Doomsday 2012: End of the World?
Not surprisingly, both science and the Bible take the same position on the ‘Mayan Hypothesis’, which is that they do not agree. As a response to counter the mainstream commercialization of the Mayan 2012 doomsday, let’s look at the evidence and put a few minds at ease.
Why Science Disagrees
Just as the calendar on our Windows PC predicts the phases of the Earth’s rotation around the sun and that this cycle ends on Dec. 31st, 2099, so does the Mayan calendar, except the Mayans tracked the Lunar cycle and stopped calculating at the year 2012 AD.
There are no records left behind by the Mayans that suggest that this would mean that the world would end.  Instead, conventionally what is suggested by those who have studied the Mayan civilization is that this date represents the end of a celestial epoch.
The only truly significant event represented by the date Dec. 21st, 2012 AD to both science and the Bible is that this date marks the Winter Solstice, which is even more evidence for the epoch theory as this would show why the Mayans had indeed built their calendar.
Science presents another problem for the 2012 prediction because they now believe that the calendar might be wrong by at least 60 days.  Researchers now claim that they cannot be sure if the Mayans were tracking a meteor or Venus and that the translation from the Mayan “Long Count” to the Julian and Gregorian calendars has not been resolved. 
Why the Bible Disagrees
The book of Revelation provides us with a very detailed description of the second coming of Christ. In fact, the book of Revelation is so precise, even a timeline is provided. This timeline can be used to determine what we can expect from the future in terms of duration.
We turn to the book of Revelation chapter 13 verse 1, which states:
|And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.|
We know this is Satan at work, because before this verse in chapter 12 verse 3, we see:
|And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.|
This is how the opposition appeared to God when Heaven and Hell went to war. Now we see this same symbolism repeated from Earth’s perspective due to the combining of nations that many might refer to as the New World Order or the return to Great Babylon.
So, if we are told that the first real sign of the coming of Christ will result in the forming of this seven headed beast with ten horns and seven crowns, then we know that we must still have time to spare since this world government has not yet been established officially.
How much time do we have? This answer is unknown, but we can say that after the following event has taken place that we will have at least a few years longer according to the following verse found in the book of Revelation chapter 13 verse 5, which states:
|And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.|
So, by calculation we find that, according to the word of the Holy Spirit, we would be given an additional 42 months, which when divided produces the decimal 3.5 years. At this point we do not need to calculate any further, because the world government has yet to appear.
Therefore, according to scripture, even if the New World Order officially established itself on Dec. 21st, 2012 AD, we would still have at least 3.5 years before the coming of Christ, thus the word of God says that the ‘Mayan Hypothesis’ is impossible, and so it must be.
We see that both science and the Bible disagree with the ‘Mayan Hypothesis’, the date 2012 AD does not mark the end of the world, rather it marks the end of a long cycle. Any problems that this could present to mankind are yet to be known, but it is certainly not the end.
1. MacDonald, G. Jeffrey. “Does Maya calendar predict 2012 apocalypse?” USA Today. Gannett Co. Inc, 03/27/2007. Web. <http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2007-03-27-maya-2012_n.htm>.
2. Normark, Johan. “2012: The Long Count may be off by at least 60 days.” Archaeological Haecceities. WordPress, 09 Oct 2010. Web. <http://haecceities.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/2012-the-long-count-may-be-off-by-at-least-60-days/>.