by Akiko John Domingo

'Judgment Day', 'The Time of Great Purification', 'The Shift of the Ages', 'The Time of Trial on Earth', and 'Armageddon' are just some of the distinctions the world used to label the 'end of days'.

As many as the designations of this universe to 'The Quickening' were the assumptions on when the said event will happen.

Different explanations, various interpretations, and sundry justifications were executed and established concerning the asserted series of events; however, none have been approved nor assented.

The Mayans and their Calendar

The Mayans, without a doubt, can be recounted as one of the world's 'unequivocal reckoners' because of their globally known feats on the fields of arts, architecture, mathematics, and other sciences. They built different monuments, shrines, mementos and pyramids with ceremonious viewpoints and solemn estimations. But do their reverential ledging of chronicles and details be able to surmise and presume the exact day of 'Apocalypse?'

The Mayans discerned 'dates' as complex ethereal cycles. As a fact, each of their days had its monopolize guardian spectre, hence, the Mayan Calendar was pious and reverent in disposition.

On 21 December 2012, the Mayan Calendar will officially halt. On this period, the Mayan majestic cycle of evolution and development will reach its ending point. They believe that the said date will lead to a hitmost ‘incorporeal’ arousal of the Earth.

As we are cresting in the direction of this certain date, they apprehended, changes will happen and it will continue until the Day of the Apocalypse.

The 'Popol Vuh'

The 'Popol Vuh' is the consolidated compilation of the creation history of the 'K'iche Maya' of the Colonial Era. Harmonizing to this, we are dwelling in the 'fourth world'.

The conversed account described the gods who created the first three worlds yet all was unsuccessful, heeded by a very triumphant fourth world, in which the mankind was disposed.

In the 'Maya Long Count', the yester world concluded after 5,125 years. The zero date of the Long Count marks the end of the third world and the start of the fourth world.Thus, the fourth world will end after 5,125 years, identical to the third world, and that will be on the Mayan date13. or the 21 December 2012.

The Planet Nibiru

Planet Nibiru, or Planet X, is associated with doomsday because others believe that it will either shun or collide with Earth by 2012. At first, this conception initially foretells doomsday on May 2003, but zealots trashed it after the planet eschew without any damage to Earth.

The Galactic Alignment

Other people proposed that the Earth will be destroyed by a 'multi-planet alignment.' But experts said that there will be no conjunction on 21 December 2012. As a fact, 'multiplanet alignment' already happened in both 2000 and 2010, nevertheless, it did not affect our beloved planet.

The Prophecy of the Popes

Saint Malachy, a 12th-century bishop from Ireland was invoked by Pope Innocent II to Rome. While there, the saint gistedly encountered a mirage of future popes. He mentioned the current Pope's chosen name- Benedict XVI. Surprisingly, the 111th Pope in history is Benedict XVI and the 111th Pope according to Saint Malachy is also Benedict XVI.

The question now is: Will it be Pope Benedict XVI, the second to the last Pope, whose death will beacon the 112th Pope- Peter the Roman?

Conclusion, conceivably

There are so many other guesses and theories that pertains to 21 December 2012 as the doomsday. But Christians and other people who believe in Christ as his one and only Redeemer must remember what is written: "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

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