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2012 – Nostradamus’ (& others) Doomsday… NOT

December 20, 2009

There are a lot of people who say that the great seer Nostradamus also predicted the Doomsday for 2012. Knowing that the famous French prophet predicted practically everything else, they point out the quatrains and verses which foretell the coming troubles.

What is unfortunate is that the wonderful prophet did no such thing.

Sure, he predicted a lot of death and destruction – as any prophet worth his salt would do, to keep the reader entranced – but nowhere does he mention it falling on the date in question. This is not too unusual as Nostradamus was always very vague about the dating of his predictions. In that regard he was much like the author of Revelations; it was a sequence of undated events that could only be known when the sequence was fully underway. But he did one better: he scrambled the sequence of the quatrains so anyone’s guess is viable.

So, yes, he predicted all sorts of doomsday stuff going on and, no, it has nothing to do with the Mayan Calendar’s End-Date (at least as far as anyone can tell for certain).

The other prognosticators of the past – Merlin, Sibyl, Delphi, Mother Shipton, and others – all refer to events of a doomsday nature coming to us in the future but they, also, do not have an exact date. So their Doomsday could fall anywhere in the future. A lot of the events surrounding their Doomsday scenarios sound like a lot of the “end time” phenomena: increase of natural disasters, a lot of war and civil unrest, etc. But how many natural disasters qualifies? We seem to be getting more and more all the time. The number could keep increasing for decades before the final time arrives, so without some more definite quantifier it’s anyone’s guess. But not a signpost to 2012.

The author of Revelations does not mention a date either, although there is a certain sequence of events to unfold before the end. There are no dates given but many have interpreted parts of the sequence already occurring. So there may be something there, but on December 21st? Who the heck knows?

In The Late Great Planet Earth by Lindsey and Carlson, it is pointed out that the sequence in Revelations cannot begin to unfold until the Temple of Solomon is rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Many interpret the passage to mean only that the State of Israel had to be recreated. Lindsey was quite adamant that the passage stipulates that the Temple must be rebuilt, not the State of Israel. So until the Dome of the Rock is removed, the series in Revelation will not unfold.

Of course, that is just his opinion. Many think Israel becoming a nation was good enough to move the prophecy along and we are heading straight for the tribulation. And rapture – don’t forget about the rapture…

Still, the Maya do not mention a lot of things building-up to their End-Date. That’s not to say it won’t happen in that manner, but the Maya didn’t go there. And that’s really what all this is about.

And if there is no way to tell when the end is coming in those other prophecies, those needing a date simply hook onto the Mayan coat-tail, heading for 2012.

If the Maya did not mean all this dire stuff, what DID they mean? The answer will surprise you.

a Note on Some Doomsday Predictions

December 6, 2009

I recently saw a show on the History Channel called “Doomsday 2012”. In it they spoke of a lot of different prophets over the years making a case for the approach of doomsday, and not just the Maya. However, like Nostradamus, none of them came up with the date. Most were just the usual “doom and gloom” predictions for the end of the world. (Which, in fact, the Maya do not do.)

R. J. Shelton mentioned one of the Merlin prophecies about the planets leaving their courses. He concluded that only the pole shift hypothesis would fit the prophecy.

However, what he fails to realize is that the pole shift would not cause any planets to leave their orbits, only to create a change in our viewpoint of those orbits. The difference may seem subtle to some but the degree of divergence would be minimal. Not hardly the “planets leaving their courses” that Merlin predicted.

The Hopi Indians were mentioned as well. One of their predictions preceding the doomsday was that the Sun would get hotter. Many of the scholars assumed this meant our present “global warming”.

Again, many moderns take this with a modern interpretation. As if the prophecy was all about us.

Global warming has nothing to do with the Sun getting warmer. As mentioned in a previous entry, these ancient astronomers had a pretty good idea of the structure of the solar system and the planetary movements. They could discern something happening at one spot in the system as opposed to our own geocentric interpretation of everything.

The Sun getting warmer would be just that, not the Earth getting warmer. The latter may be caused by the former but the Earth warming is not going to make the Sun get warmer. And the couple of degrees of global warming would not give the impression of the Sun getting appreciably warmer.

However, a nova event might.