Will The World End In 2012?

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Raymond Hundley is a a PH.D, former youth pastor, seminary professor, missionary and more.  His bio lists Asbury Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Hundley has written Will The World End in 2012 published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.  It’s a quick read at 154 pages, plus supplemental content like a study guide for groups reading this book together.  So when someone with these credentials and puts out a book about the coming Rapture in 2012, it peaks your attention.

At least it did mine.

Raymond Hundley - Will The Word End In 2012?

The 2012 book turned out not what I expected it to be. . .

It is a systematic review of the “top 10” apocalyptic theories (this ain’t that surprising when you learn that his PH.D is in Systematic Theology! hehe) that are “floating around” the Internet and mass culture according to the author.

The 10 separate chapters attempt to summarize and hypothesize each of the 10 theories (two of them are actually related, so it’s really 9…) in an unbiased fashion.  Hundley puts in a nice pithy conclusion at the end of each chapter giving you the “final answer” for each.  Surprisingly, there are some which he says are valid theories for the end of the world.

It was quite interesting to be exposed to some of the concepts behind the 2012 doomsday hysteria, such as the Reversal of Earth’s Magnetic Poles’ theory, or the one that claims we will collide with Planet X in 2012.   Or how the Mayan Calendar, whose culture has been deadly accurate in regards to astronomy, runs out on December 12, 2012.

To be fair and balanced, Hundley even throws in a chapter that covers Biblical Scripture-based predictions of the End of the World (think Isaiah, Zephanaiah, Joel, Nahum, and Malachi’s prophecies…and don’t forget NT references including Revelation).

I won’t spoil the ending of the book which gives a final assessment to the validity of all the claims and pinpoints which one(s) are real considerations for sane people (vs. people on psychadelic drugs as one theory is based upon apparently!).

But the punchline for the book is how Christians in particular should take in all these theories real or not.  And what we can or should be doing about it.

It is hard to read into these theories across the ten chapters without any bias from what you already think about the 2012 theories.  Hundley tries his best to provide the benefit of the doubt when he presents each one.  But you can’t help to think this can be taken as a bit patronizing if you are of the mind that these are all absurd.

I appreciated getting basic profiles about each theory just to know what some of the world is thinking out there.  It’s a good thing that author doesn’t spend too much time going deeply into each 2012 theory.  For me, it’s a good “airplane” read or “beach” book.  But if you don’t get to finishing the book until sometime in 2013, I wouldn’t worry too much about it! 🙂

QUESTION: HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT 2012 THEORIES? WHICH ONES?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as a review copy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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