The Shrinking U.S. Navy

The Shrinking U.S. Navy

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How the Navy is getting smaller in more ways than one

The U.S. Navy, under the constraints of budget cuts, is preparing to downsize its fleet yet again. Currently, the Navy faces a shortfall of $9 billion in 2014, but if lawmakers do not remove the sequestration cuts, the shortfall would grow to $23 billion. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said the cuts would potentially trim the Navy’s fleet of warships from just over 280 to around 250, the lowest since before World War i.

Despite the Navy’s attempts to be positive about the downsize, it admits that it is in a severely compromised position, and it appears things aren’t going to be changing anytime soon. Back in February, the Navy scaled back its projected fleet size from 313 ships to 306. This is the number of ships it feels that it needs to effectively continue defending America’s interests abroad and carry out the demands of the Pentagon’s current defense strategy. At the time this was announced, many voiced their concerns that this would reduce America’s ability to project its power around the world.

However, even this 306-ship goal is unattainable. In the Navy’s recent shipbuilding plan submitted to Congress, the Navy stated that its 30-year plan “does not include enough ships to fully support all elements of the Navy’s 306-ship goal over the long run. The Navy projects that the fleet would remain below 306 ships during most of the 30-year period, and experience shortfalls at various points in cruisers, destroyers, attack submarines and amphibious ships.”

Equally troubling is the fact that the Navy is not only shrinking in number of ships, but also the size of the ships. As the report said, it was the cruisers and destroyers—the support ships for America’s carrier groups—that would be most lacking. As RealClearDefense reported, “Not only is the fleet shrinking and aging, but it is also changing its composition by trading powerful combat ships before the end of their service lives for larger numbers of smaller and less capable ships. The latest interim plan will cause aggregate combat power to decline along with numbers, leaving the fleet less capable of dealing with open ocean submarine threats, enemy surface fleets, and the majority of threat aircraft and missiles.”

One of these smaller, less capable ships is the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship (lcs). The ship, touted as the new face of the Navy, has come under severe criticism. Though Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said lcs was “one of our very best programs,” some critics question how well it would hold out should it ever see combat. Michael Gilmore, the weapons tester, said in a January report that the ship “is not expected to be survivable in that it is not expected to maintain mission capability after taking a significant hit in a hostile combat environment.” The vessel has also been criticized for not having any substantial firepower, having design problems, and costing too much.

Budget cuts are putting the U.S. military in a precarious position. Without the necessary power, America’s ability to defend itself and its interests abroad becomes increasingly uncertain. Many are seeing where a downsized military is taking us. The Washington Free Beacon quoted Adm. William H. McRaven, the top commander of U.S. Special Operations forces, as saying, “‘With these cuts you won’t see it tomorrow or next year, you might not even see it in the next five years, but one day you’ll wake up’ and the U.S. military will be decimated.”

Since the sailing of the Great White Fleet in 1907, America’s Navy has been the iconic sign of its greatness. Britain’s military might was waning, and America’s turn in the sun had come. But today, America is following the same path Britain took. Just as economic woes hamstrung Britain’s Navy, they are doing the same to America’s Navy today. But as we wrote back in 2011,

Just as with Britain, though, America’s economic woes are not the cause of its problems. They are a symptom that points to the cause. They themselves have a far greater cause that must be understood. … America’s massive and growing problems—epic indebtedness, impossibly expensive entitlement programs, unwinnable nation-building-type military projects—all stem from the nation’s having turned its back on the Source of its prosperity and broken His immutable laws.

God, the great Giver of America’s wealth, is taking the wealth away because we have refused to keep His laws. Bible prophecy says America is not going to recover from its economic woes. We have passed the point of no return, and this means terrible times of suffering are fast approaching. But there is good news! All this signals that Jesus Christ is about to return to put an end to war and violence and bring peace and prosperity to all mankind. To understand more about America’s decline and where it is leading, request The United States and Britain in Prophecy and Lamentations: The Point of No Return.

Antigovernment Protests in Ethiopia Supported by Egypt

Antigovernment Protests in Ethiopia Supported by Egypt


As the Arab Spring revealed, Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are masters at co-opting democratic revolutions for Islamist causes. Will Ethiopia be the next nation to fall to this strategy?

A startling new revelation has emerged about the recent antigovernment protest in Ethiopia. In light of increasing tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia over Nile River rights, the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt has decided to cooperate with the Muslim Brotherhood government in Sudan to support Ethiopian radical Islamist leaders sitting in exile in Khartoum. These Egyptian-supported, Islamist leaders were largely responsible for prompting the 10,000-strong, antigovernment demonstrations that took place in Addis Ababa during the first days of June.

This antigovernment demonstration may have been officially organized by the secular Semayawi (Blue) Party and it may have attracted the support of many Christian youth, but the majority of the 10,000 demonstrators were Muslims calling for increased religious freedom and the release of political prisoners.

As the Egyptian “Arab Spring” revealed, Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are masters at co-opting democratic revolutions for Islamist causes. According to analyst George Copley of the International Strategic Studies Association, the Egyptian military knows that Egypt is not in a position—even allied with neighboring Sudan—to take direct military action against Ethiopia at this time. For this reason, the Morsi government has initiated a return to covert war against Ethiopia via Islamist proxies.

Not coincidentally, a senior delegation of the Egyptian ministry of defense traveled to Somalia on June 4 to officially start talks on how Egypt can best help rebuild and train the Somali Armed Forces, with the intent to support a Somali move to assume control of the Republic of Somaliland to the country’s north. By ensuring that the Republic of Somaliland remains under the control of southern Somalia, Egypt also ensures that landlocked Ethiopia remains cut off from the economic opportunities presented by a Red Sea coastline.

Egypt is advancing on several fronts to control the Nile by isolating Ethiopia: through Somalia; through Sudan; through Eritrea; and through sponsorship of Ethiopian Islamist and other opposition movements (e.g. the Oromo Liberation Front).

As editor in chief Gerald Flurry said in a Key of David program last September, based on Daniel 11:42-43, Egypt is prophesied to help swing both Libya and Ethiopia into the Iranian-led, radical Islamic camp. Once these national reorientations are complete, Iran will then have the power to close down seaborne trade through the Red Sea and kick off a process that will lead to the last world war.

While other scriptures, such as Psalm 68, foretell of a soon-coming time of peace and prosperity for Ethiopia (and the rest of the planet), the sad truth is that humanity is going to have to go through a time of intense suffering before it is willing to accept God’s rule on Earth. Be sure to read Libya and Ethiopia in Prophecy to see for yourself exactly how events will unfold in north Africa, and how they will ultimately lead to the establishment of peace throughout the world!

Does Mexico’s Civil War Reveal America’s Future?

Does Mexico’s Civil War Reveal America’s Future?


The arms race between American street gangs, American citizens and American government clearly resembles the three-way civil war raging in Mexico. Is America headed for massive civil unrest?

Hundreds of armed vigilantes took control of the Mexican town of Tierra Colorado almost three weeks ago, arresting a dozen local police officers and setting up improvised checkpoints. Vigilante forces also opened fire on a car of tourists after they refused to stop at a roadblock and took the town’s ex-security director into custody.

The reason for this armed takeover was that the vigilante group accused the ex-security director of participating in the killing of vigilante leader Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal on behalf of local drug cartels.

In the words of vigilante spokesman Bruno Placido Valerio: “We have besieged the municipality, because here criminals operate with impunity in broad daylight, in view of municipal authorities. We have detained the director of public security because he is involved with criminals and he knows who killed our commander.”

The vigilantes turned over the arrested ex-security director and police officers to Mexican state prosecutors, who agreed to investigate their alleged ties to drug cartels. Even though only one person was confirmed injured during the takeover, the incident highlights the creation of a third force in the ongoing Mexican drug war.

Mexico’s Three-Way Civil War

Caught in between murderous drug cartels and corrupt government officials, the citizens of dozens of Mexican villages have recently risen up to take the law into their own hands. In the southern state of Guerrero, armed civilian militias are now trying to forbid entry to army officials, federal police and all strangers. Dozens of people with alleged drug cartel connections have been imprisoned to await public trials where local villagers act as judge and jury.

Though crime has declined in many areas taken over by civilian militias, concerns have surfaced that vigilantes may be violating the law and the human rights of people they detain. In addition to those shot for refusing to stop at checkpoints, stories have emerged of brutal torture techniques being used to extract confessions out of people arrested without warrants.

Government authorities have also accused at least one vigilante militia in the northern Michoacán state of being a front for a drug cartel. Whether or not this accusation was true, the army was sent into the region in early March to arrest at least 30 members of the vigilante group. This army operation also freed the six local police officers the group had been holding captive to await “public trial.”

Last month, the government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto sent 4,000 soldiers and 1,000 federal police into the area to combat the Knights Templar drug cartel and disarm the various vigilante networks. After four members of a self-defense group were arrested by 20 government soldiers, 200 villagers took up clubs and surrounded the soldiers until two of the detainees were released.

While Interior Minister Miguel Angelo Osorio Chong said authorities would disarm anyone with a weapon, reports say that many vigilantes are refusing to give up their arms until the drug cartels have first been defeated. This fact has many analysts worrying that the Mexican drug war may soon grow into a three-way civil war between organized crime syndicates, civilian militias and government troops.

America’s Civil Unrest

While the murder and civil pandemonium of Mexico may seem remote to many Americans, the fact is the exact same drug cartels causing so much carnage south of the border are operating in the United States. According to a Fox News report, Mexican drug cartels are now dispatching some of their most trusted agents to work deep inside the U.S.—a strategy designed to tighten their grip on the world’s most lucrative narcotics market.

According to Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago office, “It’s probably the most serious threat the United States has faced from organized crime.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has estimated that Mexican drug trafficking organizations now operate in 1,286 American cities. Most of these operations are conducted via alliances with America’s major street gangs. Considering that there are approximately 1.4 million active gang members in America, the Mexican cartels are tapping into a demographic force as large as the U.S. military.

In Chicago alone, there are about 100,000 criminal gang members, estimated by the fbi to be responsible for 80 percent of the city’s shootings and murders. These statistics become even more disturbing when you consider that these drug cartels and street gangs are not only cooperating with each other, but also receiving logistical support from Hezbollah and the Iranian Quds Force.

This unholy alliance between Islamic terrorists, Mexican cartel agents and American street gangs represents America’s most serious domestic security threat!

Using a similar reasoning process to the vigilante militias in Mexico, American citizens are buying weapons and personal firearms at a historically high rate. In the four years since Barack Obama was first elected president, an estimated 67 million firearms have been purchased in the United States—more than were purchased in almost seven years before his first election. According to a New Yorker magazine article from last year, there are now nearly 300 million privately owned firearms in the U.S.

As the economy in Detroit deteriorates and crime skyrockets, the city is already experiencing an upsurge in American vigilantism. A high-ranking Wayne County official toldThe Daily last year that a rise in “justifiable” homicides and vigilante justice has taken hold in the city as an overloaded court system turns a blind eye.

“It’s like the militiamen who stepped up way back when,” said James Jackson, a 63-year-old retired Detroit police officer who has personally patrolled the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood on the city’s southeast side for years. “They’re ready to fight. We [rarely] see police anymore.”

Some Detroit neighborhoods, such as East Indian Village and Boston-Edison, have even hired private security firms to send out armed patrols in neighborhoods where official police patrols are notoriously behind schedule.

With this being the case, how much longer will it be until American cities start seeing Mexican-style civilian defense militias?

The American government is apparently seriously considering the threat of such civil unrest and has already made moves toward establishing a military-backed, federalized police force. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (dhs) is currently in the process of stockpiling more than 1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition, along with 7,000 fully-automatic nato personal defense weapons plus a huge stash of 30-round, high-capacity magazines.

To cap these purchases off, the dhs, through the U.S. Army Forces Command, recently purchased and retrofitted 2,717 Mine-Resistant Armored Protection vehicles formerly used for counterinsurgency in Iraq. These are specifically designed to protect occupants from ambush attacks, incorporating bullet-proof windows designed to withstand small-arms fire, such as that from .223-caliber rifles.

Why would a federal law enforcement agency need such military hardware, unless the government was anticipating massive civil unrest? Is this the type of force then presidential candidate Obama referred to in his 2008 campaign remarks? During these remarks, he said, “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

The arms race between America’s street gangs, America’s citizens and America’s government certainly does resemble the three-way civil war currently raging in Mexico. Is America headed for massive civil unrest? Current conditions make it easy to imagine frightened citizens taking up arms against the organized crime syndicates operating with impunity across the nation. If this happened, would the American government take a note from the Mexican playbook, sending federalized police to declare martial law and disarm citizens?

Ezekiel’s Prophecy

This whole horrific situation is a perfect example of the natural consequences that come of breaking God’s law. If the American people would not have abandoned biblical family values, an entire generation of youth would not have been driven into hopelessness as they have. Then they would not have turned to drugs and gangs as a form of escapism. If the proliferation of drugs never happened, the unholy alliance between terrorists, cartel agents and street gangs would have never formed.

If this criminal network never formed, American citizens would never have had to resort to vigilantism as a means of self-protection. If this criminal network never formed, the government would never have had the threat of civil unrest to use as an excuse to trash the Constitution and establish a militarized police force.

In the first chapter of Isaiah and the fifth chapter of Ezekiel, God reveals that the cities of end-time Israel will burn with fire, pestilence and widespread violence as a consequence of the people’s rebellion against God’s law. Ezekiel’s account adds even more detail, explaining that one third of the population will be killed in violent looting and rioting just before the country is invaded by the modern-day descendents of the ancient Chaldeans.

The current tension between American street gangs, American citizens and American government is leading to the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy. Be sure to read both editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s new booklet America Under Attack and the fourth chapter of Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet to understand how events will unfold in the United States and British Commonwealth nations.

While other scriptures foretell of a soon-coming time of peace and prosperity for the biblical nations of Israel (and the rest of the planet), the sad truth is that humanity is going to have to go through a time of intense suffering before they are willing to accept God’s rule on Earth.

America Secretly Approves $1.3 Billion Worth of Military Aid to Egypt

America Secretly Approves $1.3 Billion Worth of Military Aid to Egypt


Should America keep arming Egypt?

In a May 9 memo publicized last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrote that the American government will continue to provide its annual $1.3 billion military aid package to the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt.

The aid package has been in place since 1979 under former President Anwar Sadat. Back then, Egypt was a close U.S. ally in the Middle East. In fact, Sadat’s Egypt was the first Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1978. Egypt provided stability in a volatile region dominated by avowed anti-Israel and anti-American forces. Egypt somewhat continued in that path under Sadat’s successor, Hosni Mubarak.

But today, Egypt is vastly different. Under Mohamed Morsi Egypt is no longer a U.S. ally, admitted President Barack Obama in a September 2012 interview with American Spanish-language tv network Telemundo. While Mr. Obama also said the U.S. doesn’t consider Egypt an enemy, the fact of the matter is that the relationship between the two countries has changed.

Remarkably, the military aid package remains the same, even though relations are now greatly strained. “[W]hat we’ve seen is that in some cases, they’ve said the right things and taken the right steps,” said President Obama in the interview. “In others, how they’ve responded to various events may not be aligned with our interests.”

In 2012, Congress introduced new conditions on military aid to Egypt to ensure that assistance would be provided only if Egypt upheld American interests. Before receiving aid, Egypt must be, by U.S. law, “supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections; implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion, and due process of law.”

That has never happened under President Morsi.

In 2012, then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton waived these pre-conditions and approved the aid package, publicly citing U.S. national security interests—an option the law allows, provided there is detailed justification for the waiver.

On May 9 this year, Secretary Kerry similarly waived the required pre-conditions and approved military aid to Egypt for the sake of U.S. national interests. But unlike Clinton, he did so without any public discussion.

John Kerry’s memo, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin, cited American interests such as countering terrorism, and increasing security in the Sinai Peninsula, the Suez Canal and the Gaza Strip. However, these same U.S. interests are being attacked by Morsi’s allies in Iran and Hamas. And the Muslim Brotherhood itself is a terrorist organization whose motto reads: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

Mr. Kerry wrote in his memo that “we are not satisfied with the extent of Egypt’s progress and are pressing for a more inclusive democratic process and the strengthening of key democratic institutions.” Even as recent as last Tuesday, 43 pro-democracy advocates, including 16 Americans, were sentenced to up to five years in prison by Morsi’s government.

The U.S. seems to have completely lost its leverage to influence policy in Egypt. It appears there are no negative repercussions to Morsi’s actions. Tamara Cofman Wittes, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, said that “by issuing a waiver without any public discussion, [the U.S.] has at the very least missed a significant opportunity to … raise its concerns about the political trajectory in Egypt.”

America’s decision to continue supporting its apparent adversary, and at an annual cost of $1.3 billion that it obviously has to borrow, defies logic. It’s only logical in the context of Bible prophecy, which says that God has broken the pride of American resolve and power as punishment for its national disobedience (Leviticus 26:19). That prophecy means that God—as the one who “ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men” (Daniel 4:17)—is punishing America by allowing weak-willed leadership to guide the nation.

For more on this trend, read “The Death of Churchillian Leadership” and request a copy of our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

Spillover Violence in Lebanon

Spillover Violence in Lebanon


Violence in Syria has started to transition to the different religious sects within Lebanon.

Lebanon is feeling the effects of the ongoing civil war in Syria as violence has erupted between the Salafists and Alawites in the Lebanese city of Tripoli. When Hezbollah started playing a much more active role in Syria, it reopened old wounds back home in Lebanon. Now the fighting in Lebanon is taking on a similar appearance to that in Syria. The Sunni majority is once again fighting the Shiites, with backing on both sides from outside players.

In Tripoli in the north of Lebanon, residents are now finding themselves ducking for cover as sporadic machine gunfire and sniper shots ring out across the streets and from the rooftops. Fighting has erupted between the branch of Sunni Muslims known as Salafists, and the offshoot of Shiite Islam, the Alawites. The Salafists are backing the rebels in Syria, and the Alawites are supporting the Assad regime.

While there has always been a degree of hostility between the religious factions in Lebanon, the situation is escalating as both sides find themselves engaged in a proxy war. The Saudis have been accused of arming the Salafists in Lebanon in an attempt to undermine Hezbollah’s role in Syria. The National reported that in April Lebanese authorities intercepted a Tripoli-bound cargo ship carrying more than 100 tonnes of heavy armaments to Syrian opposition groups. The supporters of the Assad regime in Lebanon are being financed and armed by the Assad government in neighboring Syria.

Now they are focusing on Syria, the Salafists have the opportunity to weaken the Alawites without the worry of having to face the might of the military wing of Hezbollah. Hezbollah is making progress in Syria, almost single-handedly driving the rebels from the city of Qusair. Hezbollah is well trained and well armed. It has built its weapons stockpiles up over the years, and received training through experience by fighting Israel for the past 30 years.

No absolute gains have been made by either side, but the situation could prove to be a great advantage to the rebels in Syria. As the majority of the population in Tripoli is Sunni, Hezbollah might have to divert troops back to Lebanon to counter the Sunnis, which would force it to fight on two fronts. Tripoli could also serve as a link to the rebels in Syria, working as a new supply route now that the border town of Qusair is firmly back in the hands of government and Hezbollah forces. The rebel-controlled city of Homs is just to the north of Lebanon and could use the aid of a supply line should Hezbollah and the government make a move against it.

Lebanon is not the only nation that is experiencing turmoil as a result of the violence in Syria. Iraq is also experiencing heavy fighting between Sunni and Shiite groups. The month of May was the bloodiest since the U.S. withdrew its forces, claiming the lives of 1,045 Iraqis and injuring another 2,397, according to a United Nations report.

Despite the violence claiming so many lives in Iraq, the outcome will be decidedly different between the two nations. Iraq’s close proximity to Iran means that Iran will be unlikely to let the nation fall to a Sunni government. The Shiite government that is currently in place in Iraq has been making increased efforts to cozy up to its Shiite neighbors in Iran over the past few months. Lebanon, on the other hand, risks far more instability. If the government in Syria falls, Shiites in Lebanon will be effectively cut off from their allies in Iran and Iraq. Also, if Assad falls, the rebels will undoubtedly turn their sights on Hezbollah and Lebanon, which has played a crucial role in keeping Assad in power.

Now that Hezbollah is so active in Syria, to defeat Assad may not be enough. The rebels may find that they have to remove Hezbollah simultaneously. This could prove a challenge because of the military superiority and skill of Hezbollah. With outside help from parties such as the European Union, that outcome would be far more plausible.

We see terrifying events all around the world, and they are intensifying. But all that bad news is a sign of the best news mankind could possibly hear: The Messiah is about to come and save us! (Matthew 24:3, 21-22).

Ultimately, whether Syria falls to the rebels now or later, Bible prophecy says that both Syria and Lebanon will ultimately be broken from their alliance with Iran. Iraq on the other hand, will remain in the Iranian camp. Read the prophecy for yourself in Psalm 83, where it speaks of the nations that will be aligned against Iran. It makes mention of the Hagarenes—the people who once inhabited the land known today as Syria—and Gebal—the Lebanese. For more on this remarkable prophecy, and how it is a sign that real peace in the Middle East will soon be achieved, read “A Mysterious Prophecy.”

Has America’s ‘Rebalance’ Failed in the Pacific?

Has America’s ‘Rebalance’ Failed in the Pacific?

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How the ‘pivot to Asia’ is really shaping up

When the Obama administration announced its Asia pivot in 2010, many of its allies in the region must have breathed a collective sigh of relief. Back then, China was ramping up its claims to territory in the South China Sea and strutting about with confidence.

But 2½ years later, it seems many of America’s allies are scratching their heads wondering when something will happen. “As far as meeting with ambassadors and other military leaders in that area, they like the concept, [but] they don’t understand the concept because we didn’t do very good messaging,” said Rep. J. Randy Forbes, co-chairman of the Congressional China Caucus.

When America announced its pivot, part of that was a plan to rebalance its power to emphasize the region. But, as some politicians are now starting to speak out about, America doesn’t have the forces to do much of a rebalance.

America was supposed to bolster its presence in the Pacific with troops and equipment from the Middle East as the United States pulled out of Afghanistan. But the pullout from the Middle East is proving more difficult than expected: “I think somebody was either misleading just a little bit in terms of how they were going to get these capabilities, or they were totally misreading what was going to happen in the Middle East and how we could just pull out all those resources from there,” said Forbes.

In fact, it appears the rebalancing has failed. In a separate interview, Forbes said, “To be frank, I am afraid the U.S. will not be able to achieve a significant military ‘rebalance’ to the Asia-Pacific now, let alone simultaneously supporting our security demands in the centcom [Middle East] region.” At present, American forces are spread thin. It does not have the power it once had.

Despite claims from National Security Adviser Tom Donilon that the pivot has always been about strengthening alliances, deepening partnerships with emerging powers, and building a stable, productive, and constructive relationship with China, America cannot hope to accomplish these things without the necessary military power backing them.

It is a telling sign when America cannot make headway in a region that it is supposed to be putting the majority of its focus on. It is showing the world that it is not the superpower it once was. Budget cuts and sequesters have reduced its forces, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have sapped its will, and concessions to China have sapped its credibility.

Gone are the days of the U.S. being the one to call the shots in the world. As Trumpet writer Jeremiah Jacques wrote in January, America has been bluffing in the Pacific, but it is starting to show its hand. The days of America being a global force are almost over.

We are quickly approaching a time the Bible calls the times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24), a time when American and British peoples no longer lead the world. It means the world is headed for a time of suffering unparalleled by any other time in human history. However, this suffering is followed by the most joyous event in the history of man: the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, when He will put an end to all war and hostilities between nations. To understand where the decline of America is leading, read our article “The Times of the Gentiles.”