“Nature doesn’t recognize good and evil. Nature only recognizes balance and imbalance.” – Walternate, Fringe
There’s been a lot of talk about this whole 12/12/12 thing. Some say it will be the beginning of the apocalypse, the end of the world. However, others counter this with the argument that the end of the world would be preceded by the second coming of Christ, who would come like a thief in the night. No one would know the day or time. According to the popular interpretation of the book of John’s Revelation, He would come down on a cloud and scoop up those who believe in Him, an event which would begin the 1,000 year War of Armageddon. This time would basically be as a world without God, where the very face of God was taken from the world. There would be wars, famines, natural catastrophes, boils, diseases, and plagues.
Well, if the world I’ve been brought up in looks the way that it is now, and 12/12/12 really marks the end of the Mayan calendar, a group of people that supposedly disappeared from the face of the Earth without a trace about 1,000 years ago… What if He already did it?
As the Bible says, he would come like a thief in the night. You often don’t notice the thief has even struck until long after he has gone. You may not notice that the silver is missing for days, weeks, even years. And usually we will never know who the thief was. What if Jesus took the Mayans?
If the story is true, what if this is the end of the War of Armageddon and not the beginning? What if 12/12/12 is not the end of the world, but a new beginning, a new heaven and a new earth, as the Bible says?
For the last 1,000 years, about five hundred years after the beginning of the Dark Ages, and six hundred years after the Bible was first translated from Hebrew to Latin, it would seem that God really has been hiding His face from us. I think we may have lost something in the translation.
From what I’ve learned about God from the various traditions that have shared their interpretation of Him with me, he has a fabulous sense of humor. He may have hidden His face from us, but I have caught Him peeking out at us on more than one occasion. Although He may not have been walking with us in the Garden in the cool of the night and showing His face, I don’t believe God has been completely absent from this world as this War has waged on. We’ve just been too busy fighting to notice.
Our planet has indeed seen plenty of images of God, we create them ourselves as if we’re waiting for Him, painting His portrait as a surprise for when He returns. Nevertheless, I don’t think He was as gone as we think He was. I think the images were ways that He spoke through us and to us. I think that’s what all art is meant to do. As Marshall McLuhan suggested, maybe the medium really is the message.
The story goes that the War of Armageddon would culminate in the final battle where Christ would defeat the devil and all of his minions once and for all. What if that battle begins on 11/11/11 and ends on 12/12/12? Who would you root for? Who do you really think would win?
Whether the mythology is true as a historical occurrence is not what I think is of the greatest importance in this story. What I do think is important is a shift in perspective, a consideration of possibilities, and a realization that the eternal war is inside of us, not outside. The important question to ask is which one wins in the daily battle for your heart, mind, body, and spirit?
Given that there are various opinions on exactly which decade the Mayans actually disappeared, what if that great battle has already been fought? What if it happened on 10/10/10? That seemed to me to be a very significant date as well.
I think the important question is, when do you believe it will be over? When does eternal life begin? As a teacher of mine once told me, “War is over, if you want it.”
Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at InkenSoul.com, and sometimes posts at Anything Arts, Sarasota Music Scene, and Elephant Journal, and is currently the Director of Operational Development for the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.