The year 2012 has been the subject of intense speculation among proponents of  the New Age.  Many of the ideas are based on the Mayan “long count” calendar, which supposedly ends after 13 series of 144,000 days (5,125 years) on either the 21st or 23rd of December, 2012.

New Age proponents have speculated that on this date there will be a shift of the magnetic pole with catastrophic consequences, a global shift of consciousness, a galactic alignment or an unimaginable change in the human experience. Daniel Pinchbeck has written the book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl in which he, under the influence of psychedelic drugs, received prophecies from the Mexican serpent god. Terence McKenna, Jose Arguelles, John Major Jenkins and others have written about monumental events that they claim will coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar.

These writings have led to a great deal of internet and media hype that has focused on the year 2012, and even some Christians have wondered if God or Satan will “do something” on this date, and if it fits with any Bible prophecies.

The first observation is that date setting seems to be a human obsession. The most recent date-setting bust was the year 2000, which was supposed to be associated with economic and social melt-down and even with the Second Coming of Christ. Starting in the 1970’s, numerous dates have been proposed for the “rapture” and the subsequent Second Coming.  Both the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Millerites set dates for Christ’s return (1914 and 1844 respectively) based on their interpretations of Bible prophecies.

Jesus Christ gave the authoritative word on the subject: “Of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36). It is unbelievable that God would reveal the date of the end of the age to Mayan astrologers but would not reveal it through His prophets. This implies that the 2012 scenario is most likely a deception of the enemy, Satan.

The fact that no one knows the day or hour of Christ’s Coming and the end of the age does not mean that it is impossible to know any dates with certainty. The prophecy of 70 weeks in Daniel 9 clearly pinpointed both the baptism and the crucifixion of Christ with amazing accuracy (see appendix 4 The Secret Rapture in The Book) and the prophecy of 2300 days in Daniel 8 identifies the beginning of the Time of the End (see appendix 5 The 2,300 Days of Daniel 8 in The Book). However, Bible prophecy does not give a date for the Second Coming of Christ and the End of the Age.

Prophecy does, however, give signs of the Second Coming so that “when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!” (Matthew 24:33).  Initial signs include an increase in wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes (Matthew 24:7). There will be increased hatred, lawlessness and persecution of believers (vs. 9, 12). Deceptive religious leaders will arise claiming to be a representative of Christ or even Christ himself (vs. 5,11,24-26). The “abomination of desolation” (v. 15) will be an important sign and will be linked to the Mark and Number of the Beast (Revelation 13:16-18).

On the positive side, one of the clearest signs of the End of the Age will be the worldwide proclamation of the gospel (Matthew 24:14). At the very last moments of history there will be signs in the heavens: “the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (v. 29).

There is no question that Satan will try to counterfeit the signs of Jesus’ coming, and it is possible that 2012 could play a role in this. The Seven Trumpets are a satanic counterfeit of the Seven Last Plagues which Satan uses to deceive people into attacking God’s followers. They will begin with some kind of fiery, poisonous strikes on the earth that will convince the people of the world that they have come to the end of time. The Battle of Armageddon is a masterpiece of satanic deception that will take in the whole world.

In the final analysis it would be much more beneficial to enter into a deep study of the Bible prophecies of Daniel, Matthew 24 and Revelation rather than try to make sense out of the “prophecies” of ancient pagan priests as interpreted by New Age speculators. A good place to start would be in chapter 10 of The Book.