USA - Preparing for the End of the World

Arno Froese

At first glance, this modest home nestled against a hillside in the mountains somewhere west of Colorado Springs appears to have all the amenities you'd expect in a quiet retreat. There’s even a two-story tower built right in. An otherwise peaceful place to catch the 360-degree view of winter’s splendor.

“[It’s a] really nice place to sit and vacation—enjoy. But, if necessary, it’s a guard post,” Drew Miller pointed out.

A Harvard Ph.D. and former military intelligence officer with 30 years of experience, Miller would know a good defensible spot when he sees it. Miller is a self-described “prepper,” someone who makes active preparations to survive the fall of human civilization. 

This idyllic mountain retreat that Miller owns is a business venture he calls Fortitude Ranch. It’s part of a chain of properties with a business model akin to a prepper’s country club or a doomsday timeshare.

Marketing to the annihilation-conscious is not a new idea. Businesses such as Survival Condo have specialized in fortified homes and extravagant underground bunkers for decades.

If the structures of society crumble, Miller envisions each Fortitude Ranch location as a protected community of about 50 people, up to a maximum of 500. Initially, there will be supplies and food on-site to last a full year. However, once members fall into a routine of gardening, hunting and fishing in the adjacent national forest, Miller said, it should be sustainable in the long term.

As worries spread about coronavirus, plus the recent announcement that the Doomsday Clock has ticked closer than it ever has to midnight, Miller may yet find that there are even business opportunities in the apocalypse.

-www.npr.org, 10 February 2020

Arno's commentary

The end of the world, apocalypse, and Armageddon are words popularized lately to induce fear. Fear of what? Of the unknown. In Luke 21:26, we read these words: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” That, however, has not come to pass yet; it’s future. But when that future comes, then there is no escape.

The book of Revelation documents the beginning and the end, and the author is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. In chapter 6, verse 15, we read: “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains.” That is the real judgment, the real “end of the world, apocalypse, and Armageddon.” There is no escape whatsoever, because the people during that time will know precisely who is responsible for the catastrophe, as documented in the next verse: “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” This behavior is re-confirmed later in chapter 16, verse 11: “And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” The fact that they blaspheme God is the confirmation that they know where this apocalypse comes from. Chapter 16 ends with these words: “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (verse 21). Scripture is not based on theory or imagination of mankind, but on eternal facts: what God has said, He will do; what is written will be fulfilled in due time.

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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