It’s finally September. While the Filipinos are decking their halls for their long Christmas and Green Day fans remind you to wake them up when the month ends, conspiracy theorists are here to scare your September away!
You may have seen those videos circulating online about how a giant asteroid or planet will hit the earth, paving the way for the apocalypse. It means that as of this writing, there are only 22 days before the world ends. Would it end? What about those Green Day fans who just want to wake up?
Well, this theory is not new and definitely now a young one since similar theories have circulated the interwebs for many years. Self-claimed Christian conspiracy theorist David Meade popularized the talks about a planet called Nibiru or Planet X, claiming to have seen a picture of Nibiru over the North Pole, further stating that the schedule of the planet to hit the earth being September 23 is written in the Bible and on the pyramids. He is the author of Planet X – The 2017 Arrival.
However, this theory has already traversed far after American writer Zecharia Sitchin put forward the idea in 1976 in his book Twelfth Planet: Book I of the Earth Chronicles (The Earth Chronicles) and Nancy Lieder in 1995, who claims that she is contacted by extraterrestrials and has been chosen to warn humankind about their impending doom. Since then, it was attached to the regular theories of the Apocalypse and hyped during the 2012 phenomenon.
With Meade at the helm, the talks about the end of the world are now widespread. Circulating videos say that NASA has confirmed the existence of the planet Nibiru. It must be noted that conspiracies involving Nibiru have been here for years and were predicted to destroy Earth in December 2015, September 2015, 2012, and in 2003. But as you may have observed, we’re still here.
While NASA has been open to a possibility of a ninth planet (before Pluto was re-welcomed to the Solar System), which was eventually called ‘Planet X’ to avoid confusion, the space agency has denied any impending Nibiru-Earth collision. However, conspiracy theorists said that the solar eclipse last August 22 was a warning for the collision next month.
NASA has published details about how the planets and stars will align this year, including the schedule of the eclipse and the various equinoxes for the year. The autumnal equinox is projected to happen on September 22, one day before the theorists projected day of the apocalypse.
For Meade, he refers to what the Bible says in Isaiah 13:9-10 as the warning about Nibiru:
See, the day of the Lord is coming
—a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger—
to make the land desolate
and destroy the sinners within it.
The stars of heaven and their constellations
will not show their light.
The rising sun will be darkened
and the moon will not give its light. (NIV)
Other videos also say that on that day, the sun will be in the constellation Virgo (the virgin), along with the moon near Virgo’s feet. Additionally, Jupiter will be in Virgo, while the planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury will be above and to the right of Virgo in the constellation Leo and is a fulfillment of a sign in Revelation 12:-2:
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. (NIV)
While the Bible did say that God made the stars to “serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years” (Genesis 1:14 NIV), a Christian would remember what Jesus said in Matthew 24:36 on when the end would come:
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (NIV)
So why do people bother with making the schedule when the apocalypse would come? Why not prepare ourselves for it instead of worrying about the time? For a Christian, preparation would have been preparing one’s self to meet the Savior. For others, preparation would mean acceptance of what we have now and value selflessness.
It is too bad that NASA is often brought into this discussion, but they may be the only institution that conspiracy theorists can cite to legitimize their claims. Theorists have shared that there will be 15 days of darkness in November but have since been confirmed to be false.
So what will happen on the 23rd of September 2017? We’ll see. But I hope it would be a fine day. Have a nice one!