The apocalypse is nigh! That’s what some Mormons in Utah believe, and so ardently that they’re filling their shelves with freeze dried food and stocking up on blankets.
“There is a sense of urgency, like something is up. A lot of people are mentioning things about September, like a financial collapse,” Ricardo Aranda of Thrive Life, which sells freeze-dried food, told the Salt Lake Tribune.
Sales at the store have risen 500 percent. And Thrive Life isn’t the only local prepper haunt to be “crazy busy” of late.
What’s up is the apocalypse, and these prepping Mormons have a date pinned down for the catastrophic event — September 28. So clear your calendar, cancel whatever you have planned for later this month, and return your Halloween costumes — because it will all be over before the month is out.
Of course, every few years, someone predicts the end of the world is coming, and so far, no one has been right. Fingers crossed, this time around these prepper Mormons’ widespread panic is unfounded, as well.
This group of Mormons are pointing to a few specific signs that have heralded the apocalypse. But the panic and preparation is all based on the belief of some preppers that history is divided into seven-year periods. The evidence: seven years after 9/11, the stock market crashed. And that was seven years ago — meaning that the world is due for another calamity.
This time around, the signs include instability on Wall Street, the unstable Chinese Yuan, and the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days (which started September 13). Another financial crisis is due to strike, according to this latest apocalypse theory, and all because of “wickedness” in the U.S.
As for the official position of the Mormon Church? They’re not buying all the panicky prophecies, either. In 2011, one of their apostles, Boyd K. Packer, told his fellow Mormons that they should plan for long lives.
“You can look forward to doing it right — getting married, having a family, seeing your children and grandchildren, maybe even great-grandchildren.”
So why September 28? Is the end of days really on a specific schedule? Well, September 28 is the day the Blood Moon is set to arrive. This lunar event has followed four consecutive eclipses, also an ominous sign according to some Christians — Mormons in particular, Catholic Online added.
There is a prophecy that if four lunar eclipses coincide with the Jewish holy days, the world better hold onto its collective butt, because the apocalypse will soon arrive.
The Blood Moon, according to this current Mormon contention, will also herald a huge earthquake near Utah. Other horrors will follow: U.N. troop invasion, the collapse of our technology, and of course, the standard chaos, hysteria, and break down of society.
In other words, an episode of The Walking Dead. Perhaps the Mormons are just confusing Armageddon with the show’s upcoming Season 6 premiere?
Never fear, however, this particular group of Mormons notwithstanding, as there is little scientific or religious foundation for a belief that the apocalypse is upon is. First of all, lunar eclipses aren’t that rare, and the Bible itself says the end days won’t arrive on a pre-determined schedule.
This group of Mormons aren’t the only ones on an apocalypse kick. NASA actually had to reassure everyone that an asteroid strike wasn’t coming at the end of September, noting there is “no scientific basis – not one shred of evidence – that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth,” Raw Story added.
[Photos Courtesy Aphelleon, Legacy Images / Shutterstock]