The next apocalypse? September 23rd

By Todd Norman
The word apocalypse is derived from Greek meaning uncovering; or, as the book How Jesus Became God explains, "a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities". In other words, it is knowledge of things that help us make sense of the world around us.
In modern vernacular, the term apocalypse has come to mean an "end of the world" event, especially having to do with a religious belief. This comes from the book of John's Revelation, originally called Ἀποκάλυψις Ἰωάννου, Apokalypsis Ioannou. The book talks about prophecies of an end of the world event.
For years, humans have been fascinated with things they can't control; for example, an end of the world event— an apocalypse. 
In the book of Revelations and a few other parts of the Bible, there are signs that will appear to warn the faithful of the coming apocalyptical disaster. These signs have been watched for closely by faithful believers.
According to some religious scholars and believers, the signs will be coming to pass on September 23rd 2017, and following will be the Apocalypse. 


Their theory: 

The sign is based off of a verse in Revelation 12:1-2 which in the ESV reads: 
1. And 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 twelve stars.  2. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. 
This month, the sun, moon, and Jupiter will be in the constellation Virgo.  While this is claimed to be a rare occurrence, in actuality this occurs every twelve years. There is, in addition, a more rare occurrence. The constellation Leo (which is being associated with the Lion of the tribe of Judah) is also in alignment with Virgo.
Virgo represents the woman in heaven (the starry sky). Jupiter is the child which will be leaving from what they claim is the womb of Virgo. They say that Leo has nine stars, and that three planets— Venus, Mars, and Mercury— count as the other three stars, making up the crown of twelve stars.

Its fairly easy to follow along with this so far, but this is where it gets interesting. Later in the verse it talks about a red dragon, waiting to devour the infant. This dragon is claimed to be Planet X. 
Have you heard of planet X? Chances are, probably not, scientists have shown that a planet X doesn't actually exist in our solar system, but there are some that claim that Planet X is a planet that orbits the sun 90 times more distant than earth. As it supposedly comes around, it can cause havoc on earth. Biblical Literalists believe this planet has caused some of the events in the bible. According to them, this red dragon, Planet X, may be the cause of the apocalypse that is set for September 23rd.

Our View

There are some important facts to be taken into account though, when looking at the signs for the supposed date.
This event isn't that unusual of an event, nor can it be taken word for word from the biblical literalists. Jupiter passes Virgo about once every twelve years. In addition there is Leo, which is claimed to have 9 stars, in most astrological maps it is connected by either 13 or 10 stars, which rules out the perfect alignment of the 3 planets. 
And then there is Planet X. If there really was such a planet, it would have knocked earth out of orbit a long time ago, so it is unlikely the red dragon will be coming around. 
So is the world really ending on the 23rd? Probably not; we should be okay for the foreseeable future. But that's the point isn't it? We always seem to be okay for the foreseeable future, but what about unforeseeable events? Things in our lives we aren't expecting.

It's the unforeseeable future that reminds us to be prepared. 

It's the unforeseeable future that reminds us to always live in a way we can be ready for any disaster. 

It's always a good time to start  working an emergency kit or continue your preparations for any potential disaster or problem!
 
Interested in reading more about the upcoming date for the apocalypse? Here's our sources:
 
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