Federal Europe Coming ‘Sooner Than We Might Think’

Federal Europe Coming ‘Sooner Than We Might Think’

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European Commission president pushes for ‘intensified political union.’

At a conference on Tuesday on the “Blueprint for a Deep and Genuine Economic and Monetary Union,” European Commission President José Manuel Barroso rallied Europe to form a stronger fiscal, banking and political union, which he sees as becoming a reality soon.

In his keynote opening speech at the convention, Barroso encouraged a debate on the future of a united Europe and said, “We want to put all the elements on the table, in a clear and consistent way, even if some of them may sound like political science fiction today. They will be reality in a few years’ time, sooner than we might think.”

Barroso’s speech acknowledged the challenges that have come with uniting Europe—the “unfinished business of Maastricht,” as he called it.

While noting the stability and strength of the euro currency itself, Barroso acknowledged the euro crisis, which devastated Greece and Cyprus most of all. He discussed the lessons Europe has been learning, the changes it has already made, and the changes it must implement, via treaty. The European Commission, said Barroso, will “set out its views and explicit ideas for treaty change in order for them to be debated before the European elections [in May 2014].”

Barroso’s address at the conference revealed Europe’s great need for political union and how Europe’s economic crisis is encouraging that political unity. He said that “intensified political union” in Europe is a “key complement to fiscal and economic integration. … Europe’s economic interdependence—so strikingly highlighted by the financial crisis—calls for increased political integration.”

“[M]ainstream forces in European politics,” Barroso exhorted, “must seize the initiative, [and] should leave their comfort zone to welcome and embrace this debate, rather than relinquish the momentum to Euroskeptic or Europhobic forces.”

He concluded:

We will not get away with halfhearted solutions anymore, and half-integrated institutions will no longer do. We will not regain the trust of investors if we allow the momentum for reform to slip once again. We will not serve our citizens unless we do what we have to do—all of it—and do it well.That is the challenge we are now facing. And though it is a serious challenge, in a troublesome context and with a heated democratic debate about the decisions we need to take, I am absolutely convinced that we will succeed in transforming the European Union so that it is fit to face the demands of this 21st century.

Since the 1993 Maastricht Treaty that established the EU in its current form, the Trumpet has consistently been writing about an intensified union of Europe. But even before that, the Trumpet’s predecessor, the Plain Truth, under Herbert W. Armstrong, wrote about European political unity when the European Coal and Steel Community was formed in 1951. In fact, Mr. Armstrong spoke and wrote about European union back in the 1930s and 1940s when the Continent was divided in war.

In 1983, Mr. Armstrong summarized: “For 50 years I have been crying out to the world the Bible prophecies of this coming ‘United States of Europe’—a new united superpower perhaps more powerful than either the Soviet Union or the United States!”

These biblical predictions seemed like political science fiction to many people, but today they are reality that we can read about in the news.

For more on the unity of Europe, how it was planned and what it means for the future, read Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s article “Did the Holy Roman Empire Plan the Greek Crisis?” and request a free copy of a digest of Herbert Armstrong’s Bible-based predictions, He Was Right.

Iran Continues Push Into Jerusalem

A prominent Islamic extremist declared on Thursday that Israel has no right to exist. Egyptian-born Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi made his remarks during a landmark visit to the Gaza Strip. The popular Sunni, who hosts an Al Jazeera television show called Sharia and Life, led a group of clerics that crossed the Rafah border from Egypt.

“[W]e will never recognize Israel,” al-Qaradawi said during a speech at the Islamic University of Gaza. “We are the owners of that right to own that land, and we will continue our work to restore our rights in this holy land.”

Al-Qaradawi arrived in Gaza on Wednesday for a visit that is considered a boost of legitimacy for Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls the territory. He also met with Hamas’s leader, Ismail Haniyeh. While at the university, they signed a document protesting Israel’s control of Jerusalem.

In February 2011, Stephen Flurry wrote this about the sheikh: “Egypt welcomed home Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who had been living in exile for decades. For 30 years, Hosni Mubarak had banned the ‘father figure’ of the Muslim Brotherhood from preaching in Egypt. But just seven days after Mubarak’s resignation, Egypt rolled out the red carpet for this wildly popular sheikh, whose extremist views call for the extermination of Jews. Qaradawi also supports suicide bombings aimed at civilians.”

Al-Qaradawi’s visit to Gaza is another rotten fruit produced by the so-called “Arab Spring.” This revolution, pushed by Iran and supported by the U.S., has radicalized Egypt and now seeks to further overrun Gaza, with the ultimate goal of taking Jerusalem. Bible prophecy indicates that half of Jerusalem will fall under Islamic control in the near future, but for only a short time. To understand this prophecy, read our free booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy.

European Elites Drive German

In the complex game of international relations, deciphering real powers from wannabes is sometimes as simple as paying attention to seemingly dull facts. Sometimes it’s as easy as taking note, as Suddeutsche Zeitung recently did in Europe, of what brand of vehicle people prefer to drive (translation ours):

On the [European Commission] parking lot it looks, for about three years now, as it does on the European soccer fields: German brands dominate. The EC fleet has 29 vehicles, one for each of the 26 commissioners, one for the president, and two in reserve, in case one of the cars breaks down. All 29 cars are German brands.

Up until three or four years ago, European statesmen would almost always drive vehicles from their home state: “Italians had their Lancias, the French their Citroëns, Peugeots, Renaults, and the British the Jaguar.” Today, European elites only drive bmws, Mercedes and Audis. Among European bureaucrats, it’s virtually unanimous—a term rarely deployed to describe any decision by the European Commission—that when it comes to luxurious, reliable vehicles, German is the only way to go.

Apparently it’s not just EC elites who prefer German car makers: “German car manufacturers have taken over the vip and bureaucrat market in Brussels 100 percent,” wrote Zeitung. It’s the same in other European cities.

Maybe it’s a trivial observation. So what if European bureaucrats prefer to drive German vehicles, some will say. Okay. But it’s worth noting: A sure sign of a genuine power—be it on an individual, national, regional or international level—is the ability to shape and influence the behavior of others. Germany’s ascendency in the parking garage of the European Commission, and on the streets of Brussels and other European capitals, is tangible evidence of Berlin’s economic supremacy.

Too many people fail to see the depth or scope of Germany’s power. Berlin is no wannabe. Its power is authentic and far-reaching. Most Europeans have yet to realize it, but, like the parking lot of the European Commission, their continent is almost wholly ruled and dominated by Brand Deutschland.

Our Homophilia Fascination

Our Homophilia Fascination

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The collective mindset of the public is increasingly fascinated by homosexuality. Where is it leading?

I’m not one for writing overly much on social issues.

The reason is that I have spent a lifetime observing the transition of the Western mind from a general occupation on things uplifting and profitable to human success, to a perverse preoccupation with the very opposite. I find nothing uplifting in writing about nor on overly reading about one wretched phenomena that is flooding the public’s collective mindset in particular.

This mindset—this fascination with all things homosexual—has emanated from our general education changing over time from a cultural commitment to generally accepted, biblically based moral standards—by their very nature being outward looking, away from undue concentration on the self—to the very opposite: a mindset geared to “self-fulfillment” and “self-actualization.” In other words, sheer, hedonistic, self-indulgence.

The postwar elevation of liberal socialism—with its destruction of traditional mores in favor of each individual establishing his own “set of values”—and its wretched outgrowth, the socially destructive feminist movement—have combined to warp the public’s sense of our God-ordained gender roles as men and women, as fathers and mothers, and of the reason that God established the whole institution of the family (Genesis 2:24;1:28).

This has progressively, over the past 60 years, succeeding in promoting the perversity of homosexuality as an “alternative lifestyle” choice, open to all.

The degree to which this fascination with the perverse has attracted our curiosity is starkly revealed in a survey conducted by cns News.

On May 6, cns reported that “In the eight days since nba player Jason Collins announced he was gay, the news media have covered the story in 2,381 places. But in the first eight days of the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his ‘House of Horrors’ abortion business, the media covered the story in 115 places, meaning that Collins’ ‘gay’ news received more than 1,970.4 percent more news coverage.”

This is also a powerful demonstration as to the extent that the Fourth Estate in Western society—in particular within the U.S.—has been significantly penetrated and influenced by a homophilic mindset.

What is homophilia? It’s the opposite of homophobia, a pejorative used by the media and the homosexual lobbyists who have captivated the media’s mind to describe any person that hews to the Creator God’s assessment of homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13). It describes those who have a fixation on homosexuality as an “alternative lifestyle” that they maintain ought to be embraced, even promoted, by society in general.

cns describes the difference in the extent of media coverage of Kermit Gosnell’s alleged crimes and the announcement by Jason Collins of his “alternative lifestyle” as follows: “Jason Collins, who plays center for the Washington Wizards, announced he was a homosexual in a self-written article for the Sports Illustrated website on April 29. Kermit Gosnell is charged with five counts of murder and 263 other criminal offenses related to his abortion business in Philadelphia; his trial started on March 18 and the jury currently is still deliberating.”

The cns comparison of media coverage from all sources reveals, “[I]n the first eight days of coverage, there were 2,266 more news stories about Jason Collins coming out of the closet as gay than news stories about Gosnell who, specifically, is charged with killing four babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors. The fifth murder charge against Gosnell concerns a woman who died from an anesthesia-overdose” (ibid).

cns points out that included in the 263 charges against Gosnell are additional accusations including “conspiracy, solicitation, infanticide, theft by deception, corruption of minors, and tampering with or fabricating evidence. The grand jury report on the Gosnell case states there were ‘hundreds’ of ‘snippings,’ and that Gosnell ‘committed hundreds of acts of infanticide.’”

Again, this means that the Collins story received 1,970.4 percent more media coverage than the Gosnell story.

That says it all.

The Apostle Paul declared that “it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret” (Ephesians 5:12). Verses 3-5 of that same chapter and Ephesians 4:19 reveal that the context here is perverted human lust.

The problem is, instead of heeding Paul’s instruction, we have gone in the opposite direction, literally flooding our mass media and entertainment with a huge excess of “speaking of those things done of them in secret”!

The result is that we are raising generations whose minds are poisoned with perversion, to the point where our lawmakers even reverse the natural law of God. They do so by entrenching in state law the very opposite of the legal behavior legitimized by the Creator who made us and laid down the divine, immutable law that directs human affairs the way they were intended to be.

We will pay a mighty penalty for this.

God’s law is immutable. It defines what real love for God and humankind is. It is outgoing, outflowing, uplifting and replete with instruction in how to fulfill the incredible human potential we were designed to achieve.

All of us are affected to one degree or another by the excess of publicity given to homosexual behavior and gender confusion in this age. Each one of us needs our minds to be thoroughly cleansed of that which our Creator deems an “abomination.” That won’t happen if we perpetuate a penchant for reading about it in the media. It will happen if we devote the time to opening up our minds to that which is truly uplifting, inspirational to the human spirit, and profitable for our mental health. The only true source of such is God’s Word!

A good place to commence such a study would be by reading our inspirational books Mystery of the Ages and The Incredible Human Potential. They will give you a true guide as to how to study the Scriptures with a genuinely open mind, a mind geared to drinking in the plain truth about why you exist and the way you were designed to live—even gaining an understanding of how to gain life eternal!

The rapid descent of Western society into the cesspool of gross immorality is a sign that ready access to the material we offer you—free of charge and obligation—is running out. Do not delay and risk missing the opportunity to gain this life-changing knowledge now. It’s life-changing knowledge, designed to aid you to straighten out your mind and begin to fulfill that incredible human potential that your Creator has given you!

Anti-EU Feeling Shakes British Politics

Anti-EU Feeling Shakes British Politics

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UKIP came third in local elections, upsetting a three-party system that has existed since World War II.

The Euroskeptic UK Independence Party (ukip) shocked Britain’s political establishment by winning roughly one quarter of the vote in local elections held May 2.

Experts predicted a shift toward ukip, forecasting it to win 40 out of the nearly 2,400 seats available. But ukip outperformed even their most favorable forecasts, winning 147. Last time local elections were held in these regions in 2009, ukip won seven seats. That’s an increase of 2,100 percent.

Not all of the UK held local elections, so the bbc tried to estimate what this vote would mean on a national scale. Here’s what it came up with:

  • Labor: 29 percent
  • Conservative: 25 percent
  • UKIP: 23 percent
  • Liberal Democrats: 14 percent
  • Other: 9
  • In years past, ukip has merely been lumped in with “other.” Now it’s a contender in its own right. This is the first time since World War ii that any party outside the three main ones has done so well.

    Britain’s political pundits are having a field day trying to explain what this means for British politics, what effect it will have on the 2015 election and how the other parties will react. The answers to those questions are not clear, but it is obvious that a huge number are very concerned about Europe. As the Wall Street Journal put it: “What had been recently dismissed as a protest vote turns out to have been an attempt by a large portion of the British public to say something loud and clear.”

    Or rather, they’re concerned about issues that relate to Europe. Only 59 percent of those who voted ukip said they did so because they want Britain out of the EU. But 76 percent said they chose ukip because they wanted to stop migration to Britain. Under EU rules, Britain has to allow anyone from the rest of the EU to come and live in Britain. Britain put temporary restrictions in place for some of the newer EU nations, but the last of these expire in 2014 when Bulgarians and Romanians will be allowed to move freely to Britain for the first time. Half a million Poles have already moved to England. Many worry about the effect that hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians moving to the country could have.

    Already the government is responding to pressure from ukip. Immigration was a central part of the Queen’s Speech, May 8, in which the government lays out its legislative agenda for the next year. The new laws introduce some measures to crack down on illegal immigrants and to restrict immigrants’ access to the National Health Service.

    But ukip isn’t the only party forcing change on Britain’s position on Europe. The elder statesmen of the Conservative Party are also speaking out. Nigel Lawson, the former pro-EU chancellor of the exchequer who served under Margaret Thatcher from 1983 to 1989, called for Britain to leave the EU in an article in the Times on May 7. The change of heart from a senior Conservative could help shift the whole party into a more Euroskeptic position.

    A YouGov poll conducted by the Times found that 46 percent of voters want to leave the EU, 35 percent want to stay and 20 percent aren’t sure.

    As the EU shifts toward becoming a superstate, it becomes clearer every day that Britain wants no part of it. It is only a matter of time before it parts ways, as the Trumpet has forecast all along.

    North Africa Violence Is Just the Beginning

    North Africa Violence Is Just the Beginning

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    When two powers collide, who can know the outcome?

    A car bomb exploded outside the French Embassy in Libya on April 23, at 7 a.m. The early morning blast left no one dead, but tore apart the front of the embassy, jolting Libya back into the headlines. It was the first significant terrorist attack on a foreign country within Libya since the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012. The Benghazi attack left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American servicemen dead.

    Now, over seven months later, this latest attack on an embassy in Tripoli, Libya’s capital, draws attention to the battle raging in northern Africa between Europe and radical Islamic forces from the Middle East.

    The explosion that tore apart the front of the French Embassy is not coincidental. In January, France sent troops to Mali in what is purported to be an attempt to stem the rise of al-Qaeda-linked rebels in the nation. Islamic militants had seized control of the northern regions of the country. They were threatening to take Bamako, the capital of Mali.

    France launched a serious ground and air offensive in support of the embattled Malian government. The fighting has dwindled, but according to French President Francois Hollande, at least 1,000 French troops will remain in the country until the end of 2013 to assist with the United Nations peacekeeping operation.

    The French will not be the only ones leaving soldiers in Mali. German Chancellor Angela Merkel approved 330 German military personnel to remain in Mali as part of a larger EU task force. The plan is to train up the Malian Army to effectively combat the rising terrorist threats coming from northern Africa.

    Mali’s northern neighbor Algeria is becoming increasingly unstable too. The massacre at the oil refinery which began on January 16 was a second spike in violence for northern Africa in 2013, following on the heels of the French intervention in Mali.

    The hostage crisis left 37 foreigners and 11 Algerian workers dead, and showed the willingness of Islamic forces to counter moves by Europe to intercede in northern Africa. As Europe moves to stop the spread of radical Islam, the terrorists are pushing back.

    The terrorists stirring up contention in Africa are receiving aid and support from the east. Since the fall of Muammar Qadhafi, Libya has become a place of protection for terrorists. Terrorists fleeing from Mali have found refuge there. One such group is “al Qaeda in Mali.” According to journalist Jamie Dettmer, “Libyan jihadist groups have been undergoing a reconfiguration, with more of them coming under the direct sway of [al Qaeda in Mali]. One Libyan intelligence source likens it to a swarm of bees.”

    Looking at the situation today, it appears as if Europe has taken the upper hand in Mali, but the terrorists have only been driven out. The terrorists still have plenty of safety in Libya, where there is little influence from the local authorities or outside forces.

    To effectively stop bombings, hostage crises, and the threat of governments being overthrown by radical Islam, Europe will need to start dealing more directly with the cause of the problem.

    So long as Iran can funnel weapons and aid to terrorists in northern Africa, the attacks will not dissipate. If Europe wants to defeat terrorism in Africa, it will also have to defeat it in the Middle East.

    This outcome is inevitable. Daniel 11:40 speaks of a whirlwind attack by Europe—the prophesied king of the north—against Iran—the king of the south. Iran will have its allies across North Africa and the Middle East, just as the German-led Europe will have its own allies in Europe and the Middle East. Europe will stop the terrorist attacks throughout the Middle East. The world will breathe a sigh of relief for the peace it will envision. Unfortunately, Europe will not stop with Iran and its allies. It has its eyes on a far greater prize.

    The Trumpet is warning of a double cross that will dumbfound the world. Europe is not the peacekeeper that it will appear to be. North Africa and the Middle East are only the beginning. This is all prophesied in your Bible. You can avoid being caught unawares as so many will be. Read History and Prophecy of the Middle East to grasp what is coming soon on this world, starting in the Middle East.