Many people are talking about the year 2012 and whether or not it will bring the end of the world.
Some link their predictions to the fact that the ancient calendar of the Mayans comes to an abrupt end in December, 2012, as if time itself ceases to exist after that. Some cite prophecies in the Bible about the end of days and the coming of new heavens and a new earth. Still others, eschewing religious and spiritual explanations, point to scientific claims that man's accelerating destruction of his biosphere could soon lead to the end of all life on earth.
All of these doomsayers see fulfillment of their apocalyptic fears in the natural and man-made disasters that make the news nearly every night.
Take the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting from the explosion of a drilling rig. Oil spills are bad, of course, but is this one really so terrible as to possibly constitute a sign of 2012 end-tme events?
The world has survived oil spills before, notably the Exxon Valdez wreck that harmed wildlife and fishing in Alaska. But that disaster was minuscule, some experts say, compared to the ongoing environmental catastrophe in the Gulf.
One U.S. Army engineer has stated that, in his opinion, the oil pocket that was hit by the drillers was so powerful and under such intense pressure that it might be impossible to fully contain it. Some scientists have been quoted as saying the leak could be discharging as much as 25,000 barrels of oil a day -- much more than is being reported by mainstream media -- with no end in sight.
Many experts are saying we shouldn't even be referring to this as an oil spill. It is more properly described as an oil volcano, they say. Our earth itself has been wounded by our drilling, it seems. And it is responding by pumping out crude oil in never-before-seen volumes.
So what does all this mean? Some would have us believe this will turn out to be a normal oil-spill event, regrettable but not permanently damaging. We can expect pictures of oil-soaked beach sand and seabirds coated in goo, and some fishermen might lose their livelihoods -- but that will be about all.
At the other extreme, some are warning that if this oil volcano cannot be fully and permanently capped, it will lead to the death not only of the Gulf of Mexico, but of every ocean on earth. Imagine: No fish. No plankton. No whales, dolphins or seals. No sea birds (that feed on ocean life). It would be the end of a vital part of the food chain that is critical to all life, including the terrestrial kind -- even humans.
This latter scenario fits in perfectly with predictions about 2012, many of which talk about a great dying off or extinction, starting with the seas. This oil spill could well be the trigger for that chilling eventuality.
Remember, the disasters attending the so-called end times of 2012 will be "mega" ones: super earthquakes, extreme volcanoes, shockingly massive terror attacks... and,perhaps, bigger-than-big oil spills. Watch the news on this one, folks. Prepare yourself and your loved ones. And good luck to us all.
Don't believe everything you hear about 2012 and what it could mean to you personally -- but don't disbelieve everything, either. The truth is out there and can be discovered. See the 2012 Predictions site at http://www.2012alarm.com.
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