The Maya

An Examination of Their Religious Views
and Their Prophecies

December, 2009

Allen J. Christenson
Dennis Tedlock
David A. Freidel
David Stuart

Michael D. Carrasco

Copies To:
Brian M. Stross
Kerry M. Hull
Michael John Finley
Various other individuals


Decades ago I did a cursory and superficial examination of the ancient Maya. I then forgot them until the past few months. I was spurred on to a reexamination by a young man in Mexico City named Luis Conde. Not until I dove into the recent publications on the Maya did I realize the significance of their ancient work. Tremendous work has been done over the intervening forty years. We not only have made many new discoveries, we have learned mostly how to read their strange glyphs.

The heart of the concern to Luis was the filling of the Long Count after 5,000 years, at the end of 2012. And then oddly, at the winter solstice.

But first to other matters.

I learned that the Maya:

I used the following:

In the following I offer URLs for readers who may be unfamiliar with finding Internet resources.

Statements of Earth History

An estimate of the wealth of information available to show the cultural and religious knowledge of the ancient Maya can be obtained by some statements from the Popul Vuh. As I read through the texts I realized the difficulties in translation, and the ease with which the images invoked by the original writers could be confused, especially if we come to the texts with preconceived notions. One such notion is that primitive societies developed through purely evolutionary forces and were untouched by higher outside influences. Hence their religious expression could only be pagan idolatry. Refer to the following Internet sources from Allen J. Christenson and Dennis Tedlock.



The Prophecies

Statements from The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel, as translated by Ralph Roys, show the nature of their prophecies:


The prophecy of Ah Kuil Chel, the priest (pg 166):

When the end of the katun shall come, Lord, ye shall not understand when it comes. Who shall believe it at the rolling up of the mat of the katun? The end shall come because of misery. It comes from the north, it comes from the west at that time when it shall be, Lord. Who then shall be the priest, who then <shall be> the prophet, who will declare truly the word of the book, Lord, in <Katun> 9 Ahau? Ye shall not understand, <ye people> in every part of the world . . . shall be cleansed of shame. Oh <there was> joy among the rulers, pleasure among the rulers of the land. Acknowledge it in your hearts, ye Itzá.

This prophecy tells us plainly that when the end comes we shall not understand. This is the end of the katun (count), the end of the Long Count. This is the rolling up of the Mat of the katun, the Mat of the Day Count. The term Mat here implies the weave of time, the tapestry that has unfolded for thousands of year. Now that tapestry shall be rolled up.

The end of the age shall not come because of great misery; great misery shall face the nations when the end comes. 

Where does the end come from? From the north. From the west. It shall fall from the sky.

Who will be the priest and the prophet to declare truly the word of the Lord, the book of his prophecies? But will you listen? You shall not listen because you do not understand. The entire world shall not understand. Only a few. But God shall give everyone an opportunity to come to decision.

These phrases are strongly reminiscent of phrases from the Hebrew prophecies. That is the book of the Lord. See Isa 29:6, Jer 51:58 (RSV), Ezek 7:7, 7:10, Rev 18:10, and so on. Of prophets we were told, Jer 1:5, Mal 4:5, and so on.

The theme of a great screening of mankind, of those who believe, and those who do not, the separation of the sheep from the goats, runs throughout the Bible.

But then, afterwards, after all the misery, men shall once again enjoy the bounty of the earth, Jer 31:12.

Prophecy of Chilam Balam, (pg 168): Itzamná Kauil shall rise. Our Lord comes, Itzá. Our elder brother comes, <oh> men of Tantun. Receive your guests, the bearded men, the men of the east, the bearers of the sign of God, Lord. Good indeed is the word of God that comes to us. The day of our regeneration comes. You do not fear the world, Lord, you are the only God who created us. It is sufficient, then, that the word of God is good, Lord. <He is> the guardian of our souls. He who receives him, who has truly believed, he will go to heaven with him. Nevertheless <at> the beginning were the two-day men.

In the Bible we are told that Michael shall rise at the time of the end, Dan 12:1. But Michael is Jesus. (This fact is unknown to virtually all Christians, and only recently has it been revealed to us. See the Urantia Papers, the Urantia Foundation, Chicago, 1955.) Hence we may refer to him as Michael Jesus. He is the Creator. Our Creator lived on earth as a man. Because he lived among us many Christians regard Jesus, the Creator, as their elder brother.

Itzamna Kauil is the Maya Creator. He shall rise just as Michael Jesus shall rise. He lived as a man, as Kauil, just as Jesus lived as a man. He now comes, not as man, Kauil or Jesus, but as God, Itzamna or Michael. Itzamna Kauil is the Lord; Michael Jesus is the Lord. Itzamna Kauil is the Maya elder brother.

When he comes (rises or returns to this earth) the bearded men, two prophets, will also come, bearing the sign of God. While we may say that later Maya writers mixed Christian and Mayan images in this passage, they could not have mixed concepts that are unknown among Jews and Christians to this day. The Maya understood that when these bearded men would come this would be the word of God coming to the whole world. Then would come the regeneration of men. This would not be the regeneration of the gross populations of the world who refuse to believe, but those few who then would dedicate themselves to their Creator. These bearded men would bring that regeneration. Those people who sincerely believe in Itzamna-Kauil, Michael-Jesus, those who receive him in their hearts and in their minds, will go to heaven to be with him there.

The two-day men are all those political leaders who come and go so quickly.

Expansion of these prophecies requires extensive discussion, not permissible here.

Please understand that I do not know the Mayan dialects, nor do I know Spanish, and must rely on English translations. Everything that I offer here is conditioned by this limitation.

As I work on and complete this series of papers I shall send you the URLs.