Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dates of the Patriarchs are Exact - Part II (Cont)

According to Mesoamerican Theorists and the Maya Calendar, the Maya system began on August 13, 3114 B.C., which is their initial series introductory glyph. But as stated in the last post, that merely means the cycle began then, not that is when the Maya themselves began.

Why that date? Because it is when that particular cycle began, just as the year 2012 A.D is the end of that cycle—not when the world will end. In fact, it is more proper to say that on the Solstice of December 21, 2012, precisely at 11:11 a.m. Universal Time, the completion of the 5,125 year Great Cycle of the Ancient Maya Long Count Calendar takes place. Which means, that a Maya calendar could have begun in a previous cycle, beginning in 8,240 B.C., or 10,250 years before the end date. And the Maya calendar will have a next Great Cycle beginning in 2012 and ending in 7137 A.D. Does that mean the earth will continue that long? No. Only that the cycle is projected to that date. Does it mean 3114 was the beginning of the Maya? No. Only that their calendar can be projected back that far. In addition, it should be understood that the Maya Calendar shows that 2012 is also the completion of the 26,000 year Precession of the Equinoxes cycle, and some claim it also signifies the end of a 104,000 year cycle.

However, Mesoamerican Theorist, forever using dates and information to prove their point, like to claim that the Maya started their calendar on that date specifically because it was the date of Noah’s Flood, despite it being 770 years before the dates attributed to it in scripture. As Joseph Allen stated about scriptural dates:

“Dates are very elusive and, as a result, allow a great degree of flexibility. We run into the same problem (elusive dates) as we attempt to correlate Book of Mormon dates with secular dates of Mesoamerica.”

But dates in the scriptures are not elusive. As to the Flood, the dates of the Patriarchs, beginning with Adam’s earthly time (after being ejected from the Garden of Eden), and the date of his Patriarchal Lineage son and onward, with each patriarch listed when he was born and when his son was born, all the way down to Abraham. We have exact dates when Noah was born, how long he lived before building the Ark (500 years), how long it took to build the Ark (100 years), and his age when he entered the Ark (600). We know he was born 1056 years after Adam was ejected, in 2944 B.C.

These are the dates of the Patriarchs as Moses recorded them:

Adam was 130 when Seth was born in 3870 BC (Moses 6:10)(Gen 5:3)
Seth 105 when Enos born in 3765 BC (Moses 6:13)(Gen 5:6)
Enos 90 when Cainan born in 3675 BC (Moses 6:17)(Gen 5:9)
Cainan 70 when Mahalaleel born in 3605 BC (Moses 6:19)(Gen 5:12)
Mahalaleel 65 when Jared born in 3540 BC (Moses 6:20)(Gen 5:15)
Jared 162 when Enoch born in 3378 BC (Moses 6:21)(Gen 5:18)
Enoch 65 when Methuselah; born in 3313 BC (Moses 6:25)(Gen 5:21)
Methuselah 187 when Lamech born in 312 BC (Moes 6 8:5)(Gen 5:25)
Lamech 182 when Noah born in 2944 BC (Moses 8:8)(Gen 5:28)
Noah 450 when Japheth born in 2494 BC (Moses 8:12)
Noah 492 when Shem born in 2452 BC (Moses 8:12)
Noah 500 when Ham born in 2444 BC (Moses 8:12)(Gen 5:32)
Flood came 100 years later in 2344 BC (Gen 7:6)
1656 total years elapsed

It is disingenuous for Mesoamerican Theorists to try and claim that the Maya Calendar is more exact in determining the date of the Flood--which it gives no indication of the Flood in any way--in lieu of the scriptural dates--which do indicate the Flood--which are both exact, and dictated to Noah by the Lord. It is a shame when someone decides to try and prove their model at the expense of changing, ignoring or demeaning the scriptures. Man simply does not know more than God!

(Next Post: The Maya Calendar – Part III)

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