Mayan Calendar and the End of the World

2020 is a Year of Surprises

From Covid-19 to civil unrest, escalations between North and South Korea, and many other situations at play such as locusts and hurricanes, there is now speculation that the Mayan Calendar is supposed to end June 21st, 2020 and did not end on December 21st, 2012 – if you read the Julian Calendar.

In a deleted tweet by Paolo Tagaloguin, in which The Sun reports, the following is shared:

“Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012. The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into Gregorian Calendar is 11 days. For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 years”

If we follow this thought process, then we would, in turn be looking at 8 years from December 21st, 2012 to June 21st, 2020. There are plenty of arguments to make against this claim and, being a person of faith and numbers, I’ll point out a few, out side of the below meme saying it’ll be August 2020.

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Issues with the Numbers

Let us look at the numbers. The claim that we see has a time different from the Gregorian and Julian Calendars as 11 days; however, Brittanica and both share that the Julian Calendar is 13 days off – and with TimeandDate giving a time frame of 1901 to 2099 where the Julian Calendar is 13 days off. With this said, this number 11 may have been misused in the Calculation.

In addition to a calculating error, if we take 2,948 days and divide them by 365 days, that gives us an average of 8.076 years – not including the additional 2 days from leap years. If we add this 8.073 plus the 2 leap year days from December 21st, 2012 until now, we may be looking more at December 23rd, 2020 – so this also proves the calculation to be incorrect.

Adding to this, the CT State library does state we changed from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar in 1752; however, the following changes were made according to CT State:

  • December 31, 1750 was followed by January 1, 1750 (under the “Old Style” calendar, December was the 10th month and January the 11th)
  • March 24, 1750 was followed by March 25, 1751 (March 25 was the first day of the “Old Style” year)
  • December 31, 1751 was followed by January 1, 1752 (the switch from March 25 to January 1 as the first day of the year)
  • September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, 1752 (drop of 11 days to conform to the Gregorian calendar)

If we take these notes into account, we may have added 365 days in the calculation from December 31st, 1750 to January 31st, 2020, lost back 366 from March 24th, 1750 to March 25th, 1751, lost back another 366 days from December 31st, 1751 to January 1st, 1752, then lost another 12 days in September 1752 – leaving a net loss of -379 days. Where does this fit in the calculation of 11 days, in this assumption?

Additionally, if we take the same formula that Paolo Tagaloguin used, if we replace the 11 with the 13 and multiply by the 268 years the world has been using the Gregorian calendar, this leaves us with 3,484 days off. Divide that by 365, we have 9.54 years – not including the leap years that followed suit. If we include the net loss of -379 days in the calculation, we would be at 8.507 years off – not including leap years. Even using the 13 days off as a value, it doesn’t consider if the calendar was 11 or 12 days off between 1752 and 1901 – assuming it has always been 13 days off which is for debate as well.

The assumption was wrong in 2012 about the Mayan calendar depicting the end of the world, and the way I see the numbers, I have to disagree with the current argument made that the world will end next week – numerically speaking.

Issue with Faith

I will keep this part simple and relatively short: we are on God’s time – who are we to calculate when the world will end?

There are many prophecies depicting the end of the world either through the book of Revelations in the Bible to the Hopi’s Purification prophecies. The Mayan calendar depicts and end of an Era, so to speak. According to Living Maya Time, we are currently already accounted for in the 13 Bak’Tun as – so I do not necessarily believe any changes in calculation would bring us closer to calculating the exact date and time when the world will end.

To also point out, if God does decide that the world will end on June 21st, 2020, then I truly pray as many of us as possible are at peace with God/The Higher Power, The Earth, all life around us and ourselves. If the world does not end on June 21st, 2020, then I still truly pray for as many of us as possible to be at peace with God/The Higher Power, The Earth, all life around us and ourselves for when the world as we know it does end or change. It is not up to us to calculate when God will lay the hands down on the Earth, it is up to us to be ready and accepting of them when they do.

Be well and be safe and healthy.

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