“Will the World End December 21, 2012?”

It seems like every generation has one or more groups preparing for the “end of the world.” Many times these groups amount to nothing more than a small cult; however, other times these groups are rather large and composed of Christians led by a charismatic individual.

William Miller
William Miller

One such group followed the teachings of William Miller, a prosperous farmer, Baptist layman, and an amature student of the Bible. His followers became known as the Millerites. Miller predicted the Second Coming of Christ (ushering in the end of the world as we know it) to be somewhere between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844. When March 21, 1844 came and went without incident, the date was revised to April 18, 1844, which also came and went without incident. Once again the date was revised to October 22, 1844, ending in the same result, which became known as The Great Disapointment. Many of the Millerites had to rebuild their lives since they had forsaken everything in anticipation of the event. The group split into three (3) sects, with one of those surviving today and known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Mayan Long Count Calendar
Mayan Long Count Calendar

One might ask, “That is all very interesting; but, what does this have to do with the year 2012?” Many people around the globe, Christian and non-Christian alike, believe the world as we know it, will come to an end in the year 2012, or more specifically, on December 21, 2012. This belief is based upon the Mayan Long Count Calendar.

December 21, 2012 is the end date of a 5,125 year cycle in the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Despite mainstream scholarship to the contrary, there are many who believe that date marks the beginning of a series of major catastrophies, which will plague the Earth and potentially bring about its destruction. The question is, “Who is right?” Will the world end or will December 22, 2012 be just another day? It depends upon whom you believe. In any event, we will not know until December 21, 2012 arrives.

More importantly, what should Christians prepare for? What does the Bible say about it?

Shortly after Jesus’ ressurection, many of His disciples believed He was about to usher in a new era.

Acts 1:6-7 (NASB)
6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;

Jesus said we will not know the time. Furthermore, it will catch us by surprise.

Matthew 24:36-44 (NASB)
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

Christians and non-Christians alike will be going about their daily lives and at an unexpected time, the Christians will be taken and the non-Christians will be left behind. Therefore, we must remain alert and continue to encourage one another as the day approaches.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

2 Replies to ““Will the World End December 21, 2012?””

  1. COP OUT!! Not anywhere did I see what YOUR PERSONAL OPINION was. I’m well read also and I could find all manner of books and quotations to back any argument I wanted to make on almost any subject. I asked you your opinion – as a thinking man, in your heart and mind, WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE???

    1. For the most part, I try not to use this website to express my personal opinions; except to say that:

      • I believe in God
      • I believe the Bible is God’s Holy Word
      • Inspired by God
      • Written to communicate God’s timeless Truth to mankind

      Therefore the Bible is treated as the final authority on God’s Word as communicated to mankind.

      As such, my personal opinions cannot always be trusted

      Matthew 15:19 (NASB)
      19 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

      and is trumped by whatever the Bible has to say on a subject.

      Psalms 119:160 (NASB)
      160 The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

      Proverbs 3:5 (NASB)
      5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

      Consequently, unless I get lazy, you should always see me backing up everything I say with quotes from Scripture. My opinions are not as important, much less reliable, as Scripture.

      Having said all that, if you are still interested in my opinion regarding 2012, I will share the following.

      I have considered the possibility of 2012 being the end-of-the-world on more than one occassion. As I see it, there are three possible outcomes. First, the predictions could be little more than conjecture and everyone will wake up on December 22, 2012 finding it to be just another day (except for those who will then be overstocked on toilet paper and bottles of water – does Y2K bring back any memories?). Second, some of the predicted calamities may come true, without the world being destroyed in the process. Third, one or more of the predicted calamities may come true, destroying the world, as we know it, in the process.

      If outcome three (destruction) occurs, then physically it will not matter what anyone does, everything will be destroyed. Spiritually, those that have reconciled their relationship with God, by accepting the Gift of His Son, will spend eternity in Heaven with Him, while those who have not will spend eternity in Hell separated from God. Of course, this is the same outcome that people face today if they die; so, the urgency of the decision remains the same since there is nothing special about dying on December 21, 2012 as opposed to dying in a few seconds from a heart attack. Time is of the essence.

      If outcome two (calamity) occurs, physically, for anyone surviving the calamity, the more prepared they are with supplies, etc. the better they will be able to continue surviving until emergency services, etc. are restored. Spiritually, they are in the same situation as if total destruction occured.

      If outcome one (nothing) occurs, physically, those that prepped for disaster may seem foolish to others (again, remember Y2K); but, the embarassment will probably seem worth it, given what could have been the outcome (in which case those who did not prepare will be the foolish ones). Again, spiritually, the situation remains the same as outcomes two and three.

      Physically, as the time draws near, everyone should decide for themselves the most likely outcome and make prudent preparations for that. However, a lesson should be taken from the Millerites. Liquidating all your belongings is extreme to say the least. You do not want to be among those catagorized by “The Great Embarrasment” like the Millerites and “The Great Disappointment.”

      Spiritually, the situation remained the same over all possibilities. It has always and always will be the same. Time is of the essence and your relationship with God MUST be reconciled by accepting the Gift of His Son. To delay is foolish. Why be concerned with preparing physically for events, which might happen, when you have yet to prepare spritually for the event, which will happen?

      Will the world end on December 21, 2012? I do not know. As time approaches, if it begins to look like “something” will happen, then it would be best to prepare physically for outcome two. In any event, we should be prepared spiritually, sooner rather than later, before it becomes too late.

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