Here we are… just a few days from what the Mayan calendar claims will be the end of the world. Around 1,000 BC a tribal group began to form in the Yucatan Peninsula of what is now Mexico. They created a calendar that set the age of the earth from beginning to end at five thousand one-hundred and twenty-five years. This sophisticated calendar has been interpreted to say that the world will end December 21st. Yes, they did have a unique methodology for viewing the skies. In their syncretic religion that meshed Catholicism and their tribal religions, they had 13 different heavens and 9 different underworlds and they would load a virgin down with heavy gold and throw her into a bottomless spring to give the offering to the gods. If they were satisfied, she would return. For some reason, the gods were never satisfied. They also played a game of soccer that could go on for days until one goal was scored with the ball going through a rock hoop mounted at a ninety degree angle from the high side wall. The captain of the winning team had the honor of being sacrificed to the gods. (No wonder it took days for a team to win!)
Today there are several hundred thousand that speak a version of the Mayan language throughout the region. The culture itself, however, has not been nearly as strong and prolific as it had been between 300 and 900 A.D. If you are one of the many who are absolutely horrified at the possibility that these ancient Mexican natives were correct, take heart, a much older, much more reliable source defies even a remote possibility that this is the end.
First, the Bible tells us that “no man knows the hour or the day” of Christ’s return. The Rapture of the church by Christ could happen before I finish typing this sentence. We know from the biblical text, following a Dispensational Pre-tribulation hermeneutic to which I subscribe, that once Christ has raptured the church, there will be a seven year Tribulation where God will bring Israel back to Himself and there will be major catastrophes worldwide to which you do NOT want to be a first-hand witness. Even once that is completed and Satan is bound, there will be another 1,000 years of Christ reigning from Jerusalem on this earth. At the end of the Millennial Reign of Christ, Satan will be loosed for the final Battle of Armageddon. When Satan is then defeated and thrown into the Lake of Fire and the final judgments of the non-believers are finished; God will destroy this earth with fire and create a new one, perfect, sinless and for us, who are Christ followers, to enjoy for all of eternity. If you don’t believe me, ask me about it on December 22nd. I’ll be glad to explain it all to you.