May 18, 2022

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Some sources in the international media recently claimed the cataclysmic arrival of Nibiru will take place next week but Yuval Ovadia, an expert on the subject, uses Jewish esoteric sources to reject these claims. While Ovadia insisted the arrival of the end-of-days star is indeed imminent, he believes its appearance may not be disastrous as secular sources fear.

Ovadia is an Israeli director/actor known for his documentaries about Nibiru, also referred to as Planet X. As such, he has been quoted by media outlets around the world, one of which claimed on Tuesday that Ovadia set the date for Nibiru’s arrival as Monday, November 20.  

“I never announced a date for the arrival of Nibiru, and there are many reasons why I never will,” Ovadia told Breaking Israel News. “Citing a precise arrival is not part of the process and is used as disinformation by critics as a method for discrediting the entire theory. Every few months, a date is announced in the media for Nibiru, and then when Nibiru does not arrive, the cynics can claim it is proof that Nibiru doesn’t exist.”

Ovadia insisted that even according to scientific methods, the non-arrival of Nibiru does not prove it won’t eventually come.

He quoted famed astronomer Carl Sagan. When challenged by cynics who cited the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial life, Sagan answered, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

“The same is true for Nibiru,” Ovadia said. “I may not be able to prove that Nibiru absolutely exists, but neither can anyone prove that it absolutely does not exist.”

While rejecting the claim of a November 20 arrival, Ovadia stated that recent events indicate that the appearance of Nibiru is imminent.

“All of the extreme natural catastrophes we are experiencing the world is experiencing now, the hurricanes, earthquakes, and changing temperatures, were all described in Jewish sources as accompanying the arrival of Nibiru,” Ovadia said, emphasizing that he bases all of his claims on classical Jewish sources.

The original source for Nibiru appears in the Bible. The non-Jewish prophet Balaam prophesied the Star of Jacob would appear in the Messianic era.

What I see for them is not yet, What I behold will not be soon: A star rises from Yaakov, A scepter comes forth from Yisrael; It smashes the brow of Moab, The foundation of all children of Shet. Numbers 24:17

The Zohar, the basis of Jewish esoteric learning, describes the Star of Jacob in great detail.

After forty days, when the pillar rises from earth to heaven in the eyes of the whole world and the Messiah has appeared, a star will rise up on the east, blazing in all colors, and seven other stars will surround that star. And they will wage war on it.

Ovadia also rejected the media claims that Nibiru will come to destroy the world.

“Non-believers would say that because they don’t accept that the heavens are controlled by God and that our actions can affect that,” Ovadia said, noting that several major rabbis and mystics have endorsed his theories. “How Nibiru plays out depends on whether or not we repent. It is part of the process of Moshiach (Messiah).”

“From the Jewish sources, there are two things we are sure of,” Ovadia said. “Nibiru will come, since it says so in the Torah, and after Nibiru arrives, the Moshiach will be revealed in the Galilee.”

Ovadia’s Biblically based claims put him at odds with the scientific community, but even NASA  has come closer to the Nibiru narrative recently. Last February, NASA announced the discovery of a seven-planet star system conforming to the description in the Zohar, and in October, they detected signs of a yet-to-be-seen enormous ninth planet.

While denying there is any danger from a cataclysmic planetary collision, last December, NASA initiated a planetary protection exercise”. With this program, NASA may be admitting the Star of Jacob scenario is worth preparing for, but it is still far from accepting Ovadia’s faith-based strategy for coping with it.