2012: New Age Deception And Psychobabble Part 3
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Bill Kochman

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May 20, 2010

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March 15, 2012

God Will Destroy Destroyers Of The Earth, Moral Corruption, Possible Theories Regarding Selection Of Noah And His Family, A Horde From Hell, Nephilim, Abaddon/Apollyon The Destroyer, No Scriptures Point To 2012 As Being A Pivotal Year, Endtime False Prophets And False Christs, Micaiah And Lying Spirits, Questionable Interpretation Of Mayan Calendar, Mesoamerica And The Maya, Maya Religious Beliefs And Human Sacrifices, Maya Today, Maya Long Count Calendar And Gregorian Calendar, Long Count Calendar, 5,126 Year Cycle And December 21, 2012, Partial 2012 Book List, Scientists Attempt To Set The Record Straight, Mayan Daykeepers And The Tzolkin Sacred Calendar, Bible Condemns Astrology, The Impending Judgment Of Babylon, Will America Escape?, Guatemalan Maya Shamans Do Not Believe That December 21, 2012 Will Mark The End Of The World, Age Of The Earth According To Various Religions And Individuals, End Of The Age And Expectations Of Various World Religions, Messiah, Antichrist, Mahdi, al-Dajjal, Moshiach ben David, Armilus, False Prophet, Deceiving Messiah, Great Deceiver, An Oppressed World Is Looking For A Savior, Closing Remarks

One thing is for certain. Just as God imprisoned the Fallen Angels who are mentioned in Genesis chapter six, as well as in the Book of Enoch, and destroyed their violent offspring -- the Nephilim -- by bringing on the Great Flood in the days of the Patriarch Noah, the Bible likewise informs us in the Book of Revelation that God will destroy those who destroy the Earth, as we see here:

"And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth."
Revelation 11:18, KJV

While that verse may be referring to the physical destruction of the Earth and its people through warfare and other forms of violence, through pollution of the land, air and sea, and through other agents which result in destruction in one form or another, I find it interesting that, based upon the Greek word that is used there -- diaphtheiro -- it could also be a reference to moral corruption. No honest person, regardless of whether or not they are Christian, can deny that our world has become engulfed by moral corruption. Whether it is sexual corruption, political corruption, corruption in the business world, or religious corruption, it is truly pervasive and can be found everywhere. The reason why this point is interesting is because, as we saw earlier in this series, this is exactly the same thing that the Fallen Angels and the Nephilim were guilty of doing in the Book of Genesis and the Book of Enoch. We are clearly told that they corrupted humanity, and filled the Earth with violence and wickedness; and thus, God chose to destroy them.

In fact, there are those people who believe that the reason why Noah and his family found Grace in God's sight, and were spared from the coming Flood, is because they didn't allow themselves to become corrupted by those evil entities. Some people take this thought even a step further and suggest that Noah and his family were chosen by God because they had not become genetically corrupted like the rest of the people of the Earth. In my view, both of these theories have merit and deserve our attention. But returning to the events of our own future, if the "horde from hell" -- possibly the Nephilim? -- and their demonic leader -- Abaddon/Apollyon the Destroyer -- are likewise responsible for destroying humanity physically, and/or corrupting them morally, should we be surprised that they too will be subject to God's Final Judgement in the end?

So to reiterate a point that I made earlier, I have no doubt that the Earth and its people will experience extraordinary, and even terrible things, in the years ahead. My problem, as I noted a moment ago, is with the fact that some of these preachers and New Age gurus are attempting to convince people that their predictions regarding 2012 are solidly based upon the Scriptures, when they most certainly are not. Let me say it again: There are no verses in the Bible which specifically point to 2012 as being a pivotal year in a prophetic sense; and so-called "Christian" teachers who lead their followers astray by promoting such erroneous beliefs are committing a grave error, in my view. As I shared with you earlier in this series, the Lord admonished us with the following warning in Matthew chapter twenty-four regarding the deceivers of the Endtime:

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
Matthew 24:24, KJV

When most people read the previous verse, they assume that the phrase "false Christs" is referring to those people who claim to be Jesus Christ returned to the Earth. While this is indeed true, and while there have been a number of false spiritual leaders over the decades who have claimed to be Christ reincarnated -- such as Sun Myung Moon and Marshall Applewhite -- the Lord's prophecy can also be understood in another way as well. Consider the following.

As some of you may already know, the word "Christ", which in the Greek language is "khristos", actually means "anointed". If we understand the word in that context, then the phrase "false Christs" -- or "pseudochristos" in Greek -- may also be a reference to individuals who falsely claim to have the anointing of God's Spirit . . . and boy, are there many such charlatans in the USA, and elsewhere, today! There are now so many "wannabe prophets" in the USA today, all shouting "Thus saith the Lord", that it defies belief, and it really amazes me. Referring to oneself as a Prophet of God, who speaks in the Name of God, is very serious business; and again I must say that it really astounds me that so many of these people take this issue so lightly. Have they no fear of God?

It's quite obvious to me that some of those preachers weren't sent by the Lord. If anything, maybe some of them -- like the ones who preach the "abundant life" doctrine, the "slain in the spirit" doctrine, the "holy laughter" doctrine, and other weirdness -- have lying spirits, as we find mentioned in the Old Testament story concerning Micaiah. You can read about it in the twenty-second chapter of the First Book of Kings. We would all be wise to take heed to yet another one of Jesus's warnings about false prophets when He said:

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Matthew 7:15-20, KJV

As I briefly mentioned earlier, the current December 21, 2012 hype is primarily based on the questionable interpretation of an ancient calendar that was devised by the Maya. The ancient Maya were an indigenous race who populated an area stretching from the southern states of Mexico, to the northern countries of Central America during pre-Christian times. This region is commonly referred to as Mesoamerica. While much can be said regarding the advances that were made by the Maya in written language, mathematics, astronomy, architecture, art and other areas, nevertheless, at the same time, we should not forget that the Maya engaged in the ritual of human sacrifices. This barbarism casts a long shadow over everything else that they may have accomplished as a society, in my view. While I'm not well-versed regarding Mayan religious beliefs, I do know that they were not monotheistic, and that they believed that prior to the current Creation, their "gods" were involved in three previous creation attempts, all of which failed, according to the information that I have read. As you'll see in a moment, the ancient Maya were also heavily involved in astrology. If you have read some of my other articles, then you will know that this is also a practice that is condemned in the Bible.

While I have spoken of the Maya as living in the past, please note that today, the descendants of the Maya still thrive in those areas of Mesoamerica, albeit to a much smaller extent. Like many other indigenous societies, over the centuries they have likewise been confronted with the forces of domination, exploitation, and modernization, yet some of them continue to cling to their old ways, including their ancient languages and customs.

As I mentioned a moment ago, the Maya were quite advanced for their time. This was particularly so in the area of astronomy as well as in mathematics. The Maya devised a calendar which is known as the Long Count calendar. The Long Count calendar identifies a specific day by counting the number of days that have passed since the date of creation, based upon the belief of the Maya. This date corresponds to August 11, 3114 BCE on the Gregorian calendar. As some of you will already know, the Gregorian calendar was adopted by the Roman Catholic Church -- and eventually by a large segment of the world -- in order to correct the ten-day deficiency of the former Julian Calendar.

To continue, the Long Count calendar covers a cycle, unit or period totaling 5,126 years. When converted to our Gregorian calendar system, we discover that the current period of 5,126 years will end precisely on December 21, 2012, at which time the next 5,126-year cycle is set to the year zero and starts all over again. To better understand how we arrived at the year 2012, please look closely at the following math which is based on the Mayan creation date of 3,114 BC/BCE:

3114 BC/BCE to year 0 AD/CE = 3114 years
year 0 AD/CE to 2012 AD/CE = 2012 years
5126 years

As you can see, using simple addition, we can understand why some people consider the year 2012 to be so important. But you see, it is the intentional glossing over of the fact that 2012 will mark the beginning of the next cycle -- and not the end of the calendar, or the end of the world -- which has so many people caught up in the current December 21, 2012 hype. It is also the reason why I have purposely chosen to use the word "questionable" to describe the irresponsible, hyped up modern interpretation of this ancient calendar. The fact of the matter is that the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012 is nothing more than an assumption that is intentionally based upon twisted, manipulated information. In spite of what some people are saying, there is no Biblical or scientific evidence to validate this claim whatsoever, and many of the promoters of this farce know it.

As I stated at the beginning of this series, this misguided belief in the calamities which will supposedly befall the human race on December 21, 2012 is being promoted by New Age gurus, misinformed Christians, crafty book publishers and book writers, movie producers, and other unscrupulous folks who hope to profit financially from the propagation of this ridiculous lie. While I have highlighted the recent work of Tom Horn, as I noted earlier, he is by no means alone when it comes to promoting this nonsense. While I obviously can't provide you with a full list of everyone who is hoping to profit from the 2012 hype, following is a very short list of some of the authors of recent 2012 books. Please note that I have not read any of these books, and I do not know any of these authors personally. This list is not meant to condemn anyone, but merely to inform you regarding some of the 2012 books that are currently available. Whether or not you accept what they have to say is entirely up to you:

"2012 Awakening : Choosing Spiritual Enlightenment Over Armageddon" by Sri Ram Kaa, Kira Raa
"2012 : Biography Of A Time Traveler: The Journey Of Jose Arguelles" by Stephanie South
"2012 : Science Or Superstition (The Definitive Guide To The Doomsday Phenomenon) by Alexandra Bruce
"2012 : The Bible And The End Of The World" by Mark Hitchcock
"2012 : The Return Of Quetzalcoatl" by Daniel Pinchbeck
"2012 : The War For Souls" by Whitley Strieber
"2013 Oracle: Ancient Keys To The 2012 Awakening" by David Carson and Nina Sammons
"2013 : Envisioning The World After The Events Of 2012" by Marie D. Jones
"Apocalypse 2012 : A Scientific Investigation Into Civilization's End" by Lawrence E. Joseph
"Fractal Time : The Secret Of 2012 And A New World Age" by Gregg Braden
"How To Survive 2012 : Tactics and Survival Places for the Coming Pole Shift" by Patrick Geryl
"Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 : The True Meaning Of The Maya Calendar End-Date" by Terence McKenna
"Maya Prophecy" by Dr. Ronald Bonewitz
"Serpent Of Light" by Drunvalo Melchizedek
"The 2012 Story : The Myths, Fallacies And Truth Behind The Most Intriguing Date In History" by John Major Jenkins
"The Mystery Of 2012 : Predictions, Prophecies, And Possibilities" by Gregg Braden, Peter Russell, Joanna R. Macy, Daniel Pinchbeck and John Major Jenkins
"The Revolution Of 2012 : Vol. 1, The Preparation" by Andrew Smith

Of course, not everyone has been so easily mesmerized by the hype surrounding December 21, 2012. In fact, there are some honest scientists and other people of academia who have been attempting to set the record straight. For example, in the article "Does Maya Calendar Predict 2012 Apocalypse?" which appeared in the March 28, 2007 edition of USA Today, Sandra Noble, who is the executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, located in Crystal River, Florida, frankly notes that the New Age and doomsday hype surrounding 2012 is simply "a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in." I couldn't agree with her more.

In the same 2007 USA Today piece, when asked for her opinion regarding the public perception that the Maya believed that December 21, 2012 would herald the end of the world, a Maya archaeoastronomer, and a curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History by the name of Susan Milbrath candidly stated "we have no record or knowledge that they would think the world would come to an end at that point". In similar fashion, Susan Gillespie, who is an anthropologist at the University of Florida, when asked for her thoughts concerning the origin of the 2012 hype, did not hesitate to express her view that it comes "from media, and from other people making use of the Maya past to fulfill agendas that are really their own."

That the Mayan Long Count calendar does not actually end on December 21, 2012 is verified by other scientists as well. In a 2008 article for Tulane University entitled "The Sky Is Not Falling", writer Ryan Rivet noted that Harvey Bricker, who is a professor emeritus of anthropology and a researcher for the Tulane University Middle American Research Institute, scoffed at the belief that the world might end on December 21, 2012. Bricker also confirmed that the Long Count calendar does not end in 2012, it merely starts a new cycle on December 21st. Bricker stated "It's a crock . . . It's based on ignorance and misinformation. One starts with the clear statement that the Maya calendar will not end in 2012. It is the end of one calendrical unit. It's not the end of the calendar or the end of the world . . . There are abundant written references to dates before the current era, and there are written records about the time after the current era . . . You know what's going to happen on the 22nd of December 2012? It will be the first day of the rest of our lives."

E. Wyllys Andrews V, the director of the Tulane University Middle American Research Institute, agrees with Bricker's assessment. He states "There will be another cycle . . . We know the Maya thought there was one before this, and that implies they were comfortable with the idea of another one after this."

But in my mind, the most startling information that I came across while conducting research for this series, has to be the fact that apparently, even the modern descendants of the Maya do not believe that the world will come to an end when we finally reach the anticipated date of December 21, 2012. In the aforementioned article, anthropologist Judith Maxwell, who is a researcher who specializes in the Maya civilization, and who visits Guatemala on a regular yearly basis, discusses the Maya shamans of Guatemala who are known as "Daykeepers". According to the Wikipedia website, "Daykeeper" was the title that was given to diviners in the pre-Columbian Maya culture. As their name implies, the task of the Daykeepers was to keep count of the days using coral seeds, as well as to perform divination rituals. These rituals were based upon the dates of the Tzolkin calendar. The Maya calendar consisted of three individual calendars, of which the Tzolkin -- or divinatory calendar -- was considered to be the most sacred.

In a sense, the role of the Daykeeper was similar to that of a modern astrologer, in that the shaman would use the day of a person's birth as a means to divine certain traits that said person would inherit, as well as what might befall them in the future. One difference between the two is that ancient Daykeepers didn't take into account the position of the stars when conducting a reading. As I mentioned earlier, God's Word strongly condemns astrology and related practices. When the Prophet Isaiah spoke about the impending judgment of Babylon, consider some of the blunt language that he used, and notice who is at the center of God's Wrath:

"But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it."
Isaiah 47:9-14, KJV

If you have a sharp eye, you may realize that the previous prophecy is very similar to the judgments that are pronounced against Babylon the Great in the Book of Revelation. What is also interesting about this prophecy, is that it could very well be describing modern America; because sadly, it too has been overrun with astrologers, psychics, Tarot card readers, palm readers and the like. So should America expect anything different when God begins to pour out His Wrath upon her?

As we discussed earlier, the modern descendants of the Maya continue to practice the traditions of their ancestors. That they still do this after so many centuries, surely indicates how important they must consider these traditions; most of all, the practice of counting days. Therefore, taking into consideration the importance that they place upon counting the days, we must wonder exactly what they think regarding the hype and sensationalism that has surrounded December 21, 2012, and the completion of one cycle of their ancient Long Calendar.

As I noted a few paragraphs ago, the Daykeepers of Guatemala aren't the least bit impressed by the mania that's engulfed a certain segment of modern society, and they do not believe that December 21, 2012 will signal the end of the world. In fact, in the Tulane University article, Ms. Maxwell explains that these modern Maya shamans attribute the end-of-the-world scenario to misinterpretation. Maxwell states "The Daykeepers mention the date in 2012 and say it [is] a misunderstanding of crystal gazers, New Agers who have latched onto [this apocalyptic theory]."

Now please ponder that statement for a moment. Personally, I find it very significant. If the modern descendants of the ancient Maya who created and designed the Long Count calendar don't accept that December 21, 2012 marks the end of their calendar -- but simply a new cycle of the same -- or the end of the world, then how is that all of these other people are promoting such a lie and deception? Amazing, isn't it? This is very similar to enemies of our Christian faith saying that we believe a certain thing, just to stir up controversy, when we don't believe it at all. Sadly, these people are not just stirring up controversy, they are also profiting from doing the same, and in a big way. Allow me to reiterate that I find it particularly disturbing that certain American Christian writers have resorted to these very same dishonest tactics. That some of these Christians do this, is a clear sign that American Christianity is in trouble. Of course, as some of you will realize, there is nothing new in my making such a statement. After all, as I point out in a number of other articles, American Christianity has been in a slow state of spiritual decline for quite a few years now, and it is going to require something mighty from God to turn the situation around.

Before concluding this series, allow me to share with you a few more personal observations concerning the December 21, 2012 hype. While I obviously haven't been taken in by all of the 2012 commotion, and while I honestly do not believe that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012, I do find it rather interesting that such a diversity of cultures and religions seem to coalesce around certain themes insofar as the Endtime scenario is concerned. For example, based on the work of James Ussher, who was the Archbishop of Armagh, and the Primate of All Ireland during the Seventeenth Century, it has been generally accepted by Fundamentalist Christians that the date of Creation was approximately 4004 BCE. While Ussher has been credited with establishing this date, it should be known that a decade prior to Ussher, this very same date was arrived at by Dr. John Lightfoot, who was a clergyman of the Church of England. Based on this date of 4004 BCE, the Earth is currently around 6,014 years old.

As I explained earlier, according to Mayan beliefs, the date of the Fourth Creation was 3114 BCE. This places the current age of the Earth at approximately 5,124 years old. Now, if we consider that -- depending on who you want to believe --we're dealing with thousands, millions or billions of years when it comes to the actual age of Planet Earth, a difference of less than nine hundred years between the Christian date and the Mayan date is really minimal, and rather interesting.

Furthermore, if we focus on Jewish beliefs, we discover that according to the Jewish calendar, the current date is 5770. This date is based upon the Jewish belief that Creation took place in 3761 BCE. On a side note, Jewish historian Josephus estimated the date of Creation as being between 5481 and 5555 BCE.

According to the Baha'i faith, Creation occurred in 4122 BCE. Using this date, we arrive at the Earth currently being 6,132 years old.

People of the Muslim faith appear to take a rather neutral approach when discussing the age of the Earth. According to online sources, Islam doesn't embrace a set position when it comes to the age of the Earth. Muslims believe that this kind knowledge belongs to God alone. While the Qur'an does say that Creation occurred during a six-day period, the precise meaning of the word "day" is rather ambiguous. For example, in one passage it states "in a day the measure of which is a thousand years of what you count", (32:5); while in another passage it says ". . . a day the measure of which is fifty thousand years", (70:4).

The Jehovah's Witnesses place the date of Creation at around 4026 BCE. This would make the Earth about 6,036 years old.

During the Seventeenth Century, famed German mathematician and astronomer, Johannes Kepler -- who was a very religious man -- estimated that the date of Creation was about 3993 BCE. Using this date, the Earth would currently be about 6,003 years old.

During the Sixteenth Century, German theologian, and Roman Catholic monk, Martin Luther, arrived at the conclusion that Creation occurred around 3961 BCE. This would make the Earth currently around 5,971 years old.

As you can see, based upon the previous information, we can say that amongst these various faiths and individuals, there is the general belief that the Earth is from 5,124 to 6,132 years old. But there is another common denominator between some of these religions; and that is the belief that we are approaching the end of an age, at which time a great leader will appear on the world stage, who will bring great changes to the Earth and its people. Exactly who this great leader is, or will be, depends on the particular faith to which one personally subscribes. Consider the following:

As you may already know, Fundamentalist Christians refer to this tumultuous period as the Endtime. We believe that Jesus Christ -- who is the Son of God and only true Messiah of the world -- will return in the not-too-distant future in order to take over the world, and set up His Father's Kingdom upon Earth. In order to achieve His goal, Jesus will, among other things, defeat the Beast, the False Prophet and their armies during the Battle of Armageddon. This great battle between the forces of good and evil will take place in the plains of northern Israel. If you wish to learn more about such events, please consider reading "From Armageddon to the New Earth", as well as related eschatological articles. Many Christians also refer to the Beast as the Antichrist. According to the Christian Scriptures, these events will center around the nation of Israel, and particularly around Jerusalem.

Some Muslims also believe that we are approaching the end of the age, and are in earnest expectation of the arrival of a great Muslim leader and messiah. Some of the Hadith, that is, narrations concerning Muhammad, refer to this great leader as the Mahdi, which means "the Guided One". Muslims who embrace this doctrine, believe that working together with Jesus, who they also believe will return in the near future, the Mahdi will destroy "Masih al-Dajjal". In English, this character is referred to as "the False Messiah", "the Deceiving Messiah", "the False Prophet" or "the Great Deceiver". As you can see, Masih al-Dajjal has an equivalent in Christian eschatology. Some Muslims believe that al-Dajjal will appear between Syria and Iraq, and that he will create an army from those whom he has deceived. He will then wage war against Jesus, who will be leading the Army of the Righteous. This sounds similar to the Battle of Armageddon, as discussed earlier. Just like the Christian faith, Muslims also believe that a time of great judgment is fast approaching. They also believe that these prophetic events will center around Israel and Jerusalem.

Orthodox Jews also sense the urgency of the times, and are in eager anticipation of the arrival of their messiah, who they refer to as "Moshiach ben David", or, Messiah, son of David. Similar to Christian and Muslim doctrine, the Orthodox Jews believe that Moshiach will usher in great changes, and will inspire people to return to the Laws of God. In addition, it is also believed that the Third Temple will be built during his soon-coming reign. The Jews do not believe that Moshiach ben David will be of Divine Origin, but merely a great human leader. If you wish to learn more about this Jewish figure, please consider reading the series "The Kings of the North and the South".

Within the Jewish belief system, there also exists a person who is a type of anti-Messiah figure. He is known as Armilus. Armilus is said to be an evil king who will rise to power at the end of time. Armilus will persecute the Jews, conquer the city of Jerusalem, and fight against Moshiach ben David until he is finally defeated by the Hand of God, or by Moshiach ben David. As you can see, both Moshiach ben David and Armilus have their equivalents in Christian and Muslim eschatology.

The previous information is obviously just a small sample of some of the beliefs that are embraced by some of the world's religions. As you will know, there are many other religions; some of which embrace doctrines similar to the above, while others that are vastly different. Likewise, if we add modern science to the mix, we are going to end up with some rather conflicting ideas. However, the main point that I would like to emphasize here, is that amongst a very large section of the religious people of the world, and regardless of their particular faith, there appears to be a meeting point, and a commonality of some ideas and beliefs. Is this just a matter of coincidence, or is it perhaps by some unseen design? Not only that, but there appears to be an urgency, an impalpable sense, an inner expectation, as well as an anticipation that something very big will soon happen on our planet.

If the truth be told, there is a longing desire for real, positive change, because at this current time, there are so many people who are suffering under oppressive, manipulative deceptive and self-serving governments which are controlled by the rich and the elite of the world. Politicians have not been able to provide the answers that people want and need. So, many people of the world are currently looking for an ethical person, a sort of savior or messiah, who is capable of rising above human politics and governmental corruption, in order to bring the world together as one. Now, more than ever, they need hope; they require justice; and they want relief from the many political, economic and social problems which the world faces today. The question is, what form will this relief take, if and when it comes, and who is going to bring it to them? Will he be the world's savior, or will he really be a devil in disguise who simply offers the world a carrot on a stick? If the arrival of this great leader is truly on the horizon, as so many people seem to sense, will he bring relief to our current sorrows and burdens, or will he only make our situation worse?

For answers to these and other questions, I encourage you to continue reading the many articles and series which can be found on the Bill's Bible Basics website. At the same time, I again urge all of you to please stay clear of the 2012 New Age psychobabble. It is just poison for your soul. Please be smart and invest your time in reading the Bible instead. You will find God's Word to be much more spiritually rewarding and satisfying. It will fill you with faith and hope for the future, instead of the dread and doom that is promoted by so many of the December 21, 2012 gurus. With these words I will bring another series to a close. I trust that you have found it informative, and that it has been a blessing in your life.

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