A few years ago, NASA comparison space scientist David Morrison debunked an baleful explain as a hoax.
No, there’s no such thing as a universe called Nibiru, he said. No, it’s not a brownish-red dwarf surrounded by planets, as iterations of a speculation suggest. No, it’s not on a collision march toward Earth. And yes, people should “get over it.”
But a speculation has been removing renewed courtesy recently. Added to it is a accurate date of a astronomical eventuality heading to Earth’s destruction. And that, according to David Meade, is in 6 days — Sept. 23, 2017. Unsealed, an devout Christian publication, foretells a Rapture in a viral, four-minute YouTube video, finish with special effects and suggestive doomsday soundtrack. It’s called “September 23, 2017: You Need to See This.”
Why Sept. 23, 2017?
Meade’s prophecy is formed largely on verses and numerical codes in a Bible. He’s honed in one number: 33.
“Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, that is a name of God to a Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in a Bible],” Meade told The Washington Post. “It’s a unequivocally biblically significant, numerologically poignant number. I’m articulate astronomy. I’m articulate a Bible … and merging a two.”
And Sept. 23 is 33 days given a Aug. 21 sum solar eclipse, that Meade believes is an omen.
He points to a Book of Revelation, that he pronounced describes the picture that will seem in a sky on that day, when Nibiru is ostensible to behind a nauseous head, eventually bringing fire, storms and other forms of destruction.
The book describes a woman “clothed with a sun, with a moon underneath her feet and a climax of twelve stars on her head” who gives birth to a child who will “rule all a nations with an iron scepter” while she is threatened by a red seven-headed dragon. The lady afterwards grows a wings of an eagle and is swallowed adult by a earth.
The belief, as previously described by Gary Ray, a author for Unsealed, is that a constellation Virgo — representing a lady — will be dressed in sunlight, in a position that is over a moon and underneath 9 stars and 3 planets. The universe Jupiter, that will have been inside Virgo — in her womb, in Ray’s interpretation — will pierce out of Virgo, as yet she is giving birth.
To make clear, Meade pronounced he’s not observant a universe will finish Saturday. Instead, he claims, a forecast in a Book of Revelation will perceptible that day, heading to a array of inauspicious events that will occur over a march of weeks.
“The universe is not ending, yet a universe as we know it is ending,” he said, adding later: “A vital partial of a universe will not be a same a commencement of October.”
Meade’s prediction has been discharged as a hoax not usually by NASA scientists, yet also by people of faith.
Ed Stetzer, a priest and executive executive of Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Center, initial took issue with how Meade is described in some media articles.
“There’s no such thing as a Christian numerologist,” he told The Post. “You fundamentally got a made-up consultant in a made-up margin articulate about a made-up event. … It arrange of justifies that there’s a special tip array codes in a Bible that nobody believes.”
Meade pronounced he never referred to himself as a Christian numerologist. He’s a researcher, he said, and he complicated astronomy during a university in Kentucky, yet he declined to contend that one, citing reserve reasons. His website says he worked in debate investigations and spent 10 years operative for Fortune 1000 companies. He’s also created books. The many new one is called “Planet X — The 2017 Arrival.”
Stetzer said that while numbers do have stress in a Bible, they shouldn’t be used to make unconditional predictions about heavenly motions and a finish of Earth.
“Whenever someone tells we they have found a tip array formula in a Bible, finish a conversation,” he wrote in an article published Friday in Christianity Today. “Everything else he or she says can be discounted.”
That is not to contend that Christians don’t trust in a Bible’s prophesies, Stetzer said, but baseless theories steady and trivialized confuse people of faith.
“We do trust some peculiar things,” he said. “That Jesus is entrance back, that he will set things right in a world, and no one knows a day or a hour.”
The doomsday date was primarily likely to be in May 2003, according to NASA. Then it was changed to Dec. 21, 2012, a date that a Mayan calendar, as some believed, noted a apocalypse.
Morrison, a NASA scientist, has given elementary explanations debunking a explain that a large universe is on march to destroy Earth. If Nibiru is, indeed, as tighten as swindling theorists trust to striking Earth, astronomers, and anyone really, would’ve already seen it.
“It would be bright. It would be simply manifest to a exposed eye. If it were adult there, we could see it. All of us could see it. … If Nibiru were genuine and it were a universe with a estimable mass, afterwards it would already be perturbing a orbits of Mars and Earth. We would see changes in those orbits due to this brute intent entrance in to a intersolar system,” Morrison pronounced in a video.
Doomsday believers also contend that Nibiru is on a 3,600-year orbit. That means it had already come by a solar complement in a past, that means we should be looking during an wholly opposite solar complement today, Morrison said.
“Its sobriety would’ve messed adult a orbits of a middle planets, a Earth, Venus, Mars, substantially would’ve nude a moon divided completely,” he said. “Instead, in a intersolar system, we see planets with fast orbits. We see a moon going around a Earth.”
And if Nibiru is not a universe and is, in fact, a brownish-red dwarf, as some claims advise — again, we would’ve already seen it.
“Everything I’ve pronounced would be worse with a large intent like a brownish-red dwarf,” Morrison said. “That would’ve been tracked by astronomers for a decade or more, and it would already have unequivocally influenced heavenly objects.”
Some call Nibiru “Planet X,” as Meade did in a pretension of his book. Morrison pronounced that’s a name astronomers give to planets or probable objects that have not been found. For example, when space scientists were acid for a universe over Neptune, it was called Planet X. And once it was found, it became Pluto.
Stetzer, a pastor, encouraged Christians to be critical, generally in an information epoch injured with feign news stories.
“It’s simply feign news that a lot of Christians trust a universe will finish on Sep 23,” Stetzer wrote. “Yet, it is still a sign that we need to consider critically about all a news.”
He took emanate with a Fox News story with a title that appears to give faith to a doomsday theory — and was published in a Science territory underneath a tag “Planets.”
“Every time end-of-the-world predictions resurface in a media, it is critical that we ask ourselves, ‘Is this helpful?’ ” Stetzer wrote. “Is peddling these falsehoods a good approach to minister to meaningful, useful discussions about a finish of times?”
Julie Zauzmer contributed to this story.
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