2012 – year of significance
Posted on January 2nd, 2012

Dr.Tilak Fernando

The time has flown so quickly that yet another year has gone by and a new one has emerged. The year 2012 in this respect is going to be somewhat special to the whole world as everyone will be looking at the new year with eagerness and caution as there have been speculation to say that the world is in its final leg and it would come to an end at the end of December! Such theories have been consolidated offering evidence from “ƒ”¹…”Bible Code’, “ƒ”¹…”Peak Oil’, Numerology and various other prophesies.

One of the outstanding notifications is found in the so-called Long Count b’ak’tun cycle of the Mayan Calendar which ends (on December 21 or December 23). While it’s unclear what “ƒ”¹…”the end’ of that period meant to the Mayas, many interpret it as THE END – perhaps meaning the end of civilization!

December 12, 2012 is regarded as the end – date of a 5,124 year long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar along with various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae. While some suggest that the end of the world will occur with the arrival of the “ƒ”¹…”next solar maximum’ or earth’s collision with a black hole, passing asteroid or a planet called “ƒ”¹…”Nibiru’, others regard it as just a transition moment at which the earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation towards a beginning of a new “ƒ”¹…”golden’ age, perhaps with the advent of a New Messenger from the heavens!

 New Year resolutions

New Year is a gracious occasion as old things and habits are cast aside and new concepts, new habits and new ideas are put into motion. On a commercial perspective the shopkeepers will ensure to condition the minds of the public to cast aside old clothes and come up with new fashions and new styles.

New Year’s Eve events are special to bid good bye to the old year and welcome a new year.

occasion is celebrated throughout the world with merrymaking and having fun with dances and home gatherings where at midnight on December 31st everyone hugs and greets each other embracing the New Year.

New Year resolution is another formality where one thinks about an individual resolution and commits oneself to a lasting personal goal. If there is going to be any change in one’s lifestyle, for example refraining from smoking or shedding a long held bad habit, it is interpreted as advantageous to accomplish the individual goals and regard it as a key to a new beginning in the New Year.

Predictions

During one’s life time forecasts, prophesies, guesses or speculation will never end. In this respect year 2012 is already having its full quota.

How many man-invented prophesies or forecasts have come to realisation? May be only an insignificant number, yet human nature is such that we all get fascinated, concerned and frightened with such warnings.

One of the most robust predictions of recent times that did not take place was the Y2K on the first of January 2000.

When many authors and ministries committed to warn people that the “ƒ”¹…”end of the world was round the corner’ because of the Y2K computer bug’, many took the warning seriously by stocking up of dry rations, invested in gold and silver and even organizing safe houses out of city limits.

Y2K effect was considered to be a complete over run of the old working systems of computers where dates beyond 1999 would not have been recognised. Consequently the effects would have been that aero planes might have fallen out of the skies on January 1, 2000 and ships would have hit the sea beds and households would have had complete darkness due to electricity failures, but nothing happened as Y2K could not live up to its predictions.

American disaster on September Eleventh (9/11) was a catastrophe that took place without any prediction. Only the terrorists who planned it knew exactly what they were aiming at. Yet it was also a kind of prediction to a limited few until it really took place.

This goes to show that whatever and how much and how many predict things on a physical plane nothing can be of certainty until it really takes place.

Even when it comes to Bible prophecy, it gives us no absolute or set dates, instead there are relative timings given between certain milestones and the End of the Age.

Volatile situation

With the volatile situation that exists today, especially in the Middle East and African region, where masses are fighting against tyranny, dictatorship and despotism and apparent dangerous political games are being played by powerful world leaders, mankind is pushed towards self destruction whereby not only the entire planet but man himself is becoming responsible in destroying everything in this world leaving no room for the nature to take part!

As mortals are we are not given any choice in the matter? Nature has taken care of it all and the humanity will have to just prod along while the professionals, intellectuals and politicians who “ƒ”¹…”run the world will have to open their eyes and minds wide to keep their balance in the right order to blend with the changes that are going to take place in the future. So far we have seen so many tyrants in the world perishing recently and unrest, bloodshed and killings becoming a universal familiar scene.

Will 2012 make a drastic change to the whole world or make no difference similar to that of the previously speculated dates? Will the ever growing conflict between Israel and Iran strike the first match stick to ignite fire while Americans with their Western allies getting involved simultaneously with Syria prompting Russia and China to come forward to make the prophesies work during 2012? We simply have to wait and see whether it is going to be a case of “ƒ”¹…”watched pot never boils’ or “ƒ”¹…”barking dogs never bite’.

tilakfernando@yahoo.co.uk

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