August 21 is going to be a special day. More than half the planet will witness a once-in-a-lifetime event dubbed the “Great American Total Solar Eclipse”.
It’s an eclipse that will see around a quarter of the US plunged into darkness with sudden temperature drops also expected while the Moon covers the Sun.
It’s also a date that’s going to be extra special for Christian fanatics too – because, for them, it marks the beginning of the end of the world.
David Meade is a Christian numerologist who has written extensively on the topic and, according to his research, the eclipse could set into action a chain of events leading to the end of the human race.
It’s all to do with Nibiru, or Planet X, which Meade reckons will appear in our skies this September, before eventually crashing to Earth on September 23.
Dubbed “The Nibiru Cataclysm” this theory dates back to 1976 and the writings of Russian-American author Zecharia Sitchin.
He famously claimed that the ancient Middle Eastern cultures of the Babylonians and Sumerians wrote of a giant planet, Nibiru, that orbited the Sun every 3,600 years.
It may not be as outlandish an idea as some people think either, given that astronomers from the California Institute of Technology recently uncovered evidence of a real planet, up to ten times the mass of Earth, lurking in the furthest reaches of our Solar System.
Meade takes things one step further though. In his book, Planet X – the 2017 Arrival, he puts forward the idea that the eclipse could be the beginning of the end of life on Earth.
Using Bible verse as well as the position of the stars and planets, Meade puts forward an interesting theory.
“See, the day of the Lord is coming – a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger – to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it,” he told The Express.
“The moon involved is called a black moon. These occur about every 33 months. In the Bible, the divine name of Elohim appears 33 times in Genesis.
“The eclipse will start in Lincoln Beach, Oregon – the 33rd state – and end on the 33rd degree of Charleston, South Carolina. Such a solar eclipse has not occurred since 1918, which is 99 years – or 33 times three.”
Much of what Meade has to say should be taken with a huge dollop of salt, of course. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that he was predicting the world would end in October. Now it’s moved to September.
In any case, the date is set for September 23 – fingers crossed he’s wrong. Alternatively, if you want a more sensible, measured assessment of when the World will actually end, Stephen Hawking has spoken extensively on the subject.