I've got some bad news for anybody looking forward to Christmas, the end of the world is coming soon so you better enjoy the precious few moments you have left whilst you can. That is, according to conspiracists.
Apparently a biblical apocalypse will begin next weekend and only Christians who are deemed 'worthy' will be called to heaven.
September 23 has now been earmarked as the start of the rapture.
Chuck Campbell wrote in an article entitled "the end of the world will be Sept 23? Seems legit", which was published on Knoxnews.com: "One popular Bible quote currently making the rounds as evidence is Luke 21: 25-26, which says:
"25: There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'
"'26: Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.'
The website claims the predictions are made in the bible. Credit: PA Images
"Footnote: The eclipse was August 21, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25 and flooded Houston on August 26 - Luke 21: 25-26 ... See how that works?"
A number of YouTube doom videos and evangelical websites point to an astrological constellation on September 23 matching Revelation 12:1-2
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."
However, it seems not everyone is convinced, in an article entitled "Will the World end on 23 September?" Jonathan Sarfati wrote that the same planetary coincidence has happened four times in the last thousand years, so is not as rare as is being suggested.
He 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 23 September 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!"
Could it be true? Well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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