A guest on a recent episode of the “Jim Bakker Show” claimed that he believes an asteroid will hit the Earth in 2029, spreading a virus that will lead to the rise of the Antichrist.
Thomas Horn, an author who has focused on End Times issues, was interviewed by Jim Bakker on an episode of the televangelist’s program that aired last week to promote his book The Wormwood Prophecy.
Horn claimed that it was “more likely than not” that the seven years of the Great Tribulation described in the Bible book of Revelation “could begin in the year 2025.”
He went on to predict that an actual asteroid, named Apophis by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will hit the Earth on April 13, 2029.
“I believe that Apophis is carrying an alien micro-organism on it in which a virus is being sustained and I believe it’s going to make coronavirus look like a walk in the park,” said Horn.
NASA released a statement last month stating that, contrary to the claims of some, “new radar observation campaign combined with precise orbit analysis have helped astronomers conclude that there is no risk of Apophis impacting our planet for at least a century.”
“Apophis quickly gained notoriety as an asteroid that could pose a serious threat to Earth when astronomers predicted that it would come uncomfortably close in 2029,” NASA stated in late March.
“Thanks to additional observations of the near-Earth object (NEO), the risk of an impact in 2029 was later ruled out, as was the potential impact risk posed by another close approach in 2036. Until this month, however, a small chance of impact in 2068 still remained.”
In response to the NASA statement, Horn cited scientists who, according to him, are “not buying it." He argued that “NASA is involved in a cover-up” about what will really happen.
Horn explained that he believes Apophis is actually Wormwood, the “great star” that falls to Earth, according to Revelation 8, and poisons a third of the rivers.
He viewed the alleged impact of Apophis and its purported virus as “a global trigger event” that “leads to the Mark of the Beast” and the eventual empowering of the Antichrist.
Kyle Mantyla of Right Wing Watch, a project of the liberal organization People for the American Way, wrote that he believes the episode indicates that the “Jim Bakker Show” is becoming “decidedly stranger.”
“While televangelist Jim Bakker’s daily television program has always been a repository for misinformation, baseless conspiracy theories, and End Times fearmongering, his show has gotten decidedly stranger in recent days,” wrote Mantyla.
“Bakker [also] interviewed right-wing conspiracy theorist Steve Quayle [last week], who spent two programs warning about aliens, demons, trans-dimensional beings, and ‘diseases that are designed to initiate cannibalism in human beings’ and turn them into literal zombies.”