UNESCO Director General Amadou Mahtar M’Bow’s Invitation to Herbert W. Armstrong

UNESCO Director General Amadou Mahtar M’Bow’s Invitation to Herbert W. Armstrong

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Unofficial ambassador invited to participate in international youth project

“Building peace in the minds of men and women,” declares the motto of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Established in 1945 as a collaborative effort of nations to “embody a genuine culture of peace” in the world, it has struggled through the decades in pursuit of this lofty objective.

“We had been invited to participate, through the Ambassador Foundation, in a project of international youth development by unesco, the educational and cultural branch of the United Nations,” Mr. Armstrong wrote co-workers June 15, 1984. “In Paris earlier this week I had meetings with the director general of unesco, Mr. Amadou Mahtar M’Bow, and also with the French and German representatives to unesco, relative to this youth project. Through such conferences I am learning much more from the inside about the drift in world affairs.”

One may ask why the director general of unesco invited an unofficial ambassador for world peace to be involved with such a global government initiative.

Born in the African country of Senegal, Mr. M’Bow completed his advanced education in the city of lights, Paris. Thereafter, back in his native country, he instructed in the subjects of geography and history, overseeing education development. He began serving as part of unesco beginning 1966 and ascended to director general in 1974, serving in that position till 1987.

The meeting between M’Bow and Armstrong was amid the United Nations-mandated International Youth Year celebrations, created to foster greater awareness of the global demographic of those ages 15 to 24.

In the same 1984 letter, Mr. Armstrong lamented, “My meetings with officials of unesco in Paris a few days ago made plain that the Third World of economically poor nations is, with Soviet influence, gaining control of unesco as well as the United Nations system in Geneva, against the United States and Britain. The United States has already given notice of its intentions to withdraw from unesco at the end of this year. Why do many economically poor nations look with jealousy and hatred against America and Britain? That, too, is explained in the Bible.” Request your free copy of Mr. Armstrong’s book The United States and Britain in Prophecy for more understanding.

Hosted in Barcelona, Spain, from July 8-15, 1985, unesco sponsored the World Congress on Youth, which was attended by over 600 youth, government and non-government officials. In its Barcelona Statement, chronicling the event, “the participants in the congress viewed the development of all kinds of initiatives aimed at mutual understanding as a vital activity deserving unceasing support.”

The report additionally stated that the need for developing countries was for “appropriate educational, social and cultural initiatives,” and for developed countries, “improving conditions and interrelationships throughout the world.”

This event came barely a month after Mr. Armstrong had been honored at the 40th-anniversary celebrations of the founding of the United Nations, having attended the signing ceremony in San Francisco and reported on the historic event back in 1945 for the Plain Truth magazine and the World Tomorrow radio program.

Both recommendations of the Barcelona Statement had already been long-established pillars of cultural and humanitarian bridge building as directed by Mr. Armstrong as founder of Ambassador International Cultural Foundation.

Mr. Armstrong’s love of youth, culture and global humanitarianism began as far back as 1934. The Ambassador International Cultural Foundation was formally established in March 1975 as a non-profit foundation dedicated to serving humanity worldwide, giving the church “added prestige, credibility and favor” as the non-religious organization was “met with great and favorable response,” he wrote co-workers June 5, 1975. The foundation was nonsectarian and legally independent of both Mr. Armstrong’s endeavors of Ambassador College and the Worldwide Church of God and yet greatly contributed to his mission of declaring the good news of the coming government of God to all nations (Matthew 24:14).

The Ambassador International Cultural Foundation was so beloved and internationally respected by the world’s leaders that upon the death of Mr. Armstrong in January 1986, their messages of condolence called with collective voice from all corners of the globe for the legacy and work of this honored ambassador for world peace to be continued.

Tragically, those appointed by Mr. Armstrong to perpetuate his humanitarian efforts to extend goodwill and promote world peace among all nations ignored the request of emperors, kings, presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, diplomats and high government officials to continue Mr. Armstrong’s legacy. After closing the Ambassador College campus and seeking to profit from the sale of the assets, the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation crumbled to defunct status and with it the plea of world leaders to see it continue. Request your free copy of Raising the Ruins to learn more of this betrayal of Mr. Armstrong’s legacy.

“Greetings, friends! What is the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation?” writes editor in chief Gerald Flurry in the foundation’s prospectus, received by thousands of global supporters. “We are an international humanitarian organization dedicated to serving the cultural and educational needs of people everywhere. The concept behind all of the foundation’s goals and activities is twofold: 1) that man is a unique being, possessing vast mental, physical and spiritual potentials—the development of which should be aided and encouraged, and 2) that it is the responsibility of all men to attend to and care for the needs of their fellow men, a precept professed by the vast majority of religions of the world—appropriately summed up in three biblical words: ‘Love thy neighbor.’ Out of this understanding we seek to aid and support projects around the world without respect to race or religion.”

Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s dedicated efforts over the past two decades involving various countries and cultures are proof that Gerald Flurry is honoring the request of emperors, kings, queens, princes, presidents and prime ministers, along with a myriad of dignitaries from around the globe who met and worked with Herbert Armstrong and the foundation during his life. They also aid Mr. Flurry’s mission to “prophesy again” in the tradition of the unofficial ambassador to many peoples, nations, tongues and kings (Revelation 10:11).

Through these efforts, the foundation continues its contribution toward bringing about understanding between all peoples in the march forward to soon-coming world peace to be established by Jesus Christ at His promised return.

Canadian Housing Bubble About to Pop

Canadian Housing Bubble About to Pop


What Canada failed to learn from its neighbor

Canada is on the verge of a real-estate crisis similar to the one that crippled the U.S. economy in 2008. Robert Shiller, an economist who predicted the infamous U.S housing bubble, said he worries that what is happening in Canada right now is “kind of a slow-motion version of what happened in the U.S.

Just like the buildup to the financial crises of 2008, a variety of factors have placed Canada’s housing market in a difficult position. For starters, Canada is neck deep in debt. Since 1990, the average household debt has risen from 75 percent of household income to 150 percent. Any break in the economy could spell disaster for these homeowners who obviously have learned nothing from America.

According to Neil Macdonald of cbc News, “Canadians seem to think that stricter government regulation in Canada protects them. But they are in some ways more vulnerable than Americans.” Canadians are falling for the same deception that duped so many Americans—that housing prices will never decline. The false sense of security that comes from believing that the Canadian government will be able to protect the populace from such a disaster has blinded many homeowners all the more.

Recently, Moody’s Investors Service warned that it may cut the credit ratings of six of Canada’s largest banks. Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Bank of Canada, Caisse Centrale Desjardins and Bank of Montreal are all in danger of the cut.

Moody’s said it was concerned over the growth in debt outpacing the growth in income, and the high-risk involvement that several of the banks have with the volatile American and European markets.

Perhaps the saddest part of this oncoming crisis is that only a few years ago, the U.S. had all the same symptoms that Canada has now: heavy debt, credit downgrades, rising housing prices, misplaced confidence in the system—but Canada hasn’t learned from its neighbor.

Trumpet columnist Robert Morley warned of this impending crisis over two years ago. Citing how economic analyst Mike Shedlock’s housing collapse cascade pattern played out in America, Morley wrote, “Canadian readers may want to take note of the calamitous events south of the border that ensued following America’s great housing bust.”

Earlier this year he wrote, “Falling house prices is an idea that many Canadians laugh at. Americans laughed too before America’s bubble burst. … Canada’s bubble is getting close to bursting, and when it does, expect a massive economic implosion.”

Now evidence of that impending implosion is beginning to make headlines. To learn how to protect yourself from economic meltdown, read “Storm-Proof Your Financial House.”

The Palestinian State, Israeli Settlements and Bible Prophecy

On November 29, the UN General Assembly upgraded the status of the Palestinian Authority to a “non-member observer state.” While the resolution does not grant statehood or independence to the Palestinians, it is a significant diplomatic score for them. The day after, Israel announced plans to build 3,000 homes in East Jerusalem, a move that immediately triggered an international outcry. Both events are setting the stage to fulfill two key Bible prophecies.

United States of Europe ‘Likely’ to Be Formed by 2020

United States of Europe ‘Likely’ to Be Formed by 2020


Most European Union nations will combine together to form the United States of Europe, European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding said in an interview published December 10.

“I consider it to be likely that the eurozone states by 2020—then including the Baltic states and Poland—together will found the United States of Europe, while Great Britain in a looser association continues to take part to economic integration,” she said.

Even in the medium term, Europe needs “clear federal structures, decision making powers in place and strong democratic control where decisions are made,” she said. The European Commission should become a European government, she added.

Reding is also commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship. Her interview was published as European leaders receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

Europe’s leaders are gradually becoming more explicit in their calls for a superstate. It is clear that those at the top see the euro crisis as an opportunity to create the Europe they’ve wanted all along.

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman van Rompuy are working on plans that would bring Reding’s vision closer to reality. She’s not just airing vague ambitions. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “I’m sure the Commission will become a government one day.”

It is unusual for a senior Europe leader to call for the founding of a “United States of Europe.” But soon it won’t be. Calls for a political union in Europe are louder and more common, and coming from more important people, than they ever were before.

China Seeks Upgrades in Asian Connectivity

China Seeks Upgrades in Asian Connectivity


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made a hearty push on Wednesday for increased connectivity and cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (sco), including the construction of a railway joining China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Wen made the remarks at the 11th prime ministers’ meeting of the sco, which groups China and Russia with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Beijing, Wen said, is prepared to give $10 billion for key projects including a land route spanning all the way from St. Petersburg, Russia to Lianyungang on China’s East coast. Another planned project is a road network that will link all sco nations, allowing them to share outlets to the sea in a low-cost and convenient manner.

Connectivity of this type will represent a major milestone for the development of Central Asian countries, most of which are landlocked. The development of such infrastructure and connectivity between these six Asian giants is particularly important in light of the sure word of Bible prophecy regarding modern-day Asia. The prophecy of “the kings of the east” found in Daniel 11:44, Revelation 9:13-16 and elsewhere says an enormous Asian power bloc will ultimately amass a staggering 200-million-man army.

At the time of the end, this army—larger than any ever assembled in mankind’s history—will gather and travel westward into modern-day Israel (e.g. Revelation 16:12, 16; Daniel 11:44). The Trumpet has said for years that these kings would be led by Russia and China. The railways and roadways that Wen and other sco leaders are laboring to build could be instrumental in transporting these great hoards of soldiers into the Holy Land.

Expect China and Russia to continue boosting their cooperation and connectivity, and to keep using the sco as a vehicle by which to accomplish it. To understand more, read Russia and China in Prophecy.

New Chapter of Cooperation for Russia and China

New Chapter of Cooperation for Russia and China


Among the primary results of the Russian minister of defense’s November visit to China was writing “a new chapter of mutually beneficial cooperation” between Beijing and Moscow, the People’s Daily Online said on November 28.

Sergey Shoigu met with Qian Lihua, China’s director-general of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense, in order to enhance mutual trust and deepen cooperation between the two sides.

The foundation of the improving Russo-Chinese ties, according to the Chinese publication, is military cooperation. “The further improved cooperation mechanism between the two militaries has built a solid framework for the bilateral cooperation,” the report said.

In recent years, the general staff headquarters of the two militaries have held 15 rounds of strategic consultation, and three bilateral joint military exercises.

Besides being global titans in terms of population and territory, both Russia and China are also permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which gives them considerable weight on the global stage.

For these reasons, Europe is watching the Russo-Chinese strides toward economic, political and military cooperation warily. European states know that, to be able to counter the Asian bloc that’s now solidifying, they themselves must be united. Likewise, as the European states take steps toward integration, Asian nations accelerate their own measures toward cooperation.

As such, the increased cooperation of Asia and the uniting of Europe are mutually perpetuating trends, and Bible prophecy makes plain that these developments will lead to a colossal confrontation between the two sides. To understand the details of these prophecies and what they mean for you, read Russia and China in Prophecy.