Pope Benedict XVI used his recent weekly address to shoot down December 21, 2012 doomsday conspiracy theories, stating that there is no need for Christians to panic about the world ending.
Not content to simply dismiss the 2012 speculation, the Pope went a step further by claiming that when Jesus spoke of apocalyptic imagery, it wasn’t prophetic as much as it was allegorical.
The Pope stated that Jesus ‘‘does not describe the end of the world, and when he uses apocalyptic images, he is not acting the prophet,” he continues, ‘‘On the contrary, he wants to stop his disciples of every epoch from being curious over dates, forecasts, and wants to give them the key to … the right road to walk today and tomorrow to enter into the eternal life.”
All of this comes in the weeks prior to that much celebrated/feared date of December 21, 2012 when some say the Mayan Calendar as well as other ancient “oracles” have predicted that the world will come to an end, or at least undergo a dramatic change.
It is estimated that as many as 100,000 people may convene in Guatemala City and Chichen Itza to usher in the anticipated date, waiting to see something…. happen. While many in the New Age community are eager to see something transformational go down, others are concerned that something unsavory may be released on that day and will join the revelers with the intent of stopping portals from being opened, energies from being released or negative events from taking place.
L.A. Marzulli, Richard Grund, and Russ Dizdar plan to be at Chichen Itza on December 21 in order to combat any forces of darkness that might try to make a move in that place at that time. While they don’t put faith in the Mayan prophecies, they do question whether all of the 2012 hoopla may be part of a larger design to usher in a potentially dangerous movement of dark power on that day, using the fervor of those “true believers” as energy to achieve evil ends. Essentially, these men say they will be there to conduct spiritual warfare if the need arises.
It is worth noting that there are those who see a much more poignant connection between the Vatican and the 2012 end times theories. I recently brought you an interview with researcher Cris Putnam who co-authored a book with Tom Horn called Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here. Within the book, the writers point out that the Mayans are not the only ones with a 2012 doomsday scenario.
Horn and Putnam reveal that a centuries old prophecy may shed light on an impending end to the Papal system, which could usher in the literal end of the world as we know it. They show how the Vatican is tied directly into apocalyptic prophecy and with the new Papal decree that we ought not speculate about the End Times, I’m more intrigued than ever by the information that Petrus Romanus uncovers. Read the full interview here: 10 Questions With… Cris Putnam, Author of ‘Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here’
On a related note, Putnam is currently featured in the History Channel series Countdown to Apocalypse which is airing on H2. The “Four Horsemen” installment recently was broadcast and can be seen in full here.