An explanatory guide to end-times prophecies that centered on the year 2012.
Scott’s (Bible Code Broken, 2009, etc.) work, first published three years ago, was apparently intended to be very topical, as it focuses on the end-of-the-world predictions that were a short-lived cultural phenomenon. Both the ancient Mayan calendar and centuries-old writings of Nostradamus seemed to prophesy that the world would come to an end in the closing months of 2012. Scott employs a wide variety of familiar eschatological dodges (mentioning early on, for instance, that some prophecies are “flexible in their fulfillment”), so readers may approach his book with a certain amount of ironic detachment. After all, the skies didn’t darken three years ago, nor did anything resembling the end-times prophecies materialize. Fortunately for the fundamentalist Christians who are Scott’s clear target audience, he’s packed so much rhetorical activity into this book that only the most skeptical readers will hold its central, overriding error against it. In a series of crisp, short sections, he takes readers through a convoluted landscape of biblical prophecy and an assortment of paranormal subjects. Many of these ideas will be familiar to readers of standard conspiracy-theory literature: that the predominance of sex in the media is the work of Satan; that clandestine political operatives are set on creating a “new world order”; and that extraterrestrials regularly visit Earth, among other notions. Scott does add some baroque twists, as when he informs readers that some of the aforementioned humanoid aliens regularly sleep with prostitutes. And although the author occasionally indulges in fringe notions (e.g., witches can control the weather), he also laces his book with gentle humor (“If you’re waiting to see the English word ‘rapture’ in any of the major [Bible] translations,” he writes at one point, “you may be waiting until…well, the rapture”). He also shares what he says is the ultimate key to surviving the end times, whenever they may be: “love.”
A spirited, highly imaginative dissection of the postponed apocalypse.