2012 Mayan Prophecy

From what I have studied and understood from speaking with people that have studied this, the "2012 Mayan prophecy" wasn't a "prophecy" and wasn't about a cataclysmic event (it would have been a celebration).

It's obviously well past the year 2012 but I figured I'd leave this up for reference. The 2012 Mayan prophecy got a lot of attention. There was a range of eschatological beliefs (a.k.a. the 2012 phenomenon) that cataclysmic or transformative events would occur on December 21, 2012, which was said to be the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. However, the two best known Maya texts, the Dresden Codex and Chilam Balam, do not even mention 2012. These books date to the 15th and 16th centuries and are believed to be copies of earlier works written in glyphs by Maya priests. Only one monument mentions 2012 but it is not in a prediction. It may have been significant that on December 21, 2012 the sun appeared positioned in front of the band of the Milky Way galaxy on the December solstice which is rare. It has also been said that some things happened in the spirit realm and that we are indeed ushered into another age.

For many Christians, a significant thing that could have happened would have been the rapture, which is where Jesus Christ comes back and those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (both dead or alive) are taken back to heaven with Jesus. Some Christians believe this could happen at any second, while some Christians believe otherwise. Personally I am planning on spending some time to read "Raptureless" and some other resources to understand their views better and come to a more definitive conclusion. Obviously the most important thing is that we are all ready for whatever happens through a real relationship with God. If there is a rapture, we must personally know Christ to be able to go to His heaven.

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