Iran Tests, Gaza Fires

Iran Tests, Gaza Fires


This week Iran test-fired both its Fajr-5 and Nasreat-10 missiles.

Iran successfully tested two types of short-range missiles in military operations on March 9. Iran’s ground forces staged the three-day drill in the country’s southwestern province of Khuzestan.

The two types of missile tested were the Fajr-5 and the Nazreat-10. The Fajr-5 made headlines around the world when a number were launched in the missile barrage from Gaza into Israel in November. Their range allowed them to penetrate deep into Israel. Some went as far as the foothills of Jerusalem.

The Fajr-5 has been developed in Iran for a number of years. When they showed up in Gaza, controlled by forces that couldn’t design such a weapon themselves, questions were raised as to where they came from.

Israel continually accuses Iran of smuggling the weapons through Africa, up into the Sinai Peninsula, and then through the tunnels on the border of Egypt into Gaza. Israel has been accused of carrying out an air raid in October on a Sudanese factory that was producing weapons allegedly destined for Gaza.

Hamas forces based in Gaza readily admit they get weapons from Iran. Mahmoud Zahar, a prominent Hamas member in Gaza, told reporters on November 24 that he was confident that Iran would increase military and financial support.

The Fajr-5 is tested in Iran, and launched in Gaza. The Nazeat-10, the other missile Iran tested on Tuesday, is the Fajr-5’s big brother. While the radius of the Fajr-5 is approximately 45 miles, the Nazeat-10 can reach up to 62 miles.

During Israel’s conflict with Gaza, sirens rang in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Fajr-5 missiles landed in areas surrounding the cities. The technology for those missiles came from Iran. What happens if the technology for the Nazeat-10, or the missiles themselves, makes its way to Gaza? Will Hamas show restraint in using the longer range weapons?

In late 2008, Israel undertook Operation Cast Lead with the intent of stemming the attacks on Israel from both militants and rockets. The operation succeeded in slowing the attacks from Hamas terrorists, but failed to destroy them. They came back more powerful than ever in 2012 with the use of rockets such as the Fajr-5.

Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense took place in late 2012, as a response to rockets fired from Gaza. The surgical strikes by Israel in response hindered the terrorists, but once again failed to destroy them. What will happen in the next round?

If Hamas follows its current trend, it will be stronger in the next round of conflict. Watch Iran and its allies as they test weapons and flex their military muscle. What is developed and tested in Iran invariably finds its way to the Gaza Strip.

Watch as the Persians push further to promote their agenda in the Middle East and abroad. Read The King of the South to see how this endeavor will end.

Germans Demand Radical Change in the EU

Germans Demand Radical Change in the EU

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One of Germany’s main parties calls for Europe to transform into a superstate, while a new party goes to the other extreme, calling for Germany to quit the euro.

The European Commission should expand its powers to become a full-fledged European government says Germany’s Social Democratic Party (spd) in a draft of its manifesto.

The EU proposal reportedly described looks a lot like a federal superstate. As German news media reported on March 9, the European Commission would become a cabinet of ministers, with real powers, elected by the European Parliament. A second chamber would be added to the parliament, where national governments would be represented.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has outlined similar ideas. If the spd is putting this in its manifesto, it shows that Germany’s two biggest parties are serious about Europe becoming a superstate.

The spd also called for the creation of a common European debt fund—which would mean giving up more sovereignty to the EU.

The spd could do well in the upcoming elections. Current polls show current Chancellor Angela Merkel and her allies receiving 45 percent of the vote, and the spd and its ally receiving 43 percent—so it is too close to call. To make matters more unpredictable, Angela Merkel’s traditional coalition partner, the Free Democrats (fdp) are polling at around 5 percent. To be represented in Germany’s parliament, a party must receive a minimum of 5 percent of the vote. Less than this, and they receive no seats. The fdp’s popularity just needs to sink by a fraction of a percent, and Merkel would be completely deprived of a key ally.

To complicate matters further, there is a new party on the scene. Called “Alternative für Deutschland” (afd), it seeks the opposite: It wants Germany out of the euro.

“The introduction of the euro has proved to be a fatal mistake, that threatens the welfare of us all,” states the afd website. “The old parties are used up. They stubbornly refuse to admit their mistakes.” The afd wants Germany return to the Deutschmark, or to form a new currency with the northern countries—Austria, the Netherlands, Finland and perhaps some others.

Germany has been bailing out Europe and in return Berlin has been gaining more influence over Europe. This is great, if you’re a leader in Germany or a strategic planner. But the average German voter doesn’t see the benefit. The vast majority are opposed to bailing out Cyprus. If a Euroskeptic party becomes a growing concern in Germany, then eurozone nations will have to give up even more to persuade Germany to bail them out.

How will the new afd party impact Europe’s politics? Open Europe, a reliable think tank, is convinced that there is no way it will come close to receiving the 5 percent of the vote necessary to enter Germany’s parliament. This analysis is hard to dismiss. But in a year when Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement came from nowhere to become Italy’s most popular political party, anything seems possible. The new party will certainly apply pressure on Angela Merkel as she struggles to deal with unpopular bailouts.

One thing is clear though: Germans aren’t happy with Europe the way it is now. The big parties want to change it into a superstate. The upstarts want to overthrow it entirely. Either way, Germans want to radically change Europe.

How Christ Speaks to Us

Jesus Christ said that He speaks to His Church, and yet there are all kinds of interpretations of the Bible. Christ does not speak in conflicting or contradictory terms. Why is it people can’t understand how Christ speaks to us? If we don’t grasp how He speaks to us, we’re going to be deceived.

Empire’s Last Hurrah

Empire’s Last Hurrah

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Two bastions of Britishness hold out against all odds. But their time is running out.

Once, Britain ruled the waves by virtue of its possession of virtually all of the world’s most strategic sea gates. Now, two of the most venerable remain fighting for the right to retain their British heritage, against strenuous efforts by Hispanic politicians to seek their possession: Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

Despite the fact that the populations of both these countries have overwhelmingly voted in support of continuing attachment to the Crown, and despite their legal standing of having been virtually gifted to Britain by Spanish overlords in the past, Spain (in respect of Gibraltar) and Argentina (in the case of the Falklands) now seek to repudiate their legal occupation by Britain and claim them as part of their own sovereign territory.

What is now apparent is that the new pope, Francis i, may well enter the fray to tip the scales in favor of Hispanic annexation of these two sea gates.

With no one of the caliber of Margaret Thatcher to rush to their aid, and having lost the air and naval capacity for a rerun of the Falklands war, given the appeasing nature of today’s British government it is highly likely that the day will come when Britain capitulates to Hispanic rule of its two remaining significant sea gates.

British political economist Rodney Atkinson has this to say about the disposition of the Vatican and its newest papal resident on these issues: “We should never forget that the most consistent and pernicious enemy of the sovereignty of the British people and their freedom of religion has for centuries been the Vatican. From 1066 to the rule of terror of Bloody Mary, to Guy Fawkes, to the Babbington plot to assassinate Elizabeth i, to the infamous 1934 Concordat with Nazi Germany and the promotion of war in the Balkans in the 1990s, the imperial politics rather than the religion of the Roman Catholic Church has been its critical characteristic” (e-mail, March 15).

Atkinson highlights the “imperialist and political” oath of the Jesuits to the Roman Catholic Church, quoting this excerpt from that oath: “I do further declare that I will help, assist and advise all or any of His Holiness’s agents, in any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland or America, or in any other kingdom or territory I shall come to, and to do my outmost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberal doctrines, and to destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise” (emphasis added).

He goes on to observe, “The new pope, a Jesuit and formerly the Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, is in that tradition.”

He then quotes from the Traditional Britain website:”Unfortunately, a look at past press reports paints a portrait of the cardinal as a fanatic Argentine nationalist who defends the 1982 invasion and disregards the democratic wish of the islanders to retain their links to the UK.

“This was clear on April 1, 2010, when on the occasion of a commemoration of the start of the 1982 war, Bergoglio went as far as claiming that ‘the Malvinas [Falklands] belong to us,’ adding that ‘many watered that land, which is Argentine, with blood.’ Two years later, on another edition of the ceremony, he insisted on the same views, saying that the Argentine ‘fallen’ had ‘gone out to defend their mother, the motherland, to reclaim what belongs to them, to the motherland.’”

As Atkinson implies, it has always been its imperial politics that the Vatican has used its religion to promulgate.

Expect a renewed push from Roman Catholic elites in the EU and Argentina to force Britain to finally yield up to Hispanic control the two prime sea gates of Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

This ongoing tension over these two sea gates is but another sign of the rise of the prophesied king of the north, which will now, under the auspices of Pope Francis, seek anew to adjoin the most Catholic continent of all, South America, to the increasing imperialist possessions of the Rome/Berlin axis.

Firebombs Explode on Temple Mount

Firebombs Explode on Temple Mount


Protesters cause stir as firebombs explode at the Temple Mount, while tensions continue rise in Jerusalem with Zechariah’s prophecy of half of Jerusalem falling remains waits to be fulfilled.

Protesters on the Temple Mount threw stones and firebombs at Israeli police on March 8. It was the first time ever that firebombs have been used on the Temple Mount. Video footage made available by an Islamist group shows at least one policeman on fire. Tensions are rising in East Jerusalem. How long will it be before the city explodes?

Jewish groups claim the attacks are worse than those that took place during the Great Terror War of 2000, and are now demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu establish an official inquiry into the events. Police are accused of ignoring warnings about protester plans to carry out severe violence.

The violence, according to Agence France-Presse, originated with Palestinian media claims that an Israeli policeman had stomped on and kicked a Koran. These claims are denied by the police.

Although violence on the Temple Mount is not new, Bible prophecy says we should expect more of it.

Jerusalem truly is sitting on a pile of gunpowder. As we have encouraged our readers before, watch Jerusalem. When tension in this city reaches breaking point, a rapid series of end-time events will ensue. As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in 2006, “Zechariah 14 contains an end-time prophecy about half of Jerusalem falling to the enemy. When half of Jerusalem falls, it starts a chain reaction of events—an avalanche of crises—that leads directly to Jesus Christ’s Second Coming!” Our booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy details that series of events about to befall Jerusalem—and the whole world. Read it now and be forewarned.

Adolf Hitler, Volkswagen, Fascism, Death and Profits

Adolf Hitler, Volkswagen, Fascism, Death and Profits

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Forty-one percent earnings increase in 2012 recalls the rise and rise again of the company that created ‘the people’s car’ for the Furher.

In the summer of 1932, as he enjoyed a meal at a Munich-area eatery, Adolf Hitler drew a rough design of a vehicle he foresaw as the ride of the future. He gave his vehicle vision to Daimler-Benz, Jakob Werlin to position it for technical production. The design moved into manufacturing by automaker Volkswagen, German for “car of the people.” By 1938 Hitler’s idea had become reality and was dubbed Kraft durch Freude, “strength through joy.”

After the Nazi defeat, the company was formed into a trust and managed by West German officials. The New York Times wrote an article titled, “Volkswagen: The Darker Side Is Revisited,” which recalled “its founding as an economically dubious pet project of Hitler, its munitions production during World War ii and its wartime use of slave labor, including Hungarian Jews from Auschwitz, Dachau and Bergen-Belsen.” It concluded the report by referring to the company’s hiring of German historian Hans Mommsen for $2 million to write a book on it, placing “the Beetle firmly in the self-scrutinizing historical annals of a nation that, no matter how much it would prefer to look to the future, can never wish away its past.”

During the 1950s, plants were established in Brazil and Australia. Variant designs based on the Beetle engine resounded with consumers worldwide and became used in multiple applications. By 1955, with the momentum of the work culminated by Adolf Hitler, Ferdinand Porsche and Heinz Nordoff, the one millionth Beetle rolled out of production from the Wolfsburg plant, painted especially in gold. A massive crowd witnessed the celebrations, which featured representation from each country where the car was sold.

Volkswagen has been a corporate powerhouse in aiding Germany’s postwar resurrection from economic ashes. Citizens who had been crushed by defeat at the hands of the Allied powers now found themselves driving new vehicles and living in furnished homes thanks largely to the company’s growth. Careers at Volkswagen for multiple generations of families now became a reality.

In the 1960s, another plant was added in Mexico as international expansion reached into all corners of the globe. The vehicle become an iconic symbol embraced by the decade’s free-love movement. In 1965 alone, a million bugs were sold. In 1968, Disney released its Love Bug movie, and later the Herbie series, immortalizing the vehicle in screen glitz and glamor.

By now the company had purchased a large share of Audi and nsu, providing it more flexible body and design capabilities. By the end of 1974, Volkswagen had sold 18 million Beetles, with the Beetle surpassing Ford’s Model T as the most popular vehicle in automotive history.

The successor to the Beetle came in the form of the Golf (Rabbit in the U.S.), of which 1 million were sold in 31 months. It was on January 19, 1978, that the final German-produced Beetle rolled off the assembly line. However, from its factories in Brazil and Mexico, the Beetle continued production and sustained popularity.

From 1980, the Golf continued to sell but was replaced by the New Beetle in the 1990s, along with Jetta and Passat. During this era, Volkswagen increased its market share, brand potential and luxury potential, when it purchased Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti.

By 2003, the final Type 1 Beetle rolled off the Mexican plant, bringing the total sold to over 21 million. The ensuing years saw expansion in the United States and a luxury line of vehicles established. Near the end of the decade, it bought half of Porsche in a merger deal and a quarter of Suzuki. Known to most as VW, the company has worked to wash itself of its fascist past and assume the cleanliness of a corporate juggernaut.

At the close of 2012, it announced from Berlin a 41 percent net profit increase. “Full-year earnings rose to €21.7 billion (us$28.7 billion) from €15.4 billion the previous year; analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected them to come in just above €22 billion. Earnings were boosted last year in part by an accounting boost from the complex deal that made Porsche one of Volkswagen’s 12 brands” (Associated Press, February 22). Revenue increased to €192.7 billion from €159.3 billion, a 21 percent increase.

Despite recession in Europe, for the first time ever the group delivered over 9 million automobiles worldwide during the same period, a 12 percent increase spurred by sales in Asia and North America. Not surprisingly, it recommended raising the dividend on shares for its investors. Its executives project a further increase in delivered units in 2013, underscoring the company’s international power, projection and profit.

Today, at the 80-year anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s restaurant rendering of the Volkswagen Beetle, it remains not only prominent on the company website but also popular with worldwide customers.

Most people don’t know of a shocking intelligence document the Trumpet drew attention to back in 1999—intelligence report number EW-Pa 128, dated Nov. 7, 1944—which recounted the following: “After the defeat of Germany, the Nazi Party recognizes that certain of its best-known leaders will be condemned as war criminals. However, in cooperation with the industrialists it is arranging to place its less conspicuous but most important members in positions with various German factories as technical experts or members of its research and designing offices.”

The late Herbert W. Armstrong warned those with ears to hear in the very same year that IG Farben was seized by the Allies. In May 1945, to an audience of World Tomorrow listeners, during the San Francisco United Nations conference, he said: “Men plan, here, to preserve the peace of the world. What most do not know is that the Germans have their plans for winning the battle of the peace. Yes, I said battle of the peace. That’s a kind of battle we Americans don’t know. We know only one kind of war.”

Mr. Armstrong’s 1945 warning continued, “We don’t understand German thoroughness. From the very start of World War ii, they have considered the possibility of losing this second round, as they did the first—and they have carefully, methodically planned, in such eventuality, the third round—World War iii!”

As we look through the lens of time at the phenomenal strides made by German business, we see that the United States has already lost that battle. It lost the battle of the peace between World Wars i and ii, and again is losing the battle of the peace following World War ii into the foothills of World War iii.

As founder and editor in chief of the Trumpet, Gerald Flurry has worked to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Armstrong to warn of the final resurrection of a medieval Holy Roman Empire, whose engine is in Germany and whose master resides in Rome (Daniel 2, 8; Revelation 13, 17, 18). Request your free copy of his compelling booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire to understand where today’s events are leading and how tomorrow’s solutions will result.