|Alma mater||University of Louisville|
|Occupation||self-described "Christian numerologist", author, researcher, investigative journalist, and forensic investigator|
|Known for||Nibiru, doomsday predictions|
|Website||Planet X – Omega Project, David Meade Planet X News|
The author is known only by his pen name and some information is unverifiable since he has not chosen to reveal his true identity.
David Meade is the pen name of an American end-times conspiracy theorist and book author who has yet to disclose his real name. Meade, who describes himself as a "Christian numerologist", claims to have attended the University of Louisville, where he "studied astronomy, among other subjects", but, because his real name is unknown, The Washington Post reported that the university could not confirm whether he had ever been a student there. He is also a writer, researcher and investigator who has written and self-published at least 13 books. He made appearances and interviews on Coast to Coast AM, The Washington Post, Glenn Beck Program, YouTube with pastor Paul Begley, and the Daily Express. He is best known for making numerous predictions, which have passed, regarding the end times, including that a hidden planet named Nibiru (sometimes known as Planet X) would destroy the Earth.
Meade predicted that planet Nibiru would collide with Earth on September 23, 2017, destroying it. After his prediction failed, he revised the apocalypse to October, where he stated that the seven-year tribulation would possibly start followed by a millennium of peace. In 2018, Meade again made several predictions for that year, for instance, that North Korea becoming a superpower in March 2018 and that Nibiru would destroy the Earth in spring. Meade announced that the apocalypse would begin in March 2018, but he didn't predict the exact date. After March 2018 passed, he moved the apocalypse to April 23, 2018, in which he also predicted the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, and Virgo will signal the rapture, and that Nibiru would destroy the Earth that day. However, before that date he said that reports that he predicted the end on 23 April were "fake news", but that the rapture—but not the end of the world—would take place on an unspecified date between May and December 2018.
Meade is best known for using Bible passages and Bible verses regarding his predictions. His September 23 prediction was based on secret codes in the Giza Pyramids in Egypt and revolved around the Woman of the Apocalypse. He used the number 33 for his September 23 prediction, stating that “Jesus lived for 33 years” and that “Elohim is mentioned 33 times in the Bible.” His October 2017 predictions were described on his website Planet X News and his book Will Planet X Signal the Rapture?. His April 23 prediction was based on 12:1-2 in the Book of Revelation and referred to the woman as Virgo and stated the alignment represents "the Lion of the tribe of Judah".
Early life[edit | edit source]
Meade was raised as a Catholic and attended the University of Louisville, where he claims to have studied astronomy and other subjects. He also claims to have earned a master's degree in statistics. According to his profile page on his website, he has worked for both the federal government and private industry. He additionally stated that he has written investigative reports on abnormal state administration and executives for Fortune 1000 organizations. It is not known which companies he worked for. On his Google Plus page, he also claims to be an investigative journalist.
In a September 2017 The Washington Post article, Meade said that he studied astronomy and that he attended a university in Kentucky but declined to say which campus he attended due to safety concerns. He additionally refused to answer questions concerning which Fortune 1000 organizations he worked for and what he does for a living. When he was asked where he lives, he claimed that he lives in "the heart of a major disaster" zone of Hurricane Irma, but did not specify the state or city.
Meade appeared on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory in January 2017 and was interviewed by the American national television and radio program Glenn Beck Program in September 2017. In addition to books about Planet X, he has written books related to politics, such as The Coming Clinton Economic Collapse (2016) and The Coup D'état Against President Donald J. Trump (2017) .
Predictions[edit | edit source]
Meade received extensive media attention following his predictions that Nibiru would destroy Earth on September 23, 2017. He first predicted Nibiru would hit the Earth in October 2017, but moved it forward to September 23. On September 21, an Orange County, California television station accidentally displayed his prediction in an emergency alert, and broadcasting officials stated that the false alert was caused by a glitch from a test by the Emergency Alert System. On September 21, he claimed in a Glenn Beck interview to have seen Nibiru from his house and that other people would see the sign as well. Meade then changed his mind and stated that Nibiru would not collide with Earth on September 23.
October 2017 predictions[edit | edit source]
As September 23 passed, however, Meade again revised the apocalypse to October, making new predictions for that month, such as Nibiru eclipsing the sun on October 5 and that several people would levitate into the sky (including current U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence) followed by a nuclear attack by North Korea, China, and Russia on the United States. He predicted other events for that month, such as a series of magnitude 9.8 earthquakes; that the Earth's pole would shift by 30 degrees; that the United States would be split in half; and that Barack Obama would be elected as U.S. President for an illegal third term. He also predicted that the 7-year Great Tribulation would start on October 15 and stated "[t]hat's when the action starts", but the month passed, and his predictions were incorrectly predicted. His October 2017 predictions were described in his book Will Planet X Signal the Rapture?.
Predictions for 2018[edit | edit source]
In an interview with YouTube pastor Paul Begley, Meade made several predictions for 2018, such as North Korea becoming a world-class superpower in March 2018 and predicting that Nibiru would destroy the Earth in spring. In an article published by International Business Times on February 15, 2018, Meade announced that the apocalypse would begin in March 2018, but no date was given. He stated that several events in 2018, such as the January 2018 super blue blood moon eclipse, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Israel's 70-year celebration of independence, were signs of the apocalypse. He called several officials in the United Nations "crazy people" after voting against the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and his prediction came just 42 days before the blood moon eclipse.
After March 2018 passed, he changed the apocalypse prediction to April 23, 2018, in which he also predicted the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, and Virgo will signal the rapture, and that Nibiru would destroy the Earth that day. He referred to his prediction as "end of days convergence" and that the "disappearance of the Church will occur". Meade became the first preacher since William Miller to predict that the world would end on 23 April. On April 19, 2018, he stated that reports saying that he predicted the world would be destroyed on 23 April were "fake news", but that the rapture—but not the end of the world—would take place on an unspecified date between May and December 2018. He stated that the rapture would bring in seven years of “tribulation”, followed by 1,000 years of “peace and prosperity”, before the world is destroyed. April 23, 2018 passed without incident and Meade’s prediction of a rapture taking place has been labeled by some naysayers as one of the latest “kooky” doomsday calls.
Other predictions[edit | edit source]
Meade has made similar predictions in 2015 in his book Rapture 2015 and Planet X and in his 2013 book Comet Ison and the Return of Jesus, in which he stated that Comet Ison is the biblical star Wormwood and that it ties to Nibiru. In September 2017, he also made predictions that North Korea would launch a nuclear attack against Yellowstone Caldera from a used Russian submarine parked off the coast of California, and that the attack would trigger a supervolcano eruption. He believed that there would be flooding similar to the Genesis flood narrative and that only believers would survive. He also believed that Russia would be able to wipe the United States out in less than 30 minutes if a war broke out between the two countries.
Reactions[edit | edit source]
Meade has faced criticism from fellow Christians: Ed Stetzer, writing for Christianity Today, stated that "there is no such thing as a 'Christian numerologistTemplate:' ", and described Meade as "a made-up expert in a made-up field talking about a made-up event." Christopher M. Graney, a professor with the Vatican Observatory Foundation, noted that the supposedly unique astronomical event cited by Meade as a harbinger of doom was, in fact, quite common, having occurred four times in the last millennium. His theories were also debunked by NASA and Time writer Jeff Kluger, with NASA stating that Nibiru does not exist.
Albert Mohler, the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary stated, upon Meade's previous prediction in September 2017, that "Christians are not called to be the setters of dates and the anticipation of the calendar." He went on to crticize Meade's predictions saying that "this kind of thinking should be an embarrassment to Biblical Christians". Judi McLeod labeled Meade as a false prophet on her website Canada Free Press after his prophecies failed to come true. ATLAH World Missionary Church pastor James David Manning has also called Meade a fraud in one of his YouTube videos. Brazilian astronomer Duília de Mello called his predictions and theories rubbish, and said Nibiru would have been seen during the eclipse and that Meade was using calculations based on the Gregorian calendar. British journalist Nick Pope stated that his theory had lack of critical thinking.
Meade has been compared to other failed doomsday preachers, such as Harold Camping and Nostradamus, and his September 23 prediction has been compared to other failed dates, such as the 2012 phenomenon and Y2K fulfilling Christian prophecy. After September 23, 2017 passed, a European mind reader and mentalist with the same name received multiple death threats when news websites linked him to the predictions. The man denied being the doomsday predictor and worked with a legal expert to have the false reports removed. Meade's Planet X – The 2017 Arrival book also received criticism as nonsense and plagiarism, with only 25% being his own work. On January 25, 2018, his predictions were labeled as "hype" by The Washington Post in a story about the Doomsday Clock.
Calculations[edit | edit source]
Meade told The Washington Post that his September 23, 2017 prediction was based on numerical codes in the Bible. He also based his predictions on what he says are coded messages in the Giza Pyramids of Egypt. The specific focus of his prediction revolved around the Woman of the Apocalypse (referring to Revelation 12), another event that was supposed to take place on September 23 when a certain configuration of the Earth, Sun, Moon, and Virgo would happen. He stated the significant number for his September 23 prediction is the number 33, on the grounds that "Jesus lived for 33 years" and "Elohim, the Canaanite god who was later adopted as the supreme god of ancient Israel, is mentioned 33 times in the Bible". He stated several events, such as the solar eclipse of 21 August 2017, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the Mexico earthquakes were a sign that Nibiru would appear on 23 September based on the Bible chapter verse Luke 21:25–26.
Meade's April 23rd prediction was based on passage 12:1-2 in the Book of Revelation, which states "And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and crying out in the pain and agony of giving birth". He referred to the woman as Virgo and stated that the alignment represents "the Lion of the tribe of Judah". When discussing the 7-year tribulation and rapture, he stated “The Book of Revelation states that men will approach Armageddon on horseback. Nibiru is here and the earth will be prepared for the next event on its calendar. That's all in the Book of Revelation, too.”.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Meade, David (29 April 2013). Planet X – God's Endgame. Self published on eBookIt.com. ISBN 9781456615895.
- Meade, David. (2 May 2013) Fraud Prevention. Self published on eBookIt.com ASIN B00CMJO7U6
- Meade, David. (22 May 2013) Mysterious Islands. Self published on eBookit.com. ASIN B00CY2OA3K
- Meade, David. (17 July 2013 ) Research for Writers. Self published on eBookit.com. ASIN B00E0MKDFQ
- Meade, David. (21 June 2014) You Can Write a Best-Selling Info Book! Self published on eBookit.com. ASIN B00L72JDUI
- Meade, David. (12 September 2014) Web Design for Authors: Every Author Needs a Website!. Self published on eBookit.com. ASIN B00NJBT184
- Meade, David. (13 March 2015) Rapture 2015 and Planet X. Self published on eBookIt.com Template:ISBN
- Meade, David; Meade, Anne. (14 December 2015) Own a Piece of Paradise In the Florida Keys, Self published on eBookit.com. ASIN B019E4FTS0
- Meade, David. (31 December 2015) Hitler's Escape to Argentina. Self published on eBookIt.com ASIN B01A27FUFK
- Meade, David. (13 January 2016) Will Planet X Signal the Rapture? Self published on eBookIt.com Template:ISBN
- Meade, David (9 February 2016). Planet X – The 2017 Arrival (Paperback ed.). Self published on eBookIt.com. ISBN 9781456626921.
- Meade, David. (5 August 2016) The Coming Clinton Economic Collapse Kindle Edition. Kindle EBooks. Template:ISBN
- Meade, David (30 June 2017). The Prepper's Guide to Surviving EMP Attacks, Solar Flares and Grid Failures. Self published on eBookIt.com. ISBN 1456629344.
- Meade, David. (7 November 2017) The End of Days – Planet X and Beyond Kindle Edition. Self published on eBookIt.com ASIN B0778KK2GD
See also[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- Phillips, Kristine (20 September 2017). "The man whose biblical doomsday claim has some nervously eyeing Sept. 23". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC.
- Guarino, Ben (7 January 2017). "Will the mysterious shadow planet Nibiru obliterate Earth in October? No". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC.
- Glum, Julia (22 September 2017). "Who Is David Meade? The World Is Ending Saturday, According to This Catholic-Raised Blogger". Newsweek. Newsweek Media Group.
- "Doomsday writer David Meade: Who is he?". Fox News. 22 September 2017.
- Karangu, Jessie (20 September 2017). "The world is ending on September 23, according to a biblical prophecy". WJLA-TV. Sinclair Broadcast Group.
- Gajanan, Mahita (25 September 2017). "David Meade Said the World Was Going to End Last Weekend. Now He Says It's Really Happening in October". Time. Time Inc.
Meade, David: It is possible at the end of October we may be about to enter into the 7-year Tribulation period, to be followed by a Millennium of peace.
- Jha, Nupur (11 February 2018). "Nibiru will hit Earth and cause doomsday in 2018, predicts David Meade". International Business Times.
Meade, David:”Here's what I believe is going to start in the Spring of 2018: I believe North Korea will ascend to become a world-class superpower in March of 2018. I believe the great tribulation will begin after a short period of peace
- Narayanan, Nirmal (15 February 2018). "Sept 23 last year? No, Oct 15! Now it's March 2018, says conspiracy theorist David Meade on Nibiru apocalypse". International Business Times.
- MacDonald, Cheyenne (12 April 2018). "Conspiracy theorists claim end of world is coming April 23 when Nibiru appears". The New Zealand Herald.
- Staff (22 September 2017). "Kentucky man says 'end of days' is near". WDKY-TV. Sinclair Broadcast Group.
- Poulin, Stepha (25 September 2017). "Facing the world's fake end". BG Falcon Media.
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- Lyons, Joseph (18 September 2017). "What Does David Meade Do? The Evangelical's Doomsday Theory Has Made Waves". Bustle. Bustle Digital Group.
- Noory, George; Meade, David (21 September 2017). "David Meade on Coast to Coast AM". Coast to Coast AM.
- Beck, Glenn; Meade, David (21 September 2017). "9/21/17 – Planet X and the end of the age (w/ David Meade)". Glenn Beck.
- Molloy, Mark (24 September 2017). "Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group.
- Griffin, Andrew (22 September 2017). "Is the world really about to come to an end? No, almost certainly not". The Independent.
- Mack, Eric (22 September 2017). "The End Of The World Is Coming, But Not From Nibiru On September 23". Forbes. Forbes, LLC.
- Schwebke, Simon (21 September 2017). "End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts in Orange County". Orange County Register.
- Frauenfelder, Mark (22 September 2017). "California TV warned viewers of David Meade prediction". Boing Boing.
- Fausto, Alma; Schwebke, Scott (22 September 2017). "End-of-world message on TV was just glitch from a test of the Emergency Alert System". Orange County Register. Digital First Media.
- Beck, Glenn; Meade, David (21 September 2017). "9/21/17 – Planet X and the end of the age (w/ David Meade)". Glenn Beck.
- May, Ashley (22 September 2017). "Man who said world was ending Saturday changed his mind". USA Today. Gannett Company.
Meade, David: The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending. A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October.
- Meade, David. "Will Planet X Signal the Rapture?". ebookit.com. Self-published.
Meade, David: I know the day but I'd rather not mention it at this point, but it is in October and in the very latter part) that Russia, China and North Korea would use a combination of drone submarines and unmarked container ships to engage in a nuclear attack on the US coast.
- Meade, David (30 August 2017). "October 2017 and the 'End of Days'". Self-published.
Meade, David: Over one billion people will disappear. Among those who disappear will be President Trump and Vice President Pence. Obama will win the election. That should tell you something right there.
- Knudson, Annalise (1 October 2017). "Will end of the world begin on Sunday, Oct. 15?". Staten Island Advance. Advance Publications.
Meade, David: That's when the action starts
- Trim, Liam (11 October 2017). "Sunday, October 15 will mark the start of Apocalypse if author David Meade is correct". Western Gazette.
- Meade, David (13 January 2016). "Will Planet X Signal the Rapture". Amazon. Self-published.
Meade, David: My inspiration for this book was a vision that I'm aware of where it was revealed that in October of 2017
- Narayanan, Nirmal (31 January 2018). "Is Super Blue Red Moon a sign of inevitable apocalypse? Conspiracy theorists say yes". International Business Times.
- Paez, Danny (29 January 2018). "No, the Super Blue Blood Moon Isn't a Sign of the Apocalypse". Inverse.
- Pappas, Stephanie (12 April 2018). "Wait For It...The First 'April 23rd Doomsday' Was Predicted in 1843". Live Science.
- Adam Gabbatt (19 April 2018). "No, the world will not end on Monday, says conspiracy theorist cited in reports". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
- Bryner, Jeanna (23 April 2018). "The 'End of the World' Is Today. Here's Why We're Still Here". Live Science.
- Llorente, Elizabeth (23 April 2018). "Rapture prediction for April 23 just latest of kooky doomsday calls". Zloto News.
- Meade, David. "Rapture 2015 and Planet X". Google Books. Self-published.
- Meade, David (15 October 2013). "Comet Ison – The Comet of the Millennium". Business 2 Community.
Meade, David: The name of one of the Russian discoverers of this 3 to 4 mile wide comet with a 200,000 mile tail translates to WORMWOOD.
- Seaburn, Paul (14 November 2017). "North Korea, Yellowstone and Nukes Triggering Supervolcanoes". Mysterious Universe.
Meade, David: A major eruption at Yellowstone would immediately end America’s status as a superpower in one single hour. Let’s look at the facts about the North Korean testing program. First, it’s apparent they have developed a hydrogen bomb. They are currently testing to determine exactly what yield of nuclear weapon will be necessary to disrupt the rock cap over the Yellowstone Caldera. In concert with foreign volcanic experts, they have been studying Mount Paektu for years. Because I knew too much and was on the threshold of revealing their battle order against the U.S., my webmaster account was decrypted at a very high level and I was sent threatening information. That’s all I can say for now. But I know the attack was from the East and not the West. Therefore, an Eastern dictatorship–likely North Korea itself.
- Mehta, Anita (15 December 2017). "Doomsday prediction: Conspiracy theorist David Meade claims flooding like Noah's Ark will destroy Earth". International Business Times.
- Narayanan, Nirmal (5 May 2018). "Russia could wipe out US in less than 30 minutes, says Nibiru theorist David Meade". International Business Times.
- Stetzer, Ed (16 September 2017). "No, the World Won't End Next Week and There's No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist". Christianity Today.
- Graney, Christopher (23 September 2017). "Biblical Signs in the Sky? September 23, 2017". Vatican Observatory.
- Kluger, Jeff (19 September 2017). "Time Magazine Writer debunks David Meade theory, world will not end". Time. Time Inc.
- "Tuesday, September 26, 2017 — The Briefing". www.albertmohler.com. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- Merrick, Dave (22 September 2017). "In Case You Were Planning To Float Any Long Term Loans ..." Canada Free Press.
McLeod, Judi: This most recent false prophecy, David Meade
- Manning, James (22 September 2017). "David Meade Is A Fraud". Politician Reviews.
- Ellis, Mike (19 September 2017). "It's not the end of the world this weekend". The Anderson Independent-Mail. Gannett Company.
- Darnay, Keith (25 September 2017). "Doomsday prophecies fail to end anything". The Bismarck Tribune.
Darnay, Keith: Nostradamus. Harold Camping. David Meade.
- May, Ashley; Rossman, Sean (21 September 2017). "World ending Saturday? Here are 8 times the world was supposed to end, and didn't". USA Today. Gannett Company.
- Phillips, Kristine (27 September 2017). "Mind reader with same name as David Meade receives death threats after failed prediction". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC.
- Sweeney, Joanne (15 February 2018). "No, I'm not THAT David Meade says mentalist". The Irish News.
- Walker, Robert (22 October 2017). "Review: David Meade's "Planet X – 2017 Arrival" – A Plagiarized Scrap Book". Science20.com. Robert Walker.
- Bailey, Sarah (25 January 2018). "Doomsday Clock: Why Americans love apocalyptic predictions". The Washington Post.
Bailey, Sarah: Unlike some religious predictions in the past, including hyped predictions from people such as David Meade and Harold Camping, the scientists' clock is symbolic, and the scientists do not predict a specific date.
- Bucher, Chris (19 September 2017). "Meade says he got September 23rd, 2017 prediction using numerical codes in the bible". Heavy.com.
Bucher, Chris: Meade told The Washington Post his belief September 23 is the day when it all starts is based off numerical codes in several Bible verses.
- Gadiano, Jerry (2017). "Great Pyramid Of Giza Shows 'Exact Date The World Will End'". UNILAD.
- Sudakov, Dmitry (18 August 2017). "Date for planet Nibiru to crash into Earth encrypted in Pyramid of Giza". Pravda.ru.
- Sheffield, Matthew (18 September 2017). "Conspiracy nuts claim an invisible rogue planet is going to bring about the Rapture". Salon.
Meade, David: understanding all of this is the number 33. In the Bible, Jesus is said to have lived for 33 years before being crucified. Elohim, the Canaanite god who was later adopted as the supreme god of ancient Israel, is mentioned 33 times in the Bible.
- Staff (17 September 2017). "Does the Bible point to a catastrophic apocalypse on September 23?". Christian Today.
- Narayanan, Nirmal (21 April 2018). "Deja Vu? Doomsday prediction not on April 23, but later this year, says David Meade". International Business Times.
Meade, David: The Book of Revelation states that men will approach Armageddon on horseback. Nibiru is here and the earth will be prepared for the next event on its calendar. That's all in the Book of Revelation, too.
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