From an Islamic perspective, it says that no one will know when the end of the world will happen. This itself is proof for me that the end of the world won't happen when people make those predictions. It also says some of things that will happen before the end of the world. Some of them have happened some of them are yet to happen. One of them was that time will appear to go by faster. Another one was that the sun will rise from the west and set in the East. Scientists have now discovered that the Earth can shift it's poles: Pole shift hypothesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The earth shifting poles is nothing recent, I have been thought that last year in 10th grade Geology, it's pretty violent event and happens 3-4 times ever 100 million years (not sure about this period). What happens is that the external core inverts it's rotation movement for unknown reasons. This cause extremely violent eruptions. That's all I know about polar invertions.