The world is supposed to end in 2012 which gives me a problem. Should I wish you a happy new year?
This year’s Doomsday prediction is based on the Mayan calendar, which ends December 21 or 23, 2012 (depending on which scholar you talk to.)
Now lookit; the Mayans had three calendars, all much more complicated than the Pirelli calendar hanging in my shed. One followed the sun cycle, the second was used for crop rotation and the third counted the Great Cycle of 1,872,000 days, or about 5000 years. And yes, this year the Great Cycle ends.
But even the Mayans do not believe the world will end when the Great Cycle finishes. They believe that they will flip it over, look at the new picture, read the thought for the epoch, and start again.
Besides, the Mayans were not a lost master race; they did not have the wheel, the arch, the plough or domesticated animals, and they were constantly warring with each other.
If they could see the end of our world why did they not see the end of theirs, in 900AD – or the Spanish invasion in the 16th?
The end of the world, in fact, has a very long history. Remember Y2K? The whole banking and communications system was supposed to come to a standstill. All that happened was that someone in Des Moines got his credit card stuck in an ATM.
But that was nothing compared to Y1K. On the eve of the first millennium Christian armies across Europe waged holy wars on pagan countries so everyone could die as Christians when the end came. There was a legend that an emperor would rise from his sleep to fight the antichrist – so they dug up Charlemagne. Unfortunately he just lay there.
In many places, people gave all they had to the church.The church did not give back these gifts when the Lord did not eventually appear.
But fears about the end of the world go back even a lot longer than that. An Assyrian clay tablet dated to around three thousand years before Christ – about the time the Mayans were predicting the last apocalypse, in fact – bore the words “Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common.”
Thank God bribery and corruption is behind us anyway.
So there’s nothing new under the sun, (which is every historian’s mantra.) Belief in the imminence of Doomsday was rife in Biblical times. In fact, it was the backstory to the modern Gospels.
A former NASA engineer wrote 88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988 from his own calculations drawn from the Bible. “Only if the Bible is in error am I wrong; and I say that to every preacher in town.” It’s still listed on Amazon.
It sold four and a half million copies. You can see it here: Why the Rapture is in 1988
I am sure, one day, the earth will become a red giant and consume the earth. I just don’t think it will be next year. But if I’m wrong … remember you heard it first!
And if the end is nigh you have only 360 days to read ‘HAREM.’ If you’d like a giveaway, send me your prediction for the end of the world with your email address and the type of reader you have to colin underscore falconer underscore author at hotmail dot com and I’ll send you one!
Until next time – if there is one – Happy New Apocalypse!