Prophecies and Predictions

Attention everyone! The world is going to end December 21, 2012!

Or wait, make that May 21, 2011.

Um, hold on, how about October 16, 2011?

Whether they are talking about the end of times as predicted in Revelations, a comet getting too close to Earth, pole shift, or just some sort of galactic reset button being hit, predicting the end of the world has become a rather popular cottage industry online.

The only safe bet is the world will indeed end…someday. Beyond that, no one can possibly know with absolute certainty exactly when.

For me personally, I’m Christian. The Bible tells me know man shall know the hour nor the day. Therefore, any time I see hard dates being predicted, I breathe easy knowing those particular days are all but guaranteed to be nice and quiet.

Another reason I don’t mind all these various and sundry predictions is they might give some people that final little nudge they need to start prepping. Ok, I’ll admit perhaps they end up prepping under false pretenses but, as far as I’m concerned, anything that gets folks off their butts and learning skills, stockpiling supplies, and looking for ways to protect their families is just fine in my book. If a family starts prepping because Daddy thinks the Haldon Collider is going to open a dimensional rift, allowing demons to invade Earth, and those preps end up actually being used to save lives during the aftermath of a hurricane, I’m cool with that.

Of course, the downside to these predictions is they have the effect of portraying survivalists and preppers as Class 1000 Whack Jobs. Naturally, that makes it all the more difficult to convince family and friends that they should do something to prepare for emergencies. They hear you talking about putting aside a few weeks worth of food and instantly think of an old guy, scraggly beard, walking up and down the street with a sign saying, “The End is Nigh!” Not much you can do to counteract that though. What I do is readily acknowledge the fringe element is pretty “out there” but the fact of the matter is, we have natural disasters all over the world, every single day. Some huge, some small, but all have an impact and many can be mitigated by preparing properly.

Like I always say though, you can lead a person to knowledge but you can’t make them think.

The takeaway here is, don’t buy into all these various end of the world predictions at the drop of a hat. Do your own research and make your own conclusion as to how realistic the prediction is. Use that lump between your ears for something more than a hat rack.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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