Elon Musk’s Eschatology and Biblical Eschatology by J. Parnell McCarter
Elon Musk is successfully proceeding with his long term goal of Mars colonization, this past week successfully launching US astronauts into space and docking them at the international space station: https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/in-historic-first-spacex-successfully-launches-nasa-astronauts-into-space . Musk’s driving eschatology should not be missed in all of this, nor its correspondence to Biblical eschatology, albeit from a very different perspective. His eschatology is described in the article at https://www.verdict.co.uk/elon-musk-sxsw/ : “Elon Musk: “Another dark age is coming and colonising Mars is vital to humanity’s survival”…The Tesla founder fears that the world is heading for a third World War… T that Musk referred to a period of European history between 500 and 800 AD following the fall of the Roman Empire. The period was fraught with warfare and quality of life and intellect declined.”
The article at https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/11/17106910/elon-musk-ai-threat-mars-moon-colonization-nukes-sxsw-2018 echoes the first: “There’s likely to be another dark ages... particularly if there’s a third world war,” Musk stressed, arguing that a Mars colony would stay away from the battle on Earth and carry the torch of human culture forward. He believes that the best way to ensure these dark ages are “shortened” is by having humans on other planets come back and rebuild…”
It is little wonder that Musk has the wind at his back in his mission, because his goal and view of the future is in line with divine scriptural revelation on the topic, even if not in a way that Musk would like. As noted at http://www.puritans.net/articles/prism.htm , there is good reason to believe based upon scriptural testimony that in the coming years the world will be convulsed, including by a third World War (aka Armageddon), the downfall of the current ‘Babylonian’ order, and the beginning of millennial reformation of Biblical Christianity (likely around 2034 AD). What of those who like Musk are wedded to the current ‘Babylonian’ order and would hate a millennial reformation of Biblical Christianity? We read this in Revelation 20:
“20 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
This temporary “bottomless pit…prison” of Satan and his followers is a foreshadow of that eternal abode in “outer darkness” described in Matthew 25:
“30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
So just as the earth during the “millennium” will foreshadow the eternal “new earth” following Christ’s Second Coming as described in Revelation 21, so the temporary “bottomless pit…prison” of Satan and his followers will foreshadow that eternal abode in “outer darkness” of Satan and the non-elect.
Could it be that Musk’s mission towards Mars colonization is indeed the road towards the temporary “bottomless pit…prison” described in Revelation 20? Will they remain and reside there during what they regard as “Dark Ages” here on earth during the “millennium”?
Time will tell if this is the case, but this is certain: “evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the , they shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 37:9). There is indeed great incentive to “wait upon the ” by God’s grace. God has gifted Musk with many things (intelligence, drive, daring, etc.), but at least to this point not with a new heart and mind to “wait upon the Lord”. His current path, if not altered by divine grace, is indeed towards “outer darkness” from earth.