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Many people believe that the ancient Mayan calendar mysteriously ends at the winter solstice in the year 2012. Is this a sign that the Mayans knew that Dec. 21, 2012, is the end of human history? The History Channel, Newsweek magazine, major movie studios, booksellers and dozens of Web sites are fanning the 2012 craze.

Movie trailers for the science fiction disaster film 2012 have added to the hype, showing entire cities devastated by enormous tsunamis and earthquakes, meteors raining down fiery death from heaven and human history coming to a violent end.

According to Wikipedia, “The studio also launched a viral marketing website operated by the fictional Institute for Human Continuity, where filmgoers could register for a lottery number to be part of a small population that would be rescued from the global destruction.”

Other 2012 scenarios picture a wonderful change in human consciousness and the ushering in of a New Age. John Major Jenkins, author of Maya Cosmogenesis , describes the coming New Age this way: “Around the year we call 2012 a large chapter in human history will be coming to an end. All the values and assumptions of the previous World Age will expire, and a new phase of human growth will commence.”

All the hype about 2012 is based on a mixture of speculation about Mayan calendars, the book The Bible Code , some ancient Oriental prophesies, supposed writings of Nostradamus and a little of the biblical book of Revelation.

But does the Bible say anything about 2012 being the end of human history?

In Matthew 24:3 Matthew 24:3And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?
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, Jesus was asked about the sign of His coming and the end of this age. He gave prophecies of many events to happen before His return. He said there would be religious deception, wars and rumors of wars, famines, disease epidemics and earthquakes, all leading to a time of Great Tribulation when mankind would be on the verge of destroying all life on the earth if the time wasn't cut short (verses 21 and 22). Then Jesus prophesied there would be heavenly signs, and He would return with power and great glory (verses 29-30).

These prophetic events are described in more detail in our booklets Are We Living in the Time of the End? and You Can Understand Bible Prophecy .

While Jesus gave His disciples signs to watch for that indicated His return, He stated clearly that no one knows the exact date except His Father. In Mark 13:32 Mark 13:32But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
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we read, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew's account puts it this way, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13 Matthew 25:13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes.
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The Bible does not tell us the date Jesus Christ will return to save humanity from destroying ourselves. But it does promise that Christ will return and set up a government that will bring peace and prosperity to this earth. In the meantime God doesn't ask us to explore the intricacies of ancient Mayan calendars. He warns of rampant deception and tells us not to be fooled by those who claim secret knowledge of His return (Matthew 24:4 Matthew 24:4And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
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, 23-26).

What are we to do? The purpose of the biblical prophecies and warning signs is to remind us of our need to always be growing closer to God and to be spiritually ready. We need to be preparing spiritually for Christ's return and the end of this world now, in 2012 and every year.

“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44 Matthew 24:44Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.
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  • biblethmper1

    Gd Bless you guys **Numbers, 6:24-26 **. I don’t know if I have enough room for this, so I will try to keep it short. The Mayan calender is nothing more that a completion of the 27,000 cycle of the Earth going through the 12 Zodiac signs. Now my position on that is biblical of course. Gd created all the stars of the heavens and named them each. ASTRONOMY is Gd’s power and glory displayed for us to be in reverence. ASTROLOGY is what the devil did with what Gd created. The Mayan’s never say anything about some end of the world disaster. But only that each sing within the 12 is about 2,000 to 2,200 yrs. long and that during these times there has been great changes. However, 2012 might be a time when the gods of old, false gods, return to mankind. That my brothers would be total deception. We know them as UFO’s. I have a whole bible study on that. But even if things start to happen, its just history repeting itself. But as far as some great alignment, NO. gd told us from Genesis to Revelations that there would be signs. SIGNS are ASTRONOMY not ASTROLOGY. Bless you guys for bringing a generation back to actually reading the Bible as it is written.

  • Nellie

    I have been pryaing to God for knowledge to help me with worring about what is to become of this world and all it’s violence,and I thank Thee my Heavenly Farther for discovering The Church Of God on the internet of all places!!!!Just re-assured me yet again that HE does care for His children,and He does not want even a single one of us to be lost!!

  • ashley buck

    I have something to ask yall. yall are talking about the world ending. know body really knows when its gonna happen but god. everybody is saying the world is gonna end in 2012 but really know body knows. so do yall think the worlds gonna end in 2012? and please give me a straight answer. i really wanna know yall opinion please.

  • ashley buck

    and i love god he has helped me thru a lot when i didnt have anybody hes a wonderful god and hes a forgiving god

  • Sabrina Peabody

    I highly doubt that Christ will return in 2012. The Bible mentions what will be the signs of the times at the end of the age, and there are things that still need to be fulfilled. There will be natural disasters, earthquakes (Matthew 24:3, 5-7), famines (Amos 4:7-8)—some of these things are happening, false prophets (2 Thessalonians 2) and the great false prophet who rises to power with the beast power (Revelation 13). The daily sacrifices will be stopped, and the sanctuary will be defiled in Jerusalem (see Daniel 8:11-13; 11:31; 12:11; 2 Thessalonians 2; Revelation 13). Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 mention the abomination of desolation being set up. It can be concluded that the daily sacrifices in Jerusalem have to start to be stopped and the abomination has to be set up as well. You can read more on “What Is the Abomination of Desolation’?” at It then says there are three and a half years after this until Christ’s return (Daniel 12:11). These are some things that we can be looking for and will show the approaching time of Christ’s return.

  • reparata

    There has been so much talk of December 21, 2012 being the end of the world. I hear the most damaging thing will be a large solar flare that will burn everyone to death except for the few people in underground shelters high in the mountains. NASA says that our magnetic shield that protects the earth from the sun’s solar flares is down right now because of an upcoming polar shift that will also cause major destruction to the earth. This down or highly weakened magnetic field will allow the sun’s solar blasts to hit the earth’s surface destroying everything on the earth.
    It is really confusing when I always thought there would be a seven year tribulation period according to the Bible. Also two raptures, and the battle of Armageddon. Also midway of the seven years, the anti-christ is supposed to be revealed. I really think that the end is near, but according to the Bible, the time is probably not quite hear yet. I really want to believe God’s word more than what people think the Mayan calender’s end signifies. Nostrodamus says that fire will be seen in the sky but does not give a date and explains in riddles. I really feel that God is the only one who can know, and control, when the world will end. He created the universe and everthing in it. God says that the world will not end but great destruction will take place.
    For myself, I try to live my life as a good person close to God, repent my sins, ask Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to help make me a stronger, more loving, and more forgiving person to those who have done me wrong. I pray for people that have done great wrongs to me that they will repent and come to Jesus.
    If all living things die, and the earth is destroyed, it is very sad temporarily, because we love the earth, it’s beauty, and life. If it does happen, God felt it needed to happen because of all the evil in the world. It says in the Bible that the world will be beautiful again after all the disasters, and best of all, peaceful, with Jesus as the leader, to all who are saved. Just accept Jesus as your savior, and keep moving forward with your life being as productive as you can be. That is what God, wants us to do. He does not want us to stop living waiting for the end. Try to do this by focusing as much as possible, do a lot of praying, and be good to others.

  • Webelieve

    …will come as a thief…The Middle East is beginning to boil over. Marana tha!!
    May Father God keep His shining face on us.

  • Luis-17lp

    God exist, then there are world too and humans!

  • KARS

    It’s the end to man’s goverments when our Messiah Jesus Christ returns; therefore why would He come to a destroyed planet?
    Think about it?
    This is His inheritance for a job well done. He didn’t have to become human and save us. But because of God our Father we have been reconciled to Him through His Only begotten Son; Jesus Christ.

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

  • zavrou

    The only thing we should concern ourselves with is “are we ready to meet God”. Today, tomorrow, next week or December 2012, are you ready?

  • fiervolino

    the Mayns were pagan, I rest my case

  • antoinette

    Wow! so many great remarks and answers… shows how everyone is learning.

  • ab12377

    I am new here but I do want to say this. Whenever Jesus is to return does it really matter when? God promises many better things for people who believe in His word. Why are people trying to hide from it? Other than the obvious. But I will welcome the day He returns to us. He knows none of us are without sin and there is nothing to be afraid of. So I dont get why anyone thinks they could hide or buy their way into hiding from Him.

  • danielromo77

    Hello I’m new here also, I want to add that no matter what Jesus is in control. I’ll give one example, In 2007 a commett was headed for our planet, the gov’t didn’t warn the public for fear of a panic. However as the commet was about to enter our orbit, Scientist said that it was like it hit an imaginary wall in space and there was no explanation, that’s because God didn’t want it to hit, in 2002 we had one from behind the sun, no warning given, it barely missed us, we have asteroids and commets and the threat of a solar flare always, however when God wants it to hit it will, and we can do nothing to stop it, until then why worry if were truly walking with God there’s nothing to fear. As for UFO’S etc… Our universe is so fast, it takes some stars Luminosity 2-3 million years to reach us, Do you really think were alone? There was life on other planets, Venus was exactly like us and now it’s like hell. God Bless

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