On the Divergent Effects on Man of Different Forms of Government

On the Divergent Effects on Man of Different Forms of Government


America is changing rapidly. Its present administration is lustily driving the nation toward the clearly failing European socialist model. Watching this causes me to consider some stark contrasts with the perfect model of government expounded in Scripture.

  • Socialist government creates complacency through wealth redistribution. God’s government fosters stewardship through private property ownership.
  • Socialist government takes from the rich to supply the poor and calls it compassion. God’s government teaches love by example and inspires both rich and poor to emulate of their own will.
  • Socialist government encourages dependency. God’s government encourages industry.
  • Socialist government creates discontent and a sense of entitlement. God’s government enables man to savor the fruits of his labor.
  • Socialist government rewards idleness and saps motivation. God’s government energizes, ennobles and arouses ambition.
  • Socialist government tends toward self-satisfaction and mediocrity. God’s government demands excellence.
  • Socialist government insulates man from the consequences of his actions. God’s government obliges man to be accountable for his choices.
  • Socialist government strips man of responsibility. God’s government prepares man for ever greater capacity, duty and authority.
  • Socialist government erodes character. God’s government is aimed primarily at creating and cultivating character.
  • Socialist government turns citizens into wards of the state. God’s government transforms people into Gods.
  • The study of God’s biblical form of government is fascinating and inspiring. If you want to learn more, you might start with an article from our archives, “A New World Economy,” which describes the biblical economic model at work. Then read Chapter 7 of the book Mystery of the Ages,Mystery of the Kingdom of God.”

    Unemployment: Europe’s Next Crisis

    Unemployment: Europe’s Next Crisis

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    Half of Spain’s young people cannot find jobs. That’s a recipe for chaos.

    European leaders are claiming that the worst of their financial crisis is over. They couldn’t be more wrong. The eurozone is on the brink of radical change.

    Look at Europe’s latest unemployment figures, published January 8.

    In November, the Spanish unemployment rate for those under 25 was 56.5 percent. The latest figure for Greece is 57.6 percent (November figures aren’t available yet). Over half of all young people looking for work in these countries can’t find a job. One million young people in Spain alone can’t find work. Across the eurozone, nearly one in four young people are without work.

    The overall unemployment rates are also dire. In Spain and Greece, one in four adults looking for work can’t find a job. This doesn’t include people who’ve simply given up or taken part-time work. In Portugal, Ireland, Slovakia, Latvia and Cyprus, unemployment is around 15 percent.

    Many of these are record highs. But unemployment was only a few percentage points lower this time last year.

    This persistent, high unemployment is Europe’s big crisis.

    Last week, Stratfor’sGeorge Friedman outlined what these numbers mean in real life. “Consider someone unemployed in his 20s, perhaps with a university degree,” he wrote. “The numbers mean that there is an excellent chance that he will never have the opportunity to pursue his chosen career and quite possibly will never get a job at the social level he anticipated” (emphasis added).

    “Also remember that unemployment does not affect just one person,” he continues. “It affects the immediate family, parents and possibly other relatives. The effect is not only financial but also psychological. It creates a pall, a sense of failure and dread.”

    Europe’s high unemployment means there are millions with no interest in supporting the current order.

    The EU has come up with solutions that will keep Greece and Spain from going bankrupt over the next few months. But its solutions do nothing to solve the unemployment crises. Those unemployment figures aren’t going to change any time soon.

    When the unemployed realize this, Europe will be gripped by social upheaval.

    “The stoicism of the Spanish people so far has been impressive,” writes the Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. “But willingness to put up with an intolerable state of affairs depends on belief that the pain is ultimately worthwhile.”

    Once Spain’s 6 million unemployed realize that their stint on the dole is not a short step on the road to prosperity, then the rioting will start.

    “Unemployment is a root of anti-state movements on the left and the right,” writes Friedman. “The extended and hopelessly unemployed have little to lose and think they have something to gain by destabilizing the state. It is hard to quantify what level of unemployment breeds that sort of unrest, but there is no doubt that Spain and Greece are in that zone and that others might be.”

    Europe is heading for social chaos.

    This, not the bond markets, is what will probably drive the euro crisis in 2013.

    This social crisis will cause radical change in Europe.

    “Social unrest and riots will eventually force Europeans to succumb to a strong united government of Europe, led ultimately not from Brussels, but from Berlin,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in February 2009.

    Northern Europe is not suffering. Germany’s unemployment rate is 5.4 percent—roughly a fifth of Spain’s.

    Faced with mass unrest, some countries may quit the euro. But others will instead turn to Germany, willing to do almost anything to get German help to stop the rioting. This huge unemployment rate could be the hammer, anvil and furnace necessary to forge a newly integrated Europe.

    European leaders already want political and financial union. But they’re talking about it in terms of the next five or ten years. Social unrest will force this unification to happen much faster. Some countries won’t be able to take the heat and will leave the kitchen. But the rest will forge closer together to form an undemocratic superpower.

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    Popular UK Textbook Erases Israel From the Map

    Popular UK Textbook Erases Israel From the Map


    A textbook used in colleges across the United Kingdom has been found to have an alarming anti-Israel prejudice.

    The textbook—called Skills in English Writing: Level 1—is used to teach students English as a second language, and one of its segments on geography includes a map of the Middle East on which the name “Israel” is nowhere to be found. Instead, the Jewish nation is labeled “Occupied Palestine.”

    You can see an image of the map here.

    This textbook’s widespread use in the UK is symptomatic of the nation’s embrace of Islamic culture. Garnet Education, the firm that produced the book, is owned by the Lebanese Tahseen Khayat Group, which also owns Ithaca Press—a publisher specializing in Islamic studies. Any question of the group’s political leanings should be obliterated by the fact that Ithaca Press recently published Through Secret Channels—a book written by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    So, why would so many educational institutions in the UK choose to teach from such a book? London bends over backward to demonstrate its hospitality toward Islam’s culture and beliefs, no matter how extreme. Lax immigration policies and liberal social benefit programs combine to make Britain an attractive home to swaths of Islamists.

    The textbook is also one of many indications showing that not only is the traditional anti-Semitism of the far right gaining momentum, but it is being joined by a new leftist anti-Semitism in media and academia. Among British liberals especially, Israel has come to be regularly accused of explicit racism. And the disparagement of Israel’s foreign policy often bleeds into resentment of Jews in general.

    There is a growing divide under way—propelled by public opinion—between Britain and Israel, two nations which have traditionally been strong allies. The changing British demographic is also creating a similar rift between the UK and the United States. The ever broadening breaches between these three entities leave all three substantially weaker. To understand the significance of the drift of these nations away from each other, read The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

    U.S. and German Troops Head to Turkey

    German and U.S. troops are being deployed on a NATO mission along the Turkish border with the ongoing Syrian civil war continuing.

    Troops and military equipment from the United States and Germany headed for Turkey on Tuesday. The deployment will support nato operations along the Turkish-Syrian border. American forces included soldiers from the Army Air and Missile Defense Command, based in Ramstein, Germany. German soldiers deployed from the Dutch city of Eindhoven.

    The United States, Germany and also the Netherlands are each sending soldiers to Turkey, along with a pair of Patriot missile batteries. The six Patriot batteries are intended to protect Turkey against any spillover from Syria’s ongoing civil war.

    Although they are ineffective against artillery and mortar fire, Patriot batteries can shoot down enemy missiles, as well as manned aircraft. The systems are expected to become operational later this month.

    America and Germany are cooperating on this nato mission, and it appears that Washington wants to rely on Berlin even more in the future. But in doing so, the United States is expecting friendship and peace from the greatest war-making nation in history.

    The Bible reveals where this relationship will lead. Ezekiel 23 refers to Germany as America’s “lover,” but it also shows that Germany will betray America in the end.

    In the September/October 2000 issue of the Trumpet, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote that the United States trusts Germany more than it trusts God. America’s trust in Germany, he said, “could be the worst foreign-policy mistake we have ever made—or ever will make.”

    Germany: Building Europe’s Biggest Battery Factory

    Germany: Building Europe’s Biggest Battery Factory

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    Goal is to become number 1 vendor for electric cars.

    The German government is planning a spectacular new battery cell factory to be constructed in the state of Saxony. It will produce the best lithium-based product, transforming the auto industry and dominating market share. In the spirit of economic lebensraum, it will be the largest instillation of its kind in Europe.

    At the end of October 2012, German officials traveled to the Batteries 2012 convention in Nice, France, eager to inform manufacturing partners of the planned factory and its cutting-edge product, with the goal of establishing strong sales pipelines.

    “Discover market opportunities in Germany,” read the banner advertisement for Germany Trade and Investment (gtai) on the official Batteries convention website. Keynote speakers hailed from Japan, India, North America and Europe, but they were unsurprisingly dominated by a battery of German captains of the energy industry.

    Thomas Grigoleit, renewable energy expert at gtai in Berlin, stated, “To realize the leading position Germany has taken in the field of electromobility, one must analyze the numbers. There are 1.72 million electric and hybrid cars in Europe, of which Germany claims 670,000. If R&D continues to increase in terms of funding and in the generation of intellectual capital, this number could potentially almost double by 2020.”

    The national business and job market is watching closely, as the aggressive plan requires confirmation of integrity of price, product life cycle and charging, combined with foreign investment, in order to propel the project to its intended lithium summit.

    Germany’s goal, as with numerous other markets, is to become the Continent’s most dominant vendor for electric cars and parts supply. Berlin’s Environment Ministry is so confident of the project’s success that it forecasts some 30,000 extra employment opportunities as its result.

    The Trumpet’s editor in chief has drawn particular attention to the domineering of Europe by Germany, from domestic to foreign policy, finance, trade, religion and military expansionism. On the surface, to the ignorant observer, the ever increasing overt actions of German elites appears just another business plan. However, to the non-ignorant of recent geopolitical past, such aggressiveness, exploitation, regional expansionism and blatant Euromart domineering reveals the scale and impact of an aggressive continental and globally unchallenged economic policy whose designed scope portends disturbing, far-reaching, historic implications. Request Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? for a deeper comprehension of these concerning developments.

    As the Trumpet has exhaustively reported for over two decades, the fiscal foolishness of one-time “United” States and “Great” Britain squandering their economic birthright inheritance blessings, and their respective unabashed turning away from the great God from whence those blessings came, are resulting in punishment at the hands of Europe’s undisputed king and master (Isaiah 10:5-7).

    Join over 5 million others and request your free copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s masterwork The United Sates and Britain in Prophecy for more understanding of these critical events set to impact your life in the near future.

    For more understanding of where developments of Saxony’s world leading technology is leading, request your free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. This publication has been assembled by the Trumpet’s editorial staff and features acute historical and prophetic analysis by editor in chief Gerald Flurry recounting the final rise of a church-state combine that will impact global economics, religion and security (Daniel 8, Revelation 13, 17, 18, 19). It’s a warning you simply can’t afford to ignore.