Are you enjoying September so far? Well, best savour it as the planet only has a few days left before the end of everything.
That’s if you believe in biblical prophecies anyway.
According to the Daily Mail, the Rapture will take place on 23 September, which will see all ‘worthy’ Christians ascend to heaven, leaving everyone else to perish on Earth.
Conspiracy theorists are convinced that an astrological alignment involving the constellations Leo and Virgo and several planets could trigger the Rapture.
They’ve also pointed towards the Bible passage Revelation 12: 1-2 which predicts a huge astrological event.
It reads as follows:
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
If, like us, you are scratching your head, apparently the woman represents Virgo, the crown is Leo and the feet is the moon.
The final part of the puzzle is the sun, which will pass through the alignment on 23 September (allegedly) bringing with it destruction and suffering.
If, and that’s a big ‘if,’ the stars align in this way and this prophecy comes true believers have speculated that the end of the world could take place over a seven-year period.
During those seven years the Antichrist will arrive and bring with it devastation, which doesn’t sound very nice at all.
However, not everyone buys into this loose interpretation and it has mostly been dismissed by the wider Christian community.
The belief in the Rapture stems from two bible verses.
Firstly 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will rise first.
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And will be with the Lord forever.
Next up is 2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat: both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
Cheerier stuff, but we can’t help but notice that this same theory was thrown around last month.
That one involved the same constellations but instead of the Rapture it was the mysterious and non-existent Planet X that was going to smash us to smithereens.
To confuse matters even more, the Express report that certain Rapture believers feel that 23 September is a red herring and the apocalypse will happen on another date.
Regardless, just incase we’ll all be the pub on 23 September – we suggest you do the same.