The Rapture is an event many Christians believe marks the return of the son of God – and all the believers will disappear from Earth up to Heaven in the “twinkling of an eye”.
But this happens after a tribulation period – seven years that are first of peace and unity around the world and then three and a half years of war and global pandemics.
And, according to some that will begin this year, and will signal the end of the world as we know it.
Preachers base this theory on a passage that appears in Daniel – one of four major prophets in Hebrew Scripture, along with Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
In Daniel 9:25, God tells Daniel, through Gabriel, that from the word to return and build Jerusalem to Messiah Prince there would be two periods: one of seven weeks (seven shemitta cycles adding up to 49 years) another of 62 weeks (shemitta cycles adding up to 434 years).
The reason the 69 weeks are divided into two periods is that there will be two comings of Messiah Prince, it is believed.
In Daniel 9:26 he indicates that the 434 year period [62 weeks] was already fulfilled in Jesus’ First Coming, when he died and rose.
That still leaves the 49-year (seven-shemitta) period to be fulfilled.
There have only been two decrees to return and build Jerusalem: the first took place in 445 B.C. and the second took place on April 1, 1969.
If we count seven shemitta cycles of 49 years from the first shemitta cycle after 1969 (when the second decree was given), the second coming of Christ must take place in the year 2022.
The rapture must occur approximately three and a half years prior to the end of the tribulation, which would be in spring 2019.
Of course the warning about the upcoming rapture is the latest prophecy about the arrival of the apocalypse.
The predictions conflict other end of the world forecasts, including that of serial end of the world predictor David Meade – who said April 23 would mark the apocalypse.
He said a mythological planetary system known as Planet X or Nibiru would appear in the sky on April 23.
He claimed it would then pass the Earth in 2019, causing the start of the Rapture with huge volcanoes and volcanic eruptions due to its gravitational force.
But not everyone was convinced with this latest theory.
Sarfati says that such doomsday predictions reflect little understanding of astronomy and theology.
He said that the movement of the planets, which Meade cited, occurs every few years – and the Earth continues to exist.
That’s not to debunk the belief and biblical teachings about an end and Judgment Day, experts say.
While people of different faiths believe that there will be some religious end to life on Earth, they disagree about how it will happen.
“The end is near”
Scientists have several theories about when Earth will be destroyed, although none of the data points to this Monday.
The most widely accepted theory is that the Sun, which is already gradually increasing in temperature, will expand and swallow up the planet.
Some scientists believe this could happen as soon as 7.6billion years’ time.
Daily Star Online previously revealed the signs the world may already be coming to an end.