If you’ve opened a newspaper or turned on the TV lately, odds are good you’ve come across something about the end of the world in 2012. Doomsday and end of world prophesies and predictions are arguably at an all time high. Remember Y2K? At least then, everyone agreed, nobody knew what would happen. This year, the common theme seems to be the world will end on December 21, 2012. The only thing being debated by the doomsayers is how it will happen.
Television shows and articles that explore theories or delve into possible end of the world scenarios are entertaining – to a point. Watch too many of these, or read a bit too much about nuclear holocaust or mass human extinction, and you may find yourself wondering when this all stopped being fun.
It can be a fine line between curiosity and anxiety when it comes to end-times. In fact, end of the world hype is big business today, and many believe this is rightly so. If the end of the world really is coming, shouldn’t everyone have easy access to the best survivalist gear available?
Everyone has a choice when it comes to what they believe about 2012 doomsday prophesies and predictions. But it’s hard to make an informed choice when you’re overwhelmed with world-ending hype.
In the midst of all the madness, use the following ten tips to make 2012 manageable:
- Don’t obsess about Doomsday. Live your life one day at a time, which is all anyone truly has, after all.
- Chew carefully before swallowing. Help yourself digest the news by taking small bites you can sink your teeth into one at a time.
- Don’t believe everything you hear. No matter how convincing a theory about the end of the world seems, remember P. T. Barnum’s words: There’s a sucker born every minute. Don’t let it be you.
- Research ideas that interest you. Are you curious about what could happen if a rogue planet smashes into the earth? By all means, look up information – but insist on quality.
- Don’t be made afraid. If a website, news story or talk show feels scary, tune out. You can gain knowledge about even an event like the world’s end without feeling terrified.
- Consider both sides. If a particular theory about the world ending in 2012 makes sense to you, take the time to read information from its strongest opponents before you rest your case.
- Proceed with caution. If preparing for the end of the world in some physical, mental or spiritual way feels right to you, go for it – but proceed with care. Ask yourself if your actions are bringing a sense of peace or creating more anxiety in your life.
- Remember you’re mortal. It’s a fact: we’re all going to die. If you’re at peace with your own mortality, you’re far more likely to act rationally when considering the possible demise of our planet.
- Avoid arguments about The End. If you have a strong opinion about a particular end of world scenario, share it respectfully, or don’t share it at all.
- Have a sense of humor. No, the earth ending or mass human extinction is not funny. However, if you don’t take yourself too seriously, it’s possible to bring a light approach to a heavy subject without disrespecting the earth or mankind.
End Of The World Predictions
Everything in this world, even the world itself will certainly come to its end. When and how it is going to happen is a big question mark that many groups and individuals attempt to answer by giving their end of the world predictions. In fact, the earth’s final day has actually been envisaged as early as 634 BCE by the ancient Romans. From then on, various predictions have been given, most of them failed while some are still awaiting their times to unfold. Below are some of them.
1st Century By The Early Christians
Christians during the first century had expectations of Jesus’ return after a generation when He died. Even St. Paul the Apostle was believed to be one of these people.
Between 375-400 By St. Martin Of Tours
He stated that the world will be ending prior to the coming of year 400.
1033 By Various Christians
Many Christians during this time have all anticipated that Christ will once again come on His 1000th resurrection anniversary.
1284 By Pope Innocent III
The pope himself has his own predictions of the world’s end after 666 years of the Islam religion’s rising.
1346-1351 By Many Europeans
When the black plague has spread and affected most inhabitants of Europe, they thought that it was a sign, a beginning of the world’s doomsday.
1600 By Martin Luther
He foretold that the year 1600 will not pass and the world will see its end.
1697 By Cotton Mather
He was a Puritan minister whose prediction was that the world will end on that year. What was interesting about this man was that after his 1697 prediction flopped, he once again released predictions about the world’s final day twice (in 1716 and 1736).
December 25, 1814 By Joanna Southcott
She was a 64-year old woman who described herself as a prophet. She said that she was carrying within her womb the son of Christ. She proclaimed that the child will be born on Christmas day. This woman died on the day she had predicted and based on the result of her autopsy, it was found that she was not carrying a child.
February 13.1925 By Margaret Rowen
This Seventh Day Adventists woman claimed that she saw Angel Gabriel in her dreams where he told her that the world will end on the midnight of this foretold date.
February 4, 1962 By Jeane Dixon
This psychic foreseen that the world will be destructed when the planets will align themselves with one another.
January 1, 2000 By Various People
Many people believed that the computer virus Y2k will be the cause of numerous computer crashes. Since many systems at this time around the world has been automated by computers, the said malfunction brought about by Y2k was said to create major catastrophes resulting to mankind’s end.
June30, 2012 By José Luis de Jesús
His prediction involved the failure of many governments and economies around the world. At such time, he along with his followers will be able to fly and also walk through walls.
On December 21, 2012 By Many Individuals
Many people and groups described different scenarios of the earth’s doom such as galactic alignment, nuclear war, giant supernova and more. However, expert geologists and NASA scientists have all confirmed that these scenarios are unlikely to happen.
10100 Years By Various Scientists
The heat of the universe will cease and thus instigate the universe’s end because life and motion will not anymore be sustained due to the absence of thermodynamics.