Please note, this article is a work in progress…
“Let there be lights in the expanse … and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years…” (Gen 1)
Today we look at the stars to admire their beauty. This was not the case for our ancient predecessors. The stars marked important periods, telling them when to plant and when to harvest. At some point, this inspired a faith for them, “If the stars could tell one when to tend to crops, what else could they tell?”
Every night, wise men around the world would watch the stars like we watch our prime time TV shows. They would write down what they saw, keeping astronomical books and associate the sky with earthly events.
From that study, some of the ancient astrologers noted a significant year, 2012, as a year of great change. As 2012 approaches, many are beginning to wonder what is going to happen? Will it be hell on earth? Will anything happen at all?
Astrologers in the Bible
In the recent past, Astrology has been deemed “taboo” by most Christians. However, the Bible, at the very least, acknowledges astrology in some ways(more on this later). This acknowledgement does not legitimize the field as a whole, but it at the very least says it can be accurate on occasion.
Why would the Bible acknowledge Astrology? In truth, the Bible is not tipping its hat to Astrology at all; it is pointing to a truth beyond the mystical practice. It is telling us to look beyond Astrology and to look directly at the sky for the messages God put there.
The three wise men who visited Jesus were astrologers. They were able to predict Jesus’ birth based on Astrology. Yet, Astrology also failed them because they went to the wrong city. It was only after reading God’s word that they found their way to Jesus in Bethlehem.
Furthermore, Daniel could be considered the head “Astrologer” in Babylon under king Nebuchadnezzar. Do you remember the story of Daniel interpreting Nebuchadnezzars’ dream? Of all the astrologers in Babylon, Daniel was the only one who could do explain the king’s dream. It wasn’t because he was a good astrologer, but because he was a servant of God.
Astrology was only partly helpful in these cases. So why acknowledge it? Because it alludes to a true message written in the stars that goes beyond Astrology…
The Heavenly Gospel (good news written in the stars)
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Let us revisit the question that inspires astrology and ask “If God created the stars to tell one when to tend crops, what did he tell us through them?” Perhaps God wrote the most important message for man kind in the sky, the Gospel!
The crucifixion is written in the stars. Many cultures, including Egyptian, Greek and Mayan cultures, noticed it, too. On December 22 every year, the Sun reaches its lowest point on the horizon and aligns with the Crux, a constellation that is shaped like a cross. It stays there for three days until it begins to move north.
Upon seeing this, they understood that a god (represented by the sun) would be crucified (the sun aligning with the cross constellation, the Crux) and die for three days (the southern most location of the sun for three days) before raising again (the sun moving North).
These ancient cultures mistakenly assumed their stone gods made with hands of man was the god who was to die and rise again. They didn’t realize the true God wrote this story in the stars to represent his plan for salvation involving a yet unseen God.
There is more, too. The twelve constellations the sun passes through represent the 12 disciples, the constellation Virgo, the Virgin, represents the Virgin Mary. These are not zodiac symbols, but a foretelling of the story of Jesus. Mystics mistook it for Astrology, but it was so much more than that.
Because the Mystics misunderstood it, we find a bit of truth mixed with mythology and superstition in their beliefs.
The Astrology of the Mayans
The Mayans were especially well trained in the study of Astronomy. Even their mythology contains some traces of the Gospel weaved into the story of The Hero Twins: wise twins were born of a virgin, preformed miracles, and were killed and resurrected after three trials to defeat the Underworld. See the parallel? Jesus was born of a virgin, preformed miracles, was killed and resurrected after three days and defeated death.
The Mayan gods who demanded human sacrifice are a far cry from the loving God of the Bible who took death upon himself. However, they were able to capture aspects of the heavenly gospel and work it in their own religion.
If they were able to touch on these aspects, what else could they have noticed? Unfortunately, the truth of what they did know is very cloudy due to the Mayan’s interpretation of the sky.
For example, the ancient Mayans were able to pick up on a few aspects of the heavenly gospel, but they also severely altered it by applying their own gods and adding their own flavor of suspense to the story. If you were to read The Hero Twins, you may not immediately see the correlation because they so drastically added on to the story told by the stars.
2012 may only be another horoscope in the Mayan news paper as far as the heavenly gospel is concerned.
If the ancient Mayans were picking up on another aspect to the heavenly gospel, it is all but impossible to tell. However, if you ask any Mayan today they’ll tell you the world is going to keep spinning after 2012.
Furthermore, we have the Gospel on paper! We know what it tells us and do not need to look at the stars for the truths God has given us. Let’s have a look at what is said in the Bible about the end times.
Christian Prophecy and 2012
Jesus was asked when the new Kingdom will come, which was a marker for the end of time. He explained in Matthew 23, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” I trust Jesus. No one, not even the Mayans know the day, nor the hour. This means the faithful can be confident that the Mayans do not know that 2012 is the end of the world.
Scripture later tells us the Kingdom of Heaven will be established on Earth for 1000 years. If, by some miracle, the Mayans did know Jesus was to return in 2012, certainly the end would not occur for another 1000+ years after that.
Rev 20:6-9 …they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for athousand years…
If anything can be known about 2012, it is that the end of the world will not happen at that time. Jesus may return at any moment of his choosing, but he has assured us of another thousand years of earthly life.
Until Jesus returns, his apostle, Paul, seems to indicate that we are living in an era of mystery… a time that has not been prophesied prior to Christ but is now understood. If this is true, the apocalyptic prophecies will not be fulfilled until after this era is over. When will it end? No one knows but God! If this is true, we can conclude that tomorrow is as unknown as ever… at least until Jesus comes for his saints.
Now we know the end of the world isn’t coming in 2012, in fact the Mayans predicted change, not an end. At any rate, change is something we should always be ready for. We don’t need Mayan Calendar to tell us that.
There is wisdom in being prepared. Save what you don’t use so you can have it tomorrow. Bring extra even though you have enough. It is a theme through out Jesus’ teaching. Don’t be caught off guard, be ready for his return.
2012 is not going to be the end of the world, yet tomorrow holds many dreams and many nightmares even without the Mayan’s warnings. So be ready for tomorrow’s surprises, but do not be afraid of them; the worst of times may never come in your life time!
Love to your fullest and anticipate what you can. Welcome Christ into your life. Be ready.
For ages, the astrological community has tried to make since of stars and not seeing the message God meant for them to see. Like the wise men and Daniel, the true messages came from God.
Let us Christians not be afraid of tomorrow. We see the message given to us by God: Jesus died to save sinners, and we are saved from any wrath he has towards this world.
Astrology could, on occasion, predict future events accurately (even a broken clock is right twice a day). Knowing when it correctly predicted an event will only be clear after the event has come and gone. Therefore, fearing the future based on astrology is pointless.
Instead, be prepared for the future, but do not worry about it. We don’t need a prophecy to teach us the wisdom in being ready for the troubles found in ordinary every day life.
Matthew 6:31-34 (NKJV)
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.