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This is a seriously flawed deduction because they are relying on creation, rather than the Creator Himself. God warned ancient Israel against undertaking pagan practices of its surrounding nations, and the same advice is still pertinent today. Let's take a look at what Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says, “There shall not be found among you anyone who maketh his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or who useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter of mediums, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD; and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee,” In addition, the Mayan "prophecy" establishes a "date-setting" which is strictly forbidden and a practice that Jesus warned about in His Olivet Discourse, as evidenced in the above mentioned scripture of Matthew 24:36.
2 Corinthians 4:4 testifies to this fact: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” The “god of this age” who has “blinded the minds of unbelievers” is no less than Satan or the Devil who is ruling the earth as we speak. Even so, he can only do what God’s sovereignty allows (Job 1).
2 Timothy 3:1-5 is a vivid description of what the end days will be like: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” Does this not sound like the world we live in right now? Yes, it does!
In 2 Peter 3:5-13:
“By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly….But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?…That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”
The old world will end and a new heaven and a new earth will come (Rev 21). That is encouraging for those who are believers in Christ but it ought to be a fearful thing for those who are not believers and are not born-again. They are the ones who will have to endure through the tribulation and endure the horrors that will be set before their eyes. Even during that time, one can truly turn to God and be saved!
Since the Mayans were pagan, their "prophecies" didn't include the return of Christ as the cataclysmic event of the year 2012. So my advice would be to consider the source and note its deviation from Scripture, and dismiss it accordingly!