Top 10 Reasons The World Won’t End on December 21, 2012

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No doubt about it, 2012 and doomsday prophecies are big nowadays. According to the Mayan calendar, the world as we know it will end sometime around December 21st, 2012. Of course, if it doesn’t, that won’t mean we’ll be out of the woods. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ may return at any moment to destroy the armies of the Antichrist and reestablish his throne in Jerusalem, thereby ushering in a thousand years of peace. And if that doesn’t occur, there’s always the chance that the Mahdi will arise to institute a kingdom of justice and, alongside the returned Isa Al-Maseeh (Jesus), will fight against the Dajjal, the Antichrist of Islam. Then, of course, there’s always the chance that—at least according to the Hopi Indians—a blue star will suddenly appear in the sky to signal the start of a great atomic war which will destroy the white man and other ancient races.



Sounds like there’s quite a few ways we might catch it, but what are the chances that any of these things might actually happen? Of course, there is no way to prove that something won’t happen, but below are the top ten reasons why one would be ill-advised to believe the end is coming in 2012 or any other time soon.

10. Because a reversal of the magnetic poles would not be catastrophic.

It seems that every few hundred thousand years or so, the Earth’s magnetic field dwindles to practically nothing and then gradually reappears with the north and south poles flipped. Now this flipping of the magnetic poles—which appears to have last happened about 780,000 years ago—isn’t particularly dangerous, but this brief period—about a century or so in duration—of decreased magnetic fields could threaten life on the planet, for without magnetic protection, particle storms and cosmic rays from the sun, as well as even more energetic subatomic particles from deep space, would strike Earth’s atmosphere, eroding the already beleaguered ozone layer and causing all sorts of problems to both man and beast (especially among those creatures that navigate by magnetic reckoning). Further, scientists estimate that we are overdue for such an event and have also noticed that the strength of our magnetic field has decreased about 5 percent in the past century, possibly signaling that such an event may be in our immediate future—within a few centuries if not sooner. However, in being so gradual, should scientists in the future discover that such a shift is in the works, there should be plenty of time to take the necessary precautions to avoid the most destructive effects by moving underground or off planet, or perhaps strengthening the planet’s atmospheric defenses through the use of exotic, futuristic technologies. In any case, it isn’t something we need to worry about in the short term—though it could be a concern for those living a few hundred or even thousands of years from now.

9. An increase in sunspot activity in 2012 will not have any particularly detrimental effect on the planet.


As every schoolchild knows, our sun is constantly shooting gaseous plumes of white hot plasma thousands of miles into space which our atmosphere generously shields us from. Sometimes these plumes are much larger than normal, however, and are what we refer to as solar flares (more properly known as coronal mass ejections). Fortunately, these enormous magnetic outbursts that bombard Earth with a torrent of high-speed subatomic particles are also largely negated by the planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field, so we seldom feel the effects of these plasmic bursts, beyond creating havoc for ham-radio users and increasing the luminosity of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. They are of concern mainly to space explorers, who really would have a problem if they are caught in orbit without suitable shelter when one of these things go off. The sun goes through a natural twenty-two year cycle when such storms increase significantly for a time before decreasing again. Such a period is scheduled to occur in 2012, which has some folks all atwitter. For those who are expecting the worst, it might be beneficial to realize that the sun reached similar period of solar activity in 1990, 1968, 1946, and it will again in 2034, 2056 and 2078. While these periods can produce large solar flares that can effect satellite communications and, in a worst-case scenario, adversely affect the flow of electrical energy through the power grids, it is unlikely to do more than produce some especially spectacular light shows in the northern skies and make people onboard the International Space Station a little nervous.

8. Because the poles cannot shift or the planet’s orbit be otherwise altered.


Some well-meaning but scientifically challenged individuals maintain that the planet’s physical poles are on the verge of reversing (that is, the planet is flipping over onto its top) or that gravitational forces from the other planets or from the galaxy itself could affect Earth’s orbit and, hence, dramatically alter its climate and environment. Fortunately, however, the gravitational forces that effect our planet and its place in the solar system are mandated by Newton’s laws of planetary mechanics and cannot be changed without some extremely rare (think one chance in ten billion over the next three billion years) and dramatic event taking place—such as a collision with a small moon or a massive black hole making its way through the solar system, both of which would be noted well in advance or whose effect would be so gradual as to take centuries to have any great impact. As far as we know, there are no such cosmic events known to be on the horizon—at least for the foreseeable future (and well beyond 2012).

7. Because Earth climate change is a gradual process and one easily adapted to.


Some take a more hand-on approach to the end, claiming that humanity will perish as a result of human-caused weather changes, which, it is claimed, will melt the polar ice caps, raise the ocean sea levels, and change weather patterns over large portions of the planet. Even if the science holds together, however—which many claim it does not—such a process would be felt over a period of years or even decades, giving human beings time to adapt to the changes (relocate, create shoreline reclamation technologies, etc.) It is even possible that a warmer planet might ultimately be beneficial by, for example, increasing arable land in Siberia and North America as the permafrost layer retreats northward. In any case, the year 2012 has no particular significance in regards to any Earth changes that may occur over the next few decades.

6. Because the people who suggest the end is coming don’t know what they’re talking about.


Unfortunately, human beings have a tendency to invest great authority in people who can convince them they are prophecy “experts” or have some sort of hidden knowledge others do not possess that allows them to read the future. Many of these people are sincere individuals who simply misinterpret ancient bible texts, while others are deluded crazies who only want to include others in their fantasy world. A few are even unscrupulous charlatans out to make a quick buck. The bottom line is, however, that nobody really knows what the future holds regardless of who they are or what methodology they use. There simply is no evidence that anyone has ever successfully prophesied some future event (beyond some short-term political or military events easily surmised by gauging current international trends) with anything approaching clarity or accuracy.



5. Because the Bible Code is a parlor trick.


Using a complex type of cryptographic code called Equidistant Letter Sequencing (ELS), journalist Michael Drosnin, author of The Bible Code, contends that one can find meaningful and related patterns of words and dates in close proximity to each other within the words of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament and the heart of the Jewish Torah) which would seem to go beyond mere chance. One of these, he says, suggests the planet will be struck by a comet in 2012, with all the unfortunate consequences that would entail. However, critics dismiss Drosnin’s methodology as little more than a parlor trick, demonstrating that meaningful words and phrases can be produced using his method on any similar sized manuscript. For example, Australian mathematician Brendan McKay, an ardent critic of Drosnin’s process, demonstrated that a computer search of Herman Melville’s nineteenth century classic Moby Dick found a number of meaningful phrases in close proximity to each other (specifically having to do with the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995), suggesting that just as the eyes can be tricked into seeing familiar faces in random patterns of light and shadow, so too can the mind be tricked into finding meaningful phrases in random collections of letters where none exists. And if that’s not enough, Drosnin has been proven wrong about other “significant events” he claims were contained in the Bible, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

4. Because the Earth isn’t that easy to destroy.

Sure, there are things that could do the planet in, but Earth is a lot hardier a place than many give it credit for. After all, it’s been here for four billion years now, had its clock repeated cleaned by asteroids and comets, endured climactic changes of biblical proportions, and even survived a collision with another planet that created our own moon, and yet it keeps on ticking. And you think a few melting ice caps and puny nuclear weapons are going to do it in? Please…

3. Because doomsday prophecies have consistently been proven wrong.


Literally hundreds of dates have been picked by various religious leaders and self-proclaimed prophets over the last two thousand years as being the end of the world and not a one of them has ever even come close to being accurate. So why do we believe these same people today when they tell us the end is coming in 2012 (or whenever they imagine it to be coming)? Listen, you wouldn’t believe your doctor if it has been repeatedly demonstrated that he has never once correctly diagnosed a patient, so why give these guys the benefit of a doubt?

2. Because Nostradamus never picked 2012 as the end date.


It has been popularly believed that Nostradamus, the famous sixteenth century French mystic, suggested the end would come in 2012, perfectly coinciding with the Mayan date, which, if true, would be very spooky indeed. However, in reading through Nostradamus’ many quatrains, nowhere does he specifically mention the year 2012 or even suggest that the end would come around that time. In fact, his predictions extend all the way to the year 3797, making it seem we have some time yet before the end is nigh. Additionally, his writings are so obscure as to make any interpretation little better than a guess. Most of them are likely referring to events that took place in his lifetime, with the rest being so vague that they can be made to fit any time frame the reader so desires.

1. Because the Mayans never claimed it would.


The Mayans had many calendars they used, one of which was known as the “long count” calendar, which measures very long periods of time.  According to this calendar (which has been known to archeologists for decades, by the way) the Earth’s “fifth sun” would end at the Winter solstice, December 21, 2012, at which point a new, sixth 5,125-year cycle would begin. What significance this had to the Mayans is a source of some debate, but it is the general consensus that they did not attribute to it any catastrophic events. Most likely, they simply considered it a time for spiritual renewal or introspection, which doesn’t sound all that dangerous to me. The teaching that the Mayan’s believed it was the end of time, then, appears to be a largely westernized misreading (or deliberate misrepresentation) of the significance of the Mayan calendar and Mayan beliefs associated with it.

By J. Allan Danelek

J. Allan Danelek is a Lakewood, Colorado author who writes and talks extensively on subjects having to do with the paranormal and alternative science. His most recent book from Llewellyn Worldwide, 2012: Extinction or Utopia, deals in some detail with the entire 2012 controversy and the issue of doomsday prophecy in general, and is a must read for anyone desiring to get some sort of objective balance on the entire subject. His book can be ordered—and the author contacted—through his website at www.ourcuriousworld.com.

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78 Comments

  1. If the Earth was going to do all that wacky shifting stuff,we would see signs LONG before 12/21/2012.Besides,Uranus is flipped on it’s side,but it’s poles are still colder than it’s equator.So if the poles were flipped 180 degrees,it’s just that Christmas will be in summer and you will be driving south when driving from Atlanta to Pittsburgh.Also,so what if sunspot activity increases?Oh no!The higher rate of sunspot activity has lead to the television signal not being able to come through so I’ll not be able to watch the football game!It is the end if the world!

    • LOL that was funny, not being able to watch the football game ITS THE END OF THE WORLD. lol

  2. There are more predictions that the world would end than the number of words in the explanation for number 2.

  3. The way these deranged people find these dates is that they mold disastrous events into their own way to add up to those dates.I mean,they can shape the oil spill of the Braer oil tanker in 1993 into that the world would end in a decade.They can twist the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan into that the world will end on March 26,2015 at noon.And what are the chances that just recently someone said the world will end soon.That is like if this were 1991,someone would’ve predicted the world would end in 1996.I guess some people are either grumpy or has a grudge against living or/and this Earth.

  4. You guys make it seem like solar flares aren’t a big deal. We have a HUGE breach in our electromagnetic field, and there is a big chance for large solar activity to happen this year. Our whole electricity will be shut off. Guess what? You don’t use electricity to only watch football. We use electricity to filter water in our homes, give us AC, ship our local store food, and much more. Without electricity we’d pretty much be back to the stone age and many people would be dead.

  5. ‘”Our whole electricity will be shut off”

    Globally? When was the last time that that happened? Ever? Solar activity increases and decreases in cycles of roughly eleven years, so it’s not that special; and even if your highly unlikely scenario took place, and many people would die, it still wouldn’t be the end of the world and that’s what this
    was about 😉

  6. come on!! this is so damn silly.I tell u this mayan calander is nonsense. IT JUST CREATES FEAR!!!!!!

  7. Finally, somebody who gets it. I just love how everyone forgets that they said the end would be in 2000 and 6/6/06. Oh, and those two times in 2011 too.

    But of course, when 2012 does pass into 2013 without anything happening at all, you do know that instead of admitting that they were wrong, they’re just going to pick another date, thus repeating the whole cycle of stupid again.

  8. just was wondering if you had any thing about yellow stone park being a active volcano said it could pop any given day and if does to make a hole bigger then crater lake and would didnt die from the blast or the loads of ashes , emp , rad sicknick, heat and fire storms could take the world out as well? or so the rumors say. but really it all come down to fear and not knowing when your gonna die. i dont believe i will perish from any of these more things in life to worry about like crossing the street or driving my car or just other random events where we live. everyone dies and no one knows when its gonna happen so why worry now? we all were not made to live forever so enjoy what life you have and the time you get.

  9. Well what I think will happen to this planet is (1) The earth will fall out of orbit and it ends up to far from sun for anything to survive or live. (2) Sun burns up and dies (3) With all these nuclear weapons what about there was a earthquake near a nuclear bomb plant , vibrations and heat made from these waves of power, Well we will be crisper than a bit of bacon or riddled with radiation. There’s thousands of ways that could end this life but at the same time there could be new earth’s being made far away that has identical life style like ours, who knows!

  10. ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN AND IF THIS WILL COME TO PAST !!! Predict all you want, but he is the keeper of the past, present and future !!

  11. i genuinely don’t care anymore, live life whilst you have it……… no human-being alive can predict such a catastrophic event….. no one is special, we are just living creatures who are meant to be the smartest living beings on the planet…….. if we are then why the hell are people in fear of something that will inevitably happen one day…….. i mean come on what source has someone got, legitimately to say the world will end on that day month and year, answer these 4 questions to yourself

    1. when was “time invented”
    2. when was the “mayan calendar” discovered

    3. when was the internet fully accessible to all kinds of people, poor and rich.
    4. when did the rumors start?

    just some people who are trying to become famous

    good night

  12. Thanks so much for this list!! I have suffered frm panick attacks for a very long time over the end of the world, it’s all over TV, news, web.. To some of you guys it’s just a big joke but I have real fears and I M scare I have to take meds just bc of doomsday preppers!!! I cant even function bc of the thought of the END if anyone can help me I would be forever great full I am tearing up just wrighting this 🙁
    Plz don’t put me down I’m just trying find help I am a very normal person not a crazie it’s just this scares me.

    • Jo, I actually had this list written to help my daughter who was having anxiety over all the doomsday prophecies as well. So don’t feel bad, someone else also had the same worries and that is why I published this list, so they wouldn’t worry about it. And you don’t need to worry about it either everything will be fine

  13. I don’t believe he world will end because earth was supposed to end in 2000 and 2003 and guess what?….. It never happened! And I don’t get why it would just end now? I think the Mayans were just pretending and faking 2012 disaster! They found out that it didn’t happen in those two years so they chose a random date. Plus if another planet were to hit us on the 21st we would see it with our naked eye! >:(

  14. One, the Japan siuation was because of the company, that wasn’t a natural disaster, so just don’t bother. There are tsunamis and earthquakes that are devastating every year. Two The Mayan’s did not say the world was going to end, so stop with the specuations. The planets have been aligned before, all that happens is the sun gets blocked, but oh wait… it’s supposed to happen at midnight anyway, so what the hell does that matter. Three, every four years someone says the world will end, no joke every election year for the past sixty years. Funny how many times they were wrong. This is a simple case to cause turmoil to the planet, to raise attention to you people to start giving a damn about where you live. Don’t blame this on natural disasters. Four, I saw someone say “what about the 9/11 terrorist attack?” To you who said it, and you know who you are, it wasn’t a TERRORIST ATTACK! IT WAS AN ACT OF TERROR! We did not get invaded, it was an act of war. How the hell would that even connect to this in the first place. For those who believe 2012 is the end, you clearly believe what ever you are told. Time to grow up.

  15. Only god knows when the time and hour will truly happen. Everyone is freaking out about all this nonsense. In the bible it states that when that time is near that man will work all day for a loaf of bread. But honesty people are still buying brand new cars, houses, etc. bread only being roughly $3. The world was meant to ended multiple times already. But as I see we are still here. They probably picked 12/21/12 bc it consists of only 2 numbers. 1 & 2. Then as soon as they realize its not gonna happen it will probably be 03/13/13. Or 01/13/13. Stupid nonsense. Nobody can get along these days and that’s how come all the wars and explosions. If we’re long over due by about 30,000 yrs or so. Why wouldn’t it have happened 30,0000 years ago. But those people who have nothing to do in their lives are just making up stuff trying to scare everyone. The end of the world could happen any second of any day. So why aren’t we scared 365 days of the year? It’s just when people expect it to happen. You should expect it any time.

  16. Well, the world didn’t end. All it was from where I am is a bit of a weather change. Not to worry till 95.7 billion BC or earlier. It might as well be changed to: Top 10 Reasons The World Wouldn’t of Ended on December 21, 2012