21, 2012 - Doomsday?
ANGELES (MyFoxNational) -- Many religions, calendars
and prophecies point to Dec. 21, 2012 as the end
of the world. Is this another "Theory of
the Apocalypse" that will come and go like
others we have seen, or is this one that we should
be paying attention to?
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Not so long ago, many people were convinced of
the world’s impending doom.
Nostradamus predicted terror descending from
the sky in July 1999. On New Year’s Day
2000, we made it unscathed through Y2K and the
near-hysterical scenarios that every computer
across the planet would crash due to a basic time-keeping
So why does this prediction seem different?
One of the main theories driving this prophecy
is that the Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012.
The Mayans studied our sun and made their prophecies
based on the cycles of the sun.
Based on their observations, the Mayans predicted
that from the initial date of the start of their
civilization, 3113 B.C., one cycle being completed
would be 5,125 years in their future, Dec. 21,
2012. The sun, having received a powerful ray
of synchronizing light from the center of the
galaxy, would change its polarity which would
produce a great cosmic event that would propel
human kind to be ready to cross into a new era,
"The Golden Age."
A second sign is the increase of natural disasters
leading up to the date. Natural disasters have
devastated the earth throughout history, and in
recent years we have seen just about everything
-- hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, earthquakes
One prediction that the U.S. is headed for five
natural disasters has some believing in the doomsday
Another factor is that many of the world’s
religions and most famous prophets reference something
cataclysmic happening around Dec. 21, 2012. The
medieval predictions of Merlin, the Book of Revelation
and the Chinese oracle of the I Ching all point
to this specific date as the end of civilization.
Also, one of the best known Catholic prophets,
Irishman Maelmhaedhoc O'Morgair, better known
as St. Malachy, predicts that the Pope after John
Paul II would be the last.
Then there are those who believe in the famous
predictions of Nostradamus. Those studying the
Prophecies of Nostradamus say that he has indicated
the possibility of a Third World War.
It is believed that a major terrorist attack
on the U.S., assassination of some world leaders
and another war in the Middle East may precede
the Third World War, as well as numerous natural
disasters. Sounds a lot like the world we live
There is also this tie in to modern-day technology.
The Web Bot Project, developed in the late 1990s
to assist in making stock market predictions using
a system of spiders to crawl the Internet and
search for keywords, much like a search engine
does, also came up with the same date.
Skeptics point to a long history of "Failed
Doomsdays," but many oracles of doom throughout
history have a disturbingly accurate track record.