Will the world end on 23rd September?

The latest prediction of the end of the world, based on an ‘interpretation’ of Revelation 12, is that it will all happen at the end of the week on Saturday 23rd September. The simplest way to check whether this is correct would be to check back here on Sunday 24th September; if you can read this blog, then it hasn’t. If you cannot, then you might have more important things to think about.

But before dismissing this ‘prophecy’ out of hand, it is worth dipping into the argument and observing the dynamics, as this can offer some real insight into what is going on—and without engaging, it is very difficult to offer any help to those who might (irrationally) feel unsettled by these repeated claims to know the future. Besides, if you meet anyone who believes this, and you haven’t actually looked at what they are claiming, their beliefs will be confirmed since you are clearly ‘running from the truth’.


The core of the argument is that astronomical phenomena will line up in a way predicted in Revelation 12 which fulfils a prophecy of The End. It works like this: the constellation of Virgo follows the constellation of Leo, which consists of nine stars, but will also be aligned with Mercury, Venus and Mars. Jupiter, which signifies a leader, appears to be in the position of Virgo’s womb—and a mysterious Planet X is going to appear, signifying a malevolent creature. For David Meade, the person at the centre of these predictions, this is a fulfilment of what many find an odd passage in Revelation 12.1–6:

A great and wondrous 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. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron sceptre.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days…

 

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