The Real 2012 Prophecy: Mayans, Nostradamus, and Planet X, Oh My!1
The year 2012 is supposed to result in a slew of natural disasters culminating in the end of the world (as we know it, or think we know it, as the case may be). We know this prediction is true because a bunch of savage, child sacrificing, jungle-dwelling Mayans2 prophesied it hundreds of years ago through their amazingly accurate calendar. Never mind that the date for Armageddon was originally set as December 24, 2011. We now know that these events will occur at exactly 11:11 GMT on December 21 2012, even though some Mayan predictions go all the way to 4772 A.D.3 Those Mayans really knew everything about astronomy, since their calendar consisted of 260-day periods, which we now know represents the true length of the solar year! According to the Mayan calendar, the "Great Cycle" equates with 5,125.36 years, which began on August 11, 3114 B.C. and ends in 2012. Unfortunately for the Maya (but maybe fortunately for us), they ended before their calendar.
The Maya were not the only people to predict the end of the world. Incan and Egyptian calendars, as well as with the prophecies of Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce (famous for predicting from 1958-1998 that a tilting of the Earth's axis would result in "The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea."), and the I Ching, Hopi Indians, along with a slew of wackos have indicated that the apocalypse will occur in December 2012. Nostradamus predicted a great comet, Nibiru, would impact the Mediterranean on December 21, 2012 (or was it the year 1999? - close enough!).
Not content with just one disaster at a time, 2012 will unleash the ultimate disaster movie - earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, and droughts (at the same time and place!). These events are thought to be caused by a polar shift, enormous asteroids, violent solar activity (never mind that the Sun is still relatively quiescent, despite being near solar maximum), the emergence of Planet X or Nibiru, and the planetary alignment of Venus. Never mind that the next Venetian alignment actually happened on June 5-6, 2012, and that the alignment produced a gravitational interaction on the order of your neighbor's Toaster Strudel. This is real science, man! The other probable causes of these disasters relate to the earth's precession, a 26,000 year cycle that just happens to coincide with the 12/21/2012 date (how it coincides we aren't sure, but we want to throw it in so that nothing is left out). In addition, our Solar System crosses in and out of the galactic plane every 33 million years. Coincidentally, the Sun will be at the exact center of the galactic plane on December 21, 2012 (or maybe it already happened 3 million years ago - but who's counting). At the same time, there will be a massive pole shift caused by the galactic alignment between the center of the galaxy and the Sun that will cause massive earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. What fun!
The really bad thing about 2012 is that the government knows everything about what is going to happen and they are keeping it from you. When Barack Obama talked about change, he wasn't kidding! In fact, they have set up a secret organization, including a secret website, the Institute for Human Continuity, to promote the continued survival of the human species after December 21, 2012. Among other things, the Institute is conducting a lottery to determine which humans will be selected to inhabit the subterranean cities in their "Operation Safe Haven." Surprisingly, the Institute has been operating since 1978, when they held their first Summit in in Timaru, New Zealand. You best get aboard while you can. Don't wait until 2012! If the links don't work, then I guess you were too late (or Sony pulled the movie site after they released the DVD version of their movie).
The real 2012 prophecy
Since everybody else is making 2012 predictions, I thought I would throw mine into the mix. And here it is... The 2012 disasters are such good violence and mayhem that they would make the ultimate disaster movie. Hey, somebody needs to make a lot of money by taking from the ignorant interested people. Authors will write books and studios will make movies and the con artists will make lots of money—just like the good old days of Y2K.
Prepare for 2012!
There isn't much that one could do to prepare for the end of the world. Of course, if you really believe the world is going to end, then you won't be needing your money. So, you could send it to me. Alternatively, you could follow the advice Jesus gave to the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:21).
Yes, there will be earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and droughts in 2012, just as there are in every year. My 2012 prediction is that scammers will make a lot of money off gullible astute people. Do not fear, for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
"Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. "So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. "Therefore everyone who confesses Me [Jesus] before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:29-32)
- Who Was Nostradamus? Was He the Greatest Prophet of Modern Times?
- Nostradamus Predictions Quiz
- Gospel in the Stars?- What Does the Bible Say About Astrology?
- Prophecies of Jesus Christ as Messiah
- Prophecies of Jesus Christ in the Rabbinical Writings
- In case you didn't get it, yes, this page is satire. No, we don't believe in any of the 2012 prophecies.
- For people who don't believe the Maya were "savage, child
sacrificing," please click the links below to read the scientific
citations supporting this claim:
Vera Etons. Latin American Antiquity 17: 493-510.
Cecilia Medina Martín and Mirna Sánchez Vargas. 2007. Posthumous Body Treatments and Ritual Meaning in the Classic Period Northern Petén: A Taphonomic Approach. Springer, New York.
Amador Minjares. 2003. Human Skeletal Remains of the Ancient Maya in the Caves of Dos Pilas, Guatemala. Thesis, University of Notre Dame.
Sacred Cenote, Wikipedia.
Chichén Itzá Sacrifice at the Ball Game About.com.
Ballcourt beheading carved in stone
Maya Human Sacrifice, Belize, National Geographic.
- Mark Van Stone. It's Not the End of the World: What the Ancient Maya Tell Us About 2012 Part II—A look at the Creation
We are what we think.
- 01/17/2017 08:00 AM
Godâ€™s Threefold Will For Us (Especially When Times Are Tough)
“RejoiceÂ always, prayÂ continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Godâ€™s will for you in Christ Jesus.”1 Over the last several months I have been praying for a number of my friends who are either battling life-threatening illnesses themselves or have close family members who are undergoing great suffering. It is often in times of such trial that we actively…
- 01/10/2017 08:00 AM
Take Up and Read: Confessions
This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity,…
- 01/03/2017 07:00 AM
Two Movies to Make You Think in 2017
Why do you go to the movies? For many people it is for sheer enjoyment or to escape for a few hours from life’s pressures. One of the things I most enjoy in life is learning something significant about truth and reality. Therefore I like watching films that make me think about the deep questions of life. Looking to the…
- 12/27/2016 07:00 AM
Take Up and Read: Mere Christianity
Given its dependence on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible, historic Christianity has always been a textual and literary religion. Because of their belief in a verbal, propositional revelation in Scripture (Old and New Testaments), Christians, like Jews before them, have been known as People of the Book. With that bookish past, I think Christians have good reason to be vigorous…
- 12/20/2016 07:00 AM
Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Mortimer Adler
“It is man’s glory to be the only intellectual animal on earth. That imposes upon human beings the moral obligation to lead intellectual lives.”1Â â€“Mortimer J. Adler Mortimer Adler was one of the most influential philosophers and educators of the 20th century, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to his fields of study? Here’s your crash…
- 12/13/2016 07:00 AM
How Do We Pursue Sanctification Amid a Sinful World?
â€śWe are all fallen creatures and all very hard to live with.â€ť1Â â€”C. S. Lewis Personally, I always feel more comfortable and confident talking about the biblical doctrine of justification than I do about the doctrine of sanctification. Probably because I feel my own progress in sanctification always leaves something to be desired. Nevertheless, here are some of my recent…
- 12/06/2016 08:00 AM
Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Ronald Nash
Ronald Nash was one of the most influential evangelical Christian thinkers of the last half-century, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to the Christian apologetics enterprise? Hereâ€™s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Ronald Nashâ€”and why he still matters today. Who Was Ronald Nash? Ronald H. Nash (1936â€“2006) was born in Cleveland,…
- 11/29/2016 08:00 AM
Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Walter Martin
Walter Martin was one of the most distinctive Christian apologists of the twentieth century, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to the apologetics enterprise? Hereâ€™s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Walter Martinâ€”and why he still matters today. Who Was Walter Martin? Walter Ralston Martin (1928â€“1989) was born in New York City…
- 11/22/2016 12:07 PM
The Appeal of Common Christianity
Within church history, it seems some Christian traditions or denominations like to emphasize those beliefs that make their particular group distinctive. These unique features or beliefs often reflect an attempt to answer or resolve a challenging or paradoxical aspect of Christian theology (such as God’s sovereignty versus human freedom, views of the sacraments or ordinances such as baptism, perspectives on…
- 11/15/2016 08:00 AM
Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Justin Martyr
Saint Justin, also known as Justin Martyr, was one of the first Christians to meet Greco-Roman thinkers on their own ground by using philosophy as a tool or handmaid (servant) to defend the gospel message. But what else did he contribute to historic Christianity? Hereâ€™s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Justin Martyrâ€”and why he still matters…
Last updated January 20, 2012