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The world is supposedly coming to an end Saturday, Sept. 23. While there have been numerous accusations of Armageddon throughout time, this one is apparently for real, at least for conspiracy theorists.
A planet named Nibiru will reportedly collide with Earth, ipso facto ending civilization. The possible doomsday prophecy was conjured by David Meade, who based his claim off Biblical prophecies and passages, including Revelation 12:1.
“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,” a passage reads. “And being with child, she cried out in her travail and was in anguish of delivery.”
So why Saturday? Meade referenced the solar eclipse from last month. “The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017, is a major, huge harbinger,” Meade said, according to The Express.
“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,” the conspiracy theorist added. “It will occur once on Sept. 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 Sept. 23, 2017, the moon appears under the feet of the Constellation Virgo. The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo.”
As apparent “proof” the end is near, conspiracy theorists cited the devastating hurricanes that decimated the Caribbean and the earthquakes that rocked Mexico.
Meade said the planet “Nibiru” would collide with Earth in his book “The 2017 Arrival.”
While there are some people who might legitimately be afraid about the world ending, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) slammed the doomsday theory. For one, a planet named Nibiru doesn’t exist.
“There's absolutely no hard science underpinning these latest claims — it's just the same old doomsday nonsense that we've seen time and time again, over the years,” the ministry said in a statement. “On one level it's almost comical, but there's a dark side to this. There are a lot of people out there who believe this sort of thing — conspiracy theorists, the young and impressionable, the mentally ill, and maybe others too. The worst case scenario is that vulnerable people might be pushed towards suicide if they think the world's going to end anyway, in a few days' time.”
One of the biggest doomsday scares was Dec. 21, 2012, the day the Mayans apparently predicted the world would end. At the time, NASA dismantled the rumor about Nibiru. “The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date of Dec. 21, 2012,” NASA wrote.
Answers in Genesis said interest in Nibiru would rise after the 2012 Armageddon prediction failed. “While interest in Nibiru has waned since the end of 2012, it likely will be rekindled once again. There is no factual basis for belief in this mythical planet,” they wrote. “Instead, it was entirely dreamed up in the fanciful realm inspired by alien astronauts, the catastrophism of Velikovsky, and the New Age movement. Christians ought to avoid these things. Therefore, attempts to reinterpret Nibiru in terms of biblical prophecy are doomed to failure.”
The site questioned whether Nibiru was real, even though it's been talked about for centuties: “Before getting too excited about all this, we ought to ask a few questions. What is Nibiru? Is it real? Is it something that we ought to be worried about? Interest in Nibiru has peaked several times, most recently in 2012, so there probably will be a resurgence once again. Indeed, there is a book out now claiming that Nibiru will pass close to earth in October this year (2017). At least one website now is calling for Nibiru’s return next year, 2018. The origin of the belief in this hypothetical planet is a bit murky, but we can trace it.”
Twitter users debated about whether Nibiru hitting Earth was a hoax. Some of their comments have been posted below:
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