The Maya Prophecies - Part III

The Prophecies of Chilam Balam - Details

February, 2010

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

This is a detailed explanation of the Chilam Balam propecies outlined in the preceding Paper. Refer to that Paper:

The Chilam Balam prophecy describes one, and only one, episode in world events, an explanation of conditions and proceedings to take place at the end of the age.


Line #2: The prophecy of Chilam Balam, the priest to the chanter of Cabal Cħeen Mani: Here Chilam Balam introduces himself. He is a holy man of God who speaks to the people of Mani.

Line #3: On 13 Ahau the katun will end: If we take the translations by Bolles and Roys we would understand the statement as specification of a date. Since the date given could fall at many intervals we cannot use Gregorian calendar numbers to define when it will occur, except within a cycle. For example, according to my calculations 13 Ahau falls on May 25, 2010, Febuary 10, 2011, October 28, 2011, and July 14, 2012. More precisely this is 13 Ahau 8 Zac,, 10-28-2011, and 13 Ahau 3 Xul,, 7-14-2012. The next 13 Ahau would be on 13 Ahau 3 Uayeb,, March 31, 2013. However, the descriptive phrase suggests the end of the age, when time (the katun) (of this age) will end. This date does not agree with the termination date of 12-21-2012. That date is 4 Ahau 3 Kankin. Since this date is so important to the prophecy, indicating when the katun will end, we must conclude that either we do not understand what the writer was intending to say, or we are confused about his intended information. On the other hand, katuns periods, not dates, could receive numbers. Katun 13 Ahau would be a specified period. Craine and Reindorp give the phrase as at the conclusion of the Katun 13 Ahau, which specifies just such a period. Roys has this note: Moreover Katun 13 Ahau is the last of the recurring series of 13 katuns, and it would be the time to make a count of the preceding katun-markers of this period, now that it had elapsed. The following day is 1 Imix, the day with which Landa tells us the Maya calendar began, and the first day of the new series. Given this doubt over the method of the writer, the translation of the Maya phrases, and the confusion which may take place between dates and periods, we cannot progress in our understanding of what the writer intended.

Line #4: In the time of the Itza, in the time of Tancah, Lord: This time will come when the Maya as a people still exist. The various political events, from the Spanish conquest, through the political turmoil of the 20th century, did not destroy the Mayan people as a culture. Those events merely modified how they expressed themselves.

Line #5: The sign of the One and Only God, Hunab Ku, shall be raised on high. The phrase "on high" could mean his celestial location, or it could mean a sign visible all over the world. Hunab Ku differs from Itzamna. Hunab Ku means the Father God; Itzamna means the Creator God. Kauil, the human personification, is always associated with Itzamna, never with Hunab Ku. The Father will bring a manifestation of his power and glory.

Line #6: The Cross shall return. Bolles gives it as cross, meaning Cross. Roys provides it as "raised wooden standard." C&R give it as "erect tree." The words "uaom che" = "raised tree" are used three times in the prophecy. As we have shown previously the phrase means the Cross as in the Christian Cross, clearly shown at Palenque and other places. Importantly, it shall return. This appears to be the best translation of ulom. It shall not be displayed for the first time, but for the second time in a destiny function. The first time was the Cross of Jesus. The return shall be another Cross on which God's new prophets will be sacrificed to a Destiny Event. It will appear in all the towns and countryside of the world. Everyone will see it. Technically, this can now be accomplished through TV and satellite communication.

Line #7: So that the world will be enlightened, Lords.  This is such a major event it will bring enlightenment to the entire planet. Never, in the history of the world, will such an open and plain event occur. While the event of Jesus was evident to the local Jews and Romans attendant at his crucifixion, the entire world was not witness.

Line #8: Quarreling returns, jealousy returns; there has been a beginning of strife, there has been a beginning of rivalry: This does not denote petty family squabbles, political conflict, or social animosity. It denotes the great debate that will arise when the Cross comes to fulfillment. The event will be the death and resurrection of the bearded men. See below. The entire planet will be in awe and debate of this unprecedented event.

Line #9: When the bearers of the sign of God shall come: These are the bearded men, who will appear on the world scene.

Line #10: When the priestly men shall come, Lord. These men shall not be priestly in that they serve traditional or conventional social organization or man-made churches. They are priestly in the role they play for God. They shall be holy and devout men for God.

Line #11: One shout away, one league away they come: They shall come for everyone to see and witness. They shall no longer be hidden by God.

Line #12: You see the prognostication which appears with the cross: The validity of their work, their prophecy, will be confirmed with the events of the Cross. But the prognostication will also be all of their warnings and exhortations to God's people to dedicate themselves to His purpose, and to seek safety in the coming destructions.

Line #13: It shall dawn in the north, in the west: The awakening of the world will not come in Mayan lands, but in the distant lands of the north and west. (This is a mixture of literal correctness and symbolic description.) This phrase tells us where these episodic events will take place, to the north of the Maya lands.

Lines #14-#16 describes the Return to this earth of our Creator.

Michael Jesus shall rise.

It will be sudden, as a flash of lightening, when Itzamna Kauil, Michael Jesus, returns to this planet.

Lines #17-#18: Receive your guests, the bearded ones, the ones from the eastern lands, the bearers of the sign of God, Lord. The eastern lands is a generic term, meaning some land other than the land of the Maya. These two men will be bearded. They will be true prophets of God, telling the world of destiny events now to unfold. Concomitant with the termination of their service will be the Cross, the sign of God. They will give themselves as an offering to God, and for their fellow man.

Line #19: Will the Word of God which comes amongst us be good? All must decide for himself if this is the true Word of God. While Itzamna-Michael will be present he will not void the decision each of us must make. These are decision of physical survival, as well as decisions of loyalty to our Creator.

Line #20: The day is coming when we will live. The day of our regeneration comes, to arrange the day of resurrection. The day of resurrection is double in its meaning. The two bearded men will be resurrected after their death on the Cross. Simultaneously with this event will be the resurrection of the Sleeping Survivors, a General Resurrection for those who have died over the past two thousand years. This will be part of the Judgment of the Age. (Refer to the Urantia Papers for background information.)

Lines #21 to #24: Do not get lost here on earth, Lord. You are the One and Only God (Hunab Ku) who created us. Will the Word of God be good, Lord, the guardian of our souls? The writer pleads that God not become lost, that the Sleeping Survivors might be forgotten. Will his Word be good, will his promise be firm, the One and Only God who is the guardian of our souls?

These statements are a strong reflection of teachings within our Bible and the Urantia Papers.

Line #25: He who receives him, who has truly believed, he will go to heaven with him. This is a powerful reflection of Christian teaching.

Line #26: Nevertheless <at> the beginning were the two-day men. This remark is certainly a statement of all doubters and unbelievers. Their perspective of life is temporal; they do not believe in eternal life. They have been here since the beginning of the human race. What will they do when they witness the resurrection of God's prophets?

Lines #27 to #38:

The attention of the entire world will be set on the Cross. It will produce great discord among men. Now the world will know what it means for the First Tree, the Cross, to be restored to its rightful place in the attention of mankind. Now the worship of God will also be returned to its rightful place. Now men will have cause to believe in the Word of the One and Only God.

Lines #39 to #42: Your commandment came from heaven. Be admonished indeed, Itzá. They will correct their ways who receive him in their hearts in another katun, Lord. Men will know in the next planetary age. No longer will there be doubt about the rulership of the Creator in his universe.

Lines #43 to #46: My word shall augment itself. I, Chilam Balam, I have interpreted the word of the true God everywhere here on earth. It is heard in every part of the world, Lord, the word of God, the Lord of heaven and earth.  Chilam Balam has provided the Word of God in his prophetic writing. This has already spread to major segments of the world. Now interpretation is required, that the words of his writing be understood. With the events above, his prophetic writings will be truly augmented.

Lines #47 to #67: In the ninth year of One Ahau Katun it comes. Will the Word from heaven be very good Lord? He is ruler over us; he is the true God over our souls. Thrice weighed down is their strength, the younger brothers native to the land, their hearts are dead in their carnal sins. They are frequent backsliders, the principal ones who spread <sin>,  Nacxit Xuchit in the carnal sin of his companions, the two-day rulers. <They sit> crookedly on their thrones; crookedly in carnal sin. Two-day men they call them. For two days they have their seats, their cups, their hats. They are the unrestrained lewd ones of the day, the unrestrained lewd ones of the night, the rogues of the world. They twist their necks, they wink their eyes, they spit out on the rulers of the world Lord. Then it comes that there is no truth in the words of the lords of the towns. They shall say very mysterious things, the children of the men of Seven Deserted Houses, the children of the women of Seven Deserted Houses lord.

Lines #68 to #79: Who will be the prophet? Who will be the priest who will correctly speak the words of the book? Indeed, who will speak correctly all the prophecies of God? This prophecy of Chilam Balam, and the prophecies of our Holy Bible.