Well given we are having this conversation, they were not.. THE END TIMES. So, things get bad, and then they get better. Thus the wheel turns
Most consider EOD and SHTF a condition that is survivable and not final. Things like a civil war or a true pandemic that wipes out half the country.
If you take it literally or biblical, it doesn't even matter what we do, so this turns your assumption entirely useless. If we all die, there is no point in preparation or discussion.