What evidence or reasons do Christians have for following the (mistaken) 2012 "prophecy"?
First, let's clear up a misunderstanding. The Mayans made no prediction of the end of the world. Their calendar just happens to end in 2012. Being a cyclical calendar, it just starts over from the beginning again.
Second, what reasons do Christians (who do follow this 2012 doomsday prophecy) have for believing a supposed Mayan prophecy? What is the evidence, from a Christian perspective, that this completely foreign culture's calendar ending on a particular date = the Rapture, Second Coming, Armageddon, or just plain old ending of the world?
This is, obviously, for those Christians who follow the 2012 "prophecy" and not for those Christians who DO NOT follow the 2012 prophecy, though all are welcome to give their insight.
Prema... by "(mistaken)" I mean that there is no such prophecy - it is mistaken that there is such a Mayan prophecy.
Jer: Please see the explicit note at the bottom of the details. Thanks.
1. It was an email, so it must be true.
Most probably from the same people who sent them an email that said Obama was a Muslim.
3. Who are the Mayans and why do we care about their views?
4. I'm a Christian but I do not believe in the 2012 thing. In the Bible it says only the father knows when it will happen.
And I do not believe in the rapture. It isnt biblical.
5. We cannot say that any 2012 prophecy is (mistaken) until 2012.....
6. Just that so many things are happening now, seemingly fulfilling prophecy, and pointing to a culmination in, hmmmm, about 4 years.
7. do you know where the 2012 prophecy is in the Bible? i'd like to read it :)
8. The mayans are native south americans and we care about their culture because our calendar is based upon the mayan one.
9. Don't they consider Mayans a pagan practice?
I've met many Christians who don't believe the 2012 prophecy
10. I almost watched a Discovery channel show about this, but my roommate decided to talk about her relationship woes to me and I missed the part where they discussed any actual evidence or decent reasons. At least I _think_ I did.
11. That is just media hype and not something Christians adhere to although it may be mentioned in casual conversation.
12. Since when was this a Christian prophecy and something that all Christians believed?
13. I don't believe the 2012 prophecy. Anyone here??? Nope... Hmmm...
14. I don't follow that false prophecy,yet thank you for allowing me to answer.First you are correct in saying that the end of that calender cycle isn't a prophecy of the end of the world.You should get the ten points for your valuable insight into there calender.There is no BIBLICAL evidence to back up any claim a supposed Christian may make in regards to the false interpretation of their calender.JESUS said no man knows the day or the hour,not even the angels of heaven.This should be in everyones mind as a litmus test for truth and error in Biblical prophecy.This might hurt some but the truth even painful is most valuable.That calender changes over on a particular date.This prophecy is false in that it does give a particular date.Now I don't want to come off mean so I say in love for all do I answer any question. THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTION d's
15. My friend's boyfriend says that no one really knows when any of the many cycles of the Mayan calendar end. Someone made a guess that one ends in 2012, but it is just a guess with no real basis. You should check on that, before you say the calendar ends in 2012. One cycle might end then, but it probably doesn't. I am from Italy and was raised as a Catholic, but I am majoring in biology at college, and I have some doubts about my religion. I am still a Catholic thus far, and I see no reason at all to believe an absurd prediction that is based upon ignorance and lies. Evidently, someone has added much to the original story, so that it has the Chinese calendar and Revelation in it. It is absurd, whatever it has.
16. Christians can't follow that prophecy b/c even Jesus didn't know the day the world would end; it is exclusive information to God and God alone
17. I can only tell you, Phoenix, that the alignment of the planets predicted for late 2012 is a cause for concern. For the first time in ages, the Earth will be between the Milky Way and the sun. Since the Milky Way is considered the center and "black hole" of the universe, what could happen? Numerous and massive solar flares and a polar shift are EXPECTED. This could be the reason for the drastic weather we've been enduring these last two decades.
Not an enthusiast, but I do think there will be some sort of drastic change in 2012.
18. The Holy Bible does not say that the world will end in 2012. It is not Armageddon yet. However, there are verses that indicate that we are now at the last days. The fruit of time will be harvested soon. And the fruit of time is the people. It is now harvest time. After harvest, new buds, new growth will come. That new growth will be in about 2200 after the annihilation of mankind and the return of the 144,000 taken out of the earth. Then peace will reign for a thousand years.
Do not worry though. Do not be scared. I assure you that the world will not end on 2012 December 21 but it will end one day. Nostradamus’ prediction of when the earth will end is far into the future, past about 3700. He still has many prophecies that are not fulfilled yet. Remember that if there is a beginning, there is an end.
The Mayan’s Mesoamerican Long Count calendar forms the basis for a New Age belief, first forecast by Jose Arguelles, that a cataclysm will take place on or about 2012 December 21 (Wikipedia). It will be the end of a Mayan calendar cycle to start a new cycle.
In the book of Revelation, it tells us about a period of a thousand years of peace. Has this occurred already since the time of Jesus? Not yet. That will still come. Those that give predictions of the world’s end, such as 2012 and numerous times during the past, are pseudo-preachers. Have they talked to God directly? If so, give proofs.
But there is something that is certain—and that is our physical death. This is what we should prepare for. It may come when least expected. We do not know the day and the hour. It will come like a thief in the night. So we just have to be prepared all the time. Search for the true God and when we find Him, follow His commandments and remain in Him until our last dying breath.
This is all that we have to do. It is faith in the true God that we can take with us when we depart from this world. If we denied Him, He will deny us also before the Father in Heaven and send us to Hell. This is very scary – to live in Hell forever. If we knew Him and loved Him and followed His commandments, then He may reward us to live with Him eternally in His kingdom in Heaven. This is the survival kit that we should have.
What is also certain to happen very soon (in about 2012 or earlier) is World War III and this is a nuclear war. This calamitous war will start from the Philippines, at Spratly Islands in particular. The Spratly Islands lie on the South China Sea mostly near the coast of the Philippines. The Holy Spirit told us that the troubles in the Philippines is like the wick of a lamp. Once the wick is lit, it will be on and aglow. He told us about this prophecy more than a decade ago. Please read what is happening in the Philippines now. Spratly Islands which is being claimed wholly or partly by six countries including China is in the news and considered a tinderbox, a flash point. It is very rich in oil and gas resources, more than the reserve of Kuwait. The high price of oil may trigger the grabbing of these islands and start the war.
Four independent prophecies point to the certainty that this will happen. These are Nostradamus’ prophecies to happen around this time (quatrains 6:24 and 2:62) , the 56th Chinese prophecy of Tuey Bei Tu (the past 55 prophecies have already been fulfilled), Revelation 9:18 of the Holy Bible, and those that the Holy Spirit revealed to us. If you are interested in the details about these prophecies, please send me your request via email.