Hezbollah Bombs Europe

Hezbollah Bombs Europe

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Hezbollah being implicated in a bus bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last July is now putting pressure on the European Union to take a tougher stance against the Lebanon-based, Iran-funded “Party of Allah.”

Findings from a six-month probe into the attack, announced Tuesday by Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, found “obvious links” between two of the attackers and Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is a terrorist proxy of Iran—funded, trained and armed by the Iranian government. But like Hamas in Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, it has attained some political legitimacy in the coalition government in Lebanon.

The United States, Israel and Canada classify Hezbollah as a terrorist entity. Among Europe’s main governments, only the Netherlands labels it a terrorist organization. Britain condemns Hezbollah’s military wing, but not its political party in Lebanon.

The Bulgarian bus bomb investigation is now putting more pressure on the EU to change its standpoint. Essentially, Europe is being urged: You have been hit on your turf. Reconsider your outlook on terrorist entities.

John Brennan, President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, said in a statement: “Bulgaria’s implication of [Hezbollah] underscores the importance of international cooperation in disrupting terrorist threats. We call on our European partners as well as other members of the international community to take proactive action to uncover [Hezbollah’s] infrastructure and disrupt the group’s financing schemes and operational networks.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a similar exhortation, saying, “The attack in [Bulgaria] was an attack on European land against a member of the European Union. We hope that the Europeans learn the proper conclusions from this about the true character of Hezbollah.”

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement: “We urge the European Union and all partners who have not already done so to list Hezbollah as a terrorist entity and prosecute terrorist acts committed by this inhumane organization to the fullest possible extent.”

The EU, particularly Germany, currently has a mediator role in interactions between Hezbollah and Israel. cnn wrote that “Germany has been especially active in mediating on humanitarian issues. But there have been signals in the past few months from senior figures in Angela Merkel’s coalition that the mood is shifting.

“Last August, the foreign policy spokesman for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, Philipp Missfelder, told the Jerusalem Post it was ‘long overdue to place Hezbollah on the EU’s list of terror organizations.’”

The pressure on Europe to take a stronger stance will rest mostly on Europe’s most powerful nation: Germany. Chancellor Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said on Wednesday that “if the evidence proves to be true that Hezbollah is indeed responsible for this despicable attack then consequences will have to follow.”

Bible prophecy reveals a German-led European empire clashing with radical Islamic powers in the Middle East. It appears, when that clash occurs, it will be seen as a legitimate response to a long-menacing threat. Even today, Germany is being called upon to “match its economic might as Europe’s effective paymaster with military commitments” (The Local, February 1).

Watch for Europe to see a rising need for a military offensive against radical Islam. Study our free booklet The King of the South to understand more.

American Carrier Will Not Deploy to Persian Gulf

The Pentagon canceled plans on Wednesday to send a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. Budget cuts in defense are forcing the cutbacks. The decision significantly reduces America’s military presence in the volatile region.

The USS Harry S. Truman was set to leave for the Persian Gulf on Friday, but the U.S. Navy cancelled its deployment, leaving only one carrier in the Gulf. The United States has maintained two aircraft carriers in the region since 2011.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke about the military cutbacks on Wednesday at Georgetown University.

SOUNDBITE: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:

If these cuts happen, there will be serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness. We have already begun an all-out effort to plan for how to operate under such a scenario, but it’s also very clear that there are no good options.These steps would seriously damage a fragile American economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crises precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe— North Africa to the Strait of Hormuz, from Syria, to North Korea.

As Panetta points out, America’s economic problems are forcing America to turn inward and retreat from the Middle East.

Roughly 35 percent of the world’s oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which is the entry to and exit from the Persian Gulf. With Iran’s continuing belligerence, and Egypt and Libya falling into the radical Islamic camp, watch for these key sea gates to come under attack.

Watch Gerald Flurry’s recent web exclusive, “Ethiopia in Prophecy,” to see how these events will affect your life.

Israel Hints It Was Behind Airstrike on Syria

Israel has indicated that it might have been behind last week’s airstrike against Syria. On January 30, airplanes bombed a target near the Lebanese border, about 15 miles northwest of Damascus. The Syrian government has released images of a damaged research facility, and blames Israel for the attack. However, U.S. defense officials say that the strike hit a convoy of anti-aircraft weapons.

The Pentagon said that the airstrike targeted trucks carrying Russian-made SA-17 missiles. The missiles were bound for Hezbollah, a terrorist group in Lebanon.

For years, Israel has been able to fly warplanes over Lebanon largely unchallenged. Should Hezbollah acquire sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles, that status quo would change.

Israel has not officially taken responsibility for the bombing. But on Sunday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak hinted that Israel was indeed behind the attack. At a security conference in Munich, Germany, Barak initially said he could not add anything to the media reports about the attack. But then he added something.

“I keep telling frankly that we said—and that’s proof when we said something we mean it—we say that we don’t think it should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon.”

As Syrian President Bashar al Assad loses his grip on power, Syria’s weapons could go to Israel’s other enemies. Watch for the situation in the Middle East to become increasingly unstable. Israel will seek help to defend itself from its enemies. Bible prophecy shows that eventually, it will turn to Germany for protection. For more on this subject, read Jerusalem in Prophecy.

What’s Missing in Britain’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Debate

What’s Missing in Britain’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Debate

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Even those against homosexual “marriage” are woefully ignorant.

What does it take to unite the leadership of all three of Britain’s major parties? There was no raucous debate between Conservative and Labor ministers in Britain’s Parliament, February 5. Why? The subject under discussion was homosexual “marriage.”

The bill passed through its second reading 400 votes to 175—meaning it is well on its way to becoming law. Homosexuals will soon be allowed to marry in the UK—at least according to man’s laws.

The only real opposition came from back benchers—party members without any real leadership role. But even in their arguments, there was some vital information completely absent from the debate.

Those for same-sex “marriage” talked about allowing two people that love each other to demonstrate that commitment. This legislation is being put forward under a Conservative prime minister, though more Conservatives voted against the bill than for it. Prime Minister David Cameron supports this, he says, because he views marriage as a good thing, and so wants to allow homosexuals to join in.

But what was most surprising was the weakness of the arguments against same-sex “marriage.” Here’s a summary of the arguments most often brought up against it:

  • Homosexuals can already receive the same legal recognition as married couples by forming civil partnerships.
  • The Church of England may be forced to conduct homosexual “marriages” in its official capacity as the state religion, despite its opposition to it.
  • Teachers may be forced to teach about homosexual “marriage” even if they don’t believe in it.
  • It is impossible to define how a homosexual “marriage” is consummated, meaning divorce laws have to be changed.
  • Now is not the time to make these changes, as we need to focus on improving the economy.
  • Few, if any, said that homosexual “marriage” was wrong, or impossible. None said homosexuality itself was wrong. Few talked about the effect this would have on British society.

    The fact is that those on both sides of the argument are completely ignorant of the purpose of marriage. It is not a man-made institution that governments can change on a whim.

    There are commonsense reasons for opposing “homosexual marriage.” But even those speaking out against it don’t understand the God-ordained purpose for marriage. But you can. Read our free booklet Why Marriage—Soon Obsolete?

    Marathon: Metaphor for Life

    Marathon: Metaphor for Life

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    Spiritual lessons from the 2013 Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach, California

    On February 3, our teenage sons and we stepped onto the course. Along with over 21,000 other participants from 1,000 cities across all 50 states and 23 other countries, we were about to run the largest-ever Surf City full and half marathon at Huntington Beach, California.

    Many months of preparation preceded this event. Short runs, long runs, workouts, dietary strictness and regulation of sleep patterns, along with mental toughening, were all combined in our program of preparation for the 13.1-mile half marathon.

    As we arrived for the race, there were throngs of athletes as far as the eye could see. We made our way to our section of runners—those who were comfortable in completing the course within two hours. As the race began, we all jockeyed for position amid the bustle and thunder of thousands of feet hitting the pavement.

    “Miles beyond a great weekend event, we are committed to creating unique experiences that inspire lifelong activity,” promoted event organizers in what they declare their Active Lifestyle Philosophy. “This includes a dedication to initiating, encouraging and supporting year-round programs in celebration of an active lifestyle.”

    Today, we live in a diseased world where the World Health Organization has an “International Classification of Diseases” translated into 43 languages and distributed to 117 countries in an effort to contain, control and prevent disease.

    Most degenerative global diseases originate from consuming de-mineralized foods containing too much sugar, sodium, starch, fats and carbohydrates. The remainder result from malnutrition and a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. As a result, consumers work to retrofit this deprivation of their bodies’ essential needs by using health supplements.

    Cancer, diabetes, and kidney and heart disease are all exacerbated and often caused by poor diet and lack of exercise and adherence to the natural laws of health. Laws such as a balanced daily diet combined with exercise, sleep and fresh air, enhanced by proper personal hygiene and elimination, set a physical foundation for a balanced mind in thinking and living.

    Whether the race organizers realize it or not, the Active Lifestyle Philosophy they promote has its roots in the pages of the world’s bestseller, the Holy Bible.

    Herbert W. Armstrong wrote his booklet The Seven Laws of Success in his 70th year. An avid walker, he said this about running: “It induces blood circulation. It gets circulation even to the extremities. And that is good. Stimulating blood circulation is important.” He went so far as to add, “Without health one is direly handicapped, if not totally cut off from achievement. The fourth law of success is largely dependent on good health.”

    If you want to succeed in life, take time to stop and consider your health. It’s simply not natural to be sick. Sickness results from breaking the basic laws regulating both mind and body. Far too many people today surmise that their ill health, sickness or disease is natural, of which they are unfortunate victims.

    They are simply lying to themselves.

    You don’t catch a cold, purchase a fever or invest in illness. These result from depletion of the body through broken laws of health, whether on our part or somebody else’s. Mr. Armstrong spoke so often of cause and effect. In our health, we simply reap what we sow.

    Blessed with free moral agency, we have the privilege of making daily decisions, little choices that accumulate over time, either for good or bad. We choose how much sugar, starch, fat, carbohydrates we consume. Anorexia and obesity are a conscious choice, not a disease. Too many of us put off the right decisions in health, deceiving ourselves that we will right the wrong tomorrow. Yet all too often, tomorrow never comes.

    Anyone who has run a full or half marathon will tell you it’s a mental battle. A race success or a personal best time is a victory of the mind in advance of the body. A positive attitude does have a direct impact on our physical condition.

    The Apostle Paul knew this well, even advising, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain” (1 Corinthians 9:24).

    To run a race at first may seem daunting. Yet, as we and our sons experienced, after preparation and completion, there is exhilaration and joy of accomplishment. As a metaphor for life, we run not with a mental strategy of failure but one of spiritual success.

    Paul again admonishes, “[W]hatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

    Winning the battle in daily decisions takes following the battle plan of God’s Word, remembering we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

    “He was a strong, vigorous, young man of about 33 years of age, in the peak of health,” Mr. Armstrong wrote of Jesus Christ in his final book, Mystery of the Ages. Had mankind followed our Savior’s example, what would have resulted? “There would be, on the contrary, vigorous, vibrant good health, filled with dynamic interest in life, enthusiastic interest in constructive activities bringing happiness and joy. There would be cleanliness, vigorous activity, real progress …” (ibid).

    Why not have good health?

    “Why should we be so willing to believe such a perfect state of health and joy is impossible?” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in his booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow. “There are blessings for observing the laws of health—absolute guarantees good health will result—and that sickness and disease will become a thing of the past.’”

    Here at the Trumpet we write of the imminent return of Jesus Christ to usher in an all-loving, powerful government resulting in utopian conditions. The Prophet Jeremiah wrote of such godly promises: “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds …” (Jeremiah 30:17). Very soon, agricultural conditions will change for the better. The nature of even animals will be transformed. The plague of disease will be stopped. Eyes and ears will be opened and the lame will dance (Isaiah 35:1-10).

    The God who created your body and mind to instill His Spirit wishes “above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health” (3 John 2). Move beyond just reading this article, and take the steps forward in your daily diet and exercise to obey God’s health laws, and in so doing reap the rich rewards of prosperity in health!


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