Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2012: Is it really the end of the world?

I wrote this in 2009.  Enjoy.


So there is a movie out called 2012. Now, in all honesty I have not seen this film, perhaps one day I will watch it, but not right now.

However, with all this interest in 2012, I decided to look into it more. First off, who are the Mayans? Are they really gone from this earth? Or are some people still have a Mayan heritage still alive? To give you an idea on some basic facts that we can anchor to things in our history that we know, here is the following information:

-- The Maya area was initially inhabited around the 10th century BC. Recent discoveries of Maya occupation at Cuello in Belize have been carbon dated to around 2600 BC

We have a basis for when the Mayan people were walking the earth. Feel free to go to Wikipedia for more information on them. There is plenty there.

Now, are these people really gone? Are there still some Mayans? Ed Dickerson wrote a story on the Mayan Calendar for 2012. He begins by stating that he went to this country and during his stay he came across someone who used a dialect from the Mayans. (

In December 2012, at the winter solstice, when the sun and the earth precisely align with the galactic equator, the Mayan Long Count calendar will come to an end. Its beginning points back to a time five centuries before the pyramids, 1,500 years before the Exodus. The midpoint came around the time Daniel spent a night in the lions’ den. Two full millennia have passed since the birth of Christ, and still the long count continues. But now, according to this calendar, the end of this world cycle is in sight.

You may wonder what difference it makes. After all, aren’t the Mayas long gone? Actually, although the Mayan civilization came to an end long before Columbus’s first voyage, the Maya as a people still exist in Central America. I discovered this personally some years ago, when as a young man, I bargained with an Indian woman over the price of some woolen capes at a marketplace in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. As we haggled, I slowly realized that her Spanish was no better than my own few words. Later I learned that she spoke Quiche (KEE-chay), one of the Mayan dialects that still live in the mountains of Central America.

A few weeks later, walking through the vast complex of Mayan buildings at Copan, Honduras, I found it impossible not to be impressed with the achievements of this people who lived so long ago. I also understood why some people would credit them with prophetic insight. The magnificent structures, including temples, were vast man-made mountains of stone aligned precisely with the movements of the sun. There was a “ball court” with its stone goal ring, where victory and defeat determined who would be sacrificed to the gods and who would live. I saw stelae, their rectangular columns taller than a man, intricately carved with images of great leaders and covered with numbers representing dates.

Always dates. The Mayas were obsessed with time.

Now, we know when the Mayans roughly existed, and that they built a lot of spectacular buildings. But what else is there about them we need to understand first? Mr. Dickerson continues:

The Mayan civilization emerged around 500 B.C., and it dominated Mesoamerica for centuries. Yet nearly everything we know about them came to light during the last century.

The Mayas kept records on tree bark, which they formed into books by folding the leaves accordion-style. But their great cities were abandoned, their civilization replaced by the Aztecs and others before the arrival of the Spanish. Unfortunately, most of their books were destroyed by Cortez and the priests that accompanied him during the Spanish conquest in A.D. 1519. Only four of these ancient Mayan books are known to exist today. With the books gone, most of the remaining evidence of their civilization exists in stone carvings lost in the jungles of Mesoamerica. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that explorers for the Wrigley Company, seeking sources of chicle for chewing gum, stumbled upon the remnants of the Mayan civilization overgrown by rainforests...

The Mayas saw time as an ever-changing river, not of water, but of energy, ebbing and flowing, full of crosscurrents and eddies, making a sort of music as it flowed along. Their weeks, which consisted of thirteen days, were known as “tones.” For the Mayas, dates designated both a point in time and the “energy signature” of the universe at any one point in time.

Their fascination with time led them to devise at least 17 calendars, many of them far more accurate even than the Gregorian calendar we use today. Viewing time as a river of energy, the Mayas considered their calendars to be prophetic, describing the energy state of the universe past, present, and future. And they took a long view—a very long view.

Now we get into the calendar and what it means for us. Mr Dickerson wrote about the calendar. He first explains the calendars and how they came to be as the Mayans had at least 17 of them. The one we are all focused on is the Long Count Calendar, explained below:

The Mayan sacred calendar, called the Tzolkin, consisted of the 26,000- year cycle of the Pleiades that was then condensed into 260 days.

The 260-day Tzolkin used 13 numbers or “tones” and 20 “glyphs,” which represented various things in the real world. Children were named after the tone and glyph of their birth, such as “1 Monkey,” or “12 Storm.” The Mayas believed that the day of a person’s birth was the day he “stepped into the River of Time,” and it described who he was and defined his relationship to the universe.

This sacred calendar is still being used for divination by the traditional Mayas all over the Yucatan, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.

The Long Count calendar. But the calendar exciting all the interest these days is the Mayan Long Count calendar. Twenty days in this calendar made a uinal, the Maya equivalent of a month. Eighteen uinals made a tun, the Mayan civil year of 360 days. Twenty years made a katun, and 20 katuns made up a baktun. After 13 baktuns—5,200 years— the numbers reset. At that time, in the Mayan view, the level of energy changed and the world with it. And while the tones and glyphs repeat, the Mayas believed they did so at a higher energy level each time.

This would be similar to the musical notes on a piano. Starting at middle C and progressing up the scale, every eighth white key is another C an octave higher, vibrating exactly twice as fast as the previous C. On the Mayan Long Count calendar, every baktun is a new octave.

The Long Count calendar began its cycles, its first baktun, in the year 3114 B.C., so the energy has been building up for a very long time. According to Maya belief, at the end of the thirteenth baktun, this cycle of the world’s history will come to an end, and the discharge of that accumulated energy will occur at the winter solstice, on or about December 21, 2012.

Now let's stop there and get a better idea of how this calendar has been in effect for. Another source that wrote an article on 2012 giving more details about this calendar and its existence.

The ancient Mayans, based on star charting, prophesied that December 21, 2012 would be the end of the world (or at least some form of universal catastrophe). Meso-American star charting started around 680 B.C. by the Olmec civilization who were recording astrological patterns in the sky and eventually shared this information with the Mayans. The Mayans had a long history of tracking the winter solstice (probably for planting crops) and creating calendars (at least 17 that we know of). At some point, they developed the belief that our sun is a god and that the Milky Way, called the “Sacred Tree,” was a gateway to the afterlife. After learning from the Olmecs, they began keeping records of the stars’ patterns of movement and continued to do so for the next 200-300 years. The Mayans then developed their own calendar (The Long Count) ca. 355 B.C. They were able to use their observations and mathematical prowess to calculate the future movements of stars across the sky. The result was that the Mayans discovered the effect of the earth’s wobbling as it spins on its axis. This wobbling rotation causes the stars’ patterns of movement to drift gradually in the sky (called “precession”) in a 5,125-year cycle. The Mayans also discovered that once every cycle the dark band at the center of the Milky Way (called the Galactic Equator) intersects with the Elliptical (the plane of the sun’s movement across the sky).

During that year, the sun reaches its solstice (a brief moment when the sun’s position in the sky is at its greatest angular distance on the other side of the equatorial plane from the observer) on December 21 for the Northern Hemisphere and June 21 for the Southern Hemisphere. That year, the solstice occurs at the moment of the conjunction of the Galactic Equator with the Milky Way. The year this occurs (in relation to our Gregorian calendar) is A.D. 2012, and happened last on August 11, 3114 B.C. With Mayan mythology teaching that our sun is a god and the Milky Way is the gateway to life and death, the Mayans concluded that this intersection in the past must have been the moment of creation. Mayan hieroglyphs seem to indicate that they believed the next intersection in 2012 would be some sort of end and a new beginning of a cycle. The Mayans also believed that the blood of human sacrifices was what powered the sun and gave it life.

Now, as you can see, the Mayan calendar revolves around thier religon. It is interesting to note following the above paragraph and what is said:

All the so-called “Mayan prophecies of 2012” are nothing more than wildly speculative extrapolations, which are based on the yet uncertain interpretations by scholars of Mayan hieroglyphs. However, the truth is that apart from the astrological convergence, there is little indication that the Mayans prophesied anything specific regarding the events of this distant future. The Mayans were not prophets; they were not even able to predict their own cultural extinction. They were great mathematicians and accomplished sky watchers, but they were also a brutally violent tribal people with a primitive understanding of natural phenomena, subscribing to archaic beliefs and the barbaric practices of blood-letting and human sacrifice.
And Mr. Dickerson goes on to say:

You’ve no doubt heard about the year 2012, when cataclysmic and apocalyptic events are predicted to occur, possibly precipitating the end of the world. Numerous books have been written about 2012, and Hollywood has produced a science fiction film called 2012: We Were Warned that’s set for release in early November this year. It depicts global disaster on a massive scale. And it’s all based on the Mayan Long Count calendar.

Surely the sophistication and complexity of Mayan mathematics— they were the first to discover and use the digit zero—make their predictions difficult to ignore. And, for all our differences from the Mayas, we moderns share a fascination with the future and a desire to control events, or, failing that, at least to foresee them.

Now, that is the basic background history I have come across, sure there are lots of articles written about it as well. Now before continuing further I do want to state that from here on in, it is going to be explained from a biblical point of view what this Mayan 2012 Prophecy really means. So considering not everyone is a believer in God, if you are not, you will not get anything more out of what is ahead. You are welcome to read, but realize it is coming from a biblical view point.

Now, in both articles above, each one gets into what the Bible says about this prophecy. Let's look a a few brief verses about prophecy. Mr. Dickerson does this so well, I will quote what he has written:

How does all this relate to the Bible’s prediction of the end? Actually, there are some similarities. The Old Testament book of Joel, using imagery the Mayas would have recognized, warns of “wonders in the heavens / and on the earth, / blood and fire and billows of smoke. / The sun will be turned to darkness / and the moon to blood” (Joel 2:30, 31).

Jesus declared that at the end of the world, “ ‘There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. . . . Signs in the sun, moon and stars’ ” (Luke 21:11, 25).

Nor will all of these miraculous signs originate with God. Paul warned the Thessalonians that “the work of Satan [will be] displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders” (2 Thessalonians 2:9). And Revelation depicts a false prophet who is empowered to perform “great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. . . . [In order to deceive] the inhabitants of the earth” (Revelation 13:13, 14).

Will all of this take place at the end of the Long Count calendar? Certainly, we would all like to know. The twelve disciples asked Jesus directly, “ ‘What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? ” (Matthew 24:3). In His reply, Jesus warned, “ ‘Watch out that no one deceives you’ ” (verse 4). Then, after describing a series of events close to the end, Jesus declared, “ ‘When you see all these things, you know that [My return] is near, right at the door’ ” (verse 33). Many Bible students agree that we live in the times described by Jesus; that His return is indeed “near, right at the door.” 

But what about December 21, 2012? Jesus also cautioned us that “ ‘no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father’ ” (verse 36). “ ‘Therefore keep watch,’ ” He said, “ ‘because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. . . . You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him’ ” (verses 42, 44).

Notice that Jesus said neither we nor even the angels in heaven know when He will return. So if the angels do not know the time, then neither did the ancient Mayan priests and astrologers who devised the Long Count calendar. The Long Count calendar of the Mayas—with its precise calculation of the positions of heavenly bodies over a span of more than 5,000 years—is a remarkable human achievement, but it is not prophetic. The Mayas demonstrated great knowledge about mathematics, but God “determines the number of the stars / and calls them each by name” (Psalm 147:4). The Mayas may have observed the Pleiades and based a calendar on their movements, but God “ ‘is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, / the Pleiades and the constellations’ ” (Job 9:9).

So just out of that, even though there are some similarities within the Bible about this Mayan Prophecy, as Christians and those who believe in the Bible will see that no one will know the day nor the precise time. Only God knows. So if this is the case, right there and then the Mayan Prophecy is dismissed because on a Biblical standpoint when the world ends, we won't have a warning, we will have signs of it's end, but not a date as the Mayan Calendar indicates. As Mr. Dickerson sums up, the end is near, we will never know its time, and that is why we need to look into these things further and use the Bible as the founding source. The Bible tests the spirits.

Will the world as we know it end? Certainly! Will it end on December 12, 2012, as some believe the Long Count calendar predicts? Probably not. It is God who set the planets and stars on their courses. He determines their movements; they do not determine His. But the Bible is clear: we know that His coming is “near, even at the door,” and that “in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay’ ” (Hebrews 10:37).

In closing, if you want to believe in the Mayan prophecy, read below:Accepting the Mayan 2012 prophecy logically requires acceptance of the following theories: our sun is a god; the sun is powered by the blood of human sacrifice; the creation moment occurred at 3114 B.C. (despite all evidence that it happened much earlier); and the visual alignment of stars has some significance for everyday human life. Like every other false religion, the Mayan religion sought to elevate to the point of worship that which was created in place of the Creator Himself. The Bible tells us about such false worshipers: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25), and “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). To accept the Mayan 2012 prophecy also denies the clear biblical teaching about the end of the world, because Jesus told us “…of that day and hour no one knows, no, not the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but the Father” (Mark 13:32).


Now, I wanted to add one thing in. Prophecy. I enjoy this subject so well only because I have understood it. If you don't know already, Daniel is a prophetic book. Just to show you it's truth within the book, here is the prophecy about the Golden Statue.

Remember Nebuchadnezzar? And the dream about the statue he had? Let us read the verse in the Bible.

Daniel 2:26-35“The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Are you able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof? 27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king has demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king; 28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, are these; 29 As for you, O king, your thoughts came into your mind upon your bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to you what shall come to pass. 30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that you mightest know the thoughts of your heart.” 31“You, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and the form thereof was terrible. 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34 You sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” NKJV
Daniel then interprets the dream. The following is an explanation of the statue from a Daniel Bible Study site.

This dream was related to the king in the form of an image with different types of metals, something the idolatrous king could relate to. The brightness of it was excellent and the form was terrible/dreadful.

The head of this image was made not just of gold, but of fine gold. The chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet part of iron and part of clay. Then a stone that was cut out without hands smote the image at the feet and not only was the iron and clay broken, but all the other metals were broken with it. They became as chaff of the summer threshing floor and the wind came and blew them away. No place was found for them, and the stone became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

A few things to notice are that each metal is inferior in value to the other, but though they are inferior each metal is stronger than the preceding one.

Now here is the cool thing. The interpretation!! I love this part because it is a part of our history and not just in the Bible! I will leave you with the explanation to the dream and it's meaning.

Daniel 2:36-39 “This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 37 You, O king, are a king of kings: for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven has he given into thine hand, and has made you ruler over them all. You are this head of gold. 39 And after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.”

Now Daniel gives the interpretation. He starts by telling the king that he is a king of kings, but also reminds him that it is the God of heaven that gave to him this kingdom and power, strength, and glory, so as to not allow the king any pride or self glory in the matter, but remind him of the true God. Babylon thought itself above retribution, and trusted in their spiritual leaders, but they were being lead astray by them. (Isaiah 47:7-8, 13) Babylon should not have been glorying in its own wisdom but glorying in the fact that they were given an understanding of and a knowledge of the true God. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

Verse 38 tells us a little of how great his dominion was and to the extent of what he ruled over. Daniel now reveals to us, and to Nebuchadnezzar, that he is the head of gold. Babylon ruled the world from 606 B.C. to 538 B.C.

After the Babylonian kingdom there was to arise another kingdom inferior to it, as silver is inferior to gold but stronger. From chapter 8 and verse 20, and 5:28-31, we see that it was the Medes and Persians that took over the Babylonian kingdom in 538 B.C. under the rulership of Darius the Mede, 5:31. They were inferior in wealth, luxury, and magnificence, not in power or in the extent of the kingdom for they were mightier and ruled over a larger area than Babylon. Medo-Persia ruled from 538 B.C. to 331 B.C.

Another third kingdom, the belly and thighs of brass, was to arise after the Medo-Persia kingdom. This kingdom was the Grecian empire as stated in 8:20-21. The final deciding battle was at Arbela, 331 B.C., between Alexander the Great and Darius Codomannus the last of the line of the old Persian kings. Alexander and his Grecian army were out numbered 20 to 1 by the Persians, but Alexander was entirely victorious with Darius being killed by his own men when refusing to make a more hasty retreat. Alexander now became absolute lord of the Persian Empire, to a greater extent than any of the Persian kings before him. The Bible says that this kingdom was to bear rule over all the earth. The Grecian kingdom did, for it ruled from Greece across to the borders of India and down to Egypt. Greece ruled from 331 B.C. to 168 B.C.

Daniel 2:40 “And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.”

Here we find the fourth kingdom introduced. It was to be as strong as iron, for iron breaks and subdues all things and would break all the other metals before it. It would break them in pieces and bruise. This Rome did. It conquered Greece and subdued all things and broke nations and bruised them. It was always victorious in war, and made its way to the Euphrates, the Danube, the Rhine, and the ocean. The nations fell and were broken by the iron monarchy of Rome.

The Bible makes a clear statement in Luke 2:1 that Rome ruled the world, for you cannot tax the world unless you rule it. In its height it ruled the whole south of Europe, France, England, the greater part of the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the south of Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, and parts of Asia and Africa. Rome ruled from 168 B.C. to 476 A.D.

Daniel 2:40“And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.”

Here we find the fourth kingdom introduced. It was to be as strong as iron, for iron breaks and subdues all things and would break all the other metals before it. It would break them in pieces and bruise. This Rome did. It conquered Greece and subdued all things and broke nations and bruised them. It was always victorious in war, and made its way to the Euphrates, the Danube, the Rhine, and the ocean. The nations fell and were broken by the iron monarchy of Rome.

The Bible makes a clear statement in Luke 2:1 that Rome ruled the world, for you cannot tax the world unless you rule it. In its height it ruled the whole south of Europe, France, England, the greater part of the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the south of Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, and parts of Asia and Africa. Rome ruled from 168 B.C. to 476 A.D.

Daniel 2:41-43 “And whereas you sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as you sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas you sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.”

After the Roman Empire the kingdom was to be divided, but with some having the strength of iron and others being weak like clay. The Western Roman Empire divided into ten separate parts as will now be listed.

The ten divisions of Rome
1. Heruli. 6. Burgundians.
2. Ostrogoths. 7. Lombards.
3. Vandals. 8. Anglo/Saxons.
4. Franks. 9. Alamanni.
5. Visigoths. 10. Seuvi.

Mingle themselves with the seed of men
- Even though the kingdoms were divided, the monarchies of different countries tried to unite them through marriage and thus gain the supremacy this way. The only thing it resulted in was family feuds between countries.

Many have tried to rule the world through military conquest, Charlemagne, Napoleon, and Hitler to name a few. But all efforts have come to naught for the Bible is in opposition to them all, as it is written “they shall not cleave one to another”, for clay does not cleave to iron and vice versa.

Clay and Iron – The iron and clay are much more than just the divided kingdoms. Whilst looking back through this prophecy, all the metals have been representative of kingdoms/nations/states. But what does the Bible represent clay as?

In Jeremiah 18:6 and Isaiah 64:8 we find that God’s people, which are His church, (Acts 7:38 ) are likened unto clay. But this is miry or dirty clay, which means a dirty or apostate church. Daniel 2 shows to us that there is to be a uniting of church and state during the time frame after the Roman Empire. But God also shows to us that church and state should not be united together for the very fact of that, iron does not mix with clay, it is not God’s system to mix the two together they are to remain separate.


Now the above does continue, but that gives you a taste of Biblical prophecy in the works. Daniel prophesied 10 kingdoms after the fall of Rome. Within history we have these 10 kingdoms. 7 are modern day Europe:

The ten divisions of Rome
Ostrogoths - Exterminated.
Vandals - Exterminated.
Franks - France
Suevi - Portugal
Alemanni -Germany
Anglo-Saxons - England
Heruli - Exterminated
Lombards - Italy
Burgundians - Switzerland
Visigoths - Spain

Peace Unto You!