By Pete Rose
There has been much hype on the Internet in recent days regarding
December 21 and "the end of the world", both supporting the idea and denying it.
In this article I want to examine some of these scenarios, see if and how they
may tie in with the Bible and prophecy or not, and finally look at what the
Bible says about end time events.
We are unquestionably in the end of days of the Church age, but this
does not necessarily mean the end of the world, or the end of the world as we
There has been much on the Internet about Planet X in recent days, some
plausible, some beyond believability, and some denying it even exists. There is
some information on Planet X which seems to support the existence of such a
body. Records from the Sumerian civilization speak of a winged planet which
visits our solar system every 3200 years or so. Astronomers and NASA in
particular have noticed unexplained variations in the orbits of some of the
outer planets of our solar system, particularly Neptune and Pluto. Infrared
telescopes have been constructed in Antarctica, ostensibly for tracking the
progress of Nibiru. An orbiting infrared observatory is said to have detected a
heavenly body visible only in infrared some years ago headed towards our solar
system from below the ecliptic, the plane of our solar system, at around a 30-40
degree angle. A number of astronomers who have been tracking this whatever-it-is
have died mysteriously shortly before they were due to release their findings on
this planet or brown dwarf star. NASA now denies there is such a body.
Supporters of Nibiru say it is to pass through the ecliptic out around the orbit
of Mars, loop around the sun, then head back out of the solar system, passing
near Earth in the process. Gravitational and magnetic interactions between
Nibiru, the sun and Earth are supposed to cause great earthquakes, miles high
tsunamis, massive solar flares and possible geographic changes in earth's
topography. While some of these things are prophesied in the Bible, they could
be caused by natural processes within the Earth and possibly by planetary
alignments without the need of a Planet X.
Geographical pole shift
According to some, there will be a physical rotation of the earth's
crust, with the equator ending up aligned with the north and south poles and the
arctic and antarctic at the equator. This is supposed to be the result of
gravitational and magnetic interactions with Nibiru, however I believe this idea
is based mainly on a prophecy by Edgar Cayce, who if I recall correctly is
heavily involved with the occult. Since occult activity is mainly the work of
demons I think this scenario very unlikely, and I would give no credence to such
a prophecy, even though the Bible does prophesy that there will be geographical
changes to the Earth between now and the time of the Millennial kingdom.
Magnetic pole shift
Some are saying that a reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles will
leave the Earth exposed to cosmic radiation and radiation from the sun, causing
an extinction level event. Some are saying all life on Earth will be wiped out,
but the Bible says otherwise. While the north magnetic pole is actually moving
with increasing speed toward Siberia and weakening, and while a weakening of our
magnetic shield would allow more space radiation in, I hardly think this would
result in an extinction level event.
Earthquakes on the New Madrid fault
Some are saying that a quake on the New Madrid fault will cause the
entire center of the US to sink below sea level leaving the country split in two
by a salt water sea 50 to hundreds of miles wide, extending all the way from the
gulf of Mexico to the great lakes. Further these people claim that the coasts
will also be inundated by water to up to hundreds of miles inland. While
earthquakes, and especially one on the New Madrid fault, could cause enormous
devastation, I find the idea of large portions of the USA sinking below sea
level hard to believe. Yes there has been an exponential increase in earthquakes
in recent years and while great and devastating quakes are prophesied for the
tribulation period, I don't see large portions of the USA sinking into the
ocean. Not any time soon, anyway.
Two thirds of the Earth's population to be killed
Yes, the Bible does indicate that two thirds or more of the Earth's
population will be killed during the tribulation period. This one is true.
New World Order elite want to do away with 90% of the earth's
(or more). I've seen numerous reports of this on the Internet. They
might want this but God will not allow them to pull it off.
The elite have built great underground shelters to hide in.
This is true. I have seen documentation on this, they have excavated
whole miles of underground space particularly in the Ozarks. They sense some
great calamity is coming and they are planning to go underground to
survive while the rest of the world perishes. They have laid in great supplies
of food, fuel, water and other things, and have generators to supply electricity
for their underground cities. However I think it will be of no help to them when
the great earthquakes of the tribulation come, I expect their underground cities
will collapse on them rather than protect them. More
Banking collapse will result in rioting, martial law and civil war
Probably true. From what I have seen this has already been planned, and
probably will happen. When the rapture comes I'd say it will be a certainty.
This will pave the way for the antichrist to make his move, and provide his
"solution" to all the world's woes. And the world will fall for him, hook line
The rapture has already begun
Not a chance. I wouldn't be writing this if that were true. The Bible
indicates the rapture will take place in an instant, all over the world. All
those who have put their faith and trust in what Jesus has done on our behalf
will instantly receive glorified spiritual bodies and will be instantly caught
up to meet Jesus in the air, both the dead and the living. It isn't going to
come in stages. See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
What is to come-what the Bible says
There will be a continuing increase in frequency and severity of
earthquakes, storms, and other natural disasters. Famines
will increase in scope and severity. Even now droughts around the USA are
causing food shortages and increasing prices, and it will only get worse. There
will be wars on global and local
scales, nation against nation and
tribe against tribe. Somewhere in all this the rapture will occur. December 21
would certainly be the ideal date in view of all the end of the world
predictions, but I cannot say with any certainty that it will happen on that
date. My date and time for the rapture remains, any day, any minute.
For those left behind after the rapture, it will likely be a time of
sheer panic and terror, with millions of people suddenly just vanishing into the
air. Into all this chaos a great world leader will rise and take control. He
will confirm a treaty with Israel for seven years, then
after three and a half years he will break this treaty. During this first three
and a half years the temple will be rebuilt, some say on the temple mount, some
say at Shiloh, where David had the tabernacle for a time, and the sacrificial
system prescribed in Jewish law restarted. At the midpoint of the seven years he
will break his treaty with Israel, stop sacrifices and offerings, proclaim
himself to be God, set up his image in the temple and force all to worship him.
He will also require everyone to receive a mark embodying the number 666,
without which no one will be able to buy or sell. Anyone who receives this mark
will be eternally doomed to the lake of fire, to suffer the torments of the
damned forever. Anyone who refuses it
will most likely be killed.
During all this time the wrath of God will be poured out on this world
in the form of the various plagues listed in the book of the Revelation. It will
also be a time of intense persecution. In Revelation 20:4
there is a great multitude appearing before God who have been beheaded for their
faith in Jesus, and for refusing to to take the mark of the beast. While you can
be saved during the tribulation it will not be easy, and it will most likely
cost you your head. But far better that than eternity in the lake of fire.
At the end of the seven years Jesus returns to Earth with all His
saints, executes judgment on all who have gathered together in the valley of
Megiddo, and lands on the Mount of Olives. Then comes the sheep and goats
judgment when those who remain alive in their natural bodies will be judged for
their faith as shown by how they treated His chosen people, the Jews. The Beast
and the False Prophet are thrown into the lake of fire and Satan is shut up in
the bottomless pit for a thousand years while Jesus rules over the Earth for a
thousand years of real peace.
Jesus is the only Way you can escape from this time of trouble, and to
spend eternity with Him. If you will turn from your sin and receive him by faith
as your Lord and Savior, you will be assured of going to Jesus in body in the
rapture, and escaping this time of trouble. If you neglect or refuse to receive
Jesus into your life, you will be left behind to go into this terrible time of
trouble, and more than likely to lose your soul and go into eternal, unending
torment forever. The choice is yours. Don't put it off, as I have said, the
rapture could come any day, any time.
Revelation 3:8-11 gives this promise to those who are faithful to
I know your works; behold I have set before you an open door, and no
man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have
not denied my name.| Behold, I will make them who are of the synagogue of Satan,
who say they are Jews but are not, but do lie, behold, I will make them to come
and worship before your feet, and know that I have loved you. | Because you have
kept the word of my patience, I
will also keep your from the hour of trial which shall come upon all the world,
to try them who dwell upon the earth. (Emphasis