The world will cease to exist on April 23 according to a prediction that has some preparing for the worst, some yawning and others laughing.
The warning about an upcoming rapture from numerologist David Meade is the latest prophecy about the arrival of the apocalypse.
According to Meade, codes in the Bible suggest the end of the world is imminent.
He suggests the end times dates back to astrological constellations appearing on November 23, matching the book of Revelation 12:1-2.
The passage signals the start of the rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The passage 12:1–2 reads: “And 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.”
It is thought that Virgo is the woman from the passage.
On April 23, the Sun and Moon will be in Virgo, as will Jupiter, which represents the Messiah.
Experts at first dismissed this claim when they discovered this alignment happens every 12 years.
However, the conspiracy theortists claims another planetary alignment, representing “the Lion of the tribe of Judah”, will make this time the rapture.
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But Meade also predicts a mythological planetary system known as Planet X or Nibiru will appear in the sky on April 23.
But not everyone is convinced – including Meade himself, who just days ago said he believes that the rapture will occur at some point between May and December of this year.
He would not be drawn on a specific date.
But even the rapture will not signify the end of the world, Meade said.
Meade said the rapture will merely bring in seven years of “tribulation”, followed by 1,000 years of “peace and prosperity”, before the world is destroyed.
“So the world isn’t ending anytime soon – in our lifetimes, anyway.” Meade said.
““At some point we have to stop believing people who keep crying wolf”
Meade’s recent Rapture warning marks the second time in less than a year that he has warned about the end of the Earth.
Last year, Meade also said the end was imminent.
But the end has previously failed to come, as well, despite the fact prediction date back to the Revolutionary War.
“These [predictions] are not consistent with the biblical stories,” argued author Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries International, referring to Meade.
“Everything Meade said about April 23 he said last year.
“At some point we have to stop believing people who keep crying ‘wolf.’
“I wish people would stop saying these things and stop scaring people.”
Sarfati says that such doomsday predictions reflect little understanding of astronomy and theology.
He said that the movement of the planets, which Meade cited, occurs every few years — and the Earth continues to exist.
That’s not to debunk the belief and biblical teachings about an end and Judgment Day, experts say.
While people of different faiths believe that there will be some religious end to life on Earth, they disagree about how it will happen.
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“Evangelical Christians, genuine Christians, disagree about whether there’s going to be a Rapture,” Sarfati added.
“Even among those who agree that there will be a Rapture, some say it will come but that we don’t know when it’s coming.”
Space agency NASA has said it “knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth”.
Scientists have several theories about when Earth will be destroyed, although none of the data points to this Monday.
The most widely accepted theory is that the Sun, which is already gradually increasing in temperature, will expand and swallow up the planet. Some scientists believe this could happen as soon as 7.6bn years’ time.