Bible Answers to the Mayan Prophecies

62c21-yaxchilandivineserpentThe History Channel has probably been talking about the Mayan prophecies about 2012 for the better part of a decade. It always seemed silly to me, but the closer we get to December I find more people who are taking these prophecies seriously. Some “interpreters” believe that December 21, 2012 will be the end of the world. Other “interpreters” believe that it will be the end of the world as we know it. However, they all agree that something will happen that day. (Incidentally, I could have made that prediction even without astrological understanding or clairvoyant powers.)

Even some Christians seem to be a little bit worried about the end of the world coming on that day. But I maintain that we have absolutely nothing to worry about with regard to the Mayan prophecies. Here are a few reasons why. (For the sake of full disclosure: I have read a number of things about the Mayans, their beliefs, and their calendar, trying to understand these matters before discussing them. But I am not an expert on the Mayan civilization and do not represent myself as such.)

1. The Mayan prophecies are based on astrology.
The Mayans were brilliant when it came to their observation of the stars and planets, and using them to measure time, distance, direction, etc. There is nothing wrong with this. The problem was when they began to practice astrology, the belief that these celestial bodies influenced human affairs and the attempt to interpret heavenly signs. The prophecy of a cataclysmic event in December 2012 comes from an attempt to interpret the stars as they apply to mankind.

The Bible, however, identifies astrology as a pagan practice with no validity, and forbids God’s people from giving any credence to it.

“Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them” (Jeremiah 10:1-2).

2. The Mayan prophecies were based on their own pagan religion.
Some scholars who have researched the Mayans in-depth question whether they even predicted a cataclysmic event in 2012 at all. However, those who believe in these alleged prophecies base their ideas on the fact that the Mayans’ long count calendar comes to an end on December 21, 2012. Thus it is believed that the Mayans’ calendar predicts the end. However, the beginning of this long count calendar corresponds to the year 3114 BC, when the Mayans believed that the gods Kukulkán and Tepeu created the world.

By the same token, it would appear that the 2012 date supposes that these gods will either end their creation or usher in a new era for it. The entire idea that there will be cataclysmic events tied to the Mayan long count calendar in December 2012 is tied to a pagan religion and the worship of false gods. As Kukulkán and Tepeu did not create, neither can they recreate or destroy. As with the pagan deities of the Babylonians, these Mayan gods are inanimate, powerless idols, constructed by human hands out of wood and stone; they pose no threat and provide no benefit to anyone.

“[The idols] are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good” (Jeremiah 10:5).

3. Jesus’ teaching discounts the Mayan prophecies.
Finally, as I point out with everyone who names or suggests a date for the end of the world, they are contradicted by the clear teaching of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As He told His disciples:

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36).

The simple truth is that we cannot believe God’s Word and give credence to the Mayan prophecies. The two are mutually exclusive.