2012: A Reason to Fear?
On Friday November 13th (Friday the 13th), a movie entitled 2012 will be released in theaters worldwide. It is produced by Roland Emmerich who has brought us movies such as Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow. I kid you not I think this dude has some fascination with doomsday theories and the end of the world. Nevertheless the movie is filled with a plethora of some of Hollywood's finest on screen entertainers such as John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetal Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Woody Harrelson, and Danny Glover. With this all star line up, and the special effects an "Emmerich" film usually delivers, we should definitely be in for a cinematic treat.
However, that withstanding, it should also be understood that this movie represents something more than just another Hollywood disaster flick. The year 2012, better yet the subject of 2012 has conjured up discussion and conversation amongst those in scientific, philosophical, religious, and theorist circles. Bottom line, many believe the year 2012, December 20, 2012 to be exact, will be the end of the world as we know it. It sounds to me like 2012 is the new Y2K. You may recall the possible threat of computers recognizing the year '00 not as 2000, but instead 1900, which would then, because of where technology is now, throw us back into the stone age. And so many of us loaded up on water, medical supplies, and life essentials in the possibility, and to some the probability, that all power would shut down. Of course here we are 9 years removed and life for the most part is going along pretty smoothly. So why should we look at 2012 any differently? Well you probably shouldn't, especially if you consider yourself one who belongs to Christ. I myself am a Christian and Pastor, and it's my hope that you receive a degree of comfort after reading this. I would, however, like to give a little "2012" background before we move on to what God would have to show us and say to us through His word and His Spirit.
If we want to blame someone or some group of individuals for this "2012" hype then all fingers should point at the Mayans. Now I don't mean blame in a negative way, I simply mean this is the civilization responsible for bringing this to light, and mankind's research of them is why the sensationalism is where it's at currently. Therefore, what we begin with is the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar. This calendar is a never repeating, vigesimal base-20 and base-18 calendar utilized by many pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, most prominently the Maya. For this basis, it is occasionally known as the Maya (or Mayan) Long Count calendar. Now vigesimal simply means a numeral system which is based on twenty, in the same way in which our widely used decimal numeral system is based on ten.
The Long Count calendar recognizes a date by counting the number of days from a beginning date that is conventionally computed to be August 11, 3114 BCE in the Gregorian calendar (which is the calendar we use) or September 6 in the Julian calendar (the calendar iteration before the Gregorian). The Long Count calendar would be understood as this: A day is a k'in, twenty k'in are known as a winal or uinal, eighteen winal make one tun, twenty tun are known as a k'atun, and twenty k'atun make a b'ak'tun. I don't want to lose you now so look at it like this: A k'in is equivalent to one day, 20 k'in or a winal is equivalent to 20 days, 18 winal or 1 tun is equivalent to 360 days, 20 tun or 1 k'atun is equivalent to 7,200 days, and 20 k'atun or 1 b'ak'tun is equivalent to 144,000 days (which is about 394.5 years). What's interesting is that the number 144,000 in Jehovah's Witness teaching, is the number of those in Heaven which were the first witness', and in Christian teaching, found in Revelation 14:1-5, they appear to be the first of redeemed men, those after the ascension of Christ. Some also believe they consist of 12,000 each from the 12 tribes of Israel. Now there's a little multiplication involved but I'll get to the bottom of this right now for the sake of those who may be confused. The 13th b'ak'tun began on August 11, 3114 BCE and will end on December 20, 2012, with the 14th b'ak'tun beginning on December 21, 2012. Because of the difference in calendars the number of days is not an exact science, but historians have no record that a cataclysmic event took place on August 11, 3114 BCE. I do not claim to be an expert in any of this, nor have I gone to school and earned any degrees in any field. However on my own time I study and research intensely. I happen to be one who loves the rich revelation in research. With that in mind I'd like to now address the phenomenon behind 2012.
From New age thought to doomsday theories, the marketing machine behind 2012 is massive. Many in the New Age, believe that a transformation will take place on December 21, 2012. A new consciousness, and positive physical or spiritual transformation will take place. Their ideas range from galactic alignment, to hunab ku, to time-wave zero and the I ching, while doomsday junkies (which include some in the New Age movement) claim geomagnetic reversal, some planet called Nibiru colliding with Earth, black hole alignment, and web bot prediction. And it sure doesn't help when the Discovery channel, while entertaining and informative, airs the 2012 Nostradamus doomsday prophecies. And while many of what the quatrains of Nostradamus speaks of future events from the time that he wrote them clearly speak about things that have occurred, there is clearly a spiritual explanation behind it all.
The idea of an E.L.E. aka extinction level event is nothing new. From super volcanoes, solar flares, hyper-canes, nuclear explosions, nanobots, meteors, alien invasion, advanced AI, massive earthquakes, and even global warming, we've heard it all about how the world might end. In my opinion, though, it's nothing to be afraid of. The Bible speaks of the end of days in the book of Revelation, and Daniel and Ezekiel are prominent Old Testament books that speak on the subject of eschatology. I would agree that it's fascinating, strange, and scary that multiple civilizations like the Mesoamericans and Egyptians and other cultures that never came into contact with one another all speak of this 2012 event. From the masons and other secret societies, to the Romans and Greeks, the thought of the end of the world is prevalent. However as I said before, why fear? What would be easier to digest? That ancient extinct civilizations like Atlantis and Lemuria had the power of flight 10,000 years ago, that they traveled to various lands to share their cultures, and that we as mankind today are simply playing catch up to the technology that we used to have, or that behind it all is satan and his angels. I mean he does have the ability to deceive and the power to transform himself into an angel of light, as do his angels. Is it possible that he commanded his dark kingdom to deceptively influence multiple cultures with the same basic beliefs dressed up differently? Absolutely. In the spirit world where travel is instant and time is non existent, an angel can enter into the physical world disguised as a human, but also could manifest itself in its original form posing as a god or God Himself. For those of us in Christ, we have our answers and we know the truth. Why be concerned or afraid. Jesus said it Himself in the 24th chapter of Matthew that there will be wars, rumors of wars, pestilences, famines, and earthquakes. But he also said see that we're not troubled for these things must come to pass but the end is not yet. Jesus tells me to fear not, and Paul tells me in the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians that I have the victory in Christ. So I encourage you to relax in God, and don't get caught up in the theories, and just enjoy the movie if you so desire to see it. I mean if the end is coming on that day, then so what, we can't take anything physical with us in death anyway and we get to be with the Lord. However, the end is not coming on that precise day because Jesus said Himself that no man knows the day or hour. I would like to end with these statements made by three individuals in the archaeological field, and I quote: "Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, stated that "We [the archaeological community] have no record or knowledge that [the Maya] would think the world would come to an end" in 2012. "For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle," says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Florida. To render December 21, 2012, as a doomsday event or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is "a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in." "There will be another cycle," says E. Wyllys Andrews V, director of the Tulane University Middle American Research Institute (MARI). "We know the Maya thought there was one before this, and that implies they were comfortable with the idea of another one after this."
I leave it to you to decide what to believe. Although if you consider yourself to be a child of the Most High God, I recommend resting in the comfort of His Word.
Pastor F. Price, Jr.