There has been much talk of late about the doomsday predictions of December 21, 2012 as reflected in the Mayan long calendar. While most of the Mayan codices were burned by Spanish monks in 1521 AD as works of the devil (which as you shall see they probably were) a few survived including the Dresden Codex pictured here. This 74 page codex was written on tree bark and was from the famous Mayan Temple and Observatory at Chichen Itza. It was purportedly sent by the explorer Cortes to Emperor Charles V in 1519. Somehow it found its way into the Royal Library at the Court of Saxony in Dresden (Germany) where it was purchased from a private collector by the name of Johann Christian Goetze. While it was damaged by the firebombing (again these codices were overwhelmed by fire? Coincidence?) of Dresden during WW II, much of it unfortunately survived.
From this work, which apparently was written sometime between 1200 and 1250 AD, numerous astronomical and calendar data points were found including information on eclipses, the transit of Venus, the moon , the stars and the Sun. It was also conjectured by some scholars that this Mayan calendar ended on 18.104.22.168.0 which equates to our date of December 21, 2012 at 10 AM GMT. On that day they claim the world will end. The Bible says “Heaven and earth will pass away but God’s words shall never pass away and also “of that day and hour no one knows not even angels in heaven nor the Son but only the Father’ (Matthew 24:34-36). So alleging that that the world will end on any specific date as in 2012 is definitely not biblical. Therefore, Christians should not fear it!
Why so many otherwise reasonable, well educated, and intelligent persons, some of whom even call themselves Christians, would pay any attention to these predictions of blood thirsty Mayans who ripped out the still beating hearts of their human sacrificial victims to please their gods, is astonishing to me. Why would people allow these irrational fears of doomsday frighten them while many of these same people choose to ignore the good news of Jesus Christ? It is probably because only Christianity confronts sin and people often would rather die than change their sinful behaviors even though “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son , that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Satan knows that his time is short (Revelation 12:12) and he wants to try and rob people of this fact and rather deceive them that all is lost and that they therefore do not need Jesus. Either these Mayans are correct and doomsday approaches or the word of God is correct and we should not fear (Isaiah 35:4), but both cannot be correct.
As I shall demonstrate, whether or not this fiery prediction indeed happens in 2012 or at sometime in the future, it will most certainly not be doomsday. The entire 2012 doomsday scenario is just another end time deception to frighten people and to try and keep them from the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Beware of deception.
“With all the deception of wickedness for those who perish because they do not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2 :10).
According to this Mayan calendar, on this day, 12/21/2012, our solar system will intersect the Galactic Equator which only happens every 26,000 years and they call it The Sacred Tree. This alignment with the center of the galaxy does allow for maximum mass and gravity according to scientists and could possibly therefore lead to increased earthquake activity. Also, NASA predicts a terrific solar storm and mass ejection will hit the earth in 2012 which will be 30-50 % greater than anything ever before. Such a solar blast could therefore possibly also scorch the earth. There is as well talk of a shifting of the magnetic poles.
While I cannot tell you for certain whether or not the earth will be consumed by fire or earthquakes or a polar shift on this date, I can tell you what the word of God says and it did so thousands if years before the Mayans. And don’t let these seemingly rather accurate scientific predictions of the Mayans fool you. Never underestimate the power of Satan to deceive.
“Once before because of its sin, the earth was destroyed by water in the Great Flood in Noah’s day, but the world will be destroyed again this time by fire kept for the day of judgment and the destruction of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:6-7).
This destruction by fire has not as of yet happened so it could theoretically happen on 12/21/2012 but even if it does happen on that date, it will not be doomsday. How then does one survive it?
All of this talk of a fiery apocalypse in 2012, seems to me to actually be the devastation described in the Biblical Tribulation (Matthew 24:21, Revelation 7:14) which will last seven years(Daniel 9:27) and will be experienced by those left behind in the catching away (the rapture) of Believers (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) to escape the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10)and be with Jesus forever.
“In the day of trouble (Tribulation), He (Jesus) will conceal you in His tabernacle in the secret place of His tent, He will hide me” (Psalm 27:5).
Before the crucifixion, Jesus said “I am going to prepare a place for you in my Father’s house. I will return and take you there to be with me always “(John 14:2-4).
“God has not destined us for wrath (2012) but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
Thus the Bible does talk of a fiery apocalypse in the future, but it will only be for those unbelievers left behind (Christians do not have to worry) and in any case, it will not be doomsday.
“The earth and its inhabitants will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).
“The sun will scorch the earth” (Revelation 16:8).
“One third of he earth, the green grass, and the trees will be burned up” (Revelation 8:7).
“The inhabitants of the earth are burned up and few men are left” (Isaiah 24:6).
“The hills melt and the earth is burned up” (Nahum 1:5).
As to a possible polar shift and earthquakes:
“The stars will fall from the sky (as we flip over?) (Matthew 24:29).
“The earth is torn asunder, the earth is split though. The earth is shaken violently and reels to and fro like a drunkard” (Isaiah 24:19-20).
Violent earthquakes are described in Revelation 11:13 and 16:18.
This 2012 demonic deception is just like two other grand schemes by Satan to try and thwart God’s plans. The first deception was in Noah’s time when angels left their proper heavenly abode to come to earth in search of strange human flesh. They mated with human females and produced the Nephilim offspring in order to try and pollute the pure human gene pool of the upcoming Messiah Jesus and thus prevent His birth. God stopped this attempt with the Flood and locked up these rebellious angels (Genesis 6:2-4. Genesis 7:23, Jude 6, 2 Peter 2:4).
As I have written about extensively in the past in numerous articles and in two novels, this second deception will be at the catching away of Believers (the Rapture) before the Tribulation and this sudden disappearance will be explained to those left behind as an abduction by UFOs, not a catching away by Jesus into the clouds.
In this last 2012 deception, Satan tries to convince people that the world will be destroyed and therefore not only tries to negate the reality of this upcoming Rapture which in part will rescue Believers from the Tribulation, but it also would deny the fact Jesus Christ is to return in His Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation and will defeat Satan at the Battle of Armageddon and then bind him in the abyss. Then Jesus will rule and reign from a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem for 1000 years (Revelation 19:11-20, Revelation 20:6, 14).
Satan knows that his time is short and therefore wants to try and show people that God is a liar and none of this will ever happen. Don’t bet your eternal soul on this lie.
People will often choose death and nothingness to confessing their sins and accepting Christ. They would rather continue to have a sinful raucous life here on earth than even think of eternal life in such an imaginary place to them as heaven. Sin feels good for a season. But God did promise all who believe eternal life.
“The hope of eternal life which God who cannot lie because it is impossible for Him to lie (Hebrews 6:18) promised before the beginning of time” (Titus 1:2).
All anyone has to do is “call upon the name of the Lord and they will be saved’ (Romans 10:13).
Stephen Yulish PhD has a BA in Human Evolution and a MA and a PHD in History. He was a Professor at the University of Arizona and later a Jewish community professional. In spite of all of this, he accepted Jesus Christ in 1988 after a series of revelatory visions and a dream. He now has MS but still serves the Lord everyday through his writings.