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Central America End of the Mayan World? By Terry Jones Several years ago there was much talk about the Mayan Calendar predicting the end of the world. On December 22, 2012, the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza were overrun by those who were looking for an apocalyptic event to occur. But the world didn’t end! What was all the hype about the Mayan Calendar? The Foundations for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI) states the following on their website: There is nothing in the Maya or Aztec or ancient Mesoamerican prophecy to suggest that they prophesied a sudden or major change of any sort in 2012. The notion of a “Great Cycle” coming to an end is completely a modern invention. Maya inscriptions that predict the future consistently show that they expected life to go on pretty much the same forever. At Palenque, for instance, they predicted that people in the year 4772 AD would be celebrating the anniversary of the coronation of their great king Pakal. 1 On a recent trip to the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, the missionary I was visiting took me to the Mayan ruins of Dzibilchaltun. We asked our guide about the 2012 story. He explained that 2012 was not the end of the world but the end of an era. The year 2012 was to usher in a “new era,” the Age of Women. Since the end of 2012, not much has been said about the Mayan Nation. It seems as if we have forgotten about that part of the world. But for many, 2012 was the end of the world. Many of Mayan ancestry slipped off into eternity in 2012, and since then many more. It has been estimated that there could be as many as 30 million people of Mayan ancestry in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, many of whom speak one of the 69 different dialects of Mayan. Who will reach out to spread the Good News of salvation to these millions? The ancient Mayan civilization flourished for thousands of years. Dating back to 1,500 years before Christ, they had a profound knowledge of astronomy and architecture. They developed an advanced society of city-kingdoms and local governments that ruled over vast territories. Their sacred writings hold accounts of creation and a worldwide flood. With all these advantages, they still had a pagan religion of sun worship and human sacrifice. It is no wonder that this culture has almost completely disappeared. Thankfully, God is working in the Mayan Nation. God is saving souls and calling men to preach, start churches, and pastor these churches. For many years BIMI missionaries have teamed up with national pastors in the region. Local churches have been started and national leaders have been trained to continue to reach out to their people. I have had the privilege of preaching in several Mayan pastors’ conferences where the emphasis has been placed on getting the message to the Mayan Nation. In 4 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2015