Numerology and the End of the World

David Meade, the Christian numerologist who used the Bible to predict the end of the world when Planet X, a planet that does not exist, collides with earth on September 23, is now backtracking his prediction. The world, he said, will not end on September 23. That day, according to him, is only the beginning of the end.

In an article publish on Foxnews.com, Meade explains his backtracking:

David Meade, who claimed the world is ending Saturday when a mysterious planet collides with Earth, is now backtracking on the calamitous claim.

Meade said the world won’t end on Sept. 23 after all, but instead Saturday will only mark the beginning of a series of catastrophic events to occur over several weeks.

“The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending,” he told the Washington Post. “A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October.”

Meade said his prediction is based on verses and numerical codes found in the Bible, specifically in the apocalyptic Book of Revelation. He said recent events, such as the solar eclipse and Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, are omens of the approaching apocalypse.

The significant number is 33, according to Meade.

“Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God for the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible],” he said. “It’s a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible . . . and merging the two.”

Sept. 23 is also 33 days since the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Here is a prophet, using the Bible to predict the end of the world, who does not know his Bible very well.

Meade said that one of the reasons for his prediction is the significance of the number 33 in the Bible. Meade said: “Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God for the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible].”

One of the problems with his prediction is that the name Elohim appears more than 2600 times in the Hebrew Bible. The word Elohim is translated in many different ways, depending on the context. In some translations the word Elohim is translated as “gods,” “goddesses,” “judges,” and “divine beings.”

However, the word Elohim is used more often in the Hebrew Bible to designate the true God, the God of Israel. In fact, the word Elohim is used more than 2500 times to designate “the name of God for the Jews.”

David Meade said that the word Elohim is used 33 times to designate “the name of God for the Jews.”

The Bible uses the name Elohim 2507 times to designate “the name of God for the Jews.”

Who is right? Who is wrong?

This is the reason I do not believe these false prophets.

Claude F. Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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