Abraham Lincoln’s Lesson for David Cameron and Barack Obama

Abraham Lincoln’s Lesson for David Cameron and Barack Obama

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Spiritual words of wisdom for today’s faithless leaders

The recent State of the Union address by the U.S. president was rapidly followed on a major network by the promotion of the new Stephen Spielberg movie, Lincoln. Despite efforts to parallel himself with this great leader of the past, the content of Barack Obama’s address could not be further from any association with this famed and revered president.

Having had the opportunity to live in both the United Kingdom and the United States, I cannot help but recognize the unprecedented volume of national blessings showered upon these two nations, and their consequent geopolitical impact of the recent past.

As such, the squandering of that wealth by both nations begs questions.

In recent speeches from Prime Minister David Cameron regarding Britain’s future in Europe and the recent State of the Union address by President Obama, there is a glaring abyss between the spirit in reference to the past and the policy of the present.

How did these two nations come to receive all the great richness of the earth? Was it through our British and American genius, wisdom, vision, talents or superior authority?

Abraham Lincoln gives us the answer: “We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the Earth, as regards fertility of soil, extent of territory, and salubrity of climate. … We … find ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings. We toiled not in the acquirement or the establishment of them.”

In his proclamation of April 30, 1863, calling for a day of national fasting and prayer, President Lincoln said:

It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God … and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. … We have been the recipients of the choicest blessings of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation ever has grown; but we have forgotten God! We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

“The fate of the nation hung in the balance when he issued that proclamation,” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. “But today the threat to our fate is a thousand times more seriously hanging in the balance.” He continued:

And today we do not have a president or a prime minister with the vision, understanding and courage to bring our nations to their knees! Abraham Lincoln knew these great material blessings had not been earned, but had been given to our people by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel.And we should face the facts today and know that we were given all this vast unprecedented material wealth because God promised it, unconditionally, to Abraham. And He promised it to Abraham because Abraham obeyed God, kept God’s laws and commandments.The birthright blessing was denied our forefathers after Moses’s day because they refused to live by God’s laws. And today God warns us, through many prophecies in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Micah, and many others, that unless we of this generation repent of our sins, and turn to Him with fasting, and with weeping, and earnest prayer, He will destroy our cities, all our fortresses, with the foreign sword; that He will punish us at the hand of a cruel one; that we shall be invaded, defeated, reduced to slaves. God help us to heed that warning!

Speeches by prime ministers and presidents are but hot air when their content is spiritually bankrupt and outside of the sacred and canonized Word of God, who established and blessed these once great powers.

Abraham Lincoln stated during the Civil War, “Unless the great God who assisted [President Washington] shall be with me and aid me, I must fail. But if the same omniscient mind and almighty arm that directed and protected him shall guide and support me, I shall not fail. … Let us pray that the God of our fathers may not forsake us now.”

“The Civil War almost destroyed America. Only the faith of Lincoln and the American people got us through that tragedy,” wrote editor in chief Gerald Flurry in his booklet Character in Crisis. “Today, Americans have departed from the ideals of our forefathers. We reason that religion and morality are nice, but certainly not necessary for the overall well-being of the nation. We have been led to falsely assume that private morality and public duty are separate issues. George Washington would have been appalled by such reasoning. And he was the father of our nation. Abraham Lincoln would have been appalled.”

Abraham Lincoln’s lesson for Great Britain and the United States is clear if only they had ears to hear. “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:7-10).

These are the spiritual words of wisdom for today’s faithless leaders. In priority over opinion polls, advisers, cabinet and ministers, God must be the adviser, the counselor who rules in the kingdom of men (Daniel 5:21; Isaiah 9:6-7).

If Prime Minister Cameron and President Obama would take the time to watch the award-winning Key of David program “Thanksgiving Lesson From Abraham Lincoln,” they would be reminded of the true greatness of a leader who relied upon God for prosperity and preservation of his nation.

Bahrain’s Arab Spring

Bahrain’s Arab Spring

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For Bahrain, the Arab Spring continues to simmer.

Another day of protests began in Bahrain on February 14, as the second anniversary of unrest within the small Middle Eastern nation began. The day of protesting, demonstrations and street fighting led to the death of a 16-year-old protester and numerous arrests as police attempted to quell the uprising. Rioting has been a thorn in the side of Bahrain’s Sunni government since the early days of the Arab Spring.

The demonstrators are backed by numerous opposition factions, the largest of which is Al-Wefaq. They have been protesting in an attempt to pressure the ruling monarchy into giving up some of its political power. Bahrain is a Sunni-ruled kingdom. The king holds the power to elect the upper chamber of parliament. Despite Al-Wefaq holding the majority of seats, it is hamstrung by the overruling power of the monarchy. Al-Wefaq could hold every seat, but the king always has final say.

The king has made some concessions in an attempt to cool down the increasingly volatile opposition. Talks between the monarchy and opposition factions began on February 10, but so far, there has been little headway. The government is also accusing the opposition of trying to stall the talks in an attempt to prolong the violent street protests.

There are two mindsets among opposition parties. Some want to sit down and negotiate at the table with the monarchy and gain more power through compromise. Then there are the more radical opposition factions that are calling for more protests against the government. They do not believe the current administration will give up much power. The radical opposition is hoping for a revolution akin to those in Egypt and Libya.

There are a number of reasons why the opposition could yet be successful. Bahrain is ruled by the Sunnis. It receives military aid from Saudi Arabia, which is directly to its west. However, across the waters of the Persian Gulf lies Iran. The Iranians would like nothing more than to see the Sunni government overthrown, and a more pro-Iranian Shiite government take control.

The attempts of the Shiite opposition forces to gain more power have been helped by the fact that the majority of the population in Bahrain is Shiite. This is one of the reasons that the protests have lasted in the face of the strong arm of the government, which is backed by Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis don’t want to see Bahrain fall to Iranian influence. The Persian Gulf is a natural barrier between the two Middle Eastern powers. The miniscule nation of Bahrain, however, is right on Saudi Arabia’s doorstep. Should the Shiites gain power in Bahrain, it could stir up the Shiites in Saudi Arabia, primarily the regions close to Bahrain that have a strong Shiite presence. Plus, these Saudi Shiite areas are located on top of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil fields. Oil is Saudi Arabia’s most powerful economic and geopolitical tool. Right now, the major “moderate” Arab nation in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia. It is a key player in keeping a balance of power among Arab nations in the region.

If its Shiites grow restless, Saudi Arabia won’t have as much ability to counteract Iran. The Saudis will be too busy putting out fires within their own nation.

The Saudis are not the only ones who stand to be affected by changes in Bahrain. The United States has its 5th Fleet stationed in Bahrain. From there, the U.S. has a port to launch operations in the Persian Gulf. If the Shiites gain control of the nation, they won’t stand the presence of the Americans for long. Despite this possible outcome, America has been quiet on the protests in Bahrain. It doesn’t appear to realize the threat that is being posed to its influence in the region.

If America is not careful, it will allow the stranglehold on the Persian Gulf to be tightened by Iran and its proxies. Bahrain may be small, but it is perfectly placed to make large-scale changes to the balance of power in the Middle East. If it allies with Iran, watch for Iranian dominance to be bolstered in the Gulf region. Read The King of the South to see what a powerful Iran means for the Middle East and the world.

Rome—Where Religion and Politics Meet

Rome—Where Religion and Politics Meet

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Throughout its history, the church has always competed with the state for power.

Having grabbed the attention of the whole world by his shock resignation from papal office, the subsequent actions of Joseph Ratzinger give an inkling as to his future influence within the Vatican and in global politics.

On Saturday, Ratzinger summoned Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti to an unscheduled private audience. With the Italian elections looming within days, the pope has already gone public on endorsing Monti’s candidature for election as Italy’s prime minister.

Interestingly, on the same day of his unscheduled meeting with Monti, the pope indicated that the day following the elections, he will have a meeting behind closed doors with a select few cardinals. No doubt the discussion will center around the outcome of the Italian elections and their impact on the future of the European Union.

With indications that the euro crisis is deepening, it is apparent that strong, assertive leadership is going to be required to dig the EU out of its financial hole.

Mario Monti has already described Joseph Ratzinger’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate as amounting to a blueprint for a “new world order.” If Monti is elected prime minister of Italy, and if the September elections in Germany produce a strong, action-oriented chancellor who is similarly attuned to the worth of Ratzinger’s encyclical as the basis for a new world order, then it becomes entirely feasible that they will work, with the support of Roman Catholic EU elites, to bring that order to fruition.

Nothing else has worked to date to turn the European and global financial crisis around.

In his article titled “The Fourth Reich Is Here,” published in our November/December 2011 edition of the Trumpet magazine, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry pointed to an enlighteningly prescient prophecy by Herbert Armstrong:

The financial crises we are now experiencing were forecast by Herbert Armstrong back in 1984. A massive banking crisis in America “could suddenly result in triggering European nations to unite as a new world power larger than either the Soviet Union or the U.S.,” he wrote. “That, in turn, could bring on the Great Tribulation suddenly! And that will lead quickly to the Second Coming of Christ and the end of this world as we know it.”Mr. Armstrong prophesied that a financial crisis could trigger a chain of events leading right up to the return of Jesus Christ. Is this what we are now experiencing?

Whether such a collapse is deliberately engineered or happens by dint of circumstance is beside the point. The reality is that the world is heading for just that—global financial collapse, and many of the sharpest of observers are warning of the imminence of such a scenario.

So where does Rome stand in all of this?

Amid all of the confusing hype that the mainstream media has drummed up surrounding Pope Benedict’s resignation, a few keen observations have been made.

One such, given the effort that popes John Paul ii and Benedict xvi committed to rebuilding the Curia as a body in tune with their Holy Roman imperial vision, comes from Alexander Lee, a research fellow at the universities of Luxembourg and Warwick. He states that “the fact that the church will proceed smoothly to elect a new pontiff during the Lenten period illustrates that the papacy is, for the first time in its history, well-supported by a smoothly-functioning Curia, and grounded in a sense of electoral authority that has finally overcome the instabilities of the past” (History Today, February 13).

Though this view flies in the face of that which the liberal press have sought to foist off on to the public in the wake of the undoubted resistance Benedict has faced from the middle ranks of Catholic hierarchy, it does speak to the strength of this pope’s relationship with the echelon that counts in papal power politics—the Curia.

As to Joseph Ratzinger’s continuing influence on the institution of the papacy itself, Lee comments that “he has shown that the institution of the papacy is alive and kicking, and ready to face the challenges of the 21st century with confidence.”

The main challenge that the papacy faces in terms of its religious and political role is the same that the globe faces universally at present—the survival or otherwise of the global financial and economic system.

Fully three years ago Benedict made his position very clear on this subject. He wants a new system created under the religious vision of Rome. At a meeting with members of the Union of Industrialists and Businesses of Rome, Pope Benedict xvi reinforced his call for a new global financial order. Referring to the ongoing global financial crisis, Benedict “noted how it has ‘sorely tried the economic and productive systems of various countries. Nonetheless, it should be faced with trust because it can be considered as an opportunity for the revision of development models and the reorganization of global finance …’” (Vatican Information Service, March 18, 2010).

In pointing to his conviction that now was the time for a revision of the world’s financial system, in that which he described as “a new time” of “profound reflection,” Benedict used crusading language in his widely publicized encyclical Caritas in Veritate, calling for a new financial and economic order.

In that encyclical, endorsing the application of Catholic social doctrine on the global order, the pope highlighted that “he had encouraged the world of ‘economics and finance to focus on the person, whom Christ revealed in His profoundest dignity. Moreover, while recommending that politics not be subordinate to financial mechanisms, I encouraged the reform and creation of an international juridical and political order (adapted to global structures of economy and finance) in order more effectively to achieve the common good of the human family’” (ibid).

That is pure, unadulterated Catholic social doctrine: the merging of the religion of Rome with a universal social order that dictates juridical, political, economic and financial control. It is the very philosophy that underpinned the institution of the Holy Roman Empire of old. Its outcome is prophesied in your Bible in Revelation 13.

Just one year ago, during the G-20 summit, realizing the vital nature of the matters the G-20 was considering, the Vatican issued a call for a return to the old Holy Roman imperial approach to financial governance.

This move took us one further step toward the fulfillment of the great prophecy for our times penned by the Apostle John under divine inspiration almost 2,000 years ago. That prophecy, contained in the 13th chapter of the book of Revelation, speaks of a time when a great religious institution will hold powerful sway over a northern European empire to the extent of imposing its will on global trade and finance.

With that prophecy in mind, it is extremely interesting to consider the following statement released at the time by the Vatican Information Service (vis): “This morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present a note from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace entitled: ‘Towards reforming the international financial and monetary systems in the context of a global public authority’” (Oct. 24, 2011).

The note was presented by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson and Bishop Mario Toso.

In relation to the current global financial crisis, vis quoted Cardinal Turkson as stating that the pope and “the Holy See are following these matters with particular concern, constantly calling not just for ‘joint action,’ but for ‘examination of every facet of the problem: social, economic, cultural and spiritual.’ It is in this spirit of discernment that the Holy See, with the note of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, wishes to make a contribution which might be useful to the deliberations of the G-20 meeting.”

The article quoted Bishop Toso as explaining that the aim of the note is to “suggest possible paths to follow, in line with the most recent social Magisterium, for the implementation of financial and monetary policies … that are effective and representative at a global level.”

Certain dissenting voices which were in opposition to the pope’s vision as declared in his encyclical Caritas in Veritate decried the release of this statement. However, one influential Eurocrat fully embraced it—Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.

Upon its release, Mario Monti was effusive in his endorsement of the pope’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate, claiming that it was a virtual textbook for the operation of a global economy and universal society.

La Stampa reported that as he presented Benedict xvi’s social encyclical in Saint John Lateran, the pope’s cathedral, on Feb. 23, 2010, Monti declared that “The Caritas in Veritate document resembles a technical governing handbook for society in which economy plays a fundamental role, as a natural outcome of ethical reflection, and even has the agreement of those who do not share in the Catholic ethical vision” (Nov. 14, 2011). Monti used that occasion also to publicly declare himself “to be Catholic.”

Mario Monti is a member of the EU splinter organization called “The Spinelli Group.” That group is committed to establishing a federal Europe based on the Catholic social chapter that underpins the pope’s “governing handbook for society.” Endorsement of that Roman imperialist vision marks Monti out as one of those in tune with the European elites who are in the process at this time of carving up Europe into a continent where the many will become the vassals of the few.

Monti was summoned by Pope Benedict to an unscheduled meeting behind closed doors last weekend. Is it possible that their discussion centered on the pope’s will that, should Monti gain the Italian premiership next Sunday, Benedict would be encouraging Monti to lead a crusade for the implementation of the global order as outlined in Caritas in Veritate?

Time will tell. We certainly will not have to wait very long to find out.

One thing is for sure, with every nail that is daily driven into the coffin of the present failed global system, the great prophecies of Revelation 13 and 17 come one step closer to fulfillment!

Read and study our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for further insight into the current situation in Europe and where it is headed.

Germany: The New Superpower

Are Carnival and Mardi Gras Christian Celebrations?

Revelers partied in the streets all around the world this week celebrating Carnival and Mardi Gras. The so-called Christian festivals drew in thousands of people enchanted by the festive parades, costumes and music.

“It’s one non-stop party. We’ve got women in costumes, men in costumes, kings, queens. It’s the best,” one reveler said.

New Orleans is particularly renown for popularizing Mardi Gras in America. Other countries like Brazil, Bolivia, Germany, Portugal and Italy have embraced these traditions for hundreds of years. These festivals are traditionally seen as the last opportunity to indulge fleshly lusts before the denial that is supposed to accompany Lent, the 40-day period that precedes Easter.

But what is the real meaning and origin behind these so-called Christian festivals? Boasting to be a time of no restraint, these wild festivals often breed nasty sins, and showcase them for the world to see. How can these festivals be Christian at all when the Bible tells Christians to abhor and flee sin? Maybe these festivals aren’t Christian at all.

If you want to know the truth behind these old festivals, read “Uncovering the Origins of Mardi Gras and Other ‘Christian’ Festivals” right here on the Trumpet.com. Don’t take your traditions for granted—prove to yourself whether they are Christian at all or not!

Greek Youth Unemployment Hits 62 Percent

Greek Youth Unemployment Hits 62 Percent

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More evidence that Greek society is falling apart

The unemployment rate in Greece has reached 27 percent, according to statistics published February 14, meaning that one in four people who want to work can’t find a job. For young people it is even worse. Youth unemployment has hit 62 percent. Most people ages 15 to 24 in Greece who want to work are unemployed.

The unemployment figures for November 2012, published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, show an economy with huge problems. Greece’s young people can expect to study, graduate, and then be unemployed. Getting a job is the exception, not the rule.

These figures only look at people who are willing and able to work. Those still in education aren’t counted. It doesn’t reflect the number of young people who looked at the job market and decided to stay at school and gain a more advanced degree. Nor does it reflect those who left the country to look for work elsewhere.

The total number unemployed is over 1.3 million. However, this doesn’t include those who have been unemployed for so long that they can no longer receive benefits. According to the Greek Reporter, the true figure could be as high as 2 million.

Between November 2011 and November 2012, one third of a million Greeks lost their jobs. Each day, 887 people joined the ranks of the unemployed. One person lost his or her job less than every two minutes.

“We have 250,000 people every day trying to get to the church to find food,” said former Greek MP Eva Kaili. “We’re talking about young people that cant find a job in Greece, that are trying to leave the country.”

These are huge figures, the type that cause huge social upheaval. These numbers equate to millions of frustrated, hopeless, or even depressed individuals and countless struggling families. European leaders may claim the euozone’s economic crisis has been solved. These numbers prove them wrong.

This record high unemployment threatens the survival of the state. It will force major changes in Europe. For more on where these changes will lead, see Trumpet columnist Ron Fraser’s recent article, “A Job for Europe’s Youth.”