I couldn’t just sit and do nothing about this common news about the end of days regarding Maya’s calendar. For us as Christians who eagerly awaits the coming of our Lord it is important to know what we should know.
Is it the end of times or not?
It is important for us to know about these prophecies and how should we respond to it. I want to start from beginning with the premise that knowledge is only valuable when it is used and applied correctly.
Who was Maya and what is all about?
According to Wikipedia – the Maya civilization is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems.
The ancient Maya gave us seven prophecies to contemplate. These prophecies talks about endings that give way to new beginnings, and warn about the dangers of not respecting nature. One of the Maya prophecies is that on December 21, 2012 and is claimed to be the start of a world apocalyptic event.
Some people look at it as another prophecy that will not happen, others believes that the prediction is true. Some people have been followed the Mayan calendar as a means of following a tradition and others may have been followed as an intellectual or mental structure.
The ancient Mayan Calendar was no different from any calendar. It was good for only a set period of time. It was simply based upon a set number of days and was intended to keep a record of a collection of days for each year.
There are several similarities between the Mayan prophecy and predictions from Biblical Christianity. The written record of the Mayans indicates belief in the return of a god, meaning the Mayans believed he existed on the earth once before. In comparison, the Bible is a written record, predicting the return of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Bible prophecies are important because they are revelations from God. “Prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).
Even the angels desire to better understand the prophecies of the Messiah. It has been through Jesus Christ, the apostles and the Church that humans and angels can at last understand the “mystery” of the plan of God.
The focus of the New Testament is on the exciting anticipation of the coming Kingdom of God. There won’t be anything secret about His return. Many verses in the Bibles describe that day to be a spectacular day!
In Matthew 24 we are told to “watch” for Christ’s coming. It means we need to stay spiritually awake and vigilant because we don’t know when He will return. It means to stay close to God—ready to meet our Savior at anytime.
From a Biblical perspective I can say that we cannot be sure of this particular date. But the things which are mentioned that will happen it will happen as many of the things are found in the Bible. Whatever is happening in the world simply proves that the Bible description is clear.
According to Matthew 24:42 and Luke 12:40, no one knows the day when Christ will return.
The Bible describes an end of the age and a new heaven and a new earth. Not the Mayan Calendar, not any preacher or pastor who claims to know but only the Father in heaven. Christians agree that the world, as we know it, will indeed come to an end. We as Christians look forward to meet our Savior and be in His divine paradise for eternity.
Christians who place their trust in the Word of God and His promises should remember the words described in the Bible – “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come”.