There have been some Christians and others predicting the end of the world through a collision between Earth and a mystery planet lurking in our solar system called Nibiru.
In mid-September, Jason Meade who claims to be a Christian numerologist stated the countdown for this collision started on September 23, 2017. He certainly received his 15-minutes of fame with media around the world picking up his story.
People have been talking about Nibiru since the 1990s and similarly predicting the world’s catastrophic end.
I even stated in my post on Meade’s prediction that if this planet existed astronomers would have noticed it through its effects on the trajectory of other planets and celestial objects.
I was a bit rash in my judgement because a couple of weeks later, October 4, 2017, NASA released a statement that it had found irrefutable evidence a ninth planet exits in our solar system.
It even suggested that this mystery planet was ten times larger than earth. Coincidentally, those promoting Nibiru also state its massive.
NASA claims that it has not been able to see this planet because of its unusual elliptical orbit. It is so far out that they suspect it takes thousands of years for it to orbit the sun.
Then I discovered that astronomers have been predicting the existence of a large mysterious planet since the 1800s, because they believed something must be affecting the orbits of both Uranus and Neptune.
NASA came to the same conclusion stating they have seen similar irregularities after studying the movement of objects in the Kuiper Belt found just past Neptune.
“If you were to remove this explanation and imagine Planet Nine does not exist, then you generate more problems than you solve. All of a sudden you have five different puzzles and you must come up with five different theories to explain them.”
So where does this leave the Nibiru prediction? Well NASA even acknowledged the controversy stating:
“If a planet is there, it’s extremely distant and will stay that way (with no chance – in case you’re wondering – of every colliding with Earth, or bringing a day of darkness).”
So does the Bible speak of a massive planet hitting earth?
However, in the Book of Revelation (the Apostle John’s vision of the end times) he refers to stars hitting the earth. Some believe these are references to asteroid hits.
In the first mention, the Apostle John speaks of multiple asteroids hitting land:
13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. (Revelation 6:13 NASV)
The asteroid that exploded in the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15, 2013 shattering glass and injuring 1,000 people was about 17 meters in size and weighed 100,000 tonnes. They estimated its explosion was 20 to 30 times more powerful than Hiroshima.
Can you imagine the damage if it had hit earth? And there have a been several near misses since then as well.
And in his second reference, the Apostle John sees a mountain-sized asteroid burning through the Earth’s atmosphere and hitting one of our oceans resulting in a massive die off of sea life:
8 The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, 9 and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.(Revelation 8:8-9 NASV)
An asteroid that size would cause catastrophic damage. The Apostle added that a third of the ships in the sea would be destroyed as well, I suspect due to the resulting tsunamis such a hit would cause.
And even Jesus referred to “terrors in the skies” leading up to His second coming (Luke 21:11).
Though catastrophic, these are clearly not references to a planet, ten-times larger, smashing into Earth.