Notice the past tense — we were warned. In the movie 2012, it appears that the window of opportunity has closed, and it’s too late to change course. The thing will happen. Floods, earthquakes, and flaming meteor showers will destroy earth, and the fate of humanity rests on John Cusack’s shoulders — not to prevent the destruction, but to prepare for it.
Of course, the movie 2012 is a work of fiction, capitalizing on the end of the Mayan calendar and our fascination with all things destructive. I’m sure it will be Hollywood through and through, with amazing computer-generated graphics and inspiring speeches about the survival of mankind.
But don’t let the hype deter your inner alarm, don’t let the Hollywood spin lure you into complacency.
Can you sense that things have changed? Something isn’t right with the world or with our country. If you sit still and block out the noise, you will feel it. Did Nebuchadnezzer feel this way, in that brief moment before he went insane as Daniel prophesied? What about Nineveh before it’s fall in 612 BC? Or Jerusalem, before it was destroyed in 70 AD? There’s that moment when everything shifts, when history seems to stand still for a minute, before the next thing.
We went to Six Flags the other day and enjoyed riding some great roller coasters with our children. It had been a while for me, but I soon remembered that strange sensation of being pulled to the top of the first peak, the coaster car ticking forward mechanically, slowly. Then a pause, as suspense builds in anticipation of the steep decline ahead. Click, click. I could see for miles from the top of the coaster, almost peaceful in its view. Then another click, and my stomach feels the gravity as the car drops rapidly. What a thrill!
I may be wrong (pray that I am) but to me it feels like the movie poster is right. We were warned. Now we’re clicking forward slowly toward the next thing, and there’s no going back.