David Meade, a “Christian numerologist,” claims that the world is going to end tomorrow, September 23. He made the prediction for 33 days after the total solar eclipse, an event that Meade considered an omen, based on the supposed significance of that number in the Bible. NASA, however, chose to respond to the claims, asserting that predictions are baseless.
As reported by the Washington Post, Meade’s assertion is based largely on verse and various numerical codes. He considers the number 33 to be particularly meaningful.
“Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible],” said Meade. “It’s a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible… and merging the two.”
Meade isn’t the only one claiming the end is nigh as multiple people have focused on September 23 as the date when all people are doomed. Many of the predictions center around a planet called Niburu or Planet X colliding with the Earth, bringing destruction to all.
Some theories also believe the Rapture will coincide with the event, leading all believers to be immediately whisked away to heaven and everyone else left to endure the apocalypse.
It’s the involvement of Niburu that prompted NASA to respond to the claims. In a statement, NASA said, “Various people are ‘predicting that [the] world will end Sept 23 when another planet collides with Earth,” continuing, “The planet in question, Niburu, doesn’t exist, so there will be no collision.”
The rogue planet known as Niburu was said to be discovered by the Sumerians. It has been associated with previous doomsday predictions, including in May 2003 and in December 2012. The claims state that Niburu has been able to avoid detection.
NASA responded to that point as well, saying, “If Niburu or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with [Earth], astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye.”
To clarify, Meade isn’t saying that the world will end entirely on Saturday, just that various prophecies in the Book of Revelation will begin on September 23, starting a series of apocalyptic events that will take place over multiple weeks.
“The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending,” said Meade. “A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October.”
However, some take issue with Meade’s expertise. Ed Stetzer, an executive director and professor at Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, stated, “There’s no such thing as a Christian numerologist,” adding, “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.”
“Whenever someone tells you they have found a secret number code in the Bible, end the conversation,” said Stetzer in an interview with Christianity Today. “Everything else he or she says can be discounted.”
Meade asserts he has never referred to himself as a Christian numerologist, instead calling himself a researcher who studies astronomy at an unnamed Kentucky university.
h/t IFL Science