by Michael Trofern
There is much media coverage, especially on the History Channel, about the coming date of Dec. 21, 2012, or 12/21/12. Many books and videos say that the prophecies of the Mayan Long Count Calendar ends on that date and is suppose to result in apocalyptic events such as earthquakes, famine, floods, hurricanes, etc.
The facts are quite different from the hype. Mayan scholars say that the Mayan did not have any belief or concept of apocalypse, and that the end of the calendar was merely the end of one cycle of time and the beginning of another.
If you go talk to modern-day Mayans you will find that they have no belief in an approaching apocalypse on 12/21/12. (Mark Stevenson. “Next apocalypse? Mayan year 2012 stirs doomsayers”. Associated Press. 10/10/2009.)
New Age authors say that 12/21/12 is much more than the winter solstice and that our sun will be in alignment with the galactic plane. But astronomers will tell you it is a gradual process that takes many years and that 12/21/12 is not the ultimate date for galactic alignment, but it already occurred in 1998. In point of fact the plane of the galaxy is not a true plane:
One of the things which is supposed to happen on December 21, 2012 is that the Earth and Sun are supposed to line up with the Milky Way’s equator. So the first question should be, “What is the galactic equator?” Unlike a planet, a galaxy is not a nice neat spheroid, but is an irregular lumpy mass of stars, gas, and dust. It’s somewhat symmetrical, but trying to draw an equator on it would be like nailing jelly to a tree. What astronomers have done is to create an arbitrary line roughly across the centre of our galaxy, and have defined that as the galactic equator. This work was started by Harlow Shapley about 90 years ago and, while it’s been refined somewhat over the years, it still is a very arbitrary line. It was officially defined by the International Astronomical Union in 1959, but it is there by definition, not based on any physical characteristics or markers. . . . Even if it’s on the galactic equator, remember that this is an arbitrary line. If you measure it, you’ll find that the Sun is over 6° away from the real centre of the Milky Way. (Geoff Gaherty, Starry Night Education, 2008. http://www.starrynighteducation.com/sntimes/2008/06/#art1)
In other words, an alignment cannot happen because the galaxy is not compressed enough to have an actual plane. It only appears to be so from very far away. As you get closer you will notice that the various solar systems are billions of miles above and below the apparent plane. But even if an real plane existed, because we are so far away from the center of the galaxy, any gravitational pull that an alignment would have on Earth is so small that it is not noticeable.
Given all the above information, it is not likely that anything is going to happen in December 2012, with one possible exception. It is entirely possible that a divine coincidence will occur, that God will cause something strange and unusual to occur in this solar system near 12/21/12 or shortly thereafter. I am referring to what Jesus said in Luke 21.
Jesus spoke about his return and said “there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars” (v.25). The meaning of “sign” in this passage is: “something material or external that stands for or signifies something spiritual.” A synonym is “portent” which is “something that foreshadows a coming event.” For example, the presence of dark clouds is a sign of approaching storm.
The reason that strange and unusual things involving the planetary bodies of this solar system will be signs of Christ’s return, is that when he returns cataclysmic natural events will take place here on Earth that will result in the death of 99% of the global population, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, asteroid impact, crustal displacement, etc. The natural events on Earth will be caused by the events taking place in this solar system.
Jesus continued in Luke 21 and said that when people look up into the sky at the planets they will die from fear because of worry, concern, anxiety about what is coming upon Earth, because the planets in solar system will be shaken.
What if the first of these signs were to take place in 12/2012 or shortly thereafter? People would normally be concerned when an unexpected cosmic event takes place, but because of all the predictions of the end of the world resulting from the 2012 events, people could go into a panic.
David Wilkerson predicted that he saw just such an event. He said he saw fires and rioting and looting in many of the world’s major cities, and that people will run to Wal-Mart and clear out the shelves. He recommends having a 30-day supply of food stored for this event. However, his prediction may occur even before 2012 if an economic collapse occurs as I predict in 2010.
(For more information on the signs of Christ’s return, see my other article.)