Every now and then, the world is agog with news of an impending danger, a world shaking event of catastrophic proportions. One such false alarm which comes to mind immediately was the hype surrounding the imminent collapse of the world-system in the days leading to Y2K. As is clearly evident now, it was a false alarm. The prophets of doom have been proved wrong, not by critics, but by the turn of events!
And now, alarmists and doomsayers have come up with yet another dose of speculative prophecy saying that the end of the world is near. They based their deduction and theory on a primitive and outdated system of calculation. According to them, the Mayan Long Count calendar ends on December 21, 2012, leading them to speculate that on that date the world will end. Sensing the panic in the minds of people the world over, a movie based on the theme of the end of the world was released on Friday, November 13, 2009. I grabbed a copy of the DVD and without doubt was hooked. But I also knew deep down in my heart that the end of the world will not be like what it was in the movie.
Don't be fooled! Jesus Christ said, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only" (Matthew 24:36). Yes, there will be an "end of the world" someday (see Matthew 28:20), but the chances of it falling on Dec. 21, 2012 are most unlikely!
Whenever it comes, let's be ready!