Dresden Codex Picturing a Flood
This month, Sony Films took great efforts to popularize its upcoming 2012 movie. So, most Americans have heard of it (the movie is also planned to be released in Europe and elsewhere and in multiple languages).
I reviewed 2012 the Movie (by Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company) preview and also the trailer for it a few times. Thus far, it seems to perpetuate the non-biblical position that the world will be destroyed by a flood (cf. Genesis 9:11-17) in 2012. The trailer also has the following statements:
HOW WOULD THE GOVERNMENTS OF OUR PLANET PREPARE SIX BILLION PEOPLE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD?
FIND OUT THE TRUTH
Despite claims, Mayan writings (like the Dresden Codex shown at the beginning of today’s article), movie trailers, and movie reviews, the truth is that world will not end in 2012. (Though massive flooding, which Sony’s movie implies, is likely to occur just a few years later.)
It is simply not possible according to the Bible for this to happen in 2012 (please also see Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End?). Those who think it will, simply have been misled. And those looking for a place of protection, may wish to consult the Bible and not Patrick Geryl (for biblical information, please see the article There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians. Why it May Be Petra) nor Hollywood.
The Bible also teaches:
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Wallace Smith of the Living Church of God reported the following after seeing a preview for the movie:
As my wife and I walked into the local cinema, before us stood one of the largest movie advertisement displays I’ve ever seen. It depicted a coastal city being completely ripped apart by unprecedented seismic activity—tossing vast swaths of the city into the sky and dumping entire neighborhoods into a hungry ocean. It was a scene of utter devastation that clearly would have taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. And it was a fitting advertisement for the movie 2012, the new End-Of-The-World epic written and directed by Roland Emmerich, coming out this November. (Smith W. 2012: The Hype and the Truth. LCG Commentary, July 18, 2009)
Those who are convinced by Mayan and other non-biblical prophecies otherwise are not correct and simply are not being directed by God–they are leaning on their own inaccurate misunderstandings. But the end of the world (meaning the end of this age) will come soon–but it will not be until after 2012 for reasons that this article will indicate later.
A poster for Sony Picture’s 2012 movie stated the following:
Who Will Be Left Behind?
This is apparently intended to be a twist on Tim LaHaye’s and Jim Jenkins’ Left Behind series of books. Sony’s approach appears to be that most will be destroyed by a flood and only a few will be “left behind” to live. The Left Behind series promotes the idea that “Christians” will be gone via a pre-tribulation “rapture” before the Great Tribulation and that those doomed to live under the reign of Antichrist will be “left behind”
Both ideas are in scriptural error.
But Sony has taken this a step further. Notice what Wikipedia has written about one publicity stunt from Sony:
The studio also launched a viral marketing website operated by the fictional Institute for Human Continuity, where filmgoers could register for a lottery number to be part of a small population that would be rescued from the global destruction.
Sony Films’ registration, of course, will not save anybody.
Those truly interested in learning about the rapture hypothesis and who really will be protected during the coming Great Tribulation should study the article Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected?
And, it may be important to realize that the Bible does show that some type of flooding will occur and eliminate most of the islands of the world (please see Islands and Bible Prophecy), but I do not believe that this can occur until some years after December 21, 2012. Nor does the Bible allow for a worldwide destruction of all flesh through a flood:
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Genesis 9:8-11).
However, since the world cannot and will not be destroyed by a flood, I strongly suspect that many will decide that the Mayan prophecies should properly be interpreted to mean that the longed for age of peace is upon us–even though it will not be (Ezekiel 13:10). Perhaps I should mention that the most specific Mayan prophecy about a flood at the end of the world ties it into the Bible–hence there would seem to be a contradiction there as the Bible is clear that there will not be another flood such as Noah experienced (Genesis 9:11-15), and while the movie does not go quite to that degree, what it shows simply will not happen then. Other scriptures show that the Great Tribulation and the later great earthquake (Revelation 16:18) will not be that early (see Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2009, 2010, or 2011? for more details).
Those who wish to learn more about 2012 may wish to check out the following articles:
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012? How might Barack Obama be involved in 2012?
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect This contains some concepts related to 2012 and a book. This also has YouTube videos related to 2012.