One astronomer, Philip Plait, likened the design of this calendar to the odometer on a car, because the base year for the Mayan Long Count starts at “0.0.0.0.0.”
As each section of the odometer reaches 9 then clicks over to 0, so the next number to it starts a new cycle. As all the numbers again reach 0 across the odometer, the last number will change from 1 to 2 and the new cycle starts all over again. The Mayan calendar is similar. So why would resetting a calendar mark the end of the world?
NASA Senior Scientist David Morrison said, “The ancient Maya did not predict the end of the world or any disaster in December 2012. Such doomsday predictions are a modern hoax. There is an approximate lining up of the Earth and Sun at the center of our galaxy in late December, but this happens every year. In any case, planet alignments have no effect on the Earth.”
Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Fla., said, “For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle.”
She said to portray Dec. 21, 2012, as doomsday or a moment of cosmic shifting is “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.”
At the heart of all the speculation as to what will happen on Dec. 21, 2012, is an alleged Mayan prediction the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years. What impact, if any, this would have on the Earth is the basis for all the doomsday speculation.
Susan Milbrath, a Maya archaeoastronomer and a curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said, “We have no record or knowledge that they would think the world would come to an end at that point.”
Many scholars doubt the ancient Mayans made any conclusions on what this alignment would mean, if in fact, they were even aware of an alignment.
University of Florida anthropologist Susan Gillespie said such 2012 predictions come from the “media and from other people making use of the Mayan past to fulfill agendas that are really their own.”
With many books, television shows and motion pictures cashing in on doomsday scenarios, it is no wonder many people are feeling uncomfortable about the future. Let us not forget the numerous religions who have predicted the end of the world over many centuries.
Jesus Christ said in Mark 13:32, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” — New International Version.
If Jesus Christ did not know the exact day and hour, are we to believe the ancient Mayans knew something he didn’t or that they created a calendar with secrets only the Almighty has kept to Himself?
The Bible is clear the world as we know it would enter its “last days,” according to 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21. Those last days would be marked by wars, earthquakes, food shortages, diseases and increases in lawlessness worldwide — things we are seeing on a global scale today. Millions believe we have reached those last days and it is only a matter of time — God’s appointed time — before God intervenes and cause His will to be done on Earth as it is in heaven.
Instead of being concerned about a specific date, however, Jesus put it this way in Matthew 24:42-44, “Watch out, then, because you do not know what day your Lord will come. If the owner of a house knew the time when the thief would come, you can be sure that he would stay awake and not let the thief break into his house. So then, you also must always be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.” — Good News Translation.
Does that sound like we can rely on an outdated calendar to predict our future? You decide.
Keep in mind God’s Word foretells good news for all humankind. It is not a doomsday book, but a book that instills faith, hope and love. Instead of God bringing some global disaster upon everyone, Jesus told servants of God in Luke 21:28, “When all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”
No one knows exactly when God's Day of salvation will come. World events indicate it is soon. The exact date, however, is in the hands of the Almighty.
According to Acts 1:6-7, “When the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore the kingdom?’ He replied, ‘The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know.’” — New Living Translation.
Point taken. All we really need to know is how to draw closer to the Most High God and His royal Son, Jesus Christ — daily, monthly and yearly — which may, in fact, be the best use of any calendar.
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