Is the Nibiru Rapture Real? Christian Numerologist Says End Times Are April 23
Doomsday prophets are nothing if not persistent, we'll give them that—almost two years ago to the day, Outer Places called the last iteration of the Planet Nibiru doomsday scenario a bunch of garbage, but here comes soothsayer David Meade, saying that the fictional planet will soon appear and herald the Rapture:
"By early April of 2018, the disappearance of the Church (all true Christians worldwide also known as the Rapture) will occur. This will be followed quickly by the rise of the Antichrist, the appearance of Planet X and World War III. Seven years of Tribulation will ensure. This is beyond any shadow of doubt."
Nibiru, a supposed ninth planet hidden in the outskirts of the solar system, was previously predicted to collide with Earth (or just appear as a herald of doom, depending on who you talk to) in 2003, 2015, and then 2016.
Apart from religious prophets, some scientific works were called upon to give credence to Nibiru, including the work of University of Louisiana's Professor Daniel Whitmire, who hypothesized that a planet at the edge of the solar system with a 20,000-year orbit around the sun could displace comets and other planets with its gravity, causing them to change orbit and crash into Earth. However, Whitmire never says the hypothetical planet exists, or guarantees that its orbit would spell doom for Earth.
In reality, 'Nibiru' is the product of the 1976 book The Twelfth Planet, which claims to present "millennia-old evidence of the existence of Nibiru, the home planet of the Anunnaki and of the landings of the Anunnaki on Earth every 3,600 years, and reveals a complete history of the solar system as told by these early visitors from another planet."
Much of the Nibiru lore is based on a retelling of Sumerian mythology, but after each failure to signal the end of the world, the meaning and timing behind Nibiru's supposed doomsday keeps morphing.
According to David Morrison of NASA, writing several years ago:
"The fact is that these folks are constantly changing their story," Morrison wrote in an email. "For some, Nibiru is no longer the Sumerian god or planet that is supposed to be returning to Earth in late 2012. It has become a catchword for almost any cosmic catastrophe."
So don't worry—Nibiru isn't coming for you.