Hello everyone! Alec here! Today we will be looking at one of my favorite subjects in modern history. The 2012 Theory. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

First off: The theory itself. The 2012 theory states that the word will end on December 21, 2012. Those who believe this theory believe it because of a few reasons. First, the Mayan calendar ends on that date. It is believed that the Mayans knew when the world would end because of their fantastic knowledge about the world and the solar system, even in their primitive age. Also, there are other theories about “Rouge Planets” hitting Earth, solar flares, magnetic pole reversals,  Earth’s axis shifting, mega-volcanoes, and pretty much any other kind of natural destructive phenomenon you can think of. The main reason for the 2012 theory, as many of you probably already know, is the Mayan calendar ending. Or, people say that it ends on this date. It really doesn’t “End,” per say, it just resets. December 21, 2012 is the end of a Mayan cycle (Or age) called the  B’ak’tun cycle. The thirteenth B’ak’tun cycle, to be exact. Why is this relevant? The Mayans always had big celebrations on the end of an age, similar to that of an American New Year’s Eve celebration. A “B’ak’tun” is a cycle of 20 “Katun” cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar, or 144,000 days. It just so happens that the end of the 13th Mayan B’ak’tun (That word is really annoying to type out a lot) is on December 21, 2012. This really has no major significance other than the fact that it is the end of an age for the Mayans, and (Don’t quote me on this one) Every 13th B’ak’tun is the beginning of a new Pictun Cycle. A good metaphor would be this: Imagine a car that, once it hits 100,000 miles, turns back to O. The Mayan calendar is the exact same way. As you can see, the fact that December 21, 2012 is the end of a B’ak’tun and a Pictun is merely a coincidence. I personally don’t believe that it is cause to say that the world is going to end on that specific date.

Like I said before, there are other reasons people believe the world will end in 2012. Here are a few: Solar flares, Earth’s magnetic fields reversing, the Earth’s axis tipping, the “Rouge Planet” Nibiru will pay us a visit and smash into Earth, and a supernova will overtake our solar system. None of these reasons are good cause for us to think that (Scientifically) the world will end. Why? Well… Yes, the sun is going to finish it’s 11 year sunspot cycle near December 21 of this year (Meaning some pretty big solar flares), but this has happened before, and scientists don’t think that any of the solar flares are going to be record-breaking. In fact, the largest solar flare ever recorded occurred on November 4th, 2003, sending billions of tons worth of radioactive plasma in Earth’s direction (Equivalent to the radiation of 5,000 suns). I’m writing this blog right now, so I’m going to say that it didn’t affect us too much. As for the magnetic fields reversing, it happened to the cave-men and they did just fine! But what about the Earth’s axis tipping? Well, it would take an impact from something the size of mars to cause our planet to be thrown off axis, and that would kill us all anyway. This rouge planet Nibiru is unlikely to hit us as well(Seeing as how Nibiru doesn’t even exist. Naboo on the other hand, that’s a different story), and if it was going to hit us we’d know about it by now, and as for supernovas, the closest star that is even close to going into supernova is the red giant Betelgeuse, which is predicted to supernova within the next 1,000 years, but it’s too far off to cause us any trouble. That debunks those theories!

You may be wondering what my point is by now. If you’re like me, you don’t believe that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Now, don’ t get me wrong, it very well could, but we’ll get to that a little later. My point is this: The world is so hyped up about the “2012 Doomsday” that many people miss something very important. Because so many people are expecting the world to end this year, many of us discredit the fact that it could very well end right now. Or now. Or now. Or now. But not for any of the reasons mentioned above. You see, the Bible tells us something very specific yet very vague as to the end of the world. The vague part is this. Matthew 24:36 Says: “No one knows the day or the hour, not the angels in heaven, nor The Son [Jesus], but only The Father [God]”. This verse is the reason I believe so strongly that we cannot possibly predict the day that the world will end. Jesus spoke those words, and he said that not even HE knew when He was going to come back (Signifying the end of the world), and if Jesus doesn’t know, how can we know? In my opinion, claiming that we know when the world is going to end is like claiming that we know more than Jesus himself, and that is   completely false. Now for the specific part. The book of Revelation in The Bible tells us the signs to watch out for and the things that will happen once the end of the world is upon us. If you’ve never read Revelation, I highly recommend it. It is a very scary look at how things are going to end for us, but it is also very enlightening. The pastor at my church puts Revelation like this: “Revelation is a collection of images, pictures of how the end of the world will look. It is meant to be interpreted like one of Jesus’ parables”. I.E., when Revelation talks about the “Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, it’s not really talking about actual horsemen, if you follow me. Revelation tells us that Jesus himself will come down to Earth from Heaven and do battle with the armies of the Earth with His legions of angels behind him. Revelation 19 says this: “11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”[a] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” First of all, how cool is that?!?!? Me being a guy, I imagine Jesus racing down from Heaven on a white horse with a cloak drenched in the blood and guts of his enemies with a sword coming out of his mouth while he strikes down armies and armies of opposition. But after some close examination of the verses, I get something else out of it as well. Pay close attention to what the “Armies of Heaven” are wearing. Fine linen? White and clean? Does this sound like the kind of clothing that one would wear to battle? Not to me. Now look at what Jesus is wearing. Blood stricken, gut ridden robes. Now you tell me: Who is doing the fighting? Certainly not the Armies of Heaven. When I look at this passage I see this: The Armies of Heaven are spectating this battle and Jesus is doing the fighting. The Armies and those who follow Jesus are able to rest and watch while Jesus gets bloody and takes down the armies of people. What I see is this: Jesus taking on all of Earth’s armies on his own for all of us. He’s basically saying “Rest up. I’ll do the work from here on out”. Now THAT is pretty cool! Why am I saying all of this? I’m making the point that, yeah, while the end of the world is going to suck before it actually happens (Just read Revelation), once it happens, Jesus is going to lift the burden of the Earth off of our shoulders and do the fighting for us. I tell you what, I want to be on His team when all of this goes down.

So, yes, I think the 2012 theory is completely false. I don’t think that the end of the world couldn’t happen this year, I just think it’s rather arrogant of us humans to act as though we know when the world is going to end. Like I said before, we don’t know the hour or the day that the world is going to end, so we can choose to live one of two ways. One: We can live as if it is never going to happen in our life-time and go about our daily lives as if nothing is going to happen. OR, we can do this: Live as if the end of the world is coming, and coming sooner than we think. I think we should choose the latter to live out our daily lives. Why? Well, let me ask you this: If you had a day to live, what would you do? Would you do something crazy? Tell someone you love them? Kiss the girl of your dreams? Tell as many people as you could about the wonders and love of God? Now, if you had a whole lifetime to do those things, would you lose that drive? Or would your list of things to do just keep getting longer? God calls us to live like we’re dying. We don’t know when the world is going to end, heck, we don’t know when we’re going to die, so why not live like it’s going to happen right now? Or now? Or now? Think of how much we could do if we lived like we’re dying all the time. This is how God wants us to live. Trust me, I’m guilty of acting as if I’ve got a whole life to do everything, but I encourage each and every one of you to live like you’re dying. Act as is the world is going to end right now. Even just from personal experience I can tell you that doing this is something so profound that you will stand out. Especially if you take it from a Christian “Make Disciples who make Disciples” point of view. So, in conclusion, may we all live like we’re dying. May we all never lose the drive to stand out and do what God is calling us to do. Right now and all the time. Thanks, as always, for reading! God bless!

Alec Lancaster