“2012” was at the top of the box office last week. The movie’s plot revolves around the end of the world, supposedly predicted by the end of the Mayan calendar, which expires on Dec. 21, 2012. The movie is described as “an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.” The supposed end of the world in 2012 continues to be a hot topic by believers and nonbelievers alike. Does your faith reveal anything specific about the end of the world or how it might look like? And what do you think about the supposed Mayan prophecy that the world will end in 2012?
The short answer is: No, the Bible doesn’t predict anything specific about the end of the world.
The various visions of cataclysm it contains are just that — visions, poetic fantasies, metaphors, which have more to do with the writer’s immediate time and trauma than events foreseen in the distant future.