An evangelical conspiracy theorist says the world could end just days before the end of the year. Evangelical pastor and Youtuber Paul Begley has become known for his wacky claims over the apocalypse. His latest warning claims that doomsday will strike on December 21 – which is also the internet star’s birthday. The conspiracy theorist believes our days are numbered because of evidence found in the Mayan calendar. He also cited the orbit of Jupiter and Saturn as reasoning behind his bizarre foreshadowing. Jupiter and Saturn’s respective orbits will mean they form a “double planet” phenomenon in the sky on December 21. It will be the first “conjunction” of the two since 1623, Begley said. And somewhat coincidentally, the date is the beginning of the winter solstice, meaning there are three “prophetic events” occurring at the same time.
This is not the first time conspiracy theorists have used the Mayan calendar to pinpoint the end of days. Back in 2012 many warned that the world would end on December 21, which was when the calendar ran out. Clearly, that didn’t happen. However according to Begley, the real date is actually eight years later and will take place only days before Christmas. He said in a new video on his YouTube channel: “The Mayans are now reorganizing and saying this could certainly be the end of the world as we know it.” “Of course, the Mayan elders said this could have been the end of the world today. They might have made a mistake. Well, they obviously made a mistake on December 21, 2012, so they said maybe today would be the end of the world. And they made a prediction if this wasn’t the end of the world today, certainly my birthday will come again. December 21, 2020, during the great conjunction when Jupiter and Saturn come within 0.1 degrees of one another and create the brightest star in the skies since the star of Bethlehem.” He added: “It will be the closest Jupiter and Saturn have been since 1623 and it won’t even come that close again for another 500 years. So this is so rare and it’s going to be on the winter solstice. It’s going to be on December 21, 2020.”
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