Mayans, Mystics, and the End Times - 08/10/2008

I stumbled across your website while searching about the endtimes. I'm a Christian and former Catholic and I was wondering what your thoughts are about the whole 2012 hoopla. Acorrding to the Mayan Calender, I-Ching, Nostradamus, and others about something catacylsmic happening to the Earth and its inhabitants. So far the Mayan Calender has accurately predicted many Luna cycles and eclipses and is said to be more accurate than the one we use currently. Some scientists believe it might be a pole shift which has happened before about 26,000 years ago, however I know you think the Earth is only 6,000 I beg to differ even though I am a Christian but do not believe in the literal 7 day belief as the bible was translated from its original language and things get lost or mixed up. Anyways it will occur on 12-21-2012, what are you thoughts on this? According to the Mayans it will be great change and the "Supreme Being" will make his presence known I do believe that we are in the end times as we are witnessing the decay of Society, the Atheist agends, gay rights, etc etc. This also begs the question what about the Anti-Christ, I know most Evangelical Christians believe he will come out of Europe or the Middle East, why not the United States? What makes us so special? This would be the perfect nation for him to step in as he could fix our global image, spread peace, seem miraculous, and be worshipped world wide. Some people believe the Anti-Christ has appeared and have pointed out it is Barack Obama. Reasons they point out are: came out of nowhere, popular the world over, message of hope and change, hailed as a savior, draws huge crowd, and promising peace the world over. Personally he seems to good to be true, however I think the signs are here and if, just if something happens in 2012 the end is closer than we think. Thanks for your time

Love in Christ,
J





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi J.  We believe that we are living in the generation that will likely see the end times.  However, as for the Mayan calendar, it has little credence in our eyes.  This is not something that came from God.  In Matthew 24:23-24, Jesus said, "At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible."  He also tells us that know one can know the day or the hour.  In Matthew 24:36, Jesus tells us that "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."  If even Jesus doesn't know, the Mayans won't either.  And as for Barack Obama, please read our answer to that here.  It will also cover why the Antichrist must come from Europe.  As for the 7-day creation, the text of the Bible is clear on this.  The Hebrew word for "day" in Genesis 1 is yowm, and it literally means a 24 hour period.  It's not just an archaic word either, as it's still in use (i.e. Yom Kippur means Day of Atonement).  The Bible hasn't lost as much as you think during its transmission and translation (please read here and here).  The literal meaning is compounded by Genesis 1:5 which says, "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."  A supernatural 7-day creation is not debunked by modern science. 

In Christ,

Ben Rast
Contender Ministries