David Meade, a self-titled specialist in research and investigations, has pushed the theory that the apocalypse will begin on September 23. The Nibiru cataclysm will signal the Rapture and the second coming of Christ, according to Meade based on scripture, supposedly.
The internet has made quite a fuzz about the latest apocalypse theory, even though the team over at Snopes has already debunked the story and NASA has updated its page to set the record straight once again. As you might remember, this isn’t the first time someone prophesizes the end of times.
The year 2000, May 2003, December 2012, and now September 23, 2017, figure among the many dates on which the world was supposed to end. Since his theory picked up steam, Meade has backpedaled and said the Rapture won’t happen this Saturday, and that seven years of catastrophes will start instead.
The total Solar Eclipse, the recycled Planet X, and David Meade
David Meade, a Christian fundamentalist, self-publishing author of 13 books, Christian numerologist, astronomy specialist, among others, is the man at the forefront of the latest apocalypse conspiracy theory.
In his latest book “Planet X – The 2017 Arrival,” Meade explains the reasoning behind his claims, alleging the recent total solar eclipse was an omen of what is to come on September 23, exactly 33 days after the unique astronomical event.
Passage 12:1-2 of the Book of Revelations reads: “a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.”
honored to once again feel the meaninglessness of my profession as the nibiru doomsday story trended to the top of google news
— ryan f mandelbaum? (@RyanFMandelbaum) September 18, 2017
According to Meade, the Virgo constellation represents the woman, which will have “the moon under her feet” and will be “clothed with the sun” on September 23 due to its position in the night sky. The planet Jupiter represents the child (Jesus), to which she will “give birth” as it moves out of Virgo on that date.
Scripture also mentions a seven-headed dragon that threatens the birth of the child, and the woman growing wings afterward only to be swallowed by the Earth. Meade substantiates his claims based on the number 33, given that Jesus died at age 33, and the name of Elohim is mentioned just as many times in the Bible.
To top it all off, David Meade believes September 23 will bring about the appearance of Nibiru, also referred to as Planet X. Nibiru, a name that dates back to records from the Sumerian civilization referring to the god Jupiter and not to a planet, is supposedly on course to collide with Earth soon after it appears.
NASA debunked Nibiru’s existence years ago
If this all sounds a bit crazy, it’s because it is. This is not the first time conspiracy theorists have used Nibiru as fuel for their apocalyptic tales, and many predict Meade’s story won’t be the last either.
Since catching the media’s attention, the original video that sparked the controversy has garnered over 3 million views and had its title corrected to point out that September 23 won’t be the date of the Rapture, but only a day that is “setting a sign” for the events to come.
NASA, ever the watchful guardian of insane astronomical claims, has updated a post dating from 2009 that explains Nibiru is a recurring element in stories about the end of the world.
#Nibiru doesn't exist. The world won't end on September 23. Shame on the people promoting this hoax in the name of evangelical Christianity.
— Nick Pope (@nickpopemod) September 19, 2017
Dr. David Morrison, a senior scientist at NASA, even made a video to debunk all supposed evidence about the existence of the planet a couple of years ago. If Nibiru was a planet “10 times the size of the Earth” as claims suggest, scientists and even we common folk would be able to see it with the naked eye.
Moreover, some say the planet is in a millenary orbit that last passed Earth 3,600 years ago. Morrison explains this is also impossible, since the effects of such an object crossing paths with Earth, even thousands of years ago, would have changed the landscape of the Solar System enough to still see it today.
Finally, other theorists believe Nibiru or Planet X is not a planet but a brown dwarf, which would make it all the more massive and influential over all the celestial bodies of our Solar System, says Morrison. Scientists would have detected it one way or another, so long story short, there is just no evidence that it exists.
So there you have it. The world won’t end on September 23. There is no Planet X or Nibiru. Backtracking on conspiracy theories doesn’t make them more believable, and you can keep you Saturday plans now that you won’t die or be saved by God to be with him in heaven. Enjoy your weekend!