by Gary Bates and Lita Cosner
We have had several enquiries about ‘Nibiru’ or ‘Planet X’, the planet or ‘brown dwarf’ rumored to be on a collision path with earth in December 2012. For instance, Jane P. from Australia asked:
Can you tell me if Creation Ministries has any articles which address the question of the Nibiru planet? If not, where does the ministry stand on the issue?
For some people, this may seem like a ridiculous issue, but it is one that causes a lot of people serious concern, primarily due to the writings of a very prominent UFOlogist by the name of Zecharia Sitchin (see also our review of the movie The Fourth Kind where Sitchin’s influence could be seen). But there is no need, as there is no indication that Nibiru or anything else will destroy the earth in December.
What is Nibiru?
Nibiru, also commonly known as ‘Planet X’ was supposedly discovered by the Sumerians. Originally, it was supposed to collide with earth in 2003, but when the (literally) earth-shattering event failed to take place, the date for Armageddon was pushed back 9 years.
All of this is, of course, nonsense. While Sumer was a great ancient civilization that made substantial advances in agriculture and literature, they knew very little about astronomy, and would not have had the technology to discover such a distant planet, even if it had existed—they were unaware of the existence of any planets beyond Saturn.
Who is behind the Nibiru scare?
Zecharia Sitchin was a self-proclaimed scholar of Hebrew and Sumerian texts.1 His books have taken on almost legendary proportions among the UFO movement. They are so voluminous and detailed that they cannot fail to impress and give the idea that he knows what he is talking about. He believes that some Sumerian tablets refer to God or the gods as Anunnaki, meaning “those who from heaven to Earth came,” and believes that these are the same as the biblical Anakim—who, he claims, came from a planet called Nibiru….
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