Believers and nonbelievers alike may have certain opinions about the end of the world — and how it will present itself. We have many illustrations in the Holy Bible that give pictures of what that may look like. But as far as the Mayan calendar and other types of prophecies, they have come and gone in history. I prefer to go straight to God’s word when contemplating such events.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:36 that, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Here, Jesus is speaking of more than just his return, but the following scriptures go on to speak of final judgment in apocalyptic literature (see also Matthew 13:37-43 and Revelation 19:20). Jesus tells us we are not going to know the exact timing or nature of events, only the father has the authority to identify these.