Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley Honored Herbert W. Armstrong

Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley Honored Herbert W. Armstrong


L.A. mayor commends Ambassador International Cultural Foundation activities.

In a ceremony at his office on Nov. 3, 1975, Mayor Tom Bradley conferred commendation on the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation. As both founder and chairman, Herbert W. Armstrong accepted the award on behalf of the foundation.

Bradley graduated from University of California–Los Angeles, served as a police office of the Los Angeles Police Department, finished law school and began practicing before serving on the L.A. City Council. In 1973 he became mayor, and then co-chair of the Democratic National Convention in 1976. He won the gubernatorial primary but lost the election to former Attorney General George Deukmejian, who presided over the state of California’s attack on Mr. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God.

“As mayor of the city of Los Angeles, it is my pleasure to commend the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation for its laudatory efforts in culture and humanitarianism,” Bradley’s commendation read (Worldwide News, Nov. 10, 1975).

The mayor continued, “Not only is the foundation presenting many of the world’s leading artists, including Horowitz, Pavarotti, Sutherland, Menuhin, Panovs, but also 100 percent of funds raised will be donated to many of Los Angeles’ charitable, humanitarian, cultural, and educational organizations, including the United Way.

“In addition, Ambassador International Cultural Foundation is providing complimentary concert tickets to inner-city students and senior citizens who would ordinarily not be able to attend such outstanding cultural events. In this regard, the foundation is working with the Pasadena Urban League to give hundreds of minority students opportunity of hearing soprano Grace Bumbry in concert at Ambassador Auditorium.

“On behalf of the city of Los Angeles, we wish the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation well in this great community endeavor in culture and humanitarianism, and we ask the people of Los Angeles to give this program their wholehearted support.”

Over the next decade, Los Angeles, Pasadena, surrounding communities and numerous others through global humanitarian projects benefited from the benevolence of Mr. Armstrong and the endeavors of the adjuncts he founded. His friend Mayor Bradley succeeded in bringing the Olympics to the city in the mid-’80s while he as founder and chancellor of Ambassador College helped host and train world-class athletes, such as high jumper Dwight Stones, for those games under the college’s famed athletic director Harry Snieder. In 1986, the mayor again lost to Deukmejian in the general election for state governorship.

Earlier that year, on January 16, Bradley’s longtime friend died at his home on the Ambassador College campus. Thereafter, a cadre of church leaders assigned with the responsibility to continue his work, without mandate drove the Worldwide Church of God (wcg) from its founding doctrines, renamed it Grace Communion International and thrust it into the welcoming arms of mainstream Christianity, Protestantism and Pentecostalism. Their agenda continued with dismembering Ambassador College, collapsing the foundation, and rejecting friendly relations with international heads of state and royalty.

Amid this shocking betrayal, Gerald Flurry wrote Malachi’s Message to God’s Church Today and stood in defense of Mr. Armstrong’s final book, Mystery of the Ages, as it was pulled from circulation, both resulting in the firing of Mr. Flurry and his assistant, John Amos, on Dec. 7, 1989, in the Hall of Administration building on the campus of Ambassador College. These events initiated the establishment of the Philadelphia Church of God (pcg), sponsor of the Trumpet.

Earlier that year, Bradley was elected to his historic fifth term as the city’s mayor, totaling a tenure of 20 years. He retired from office in 1993, with the next five years seeing him battle health crises resulting in his death in 1998.

The mayor died not knowing the outcome of a six-year court battle conducted in the city between the wcg and pcg over the preservation of the written works of Mr. Armstrong. The cadre had openly declared their “Christian duty” was to keep the works of this unofficial ambassador, friend of world leaders, “out of print.” Request your free copy of Raising the Ruins for the truth behind this mammoth betrayal and battle for religious freedom.

Citizens of Los Angeles may be familiar with a recent commercial aired nationwide by Microsoft promoting its new Surface tablet computer. The advertisement was filmed on the grounds of the former Ambassador College campus. It featured what was its administration building, with the spiraling egret sculpture crafted by England’s Sir David Wynn in front of the famed Carnegie Hall of the West, Ambassador Auditorium.

The grounds’ commercialization strikes pain into the heart and boil the blood of anyone who supported the work of Mr. Armstrong. Add to this the recent destruction of the college’s former library, one of the first buildings acquired in the early days of the college back in 1947. This building was where the World Tomorrow program was recorded and sent to its millions of viewers on hundreds of stations worldwide.

In addition, Ambassador Auditorium’s owners are currently pleading supporters for help on their website, fearful of the facility’s future as its acoustical quality comes into question amid other slated demolitions, such as the former administration building, to make way for a massive senior housing development complex which they claim “will dwarf and overwhelm its immediate neighbor—Ambassador Auditorium.”

Mayor Bradley would have been pleased at the victory, out of court, for the pcg to continue the legacy of his longtime friend and unofficial ambassador. It has taken over two decades for Mr. Flurry, with the dedicated aid of supporters worldwide, to revive the institutions formerly established by the unofficial ambassador for world peace whom the mayor honored and lent support to on behalf of Los Angeles citizens.

Our Trumpet readers in Los Angeles and around the world, along with viewers of the Key of David program, members of the Church, Herbert W. Armstrong College students, co-workers, donors, patrons of Armstrong Auditorium performing arts events, and recipients and partners of the Church’s foundation, can be assured these institutions, practicing God’s way of give, will never betray, commercialize or bulldoze their spiritual, cultural, educational and humanitarian assets and activities in the pursuit of profits and religious agenda.

Tom Bradley would have been happy to hear of an event on Dec. 30, 2012, hosted on the campus of Armstrong College. Over 1,000 eager concertgoers witnessed the world premiere of Jeremiah the Musical, performed on the stage of Armstrong Auditorium. This spectacular event was opened to the public for free, and their rousing and lengthy ovation at its conclusion confirmed the impact of this historic, exclusive musical.

Seated a few rows back from the stage was editor in chief Gerald Flurry. As the ovation to this event crescendoed, the final paragraph of the afterword of his book Malachi’s Message came to mind: “The Worldwide Church may have disfellowshipped Herbert Armstrong from their own church, postmortem, but they will never do away with his teachings. As this ongoing story unfolds and the Worldwide Church continues to self-destruct, be assured the work of Mr. Armstrong will never die. God’s end-time message from Malachi will go out. The work will continue.”

Europe—Key Issues of 2013

Europe—Key Issues of 2013

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There’s a rapidly emerging congruency between the best geopolitical projections for 2013 and Bible prophecy.

Our readers would be aware of the esteem in which we have held Stratfor among the motley collection of geopolitical think tanks that comment regularly on the world scene.

Stratfor’s analyses of world events most often reflect deeply-thought-out scenarios that project clear predictive forecasting based on a chain of events currently happening on the world scene, with a particular view to non-revisionist history.

Inevitably this approach may be traced back to the keen mind of Stratfor’s founder and ceo, George Friedman.

Being of Hungarian Jewish descent, it comes as no surprise that Friedman’s appreciation of European history and current events is most acute. Thus it is that we find ourselves currently agreeing with him that the most vital geopolitical events of 2013 will center on Europe.

Friedman introduces his prediction for Europe in 2013 as follows: “Taken as a single geographic entity, Europe has the largest economy in the world. Should it choose to do so, it could become a military rival to the United States. Europe is one of the pillars of the global system, and what happens to Europe is going to define how the world works. I would argue that in 2013 we will begin to get clarity on the future of Europe” (January 3).

George Friedman argues his position from a secularist perspective. We are in general agreement with his prediction, but are so because of our biblical prophecy perspective. These are two distinctly different views in the one sense, yet in reality, they are quite congruent in the sense of their current timing and much of the detail of the moment.

The tendency for Bible prophecy for our times to be so rapidly coming to fulfillment, daily, at present, would seem to support Dr. Friedman’s contention “that in 2013 we will begin to get clarity on the future of Europe.”

Two key elections will be held in Europe this year. They each involve a nation that has a significant role in end-time prophecy.

Elections for an Italian prime minister will be held in February. Already the pope has endorsed Jesuit-educated technocrat Mario Monti as his choice.

In September, Angela Merkel’s sputtering political career as Germany’s chancellor shall probably end at the German federal elections. With the mood turning ugly both within Germany and in Europe about the current nature of the German psyche, the time is rapidly developing for the rise of a populist leader in that nation.

Put this together with Friedman’s claim that Europe could—should it choose to do so—as “the largest economy in the world” become also “a military rival to the United States,” then it becomes a worrisome prospect that with Europe “as one of the pillars of the global system,” it is now in a powerful position, given the right leadership, “to define how the world works.”

All those statements are in direct alignment with Bible prophecy for our times!

For over 70 years we have trumpeted—first under Herbert Armstrong, and latterly under our current editor in chief, Gerald Flurry—the rise of a powerful European combine, under the leadership of Rome and Berlin, which would dominate the globe economically, financially, commercially and militarily. This is in exact accordance with the prophecies for our time as revealed in Revelation 13 and 17, and Daniel 8 and 11.

The fact that one of the most brilliant geopolitical minds on the scene today recognizes much of this potential is worthy of taking note. What is so much to the point in considering the direction of Europe from here on is the statement by Friedman that “If, however, Europe does emerge with a plan that has general support and momentum behind it, then we might say that Europe is beginning to emerge from its crisis, and that, in turn, would be the single most important thing that happens in 2013” (ibid).

Yet it is hard to see that such a plan would have any prospect of coming to fruition unless Europe has the quality of leadership in place to not only endorse it but to strong-arm it into reality. This is why we propose that such an event may have to wait till the outcome of this year’s federal elections in Europe’s leading nation—Germany.

All the prophetic indications lead to the conclusion that it will be a powerful Germanic leader who causes the final configuration of a militarily dominant European entity to coalesce into 10 separate regional groupings all rendering their support to a single overarching leader (Revelation 13, 17). Ultimately, this will be the “plan that has general support and momentum behind it,” to quote Stratfor.

So, what to watch for in 2013?

Watch the outcome of the Italian elections in February. If Monti—the pope’s man—gains office, then the linkage between the Vatican and the leader of old Chaldea will be strengthened significantly. This, in turn, will give a powerful boost to the confidence of imperialist Catholic European elites—especially in Germany—who are the real movers and shakers behind the scenes in Europe.

The upshot could well have significant effect on the outcome of the German elections in September.

As we have consistently declared, Europe is now ruled by a Rome-Berlin axis. France has been rapidly diminished in political stature in Europe since the Hollande liberal-socialist regime was voted into office.

These vital elections take place amid a Europe in crisis. As George Friedman writes, “People are not being asked to die on a battlefield for the European Union but to live lives of misery and disappointment. In many ways that is harder than being brave. And since the core promise of the European Union was prosperity, the failure to deliver that prosperity—and the delivery of poverty instead, unevenly distributed—is not sustainable. If Europe is in crisis, the world’s largest economy is in crisis, political as well as financial. And that matters to the world perhaps more than anything else” (ibid).

The reason it matters to the world is the history of what such crises tend to produce in Europe. History reveals that crises of this nature have huge potential for dislocating the whole global system.

For the second time in less than a century, Europe is on the brink of unleashing the effects of a deep crisis on the rest of the world. The results in the short term will be catastrophic beyond imagination. Yet the wonder of it all is that this is but the major harbinger of the replacement of the whole global system by a future system of global peace and order such as man has longed for since creation.

For more current information on this subject, read our powerful column this coming Monday. For the deepest insight into the causes and effects of this whole European scenario, read our booklets Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans and Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.

2013: The Year France Confronts Islam?

2013: The Year France Confronts Islam?


How a New Year’s celebration reveals France’s divided society

Fireworks are the most traditional way to celebrate the New Year. But there are other traditions. In Japan, Buddhist monks hit a gong 108 times. In Spain, people eat 12 grapes. And in certain French cities, they burn cars.

That’s right. The New Year’s Eve car burning has become so regular it is almost a tradition. Every year, youths run riot. This time, 1,193 cars were burned.

Naturally, the story has gathered a lot of media attention. But all the mainstream reports on the subject are strangely vague about one thing—who is doing the burning. Every student of journalism learns that his or her article should answer the “five Ws”: who, what, when, where and why (and sometimes “how”). Who is invariably listed first.

Why have so many journalists suddenly forgotten their basic training?

It’s tempting to look for a conspiracy, but the answer is more likely political correctness combined with laziness (or tight deadlines). Perhaps the French media are keeping quiet for fear that publishing the truth will pour oil on the flames.

Who are these rioting youths? The mainstream reports contain the hints necessary to put it all together.

“The practice reportedly began in earnest among youths—often in poor neighborhoods—in the 1990s in the region around Strasbourg in eastern France,” writes the Associated Press. Strasbourg is the home of France’s biggest mosque and a large population of Muslims.

Car burning “also became a voice of protest during the fiery unrest by despairing youths from housing projects that swept France in the fall of 2005,” continues AP. “At the time, police counted 8,810 vehicles burned in less than three weeks.

“Yet even then, cars were not burned in big cities like Paris, and that remained the case this New Year’s Eve. [Interior Minister Manuel] Valls said the Paris suburban region of Seine-Saint-Denis, where the 2005 unrest started, led the nation for torched cars, followed by two eastern regions around Strasbourg.”

Who rioted in 2005? At the time, the New York Times wrote that “a majority of the youths committing the acts are Muslim, and of African or North African origin.” Seine-Saint-Denis is heavily Muslim.

Even the Iranian state-owned Press tv notes the connection between car burning and Muslim districts. “While not a single car was burned in Paris, its suburban region of Seine Saint Denis led the nation in torchings,” it wrote. “Heavily Muslim and just as heavily impoverished, the area has 75 percent of the population of Paris, but Paris is protected by five times as many police officers.”

Whether you believe that Muslims are rioting (à la the right-wing blogosphere) or that French police refuse to protect France’s poor Muslim districts (à la Press tv), it’s clear France has a problem with Islam.

And that’s becoming obvious to the French too. They can hardly escape it after last year’s shocking attacks on Jews.

This week, the Gatestone Institute, a U.S.-based think tank, published a comprehensive report titled “The Islamization of France” detailing Islam’s confrontations with French society.

“In August, the French government announced a plan to boost policing in 15 of the most crime-ridden parts of France, in an effort to reassert state control over the country’s so-called ‘no go’ zones (Muslim-dominated neighborhoods that are largely off limits to non-Muslims),” it wrote.

These zones “include heavily Muslim parts of Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg, Lille and Amiens,” according to the report—in other words, the areas where people burn cars.

Obviously the government’s plan hasn’t succeeded.

But the Gatestone Institute’s report notes that French attitudes to Islam are changing. “Opinion surveys show that to voters in France … Islam and the question of Muslim immigration have emerged in 2012 as a top-ranked public concern,” it writes. “The French, it seems, are increasingly worried about the establishment of a parallel Muslim society there.”

The government’s efforts, however, “were halting and half-hearted,” the report said.

A survey published in October last year found that 60 percent believe Islam has become “too visible and influential.” Forty-three percent said the presence of Muslim immigrants is a threat to French national identity, compared to 17 percent who said it enriches society. Sixty-three percent oppose Muslim women wearing veils or Islamic headscarves in public. Only 18 percent support the building of new mosques.

“Our poll shows a further hardening in French people’s opinions,” said the head of the French Institute of Public Opinion’s polling department, Jerome Fourquet. “In recent years, there has not been a week when Islam has not been in the heart of the news for social reasons: the veil, halal food, dramatic news like terrorist attacks or geopolitical reasons.”

The most headline-grabbing resistance to radical Islam came from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Islamists firebombed its offices in November 2011 after it published cartoons of Mohammed. Its response? This week it published Mohammed’s biography in cartoon form.

Nearly a thousand years ago, France was at the heart of the clash between Islam and Europe’s Christian civilization. Now, as home to the EU’s largest Muslim population, it is at the heart of that clash once again.

The politics haven’t changed to reflect this. But the people have.

Whether you blame the Muslim immigrants, or French society, it’s clear that France is bitterly divided. Animosity and even hatred are building on both sides.

Many conservatives worry that Islam will overrun Europe. But this belief neglects history. When has Europe not reacted to this kind of threat? The norm is to overreact—or invent threats to react to.

European civilization will not lay down and die. Already the French people are turning on Islam. Will 2013 be the year they push their politicians to do the same?

The push will come sooner or later. The Bible prophesies that Europe will take the lead against radical Islam. For more information on this, see our article “Catholic Europe vs. Islamic Hordes: Round 2.”

Sanctions on Iran Bringing Terror Closer to the U.S.

Sanctions on Iran Bringing Terror Closer to the U.S.


Curtailed funding from embargoed Iran to its terrorist proxies may be causing Hezbollah to partner with Mexican drug cartels to raise funds for potential attacks in the United States.

The economic sanctions that have been slapped on Iran for its nuclear weapons program have caused Tehran to cut back its funding to Hezbollah, according to the Israeli military. U.S. officials say Hezbollah operatives in Mexico are enhancing their cooperation with murderous drug cartels, like Los Zetas, in the northern districts bordering the U.S. in order to minimize dependency on Iranian funding.

In an article titled “Hezbollah’s Cocaine Jihad,” Ynetnews writes:

Western intelligence agencies have been able to gather ample evidence suggesting that the drug cartels in Mexico—which are the de facto rulers of the northern districts bordering the U.S.—are in cahoots with Islamic terror organizations, which are eager to execute attacks against American, Israeli, Jewish and western targets; but most of all, the Islamic terror groups are eager to make money, so they can fund their nefarious aspirations.

Hezbollah is helping the cartels in weapons and explosives production. The terror entity is also training drug lords to build elaborate tunnels under the U.S.-Mexico border, much akin to the maze of tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border. These tunnels would be mutually beneficial to both syndicates. The cartels would use them to smuggle humans, drugs and weapons, and Hezbollah would use them for its own terrorist activities in the United States. In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security caught wind of an al Qaeda recruiter’s boasts of the ease with which these tunnels could be used to bring terror to the U.S. on a scale that would “make 9/11 look like peanuts.”

Congresswoman Sue Myrick is losing faith in the Department of Homeland Security because she feels not much is being done to secure America’s southern border.

America’s half-hearted efforts in confronting terrorism will only lead to more trouble. In “Is Iran Infiltrating the United States with Terrorist Sleeper Cells?” we wrote:

This network of Hezbollah operatives already has detailed surveillance information on American infrastructure and access to vast reserves of drug-trafficking money. This puts them in a prime position to unleash societal chaos if so directed by the Iranian mullahs.The U.S. government may have the ability to defeat Iran in an outright military attack, but it lacks the ability to squash all the hit-and-run terrorist operations that may result from such an attack.Anciently, the Prophet Ezekiel foretold of a day when end-time Israel would be beset by terrorism, rioting and societal collapse. This time of chaos is prophesied to result primarily from a great economic siege against America, but it no doubt could be enhanced by violence coming from the hands of foreign terrorists. As it is written in Psalm 127, “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

The United States is cursed and is no longer being blessed by God. That is why America’s weak attempts to curtail Iran are leading to potentially bigger problems at home. Request our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. It reveals why America’s problems today seem unsolvable and how they can be solved.

Cliff Crisis Averted: Next Crisis—Debt Ceiling

Cliff Crisis Averted: Next Crisis—Debt Ceiling


Ever feel like it is just one crisis after another? Get used to it.

While everyone focused on avoiding the fiscal cliff, we cracked our head on the debt ceiling. On Monday, the U.S. government reached the statutory limit on how much money it can borrow. Get ready for the next big budgetary fight—and this time expect a much bigger hit to your pocketbook.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress on Monday that emergency measures were now in effect to prevent Washington from defaulting on its debt. America has begun a “debt issuance suspension period” that would last through February 28, he said. We have less than 60 days to raise the debt ceiling, which is currently set at $16.394 trillion. If we don’t, our creditors will soon stop being paid. A debt default could have drastic implications on how much America pays to borrow money.

Last year, due to concerns over the debt ceiling, a major credit rating agency downgraded U.S. debt. It was a first in U.S. history. It won’t be the last.

Now, after passing an unpopular last-minute “fiscal cliff,” Washington is set for the next set of crisis negotiations. The difference this time is that Republicans seem more determined to tackle government spending—and that means potential reforms to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Any reforms will almost certainly mean cuts to services and payouts. Democrats are sure to oppose. Democrats won the fiscal cliff battle by winning increased government spending and taxation. Who will win the next one?

If you thought the last battle over the debt ceiling was bad, wait till you see what this year’s could bring. And the debt ceiling crisis is only the beginning.

There is also the looming sequester issue—a legacy of 2011’s debt ceiling battle. Sequester involves $110 billion worth of automatic, across the board spending cuts to every single government department. The cuts were scheduled for January 1, but due to an inability to agree on how to avoid the cuts, Congress postponed the date two months.

Indebted America has few choices to deal with its budget issues. It can cut spending—and hurt the economy. It can raise taxes—and hurt the economy. It can increase borrowing—and hurt the economy. It can print money—and hurt the economy. Alternatively, it can do some combination of the four—and hurt the economy. Some options hurt more than others. Some hurt more immediately. Others hurt much later.

But here is the point: There is no way to avoid the consequences of our debt. Political attempts to avoid paying the price will make matters worse, not better. There will be no end to the crisis. It will be one crisis after the other until you think they have gone on forever. This is America’s future. This is reality. You can choose to prepare for it, or suffer the worst of it.

Preparing for it would involve reading: Does God Exist?, Repentance Toward God and The Song Of Songs—God’s Greatest Love Song.

A Lot of People Lie a Little

“Why We Lie” is an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal from last May by Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty. It exposes an ugly truth about human nature: that people tend to cheat—but only to the degree that they can still consider themselves honest. He writes,

Over the past decade or so, my colleagues and I have taken a close look at why people cheat, using a variety of experiments and looking at a panoply of unique data sets—from insurance claims to employment histories to the treatment records of doctors and dentists. What we have found, in a nutshell: Everybody has the capacity to be dishonest, and almost everybody cheats—just by a little. Except for a few outliers at the top and bottom, the behavior of almost everyone is driven by two opposing motivations. On the one hand, we want to benefit from cheating and get as much money and glory as possible; on the other hand, we want to view ourselves as honest, honorable people. Sadly, it is this kind of small-scale mass cheating, not the high-profile cases, that is most corrosive to society.

As Herbert Armstrong said, “Human nature wants to be good—or think it is good—but it does not want to do good.”

This widespread, small-potatoes cheating has an enormously corrosive effect on society. It makes you shake your head to think about it.

In short, very few people steal to a maximal degree, but many good people cheat just a little here and there. We fib to round up our billable hours, claim higher losses on our insurance claims, recommend unnecessary treatments and so on.Companies also find many ways to game the system just a little. Think about credit-card companies that raise interest rates ever so slightly for no apparent reason and invent all kinds of hidden fees and penalties (which are often referred to, within companies, as “revenue enhancements”). Think about banks that slow down check processing so that they can hold on to our money for an extra day or two or charge exorbitant fees for overdraft protection and for using atms.All of this means that, although it is obviously important to pay attention to flagrant misbehaviors, it is probably even more important to discourage the small and more ubiquitous forms of dishonesty—the misbehavior that affects all of us, as both perpetrators and victims. This is especially true given what we know about the contagious nature of cheating and the way that small transgressions can grease the psychological skids to larger ones.

It reminded me of Dennis Leap’s terrific article “To Lie or Not to Lie.”