Ancient Aliens Jason Martell on Mayan Calendar & the Bible
Check out this celebrity interview with Ancient Aliens Jason Martell, researcher in ancient civilizations. With 12.21.12 nearing, everyone is talking about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world as predicted in the Bible. And so, I asked Ancient Aliens Jason Martell his insights on the Mayan calendar, popular speculation about an ensuing apocalypse, and whether he thought there was anything Christians should know about 12.21.12. I offer a brief response in conclusion.
While this may seem a strange topic for God & Boobs, the end of ages is as central to faith as the beginning of time. We believe that God, who created heaven and earth, has destined us for a life beyond this planet, as we know it. The mechanics of that end remain a mystery; however it is a mystery that theologians, historians, and scientists seek to uncover. While these insights do not change my daily relationship with God, I do find these conversations fascinating. I hope you will too.
INTERVIEW WITH ANCIENT ALIENS JASON MARTELL
Tell us a bit about your research in ancient civilization.
My research asks the question “Where do we come from?” By looking at the various ancient cultures around the world, we see a striking characteristic in their ability to build megalithic monuments that align to exact points in time and space, usually with the alignment of a star or constellation to an object on the ground.
For example, why would the Egyptians that existed in 2500 BC, who our current history tells us built the Giza pyramids, have built the pyramids to align with the Orion constellation perfectly at 10,500 BC, almost 8,000 years before the Egyptian culture existed? The answer is that the pyramids might be much older than we think, which is probably true. But also it brings up the question that the Egyptians, like the Mayans had a much greater understanding of celestial time. (time based on movements of the heavens). This knowledge may lead us to realize our present potential as humans on this Earth and, in a sense, rediscover that which we have lost over the years.
Can you explain in layman’s terms how the Mayan calendar works?
The sun or day has always been the fundamental unit of timekeeping for Mayan peoples, and the road of the sun specifically expresses the concept of time (Aveni). The Maya calendar system was viewed in a cyclical manner; events take place at points within cycles of specific duration. These cycles are contained within larger cycles of elevating proportion, until one reaches a super-cycle so enormous that time becomes almost linear. For example, our 365 day year and the Mayan “Almanac year” of 260 days fits into a bigger picture of a super-cycle. The calendar combined many different counts. Each had an independent cycle running without reference to another cycle. This is very similar to our naming of days. Monday, November 9, 1999 is composed of a cycle that runs independently of the “November 9”; not all days named November 9 will occur on Monday or during 1999. Just as I would say that today is November 9, in the year 1999, the Maya people could also accurately describe time. Although the Maya used a different system, their purpose was the same.
Why has the Mayan calendar concluded? Does this signal the end of the world?
The Mayan Calendar, like many of the ancient cultures were aware of a much larger cycle of time that extends for 24,000 years, then repeats. The point in the Mayan calendar matching 2012 in our current calendar only shows a time when this calendar time period ends, and a new one begins.
According to the cycle of the great year mentioned above, we are about to enter the age of Aquarius. All signs in the celestial time show us we are on a steady approach to the golden age once again. However, that time isn’t scheduled to come again for another 8,000 years.
With all the hype about the calendar concluding, what are people not talking about that’s of real interest?
There are a baffling number of mysterious megaliths (ancient constructions) on this planet, and it makes sense to wonder if the mystery of their presence and construction is in some way connected. Everyone has heard of the idea that there was once a great continent known as Atlantis. On this continent, there supposedly existed an advanced civilization, capable of complex mathematics, construction, and technology. Somehow, over many thousands of years, Atlantis was lost.
What if there was an advanced civilization at some point in the past around 10-15,000 years ago? Would they have simply stayed in one location and thrived? Or wouldn’t they have been inspired to connect and colonize globally? Based on even an untrained observation of human history and behavior, we can suppose that a highly advanced civilization would not be content just to stay in one place. It seems far more likely that an advanced civilization would also be a global civilization, and we would see evidence of their technology all over the earth.
Is there any aspect of this that is relevant to Christianity, or that Christians should know?
We are living in the time of Jesus based on celestial time. Understanding the precession of the equinox does put into light a larger understanding for the content of time and how it seems to repeat going through the dark ages and into the golden age, a cycle that repeats every 24,000 years. If we also understand that right now being in the age of Pisces is the Symbol of the fish, this is also the time of Jesus. This is why you see the symbol of Pisces in association with Jesus. Right now, in the great year cycle, we are just about to leave the age of Pisces in another 150 years and enter into the age of Aquarius. As it does say that Jesus will return one day, maybe this too is based on the great cycle of time?
Now Jesus is the figure who ushers in the age following Aries, the Age of Pisces or the Two Fish. Fish symbolism is very abundant in the New Testament. Jesus feeds 5000 people with bread and “2 fish.” When he begins his ministry walking along Galilee, he befriends 2 fishermen, who follow him. And I think we’ve all seen the Jesus-fish on the backs of people’s cars. Little do they know what it actually means? It is a Pagan astrological symbolism for the Sun’s Kingdom during the Age of Pisces.
RESPONSE FROM GOD & BOOBS
The Bible tells us that no one knows when Jesus’ return will occur. The Mayans, even with all of their insights and technology, are no exception. Scientist and researchers like Martel verify this fact for us – 12.21.12 is not the end of the world. According to Christian tradition, the same Jesus who died, rose from the grave, and ascended into heaven, has sent His Spirit to dwell on the earth among Christians. The Spirit of Jesus, or the Holy Spirit, lives within Christians and empowers us to live with love, to know truth, and to walk with God. However, the Bible also foretells an end of this age which will be marked by several events, including the return of Jesus in bodily form. In my opinion, it is unclear whether the Biblical apocalypse is an earthly event, or a bigger celestial event. What I know with certainty, is that the God who created humans, also created everything else – the heavens, the galaxies, the places that are so far from earth our scientists have yet to discover them. And I know that scientific exploration, from our planet’s monoliths to worlds beyond our Milky Way, can only increase my faith in the God who formed it all. I think all good science proves God’s involvement in humanity. However, I do not believe that we should use science to try and predict a future event (such as an apocalypse), or to predict God’s plan for our lives (such as fortune telling, and some uses of astrology).