There has been a lot of hype about the possibility of the world ending in the year 2012. I have seen documentaries on television which try to play on this angle and cash in on the trend. The central supporting reference for this theory is the fact that the long-term Mayan calendar seems to stop on the date of December 21, 2012. These television shows will attempt to convince you of a heightened spirituality that the Mayans had achieved, and as a result reached some kind of mystic status with prophetic abilities. But what they won’t tell you is that there were no beliefs or teachings in the Mayan culture about the end of the world happening in 2012. It appears that they simply stopped the calendar on that day, probably based on their own astrological observations.
To try and find corresponding support for the theory outside of the Mayan calendar, the shows will typically pick out whatever astrological conditions will be happening at that time and make them seem incredibly unique. This lends an eerie aspect to the whole thing for the uneducated and gullible, which makes for good TV I suppose. Expect more of these kinds of shows later this year.
But what about the Bible? Can Bible prophecy be twisted or contorted to help support the Mayan calendar hype? There is no reason associate any biblical prophecies with any calendar dates, and there never has been. In fact Jesus told us just the opposite in regards to his coming; specifically that we would not know the day or the hour, that he would come like a thief in the night, when we do not expect it. That is why people like Harold Camping who think they can predict major Bible end-times prophetic events with a calculator, a calendar, and the pages of the Bible are wasting their efforts.
In fact the calendar itself is not the same as it used to be. In Old Testament times there were 360 days to the year and no adjustments. One of the Popes had to make a new calendar to accommodate a longer year, otherwise by now winter would be summer and vice versa. So now we have 365 days to the year plus an extra day every 4 years, and even that schedule will eventually reverse the seasons (given enough time) due to slight inaccuracies. It is not known why the years are longer now than they were in Old Testament times, but apparently the earth does take longer to circle the sun now – probably because of an adjusted orbit trajectory.
Interestingly, the exact day of Christ’s second coming (his final second coming, not the rapture) is given by the Old Testament prophet Daniel. But that is only the case because it is given by number of days after a prior event. That event is called the abomination of desolation and occurs exactly three and a half years before the final second coming of Christ. So we cannot know the day of the final second coming before that event occurs, which makes calendars useless beforehand.
When Jesus told us that we would not know the day of his coming, he had to be referring to the Rapture. Otherwise we have a conflict in the Bible since Daniel gave the exact day of his second coming, and the book of Revelation gives us a whole bunch of events that happen in the years preceding it. So if Jesus is coming when we do not expect it, it would have to be before these events start happening – because we would certainly be expecting him after they do. That is why a pre-wrath rapture is the only eschatology that is consistent with all of scripture. If the rapture does not happen before all of the seven seal judgments start to occur in the book of Revelation, then parts of the Bible must be incorrect – in which case we got nothing. (I should point out that no part of the Bible has ever been proven to be incorrect despite monumental efforts throughout history to do so.)
So that leaves us with one glaring question: Will the rapture happen in 2012? I think I have already answered this. We simply do not know. But Jesus wanted us to live like it we were expecting him all the time. And it is getting closer. It could happen this year or this month or this week. I hope it does, but first I hope all of my friends get saved. One thing is certain: It ain’t going to happen on December 21, since Jesus told us that no man knows the day or the hour.
Hopefully you understand that what is not Biblical is the idea of the end of the world being an event which happens in a day. It takes seven years for the end of the world – as we know it – to play out. It does not correspond with the end of some old calendar. The important question is, what part are you going to play in it? I suggest that you participate in the rapture and come up to heaven where the good times will be. If you are that last person the Lord is waiting for so we can all get out of here, please get on board already! Drop down right now and ask for forgiveness and receive Jesus Christ as your savior. Escape the coming wrath and join the family. We are all waiting for you!