A Santa Barbara researcher has concluded that the end of the Mayan calendar may not be December 21, 2012:
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) For nearly half a century, Maya scholars have relied on a fixed numerical value called the GMT constant as a means of correlating the dates on the ancient Maya calendar with those on the Gregorian or modern calendar. Now, however, research conducted by Gerardo Aldana, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara, suggests that the GMT constant which has never actually been proved conclusively could be inaccurate by 50 to 100 years, or more. Aldana’s findings challenge the accepted Gregorian dates of all Classic Mayan historical events, as well as the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it 2012 prophecies. His research is included in “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World” (Oxbow Books, 2010), the second in a series edited by John Steele, associate professor of Egyptology and Ancient West Asian Studies at Brown University. http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/pa/display.aspx?pkey=2317
And, it is possible that the Santa Barbara researcher might be correct. The main reason that I say possible is that there is other evidence that at least part of the Mayan calendar was supposed to end on December 21, 2012 based upon certain interpreted events, such as the so-called “galactic alignment”.
But does it matter?
No, the precise date and the debates concerning it are of little consequence as Mayan prophecy was not inspired by the Holy Spirit.
But there is importance associated with the December 2012 date.
Let me make this perfectly clear, when the world does not end in a worldwide flood on December 21, 2012, many of those associated with portions of the New Age Movement will conclude that their understanding of end time events is correct. On December 22, 2012, some of them will undoubtedly proclaim that humankind is dawning towards a golden age of peace. They will base this on Tibetan, New Age, and astrological prophecies, as well as their own thoughts and imaginations.
Yet, it is possible that as they proclaim that a new age of peace is beginning to dawn for humanity, that they will help fulfill the following biblical prophecy:
3 Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! 4 O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts. 5 You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord. 6 They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed. 7 Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says,’ but I have not spoken.”
8 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,” says the Lord God. 9 “My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord God.
10 “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace (Ezekiel 13:3-10, NKJV).
The Bible is clear that a disastrous age will precede an extended age of worldwide peace. And the disasters are much worse than what has been experienced the last several years.
Speaking of disasters, certain professed “experts” on the 2012 matter keep proclaiming that the Mayans did not predict a doomsday end of the world:
According to all the ridiculous hype surrounding Dec. 21, 2012, the Mayans “predicted” the end of the world with one of their calendars…
And now, according to a recent study by an associate professor at UC Santa Barbara, this fundamental “end date” may also be inaccurate. It could be at least 60 days out of whack.
The Mayans Never Predicted Doomsday
Before we continue, it’s worth emphasizing that this mesoamerican calendar (as used by several cultures — including the Maya — in Central and South America before European colonization) does not predict an apocalypse. (O’Neill I. 2012 Mayan Calendar ‘Doomsday’ Date Might Be Wrong. Discovery News, October 19, 2010. http://news.discovery.com/space/the-2012-mayan-calendar-doomsday-date-might-be-wrong.html)
The truth is that there are Mayan documents, as well as their first modern writings, that do predict a disastrous end of the world.
The book, 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect, documents the truth on this. Here are some quotes:
There are also nine writings called Chilam Balam (meaning “oracular priest” “jaguar”) that seem to combine Mayan and Spanish beliefs that were written in the early 16th century after some Mayans learned a character writing system from the Spaniards. Notice what it says about a flood coming at the end of Mayan time (“when the law of the katun has run its course”):
“But when the law of the katun has run its course, the God will bring about a great deluge again which will be the end of the world…”
However, since the Chilam Balam shows Spanish and biblical influence, many prefer to focus on the Mayan documents that pre-date the Spaniards (like the Dresden Codex).
The last page of the Dresden Codex depicts large quantities of water coming out of the mouth of some type of possibly demonic serpent entity (snakes have been considered a symbol of the devil since Genesis 3:1).
Thus, for any to indicate that the Mayans “never” predicted a doomsday or end of the world associated with the end of any of their calendars is in error.
The truth is that according to biblical prophecies, the Great Tribulation, Day of the Lord, and Armageddon will occur. There will be disasters and “doomsday” until Jesus Christ returns to establish His kingdom. It is only then that peace will reign on the planet.
However, because some misunderstand biblical prophecy, and scoff at such prophecies (2 Peter 3:3-4), many will simply be misled by false interpretations, false prophets. and false declarations of peace and experience the coming disasters (2 Peter 3:5-7). But you do not have to be misled like they will be (2 Peter 3:8-9).
Those who wish to learn more, and not be deceived, should pray and should consider studying the following materials:
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012? How might Barack Obama be involved in 2012?
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect This is a link related to a book by Bob Thiel (COGwriter). This also has YouTube videos. This book documents and explains hundreds of prophecies. And since it was published, many have already started to come to pass.
2012 y el surgimiento de la secta secreta Nuevo libro del Dr. Thiel en Español.
2012 und das Auftreten der geheimen Sekte (German Edition) 2012 Buch von Dr. Thiel in deutscher Sprache.
Did The Early Church Teach Millenarianism? Was the millennium (sometimes called chiliasm) taught by early Christians? Who condemned it. Will Jesus literally reign for 1000 years on the earth? Is this time near?
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? What year may the six thousand years of human rule end? When will Jesus return? 2018 or 2019?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2010, 2011, or 2012? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?