The year 2012 will probably prove to be the most important year in the recent history of the world. It will be the year that started events on earth that many will desire to forget. I do not believe 2012 will be the start of the last seven years of Bible prophecy; yet, many believers might start to think that the tribulation is upon us. It could get that bad.
I am sure Israel would like to put off a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities hoping that the Obama administration will be replaced in 2013, but I do not think they believe that they can wait that long. Keep in mind that Iran will continue moving their critical nuclear weapons infrastructure far underground over the upcoming months.
I could be wrong, but I think all this talk about an Israeli strike before winter is just a bluff to get other nations to get off their butt and give Iran an ultimatum to negotiate a solution. If that does not happen, I think Israel will have to strike Iran in the Spring of 2012. One reason I do not think it will happen now is that Israel has always carried out its military strikes without prior announcement.
With all the recent hullabaloo. they have lost any element of surprise and in a few weeks winter will set in making a strike about impossible. I don’t think Israel would want to hit Iran now and then have clouds make it difficult for them to assess the damage and not be able to see any possible preparations for a military response from Iran. If Israel hit in the spring they will have 8 months of decent weather in order to insure that their objectives are met.
Also, Israel might not need to go it alone by Spring. NATO will be under great pressure to do something about Assad in Syria by Spring. The Right to Protect doctrine of the U.N. will be at stake. Iraq and Afghanistan will also become increasingly destabilized by Iran. If NATO led by the U.S. has to assemble its forces in that area to deal with Syria they might as well deal with Iran as a two for one package deal. As long as Iran is a threat sending arms to enemies of Israel and the West there can be no peace in the Middle East. As long as Iran is a nuclear threat the West is at risk and not just Israel.
I think Iran is aware that an attack is planned to hit their nuclear sites next year, so over the next month or two they will have to make a decision to either make some kind of a deal or to go all out to create more nuclear warheads (they might already have a few tactical nukes that they refurbished from the Soviet era). If they take the latter route, I would expect them to ramp up a war against Israel through their proxies as soon as winter sets in.
So, this winter Israel could be dealing with a war against Hezbollah and Hamas and Iran might be looking for the opportunity to do a first strike on the U.S. through nuclear EMP weapons, shortly before NATO might intend to strike them in the Spring. Of course, Iran will need to have the weapons and the means to deliver the weapons before this can become a reality. We don’t think they do, but we just do not know for sure. American Intelligence has not been very reliable for quite some time.
The socialistic entitlements and the demographics of Western Europe has insured that debts cannot be paid. That is going to cause social instability in Europe in 2012 and that also could put most of the world into a depression spiral. I can foresee social unrest getting out of hand in many places, including in America.
Whether or not the turmoil will put the elections on hold in America probably depends on the degree of civil disorder and the extent of our involvement in foreign wars. I think Martial law in at least some big cities can be expected in 2012. People are running out of retirement benefits and some feel that they are actually justified and entitled to rip off whatever they can from anyone they can. The stealing of cooper wire and pipes and the occupations in the cities are just the start of the civil disorder that is coming.
The Far Left statist collectivist “educators” and instigators have been brainwashing and indoctrinating societies for decades. They are now seeing a great opportunity for a world revolution to bring in their utopian one world collectivist world order where all are governed by a bureaucratic global collective consensus. Those pushing for this agenda are going to increase their efforts in 2012.
With the high unemployment levels all over the world, and governments going broke, and entitlements running out, these “Borg” leaders will inflame programed godless covetous people to take matters into their own hands. On the other hand, there will also be some in the military and police and other protectors of liberty that will try to protect innocent people, livelihoods and property. Therefore, civil wars could start in places you might not expect as soon as 2012.
Russia will reelect Putin in 2012 as President. He will ride in on the Nazi like nationalism that is rising there and he will be every bit as authoritative as any Russian Czar. With the problems in Western Europe and with the U.S. in decline he will successfully start the formation of a new Soviet Union.
China is way overbuilt and real estate properties are a huge bubble. That bubble will burst in 2012 and that along with the world economic decline means great social unrest for China.
If things do not get totally out of hand in America there will be 2012 elections. Herman Cain is now being crucified by the Left. They probably will be able to keep bottom trolling long enough to keep Cain from staying the front runner. My bet is on Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination.
Romney is Liberal and he will never get more than 30 percent of the Republican vote in the primaries in most states. I don’t think that will be enough to win the Republican nomination. When the fading stars start bowing out of the Republican race most of the conservative support will go to Newt Gingrich. If Cain can survive and take some states I can see a Gingrich Cain ticket. That does not mean that they can win against Hillary or Obama. Gingrich has a lot of baggage and Obama could get a big bump if we are at war against Iran. Notice that I put Hillary first. I am not sure the Demoncrat leadership will have further reason to continue to cover up for Obama.
If Gingrich gets in, that would be in the year 2013 and that becomes another American horror story, but Halloween is over, so I will save it until it actually happens. I will just say that anyone who thinks Gingrich will cut the size of government and the government control over our lives has not been reading Newt Gingrich. There is little doubt that he is the darling of some of the globalist elite that are hoping that their fallen one can be resurrected and restored to his anointed globalist ministry (like some secular Jim Bakker or Todd Bentley.
You might also keep in mind that there is probably about a five percent chance in 2012 that there could be a solar EMP large enough to take highly advanced nations into the twilight zone. I don’t expect that it will happen in 2012, but keep in mind, that God never promised the world endless generation of electricity.
Even if America survives 2012 as a superpower, the churches in America will not be exempt from their own fall. The great apostasy will continue to pick up steam. Bible infallibility will be more brazenly attacked from many directions. Whole denominations are being and will be subverted with postmodern philosophies and mysticism.
Christian authority in America will come from “Christian” superstars. (Just today I read that Joel Osteen publicly fawned all over New Age Guru Oprah Winfrey when she showed up in the “worship” service at his church. Oprah was scheduled that day to interview Osteen for her TV network (give honor to whom honor is due?). Oprah certainly did not hear the gospel of salvation from the “pastor” in the biggest “Christian” congregation in America (not that Oprah had not already heard the true gospel many times and rejected it).
People that actually believe the teaching of the Bible will increasingly become a small minority within Christendom. It will also become increasingly difficult to find a church that even teaches the Bible. Many churches that continue to teach the unvarnished truth in a limited draw area are likely to have a fall-off in attendance as Americans continue to lose their minds. Pastor/teachers of the Bible should not take any fall-off of numbers in their congregation personally. The watering down of Christianity and the distortion of the Christian message in America is quite evident and it will become even more evident in 2012. If there will be a real revival in America it will not come through our churches descending into apostasy.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.