The idea of the metaverse is quite old and is being used to immanentize an even older-conceived eschaton.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a French Jesuit who in the early twentieth century posited the idea of a "noosphere" - essentially the invisible realm containing the thoughts of all humankind. The internet, for all intents and purposes, is the noosphere.
Chardin, being an evolutionist, further postulated the evolution of consciousness within the noosphere would culminate at an "Omega Point." The Omega Point represents the final evolutionary state of man where consciousness will forever transcend the body.
According to the ancient Christian theology (which is indistinguishable from gnosticism), the body is evil, being a continual source of sin, and is a hindrance to our connectivity with god. Therefore we must leave our sinful bodies behind and propel our consciousness into the realm of the transcendent through meditative and ascetic practices - i.e. monkery. Barring that, we should strive to limit the sin which our body causes us to commit such as sexual desire. Hence why early Christian theologians like Origen cut their penises off and hence the monastic vows of celibacy.
The Jesuit Order of which Teilhard was a member, has been focused since its inception on fulfilling the Three Age Prophecy of Joachim of Fiore - a twelfth century Italian abbot. The Three Age Prophecy stated that the First Age of man was the Jewish/Israelite theocracy, the Second Age has been the age of the traditional Christian Catholic church, and the coming Third Age, the "age of the spirit" will be one of mystic spiritual perfectionism, devoid of authority structures and formalized religion.
In the Third Age, all religious text, hierarchy and liturgy is to be abolished. Even the relations between men and women are to be severed. The constant fear of germs that has been instilled into the masses especially lately with the invention of the so-called coronavirus undoubtedly assists this goal. Physical intimacy will be regarded as an unclean act which spreads disease. This was depicted in the movie Demolition Man where Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullocks' characters have sex in virtual reality to avoid exchanging bodily fluids.
Furthermore, the movements to defund the police aid this third age immanentization by ridding the world of oppressive authorities.
Finally, consider the Great Reset and its motto of "you will own nothing and be happy." The first organizations which proscribed ownership of property were the monastic orders with their vows of poverty. The Jesuits, who are monastics and take the same vows of poverty, later on were the first group in history to successfully install a communist system of governance on their Paraguayan reductions between the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Great Reset and the Metaverse are to be the platforms upon which the Joachimites (working together with Darwinist capitalists), headed by the Jesuit Order will unleash their international gnostic assault.
Eric Voegelin, who was perhaps the most well-respected political philosopher of the 20th century emphasized the influence that Joachitic symbolism has had on political society up to the modern age:
In his trinitarian eschatology Joachim created the aggregate of symbols that govern the self-interpretation of modern political society to this day.
The New Science of Politics. Page 111.
In his paper Finding Wholes in the Metaverse: Posthuman Mystics as
Agents of Evolutionary Contextualization, Christian scholar Ryan K. Bolger cites and references Teilhard de Chardin multiple times while demonstrating how the metaverse will be used for purposes of religious and "posthuman mysticism."