Fear not! The world is not ending this coming Saturday, September 23.
“Wait, what?” I hear folks asking. “Who said the world was ending this week?”
Well, a new-age heretic, masquerading as a Christian prophet, named David Meade, claims to have deduced the exact date of The End of Days. Engaging in a heresy known as “numerology” along with astrology, he says that there are codes in the Bible that foretell the day of the Apocalypse – September 23, 2017.
According to Christian numerologist David Meade, verses in Luke 21:25 to 26 are the sign that recent events, such as the recent solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey, are signs of the apocalypse.
Sept. 23 is a date that was pinpointed using codes from the Bible, as well as a “date marker” in the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
There is SOOOOOOO much wrong with these two sentences. Where do I begin?
First – There isn’t such a thing as a Christian numerologist. No real Christian engages in this mystic voodoo. “Numerology” is heretical mysticism, in which practitioners claim to possess secret knowledge that doesn’t exist. They think that they can discover untold mysteries through the frequency and patterns of words and numbers in the Bible. For example, they may calculate the number of times a word or phrase occurs and compare that to other numbers in the Bible to predict future events. Apparently, Meade thinks that it’s super significant that Jesus was 33 years old and that the Hebrew word for God, “Elohim”, appears 33 times in Genesis, which means…??? Who knows what that has to do with the Apocalypse? It only makes sense to Mr. Meade. But this is a great example of how numerology finds meaning in meaningless coincidences. Since the knowledge is “secret” and must be discovered, it can be anything the interpreter wants it to be.
This should not be confused with real symbolic numbers in the Bible. It is already well understood and accepted in the Church that certain numbers in the Bible have special significance and symbolism. For example, 6 is a number that can represent humanity, sin, and incompleteness. 7 is a number symbolizing divinity, perfection, and completeness. 3, 10, and 12 are also numbers that symbolize completeness and have divine importance. (We have the Trinity, the 10 Commandments, and the 12 Tribes of Israel and Christ’s 12 Disciples.) These are already well known and established. But these real symbolic numbers have nothing to do with what Mr. Meade is doing.
Second – In the last 2,000 years, we’ve had hurricanes, earthquakes, eclipses, wars, and worse. We’ve had natural disasters that dwarf anything today. None signaled the end of time. Now, there are perfectly good reasons for people to believe Christ’s return is near (e.g., degeneration of society, culture, and the Church), but not what Mr. Meade is citing.
Third – “The pyramids?!?!” Really? Why does it always come back to the pyramids? This is when you know you are dealing with full-fledged kooks. Conspiracy theorists can’t help but gravitate to the pyramids. Do I have to state the obvious? There is no secret code in the freaking pyramids! They weren’t built by aliens. They weren’t built by the Illuminati. The pyramids were built 4,600 years ago by run-of-the-mill Egyptian pagans. Why would God give THEM a secret revelation and leave a “date marker” there, when Christ Himself says not even HE knows the day or hour? (Matthew 24:36) Yeesh!
So how does David Meade say the world will end? Well, he thinks an imaginary planet, named Planet X or alternatively “Nibiru”, is on an imaginary collision course with Earth. It’s supposed to crash into our big, blue sphere and destroy us. Yes, his theory is as stupid as it sounds. No, he’s not kidding. (No word yet on the location of the Death Star or Darth Vader in all this.)
Not only is Planet X an internet hoax, but it doesn’t even fit the Bible’s apocalyptic prophecies. The Book of Revelation talks about the complete and total elimination of ALL creation, followed by a completely NEW Heaven and Earth without sin to replace this sinful one. That means our entire Universe will be dissolved and replaced. Planet X hitting Earth is chump change by comparison.
David Meade follows in a long line of insane fake prophets. It is an insanity born of arrogance – an arrogance that believes they alone can divine God’s Word and peer into the secrets of God’s mind beyond what has been revealed.
The great theologian, Charles Spurgeon, once said of foretelling the End Times,
“In many cases sheer fanaticism has been the result of exclusively dwelling on prophecy, and probably more men have gone mad on that subject than on any other religious questions.”
Now, it’s unlikely many people are buying into David Meade’s craziness, but this is still a good opportunity to warn against this heresy of predicting the exact day of Christ’s return. We are supposed to be ready to go at any moment. Having a predicted date defeats the purpose of constant vigilance.
Every so often, we get wanna-be mystics trying to prophesy the exact day of Christ’s return. They have occurred off and on since St. John sent his letter from Patmos over 1,900 years ago. Sometimes, one of them catches on and convinces people to sell everything and donate it to their “ministry”.
We saw this a few years ago with Harold Camping promising the world would end on May 21, 2011. It caught on to a certain degree, due to Camping’s large network of radio stations. Some folks sold everything and drove around the country, warning of the End. Needless to say, May 21 came and went. In its wake, secularists used it as an occasion to mock Christians, even though Harold Camping’s teachings had strayed far from orthodox Christianity years prior.
Christians are already under assault from anti-Christian forces, both in secular society and inside the Church in the form of false teachers twisting doctrine. The last thing we need is more false prophets embarrassing the name of Christ for spectacle and self-aggrandizement.