China’s Economy to Surpass U.S.

China will probably surpass the United States and become the largest economy in the world by 2030. That’s the finding of a new study, called “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.” The report, which was issued by the United States National Intelligence Council, paints a faded picture of American prominence.

Justin Logan, the director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, said that the report’s conclusion was not necessarily surprising, yet it could impact the nation’s future political direction.

Logan said, “[W]e’re a big, powerful country that does a lot of things in the world, so even slight changes in how American policy-makers think can have big consequences.”

China’s economy grew 7.7 percent this year, and is predicted to grow nearly 8.5 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, America’s economy grew at only about 2 percent and is expected to grow at about the same rate next year.

The divergence between America and China can also be measured in debt. According to the Treasury department, the United States owes China about $1.15 trillion, and it owes Hong Kong another $135 billion. Analysts suspect that China also owns additional U.S. debt through proxies in the United Kingdom. As America’s debt grows, China’s financial position strengthens.

God prophesied in Deuteronomy 28:44 that foreign countries would overtake modern Israel, including the United States financially: “He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.”

To understand why the Western financial system is failing, read The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

Peres: ‘We Have to Forget the Past’

Israeli president says what happened 2,000 years ago will not happen again.

Israeli President Shimon Peres recently said he believes the United Nations vote that upgraded the status of the Palestinian Authority means that Israel and the Palestinians must return to the negotiating table. In order for peace talks to resume, he said, Israel must “forget the past” and move forward. Peres said, “We are not going to deal with Abraham, our father and brother. It’s over.” If Israel’s own leaders begin separating themselves from their biblically grounded heritage, will it finally bring peace?

Did Islamic Terrorists Try to Bomb Bonn?

Did Islamic Terrorists Try to Bomb Bonn?

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Germany is on the alert after a failed terrorist attack.

A bomb that could have created a “large fireball” was discovered at Bonn Central Station on December 10. cnn reports that German intelligence believe Muslim terrorists were behind the plot. The Interior Ministry warned that there is an increased risk of an attack on Germany’s Christmas markets.

A 14-year-old boy alerted police to a blue bag that had been placed beside the train track. The bag contained a pipe bomb made with ammonium nitrate and four containers of propane gas.

“The propane gas cartridges would have caused a very large and dangerous fireball,” said the head of the investigation at Cologne police, Norbert Wagner. “The chemicals were highly explosive.”

Authorities quickly arrested two men, whom cnn identified as Omar D. and Abdifatah W. Both were released, but cnn reported that Omar is still a suspect. German newspapers report that Omar has links to Islamic terrorists in the area.

However the authorities aren’t certain who is behind the bomb. Last year, a left-wing group said it was responsible for several bombs found on railway lines in Berlin.

Terrorist attacks can radically change the direction of a country. The 9/11 attacks upturned American foreign policy. The Madrid bombings probably changed the course of an election. A terrorist attack could have a similar effect on Germany.

In a Key of David program several years ago, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained how both history and Bible prophecy show that Germany is about to undergo a political transformation—a transformation that could be triggered by a terrorist attack. An attack “could very easily happen, and that could even be certainly a stimulus to the biggest change in world events in quite a long time,” Mr. Flurry said.

“A strong man is going to be brought on the scene in Europe, so says your Bible,” he said. “Will an attack by al-Qaeda provoke that? … It certainly could.”

Despite the death of Osama bin Laden, the threat of terrorism is still very real—and it has the power to transform Europe. Al Qaeda is still a threat. And so are other groups and even lone Islamic madmen.

Germany is prophesied to become the most aggressive enemy of Islamic terrorism. A terrorist attack could bring this about.

For more on the potential effect of such an attack, read our article “Is Germany’s 9/11 Coming?

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).