End of world prophets, who believe in the growing Nibiru/Planet X theory, are convinced it is a mini solar system consisting of a sun, planets and moons, which is lurking on the edge of our solar system.
They claim it has a huge orbit of the sun.
Nibiru believers are convinced the “rogue system” is making its way from the outer solar system inwards, where it will wreak havoc on Earth as it passes at about four million miles away.
They say the planet will cause the poles to switch, sparking great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, which threaten billions of lives.
Nibiru believer David Meade claims humanity could witness naked-eye sightings of Planet X “early this year”.
So much so, the Christian fundamentalist and conspiracy theorist is now preparing for the so-called apocalypse, by going into hiding.
He said: “The events of the next several months are so major that as they say in the Intel community, I’m going ‘in the dark’.
“The events are so huge and are both supernatural and major natural cataclysms that I wish to leave it at that.
“It’s a surprise ending. It has nothing to do with politics, nor with man, actually.
However, it is some consolation that Mr Meade predicted Nibiru would become visible in the skies from September 23.
He then said it would pass us in October and December.
Other online doomsayers continue to claim Planet X will soon appear – and may even already be in our skies.
Christian conspiracy theorist Paul Begley said: “There are asteroids, meteors – it’s all happening. The heavens are being shaken by some type of force, a gravitational pull.
“People are spotting now what looks like potentially Planet X.
“I have from one night three different people send me pictures pictures of what looks like a Planet X.”
He also pointed to a Bible passage from Luke 21: 25
It reads: “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.”
However, the truth is likely to be very different.
The likes of Mr Meade and Mr Begley have been predicting for years of an awful apocalypse that has never materialised.
And it may be that Mr Meade has gone into hiding from critics of his book Planet X – The 2017 Arrival which famously warned Nibiru would pass and trigger the rapture at the back end of last year.
Cynics say doom-mongers pedal these myths in order to cash in from advertising revenue on YouTube or from book sales.
Mathematician Robert Walker, who has been fascinated by space and astronomy since the 1960s, criticised YouTube doom prophets on the Quora debate website.
He wrote: “Some are just out and out frauds doing it for the YouTube ad revenue (which can be a lot, thousands of dollars a month for the most popular Nibiru channels, according to the estimates of SocialBlade), or who knows what reason.
He even launched a petition asking YouTube to stop adverts on such videos.
He said: “This is to remove the profit motive for predicting the end of the world on YouTube.
“I think it is unethical to reward people with ad revenue for predicting the world will end in click bait titles.”
After the incorrect predictions in the 2017 book, Mr Meade is now promoting a new book Planet X and Beyond – The End of Days.
NASA points out that Nibiru is a myth and a hoax, despite the amount of believers.
NASA scientist Dr David Morrison said: “There is no credible evidence whatever for the existence of Nibiru.
“There are no pictures, no tracking, no astronomical observations.
“I can quite specifically say how we know Planet X or Nibiru does not exist and does not threaten Earth.
“Firstly, if there was a planet headed into the inner solar system that was going to come close to the Earth, it would already be inside the orbit of Mars, it would be bright, it would be easily visible to the naked eye – if it was up there it would be easy to see it, all of us could see it.”
Space boffin Dr Brian Cox has also insisted Planet X does not exist.
And associate Professor Jonti Horner, an astronomer at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, said: “I’ve never heard of anybody who’s an actual astronomer talk about Nibiru before.
“It’s basically an urban myth — it’s like having a biologist coming out and talking about werewolves and the Sasquatch being real. You just wouldn’t hear it.”
Express.co.uk asked Mr Meade if it was time to accept Nibiru does not exist, and his book was wrong, but he has yet to respond.
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2018 YEAR OF NIBIRU? Five shocking ways the world could END in 2018
According to scores of Nibiru or Planet X believers, led by Christian fundamentalist David Meade, 2017 was the year it would make a close pass of the Earth, wiping us out.
So far, it looks like they were wrong, but what do the the Rapture revellers claim will happen in 2018?
Most “end times” prophecies are linked to fundamental Christian claims that an apocalyptical event will be caused by God, triggering the Rapture and the second coming of Christ.
Here are five ways it is predicted the world could end or millions of people could perish next year:
Volcanic super eruption:
A SUPER volcanic eruption could potentially happen at any time, and according to scientists, we are long overdue one.
Some scientists even claims volcanoes are the biggest threat to human survival.
A super eruption of one of the world’s mega volcanoes like Yellowstone in the USA could potentially create nuclear winter like effects, as toxic ash blocks out the sun, creating a mini ice age.
Some scientists fear a major one that could kill millions and devastate the planet is a real possibility.
We are specifically overdue a super eruption at the Yellowstone National Park, which has a lava-filled caldera measuring 34 by 45 miles (55 by 72 km), meaning it could potentially happen anytime.
And, there are few real contingency plans in place to deal with the ticking time bomb, which they conclude is likely to go off within the next 80 years.
The world’s most dangerous active volcanoes include Yellowstone, Mount Vesuvius in Campagnia, Italy, and Popocatépeti near Mexico City.
In 2015 a team of scientists said if any of them or other massive volcanic peaks suffered a major eruption, millions of people would die and earth’s atmosphere would be poisoned with ash and other toxins “beyond the imagination of anything man’s activity and global warming could do over 1,000 years.
The chance of such as eruption happening at one of the major volcanoes within 80 years is put at five to ten per cent by the experts.
“Big One” Earthquake/tsunami:
Another threat most scientists agree is long overdue is a major earthquake, known as a “Big One”.
It is feared a devastating earthquake of magnitude eight or more and powerful enough to unleash a tsunami could strike the west coast of America if a major fault line is triggered.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) carefully monitors seismic activity in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where there were a series of medium tremors in 2016, and two fault lines in California, including San Andreas.
Scientists say both the California fault lines and the Cascadia Subduction Zone are long overdue a major earthquake of magnitude eight or above.
In a statement after the Cascadia Rising emergency tests were carried out in 2016, a spokesman for the operation said: “Subduction zone earthquakes are said to be among the most powerful, and can exceed a nine magnitude.”
Scientists at the USGS have revealed their computer modelling tests indicate the San Andreas Fault in California is capable of producing earthquakes of a maximum magnitude of 8.3.
This is still of concern as the 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco had a lower magnitude of 7.9.
But they have revealed the Cascadia Subduction Zone is of most concern.
It runs about 60 miles offshore along the Pacific coast from northern California to Vancouver Island, so major cities including Portland, Seattle and Vancouver are within its tsunami range, threatening millions of people and major infrastructure.
The USGS has worryingly confirmed the same computer models show it is capable of producing an earthquake with a magnitude up to 9.3, which would likely trigger huge tsunami waves.
This would be more powerful than the magnitude 9 tsunami-causing quake that hit Japan in 2011, claiming thousands of lives and taking out nuclear reactors.
Worse still, many scientists say the US is not yet prepared to deal with such a natural disaster, and it could strike at an time.
Asteroid or comet strike
There is general scientific consensus that it is a case of when, not if, that a huge asteroid or cometcapable of wiping out life on earth will one day strike the planet.
NASA and other space agencies have detected around 1,500 of the so-called “near earth asteroids” that could potentially threaten us, back that is only just over one per cent of the amount thought to be out there.
NASA says it knows of no significant space rock that will potentially collide with us for at least 100 years, but professor Stephen Hawking has warned we have about 200 years to occupy another planet or face being wiped out.
NASA is looking at ways of deflecting an asteroid using the gravitational pull of a spacecraft, but we would need significant warning time to achieve it, and the theoretical emergency plan has yet to be tested.
The World Asteroid Day campaign is calling for more priority to be placed on developing an effective system.
Scientists believe a huge asteroid or comet was responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs, but a space rock of just 50 metres in length would be enough to destroy a city the size of London should it strike.
The treat of a rogue, undetected, asteroid was made clear in February 2013, when an unseen asteroid of 20 metres in length exploded out of the blue in the atmosphere above Chelyabinsk in Russia.
About 1,500 people were injured, mainly from glass flying out of around 7,000 buildings, that were damaged by the force of the blast.
Nibiru or Planet X is a theoretical planetary system from beyond the fringes of the solar system that is believed by doom mongers to be heading towards Earth on its 3,600 year orbit of our sun.
This rogue system will supposedly herald the end days by wreaking havoc on Earth with its gravitational waves, causing the poles to switch and triggering mass earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
For much of this year doom prophets such as David Meade have warned how 2017 would be the year Nibiru would pass us, triggering the apocalypse.
However, it appears they were wrong.
Some claim that it is written in Sumerian tablets that Nibiru will actually pass in 2060.
However, there are others who claim the system is due to come in May 2018.
Conspiracy theorist Daniel Manson claims Nibiru is currently locked into Venus’ orbit, and will be here before the summer.
He said: “Nibiru is coming up from below at a 32-degree angle. And now the Earth is far away at the other side of the sun.
“The Earth will come back at the same side that Nibiru does in May 2018.”
However, fortunately for us a series of earlier predicted dates have come and gone, and NASA says Nibiru is an internet hoax.
Cynics claim doom prophets make predictions in YouTube videos to cash in from advertising revenue.
Although there is still no evidence that intelligent aliens have ever come anywhere near the earth, more and more people are convinced they are out there and could pose a threat to our planet.
Believers were boosted last weekend after it emerged the US Department of Defense was secretly investigating the potential threat to earth from so called UFOs as recently as 2012.
One religious leader, who is convinced aliens will take over the earth is Marshall Vian Summers who heads the New Message from God Movement, in Boulder, Colorado.
He claims to have been receiving a message from God about future contact with aliens over the last 35 years.
However, he claims there will not be a war of the Worlds style invasion, but it will be done by stealth, with aliens gradually interbreeding us out of existence before taking over the planet.
He has been branded a false prophet by sceptics