Conspiracy theorists say that April 23 is the day the Biblical rapture is going to take place, Christians will be removed from Earth, and the world will end, along with the arrival of the so-called “death planet,” Nibiru, also referred to as Planet X.
The simple fact that someone is telling everyone that the rapture will occur on April 23 could be enough indication for Evangelical Christians that it probably won’t occur on that day because the Bible says it will happen when no one is expecting it (Revelation 16:15, Matthew 24:43, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 4, 2 Peter 3:10), although Meade argues on his website that it is indeed possible to know the date. And for those who aren’t Christians, all this talk about the death planet and April 23 is probably made even more bizarre by the claim that the rapture is about to happen.
Numerologist claims April 23 is the big day
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The notorious numerologist and astrologer David Meade is back again with another prediction about the end of the world. He’s been wrong multiple times, but this time around, he’s absolutely certain that April 23 will be the big day. Some may recall that he also predicted the end of the world on September 23, 2017 and October 15, 2017. Fox News also collected a much longer list of when Meade and others incorrectly predicted the end of the world, the start of the Great Tribulation (as described in the Bible), and other related events.
Now he tells the Daily Express that the big day of Christ’s return is going to be April 23, based on the placement of the sun and planets. He believes that the events described in Revelation 12:1-2 are actually more literal than what many Evangelicals think, as he traces the events to the movement of the planets and the stars. Those verses refer to “a great sign” appearing in the heavens: “a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 2 stars.”
Earlier this year, he said the Christian rapture would happen at some point in early April 2018, but we’re almost to the middle of the month and it’s safe to say that it hasn’t happened yet.
Beware the “death planet”
Although a more popular interpretation of that passage is figurative, Meade believes the woman referenced in that passage is none other than the constellation Virgo, and on April 23, the sun, moon, and the planet Jupiter will be in Virgo. This same alignment does occur every 12 years, which hardly makes it extraordinary, but according to the Express, experts such as Meade say there’s a second planetary alignment that’s expected to occur on the same date, which supposedly represents the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, also known as Jesus Christ.
Meade believes the so-called “death planet,” which some believe to be Planet X, also known as Nibiru, will also appear on April 23, although NASA has it doesn’t actually exist. Planet X earned the “death planet” moniker because Meade believes that it will move past Earth in October, triggering the apocalypse through massive volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis caused by its gravitational pull as it passes our planet. NASA describes Planet X as a “hypothetical Neptune-sized planet” orbiting our sun, but it unequivocally stated last year when Meade predicted the end of the world in September that this so-called death planet doesn’t exist.