You may have heard a little about the Mayans 2012 prediction. BUT who really were the Mayans? AND why is this such a big deal?
The Mayan Indians were advanced in mathematics, writing, and astronomy. They lived in Mexico and built a famous pyramid in the Yucatan peninsula during the year 1050 BC. This pyramid had 365 steps leading to the top of the pyramid which marked the solar year. However, their most famous invention was their calender.
No one knows for sure how they did it but they were very accurate in their methods. As in VERY accurate, they estimated that a year was longer than 365 days rather 365.242036 days, which is slightly more accurate than the 365.2425 days of the Gregorian calendar we use today. Bear in mind they calculated this around 1000 BC, well before anyone else. The Mayans had different types of calenders: long count, divine, civil, and short among others. They had a 13 day week. The calender that arouses the curiosity is the long calender.
The long calender on the Mayan calender begins August 11, 3114 BC and will be completed on December 21, 2012. This will mark the end of a major 5126 year cycle on the long count calender.
The reason many are interested in this is the fact that during the year 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the milky way galaxy during the winter solstice for the first time in 26,000 years! THIS MEANS: Whatever energy typically stems to the earth from the center of the milky way will be disrupted on 12/21/2012 at 11:11 PM. Coincidence? Some believe that the sun spots could wreck havoc on the earth during this time causing power outages, earthquakes, etc.
A big point to understand. According to the Mayans 12/21/2012 marks the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. So: The Mayans are NOT predicting the end of the world per se. The Mayans believed that time was cyclical, that is, it goes in circles. They believed that there would be 5 cycles in the earth's history---and that the last cycle would end on 12/21/2012. Whether this means the earth is going to disappear or just start a new cycle, that remains to be seen.
A lot of cosmic activity is going to occur between the years of 2012-2015. The Bible tells us that there will be 'signs in the sun, moon, and stars' before the coming return of the Messiah. The earth is shaking, Israel is in turmoil, the Church is in travail; all these signs are the beginning of 'birth pains' (Matthew 24:8).
For a visual on this check out Perry Stone's "Strange Cosmic Signs from 2012-2015"
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