The trailer said, “Find out the truth. Search: 2012”.
So I did, and here’s what I found:
“Interest in the 2012 doomsday prediction has spread in recent years as a result of a groundswell of Internet sites and blogs, as well as numerous books and television series on the subject.
A movie called 2012, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring John Cusack, Danny Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt and Woody Harrelson is scheduled for release on November 13th, 2009. A viral marketing campaign by Sony Pictures Digital Inc. for the film features a website from the supposedly scientific "Institute for Human Continuity" describing the various doomsday scenarios meant to occur in that year: the picture currently on its 'about' page appears to suggest that the European Union headquarters in Brussels is in fact the IHC's own premises, while the site offers no academic CVs at all for the allegedly 'doctorate' staff listed.
Over recent years the television network the History Channel has played a major role in broadcasting alarmist ideas of this type, often targeting 2012. In its coverage, it relates to the present day a number of doomsday prophecies derived from non-Mayan sources, referencing (among others) predictions ascribed to the Hopi people, the Book of Revelation by John of Patmos, the Sibylline Books, the quatrains of Nostradamus (which do not specifically mention the end of the world) and a version of the anonymous 14th-century Vaticinia de Summis Pontificibus that the History Channel has dubbed The Lost Book of Nostradamus, as well as the prophecies of the semi-legendary Myrddin Wyllt, or Merlin, and Mother Shipton, the last of which, in their original 1641 edition, say nothing about doomsday either.
Ron Rosenbaum of Slate.com introduced the topic thus in 2009: "The growing harmonic convergence of apocalyptic stupidity that goes under the rubric 2012 or 'the Mayan Calendar Prophecy' has not yet reached Y2K proportions. And while it's broken out of the New Agey cult status where it's been fermenting for some years, there are still many in the chattering classes who haven't heard about it."
(Source: Wikipedia Article “2012 doomsday prediction”)
In other words, if you were planning to buy a bunker in the nearest future and move in there with your whole family, in order to “weather” the Armageddon and survive the Wrath of God that is imminent – I have a “good news” for you:
Don’t panic! It ain’t gonna happen!
…Unless, of course if you believe in “modern-day prophets” that say that we are living in the final three and a half years of “end-time” now and that God is going to punish us all for the sins of humanity by killing 6 Billion + people in these final 3.5 years of Man on this Earth…Hey, maybe it’s time for you to repent and read these 2 “Masterpieces” that I came across while doing my search for 2012?
The first one is called “2008 - God’s Final Witness” by Ronald Weinland, another one is called “The Prophesied End-Time” by the same author available for free download at: www.the-end.com
Despite numerous discrepancies, redundancies and some blatant statements made by the author (like the one about him and his wife being the 2 of God’s “End-Time Prophets“…The only 2? Duh!), I found these books to be quite fascinating, and I highly recommend them to other sophisticated readers out there.
Reason # 1: Highly entertaining value. These books offer an interesting prospective of the Biblical events, our current times, as well as the nearest and future days of our civilization.
Reason # 2: Both are written in plain English, with lots of references to the Bible, especially the Revelation – a great “refresher” for those who haven’t read the Bible lately or those who never even heard of it before (Yeah, I know you’re out there, people, you know who you are! ;-) )
Anyway, enjoy the reading and God Bless us all!
P.S. And don’t forget to register for the “Survival Lottery” at the IHC Web site
(Just in case, ‘cos…you never know these days, right?)