The Resurrection of a Secret Plan

From the May 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Latin America’s growing alliance with Europe may at first appear to be the haphazard result of undirected forces. The truth, however, is that Germany has had a goal to control Latin America for at least a century.

It is well known that German Kaiser Wilhelm II had plans to use Mexico as a launch pad to invade the U.S. if America entered World War I. The revelation of this plan in the Zimmerman Telegram is what finally prompted America to enter the war on the side of the Allies.

What is not as well known, however, is that in addition to this proposed alliance with Mexico, the Germans also sought a strong presence in the southern part of South America.

Shortly before hostilities broke out in World War I, the famous German general and propagandist Otto Tannenberg wrote that “Germany will take under its protection the republics of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay; furthermore, the southern third of Bolivia and the southern portion of Brazil” (Michael Sayers and Albert E. Kahn, The Plot Against the Peace, 1945).

Germany’s defeat in World War I brought a temporary halt to these plans. They resumed, however, once Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party came to power.

Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels wrote in the March 26, 1944, edition of Das Reich that “Argentina will one day be at the head of a tariff union comprising the nations in the southern half of South America. Such a focus of opposition against the United States of America will, together with Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, form a powerful economic bloc; and eventually, by way of Peru, it will spread northward to place the dollar colony of Brazil in a difficult position.”

It is unsettling how closely today’s South America matches Goebbels’s prediction!

The continent is composed of two tariff unions that are about to merge into an economic and political alliance. Argentina may not be the head of this union, but it is certainly a major member, and the former “dollar colony” of Brazil is already on board as the dominant member of the forming Union of South American Nations.

How did this happen? Not overnight!

In 1996, the American government declassified a World War II intelligence document relating shocking details of a secret Nazi meeting of industrialists that took place on Aug. 10, 1944, in Strasbourg, France. The Nazis’ purpose was to instruct German industrialists how to conduct “a postwar commercial campaign” to finance the Nazi Party, “which would be forced to go underground,” thus ensuring that “a strong German Empire can be created after the defeat.”

These industrialists were specifically told to strengthen Germany “through their exports” and to “make contacts and alliances with foreign firms.” Many of the corporations represented at this meeting, such as Krupp and Volkswagenwerk, chose Latin America as their site of foreign investment.

From 1943 until his death in 1967, Alfried Krupp chaired the board of directors of Fried Krupp AG, predecessor of today’s industrial colossus ThyssenKrupp. Though he was convicted for war crimes at Nuremberg in 1947, the Allies released him from prison in 1951 and let him resume sole proprietorship of Fried Krupp AG. Loyal to the instructions his representative received from Nazi officials at the Strasbourg meeting, Alfried immediately went to work creating new export markets in Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America, especially in Brazil.

When he died in 1967, Krupp’s personal copy of Mein Kampf was still on his nightstand.

Almost all of the Nazis and their industrial agents have since died, but their children and successors are still working to strengthen the relationship between Latin American countries and the German Fatherland. The situation is just a bit more subtle and a bit more sophisticated than in the previous two world wars. The racist political activists of yesterday have become the respectable businessmen and technocrats of today!

Can Science Unlock the Mystery of the Human Mind?

Can Science Unlock the Mystery of the Human Mind?

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New initiatives are making bold advances—but some fundamental understanding remains elusive.
From the May 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

“As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears.”

These words signify the reality of mankind’s efforts to understand the human brain. President Barack Obama spoke them at the White House on April 2 while spotlighting new human brain research that he compared to the Human Genome Project.

The president wants to dedicate $100 million to help scientists create a dynamic map of the human brain as it functions. The money will kick start the brain (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, a huge project incorporating advanced technologies developed over the last decade.

In labs worldwide, researchers are investing unprecedented efforts into neuroscience—in a drive to understand the intricacies of how our brain (and mind) works. From Germany to Taiwan, from Israel to Scandinavia, and many points in between, leading scientists are devoting more and more resources to brain research.

Scientists have been studying the brain for decades. Yet, as the president admitted, it remains an unanswered mystery.

Why is the human mind vastly superior to the animal brain? The two types are similar in biological composition, yet humans have scientific, communicative, social, artistic, and other capabilities that are many orders of magnitude greater than any animal. The mystery is as old as human history, and humans have spent much of that history using their advanced minds to try to unlock the secret of why their own minds are so advanced. Western philosophers have been writing and talking about the human mind since the 18th century. Modern psychology and its separate branches were brought to birth by the quest to know the human mind. Since the mid-20th century, biologists, geneticists and even mathematicians and astronomers have spent millions of dollars on scientific research to answer this seemingly simple-yet-unanswerable question. For all of this effort, the scientists themselves admit that the important questions remain unanswered.

Why can’t science unlock the mystery of the human mind?

Increased Knowledge

The struggle to understand the human mind has borne fruits. Scientific research has helped reveal that the human brain is of an incredible design.

Roboticists and software and computer engineers who have been challenged to build human-like robots have learned that functions of the human brain we take for granted are nearly impossible to duplicate. Using relatively simple technology, engineers can build an assembly-line robot to paint a car in a controlled environment or do other such routine tasks. Some very sophisticated robots can even perform surgery on the human body. However, building a robot with a humanlike brain has proven overwhelming. The hurdles are incredibly huge for giving a robot the ability to see as a human sees, to hear as a human hears or to have the common sense human beings use every day. Science fiction would like us to believe that it is possible to recreate ourselves into robots like Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. But real-world scientists know that it is highly unlikely we’ll meet a Data anytime in the 21st century.

Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard, has written several popular books discussing recent research on the human brain. In one national bestseller, How the Mind Works, he writes, “The reason there are no humanlike robots is not that the very idea of a mechanical mind is misguided. It is that the engineering problems we humans solve as we see and walk and plan and make it through the day are far more challenging than landing on the moon or sequencing the human genome.” For instance, humans navigate through living spaces and around furniture without even thinking about it. Our brains make that ability automatic. But it is a major mechanical and computer software feat to build a robot to make such maneuvers.

In everyday life, we draw upon trillions of bits of information, unconsciously. “No database could list all the facts we tacitly know, and no one ever taught them to us,” Pinker continues. Why do we just seem to know these things? It is human to know so. For example, if our cat is in the yard, we know that it is not in the house. If we go to the grocery store and buy a gallon of milk and then carry it home in the car, we can instruct a helper to get the gallon of milk out of the car. Generally speaking, our helper wouldn’t even question our request. Going to the car and retrieving the gallon of milk would be a simple task. It is not simple to program a robot to know about cats, yards, houses or how to retrieve a gallon of milk out of a car.

If your brain becomes damaged by accident or through stroke, you can lose these abilities. In fact, much of our knowledge about the human brain has come about through the study of such calamities. Stroke often impairs our ability to walk, see, hear or speak. Brain injury often destroys our memories.

Unexplained Paradox

To gain a better knowledge of the human brain, researchers have studied animal brains as well. But instead of actually learning more about the human brain, scientists have hit a quagmire of uncertainty. Neuroscientists have discovered that there is no significant difference between the human brain and the animal brain that can explain the light-years of difference between the two.

Pinker admits, “Neuroscientists like to point out that all parts of the cerebral cortex look pretty much alike—not only the different parts of the human brain, but the brains of different animals.” Human and animal brains are basically made of the same material. The human brain is slightly larger in size than a chimpanzee’s, for example, but it is much smaller than an elephant’s. However, the output of the human brain is immensely superior to both a chimp’s and an elephant’s. The output of the human brain simply cannot be accounted for because of size, number of cells, or improved design. That is the unexplained riddle that scientists are racking their brains to solve.

Certain brain functions are solely human. Language is a prime example. Although animals communicate with sounds and movements, only human beings can talk and write. Only humans can build a fund of knowledge and teach it to future generations. Animals cannot grasp abstract concepts such as a developed system of mathematics or physics. Animals cannot appreciate art, music or architecture.

Human beings can think, reason and make choices. Animals can only do such things in a limited way based on either instinct or repetitive training. For example, animals cannot decide to go and visit a sick friend. But humans can choose to serve, share or cooperate—or to be jealous or hateful. These are functions exclusively bestowed upon humans and are attitudes of mind.

To date, no scientist has been able to explain why the human brain gives us these functions of mind.

Pinker states early in his book, “I will try to explain what the mind is, where it came from, and how it lets us see, think, feel, interact and pursue higher callings like art, religion and philosophy. On the way I will try to throw light on distinctively human quirks.” The most important word in these two sentences is the word try! The author spends nearly 600 pages trying, but his arguments never do explain why the human mind is so vastly different. He explains how the human mind is different, but never why!

Here is why he cannot.

Evolution vs. God

With few exceptions, scientists do not even consider the likelihood of a nonphysical part of the human brain. This is why they cannot explain the human mind. Their research on the human brain is based exclusively on what can be seen, observed, or subjected to experimentation. Current human brain research, known as cognitive science, has limited itself to evolutionary biology and genetics. They have reduced their study of man’s mind to matter alone.

Pinker is one of the leaders in cognitive science. And it’s not that he’s never heard of the idea that the human mind could contain a nonphysical element. He admits, “I want to convince you that our minds are not animated by some godly vapor ….” He states that, previous to advanced scientific research, we have been “victims of an illusion: that our psychology comes from some divine force or mysterious essence or almighty principle.” His definition of the human mind contrasts sharply against that concept: “The mind is a system of organs of computation, designed by natural selection to solve the kinds of problems our ancestors faced in their foraging way of life, in particular, understanding and outmaneuvering objects, animals, plants and other people. … The mind is organized into modules or mental organs, each with a specialized design …. The modules’ basic logic is specified by our genetic program.” Pinker doesn’t understand why the human mind is the way it is, but he insists that it is only physical, and that our thinking, our emotions, our love, our anger, our frustration and our joy are based on the evolution of our biology and genetics.

Isn’t it incredible? Mr. Pinker’s mind can recognize that humans possess an utterly fantastic, unparalleled, wonderfully designed instrument—yet at the same time he reasons that it was created by a mindless process called natural selection! Why cannot such a brilliant thinker admit that this scientifically inexplicable, incredibly designed, powerful human mind had to have been designed by a Creator?

The brightest minds in science are victims of the illusion known as evolution. The theory of evolution, the explanation of a creation without a Creator, severely limits science’s ability to honestly and logically explain the truth behind the human mind. Belief in evolution is a faith that blinds human minds to truth that only God can reveal.

No matter how detailed or well funded the initiative, scientists will never understand the “three pounds of matter between our ears” unless and until they recognize the Designer of the human brain, the Creator of the human mind.

What Is Man?

These plaguing questions about man, his mind and his God-ordained purpose have puzzled scientists, philosophers and even religious leaders. But these mysteries have been answered for those who are willing to listen. The answers to the most intriguing questions about our own minds are revealed in the Creator’s textbook, the Bible.

The Bible reveals what man is, why man is, and where he is going. It reveals why the human mind is so vastly superior to animal brain, and why we can’t understand it, even with the most precise multi-parallel imaging methods imaginable.

In The Incredible Human Potential, Herbert W. Armstrong simply and clearly explained what the Bible teaches about man. The book is eye-opening and satisfying. It explains why evolutionary science has never and will never unlock the secret of the human mind. “When man, in the name of science, denies—or by indifference, ignores—his Maker,” Mr. Armstrong wrote, “he blinds his mind to what he is, why he is, where he is going, and what is the way!”

From the beginning of human history, man has chosen to cut himself off from God. In the process, he has cut himself off from knowledge that only the Creator can give us. It is time we take a closer look at the Bible, the literature written by the Master Neuroscientist.

The earliest pages of the Bible clearly reveal that man is not an animal. Genesis 1 describes animals—birds, cattle, insects, reptiles and fish—each after their own “kind.” But man was different. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (verse 26). Man was made after the God kind.

God also reveals in the Bible that He created man for a great purpose. To achieve that purpose, He made man out of the dust of the ground; man is composed wholly of matter (Genesis 2:7). Just like the animals, human life depends solely on oxygen we breathe from the air, food we eat from the ground, the continuing-yet-temporary oxidation of our blood. True biblical science corroborates this similarity between the lives of human beings and those of animals.

And nowhere does the Bible say that man has an immortal soul. Herbert Armstrong wrote, “Notice carefully that man, made wholly of matter, became a living soul as soon as the breath gave him his temporary physical life. The scripture does not say ‘immortal’ soul. Man does not have an ‘immortal’ soul. He is a soul as soon as physical life enters him” (ibid). Man and animals are similar in that we share the same physiological existence. The Bible shows that man and animals die the same death (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20).

The Human Spirit

But there is a spiritual component in your human brain that is not in any animal’s brain!

“But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding” (Job 32:8). Mr. Armstrong wrote, “This is a great truth, understood by but very few” (ibid). Just like the false immortal soul theory, science also rejects the knowledge of the true spirit in man. This truth is spiritual and must be revealed by the Creator of the human mind.

To return to the fundamental question: Why is the output of the human mind so vastly superior to that of the animal brain? God placed within human brains a spirit that gives us our distinctly human qualities and abilities.

“Let me make clear a few essential points about this spirit in man,” Mr. Armstrong wrote. “It is spirit essence, just as in matter air is essence, and so is water. This human spirit cannot see. The physical brain sees, through the eyes. The human spirit in a person cannot hear. The brain hears through the ears. This human spirit cannot think. The brain thinks—although the spirit imparts the power to think, whereas brute animal brains without such spirit cannot, except in the most elementary manner.”

God explained the function of this human spirit in 1 Corinthians 2:11. Read it, and you’ll understand what $100 million in neuroscientific experiments will fail to reveal. This spirit in man gives us the power and ability to know the things animals cannot come to know. The human spirit empowers us to comprehend abstract concepts like philosophy and mathematics. The human spirit gives us the ability to appreciate literature, art and music. Without the human spirit, the human brain could not come to know these things! This is the fantastic truth that answers the seemingly unanswerable paradox!

This knowledge is a real breakthrough! The knowledge of the human spirit opens up new vistas of incredible possibilities for mankind. The Creator had a great purpose for putting the human spirit in man. The reason will astound you! It not only explains the quantum leap from the animal level to the human level, but explains the quantum leap from the human level to the incredible human potential!

Pope Francis—in Benedict’s Footsteps

Pope Francis—in Benedict’s Footsteps

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Pope Francis has given the clearest of signals that he will adhere to the essential spiritual vision of Pope Benedict XVI.

On March 23, Pope Francis addressed the diplomatic corps accredited to “the Holy See.” Robert Moynihan, founder and editor in chief of Inside the Vatican magazine, summed up the address.

According to Moynihan, the new pope declared, “But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, the dear and venerated Benedict xvi, called the ‘dictatorship of relativism’” (March 22).

Moynihan points out that Francis’s reference to the “dictatorship of relativism” is a page straight out of Pope Benedict’s book, a reference to a declaration mouthed by the previous pope eight years ago on the eve of the previous conclave.

“Pope Francis has done it,” Moynihan wrote. “He has taken his stand. And his stand is with … Pope Benedict, his predecessor …. The importance of Francis’s words today cannot be overestimated. Francis today took his stand with the essential spiritual vision of Pope Benedict.

This being the case, it should put to bed the theories that the press and mass media have put forward as to whether Pope Francis is of the left or the right. It appears from the time of his first papal act of requesting prayers for Pope Benedict on the balcony of St. Peter’s immediately following his election, to the time of his sharing the same kneeling pad with Benedict in prayer when the two met later at Castel Gandolfo, that Francis’s every action has been consciously orchestrated to convey a message of deferment to his predecessor.

Now, most recently, his public statement to the foreign representatives of the countries that have diplomatic representation to the Vatican strongly indicates that he is in business to essentially promote the papal vision of Pope Emeritus Benedict xvi.

“(And note: In this talk, unlike in several previous talks, Pope Francis adhered strictly to his prepared text; he made no ‘off the cuff’ remarks. So, this was thought-out in advance and intentional.) If one were to summarize in a phrase, one might say that Francis today said: ‘I stand with Pope Benedict’” (ibid).

That is an observation by a veteran Vatican watcher that should not be ignored. It probably bespeaks the answer as to which pope holds the major spiritual influence at the Vatican. In all probability, once he’d decided to remain ensconced within the Vatican walls and to retain the papal title, Joseph Ratzinger would always be the senior member of this papal partnership.

As Moynihan observed of the programmed statement given by Pope Francis to the gathering of foreign diplomats, “Today’s talk to the diplomatic corps is an important, ‘course-setting’ talk for the new helmsman of the ‘barque of Peter.’”

As this papal duo continue their discourse, it is bound to have a profound effect on two major regions of the world: Europe and Latin America.

Stay in tune with the Key of David television series and the Trumpet magazine to understand where this is all leading—to an amalgam of the Catholic continent of Latin America with the European Union, enabling the resulting union to become the most powerful trading bloc in the world. The glue that cements it together will be the religion of Rome. Bible prophecy indicates that its results are going to be earth-shattering.

But that’s all just a lead-up to the greatest headline news in all of history, announcing the soon-coming return of the Savior of mankind to bring to the whole world the true spiritual vision of the Father of lights, under the pure religion of the Father and the Word!

Read our booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow for insight into the grand future that lies ahead of the current world disorder. It’s a breathtaking vision that will carry you through every test and trial with full confidence of the inheritance of a magnificent, unprecedented and eternal outcome ahead!

Cyprus in Prophecy

An event just happened in the little island of Cyprus in which Germany was very much involved. According to Bible prophecy, Cyprus is probably going to be the little island from which World War iii will be triggered.

China Stealing State Secrets

China Stealing State Secrets

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China successfully gains access to detailed U.S. military intelligence.

Benjamin Bishop, a defense contractor with top secret clearance, was arrested on March 15 for passing on state secrets to a 27-year-old Chinese spy. The severe breach in national security shows that beyond losing information via Chinese hackers, more traditional methods of espionage, such as the “honey pot,” are continuing to take their toll.

Mr. Bishop faces charges of communicating national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it and one count of unlawfully retaining national defense documents and plans. At 59 years old, Mr. Bishop was an Army Reserves lieutenant colonel and had been employed as a defense contractor, serving his country for 29 years.

Mr. Bishop was compromised when he met the young woman during a conference on international military defense issues. The name of the woman has not been released, but is referred to as “Person 1.” What is known is that Person 1 was living in Hawaii on a student visa, and was most likely at the military meeting to target people such as Mr. Bishop, who have access to classified information.

The two entered into a romantic relationship in June 2011, and Person 1 began systematically gleaning state secrets from Mr. Bishop. When investigators became aware of the relationship, they tapped Mr. Bishop’s phone and computer. According to official court documents, Mr. Bishop was found discussing “national defense information, regarding planned deployments of U.S. strategic nuclear systems, as well as the ability of the U.S. to detect low- and medium-range ballistic missiles of foreign governments to Person 1.”

When Mr. Bishop’s house was searched, numerous top secret files were found, including the “Fiscal Year 2014-2018 Defense Planning Guidance.” This document held direct plans for the deployment of U.S. forces.

At this time, Person 1 has neither been charged nor arrested for her part in passing on this information that jeopardizes the lives of U.S. citizens.

This latest breach of security is just one more of a recent string of breaches that have come through Chinese spies. The breaches come at a time when considerable attention is being placed on the hacking that is targeting U.S. corporations across the country. Disrupting and stealing secrets from U.S. businesses has become commonplace today. The problem of hackers from China has exposed America’s “Achilles heel.” Yet we can’t forget that there is more than one way China can steal U.S. secrets, destroy American competitive advantage, and reverse engineer America’s technology.

On Nov. 8, 2009, 58-year-old Ko-Suen Moo was arrested for attempting to purchase an F-16 jet engine and cruise missiles. Mr. Moo was a representative for Lockheed Martin in Taiwan for 10 years. Before his arrest he also attempted to buy 70 Blackhawk helicopter engines. He pleaded guilty to being a covert Chinese agent, conspiring to broker and export U.S. defense items, and attempting to pay a $500,000 bribe to be released from custody.

When China gets a hold on American technology, it is quick to try to reverse engineer it. This saves China the hassle of developing its own technology. It can just recreate what America has spent billions of dollars to design.

American weaponry is, for the most part, state of the art. China is quick to try to gain access to it, be it through hacking, or gaining the actual weapons. That is why Chinese scientists dashed down to Iran when the American drone was stolen, and that is why agents such as Mr. Moo will continue trying to ship parts out of the country.

The list of spy cases doesn’t stop there. For example, Noshir Gowadia, a U.S. engineer responsible for the development of the propulsion system for the B-2 bomber, was arrested for marketing valuable technology to foreign countries for personal gain.

Mr. Gowadia passed on information to the Chinese that helped them develop a stealth cruise missile. In return for breaking his oath of loyalty, Gowadia received $110,000 from the Chinese, which he used to pay off his mortgage on a luxury home in Hawaii.

These cases of espionage highlight how China is capable of getting information out of the United States.

While all these cases have been traced back to the People’s Republic of China, little changes in the relationship between the two nations. America still trades heavily with China. There is still open dialogue between the nations, and despite the odd verbal warning here and there, nothing has proven effective at stopping the Chinese.

The United States is losing its ability to defend itself against these attacks, and is simultaneously strengthening the Chinese as the Asians make use of U.S. military technology and information. This shift in power has long been prophesied to occur. Espionage is just one small part in bringing that shift into existence. Read The United States and Britain in Prophecy to see where the U.S. is ultimately heading. Read Russia and China in Prophecy to see what God has in store for the rising power in the East.

Are We Doomed to Raising Children ‘in a Wicked World’?

Are We Doomed to Raising Children ‘in a Wicked World’?

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Last week, two bloodcurdling and infuriating incidents made news headlines. A teen received a life sentence for mass murder on March 19. Then just three days later, two more teens were arrested for first-degree murder. In both incidents, the victims were children or youth.

The heartlessness and apparent lack of remorse exhibited by the perpetrators is enough to make people question the sanity of raising children in this present wicked world.

In February last year, T.J. Lane, now 18, killed three teen students and injured three others with a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the Chardon High School cafeteria in Ohio. One of the injured is now paralyzed from the waist down.

After his arrest and initial hearings, Lane pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was later found competent enough to stand trial. Last month he pleaded guilty to all charges against him, and was sentenced on March 19 to three life sentences without eligibility for parole. While in court, he displayed complete remorselessness with his chuckles, smirks, profane gestures and remarks, and by revealing an undershirt with the word “Killer” scribbled across it.

Prosecutor James Flaiz said he was “totally disgusted” by Lane’s actions, saying, “What we’re dealing with is a disgusting human being. … He still refuses to offer any explanation for why he did this. The only explanation I can offer the court is he is an evil person.”

In the other incident in Georgia, 17-year-old De’Marquis Elkins and his too-young-to-be-named accomplice were arrested on March 22 for shooting and killing a 13-month-old baby in his stroller the previous day. The criminals wanted to extort money from the baby’s mother. The mother told the mugger that she didn’t have any money, to which the older juvenile threatened, “Do you want me to kill your baby?”

For the mother, this was her second child lost to violence. Her 18-year-old son was stabbed to death five years ago. She told cnn: “This is the second child that people have taken from me in a tragic way. I’m so afraid to have any more babies now. I tried to raise really good kids in a wicked world.”

In the U.S. alone, there has been an average of four school shootings every year since 1980. Youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for young people between ages 15 and 24, and the third leading cause of death for those aged 1 to 4, according to 2010 stats. If adults are not killing children, it’s the children killing children.

As depressing as it can be to watch society destroy itself, there is hope. We are not doomed to perpetually raising children in such a wicked world.

The Bible prophesies about a soon-coming world where children will be raised in peace, safety and prosperity. People will live abundant physical lives in a world that has all but forgotten this kind of senseless violence. If you want to be inspired by the great hope contained in the pages of your Bible, read our free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like.