David Montaigne is a history fanatic.

Once a topic grabs him, he's like a dog with a bone. He can't let it go.

Until he writes a book … or two.

His latest book, "End Times and 2019: The End of the Mayan Calendar and the Countdown to Judgment Day," from Adventures Unlimited Press, is due out later this month. The Mayan Calendar ends Monday, Dec. 21.

The book, comparing Bible prophecy to the Mayan Calendar, evolved slowly.

"It took me a long time to come to the conclusion about prophecy, after reading many dozens of books," he says. "In my mind, the Bible has more prophecies that any other source."

He began with the discovery of an incorrect translation in Matthew 24:36, "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

In the original Greek, he says, "no one knows" is "no one has known."

"It doesn't mean no one will ever know," he says. "A lot of scripture says as you get closer, things will be clearer. A lot of verses are conditional.

"If you're asleep, if you're not paying attention, these things will come upon you like a thief in the night," he says.

Montaigne, 42, discovered his passion for history at age 10, when he watched a Home Box Office program on Nostradamus, narrated by Orson Wells.

His first book, "Nostradamus, World War III," was published in 2002.

"I just started reading," he says. "I love to read."

Montaigne, a 1992 Penn State graduate with a bachelor's degree in history, resides in Lancaster with his wife and three children.

He grew up in Willow Grove, the son of a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, and claims no religious affiliation.

"I've gone to many services with Jews, Catholics, Baptists, Jehovah's Witnesses, born-again Christians."

Research for his books has taken him across the United States and to Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Great Britain, Spain, France, Italy and the Vatican.

In his latest book, Montaigne's major discovery - "the one thing anyone should take away from my book" - is that the end times Bible prophecy is best understood through the filter of an ancient Jewish wedding ceremony.

"Just like a modern wedding, we know how certain things will go," he says. "There's a pattern of events."

The groom circling the bride seven times is a metaphor for seven years of tribulation before judgment day, he says.

He says he believes the end of the Mayan calendar will mark the beginning of the tribulation mentioned in the Bible.

"I expect a collapsing economy and an expanding state of war," he writes in a press release.

"I think society will be collapsing and that people will be experiencing unprecedented fear and disbelief in January."

He said that's why he moved to Lancaster, "where people know how to farm with limited technology."

Montaigne expects that many people will call him a "crackpot."

"But I'm just a regular guy who has done a lot of research. Most people probably won't take events seriously until it is too late, but I hope my book helps at least some people get through this."

For more information about Montaigne's book, go to www.endtimesand2019.webs.com.