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In 2 days, the end of Earth as we know it will be set in motion, says debunked popular theory

The constellation of Virgo. ESA/NASA

If you’re to believe a video that appeared on YouTube last month, a remarkable and terrifying series of events will be set in motion this Saturday.

The date will be Sept. 23, 2017. On that day, a pregnant woman, “clothed with the sun,” will appear in the sky with the “moon under her feet,” and a “crown of 12 stars on her head.”

Before her will stand a dragon with seven heads, seven crowns and 10 horns, and its tail will sweep one-third of the stars out of the sky, the theory goes.

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This dragon will have designs on the child. For the dragon represents Satan, the woman the Virgin Mary, and the child Jesus Christ, who will rule all nations with an “iron scepter.”

This is a series of events described in the Biblical Book of Revelation.

And the theory that it will happen on Saturday has been advanced by David Meade, the author of Planet X – The 2017 Arrival, a book that sets the date for a collision between a force known as “Planet X” and Earth, ushering in cataclysmic changes that will change the world irrevocably.

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Meade’s theory has been thoroughly debunked by a senior NASA scientist, according to The Washington Post.

But its popularity persists; the YouTube video describing this theory had over 2.6 million views as of Monday night.

In it, Planet X is described as a celestial force that will include seven planets and moons.

Among those planets, the theory argues, will be Nibiru, a celestial body that was previously theorized by some to be on a collision with Earth to take place in 2012, according to U.K. tabloid The Daily Star.

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That collision, of course, never occurred.

The comet ISON passing through the Virgo constellation. Aaron Kingery/NASA/MSFC

Meade calculated its arrival by linking the phenomenon to the solar eclipse that took place on Aug. 21.

He pointed to a passage in the Book of Isaiah in which “the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.”

The theory also points out that the “Elohim,” the Jewish name for God, appears in the Bible 33 times.

Coincidentially, it argues, 33 days after the eclipse, the stars will allegedly appear in the sky as they’re described in the Book of Revelation.

Which date occurs 33 days later? Sept. 23, 2017.

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On that day the constellation Virgo will appear with 12 “stars,” according to this theory — they are the nine stars that form the Leo constellation, along with the planets Mars, Venus and Mercury.

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And the planet Jupiter, it goes, will move out of the Virgo constellation, as though it had issued forth from a womb.

The theory that another planet is on a collision course with Earth has been debunked at length by David Morrison, a planetary astronomer at the NASA Ames Research Centre.

It appeared as early as 1995 when Nancy Lieder, who called herself a “contactee,” said she had learned of a planetary collision that would happen in 2003.

Her followers later said the collision would happen in 2012, which coincided with the ending of the Mayan calendar, Morrison noted.

There is no Nibiru: NASA

As for Nibiru — there is no such planet, Morrison insisted. Believers in this theory have posited that a comet known as Elenin is actually Nibiru, which was expected to pass Earth in October 2011.

At its closest distance, Elenin passed Earth at a distance of over 35 million kilometres, according to NASA.

“For some, Nibiru is no longer the Sumerian god or planet that is supposed to be returning to earth in late 2012. It has become a catchword for almost any cosmic catastrophe.”

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But scientists aren’t the only ones blasting this theory — the faithful are, too.

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Prof. Ed Stetzer of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College told the Washington Post that Meade is a “made-up expert in a made-up field talking about a made-up event… it sort of justifies that there’s a special secret number codes in the Bible that nobody believes.”

In an article for Christianity Today, he wrote, “Whenever someone tells you they have found a secret number code in the Bible, end the conversation.

“It’s simply fake news that a lot of Christians believe the world will end on Sept. 23,” Stetzer added.

Commenters on the YouTube video don’t seem convinced, either.

“Watch this video be deleted when nothing happens,” said one.

“Man, I can’t wait for absolutely nothing to happen once again,” said another.

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