Doomsday timeline: Dates when David Meade, others said the world was supposed to end

The start to the end of the world is nigh, according to doomsday writer David Meade.

Meade told the U.K.’s Daily Express that April 23 will mark the end of the Earth. The conspiracy theorist said that the sun, moon and Jupiter, which supposedly represents the Messiah, will be in Virgo. 

Meade points to the Biblical passage of Revelation 12:1-2 which says, according to the New International Version: “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.” 

Supposedly Virgo represents the woman from the Biblical passage. 

Meade certainly isn’t the first person who predicted the end of the world. Here’s a look at some other predicted “doomsdays.”

October 15, 2017

Meade previously predicted that Oct. 15 would be the start of the tribulation – the seven-year period that brings the demise of the world.

“Hold on and watch – wait until the middle of October and I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed,” said Meade, who also predicted a “magnificent sign in the skies” will occur on Sept. 23.

October 7, 2015

Chris McMann, the leader of the eBible Fellowship group in Philadelphia, warned that the world would be destroyed by a fire on Oct. 7, 2015. When that didn’t happen, McCann told The Guardian it was “surprising.”

eBible Fellowship appears to still be in existence.

December 21, 2012

Reverend Billy performs to celebrate the "End of the World" in Times Square, New York December 21, 2012.  A 5,125-year cycle known in the Mayan calendar as the Long Count comes to an end on Friday and has been widely interpreted by cultists, New Age disciples, and believers in the esoteric as heralding the destruction of the planet. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM2E8CM0QLO01

Reverend Billy, a singer, performs during an “End of the World” celebration in New York on December 21, 2012.

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Conspiracy theorist, numerologists and self-described prophets looked to Dec. 21, 2012 as the day the world would officially end – known as the “Mayan Apocalypse.”

They predicted the world would end with a massive solar storm that would knock out the power grid or from a comet blasting into Earth.

May 21, 2011

A volunteer from the U.S. religious group Family Radio, a Christian radio network, hands out pamphlets with warnings of an impending Judgment Day at Times Square in New York May 13, 2011. The designation of May 21came from Family Radio president Harold Camping, who predicted that date through a series of mathematical calculations and the unraveling of codes behind the Bible story of the great flood. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) - GM1E75E08B501

A volunteer from the religious group Family Radio hands out pamphlets warning of the impending Judgment Day. Harold Camping, an evangelist, predicted the end times would begin May 21, 2011.

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Harold Camping, a former evangelist, convinced so many people that the world would end on May 21, 2011 with a series of earthquakes that many quit their jobs and donated money to Camping’s Family Radio network.

After the world was still very much in tact on May 22, Camping changed the date to Oct. 21, 2011. And when the world still wasn’t destroyed then, Camping apologized for his “sinful” statements. He died in 2013.

April 29, 2007

Evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson takes his seat onstage ahead of a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Virginia Beach, Virginia September 8, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS RELIGION) - GM1E899099O01

Evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson has predicted the supposed end of the world multiple times.

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Former Southern Baptist pastor Pat Robertson has predicted the world will end multiple times – including on April 29, 2007. He made the prediction in his book “The New Millennium” in 1990.

January 1, 2000

Customers leave a major Australian bank in Sydney January 4. Australian banking and investment markets appear to have slipped through the Y2K net with no apparent problems related to the potential computer glitch on the first business day of the year. - PBEAHULOTBQ

Many people thought the start of Y2K would cause the world to end.

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There was widespread concern and theories that computers couldn’t handle the start of the new Millennium and the world would end. That idea was also promoted by Jerry Falwell, the southern pastor who died in 2007. Falwell warned that the new century would be “God’s instrument to shake this nation, to humble this nation.”

Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, authors of the fiction “Left Behind” series about the end times, also at one point warned that the Y2K could have brought about the destruction of the world. 

This story was originally published on April 12, 2018.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend: What to know about the starry spectacle

Stargazers are going to appreciate these April showers.

Night skies in the Northern Hemisphere are going to sparkle with meteors this month as the annual Lyrid meteor shower puts on a spectacular display — with 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.

“The number of meteors can vary, and very rarely ‘storm,’ but on a very dark and moonless night there are usually up to 20 good meteors an hour,” according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory “This year’s peak should be relatively free of bright moonlight as the moon will set before the peak of the shower.”

The Lyrid meteor shower has reportedly been around 2,700 years, making it one of the oldest meteor showers on record. It hit Earth around April 16 and is expected to last through April 25.

Here’s everything you need to know about the starry spectacle. 

How are meteors formed?

The Geminid meteor shower peaks Sunday (Dec. 13) and Monday (Dec. 14), 2015. Shown here, astrophotographer Manish Mamtani caught this snapshot of the Geminid meteor shower over the Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island in 2014.

Manish Mamtani

 (A meteor forms when a meteoroid enters Earth’s atmosphere.)

A meteor forms when a meteoroid, a type of space rock that breaks off from an asteroid — a rocky body orbiting the sun — enters Earth’s atmosphere. As soon as the space debris crosses over, it breaks down into what scientists call a “meteor,” which then vaporizes and — as a result of friction — appears as a bright streak of light in the sky.

“Because of their appearance, these streaks of light some people call meteors ‘shooting stars,'” NASA explains in a blog post online. “But scientists know that meteors are not stars at all — they are just bits of rock!”

What is a Lyrid meteor, specifically?

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Lyrid meteors are small chunks of rock that broke off of Comet Thatcher.

 (Brian Emfinger)

Lyrid meteors are small chunks of rock that break off of Comet Thatcher, “a long-period comet that orbits the sun about once every 415 years,” Space.com reports.

The Earth crosses Comet Thatcher’s path every year around April, causing a “shower” of meteors to fall from the sky as it collides “with a trail of comet crumbs,” the space site explains.

“If you see a meteor … notice whether it leaves a persistent train – that is, an ionized gas trail that glows for a few seconds after the meteor has passed. About a quarter of Lyrid meteors do leave persistent trains,” EarthSky suggests.

What’s a meteor “outburst”?

Occasionally a meteor shower develops into a storm, dropping up to 1,000 meteors per hour. This occurence is rare, though, and often difficult to predict.

“People say there is some periodicity there, but the data doesn’t support that,” NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com, adding that these so-called “outbursts” are usually at least 30 years apart.

When can I see the Lyrid meteor shower?

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 (Catch the Lyrid meteor shower at its peak on April 22.)

You can spot meteors in the sky until April 25, though the shower peaks just before dawn — from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. — on April 22.

How can I watch it?

Unlike solar eclipses, which requires special equipment to view the astrological event, you don’t need anything to spot this celestial event.

“Get to a dark spot, get comfortable, bring extra blankets to stay warm, and let your eyes adjust to the dark sky,” NASA suggests. “A cozy lounge chair makes for a great seat, as does simply lying on your back on a blanket, eyes scanning the whole sky.”

The meteors will start to form around the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, which is shaped like a harp. However, NASA recommends focusing on a spot in the sky away from the constellation, as they will “appear longer and more spectacular from this perspective.”

Giant whale bumps into Maryland pier, shocks fishermen

A man fishing off of a pier in Maryland had an unexpected encounter with a whale during a fishing trip last weekend.

Troy Bickle, 25, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was fishing with his father and brother when he noticed a whale “coming toward us,” he told Fox News on Friday.

Shortly after, the whale “came out of nowhere” he said, adding that it slightly emerged from the water and bumped into the pier.

This was the first time Bickle had ever seen a whale in person. He was surprised the animal came so close to shore.

“It was pretty exciting; you don’t really see that too often,” he said. “Not many people see a whale [in person] in their lifetime.”

Bickle later posted the video to the Ocean City Cool Facebook group. As of Friday afternoon, the video had more than 5,000 likes and 13,000 shares.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

‘Extremely rare’ shark seen for first time in a decade at fish market

A shark that hasn’t been seen in more than a decade was found in an unusual location: an Indian fish market. Conservationists spotted the critically endangered Ganges river shark in photographs taken for a study that was recently published in the Journal of Fish Biology.

The February 2016 study, which was funded through a Save Our Seas Foundation grant, highlighted various sharks sold at Sassoon Docks in Mumbai over a period of two years, according to New Scientist. Scientists studying the photos thought they spotted a familiar face among the crowd — and sure enough, they were right.

The 8-foot, 7-inch female shark was the Ganges river shark, occasionally mistaken for the common bull shark. The shark has a rounded snout, small eyes and a stocky build. 

“River sharks are particularly mysterious,” Gavin Naylor, a professor at College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina, told Fox News in 2015. “They have got tiny little eyes and very broad fins. These are adaptions for living in very turbid water. If you have a look where these things live, the visibility is about an inch. It’s completely muddy water.“

“River sharks are particularly mysterious. They have got tiny little eyes and very broad fins.”

– Gavin Naylor

The creature was first discovered in 1839, though little is known about the species because so few have ever been caught. 

“Many people have never seen these animals [in the flesh],” Naylor said, adding that it isn’t entirely unusual for the shark’s body parts to pop up in local fish markets. Fishermen often try to sell the shark’s jaw and fins.

“[It] is also fished by locals for its meat and oil,” World Wildlife Federation India said in a statement on its website.

Experts are still trying to determine the exact location this particular Ganges river shark was picked up, though they suspect it was somewhere along the Arabian Sea.

“There are so few specimens of river sharks from around the world that pretty much all the information we have is based on either preserved specimens from the last century, or from jaws that were found at some point in remote villages and were identified as river sharks,” Rima Jabado, founder of the Gulf Elasmo Project, a non-profit conservation organization based in the United Arab Emirates, told New Scientist.

The “extremely rare” creature, amongst the 20 most threatened shark species in the world, is currently protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act of India, 1972.

Wildlife lovers hope this find will inspire people in the area to protect the rare creatures.

“In light of the Critically Endangered status of this species and its rarity, urgent management actions are needed to determine population size and trends in abundance in combination with fisher education and awareness campaigns,” authors of the study echoed.

California researchers accidentally find ‘feisty’ rodent thought to have gone extinct 30 years ago

Researchers from the San Diego Natural History Museum and the non-profit Terra Peninsular were scratching their heads when they found unfamiliar rodents in traps they placed around a field in Baja California. They were intending to study rodent populations in the area — but instead made a rare discovery.

The San Quintin kangaroo rat was last spotted in 1986. Nearly a decade later, the creature was added to the endangered species list by the Mexican government, the San Diego Natural History Museum said in a statement online.

Scientists suspected the 5-inch rodents went extinct. They searched for the creatures for decades but always came up empty-handed.

Now they’re scrambling to come up with a plan to increase the animal’s population. 

“Not only is this discovery a perfect example of the importance of good old-fashioned natural history field work, but we have the opportunity to develop a conservation plan based on our findings,” Scott Tremor, the museum’s mammalogist, said in a statement. “The ability to take our research and turn it into tangible conservation efforts is thrilling. It is a commitment to preserving the uniqueness of the Baja California Peninsula.”

“Not only is this discovery a perfect example of the importance of good old-fashioned natural history field work, but we have the opportunity to develop a conservation plan based on our findings.”

– Scott Tremor, San Diego Natural History Museum

The museum plans to continue working with Terra Peninsular to save the rodents that are known for their “large, powerful hind feet” that allow them to jump around like kangaroos.

“Terra Peninsular has been monitoring the nature reserves looking for this species. You can’t imagine how happy we are to find out that after all these efforts and with the help of The Nat we can be part of this rediscovery and continue working on its protection,” Jorge Andrade, adaptive manager coordinator at Terra Peninsular, said in a news release. “It’s very gratifying for us to think that the San Quintin kangaroo rat persists in the area to some extent, thanks to the efforts of the staff, board members, and associated researchers of our organization.”

This isn’t the first time researchers from the San Diego museum uncovered an extinct species. In fact, this is the third mammal — joining the high elevation California vole and round-tail ground squirrel — thought to be extinct that the staff has recovered in the Baja California Peninsula in recent years.

“These rediscoveries speak to hope and resilience in a changing world,” Sula Vanderplank, a research associate at Terra Peninsular, said in a statement. “We are learning so much about this animal and its ecology, and we’re delighted to know that it is permanently protected in the Valle Tranquilo Nature Reserve.”

The researchers will elaborate on their findings in a study that will be published in the scientific journal “Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences.”

California fault line is ‘tectonic time bomb’ for disastrous earthquake, researchers say

Residents in the San Francisco Bay Area are living along a fault that is a “ticking time bomb” that could generate an earthquake that could kill hundreds, according to a report released Wednesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said in a report called the “HayWired Scenario” that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Hayward Fault located under Oakland could kill as many as 800 people and injure up to 18,000.

“This fault is what we sort of call a tectonic time bomb,” USGS earthquake geologist emeritus David Schwartz told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s just waiting to go off.”

Researches said the Hayward Fault is dangerous because it runs through “one of the most urbanized” areas in the nation, stretching along the East Bay from Richmond and Berkeley up north, through Oakland, and spanning south toward Fremont.

A map showing the potential shaking from an earthquake along the Hayward Fault, located along the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay.

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The USGS, citing findings from a simulated tremor with an epicenter in Oakland modeled to take place at 4:18 p.m. on April 18, said the disaster would cause 400 fires that could destroy 50,000 homes. Nearly half a million people would be displaced, authorities said.

Researchers said East Bay residents could be without water from anywhere between six weeks to six months, according to the report. Electricity could be out for up to four weeks in some locations.

Jack Moehle, a professor of structural engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, told KTVU the study shows that people need to get ready for the “big one.”

VOLCANOES, EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS: THE ‘RING OF FIRE’ EXPLAINED

“Preparedness for the inevitable earthquake is really important and that preparedness comes first at home and the workplace,” he said. “But preparedness also occurs in how we build our buildings.”

Researchers released the study the day before the 112th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that struck along the San Andreas Fault, located under the western part of Bay Area. That quake killed up to 3,000 people.

An aerial view of Downtown Oakland is seen in Oakland, California, U.S., October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam - RC11BEA2DE60

The skyline of Oakland, Calif., which is located near the Hayward Fault that runs along the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area.

 (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

California is located along the volatile “Ring of Fire” seismic fault system.

More than half the world’s active volcanoes located above ground are in this ring, according to the USGS.

ring of fire

A map showing the “Ring of Fire,” where more than half of the world’s active volcanoes above sea level encircle the Pacific Ocean

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The region is the location of most of Earth’s subduction zones, where oceanic plates slide under the lighter continental plates. Earthquakes tend to happen when those plates scrape or subside underneath each other, and, when that happens at sea, it can trigger tsunamis.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Man bitten by shark, bear, snake in less than 4 years

A Colorado man achieved a distinction last week that few people would probably want to match.

When Dylan McWilliams was bitten by a shark Thursday in Hawaii, it meant he had been bitten by a shark, a bear and a rattlesnake – all in less than four years.

“I don’t know,” McWilliams told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Friday. “I’m either really lucky or really unlucky.”

Not surprisingly, the 20-year-old from Grand Junction says he spends a lot of time outdoors.

In Thursday’s attack, about 50 yards from Shipwreck’s Beach off Poipu, McWilliams suffered deep cuts to one of his legs, but the injury wasn’t life-threatening, Hawaii News Now reported.

“The scariest part was swimming back,” he told the news outlet, adding that he was hoping the shark wouldn’t continue following the trail of blood from his leg.

The leg wound required seven stitches, the Star-Advertiser reported.

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Last July, McWilliams told the paper, he received nine staples in his scalp after a nearly 300-pound bear invaded his Colorado campsite.

“The bear grabbed the back of my head and started pulling me and I was fighting back as best as I could,” he told Hawaii News Now. “It dropped me and stomped on me a little bit, and I was able to get back to the group and they scared it away.”

As for the rattlesnake, that encounter occurred about three and a half years ago in Utah, McWilliams told the Star-Advertiser.

Luckily, he took in only a small amount of venom, so he was only briefly ill afterward, he told the newspaper.

“My parents are grateful I’m still alive,” he said.

Fox News reporter Christopher Carbone contributed to this report.