JO - Will the world end in 2012?
Will the world end in 2012?
Saturday, October 25, 2008
According to the culture of ancient Maya, part of what scholars call Mesoamerica, astronomy predicts some major cosmic developments for December 21, 2012, including, perhaps, the end of the world as we now know it, as some people believe. Mayan calendars are still used by a few cultures in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador and are said to be the most accurate ones in existence. They date the solar year accurately within minutes, taking account of the cycles of sun, moon, Venus, and other cosmic bodies and only have to add one "leap day" after 380,000 years. Mayan civilisation was quite advanced, possessing technology that modern man is still trying to comprehend. Mayans developed the basics of modern calendars, reflecting calendars of ancient Egypt, which were in sync with the cycles of nature. Greeks and Romans adopted, but muddled the main Mayan calendar so that it was 12 days off during the lifetime of Yeshua Messiah, and it has got even worse now following attempts by the Julian and Gregorian councils to correct it.
Current Western calendar was enacted by Pope Gregory in 1582-83 CE and did not properly intercalate both lunar and solar cycles as does the lunisolar Chinese calendar and also the religious calendars used by Jews, Muslims, Mayas, and other ancient cultures. In fact, the five most accurate calendars now known are those of the Mayan, African, Hebraic, Vedic and Tibetan cultures. For example, the calendar decreed by Julius Caesar in 45-46 BCE calculated Earth's revolution as taking 365.25 days while the Gregorian calendar used 365.2425 days, but the Mayan calendar used 365.2420 days and modern technology clocks a solar year at precisely 365.2422 days. It is not coincidental, therefore, that ancient documents and other archaeological evidences from Yucatan/Mesoamerica, Ethiopia/Egypt, Middle East/North Africa, India and Tibet all showed highly developed scientific civilisations of several millennia ago, all described intimate interactions between gods and humans, and all narrated and predicted various cataclysmic catastrophes on Earth, including the Flood of Noah/Utnapishtim and the end of this world, which Mayas suggested would occur in 2012, since they made that year the very end of their sacred calendar, called tzolk'in.
Mayas devised 17 to 20 different calendars with three of them, Haab (earth cycles), Tun-Uc (moon cycles) and Tzolk'in (cycles of Pleiades) being the most applicable to human existence on Earth. Various scholars have interpreted the Mayan tzolk'in calendar to end anywhere between December 21-27, 2012 CE, but some archaeologists calculated that end date as 1957 CE and others believe the calendar ends in 2050 CE. The Thompson Projection of 2012, named for archaeologist J Eric Thompson, is most popular. This prediction was based on the interpretation of the complex "Long Count calendrics system" used by Mayas, whose computations interpolated beliefs that Earth went through Great Cycles of creations and destructions, impacted by the good and evil deeds done by hominids. Graham Hancock in Fingerprints of the Gods summarised the system thusly: "The current Great Cycle began in darkness on 4 Ahau 8 Cumku, a date corresponding to 13 August 3114 BC in our own calendar. As we have seen, it was also believed that the cycle will come to an end, amid global destruction, on 4 Ahau 3 Kankin: 23 December AD 2012 in our calendar. The Long Count is perhaps best envisaged as a sort of celestial adding machine, constantly calculating and recalculating the scale of our growing debt to the universe.
Every last penny of that debt is going to be called in when the figure on the meter reads 5125. So, at any rate, thought the Maya."
Mayan mathematics, astronomy and calendrics make very fascinating reading, especially their perspectives and divisions of time which factored the 224.7 days revolution of Venus, rising in Earth's sky at the same place every 584 (really 583.92) days. Their tzolk'in "sacred year" has 13 20-day months, totalling 260 days. Mayas used these calculations to predict accurately lunar and solar eclipses plus other cosmic events occurring over 10 million years and their use of the Fibonacci Sequence (which this writer mastered at Cornwall College) and the Pythagorean Lambdoma Matrix confirmed modern scientific beliefs that the multiverse is mathematically designed. Hancock said: "The Maya used their own notation. Spans of time were counted by days (kin), periods of 20 days (uinal), 'computing years' of 360 days (tun), periods of 20 tuns (known as katun), and periods of 20 katuns (known as bactun). There were also 8000-tun periods (pictun) and 160,000-tun periods (calabtun)."
This writer believes that the world could end in 2012, for many reasons. First, the current murder rate ensures that the world will end for many Jamaicans in 2012 and that applies to all nations, to some extent. Second, biblical predictions and those of other religious and secular cultures insist that some fiery cataclysm on Earth is bound to happen soon.
Third, astronomical predictions from numerous ancient cultures foresaw the Ice Age, the Flood, and predicted a fiery destruction of Earth anywhere between now and 2100 CE when the precession of the equinoxes would finally switch from the age of Pisces to that of Aquarius. The Bible makes numerous mentions of astronomy. In Job the prophets mentioned constellations by name, but only in a few instances, like the birth of Christ, does the Bible attach significance to astronomical cycles, as do the ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, and Mayan documents. Fourth, those evil few in Euro-America who now manipulate events on Earth might very well be planning for 2012 some incredible catastrophe worse than their 9/11 caper, which they will also blame on terrorists. Do they intend to escape the Earth's fiery destruction by fleeing to the International Space Station and their secret underground chambers? Fifth, sacred and secular writings show that demonic or superhuman forces are involved in Earth's survival, as were the Nephilim mentioned in Genesis 6, and that those spirits, like some natural mystic, were already planning to make Earth into a great ball of fire. Will it be through collision with other celestial bodies, through nuclear weaponry or by some fatal shift in Earth's celestial movement? Sixth, the Hopi Indians told Hancock: "The third world ended in a universal flood.
The present world is the fourth. Its fate will depend on whether or not its inhabitants behave in accordance with the Creator's plans." Surely, mankind is not behaving in accordance with the Creator's plan, since in my own lifetime I have observed evil Euro-American white supremacists systematically slaughter non-white populations all over the globe as they themselves indulge in all manner of ungodly filth. For example, as Billy Graham once said: "If God does not judge America he will have to apologise to Sodom and Gomorrah." Sheer justice demands that our world ends in 2012, or sometime soon and so the biblical concept of Armageddon is not far-fetched.
Finally, those who know Yeshua Messiah as saviour can relax in the knowledge that the world will end, but never be annihilated because there will be new heavens and a new Earth after the next fiery judgement.
Those in God's kingdom should also be prepared for the end to come before or after December 2012 - that is, any day now.
Rev Dr Mervin Stoddart writes out of Florida.