Armageddon; Astrology; Great Tribulation; Last Days.)
The hype has been going on for years with much media attention paid to it. It would seem odd for anyone to have not heard by now that some believe the world is going to end on Dec. 21, 2012. This notion exists despite the fact that everyone from NASA scientists to Maya scholars say that these beliefs are off-base. The Mayans never predicted that the end of their Long Count Calendar meant the end of the world, and there are no astronomical phenomenon headed our way that could possibly destroy the planet in less than ten days. (See: Don't Panic! 2012 Doomsday Myths Debunked by NASA; Slideshow by Space.com)
Would God Really Have Used the Mayans to Proclaim His Judgement?
The Mayans used the Tzolk'in calendar. It is known that astrology and divination was heavily used in connection with this in interpreting events. With this in mind, Jehovah God would not deliver His message through those who practiced divination... a practice that He condemns.
Additionally, the Bible tells us that no one knows when the great tribulation will occur:
"Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father." (Matthew 24:36)
"Nobody" would include the Mayans. Would it really seem reasonable for God to not share the date of His judgement with His own son and instead inform the Mayans (a people who employed practices that He condemns)?
Not only does the Bible show that no one knows the date, but that when the day does come, the destruction will come very suddenly and unexpectedly:
"Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night. Whenever it is that they are saying: “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly upon them." (1 Thessalonians 5:2,3)
“Jehovah’s day” is to come “exactly as a thief in the night” in that most of mankind will not have kept spiritually awake to the progressive revelation of God’s will. They are like a person who is sleeping at night when a thief comes unexpectedly.
"On this account YOU too prove yourselves ready, because at an hour that YOU do not think to be it, the Son of man is coming." (Matthew 24:44)
For more, see:
Beyond 2012: Why the World Won't End (NASA.GOV)
Apocalypse not now: NASA debunks doomsday predictions (MSNBC News Article)
The Maya - Yesterday and Today (g01 9/8 pp. 15-19; Watchtower Online Library)
The Amazing Maya Calendar (g05 4/8 p. 31; Watchtower Online Library)