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The Mayan Calendar, The Bible, and Conspiracy Theories

Updated on April 21, 2014
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Whether you believe the Mayan Calendar, the Bible, or Conspiracy Theory, one thing is certain. Our future is uncertain. So what do we do? A friend once said to me "If we could see around the next bend in the road we would never take another step." I suppose it's true. Our future is uncertain, in part because –

  • some say the Mayan Calendar signals the end of our world
  • some say the Bible (Revelations) tells us we are living in the end times
  • some conspiracy theories tell of a New World Order where we become prisoners to a government gone bad

The truth is, we don’t know. In my lifetime I have cycled through my fears of each of these theories, believing for a time that the Mayan Calendar, Revelations, or the New World Order would bring about my demise. I've been there and done that and today I know no more than I did then. So what’s all the fuss about?

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The Mayan Calendar

You've probably heard that the Mayan Calendar stops on December 21, 2012 and some believe that signals the end of our world as we know it. Maybe, maybe not.

The Mayan were a highly evolved advanced People who lived in the jungle of Mexico and Central America. They were a peaceful People with extraordinary skills in mathematics and astronomy. Today, descendants of the Mayan are found in Chiapas, Guatemala, Belize, and the Yucatan Peninsula.

The Mayan Calendar consists of three wheels used for tracking time.

The Haab is a solar calendar consisting of 365 days, divided into 18 months of 20 days each and one month with only 5 days. It is considered a civic calendar and consists of an outer ring of glyphs (pictures) that represent each of the 19 months and a number for each day. The pictures depict a personality for each month.

The Tzolkin was considered to be the Sacred Round (distribution of days) calendar and was a 260 day calendar (20 periods of 13 days). It was used to track special religious or ceremonial days.

The Long Count is an astronomical calendar used to track universal cycles. Each cycle is believed to represent about 2,880, 000 days or 7885 solar years. The Mayan believed that at the end of each cycle, the universe was destroyed and recreated.

Does the end of the Mayan Calendar signal the end of time? Or could it simply signal a new beginning; a new cycle; a new and better universe. I don't have the answer.

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The Bible and the Book of Revelations

Christian religions teach that the book of Revelations (New Testament) in the Bible tells of the end times and that they are upon us. These teachings tell that the beginning of the end will take place in 2012 and that our world will end in the Fall of 2015. A sampling of the prophecies include:

  • Four major earthquakes occur worldwide and they will be different than any we have experienced. There will be lightening and thunder and noise, unlike other earthquakes.
  • Seven trumpet judgments or extreme catastrophes will occur on earth. Prior to the first trumpet, Jesus will be revealed and 144,000 people will receive the seal of God. The seal of God will save them in the end time.
  • Seven plagues will fall upon the earth.

The Seven Trumpets (Judgments)

Trumpet 1: Hail and fire fall to the earth. Fires will ignite all over the world and may be caused by meteors. Volcanoes will erupt.

Trumpet 2: A great mountain (? Asteroid) will burn and fall into the sea. A third of the ocean will become like blood and a third of the sea creatures will die. A third of the ocean vessels will be destroyed (cruise ships, fishing boats, pleasure boats, freighters).

Trumpet 3: A giant star falls to earth and a third of the fresh water on earth will become bitter and will poison many.

Trumpet 4: One-third of the solar system will become dark and days and nights will become confused. Fires from the first three trumpets will darken the air and sky.

Trumpet 5: For five months pain will be inflicted on people who refuse to worship Satan. Only those with the seal of God on their foreheads (144,000) will be exempt from the pain.

Trumpet 6: One-third of the people on earth will be killed, billions slaughtered by Satan and his army of 200,000,000 people.

Trumpet 7: Another worldwide earthquake will occur accompanied by noise, lightening, thunder, and hail The door of mercy in heaven will close and human probation ended. The chance to become a believer is over and those left behind will worship Satan.

The Seven Plagues

The Book of Revelations also tells us that seven plagues will befall the earth and describes them as:

  • The first plaque will fall on the people who have the mark of the beast in the form of painful sores..
  • The second plague will result in rivers drying up and fish dying.
  • The third plague will be when rivers and streams turn to blood.
  • The fourth plague is when holes open in the ozone allowing extreme ultraviolet radiation to scorch the land and people.
  • The fifth plague brings darkness to the earth.
  • The sixth plague says that the Euphrates river dries up and prepares the way for the kings of the East.
  • The seventh plague brings hail, fire, and earthquakes and will destroy the nations on earth.

666 or the Mark of the Beast

The beast will be Satan disguised as God. He will be charismatic and people will be endeared to his charm. He will have seven symbolic heads and each head will have a name that is some variation of God’s name. The beast will have 10 demonic horns who will be kings and rule alongside Satan.

According to Revelations, those who choose to worship Satan will be marked on their forehead or on the right hand. Only those with the mark will be allowed to buy or sell. Without it, how will you live?

For purposes of this article, it is important to state that these are interpretations and should not be considered as exact fact or written prophecy. Everyone should ask themselves if these are literal interpretations or symbolic interpretations. And then, is it all true? What can or should you do? It is up to the individual to decide. I am no authority and would never pretend to know enough to offer advice beyond asking, is your house in order?

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Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theories abound and are deserving of a separate article. However, I will touch briefly on some of the more prevalent theories and encourage you to do additional research based on your desire to know. And I will caution you to remember that the Internet allows almost anyone to publish information, whether it is true or not. Make your own decisions.

There are many conspiracy theories circulating; some involve the solar system, some, the government. Although NASA admits that our solar system is ever changing, they emphatically deny that there will be any catastrophic solar events in 2012 caused by man.

Another source of conspiracy theory are the secret societies such as Free Masonry, Knights Templar, and the Illuminati who have predicted the evolution of a one-world government/religion that would control the population of the world.

Another of these secret societies is The Order of Skull and Bones, based at Yale and is thought to be an extension of the Illuminati. Popular names that have been associated with the Order of Skull and Bones are George W. Bush I and II, John Kerry, and Prescott Bush. .

Other organizations that have been tied in theory to this One World control are the Federal Reserve. The Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Some prominent family names have also been associated with this attempt to create a One World government and they are Rothschild, Rockefeller, DuPont, and Bush. Corporate involvement appears to predominantly come from international banks and the pharmaceutical cartels.What does it all mean?

Under a New World Order:

  • Privately held property would be returned to the government
  • Population will be limited by forced control on reproduction.
  • Privately owned firearms will be prohibited.
  • The monetary system will be a pure debit system with no cash allowed.

Cause, Reaction, Outcome:

The cause: In theory, the Illuminati will orchestrate some conflict which will be promoted on the world stage by controlled media outlets.

The reaction: Citizens will be outraged by the scenes being delivered and so-called freedom fighters will start to rebel.

The result: UN peace keepers will arrive on the scene and never leave. This will happen in all major countries or strategic areas where resistance is likely to occur.


Don't stop reading. This is the important part.

Okay, so I've probably left you feeling like I’m a certifiable nut case. Maybe I've scared you a little, at least enough for you to do your own research and take charge of your own life for whatever time we have left. In truth, I only want you to be bigger, smarter, and happier than you've ever been.

My purpose in writing about this subject was to demonstrate that none of us knows what tomorrow will bring. We don’t know what will happen five minutes from now. That’s why the most important thing we can do, right now, is to tell those we love that we love them. We can spend time doing things that bring us pleasure or, making sure that life is just a little bit better for someone who can’t do it themselves.

If like me, you are the type of person who needs to be even more proactive, then there are other things you can do.

  • You can start learning to take care of your family without so much dependence on drug companies. There are organics in nature to treat almost anything that ails us, if you know how to use it.
  • You can learn to grow your own food and store it to reduce your dependency on major retailers.
  • You can learn to recycle, reinvent, refurbish the things you have rather than throwing them out and purchasing replacements.
  • You can think about your finances, work harder to reduce your debt and reliance on credit and put more emphasis on cash on hand.
  • You can take an inventory of your home, assess what is really important, and share the excess with someone who has less.

In my lifetime I have fallen into cycles of believing all of the theories discussed here. I have lived in the fear and stock-piled water and food and emergency supplies. I even bought a crossbow and learned to hunt with it. The string is dry-rotted now from lack of use.

Finally, I realized that I couldn't handle keeping the stock dates current or live in the remaining space. I refuse to become paralyzed by fear or to live in a state of paranoia. My truth is, I don’t know what the future holds. I know that I have this moment and that it may be my last. I want to make it count.

How could I make it count? Well, for starters, a few years ago I made a list of all the people I felt I had hurt in my lifetime, or, even those I had had a misunderstanding with.I began to call or write them to say I was sorry. It has taken a couple of years but I have made amends to everyone on my list and I’m in a good place as a result.

Instead of shopping for bottled water today or ordering a new supply of MRE’s, I’m spending part of my day asking you to decide for yourself what is best for you. I can’t tell you what to believe because honestly, I don’t know what I believe anymore. I don’t know if the world will end on December 21, 2012 or during Armageddon on some arbitrary date decided by the interpreters of the Bible. And I sure don’t know if the New World Order will become a reality either. I could drop dead today but, I won’t spend another minute worrying about it. For today, at this moment, I choose to be free and happy. I choose to accept an uncertain future and make the best of my life and the life of others while I can. I'm a small fish in a big sea but I can do something, I'm sure.

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    Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

    Excellent and informative article -- and your decision to accept what comes and live in the moment is logical thinking at its best. Good work! Best/Sis

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you so much Sis. Coming from you that means a lot. I was a little nervous about this one. Not all will read it in the same spirit as you. I appreciate your comment more than you know.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Great ending to an interesting hub! In all honesty, I just don't think about any of it. I don't have enough RAM in my brain to concentrate on everyday living AND these theories. Like you, I take care of those in my life; I have made amends; and I try to live an honest life. I'll take my chances when ever the end gets here. :)

    Love your work, Linda! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Bill. Just doing a little housecleaning with this one. You know, throwing out the waste. lol

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Great article! Thank you. I used to be a speaker and educator for the Freemasons, so I have some first hand experience with this sort of thing.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Mhatter99! Thanks for reading this. My Dad was a Mason too and I was in Job's Daughters as a teenager. It was a bit too structured for my tastes so I bowed out. It's all fascinating but not enough to lose sleep over. lol I'm off to read your latest goodies. Thanks again!

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    Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    Very interesting hub. Truth be told, so many have written about this, it gets confusing sometimes. Making amends is wonderful, being honest, and living the best life you can is fantastic. Sometimes doing your best, is the best thing to do.

    Voted up.

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    This is great and I do think about it. I think the choice is ours, eternal life or eternal death. I choose life. Up and sharing!

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    Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Choose to live in fear by buying in to these theories or choose to live your life on a daily basis? Hmmmm which will I choose?

    I think I will enjoy each and every day and live as long as possible.

    I will be going to Chichen Itza for December 21, 2012. But it's to celebrate the new epoch (like a huge New Year's party.) I just think it's the thing to do that day!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks for reading and commenting Michele.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jackie - great choice you are making. I appreciate your reading and sharing. Enjoy this day!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Austinsar! hanks for reading. December 21st, hmmm, I'll be celebrating the solstice. Hope you enjoy the party. :-)

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    Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Oh we will! Thanks. RealHousewife and I have been planning this trip for months. It's also her birthday.

    A week on the beach? What could go wrong?

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    REALLY? I hold an honorary membership for 2 bethels. I was associate guardian bethel 37. I also have the Cross of Colors (Rainbow for Girls) and the Founder's Award for restarting San Francisco Chapter, DeMolay. (What 1 motivated person can do.)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Gosh Mhatter99, you were a busy guy. I had almost forgotten about Rainbow. I must be getting old. lol

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Linda,

    Excellent hub, and I was just thinking of publishing one on the exact topic!!! Your hub is most thought-provoking. I have no fear whatsoever about what will or will not be, as I know what I believe. I do not believe for one second the world will end in December this year, as it is not in line with the Bible, which I do believe is pure truth and God's word. First of all, the anti-christ will have to hurry up before December and sit on the throne of the temple mount once it is rebuilt and declare himself as God, etc. . . . so I just cannot see all of what the Bible tells us will happen will happen in less than two months. Ha. I am looking forward to another lovely Christmas here on this Earth.

    Voted Way Up

    In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Linda - You've outdone yourself. Who is this writer that tells of world ending predictions and solitary government? You put in an amazing amount of effort here and it shines because of that. Absolutely a great job!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dear Faith - There was never any doubt in my mind that you had made your choice. I have always admired you for your courage to remain true to who you are and what you believe. Thank you for reading through all the darkness in this one and for being the star on top of the Christmas Tree. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Rich. Gosh, I'm blushing. You're right though, I worked hard on this one. The subject is so controversial and it was important to be frank and provide supporting information. There is a story behind this piece, as you might imagine. Thank you so much for reading and providing such glowing feedback. You made my morning!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    You've covered all the theories we wonder about...but at the end of the day what counts is that we've lived our lives the way we should...showing love and compassion and standing up for what we believe.

    You've done a lot of homework on this one and put it together very nicely.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting. God Bless.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Tillsontitan, I completely agree with you. This one was sparked from the very negative comments on another hub where someone expressed such a fatalistic attitude about our future. I made my choice some years ago, to live and enjoy each day. What I hope to show was that no matter what fears you have, it is wiser to not let your fear define you. I hope that came across. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and, compliment.

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    picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    Excellent hub and I couldn't agree with you more! Loved your conclusion!!!!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks pickelsandrufus! I am so glad you enjoyed this one. It's a tough subject to do well in the space of a hub but I tried. :-)

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    I did keep reading to the very end and your last paragraph reflects what I was thinking as I was reading. We all should live each day as if tomorrow may never come.

    I did find this very interesting but I do not believe the Mayans predicted the end of the world for this coming December. The bible - that does make me take notice. I'm not sure whether you have read about the latest phenomenon caught on tape throughout every area of the globe. All times of the day in many different sections of the world, people have been recording a distinct sound emanating from the skies. I have listed to many of them and they clearly sound like trumpets. It has been recorded in Mexico, Paraguay, the US, Germany, Africa, Australia - everywhere. One was recorded in the far reaches of Canada's forest. Nature researchers were recording wildlife and clearly caught this on tape. It goes on for several minutes in every recording.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi shiningirisheyes! I have not heard about the trumpet noise but will do some digging. I am fascinated by such things as I believe there are many things happening around us that we either don't notice or don't have the ability to recognize. Thanks for reading and for enlightening me.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Irc - You will easily access them on facebook. Type in trumpet noises and you should then find several.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks, I watched a ton of videos on youtube last night. Very interesting!

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, while much of what you cited seems to already be in the works, your ending video says it all. It is my mantra and why I go thru life with rose-colored glasses. Imagine.......

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, keep those glasses on. They make you - YOU.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    I'm 55 and haven't taken them off yet. I certainly won't stop now when I need them most!

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    grumpiornot 4 years ago from South Africa

    Fantastic article - I enjoyed the mystery to start with and the realism to finish with. We all make what we can of our lives and appreciate your sharing with us.

    Cheers.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi grumpiornot! Thanks so much for visiting but more for your comment. Yes, we do make what we can of our lives, at least most of us do. For today, I've eaten, I have a roof over my head, I've voted, I've talked to my famiily and we are all healthy and happy, and, I've written a hub. What could be better than that? Thank you so much for stopping by.

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