During research for my novel, 2012 The Final Revelation, I studied, among other things, the Maya Calendar and the Holy Bible. I wanted to understand the end times from a biblical perspective and see if I could find a link between the two subjects.
It was a long shot, but I found a connection – the 144,000.
The Bible – Revelation 7, 3-4 says:
“The angel said, ‘Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees, until we mark the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads. And I was told that number of those who were marked with God’s seal on their foreheads was 144,000’.”
The Maya Calendar
The famous Maya Calendar, also known as the Aztec Calendar or Stone of the Sun, sits prominently in the NationalMuseumof Anthropology & History in Mexico City. This museum plays an important part in my novel and is a key location and setting.
It is from this stone, and the ancients’ incredible time keeping abilities, that weird and wonderful theories about 2012 have emerged over the years. The story told in my own novel is just one of countless books on the subject.
The connection to 144,000
Here is a short excerpt from my novel to explain the 144,000 connection:
“Ben explained further. “The ancients had many ways of counting time. They had two yearly cycles—the Tzolkin which is two hundred sixty days, and the three hundred sixty-five Haab. Then they had months called Uinals, which are twenty days, and years or tuns of three hundred sixty days. They had even longer periods of time, like seventy-two hundred days, called the K’atun,” Ben stopped talking and looked at Andrew, eyebrows raised.
“That makes so much more sense!” Andrew quipped.
Ben smiled. “The baktun is one hundred forty-four thousand days long, hence the long count,” Ben continued. “The culture believed that, starting from the birth of Venus, after thirteen baktuns, the world would come to an end. It ends on 0.0.0.0.0.”
“How do we know it ends on the twenty-first of December?” Andrew asked. “I mean exactly that date?”
“Well, if you work backwards, they ended the calendar on the thirteenth baktun. The last baktun ended on September 18, 1618, or around that date. Because the period of time for one baktun is about three hundred ninety-four solar years, the next one is December 2012.”
Andrew made a face. “So 2012 minus 1618 is three hundred ninety-four solar years,” Andrew said.
“Perfect,” Ben grinned back.
“How long ago did they come up with the number?” Andrew asked enquiringly.
“About twenty-three hundred years ago.”
“OK so let’s see if I have this right,” Andrew said. “One baktun year is three hundred ninety-four Solar years. Those are made up of twenty K’atuns.”
“Yes,” Ben responded.
“Then one baktun equals twenty K’atun, which equals one hundred forty-four thousand days or around three hundred ninety-four solar years,” Andrew continued.
“You got it,” Ben replied.
“One number is familiar,” Andrew said, his eyebrows furrowed. “The same number you just mentioned at breakfast.”
“One hundred forty-four thousand days on the baktun…same as the figure in Revelation.”
Ben made a face. “You’re right! I never made that connection before!” He scratched his head, pondering. “It is exactly one hundred forty-four thousand days, the same as the number of survivors mentioned in Revelation!”
“Coincidence,” Andrew mused.
Is it just a co-incidence? Possibly yes.
But, I believe, sometimes a simple discovery can be part of a larger picture. Put all the jigsaw pieces together and one day we may know the answer.
Plus, co-incidence or not, this subject still makes for a great story!
What do you think?