Why December 21 is the date the world will end according to wild conspiracy theories

THE WINTER solstice is here and some conspiracy theorists think it's the end of the world.

Bonkers theories predicting our impending doom have been fuelled by the Mayan calendar for years.

Why do people think the world will end on December 21?

Wacky Christian evangelist Pastor Paul Begley forecast that doomsday would strike on December 21, 2020.

He's predicted the same thing again for 2021.

He cited the Mayan calendar and recent solar storm activity as evidence for his claims.

According to Pastor Begley, the Mayan calendar has been resurrected once again and points to this date as one of apocalyptic significance.

After claims the world would end on December 21, 2012 – when the Mayan calendar ran out – came to nothing, conspiracy theorists now say the date was miscalculated.

Instead, the Mayans apparently believed our world would be snuffed out eight years later, on December 21, 2020.

This year, Belgey claims the Mayans may have been "dyslexic" and noted the wrong date.

Coincidentally, the date is also the beginning of the winter solstice.

It goes without saying that Pastor Begley's claims are pure speculation and are not backed by any hard evidence.

He even noted himself that not all "prophecies" come true.

The evangelist has made plenty of doomsday predictions in the past, all of which, thankfully, have come to nothing.

What is the Mayan calendar?

The Mayan calendar is a system of calendars and almanacs which was used by several cultures in Central America.

It dates back to the 5th century BCE and it is still in use in some Mayan communities today.

The Mayan Calendar has three separate corresponding calendars: The Long Count, the Tzolkin (divine calendar), and the Haab (civil calendar).

Each calendar is cyclical, meaning that a certain number of days must occur before a new cycle can begin.

The calendars are also used simultaneously.

The Tzolkin and the Haab identify the days and every 52 years they connect and create a calendar round.

The Long Count date comes first, then the Tzolkin date, and last the Haab date.

The Mayans believed that the universe was destroyed and then recreated at the start of each universal cycle.

What was the Mayan prediction for the end of the world?

The Mayans predicted that the world would come to an end on December 21, 2012.

Nasa debunked the rumours that the world would end in 2012 – the prediction of the Mayan calendar.

The space agency said: "For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence?

“There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact.

“There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012."

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