End of Time: The Mayan Prophecy

The prophecy we are talking about was made by the ancient Mayans in South America more than 2000 years ago.   The Mayans created their calendar six years before the birth of Christ, a  calendar that makes the "end of the world" prediction.

If you've ever watched the History Channel, you may be familiar with the Mayan prophecy. This program shows how the ancient people decoded the past. It details how the Mayans built this city on the Yucatan peninsula and also developed an extremely accurate calendar... a calendar with a beginning and an end. Religious educators say that end date is December 21st, 2012.

On that date, the sun, Earth, and the Milky Way will all be in perfect alignment. It's something that happens only once every 26,000 years. Also on December 21st, 2012, the earth will complete an uneven rotation on its axis. That also only happens once every 26,000 years, leading some to believe the Mayans' calendar may be coming to pass.

Father John Carville said, "I think we can admire them for their astronomy. We don't have to necessarily believe the way they used it."  Father John Carville is the associate pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church and an expert on the end times described in the book of The Revelation in the Bible. He does not believe the Mayan prophecy.  "Jesus tells us in the New Testament that no one knows the exact time.  Not even He."

Delbert Burkett says, "There have been - all through history, there have been people who have predicted particular dates for the end of the world or transition to the new age. So far, none of them has been right."  Dr. Delbert Burkett teaches a class at Louisiana State University which focuses on the apocalypse. He knows the Mayans are not the first to prophesy the end. Preacher William Miller made the same prediction in 1842. So did Hal Lindsey, who said the world would end in 1988.   He also said, "The failure of these sorts of predictions in the past,  I think, would tend to cast some doubt on our ability to make these sorts of predictions."

Faith-based leaders and educators aren't the only ones who doubt the Mayan prophecy.   Stephen Smith is one.  "I highly doubt it from people who sacrificed people to appease their gods," Smith said.  Melanie Victorian also agrees, "I can't get and I won't get caught up on man's predictions.  I'm going to continue to follow the word of God.

"Trust and believe." Trust and believe December 21, 2012 will come and go, just like so many other foretold end dates before.

For more information go to www.history.com/.