So here we go again. Another doomsday prophecy. According to a man by the name of David Meade, referred to as a “Christian researcher,” the rapture of the church will begin on this Saturday, 23 September. The world won’t end on that day, “but the world as we know it is ending,” he told the Huffington Post. Some of the related videos have gone viral.
Mr. Meade calculated that the event would occur 33 days after last month’s eclipse. He bases his prediction on numerology. Reportedly, he told the Post, “Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible]. It’s a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible … and merging the two.”
The catalyst, says Meade, will be a secret planet called Nibiru that will pass the Earth on Saturday and trigger catastrophes. But even NASA says the secret planet does not exist.
Meade’s doomsday prophecy comes on the heels of two recent deadly and destructive hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. Add to that Hurricane Maria and the killer earthquake in Mexico for this week. Mega events like these tend to cause people to ponder their meaning. For instance, what is God saying through these events, if anything?
During Jesus’ public ministry, He spoke of ominous signs that will come upon the earth. Men’s hearts will fail them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth, He said (Luke 21:26). The context of what Jesus says suggests that some of these signs will precede the rapture of the church. He says, “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh” (verse 28, KJV).
Like Mr. Meade, the doomsday prophets of our day will be coming out of the woodwork as horrific events on earth mount or intensify. But no matter how convincing their predictions may appear, or how unsettling they may be, they are merely wild guesses. Only God in heaven knows; everybody else is just guessing. And your guess is as good as anybody else’s. “Of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Mark 13:32, NASB).
Jesus says it is an adulterous people who seek after a sign (Matt. 12:39). But let us live each day in readiness for His return.
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