Hurricanes, earthquakes, sinkholes, rising seas, the threat of nuclear annihilation: It doesn’t take a doomsday prophet to know we’re living in unstable times. It does, however, take a doomsday prophet to predict the exact date of our obliteration. And sure enough, several fringe Christian prophets are now claiming the apocalypse is coming on Saturday. That leaves just a few days to prepare!
David Meade, a self-published author, bases his prediction on a complex set of calculations and inferences centered around the number 33 and imminent interference from the planet Nibiru. Sept. 23 is 33 days after the solar eclipse, which Meade sees as significant. He believes that a constellation will reveal itself over Jerusalem on Saturday, triggering the launch of a series of catastrophic “tribulations” that will mean the end of life as we know it. NASA, meanwhile, has repeatedly said that the planet Nibiru does not exist.
A Christian website called Unsealed similarly argues that Sept. 23 marks the beginning of the end. The site produced a video on the significance of the date focusing on the rapture, a sudden event that some Christian traditions claim will whisk true believers up to heaven while nonbelievers suffer years of torment on Earth. Unsealed also maintains a detailed “Rapture Index Score” that predicts the likelihood of imminent rapture based on 27 separate indicators, including volcanoes, extreme weather, violent protests, and “delusional thinking” (currently at a 9 out of 10). Suffice to say, we’re getting close.
YouTube is crowded with videos making similar claims: The date will bring “Israel’s new beginning,” the “firestorm of the Golden Empire,” and the most significant astronomical convergence “since Adam and Eve.” Another “missionary evangelist” breaks out a whiteboard to sketch out a complex timeline involving Abraham, the death of Jesus, Israel’s Six-Day War, and the Balfour Declaration—all leading up to Saturday. Some of the videos have millions of views.
These prophets’ predictions are based on a creative reading of the 12th chapter in the New Testament book of Revelation. To make a trippy story short, the passage goes something like this: A pregnant woman gives birth to a son and flees to the wilderness for 1,260 days. War breaks out in heaven between angels and a dragon; the dragon retreats to Earth and chases the woman. She suddenly develops eaglelike wings and flees to the wilderness again, and the dragon ends the chapter angry and standing on the beach. Yadda yadda yadda, the apocalypse starts on Sept. 23, 2017.
Ok, technically, the Book of Revelation doesn’t mention that exact date. And yes, Jesus himself said that, regarding the timing of the end of the world, “no one knows.” Though there is a long Christian tradition of studying eschatology—matters related to the afterlife and the end of the world—those making literal predictions based are far from the mainstream. Christianity Today columnist Ed Stetzer recently lamented Fox News’ coverage of the Sept. 23 predictions: “There is not a legitimate field called Christian numerology,” he wrote. “It’s simply fake news that a lot of Christians believe the world will end on Sept. 23.”
Still, the specificity of these prophets’ visions has an enduring appeal. When a popular New York sect predicted Jesus’s return to Earth on Oct. 22, 1844, the result was known as the “Great Disappointment.” (That sect inspired elements of The Leftovers.) Many prophets predicted doom in the year 2000. And in 2011, a radio ministry run by evangelist Harold Camping famously spent $100 million promoting his vision that the world would end on May 11 that year. For believers, these prophecies are like a theological lottery ticket, offering long-shot hope pinned to a very specific date. For the rest of us, they’re a welcome chance to face the prospect of total global destruction with laughter, rather than the inchoate anxiety to which we’ve become so accustomed lately.
DAVID Meade, the man behind widely circulated Nibiru theories who declared the world will end on Saturday has told the media he is not available for interviews… until next week.
It is not known whether David Meade is losing confidence in his prediction the apocalypse will begin on Saturday, September 23, or whether he, like many others, believes the process will be long drawn out.
Canadian radio producer Robyn Flynn revealed the details from Mr Meade on her Twitter profile, telling followers: “Just tried to book an interview w/ a researcher who says the world ends Saturday.
“Told me he’s not available for interviews until next week.”
Her followers reacted saying the response was “priceless”. LOL
David Meade has been the lead campaigner in the end of the world and Nibiru theory.
For years he has been proclaiming a rogue planet, also known as Planet X, is approaching Earth and will bring doomsday with it.
Mr Meade said he has been analysing biblical texts and astronomical signs, and believes Planet X will arrive on September 23, and herald the end of days.
Christian fundamentalists found an astrological constellation on September 23 matches Revelation 12:1–2, which signals the start of the Rapture and second coming of Christ.
It says: “A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head.
“And being with child, she cried out in her travail and was in anguish of delivery.”
The ‘sign in the sky’ supposedly refers to the eclipse which took place on August 21.
Mr Meade said: “The great sign of The Woman as described in revelation 12:1-2 forms and lasts for only a few hours. According to computer generated astronomical models, this sign has never before occurred in human history.
“It will occur once on September 23, 2017. It will never occur again. When it occurs, it places the Earth immediately before the time of the Sixth Seal of Revelation.
“During this time frame on September 23, 2017, the moon appears under the feet of the Constellation Virgo. The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo.”
But, some say that the end will actually be a long and drawn out process.
Some conspiracy theorists state that Nibiru will first be visible on September 23 as it approaches, but it will not actually be until some time in October that Earth will be obliterated.
Sources: Express and The Slate