The Maya had an understanding of mathematics and understood the value of zero long before its discovery in the Eastern parts of the world. Their understanding of numbers and astronomy gave us the Mayan calendars of the Long and Short Counts. So why does this calendar attract so much attention now? The Mayan calendar ends on the Gregorian calendar date of December 21, 2012, which most people believe is the total end of civilization, as we know it, while others believe it is simply a change of enlightenment in this current time. Many theories have sprung up about this end date, ranging from the laughable, to the religious, to the scientific.
There are actually three Mayan calendar systems, the 365-day Solar year, the 260-day Ritual year, and the 5,128 years of the World Time calendar. The Haab or Solar year was broken down into an 18 month plus five days cycle. 18 months of 20 days and the 5 soulless days which were thought to be of ill omen, kind of like 5 days of Friday the 13th. The Tzolkin (zol-KEEN) or Sacred Round was the 260-day ritual calendar was broken down by days, not months. This religious calendar was the basis on how the people, singly and collectively, went on with their day-to-day lives according to destiny.
August 11, 3.114 B.C. when the world began in, long count to Gregorian translation. This beginning date was reached by finding a point in future time (December 21 2012) and counting backwards, as theories go, which gives us a 5,126 year span, not including year zero. This is still one year off if year zero is included. The Mayan World calendar is a series of 5,128 years per span. What is the extra year? Were translations wrong somehow, it is quite possible.
So what is supposed to happen on this magical date of December 21, 2012?
One theory suggests that a Magnetic Field shift will occur around this time, that the calendar was based on pole shifts, which have occurred repetitively throughout the Earths history. The Maya, understanding the time periods between these shifts created their Long count calendar around them and come up with the final date for the next pole shift. But how would they know what to look for to expect another shift? How much time was supposed to pass between these shifts and how did they know it? Was there record passed down to them from long ago recounting a time when there was a prior pole shift so that mathematics could be used to predict the next one to come? Or did the ancients study a form of dendrochronology the study of climate changes by looking at tree rings. Others suggest a much more mythical or religious approach. December 21, 2012 is also the Winter Solstice, and provides us with a view that will not be seen again in any of our lifetimes. The Sun will conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way in the ecliptic, giving us view of the Sacred Tree as called by the Maya, giving us view of the Tree of Life. Both of these scenarios are quite possible, one scientific explanation, and one religious. What we still do not know, and probably will not know is what will happen after this end date until it actually occurs. A new dawn of enlightenment would be a step towards progression, in that mankind would become more aware of their surroundings and the impact that they have on the Earth as well as a higher intelligence and consciousness and a better mindset for helping their fellow man. Perhaps this is the end, when Mother Nature finally decides to shrug off the oppressiveness that has been created by the children and start anew. We may just end up living through another doomsday prophecy, going to work or school as usual, looking back on the prophecies and laughing them off. Peter may have cried wolf too often for our cynical minds.
Prophecy written in the bible. Believers of this faith have long thought of the implications of this book. Are these passages a portent of things to come, or have they already happened? A biblical Armageddon, the end of the world for some thinkers, and a rebirth of a new for others. Yet, what is Armageddon? The place where the final battle will take place? The actual end of the world or a simple hill or mountain in a distant country?
In a dream the events were foretold to St. John the Divine of what was to happen. He was to send the accounts of the sleep time apparition to the seven churches of Asia Minor. As a warning? ?The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 2, Peter 3:10, Rev 3:3, Rev 16:15). It would contradict itself time after time, no thief I know of gave forewarning of the mess they were going to leave.
At the seventh seal we see another lull in the storm. The chosen saved of the tribes were marked and taken to Heaven. Then there was silence in Heaven. The next harbingers of destruction, seven angels bearing seven trumpets, and the angel of the censer. The censor filled with holy fire is cast down to Earth to echo the earthquakes and storms. The first of the trumpeters sounded, and a rain of hail, fire and blood, fell and burned the trees and grasses. Famine once again, only to the highest extent. The next angel we see sounds, and a great burning mountain falls to the sea causing a third of it to turn to blood. This is another great impact in the sea, the meteor/asteroid would probably be comprised of red elements to cause the waters to turn red, also contaminating the water supply, killing marine life in the area. Some resemblance to red tide, which causes marine death.
8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
The angel of Planet X, Nibiru and many other appellations. The mythology behind this star is large. Be it fantastical or scientific, many have watched the skies for this bringer of doom. The stories are too numerous to mention, some say that this was the star that led the three magi to Christ's birthplace. Fitting that it would also be the star of destruction in Revelations. Wormwood, a poison, also a component in the making of absinthe would poison the waters making them bitter. Killing the world with its own bitterness wrapped up into a collective ball/star.
The fourth angel darkens the sky, blacking out part of the sun, moon and stars. The darkness of a major cataclysm, clouds shielding the sky from view as if struck by nuclear winter. The days and nights shorten as the amount of light is lessened more and more death ensues. Venturing a guess as to how few people are alive if any at this point in time, it seems now that it is a chalkboard being smashed instead of a wash down. All traces of human civilization would be completely destroyed and churned under the soil.
Locusts, are let loose by the fifth angel to ravage the survivors who are not marked with the seal of the tribes. Not to touch the land or anything that is green, yet how could anything be green still on this now hellish planet? Torture of the unsaved is the purpose of these locusts, not to kill them, but to ensure punishment for five months. Five months of torture, nothing to end the punishment, even suicide would not end it. (Revelations 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.)
And the sixth angel blew its trumpet. Four bound angels released to make war on a third of man, wiping them out with an army of thousands. With their fire and brimstone breath they are to kill the third part of man. How is this to be interpreted? If by chance the planet is not in complete shambles, and technology is still in working order, would not the fire and brimstone breath hint at an atomic bomb, the four angels being four countries letting loose on each other.
At the seventh angel the destruction has passed, it proclaims the cleansing of the Earth.
This angel proclaims that St. John should prophesize to the nations on the Earth of the coming war. The queen of heaven bears a child that fights for God that Satan, as the dragon, fights to overcome. The beast rises from the depths of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns with ten crowns upon those horns. Many believe that the seven heads represent the hills of Rome, and the ten horns the offshoots of the Catholic Church.
This is the time of the mark of the beast, the number that most people fear, even when getting change from the store. This feared number when sealed on the forehead or their right hand, is to be the only way one is recognized to buy or sell. From Implanted chips under the skin, to UPC codes, nothing has escaped the scrutiny of bible readers in their search for this ominous number.
Why the fascination to find this marking?
This Six Hundred and Sixty Six will denote the being that will be known as the anti-Christ.
From the Latin translation: 13:18 hic sapientia est qui habet intellectum conputet numerum bestiae numerus enim hominis est et numerus eius est sescenti sexaginta sex.
This does not denote a single man, but Mankind. In the English translations it is the number of a single man. This translation began the wildfires of who the anti-Christ was is or may be in the future. Currently the rumors of G.W. Bush, Saddam Hussein and others in current politics have been tapped as this figure.
The political aspects of the book of Revelations do seem as if they apply to today, though there is the possibility that what we read in the book is a record of the past purges, things that have happened before. The war for the rest of humanity takes place between Christ and the anti-Christ here. It seems as if it is a political battle. But it is not, plagues besiege mankind again, poisons, famines and the like reoccur once again. Quite a bit of redundancy to say the least, like most morality tales from earlier times. It must be repetitive in order to teach the lesson. After once again, these things happen on the Earth, another figure appears on the stage.
Mystery, Babylon the great mother of harlots and abominations. This woman sits upon the back of the seven-headed beast in a position of power. She is drunk with the blood of the saints, yet the beast she sits upon turn against her. She is the great city that kings despise and would destroy. After much destruction, Babylon is fallen and God claims the victory over the anti-Christ and binds Satan to the bottomless pit for a thousand years. This seems to happen repeatedly it seems as the bonds are loosed after the tenure and cast into the lake of fire. The return of the city of God, Jerusalem the perfect utopian world, evil, night and death are no more.
Have these events come to pass already, are they portents of things to come, or are they simply morality teachings using the element of fear to ensure good behavior for the masses who believe?