Many of you have been looking at Dec 20th as a potential rapture date. Very interesting...
I found something else to add to your discussion:
Around August 21st 1987 there was a major sun/planet conjunction around the King star, Regulus:
Image is here, too: http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/1392/conjunction.png (in case it doesn't show up on 5 Doves)
As you know, the Gemetria of Jesus in Greek is 888.
If we add 8888 days to this date, we get 2011-12-21 -- exactly 1 year before the 2012 'doomsday'.
If we add 8800 days to this date, we get 2011-09-24, very close to the Elenin Earth Sun alignment.
Now there is a bit of ambiguity in when the exact alignment occurred, and whether date calculations are inclusive of the end dates, etc. But I think you'll see that there is a potential pointer here.