I've been wanting to write about this topic in general for a while now but never got around to it. My love of Doomsday scenarios goes back to my childhood when I first heard of The Garabandal Prophecies. Intense childhood fear of the unknown led to curiosity and over the years I've spent much time exploring the subject of Armageddon. I'll deal with specifics in other areas so let me keep this to a generalized look at what could possibly come in the near future - my own thoughts on the subject that is.
And with that said, let me go scaring everyone - hopefully not but what would you expect from an article of this kind?
I take the predicted date of the Mayans as more coincidence than prophecy. I'm not saying they were wrong in predicting a change in the world, I'm saying that there are so many disasters throughout history that if a major catastrophe were to happen in 2012 we shouldn't just point to the Mayans and give them all the credit. Was our current Gregorian calendar based on pin-pointing the exact day all the clocks would register the year 1900 then subtract 2000 from it and hope that was Jesus' correct birthday. The Gregorian calendar is a relatively modern (1582) adaptation of earlier calendars which set the year 0 A.D. as the starting point. The Mayan Calendar, if it proves to be a disastrous crossing of the galactic plane, well...
New York City's average elevation is only around 30-some feet above sea-level. Florida's average elevation isn't much higher and New Orleans already has a large chunk of it below the water line. If you have read Graham Hancock's Underworld you will be familiar with the fact that there have been hundreds of ancient cities found off coastlines covered by water. There isn't really a threat of the Arctic ice melting since it's already sitting in the water and just displacing it. The threat comes from Greenland and Antarctica where the ice sits on land. Should all that ice slide off into the oceans, sea-levels would rise by hundreds of feet, provided all the ice falls off in the first place. As it is, warming temperatures actually make the Antarctic ice sheets grow with more precipitation but what if?
Sure a natural disaster on a smaller scale is devastating to those in that area but to the rest of the world it doesn't affect them in a great way. For example, the infamous Christmas tsunami did not affect me in any way besides feeling bad for those in the heart of the disaster. Sure, you may say something like, "But the price of rice went up!" Is an extra 25 cents for a bag of rice really the end of the world? It could be for the poor countries that live off rice hand-outs, but for us it would be a minor inconvenience. In the same way, if New York City were destroyed, it would mean nothing to the Asian rice farmer besides having a few less customers to sell his crops to - which would still sell. For something to be considered Apocalytic it would need to be spread over vast areas of the world in which everyone would suffer in one way or another.
I really do think something is happening - or at least going to happen. If we are about to be blasted by an enormous wave of solar radiation I highly doubt it will happen on the given Mayan date of Dec. 21, 2012 but on some unexpected date with no warning. It might wipe out a few satellites but I don't think we'll be microwaved to a crisp. Low-lying coastal areas will eventually diasppear into the water but unless a gigantic avalanche deposits a few million square miles of ice into the southern oceans we won't need to worry about anything more than tsunamis and hurricane tides in those areas. If an asteroid strike creates mass extinction then I hope I'm one of the first to go so I don't have to suffer through the aftermath - depending on how bad the aftermath may be, of course. A new super-virus or disease could even be all it will take. We're long overdue for one!
Anything is possible and anything has a chance of happening. As we should always brace for the worst, we should also continue on in our lives like it doesn't matter. Thoughts of the end of the world aren't as much as fun as... well, fun! If it happens, it happens! I think there is a good chance something large will happen but not large enough to be of Doomsday proportions. Western U.S. tectonic plates plunging California into the ocean, creating giant world-wide tidal waves and raising sea levels by a hundred feet is pretty far-fetched but you never know. Life would still go on after rebuilding. If 2012 comes and goes and we find ourselves doing nothing more than resetting our clocks to 2013 (you know, like 1900...) then we can all sit back, have a big laugh, drink a beer and plan the next date for the end of the world, which isn't until around 2028 or something like that thanks to an asteroid fly-by around that time.
If I really had to bet money on anything, I would be placing my wager on the possibility of a large-scale natural disaster or a modern plague, however, my hopes would be on a global awakening of the collective consciousness. Imagine if the end of the world turned out to be a good thing! Some strange phenomena triggers the psychic capabilities of each individual on earth, connecting them in a way that humankind has never seen before! Ok, now I'm starting to sound like a cross between John Lennon and some paranormal wackjob but you never know! Again, as I stated earlier, the more far-fetched something sounds the less likely I feel it will happen. I guess that's my way of saying my safest bet would be on the first 2 choices with 2:1 odds.
Even if 2012 proves to be a disastrous year of Biblical proportions, the years afterwards will still see survivors planning the end of the world dates. Who knows, maybe somebody will misinterpret a Bible passage and we'll get another one by 2020! If I happen to be one of the unlucky few that don't make it past the year 2012, I'll think of it in the words of the late, great comedian, George Carlin. A year or two before his death he was a guest on Coast to Coast AM, in which he was an avid fan. In the episode he spoke to George Noory about the end of the world and stated that those kind of things are entertaining and if it were his own life he would be willing to sacrifice it for the entertainment of everyone.
Edgar Cayce's Predictions - A long article on the famous prophet's end of the world prophecies.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel - The Garabandal Prophecies - 8 days warning soon to come.
St. Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes - Is it fake? How many Popes are left?? Oh Oh!
Tibetan Monks & Remote Viewing - A rather strange prophecy.