By Reverend Mark Hunnemann
Even though it is after the fact now, the Mayan mania raises larger underlying issues which can be applicable to other situations. Besides, this was so huge for so long, that we would do well to examine some of the principals involved in presenting a consistently biblical response. I think some of the beliefs in the paranormal community would benefit by being exposed to these truths from God’s word. I originally wrote this on the Eve of “destruction”, and intentionally left the verb tenses as is to drive home the widespread fear that prevailed…how quickly we forget. What are you fearful of?
First, God is absolutely sovereign over every molecule of the universe. For Christians our worldview is God-centered, and His sovereign control is a defining characteristic/attribute of our Lord. This is in sharp contrast to pagan gods like the Mayans worshipped. “…having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. (Eph. 1:11) Every single event, or day, that occurs is in some sense predestined by God. This does not nullify human responsibility, and it is meant to comfort us (Rom. 8:28-30) Even the wicked actions of wicked men/demons are sovereignly orchestrated for our good. Since God is King over history—His story—no pagan calendar should ever be conceived as orchestrating the future.
Second, the God of the bible is all-knowing, and only He can predict the future. (Ps 139, Isaiah 44-50) For what is worth, most Mayan scholars believe that they did not see tomorrow as the end of the world, but as the beginning of a new cycle. Regardless, when the oracle regarding Dec.21st was first uttered, it was a false prophecy. In Deuteronomy 18 there are two tests of a true prophet: 1. EVERY prophecy had to be fulfilled…100% accuracy (no non-biblical prophet or psychic/medium, ancient or modern, that I know of, claimed perfection); 2. They must believe and teach in Yahweh, the only real God. Mayan prophets failed both tests, mainly because demons and Satan are not all-knowing, which means they cannot predict the future. Their religion, which included human sacrifice, was animated by demonic spirits. Hence, the prophecy for tomorrow is a false prophecy and should be rejected by God’s children. Please take comfort in knowing that this oracle is less than zero in its authority.
Third, I am quite certain that Satanic and demonic activity will increase tomorrow. This is not based on God’s inerrant word (not this specific event), and so it is not absolute. However, those into dark magick, pagans/witches, and New Agers are all “praying” that tomorrow will mark the beginning of an unprecedented new era. Whether wittingly-- as with Satanists, or unwittingly—as with pagans and New Agers, a worldwide appeal is being made to Satan and his dark forces to amp things up. Those heavy into higher consciousness beliefs see this as a time of galactic alignment—there is international amping up of meditation that will allegedly bring in a new era of evolution with increased energy vibration, and other powers. The Satanists see through that crap, and are boldly beseeching their dark master to accelerate the growth of his infernal kingdom…on earth as it is in hell. How that manifests is anybody’s guess at this point. (None of this minimizes the reality of the first two points).
Be still and know He is God! Anxiety regarding tomorrow is sinful, and can only occur if we live in fear instead of faith. To move from fear to faith, remind yourself of God’s absolute sovereignty, and that God alone is all-knowing. One Christian has more power than a million demons because the holy and all-mighty Trinity has made a home in our hearts (Jn. 14). My suggestion is to counter these dark prayers with holy prayers to the Light of the world. Pray without ceasing and focus on God pouring His Holy Spirit out to thwart the plans of the evil one—asking the Lord to use us to extend His kingdom in our sphere of influence. We made it through Y2K just fine, and this will be the same. Do you know what Jesus’s most frequent negative command was (telling us what not to do)? DO NOT BE AFRAID..FEAR NOT. God is on His throne, and He is tenderly saying: fear not! You are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus…greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world. What are you fearful of?