That's funny that Merlin came up. I absolutely love Merlin. So did Arthur. Merlin was a great theologian and prophet. Perhaps the Elhanan Winchester or at least the Andrew Jukes of his day. I read a book once that gave Merlin's outline of history from the past to the distant future as he understood the Bible to be teaching it: first the dispensation of the Father, then of the Son, then of the Church, then of the Holy Spirit, then of the Son again, and then ultimately one day all would be the Father's once again as all things were delivered into His Hands by the Son and by the Church. Beautiful, beautiful prophet that history has done as much of a mockery of as it has of St. Nicolas the Apostle, or precious brother, Valentine, and various others.
Gotta be really careful in what I say so that I don't fall into the trap on the other side of the ditch in the wrong prophecy that some will slip into about that year. You can be just as big of a wrong prophet in saying that absolutely nothing will happen as you can be about saying it's the year Christ returns or whatever. Some people will say that absolutely nothing will happen and it might sincerely be the year of an assassination, a meteor strike, an invasion of some country, or the year that some major disease is honestly cured. In that case, or in those cases, the people that said that absolutely nothing will happen would wind up being in the same predicament as the Nostrodamus interpreters that predicted our actual need for Ghostbusters, the Greatest American Hero, Time Cops, Global Evacuation, and the return of Dynasty 'cause of it having been the only form of sustainable television in outer space because of some unknown law of physics that we haven't discovered yet.
The Bible is clear in 1John and 2Peter and in various other places where prophesies are given that our emphasis shouldn't be on causing runs at the bank, the grocery stores, or in someone's stockings by trampling them in our rush to get to the highest mountain peak before the water catches us as it's rising. The Book of Revelation will say this, that, and the other happened and the people still wouldn't repent. Romans 1 says that this, that, and the other happened to morph people into creatures rather than Creators and they still wouldn't become thankful. Exodus says this, that, and the other happened and Pharoah still wouldn't give it up. The Gospels say that this, that, and the other happened and the Pharisees still wouldn't embrace the Lordship of Jesus. In the Bible, each time there's signs, wonders, catastrophies, or pop tarts arising from their toaster graves and filling the room with the smell of berries and cinnamon the emphasis is upon how people should behave, the kind of people that we should be, and that God and worshipping Him from a thankful heart should be our priority rather than our occasional hobby or Christmas and Easter habit.
I'm saying this because even if we pinned down half a dozen things that would happen without a doubt that year, then the emphasis would turn to what should we do about it to be prepared and all of the questions would begin surfacing about whether or not folks should continue as they are with their lives but have a couple thousand dollars stuffed between their mattresses, or whether they should own a water distiller and their own well, and whether or not they should have 7 years of toilet paper hidden in one of their closets. The Bible is full of catastrophic events from cover to cover and no matter the extent of the life altering or life destroying things that have befallen human beings, no Biblical prophet ever warned people to make sure that they had enough rags for wiping their butts or that they'd keep an extra goat hidden in the basement for milk for their kids, or whatever. The emphasis has always been upon the kind of people that we should be and upon renewing our lifestyle of fasting, prayer, worship, thanksgiving, and commitment to the Scriptures to know and meditate upon them to the exclusion of everything else in this world and to become their living expression in the earth so that if they've seen us, they've seen Christ Jesus. The emphasis has been upon having good relationships with God as top priority and final Authority in your decision making processes. It's been about making sure that nobody in your city goes to bed hungry, thirsty, cold, or in an unhygienic situation tonight, that all women and children in your city are safe tonight, that your tender mercies aren't veiled hypocritical cruelties instead according to Proverbs, etc., etc.