The Internet is buzzing about an upcoming day that might finally usher in the End of the World As We Know It: September 23, 2015. This is supposedly the day that a confluence of political, social, scientific, and spiritual events is going to cause the destruction of humanity. What's been prophesied for this day includes a massive comet strike, the opening of a portal to another dimension, several Biblical warnings coming true, the onset of economic tribulations, and a galactic wave of energy hitting the planet.
What's actually going to happen on September 23, 2015, is likely to be far more mundane. While it happens to be the day that Barack Obama and Pope Francis are meeting, the two leaders have met before. It's also the occurrence of the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, and the Autumnal Equinox, but these things happen every year. The rest of what's been "foretold" for that day (think: rapture, apocalypse, mayhem) is either made up, misinterpreted, or Biblical prophecy that has no compelling scientific evidence to support it.Here are the 15 events being foretold to happen on or around September 23... and what they actually mean.
Theory: September 23 is the same day as Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.Fact: This is true, as Yom Kippur always takes place sometime in the fall, as determined by the lunar calendar. But by itself, this is not especially significant. The holiest day on the Jewish calendar has taken place on September 23 many other times, including in1852, 1863, 1882, 1901, 1939, and 1996.
The Autumnal Equinox
Theory: September 23 is the Autumnal Equinox, traditionally a time of passage on the Occult calendar.Fact: September 22 or 23 are always the date of the Autumnal Equinox. The world has not ended on any of them so far.
President Obama and Pope Francis Are Meeting
Theory: President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis at the White House on September 23, marking a convergence of two figures thought to be associated with the Antichrist. Of note is that Francis is the 266th Pope, September 23 is the 266th day of the year, and the average length of human gestation is 266 days.Fact: It’s true that President Obama is meeting with Pope Francis on this day. But Popes and Presidents meet all the time. In fact, Obama already met with Francis on March 25, 2014, and with his predecessor, Benedict XVI in July 2009. George W. Bush met with Benedict four times, and John Paul II had 15 different presidential visits over five presidents. While the re-occurrence of “266” is mildly interesting, there's nothing to suggest it's more than a coincidence.
A Comet Is Coming
Theory: September 23 is part of a range of dates, during which the 2.5 mile wide Comet 67P is scheduled to make an extremely close passage of Earth - with an extreme danger of hitting us.Fact: According to NASA, there are no comets or asteroids in close proximity to Earth, and Comet 67P in particular is actually on the opposite side of the Sun, heading away from the planet.