The end is nigh and the world will be destroyed this month. That’s what some Christian conspiracy theorists believe, as they analyse hidden codes in the Bible.
A secret prophecy of the return of Jesus Christ and the rapture – or the second coming of Christ – is hidden in the book of Revelations, according to some theorists.
Conspiracy theories suggests the end of the world has been predicted in astrological constellations appearing on November 23, connecting to a code in the book of Revelation 12:1-2, which allegedly shows the Rapture is coming.
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.”
Christian theorists say the woman from the passage is Virgo.
On April 23, the sun and moon will be in Virgo, as will Jupiter, which represents the Messiah.
Experts at first dismissed this claim when they discovered this alignment happens every 12 years.
However, the conspiracy theories claim another planetary alignment, representing “the Lion of the tribe of Judah’, will mean this time the true Rapture will occur.
What is the Rapture?
The Rapture is a term used by certain Christians to describe how the world will end.
When the Rapture comes, Jesus Christ will return to the earth to bring all Christians up into the sky to protect them from the destruction of the world.
The Messiah will rescue all Christian believers and take them up to heaven, before destroying the world and bringing about a thousand-year kingdom of God on earth.
There are differing views among Christians regarding the timing of Christ’s return, such as whether it will occur in one event or two, and the meaning of the aerial gathering described in 1 Thessalonians 4.
Many Christians do not believe in rapture-oriented theological views.
Why will April 23 be the Rapture?
Main Christian theorists suggest the Rapture will coincide with planetary constellations foretold in a hidden prophecy from the Bible.
Christian conspiracy theorist David Meade is the main expert, suggesting the end of the world will arrive on April 23 when a mythological planetary system known as Planet X, or Nibiru, will appear in space.
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.
“The 12 stars at that date include the nine stars of Leo, and the three planetary alignments of Mercury, Venus and Mars – which combine to make a count of 12 stars on the head of Virgo.
“Thus the constellations Virgo, Leo and Serpens-Ophiuchus represent a unique once-in-a-century sign exactly as depicted in the 12th chapter of Revelation. This is our time marker.”
Will the world end on April 23?
Many scientists and non-christians believe this is simply a false conspiracy theory.
NASA has already debunked the existence of Planet X, dismissing it as a hoax.
The Bible is full of prophecies, but some think could be related to any number of theories which simply won’t happen.
In an article entitled “Will the World end on 23 April”, Jonathon Sarfati said: “As usual with any astrology (or Christian adaptations of it), one cherry-picks the stars that fit the desired conclusion.
“There is nothing to suggest that April 23 is a momentous date for biblical prophecy, and Christians need to be careful about being drawn into such sensationalist claims.
“We won’t know the day or the hour—so we should be prepared at all times!”