UK to Allow Homosexual ‘Marriage’

UK to Allow Homosexual ‘Marriage’

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Britain’s Conservative government unveiled plans to allow homosexuals to “marry” on December 11. The legislation is to be passed next year, allowing homosexual “marriage” by 2014.

Britain already allows homosexuals to form civil partnerships, that give them the same legal rights as married couples.

Few in power seem to think that allowing homosexual “marriage” is wrong. The debate in Britain revolves around such things as whether allowing it would lead to those who refuse to conduct a homosexual ceremony being taken to court for discrimination, or whether teachers who object will be punished for refusing to tell their young students that homosexual “families” are the same as heterosexual ones. Most think redefining marriage is fine, as long as those who oppose it aren’t forced to go against their conscience.

So the law is designed to provide “watertight” protection to any religion that does not want to conduct these new ceremonies. English law will be amended to make it clear that religious groups can discriminate in this way. But those changes could still be challenged at the European Court of Human Rights (echr).

This legislation would apply in England and Wales. Scotland has a separate legal system and is drawing up its own plans.

But the homosexual “marriage” debate is about much more than whether someone is allowed to follow their conscience or not. God created marriage and family to be a solid foundation of the nation. Family, God’s way, will always build and strengthen. Saying that a homosexual “family” is equally valid is a dangerous blow to this foundation.

The human family is meant to point people toward the God Family. A father, if he does his job right, will show his children how to relate to their heavenly Father.

Tampering with this God-ordained institution hurts the nation and makes it much harder for the next generation to have a proper relationship with God.

This is just a brief summary of why this issue is important. For a much fuller explanation, read our article “Why Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Will Always Be Illegal.”

Iran and Israel Vie for Influence in Eritrea

Iran and Israel Vie for Influence in Eritrea

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The small, economically and politically vulnerable country of Eritrea has been accommodating rivals Israel and Iran in exchange for geopolitical support. This has effectively made the East African country yet another prize to be won in the ongoing rivalry between Israel and Iran.

“In exchange for resources, possibly including modest amounts of cash and weapons, Eritrea has exhibited a willingness to become a base of support for Middle Eastern powers that want to exert greater influence in the Horn of Africa,” wrote U.S. think tank Stratfor on December 11.

Eritrea is a country with a meager population of a little more than 5 million. In 1991, it attained independence from neighboring Ethiopia, a country nine times its size. This independence effectively cut Ethiopia completely off from the Red Sea. Tensions have been high since, and they heightened to full war from 1998 to 2000. Tiny Eritrea lost that bloody war but still managed to maintain its independence. Eritrea has also fought wars with Yemen and Djibouti.

Eritrea has lived in isolation among its African neighbors and withheld its participation in the African Union from 2004 to 2011.

Eritrea now wants to change that, and cooperation with U.S.-allied Israel will help. Eritrea also seeks security support to help prevent an attack from Ethiopia. Israel benefits from this relationship by maintaining intelligence-gathering operations in Eritrea to monitor the Red Sea and Iran.

From Iran, Eritrea also receives military support as well as industrial assistance and cash. Stratfor noted that in 2009, when Eritrea openly supported Iran’s nuclear program, Tehran wired $35 million to Eritrea. Iran’s prize for its benevolence is greater influence in the Red Sea, particularly the Bab el Mandeb strait that connects the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea.

In its final analysis, Stratfor noted Israel is not too keen to jeopardize the good relationship it has with both Eritrea and its nemesis Ethiopia. Israel is thus “less interested in expanding its presence in Eritrea than Iran. … As Israel has expanded its security cooperation with South Sudan and Kenya in recent years, Eritrea has responded by strengthening its ties with Iran.”

Bible prophecy indicates that both Eritrea and Ethiopia will come under the influence of Iran. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains in his article “Libya and Ethiopia Reveal Iran’s Military Strategy” that where “Ethiopia” is mentioned in Daniel 11:40-44, it includes today’s Ethiopia as well as the small areas of Eritrea and Djibouti on the Red Sea coastline.

For more understanding, read our special report Libya and Ethiopia in Prophecy. In it we write, “Iran controls the Strait of Hormuz, and via its Islamic allies in Egypt is fast gaining decisive influence over the Suez Canal. When it eventually gains influence over Ethiopia and Eritrea, Iran will control the Red Sea. When that happens, Iran will have the power to lock down virtually the entire Middle East!”

Berlin: European Tech Start-up Capital

Berlin: European Tech Start-up Capital

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Why Google, Kennet and U.S. companies are investing in Germany

“Silicon Valley looks to Germany,” claims Germany Trade and Invest (gtai) in a recent press release. Google plans to spend $6.3 million, Kennet is investing $15 million in an application marketing platform, and other venture capitalist firms are establishing themselves in the tech capital of Europe, Berlin.

In New York on November 27, gtai invited investment companies to an “exclusive gathering” hosted at the German Consulate. Two days later, a similar event was hosted by the consulate in San Francisco. These events provided officials from German and U.S. organizations a private and premier forum to discuss their investments and intentions such as those publicized by Google and Kennet.

With U.S. fiscal cliff fears and a second term of job-killing policies emanating from the White House, Berlin’s popularity, amid a consistently growing German economic climate, has been steadily increasing as a safe haven for tech start-ups.

“Several factors support Berlin’s current attractiveness. Compared to the rest of Europe, the cost of living is relatively low. There is also the cultural diversity of Berlin, which has a positive effect on the creative powers of the city. And, last but not least, the salaries for developers are more attractive than what is comparatively being offered in Silicon Valley,” said Angelika Geiger, representative of Germany Trade and Invest in San Francisco.

gtai reports that €431 million was plowed into German start-up firms last year, with Berlin and Munich, the two most popular cities, accounting for over half of all tech-savvy foreign investors. “The recent exit of the investment company Triangle Ventures from Technolas Perfect vision confirms that VC investments in German firms pay off,” its press release states. “The laser eye company was sold for €450 million to Bausch & Lomb.”

To understand more of where developments such as this are leading, request your free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. This booklet features acute historical and prophetic analysis by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry, recounting the final rise of a church-state combine impacting global economics, religion and security (Daniel 8; Revelation 13, 17, 18, 19).

Cyprus Surrenders to Europe

Cyprus Surrenders to Europe

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Cypriot president is forced to sign a bailout—and compares it to being invaded by Turkey. Now Europe “will essentially take control of the Mediterranean island,” one news source says.

Cyprus has got no choice but to submit to Europe’s terms and request a bailout from the European Stability Mechanism (esm), Cypriot President Demetris Christofias announced December 4. The decision means that Cyprus “will effectively lose its sovereignty,” wrote Spiegel Online.

“I need to make it clear that it was not our choice to resort to the European Stability Mechanism,” the Cypriot president told the nation in a televised address. But Cyprus’s “dire situation” forced it to turn to Europe. He took the decision with “heartfelt pain,” he said. He told the public it would mean pain for them too—and exhorted them to face it with the same stoicism “as we did after 1974, when our country was almost completely destroyed by the Turkish invasion and occupation.”

“The price for the billions in emergency aid money is high,” wrote Spiegel Online. “The country will effectively lose its sovereignty.” The infamous troika—the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ecb) and the International Monetary Fund (imf)—will soon be in control.

Spiegel warned that in return for the bailout, the troika “will essentially take control of the Mediterranean island.”

The troika plans to dictate Cyprus’s tax rates, working hours for civil servants and even how officials travel internationally—it’s economy class from now on.

Christofias’s speech indicates that Cyprus is ready to sign the troika’s terms—the Memorandum of Understanding (mou). But Europe, moving at its usual glacial pace, hasn’t made up its mind on the final terms. That’s not expected to happen until late January.

It’s been obvious for a while that Cyprus would need a bailout. At first it looked like it would be able to negotiate a good deal. Unlike Greece, it had somewhere else it could turn for aid—Russia. With both Europe and Russia competing for influence, it looked like Cyprus could auction itself off to the lowest bidder.

But that didn’t get it far. The terms are slightly better than Greece’s. Cyprus will probably retain control of any oil and gas reserves—with a portion of the revenue going to pay off the debt. It will not be forced to sell off government assets, the way Greece was, unless things get worse.

But ultimately Cyprus has been forced to submit to terms it does not want because to it, the sum of money it needs is vast. The bailout is expected to be roughly equal to the entire annual output of its economy—that is, €17,500 per person. But to Europe’s bailout fund, the €17.5 billion needed is little more than pocket change, especially when compared with potential bailouts in Spain and Italy.

Now Cyprus seems all but certain to follow Greece down the road to becoming a European protectorate, or colony. It will be forced to do what Europe, and especially Germany, says—otherwise the funding gets pulled and its economy collapses.

In this respect, it’s in an even weaker state than Greece. A Greek collapse could still cause Germany some economic pain. Cyprus is so small that Germany would barely notice any loss.

And remember, Greece is on its second—and by some counts third—bailout. The troika will have plenty of opportunities to extract more concessions from Cyprus.

With radical Islam on the march, European strategists will be more interested in Cyprus than ever. Under Britain, the island was a vital base for projecting power into Egypt and the Levant. But Cyprus has been used as a military base long before the British Empire. King Peter i of Cyprus used his fleets to lead European armies to victory in Egypt and Lebanon.

As radical forces that could threaten Europe rise in these same areas, you can be sure Cyprus is on Europe’s radar.

Talking of which, Cyprus is a key radar station for monitoring the Middle East. “It has been joked that ‘a mosquito can’t take off in Tehran without the radar watchers in Cyprus knowing,’” wrote sometime Trumpet writer James Leigh and Predrag Vukovic in an article for the gloria Center.

“Cyprus is also a listening post from which to monitor electronic communication media, very helpful for signals intelligence,” they write. “With the surveillance technology installed in Cyprus, for decades, Britain has been able to share intelligence data with the United States, and now, no doubt, with the EU, as a member state.”

The United States also highly values the island. A confidential note from America’s embassy in Cyprus published by WikiLeaks shows that while Cyprus itself is “too small, too distant, and too lacking in natural resources to affect U.S. interests,” the intelligence apparatus is not. If America lost access to the British bases there, and their radar and signal intelligence, it “would pose a threat to our national security interests in the eastern Mediterranean,” the embassy said.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has often pointed out the geographic importance of Cyprus. “More than one crusade has been launched from Cyprus,” he wrote last year. “Will we see the last crusade launched from there as well? Is history about to repeat itself?”

“Cyprus is now a member of the EU,” he continued. “Are European leaders already thinking about Cyprus as a launching pad from which to protect their Jerusalem interests? You can be certain that they are thinking about how to protect the holy places in and around Jerusalem. The Europeans have thought like this for almost 2,000 years!”

It is now common knowledge that EU elites created the euro knowing it would cause a crisis. This crisis, they hoped, would force Europe to integrate further—something that had so far been unacceptable to Europe’s public.

It worked. EU elites are now talking about creating a European federation, and even a “United States of Europe.” Greece became a German protectorate. And now the crisis has dropped Cyprus into their lap too—just as radical Islam takes over Egypt.

Mr. Flurry has also shown how Iran’s strategy revolves around controlling the Red Sea and pushing at Europe in the Mediterranean. Where better to push back from than Cyprus? Britain used the island nation to cover the mouth of the Sinai canal. And it is simply the best place from which to project power around the eastern Mediterranean.

Watch for the European Union to take full advantage of its newly acquired real estate.

Hamas Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary—and Rising International Clout

Hamas Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary—and Rising International Clout

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Has the world forgotten its long track record of genocidal terrorism?

On December 7 in Gaza, thousands of Hamas supporters rallied together to celebrate 25 years since Hamas’s inception. As a part of the celebration, Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and formerly exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal entered center stage by walking out of a large model rocket.

Highlights of their speeches that day included such phrases as “not giving up any inch of Palestine” and “We cannot recognize Israel’s legitimacy.” Despite these and other deplorable actions, there has been little-to-no international outcry. Instead, much of the international community has become sympathetic toward the 25-year-old organization. This jubilant celebration and growing international acceptance illustrates a dangerous new perspective the world has on Hamas.

If people were to delve into the last 25 years of Hamas’s history, that perspective might be different.

For instance, on March 4, 2001, a Hamas suicide bomb went off in Netanya. Three people were killed, and at least 60 were wounded. On Aug. 9, 2001, at a pizzeria in Jerusalem, a Hamas suicide bomber killed 15 and wounded 130. Then you have June 1, 2001, when a Hamas suicide bomb in Tel Aviv killed 21 teenagers and wounded 132 other people. The history goes on.

On Dec. 1, 2001, two Hamas suicide bombs on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem killed 11, and 188 were wounded. The next day, Hamas suicide bombs went off in Haifa: 15 were killed, 40 wounded.

That was in the course of one year.

But there is more: On March 9, 2002, a Hamas suicide bomb in a café in Jerusalem killed 11, and 51 were wounded. Next, on March 27, 2002, a Hamas suicide bomb was detonated during Passover Seder: 30 were killed and 140 wounded. March 31, 2002: A Hamas suicide bomb claims the lives of 16 people, at least 40 were wounded. May 8, 2002: Another suicide bomb, and another 16 people were murdered, and 55 wounded. On June 18, 2002, a Hamas suicide bomb went off on a bus: 19 people were killed, 74 wounded. July 31, 2002: A Hamas operative placed a bomb in the crowded Hebrew University cafeteria in Jerusalem. Nine were killed, and 100 wounded. Sept. 19, 2002: Six killed and 70 were wounded in yet another bus bombing. Then, on Nov. 21, 2002, a Hamas suicide bomb on a bus in Jerusalem killed 11 people and wounded 50.

That was a brief look at two years out of 25.

In addition to using suicide bombers to conduct random attacks on Israeli civilians, Hamas has continually bombarded the Israeli cities closest to the Gaza border with rockets.

Hamas became the de facto ruling body in the Gaza Strip when Hamas gunmen forcibly ousted the Fatah party in mid 2007. In late 2008 and early 2009, it grew in popularity after Israeli Operation Cast Lead.

Last month Israel mounted another offensive against Hamas in an attempt to end the rocket barrage that has been falling on Israeli towns and cities since 2001.

This year alone, 1,697 rockets have fallen on Israel so far—a significant escalation from last year’s count of 627. In the eight days of fighting that ensued after Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense, six Israeli civilians were killed and the death toll in Gaza reached over 100 people. While Gaza also incurred some civilian casualties, Israel maintains that a majority of deaths in Gaza were carefully calculated strikes on terrorist targets. Recent reports have proven that Hamas is guilty of faking deaths and injury counts in an attempt to prop up its public image, as well as intentionally placing civilians in the line of fire.

Yet, Hamas has lived in the light of positive public opinion and has been viewed as the underdog in the conflict. People today have taken the effect—Israel’s retaliation for hundreds of rockets fired every year—and made it the cause. The world condemns Israel for its attacks on Gaza, yet forgets the years of terrorizing that Israel has endured since the establishment of Hamas during the first intifada in 1987.

Since that time, Israel has been desperately trying to stop the terrorism that is emanating from the Gaza Strip. Yet as you can see from the attacks listed above, it has not been successful in stopping Hamas.

In fact, Israel’s continued failed attempts to appease its violent neighbors have become a seeping wound for the nation of Israel. And as with all injuries, without proper treatment such wounds will only get worse and worse. The latest ceasefire between Israel and Hamas following Pillar of Defense may yet prove to be merely a small bandage on the gaping wound that is Israel’s failed “peace” process.

For further proof on why the latest ceasefire will not solve the problem, watch “Judah’s Wound.”

Under His Vine and Under His Fig Tree

Under His Vine and Under His Fig Tree

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Few comprehend the vast changes that society and the environment will shortly undergo to permit every man to sit under his own vine and fig tree.

There’s a deeply thought-provoking prophecy in your Bible that foreshadows a time of great social and environmental revolution.

It speaks of a complete transition from our bloated city-centered society—driven by its excesses of urban development which have created a hugely imbalanced physical environment and a rat-race social mentality—to a calm, peaceful, largely rural habitat given to man’s concentration on creation and Creator.

We read of the global outcome of this coming revolutionary change in the prophecy of Micah: “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it” (Micah 4:4).

Perhaps the closest we have ever come to this is the society based on old rural England.

In their enlightening book Rural England—Our Countryside at the Crossroads, Derrik Mercer and David Putnam paint a picture of Southeast England which is sadly fast diminishing in scope as each decade goes by: “It is a cosy countryside where village greens echo each summer to the sound of cricket and polite applause. Overlooking the green will usually be the village church, still a place of architectural and spiritual homage in this more secular age. Church and inn, manor house and cottages, together they reflect a story of man’s impact on the land which frequently goes back a thousand years or more.”

Occasionally, during our five-year period of residence in Britain back in the 1990s, my wife and I would stay at an inn set in just such an idyllic, traditional English village. It made for interesting reflection on a way of life in the old country that, as the above-mentioned authors stated, “goes back a thousand years or more.”

The Industrial Revolution commenced a change to that millennia-old way of life, a change that was to bring massive progress in man’s technical capacities but begin to denigrate his long-held comfortable attachment to the land and its seasonal rhythms.

Some sad results of that disruption to society have been the dramatic escalation in stress-related diseases, the rapid spread of mental illness and the concomitant evolution of a rampant drug culture. These are all signs of a distressed society in the throes of a self-inflicted demise. Ample evidence exists through many a worthy study to prove this point.

Jesus Christ, the greatest prophet of all, forecast that the way of man would bring humankind to the brink of extinction (Matthew 24).

America is just about due to fall off the fiscal cliff. The plain fact is that the U.S. administration has run out of ideas and viable options to save the national economy from the train wreck toward which it is hurtling.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg concerning the fall of Anglo-Saxon society at large. Wherever legislators turn, they are today faced with a basket of unfixable economic and social woes within the English-speaking nations.

What the Industrial Revolution started back in the early 19th century has now run full course. Years ago, greed priced our labor out of the market resulting in our industrial capacity being shipped overseas to even former enemy nations. This does not bode well for our future.

Already certain key components of our military machine—the sole means of our defensive security—are being manufactured by former and potential enemy nations, a position that the U.S. vowed would never occur again after its armaments supplies were put at risk during the Revolutionary War due to reliance on foreign production.

Added to these woes is the fact that the United States became a net importer of food last decade. Reliance on foreign supply of staples removes another traditional leg from the once strongly independent platform on which the U.S. economy thrived to the end of the 20th century.

America is increasingly dependent on the largesse of foreign nations for its daily existence. This is the road to the decline and fall of American society, the once famous American way of life after which the whole world once seemed to lust.

In the process of all this emerging chaos, America is fast losing its peace of mind. More Americans daily are subjected to the phenomenon of personal terror. Not just the prospect of another attack by Islamist extremists, but the rising terror that one feels when the next morning brings with it no job or income prospects, the potential loss of home, the prospect of family break up. All this was prophesied to befall the American people and their English-speaking fellows thousands of years ago by the God who predicted the results of their rebellion against Him and His laws (Leviticus 26:16).

The American way of life is barely two centuries old and already it is rapidly falling into decay.

Yet for over a thousand years, a traditional way of life existed in rural England, the last vestiges of which can be still experienced today.

What’s the explanation of the two phenomena?

To a major extent it is bound up in that prophecy of Micah, which speaks of a planetary future where “they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.”

Note that there are two elements to this vision of the future—a rural-based economy promoting the economic independence of man, and its conformity with the will of God!

The English discovered the value of the organized rural economy and built a society around it during the first millennia a.d. To a certain extent, history demonstrates that the seasonal rural principles they followed conformed by and large to biblical tenets, till broken at the Industrial Revolution by chemical farming methods, with the inevitable destructive result.

Developing much later on the scene—post-Industrial Revolution—the U.S. has broken both these key elements to a stable society, which guarantee an equitable distribution of national wealth to all, from almost its beginning as a nation. The other Anglo-Saxon nations are hell-bent on the same course and in time will reap the same outcome.

So just how are the Anglo-Saxons—and ultimately all nations, for that matter—going to extricate themselves from their present catastrophic fall to enjoy the prophesied future forecast in Micah 4:4?

They won’t.

They can’t.

The task is simply beyond them. It is going to take the mighty hand of God to intervene and seize control of the society of humankind to effect such a powerful change. A change from today’s state of global confusion—with too much wealth concentrated in too few hands profiting from systems of mass production—to the simplicity in Christ that is bound up in the prophecy of Micah 4:4 with every man having the potential to capitalize and maintain his own independent farmlet.

Believe it or not, the education toward implementation of that process is happening right now!

Read and prayerfully study our booklet Micah—God’s People Rise Up as His Enemy to find out how. That booklet will also help you understand just how you personally can have a vital part in this coming great solution to mankind’s present ills.