Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:11-14)
Born-again believers feel strongly that we are nearing the end of the age and the return of Christ. We must be vigilant and watch for signs, and trust in God that we and our families will be safe and kept from judgment. Jesus also told us, though, that no-one knows the hour of his return. It is foolish if we expect that our faith will protect us from hardship as the end approaches. While we do not have a spirit of fear, we must be willing to prepare for the hardship that will accompany the destruction of Mystery Babylon, the acceleration of the Grand Solar Minimum and the rise of the anti-Christ in the coming years.
The historical pattern of imperial decadence, unpayable debt burdens, widespread immorality and barbarian incursions is repeating itself in our time. The difference between our time and earlier episodes of civilisational collapse, however, is that the process is happening much faster to us than it has ever occurred before. The Romans experienced a catastrophic monetary crisis in the third century AD, recovered into the fourth century and then collapsed in the West in the late fifth century. We are about to experience all of that process within a few decades.
Facing this reality is the only way to ensure that you and your family make the transition through the collapse safely and securely. It should not be a time for fear or despair. The coming period of catastrophe could be a time of moral, economic and political renewal if we choose reality and sovereignty over soothing lies and economic enslavement. It’s up to us.
The process of decline, decadence and collapse in the Western Roman Empire followed a clear pattern:
- Loss of purchasing power through monetary debasement;
- Erosion of family and community bonds as individualism and hedonism became widespread;
- A rejection of metaphysical faith in favour of philosophical nihilism;
- Expansion of the welfare-warfare state, with destabilising military adventures abroad and the growing dependence of the population on handouts at home;
- A loss of identity, as the distinction between Roman and barbarian became blurred and the final generations lost the will to defend the empire;
- Separatist movements and the disintegration of large political units;
- Pillage and conquest by more robust and fertile peoples once the crises multiplied.
All of these patterns have manifested across the West in our time. Indeed, all or some of them are present to one degree or another across the globe. There is every reason to believe that this civilisational collapse will be the first in recorded history to encompass the entire world.
As a Christian, I believe that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is imminent. As a husband, father and friend, however, it is my duty to do everything I can to prepare and be able to help others when the cascade of catastrophes hits in the years ahead. That means understanding what’s coming.
The debt-based central bank economy which has spread across the world over the last few centuries is dying. It has created a bubble in everything – real estate, government bonds, stocks and even people. As all of those bubbles pop, the phony economy of the globalists will be replaced by an emergent economy driven by the people. The establishment will fight this trend, but they will lose; all they will do is make sure we come out of the process even poorer than we should.
The more invested people are in the dying paradigm, the more loss they will suffer. For those who have transitioned ahead to what is coming, this can be a time of renewal and rediscovery of what is truly the good life.
As globalism dies, localism will become the dominant trend for the future. This happened in the fifth century AD and the twelfth century BC during previous periods of regional civilisational collapse. The disconnected, atomised nation-states of postmodernity will give way to smaller political units with their own tribal identity and communal practices. Some cities will become uninhabitable piles of ash. Other cities will splinter into productive villages based on local economies of scale. Trade will become decentralised and small-scale. This is the pattern which always follows a civilisational collapse.
To thrive in such a different world, approaches to work and understandings of wealth will change. Local economies of independent producers will replace the global economy.
One trend which is gaining traction as we make the transition to the post-globalist world is urban farming. It is not the only possible solution, but given the imminent arrival of the Grand Solar Minimum and collapse of industrial agriculture is a good way for families to prepare for what’s ahead.
As with many of the solutions for what’s ahead for us, urban farming is a rediscovery of what was common until recently. Recent technology enable us to be more productive, however, than our ancestors could have dreamed with far less effort. Surprisingly too, there is no need to buy large amounts of land in order to build a sustainable and viable farm.
Urban farms can even be located in shipping containers or apartments and generate enough revenue to fulfill a family’s needs. The profitability of such ventures will increase also as food prices rise and famine hits around the world due to the Grand Solar Minimum, war and economic disruption.
Self-sufficiency with regard to inputs such as energy sources, heirloom seeds, repairable equipment and access to water will be critical and become ever more important as system collapse deepens. Aquaponic systems, for example, which rely on grid energy, spare parts and chemical inputs may become untenable once supplies become scarce. For this reason, it is advisable to grow your own heirloom seed varieties which can be planted again the following season and to avoid highly complex technological systems which require large inputs to maintain.
Urban farming is just one way families can prepare for what’s ahead. Domestic manufacturing using 3D-printing or robotic technologies will also be important for communities who suddenly lose access to international commerce. Services which meet basic human needs will still be required, and so medical practitioners and teachers will be valued in the community, although they will find their modes of practice will shift over time. As we move away through time from the collapse, we will see greater regional divergence between customs, language and racial characteristics. Our countries will become truly diverse again as the standardising hand of central governmental authority is removed.
If we can avoid large-scale barbarian invasions from incompatible, non-Western lands and not be obliterated in the global wars which are coming, we can create local cultures and small-scale governments which are pro-human rather than the anti-human system the globalists are currently creating. Should this be the case, and Western civilisation survives, life will be better for our descendants who might revive what our forefathers handed down to us.