Okay, we have one calendar year before the Mayan calendar ends in December 2012. My first question is always this: if the Mayans couldn’t see the Spanish coming, why take their word for the end of the world? It turns out their calendar had about 400 years they didn’t even need. Their civilization had already collapsed and they were living in small farming villages when the first Spanish Conquistadors arrived. If they could not hold their civilization together, nor predict the collapse of every South American civilization to European conquerors, why do we suppose they could predict the apocalypse? They did some wicked math, but it’s leap in logic to assume they’re experts on the cosmos.
Secondly, the Mayans did not predict the end of anything. 2012 is the last year on the Mayan calendar. It was designed to be basically perpetual. It lasted centuries longer than they did after all. My desk calendar runs out on Saturday, but no one assumes the world will end before next week.
Thirdly, every person or group that has ever predicted a day and date for the end times has been wrong. Pick up a copy of 88 reasons Christ Will Come in 88 and see what I mean. We saw a church and pastor get egg all over the proverbial face just last fall over this. They bought ad space on buses and billboards, and designed a huge website. Oops. Remember Heaven’s Gate? Turned out there was no spaceship behind the Hail Bop comet and they left their “containers” for nothing. It’s now been over a decade since some of us built fall out shelters and headed underground to avoid Y2K, the rapture, et.al. I could go on (and on) but won’t.
Finally, it comes to this. The Bible says no man knows the hour. Not even Jesus Christ himself knows when he will return, he is waiting for God the Father to tell him its time. We are warned not to believe such people when they come up with a date, or a secret biblical formula, or code, or whatever. You would think as many times as different people have been wrong everyone would come to the same conclusion.