of government control. We're far to clever to allow ourselves to become part of an Orwellian type society -- except that we allow ourselves to be controlled by fear -- fear of terrorism, fear of natural disasters, fear of technological terrors, and so we turn to the government, who say that they'll protect us. Glad that we've got that Big Brother watching out for us, telling us what to be afraid of, and whom to hate, and what to watch, and what to buy.

Big Brother's not watching us.... no need... we're all watching Big Brother.

Mayan calendars, indeed. sheesh.

I just got a chilling prophecy in my bowl of cereal -- right there in the milk -- it read "OOOOOOOOOO"

spooky, huh?

good hub, by the way....


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PinanShodan 6 years ago

Hi Ken,

Jesus will come as a thief in the night, that is good enough for me. It will be a glorious day, until then he will always take care of us if we ask.

:-)


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Entertaining while being illumintating hub Ken. All I know is what the Bible teaches. There will be prophecy for just about everything but the end of time.

Mark 13:31-32 'Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.'

Even the Son did not have the inside scoop on this one.

Peace.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ken I will only believe that The Lord is returning, like Thomas, when I see him personally arriving. Otherwise I pay no heed to these gloom and doomers.

Peace my Brother.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

50 Caliber - Thank you for your wise words. Lots of good stuff there. Be encouraged & blessed.

weepingfool a.k.a. hka - You're exactly right about the human heart. We will do it to ourselves. As far as government goes, I am not sure why people cannot see that government feeds upon itself & cannot/should not ever be trusted. In The Tommyknockers King's metaphor for the government kind of says it all for me. It refers to Oswald's assassination while in the custody of the Dallas Police Department, so everything screw-up by government is because the Dallas Police Department are in charge. I say it all the time. I saw a prophecy in a dirty diaper one time, which is why I never changed another one. :>)

PinanShodan - You are exactly right. Thank you for stopping in & sharing.

A.M. Werner - Thank you for your affirming comments. And I am with you. I cannot figure out if Jesus did not, if that knowledge only resides with God, how escathology gets turned into a spiritual spin of reading tea leaves.

Dave - Thank you. The gloom & doomers get way too much press. We ought to just ignore them. Blessings to you.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

To worry about 2012 is just a way to get people distracted from more pressing issues of today. It is a way to manipulate fear and keep people mind from seeing the present situation and what may happen in the next 2 months.

I think that the only ones really convinced about the end of the world were the bankers and Wall Street that behaived like tomorrow was never coming


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Petra Vlah - Thank you for this perspective. I think there is a lot of truth in way you say.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

There is allot of propaganda about what's happening with this world. To tell you the truth, it is pretty scary:( Yet the Bible warns us, these times will come.

To focus on scriptures, that help us not to worry! Scripture that helps us to rely on God's strength and understanding, this would be a bonus!

Appreciate your calming words, in this caotic world:)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

heart4theword - You are exactly correct about the propaganda, which is really fear-mongering. Focusing on Scripture certainly is necessary. Thank you for stopping in & sharing your comments.


saintatlarge 6 years ago

Again, great stuff Ken.

Fear, worry, panic, sounds to me that the propaganda plot comes from the darkside.

Who's your Father?

Jesus reminded us that it will be as in the days of Noah.

There were a lot of days that went by, giving fair warning to all, but they kept on doing what they were doing.

The Ark was a very visible sign... think about it.

Jesus also said 2 very interesting things.

John 9.4 "As long as it is day we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming when no man can work."

Then he said this, the night of his betrayal.

Luke 22.52-54 "...but this is your hour when darkness

reigns."

We have a job as light bearers to walk in and show forth the light of truth, and do the work for which he was sent.

To overcome fear, for fear is not of God.

We are to have an ear to his voice, for MY SHEEP KNOW...


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Hello Ken I don't know where Christians get the notion that God is speaking to them and telling them that the world is coming to an end. I do not think anyone said that because God himself said that no one would know the time or day. But what concerns me is the scientific mess that may come out of 2012. Scientist's know that there is going to be an alghnment of the moon and sun and stars that does not happen for ever 60,000 years or so and didn't we get the ice age then. All I m saying is God hasn't told us that this will be the end but he didn't tell us what was going to happen either, so I don't think it will be the end but I do it is going to be more devastation than we may be able to handle. Its just scarey.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

saintatlarge - Thank you. Your comments contain much truth.

ladyjane1 - Thank you for stopping in & giving it a read. I am not sure I have much faith in the science involved, since as we have seen with the global warming hoopla, science can be manuipulated & used by the powers that be to reach nebulous and/or nefarious goals. Peace & encouragement to you.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

It goes back at least to the early Christians who expected Christ,s return in the very near future. It's the reason they didn't do too much planning, until they finally decided maybe we better put some things in writing.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

dahoglund - Very interesting comments. Thank you.


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Ken - great hub. When I watch apocylpytic movies or hear people talking about the end times I have no fear because I know that in any event God will be there and will continue to provide for all my needs. Having fear means you have no faith.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Cari Jean. And you are exactly right. Peace & blessing to you.


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accension2012 6 years ago from Georgia

Very wise in these times you are! Some are wise in their own way and are foolish litte do they know for they concern themselves with the petty things of the world today like the latest knew gadget they can get their hands on.

not knowing that Technology is all a part of this plan that will unfold soon. They are blinded by the veil that media and Gov have covered their eyes with a Lie. You my friend are spreading the truth and are Wise in a manner that most men will never aquire. Keep spreading the Truth! So It wall not fall upon them unaware!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

accension2012 - Thank you for your kind & generous words. Glad you enjoy the Hub. Peace, blessings & encouragement to you.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Ken I believe I had read that Jesus said only the Father kows the time , in regards of when the world will end. So for me I just gotta keep moving along and living a life that hopefully makes me worthy. I do not want to be so arrogant as to assume I am worthy of grace.

But 2012 sure does seem to be the latest theme for marketing though ! Oh well I guess I better start rationing.

Thanks for a great hub Ken !


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Tony0724 - You're welcome. Thanks for the visit & thoughtful comments.


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Ken,

Well, here I am again, trolling like a white shark in the waters of HubLand. However, time to fall back and regroup as your suggestion for me to do a Hub on the signs thing is something which has sparked my interest.

It's 0535. I'm outta coffee so it's time to rack out and pick up the Bible at some point when my eyeballs resume operation and begin my outline. Take care!!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Unchained Grace - I look forward to reading it. Keep the coffee on...


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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

Let us wait and see, that is what i want to say now


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

jacobkuttyta - Thanks for the visit. And yes, time will tell & we will see what happens.


Nicks 6 years ago

Of course, it is just supersticious nonsense and you have illustrated this well. I rather liked your 'church of the deepest bunker' which just about says it all.


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stephensaldana 6 years ago from Chicago

Great hub!!! Some thing unfortunate is going to happen will help us to take proactive measure. The policy which is inclined towards future is good. But to worry about something which is going to occur so late is just ridiculous. This is just an illusion, and illusions are most of the time false. It will help to distract ourselves from the present precarious condition. Therefore forget about future and concentrate on present.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Nicks - Thank you for stopping in & sharing. Peace, blessings & encouragement to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

stephensaldana - Thank you. Lots of fodder to consider & think through in your comments. Blessings to you.


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peggypat 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Ken! Very nice hub. What I think is interesting about Hollywood's fascination with end times, even if it is out of whack.. is that they ARE thinking about it at all! After seeing what has happened in Haiti, and living in Los Angeles, it's easy to start thinking the what if scenario. I thank God that I have Him to fall on. I do worry about those that don't have Christ in their lives. But we don't know the day or the hour and as you said.. we need to show what faith looks like. Not fear. Thank you again for this nicely written piece!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

peggypat - Thank you for your kind words of affirmation. Peace & blessings to you.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Doomsayers and scaremongers have always been with us and I think it's somehow something like the fascination so many have with celebrities. The attention they pay to these things feeds some internal need they have - to live life vicariously as a celeb or as a prophet of doom, or something. Anything other than what they are. It's very sad, actually.

The world has been around for billions of years and is not going to come to an end anytime soon. On the other hand, the world ends for each of us when we die - whether there is an afterlife or not, we are dead to the world and that's the end of it for us.

So rather live in the moment and do what good we can while we can - we shall not pass this way again!

Thanks for a thoughtful Hub.

Love and peace

Tony


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

"So rather live in the moment and do what good we can while we can - we shall not pass this way again!"

Amen. Thanks for giving it a read.


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susansisk 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

We enjoyed watching the movie 2012, but that's all it was, a Hollywood Movie. As Christians, we do not have to worry about the exact date of the end of the world. Enjoyed reading this.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Susan - Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the visit. Blessings to you.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago

wow, this is a great hub. i think you are a 100 percent right, it seems due to the media, they love to over glorify the negative future's and possibilities. like global warming, the cold war, y2k, and many others. good call on this one.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Stevennix2001 - Thanks. Yeah, there's got to be lots of money to be made working doomsday scenarios.


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Doberman Training 6 years ago

Just a changement... this will happen.. i think that we will face a big change..


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Doberman Training - Thank you for the visit & comments. Glad you were here.


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

I am a woman who believes in the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, whos' son Jesus, the Christ died, and then rose. I do not fear any particular date. I believe it is my duty to study the Bible, pray, and be aware. The Bible tells me repeatedly to not be decieved. And certain "signs" are given in many prophcies that should not be overlooked. No-one knows for sure when the end will come. Not even Jesus. But come it shall. God said so through the Bible. But ALL prophecy must be fullfilled first. So I think folks should pay attention to what is happening in the world, rather than trying to figure out what a historic pagan people predicted. Good Hub! You are a calm voice in the face of (to me) pointless babbeling.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Cathi - Thank you for the visit & thoughtful comments. I appreciate your words & perspective. Blessings.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Oh that means it will end 2 days before my 40th wedding anniversary:(

I am not religious but I do believe in a lot of what you say. So many seem happy to predict and look toward the end of the world instead of enjoying and celebrating what we have got.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Ethel Smith - Thanks for stopping in & sharing. I appreciate your comments.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I am amazed at how many people get shook over this Mayan calendar theory yet remain unwilling to consider their spiritual position.

I agree with another poster who quoted Jesus said no man knows the day nor the hour and unless the mayans were more important than Jesus than they didn't know either.

Sometimes the hype created by these theories is disturbing because it lends to the attitudes described in the Bible

II Peter 3:3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

The real signs will end up being ignored.

enjoy your writing style.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Tamarajo - Thank you for sharing here. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Blessings.


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Marliza Gunter 5 years ago from South Africa

Wow..what a popular hub with an impressive google pr of 3..

Thank you Tamarajo for your comment..yes I agree.

How strange to see some people comment one thing on one hub and just the opposite on another hub...

Probably no one will agree with me, but just to also have a say.. :)

Jesus and I was in disagreement when He told me to publish my hub..end times..I told Jesus..If I die today in a car crash, and my spirit leaves my body, and He is standing there waiting for me with a loving smile...then..that is my end time..that is my coming of Christ and the rapture...on that same moment, Jesus would expect me to be spiritually clean (not having any unforgiven issues)...now..if two will be in bed and one taken and one left..shoe!!..what kind of silly war would let people be in bed or at the mill or marrying...?

Now...but..if God did give Satan full authority to devour the earth, and Satan passed orders to all his ranking officials (demons), without any restraining order from God..well..I believe he is able to cause all the monstrosities written about within 30 days,..it took him one day to destroy Job's life...

God is Spirit..most 666 mark of the beast havoc will manifest itself in the spiritual realm first..the mark is money (greed of it)also see Ps 49 they have death as their Sheppard...

1Ki 10:14 KJVR Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,

Rev 13:18 KJVR Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

this thing has many dimensions..it is applicable for a persons everyday life and is also applicable for the future...but I fully agree...only God knows the time..but Paul said to Eph 5:16 KJVR Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

and Col 4:5 KJVR Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

that means, if we pray, then God will extend the time for the sake of those we hope to save..God is fully in charge of time.. :)


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Marliza Gunter - Thank you for stopping in & for your thought-provoking comments. Glad you enjoyed the visit. Blessings.


Ajay 5 years ago

Everytime i am thinking what happens in 2012. I am waiting for the moment


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Thanks for stopping in & sharing, Ajay.


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ChristinaScibona 5 years ago from The Heart of the Finger Lakes

Ken,

I have never really gotten into the hype of the world ending..Y2K or 12-21-12 but I enjoyed the read. The information you provided is interesting to read. Thanks.


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Christina - Thank you. Appreciate the visit.


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Arlecchino 5 years ago from Top of the Cloud

I don't believe that something special will happen 21/12/2012. We were excited before Millennium also. After this magical date (I mean 21/12/2012) we will figure out the new date because we like adrenalin in our blood. BTW I enjoyed your hub - very interesting!


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Ariecchino - Thank you. I think you are exactly right. We'll figure out a new date, likely about a minute & a half after 12.21.2012 is over.


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evvy_09 5 years ago from Athens, AL

Great hub . I read a yahoo article that said the translated doomsday date could be off by more than 50 years. They stated that no one knows when the end of the world will be. I think they are just trying to hide the fact that the zombie apocalypse is coming. :)

Had to throw in a joke cuz I'm rarely serious for long. But you are right. If we live our lives well and do goo, no worries about zombies...I mean doomsday. Voted up!!!


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

evvy_09 - Thanks for stopping in & sharing. The zombie apocalypse? Sounds like a great idea for a Hub. :>)


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

AMEN. Finally someone is sharing the truth about this topic.

No one knows the hour, day, or time. We can speculate all we want & that is ok. Maybe that will turn the hearts and focus on following Him, instead of Calendars.


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

FaithDream - Thank you.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Another show of your talent here, many people do fall into the end times beliefs. Many others still actually can't wait for them too, so to wait and see what happens will be well worth the wait I think. Very good read here. I also agree with unchained grace, we should consider the source of these fictional prophecies.


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Fluffy77 - Thank you. Your insight for comments are right on. Blessings.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

really liked this hub. I have no worries of 12-21-12.

Actually I will have been married to my husband four years on 12-12-12. It is going to be a cold winter day. And maybe on the 21st..we will have some sun to go skiing! voted up! :)


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Jo_Goldsmith11. Hope there's nothing but fresh white powder for you to go skiing on 12.21.12.


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nan5157 5 years ago from Central Missouri

It could be a frightening time, weighing the truth, or trying to find it. But yours is a thoughtful, well-written piece. Thanks.

I would like to invite readers and seekers to read my new paranormal fiction ebook called "What If It's All Been A Lie?" It's free, put up a chapter a day at http://hubpages.com/@nan5157 Thanks. Nancy


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Nancy.


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mts1098 3 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Well done here Ken...I think you nailed this when you say that true Christians should continue letting their faith guide them instead of calendars...My understanding of your words...cheers


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Ken R. Abell 3 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, mts1098.


yarivette burke 3 years ago

if the world was really gonna end nobody would know it but god unless he came in somebodies sleep and told them that and if it really is gonna end we would have 20 days left to live and im gonna live it to the fullest even though im 10


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Ken R. Abell 3 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks for sharing, yarivette burke.

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