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World Destruction in 2012

Updated on June 20, 2011

Doomsday Prophets

Doomsday prophets have been around for centuries, predicting the world will end on such and such day. To date, obviously, none have come to pass. So, why should anyone pay any attention to forecasts of the year 2012 as being the end and where does this cataclysmic scenario come from?

Many point to “The Great Cycle”, as the Mayas called it. It schedules the end on the winter solstice on December 21, 2012. Some believe the world will end on that date. Horrifying occurrences resulting in the destruction of Earth have been predicted. Others foretell it won’t end, but massive changes will occur. There’s a lot of misinformation and speculation concerning this event.

Not only is the Mayan calendar referenced as a basis of information for this prophecy, but also the writings of Nostradamus have been a source for debate. But how valid are his predictions?

Nostradamus was born in southern France in 1503 and was a traveling physician. But in later years his faculties began to fail him and he became a freelance writer. His works included several books of prophecy, organized into sets of 100 quatrains (centuries). There were so many vaguely written prophecies they could be made to easily apply to almost any event.

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

There was a movie called "The Man Who Saw Tomorrow," about Nostradamus. In it Nostradamus claimed Halley's Comet would have dire effects on the world and then in the 1990s the Middle East and Russia would join forces and wage nuclear war on the West for 27 years. Following that event the U.S. and Russia would supposedly join together to defeat the Islam religion. How precise were his predictions?

Most information about 2012 makes reference to world destruction by an earth’s pole shift. (magnetic field reversal)

The basis for all of these dire predictions is the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, or “The Great Cycle”, which is supposed to signal the end of the world or a time of drastic transformations. People find this easy to believe because Maya civilization was known for their highly advanced civilization. In that light it would seem plausible they could conceivably know what they were talking about. However, the plain truth is The Great Cycle couldn’t be the end of the world. It was actually a great celebration for the Mayas. Making it through to the end of an entire cycle was cause for celebration, not doomsday forecasts.

A Complete Fabrication

According to Sandra Noble, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Florida, “To render Dec. 21, 2012, as a doomsday or moment of cosmic shifting, is a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.”

So, how do the beliefs on world destruction fit in? 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 rare alignment assumes the usual energy typically streaming to Earth from the middle of the Milky Way will be disrupted on 12/21/12 2012 at 11:11 p.m. “Universal Time.” Scientists doubt the Mayas even knew what they were talking about.

There have been countless “end of the world” prophecies in the past but as you can see…were still here. And there are many people claiming they know more than anyone else about what will happen in the future. But, aren't they profiting by making these claims? Consider the fact Mayas were around 1000 years before Christ. Christ was the one who proclaimed no one knew the end of days except God.

Many predictions concerning Jesus did happen, but many didn’t. Of course, the ones that didn’t were not scripturally based. Here are a few examples.

During WW1,”The Weekly Evangel”, a publication of the Assemblies of God, had this to say. "We are not yet in the Armageddon struggle proper, but at its commencement, and it may be, if students of prophecy read the signs right, Christ will come before the present war closes, and before Armageddon. Later editions claimed the end would come no later than 1935.

In the early 1900s, Dr. Isaac M. Haldeman, pastor of the First Baptist Church in New York City, predicted that before the Jews returned to Palestine to establish a Jewish State, the Antichrist would appear.

Then there are Jehovah’s witnesses’ and their predictions. Charles Taze Russell, first president of the Watch Tower Society determined 1874 as the year of Christ's 2nd coming, resurrection of the saints in 1875, the end of the "harvest" and a rapture of the saints to heaven in 1878 and finally, "the day of wrath" in 1914. A 1917 Watch Tower Society publication predicted 1918 as the year God would begin to destroy other churches and their members. Russell’s successor, J. F. Rutherford predicted the Millennium would begin in 1925.

Jehovah's Witness publications, since 1966 convinced their members Armageddon would arrive in 1975. When the date once again passed without incident, they were forced to concede their calculations had been "based on wrong premises."

In view of these failures what is likely to occur in the year 2012? More than likely, nothing unusual at all will happen.


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    • Say Yes To Life profile image

      Yoleen Lucas 

      5 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Well, wadayaknow - I'm still here...

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      biman bala 

      6 years ago

      If it will be true we should respect the GOD and pray to him for protection.

    • JY3502 profile imageAUTHOR

      John Young 

      7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Some really good observations Daffy.

    • Daffy Duck profile image

      Daffy Duck 

      7 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      The problem isn't with people making predictions it's with others living in fear. People who buy into these things need to know so they can 'make things right just before it all ends.

      Others don't want to take the chance of it being right so they believe and prepare for the worst out of paranoia.

      People are consumed with the afterlife, if there's even such a thing. That's why shows based on such things do so well.

      What really amazes me is that if there is a second coming and if no one can predict when it will happen, why is it that people, especially religious people, keep trying to predict it? Don't they believe what their own God says? That's just really funny to me.

      Love the hub!

    • Stump Parrish profile image

      Stump Parrish 

      7 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

      "To render Dec. 21, 2012, as a doomsday or moment of cosmic shifting, is a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.” That sounds a lot like a very good description of religion in general. A guy in $10,000 suits scaring the last pennies out of the pockets of the weak minded poorest in this country. Little old ladies forced to eat cat food after they sent their last couple of dollars in, hoping to buy their way into heaven on a discount airline.

    • JY3502 profile imageAUTHOR

      John Young 

      7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      I only reported what others are claiming. As a journalist it is my job to remain neutral on any opinions I may have

    • NateSean profile image


      7 years ago from Salem, MA

      Human beings are on their way out the door. I have no doubt that our time is up.

      But it's the hieght of pure human arrogance to believe that we are capable of destroying the world, or even predicting it's end.

      The Mayan Calander is just that. A Calender. It ends on December 21st, 2012 because there just isn't enough stone and mortar to build a calender that goes on to eternity.

      My calender ends on December 31st, every year. Doesn't mean the world ends. It just means I need to go down to one of those calender kiosks at the mall (or Family Dollar, which ever is cheaper) and pick up a new one for the next year.

      Good Hub though. This is what I think of the topic in general.

    • safiq ali patel profile image

      safiq ali patel 

      7 years ago from United States Of America

      Another great hub by this author. Brilliant. Mystical things are one of my favorite topics. Thank you again.

    • JY3502 profile imageAUTHOR

      John Young 

      7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      She always makes me blush with her compliments guys. Thank you Cats

    • Lucky Cats profile image


      7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Incredible research supported with examples. JY; you're such an interesting writer. There are so many more of your works I plan to read until I've read them all. thank you. voted UP and Awesome!

    • OpinionDuck profile image


      7 years ago

      The real problem is that they over estimated how long the Mayan Empire would last. So for them the Calendar which I believe they never used, was a lot of work for nothing.

    • JY3502 profile imageAUTHOR

      John Young 

      7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Thanks, I'll take a look at it.

    • daydreamer13 profile image


      7 years ago

      All anyone can do is predict. Noone knows for sure or they'd be screaming it from every mountain top. I think it's safe to say that things will change by 2012 because things are constantly changing, but I don't either think the earth will self-destruct.

      I did a hub awhile back called "Look Forward to the End of the World" that you might find interesting.

      Good write!


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