2012: Is this any way to run an apocalypse?

 

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Some 2012 news today: That news being that 2012 may not be “the” date after all.

J&CS passed on to me this news item from msnbc.com: “‘End of the world’ delayed–by Mayan calendar” (LiveScience, 10/19/2010).  The subheading reads, “Overhyped 2012 apocalypse could still be decades away, says critique.”

It is nice to see a criticism of the standard Goodman-Martinez-Thompson (GMT) correlation in print.  Those of you who read my blog post “2012, Maya experts, Tomorrow’s World, and three bowls of chili” way back when are already aware that some scholars believe the GMT correlation to be off, but often such developments in the halls of academia make it to the public very slowly.  (Consider how few know of the controversy concerning Haeckel’s embryo drawings.)

This would be, perhaps, the capstone for highlighting 2012 foolishness.  Although many say that the Maya predicted the end of the world–some, specifically by flood–on December 21, 2012, the “end” of their calendar…

  • There are no Mayan records predicting an end on that date.
    (True all the more when the character of their “prophetic” writings is considered.)
  • There are no Mayan records predicting a flood on that date.
  • There are plenty of Mayan records showing the calendar does not “end” on that date.
  • And, now, some are publicly stating that even the date, itself, may be off by decades.

Regardless of the Mayan resource — the Chilam Balam, the Dresden Codex, the Tortuguero Monument, the Hero Twin mythology, et al. — the only reasonable conclusion given the current state of evidence is that 2012 is a “gringo invention,” just as many of the modern Mayan descendants have dubbed it.

And as a “gringo invention,” it even fails to be significant in that regard.  There is nothing cosmologically significant slated to happen on December 21, 2012, and any importance one places in such things is rooted in pagan astrology, anyway (or “pseudo-science,” which I won’t bother to discuss in detail).  When one traces the real roots of 2012 obsession, it has its origins in several prophet “wannabes” who enjoyed hallucinogenic drug usage and the thought of “channeling” ancient kings, pagan gods, extraterrestrials, and interdimensional beings.  Is this any way to run an apocalypse?

To borrow from Mr. Twain, “Reports of 2012’s significance have been greatly exaggerated.”

All of that said, it’s time for a word from our sponsor… 🙂

There is so much out there for free concerning the 2012-hysteria, that I have no idea why anyone would still spend money on it.  For instance, some time back I was in a Christian bookstore with two of my boys while my Beautiful Wife was in Wal-Mart with the other two.  Sitting on the front rack a book caught my eye: 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World (or something like that).

What I wanted to do upon seeing it was to run up to the counter and say, “Hey! Instead of having folks pay money for that, why not offer them a free hour-long DVD on the same subject?!? And I just happen to have a copy right here in my pocket!

Well, I didn’t do that and, no, I didn’t have the DVD in my pocket.  But you can still get our free material from the Tomorrow’s World website, even if I don’t have it in my pocket!  The DVD has not yet been added to the “Order Free” page, but you can write us on the “Contact Us” page and request it — the title is 2012: Mystery and Truth.

However, we’ve got a shorter television program on the subject: “2012, Bible Prophecy and You!” (click to view or download), also available as an MP3 file.  The most recent telecast that brings up the subject, “Prophets and Pretenders,” is due to be out in a few weeks.  Also, we’ve featured an article and commentary: “The Truth about 2012: Hollywood vs. Humanity” and “2012: The Hype and the Truth.”

Blog-wise, I’ve written quite a bit.  The two most viewed posts seem to be “What the Maya did & didn’t say about 2012” and the previously mentioned “2012, Maya experts, Tomorrow’s World, and three bowls of chili” however, I’ve mentioned it many times, which is, perhaps, easiest found by searching my blog for “2012.”

But the irony is this: The entire point of all of this writing and broadcasting about 2012 is to help people see that it is futile to focus on 2012!  Scripture is clear that we should not look to pagan sources of prophecy or that which may be inspired by demons–let alone made-up drivel like 2012.  Even if the Maya did predict the end of the world in 2012 (and, again, as best we can tell they didn’t), what difference does it make if a bunch of child-sacrificing, pagan priests predicted anything?  Israel’s compulsion to look to other religions and cultures has gotten it all confused and discombobulated — and punished — before (Deut. 12:29-30, Jer. 10:2, 2 Kings 17:15, et al. ad nauseum), and it looks like nothing has changed.

Chunk 2012.  If you want some insight into prophetic events based on something more solid than child sacrifices, goat entrails, and drug-induced hallucinations, consider the Bible.  Unlike the materials of those out there profiting (propheting?) on people’s interest, all of our material is absolutely free.  We believe that when Jesus says, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8), He means it.  Check it out: www.tomorrowsworld.org.

8 thoughts on “2012: Is this any way to run an apocalypse?

  1. texasborn

    Mr. Smith: Some people believe that all of our Milky Way planets will be in conjunction on December 21, 2012. Some do not. Here are excerpts from two web sites and a URL for another. What do you think about the info at these web sites? (You will have to go to the 2nd web site to view the non-alignment of the planets shown.)

    1. [website deleted; I’ve no desire to give junk sites any extra traffic 🙂 WGS]
    The date December 21st, 2012 also represents an extremely close conjunction of the Winter Solstice Sun with the crossing point of the Galactic Equator (Equator of the Milky Way) and the Ecliptic (path of the Sun.) This is an event that has been coming to alignment very slowly over thousands and thousands of years and will come to resolution at exactly 11:11 am GMT on 21 December 2012.

    2. http://www.alicesastroinfo.com/2009/11/03/
    Planetary Alignment = FALSE

    The planets will not be aligned on 12/12/2012. Here are their positions:

    12/2012 Planetary Positions

    12/2012 Planetary Positions
    Noon 12/2012

    Noon 12/2012

    If you look at this other view of the same picture, they look aligned, but bear in mind that line is the ecliptic – the line through the plane of our solar system. All planets are always “aligned” along this line: every moment of every day of every year. That is the definition of the ecliptic.

    3. http://www.space.com/common/forums/viewtopic.php?t=21294

  2. Hello. I just found your blog and had to speed read throughn it due to time. One thing, however, really caught my attention becausen it touches on something that has bothered me for some time. The Mayan civilization was a pagan one and their words should not be regarded as “set in stone.’ Another red flag concerning 2012 debate is the fact that an exact date is being extablished. Jesus gave us signs to look for that would transpire before his apppearing and I truly believe that we are seeing the manifesting of this. But a date based on a calendar (albeit a very complex calendar) set in motion by a people who knew not the God of heaven is dangerous.

    The thrust is that we should look to Jesus continually, prepare spiritually for anything that we may face in the days ahead, and determine within our hearts to maintain our testimony steadfast unto the end. When we consider Matthew 24:24, we can see the gravity of this issue.

    I’ll stop by again when time permits. You have placed a great deal of thought into this post. Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  3. texasborn: The galactic alignment idea is junk, as one of your links points out. The first website, whose link I deleted, is completely wrong. Regrettably, the gullable just read stuff like that, say “Wow,” and believe it is true. Any astronomer in the phone book could explain what a lie that is. As for the planetary alignment: again, junk. And the websites you list point that out well. Thanks.

    timbob: Actually, I would agree with much of what you say, so I hope you did actually read the post. Not only were the Mayans pagan and their prophecies to be avoided, but they didn’t even say all of this stuff about 2012 to begin with. I hope you will take the time to check out the Tomorrow’s World website at another time.

  4. Steve

    I’m real glad to see this post, Mr. Smith. As we used to say in the Sixties, right on! True followers of God’s Word need to avoid this pagan, occult stuff altogether; whether it’s the Mayan callendar, Nostradamus, and other pseudo prophecies. Don’t entertain the idea; don’t let it through the back door of your mind. That stuff has to be smashed. Altogether.

  5. Pingback: Apocalypse Not: 2012-12-21 @ 1100 UT « The Chronicles of Johanan Rakkav

  6. Dear Mr. Smith,

    I’ve just prepared some graphics using Starry Night Enthusiast 6 and put them on Photobucket. To save your readers some very long URLs (since I’m not sure I can make my editor shorten the direct links to Photobucket enough), here is a blog post with direct links to the Photobucket images.

    http://rakkav.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/apocalypse-not-2012-12-21/

    Interestingly, the sun does cross the galactic equator at or near the time stated even on the first simulation, but it doesn’t cross the galactic core (marked) and the planets are in no special alignment either as viewed from the Earth or from above the Sun. The mere fact that the (then widely scattered) “classical planets” will stick close to the plane of the ecliptic is irrelevant: 1) most do so all the time and 2) if they’re going to have any influence at all, one would expect it by way of a major conjunction/opposition relative to the Sun and the Earth (which doesn’t happen then).

    Hopefully my graphics will make the above points clear.

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