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2012 by John C. Stevens © 2009

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Introduction

I hope that you will find comfort in these pages as you see the plan that God laid out for humanity before the foundations of

Ahhh, 2012 - the supposed end of the world. You’ve heard the world; and that you will use the information contained here as a all of the rumors and hypotheses in various forms for years. guide for witnessing to the people around you who are lost and •

The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012 afraid and seeking truth. As you read this book, please remember

The Earth’s magnetic frequency is increasing, causing these two important things: ecological instability and physiological changes in humans 1. Jesus told us that we will hear of wars and see signs of the

The Web-Bot Project has shown ‘chatter’ that points to end approaching BUT that we should not be alarmed global disaster in late 2012 (Matthew 24:6).

Hebrew texts may indicate Earth’s destruction in 2012

The Earth’s poles appear to be shifting

Major threat of war is escalating throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia

2. The fact that people are worrying about and changing their lives for these ideas is evidence of their need for hope – the hope that we have in our Savior, Jesus Christ. While sorting through all of the facts of the 2012 case, as

But you’re a Christian, right? You know better than to panic in the midst of global changes and conflicts… or do you? What do all of these signs mean and how can you engage in the

with any end times/global disaster theory, it is critical that Christians bear in mind that we are not called to be the adversaries of those with whom we disagree.

secular conversation successfully with your Scriptural worldview?

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Section 1 – Foundation

Most Christians are also searching for their purpose, lost in the maze of choices and worries that accompany our everyday life.

Chapter 1 - The Pursuit of Purpose The biggest enemy of doing ‘the right thing’ is being distracted by doing ‘a good thing’. – Dr. Myles Munroe

In fact, many Christians are so confused as to their purpose that they bury their heads in the sands of evacuation and live out their days dreaming of escaping earth without ever knowing, much less

We have all seen the pictures and read the stories of Jim

fulfilling, God’s calling upon their lives. Are we all that different

Jones and his fateful trip to Guyana; watched the Heaven’s Gate

from our unsaved counterparts? Are we not also hoping to know

group that died with their black Nike shoes on; heard accounts of

the day and the hour when we will be freed from this earthly shell?

Nostradamus’ infamous quatrains predicting war, drought and

We have the same desire for understanding, the same need for

devastation. Every day we hear of young, healthy men and women

significance and the same longing for our eternal purpose.

strapping bombs to themselves and murdering people in public

Jesus’ life demonstrated and was defined by purpose. His

places in exchange for the promise of peace and eternal glory. In

earthly mother was not allowed to name Him because, in Hebrew

most of the developed world, people have driven themselves into

culture, the name is a statement of purpose. This is why the angel

bankruptcy trying to find ‘things’ to satisfy their emptiness. It is

told Mary that His name was to be Jesus, which means Savior; He

easy to see that the world is desperately searching for hope and

was born to fulfill a specific purpose. Even in His youth, Jesus did

truth in an age of false promises and unfulfilled lives.

not allow Himself to be distracted from His purpose. When Jesus was 12, Mary and Joseph lost Him in Jerusalem. When they found

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Him, Jesus was in the temple courts; His response to their concerns

God-given purpose on this earth, we will continue to wander

was, “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to

aimlessly; chasing after any whimsy that promises fulfillment and

be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49, emphasis mine). When

peace. As Christians, we cannot look at the pursuits of the 2012

Jesus told His disciples that He would be killed in Mark 8 and

seekers without seeing pieces of ourselves; we are all seeking out

Peter rebuked Jesus for it, Jesus made the statement that distraction

God’s purpose for our lives.

from purpose is part of Satan’s plan. In fact, Jesus’ vision was so

So how does one go about finding their purpose? First, the

powerful that those around Him were willing to transform their

only way to know the mind of the Maker is to read the manual.

entire paradigm, leave things they had known their whole lives and

Romans 16 assures us that God has revealed Himself to us through

follow Him. Even today, the life of Jesus is an example of a life

His Word. Second, we must no longer view prayer as a nicety but

lived, and laid down, intentionally.

rather as a necessity, re-establishing communication with the

All of this makes evident the fact that purpose is paramount

Father through His gift of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11

to our success in life. God did not make us to haphazardly live out

tells us clearly that only the Holy Spirit can reveal the deep things

our days and await the day when we can finally die and be done

of God to us. Jesus stated that the Holy Spirit’s job is to guide us

with this world. The source of all of our searching for ‘the end’ is

into all truth, to speak what he hears from the Father, and to tell us

tied to the seed of purpose that God has planted in our hearts.

what is to come (John 16:13). Next, it is important that you catch

Solomon put it this way in Proverbs 29:18, “Without a revelation,

the vision that God has planted in your heart; that vision can give

the people cast off restraint.” In other words, until we find our

you clues as to your divine purpose. Solomon explained this vision

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in Ecclesiastes 3:10-11 when he stated, “I have seen the burden

Section 2 – Fact and Fiction

God has laid on men… He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.” God has placed a vision of your eternal purpose in your heart as a burden. What is it that you dream of, that you always think that you should be doing with your life? Perhaps that ‘burden’ is the Holy Spirit reminding you of why you are here. Our goal as Christians should never be to set up an ‘us

Chapter 2 – Ancient Cultures Death and life have their divine appointments; Riches and honors depend upon heaven. – Confucius The Mayans were a technologically marvelous culture which existed for centuries in Mesoamerica (an area including

versus them’ mentality. Our job is to come alongside unbelievers

southern Mexico, Guatemala and northern Belize). The

in our common search and to live with such a passion for our God-

Encyclopedia Britannica (Maya, 2009) estimates that the Mayan

conceived purpose that those around us will be inspired to seek out

culture began around 1500 B.C. but did not rise to prominence

their true calling and purpose.

until its ‘Classic Period’ running from 250 A.D. until 900 A.D during which the Mayans developed a unifying language and one of the first known uses of the zero in mathematics. The Mayans were an agrarian people whose religious and social systems were thoroughly entwined. As Richard Hooker states in The Mayas (1996), “Mayan religion grew primarily out of the milpas (slash and burn) agriculture which required accurate predictions of

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time… [Mayan religion] is based on accommodating humanity to

will end on December 21, 2012 (Anonymous, 2007). Those

the cycles of the universe… For this reason, Mayan religion is

scholars were unable, however, to find any scientific evidence that

obsessed with time.”

end of the Mayan calendar would coincide with or predict the end

To accurately keep their agriculture in synch with the universe’s presumed cycles, the Mayans developed multiple calendars. These included a solar calendar consisting of 18 months

of the world. Many cultures’ calendars have come and gone and yet we are still here. The ancient Sumerian culture has a disputed origin, but the

of 20 days each plus an unlucky five-day period and a sacred

people appeared to have settled the Mesopotamian valley (modern-

calendar made up of 13 cycles of 20 named days, along with a

day Iraq) around 3500 B.C. The Sumerians are credited with the

variety of longer calendars based on a zero year of 3113 B.C.

invention of the pottery wheel and the implementation the first 60-

(Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).

second minute, 60-minute hour, 24-hour day and 360 degree circle

The Mayans thought that the world had been created five

(Querner, n.d.). It is interesting to note that one of the major cities

times and destroyed four times (Hooker, 1996). It is perhaps from

under Sumerian control was Ur, the birthplace of Abraham

this logic that the Popul Vuh, one of the few remaining works from

(Genesis 11:28).

the Mayan Classic Period, describes the fifth and final destruction

2012 theorists propose that the ancient Sumerians foretold

of the world. The tie-in to the 2012 theories comes from scholarly

of a star named Nibiru which would at some point in the future

research which proposed that the last major Mayan calendric cycle,

impact the earth’s orbit around the sun. The major proponent of

or katun, concluded November 14, 1539 and that the next katun

this theory is a man named Zecharia Sitchin, a self-professed

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linguistic authority. In fact, Sitchin graduated from the University

study of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary (CAD), a full translation

of London with a degree in economic history (Colavito, 2001);

of the Akkadian (Sumerian) language tablets, and found that

Sitchin may be a well-read hobbyist in ancient linguistics, but he

Nibiru is never mentioned as a distant planet (Heiser, n.d.). Heiser

has shown no evidence of being an expert in the field.

concluded that the Sumerian mention of Nibiru refers multiple

Sitchin’s theories include numerous visits from

times to the planet Jupiter, once to Mercury and once as a star

extraterrestrials to earth; the most pertinent to this discussion being

which could be seen by the naked eye every year. This cannot be a

Sitchin’s proposed visit from the Nibirians to the Mesopotamian

reference to a distant planet that returns only every 3,600 years!

valley from their planet, Nibiru. Sitchin’s basis for this theory is

Further evidence of the fallacy of Nibiru comes from

his translation of ancient Sumerian tablets which document the

Senior Scientist David Morrison of the NASA Astrobiology Center

known sum of the Sumerian knowledge of the planets. Sitchin, and

(Morrison, 2008). Morrison has answered numerous questions via

only Sitchin, interprets the tablets to show a separate planet named

the ask-an-astrobiologist program, found at

Nibiru, orbiting our Sun every 3,600 years, which will collide with

http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/, regarding the

earth’s orbit sometime in the early 21st century (Sitchin, 1976).

theories of planet Nibiru, magnetic interference and related

Opponents of Sitchin’s theories include Michael Heiser,

theories. Morrison unequivocally states that there is no planet

PhD in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages from UW-

Nibiru, the images submitted by theorists are all explainable as

Madison with a double Masters including Hebrew and Semitic

expanding gas shells around aging stars, and that no stellar objects

Studies, Ancient Egypt and Syria-Palestine. Heiser performed a

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have any chance of impacting the Earth based on the entirety of

boldly as such. Jesus tells us that we should, “…let [our] light

NASA data.

shine before men, that they may see [our] good deeds and praise

Chapter 3 – New Theories

the Lord” (Matthew 5:16). One theory taken up by 2012 theorists is that the North and

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. – Carl Sagan Many of the major theories being used as evidence of the world’s end revolve around natural disasters. I want to be very clear that the Bible says, in many ways throughout many different chapters and verses, that there will be catastrophe and chaos at world’s end. There is no disputing that we have seen an increase in natural disasters the world over but does that mean we should abandon our posts and run off into a cave somewhere? Absolutely not! The Bible is equally clear that we are called to live our lives in the open. Jesus specifically prays for His disciples in John 17:15 that, “[God] not take them out of the world but that [God would] protect them from the evil one.” God has called us to be set apart, a peculiar nation, a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) and we should live

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South Pole are shifting or will soon reverse which will cause the Earth to rotate backward suddenly, creating mass destruction worldwide. Those proposing these theories typically point to the ice age and the great floods described in Genesis as evidence of polar shifts in Earth’s past, but have only speculation as to the validity of these claims. A major example of evidence put forth by theorists on polar shifts is the proposition that the Earth’s magnetic frequency is rising. This theory promotes the thought that the Earth’s frequency has risen from a ‘norm’ of 7.8 Hz to between 9 and 11 Hz. Reportedly, the largest recorded increase in the Earth’s frequency occurred in 1987 and resulted in the Harmonic Convergence, a global meeting of pilgrims to gather and meditate (Weinhold, n.d.).

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These same theorists suggest that 13 Hz is the frequency of

Chapter 4 – Scripturally-derived Theories

unconditional love – a point at which our minds and the universe will be in perfect tune. Again, it is important that you realize the folly and non-science of these propositions but be able to enter the conversation and speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). The other issue with the shifting pole theories is that they may be misinformed in the type and scope of the shifts. Science is in agreement that the rotational axis of the Earth shifts occasionally from the redistribution of Earth’s mass when glaciers freeze or thaw, but that a magnetic pole shift is not the same as a physical pole shift (Morrison, 2008). In fact Morrison states that there is no chance of the Earth’s axis shifting to a significant degree; that the Earth’s magnetic poles reverse roughly once per million years; that there is no evidence of that happening anytime soon; and most importantly, that a magnetic reversal of the Earth’s poles would not cause any of the disastrous consequences associated with polar shifts on catastrophist Internet sites (Morrison, 2008).

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Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. – Albert Einstein The last theory that we will discuss is the one that first interested me in this topic and encouraged me to write this publication. There have been a proliferation of theories floated about hidden Biblical codes and messages and even some successful books and movies created based entirely on the subject of Biblical ‘codes’. Most commonly, these codes are simply someone’s interpretation of Daniel, Revelation and other key eschatological scriptures. Specific to 2012 is what is being referred to as the ‘Bible Code’. Put simply, the Bible Code is a method of placing rectangles over pieces of Hebrew text and gleaning hidden messages from the letters and words contained in the rectangle. The method of determining the letters and the spacing between them is commonly called Equidistant Letter Sequence (ELS). For

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example, the bold letters in this sentence form an ELS. With a skip

Here are just a few examples of some tests applied to

of -4, and ignoring the spaces and punctuation, the word SAFEST

Drosnin’s ELS which show his perceived success to be a statistical

is spelled out.

failure:

One of the first believers in bible codes was Sir Isaac

In 1997, Dror Bar-Natan and Brendan McKay recreated the

Newton, but perhaps the most famous proponent of the Bible Code

birth and death dates of the same famous rabbis using “War

in recent times is Michael Drosnin. Drosnin’s book The Bible Code

and Peace” as the base text (Bar-Natan & McKay, 1997).

reported multiple instances of predictions using the Torah

Brendan McKay also shows a graphical display of

exclusively as the base text (Drosnin, 1997). These included, in

numerous past deaths and assissinations found using ELS

1994, the 1995 assissination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak

in the text of “Moby Dick” (McKay, 1997).

Rabin. Other ELS studies of the Torah revealed birth and death

There are also numerous variations of spelling possibilities

dates of famous rabbis which fell startlingly close to the actual

in the Hebrew language that would cause different tests to provide

dates. Supporters of Drosnin’s Bible Code ELS have gone on to

different results using ELS. Ultimately, this process of ELS shows

extrapolate numerous mentions in the Torah and the New King

that, if we are looking hard enough for a specific item or fact, we

James Bible of disaster in 2012, some as specific as December 21,

are bound to find it.

2012.

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Section 3 – Faith

never represents himself, but is the complete representation of the King

Chapter 5 - You Have Been Given Authority You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4

carries the full authority of the Kingdom he represents

This means that you have the full impact of the Kingdom of God in your words and deeds. Psalm 115:16 tells us that the highest

When God created man (the Hebrew word for man in this

heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to man.

passage and in this publication is referring to the species, both

This is the authority and force of which Jesus spoke in the

male and female), God gave man dominion over all creation. In

following passages:

Genesis 1:26 God says, “Let us make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule over… all the earth” (emphasis mine). Earth is simply a colony – the physical furtherance of God’s spiritual Kingdom; and we are God’s ambassadors placed here to

As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. – Matthew 10:7-8 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you” – Luke 17:5-6

care for, administer and rule over all created things. If you have Adam and Eve gave up their God-given authority when ever studied the duties of an ambassador, you may be aware of the they allowed themselves to be deceived by Satan. They had the full following. An ambassador: weight of God’s dominion given them from the beginning of time •

speaks only the King’s wishes and desires

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with God’s intention for them and their offspring to share in the

purpose includes us! It is critical to understand that the earth was

custodial reign on the physical earth forever and they lost their

made exactly the way that it was made for our benefit. God knew

rulership by believing a lie. Christ had to leave his throne and

that He was having royal children so he prepared the earth for our

become flesh in order to make legal entry into the earthly colony of

arrival.

God and pay in blood to reestablish God’s dominion through man.

God populated the earth with all kinds of animals and

I urge you not to believe a lie that will hinder your ability to be a

plants that would bear fruit so that we would never hunger. God

good steward of God’s territory for which Christ paid so dearly.

painted the sky with changing textures at sunrise and sunset so that we would be able to look and see His love for us. God created a

Chapter 6 - The Earth Has Value to God

perfect system of trees that would take our carbon dioxide and exchange it for oxygen. Truly, as Psalm 19:1 states, the heavens

And [the seraphs] were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty; the whole earth is filled with His glory.” – Isaiah 6:3 The Bible begins and ends with the earth. In Genesis 1:1, God created the earth and in Revelation 21:1, John saw a new heaven and a new earth. All throughout the Psalms and in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), the righteous are promised the earth and the land. God has a purpose for the earth… and that

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declare the glory of the Lord; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Psalm 57 repeats this refrain, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth.” God did not give us ownership of Earth, He gave us rulership. God did not give us the ability to alter His plans, He simply gave us the charge to implement His plans (Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. –

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Proverbs 19:21). For man to think that something that we could do

and characteristics as God. When God created Adam, God

would throw God’s creation for a loop or take the Almighty by

breathed the breath of life into Adam making Adam spirit just like

surprise is absurd.

God is spirit. We have the same spirit in us that God has in Him. We have a mind… just like God, and emotions… just like God. 1

Chapter 7 - Do Not Be Afraid

John 4:18 tells us that perfect love casts out all fear. If God is love then fear cannot remain in His presence and we who are filled with

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33 How do we know what things are most important to God?

the same spirit can also not abide with fear. When we fear, we become unlike God; fear is ungodly. We, as spirit, have no need of or room for fear… just like God.

His Word, the Bible, is His mind written out to us as a revelation

When we are afraid, we are telling God that He is

of Himself, His thoughts, and His plans. The most important things

insufficient. If we truly believe what we say we believe, that God

to God are those of which He wrote the most. In the Bible, we are

is sovereign in all situations, that nothing comes to us that has not

told 365 times not to be afraid and I do not believe that to be a

first passed through His hands, then we have nothing to fear.

coincidence. God is trying to convey to us the importance of not

Kingdom citizens are entirely under God’s care and are wholly

being afraid, once for every day of the year!

reliant upon His provision. A Christian’s fear is an affront to God’s

Why should we not fear? Because we are made in God’s image, in His likeness. That means that we have the same qualities

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Kingly care. This is why Jesus impressed upon us that we not worry:

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Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. –Matthew 6:25-34 Think about what we worry about most… food, water, clothes, shelter, security, significance… Jesus addresses all of these directly in this passage by clearly stating that His job as King is to take care of all of these things; our job is simply to seek the establishment and furthering of His kingdom and strive to live in

righteous accordance with His precepts. For us to fear or worry is an insult to His dominion.

Conclusion No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. – Mark 13:32 The facts are that this Earth will pass away eventually, disasters will come and go and some may be severe and, until Christ returns, there will always be wars and rumors of war. Ever since the Garden of Eden, when we lost dominion and communion with God, we have been searching for the restoration of the Kingdom. Some search through religion, some through hobbies, some through addictions, but all are seeking what was lost in the Garden – our God-given rulership. The truth is that a young Jewish philosopher named Jesus came to the Earth over two millennia ago proclaiming that the Kingdom of God had returned. His principles and teachings were

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so different from anything that the world had ever heard and were

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What will happen on December 21, 2012 and how will it affect you? Does the Bible really have anything to say about 2012? What do all of the signs regarding 2012 mean?

Rather than living in fear of the future or in fear of having to discuss it with non-believers, why not set a firm foundation for your thinking? This booklet is designed to encourage you, bolster your faith and provide you with a deeper understanding of what people are searching for and why. For questions, comments or concerns, email me at jcstevens74@yahoo.com.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

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The Complete Christian's Guide to 2012