Sex, Smack and Sodomy

Sex, Smack and Sodomy

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The volatile combination of free sex, drug addiction and sodomy have helped bring our society to the point of no return.

Why write on subjects akin to that which the Apostle Paul observed of the Church should “not be once named among you”?

I have to ask that question on the rare occasion that I step into the mire of murk that our society has descended into and write a commentary or analysis on its current moral condition.

My own view is that the mass media, the entertainment industry and our education system has so flooded the market in overdrive with the perverse that our subscribers need an uplift by pointing them to more inspirational areas of the news attached to Bible prophecy.

Yet, occasionally, a sensible comment from a clear-minded author will move me to in turn comment from a biblical perspective on the great social diseases that have seized our society in a death grip. Such was the case with a recent piece by Ben Stein in the American Spectator.

Stein wrote: “I read that heroin use is spreading like mad all around the upper-middle-class youth and maybe the rich youth, too. I guess that some fools will soon be saying we should legalize heroin use, just as we have marijuana abuse” (August 12).

What a disaster.

This is most deeply concerning, especially since our attorney general is now intent on not penalizing drug users who smoke, inject and inhale the stuff unless they perpetrate a felony. He’s going to let them out of jail. So a whole pile of “upright” drug-using citizens of the country are about to be released from prison. What does that mean? It simply means that, among other negative impacts on our society, the peddlers and the pushers are going to have a field day making money hand over fist—illegally—supplying the demand from this revived clientele!

Talking about the unrighteous judges of Israel, this A.G. takes the cake!

Yet of most intense concern is the provable reality that, as Ben Stein notes, it is the youth of America that are being targeted with this fashion for “smack.”

Fearing the worst in the wake of the current heroin epidemic, Stein observes of today’s rampant marijuana use: “It isn’t funny and it isn’t cute and it’s killing the youth of this country. Heroin use is even worse.”

This is but one element of a barrage of a very perverse cocktail of habit-forming practices that our youth are being increasingly subjected to.

A second ingredient in this murky blend is the combined, continuing—and increasing—effort of the intelligentsia, educators, mass media, fashion gurus, advertising and the entertainment industry to sexualize everything from children’s books and cartoons to “music,” dress, films and video games.

Thus we see the traditionally underage child increasingly being tempted to engage in sexual activity.

This then leads to the drug companies taking huge advantage of the already perverted mind of youth by making abortion pills freely available on shop shelves to all comers regardless of age. CNSNews.com reports (August 1):

Three major drugstore chains … have moved “Plan B,” a drug that can induce an abortion, onto the open shelves in their stores, where it is now sold like aspirin or other non-prescription drugs.In April, Judge Edward Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the drug available on a non-prescription basis to women “of all ages.”On June 20, the fda announced that it had approved the non-prescription sale of Plan B to all women who have “reproductive potential” no matter what their age.

This judgment wrongly categorizes female youths of “reproductive potential” as adults—“women.”

It is well known that a fairly high percentage of subteen girls possess “reproductive potential.” What they don’t possess at their age is the capacity to reason like an adult. They have not yet developed their intellectual capacity to the point that, under adult guidance, they can reason through the end result of certain actions normally reserved for those of mature mind. With their hormones awakening, their decisions are largely based on feelings and emotion rather than on reason and logic.

This is most essentially the case with today’s generation of youth.

“Dr. Thomas Sowell, economics professor, economist, writer and sage, encapsulated brilliantly what ails our youth. ‘The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling” (Canada Free Press, August 13).

Whether Johnny or Jane, the above observation remains a truism for both sexes.

The author of the article from which the above quote is taken sheets the blame home for this mindset of today’s youth thus:

And the culprits are the American public education, an ever growing lack of religious education, and the indifferent parenting that does not question what children learn or do not learn in school.Young people in any generation tend to be naive, idealistic and gullible; it is easy to sell them anything because they confuse feelings with rational thought. They are told so often and so early in life that they are special that they form a distorted view of themselves.

Now, at least three major pharmaceutical chains in the United States have rushed to make a profit out of exploiting “naive, idealistic and gullible” female youth by making abortifant pills freely available for them to purchase.

One does not have to use much of a degree of common sense to extrapolate the outcome of this debacle of a judgment made by Judge Korman. It will set a precedent which other states will follow, and the epidemic of free sex among our youth will accelerate remarkably, in addition to the diseases which follow flagrant free sex in its wake.

When we add to this toxic mix the monthly gains that the aggressive homosexual lobby is making in leaps and bounds to change the laws, negatively impact the mores and morals, fashions—and even the language—of the nation, then it is not hard to see Jesus Christ’s prophecy recorded in Luke 17:26-30 accelerating in its fulfillment in our cities and towns today.

Sex, smack and sodomy—that’s the perverse cocktail today being dished up to our youth by legislators, judges, teachers, entertainers, and our liberal mass media. It’s a cocktail deliberately designed to poison a whole generation to death, and it’s highly addictive.

Prophesying the times that we are living through right now, the Prophet Jeremiah wrote of horrific consequences that the descendants of Judah and Joseph—patriarchs of the Jewish, British and American nations—would reap as a result of their rebellion against God and the law He designed for our good.

Writing on this prophecy for our day, our editor in chief, Gerald Flurry, observes (Lamentations—The Point of No Return):

Lamentations was a warning to ancient Judah that it had reached the point of no return. The nation could no longer repent to avoid being taken captive by Babylon.What happened to Judah is only a type of what is prophesied to happen in this end time. It is a prophecy where the Laodicean Church and three nations of Israel (America, Britain and the Jewish nation) have reached the point of no return. They are going to become enslaved by a modern-day Babylon from Europe.

Jesus Christ prophesied of this eventuality in Matthew 24:21: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

If your mind is not closed to this warning message, then realize that there is a great hope that awaits you: “Only individuals can still repent before the Great Tribulation. And even they have only a tiny span of time to do so” (ibid).

What more can we ask of the open-minded than “Why delay?”

Time is rapidly running out for those who are being drawn by God’s goodness to repentance to act on the knowledge He has given them (Romans 2:4).

Jesus Christ is certainly not delaying His return as some imply (Matthew 24:48).

His Father is always on time with His intervention in the affairs of men.

Christ has not left us in ignorance of the signs of His coming. His great prophecy recorded in Matthew 24 is replete with a litany of signs of the end of this age and of His imminent return.

If, indeed, your mind is open to see this, then that is proof that God is drawing you to repentance and membership of His Family.

We live in a time of “no more delay” (Revelation 10:6) in the accelerated fulfillment of end-time, last-hour (1 John 2:18) prophecies!

It’s time for you to act NOW!

Read our booklets Lamentations—The Point of No Return and The Last Hour. They will open your eyes even further to the times we are living through right now in the run-up to our Savior’s return.

Our prayer is that you will act on this knowledge now, without delay, while yet there is time to do so, and become part of the global family that is backing the delivery of this message embracing the only hope for mankind’s survival.

The work in which we at theTrumpet.com are involved is the most rewarding and fulfilling experience imaginable, especially when you see the light of that real and pure hope in the eyes of our youth who are being taught an enlightened way of life with a potential greatly distanced from that of sex, smack and sodomy!

They are the real hope of the future!

Has Anyone Seen 400 Surface-to-air Missiles?

Has Anyone Seen 400 Surface-to-air Missiles?

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Benghazi whistle-blowers are saying that a large weapons cache was stolen on the night of the Benghazi attack.

A new revelation on the Benghazi attacks has come to light following a series of shocking statements from a high-profile representative of a Benghazi whistle-blower. In an interview with wmal radio on August 12, Joe diGenova, a lawyer representing Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson in the Benghazi trials, said 400 surface-to-air missiles were stolen in Libya on the night of the Benghazi attack.

Following the terrorist attack last September, Washington went about doing all that it could to obscure, bury and distort what happened. Coming right at election time, the government was concerned about a dip in the polls, so an elaborate cover-up was concocted. When questioned about the attack, the government wouldn’t even take questions, telling reporters to stop asking.

The revelation that there was a large shipment of missiles involved in the attack, if shown to be true, would blow away the government’s stance that the whole thing was a backlash to an obscure film depicting the prophet Mohammad.

This was no sporadic, off-the-cuff attack by a hot-headed mob that got out of control. This was a planned attack on U.S. soil, against U.S. citizens, which appears to have involved the theft of a massive horde of weaponry.

While simply burning a U.S. consulate to the ground is reason enough for terrorists to commit their crimes, the fact that there were 400 advanced missiles that could be stolen would certainly be added incentive. The likelihood that the terrorists simply stumbled on the 400 missiles during a random attack on the U.S. consulate and annex is as farfetched as Washington’s proposal that it wasn’t a terrorist attack at all.

Joe diGenova said his sources were former intelligence officials with connections in the special operations and intelligence community. These sources are bolstered by other reports.

The Telegraph ran a story on August 2 discussing the idea that the cia was smuggling weapons from Libya to Turkey, then down into the hands of the Syrian rebels. This is certainly plausible, because Libya was still staggering to its feet after the revolution, making gun smuggling easy for the cia. Sending anti-air missiles to Syrian rebels would make sense, due to the fact that the rebels are devoid of any form of air force, and are up against the Assad regime, which does.

Sen. Rand Paul also backs the smuggling theory, saying that it “may have been that there was a gunrunning operation going on in Benghazi, leaving Libya and going to Turkey and [distributing] arms to the [Syrian] rebels.”

If gunrunning was involved, it would have vast and deadly implications. For one, it would prove that the government had further understanding that this was no mob attack. It is clear that the “mob” that burned the consulate to the ground also knew ahead of time where the cia annex was. Could it have also known where the 400 missiles were being kept? DiGenova said that “the annex was somehow involved in the process of the distribution of those missiles.” Is it mere coincidence that the annex came under repeated fire from the terrorists in the September 11 attack?

DiGenova dropped another bombshell during the radio interview. He said the missing missiles were related to the extended closure of the 21 embassies across the Middle East and North Africa. He said, “They [U.S. government officials] were afraid that there was going to be a missile attack on one of the embassies. Remember, you can take a shoulder-held missile and shoot it into an embassy, not just into the sky.”

Consider: The U.S. closed embassies across a vast number of countries in the region. If the missiles were linked to the closures, does it appear the U.S. government has any idea where the missiles have gone? In addition, it issued a worldwide travel warning. It would only take one missile to bring down a commercial aircraft.

Whether the suspected massive armament theft is eventually used against America or not, it is potentially very embarrassing for the U.S. government, which has never mentioned the weapons cache in the past.

The missiles are just one more piece of evidence that the aftermath of the Libyan revolution is still coming back to haunt the United States. For more on the Benghazi scandal, and its deleterious effects on the U.S., read “The Truth Revealed in the Benghazi Attack.”

Final Outcome of Brazil’s Trade Relations With Europe

Final Outcome of Brazil’s Trade Relations With Europe

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Brazil’s upgraded economic status is forcing it to form a partnership with the EU that has prophetic implications.

Brazil needs to vigorously pursue stronger trade ties with the European Union if it is to retain the special trading perks it currently enjoys with the merchants of Europe.

The World Trade Organization has upgraded Brazil’s economic status by classifying it as an upper-middle-income economy. Such a reclassification generally entails a nation shifting its position from being a recipient of international aid and benefits, to being a potential donor. In the case of Brazil’s relations with the EU, the economic status reclassification cuts the Latin American country off from preferential trading perks with its longtime transatlantic companion.

But Brazil still needs those trading benefits; it still needs trade with the EU, and it needs that trading relationship to grow even stronger.

Pursuit of stronger trade ties with the EU through a free trade agreement is how Brazil can retain EU trade preferences.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Brazil’s Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota expressed his nation’s plans to forge ahead with a deal with the EU apart from the oft-divided Latin American trade bloc Mercosur, of which it’s a member. While Brazil still intends to cooperate with Mercosur, Patriota hopes that “each [Mercosur] country may be able to negotiate [with the EU] at separate speeds.” Former head of the Brazilian central bank Arminio Fraga concurred: “It’s good to get on with your neighbors, but the rest of the world is doing trade deals and Brazil risks getting left out.”

Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy, contributing 37 percent of the EU’s trade with Latin America. It is the single biggest exporter of agricultural products to the EU. The European Union is the biggest foreign investor in Brazil, accounting for about half of Brazil’s foreign direct investment.

These latest trade overtures by Brazil will strengthen the bond that already exists between Europe and Brazil and may encourage other Latin American countries to follow suit. That Euro-Latino bond goes all the way back to the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th century, under Charles v. More recently, it goes back to the industrial partnerships formed by underground Nazis toward the end of World War ii.

With the aid of the common Catholic religion, this bond is indicated by Bible prophecy to wax stronger into an economic partnership of merchants—the “merchants of the earth”—who will supersede Anglo-America, and call the shots in world commerce (Revelation 18:2-3; Ezekiel 27:15, 22).

Watch this trend of increasing trade relations between the EU and Brazil and much of Latin America. It proves the veracity of the prophecies about the leading global powers of the end time and how they soon will be replaced by God’s Kingdom on Earth. For more on this subject, read our article “Europe’s Latin Assault.” That article details the recent history of Europe’s intricate and intimate relationship with Latin America, its implications for our future, and the decades-old warnings we have sounded about it.

The Day Britain Loses Gibraltar

The Day Britain Loses Gibraltar

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Take a quick glance at Gibraltar and you realize there’s no way Britain is ever going to give it up. Here’s why the quick glance is deceiving.

Gibraltar is more British than any place in Britain. Displays of patriotism that went out of fashion decades ago on the mainland are common on this strip of land. Gibraltarians emphatically do not want to part with Britain.

In 2002, the people of Gibraltar held a referendum on whether they should remain British or have Britain and Spain share sovereignty over the peninsula. Voter turnout: 87.9 percent. Result: 98.5 percent voted to remain solely British.

In a press release dated August 5, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said “the UK stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Gibraltar.” The current British government has shown no signs of wavering. Instead, as tensions over Gibraltar escalated, it sent a warship to the peninsula last week as part of a “long planned” and routine deployment—a tried and tested response that displays Britain’s power, while not unduly escalating the situation.

These facts all seem to show that Gibraltar will remain British for the next century at least. Same goes for the Falkland Islands. After Margaret Thatcher’s victory over Argentina in 1982, it would be electoral suicide for any government to give the Islands away. Britain has committed to keep these territories British as long as the inhabitants want to remain so—and they show no signs of changing their minds.

Yet, as the Trumpet has said for years, Britain is destined to lose both Gibraltar and the Falklands. That doesn’t mean that we want Britain to lose them, or that we feel these places are rightfully Spanish or Argentine. It’s merely a statement of what is going to happen.

The pressures on Britain to give up these territories will get worse. The idea that recent tensions in Gibraltar are because of the Gibraltarian government’s decision to build an artificial reef is baloney. The reef affects one Spanish fisherman—and even he says he feels used by the Spanish government.

Instead, this is all about busying giddy minds with foreign quarrels. As Spain’s economy worsens, the pressure on Gibraltar increases. Now that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is starting to feel the heat, he’s exploded the Gibraltar bomb. It’s the political equivalent of saying, Quick, look over there!

It’s bad enough for its government that Spain is filled with empty cities and airports, and its youth unemployment is over 56 percent. But now Rajoy is accused of taking illegal payments from a secret fund made up of donations from businesses. In February, 1 million people backed an online petition calling on him to resign; since then the scandal has not gone away. Hence Spain’s “look over there” foreign policy. Argentina’s belligerence over the Falklands comes from similar pressures—pressures that are not going away.

The politicians may change, but Europe’s economic crisis will only get worse before it gets better. While Spain’s economy is weak, there will remain a strong incentive to target Gibraltar.

Meanwhile, some politicians in Britain are very weak. Despite Spain’s recent belligerence, Peter Hain, who served as minister for Europe under former Prime Minister Tony Blair, said on August 6 that sharing sovereignty over Gibraltar with Spain would have “no negatives at all.”

Mr. Blair seemed to regard Gibraltar as an annoying obstacle to a closer relationship with Spain. While Britain’s Conservative Party seems to have Gibraltar’s back, the Labor Party does not.

But the core reason Britain will lose Gibraltar comes from none of these trends: Gibraltar and the Falklands will go because God said it will happen.

Too few take such a statement seriously today.

Militarily, Britain has the power to defend Gibraltar and the Falklands (although with recent military cuts it may not be able to retake them). The inhabitants of both territories overwhelmingly want to remain British; and Britain has promised to defend them. Their loss will be a monumental humiliation.

Apart from Bible prophecy, there are some indications that Britain will lose these territories, but no certainty. As Herbert W. Armstrong explained in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Britain and America were given control of strategic sea gates around the world. Now God is taking them away. Only Gibraltar and the Falklands remain.

The Bible also states that God says, “I will break the pride of your power” (Leviticus 26:19). The loss of Gibraltar and the Falklands would be a clear demonstration of this. When these territories go, it will show the world that although Britain has the power to defend them and has promised to defend them, it lacks the will to do so.

When the last of these territories is lost, Britain’s retreat from empire will be complete. That day should be a warning that God is against Britain, and that Mr. Armstrong’s warnings were right. Given all that Britain’s leaders have said in defense of these territories, it should be a wake-up call for the nation. It should show that even when all the circumstances are in Britain’s favor, the nation still loses because God is punishing it. However, it will, in all probability, be greeted with a shrug.

Britain’s retreat from the world isn’t because the nation is now more mature—that we’re all better people now than we were 100 years ago, which is the view British intellectuals like to take. It’s because God is withdrawing His blessings from the nation. The strategic sea gate of Gibraltar will be taken away before long, and after that it’s only going to get worse for Britain. For the full warning of what is prophesied to happen to Britain and why, read our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. It forecast the loss of many of Britain’s and America’s sea gates. Now only two are left.

On the day Britain loses Gibraltar, perhaps even more people will be motivated to read this book.

A Deadly Weakness at the Heart of America’s Power

A Deadly Weakness at the Heart of America’s Power

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What is it that makes a nation powerful? Its army? Its economy? Its technology?

All these are important, but Hans J. Morgenthau, one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers on the subject of international relations, put none of these at the top of his list.

“Of all the factors that make for the power of a nation, the most important, however unstable, is the quality of diplomacy,” he wrote in his seminal book, Politics Among Nations.

“All of the other factors that determine national power are, as it were, the raw material out of which the power of a nation is fashioned,” he continued. “The quality of a nation’s diplomacy combines those different factors into an integrated whole, gives them direction and weight, and awakens their slumbering potentialities by giving them the breath of actual power.”

How important does Morgenthau think diplomats are? “The conduct of a nation’s foreign affairs by its diplomats is for national power in peace what military strategy and tactics by its military leaders are for national power in war,” he wrote.

What does America’s current administration think? It views diplomatic posts as candy, to be handed out to major donors as a reward for their service, as we shall see.

Morgenthau warns of the folly of this approach:

[A] competent diplomacy can increase the power of a nation beyond what one would expect it to be in view of all the factors combined. Often in history the Goliath without brains or soul has been smitten and slain by the David who had both. … By giving direction to the national effort, [diplomacy] will tap the hidden sources of national strength and transform them fully and securely into political realities.

These statements illuminate a fundamental flaw in Britain and America that is weakening them just as much as their economic problems and military cuts.

Take, for example, America’s latest batch of diplomatic appointments, confirmed by the Senate on August 1. Here’s a sample of their qualifications:

Morrell John Berry, appointed U.S. ambassador to Australia, has worked in government pretty much all of his life. But he has never worked for the State Department and has not had anything to do with international relations. He’s also a homosexual.

James Costos is an executive at tv conglomerate hbo, has donated money to U.S. President Barack Obama and the Democrats and is openly homosexual. Apparently this qualifies him to be America’s ambassador to Spain.

John B. Emerson is a lawyer who has raised $500,000 for Mr. Obama. He’s now America’s ambassador to Germany.

Matthew Barzun raised $2.3 million for Mr. Obama. He’s now America’s ambassador to Britain. This same Internet businessman was made ambassador to Sweden after Mr. Obama’s first presidential victory, also evidently as a reward for his fundraising.

This list could go on. The Senate confirmed the appointment of 25 ambassadors to different countries on August 1. Only 14 of the appointments went to actual diplomats.

The career diplomats were sent, in general, to less developed countries, with the political appointments going to Europe and other richer nations. The United States absolutely needs to have experienced and trained diplomats in places like Ethiopia, Chad and Ukraine—and it’s right that experienced diplomats have been stationed there. It’s vital for America’s national interest to get good information, and to be represented well. But, with all due respect to the nations involved, if America’s embassies in Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of the Congo need to be led by a qualified and experienced professional diplomat, surely the same is true for Britain and Germany.

Instead, diplomatic posts in some of the world’s most powerful nations appear to be merely ways for the president to reward his supporters and boost his pro-homosexuality credentials.

But this practice of rewarding donors with diplomatic appointments is not an invention of Mr. Obama’s. It’s been hurting America’s power and prestige in the world for decades.

“In many Western countries, this kind of appointment would be viewed as an unacceptable form of corruption, a dangerous linkage between political patronage and political fundraising,” writes the Telegraph’s man in Washington, Nile Gardiner. He points out that if Britain was caught doing it, it would bring down the government.

“The appointment of Matthew Barzun and other major fundraisers to key diplomatic posts is an insult to the American people, as well as an insult to the countries to which they are being sent,” he writes. That’s true. But it’s more than an insult—it’s dangerous.

However, Britain, too, has been damaging its diplomatic service. Britain’s previous Labor government scrapped the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (fco) Library to cut costs, while borrowing huge amounts for social spending.

“The library embodied 500 years of British and world history; of our experiences of exploration, diplomacy, war, peacekeeping and the forging of treaties; of our role in the abolition of the slave trade and the creation of the Commonwealth,” said Britain’s Conservative Foreign Minister William Hague in September 2011. He warned that “the fate of the fco Library is emblematic of a gradual hollowing out of the qualities that made the fco one of our great institutions.”

Morgenthau pointed to Britain’s tradition of strong diplomacy as one of its greatest assets. But today that legacy is little valued. It would take years of work to repair the damage already done.

Ultimately, it’s political leaders, not officials, who make decisions. America’s most powerful diplomat is its president. But even with the best intentions in the world, how can he make wise decisions if he’s not being supported by a global team of competent professionals, accurately describing the facts on the ground and giving him solid advice?

Put any of the great statesmen of history into Mr. Obama’s shoes and you can guarantee that even they would make mistakes because of the poor quality of the support team they would have.

Of course that doesn’t mean that all America’s foreign-policy failings are totally the fault of its diplomats. But the borderline corrupt way they are being appointed has been hurting this most important aspect of America’s power for decades.

A nation will “invite war if its diplomacy wrongly assesses the objectives of other nations and the power at their disposal,” wrote Morgenthau. “A nation that mistakes a policy of imperialism for a policy of the status quo will be unprepared to meet the threat to its own existence which the other nation’s policy entails.”

History alone warns us that a nation needs to be ever watchful for challenges to its power. Yet America’s diplomatic postings show that it is like a youth walking around the bad part of town, at night, with his headphones in his ears and his eyes glued to his smartphone. He’s oblivious to the dangers around him. Keep doing that, night after night, and you’re guaranteed to get mugged.

Morgenthau said diplomacy represents the brain of the nation. But it is also the nation’s eyes and ears. America’s diplomats are its watchman. Today, it seems, they’re not even being asked to pay attention. An ambassadorship is not a responsibility. It’s a perk, an easy job—an opportunity to party.

In 1945, Herbert Armstrong warned that America would lose “the battle of the peace.”

“Yes, I said battle of the peace,” he said in an address to World Tomorrow listeners. “That’s a kind of battle we Americans don’t know. We know only one kind of war. We have never lost a war—that is, a military war; but we have never won a conference, where leaders of other nations outfox us in the battle for the peace.” This is not surprising—after all, how well would the army do if its generals were selected purely because of the amount of money they’d donated to the current president?

“Diplomacy is the best means of preserving peace which a society of sovereign nations has to offer,” wrote Morgenthau. That’s why America’s diplomatic failings should cause huge concern. Its weakness here will lead to war.

But Morgenthau also saw the limits of the power of diplomacy. He continued, saying that “especially under the conditions of contemporary world politics and of contemporary war, it is not good enough.”

“It is only when nations have surrendered to a higher authority the means of destruction which modern technology has put in their hands—when they have given up their sovereignty—that international peace can be made as secure as domestic peace,” he wrote.

Again, he is right. America’s poor diplomacy is inviting war. But that war will in fact lead to the intervention of the only “higher authority” that can and will secure international peace. For more information on the dangers America faces today—the dangers its diplomats are all too ignorant of—and how world peace finally will come, read our free booklet We Have Had Our Last Chance.

The Ogallala Aquifer: Is America Emptying Its Fuel Tank?

The Ogallala Aquifer: Is America Emptying Its Fuel Tank?

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‘In less than 100 years we are seriously depleting what took nature more than 10,000 years to fill.’

Imagine a man who unexpectedly inherits a large, shiny pickup truck with a full tank of gas. It’s an antique model, but he can see that it was purchased from a dealership, driven straight home and then just parked for many years. He drives it around at breakneck speeds, accomplishes many things with it and makes plans to accomplish many more. But within a few days the truck’s enormous fuel tank is empty. When the man tries to fill it up, he’s shocked to learn that on that particular model, the fuel tank can only be filled up with a tiny eyedropper—a task that would take years to complete. So much for his plans.

The man represents the people of the United States. The truck symbolizes the stretch of American land known as the Great Plains. And the fuel tank is the Ogallala Aquifer that lies beneath that land.

The Ogallala is the largest known body of freshwater on Earth. It sits beneath parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska and South Dakota. And unlike most other unconfined aquifers, it refills with water at an incredibly slow speed.

Geologists studying its trickling recharge rate believe that the Ogallala is filled mostly with ancient paleowater—dating back to the most recent ice age or even earlier. Based on their observations, at present rates of water flow it would have taken the aquifer at least 10,000 years to fill up, and probably much longer. At its peak, the aquifer’s size grew to a staggering 174,000 square miles.

Turning the Sahara Into a Rice Paddy

Meanwhile, above ground, the situation was exactly the opposite. In the early 1800s, a government surveyor charged with mapping the territory America had acquired in the Louisiana Purchase said this about the Great Plains on top of the Ogallala: “I do not hesitate in giving the opinion that it is almost wholly unfit for cultivation, and of course, uninhabitable by a people depending upon agriculture for their subsistence.” He went on to call the area “the Great American Desert.”

Some farmers ignored such assessments, but they suffered frequent crop failures because of relentless cycles of drought, which culminated in the devastating Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Then, around 65 years ago, a Colorado farmer invented center-pivot irrigation, and landowners across the region waged war against the climate. The cry went up defiantly: No more will our crops be subject to nature’s fickleness and its unreliable rains. We have out-engineered it!

Farmers began using the new technology to tap the Ogallala on a large scale. They pulled its water to the surface and showered great swaths of terrain several times a week. Millions of acres were rapidly transformed from “the Great American Desert” into seas of lush, hydro-intensive crops like soybeans, corn, sugar beats, cotton and wheat—crops that would never thrive in the natural climate. The Great Plains became one of the most consistently productive agricultural regions in the world. The sheer magnitude of this irrigation project would be outdone only by something like converting the Sahara into a massive grid of rice paddies.

But the practice came at great cost to the Ogallala. In 1940, the aquifer’s average depth was about 240 feet. Today, its average is 80 feet. In many areas, the water is entirely gone. “[I]n less than 100 years we are seriously depleting what took nature more than 10,000 years to fill,” said Marcia McNutt, director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

David Brauer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ogallala research program is working to implement measures to reduce dependence on the aquifer, but says they are “mostly designed to delay the inevitable since the recharge rate for the Ogallala Aquifer is small enough to be considered negligible.”

Can We Dominate Nature?

Modern irrigation techniques and other technologies have convinced many that people can control nature. Thanks in large part to water pumped up from the massive aquifer, America exports more food than any other nation. But less than 100 years after tapping it, parts of the Great Plains have become “Great American Desert” land again.

People are mostly unwilling to accept the fact that, in spite of our technological developments, we are still vulnerable. The idea of moderation is as incompatible with the 21st-century U.S. as hydro-intensive crops are to the natural Great Plains climate. The data shows that current practices cannot be sustained, yet America’s foot remains heavy on the gas pedal, draining this massive fuel tank at a rate of 800 gallons per minute.

Chance or Design?

Some 3,500 years ago, God promised that the ancient tribe of Manasseh would grow to become an astoundingly powerful nation (Genesis 48:14-22; 49:22-24). God fulfilled this promise spectacularly in the 19th and 20th centuries when the United States of America (Manasseh’s descendants) attained towering cultural might, unparalleled military power and mind-boggling economic strength. But God said that if America rejected Him and His law, then the nation’s prosperity would not last very long (Leviticus 26:14-20; Micah 5:10-15).

The Ogallala Aquifer has been an instrumental component of the prosperity the U.S. was showered with. But America has rejected God. The blessings are evaporating and the era of prosperity is approaching its end. The Ogallala now takes its place alongside the U.S.’s manufacturing sector, its will to use its power, the health of its families, its overseas influence, its weather stability and its respect for the Constitution and for law. All are drying up fast.

America’s decline is sobering beyond words, but the Bible makes clear that it will lead directly to the most radiant future imaginable. If you want to understand the reason why the U.S.’s blessings are draining away and where it is ultimately leading, read The United States and Britain in Prophecy.