Nibiru: Did the ancient Sumerians warns us of the Planet X apocalypse?
The end times will be sparked this weekend when the mythical Planet X arrives in the solar system to pass Earth, according to conspiracy theorists.
The doomsday theory has been widely ridiculed by leading scientific bodies, but ancient evidence has emerged to suggest that the threat of Nibiru was hidden in plain sight for centuries.
Based on the works of self-proclaimed ancient language scholar Zecharia Sitchin, Nibiru was widely known to the ancient Sumerians – an advanced civilisation that thrived until the Middle Bronze Age.
According to the Russian-American author of The 12th Planet, Nibiru orbits the sun every 3,600 years – a conclusion he drew from the study of Babylonian religious texts.
In the ancient Akkadian language of the Sumerians, Nibiru translates into “crossing” or “point of transition”.
Nibiru is said to be inhabited by a sentient race of beings known to the Sumerians as the Annunaki, who Sitchin believed were considered by the Sumerians as gods.
A lot of Sitchin’s claims were based on an ancient tablet seal seemingly depicting three sumerian wise-men studying 12 planets in the solar system.
The tablet in question, which is now on display in a museum in Berlin under the acronym VA243, does in fact portray three men looking at what appears to be a dozen orbs floating around the sun.
But the validity of this analysis has been challenged by biblical scholar and Christian author Michael S. Heiser.
Is Nibiru a 12th planet that will soon return? Does VA243 prove his thesis?
“Is Sitchin correct – in whole or in part?” Dr Heiser asked in a scientific paper debunking Sitchin’s theory.
“Is Nibiru a 12th planet that will soon return? Does VA243 prove his thesis? Unfortunately for Sitchin and his followers, the answer to each of these questions is no.”
He went on to say: “This seal is the centrepiece of Sitchin’s theory that the Sumerians had advanced astronomical knowledge of the planetary bodies in our solar system.
Nibiru: This ancient Sumerian seal is said to confirm the existence of Nibiru
“This knowledge was allegedly given to the Sumerians by extraterrestrials, whom Sitchin identifies as the Anunnaki gods of Sumero-Mesopotamian mythology.
“In the upper left-hand corner of the seal, Sitchin argues, one sees the sun surrounded by eleven globes.
“Since ancient peoples (including the Sumerians according to Sitchin) held the sun and moon to be ‘planets’, these eleven globes plus the sun add up to twelve planets.”
But based on his own analysis of the seal, it does not portray the Sumerians studying Nibiru, but rather something else entirely.
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Dr Hesier explained: “This is perhaps the biggest problem with Sitchin’s interpretation of VA243 signifying the solar system.
“Simply put, if the central symbol in his solar system isn’t the sun, the interpretation collapses completely.
“There’s actually a good deal of evidence to demonstrate decisively that Sitchin is wrong here.”
He continued: “Note that this example has eight points. This is the most frequently attested style in Sumero-Mesopotamian religious art.
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“The star also is found with six (like VA 243) or seven points, and the points even vary within the same seal or stela carving. It wasn’t consistent in points, but what the symbol stood for was consistent – either a star, planet, or deity – but NOT the sun.”
Doomsday theories surrounding Nibiru have also been discredited by Nasa several years ago, when doom mongers feared that the world would end in 2012.
“Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax,” the American space agency said. “There is no factual basis for these claims.”