Is 2012 the Apocalypse?

Is 2012 the apocalypse?

As we get closer and closer to the year 2012, the spiritually minded and conspiracy theorists alike are growing increasingly paranoid. But why is so much noise being made about this particular year? You may have heard vague references to the “2012 apocalypse” in passing news reports or in films, but what is the basis for all this 2012 paranoia? Why do people think the apocalypse will be in 2012?

Turns out, there’s quite a few sources for the supposed coming apocalypse. From the Mayans, whose “Long Count” calendar indicates that the apocalypse will occur on December 12, 2012, to “Bible code” followers who claim to have found evidence of a 2012 apocalypse in the book of the Revelation of John, the 2012 theory comes from a wide array of sources. Though most of these prophecies are spiritual in nature, some (like the Mayan code mentioned earlier) are a blend of spiritual and secular sources. Let’s take a look at just a handful of the propecies indicating 2012 as the time of the apocalypse.
2012 the Apocalypse


Mayan Calendar Prophecy

This is the most popular of the 2012 apocalypse stories, and the one most often referenced in the media and popular culture. The Mayan calendar is quite complex, and is broken up into units called “Kin”, “Tun”, and “Baktun”. The much hyped “13-baktun cycle” is scheduled to be completed 1,872,000 days (or 13 baktuns) after the beginning of their calendar. This period of time is the well knwon Mayan “Great Cycle” of their Long Count calendar and is equal to 5125.36 of our standard years. This is where the date of December 12, 2012 comes from, as the Mayan calendar purportedly began August 11th, 3114 BCE — do the math, and you’ll come to the same conclusion as other Mayan scholars. The “end” of the Mayan calendar is 12/12/2012. Hence the 2012 apocalypse scare.

One reason people put so much stock in the Mayan Long Count calendar is that the Mayans were extremely sophisticated mathematicians and stargazers. It is well known that Mayans understood mathematical concepts hundreds of even thousands of years before the rest of the world. The Mayans worked out the seemingly simple concept of zero by around 36 BCE. Inscriptions discovered by archaeologists show the Mayans working with complex sums up to the hundreds of millions. The Mayans also produced extremely accurate astronomical maps and notes — their charts of the movements of the moon and planets are far superior to the maps and charts of any other civilization that was working strictly from observations by the naked eye.

Because the Mayans are known to have worked out a complex and accurate calendar well before “Western civilization”, people put great faith in their 2012 apocalypse theory.

Hindu Prophecy

According to Hindu scripture, the “Golden Age of Krishna” is likely to start in 2012. In the “Brahma-Vaivarta Purana”, Lord Krishna tells a devotee named Ganga Devi that a Golden Age will come in the Kali Yuga – one of the four stages of development that the world goes through as part of the earth’s time cycle — a cycle described in Hindu scriptures. Lord Krishna predicted that this Golden Age will start 5,000 years after the beginning of the Kali Yuga, and will last for 10,000 years.

That may sound like sometime in the distant future, but according to some Hindu researches, the Kali Yuga began on February 18, 3102 BCE. That means there is only a difference of 12 years between the Hindu’s beginning of the Kali Yuga and the Mayan’s beginning of their “Fifth Great Cycle”. Its important to know that the ancient Hindus mainly used a lunar calendar but also used solar calendars — this throws off those of us in the West, as the ancient Hindu time system is vastly different from our own. By either solar or lunar years, we are over 5,000 years into the Kali Yuga and it is time for Lord Krishna’s prophecy to happen according to the ancient Hindu scriptures. This may not be a direct reference to 2012, but is so closely aligned to the Mayan and other prophecies, that people lump it in with other “2012 apocalypse” theories.

NASA predictions

You may be surprised to learn that many 2012 apocalypse believers point to some NASA studies as evidence of the coming endtimes. NASA has released a study of the sun that includes predictions about solar flares, sunspots, and other solar interference that could have a catastrophic effect on life here on Earth. According to the report:

“Many forecasters believe Solar Cycle 24 will be big and intense. Peaking in 2011 or 2012, the cycle to come could have significant impacts on telecommunications, air traffic, power grids and GPS systems. In this age of satellites and cell phones, the next solar cycle could make itself felt as never before.”

Some see the fact that this new solar outburst will arrive in 2012 as more than a coincidence — maybe it is further evidence of a catastrophic event in 2012, something that ushers in the 2012 apocalypse.

Nostradamus’ 2012 Prophecy

Some people falsely believe that Nostradamus predicted the end of the world in 2012 — they point to a “lost book” of Nostradamus predictions supposedly discovered in a Roman library, in which there are prophesies pointing to 2012 as the time of the third world war and all kinds of other destruction. Unfortunately for these believes, Nostradamus would have to contradict his own prophesy in order for this to be true, as in his own previously published material there exists a prophesy identifying world events occuring up to 3000 CE, hundreds of years after 2012. The Nostradamus “prophesy” of 2012 is almost certainly a hoax.

Regardless of how you feel about the 2012 apocalypse hubbub, it is certainly an interesting coincidence that many traditions and prophecies seem to point to 2012 as the endtime. There are many thousands of people who are preparing for the end of the world, many who have quit their jobs and completely rearranged their lives, so strong is their belief that the end of the world is nigh. Keep in mind — as many prophecies as there are about 2012, there are twice as many about other dates, including many dates that have come and gone.>