Will the World End on September 23?

So-called “Christian numerologists” have made national headlines by claiming the world will end on September 23, 2017. According to their interpretation of Luke chapter 21, Revelation chapter 12, and Egyptian Hieroglyphics, a mysterious heavenly body known as Planet X will pass by the earth and cause global catastrophes that will destroy the world and usher in the Second Coming.

Revelation 12:1, 2 says, “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.” This end-time scenario claims that the woman represents Virgo, in which the moon and sun will be in alignment. But most astronomers agree that Planet X does not exist and that there is nothing significant about this alignment of Virgo, the sun, and moon—as it occurs naturally and regularly every twelve years.

Moreover, most Bible scholars disagree that these Bible verses refer to a rogue planet in our solar system. Rather, Revelation uses symbols to help us understand the great themes of prophecy. To learn more about the identity of the woman in Revelation chapter 12, read our Bible study at this link.

Jesus warned that there would be false christs and prophets who would deceive many in the last days (Matthew 24:24), telling His disciples, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). While we believe the end of the world is near, much more in Bible prophecy needs to occur before Jesus comes. To learn more about it, click here.

Amazing Facts also offers an outstanding sharing resource about Bible prophecy called Daniel and Revelation, Secrets of Prophecy. Check it out by clicking here.


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