PCG: Is the Mayan End of the World Prophecy Accurate?


Last Page of Mayan Dresden Codex
Last Page of the Dresden Codex


Today, PCG posted the following from its Joel Hilliker:

Is the Mayan End of the World Prophecy Accurate?

July 11, 2012 | From theTrumpet.com

Thanks to their interpretation of the Mayan calendar, many people think the world will end on December 21, 2012…

It’s a bizarre belief that has been around since a stone tablet was found in the 1960s at a Mexican archeological site that describes a Mayan god returning at the end of a time cycle believed to be Dec. 21, 2012. Last November, an additional Mayan artifact was found with apparently the same date mentioned, fueling additional hype…

Forget etchings on a few stones in Mexico. There is only one reliable, verifiable source of prophecy that has a proven track record of accuracy: the Holy Bible.

Joel Hilliker is correct that the world will not end on December 21, 2012 and that all should rely on the Bible to understand end time prophecy.

And according to the Bible for the end to happen in 2012 to many events still have to take place (see Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2012, 2013, or 2014?; 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.  Many modern scholars question exactly what the Mayans were predicting.

Anyway, the last page of the Dresden Codex is the part that most have focused on. The idea that it may have been predicting a flood at the end of the Mayan long-count calendar has been suspected for at least a century.  In 1906, notice some of what was written by Ernst Wilhelm Förstemann concerning the Dresden Codex:

COMMENTARY ON THE DRESDEN CODEX… This page can denote nothing but the end of the world, for which the serpent numbers have prepared the way. Perhaps what looks like a zero above the sign Eb in the stream of water may likewise point to this calamity. (Förstemann EW. Commentary on the Maya manuscript in the Royal public library of Dresden Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. Translated by Selma Wesselhoeft, Alberta M. Parker. Publisher The Museum, 1906 Original from Harvard University Digitized Dec 14, 2005, p. 266)

Of course, different researchers have different opinions about what this means, but the world will not end in a flood according to Bible prophecy (cf. Genesis 9) and nor can the world end as early as 12/21/2012.

Mark Van Stone at the website of the Foundation for the Advancement of MesoAmerican Studies, Inc. states:

The Dresden does contain some astronomical tables –:notably Venus cycle and Eclipse Tables, for example–: and some mysterious tables such as the Serpent-Numbers (those dealing with 37,000 BCE), but most of them are auguries, based on cycles of the Tzolk’in divided by 5, or 6, or 7, or 18, or other numbers of days. (Questions and answers http://www.famsi.org/research/vanstone/2012/comments.html viewed 12/27/11)

Some have indicated that one or more of the small astronomical tables (which are very difficult to read on the last page of the Dresden Codex) point to some type of “galactic alignment” (others dispute that). But again, these are mainly modern Western interpretations of the Dresden Codex.  One of the reasons that 2012 was considered a possible date from the Dresden Codex is that many feel that it does show the “transit of Venus,” which is a rare event and which occurred last month (see 2012′s rare ‘Transit of Venus’)–the so-called alignment comes later in sequence on the Dresden Codex, hence that is why some give the December 21, 2012 some credibility.

I 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 is from the 16th century document known as the Chilam Balim. It possibly may have had some relationship to the Dresden Codex. Notice what it states:

But when the law of the katun has run its course, the God will bring about a great deluge again which will be the end of the world. When this is over, then our Lord Jesus Christ will descend over the valley of Jehoshaphat beside the town of Jerusalem where he redeemed us with his holy blood (José Hoíl J, Roys R. The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel. Roys Publisher, 1933. Reprint Forgotten Books, 1967, p. 62).

Yet, the above is, biblically, a false claim.   The world simply cannot end in a flood per God’s words in Genesis 9:

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).

Also, 2012 is not the end of the world nor will Jesus return in 2012.  The Mayan flood prophecy will be proven false, whether it related to 2012 or not or the Dresden Codex or not.

Other scriptures show that the Great Tribulation and the later great earthquake (Revelation 16:18) cannot be that early (see Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2012, 2013, or 2014? for more details).

Whatever the Dresden Codex may be trying to portray (my book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect discusses certain views), it is not possible that the end of the world will occur in 2012, Jesus will not return in 2012 (Ronald Weinland was wrong; see Ron Weinland Falsely Claims ‘Work of the Two Witnesses is Over’), nor can the Great Tribulation begin that early (James Malm is also wrong; see James Malm’s 70% Great Tribulation Chance in 2012 is 100% Wrong).

But the Great tribulation will eventually come and Jesus will eventually return.

Yet, because many have made false predictions about 2012, many will likely use 2012 as an excuse to scoff at and discount all prophecy. According to the Bible, that will be a mistake (2 Peter 3:1-13).

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 is a link related to a book by Bob Thiel (COGwriter). This link also has YouTube videos. This book documents and explains hundreds of prophecies. And since it was published, world events have aligned with at least 23 predictions in the book and many more will to come to pass.  Those who purchase the book at the www.thesecretsect.com website receive a lengthy bonus report documenting world events that aligned with the book.
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect (English Kindle edition).  This is the 2nd edition of the book, released in January 2012, and includes a summary of many of the predictions that world events have aligned with since the book originally came out in September 2009.
2012 y el surgimiento de la secta secreta 2012 libro del Dr. Thiel en Español.
2012 und das Auftreten der geheimen Sekte (German Edition) 2012 Buch von Dr. Thiel in deutscher Sprache. 2012 und das Auftreten der geheimen Sekte (German Kindle Edition)
2012 e o Surgimento da Seita Secreta (Portuguese Edition) 2012 livro do Dr. Thiel em português. Este livro documenta e explica centenas de profecias. E desde que foi publicado pela primeira vez, pelo menos 23 já começaram a acontecer.
2012 e o Surgimento da Seita Secreta (Brazilian Portuguese Edition) 2012 livro do Dr. Thiel.  Edição em português do Brasil. Este livro documenta e explica centenas de profecias. E desde que foi publicado pela primeira vez, pelo menos 23 já começaram a acontecer.

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