Assyria was the only gentile nation that willingly submitted to the God of Israel. That "submission" was short-lived, however. From the date of Assyria’s submission to the day of Assyria’s destruction was 236 years. (Da 11:37) America is the only modern-day gentile nation that willingly submitted to the God of Israel. That too was short-lived. What befell Assyria may befall America. So, if we calculate 236 years from 1776, we get 2012. (Da 8:13-14)
Why do people such as myself persist in trying to make sense of our role in this ancient, and ongoing, drama? Given the above example, the Jews seem to be the first to note the significance of 2012. The Christians were next to speak of the ominous events of this end-of-time period, "And lightnings and voices and thunders occurred, and a great earthquake occurred such as had not occurred since men came to be on the earth, so extensive an earthquake, so great." - (Re 16:18)
Many Cultures Dreaded 2012
Later, the Maya devised several methods for calculating the "end of our age." First, there was a calendar that calculated time in three related cycles: Tzolkin, Haab and The Long Count. Whereas the Jewish calendar begins on October 7, 3761 B.C., the Mayan calendar begins on August 13, 3114 B.C., some 647 years later. The Mayan calendar, however, ends on December 21, 2012. Second, The Mayan priests had the job of interpreting these cycles and did so in what is called, the "Dresden Codex." The last page of the Dresden Codex prophecies an age destroyed by dark water. Third, the Comalcalco brick bears Mayan inscriptions pointing to the end of an "age" in 2012.
Someone quite familiar with the Mayan teachings was Nicarao, an ancient chief from which the nation of Nicaragua was named. When he met Captain Gil Gonzalez Davila, in 1523 A.D., Nicarao had many questions. Historians report that he asked the Captain, "Have you heard of a great flood that destroyed all men and animals?" "Will God flood the earth again?"
According to the Jewish calendar, our world began 5,772 years ago. The Aztecs had a stone calendar called, "The Vessel of Time." It was a complex almanac for divination. According to Aztec priests, the fifth sun began 5,016 years ago, some 756 years after the Jewish calendar began. Oddly enough, the Aztecs also calculated this age would end in December of 2012.
Predictable Magnetic Rhythms Discovered
Does any of the above examples correspond with some natural, or scientific method? In 1986 Maurice Cotterell produced a theory based on sun spots. As a former Radio Officer, Cotterell noticed that sun spots had a profound effect on the earth’s magnetic envelope. He developed a program that computes the relationship between the sun’s spots and the earth’s magnetic field. His work accidentally proved a parallel between the Mayan calendar and the cycle of sunspots. Cotterell synchronized scientific method with prophecies of ancient sages.
Ideas without science should quickly be discarded in the dust bin of superstition. The big ideas that harmonize with science are worthy of our curiosity. No matter how creepy, good science is always persistent.