Revison: see Notes
The fake Apocalypse is an aspect of the next phase of the actual Apocalypse. This phase is intended by the progressive hierarchy (the forces of good) to usher in a new subrace of the current Aryan root-race of mankind (not to be confused with the Nazi concept), with a new form of consciousness. On the other hand, there is an attempt to implement a "rogue" agenda, i.e. the Eighth Sphere agenda, and prevent mankind from progressing to the next stage of consciousness. Chances are that the forces of evil will fail as usual (they've tried before, but they were outsmarted by the progressive hierarchy), but we can't take that for granted.
The actual Apocalypse, which includes several future stages of our evolution, constitutes the end of our solar system's current incarnation, in the form of an ascent into a spiritual state, over the course of thousands or tens of thousands of years. In the next subrace of mankind, people's character will be much more evident in their faces than is now the case. So, Satan's agents will have to operate in the open, and obviously from a position of strength if they are to achieve their goals. This is why they're in a hurry to establish a global Orwellian dictatorship.
By "Orwellian," I mean an oppressive world order designed to drive the human spirit out of the world and into the 8th Sphere, an "escapist" realm created by the forces of evil. "Orwellian" can also refer to various aspects of this type of a system, such as constant monitoring and suppression of free will, both of which obviously create a desire to escape, as symbolized by various means throughout 1984. Note that 1984 converts to 22, then 4, which are related to black magic and blood/death, respectively.
The transition to the next subrace, I suspect, is what's behind the drive to kill off the current population of the planet. Rudolf Steiner has indicated that this will be accomplished through cataclysmic activity, and one means of triggering such activity is to create widespread chaos.
Behind the scenes, the forces of good and evil are involved in a sort of chess game, making moves and counter-moves to manage the chaos and manipulate mankind into their desired future. Our part in this includes thinking, and striving for objectivity, in order to discern between truth and falsehood. It also includes a mastery of physical matter through science, engineering, and industry. For a more general idea of our task, I suggest The Balance in the World and Man, Lucifer and Ahriman.
Rev A - Rewrote first paragraph, which previously contained an erroneous concept, i.e. that the fake Apocalypse is intended to serve an evil agenda only. Perhaps it is by organized Satanism, but I think they're being used by higher-level forces who intend to use it for good, ultimately.