The “Christian numerologist” has been in the news for a while now for a pretty outrageous theory about Earth’s imminent destruction.
If you want your 15 minutes of fame, claim that the Bible predicts the Earth will be destroyed in a matter of days. That’s what “Christian numerologist” David Meade has successfully done in the past week or so after he made the outlandish prediction that the world will come to an end on Sept. 23, pushing a long-debunked version of a theory known as the Nibiru cataclysm.
Meade even scored an interview with The Washington Post, who asked him the reasoning behind his theory that the Earth will be destroyed by an apocalypse caused by a Planet X passing Earth at very close range on Sept. 23, an event foreshadowed by Hurricane Harvey and the solar eclipse, he says.
“Jesus lived for 33 years,” he told the newspaper. “The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times (in the Bible). It’s a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible … and merging the two.”
Sept. 23 is exactly 33 days since the total solar eclipse, which happened back on Aug. 21. Another evangelical source, Christian publication UNSEALED, also predicts a Sept. 23 apocalypse.
Who is Meade? Not surprisingly, he’s a self-published author and conspiracy theorist who terms himself a Christian numerologist. He studied astronomy at the University of Louisville.
“The Nibiru cataclysm is a supposed disastrous encounter between the Earth and a large planetary object (either a collision or a near-miss) which certain groups believe will take place in the early 21st century,” according to a Wikipedia excerpt. “Believers in this doomsday event usually refer to this object as Planet X or Nibiru. The idea that a planet-sized object will collide with or closely pass by Earth in the near future is not supported by any scientific evidence and has been rejected by astronomers and planetary scientists as pseudoscience and an Internet hoax.”