Planet X – The 2017 Arrival by David Meade – Review

David Meade's Planet X 2017 Arrival book claims overwhelming proof of well, you know, the end of the world in October 2017. Does it present anything new after so many failed doomsday dates? Yes, but dreams and visions from people you don't know or recognize may not be a "good new." Find out why this book's predictions will fail like all the rest before it (and why it's getting attention despite this).

Planet X Doomsday (Again)?

After requests from several readers, I am taking time to comment on yet another doomsday date theory: David Meade's Planet X 2017 Arrival book (2016).

I share my rationale because every time I review another author's book, I do so at the risk of being accused of "knocking" other authors. I receive such accusations from people who do not understand how many emails I get from worried readers terrified by the doomsday speculation of my peers. They imagine malice on my part for criticizing the ideas (not the person) of another teacher and miss the distinction between the two. Often it's because they agree with the other author or have bought his book. If I am not in agreement, then I must have some hidden reason or motivation (or so they suspect).

But my motive is to seek and speak truth, in love, not to put others down (Eph 4:15). If it offends some, that I cannot help.

With my intentions now stated, if you had told me after the first big Planet X doomsday date failed in 2003 that there would be several more that get attention continually after, I would not believed you. Of course, back then I did not understand that there is always more people growing up and getting online who have never heard predictions like these before who wrongly assume that there must be something to a prediction if someone would bother to put it out there... (More on that assumption later.)

For those who missed it, Planet X/Nibiru has been predicted to interfere with Earth on the following dates:

  1. May 15, 2003 (ZetaTalk) This prediction is what lead to me hearing about Planet X for the first time in 2002.
  2. 2012 (Mayan Calendar speculation)
  3. March 26, 2016 (Gil Broussant's failed "Planet 7X" prediction)
  4. October, 2017 (David Meade "Arrival" book)

Despite the fleeting track record of Planet X doomsday predictions, to my surprise, this book has been featured in unusually high-profile places online like:

The last two are tabloids but even they don't usually cover a doomsday date put out in a book by a conspiracy theory author.

Book Summary

In the book, David Meade claims "overwhelming evidence for the 2017 arrival of Planet X / Nibiru" as part of an eight-object "solar system:"

There is no hiding this incoming solar system any longer! It consists of a dark star, smaller than our sun, which hosts seven orbiting bodies, some smaller than our moon and a couple of them larger than our Earth. ... The planet that is larger than Earth that is orbiting the dark star is called “Nibiru.” ...

The evidence to support this is overwhelming. There are 40 volcanoes erupting at the same time on Earth now. Earthquakes have dramatically increased both in number and intensity. The Elite are frantically building underground “safety” bunkers. ... Storm systems are multiplying ... Sinkholes and cracks are appearing in the earth’s crust. Heatwaves are getting stronger and are lasting longer. I’m just waiting for the fat lady to sing!

So much dramatic global evidence makes one wonder how everyone but Meade missed this? After all, if an entire solar system with planets bigger than earth is on a collision course with earth with all these signals, why are we not astronomers seeing and reporting on it? David Meade writes on his website:

This system is ... coming to us from an oblique angle and toward our South Pole. This makes observations difficult, unless you’re flying at a high altitude over South America with an excellent camera. ... The public is being kept in the dark deliberately to avoid panic.

Strange that scientists prefer ground-based telescopes when airplane-based cameras can give them even better observations, right? And as you will see below, there is no way anyone could "keep the public in the dark" when the public has the ability to see Nibiru with the naked eye if it existed..

Overwhelming Evidence?

The evidence in the book would be better described as "underwhelming" by anyone using an objective, critical eye. As many reviews on Amazon about the book attest, the book is a disappointment because:

  1. It lacks hard scientific proof for Planet X.
  2. Instead has dozens of pages of religious evidence including dreams and visions.
  3. It presents little, if anything, you won't already find on the Internet.

And that last point is really characteristic of this subject. Planet X/Nibiru is an internet hoax theory with no scientific evidence as NASA says. Yes, NASA may have found Planet 9 and they have found several dwarf planets since 2006. But what they keep finding is nothing big or close enough to threaten the earth.

The Claims?

Let's look at that and some of the other claims quoted above:

  • "observations difficult"? Professional astronomers can tell you that even a single object the same size as earth would be spotted years in advance by even amateur astronomer telescopes. Something many times bigger than earth (as Planet X is always claimed to be) is not arriving October without the internet exploding with amateur sightings of something so important because it would be visible with the naked eye already. As NASA scientist David Morrison said, "No one could hide Nibiru if it existed." If it was real, there would be photos.
  • "earthquakes increasing"? Check the USGS and British GS sites and you will find no confirmation of increased earthquakes in recent  years—apart from manmade earthquakes like from fracking. They dispute claims that there is an uptick apart from that.
  • "Volcanoes" heightened? Again reputable sources contradict this claim, including the "40 volcanoes erupting" one. Nothing escapes the Internet eye, so where is the panic over the clear increase in vulcanism? It's not real.
  • "Multiplying Storms / Heatwaves"? I guess right here I could say we better call Al Gore and tell him someone hijacked his Manmade Global Warming evidence. Again, the evidence that weather has gotten worse in recent years is disputed.

In the end, when you anyone resort to shaky, debatable evidence like the above, you ought to ask why? Because they do not have the proper strong indisputable evidence. In this case, astronomical sightings of the object, just like real scientists provide when they spot things as small as asteroids that may menace earth.

Listen to scientist David Morrison on three major problems with the main Planet X claims:

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Planet X vs. Wormwood

Given the evidence and sound logic above, a reasonable person must rule out a large planet ever sneaking up on earth in accordance with the Planet X / Nibiru conspiracy theories. It would be spotted years in advance. To believe otherwise just requires ignoring too much established fact to accept.

Obvious problems like this is why I have never believed in Planet X / Nibiru (although I used the name in the title of my book because so many people do believe in it).

What I have always believed in is Wormwood in Bible prophecy (Rev 8:10-11). Wormwood is the name given to the object that people will blame for the global calamities that Revelation spends the better part of three chapters describing (Rev 6-8).

But if Planet X can't exist or we'd see it, what about Wormwood? Great question...

How Wormwood Works While Planet X Does Not

To answer that you have to understand what Wormwood is and how it differs from Planet X theory. As we read above, Planet X is some huge object, on some huge orbit which may have brought it by 3600 years ago and may have other objects with it. All this makes it impossible to hide or not see evidence of in our solar system as David Morrison says.

Wormwood has none of those dubious and problematic claims. Revelation does not say it came before or that it comes with anything. And what about the size?

In your Bible you will read that it is a "star" which would be huge, even a dwarf star. But the Greek word that "star" is translated from (aster) is not specifically a star. It can mean any objects in space besides the Sun and Moon. It can be a star, planet, comet, asteroid, or meteor.

To determine which it is, you have to play detective and read the clues Revelation gives in its disastrous effects:

  • It causes a unprecedented great global earthquake (Rev 6:12).
  • The quake "moves every mountain and island out of place" (Rev 6:14).
  • Shooting stars simultaneously completely fill and stream across the sky (Rev 6:13).
  • People hopelessly duck for cover in the caves in the mountains (Rev 6:15).
  • Rocks begin to fall and burn up all the grass and asteroids hit the ocean (Rev 8:6-9).
  • Revelation records a new calendar of a 360 day year and 30 day month immediately after.

Why A Dwarf Planet?

The only object that could explain all this is a dwarf planet. That's a planet below the size of Mars or less. We began discovering them around 2006 (which lead to the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet). Unlike with large Nibiru objects, scientists say there are still more dwarf planets out there, lurking. If were dark (non-reflective) enough and coming from the South Pole, perhaps it could escape notice until months before impact, creating the panic described in Revelation 6:15.


  • A dwarf planet would still be big enough to cause a great earthquake as it passed earth. Yet small enough that earth's superior gravity would be able to rip it apart, causing it to (at least partially) disintegrate (Rev 8:10-11).
  • This would result in many pieces, like shotgun blast of shooting stars (Rev 6:13), meteorites (Rev 8:7), and asteroids (Rev 8:8) raining down on the earth. They light up the sky as they fall from heaven to cause destruction below (Rev 8:10-11).
  • At the same time, Wormwood is still literally "falling on the earth" "burning like a torch" yet not in one single deadly piece. This then explains how a star can fall on the earth and we survive. It burns up as it breaks up and enters the atmosphere.

The devastation will effectively bring an end to civilization. Homes, infrastructure will be broken. Agriculture will be over with the reduced sunlight penetrating the dusty, smokey skies (Rev 8:12). People will starve and freeze until the Antichrist appears as "God" to save the world. They only need to take his mark and worship him for the food and supplies they need...

That's the real doomsday scenario coming not according to some conspiracy theorist on the internet but according to "a more sure word of prophecy" (2Pe 1:19) God delivered to us in the Book of Revelation.

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Anton - October 14, 2017

Good day Tim,

I have been watching the weather patterns in South Africa for the last 27 years and have made a note of one thing! My second daughter is born on the 27th of March 1990 and we held her birthday on my farm each year when she was younger up to the age of 10 and later….. I remember clearly that at 15:00 in the afternoon it became to cool outside to continue her party outdoors and we would move indoors.

Now in 2017 and for the past at least 5 years we stay outdoors until after dark 18:30 and it is still comfortable to swim and not get cold!

This is a true indication that the planet has made some great alterations to its climate since 1990!!

What would you say about this?


    Tim McHyde - October 14, 2017

    If you investigate this subject you will find the earths climate is cyclical going through cold and hot waves. Back int the ’70s scientists were seeing cooling and fearing “another ice age.” Now they see the heating and fear “global warning disaster.” From what I can tell based on history before man began emitting much CO2, the Sun is behind these cycles, not man…and definitely not Planet X!

      Anton - October 14, 2017

      Thank you for your comments!

Carsten Chandra - October 14, 2017

Dear Tim, Frankly I just want to chuckle at all these false expert doctrines and charlatans who are out there to rip off the masses on book and video sales. Yes, I do believe Wormwood & Bible Rev. that describe it. God bless!

Jeff Alan Vasconcellos - October 13, 2017

Business as usual when it comes to doomsday excitement.
Most important is tomorrow is never promised & Our Lord Christ
Jesus will return on God The Father’s time table. I just place my trust in the Savoir Christ Jesus thru the Holy Spirit with eyes alert and prepare and live life
to glorify Christ Jesus thru the Holy Spirit.
God Bless you & your family & loved ones Tim!

JM - March 24, 2017

This is great info. I’m going to read your other articles on this. Just last week I stumbled a youtube video called “Pole Shift Happening” by some ex military guy claiming the stuff you mentioned in this and how all these retired military people are moving to the ozarks because it’s the safest place in the U.S. Anyway, would you say that wormwood would actually be the cause of the highly anticipated fault line earthquakes in the mid U.S. and California that wipe out the east and west coasts?

    Tim McHyde - March 25, 2017

    John M, thanks. I don’t put much stock into internet rumors. They said the same thing before 2012 about people moving to bunkers. Historically, it’s predictively unreliable, as rumors are wont to be.

    Oh, Wormwood won’t just affect or trigger quakes on fault lines: it will cause a great quake everywhere on earth at once, moving every island and mountain out of place (Rev 6:14).

Samual Yoder - February 4, 2017

Time for God is relative to him and to us. Time to us is linear, to God not so. Soon or even very soon to us is quickly, to God who considers a 1,000 years as 1 day and 1 day a 1000 years then to him it has only been 2 days since his son died. I guess you could say 2 days to God is soon for him, but it is not soon to us. It depends on which view we are taking of time, God’s or ours.

John - February 4, 2017

I find it difficult to relate your exposition of the Book of Revelation to (a) verses 1 & 2 which specifically state that all the things described in the ‘book’ would happen VERY SOON after it was written: v.1 “God gave him (Jesus) this revelation in order to show his servants what must happen VERY SOON: v 2 “For the time is near when ALL these things WILL happen”. Some 2000 years later is not VERY SOON! and (b) that the Book of Revelation was a fairly late entrant to what we now call The New Testament cannon. The texts which were approved for the early Christians to read and those which were considered sufficiently authoritative to be included in the New Testament were included in some previous lists but were ‘officially’ decided by Council -The Council of Laodicea (363 CE) – which for example, forbade the reading of private psalms and ‘un-canonical’ books in church and encouraged the public reading of only ‘canonical’ books of the New Testament and the Old Testament (Canon 59). In later manuscripts of this Council’s decision, a list of the books comprising the New Testament, as approved, corresponded to our present New Testament with the exception of Revelation, which was not included. This was not merely an omission, because such list agreed with the writings of the Bishop of Alexandria (c.315-386 CE – Catechesis 33-36). The earliest listing of all the 27 books of our New Testament (including Revelation), in the form that we now have them, is not found until Athanasius’ ‘Festal Epistle 39’ (c.367 CE) which was approved by the Synod of Carthage in 397 CE. In view of this the Book of Revelation cannot have been thought of, originally, as ‘authoritative’ and only became accepted over a considerable period of time (some 300 years!). This must cast doubt upon its reliability for any period other than that in which it was written and even in that the arly church took little heed of it.

    Tim McHyde - February 4, 2017

    John, if you don’t accept the Book of Revelation as Scripture, then why are you reading and commenting on my site which shares research based largely on what I have learned from taking that book literally?

    The “SOON is already past” argument is weak (even when you add the word VERY which is not there). Soon is not an exact term; it’s relative and subjective. If only 1900 years have elapsed from when an eternal being inspired “These things must take place soon” (Rev 1:1) to be written, who can say for sure that from HIS perspective it’s a false prophesy.

Thomas Garza - January 28, 2017

Until the End, the argument and evidence will always be split between the secular and the Bible believer. Genesis Logic, a 3600 year orbit would mean that the second passage would require the Earth to be at least 7200 years old. If one ascribes to the Genesis narrative for Creation we’re nearing Year “6000” , end of the Sixth Day and we would need to account for the additional 1200 years of Nibiru’s orbit, yes ? Am I missing something ?

    Tim McHyde - January 28, 2017

    Thomas, right, but of course not every believer accepts a so-called Young Earth cosmology. But the bigger problem like David Morrison said in the video is if anything so big came by before it would be like a wrecking ball to our moon and everything else we see in nice orbits now.

      Lawrence Cigary - January 28, 2017

      So…the orbits now are nice. But we had “nicer” orbits before when we previously had 360 day years and 30 day months right? And we will have the “nicer” orbits again with 360 day years and 30 day months due to Wormwoods arrival, correct? Any thoughts on the cause of the first switch from 360 to our present “nice” orbits.

        Tim McHyde - January 28, 2017

        Lawrence, Yes Wormwood will return Earth to a 360 day orbit it had previously. As far as I know, only Earth’s and Mars’ orbits were affected to lose their 360 and 720 day orbits. How? By dwarf planet “Astra.” For all the fascinating details, read Mars Wars by Patten.

Cab - January 27, 2017

You don’t even discuss Rev. 12 that predicts a star sign that anybody who reads the description will know is going to be a fearsome sight. And that it will involve earth, because the Bible plainly says that there will be fire come down to earth — or rather that this System will cause a third of the stars to be cast down to earth, and that it intends a violent encounter with Jupiter, with an intent to devour Jupiter. It doesn’t matter how far away this system is — and it is not talking about meteor hitting the earth. It’s talking about a cataclysm in the skies, that will connect to earth electrically, as it appears to me, and that it will involve destruction of Jupiter perhaps.

This star sign is not to be ignored. It has been charted in sky canopy programs, and it’s real. You can contemplate the meaning of the star sign — but you can’t wish it away.

    Tim McHyde - January 28, 2017

    Cab, I do discuss the Sept, 2017 Reveleation 12 speculation in my previous article. It’s not a sign of the second coming according to Revelation 12, but a sign of the birth of the manchild. Unless we’re going to invent stuff that’s not there. Nuff said?

      Jennifer Rinehart - January 28, 2017

      yes Tim, Good. in response to above.. I am thankful for you, i ve read most all comments here, thanks. Jennifer

R D Leveridge - January 27, 2017

I don’t know about you Tim, but I’ve had enough with all the prophets of doom, antiChrist, WWIII, etc ad nauseam. I’ve decided to not listen to any more of them.

    Tim McHyde - January 28, 2017

    RD, sure, I’ve been doing this for 20 years and seen everything now so yet another doomsday date that is destined to fail is more than enough. I stopped listening to them in 2000 after Y2K =) I learned the lesson once and that was enough!

Zachary Miller - January 27, 2017

I came across this rather interesting article on meteorite activity–and how it appears to be increasing. Assuming the information on this site is valid the implications are interesting: either we’re moving through a more ‘populated’ part of space (with more space debris), something else is moving into our solar system (knocking space debris into our solar system), OR both. In any case, it’s something to keep our eyes on!

    Tim McHyde - January 28, 2017

    Zak, I read your article. My response? It serves no one but the author when someone offers up data with a clearly preconceived conclusion of what it’s about: much-needed evidence of Nibiru. Plus, assuming there are increasing meteorites, they can come from many sources The obscure an unproven source of Nibiru is the least likely explanation, yes?

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