I’ve lived through so many end of the world predictions that I’m starting to wonder if there’s any truth to them at all. But on the off chance that we are living in a ‘boy who cried wolf’ situation, maybe I should start to pay attention.
Christian conspiracy theorist David Meade predicted that the world was going to end on September 23, but this clearly didn’t happen. (Either that, or I’m the only survivor, and I’ve deluded myself into thinking that nothing has happened as a coping mechanism.) Like any conspiracy theorist worth their salt, Meade’s claims are flexible (very flexible), and he’s standing by his statement that the end is nigh, he just said that the media misunderstood him when they reported it was happening on September 23. It’s actually October 15. When Meade predicted that the world was going to end in September, he claimed that it was going to involve a fatal collision between Earth and the planet Nibiru, which supposedly entered our solar system on August 21 – the date of the Great American Eclipse. For some, recent natural disasters like Hurricane Irma have added weight to Meade’s claim that the end of the world was triggered by the August 21 eclipse, and now he’s claiming that these ‘judgements’ will increase in intensity on October 15. “It’s the beginning,” Meade said. “Ever since the Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21, we have been hit by a continued series of judgements.” So what exactly is going to happen? Well, according to Meade, humanity is going to endure seven years of torture before the world finally ends. That’s why October 15 is “the end of the world as we now know it” and “the most important date of this century or millennium.” He has also offered no explanation as to why the collision between Earth and Nibiru didn’t happen. Whilst most Christian visions of “Armageddon” involve natural disasters, Meade has opted for a more modern vision of the apocalypse, and has said that humanity will also face “nuclear exchanges between the US, Britain and our enemies – Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.” Despite previously claiming that the the end of the world would be caused by a collision between Earth and Nibiru, he’s now claiming that Nibiru will simply pass by our planet, but will trigger “seven years of catastrophic events” after it does so. “It will involve cataclysmic climate events related to Planet X or Wormwood – those are the trumpet judgements of Revelation,” Meade said. “Huge solar flares would bring down the electrical grid. Rioting and looting will be unrestrained… Society will be in chaos.” In case you’re wondering, Planet X, Wormwood, and Nibiru are all names for the same planet, which NASA doesn’t even acknowledge as existing. According to Meade, however, this is all part of an elaborate conspiracy plan to keep humanity ignorant about our impending doom. So what makes Nibiru so deadly? Despite being a Christian, Meade believes that it is home to the Annunaki – the aliens who created the human race. The fact that Hurricane Harvey hit on September 23 was no coincidence for Meade, and he has said that the destruction it caused corresponds to a passage in the bible – Luke 21: 25 to 26.
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”
It’s hard to comprehend how the Christian God fits into Meade’s bizarre end of the world theory since it involves aliens creating the human race. But it does make me worry that any genuine end of the world predictions that are being overlooked thanks to his lunacy. On the off chance that Meade’s straw clutching has inspired any fear in you, this is what Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, had to say about his 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, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist.”
In the wake of Meade’s inane predictions, experts have put forward more realistic suggestions about how the world will end. They’ve said that if the population continues to increase at its current rate, life on Earth will be unsustainable, and this will result in doomsday. That, I can believe.