China Tests New Stealth Fighter

China Tests New Stealth Fighter

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Thursday afternoon, hours after photos of China’s stealth fighter hit the Internet, a video emerged depicting the prototype stealth fighter in flight.

Ross Babbage of Australia’s Kokoda Foundation said the flight test demonstrates an impressive capability on the part of the Chinese industry. “It’s a very interesting development. It shows how rapidly they’re moving ahead,” he said.

Analyst David Axe agreed with that assessment, saying the flight was “a huge leap forward for China’s ambitious stealth warplane program.” But, he continued, “there are still more questions than answers about China’s second stealth fighter model.”

The radar-avoiding aircraft was accompanied on its test flight by two Chinese-made J-11 fighters. The video is available here.

Developing a stealth fighter-intercept plane was not an easy milestone for Beijing to cross. “The technical barriers and development costs for such aircraft are enormous,” the Associated Press said.

China remains largely reliant on Russia for engines for its latest J-10, J-11 and J-15 models, but Moscow is happy to supply Beijing with this technology. Watch for these Eastern giants to continue making military strides, and to continue cooperation with each other toward that end.

To understand why these trends matter, read Russia and China in Prophecy.

EU Plans to Mobilize 200 Military Personnel to Train Malian Army

EU Plans to Mobilize 200 Military Personnel to Train Malian Army


The European Union is considering sending 200 troops to train Mali’s frail army to stand up to the well-armed militia groups and terrorists that are threatening stability in North Africa and Europe.

“We are currently working on a number of plans, including how to guarantee that there is a republican, credible army” in Mali, said European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on October 26.

In the wake of March’s military coup—Africa’s 117th “successful” coup—a weakening government in Mali lost control of the northern desert region the size of France to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (aqim). aqim is linked to the U.S. Consulate terrorist attacks in Libya. It is feared that Mali is becoming a safe haven for terrorists in a manner akin to Somalia and Afghanistan. According to the Wall Street Journal, a senior EU official said on Tuesday that the region in northern Mali is now “an ungoverned zone” that is “completely out of control.” The official went on to claim that the threat this chaos poses to the EU is “fairly direct.”

The European Union has considered three scenarios of intervention in Mali. One is to help with mere training of the Malian Army. The other is to provide training as well as help with restructuring the Malian Army with technical, logistical and financial support. The third scenario would involve EU troops joining Malian troops in combat. Member states, however, are unwilling to risk their troops in combat and would prefer to help train and restructure Mali’s army. Another EU official estimates that a team of 200 trainers would be deployed along with its own security force of the same size. Combat troops would be supplied by Mali’s army and the Economic Community of West African States.

Our article “Germany’s Mali Mission” last week noted that “Europe’s window of opportunity to tackle radical Islam is closing quickly.” Not wanting to see another Libya, the EU is acting swiftly to establish a presence in North Africa and confront Islamist militias. As the threat of radical Islam continues to rise, and as stability in North Africa and the Middle East continues to deteriorate, watch for more decisive European involvement in the region.

Shootings, Stabbings and Stampeding at Halloween Parties

In the early hours of Thursday morning, a man attending a Halloween party in Miami, Florida, stabbed four other men, critically wounding three of them. One victim went into cardiac arrest at the crime scene, but rescue workers were able to revive him.

A few hours earlier, three people were shot in a crowd of Halloween revelers in Hollywood, California. Aerial footage showed at least three men being taken into custody after the attack.

Meanwhile, officials in Los Angeles said four people were shot and wounded during a Halloween party on the campus of the University of Southern California campus.

In Madrid, Spain, three women aged 18 to 25 were crushed to death in a stampede at a Halloween party around 4 a.m. on Thursday. Another female partygoer was critically injured in the mayhem.

Days earlier, at an early Halloween party on the morning of October 27, two men, 20 and 21 years old, were shot and killed in a rented cabin just outside of Clarksville, Tennessee.

The Halloween holiday wears the disguise of frivolity and games, but its origins are dark and perverse. All Saints’ Day and its eve—All Hallows Eve, or Halloween—actually embodies the worship of Samhain—or Satan.

True Christianity stands for the exact opposite of death and darkness—it stands for light and life (John 1:4-5). No matter how much of a joke we try to make it out to be, Halloween is Satan worship. The tragedy that befell so many Halloween revelers this year reveals the dangers surrounding the holiday.

To understand the grim details of Halloween’s true origins, read “Halloween: Worshiping the Lord of the Dead.”

The Cure for Shopping Addiction

The Cure for Shopping Addiction


From the December 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

Buying things makes us happy. It busts depression, grows our circle of friends, solves our family problems. Buying things is the quickest path to robust health and a future of ease.

At least, that’s what the ads tell us.

Experience, on the other hand, tells us something quite different: that buying things usually just gets us more things—more things that need to be taken care of, more things that break.

In our materialistic world, shopping has become a common addiction—something we end up needing to do not to supply our needs, but for its own sake. The greed habit comes with a high cost: escalating debt, pervasive discontent, stress-related sickness, strained and fractured families.

There is a cure for all that madness. If any single thing can yank us out of the rat race of materialism, here it is: thanksgiving. An attitude of gratitude for those blessings we already possess—particularly the spiritual blessings.

Putting It in Perspective

In the United States, the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving Day. This noble public holiday represents a godly attitude we need to cultivate daily throughout the year.

Jesus Christ tells us not to accumulate treasures on Earth, which can break down, fall apart or be stolen (Matthew 6:19). Instead, a Christian is to seek incorruptible spiritual treasures (verses 20-21). The Apostle Paul offered this timeless wisdom: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (see Colossians 3:1-2). He followed his own advice and remained always content, whatever his physical circumstances—rich or poor, better or worse (Philippians 4:11-12).

When we concentrate on and worry about what we don’t have, we make ourselves poor. When we are grateful for and content with everything we do have, we discover how rich we truly are.

A lack of contentment is really a lack of perspective. If you are anxious about what you’ll eat or drink, your perspective is off, Christ instructs us. Just be thankful you have alife tosustainwith food and drink! Don’t fret about clothes—be thankful you have a body to clothe! (read Matthew 6:25-34).

And God not only wants us to have an attitude of thanksgiving, but He also wants us to express that thanks to Him. Follow Paul’s admonition in Hebrews 13:15 to “offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Feeling Entitled

My three children are growing up with a much higher material standard of living than the one my wife and I had at their age—in their home, their toys, the opportunities available to them. As they have been able to travel and attend certain special events, my wife and I have detected an unattractive side effect: a sense of entitlement. Woe be to any of us when we start feeling entitled to what are actually luxuries. We have talked to our children about it, taught them to be vigilant against it—and even limited some of those special things in their lives.

In making this decision, my wife and I are simply trying to follow God’s example as a parent.

Read the 8th chapter of Deuteronomy; it vividly shows how God walks the line with His people between blessing us and spoiling us. Just as the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, God had a powerful message for them—one extremely relevant in our world today. If you remain obedient, He told them, I’ll bless you abundantly! Then He reminded them of how much gratitude they owed Him for bringing them there. Surely they looked back on their time in the wilderness as a massive trial—but God said, Look, I orchestrated that whole experience. I was right with you the whole time, and it was all for your spiritual benefit.Remember that. Now, as you enter the Promised Land, I want you toenjoy it to the full! But remember where it came from. That prosperity is not a result of your own doing! Be thankful, and don’t take it for granted.

God knows human nature well enough to know there was a danger that the Israelites would get their minds too much onto physical things and off Him.

How thoroughly up to date that speech is! We are modern-day Israel, frighteningly susceptible to the same traps our forebears fell into.

What’s More Important Than Stuff

God has much to give; He could prosper each of us to the heights in a minute! But He knows that instant prosperity could hurt us, and only supplies what we can handle. Like any parent, He wants to bless us abundantly—but when He detects a lack of gratitude, then He thinks twice. And sometimes He withholds blessings in order to benefit our character.

“Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die,” reads a prayer recorded in Proverbs 30:7-9: “[G]ive me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” These few verses contain much wisdom. They provide insight into how God must reason when considering which blessings to extend to us and which to withhold.

In the end, God is after our character development. Sometimes physical blessing helps us develop character. Sometimes deprivation helps us even more.

How do you respond to God’s blessings in your life? God gives us blessings as it pleases Him—and as we please Him. Once we receive them, He expects us to thank Him. And He wants us to be content even when we don’t receive those blessings.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights …” (James 1:17). Make a mental list of all the good and perfect gifts your Father has given you. God even tells us to count trials as blessings since they produce positive spiritual growth in us (e.g. James 1:2-3). Can you honestly think of one thing in your life, then, that isn’t a blessing for which to thank God?

When we begin to set our affections on things on this Earth, it is easy to lose this perspective. There will always be plenty of material things we lack. Nearly all people think they would be so much happier if their paycheck was just 10 percent bigger.

But what peace and joy flood into our lives when we focus on the real, the true—when we can sincerely thank our great God for all the blessings He gives us, even our trials! Greed shrinks; discontent dissolves; materialism melts away. When thankfulness moves in, it brings its companion, contentment. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful” (Colossians 3:15).

How nice—a cure with no negative side effects. And on top of all the other benefits, it will probably fatten your wallet.

So, “therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

The Spirit Behind the Beast

The Spirit Behind the Beast


Hidden from the view of commentators is the spirit that has risen to dominate the EU through its most influential movers and shakers.
From the December 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

“Well, I suppose we can be grateful that the EU didn’t win the Nobel Prize for Economics,” quipped Peter Hitchens in the Daily Mail. Like many commentators, he was incredulous that the European Union—this massive experiment in federalism, destroying democratic structures and smashing national sovereignty all over the Continent, and currently being crushed by economic crisis—could possibly have been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.

“But there is a sense in which the EU has brought peace,” Hitchens continued. “It has done so by allowing France, and more recently Britain, to pretend to be independent powers, while actually being vassals of Germany. And it has allowed Germany to be the imperial ruler of Europe while pretending to be a Europeanized, neutered nothingness.”

That is the reality in Europe today. Germany is imperial ruler.

How has this happened without attracting the attention of media experts? And, indeed, the attention of the national leaders who have been the dupes over the past 70 years in willingly signing up to this project?

Well, the reason is spiritual. The true nature of the beastly power that has arisen in Europe is only apparent to those minds attuned to the reality of the spiritual powers behind it.

Such a one was Herbert W. Armstrong. This man prophesied the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire even while its Hitlerian sixth resurrection collapsed under the onslaught of the Allied powers in their victory over Nazism almost 70 years ago.

Today a few—admittedly still a very small handful—of commentators on the European scene, such as Peter Hitchens, see this reality. The EU is a behemoth built in particular by the Roman Catholic elites of Germany over decades of patient and painstaking imperial effort. It amounts to none other than a literal resurrection of the old Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation—and behind it is the same spirit that empowered the Holy Roman Empire on six previous occasions!

We have been attuned to the rise to political and economic dominance of Europe by Germany for some time. But it’s the sudden rise to prominence of the spirit of Babylon that has caught most observers of Europe off guard. Indeed few, even now, have recognized what is increasingly influencing the consolidation of this empire: It is not Berlin, or even Rome, per se, but rather an ancient religion, the religion of Babylon.

The Only Way to Unite

In the January 1979 issue of the Plain Truth newsmagazine, Herbert Armstrong made this statement, with great prophetic foresight: “The nations of Europe have been striving to become reunited. They desire a common currency, a single combined military force, a single united government. They have made a start in the Common Market. They are now working toward a common currency. Yet, on a purely political basis, they have been totally unable to unite.

“In only one way can this resurrected Holy Roman Empire be brought to fruition—by the ‘good offices’ of the Vatican, uniting church and state once again, with the Vatican astride and ruling (Revelation 17:1-5).” There is the prophecy of Revelation 17 stated in cold, hard, up-to-date language.

That was written over 30 years ago—yet it’s happening before your eyes today! The religion and the state leading Europe are suddenly being revealed as the prime components of a final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, with the Vatican riding atop—“astride”—this developing union of church and state! (verses 3, 7).

That prophesied church-state union could not effectively emerge till the Franco-German bloc was broken and a new balance of power was established in Europe: a Rome-Berlin axis! Just such an axis has emerged. Few indeed grasp the reality of this sea change in Europe.

Rome-Berlin Axis

This is a rough time economically for Europe. Many nations are being forced to take steep austerity measures aimed at getting their books balanced. Anticipating the increasing clamor for EU leaders to promote growth amid these cuts, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and German Chancellor Angela Merkel colluded with European Central Bank (ecb) President Mario Draghi to establish the future of EU economic policy. Merkel’s and Monti’s staffs planned several joint German-Italian economic stimulus initiatives for approval by the European Council.

In the process, Socialist François Hollande’s France was marginalized. The Franco-German axis was broken.

Fully three months after the Trumpet broke this story, the German news source Spiegel headlined it thus: “Is the Franco-German Axis Kaput?” (October 22).

With Chancellor Merkel detaching her nation from France, watch for her to be increasingly influenced by Rome in her political and economic outlook.

This is the reality of Herbert Armstrong’s prophecy that the Vatican will sit astride both church and state—Rome and Berlin—when the beast power reaches its final configuration!

Same Old Spirit

This is not a new thing. It is a very ancient phenomenon that tracks right back to shortly after the establishment of post-Flood civilization. It has to do with a spirit—the spirit of Babylon that permeated the effort to centralize government under one dominant spiritual power in that ancient city (Genesis 11:1-6). Yet, as the biblical record indicates, it is a spiritual influence at complete odds with God’s will (verses 7-9).

As the Trumpet’s editor in chief has stated, “This great false church operates from a city on Earth that rules over ‘the kings of the earth.’ She will guide a 10-nation European power, headed by Germany. … This system is so evil that it imagines, or plots and plans, against God Himself! (see Revelation 13 and 17). The system is led by Satan, whom they worship (Revelation 13:1-4)” (Nahum—An End Time Prophecy for Germany).

This system is dominated by a resilient spirit—one that has moved minds to continue the Babylonish approach to centralized, collective, catholic, universalist imperialism in an effort to rule the world time and time again.

No entity has been more successful in this effort than the one that, over the centuries, has continually risen and fallen, only to be resurrected yet again: the Holy Roman Empire. That same spirit drives today’s EU imperialists toward the same old imperial goal.

Do you know what Italian Prime Minister Monti, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, ecb head Mario Draghi, and EU Council President Herman van Rompuy all have in common, apart from being prominent leaders within today’s European Union? They all have the same Jesuit-educated mind in their approach to the eurocrisis. Their education was guided by that same spirit which sought over 4,000 years ago to garner central power over the nations under the influence of the ancient leader of Babylon, Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-10).

Merkel joining forces with these men places the EU’s purse strings—and the German levers of power—much closer to Rome’s grasp. It was ever so in ancient Babylon—this nexus between Babylon and Assyria, the nation from which today’s Germany descends (verses 11-12).

So history comes full circle. The world’s systems of religion, education, government, trade and commerce began under a central authority based in ancient Babylon. And thus, your Bible declares, it shall be at the end! (Revelation 18).

Expect Berlin and Rome to jointly dominate EU policy decisions from here on. But more than that, look for the Vatican, to whom the Jesuits in particular give complete allegiance, to have an overarching influence on both church and state!

A Woman Riding a Beast

Revelation 13 records the famous prophecy of a “beast.” A thorough study of all related scriptures and a comparison with the events of history show that this beast is the Roman Empire. In the latter part of this chapter is described “the mark of the beast.” This mark is the mark of the Roman Empire.

Note well, however, what Herbert Armstrong wrote about the influence, the chief spirit,behind this beast, in his booklet The Mark of the Beast: “In Revelation 17 a later stage of this same wild beast is pictured, and there a ‘woman’—a great church—sits astride it, guides it, rules over it. But the mark is the mark of the Roman Empire—not the Roman Catholic Church. … It brands on the people the mark of the ‘beast’—that is, the mark of the Roman Empire, not the mark of the Church. … The Roman Empire is the real author of this ‘mark.’ It is the mark of the beast, not the woman who rode the beast.” It is thus the spirit of the woman riding, or guiding, the beast—a Holy Roman imperial spirit—that causes people to carry the mark of the beast.

‘Back to Basics’

European Council President Herman van Rompuy made an interesting observation when commenting on himself and his Jesuit-educated fellows all sharing high office in the European Union. During a keynote speech delivered at an EU conference in November 2011, he declared, “Today, Mario Draghi, Mario Monti and myself are all three alumni from the Jesuits. Back to basics.”

Just what did he mean by that?

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the Jesuits are an order founded upon a “soldierly spirit.” Their founder, Loyola, regarded the pope as “Christ on Earth.” The same source mentions that “The name ‘Societas Jesu’ had been born by a military order approved and recommended by Pius ii in 1450.”

When the Vatican reacted against the Protestant Reformation with its own Counter-Reformation, “The Jesuits naturally endeavored to counteract the spread of Protestantism,” this encyclopedia says. “They became the main instruments of the Counter-Reformation; the re-conquest of southern and western Germany and Austria for the church, and the preservation of the Catholic faith in France and other countries, were due chiefly to their exertions.”

What Jesuit-based “basics” does Van Rompuy seek to return “back to” if not those of the soldierly, crusading spirit of the Jesuits?

This is that spirit that Pope Benedict xvi sought to revive as he recently launched the Vatican’s Year of Faith.

A New Crusade

Commencing October 11, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican ii, the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Pope Benedict launched what amounts to a new crusade by the Roman Catholic Church.

Called the “Year of Faith,” the next 12 months will showcase a plethora of initiatives designed to revive what the Vatican sees as the key role of the church: its commitment to evangelize the world.

“The Church exists to evangelize,” announced the pope during his homily in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, October 8. “At various times in history, divine providence has given birth to a renewed dynamism in the church’s evangelizing activity.” The strong implication was that now is one of those “various times in history.”

Our question is, with Europe in crisis and the world in the utter turmoil of global disorder, why now?

Believe it or not, your Bible answers that question. The timing of Pope Benedict’s new crusade gels perfectly in sequence with the signs Jesus Christ gave to highlight those world events leading up to His Second Coming (Matthew 24:4-5, 24). It all has to do with the stirring of a powerful spirit that has traditionally used the Vatican as a springboard for action (Revelation 17:13).

Why launch the Vatican’s crusading Year of Faith on the 50th anniversary of Vatican ii? Well, there is deep symbolism here that points to the future direction of Europe.

Vatican ii became the catalyst for an ecumenical drive by Rome to garner back into its fold the Orthodox churches and the wayward Protestant daughters.

Whereas the most well-known doctrine affirmed unanimously by all delegates to Vatican i, convened by Pius ix in 1868, was papal infallibility, the most declarative statement made at Vatican ii relating to Rome’s interpretation of its role was the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium. It states that “the sole Church of Christ which in the creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic, which our Savior, after His resurrection, commissioned Peter to shepherd, and him and the other apostles to extend and direct with authority, which He erected for all ages as ‘the pillar and mainstay of the truth.’ This Church, constituted and organized as a society in the present world,subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him” (emphasis mine). Thus it was reestablished as a binding doctrine of Roman Catholicism at Vatican ii that the Roman Church is the only true church.

Incidentally, these singular universal claims of the Vatican inspired Adolf Hitler’s interpretation of dictatorial rule under one doctrine in his effort to produce a thousand-year Reich. “Until now, there has never been anything more grandiose on the Earth than the hierarchical organization of the Catholic Church,” Hermann Rauschning recorded Hitler as saying. “I transferred much of this organization into my own party” (Hitler m’a Dit).

This same Babylonish spirit of forced acceptance of universalist rule is prophesied to dominate the final rise of the Holy Roman Empire. This is revealed in the prophecies of Revelation 13 and 17.

The Power of Symbolism

The power of symbolism to convey implicit messages to the masses is not lost on those who are shaping Europe into its final 10-power configuration.

The most potent of symbols overlaying the European Union is its flag. In late October, that flag was paraded together with its source of inspiration in Strasbourg as a sign of the further assertion of the Babylonish spirit that dominates the EU’s parliamentary seat. As Giacomo Galeazzi explained in a Vatican Insider article: “The symbol of Europe was conceived by a Catholic, and tomorrow, for the first time, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be carried past the EU Parliament building. … The 12 stars on the EU flag are an homage to her and yet this will be her first ‘visit’ to the political headquarters of the EU. Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the statue of the Virgin Mary will be brought to the cathedral of the city that symbolizes European technocracy.”

What is European technocracy? Boiled down to its essence, it is the imposition of the Holy Roman imperialist will of unelected technocrats on an unsuspecting public on the continent of Europe!

“Few people know that the symbol of unified Europe has exquisitely Marian origins, as the European Union’s official flag proves with its 12 stars and the Virgin Mary’s blue and white colors,” Galeazzi continued. His article also highlighted “the requests which Our Lady of Fatima became a bearer of in order to save Europe and the world and ensure peace and prosperity.”

Thus, the symbol of a woman—which tracks back to Nimrod’s mother-wife, Semiramis, the original symbolic great religious whore of Babylon—is transferred to its modern-day counterpart, symbolizing the final resurrection of that old Babylonish empire in its European Union clothes.

Same spirit, same old whore, same tactics—same outcome! “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Revelation 17:6).

The Ultimate Outcome

Yet though the whole world has so often suffered the perverse legacy of the spirit of Babylon, the most tremendous hope is contained in the prophecy of its future destruction. As the Trumpet’s editor in chief has declared, “God is about to destroy the whole Babylonian system forever. It will never rise again” (op. cit.).

That outcome is affirmed in the more sure word of prophecy contained in Revelation 18.

And what lies beyond the destruction of the great Babylonish religious whore?

You need to read our booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like to discover that great wonder! That old spirit of Babylon will be replaced by the very Holy Spirit of God, which will reveal to humankind their incredible human potential. The vistas of truth, of peace, of plenty and of abundance of blessings that Spirit opens up will remove all remembrance forever of that old Babylonish spirit of the Holy Roman Empire!

War Over the Nile

War Over the Nile


Will Egypt topple the Ethiopian government?
From the December 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

War may soon be coming to Ethiopia. The seeds were sown decades ago, but now the bitter fruit is beginning to appear.

In March of 2011, at the height of the political revolution in Egypt, Ethiopia announced that it would soon start construction on a massive hydroelectric dam on the headwaters of the Nile River. This is an explosive declaration. Not only will this dam undoubtedly reduce the amount of water flowing into Sudan and Egypt for several years and perhaps permanently, but it is an existential threat to Egypt.

For Egypt, allowing Ethiopia to construct this dam is somewhat like Israel allowing Iran to build a nuclear weapon.

Egypt is nothing without the Nile. Almost 100 percent of Egypt’s 83 million inhabitants live along the Nile River. It is the lifeblood of the country. It does more than just support agriculture and industry; it provides the water necessary to push the turbines at Egypt’s giant Aswan Dam. This dam, one of the biggest hydroelectric engineering feats of all time, helped transform modern Egypt into a Middle Eastern superpower. The massive lake created by the dam allowed Egypt to expand its agricultural production like never before. It turned whole swaths of desert into lush, irrigated farmland. Electricity production allowed businesses and manufacturers to expand. Egyptian standards of living rose—and the population skyrocketed.

The power to shut down the Nile—even temporarily—is the power to destroy Egypt.

Root of Conflict

To say Egypt and Ethiopia do not have the best of relationships is putting it mildly. During the 1960s, Egypt played a major role in helping Eritrea break away from Ethiopia. Cairo was ground zero for the formation of the Eritrean Liberation Movement and the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, the primary forces behind Eritrea’s long war for independence. During the ’70s and ’80s, Egypt actively supported several other terrorist groups that also worked to overthrow the government in Ethiopia. When Eritrea finally gained independence in 1993, it had Egypt to thank.

Egypt’s strength and ability to impose its will on its neighbors is a function not just of its military, but also of its economy. And that is dependent on economic treaties in force. This is one of the roots of contention between Egypt and Ethiopia.

Due to colonial-era treaties between Egypt, Sudan and the United Kingdom, Egypt holds sole authority over the Nile River’s water—forever. Until recently, this meant that if any upstream nation (also former British protectorates/colonies at the time) wanted to use water from any tributary flowing into the Nile, they had to seek Egyptian approval.

Over the years, nations such as Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia have largely abided by these pre-independence treaties—often to the detriment of their own people.

But now that may be about to change.

Ethiopia’s Blue Nile River generates approximately 85 percent of the total water flowing into the Nile. Ethiopia contends that it was not a signatory to the 1959 treaty, and thus it should not have to abide by a treaty that takes virtually 100 percent of its water that flows into the Nile. Thus, Ethiopia is leading the charge to rewrite the treaties.

More than leading the charge—it is now the first nation to actively challenge Egypt’s virtual monopoly on the Nile.

Challenging an Unjust Treaty

Ethiopia claims that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is needed for its own domestic electricity requirements. This dam, which is currently under construction, will become one of the top 10 biggest dams in the world. It will be able to generate three times the power the Hoover Dam does. It will also greatly increase Ethiopia’s regional importance by providing desperately needed electricity to its neighbors.

In 2010, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania signed an agreement rejecting Egypt’s claim to the Nile and formed a new partnership to redistribute the river’s water more equitably.

Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is the first test of this agreement—and Egypt’s resolve. It is scheduled for completion in three years, at which time large amounts of water will be withheld from the Nile. But perhaps even more importantly from Egypt’s perspective, if not stopped it could herald a gold rush of other hydroelectric projects that will inevitably lead to increased agricultural projects within the region. If other Nile River nations begin to consume water the way Egypt does, it will be the end of the Nile. Even today, the Nile River delta is retreating due to vastly reduced amounts of water making it to the Mediterranean Sea.

If Ethiopia succeeds, it will be the end of Egypt’s control of the Nile. In water-limited Africa, that would be an unmitigated disaster for the land of the pharaohs.

Advance Intelligence

An indication of how this potentially explosive situation could play out comes from a remarkable source: biblical prophecy.

In the April 2011 issue of the Trumpet, Gerald Flurry prophesied specifically that Libya and Ethiopia would become the victims of radical Islam. At the time, there was very little physical evidence to suggest Ethiopia could ever be threatened. But he made that prediction based upon the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43, which foretells an end-time clash between a German-led Holy Roman Empire and an Iranian-led Islamic coalition called the king of the south. In verse 43, Daniel lists the “Libyans and the Ethiopians” as part of the king of the south alliance. “This verse states that Libya and Ethiopia are also going to be closely allied with Iran!” stated Mr. Flurry.

When this article was published, some readers said the idea that largely Christian Ethiopia could ever fall into the radical Islamist camp was outrageous. Muslims and Christians had been peacefully coexisting for years, they said.

Based on the physical evidence at that time, these critics seemed right. But look at Ethiopia now.

In November 2011, the Ethiopian government discovered plans by a group of Wahhabi Muslims to turn Ethiopia into an Islamic country governed by sharia law. In a press conference, the Ethiopian government expressed concern over the increasing incidence of violence against moderate Muslims and Christians by radical Wahhabi Muslims. Since then, there has been a huge uptick in Islamic-inspired protests and riots. Even Western newspapers like the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Times are warning about an Islamic backlash and the radicalization of Ethiopian Muslims.

Then, on August 20, Ethiopia’s longtime prime minister, Meles Zenawi, suddenly died. His successor is untested and comes from a small Protestant group as opposed to one of the major religious affiliations. There is talk of a power struggle.

On August 22, just two days after Zenawi died, Gerald Flurry said on a Key of David program that Daniel 11:43 shows that Egypt is about to have a “major impact on other nations in the Middle East, and in Libya and Ethiopia in particular.” He went on to say that Egypt would play a critical role in turning Ethiopia into an Egypt-Iran allied state.

Events are now bearing out that prophecy.

What Will Egypt Do?

According to a recent report by the intelligence company Stratfor, Egypt has three choices. First, Egypt can bring political and economic pressure on Ethiopia to prevent the construction of the dam. This has already had a limited effect, but it probably won’t be enough to stop Ethiopia. Although Egypt and Sudan have successfully discouraged international investors from financing the $5 billion project, Ethiopia appears to be internally funding construction.

Second, Egypt could resort to direct military intervention. Although Stratfor says this is a last option, it also warns that “Cairo will use any tool at its disposal to stop the project, including military force if necessary.” This jibes with the Stratfor files that were stolen by WikiLeaks and published on August 31. According to these WikiLeak documents, Egypt has procured the use of Sudanese military bases to launch military attacks on Ethiopia’s dam project. One high-level Egyptian official was reported to have said: “If it comes to a crisis, we will send a jet to bomb the dam and come back in one day, as simple as that. Or we can send our special forces in to block/sabotage the dam.”

Third, Stratfor says Egypt could reactivate and support proxy militant groups. There are at least a dozen such armed groups scattered across ethnically divided Ethiopia that are working to overthrow the government or carve out independent regions.

Egypt could also use its allies in Eritrea to destabilize Ethiopia. This is exactly what appears to be happening.

On October 13, Ethiopia announced that it had seized 500 weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition being smuggled into the country from Sudan. The seizure came just a month after six exiled Ethiopian opposition groups announced the formation of armed movements against the government. According to Africa Review, 12 armed opposition groups have recently taken up arms against the Ethiopian government.

Ethiopia may quickly be headed for civil war—instigated by Egypt! According to one report, most of these groups are proxies of Egypt’s Eritrean and Sudanese allies.

Will Egypt soon topple the Ethiopian government? Egypt has tens of billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. military hardware. It has well-positioned and locally supported militant groups based in Ethiopia and on its borders. And it is facing the prospect of losing control of its most important and strategic asset—a river that is the lifeblood of its existence.

The Bible says Egypt will soon be instrumental in bringing a radical political reorientation to Ethiopia. Watch while it happens.