Fox News, ironically one of the only sources for news that President Donald Trump hasn’t impugned as “Fake News!” shared a story about a “numerologist,” who believes the Rapture will take place on April 23.
Evangelicals seem to never tire of predictions that the End Times are nigh, and Fox is feeding right into that fanatical craving for the days of tribulation.
The article is feeding the latest wave of biblical paranoia, based on the words of David Meade, an American end-times conspiracy theorist.
“David Meade tells the U.K.’s Daily Express newspaper that on April 23, the sun and moon will be in Virgo, as will Jupiter, which represents the Messiah.”
Meade believes the alignment of the planets represents “the Lion of the tribe of Judah,” heralding the Rapture when all the faithful float away and the rest of the earth endures the tribulation and the Apocalypse. How nice for the faithful, who can forget all about any responsibility they have to protect the environment or make the world a better place.
Part of the fireworks Meade paints includes the appearance of a planet out of nowhere called Planet X, or Nibiru.
Sure, making a planet appear out of nowhere is feasible, but climate change –now that’s just silly.
At least Fox says that NASA calls Nibiru “a hoax,” and points out criticism from a young Earth creationist, Jonathan Sarfati.
“There is nothing to suggest that April 23 is a momentous date for biblical prophecy, and Christians need to be careful about being drawn into such sensationalist claims.”
Perhaps facing some backlash, Fox News then shared another article later on Thursday, outlining the times that Meade and other evangelicals previously said the world would end, going back to the year 2000.
The article references Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who both claimed that Christians should have nicely raptured by now.
At least Fox decided to give some background on how many times false prophets have wrongly called out the End Times, but the title of their original piece is, Biblical prophecy claims the Rapture is coming April 23, numerologist says. The first line is:
“Is the Rapture finally here? One Christian numerologist says a biblical sign strongly suggests it.”
The piece fuels the hysteria that they know is the kind of fodder their many uneducated evangelical viewers will relish. Instead of feeding the self-fulfilling prophecy of destruction for the earth, abdicating any responsibility for making that happen, and then enjoying a nice convenient escape for themselves, it might be a lot more responsible if they tried to make the world a better place that can endure for future generations.
Of course, if evangelicals really cared about the future of the Earth, would they continue to support a President who wants to pollute the earth in every way possible, and who threatens to go to war repeatedly on Twitter?
Here’s what Mrs. Betty Bowers, “America’s Best Christian,” thought of Fox News today:
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) April 12, 2018
Featured image: Nibiru (Planet X) by Alberto C via Flickr/Public Domain.