A sizable number of Mormons in Utah are prepping for the end times, which they believe may begin this month, The Salt Lake Tribune
Several makers of survival food and gear report a huge spike in sales over the past few months. The reason is a mix of world events and prophecy from the Bible and a Mormon author who had a near death experience in 2004.
The scenario is divided into seven-year periods and begins with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The stock market crashed seven years later – in 2008 – and began a seven-year period of economic uncertainty.
It has now been seven years since then, and the preppers believe things are aligning this month for the seven years of tribulation as outlined in the biblical book of Revelation.
The Jewish high holy days begin on Sunday, and Sept. 28 will have a red full moon, known as a "blood moon." Revelation also mentions the moon turning to blood.
The preppers believe America will be judged for wickedness, and some believe there may be a U.N. troop invasion, technological disruptions and chaos.
Julie Rowe, a Mormon mother of three and author of the books "A Greater Tomorrow: My Journey Beyond the Veil" and "The Time Is Now," has fueled some of the speculation with prophecies she said she received after a near death experience in 2004.
Rowe said she saw "cities of light" with people living in tents. Some were fed heavenly manna like the ancient Israelites escaping captivity in Egypt.
Rowe's books have sold more than 20,000 copies each, leading The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to send out notices that her writings are not endorsed by the church.
"Although Sister Rowe is an active member of the [LDS Church], her book is not endorsed by the church and should not be recommended to students or used as a resource in teaching them," church officials wrote. "The experiences ... do not necessarily reflect church doctrine, or they may distort doctrine."
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