A massive asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and it is large enough to spell the end of humanity. This is the radical claim of an online community of biblical theorists who say that life as we know it will be wiped out between the 22nd and 28th of September this year. The popularity of the prediction has actually forced NASA to speak up, dismissing the theory as unfounded.
“NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small,” a NASA spokesperson said. “In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”
According to the theorists, governments of the world’s leading nations are aware of what will happen. They believe they are keeping the information secret to prevent mass panic and allow the rich and famous time to prepare for the event.
The Inquisitr reports that self-proclaimed prophet Rev Efrain Rodriguez made the original prediction after getting a message from God. According to the “message”, Rodriguez says the asteroid would strike near Puerto Rico triggering earthquakes and tsunamis. This, he adds, will devastate the east coast of the US, Mexico, central and southern America. He warned that NASA should issue an alert “so people can be relocated from the areas that are to be affected.”
While the latest claims of a killer asteroid are not considered credible, scientists have long said that asteroids pose a major threat to Earth. In September, Brian Cox said we are at risk of being wiped out by asteroids – and we’re not taking the threat seriously. “There is an asteroid with our name on it and it will hit us,” Professor Cox said. In fact, the Earth had a ‘near-miss’ only a few months ago. “We didn’t see it,” says the 46-year-old. “We saw it on the way out, but if it had just been a bit further over it would have probably wiped us out. These things happen.” The bus-sized asteroid, named 2014 EC, came within 38,300 (61,637km) miles of Earth in March – around a sixth of the distance between the moon and our planet. And it wasn’t the only one threatening Earth. NASA is currently tracking 1,400 “potentially hazardous asteroids” and predicting their future approaches and impact probabilities. The threat is so serious that former astronaut Ed Lu has described it as “cosmic roulette” and said that only “blind luck” has so far saved humanity from a serious impact.
Other accounts of the apocalypse theory being shared online agree that the event will be a climate catastrophe. A meeting between French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and US Secretary of State John Kerry in May 2014 is cited as further evidence the Rapture is approaching, according to the Huffington Post. Others have predicted the events will be started by Cern’s Large Hadron Collider. One blogger, said: “The Cern logo is 666, the sign of the beast in a circle. The Cern collider looks like the all seeing eye or stargate we see so much of.”