“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:24-36).
There have been over thirty doomsday predictions since the 1950s, and of course, time proved that every last one of them were bogus. Now the world is ensnared by the fictitious Mayan Calendar Prophecy, which, according to those who claim they can interpret the hieroglyphics, suggests that the world will come to an end at midnight 21 December 2012. The popular interpretation is based upon symbols on incomplete stone pillar in Guatemala. This is supposed to indicate that either a massive solar flare will roast us, a meteor will obliterate us, or a gigantic earthquake will shatter the globe. The fact is that this Mayan Calendar stuff is big business for the film industry, bunker producers and new age authors. The Mayan civilization seems to have been destroyed by some catastrophe, therefore their so-called wisdom did not benefit them, but foolish people today think that the scrawls of extinct pagans have a message for our generation. They dismiss the Bible, which just goes to prove that if you do not stand for the truth, you fall for a lie.
The Scriptures offer us important information regarding the last days and the end of the world, yet they also give us a warning about what not to believe. While it is edifying to study the prophecies of the Bible relating to the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world, we have to stay clear of date setting. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). Those who attempt this prohibited action are to be avoided by all Bible-believing Christians. True believers did not fall for the Jehovah’s Witness false predictions in 1914 and again in 1975, yet how many were duped by the Harold Camping nonsense in 2011! There are some Christian groups that are comparing the Mayan Calendar Prophecy with the Bible. This begs the question: “Why would God use a pagan society, who sacrificed humans to demons, to affirm His word? Christians, atheists, and new agers all over the world are taking the Mayan prophecy very seriously and preparing for disaster, destruction and doom. Once again believers are falling for the date setting error. Books and DVDs on the subject are selling by the millions, but those who produce them and those who buy them are going to have to come up with excuses on 22 December 2012.
The one thing that all the doomsday scenarioists thrive on is fear. Bible prophecy concerning the last days is not intended to put fear in the hearts of those who trust in Christ, for studying it ought to bring a blessing instead of a curse into our lives. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:3) … “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2). Popular authors seem to think that it is clever to speculate on the gory details that they think might happen. They teach that they know who the Antichrist is and exactly what the mark of the beast will be. They major on all the possible frightening future events to scare people into believing in Jesus. Such people have overstepped the line from prophecy to prognostication and are functioning as fortune-tellers rather than preachers. Of course, Scripture is very graphic about what can be expected before and when this world is destroyed, but its central theme is calling sinners to repentance and saints to righteousness rather than trying to scare the living daylights out of us. Speculation about the future might sell books, fill church halls and receive media attention, but playing fast and loose with Bible prophecy is foolhardy to say the least.
1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” Therefore it beggars belief that some Christians in the United States are going on survival courses so that they can be prepared for the anarchy resulting from the destruction of world civilisations 21 December 2012. They are stockpiling food, water and weapons in twenty foot underground reinforced steel bunkers costing over $70.000 each. Have they forgotten the “In God we Trust” printed on their banknotes? Any Christian who buys into the Mayan Calendar Prophecy indicates that they do not truly trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
All doomsday prophets are themselves doomed to utter embarrassment when their predictions fail to materialise. Their books will be recycled and their films forgotten. Even if the Lord Jesus Christ returned today, there would be at least another one thousand years before the universe is destroyed. This is the main point about the Mayan Calendar Prophecy, for despite its slight similarity with Bible prophecy, it suggests a reborn earth after the catastrophe. The Bible says differently: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10) … “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” (Revelation 21:1). Why believe pagan lies rather than Scriptural truth? As we near the end of the ages, Satan will inspire many alternatives to what the Bible says to throw people off track and keep them from considering Christ. What an opportunity we will have on 22 December 2012 to tell our friends about the truth only found in God’s word, because a few days later the world will be celebrating the birth of the Saviour whose return in near.