Thousands of Dutch people are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. They are anticipating a 2012 Apocalypse. Read about it and see a photo and video below.

A depiction of the last judgement in a painting by Paul Rubens, circa 1630, as described in Revelations, the last  book of the Bible. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The end of the world is a bad thing, right? Not necessarily. At least according to some of the people in the Netherlands they are tired of the country anyway. Some say there are just so many immigrants who are building so many houses that the Netherlands is getting too heavy and sinking into the ocean. But that’s not all of it.

Thousands of Dutch are preparing for the end of the world by stockpiling emergency goods and survival gear. I find that interesting. If the world is ending, then what good is a battery operated flashlight? Maybe I’m wrong, it just seems like quitting your job and seeing the great wonders of the world would be a more effective use of the time we have left. Especially if you feel your country is sinking into the ocean.

I admit this whole 2012 Apocalypse thing freaks me out a little. The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012 and many have said that’s because that is the date the world will end. While the Mayans had an unbelievably advanced culture and were scientifically advanced in a way that is hard to fathom, they failed to predict the end of their own culture. That oversight on their part would make me a little skeptical about their prediction of the end of the world, were it not for the fact that other ancient cultures predicted 2012 would be the end of the world as well, completely independently of the Mayans. THAT is a little freaky.

But there’s more to the Dutch story than the Mayan calendar. The Netherlands has become a country unexpectedly a focal point in the war between the West and Islamic terrorists. The murder of Theo Van Gogh in the streets of Amsterdam in many ways was a turning point in our recognition of the battle that had long ago been waged against the West. The note stabbed into Van Gogh’s chest called his friend and confidant, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an infidel and threatened her life for leaving islam and daring to speak openly of the repression of women in islamic society. She has lived under a fatwa since that day. There have continued to be conflicts between jihadists and the northern European region that at one time prided themselves on their liberalism and neutrality in the conflicts of the world. The immigrants, which is politically correct speak for islamic extremist, who have migrated to that area, demand that the Dutch conform to islamic law. The Dutch seem to have tired of attempting to appease and aren’t inclined to change their culture at the will of the newcomers.

A slowly growing combustible friction has simmered just under the surface between the two diametrically opposed factions. It continues to grow.

And so, while I find prophecies and apocalyptic visions interesting from a sociological standpoint, I don’t generally give them much credence. I started writing this article thinking of the Dutch preparing for the end of the world as darkly humorous. But then I remembered Theo Van Gogh, the Mohammad Cartoon riots and the many other incidents of jihadist violence towards the West. One can’t help but notice that the tribes of the world have been gathering and tyrants around the world are crying havoc and are rattling their swords. Perhaps the analogy of the Netherlands sinking into the ocean under the weight of the islamists is not as far off as it sounds on the surface.

Than again, maybe its just another cult preparing for the 2012 Apocalypse predicted in the ancient codes of long vanquished civilizations. I suppose, if we live long enough, we’ll find out in 2012.

The End of the World – Video

Here’s another apocalyptic video taken from various prophesies that the world will end on December 21, 2012

The End of the World – Video

art credit: Ahasuerus at the End of the World, Adolph Hiremy-Hirschl