This is embarrassing. It shames Christ and tarnishes all those who sincerely try to understand Scripture and get people interested in it. There’s just no other way to put it. Lord willing after nothing happens on Sept 23 David Meade will just quietly disappear. But I doubt it.
Here’s a quotation from Meade — it isn’t difficult to see how uninformed this man is:
Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible],” Meade told The Washington Post. “It’s a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible … and merging the two.
Elohim mentioned 33 times? Has this guy ever heard of a concordance? (That’s a rhetorical question).
Elohim occurs thousands of times in the Hebrew Bible. Here’s a list (the file is 250 pp). Here’s a more narrow list — all the places where elohim occurs as the subject of a singular verb (denoting it refers to the lone God of Israel; only 71 pages).
So where does this put Mr. Meade? Our choices are that his comments are ineptitude (he’s really a terrible researcher) or that he’s counting on his followers to not question his teachings (he’s a false teacher and a manipulator). Nice choice.
Instead of ignoring folks like Mr. Meade, the serious Church should call him out. He’s an embarrassment to Bible study and Christian ethics. The same can be said for others who teach the same sort of nonsense that weren’t interviewed by the Huffington Post.
The only question now is, after nothing happens on Sept 23 will he apologize and repent or just lie about a contrived fulfillment?