USA - Billionaire Preppers Planning for Apocalypse

J. Froese

Tech billionaires are buying up luxurious bunkers and hiring military security to survive a societal collapse they helped create, but like everything they do, it has unintended consequences.

[The author was asked] Which was the greater threat: global warming or biological warfare? How long should one plan to be able to survive with no outside help? Should a shelter have its own air supply? What was the likelihood of groundwater contamination? Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system, and asked: “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?” The event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, solar storm, unstoppable virus, or malicious computer hack that takes everything down.

Their extreme wealth and privilege served only to make them obsessed with insulating themselves from the very real and present danger of climate change, rising sea levels, mass migrations, global pandemics, nativist panic and resource depletion. For them, the future of technology is about only one thing: escape from the rest of us.

Yet this Silicon Valley escapism—let’s call it The Mindset—encourages its adherents to believe that the winners can somehow leave the rest of us behind. 

The Mindset also includes a faith-based Silicon Valley certainty that they can develop a technology that will somehow break the laws of physics, economics and morality to offer them something even better than a way of saving the world: a means of escape from the apocalypse of their own making.

-www.theguardian.com, 4 September 2022

Commentary

This fascinating tale from Professor Douglas Rushkoff, of billionaires preparing for an apocalypse, caught our attention in part because of the use of language such as “faith-based Silicon Valley certainty that they can … escape from the apocalypse of their own making.” It, of course, reminds us of the verse, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). Professor Rushkoff tried to dissuade his billionaire audience from their faulty logic with practical considerations, such as the unfeasibility of paying guards after money becomes worthless.

Yet we know there is a coming Great Tribulation, with only one way of escape—the Rapture: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). This is the message we proclaim to all, great and small: the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His imminent return.

Unfortunately, this prepper mentality has captured certain parts of evangelical Christianity. Merchants of bunkers, bullets, and beans have perverted the spiritual lesson of verses such as Matthew 24:13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved,” into selling physical survival techniques. But our Lord has assured us, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things” (Matthew 6:31-32). Likewise, we do not need to build bunkers; Jesus said in John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (By J. Froese)

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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