Will the World End in 2012 ?
The Bible says that it is not meant for us to know when the world will end. The Apostles asked Jesus, and He said it is only for the Father to know. Still, some say that if we study the Bible enough, and watch closely enough, then we can know when the world will end and when Jesus will return. These people speculate that only the non-believers will be taken by surprise. True believers will be allowed to know when the end is here. This premise is based on the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1) who were waiting for the bridegroom. Five were wise and brought extra oil for their lamps, and five were not wise and they ran out of oil and missed the bridegroom because they had to go back to get oil. This does not mean that the five wise virgins knew when the bridegroom was coming. They were simply prepared for his coming. Likewise, we as Christians must simply be prepared for the coming of Jesus and the end of the world. We do not have to know when. The Bible tells us that we must be ready ALWAYS. Being a Christian is not easy. Being ready, ALWAYS, is not easy. So, pray to God for strength, and ask God to draw you closer to Him, so you can be ready. This is what I'm doing. I realize that I am weak, and not worthy. I can only pray to God for mercy and for Him to draw me closer to Him. We are instructed to be ready, as the Jews were ready for the Passover. Then, it does not matter when Jesus returns and the world ends.
The above being said, What is all the hulabalu about December 21, 2012. The primary notation in all of this is that it is being generated by the secular community. This is a prophecy from ancient civilizations and astrologers and mystics and seers and all the types of people the Bible warns us against. These people are predicting this date. Now, Harold Camping of Family Radio is predicting a different date. He predicts it will be May 21, 2011. This could be God's sense of humor in action. Mystic Man predicts Dec 21, 2012, so God makes the end come a year and a half earlier. America's reaction to the prediction is to Make a Movie about it. Most people joke about it, but no one really believes any of it. If they did, they would live completely differently than they currently are. I submit that we all study the Bible more, and get as close to God as possible. We do this, not because the world is probably going to end soon, but because our Creator tells us to. Our Creator wants us to know Him and have fellowship with Him. God knows all about us. We must strive to know Him.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20