12 days left until December 21, 2012.
With 21 December fast approaching, there has been seemingly increased doomsday panic spreading worldwide with only days until the end of the Mayan calendar, with doomsday-mongers predicting a cataclysmic end to the history of Earth, as fears grow the world will end "Grand Armageddon Style" December 21 when the Mayan calendar abruptly ends causing us all to cease to exist, the story goes.
Will The World End In 2012?
The end of the world’s biggest impact is not on the Earth but on our psyches.
For as long as mans existence people’s minds have been impressed by the end of the world theories. People have been debating prophecies for a long time. The imminent destruction of our world, in other words ‘doomsday’, is baseless. There will be no sudden or major change of any sort. There will be no worldwide catastrophe. No comet or killer asteroid will collide with Earth and destroy us all. There will be no annihilation of humanity.
If God forbid the world is going to end, then there’s no need to prepare for anything because we’ll all be gone.
This day will pass like every other doomsday and apocalyptic madness that was ever predicted. It is really just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
Starting bright and early on December 22, 2012 we will still be here. The sun will come up, we will rise from our slumber and we will begin a new grand and glorious day.
The Global 2012 - I don’t know what will happen by the end of 2012 but I do know that the world will not end.
Search on Google and you will find many claims that sometime soon the world will be destroyed. Catastrophic, movie-inspired endings are promised.
Don’t believe them. We know our world is here for a purpose. And the ultimate purpose of the world is not for it to be destroyed; but for it to be perfected with the arrival of the Messianic era. This perfection is brought closer by our good deeds, our positive actions and reactions to those around us, our good deeds and our optimistic and joyful take on life. Through these acts we have the ability to make 2012 a year of utopian good.
The Personal 2012 - In a conversation with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, a college student mentioned he was not able to be more active with helping others; he could only focus on his personal studies. He tried to explain to the Rebbe, “I find myself in this situation…”
The Rebbe told him, “Nobody finds themselves in a situation; you put yourself in that situation and you can put yourself in another situation.”
Most of the time, we place ourselves in situations via the choices we make in life.
While we cannot control everything that happens around us, we can control the situations we place ourselves into. It is our responsibility to put ourselves in the best places possible. [Dovid Zaklikowski]
We live in a world where things happen to us as individuals and as part of humanity and we simply do not always know what they mean, or why God decided that they should happen.
Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding etc. Natural disasters that cause devastation, havoc and destruction. Is this the beginning of the apocalypse?
Even when extraordinary events happen these displays of majesty bring tragedy in their wake, we recognize that there is a Divine hand orchestrating all that happens. Nothing happens by accident. The shifting of continental plates or the formation of tropical storms are all part of God’s great plan. These events serve to bring into focus how small we are in comparison to the Creator-of-All.
These events do not need to bring us to thoughts of the end of the world. Rather they should lead us to understand that, in the final analysis, everything in the world is orchestrated by God, the source of absolute goodness. [Mendy Kaminker]
What is the “End of Days”? The term “End of Days” is taken from Numbers 24:14. This has always been taken as a reference to the Messianic era.
The Messianic Era - All the nations of the world will recognize Moshiach (the annointed one) to be a world leader, and will accept his dominion. In the Messianic era there will be world peace, no more wars nor famine, and, in general, a high standard of living.
All mankind will worship one God, and live a more spiritual and moral way of life.
The coming of Messiah will complete God’s purpose in creation: for man to make an abode for God in the lower worlds—that is, to reveal the inherent spirituality in the material world.
Is this not a utopian dream? With the correct leadership, humankind can and will change. The leadership quality of Moshiach (Messiah) means that through his dynamic personality and example, coupled with manifest humility, he will inspire all people to strive for good. He will transform a seemingly utopian dream into a reality. He will be recognized as a man of God, with greater leadership qualities than even Moses.
In today’s society, many people are repulsed by the breakdown of ethical and moral standards. Life is cheap, crime is rampant, drug and alcohol abuse are on the increase, children have lost respect for their elders. At the same time, technology has advanced in quantum leaps. There is no doubt that today man has all the resources—if channeled correctly—to create a good standard of living for all mankind. He lacks only the social and political will. Moshiach will inspire all wo/men to fulfill that aim.
Why the belief in a human Messiah? Some people believe that the world will “evolve” by itself into a messianic era without a human figurehead. Judaism rejects this belief. Human history has been dominated by empire builders greedy for power.
Our prophets speak of the advent of a human leader, of a magnitude that the world has not yet experienced. His unique example and leadership will inspire mankind to change direction.
What will become of the world as we know it? Initially, there will be no change in the world order, other than its readiness to accept Messianic rule. All the nations of the world will strive to create a new world order, in which there will be no more wars or conflicts. Jealousy, hatred, greed and political strife (of the negative kind) will disappear, and all human beings will strive only for goodness, kindness and peace.In the Messianic era there will be great advances in technology, allowing a high standard of living. Food will be plentiful and cheap.
However, the focus of human aspiration will be the pursuit of the “knowledge of God.” People will become less materialistic and more spiritual. [Nissan D. Dubov]
So rather than wait for the inevitable we can be an agent of change in how we choose to address these events. The world and the universe is established base on cycles. One cycle ends and another begins. And so it begins.
An interesting thought by Karen Joyce Chaya Fradle Kleinman Bell;
"Will the world end in 2012? First, which world? The physical one or our spiritual ones within ourselves? Second, what is the definition of "end"? It could be a big explosion of the earth, or it could be a natural disaster. Third, every day the world ends for someone, (when they die). Physically, even if we have a nuclear explosion, the whole world will not end. It will only become human-extinct. The world (earth) will end when our sun gives out and becomes a black hole or if a meteor hits the earth so hard it pushes it out of the sun's orbit".
In conclusion, always remain the eternal optimist. Even in what may seem to be the darkest hour, one should hope, pray and look toward a brighter future - a world of peace and spirituality filled with human positivity of goodness and kindness, charity and blessings.
The earth was established by God not to be moved and that its foundation was and is and will always be set by God. God has declared that there is no other power over His creation than His power!
Things don't just happen by a chain of linear causality. There is design behind the cosmos and that design is not inevitable. When God did bring everything into existence, He did it with a desire to be found within His creation and He invested His entire being into that desire. A conscious Creator with a design in mind - for a constructive purposeful universe filled with His glory.