In 1992, Harold Camping published a book titled 1994? in which he predicted the world would end sometime that year. Humanity managed to dodge that bullet, so Camping redid his calculations and set May 21, 2011 as doomsday. You and I both know how that went.
He once again pushed the date back to October 21, 2011, but by then we were all too busy worrying about what the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012 would mean for us. That too turned out to be just another scare.
Thankfully, we are still alive, but apparently not for much longer according to some recent predictions. Back in April, a Texas-based psychic claimed that the end of times is scheduled to take place between May 13 and October 13, 2017. Horacio Villegas said that this time around the beginning of the end will be marked by nuclear warfare.
A few months after Villegas's troubling predictions, another doomsday theory has been circling the internet, but this time the date is based on a prophecy from the Bible.
According to the theorists, the Rapture will be taking place this year and it will be happening sooner than you'd expect.
Some religious numerologists have matched the dates of the major events that took place in the last few weeks, like the solar eclipse and hurricanes, to the numbers in the Bible's Book of Revelation and in Luke 21:25 to 26.
The verses from Luke 21 are as follows:
“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 eclipse took place on August 21, Hurricane Harvey on August 25, and the Houston floods started on August 26. All these dates match Luke 21: 25-26.
These arguments support an earlier theory known as the Revelation 12 which uses astrological events to predict the start of the Rapture.
As per their claims, the signs all point towards September 23 as the date of the Rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ. On that day, astronomers say that Virgo and Leo will reunite and kickstart the events leading up to the end of the world.
The apocalyptic theory urges people to look out for "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head."
Once she makes an appearance, the Rapture will occur in two parts with a seven year period during which the Antichrist will destroy mankind.
It should be noted that although this theory is loosely based on the Bible, many Christians do not agree with it.
"As usual with any astrology (or Christian adaptations of it), one cherry-picks the stars that fit the desired conclusion," said creationist Jonathan Safarti. "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!" he added.
This isn't the first time this year that we're hearing Bible-based predictions for the end of the world. In June, Dr. F Kenton Beshore, president of the World Bible Society claimed that the apocalypse will take place on or before 2021 and Jesus will walk the earth in 2028.
What are your thoughts on this new prediction? Let us know!