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Mayan Prophecy:- Gobbledygook For Unbelievers

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The Mayans foretold that I would become king of the world in July 2012. I would amass immense wealth, and Obama, Blair and Cameron would fall at my feet in a swoon, because they recognise my amazing personhood, handing me the keys to world government.

Not really. I made that up. But, why not believe it? Incredibly naïve beliefs have found a niche in today's ignorant world. And many beliefs are just plain stupid. The Mayan prophecy, though, has got countless people into a state, thinking that it spells the end of the world. I even watched a 'Christian' video based on this prophecy, a weirdly concocted idea not even remotely connected to scripture. And that is the point – scripture is the key to the future, not Mayan prophecy!

Scripture certainly tells us of the end of the world. Not just 'as we know it' – but totally the end of everything created. The created universe (no matter how many there are supposed to be) will be destroyed by fire and a new creation put in its place. Before all this occurs, though, certain other events will take place and, thus far, they have not taken place (Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done". Mark 13:30); on the other hand, some signs are coming about. It is true that God can sometimes prophesy through unbelievers, but He will not give a prophecy that contradicts His word.

It is assumed by the media and many people that the prophecy says one thing – that the world will end on 21st December, 2012. I guarantee there will be many red faces on the 22nd December! And others will just re-invent a new date, or make up an excuse. Of course, if I am wrong – well, there'll be no-one left to accuse me! That is, of course, a joke.

Also keep in mind that Jesus said:

"But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." And, "Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."

With this in mind, why should Christians of all people quake in fear at the occult prophecies of Mayan pagans? And why listen when similar false prophets tell us Christ has come again, when He has not? (Also see article on antichristos).

"And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end [is] not by and by.
Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake." (Luke 21:8-12)

See what has to come before the end itself? They have yet to happen. Nor has the great apostasy... though we are well on the way to seeing it's birth. We see this in the quickly increasing number of false teachers and teachings (Charismatics appear to own the largest portion of these), as we see in 2 Timothy 4:3,4:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

This has already started. Also, the inordinate demands of world governments to accept and promote wickedness in the form of homosexuality is part of this statement. It is happening very quickly because it is happening at the time left to Satan to deceive people:

"Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." (Revelation 12:2)

Thus, we can expect to see overwhelming deception and violence, particularly towards believers. Now, with such a very brief summary of what will happen, let us return to the Mayan prophecy, bearing in mind that any prophecy of God is accurate and always comes to pass...

Mayan, Schmayan...

If the Mayans had not been chosen by today's mystics and cultists, some other people would have been chosen, so long as what they said was mysterious, occult or garbled... in other words, not biblical.

It is reported widely that the date of 21st December, 2012 marks the end of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar. A variety of astronomical and numerological calculations were used to arrive at this conclusion, but mainstream academia dismisses it all as just gobbledygook. So, even if you are not a Christian – why believe in it?

The date is supposed to be the very end of the 125-year cycle in the Calendar, and this has been interpreted by some as meaning the end of the world. But, wait... that is only ONE interpretation! Others think it means a 'catastrophe'. On the other hand, New Age adherents see it as the time when the world will undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation.

The New Age idea is not consistent with biblical statements, and must thus be dismissed, particularly as New Age beliefs mean that non-Christian doctrine is 'positive'; the renewed beliefs in Gaia are amongst these 'positive' transformations. These are induced by self-practice and desire. Not of God. But, for New Agers, 2012 marks the start of a 'new era'. Christians should view this with reality – a new era based on the occult and demonic activities.

Another idea is that the earth will collide with a black hole (even though the existence of black holes is theoretical - they may, or may not, exist - despite popular TV science program suggesting they are real; or, more correctly, there is no way yet to prove them), or will be struck by a passing asteroid (current in many newspapers), or with a planet called 'Nibiru'. This is not an actual planet but the name given to any planet we may collide, or almost-collide, with. It is also known as 'Planet X'. But, though widely talked about in the media, it is rejected by astronomers, etc. This is because the notion was first put out in 1995 by Nancy Lieder, a 'contactee' who could talk to extra-terrestrials! Well, we will quickly move on...

Long Count Calendar

The Long Count calendar was used in Central America before the incursion of Europeans (who probably wiped out the indigenous Amazonian peoples with diseases). It is thought it was invented by the Olmec people of Mexico, who flourished between about 1500 BC to 400 BC. These were preceded by other tribes, but it is the Olmecs who appear to have been the founder race of the Mayans, who lived as a nation about 250 AD to 900 AD.

Today, the Mayans (divided into smaller tribes) use the 52-year 'Calendar Round'. That is, the date repeats itself every 52 years or 18,980 days. By contrast to the earlier system, the Long Count calendar is linear (not cyclical). It measured time roughly in units of 20. Thus, 20 days made a uinal; 18 uinals (365 days) made a tun; 20 tuns made a k'atun; 20 k'atuns (1444,000 days or about 394 years) made a b'ak'tun. It is important to note that though some today strictly interpret this Mayan date system, others see the system as far looser. And some researchers say that the end of the 13th b'ak'tun, or 21st December 2012 does not necessarily mean it is the end of the calendar (and hence the end of time).

So, those who today cry out that the world will end on that date are amongst a few who are contradicted by many others! Indeed, researchers say that Mayan literature (and the calendar) mention nothing about the end of time or the world (Milbrath, 1999). They say that the notion of the date heralding the actual end of time is a 'modern invention' (Mark Van Stone. "2012 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)". FAMSI. Retrieved March 2, 2010).

Whilst Mayan literature strongly speaks of 'world ages', the 'record is distorted, leaving several possibilities open to interpretation' (Severin, 1981). Linked to this is the Mayan idea of creation, which suggests that this world is number four, preceded by three other, failed worlds, made by the Mayan gods. So, the end of the 13th b'ak'tun (21st December 2012) should be the time of celebration, not disaster.( G. Jeffrey MacDonald [March 27, 2007]. "Does Maya calendar predict 2012 apocalypse?". USA Today. Retrieved October 14, 2009).

This thinking implies that the Mayans were very comfortable with the idea that after this cycle will come another one.... not the end of time. Another interpretation of Mayan literature says the end of the b'ak'tun would lead to "changes in human consciousness" (Ricardo Cajas, president of the Colectivo de Organizaciones Indígenas de Guatemala).

Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, stated that "We have no record or knowledge that [the Maya] would think the world would come to an end" in 2012. (see MacDonald above) "For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle," said Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies. The 2012 phenomenon, she said, is "a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in."(MacDonald above).

So, which interpretation do we believe? Surely the only Christian answer is 'None of them'! They have nothing to do with Christ, or Christianity, and have no connection to what God says. They are the output of pagans. Even so, the Mayan beliefs had nothing to do with the current anxieties concerning 21st December 2012 – these are down to New Age teaching, and it is this link that brings us closer to the truth.

The 'end of the world' scenario, now given much air-time, is a potent mix of New Age, Millenarianism and gnosis – secret knowledge. They are cobbled-together by men and women whose sources are demonic and psychological and not biblical. And connected to these are the movements we see growing today – anti-capitalism, a huge variety of environmentalist bodies, 'new' spiritual tangents, the possibility of extra-terrestrial life (which, of course, is bound to be superior), and so on. The devil is furiously whipping his minions into shape!

The Theory Began in 1975

The New Age began this mythical pagan 'end of the world' idea in 1975. They claimed that the 2012 date would mark the start of a global "transformation of consciousness", only then the date was 24th December. The revised date came in 1983, through another New Age writer.

Forgive the laugh of scorn, but this was linked to a supposed "galactic synchronisation beam" that had its source in the "centre of our galaxy", which began to affect the earth on 13th August, 3113 BC. This is heavily connected to astrology. Yet, modern men try to look upon Christians with disdain for believing scripture!

The number of differing interpretations and theories is so numerous I will not mention any more of them! Other sources confirm that the current excitement about the Mayan calendar was started by New Agers.

So... WHY?

I think I have shown that the Mayan prophecy is a surmise of New Agers and other mystics. The Mayans themselves did not think that the end of the last b'ak'tun would result in the end of the world. Men today decided to rewrite their prophecies.

The current mania for the Mayan prophecy is a fiction of the New Age movement. Even so, they are probably right about a transformation of society, given the vast socialist movement and one world government that is forming before our very eyes. Also note the ongoing destruction of Christianity and Christians throughout the world. This is definitely an era of anti-Christian movements.

But, even if this is true, it does not mean we may approve of, condone, or accept the Mayan prophecy, as of any real significance, when experts tell us it has nothing to do with what the Mayans actually said, and has no scriptural support.

As I have indicated albeit very briefly, according to scripture, many activities and events must take place before the end will come. Observation tells us that most of them have yet to occur. So – why do Christians align with the Mayan idea, when it is put out by occult and cultic New Agers? It is happening because massive apostasy is a mark of the final end times. That is, Satan is deceiving many, most of whom were never saved in the first place. The others are under a strong delusion for a time, but will come away from it when the blindness is alleviated.

Remember when midnight 1999 was said to be the end of the electronic era, and all computerised systems were predicted to fail dramatically, with a serious effect on the whole world? Actual fear ran through the Christian world, but I openly said that it was a delusion, and nothing would happen. Nothing happened!

Today, I can assure you that the end of the world will not occur on 21st December, 2012, because Christ said we would not know the time or the day it will happen. Even though we are definitely in the end of the end times, we can expect extreme activities to occur before Christ comes again... and these have not yet come about.

So, the best we can do is repeat Christ's warning: we must live as if HE is coming immediately! Then, we will not be fooled by these many deceptions that buzz around the world so readily. There is even a claim that governments are getting ready to deceive the world with technology, that will beam a moving and talking hologram of Christ in the skies. Is this true? Who knows... but the fact is – those who live righteously will not be deceived!

So, if you are affected by the Mayan prophecy – calm down! Do not believe it. Trust in the Lord and send the prophecy to the trash can. And on 22nd December, send me an email, telling me if the world has ended... just in case I missed it!


© 23 January 2012


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