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Mormon Leaders Reassure Faithful: Sunday’s “Blood Moon” Isn’t Sign of Apocalypse.

Salt Lake City — A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.This Sept. 13, 2015 image provided by NASA shows the moon, left, and the Earth, top, transiting the sun together, seen from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was forced to make the announcement after apocalyptic statements from a Mormon author heightened fears that the end of days was nigh.Jodi Hansen knows that she’ll probably still find bills in her mailbox on Sept. 28, and she doesn’t anticipate that her house will end up in Australia after a massive polar shift. Sunday night’s “blood moon” and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency-preparedness retailers. The statement from the church coincides with a ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse, which will appear red in the sky and is also a supermoon, meaning it will seem larger.

A Christian pastor has previously warned that this celestial event – the fourth lunar eclipse in two years – could mark the start of terrible events worldwide. His beliefs are based on a passage from the Bible that says: ‘The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.’ His beliefs are based on a passage from the Bible that says: ‘The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.’ Mr Hagee, who has written a book on the Tetrad called ‘Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change’, told the Daily Express after the first blood moon in this tetrad that it marked the dawn of a ‘hugely significant event’ for the world. She was greeted by an ancestor named John and she was taken on a tour of the afterlife and said she was allowed to read from The Book of Life which records every event in the history of Earth.

Thus, they believe, starting Sept. 13, the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days, there will be another, even larger financial crisis, based on the United States’ “wickedness.” That would launch the “days of tribulation” — as described in the Bible. The second happened in 1949, right after the State of Israel was founded and the most recent one – in 1967 – happened during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis. ‘He’s been sending signals to Earth, and we haven’t been picking them up.

Two blood moons, in 2014 and 2015, point to dramatic events in the Middle East and, as a result, changes in the whole world.’ Sunday’s supermoon eclipse will last 1 hour and 11 minutes, and will be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific. It’s unclear how many are buying into the theory but it seems the warnings, part of which appear to be fueled by Mormon author Julie Rowe’s writings, have heightened speculation that the apocalypse is nigh. John Hagee, founder and current leader of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, has been prophesying for months that the upcoming “blood moon,” so named for the reddish hue that the moon takes on as it is illuminated by sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, will bring calamity. And if the world doesn’t end, it’s probably best to prepare anyway, because something else may come up.'” Some “preppers” have apparently been influenced by Mormon blogger Julie Rowe, a Tucson, Arizona, mother of three who claims she saw the world’s cataclysmic future after a near-death experience in 2004. The belief that regular history will someday end, bringing a second coming of Jesus, is embedded in the minds of Mormons and the church’s official name.

She wrote two books, A Greater Tomorrow: My Journey Beyond the Veil, and The Time is Now, showing visions of plagues, famines, tented cities and massive global catastrophes. For many decades, Church leaders have counseled members that, where possible, they should gradually build a supply of food, water and financial resources to ensure they are self-reliant during disasters and the normal hardships that are part of life, including illness, injury or unemployment. Though most Latter-day Saints probably haven’t even heard of this latest theory tied to the blood moon, the church’s decision to address it publicly is significant and shows leaders felt the need to reassert their authority on the matter, Mormon scholars said. “For it to filter up to that level and for them to decide to send out a policy letter means that they felt there was something they needed to tamp down on,” said Patrick Mason, the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California Kevin Allbee, spokesman for Utah-based Emergency Essentials, said his company has seen a steady rise since June with sales up 200 to 300 percent. The writings and speculations of individual Church members, some of which have gained currency recently, should be considered as personal accounts or positions that do not reflect Church doctrine.

He attributes it to a variety of events leading to more anxiety, including the earthquake in Nepal, Russian’s intervention in the Ukraine and economic concerns in Greece and China. Since a young age, Mormon Christians are taught to be prepared for anything and to always have money and supplies put away for a future when the world as we know it will come to an end and Jesus Christ will make another appearance on Earth. The church memo says that while Rowe is an active member of the religion, her books are not endorsed and should not be recommended as a teaching resource. Rowe said she doesn’t intend to make her comments church doctrine, but she chose to share her story to help people prepare for the “times we live in by increasing their faith in Christ and by looking to our prophet and church leaders for guidance.”

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