Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Mayan Deception - Dec 21, 2012

In Mark 24:36 Jesus CLEARLY states, "But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." And again, in Matthew 24:42, "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come." And to address the "end of the world" claims that run rampant around the world, let me first say that the world itself, will not end. The earth has been established and will remain forever! This is stated in Psalm 78:69, "And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever." Again in Ecclesiastes 1:4, "One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth abides for ever." These are the TRUE words of the Living Bible, inerrant in it's entirety! So why, then, is everyone making claims about the "end of the world" being on Dec. 12, 2012 just because the Mayan's calendar ends? Let's take a brief  look at this very thing.

Carry Your Cross
The Mayans existed in Central America between 250 and 900 A.D and devised a cyclical calendar that can run 5,126 years, beginning in 3114 B.C. They called it their "Long Count" calendar. If you subtract 3,114 from 5,126 it equals 2,012, remembering that there is no year "0", which got the conspiracy theorists revved up that the Mayans were trying to predict that the world would end in 2012. Why? Because coincidentally, the "long count" calendar stopped on Dec. 12, 2012. That's all. Nothing more. Nothing less. There is absolutely NO "predictions" attached to their calendar or in the Mayan ruins if you are a Bible believing Christian. The "end of the world" has been "predicted" over 100 times! And over 100 times, they all were wrong! The reason they were wrong is because it CANNOT be predicted by man! We will know the season and when it is nigh, and need to be ready, but we will not know the hour He will come!

A new Heaven and Earth
Now let's take a look at the Mayans and their belief structure and systems. First of all, they paid a lot of attention to the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, which occurs on December 21st of each year in the Northern Hemisphere. After that day, the days would grow longer and more amenable to the planting of crops. The ancient Mayans were also pagans and relied upon the sun as a god and the Milky Way galaxy as a “sacred tree” to the afterlife. Through these practices, they formed a calendar based upon the combination of their astronomical observations and their pagan belief system. This calendar determined that the stars’ patterns moved in a cycle of 5,125 years. It also determined that once during this cycle, the dark center of the Milky Way intersected with the sun’s movement across the sky. While the Mayans did not use our BC/AD calendar, they deduced, then, that what we call 2012 would mark another ending of one cycle and beginning of a new one. The correlation between a pagan date of the Winter Solstice and the "claim" of the end of the world being the same date can only come from Satan. The father of all lies and the one who mocks the Lord God!

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.

Now let's address the "end" as it is written in the Bible. The end does not refer to the end of the world. It does, however, refer to the end of the age as we know it now. The end of the ruling of Satan on earth who is the god of this world.  The end is actually the end of the age and not the end of the world or the earth.
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!

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