TELEVISION broadcasts in Southern California were interrupted yesterday with an end-of-the-world prediction, startling viewers and setting off a firestorm on social media.
Erin Mireles told the Orange County Register that she was watching reality TV channel Bravo when the alert appeared.
"I was definitely startled, 'cause the volume increased exponentially," she said.
"I wasn't alarmed in the sense of thinking something was wrong, 'cause I assumed it was some sort of hack."
A man's voice could reportedly be heard saying: "Realise this, extremely violent times will come."
One person said the voice sounded like Adolf Hitler.
A spokesman for Cox Communications told the paper that the problem occurred because one or more radio stations conducted an emergency test.
"With these tests, an emergency tone is sent out to initiate the test," Joe Camero told the Register.
"After the tone is transmitted, another tone is sent to end the message. It appears that the radio station (or stations) did not transmit the end tone to complete the test."
The report said it was unclear if the alert had anything to do with the Christian numerologist who recently claimed the world will end on Saturday night when a planet will, supposedly, collide with Earth.
According to Christian numerologist David Meade, verses in Luke 21:25 to 26 signify that recent events, such as the recent solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey, portend the apocalypse.
The verses read:
"25: There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
"26: Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken."
Saturday's date, September 23, was pinpointed using what he called codes from the Bible, as well as a "date marker" in the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Mr Meade's views are not endorsed by Roman Catholic, Protestant or eastern Orthodox branches of Christianity. And astronomers have found none of the tell-tale signs that would indicate a whole planet was approaching - fast.
WAR OF THE WORLDS
Prophecy isn't an exact science.
You can tell. We're still here.
The invisible planet Nibiru was supposed to kick of widespread death and destruction tonight. Possibly even the Christian Rapture.
Now, just 24 hours before the big event, the 'prophet' behind the claim has backtracked.
The end is still nigh.
But no more nigh than it was before.
Christian author David Meade now says tonight marks the beginning of a start of events that will lead up to the the end of the world. Not the end of the world itself.
Hasn't he been paying attention?
What about all those out-of-the ordinary hurricanes and earthquakes we've already been experiencing in the past month!
"The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending," he told theWashington Post. "A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October."
But many of his Christian brethren still don't agree.
Ed Stetzer, a professor and executive director of Wheaton College's Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, slammed Meade's theory overnight, calling it "fake news" and asked Christians to be critical.
"It's simply fake news that a lot of Christians believe the world will end on September 23," Stetzer wrote in Christianity Today. "Yet, it is still a reminder that we need to think critically about all the news."
THE invisible planet - that must have no gravity - was expected to either appear in our skies tonight or crash into Earth, depending on which version of the tale you read.
But if it did, would anybody even notice?
Conspiracy theorists say the recent solar eclipse in North America and the devastating string of hurricanes that have lashed its coast heralds the 'arrival' of an apocalyptic prophecy.
David Meade, who has published a book on the subject (yes, there's still time to rush out and buy it), says he has found biblical passages and ancient texts pointing to the coming celestial catastrophe.
The conspiracy theory goes far beyond matching dates with Bible verses in gathering its argument, though.
It's an odd (and some would say heretical) amalgam of astrology and numerology incorporating ancient and modern myths about Planet X 'Nibiru'.
Among other catastrophes, Niburu was also supposed to be the cause of the 2012 Mayan "Day Zero" apocalypse (which didn't happen).
It was also supposed to hit in 2003. And December 2016. And December 2015.
We're still here.
"Despite reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, a mysterious planet on a collision course with Earth, or a reverse in Earth's rotation, we're still here," NASA wrote about the Mayan 'apocalypse'. It hasn't bothered to repeat itself with the current scare.
"Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth ... astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade."
As it gets closer, it should at least be blocking out the stars behind it - if not reflecting some of the Sun's light.
Nor has its gravitational pull been observed on other celestial bodies - something that would enable astronomers to figure out where to look.
Also sometimes called "Planet X" and tied to the real astronomical mystery of "Planet Nine (IX)" - whose actual existence is inferred by the way its gravity appears to be tossing about asteroids far beyond Pluto - the idea of such a world gained popularity in the 1973 book "The 12th Planet". Author Zecharia Sitchin said it was the home of an ancient race of aliens - though how they could survive such an erratic orbit was overlooked.
But Meade pins the planet's existence on the Old Testament, Isaiah, Chapter 13, verses 9-10:
"See, the Day of the Lord is coming - a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger - to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
"The Stars of Heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising Sun will be darkened and the Moon will not give its light."
These passages could apply to any solar eclipse, which have had a terrifying effect on ancient cultures throughout history.
This time, though, Meade says he's deciphered a hidden code that reveals its 'true' date.
Through some convoluted logic, Meade argues this fits his "33 Convergence" idea - where he claims a swath of significant events are all related to the number.
"When the eclipse begins on August 21, the sunrise will be dark, just as Isaiah predicts," he says. "The Moon involved is called a black moon. These occur about every 33 months. In the Bible, the divine name of Elohim appears 33 times in Genesis.
He added: "The eclipse will start in Lincoln Beach, Oregon - the 33rd state - and end on the 33rd degree of Charleston, South Carolina. Such a solar eclipse has not occurred since 1918, which is 99 years - or 33 times three."
You guessed it, 33 days after this eclipse on the 23rd of September (24th in Australia), a prophecy outlined in the New Testament book of Revelations will unfold.
Revelations 12 states that a woman "clothed with the Sun, with the Moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head" will give birth.
Couched in astrological (not astronomical) terms, September 23 marks the day the Moon will cross the feet of the constellation Virgo, with the nine stars of Leo and the planets Mercury, Venus and Mars clustered near her head.
The appearance of Jupiter in the same area is the 'birth' the text relates to, Meade states.
It could be he's right.
It could be an invisible planet. It may have had no physical influence on the planets around it to reveal its presence.
Which makes one wonder, will it's unseen impact have any noticeable effect?
Part of this article originally appeared on Fox News and is republished with permission
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