There has been a claim circulating the internet for several years that a planet called Nibiru would collide with the earth, thus signifying the end times. Now, that claim has been heightened as a researcher, David Meade, attached a new specific date to it.
Meade, who many call a “Christian numerologist,” says that on September 23, 2017, the world will begin to come to an end. He does not say that the entire world will be demolished on that day, but that it will be the mark of it.
He said, “The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending. A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October.”
Meade has based his predictions on various verses and numerical codes in the Bible. While he has predicted other end times before this one, now he is convinced that all signs point to September 23.
Meade uses scriptures such as Luke 21:25-26 and Revelation 12:1-2 to make his point. He also told the Washington Post that he is focusing on the number 33. Because September 23 is 33 days after the solar eclipse that took place on August 21, Meade believes that it is a sign.
He said, “Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible]. It’s a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible … and merging the two.”
Meade’s prediction has caused scientists and Christians to question the validity of his bold statements. NASA scientists say that the idea that a planet will collide with earth is a hoax. They said that if the planet were real and as close as Meade claims, they would have already been able to see it.
People of faith have been speaking out against the predictions as well. Ed Stetzer, pastor and executive director of Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Center, said that no one should listen to Meade’s claims.
He said, “There’s no such thing as a Christian numerologist,” he told The Post. “You basically got a made-up expert in a made-up field talking about a made-up event.… It sort of justifies that there’s a special secret number codes in the Bible that nobody believes.”
He also said that while numbers can hold significance in the Bible, no one should listen when someone says they found a “secret number code.” According to Matthew 24:36, “concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only,” (ESV).
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