Apocalypticism is the religious belief that there will be an apocalypse, or end of days. Obviously coming from the word apocalypse, this tends to immediately bring to mind the New Testament Biblical Revelation, but what we find, and what people are becoming more aware of, is that various, if not all religions throughout the world, speak about an End of Days prophecy.
From the European cultures, specifically the Northern Traditions, we find Ragnarok, a serious of major events which will include natural disasters with the result of the land being submerged under water and a great battle between the Gods. Native American tribes such as the Hopi and Mayans speak of the End Days taking place in December of 2012. We even have scientific theories of the poles shifting and reversing, however it seems this will not happen for approximately another 300 years (it has been suggested that this event is overdue by 20 to 30 years). So the questions come about, who is right? Will there be, and if so, when will the End of Days happen (after all, we thought it was to be Y2K and that passed without consequence)? If and when it does happen, what will happen?
In many of the theories, people talk about a total destruction. If you have seen the recent movie 2012, you will see this depiction clearly as it is theorized in the movie that the next Great Flood will happen with a gravitational shift as well as that of the tectonic plates. Other theorists, such as those that follow the teachings of the Hopi for example, suggest that is will be a spiritual shift and will affect each person individually, spreading out to the community as a whole. If we consider the awakening that has been happening over the past few years, whereby people are moving to a more personally spiritual way of life, this could be the truth.
Then again, we have had a great many changes in the weather patterns. Again if we look to the media arts we find a lot of spiritual teachings in the movie Avatar. One in particular is when the main character, Jake Sully, connects to the Mother Tree, or Tree of Souls, to speak to her and ask for help to overthrow the enemy. He is told that the Mother Tree does not take sides, but keeps the balance of Nature. As the clans are fighting the enemy, Nature rises up and helps in the fight, i.e. the Mother Tree (named Eywah in the movie, which is synonymous with the Hebrew God YHVH or Yahweh) attempts to keep the balance by halting the enemy from completely destroying her. Considering how we as humans have been treating the earth and Nature, depleting it, stripping it, destroying it, it would be no surprise if the weather changes and natural disasters are Mother Nature fighting back to keep the balance. This in itself is another theory that is held by many.
But which is correct? Maybe all of them. Make your own mind up, or if you are like me, wait for 21st December 2012 and see what happens with great interest. Remember to bring the popcorn.