The END will come on September 28! Preppers rush to clear store shelves in anticipation of Blood Moon Apocalypse
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The end is near and thousands of people are preparing for the start of the apocalypse set for September 28. Citing prophecy as well as the coming "blood moon" lunar eclipse and other signs of the end, Christians are clearing shelves of survival gear and food.
Is the end near? According to one prophecy, it is just days away.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The end of the world is nigh, or so many people believe after piecing together the evidence which includes blood moons, the Hebrew calendar, stock market instability, and a prophecy.
The end will begin on September 28, the night of a "blood moon." There exists a prophesy, popular in some Christian circles and especially among some Mormons, that a series of four lunar eclipses coinciding with Jewish holy days will serve as a sign of the end times.
Of particular note is the tetrad, or a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses that occurs within the space of just two years Tetrads are uncommon in astronomy, although not rare. During a lunar eclipse, the moon takes on a reddish-orange tint, or can become eerily obscured by Earth's shadow.
Although a scientific explanation exists for this, some Christians have attached a spiritual significance to these events. There are also several biblical references to the moon turning to blood or the color of blood.
A popular Mormon author, Julie Rowe, published a pair of books in 2014 in which she detailed a near death experience she claims to have had in 2004.
During that experience, she said she saw the afterlife as well as the past and future. She also speaks at public events and religious gatherings, and on the radio, calling for people to be prepared to "unify in righteousness and continue to build a righteous army," because the end is at hand. She has not offered a specific date for the end.
Despite her ambiguity, her books and her message have became so popular, they prompted the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to warn Mormons that her works were not accepted by the church and could even be misleading.
The combination of Rowe's prophesy, economic instability in the markets, blood moons, Jewish holidays and global conflict has many people convinced that the end is near. The Salt Lake City Tribune reports stores selling survival gear cannot keep their shelves stocked.
Mormons have traditionally been asked by the church to keep emergency supplies on hand, which come handy in emergencies, but this run on supplies is because some people truly believe September 28 is the end.
End time prophecies are nothing new, and the world has been shaped by them. The Islamic State continues to work to bring about the Islamic end times in the Middle East. In the western world, several Christian sects claim the end is near. Churches have been founded on such prophecies. Jehovah's Witnesses, for example, believe that Satan is actively influencing major world events, including perpetual wars, and that the end could come at any moment.
Despite these beliefs, end time prophecies come and go with a major prophecy passing every few years on average. Of course, with every prophecy comes books and donations and other opportunities for their promoters to make money, which is curious for someone who believes the end is near.
The Bible clearly explains that no person will know the day or the hour, and that we should examine a person's fruits to determine if they are sent by God or have some other motive for their behavior. For now, the safe bet appears September 28 will pass uneventfully, although stocking up on a few emergency supplies is never a bad idea.
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