According to David Meade, a self-professed ‘Christian numerologist,’ on April 23, 2018, the “rapture” of the church will take place. He bases his claim on an astrological sign that he says is found in the Bible.
The sun and moon will be in Virgo, as will Jupiter, which he says represents the Messiah.
He assures us that it’s all found in Revelation 12:1-2.
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.
According to Meade, the woman is Virgo, the virgin, and “the alignment represents ‘the Lion of the tribe of Judah,’ marking the Rapture, the belief that Christ will bring the faithful into paradise prior to a period of tribulation on earth that precedes the end of time.”
Some of you who follow this kind of stuff might conclude that this sounds familiar. It should.
Pat Robertson saw prophetic significance in the Hale-Bopp comet that could be seen with the naked eye in 1997, “one of the few times in recorded history that a comet’s appearance coincided with a lunar eclipse.” He claimed there might be something to the fact that “three recent eclipses of the moon have coincided with Jewish feasts.”
Following research done by Greg Killian, Robertson reported that “a Bible passage from Revelation may be playing out in the heavens.” Killian maintains “that in Jewish tradition, the new moon represents the Messiah. Since last fall, the moon’s path has intersected the constellation Virgo (which depicts a woman) in a way similar to what is described in Revelation 12:1–2.”
Following Killian, Robertson conjectured that “this scenario will culminate in 1999, when the moon moves across Virgo in a position that depicts a baby moving through the birth canal. Could this convergence be a prophetic fulfillment of that passage, pointing to the Messiah’s soon return.” After speculating about what the heavens reveal, Robertson closed with the obligatory, “We must remember that no man knows the day or the hour….”1 Still peering over the prophetic edge, he then reminded his readers that Jesus instructed us to look to the skies for ‘signs’ (Luke 21:25).”2
There’s so much wrong with this type of prophetic speculative nonsense that I don’t know where to begin. The easiest way to expose these prophetic charlatans is to put their dogmatism to the test:
Dear Mr. Meade,
If you are certain of your April 23rd prediction that the church will be taken off the earth in a “rapture” to be followed by a period of Great Tribulation, then I have a legally binding contract that states that on April 24, 2018, all your possessions will revert to me.
Will you be willing to sign it? Put your money where your prophetic speculation is.
April 13, 2018
I’ve taken this approach several times with people like David Meade. I’ve never had anyone take me up on my offer.
There’s a lot of theology wrapped up in Revelation 12. It’s obvious by a careful reading of Revelation that the events described therein were to “soon take place” (1:1) “because the time is near” (1:3). Near for the first readers. The last chapter of Revelation reads like the first chapter:
- And [the angel] said to [John], “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place (22:6; 1:1).
- And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book” (22:7, 12, 20).
- And [the angel] said to [John], “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near” (22:10; 1:3).
The coming of Jesus mentioned in Revelation is a coming in judgment against first-century Jerusalem…