An astrological phenomenon as foreseen in a passage from the Bible will cause the destruction of our planet this month, according to conspiracy theorists.
Christian doomsayers, led by self-published author David Meade, say that Jesus Christ will reappear to the world on April 23 resulting in the rapture.
The purported end-of-times event has been cited frequently by American fundamentalists who say the rapture will see the living and the dead will unite to follow Jesus into the sky.
Will the world end on April 23? What is David Meade’s theory?
Believers say a biblical prophecy is about to come true because of a planetary alignment taking place on Monday, April 23.
The passage from the book of Revelation 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.”
Mr Meade, who has been most vocal about the coming apocalypse, says Virgo represents the woman while Jupiter is Messiah.
And on April 23, the sun and moon will be in Virgo along with Jupiter.
Mr Meade also suggests the planet Nibiru – which NASA has dismissed as fictional – will crash into Earth eventually destroying all life on it.
The idea, conceived by Nancy Lieder in 1995, will allegedly cause volcano eruptions and lead to people losing their minds.
Mr Meade has been proven wrong on previous occasions after making similar predictions for the end of the world, such as when he said Nibiru would hit earth on September 23, 2017.
This did not happen and nor did his amended date suggestion of October 2017.
He wrote about the latter prediction in his book Will Planet X Signal the Rapture?
Who is David Meade?
Describing himself as a “Christian numerologist”, Mr Meade’s real name is unknown.
The American has written 13 books and claims to have studied subjects including astronomy and statistics.
His extensive theories have been debunked by NASA and Christians alike.
He has also been compared with the failed doomsday preacher Nostradamus.