Evolution’s ‘Unnecessary’ Organs

Evolution’s ‘Unnecessary’ Organs

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It was once thought that the human body was full of useless relics from its evolutionary past. Turns out those bits and pieces serve a purpose after all. 
From the February 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Why do you have an appendix? Or wisdom teeth? Or something called a coccyx? Since the days of Darwin, numerous scientists and educators have argued that “useless” or “vestigial” organs prove the theory of evolution. These organs, they say, are like leftover scaffolding that had previously performed vital functions in mankind’s “pre-human ancestors.” They just haven’t evolved their way into oblivion quite yet.

“Organs or parts … bearing the plain stamp of inutility are extremely common, or even general, throughout nature,” Darwin explained in On the Origin of Species. “It would be impossible to name one of the higher animals in which some part or other is not in a rudimentary condition.” His prime examples: the appendix and the coccyx (tailbone).

Subsequent specialists greatly expanded Darwin’s original list of useless organs. In 1895, German anatomist Robert Wiedersheim compiled a list of human structures he considered vestigial, which came to be regarded as the official one. How many human body parts were on it? More than 180.

American zoologist Horatio Newman said this staggering number was “sufficient to make of a man a veritable walking museum of antiquities.” These organs represented “evidence that man has descended from ancestors in which these organs were functional,” he said. “Man has never completely lost these characteristics; he continues to inherit them though he no longer has any use for them.”

Textbook publishers quickly joined the pack, saying the human body—with its myriad useless relics—is like an “old curiosity shop,” full of “showpieces” proving evolution.

The rapid embrace of the vestigial organ belief deepened the traction of the evolutionary theory, and also spawned new trends in the medical community. “There are undoubtedly cases where we know that certain vestigial structures are not only useless to man but worse than useless,” Henry Drummond wrote in The Ascent of Man. He called the appendix “a veritable death trap,” and also cautioned readers of the perils of other organs lurking inside of their bodies. Throughout much of the 20th century, medical practitioners removed appendixes, tonsils and other “dangerous” organs as routine operations.

The idea of vestigial organs is not a fringy, peripheral support of the evolutionary theory, but lies at its very heart. And the most frequently mentioned examples of these organs in mankind remain the appendix and the coccyx.

Appendix: The Last Shall Be First

The wormlike abdominal structure called the appendix has long occupied the lowest position on the organ totem pole. Darwin called it a leftover piece from mankind’s leaf-eating, pre-human predecessors. Many experts swallowed the theory, hook, line and sinker. The organ’s primary importance seemed to be only for the financial support of surgeons, and to provide fodder for tv sitcom writers.

For that reason, experts took note in 2009 when immunologist William Parker at Duke University Medical Center said, “Maybe it’s time to correct the textbooks. Many biology texts today still refer to the appendix as a vestigial organ” (LiveScience, Aug. 24, 2009).

Parker suggested the correction after he and his colleagues discovered that the appendix serves as a storehouse where good bacteria can lie in wait until they’re needed to repopulate the stomach after an episode of diarrhea or other intestine-emptying illness.

A separate recent study showed that the appendix conducts operations similar to those of the tonsils at the opposite end of the alimentary canal, which increase resistance to throat infections. (The tonsils, too, were long branded by evolutionists as useless and problematic.) A 2011 study showed that the appendix also helps generate, guide and train white blood cells, especially for fetuses and children. Valerie O’Loughlin, a professor of medical sciences at Indiana University, said it is “the site where a type of white blood cell called b-lymphocytes can be recognized and where the newborn and young child’s body can start to recognize certain pathogens that are in the [gastrointestinal] tract.”

The organ is far from useless, and removal of a healthy appendix under most circumstances today is considered medical malpractice.

The Tale of the Tail

Most of the evolutionary faithful maintain that the human tailbone is a leftover, useless part from mankind’s ape-like ancestors. Darwin explained: “[T]he os coccyx corresponds with the true tail in the lower animals. … [I]n many monkeys the basal segments of the true tail are embedded … [and] plainly correspond with the four coalesced vertebrae of the human os coccyx” (The Descent of Man, 1871).

Some later evolutionists argued that the human coccyx was more of a reptilian relic than a mammalian one: “The human coccyx is an evolutionary remnant of an ancestral, reptilian tail …” (William D. Schraer and Herbert J. Stoltze, Biology: The Study of Life).

Though evolutionists disputed whether it descended from a simian ancestor or a reptilian one, they agreed that the tailbone is largely useless and, therefore, a proof of evolution.

In 1994, however, renowned anatomy professor David Menton produced evidence disproving the idea that the coccyx is vestigial. “[M]ost modern biology textbooks give the erroneous impression that the human coccyx has no real function other than to remind us of the ‘inescapable fact’ of evolution,” Menton wrote in Essays on Origins.

He explained that among the key functions of the coccyx is its acting as an anchor point for several converging muscles from the ring-like arrangement of the pelvic bones. “The incurved coccyx with its attached pelvic diaphragm keeps the many organs in our abdominal cavity from literally falling through between our legs” (ibid). Removal of the coccyx often causes incontinence and serious difficulties with sitting, standing or giving birth.

The evolutionary faithful long considered the tailbone vestigial and pointed to it as evidence against creation. But the tailbone, too, was placed in the body for a purpose.

The Body Is One

Biomedical research made great strides in the latter half of the century, and experts shortened the list of “functionless organs” considerably. Research yielded more and more understanding about the importance of organs once called mere “accidents of nature.” One by one, they were proven to serve vital functions in the human body. For many biologists, Wiedersheim’s list—that once included over 180 vestigial human organs—is now down to zero.

Again, the idea of vestigial organs lies at the heart of the evolutionary theory. As recently as 2004, prominent evolutionist Douglas Theobald said, “Some of the most renowned evidence for evolution are the various nonfunctional or rudimentary vestigial characters, both anatomical and molecular, that are found throughout biology” (29+ Evidences for Macroevolution).

Yet, the idea of “vestigial” organs is deeply flawed even in strictly scientific terms.

The argument claims that the organs in question have no function. But such a conclusion cannot be arrived at scientifically. Without infinite knowledge, it is impossible to prove that something has no function. The most a scientist could say would be that, despite rigorous efforts, no clear function was discovered for a certain organ, but that a future experimenter may well uncover one.

The heart of the vestigial organ argument, then, is either an acknowledgment of ignorance (“I wasn’t able to discover the function”), or a scientifically flawed statement (“It has no function”). Observational or experimental science allows no place for such a statement. Reputable scientists acknowledge that the teaching of “vestigial organs” actually retarded the progress of science for years. Rather than experiment to discover the purpose of structures like the appendix or tonsils, they were called “vestigial” and removed.

So, how did such a flawed theory gain widespread acceptance? The idea is the product of men groping for evidence to back the theory of evolution.

Adherents of this theory didn’t immediately see a use for certain body parts, so they hastily, blithely branded those organs as useless—or even harmful. The notion was based on a lack of knowledge about how the human body functions. Even vitally important organs such as the parathyroid and thymus glands were considered vestigial until fairly recently, simply because experts didn’t understand their crucial purposes. And, despite the fact that modern science has found purposes for all organs in the body—and that future experimentation will certainly reveal even more—evolutionists still cite “vestigial organs” as one of the sturdiest proofs for evolution and against design by an intelligent Creator.

Why are these scientists willing to compromise their objectivity, which is one of the foundations of science?

Done With a Purpose

In the centuries leading up to the Scientific Revolution, the Catholic Church reigned as the primary authority and knowledge source for much of the world. The clergy often viewed scientists and their discoveries as a threat to Catholic doctrine, and sometimes embarrassed the church by striving to defend erroneous church teachings like geocentrism, which science offered empirical evidence against.

Competition intensified between science and the church, and, for some scientists, the desire to undermine the church’s authority became a primary motivation. Some scientists aimed to challenge God’s very existence as a way to discredit the underpinnings of religion. Such reasoning spawned the evolutionary theory. Proponents of the evolutionary theory have sometimes undertaken studies with that conclusion already firmly in mind. Whatever they can contort into supporting the arguments for evolution, they keep. All else they often reject or downplay.

Long before the evolutionary theory was hatched, the Apostle Paul labeled such movements “science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20). True science upholds objectivity and seeks truth free of any agenda. A person’s understanding of the human body will be incomplete until he accepts that it is “fearfully and wonderfully made” by a Supreme Being (Psalm 139:14). This Creator designed mankind after His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). He placed organs within the body in a specific way and for a specific purpose, and He called His design “very good” (verse 31).

The advancement of science only brings the perfection of the Creator’s designs more clearly to light. Evolutionists strive to present plausible-sounding arguments to the contrary, but this only reveals how blind and irrational the evolutionary religion truly is. The astonishing perfection and purpose in every element of the body’s design should deepen man’s faith in the divine intelligence behind our existence (Romans 1:20). But when evolutionists are confronted by proof of this Divinity, they instead resort to extremes of ludicrousness, striving to attribute the wonders of the human body to blind coincidence. In so doing, they unknowingly exercise a blind, deceptive and irrational religious faith.

Christians face a difficult battle against this blind faith in science, which is often found even among religious adherents. We must be able to recognize this blind faith in order to weigh evidence objectively. If we resist the vain, intellectual allure of this blind but fashionable faith, then we make it possible for the wonderment of God’s masterful biological designs to boost our faith in the Omnipotent Creator. And His purpose for our lives is as perfect as the bodies He designed to sustain us!

Sidebar: The Appendix; Why So Disease Prone?

If the appendix was created for a purpose and is indeed functional, why do many suffer from appendicitis, requiring the organ to be surgically removed?

Disease and degeneration do not reflect on the suitability of God’s original design, but are the result of man rejecting God’s law, and instead living by his own ideas. Additionally, appendicitis is common only in populations that subsist on a very highly processed and refined modern diet. Societies enjoying a high-fiber diet of vegetables, fruits and unrefined grains have very low instances of the disease.

German IT Growth Projection: €3.5 Billion to €13 Billion in 3 Years

German IT Growth Projection: €3.5 Billion to €13 Billion in 3 Years

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Global job seekers find profitable professional employment.

“Job seekers from currently struggling European economies are flocking to Germany’s IT industry,” claims Germany Trade and Invest. “Nearly 20 percent of German IT companies have seen a rise in applications from these countries in recent months, according to a new survey by bitkom, the country’s IT industry association.”

More than 50 percent of these companies have available job openings and as such international job seekers are being rewarded with profitable employment.

German investment professionals traveled to New York October 1 through 5 to attend the Interop IT exhibition and conference. For the past 26 years, the event has expanded in the education for technology professionals from diverse employment backgrounds, in the areas of networking, data centers, mobility, wireless, simulation, security and cloud technologies.

This year, German corporate cheerleaders were not only on the lookout for qualified personnel, but also venture capitalists, updating them on developments in information technology back home in hope of luring them to their fiscally responsible homeland.

Achim Hartig, IT expert and director of investor consulting at Germany Trade and Invest in Berlin, opined, “On one hand there is a growing start-up culture here that is embodied by Berlin: young, hip and innovative. On the other hand, the established German Mittelstand is currently performing very well and able to invest in new technologies, especially cloud computing. These trends are creating chances for international companies to come to Germany.”

As with many other industries in Europe, Germany, with 20 percent of market share, boasts the biggest tech mart on the continent. Last year, information technology income was €137 billion, and indicators forecast growth, particularly in cloud computing, where predictions of income are staggeringly bullish within the next three years, spiking from €3.5 billion to a mammoth €13 billion!

“The same conditions that helped Germany build a strong class of internationally active small and medium businesses, namely a business-friendly environment and an infrastructure that enables connectivity from anywhere, are now turning the country into a hub for the next generation of businesses,” concluded Hartig.

Just four days before Interop, European Commission vice president and chief of its Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, declared in a press conference, “Cloud computing could offer a huge lift to the European economy. But only if users can understand and trust it.”

“Today we launch a significant package of measures to build that trust and boost our economic future. Today we make Europe not just cloud-friendly, but cloud active. And we offer our economy a €160 billion boost,” she said.

With expansion of IT economic success throughout Germany and Europe, citizens and businesses become more flexible but also more vulnerable to the higher level of data openness, and better situated for an EU regulation watchdog to keep tabs on digital commerce behaviors.

Founded on the “more sure word of prophecy” (2 Peter 1:19), our readers are aware of the oft-reported predictions the Trumpet has made regarding not only German economic success, but particularly that of its “merchants” and the profitability of those who invest in Europe’s most dominant country in the Euro-mart (Nahum 3:16; Revelation 18:15).

Request He Was Right—this collector’s item remembers five decades of accurate forecasting by Herbert W. Armstrong. Included in its pages is a review of the rise of Germany, its wartime destruction and its miraculous return to Europe’s most dominant nation and global power player, whose future actions are prophesied to impact your very life!

The Profound Secret of an Ancient Prophecy

The Profound Secret of an Ancient Prophecy

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A 3,000-year-old message reveals the stunning link between the United States, Britain and Israel—and where the Middle East peace process will end. 
From the February 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Hosea 5:13 is one of the most revealing prophecies in the Bible. The whole book of Hosea is for the end time, and this verse contains a prophecy for today—a stunning secret that even most religious people do not understand.

This secret is about three nations: America, Britain and Israel. These are the modern descendants of three ancient Israelite tribes: Manasseh, Ephraim and Judah. If you want to understand the foreign policy of these three countries, you have to understand this verse. It shows us why our policy is failing.

What is happening today in the Middle East reveals a lot about this verse and this prophecy. The Palestinians are out to conquer the entire Jewish nation. They have stated their goal officially and repeatedly: Eliminate the Jews. But modern-day Judah keeps trying to negotiate some kind of peace pact with them and with its other enemy nations in the Middle East.

Why is this important to the rest of us? Because soon, the whole world will be dragged into the crisis in Jerusalem. This amazing verse gives us an incredible insight, and it includes more than just modern-day Judah.

What Is ‘Judah’s Wound’?

“When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound” (Hosea 5:13). Judah is the modern Jewish nation: Israel.

This is a serious wound—like an open, running sore. In fact, it is deadly; it will kill if some kind of correction isn’t made. Yet men simply try to put a Band-Aid on it. Strong’s Concordance says the word wound has the sense of binding up, a bandage or a remedy. Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon defines it as the pressing together or the binding up of a wound, used figuratively of a remedy applied to the wound of the state.

What is the wound of the Jewish state?

Seven years ago, the Jews pulled out of Gaza—every settlement, every soldier, every Jew—about 8,000 of them. The world incessantly demands that Israel give land for peace. So Israel made a peace pact. It gave up Gaza—and it got no peace. Palestinians in Gaza voted in Hamas terrorists, and soon they began shooting rockets at Israeli citizens by the hundreds. The Israelis gave up the land, and they have had war ever since!

The Palestinians in Gaza have broken every peace pact. They have no intention of having peace with the Jews—that is obvious by now. You’d think the world would be praising Israel for its peace efforts, including giving up chunks of its own country! But it is not. Turkey’s prime minister labeled Israel a “terrorist” nation in this most recent conflict when the Jews tried to defend themselves from terrorists in Gaza. And on November 29, the United Nations voted 138 to 9 to elevate the Palestinians’ status within that body.

Israel is under attack by terrorists. Other nations are putting pressure on it. The Jewish state sacrifices parts of itself—yet terrorists continue to attack, and other nations hate Israel all the more.

The “peace” process is Israel’s wound!

Although they don’t see its connection to the prophecy in Hosea 5, some people are beginning to see what a wound the land-for-peace process is. Here is what journalist Caroline Glick wrote on Nov. 23, 2012 (emphasis mine throughout):

All commentators who warned of the strategic calamity that would befall Israel in the aftermath of a withdrawal from Gaza were marginalized and demonized as extremists. In a noble gesture, [the Wall Street Journal’s Bret] Stephens along with Commentary’s Max Boot acknowledged their error in supporting the withdrawal from Gaza. Their recantations are noteworthy because most of their colleagues who joined them in pushing Israel down the garden path and cheered Sharon’s “democracy” as 8,500 Israelis were thrown out of their homes and off their land in order to free it up for a terrorist takeover, continue to deny that they were wrong to do so. But Stephens’s and Boot’s belated intellectual integrity on Gaza is not enough to make a difference for Israel today. …

Israel is in a strategic trap. And it is one of its own making. Starting with the Rabin-Peres government’s decision to embrace the plo terrorist organization as a peace partner in 1993, Israel has been in strategic retreat. Each incremental retreat by Israel has empowered its worst enemies both militarily and diplomatically, and weakened the Jewish state militarily and diplomatically.

Though she probably doesn’t realize it, Glick is talking about what the Bible calls Judah’s “wound.”

Prophesied!

Eight years ago I warned that the Gaza withdrawal would lead to greater trouble—more war, not less. I said it was a deadly mistake for the Jews to give up Gaza. For some Israeli civilians and soldiers, it already has been. But this situation is far from over.

Obadiah 1:7 contains a prophecy that helps us better understand Hosea 5:13: “All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.” This “wound” is similar to the one in Hosea; both are from the same root word. Gesenius’ Lexicon defines it as “falsehood, hence fraud, insidious dealing.”

This scripture is talking about a falsehood or fraud involving a peace pact. Caroline Glick calls it a “fake peace process.” God calls it “a wound under thee.” Glick calls it a “strategic trap.” God calls it a snare. It looks good, yet it is a deception.

The Israelis have given territory and cities to the Palestinians: Gaza, Jericho, Bethlehem. They gave the Sinai Peninsula back to Egypt. The agreement was that they would get something in return: The Palestinians and Egyptians would not try to kill them. All that land given for peace—and now those areas are being used to attack them! Peace doesn’t work that way. It’s a wound when you try to give land in return for peace to people who hate you.

The United States, Britain and the Jews—the West, overall—cherish the delusion that everything can be solved by negotiation and compromise. It simply is not true. The Palestinian terrorists don’t want peace. They have never wanted peace! They want all of Palestine, as they call it. They have blatantly stated that they want to annihilate the Jews! The Muslim Brotherhood, which now controls Egypt, has also said that. Iran has said it repeatedly. Both of these countries are stirring up trouble by using the Palestinians. Yet astonishingly, Israel keeps making peace pacts with these people! IT’S A TRAP!

Do you recognize how precisely this prophecy is being fulfilled? Glick’s words are almost biblical! She is saying the same thing that the Bible prophesied in precise detail and that is now coming to pass.

That should build our faith in the inspired prophecies of the Bible! The greatest single proof that God exists is fulfilled prophecy! God lives! And He tells us precisely what is coming upon us because of our sins.

Why do so many people ignore God’s Word when it is so plain to anybody who is willing to look into it? Human nature is just that way. People usually refuse to accept the truth until they are in deep trouble. Only then will people cry out to God.

Three Nations

How are the U.S. and Britain involved in this? Shamefully, in many cases America and Britain have used their strength to push the Jews into these negotiations.

Britain and America have quite a history with the Jewish state. Britain, supported by the U.S., gave Israel its freedom in 1947. The United States has given billions and billions of dollars to Israel since its inception as a nation. As a result, Washington has a lot of leverage over the Jews, and it oftentimes forces them into certain peace pacts. Both political parties in the U.S. have done that.

Caroline Glick observed, “Obama and [Hillary] Clinton compelled Israel to accept wording in the ceasefire that arguably makes Egypt the arbiter of Israeli and Palestinian compliance with the agreement.” That is a disaster! U.S. leaders gave power in this process to Egypt, which is now ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood, the mother of Hamas terrorists!

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi boldly said that his government stands with the Hamas terrorists. This is a major change from what the previous president, Hosni Mubarak, said for decades. The Muslim Brotherhood threatened to get involved, and it has the support of many Egyptians. And Morsi recently declared himself essentially a pharaoh—with far more power than Mubarak had before him! (article, page 12). America called Mubarak a dictator and helped remove him from power. But Mubarak was nothing compared to President Morsi. Just look at what this man is saying.

Yet this is whom America just made the arbiter of Israeli compliance with this latest agreement!

If the Middle East peace process is a terminal wound, that means that American foreign policy is also a wound!

The link between these nations points directly to a profound secret in this prophecy.

Who Is Israel?

A number of people understand that the modern descendants of biblical Judah are the Jews. Far fewer would recognize that the Bible’s end-time prophecies concerning Judah apply to the Jewish state of Israel!

And what about the other nations listed in this passage, and in other biblical prophecies? Most people in Christianity don’t even know who Ephraim, Manasseh and Assyria are in prophecy—what their modern identities are. Do you know? You can’t understand these prophecies unless you do! We can’t guess about something that God says “shall surely be” (Hosea 5:9).

Notice this in verse 5: “And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.”

Three nations are mentioned here—and all will fall together! Both “Israel” and “Ephraim” will “fall in their iniquity”—or their lawlessness—right along with Judah, the Jewish state.

As Herbert W. Armstrong proved in The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Ephraim is modern-day Britain. And Israel in this case is specifically talking about Manasseh, which is the United States. You can see that because Britain is also part of Israel but is listed separately as Ephraim, along with “Israel.” God put the name “Israel” on Ephraim and Manasseh in particular (Genesis 48:14-16), and the prophecies about end-time Israel apply most specifically to the modern descendants of these two. Many scriptures show that Ephraim and Manasseh, the two birthright nations, are going to be corrected by God together. I believe God refers to America as Israel here, and “the pride of Israel,” because the U.S. is the superpower of modern Israel, though it is now failing to fulfill that role.

Verse 3 also refers to Ephraim and Manasseh—Britain and the United States—as “Ephraim, and Israel.” Ephraim is also mentioned right alongside Judah in verse 13. Again, all three of these nations are prophesied to fall together.

When you prove the modern identity of these three nations and realize that Hosea is giving you a detailed end-time picture—and describing exactly what we see happening to them right before our eyes—it just about knocks you over!

The Secret

“Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin. Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be” (Hosea 5:8-9).

Notice: There are “tribes of Israel”—not just Judah, but 12 tribes, three of which are mentioned in particular in these prophecies. And God says, I made known what shall surely be! God says He is going to trumpet this message in this end time about these prophecies! So where is that message today? God uses men, but it is His doing! And nobody is going to stop what God has prophesied!

The key to understanding this prophecy is to realize that it is fulfilled at the same time that people are blowing the trumpet and warning these nations.

That warning is going out! It has been going out for 70 years. Herbert W. Armstrong and now the Trumpet have been telling America, Britain and the Jewish nation exactly what is going to come to pass. Many of these prophecies have already been fulfilled. These world events are detailed in Bible prophecy, and anybody can see that if they will quit trusting their enemies and heed God’s message!

This is a profound secret that we all should know and understand! Still, no one is talking about this crucial prophecy. That is because God has to reveal this secret. He reveals it only to people who earnestly seek Him.

Spiritual Rottenness

“Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness” (Hosea 5:12). The word rottenness should read “like a worm” or “like maggots infesting open wounds.” There’s something very rotten spiritually about these three nations that they need to see, and it goes right to the bones—it’s that deep. Americans, Britons and Jews have rejected God and His law and lived their own way. Our nations are sick!

In the Jewish nation of Israel, that rottenness shows up in its determination to try to make peace with men who seek to destroy it. Hamas terrorists have been bombarding Israel with rockets for years, yet Israel has done nothing to permanently end the terrorism. As a result, the rocket attacks have only increased! Israel’s inaction shows that it is faint and fearful!

Do you think King David would have allowed Israel’s enemies to do that? He never would have stood for such terrible attacks! And he wouldn’t have looked to any other nation or any people or coalition—but to God. He destroyed Goliath in the name of the living God.

Where are our Davids today? Where are they in Israel? Where are they in America and in Britain?

What we are seeing on the news is a faint heart and a lack of faith. That attitude is going to cause far more problems. The Jews finally did react, but before they did, they let a million of their people live in fear of those rockets.

The Jews have lost their will to fight, and the terrorists know it. A U.S. intelligence document states that the Arabs now believe the Jews have lost their will to fight. They’re right! They’ve lost their will to win and their will to survive! That is an absolutely deadly mistake. You cannot survive in this dangerous world with a faint heart.

Modern-day Judah has a deadly wound—and frankly, America and Britain have it as well. The foreign policy of all three nations has gone askew because of their spiritual and moral problems. Overall, our foreign policy is a failure, and we are in a desperate situation.

In America and Britain, deep spiritual rottenness appears in news headlines every day. Yet these peoples don’t see the problems, or won’t admit them!

The United States is fatigued with all of its conflicts. Supposedly, the United States supports Israel. Yet it was the U.S. that helped push Mubarak out of office after 30 years of peace with Israel and ushered in the Muslim Brotherhood. Look at Benghazi, Libya. America was attacked there on Sept. 11, 2012—almost a sacred day, the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. Yet how much do Americans care?

God said in Leviticus 26:19 that “I will break the pride of your power.” All three of these nations have nuclear bombs and awesome power, but they are afraid to use it! They are afraid because God has broken their will because of their sins. “I will set my face against you,” He said in verse 17.

In Hosea 5:12, God compares Himself as a “moth” to them. If you have a nice suit in the closet and you leave it there for a long time and don’t check it, sometimes moths will eat away its lining and fabric. The suit will still look good—until you take it out of the closet and put it on—then it falls apart.

God is saying that we had better look beyond the surface or else we won’t see our deadly serious problems for what they are!

For example: America has $16 trillion in debt that it cannot pay back. Our leaders won’t even really discuss what a serious problem it is, much less deal with it. No one has a solution for that erosive dilemma.

But even if America were debt-free, the even more important threads of our society are already eaten away—perhaps worse than our economy. Our minds are hollowed out by drugs and pornography. Our character is disintegrating because of our foul entertainment and debased music. Our families have been destroyed.

Verse 4 says that these nations do not know God. They are going to be corrected very severely because they have turned away from the God who gave them their nations in the first place! Their problem isn’t ineffective foreign policy; the problem is that they don’t know God! That is what God is upset about and what He is going to correct.

Hosea 7:7 says about the British people, “[T]here is none among them that calleth unto me.” None! God says “Ephraim is a cake not turned” (verse 8). This is another good metaphor for what is wrong with Britain—and all three of these nations. If you put a cake in the oven for too long, the heat burns it out inside. It looks great from the outside, but when you slice it with a knife, it crumbles.

American, British and Israeli societies still look good on the surface, but they are burned out inside.

We are entering a dangerous and deadly time. What we need is not shrewd foreign policy or ever greater technology. What we need is to be honest to see our sickness and our rottenness. We must see it now! It is clear in God’s Word. But most people don’t want to see it, so they won’t see it until they suffer horrendously as these prophecies come to pass.

But you can choose to prove it for yourself, personally. If you believe your Bible, you know that Hosea’s prophecy for modern-day Manasseh, Ephraim and Judah is beginning to come to pass. That is the terrible truth that we have brought on ourselves. We are not going to negotiate or fight our way out of it this time. Our rottenness and sickness will finally destroy our three nations.

Do you believe your Bible? Do you believe these end-time prophecies?

King Jareb

Let’s return to Hosea 5:13 to see where this explosive situation is leading.

“When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.” Who is “the Assyrian”? This too is proven in The United States and Britain in Prophecy, and in our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, to be Germany. And King Jareb means “King Contentious” or “warlike monarch.”

Modern Ephraim and Judah are prophesied to go to a nation known for its history of starting wars—including wars against Britons and Jews!

Recently, an Israeli official said the Jews have started making overtures toward Berlin in case America fails to help them when they really need it. So this process of going to King Jareb has already begun.

The Jews are under life-threatening pressure. They are being threatened by Iran, Egypt and other Arab nations. Jews are being killed by rockets launched from Gaza, supplied by Iran, abetted by Egypt. Their position is deteriorating rapidly. Since the Arab Spring debacle, it has only gotten worse. We said from the beginning that it would be anything but a “spring,” and proved that from the Bible—yet who believes God and His prophecies?

Meanwhile, the United States has started backing away from helping Israel. The Jews are running out of options and beginning to look elsewhere for help. It seems they will trust almost anybody—the U.S., Britain, India, Turkey—even their worst enemies from World War ii who slaughtered 6 million of them—rather than trust God!

The Jews looked to God in 1948 and beyond—and God worked miracles for them! Even Israel’s recent history has seen this little nation trust God much more than it is doing today. It has since turned away from that kind of faith and trust, just like America and Britain.

Judah’s wound was caused by trusting in men. Yet when it sees its wound, when it sees that this process is rotten, what does it do? It turns to men again! The Jews go to Germany for peace! They see the effect, but they still don’t see the cause of the problem. If they did, they wouldn’t attempt to make a pact with Germany—they would cry out to God!

The people of Judah simply will not trust in God. That’s the problem with all three of these nations! We would rather make peace pacts with our enemies and put our national lives in peril than submit to God.

These nations want the Germans to protect them from their enemies. What can they give Germany in return? Israel and Britain both have nuclear weapons. Do you think they might make a pact with Germany where Berlin gets access to and control over their nuclear bombs? The United States already has about 20 nuclear bombs deployed in the Rhineland, presumably to protect the Germans from Russia and China. Do you suppose Germany might get control of those?

Daniel 11:40-41 show that Assyria is going to lead Europe to the “glorious land”—Jerusalem—and will “enter into” it. Nothing indicates that it will have to fight its way in. It will be invited in, apparently to protect Judah. Certainly it is going to get control of Israel’s nuclear bombs, regardless of what happens with the British and American nukes.

We look to men—but men can’t help us! King Jareb can’t help us! That’s what this prophecy says—kings and presidents can’t help us because this is a spiritual problem.

The only healing of our national sickness, the only cure for our national wounds, is to seek God. God wants us to heed His Word and be healed! His saying that King Jareb can’t heal you implies, I can heal you of that wound if you will look to me! Those who heed that warning will receive God’s protection! But most people don’t listen to God’s words—they will have to go through a terrifying experience to learn this lesson.

‘They Will Seek Me Early’

But there is hope! Think about it: Why is God allowing and even bringing about such terrible suffering for America, Britain and Israel? Because it is the one and only way that we can be cured of our spiritual sickness! After we are crushed and see what our sin produces, we will finally—finally—seek God!

It is going to be painful. The destruction and death will be unimaginable. But for those who survive, it will cause them to finally seek God and know Him! And those who do not survive, God will resurrect and teach, and they too will come to know Him!

Look where Hosea’s prophecy leads: “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face,” God says: “in their affliction they will seek me early” (Hosea 5:15). These nations have committed an offense against God. He doesn’t want to see people suffer—He wants the opposite! But they won’t listen to Him today. God says, however, that when He starts correcting them, then in that intense affliction and suffering, the Jews and the people of the U.S. and Britain are going to seek Him—and they are going to find Him.

Here is a powerful lesson from God: If we will seek Him, we will find Him, and everything will be fine. If we don’t repent and turn to God, we cannot escape the affliction coming on these nations. It is already too late for these nations to repent, but you can individually. Throughout these troubling times we’re entering into more deeply every week, you can have God’s protection.

The wound of Hosea 5:13 is directly tied to the coming of the Messiah! He is coming immediately after the wound is experienced in its fullness. That is inspiring beyond words to describe. Immediately after these problems in the Middle East, the Messiah returns. Those problems will get a lot worse first, but He is coming so soon—within just a few years!

At that time, the end-time nations of Israel will say, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight” (Hosea 6:1-2). A “day for a year” in fulfilled prophecy means that there will be 2½ years of tribulation, then God will punish the Gentiles who punished the nations of Israel. As He tore us apart, God will heal us.

Here is a prophecy of these three nations seeking God! What a beautiful, repentant attitude! That is good news that we have never seen in our nations, but it is about to come to pass. All of these events are leading directly to that point. This is better than a Hollywood ending!

Just as God’s prophecies have already happened, are happening and will happen, you can take infinite hope in where these dark days are leading. Our nations are going to suffer, but then they will repent! Along with the whole world, they will know the great God! And their loving Father is about to bring them and this whole world peace for all eternity!

Russia and India Sign $3 Billion Weapons Agreement

Russia and India Sign $3 Billion Weapons Agreement

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India agreed Monday of last week to buy $2.9 billion worth of Russian military equipment, as Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to the longtime Kremlin ally. The quantities at play here mean these transactions are, literally, a big deal—It’s the equivalent of one fifth of Russia’s total defense sales in 2011.

The agreement says India will buy kits to assemble 42 Sukhoi-30 fighter jets for $1.6 billion, and 71 Mi-17 military helicopters for $1.3 billion. Russia has custom designed the jets specifically for India, and they are engineered to become the very backbone of the nation’s air force. Russia and India have also recently collaborated on a supersonic missile for the Sukhoi-30s, and India is rumored to be equipping this jet to deliver its nuclear weapons.

Civilian trade between Russia and India is also thriving. Since 2000, it has increased by 600 percent, and though growth has slowed some in recent years, Mr. Putin aims to accelerate it once again. Total annual trade for 2012, for example, is expected to be around $10 billion, and Putin wants this figure to rise to $20 billion by 2015.

As these last weeks’ deals —and the broader trends—show, the military ties between Moscow and New Delhi run deep. At last Monday’s meeting, Mr. Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praised the accelerating military cooperation between the two nations, which marks a stark contrast from the pattern of earlier years when India sought to Westernize its military assets following several setbacks with Russian arms deals. New Delhi’s return to Moscow for weapons represents a significant economic loss for the Western nations that had previously enjoyed India’s business. And the indications are that Russia-India ties will continue to strengthen in the years ahead.

China and Russia are the regional behemoths driving the biblically prophesied cooperation of Eastern powers, which the Trumpet has been monitoring and reporting on for decades. India could play a role in this Oriental group, as well. To understand the significance of this Asian cooperation, and how it is connected to the most inspiring and hope-filled event that Earth has ever seen, read Russia and China in Prophecy.

The Trumpet Daily Compilation: Israel 2012

Earlier this year, Stephen Flurry, his family and five Herbert W. Armstrong College students and alumni established a regional office for the Philadelphia Church of God in Jerusalem, Israel. Over the next six months, The Trumpet Daily produced 80 episodes and updates, filming from various locations throughout Jerusalem and the country. This episode sums up The Trumpet Daily’s Israel 2012 experience.

Does Violent Popular Culture Lead to Violence?

Does Violent Popular Culture Lead to Violence?

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There is a way to prevent more school shootings.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, authorities are divided about the influence of violent popular culture on aggressive behavior.

On December 19, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill encouraging the National Academy of Sciences to investigate the effects violent video games can have on children. Referring to the Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association ruling of 2011, he exhorted, “Recent court decisions demonstrate that some people still do not get it. They believe that violent video games are no more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons. Parents, pediatricians and psychologists know better. These court decisions show we need to do more and explore ways Congress can lay additional groundwork on this issue. This report will be a critical resource in this process.”

Senator Rockefeller, together with other lawmakers and pressure groups, is also concerned about violent online and tv programing, and would like the active participation of the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission.

Writing for the Associated Press, David Bauder noted a host of violence-filled tv dramas like Homeland and Dexter; prime-time series like NCIS, Person of Interest, Criminal Minds and The Following; and blockbuster movies like The Avengers, The Dark Night Rises, The Hunger Games and Django Unchained. He also noted top-selling violent video games like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4 and Assassin’s Creed 3. In Assassins Creed, points are earned by how quickly and creatively a gamer kills pursuers. Counter-Strike, purportedly a favored video game of Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza, is a shooting game in which players compete against each other as either terrorists or counterterrorists.

David Bauder uses studies by behavior expert Prof. Brad Bushman of Ohio State University to make the connection between such violent entertainment and aggressive behavior. The studies showed not just the already-proven short-term aggression effects of violent video games, but also the longer-term effects as well.

With popular culture so focused on violent entertainment, it isn’t shocking that people are becoming more violent. It is common sense.

Yet there is also a much more fundamental reason for the increase in youth violence. Read “A Lesson From Virginia Tech” and “The Experts Are Wrong” to find out the cause and solution that would prevent any other Sandy Hook massacre from happening.