Does December 21st 2012 mark the end of the world as we know it? Will some catastrophic event happen? Why does the Mayan calendar end December 2012? There have been so many predictions over the years that the world was ending on a certain day. Those days came and went and the earth is still here.
I decided to read a little about the Mayan Indians and their calander, because my husband fully believes that the world will end on December 21st 2012. I on the other hand do not! In this post I am not going to shove religion down your throat, but I am going to post my findings and what I have read and voice my opinions and what I believe. I believe we have a Creator and his son Jesus said.[pullquote] “30 Truly I say to YOU that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 32 “Concerning that day or the hour nobody knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father. 33 Keep looking, keep awake, for YOU do not know when the appointed time is.” (Mark 13:32-33)[/pullquote]
The Mayan Calander
The Maya calendar is a system of calendars used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and in many modern communities in highland Guatemala and in Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico. Although the Mesoamerican calendar did not originate with the Maya, their subsequent extensions and refinements of it were the most sophisticated. Along with those of the Aztecs, the Maya calendars are the best- documented and most completely understood.
December 21st 2012, comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21, 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.
Some people translate the ending of the calander to mean that the earth and humans will undergo a spiritual transformation. Then others think that December 21, 2012 marks the end of the world by some catastrophic event. From what I have read on various sites on the internet, scholars and scientist do not believe any of these things. They say that astronomical events do not point to any of these things happening.
From what I have read and the way I understand it the Maya calender consist of many different calenders and cycles. When one cycle ended a new one would start. One calender was the Tzolkin, which consist of a 260 day count. The Haab which consist of 365 days, and the Calender Round which is a date that gives both the Tzolk’in and Haab’. This date will repeat after 52 Haab’ years or 18,980 days, a Calendar Round.
A different calender was used to track longer periods of time called the Long Count, which identifies a day by counting the number of days passed since a mythical creation date that corresponds to August 11, 3114 BCE in the Gregorian calender. The Long Count calendar was widely used on monuments.
The Long Count Calender is the reason for the miconception that December 21, 2012 marks the end of the world. All December 21st, 2011 means is that the Long Count Calender ends and the calender will go to the next baktun (Long Count calender of the ancient Maya’s)
So with all that being said, I personally do not believe that the world is going to end and it’s inhabitants are going to be destroyed on that day. If you believe in God (Jehovah) and what the bible says about the end of the world as we know, or Armageddon, you will not be worried at all about this date.
As stated in the quote above it plainly states in the bible that no one knows when that day is coming, not the son (Jesus) nor the angels in Heaven. It also tells us in the bible to stay awake, and to not be mislead. “It is like a man traveling abroad that left his house and gave the authority to his slaves, to each one his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to keep on the watch. 35 Therefore keep on the watch, for YOU do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether late in the day or at midnight or at cockcrowing or early in the morning; 36 in order that when he arrives suddenly, he does not find YOU sleeping. 37 But what I say to YOU I say to all, Keep on the watch.” (Mark 13:34-37)
I know that there are a lot of people that believe that December 21, 2012 is going to bring destruction and catastrophic events. I also know that there is no evidence that points to this. What I do believe about December 2012 is that book publishers are making money off of books about 2012 being the end of the world. There are many people that have jumped on the ‘band wagon’ and have tried to make money off of this, by feeding off the fears of people.
As I said in the beginning this post is just my thoughts and understanding of the Mayan calender. I am in no way an expert of the Mayans, their calenders or anything of the kind. I hope you have found something useful in this post. I myself understand more than I did before writing it.
What do you think about December 2012 being the end of the world and its inhabitants?
Til Next Time…Happy Reading!