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When will the end of the world occur? A new motion picture entitled, “2012” is the latest attempt to answer that daunting question. The movie provides an account of what might happen on December 21, 2012, which according to some represents the day the world will end. An Internet search reveals over 400 books on the subject and over 7 million websites concerned with the topic. 12212012 is supposedly the last day listed on what is known as the Maya “long count calendar,” regarded by that people as the end of the present cycle of creation.

Archaeologist Guillermo Bernal of Mexico’s National Autonomous University says the fear stems from an inscription on what is known as Monument Six, uncovered during highway construction in the 1960s. The inscription on the Monument is eroded and cracked, but it seems to describe something that is supposed to occur in 2012 involving a mysterious Mayan god. Bernal says, along with the date 2012, the inscription seems to say, “He will descend from the sky.”

Though it all sounds spooky, Jose Huchim, a Yucatan Mayan archaeologist, says the descendants of the Mayan people are more concerned with other issues, such a long drought in the area. Huchim says, “If I went to some Mayan-speaking communities and asked people what is going to happen in 2012, they wouldn’t have any idea. That the world is going to end? They wouldn’t believe you. We have real concerns these days, like rain.” 2012 isn’t the end of the world, Mayans insist,

--http://apnews.myway.com/article/20091011/D9B8P09O0.html; October 11, 2009, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

2012 is just another in a long series of apocalypse myths which include the Harmonic Convergence, the Jupiter effect, and Y2K. We can place our hope in the Lord, who alone knows what will happen tomorrow,

Matthew 24:35-36 (GW) (35) “The earth and the heavens will disappear, but my words will never disappear. (36) “No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son don't know. Only the Father knows.”

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