Does 2012 have anything to do with the second coming?
Dear Mrs. T.
From what I understand, December 12, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan long count calendar. Several people have predicted that this marks the end of the earth. I found the following short explanation on the internet.
“Another interesting cycle is the precession of the equinoxes lasting approximately 26,000 years. The long count of 5,125 years is 1/5 of that cycle. December 21, 2012 marks the end of the Long Count and Precession Cycle. A fascinating astronomical occurrence will take place that day. The sun will be seen in a conjunction with the crossing point of the galactic equator and the ecliptic which is referred by the Mayans as the Sacred Tree. Since this is due to take place on the winter solstice, this should provide clear evidence that the proper end day of the Mayan calendar is December 21, 2012. Some say December 22,nd, 23rd or even other dates. However, the solstice was an important day to the Mayans and it is logical to think that they would conclude their calendar cycle on this day, coupled with the fact of the rare astronomical occurrence set to take place that day.”
When Christ was on the earth He told us that no one other than God the Father knew when His second coming was. In Matthew 24, Christ gave us the following: 35 Heaven and earth shall apass away, but my bwords shall not cpass away. 36 ¶ But of that aday and bhour knoweth no man, no, not the cangels of heaven, but my Father only.
We have been given many signs and predictions of events that are to occur prior to His second coming. These are called the “Signs of the Times”. We need to study these signs so that we will recognize them as they transpire and be prepared for His coming. If we do this we need not fear or be concerned with what others might predict. How many predicted that the world would end as the new millennium began?
We are given a great promise in D&C 68: 5 Behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants. 6 Wherefore, be of good acheer, and do not bfear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I cwas, that I am, and that I am to come.