2012 - the year the Mayans, the ancient civilization known for its superb knowledge of astronomy (signs in the sky), said would be the end of time. Their calender ended on December 21st 2012. Their prediction has sparked numerous doomsday's writings. Why? It is because the date is soon to be expired. Four more years to go. With Hollywood's many thrilling fast-paced movies of earth's destructions heightened the expectations. (Do you know that the biblical word 'Armageddon' was used by non-Christians more than Christians?) There is a movie coming soon this year about twenty twelve! Scary isn't it?
Do the Mayans have the right calender for the end? Maybe! God can reveal to them as well as they can reveal to us in the Bible. According to the Bible, the earth will not go "BOOM!" as yet. The earth will face the greatest assault in its history with nuclear wars and some major calamities the world has ever seen. God only allows it for seven years and if not, the human race will be wiped out! In fact, it was only for three and half years as the half of the seven year- period called the Great Tribulation would be peaceful albeit temporarily.
(Mat 24:22) If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. (How bad it is, refer to the book of Revelation)
(Rev 11:2-3) But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth."
After seven years of world's disorder (while the inhabitants think it's a new world order), Jesus Christ will come back and reign physically on the earth for 1,000 years.
(Rev 11:15) The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."
After 1000 years of Christ's reign, the earth and the present solar system (heaven) will be recreated to become a new earth and a new galaxy (heaven).
(Rev 21:1) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
(Isa 66:22) "As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure.
So, come December 21st, 2012, the earth will still be around but it might see the greatest assault the world has ever seen. The question is simply, "How do I escape from such calamity that is coming to earth?" Simple. Come to a Saviour who is waiting with open-arm, Jesus Christ who died for your sins.
(Rev 3:10) Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
(1 Th 4:16-17) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
PS: Interesting link; http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=5301284&page=1