Another year. Another apocalypse.
It seems not a year can go by without someone out there claiming it will be our last. Whether it's the rapture, nuclear war or general garden-variety extinction, some conspiracy and biblical theorists just love to get everyone else slightly perturbed at the threat of our destruction. I say 'slightly perturbed' because let's face it, it's not the first time we've heard this.
This time, the various blogs are claiming the world will end at some point between September 22-28th, 2015. For the most part, the actual reasoning behind our inevitable doom is a bit confused, but the main line of thought states an asteroid will collide within the year, which will then usher in an oppressive world government controlled by the New World Order.
What's Apparently Going To Happen?
Well, according to a theory known as the Blood Moon Prophecy, September 2015 is important because it marks the end of a lunar tetrad - a sequence of four successive blood moons - that began in April 2014.
According to some biblical theorists, these blood moons - each of which coincided with a Jewish holiday - mark the end times described in the Bible in Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12. Some, such as Youtuber Lewey7777, seem to suggest this wrath of God will be manifested as an asteroid which will collide with the Earth during the period of the final blood moon. One blog, titled 888whistleblower.com claimed:
"Most likely we are for real talking about is the end of all life on this planet. The efforts to stop the process, which could very well be an inevitability, aren’t working. The methods they are using are right in the skies above your head, and they are still top secret.
Most likely they are making the end come sooner, and there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do except wake up to what is going on, and wake our friends and family up, at the risk of looking like a fool. One thing I think I can assure you though, is that the end is coming, and I don’t think it is that far away."
Other conspiracy websites such as BeforeItsNews.com, have suggested other events which occur during September 22-28th also point unflinchingly towards annihilation. These include:
- The Pope, who is apparently the anti-Christ, talking to the UN on September 23rd about the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda - or the "New World Order plan."
- CERN intends to conduct experiments with the most powerful cycle of the Large Hadron Collider yet.
- Large scale military exercises - most notable Jade Helm.
- The apparent stockpiling of food, weapons and ammunition in underground bunkers.
- Video games, films and television shows pointing to the apocalypse. They state: "Titles include Tomorrowland, Mission Impossible, Call of Duty Black Ops III, Mad Max. All are being used to condition using subliminal messages for the coming and acceptance from the masses of events that will unfold very soon."
- Additional assorted mumbo-jumbo.
What would it look like if we we're hit by an asteroid? Well, the DiscoveryChannel thinks it'll look something like this:
So, Will It Happen?
Well, who knows? These apocalyptic conspiracy theories thrive on the fact they cannot be 'disproven' until after the fact. Can any of us say for sure the world will not end between September 22-28th? No, of course not. But that certainly doesn't suggest it will.
NASA has previously stated there is no asteroid anywhere near Earth, claiming:
"NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years."
Also, as I suggested above, this is not the first time we've heard this. Let's just remind ourselves of some of the most recent apocalyptic portendings:
- 1,000 AD: A rise in Christian activity was prompted by fears the millennium would usher in the end of the world. People left their jobs and homes only to be disappointed when the year changed and no Horsemen of the Apocalypse had arrived. The original predictors claimed it was because they miscalculated Jesus' age and that the world would really end in 1033. We all know how that turned out.
- February 1524: Astrologers in London noticed a strange alignment of the planets Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation of Pisces. This lead some to claim a giant biblical flood was imminent. Some sought shelter on high ground only to return home completely dry and a bit embarrassed.
- Fall 1982: In 1980, popular television evangelist Pat Robinson told viewers of The 700 Club: "I guarantee you, by the end 1982 there is going to be judgment on the world." It didn't happen.
- 2000: The second millennium also came with apocalypse fears, although this one was about computers. The so-called millennium bug would supposedly fry computers all around the world - plunging us into a new dark age.
- May 21st, 2011: US pastor Harold Camping claimed rapture would arrive in 2011, after initially getting the date wrong in 1994. His claims were widely reported, and some of his followers even sold their belongings.
- December 21, 2012: The much vaunted end of the Mayan calendar was similarly linked to the end of the world. News flash: It didn't happen.
Of course, perhaps it is true, and I'm just a member of that insidious New World Order/Illuminati/Zionist/Globalist conspiracy? I guess we'll have to wait until September to find out.