The world will cease to exist on April 23, according to a prediction that has some laughing, some yawning and yet others making preparations that could leave their lives in shambles. The warning about an upcoming Rapture, from numerologist David Meade, follows a long tradition of end-of-days predictions.
In the past, such dire warnings have spurred a small number of gullible believers to give away their possessions, and otherwise behave as if they were poised to meet their makers.
“Cranks!” said author Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries International, referring to Meade, the numerologist. “These [predictions] are not consistent with the biblical stories. Everything Meade said about April 23 he said last year. At some point we have to stop believing people who keep crying ‘wolf.’”
“I wish people would stop saying these things and stop scaring people,” Sarfati said.
Meade’s recent Rapture warning marks the second time in less than a year that he has warned about the end of the Earth. Last year, Meade said the end was imminent. The end has failed to come many times previously, as well, with predictions going back to at least the Revolutionary War.