29 days to the end of the world
In less than a month we are coming up on a date that has many in the world worried December 21, 2012. A date that many people believe will either be the end of the world, the Apocalypse, the day of the Earth’s total destruction or the beginning of a rebirth, a sort of transformation, or even that we will all be transported to something like heaven and the all of us will live in paradise.
For the most part the majority see the date as being the latter, a sort of re-birth or a move to another level, rather than the end of the world. Regardless there is very wide speculation that cataclysmic and apocalyptic events are soon to take place.
With less than a month to go can one really give credence to such speculation, or should we all be laughing at these prophecies? On December 22 that should all be clear.
The main proponents of the date December 21, 2012 as being the end of times or a rebirth are those who cite the end of the Mayan calendar, which is not really an end, but rather when, according to Mayanist scholars the calendar is simply reset to begin the next cycle called the 14th baktun, marked by the end date of the 13th baktun or 184.108.40.206.0. These proponents also try to tie several celestial alignments including the alignment of the Sun, the Earth and the center of the Milky Way.
Some Mayanists believe that the ancient Mayans unlocked the code of the universe which is something akin to computer binary code and which was used to “program” the universe and even our own DNA. Their use of a system of 1s and 0s was remarkably accurate in formulating their calendar and cosmic maps. Even predicting Galactic Alignment, an event which takes place only once every 26,000 years, then the Winter Solstice occurs and the Sun is going to be at the intersect point of Ecliptic of the Milky Way Galaxy and its Equator.
The I Ching also predicts the date December 21, 2012 as being when everything afterwards will be new. It is important to note that the I Ching also used a binary code which was the equivalent of 0s and 1s. The I Ching known as the Book of Changes or Zhouyi, is one of the oldest texts known to man and contains a system for divination not unlike geomancy or the Ifa system. Its is believed to have originated sometime in the 3rd to the 2nd millennium BC. It believed the I Ching was a calendar.
Christianity, with its many interpretations and speculation is also full of references to end times happening during our times although theologians can not agree on the exact timing of any single date or event. Many of those who believe in the Torah code, a code used to decrypt secret messages in the bible, also point to the date in question as being the end of the world.
Eschatologists who use the bible to predict the end and many Christians point to many other signs and what they see as warnings, many occurring in the Book of Revelations written by the apostle John. Briefly they say that the Antichrist will appear and sign a peace pact with Israel for seven years, a period they call the Tribulation. This period will herald the appearance of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and the seventh seal after which the Antichrist will attempt to destroy Jerusalem leading to the Battle of Armageddon when Jesus Christ will return and destroy the Antichrist. Some say this is all happening today. Has there been the breaking of a 7 year pact with Israel? That and the final assault on Jerusalem will have to take place within the next couple of weeks if we are to believe the biblical versions.
Then we have those who follow Terrance McKenna and his Timewave Zero theory and his numerological formula that he claimed calculates correlations between time events during history. He calculated the end of the world to be shortly before December 21st, 2012 but then decided the Mayans must have been more accurate.
Events that are supposed to happen on that date include a black hole swallowing up the Earth, a collision with a planet called the Nibiru Cataclysm, our four dimensional souls becoming aware of their three dimensional existence and joining together with the great cosmic mind, the magnetic poles shifting causing the planet to be torn apart, planets aligning, a beam of light charging the sun from the center of the galaxy causing flares will which engulf the earth, a 5th element being invented in a particle collider which swallows the Earth, man inventing time travel and other cataclysms.
All of these things have no real basis in science and should not be worried about or taken too seriously. My advice for December 21, 2012 11:11 GMT: if you must, take the day off, you never know someone who decides to end it all might take you with them (just kidding), read a book, call your family and friends, make plans for the 22nd of December, check out Anonymous and their Tyler release, watch a film or have a good meal. Who knows? It may be your last!