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Is the year 2012 the End of the World?
The 2012 phenomenon is a present-day cultural meme proposing that cataclysmic or transformative events will occur in the year 2012. A New Age interpretation of this transition speculates that, during this time, the planet and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a totally new era. Conversely, some believe that the 2012 date marks the beginning of an apocalypse. In 1966, Michael D. Coe more ambitiously claimed in The Maya that there is a suggestion that Armageddon would overtake the degenerate peoples of the world and all creation on the final day of the thirteenth baktun. Thus, our present universe would be annihilated on December 23, 2012, when the Great Cycle of the Long Count reaches completion.** What does the Bible have to say about the year 2012 and will there really be an end to this world?
According to the Bible, God’s plan with reference to man spans three great periods of time, beginning with man's creation and reaching into the illimitable future. Peter and Paul designate these periods "three worlds," which we represent in the following diagram.
These three great epochs represent three distinct manifestations of divine providence. The first, from creation to the flood, was under the ministration of angels, and is called by Peter "THE WORLD THAT WAS." 2 Pet. 3:6
The second great epoch, from the flood to the establishment of the kingdom of God, is under the limited control of Satan, "the prince of this world," and is therefore called "THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD." Gal. 1:4; 2 Pet. 3:7
The third is to be a "world without end" (Isa. 45:17) under divine administration, the kingdom of God, and is called "THE WORLD TO COME--wherein dwelleth righteousness." Heb. 2:5; 2 Pet. 3:13
The first of these periods, or "worlds," under the ministration of angels, was a failure; the second, under the rule of Satan, the usurper, has been indeed an "evil world" but the third will be an era of righteousness and of blessing to all the families of the earth.
The last two of these "worlds" are most particularly mentioned, and the statements relative to them are in strong contrast. The present, or second period, is called "the present evil world," not because there is nothing good in it, but because in it evil is permitted to predominate. "Now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered." (Mal. 3:15) The third world or epoch is mentioned as "THE WORLD TO COME--wherein dwelleth righteousness," not because there will be no evil in it, but because evil will not predominate. The blotting out of evil will be gradual, requiring all of the first thousand years. Evil will not rule then; it will not prosper; it will no longer be the wicked that will flourish; but "the righteous shall flourish" (Psa. 72:7), the "obedient shall eat the good of the land" (Isa. 1:19), and "the evil doer shall be cut off." Psa. 37:9
The time is at hand for the establishment of the God’s Kingdom. Nothing intervenes. Though the Bible does not mark 2012 as the year for the establishment of God’s Kingdom, we believe it is imminent. Then shall all the prayer’s of Christians throughout the gospel age become a reality, “Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
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** Wikipedia: 2012 Phenomenon