Europe Saves Greece—for a Little While

Europe Saves Greece—for a Little While


If can-kicking were a sport, EU leaders would be world champions.

Eurozone leaders and the International Monetary Fund (imf) reached yet another agreement to save Greece in the early hours of November 27, after a 13-hour meeting. Like previous agreements, this one has no chance of solving the problems in Greece, let alone in the rest of the euro. It’s yet another Band-Aid—but Germany hopes it will postpone tough decisions until after its 2013 elections.

Last week, eurozone leaders met and failed to agree on a way forward. According to Spiegel Online, the “unpleasant haggling that ensued was something even long-serving Brussels officials had rarely experienced.”

“Whenever an idea was proposed, the representative of one country or another had an objection,” it wrote.

But the biggest obstacle was a fundamental fallout between Germany and the imf. The imf demanded eurozone lenders forgive some of the debt Greece owes them. Germany claimed it would be illegal to keep lending money to Greece at the same time it is writing off other debt. However, that hasn’t stopped Germany before. The more likely reason is that Chancellor Angela Merkel doesn’t want to tell German taxpayers that they must take a loss on the Greek loans right before an election.

This week’s deal is a messy compromise, even by EU standards. Germany got its way, for now. Nations will not have to write off Greek debt. Instead, they will charge Greece a lower interest rate on loans in the first bailout package. They will delay collecting some of the interest on the second bailout. The European Central Bank will give Greece the €11 billion in profit it has made in the process of propping up Greek bonds. And some Greek bonds will be bought back. That hodgepodge of measures satisfied the imf, and Greece will receive its bailout money once it’s been approved by national parliaments. The imf will release its money once the Greek bond buy-back has been completed.

“We think that Greece will eventually need a much larger debt relief, but any agreement on this is unlikely to happen before German elections next fall,” said Tullia Bucco of UniCredit Research.

Another major flaw of the agreement is that it will only succeed if Greece’s economy soon begins growing rapidly, the way Greece’s creditors predict it will. Their predictions are pure wishful thinking. As this post from Zero Hedge demonstrates, the troika of lenders are predicting that Greece has been on the brink of growth for years.

This agreement also makes things worse for the eurozone’s other indebted states. Spain and Italy will be borrowing money in order to lend to Greece, just as they’re doing now, except they’ll be charging Greece a lower interest rate than the rate they pay to borrow the money in the first place.

Ahead of the meeting, Der Spiegel predicted the agreement would postpone the problems for merely a matter of months. “But whatever the Euro Group decides to do now, it will not last until the German parliamentary election in September 2013, as Merkel and Schäuble would like,” it wrote. “One senior official involved in the talks ventured a sober prognosis: ‘In the spring, we’ll have to revisit this junk again.’”

This isn’t the only can EU leaders have booted down the road. The chief economist at the World Bank, Kaushik Basu, predicted that the €1 trillion the European Central Bank (ecb) used to prop up eurozone banks last winter will come back to haunt the world in 2014 and 2015. The ecb gave the money to the bank in the form of three-year loans. When those loans are due back, “we’re going to get another big rocking of the global economy,” Basu said.

“I don’t think the ecb had any other choice,” he said. “But when you bought time, you have to do things with the time you bought, otherwise the crisis will come back. And there’s a danger of that.”

That is all most of the EU’s responses to the euro crisis have been doing—buying time. Europe still needs a revolution to solve the contradictions within the single currency. At the moment, the eurozone is halfway to becoming a superstate. It can either move forward, or fall apart. But its current situation is unsustainable. Watch for the eurozone crisis to eventually force EU leaders to create a superstate.

Berlin and Moscow Wage Proxy War in Syria

Berlin and Moscow Wage Proxy War in Syria

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With Russia funneling cash to the al Assad regime and Germany giving politico-military support to the rebels, the entire Syrian civil war can be viewed as a proxy war between Moscow and Berlin!

Rebel forces backed by al Qaeda and the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood took a major step toward their planned conquest of Syria this past Monday.

The insurgents virtually cut off all roads to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo from neighboring Raqqa province by taking full control over the Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates River. The Assad regime must now rely solely on the Damascus-Aleppo highway to reinforce its troops in the embattled northern stronghold.

Now that the rebels hold sway over a wide expanse of territory in north-central Syria, many analysts are predicting that President Bashar Assad may have to soon withdraw his troops and his stockpiles of chemical weapons to the mountainous region adjacent the Mediterranean Sea.

Such a development—if it occurs—would effectively divide Syria into a Shiite-dominated, coastal mini-state and a Sunni-dominated, inland constituency.

Considering that Assad is a stalwart ally of Iran, there are many powers in this world that would love to see the above described scenario come to fruition.

Already, according to media reports, Turkey is preparing to officially request that nato station surface-to-air missiles along its southwestern border with Syria. The German government has already made clear its approval of this request and is considering sending a contingent of up to 170 Bundeswehr personnel to operate these missiles.

Although the stated purpose of this surface-to-air missile system is to protect Turkey from Syrian combat jets and missiles, the system could also be used to establish a no-fly zone over Syrian territory. Such a no-fly zone would be exactly what the rebels need to wrestle the Syrian interior away from Assad, thus depriving Iran of a valuable ally and strengthening German influence in the Middle East.

According to news analysts at German News Information Services GmbH, one of the leading figures in the Syrian opposition is Riad Seif, who as far back as the 1990s had maintained contact to Berlin’s foreign policy establishment. This news service also reports that Seif is involved in the activities of a multinational “working group” on the transformation of the Syrian economy, directed from an office in the German foreign ministry.

It was Seif who nominated Moaz al Khatib as the new chair of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces during the recent negotiations for the creation of a government in exile in Qatar. It should also be noted that al Khatib is generally described in German media as a moderate member of an influential family dedicated to cultivating Damascene traditions.

On a more sober note, however, critics point out that al Khatib has publicly expressed sympathy for Yusuf al Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and the man who praised Adolf Hitler as an instrument of Allah used to call down divine punishment upon the Jewish people.

Both Iran and Russia, however, have condemned the German-led nato initiative to supply Turkey with surface-to-air missiles. The mullahs in Tehran, of course, want to preserve Assad’s rule so they can continue to count on Syrian support in their war against Israel and the West. Russia is also trying to maintain the status quo in Syria; Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin hierarchy have leased the Port of Tartus from Bashar Assad in order to give the Russian Navy enhanced access to the Mediterranean Sea.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia is neutral in the Syrian conflict and is only condemning Turkey’s request for surface-to-air missiles out of concern about escalating violence. The truth, though, is that Russia has been funneling cash and arms to the Assad regime for years. In fact, the economy of the Assad regime was close to unraveling this past summer when a Syrian government plane ferried in what flight records describe as more than 200 tons of bank notes from Moscow.

So with Russia funneling cash to the Assad regime and Germany giving politico-military support to the rebels, the entire Syrian civil war can be viewed as a proxy war between Moscow and Berlin.

Germany is diligently working to draw Syria into an anti-Iranian alliance of Arab nations that will ultimately help Berlin unseat Tehran as the dominant power in the Middle East.

For almost two decades the Trumpet has been explaining that biblical prophecy shows that Syria (along with other traditional Sunni Arab states like Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) will ally with a German-led revival of the Holy Roman Empire.

This German-led alliance of Sunni Arab states will strike Iran and its terrorist proxies—before going on to fulfill its dream of destroying the Jewish state called Israel. Read the cover story of the September edition of the Trumpet magazine for a full description of the modern-day identities of the Arab nations prophesied to ally with Germany. Then read editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s recent editorial “Egypt Unites With Iran and Fulfills a Bible Prophecy” to understand which modern-day nations will ally with Iran.

Both of these end-time alliances are almost complete. The leaders in the Kremlin are shrewd enough to see this even without the benefit of Bible prophecy. Vladimir Putin and his Chinese allies will not sit idly by and watch as Germany prepares to take over the Middle East. Russia and China vetoed the UN resolution imposing sanctions on Syria and have outspokenly condemned European support for the Syrian rebels.

As Germany and the European Union ignore these warnings, Russia and China will continue to enhance military cooperation. Once Germany completes its conquest of the Middle East, the proxy war will be superseded by full-out military conflict!

There is another biblical prophecy in Daniel 11 that foretells of a time immediately after the German-led “king of the north” conquers the Middle East. At this time, “tidings out of the east and out of the north” shall trouble this king and he “shall go forth with great fury to destroy” these powers. Yet in this war, “he shall come to his end, and none shall help him”!

This prophecy is about an end-of-the-end-time clash between a recently victorious United States of Europe and an enraged Russo-Chinese confederation. So bloody will be this last clash of powers that Jesus Christ Himself will have to return to Earth to stop it and ensure the survival of humanity.

News reports coming out of Syria this week are pointing toward both the most dreadful and the most wonderful events in human history!

How to Weather the Storm

From the January 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

In sheer size and scope, a hurricane is the most devastating storm man can face. The combination of rain, wind and flooding over an extended period of time leaves a wake of large-scale destruction. Hurricane Sandy is a catastrophic example. Several million lost power, water and heat. With fuel shortages, transportation delays, destroyed homes, interruptions in work and battered cities, an estimated 50 million people over 24 states felt the effect of just this one storm.

Where was God in all of this? Couldn’t He have stopped the storm?

Violent storms aren’t a coincidence or an effect of man-made causes. God allows these storms. These so-called natural disasters are biblical. God prophesied these catastrophes in the Bible; He even warns us that they will increase. And He tells us why He is allowing them.

America has rejected God. You can read Hosea 1:9 and 4:6 to see what happens as a result. Because we have turned away from Him, God is removing the blessings and the protection that He once gave us (Hosea 2:8-9). He has revealed that the nation is so anti-God that it has passed the point of no return. You can read about this sobering judgment in our free booklet Lamentations: The Point of No Return.

But God does show us how we—individually—can weather the coming storms.

As He concluded His famous “sermon on the mount,” Jesus Christ talked about a violent, hurricane-like storm. He said anyone who heard His sayings and did them was like a wise man who built his house on a rock and could thus withstand a violent storm. But anyone who heard but didn’t do what Christ said was like a fool who built on sand, and whose house would be destroyed in the violent weather (Matthew 7:24-27).

No one escapes the storm, but those who hear Christ’s sayings and do them endure the devastation. The doers of God’s Word have their homes—their lives—built on a rock! (James 1:22-25).

How can we build our lives on that rock? Jesus showed us in that same sermon. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19).

How do we weather the coming storms? By obeying God’s law!

God’s law is a law of love (Romans 13:10). It consists of love toward God and love toward our fellow man (Matthew 22:35-40).

During His sermon, Jesus went into detail about the relationship we need with God. This is the relationship we were meant to have with our Creator. Christ taught that God is our Father and we are His children. He taught us to love and worship God, to exercise living faith, and to trust God for our needs no matter the physical conditions. He taught us that there can’t be anyone or anything more important than God in our lives. Doing so breaks God’s law of love, and we suffer when we allow that. When we sin, God can’t be near us, so when the rain and wind and flooding comes, we can’t hold up.

In that same message, Christ also taught us to love our neighbor. He taught that God’s law of love governs the human relationships we share. He explained how God’s law should govern not just our deeds and our words, but even our thoughts. What is the attitude and intent in our relationships? Do we want to help others or hurt them? Do we want to give or take? Are we treating others the way we would want to be treated? Do we see their needs and seek to fulfill those needs? (Matthew 25:32-45). Are we willing to sacrifice to help others?

These are God’s laws of love, and these are the words God expects us to live by (Matthew 4:4). When we choose to do these words—to love God and to love our neighbor—then the structure of our lives is strengthened, and our footing is secure.

God’s laws are unchangeable and eternal, and they lead to a happy, prosperous life even in a world of turmoil and devastation. Hurricane Sandy and the continued suffering shows us how much we need God, and how much we need His law of love to guide us (Psalm 119:105).

“As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation” (Proverbs 10:25). Those who reject God’s laws can’t endure the storm. But the righteous, those who build their lives on God’s law, don’t just have an everlasting foundation: They are an everlasting foundation! By being doers of the word, the righteous become a foundation that God will build on forever!

Greater storms are coming. Not all will be literal storms. But the rains, the winds and the floods will come. How important it is that we build our lives on God’s law and be an everlasting foundation.

Israeli Intelligence: Sudan a Core Part of Iran’s Terror Network

Israeli Intelligence: Sudan a Core Part of Iran’s Terror Network


Iran quickly moves to resupply Hamas, via Sudan and with help from Eritrea.

Iran is preparing a shipment of missiles to send to Gaza via Sudan, the Sunday Times reported on November 25, citing anonymous Israeli defense and intelligence sources. Satellite photos showed the shipment being prepared while Israel and Hamas agreed a ceasefire last week.

Not only is Iran sending more Fajr-5 rockets, the missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, but the paper also reported it is sending Shahab-3 missiles, which could reach Israel directly from Sudan.

“With a lot of effort, Iran has skilfully built a strategic arm pointing at Israel from the south,” the Times quoted an Israeli source as saying. It also reported that Israel believes Iran is building a new weapons factory in Sudan to replace the one Israel destroyed last month.

The Farj-5 rockets are to be dismantled and smuggled through Egypt and across the Gaza border through tunnels.

Eritrea is also part of Iran’s network. An Israeli source said, “We believe that Iranian warships based in Eritrea will escort the cargo ship once it has entered the Red Sea.”

Israel said it planned to destroy the shipment.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has pointed to Iran’s ambition to control the Red Sea as a key part of its grand strategy. Already it has a “strategic arm” in Sudan and warships based in Eritrea. It has close links to terrorist groups in Yemen. Its hold over the Red Sea is already strong.

At the moment, Iran is using this control to ship weapons to attack Israel. As its hold on the region strengthens, the pressure on Israel will grow. It can also use its hold over this vital trade route as a weapon against America and Europe. It has already threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz to intimidate the West.

Continue to watch Iran develop its control of this region. For more information on it aims, see our article “Libya and Ethiopia Reveal Iran’s Military Strategy.”

Herbert W. Armstrong Awarded Cross of Constantine in Jerusalem

Herbert W. Armstrong Awarded Cross of Constantine in Jerusalem

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Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Diodoros presented award dating back 325 years after Christ.

On Nov. 27, 1982, Herbert Armstrong spoke in the famed Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California, declaring to the audience a “United States of Europe is coming.”

“Now the Eastern Orthodox Church has refused to go together with the Roman Church because the primary thing is they have rejected the papal supremacy. They have rejected the idea that the pope has got to sit on top of the heap,” he said.

In September 2011, Trumpet founder and editor in chief Gerald Flurry headlined, “World’s Greatest Danger: Germany Domineers Over Europe Again!

Revelation 13 and 17 reveal this prophesied fact of the present. Today, Europe is undisputedly dominated by one nation—Germany. Through economic power and influence it has succeeded in leading the subjugation of such countries as Greece, Spain and Italy, as noted by the ancient Prophet Daniel in chapter 8 and verse 9.

However, Germany’s guidance of Europe’s present united states has been controlled, managed and carefully permitted by the overseer of the 27 nations’ treasury, the European Central Bank (ecb), in consort with the leader of the European Council and the European Parliament, along with the top leaders of Italy and Spain.

Is there a connection? If so, then what? This website has drawn repeated attention to a cadre of power players in Europe who have been Jesuit trained and dubbed “God’s Marines.” Who are they?

Mario Draghi presides over the ecb, a position more powerful than head of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Herman Van Rompuy is president of the European Council. José Manuel Barroso is not Jesuit trained, but as a knight of Malta has shown himself a sympathizer and supporter of the Holy Roman-trained “Marines.” Mario Monti, prime minister of Italy, was called upon in an unelected capacity to save his country’s economy. Finally, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was elected to preserve Europe’s most Catholic country from fiscal inquisition.

Revelation 17:1-5 declare a woman riding the great beast. She is named as a Babylonian mystery religion, universal in scope, power and influence, in control of her daughters.

“The last time I was in Jerusalem the patriarch of the Eastern Church at Jerusalem came to see me in my hotel suite,” the unofficial ambassador recounted in his 1982 address. “And he gave me what he considered the highest prize he could give, which was the cross of Constantine—Constantine the Great—which dates back to a.d. 325, 325 years after Christ.”

Constantine ruled his empire from and was named after the city of Constantinople, and history credits him with calling the Nicene Council at which he veritably dictated doctrine of the Catholic Church.

“Well this cross, it is quite a good sized cross, it was hanging on my … I think it is supposed to hang around your neck and hang down in front, and it would really show. It was of gold and quite decorative solid gold. And I was the 129th person to receive that award since a.d 325. So they consider it a very high honor because very few have ever received it.”

The Orthodox Church patriarch who gave Mr. Armstrong this honor was born Damianos G. Karivalis in Greece on Aug. 14, 1923. In 1944 he was renamed Diodoros after becoming a monk. By 1947 he was a priest, then in 1962 was appointed an archbishop. He served as Patriarchal Exarch in Jordan’s capital, Amman. Then in 1981, a year before awarding Mr. Armstrong the Cross of Constantine, the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem named Diodoros patriarch. He remained in the post 19 years until his death on Dec. 20, 2000.

In the course of their meeting, which took place at Mr. Armstrong’s hotel suite, Mr. Armstrong asked Diodoros, “Do you think that there will be an ecumenical movement so that the Eastern and the Roman Church will go together and be rejoined?” The patriarch responded, “We are praying for it.”

This historic meeting in Jerusalem made clear to Mr. Armstrong the resolution between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches on three key doctrinal sticking points.

The first, their inconsistencies regarding the delivery of the Holy Spirit. Catholics believed the Holy Spirit is imparted by God and Jesus, while the Eastern Orthodox Church maintained that it is imparted solely by God the Father. On this point the Vatican yielded.

Secondly, on the doctrine of supremacy over believers, agreement was made that the papal office would be chief while the patriarch’s position would be secondary.

At the time, this came as news to Mr. Armstrong—that the pope would be, as he noted, “top of the heap, just as the Bible says exactly,” as leader of this powerful combine of churches (Revelation 13:1-2), over many waters (Revelation 17:15), composed of many nationalities speaking diverse languages, which he stated on Nov. 17, 1982, was “Europe.”

Thirdly, he cited that the only remaining sticking point to be resolved was that of the bishop of Rome’s infallibility. As a result of his private meeting with Diodoros, Mr. Armstrong said, “I think that Rome will now make the concession that they will also listen to the top Greek officials before he makes any such pronouncements. But that won’t be much of a give and take for him; and I am quite sure that’ll be done, and I think it will be done very quickly” (ibid).

Today, the Eastern Orthodox Church believes in the “impeccability” of the pope. This translates as belief that the pope cannot sin.

Bible prophecy bespeaks of a powerful “woman” riding and guiding a “beast” in this end time, a final resurrection of the medieval Holy Roman Empire. “Here is pictured a woman,” Mr. Armstrong wrote in his compelling booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? “In 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:22-27 and elsewhere, we learn that ‘woman’ is a symbol for church. This woman is a fallen woman—an apostate church—pictured as ruling over many nations (Revelation 17:1, 15). In verse 3, this false church is pictured sitting on a beast ‘having seven heads and ten horns.’”

Request your free copy of Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? to understand more about this critical prophecy unfolding now in Europe, soon to directly impact your own personal life!

Parents: What Can You Do?

From the January 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and even friends have a role to play in protecting youths from drug misuse—whether it’s alcohol, tobacco, legal or illegal highs. In today’s world, you can’t perpetually prevent your child from having access to dangerous drugs. You must help him develop into someone who will choose not to do wrong things, even though he can. Some thoughts to consider:


Don’t let your child be ignorant. Teach him how dangerous these different types of drugs are and what can happen if he takes them. According to the Angelus Foundation, only a third of 16-to-24-year-olds say they’re at least “fairly well informed” about illegal highs. Don’t run the risk of your son being one of those who thinks that “legal” drugs are safe. Your son needs to be very well informed.

Live right 

Make sure that your example is “squeaky clean.” Your children are learning from everything they see you do. If you need alcohol to have a good time, that’s sending a message to your daughter. She needs you to be an awesome example of balance and control.

Expect obedience 

Parents who really love their children want to save them from abusing their own minds. Whether it’s fashionable or not, they expect obedience—not out of convenience, but out of love. Yes, this means discipline and even confrontation at times when your son breaks a “small” rule. But if you teach him to be obedient then, it may be that very lesson that gives him the strength to walk away when a friend offers him Annihilation.

Spend time 

Enjoy wholesome, uplifting pursuits with your child. Develop a close relationship with each of your children as early as possible. Go beyond stressing the negative (don’t do this or that; stay away from drugs), and emphasize the positive, exciting, enjoyable things you can do together: sports, music, academics, crafts and trades.

Plant ambition 

Young people who abuse drugs and alcohol are living for the moment. They have little hope for their future. But if your son is focused on what he can accomplish, he won’t want to risk losing such a bright future to dangerous drugs. Help your child set goals and be ambitious about what he can accomplish as he grows up—he may amaze even you!

Stay involved 

Your daughter needs guidance. Help her choose her friends thoughtfully—and what she does with those friends. Ask her how her day at school went. Know how her test scores are coming. Talk about her social life with her, even if it’s hard to get her to open up at first. Negative peer pressure, drug parties and clubbing are going to be available—you must fight for your child by staying involved in her life and steering her toward a better future.

Teach spiritually 

If you follow all these guidelines, you’ll already be showing your children the spirit of give—by your example. Teach them to also focus on serving other people. If they learn God’s way of give, and if they have a relationship with Him, their futures will be drug-proof!

You don’t have to remember all seven points all the time. Just remember the one word that sums it all up: love. A young person taking drugs is often a cry for attention. If your children see that you love them and that you will even make sacrifices to help them, they will turn to you—and away from dangerous drugs.