Planet X research, proof, and predictions are everywhere on YouTube. Should you pay attention to it or risk regretting it later? Allow me to put your mind at ease by explaining the very important difference between Planet X/7X theory and the Wormwood prophecy of the Bible...which is the real meaning of the "Blood Moon prophecy" of Joel 2...
"Planet X in Bible Prophecy?"
People often email me to ask my opinion of the latest Planet X YouTube video, alternative radio expert interview or some other piece of evidence on the Internet about Planet X. I get several inquiries per month like these:
- "What do you say about all the Planet X reports?"
- "Planet X is supposed to come next year, is it true?"
- "Have you heard this leaked insider info on Planet X...?"
You would think if anyone would be up on the latest Planet X research, it would be someone whose first book was titled Planet X in Bible Prophecy. However, the reason I chose that title was not to endorse Planet X research. Far from it. Planet X research has proven unreliable time and time again as I will cover below.
I choose that book title because Bible prophecy talks about something similar to Planet X. According to the Book of Revelation, there really is a rogue dwarf planet out there that will bring destruction to the earth, named Wormwood (Rev 8:11). My book's title helps redirect people intrigued by the Planet X theory to the truth revealed in the Bible.
Once you know the truth of the Bible, there is absolutely no need to study Planet X. Nor does studying "Planet X research" help you if you do study it. It will never reliably tell you when the end of the world will be or how to prepare for and survive it.
After all, how could anyone short of a true prophet of God answer such questions reliably? It would be like saying an ancient people somehow knew when the world would end over a thousand of years in advance (and only recorded this huge revelation in one place: their calendar). That was the premise of the failed Mayan calendar 2012 doomsday prophecy. Really, how would the Mayans know something that Jesus said neither he, nor the angels even knew several centuries later (Mt 24:36)?
As we will see, there are many more credibility problems beyond that with finding value in Planet X research.
Planet X History
Let's review Planet X history to better understand the problem with Planet X research.
Planet X is a term that has evolved over time. This makes for some confusion when studying the subject.
Although Planet X is most famous now as a theory of pseudo-science, Planet X came from real astronomers. They coined the term for an unknown (hence, the X) tenth planet (X also being the Roman numeral for ten) they believed to be out there. They postulated its existence based on irregularities in the orbits of Uranus (the eighth planet) and Pluto (previously the ninth planet, now a dwarf planet). Later with better instrumentation, they realized these measurements were in error. There was no proof of a Planet X after all.
Sometime later it was said that this was all just a coverup. Planet X was real as they originally reported, but "they" did not want us to know, so they changed the story.
With no reputable science behind it, the myth of Planet X was infused with mythology and new age pseudo-science. This includes Zecharia Sitchin's work explaining the Sumerian version of Planet X called Nibiru, or the 12th planet (when you count the Sun and Moon and of course the now dwarf planet, Pluto) and the Zeta Reticuli alien communications transmitted by Nancy Leider of the ZetaTalk cult.
Planet X Claims
As you can imagine, these varied influences make for a planet-sized mess. Here are some of the many contradictory claims about Planet X.
- "...is a red or brown dwarf star"
- "...is a planet several times the size of the earth"
- "...is inhabited by aliens called Annunaki"
- "..is on a 3600 year orbit"
- "...has visited Earth before, including Noah's flood and Joshua's Long Day"
- "...is coming on May 15 2003"
If you are not already seeing why Planet X research is not very accurate or reliable, also consider these failed Planet X arrival dates based on the sources above:
Planet X was predicted to interfere with Earth:
May 15, 2003(ZetaTalk) This prediction is what lead to me hearing about Planet X for the first time in 2002. 2012(Mayan Calendar speculation)
- March 26, 2016 (Gill Broussant regarding "Planet 7X")
I can tell you if doomsday was as close as 2016, we would already be warned by a prophet of God to flee to safety so we would have time to get there. 2016 will fail like every single past predicted doomsday date in history.
"Planet 7X" - Huh? What's that?
After too many years of hearing about only Planet X, suddenly people began sending me links to research on "Planet 7X." What does 7X refer to? I was as confused as most of you until recently.
Amateur astronomer Gill Broussard's invented the term for his version of Planet X that he says is "seven times (7x)" the size of earth. His research gives "Planet 7X" a starring role in all the following historical events:
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- Noah's Flood
- Joseph's Seven Year Famine in Egypt
- Joshua's Long Day
- King Hezekiah's backwards sundial
- Eclipse when Jesus died on the cross
And he has the charts to prove it! I'm not kidding, this guy is a chart virtuoso. He seems to have taken to heart the saying that "a picture is worth 1,000 words." People tend to accept what they read as true, and all the more when there are sexy diagrams to go with it.
What is his proof or the source of his information? He says he's using the Bible and other ancient records to gather the information he needs to make such a prediction about the size and timing of Planet 7X.
Planet X = "Increase in Earthquakes" / "Global Warming?"
He also bases it off an increase in earthquake activity 1997-2007 (cue impressive hockey-stick chart), supposedly caused by the approach of Planet X. Sounds good, right? Most of us would agree that there are more big earthquakes now than in the last century.
But this is just more pseudo-science. If you check with official earthquake institutions, they report that earthquakes are not increasing. For example, the USGS and the BGS. (Yes, I do trust these agencies to tell the truth about earthquake frequency and, no, I don't think it's a "cover-up" so we "don't know the truth about Planet X.")
By the way, if you have heard claims that Planet X is "close" or "affecting our weather" or "causing climate change," treat them the same as the "increased earthquakes" claim. Where is the proof of any of it?
While the massive sun does affect our weather from a great distance of 93 million miles, for a relatively tiny planet to do the same, it would have to be very close and looming large in the sky. That means even amateur astronomers would see it long before it came in weather-affecting range. Someone needs to first prove Planet X is out there that close before claiming it's affecting our weather. It's either that or we believe that the Annunaki on Planet X have a weather manipulation laser beam pointed at us... =)
I hope you can see that the Planet X doomsday theory is a pseudo-science conspiracy mess. It will never predict anything based on the information and methods it has.
When space agencies want to predict the timing of an object's arrival, they do not look to ancient records, earthquake frequency or any other pseudo-science. They get repeated observations with accurate scientific instruments performed by real scientists. They then make calculations based on the laws of orbital mechanics. They peer review all of this with other scientists. Then when it is confirmed, they publish the information through official channels. In this way only are they able to predict the exact time when a comet is going to be closest to the earth or sun, or when a lunar or solar eclipse is going to happen, or when an asteroid shower is due. They do not persuade people to believe them with entertaining videos and eye-popping charts.
When it comes to predicting when cosmic bodies are going to be somewhere, why settle for anything less than the above? Why accept that individuals relegated to a free YouTube account can accurately predict what it takes space agencies teams of scientists and billions of dollars of instrumentation to predict?
Wormwood vs Planet X
So do yourself a favor and forget Planet X, Planet X research, Planet X researchers, and Planet X predictions. They will only waste your time and fail you.
Plus, as Peter said, "we have a more sure word of prophecy" (2Pe 1:19). Let's not rely upon historically unreliable conspiracy theory, pseudo-science and mere speculation when we have the Word of God revealing the future to us 100% reliably (Rev 1:1, Isa 46:10). The only problem is that prophecy is hard, so we do need help in the form of wisdom to understand it literally.
As stated above, the one take away from Planet X theory is just such a piece of wisdom; the insight that there could be a rogue planet out there which could threaten the earth.
Hearing this Planet X doomsday scenario in 2002 allowed me to finally understand what Revelation could possibly mean by a "star named Wormwood" that "fell from heaven." (Rev 8:10-11). A star (aster) in Greek is not the same as English. It can mean any body out there in space other than the Sun or Moon. That includes asteroids, comets, and planets.
The only type of object that fits everything Wormwood is responsible for from the 6th seal through 4th trumpet is a dwarf planet. At the Roche Limit of the earth, a smaller dwarf planet would break up into billions of smaller less fatal pieces, called asteroids and meteorites. These could "fall from heaven" upon the earth as is described without erasing all life. A planet larger than earth could not be broken up by earth as it passes in this way but would do the opposite to earth. Only a dwarf planet (slightly smaller than Mars) would work for this (and several other details given in prophecy). That means forget about a red or brown dwarf star or a "planet 7x" "seven times" the size of earth.
Who to Trust About Wormwood?
Just as with Planet X research, you are not going to get reliable information on the dwarf planet Wormwood from fringe sources.
Now, you may have heard in recent years how professional astronomers have been discovering dwarf planets. These discoveries directly lead to the demotion of Pluto from 9th planet to dwarf planet.
Should we expect them to announce dwarf planet Wormwood on a near-collision course with Earth? Sadly, no.
You see, our more sure word of prophecy tells us something different. When you read the start of the planet Wormwood flyby story at the 6th seal in Revelation 6:12-17, you may notice something. People are panicking as if they are taken by surprise. They are running to the caves in the mountains as if they are unprepared. This would be the opposite of them being described as "calmly hiding in prepared fortresses." =)
This tells me we won't get an authoritative warning from the world's science agencies years in advance. A warning everyone would believe and act on.
I think the only warning we will get is from a source most will never believe and will therefore not listen to or act on. That source would be a prophet of God.
The Real Meaning of Joel's "Blood Moon Prophecy"
You see, Joel 2:32 describes the faithful ("those who call upon the name of God") as being saved from the Wormwood event (Rev 6:12=Joel 2:31). This by the way is the real meaning of the blood moon prophecy! They are saved all in one place, "Mt. Zion and in Jerusalem" (Joel 2:32).
There is only one way God has in the past and can today again lead and gather his people to where they need to be: through a sign- and miracle-working prophet. Moses did it before leading the Israelites out of Egypt. I believe the predicted end time Elijah Prophet will do it in our generation of Wormwood. Like Moses he will get people's attention by doing multiple miracles. (Moses could do three different kinds on demand.)
Many doubt this is how it will work, but just think about it. If God does not send a powerful prophet to lead us, there is no way the faithful will know when to go to Jerusalem to be safe. We would never agree without a leader. We certainly have no good reason to put faith in our lame self-proclaimed Christian prophets or amateur YouTube astronomers.
At this point you probably have many more questions than I can address in this article:
- "How do we know Elijah when he comes and not fall for a false prophet?"
- "How will we get to Jerusalem if we have no money or passports or our spouse does not believe?"
- "I know we can't know the day or hour, but what is the soonest this could happen?"
- "Could I miss out for my sins or miss the prophet's arrival?
My book Planet X in Bible Prophecy is available in my Know the Future package on this site to answer these questions and more if you still have concerns and doubts about Planet X or, the real threat, Wormwood.
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