End of the World? Planet Nibiru’s Arrival Marks the Rapture, Christian Conspiracy Theorists Insist
A TOTAL eclipse blacked out parts of the United States on August 21. And Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25, flooding Houston on August 26.
This is supposed to be big, in biblical terms.
End of the world big.
Luke 21: 25-26 (note the numbers), reads in the prosaic King James Version:
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Mind you, the modern calendar wasn’t even invented when theologians sat down to decide what to put in — and cut out — of the Bible.
And how the United States has replaced the Holy Land as the centre of the Judaeo-Christian world is not explained (and the Middle East is also subject to periodic storms and eclipses).
Oddly, the numbers 12:1-2 don’t come up.
This is significant, as this covers the next part of the prophecy being touted by the Christian conspiracy theorists: that it marks the beginning of the “Rapture” when God claims the souls of the righteous.
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
That’s in Revelations. Somehow, it’s supposed to point to the arrival of an invisible planet, which some now call Nibiru.
But such inconveniences aside, it’s an enticing story.
NUMBERS OF THE BEAST
The conspiracy theory goes far beyond matching dates with Bible verses in gathering its argument, though.
It’s an odd (and some would say heretical) amalgam of astrology and numerology incorporating ancient and modern myths about Planet X ‘Nibiru’.
Among other catastrophes, Niburu was also supposed to be the cause of the 2012 Mayan “Day Zero” apocalypse (which didn’t happen).
It was also supposed to hit in 2003. And December 2016. And December 2015.
Somehow, this entire planet has managed to remain hidden in an era where the skies are being scanned closer than ever before.
And it’s supposed to be closing — fast.
For it to ‘arrive’ Saturday night, as predicted, it would have to be utterly invisible (if it was pitch black, it would be blotting out the stars behind it). It would also have to have no mass, as its gravitational influence would have been detected on other bodies long before now.
Which begs the question: will anybody even notice when such an incorporeal presence slams into the Earth?
Author David Meade thinks so.
The Christian astrologer is selling a book based on the idea, after all.
NASA (who he and his supporters naturally say is part of a government conspiracy to conceal the truth) won’t have a bar of it.
“Despite reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, a mysterious planet on a collision course with Earth, or a reverse in Earth’s rotation, we’re still here,” it wrote about the Mayan ‘apocalypse’.
“Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth ... astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade.”