Originally Answered: Opinions please on the year 2012.?
Much has been written and said about the impending approach of the end of the world, as allegedly foreseen by the Maya and represented by the “end” of their calendar on December 21, 2012. Several other assertions, astronomical and otherwise, have been linked to this claim of a shutdown of the Maya calendar to promote a focus on this date. All these claims are completely without scientific merit. But they are getting a lot of media attention in advance of the worldwide release of the film "2012" on Friday, November 13, 2009 (of course, Friday the thirteenth). This page is provided as a resource to counter these claims.
"Most of what's claimed for 2012 relies on wishful thinking, wild pseudoscientific folly, ignorance of astronomy, and a level of paranoia worthy of Night of the Living Dead." -Dr. E. C. Krupp
Here are 5 popular assumptions that are false.
1. The Maya Calendar is “Ending” FALSE. The Maya calendar is not spooling up the thread of time. It is coming to the end of a particular cycle in an unending sequence of cycles. According to the rules of the Maya calendar system, a primary interval, Baktun 13, for all practical purposes ends on the winter solstice, 2012. Although pseudoscientific claims have linked this calendrical curiosity to a Maya prophecy of the end of time, there is no evidence for ancient Maya belief in the world's end in 2012 or even in any unusual significance to the cycle's completion.
The Maya calendar relied on multiple cycles of time. In Maya tradition, these cycles of time run far into the future, and there are ancient Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions that project time into the future well beyond 21 December 2012. At the end of Baktun 13 (a period of 144,000 days or 394 years), a new baktun will begin. There is no Baktun-13 end of time. The notion of a Baktun-13 transformational end of time is modern. It originated in Mexico Mystique, a book published in 1975 by an American writer, Frank Waters, who made computational errors.
2. We Are Emerging from a Galactic “Beam” FALSE. In 1987, the notion of the Maya forecast of the end times was linked to a "beam" from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The writer who introduced this galactic element also promoted it through 1987's Harmonic Convergence. According to him, we emerge from the beam on winter solstice, 2012 because that's when the Maya calendar "ends." In reality, there is no galactic beam either observed or predicted). There is no astronomical or observational fact here, just assertion.
3. The Sun’s Pathway Through the Milky Way Is Somehow Related. FALSE. Others have also noted the gradual precessional shift of the Sun's position at winter solstice across the Milky Way. They have claimed the winter solstice Sun will coincide with the center of the Milky Way Galaxy in 2012. In fact, the winter solstice Sun does not get closer than 3 degrees to the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. This is equal to six full moons, a very large discrepancy, even for the unaided eye. And the winter solstice Sun is actually closer to the center of Galaxy 200 years after 2012. Even a superficial glance at a typical celestial atlas verifies the current configuration. This is not true. The winter solstice Sun never coincides with the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. There is no "galactic alignment" on winter solstice, 2012. There is no meaningful midpoint across the Milky Way. A midpoint for the winter solstice sun's precessional passage across the Milky Way cannot be defined to a century, let alone a single day (and certainly not to 21 December 2012).
4. A Planetary Alignment Will Destroy the Earth. FALSE. Some have claimed an alignment of planets occurs on winter solstice, 2012, and will cause a catastrophic reversal of the earth's magnetic field. There is no such planetary alignment on winter solstice, 2012, and even if all the planets did align in this fashion, it would not cause such a reversal of the Earth's magnetic field. There have been numerous planetary alignments and they have had no effect on the Earth.
5. The Mysterious Planet Niburu Is Headed Our Way. FALSE. Conspiracy fatalists are convinced that the imaginary planet Niburu is out there and headed our way. According to this bizarre scenario, NASA, the astronomical community, and presumably everyone else “in the know” (except, of course, the ancient Maya calendar keepers) allegedly have observed the approach of the planet, placed an embargo on this knowledge, and are deliberately misleading the public. Proponents of this view imagine that all of the Earth’s hundreds of thousands of private and public telescopes are linked together in one giant, coordinated effort to mislead the public regarding the existence of this upcoming disaster, though it is not clear why they would do so if the world was going to end anyway. Of course, there is no Niburu on a collision course with Earth for winter solstice, 2012, or for any other date. There is absolutely no evidence of the exis
Originally Answered: Opinions please on the year 2012.?
Scientists know that the earth’s magnetic poles are reversing. The reversal will be completed on 12/21/2012. Pole reversals have occurred before on earth without much fanfare. This time it’s different. That’s because the poles of the sun are also reversing at the same rate and will be completed on the very same date at the very same minute – 11:11 GMT. Some scientists believe nothing will happen. Others are convinced the results will be catastrophic. What’s interesting is that their predictions mirror the judgements outlined in Revelation 6. As bad as it may get, it won’t be the end. Daniel’s 70th week, which is the last seven years of earth’s existence, immediately precedes the second coming of Jesus. But if the predicted catastrophes are those prophesied in Revelation 6, it could very well be the beginning of the end. Watch the news. There are other events which must take place before the end comes. Damascus Syria, the oldest continually populated city on the world will be wiped off the face of the earth. A nuclear missle launched by Israel is the most likely scenario. And Russia, together with a host of Asian and African Muslim nations, will invade Israel. They will be utterly defeated, not by the Israeli Army, but by God’s army. The devastation will be so swift and so extensive, there will be no doubt that it’s the hand of God. The key to this invasion is Turkey. The bible says Turkey will be one of the invading nations. But right now Turkey is ruled by a secular military regime that is friendly with Israel. When you read about the Muslim majority overthrowing the military rule, the end will not be far off.