Is the world really going to end?
The End of the World as we know it?
If you haven’t heard that the world is going to end soon, then it’s going to be a huge shock to you when it does! With major blockbusting movies out, numerous documentaries and a dozen or so prophecies all pointing to Armageddon it’s inevitable that many people will be very scared. Many companies will jump on this fear and make millions selling products linked to the pending doom.
So what is it all about? How did it start and why are so many people (the media included) jumping on the bandwagon? Is it just another ‘year 2000’ scare, or are they actually right?
This hub will explore some of the prophecies and rumors and try and debunk them where possible; I will not draw any conclusions, but hopefully can present the information in a balanced way and allow you to make your own conclusion!
I note that the world obviously didn't end on December 21, 2012 which is one of the major 'prophecies' however many are now pointing to the new Pope being the last Pope (according to ancient prophecy) and that December 21, 2012 was simply the beginning of the end!
End of Days
The 'End of Days' is a common theme among many of today's modern religions. The apocalyptic end of the world is often foreshadowed by devastating events.
- Natural disasters
- Civil Problems
Many Christians point to the recent disasters all around the world, the growing civil problems in many major countries and the increase in potential for war all being portents to pending doom.
- The coming of the anti-christ followed by the prophet Jesus
- Ths Sun will begin to die
- The Earth will be devastated by a major Earthquake.
Islam foretells of Armageddon - a final judgement of mankind.
Buddhism teaches that Buddha's teaching would slowly disappear over time, and generally follow a concept of a cycle of creation and destruction.
All other religions have a similar prophecy or cycle, and the underlying factor is always some kind of apocalyptic ending - none state when this will happen, and what will follow - at least not explicitly - most are enigmatic and open to interpretation.
For a more detailed discussion, click the link below:
- End of Days- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The End Time, End Times, or End of Days are the eschatological writings in the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and in doomsday scenarios in various other non-Abrahamic religions.
"After a great misery for
mankind, an ever greater approaches
The great cycle of the centuries
renewed, it will rain blood, milk,
famine, war disease
In the sky will be seen a great fire
dragging a trail of sparks." Nostradamus C2 Q 46
Nostradamus is probably the most famous and most quoted prophet of modern times. In his lifetime he completed 942 quatrains (a 4 lined poem) mostly written in French. Each quatrain is intentionally obscure using metaphor and symbolism rather than plain 'French'.
Over the years, many scholars have studied these Quatrains and interpreted them in various ways, linking them to many past events.
For me, it's easy to link a quatrain to a past event, but it becomes shaky when you try and link it to a future event. In one famous quatrain, many interpreted the end of the world to be in July 1999. The latest interpretation now points to some time in the vague future where a mysterious planet called Niburu (which is comet like) will crash into the Earth and devastate it.
The thing about prophecies is that they are not clear - I'm quite sure I could write a prophecy and some time in the next 10,000 years someone would link my prophecy to a past event.
Mostly then, I discount Nostradamus.
- Maya calendar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Maya calendar is a system of distinct calendars and almanacs used by the Maya civilization of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and by some modern Maya communities in highland Guatemala.
Mayanism is a term used to refer to a non-codified eclectic collection of New Age beliefs, influenced in part by Pre-Columbian Maya mythology and some folk beliefs of the modern Maya peoples. Adherents of this belief system are not to be confused wit
The Mayans, despite being at times a violent race, were brilliant astronomers and mathematicians. Their design of a calendar (the long count calendar) is truly incredible (please see Wikipedia link below for more details) and also is at the center of a huge debate.
Through their techniques they were able to track planets and moons, and the accuracy they had adds a lot of credence to the ‘supposed’ predictions of their long-count calendar.
Their calendar has a period of 5126 years, and depending on which interpretation, once the calendar reaches the final day, the world would undergo great change.
There is no evidence that they actually meant that the world would end; some suggest that the date represents a turning point for humanity, a day where we become enlightened. Others suggest that the calendar simply resets.
However, the most talked about belief is that the end of the calendar represents the end of the world – the date this all happens? December 21, 2012.
Of course, December 21, 2012 came and went with a whimper - some say that this date simply signified a start to an upheaval in the world - some say it's simply a bunch of bologna.
One of the latest theories relating to ‘doomsday’ is the Galactic alignment. Some link this to the Mayan Calendar, which has been said to predict this alignment on December 21, 2012. Yet again those who believe in the alignment say that December 21, 2012 was simply the start of the alignment which could take 20 years or more to complete!
Basically, the Galactic alignment is where the December solstice sun aligns with the Galactic equator. It occurs once every 26,000 or so and when linked to the Mayan calendar points to 2012. However, it should be noted that the alignment is cause by a precession of the equinoxes that are due to the wobbling of the Earth on it’s axis – thus the position of the equinoxes and solstices shift over time. Now, as the sun itself is a ½ degree wide, it will take 36 years for the December sun to precess through the equator – therefore to simply say this occurs in 2012 is incorrect – the actual period started in 1998 and continues for 36 years.
Timewave zero and the I Ching
Terence McKenna, while using certain drugs to ‘open his mind’ conceived of a formula that calculates the flow of ‘novelty’ – which show the increase in the universe’s interconnectedness. This formula predicts that this will increase and culminate in a point in time when everything that can happen will happen – this time? 2012.
McKenna created a program that produces a waveform called the Timewave. Interestingly, when first calculating the end of times, he came up with a date of November 2012, but after discovering the Mayan calendar, adjusted the date so that the two matched. Obviously when the December 21, 2012 passed, the believers stated that Timewave zero never actually predicts a date so it could still happen.... some time!
One theory that I have encountered recently and is based on sound science, albeit with tenuous links, is the idea of Geomagnetic reversal. Usually triggered by a massive solar flare (NOOAA predicted that 2012 would be the height of the current solar activity which cycles over time – however they changed this recently to 2013), and linked to a weakening of the magnetic field (which some scientists believe), the end result is the reversal of the North and South poles.
Scientists agree that this happens every 780,000 years or so, and that we are overdue a change – however most scientists point to this process taking about 5000 years, not one day!
The consequences of such a change are really unknown, but most scientists believe it would simply disrupt world wide communications, satellites, cell phones etc. While this may be the end of the world for some, it certainly isn’t the cataclysm that some expect.
This has been linked to some of Nostradamus’s quatrains, but also originates in some New Age circles from the 90s. Apparently some aliens have been channeling information that an comet-planet will collide with the Earth – these aliens initially said the event would happen in 2003, but obviously they hadn’t synchronized their calendars as they now say 2012.
Need I say more?
Web Bot project
The internet is a powerful tool, and according to Goerge Ure, whose Web Bot project scours the internet for ‘chat’ looking for patterns in the keywords used, predicts that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Apparently this program predicted the September 11 attacks and can predict disasters due to a ‘collective knowledge’.
Now as there are literally millions of websites dedicated to December 21, 2012 then I’m not surprised a computer bot would pick up on this, are you? And of course December 21 came and went - so the bots were a little wrong!
- NASA - 2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won\'t End?
Impressive movie special effects aside, Dec. 21, 2012, won't be the end of the world as we know.
Nasa are getting several hundred emails a day relating to the 'myth' of End of Days - finally they decided to respond officially by creating their own 2012 site. The site attempts to dispel the majority of the myths and rumors that are going around the web.
You decide whether they answer your doubts....and of course they were 100% correct - the world didn't end!
- Click here to buy the t-shirt below.
Help me build my spaceship so I can fly away to safety.
Personally I feel the whole December 21, 2012 was used as an excuse to help make some people a lot of money. With a blockbusting movie, hundreds of documentaries, thousands of books and millions of websites, there’s no doubt there is a captive audience, all willing to spend time thinking about the ‘end of days’, so it’s easy to sell to these people.
I think the whole thing is just another hoax, whether it is a sinister plot by the government to control the population, or just simply a bunch of internet geeks doesn’t matter. Even if it wasn’t a hoax, then there was not a lot I coulddo about it so I’m chose to live my life as normal and just hoped I lived to see December 22, 2012 - which of course I did!
Now, to help me build my space ship that will help me get away from this planet before the next Armageddon, please buy the t-shirt (on the right).
Other Interesting Links:
- Mayan Calendar
The Mayan Calendar does not predict the 2012 end of the world scenario. It's a calendar system. Brilliant, no doubts. But developed as a means of measuring time. Not the end of it.
- How To Make Your 2012 21 December End Of The World Party A Success
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- Eschatology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eschatology (from the Greek , Eschatos meaning "last" and -logy meaning "the study of") is a part of theology and philosophy concerned with what are believed to be the final events in the history of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humani
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