Debunked: The ‘Rapture’ will begin April 23 because of the planet Nibiru

No, really. This stuff is getting pushed out as “fact.”

There’s this odd idea out there right now that centers around a planet named "Nibiru," or Planet X, which supposedly lives in the outer solar system and will be headed back toward Earth shortly in its long, eccentric orbit. When that orbit brings it much closer to our planet, it's supposed to cause massive problems such as volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and more. 


Despite the fact that NASA has debunked this planetary legend, it persists. And conspiracy theorists continue to claim that NASA is simply hiding it.

Now, those who believe in said planet are proposing that the “Rapture” — that is, the "ascension to heaven" of those who are truly to be “saved” by Western deity Jesus Christ, will begin on April 23, with Nibiru’s sudden appearance, culminating in the “rapture” this November. In other words, it's expected that “Beam me up, Scotty” will become more than a figure of speech for followers of Christianity.

A similar doomsday was considered prophesy on December 21 of 2012. In that year, on that date, the center of the galaxy, Earth, and the Sun, combined with this rogue planet, would align in such a way as to tear the Earth off its axis, and maybe its orbit around the sun. 

“What [they] do not tell you is that this happens every year on December 21.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson (well … except for the Planet X factor.)

In a time of great political upheaval and uncertainty, folks are certainly more likely to believe these things. (And, for some, it’s kinda like: "Bring it — just end this nightmare already!")

Here’s the relevant biblical passage:

"A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant, and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth."

What The Daily Express is claiming is condensed here:

"On April 23, the sun and moon will be in Virgo, as will Jupiter, which represents the Messiah. Experts at first dismissed this claim when they discovered this alignment happens every 12 years. However, the conspiracy theories claim another planetary alignment, representing 'the Lion of the tribe of Judah', will make this time the Rapture."

The “Lion” mentioned in that passage is Planet X, or Nibiru, which NASA has established doesn’t exist

But the kicker? Aside from the religious mythology associated with this, what that paragraph states as the expected astral and planetary arrangements are totally wrong. Jupiter is actually in the constellation Libra all day and night on April 23, and the moon, between Leo and Cancer. The sun, which is out of view when Jupiter and the moon are invisible, is by Pisces. None of those planetary and astral bodies is in Virgo at that time in April. And even if they were ... just no.

In the last 2000 years, there have been thousands of events that were predicted, largely on biblical concepts, to bring the end of the world/civilization/humans/life/etc. 

More likely, we're going to instead die slow, suffocating deaths. Or at least mass extinctions that take millions of years to recover from.

Yay, us?

And for more about conspiracy theories, check out the series, "This is Not a Conspiracy Theory" — episode one is here:

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Douglas Rushkoff – It’s not the technology’s fault

It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.

Think Again Podcasts
  • It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
  • Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
Keep reading Show less

Physicists puzzled by strange numbers that could explain reality

Eight-dimensional octonions may hold the clues to solve fundamental mysteries.

Surprising Science
  • Physicists discover complex numbers called octonions that work in 8 dimensions.
  • The numbers have been found linked to fundamental forces of reality.
  • Understanding octonions can lead to a new model of physics.
Keep reading Show less

Why 'upgrading' humanity is a transhumanist myth

Upload your mind? Here's a reality check on the Singularity.

Videos
  • Though computer engineers claim to know what human consciousness is, many neuroscientists say that we're nowhere close to understanding what it is, or its source.
  • Scientists are currently trying to upload human minds to silicon chips, or re-create consciousness with algorithms, but this may be hubristic because we still know so little about what it means to be human.
  • Is transhumanism a journey forward or an escape from reality?
Keep reading Show less