This past weekend, Sony released Roland Emmerich’s thriller about a global cataclysm that is scheduled to take place in 2012. With the release of this movie (which I have not seen, nor will see due to the language) we will be hearing more and more about speculations of 2012 being the end of the world.
As you may or may not know, the ancient Mayans predicted that the world would come to an end on December 21, 2012. The Mayans believed that the world would last through five cycles consisting of 5126 years. We, according to the Mayans, are living in that fifth cycle and the 5126 years will come to an end on December 21, 2012.
So could this be it? Are we nearing the end of the world? My question is: What would make one think that the Mayans had insight into the time of the end of the world? Grant it, they knew much about the heavens, the stars and their alignments, and the seasons. But these are the same people who thought the Sun in our solar system was a living god. These are the same people who thought that if they did not appease the god of the Sun with human sacrifices, it would refuse to rise in the morning.
As I see it, here’s the bottom line. We have a choice to make. We will either believe the Bible which, concerning the end of time says, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36), or will we will believe the Ancient Mayans who said the world would end on December 21, 2012. It’s that simple.
If the Lord does not have it in His plans to return before 2012, the Ancient Mayans will just be another name added to an already long list of prognosticators and false prophets who have incorrectly guessed when the world would end, proving yet again that “God is true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).