Conspiracy Theorist Uses War In Syria To Revive Rapture Fear

Conspiracy Theorist Uses War In Syria To Revive Rapture Fear

With all that is going on in the world, it makes sense that people are uneasy. Talk of war—especially world war—can send the most reasoned person into a panic-induced rabbit hole. And with Trump in the White House, who knows what’s going to happen from one day to the next!?

Well, we can all rest easy. Because apparently, the end of the world is right around the corner. In fact, according to one theorist, it should happen this April 23. So you have only a few days left to get everything in order.

According to conspiracy theorists, codes in the Bible suggest the end of the world is imminent, with Earth set to be destroyed on April 23.

One theory suggests the end times dates back to astrological constellations appearing on November 23, matching the book of Revelation 12:1-2.

The passage signals the start of the Rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ.                                       

The passage 12:1–2 reads: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.” (Express)

Wow, so soon! I have only a few shopping days left before the Rapture! But you might be wondering why they picked—err discovered—this day as the Big Day. According to “Christian conspiracy theorist” David Meade, this particular passage relates to the alignment of planets. Okay.

It is thought that Virgo is the woman from the passage.

On April 23, the sun and moon will be in Virgo, as will Jupiter, which represents the Messiah. (Express)

Oh, so because the sun and moon will be “in Virgo” that has something to do with this vision from Revelation? So, this Christian is using astrology to predict the Second Coming of Christ. Now it all makes sense!

Never mind the fact that this alignment happens every twelve years. But it’s okay, Meade explains it by talking about another sign: the Planet X.

Mr Meade also predicts a mythological planetary system known as Planet X or Nibiru will appear in the sky on April 23.

He claims it will then pass the Earth in October, causing the start of the Rapture with huge volcanoes and volcanic eruptions due to its gravitational force.

He said: “During this time frame, on April 23, 2018 the moon appears under the feet of the Constellation Virgo.

“The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo… Jupiter is birthed on April 08, 2018. (Express)

In order to “prove” this Biblical prophecy will happen on this specific date, Meade references a planet that does not exist. NASA, it seems, has repeatedly explained that Planet X is a hoax. Considering the source, I have reason to trust them on that one.

Discussing matters of religion can be pretty tricky. As a Christian myself, I have my own opinions, but don’t expect someone else to accept them at face value. I have no desire to dissect someone else’s faith. But here are some basic things that explain Meade’s insanity, for the uninitiated.

While many Christian theologists will say Revelation refers to the End Times in one way or another, people have been debating its specific meaning for centuries. Literally, centuries. There is no definitive interpretation of the prophecies of the book. Anyone can interpret them any way they like. But I will say few claim chapter 12 refers to the Rapture. It looks like Meade picked it because of some similarities between the imagery and the alignment with Virgo.

Then you have to go back to the basic rule about the Second Coming, expressed by Christ in Matthew 24:36, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” So, you’re telling me Jesus doesn’t know when He’s coming back, but this Meade guy does? Okay.

David Meade is not the first person to make such obviously wrong claims. Throughout the centuries there have people who predicted the exact day of the end of the world. That includes Christians and people of other faiths. All of them have been proven wrong. So why do we still get weirdos who say it?

Because people are willing to believe them. Right now, we have news flying all over the place about an impending war over Syria. This month, President Trump was tweeting about sending “smart” missiles at the country. Russia and Iran are getting their dander up. If you believed some reports, we were only a step or two away from World War III.

Then you have reports declaring that tariffs imposed on China would lead to war.

China’s illegal tariffs and stealing intellectual property will not be allowed to continue. It is up to China to fix this problem, but we know that the Chinese communist government is so nationalistic and so xenophobic that it will not.

Generational Dynamics predicts that the approaching Clash of Civilizations world war will pit China, Pakistan and the Sunni Muslim countries against the U.S., India, Russia, and Iran. In the Mideast, Generational Dynamics predicts a full-scale Mideast war, pitting Jews against Arabs, Sunnis against Shias, and various ethnic groups against each other. (Breitbart)

I mean, damn. Really? If GD is so good at predicting the future, they should guess the lotto numbers. We’ve already seen this prediction go tits up, after Chinese President Xi announced lower tariffs. He expressed a view that seems he is not about to go to war with Trump over disagreements. But for a time, news sites were predicting the worst.

As weak, tiny creatures, how are we to react to such bombastic news? Turning off the TV (and smartphone) for a little while helps. But some look to anyone or anything to help them understand what’s going on. That’s why people like Meade get attention. When you hear about “wars and rumors of wars” on the nightly news, you begin to get afraid. So, a man like Meade makes a wild prediction, hoping—not that it’s true—but that he gets interviewed and perhaps makes some money.

It’s an old con, but it always works. The best remedy is a healthy dose of common sense, reason, and a break from the news.

But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Virgo is about to give birth to Jupiter or whatever. In that case, make sure you have your bags packed. We’re in for a wild ride.