FIJI - ‘Escape the Pandemic in Paradise’

Arno Froese

Fiji's prime minister is urging billionaires to return to his country’s shores for the first time since lockdown.

Frank Bainimarama has called for the super rich to come back to the archipelago nation three months after it closed its borders.

On 25 March, its main airport in Nadi was shut six days after a cabin crew worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Now the South Pacific country is eager to get back on its feet and see the return of tourists.

In a tweet, he said: “So, say you’re a billionaire looking to fly your own jet, rent your own island, and invest millions of dollars in Fiji in the process—if you’ve taken all the necessary health precautions and borne all associated costs, you may have a new home to escape the pandemic in paradise.”

-news.sky.com, 29 June 2020

Arno's commentary

The island nation of Fiji, with about a million inhabitants, lists 45% as Protestant, 10% Roman Catholic, with about 6% Muslim. Life expectancy stands at 73.7 years. Per capita GDP is about $10,000. Exports are at $910 million, with imports of $1.9 billion. 

Here the slogan applies, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” but in the reverse direction, “Give us the rich, those with virtually unlimited money supply, and we promise a paradise.” Such is similar when one looks at the Caribbean islands and other tax havens. Quite obviously, that will divide the countries, consisting of about 300 islands, into the super-rich and the very poor.

This reminds us of the event reported in Matthew 19:21-22: “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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