Be it Nostradamus, the Quran, the Bible, or any other holy book, or the factual findings of science, there are indications that the world as we know will come to an end, someday. However, will that day come in the year 2012? Well, some agree with this prediction, and some, turn a deaf ear to this hoax! Let us see different explanations and calculations about the Armageddon or end of the world.
The Mayans are wildly popular for their esteemed calendar. And this popularity is worth deserving too. The Mayan calendar puts forth the end of the world; for it would take place some time in winter solstice 2012. As per the Mayan calendar, a month had 20 days, a year had 360 days, a k'atun was a span of 7200 days, and a b'ak'tun was that of 144,000 days. Now, coming to their prediction; the world is to last for exactly 13 b'ak'tun cycles. That would make it 1,872,000 days. Their calendar started on 3114-AUG-13 BCE with the birth of Venus. After calculation, it was found that the world would end in 2012. The Mayan calendar is known for its accuracy in predictions. It predicted "the rise of White Man Gods from the Sea", on March 5, 1519, which was the exact date of the rise of Cortes and his Conquistadors from the waters.
According to the Mayans - YES
We will see the opinion of the Bible later, however, Pope Leo IX made a very important declaration in the year 1514. He stated, "I will not see the end of the world, nor will you my brethren, for its time is long in the future, 500 years hence." So, on calculations, one can speculate a lot. By this calculation, the world should see its end in the year 2014, and not 2012. Yes, two years after the prediction made by the Mayans, but then, he was the Pope. Which is why, his declaration holds value, doesn't it?
According to Pope Leo IX - NO
Triple six is probably this millennium's most mystical number. Belonging to the devil (Satan) and doom, I am sure it has some link to the 2012 end of the world predictions. So after some research, I found that with reference to the 666 calculation, the world was predicted to come to an end in 1998 (clearly, it misfired). Many people sold all their belongings, ignored their work and fields, and rushed for pilgrimages in 1998. However, when the new year 1999 came, they were highly disappointed. However, later it was said that approximately 603,729 died in 6th of July 1998. So, technically the rapture (a concept in Christianity relating to the return of Jesus) did take place. However, because of the vastness of the earth's population, these 603,729 deaths went unnoticed. The rest were to suffer tribulation until the next rapture. The next rapture, as per Eli Eshoh, should be in 2028, following a lot of instability in the world.
According Triple Six mystery - NO
After seeing what a Pope predicted and declared, now let's understand what the Holy Bible has to say in this regard. As per the Bible, the world will be struck by a certain plague. This plague will cause panic and death. Three years post this plague's announcement, ⅔ of the world's population will have died, either due to the plague or otherwise. This will mark the beginning of the end of the world. In light of this fact, the world has been struck by "H1N1" or "Swine" flu - the plague. As per WHO reports and hospital surveys, it has been observed that at the rate at which this flu is affecting the world, in a span of three years, 2/3rd of the world's population could be wiped out by it.
According to Bible - YES
The Islamic holy book, Quran, is one of the most respected pieces of literature for its scientific approach and accurate calculations about the future. The Quran has stated that the world will come to an end and there will be signs to show that the end is coming. The first being, "splitting of the moon" which has happened, when parts of the moon were brought back to earth for study. The second being the discovery of the Quran's mathematical code. This has also already taken place. The third, the creature "Made from the earth, it alerts the people that they have been oblivious to their Creator." This "creature" is believed to be the computer. The fourth being, appearance of God's messenger. This messenger to inform the world of the last of all the holy scriptures. This prophecy was fulfilled in the month of Ramadan 1408. Seven such prophecies being fulfilled, mark the certainty of the "day of judgment". As per the complex calculations in the Quran, the world will come to an end in 1710 AH, which will be during 2280 AD.
As per the Quran - NO
...The world will last for 9 periods of 800 years each and the 10th generation will begin approximately 2000 AD. And it will be the last. These things in the tenth generation shall come to pass. The earth shall be shaken by a great earthquake that throws many cities into the sea. There shall be war. Fire shall come flashing forth from the heavens and many cities burn. Black ashes shall fill the great sky. Then know the anger of the Gods...
Sybil was an oracle. In spite of being the best of her time, Sybil is not very well-known in recent times. It was believed that when making a prophecy, Sybil went into a trance like state and the God Apollo would possess her body. This is how her prophecies were always true. She predicted the birth of Jesus as the "Man who would bring peace". In fact, her prophecy predicted His name as well. "Earth shaking" earthquakes have been seen in the past, and the Tsunami in 2004 and the recent cyclones have seen several cities submerged. As such, looks like Sybil's prophecy about the end of the world in 2012, might come true.
According to the Sibylline prophecies - YES
Michel de Nostradamus is well-known for his expert future predictions. Most of Nostradamus' predictions, extraordinarily, have an odd habit of coming true. Nostradamus predicted that World War III would take place around 1998 in which most of the world's population would perish. The ones who survived would not be able to go on much longer, as the earth would become barren due to the impact of the world war. Well, we are way past 1998, so, seems like this prediction didn't come true. However, it is believed that it has merely been delayed due to the intense tide of prayers (to avoid the war) which took over the world. As per the revisions to the prediction, the war would take place in 2011 - 2012. It is more certain this time.
According to Nostradamus - YES
Science is probably the most plausible source of information these days. More so, it is logical and can be followed and believed by everyone. As per science, the sun is slowly expanding and will soon expand and become a big huge red giant. In fact, it will expand to such an extent that it will engulf our little 3rd rock. So, much before this "engulfing" takes place, the heat, gravity and chemical reactions will cause earth to become dead and lifeless. However, this phenomenon will take time to occur, 5 billion years to be precise. Before that, there seems to be no immediate threats that would cause mass depletion of the earth's population.
According to science - NO
Many more theories, philosophies and prophecies can be found in this regard. The end of the world is ultimately inevitable but there is no need to become phobic about it. It is better to cherish every moment that you live than to be paranoid about an uncertain future.