Global citizens are likely growing tired of the constant end of the world predictions that seem to have sprung up in the age of the internet.
Over a decade and a half ago, the newly digital world that separated Generation X from the millennials caused much of the civilized world to be apprehensive of the year 2000. During the so-called Y2K crisis, overzealous phony prophets were able to convince a wide swath of the global population that computers and smart-ish devices would not be able to comprehend the change from 1999 to 2000, rendering an enormous amount of modern technology as expensive paperweights.
Spoiler alert: Nothing happened.
Then there was the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21st, 2012 – an even recent enough in memory to warrant the skipping of a recap aside from the continued fact that the world did not end cataclysmically.
This past weekend was yet another possible doomsday, as predicted by religious researched David Meade. Meade believed that a biblical sign from Revelations Chapter 12 would be occurring over Jerusalem on September, 23rd 2017 that had never occurred before, signaling the end of the world or, perhaps, the Rapture.
As I’m sure you’ve discovered, Meade goofed on his prediction…something that he himself was forced to admit when he woke up on Sunday morning. Instead of fading quietly into obscurity, however, Meade just moved his prediction’s date back a few weeks; something all too common with these false prophets.
“Meade predicted that a rogue planet named Nibiru would slam into the Earth on Sept. 23 and bring about a global apocalypse. NASA had publicly debunked the ‘Planet X’ conspiracy theory in 2012, but it didn’t stop the self-published author from writing and speaking about the doomsday prediction.
“Now that the fateful Saturday has passed, Meade has reportedly revised his schedule for the planet’s last day. The controversial doomsayer claims his Sept. 23 prediction was misinterpreted and that the world will actually end at some point starting in October. Meade now believes the new date will begin a seven-year period of world-ending events.
“’That’s when the action starts. Hold on and watch—wait until the middle of October and I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed,’ he wrote on his website. The former student of astronomy at the University of Louisville says his predictions come from deciphering codes in the Bible as well as other ancient markers like the Great Pyramids.”
As with many of these so-called predictions, Meade’s sliding timeline and vague “when the action starts” comments leave him far less culpable for his doom and gloom guessing game.
When we say Grace on Thanksgiving, may we remember how grateful we are that David Meade was simply another Chicken Little character whose sky never fell.