The King of the South

From the July 1998 Trumpet Print Edition

The prophet Daniel wrote about a future confrontation between the king of the north and the king of the south. The king of the north will be comprised of the United States of Europe. But which nations will form the king of the south? Is this power now forming?

The king of the north and the king of the south are two powers prophesied to clash in this end time. “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Dan. 11:40). Both powers are rising fast on the world scene right now. This clash is going to shake this world as never before! And that is the good news. The bad news is it’s going to lead to World War III—unless we heed God’s prophecy and repent!

Islamic extremism is almost certainly going to be the king of the south. And I believe all indications point to radical Islam, headed by Iran as this king.

The king of the south is going to push at him—that is, the king of the north. Gesenius’ Lexicon says the word “push” means “to strike—used of horned animals,” or “to push with the horn.” It is “used figuratively of a victor who prostrates the nations before him.” It also means “to wage war with anyone.” Push is a violent word!

The king of the south will most likely use oil as a big part of his push. Europe is almost totally dependent on Middle East oil! So the push will likely involve a cutting off of their oil supply.

The New York Times, in an article entitled “Rebounding Iranians are Striving for Regional Leadership in Gulf” (Nov. 7, 1992), reported, “Rebounding from the war with Iraq, which lasted from 1980 to 1988 and devastated Iran’s oil industry, Iran under [former] President Hashemi Rafsanjani…has reclaimed its place as the world’s second largest exporter of oil after Saudi Arabia, which exports about seven and a half million barrels a day. Producing roughly four million barrels a day, up from a wartime low of less than two million, Iran exports about 75 percent of this, mainly to Japan and Western Europe.”

The stage is being set for an Islamic group of nations to be led by Iran as the prophesied king of the south which will push at the king of the north, the European Union. Iran has a foreign policy with a lot of “push.” And since the end of their war with Iraq in 1988, Iran has accumulated a massive arsenal of military weapons to back up their aggressive foreign policy.

The Islamic followers of the world are comprised of a population second only to China. They inhabit a geographic area larger than Russia. The Islamic world also controls much of the world’s oil resources. And now they have nuclear weapons! The European newspaper on May 7, 1992, in a front page article entitled, “Iran Has N-Bomb,” stated: “Iran has obtained at least two nuclear warheads out of a batch officially listed as ‘missing’ from the newly independent republic of Kazakhstan, formerly part of the Soviet Union.”

Iran’s main strategic aim is to be the dominant power in the Middle East. Becoming the undisputed leader of the radical Islamic camp is a step in that direction.

The Last Crusade

Most people think the crusades are a thing of the past—over forever. But they are wrong. There is going to be a final crusade, and it is going to be the bloodiest one of all!
From the August 1998 Trumpet Print Edition

The Crusades were a series of Catholic “holy” wars to wrest control of the Holy Land from Moslems. They produced some of the bloodiest battles in history.

Did you ever wonder how the Catholics could reconcile that “holy” slaughter with the Bible, which states, “Thou shalt not kill”? Or how they can read the Sermon on the Mount and still lead the religious world in spilling rivers of blood?

They are called the Christian Crusades. That label itself is a deception. They were primarily Catholic Crusades. Other Christian religions have their problems, but let’s not blame them for what the Catholics did—and are going to do. Some background will help us understand.

Pope Urban II

In 614 a.d., the Catholics fought and were defeated in a crusade against the Persians and the Jews. Some 60,000 Catholics were killed, and 35,000 enslaved. The fall of Jerusalem left the Catholic world shocked and in mourning.

This war left Catholics bitter against the Jews for the role they played in the war. Much anti-Semitism began because of it.

Some historians consider this the First Crusade. But the crusades we best remember came later, beginning in the eleventh century.

Pope Urban II unleashed a savage Catholic army and started these later crusades. This “righteous” army marched 3,000 miles to conquer the Holy Land. What the Pope preached and practiced came to be known by most people as the Crusades.

Here is a quote from the book Crusades, by Terry Jones and Alan Ereirao, which became a BBC television series (emphasis mine): “By summoning an army under the banner of the Cross, the Pope was extending the Church’s mantle over all Christendom. This was the idea at the very heart of the revolutionary papacy; in place of separate local churches at the center of discreet communities, there was to be one overarching Church, ruled by one overarching Pope. The Crusade was to be its expression and its instrument.”

They state that this thinking was at the heart of the papacy. The popes wanted to rule any church called Christian. Through the Holy Roman Empire, they also tried repeatedly to rule the entire world. They have succeeded six times and are about to succeed again, for the last time, according to Bible prophecy. (Write for our free booklet The History and Prophecy of Germany.)

The Protestant churches are prophesied to be brought back into the Catholic Church (Isa. 47). Most of it will be done through bloodshed. Remember, this thinking is at “the very heart of the revolutionary papacy.” That means this philosophy has motivated them for nearly 2,000 years. And they still believe violent and bloody crusades are righteous. Has anybody ever heard them repent of this condemning history? The answer is no.

History proves the Catholic Church to be one of the most militant institutions ever created. They do not believe in a democratic philosophy. They have often “converted” people by the sword. And yet, this world seems unwilling to hold them accountable for their war crimes.

Modern historians have shown how closely they worked with the Nazis. It was through the Catholic Church that most of the leading Nazis escaped after World War II. We have shown in past articles how well-documented that history is. No one should doubt it. (Read The Unholy Trinity by Mark Aarons and John Loftus.)

And doesn’t that crime reveal that the Catholics were deeply involved with the Nazi war machine?

This subject is too important to let our emotions stand in the way. Because the worst is yet to come!

The last crusade is going to be the supreme Inquisition of all history. It is time we understood their bloody history and let it be a warning!

The world seems almost unaware of these monstrous crimes.

Let’s continue the quote: “Urban’s army would also rescue Jerusalem, the spiritual (and therefore the physical) center of the universe. He hoped that the redeemed Jerusalem would be directly ruled by the Church.

“Every man who enrolled for the struggle must mark himself out by wearing a cross and, most important, vow to continue on his way until he reached Jerusalem.

“Urban’s method of raising this army was completely original; as well as pay, he could offer paradise—anyone who took part had all their sins forgiven. ‘Whoever for devotion alone, not to gain honor or money, goes to Jerusalem to liberate the Church of God can substitute this journey for all penance.’”

Any Bible student ought to know that only God can offer paradise and forgive sins. But that is the big problem with most Christians: They don’t believe and obey the Bible!

The whole world, including the religious world, is deceived (Rev. 12:9). Enormous problems, like the Crusades, are going to continue until we confront our own deception.

Let’s conclude the quote: “By

saying that carrying out a military/political enterprise would make you a better person, wiping out past sins, Urban had invented a way by which every person could internalize papal policy. Fighting in the Pope’s cause was not only an obligation, it made you righteous. With that one idea, mass political action was launched. With that one idea, ideology was born. With that one idea, the Crusade was set in motion. Urban did not understand what he had done.”

This Pope certainly did not know what he had done. What he began led to a number of indescribably brutal wars between Catholics and Moslems.

The real tragedy is that the world, like Pope Urban II, still does not understand what he did, and what the Catholic Church continues to do. Their real beliefs surface when they gain power. And today, they are building the greatest power they have ever had. All we need to do is understand just some of their history to predict what is

coming. And it is far more predictable than most historians believe. If you understand their history, their future is very predictable. Add Bible prophecy to that equation and you will see that this world faces a frightening specter.

Fighting on Both Sides

The Crusades created rivers of blood. And it was all done in the name of God. Of course, the Moslems responded with massive slaughters against the crusaders, also in the name of God. Does it make any sense for God to be fighting on both sides? Or are these warring factions just giving our God of love a bloody reputation?

Jerusalem is considered a holy place by both religions. It is indeed considered the “center of the universe” to the Catholics. They believe conquering Jerusalem makes them righteous. It has been their ideology from the beginning. It is still true today. The fruits are there to prove it. The Bible says that “by their fruits you shall know them.” They believe in war as an instrument to achieve their religious goals.

“The following morning the Crusaders re-entered the al-Aqsa Mosque and slaughtered every Moslem sheltering there. No one knows how many died; the Moslem chronicler reports 70,000. One of the Crusaders reports picking his way through a mess of blood and bodies more than knee-deep” (ibid.). This is only one episode of many. Many people have seen pictures of this very mosque.

How many Moslems still remember their history of this mosque being knee-deep in Arab blood? And all of this savagery supposedly made Catholics righteous! A warrior who burned Arab babies in the crusade was considered worthy to gain glory for all eternity! Does this really make sense to a sound mind?

“But killing, the Pope now declared, need not be a sin after all. It depended on who you killed. In fact, if you killed the enemies of Christ, killing did not require penance—it was the penance. Holy slaughter could be as effective a devotional activity as prayer, or fasting, or pilgrimage….”

The Pope said, “Now we are proposing that you should fight wars which contain the glorious reward of martyrdom, in which you can gain the title of present and eternal glory….”

“The Pope had also pointed out the importance of rescuing Jerusalem from the infidel. He seems to have suggested that ‘rescue’ meant ‘seize and keep’” (ibid.)

The Pope also said, “Take the road to the Holy Sepulcher, rescue that land from a dreadful race and rule over it yourselves.”

Moslem and Jewish inhabitants of Jerusalem were slaughtered like pigs. And all of this was done by Catholics who presumably became more righteous in the process.

Were these killers true Christians? A true Christian is one who follows Christ. If we look in the gospels, Christ tells us to love our enemies, even die for them—not kill them!

The memory of such horrendous massacres still lives in the minds of many Arabs.

Those memories have provoked Arabs and Jews to massacre Catholics throughout history in a similar manner—all in the name of religion.

The Fourth Crusade

The Fourth Crusade was launched from the little Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which was captured by Catholic crusaders during the Third Crusade. Crusaders attacked Alexandria, Egypt, on their way to the Holy Land.

Here is what Steven Runciman wrote about the Fourth Crusade in A History of the Crusades (emphasis mine): “King Peter arrived at Rhodes early in the month, and on the 25th the whole Cypriot fleet sailed into the harbor, 108 vessels in all, galleys, transports, merchant ships and light skiffs. With the great galleys of the Venetians and those provided by the Hospital, the armada numbered 165 ships. They carried a full complement of men, with ample horses, provisions and arms. Not since the Third Crusade had a proportionate expedition set out for the Holy War….

“During the Friday night there was fierce Moslem counterattack through one of the southern gates, which the Christians in their excitement had burned down. It was beaten off; and by the Saturday afternoon, all Alexandria was in the crusaders’ hands.

The victory was celebrated with unparalleled savagery. Two and a half centuries of holy warfare had taught the crusaders nothing of humanity. The massacres were only equalled by those of Jerusalem in 1099 and Constantinople in 1204. The Moslems had not been so ferocious at Antioch or at Acre. Alexandria’s wealth had been phenomenal; and the victors were maddened at the sight of so much booty. They spared no one. The native Christians and the Jews suffered as much as the Moslems; and even the European merchants settled in the city saw their factories and storehouses ruthlessly looted. Mosques and tombs were raided and their ornaments stolen or destroyed; churches too were sacked, though a gallant crippled Coptic lady managed to save some of the treasures of her sect at the sacrifice of her private fortune. Houses were entered, and householders who did not immediately hand over all their possessions were slaughtered with their families. Some 5,000 prisoners, Christians and Jews as well as Moslems, were taken to be sold as slaves. A long line of horses, asses and camels carried the loot to the ships in the harbor and there having performed their task were killed. The whole city stank with the odor of human and animal corpses” (ibid.).

This author said, “The crusades were the Pope’s work.” The crusade philosophy has made Catholic popes the bloodiest religious leaders ever!

Still, most people try to hide from this frightening reality. That is the main reason why the worst Catholic crusade is yet to come. Mankind refuses to believe the truth and believe God.

The world so quickly forgets. And because they do, the massive bloodshed continues. The Catholics did these appalling, despicable deeds before the world. But has anyone heard them repent before the world?

There is good news. Jesus Christ is personally going to stop the next crusade, but only after the worst suffering ever on this earth (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21-22).

Cyprus

More than one crusade has been launched from Cyprus. Will we see the last crusade launched from there as well? Is history about to repeat itself?

Turkey, just north of Cyprus, has been a strong member of NATO for many years. Yet, a German-led European Union (EU) rejected them from joining the EU—even though they have been applying since 1963, when there were only six members! Nine new countries have joined since then, and 11 more are on the waiting list.

Cyprus is also on the list to join the EU. Their chances look good.

Why has the EUconsistently rejected Turkey? Is it because Turkey is predominantly Islamic?

The EUis prophesied to be ultimately comprised of ten nations, dominated by Catholicism. Already the EU is being called the Holy Roman Empire. They have traditionally been the enemies of the Moslems.

And why does it look like tiny Cyprus will become a member of the EU? Is the EU already thinking about Cyprus as a launching pad from which to protect their Jerusalem interests?

We don’t know if Cyprus will become a member or not. But you can be certain that the EU is thinking about how to protect the holy places in and around Jerusalem. They have thought like this for almost 2,000 years!

There is a real crisis in Cyprus today. Some people fear a war between Greece and Turkey, who share the rule of this island. Russia is about to sell missiles to the Greek Cypriots, and the Turks say that means war.

Here is what Christopher Lockwood, diplomatic editor in Nicosia, wrote in the Daily Telegraph, March 30: “The EU has maneuvered itself into a position where it may soon have to take a bitterly divided island, with a propensity for violence and even war, into its bosom.

“It has poisoned relations with Turkey, a crucial NATO ally; made a solution to the Cyprus problem harder to achieve than ever….”

Why would Europe risk such serious problems, even warfare, over this tiny island?

Even the people building the EU don’t fully understand what is happening. Is there a spirit and force behind these events which the world does not see? Are they being led by a power with a master plan? “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” (Rev. 13:3-5).

If this world truly understood what is happening in Europe, they would be trembling in fear.

Does this great evil spirit being, Satan the devil, have plans for Cyprus? Is there a final crusade planned to be launched into the Middle East from there? This evil spirit being knows Bible prophecy and what the future holds.

The beast will hold power for three and a half years, and then Christ is going to destroy that evil empire forever! We are entering the worst times ever, but they lead into the best news we could ever receive!

Final Crusade Prophesied

One of the main tourist attractions in Jordan is the Crusader castles. The Catholics built most of them to war against the Moslems and control Jerusalem. These castles are stark reminders of the bloody past—and a far more bloody future!

Where is it all leading? Nothing is more important for you to understand. History is about to be repeated. Bible prophecy tells us so.

The Jews have Jerusalem now. But not for long. Both Moslems and Catholics have designs for Jerusalem. These two great powers are about to clash again—go head-to-head in the final crusade over Jerusalem!

Iran recently conducted major war games code-named “Road to Jerusalem.” Between 150,000 and 500,00 soldiers participated.

What could be more provocative? They are advertising their strategy to the world. Few people understand this Moslem passion for Jerusalem and its holy sites! They are the kind of passions that cause war!

Iran will undoubtedly lead what the Bible calls “the king of the south.” This power will be comprised of the radical Islamic movement. Iran is working fiercely to lead this radically militant religion.

Iran has virtually destroyed the peace process single-handedly. But still, the world continues to talk about peace. Iran and radical Islam don’t want peace, and words won’t deter them.

Here is what Joseph de Courcy said in a recent edition of Islamic Affairs Analyst: “Subscribers should be in absolutely no doubt about this. From Iran’s support for subversion in Bahrain, through its improving ties with Egypt, its support for Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Islamist revolutionaries in Khartoum, to its close strategic alliance with Moscow, everything has the same ultimate purpose: the liberation of Jerusalem from under the Zionist yoke.”

The U.S. has tried to isolate Iran. Almost no other nation supports us. This attempt has failed. The U.S. is fighting against Bible prophecy.

Iran has nuclear bombs. They believe America can be neutralized by terrorism—perhaps nuclear terrorism.

Here is what Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said in 1996: “We know but one word: struggle, struggle. Jihad, jihad, jihad. When we stop our intifada, when we stop our revolution, we go to the greater jihad, the jihad of the independent Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem.”

Jihad is the Arab cry for holy war. They are going to get their war. But it isn’t going to be holy. It’s going to lead to the worst suffering this planet has ever experienced!

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Dan. 11:40). This king of the south is undoubtedly the Iran-led radical Moslems. They are strong and are pushing others around in the Middle East.

Soon they are going to push at the king of the north, or the so-called Holy Roman Empire—the same religious power that was behind the Crusades. And that push is surely going to revolve around Jerusalem.

Just 20 years ago, nobody could have even imagined two world powers coming out of the Middle East and Europe. But God knew exactly what was going to happen. Nobody but God could have inspired these prophecies. Everybody can see these two great powers today.

Just look at what is happening in Europe—and has been for years. The Pope is working feverishly to revive the Holy Roman Empire. Here is what he said in Spain, November 9, 1981 (emphasis mine): “It can be said that the European identity is not understandable without Christianity and that it is precisely in Christianity that are found those common roots by which the continent has seen its civilization mature: its culture, its dynamism, its activity, its capacity for constructive expansion in other continents as well; in a word, all that makes up its glory….

“Find yourself again. Be yourself. Discover your origins, revive your roots. Return to those authentic values which made your history a glorious one and your presence so beneficent in the other continents.”

During the Inquisition, over 50 million innocent people were killed in the name of “Christianity”! That’s right—50 million! And you can add many millions more as victims of the Holy Roman Empire. Shouldn’t the whole world fear a Pope who would say, Discover your origins, revive your roots. Return to those

authentic values which made your history a glorious one”? Those “origins” and “roots” and that “history” caused many millions of people to die!

In Revelation 17, God paints a vivid picture of a great church as a lavishly dressed harlot, holding sway over the nations. God sees things as they truly are! Let’s look at God’s view.

“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration” (Rev. 17:6). God sees this whore “drunken” on the blood of the saints! Is killing God’s saints “glorious”?

The Holy Roman Empire is going to come at the king of the south like a whirlwind. Will there be a surprise attack from Cyprus? Will we see the final crusade launched from there? A whirlwind comes suddenly. So it doesn’t appear the attack will be launched from Europe.

We must understand the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades to understand the Catholic passion for Jerusalem. They have a long history of spilling rivers of blood over Jerusalem.

Notice what their first action is after they are victorious. “He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon” (Dan. 11:41). They “enter” into the glorious land, or the Holy Land. The Hebrew indicates this is a peaceful entry—not forced.

The Jews appear to invite them in as peace keepers. But it leads to a great double-cross, prophesied in Ezekiel chapter 23. (Write for our free booklets, The Ezekiel Watchman and Hosea.)

This will lead to a disaster where no stone is left on top of another stone at the Wailing Wall (Matt. 24:1-3). Those are Christ’s own words!

The Jews should remember the history of the violence and bloodshed by the crusaders. Then perhaps they would choose differently.

“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps” (Dan. 11:42-43). Other countries are going to fall to this great power.

Twice it mentions that Egypt will not escape. For the past 20 years, Egypt has been the most moderate nation in the Middle East. Iran has pushed them toward their camp. That is because Egypt fears terrorism and their own radical Moslems. We have seen that happen before our eyes, just as God prophesied it would!

The Good News

Then the Holy Roman Empire is going to face disaster. “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many” (v. 44). The Russians and Chinese will then prepare for war with Europe. The Europeans will see it happening and strike first. They will, however, be defeated.

“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him” (v. 45). Notice the religious leader moves his headquarters to Jerusalem—and not just for protection. He could have gone to many other cities that would have been safer. But this is a religious act of faith. Jerusalem is considered to be his most holy place on earth—the “center of the universe.” Still, he comes to a most ignominious end. Nobody is there to help him.

There should be no chapter break between Daniel 11 and 12. The story flow continues to illustrate that this religious war triggers a nuclear World War III.

“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (Dan. 12:1). There has never before been trouble like this. God promises to protect His people physically. Otherwise, they would perish in a nuclear nightmare.

As bad as this news is, it leads to the best news this earth has ever heard! “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days” (v. 11). The daily sacrifice, or God’s Work, is removed when God takes His people to a place of safety. That happens because the abomination of desolation, or the king of the north, conquers America and Britain—unless we repent (Matt. 24:15; Luke 21:20-21). But when that happens, you can start counting days to the return of Jesus Christ. He will end these so-called “holy wars” forever.

Any child should understand that the fruits of the “holy wars” have been diabolical! There is no excuse for America and Britain not knowing the truth. God has been sending His message in power for over 60 years! They have rejected it repeatedly. That is why they now must suffer so intensely. Finally, God will get their attention and lead them to peace, full joy and abundance.

Trouble in the Horn

From the July 1998 Trumpet Print Edition

Following seven years of peaceful co-existence, former comrades-in-arms Ethiopia and Eritrea had a falling out this past June. Located in the Horn of Africa, both countries fought side by side for 30 years to overthrow the dictatorship of Marxist president Mengistu Haile Mariam. Successful in this conflict, the Eritreans established a provisional government in 1991, gaining ultimate independence from Ethiopia in May, 1993.

On the surface, this is a border dispute. The present border is sited along lines initially drawn up during the period of Italian occupation, 1885 to 1941. One thorny issue is that the division of Eritrea from Ethiopia gave Eritrea control of Ethiopia’s former major Red Sea port of Assab. Eritrea’s introduction of its own currency also sticks in the craw of Ethiopia, as it has damaged cross-border trade. In June, each side mounted air strikes against the other, resulting in multiple civilian injuries and deaths.

As troops continued to build up on both sides, the U.S. and Italian governments tried to bring the leaders of both countries together to find a peaceful solution. African leaders also attempted to mediate in the struggle.

As with all African conflicts, ethnic differences come to the fore. The Eritreans are a separate and distinct race from the Tigrayan Ethiopians, which are the dominant ethnic group in Ethiopia. Despite their cooperation in combining to successfully defeat Mengistu, the two national groups are historic rivals. Meles Zemawi, a Tigrayan, is president of Ethiopia. Isamas Afewerki, an ethnic Eritrean, presides over Eritrea.

The Horn of Africa is awash with military hardware supplied by the former Soviet Union. The potential for escalating, serious conflict is potent. Although Ethiopia’s population of 60 million vastly outnumbers Eritrea’s 15 million, the Eritreans are hardened fighters, the result of decades of guerrilla resistance to the Mengistu regime.

The U.S., as prime mediator in this conflict, is faced with a quandary. It officially supports both countries as part of its ongoing policy to isolate the Islamic government in Sudan. At issue is not just 155 square miles of border land to which both Ethiopia and Eritrea lay claim. With Sudan laying weakened by an ongoing civil/religious war and rampant famine, the U.S. would like to apply maximum pressure to oust Dr. Turabi. The “mad, evil genius” leader of the National Islamic Front seized power in Sudan eight years ago. His expansionist rhetoric is an obvious cause for concern in Washington.

Will the U.S. be drawn into another Rwanda-type fiasco, or another Somalia-type debacle in the strategic Horn of Africa? Will the Italians, already instrumental in diplomatic efforts to end the Ethiopian/Eritrean conflict, invoke support from the European Union as the EU strives to develop the image of peacemaker beyond the bounds of the European

continent? Watch for more aggressive politics to be brought into play in efforts to influence the outcome of this conflict. The last thing the oil-dependent economies of the EU will want to see is the west bank of the Red Sea fall into insecure hands, particularly Islamic hands. Asseb, the strategic sea gate at the junction between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, is a rich prize which opposing forces will find hard to pry from the hands of tough little Eritrea.

The Speech That Shocked America and Britain

Alexander Solzhenitsyn received the Nobel prize for literature in 1970. He is probably the world’s most famous writer. In 1978 he delivered the Harvard commencement address. I believe it was the most condemning speech ever given on American soil. The West scorned his message. That negative reaction is proving to be a major disaster!
From the July 1998 Trumpet Print Edition

The Communist system of the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The world was stunned.

Many people believe that Alexander Solzhenitsyn did more to bring down that system than any other Russian.

Few people are aware of the flood of horror and bloodshed that started after the 1917 Russian Revolution and continued until Stalin’s death in 1953.

The Communist regime caused the deaths of about 66 million people from 1917 to 1953—a period of 36 years! (That figure does not include the 31 million who died in World War II—about one-fifth of their population.) The Soviet Union was slaughtering her own people.

One prisoner by the name of Shostakovich gave this testimony: “I was remembering my friends, and all I saw was corpses, mountains of corpses. I’m not exaggerating, I mean mountains…. I’m grieving all the time.”

The Revolution began with inspiring hope. That hope was drowned in a sea of suffering and bloodshed. Russia became like a massive graveyard.

Mr. Solzhenitsyn was a victim of the brutal Communist regime. He was in the Russian prison system, the Gulag Archipelago, for eight years. After that, he was exiled in his own country for another three years—a total of 11 years in prison.

He saw that prison authorities did not have serious communist or socialist ideals. They were gangsters and thugs who had gained control of the Revolution. Stalin was the chief gangster.

Speaking Out

Solzhenitsyn began to think about the Russian Revolution while in the Gulag. Before and after he was released, he knew that somebody had to report the truth. Who would it be? He decided it would have to be himself. It was his life that would have to be risked by writing about a prison system that reflected a Revolution gone mad.

In his autobiography, The Oak and the Calf, he said (emphasis mine throughout), “At last I was beginning to see revealed the higher and hidden meaning of that suffering for which I had been unable to find a justification, that sharp reminder from the Supreme Reason which no mere mortal can at first understand. This was why my murderous misfortunes had been sent to me—to deny me all possibility, snatch from me any chance of lying low and keeping quiet, to make me desperate enough to speak and act.”

Solzhenitsyn believes God had a hand in his suffering and in his speaking out. Certainly he revealed the evils of Russian Communism more than anybody else ever did.

His experiences made him desperate enough to speak out against what some have called the greatest tyranny ever. In the midst of that suffering, he developed character and values he would not compromise, even if death were the result.

One man of incredible character changed history. Behind this character was a strong religious morality.

“Once again, my vision and my calculations are probably faulty,” he wrote. “There are many things which I cannot see even at close quarters, many things in which the Hand of the Highest will correct me. But this casts no cloud over my feelings. It makes me happier, more secure, to think that I do not have to plan and manage everything for myself, that I am only a sword made sharp to smite the unclean forces, an enchanted sword to cleave and disperse them.

“Grant, O Lord, that I may not break as I strike! Let me not fall from Thy hand!” (ibid.).

His life was seriously threatened several times. But he continued to write books and speak out against communist rulers. Here is what George Steiner wrote in The New York Times Book Review, March 1, 1998: “To use a Shakespearian image: during the late 1960s and throughout the ’70s, Alexander Solzhenitsyn bestrode the world like a colossus. The winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature in October 1970, his expulsion from Russia in February 1974, the publication in the West of The Gulag Archipelago the same year, made him not only the world’s most famous writer, but a spiritual guide, a prophet, an exemplar unrivaled since Voltaire or Tolstoy. His every movement, his most occasional pronouncements, were the object of frenetic attention in the news media. Crowds blocked the airports at which Solzhenitsyn arrived. In the ‘free world,’ Cancer Ward and The First Circle sold by the million; in Russia and Eastern Europe, clandestine copies passed from hand to hand, keeping fiercely alive ‘hope against hope.’”

Communist leaders intensified their persecution. How did Solzhenitsyn survive all this evil? Here is what Michael Scammel wrote in his book entitled Solzhenitsyn: “Solzhenitsyn’s moral purity, his absolute refusal to compromise on fundamental issues, was his greatest asset, which gave meaning to his life and work.”

In February 1974, Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union. In 1976, he made his home in Vermont. Then in June of 1978, Harvard, America’s most prestigious educational institution, invited him to give the commencement address.

Never has such a massively murderous government as the Soviet Union been so deeply exposed by one man. And the West agreed with his conclusions. But it didn’t end there. Solzhenitsyn also exposed America and Britain! And we have rejected almost 100 percent of his severe criticism. That should have made us do some serious thinking about being biased. But it didn’t!

His Harvard speech sent shock waves throughout the West. Most of the media turned bitterly against him.

This is a chapter in our history that we desperately need to understand.

Where Is Our Courage?

This Nobel Prize winner struck at the very heart of what makes a nation great—or what causes a superpower to fall. Here is an excerpt from his Harvard speech, “A World Split Apart”: “A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeableamong the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society. There are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life.

“Political and intellectual functionaries…base state policies on weakness and cowardice. And the decline in courage, at times attaining what could be termed a lack of manhood…[means] they get tongue-tied and paralyzed when they deal with powerful governments and threatening forces, with aggressors and international terrorists.

Must one point out that from ancient times a decline in courage has been considered the first symptom of the end?”

That last line truly disturbed many people. He stated a great truth of history that has been demonstrated repeatedly, but that few men have learned. It has been proven again and again since “ancient times.” A radical decline in courage is a frightening symptom of the end of America and Britain!

He is discussing the death of our nations! But that is only a small part of the problem. History also thunders that he is right. So does Bible prophecy.

What a powerful warning Mr. Solzhenitsyn gave, if only we would heed and get to the cause of our problems.

India and Pakistan ignored our deep concerns about nuclear testing. America has suffered many such foreign-policy setbacks in recent years (see article, p. 9). Nobody fears the great American superpower anymore.

America is called the world’s only superpower. We do have the military might. But Solzhenitsyn says we lack the will to use it.

When does America act today without United Nations approval?

In this world full of tigers, a superpower can’t resign or sneak off into the night. Other nations know that if they can destroy a superpower, they become a superpower themselves.

This is a sobering thought that America should keep in mind!

Solzhenitsyn made other condemning statements about the West, but they were made over a long period of time. Mostly they were unnoticed or ignored. His speech at Harvard was different. On that hot summer day in 1978, he had the attention of America’s intellectual elite. The press was there, listening intently. A speech like that, so concentrated and focused, and with such an attentive audience, could not be ignored!

A Broken Will

Several years earlier, Solzhenitsyn said, “We see [the West] today, crawling on hands and knees, its will paralyzed.

This Nobel Prize winner has spoken more forcefully than others. But haven’t we noticed the many other critics outside Britain and America today?

Notice this comment from The Jerusalem Post International Edition, February 21: “The Americans view themselves, correctly, as the world’s political and economic leaders, responsible for the security and well-being of the globe. But many members of the Clinton administration are plagued by self-doubt in their dealings with the pariah states and sources of terror and instability. This schizophrenia leads to confusion, both within the U.S. government and among America’s allies….

This is not the behavior expected from the world’s only superpower.

“Since the end of the Cold War, Washington has been the undisputed capital of the world. If the Americans do not fill this leadership role, the rogue states and regional conflicts will grow out of control, and the world economic system will spiral into depression….

“In response, Israelis could decide that despite all the promises and assurances, in a prolonged crisis, the U.S. is not a reliable ally.”

This prestigious newspaper states that America is “plagued by self-doubt” and has a “schizophrenia” that leads to confusion.

There is indeed a leadership role that urgently needs to be filled in the Middle East by a strong America. But we are failing badly. Many Israelis say we are not acting like the world’s only superpower. Many of our foreign friends have already decided that we are not a “reliable ally”! That kind of thinking would disturb us mightily—if we were a real superpower! But we are too weak to be stung by such words, much less demonstrate to the world that they are wrong.

Intelligence Digest listed this as its number one worry for the start of 1998: “The erosion of American leadership.” The weaker our foreign policy, the more an anti-American tide rises around the world.

Here is what Solzhenitsyn said in The Oak and the Calf: “Unmoved by all the misfortunes and threats that hemmed us in, I knew that it was time: time to find some way of shocking the West into the realization that it could not look after its own interests, that while it raged implacably against the weak, it invariably lost, invariably surrendered to rock-hard tyrants.”

The West “invariably surrendered to rock-hard tyrants” like Saddam Hussein. And isn’t he still in power because we lacked the will to remove him in the Persian Gulf War?

That same year, 1991, America and the entire United Nations succumbed to the bullying tactics of a resurgent Germany regarding the independence of Croatia and Slovenia.

Still, America likes to nurture the illusion that we are the world’s only superpower.

“During my time in the camps, I had gotten to know the enemies of the human race quite well: they respect the big fist and nothing else; the harder you slug them, the safer you will be. (People in the West simply will not understand this…)” (ibid.).

We refuse to understand because of our weak will.

There were many mistakes made in the Vietnam War. But we rarely ever discuss why President Kennedy got us involved in the first place. The President knew we were not taking a stand against the rock-hard communist tyrants at that time the way we should. He said, “We must show some resolve to the communists.” We did just the opposite in Vietnam. And to this day we still haven’t shown them that resolve. And what’s more, we are not going to in the future.

Herbert W. Armstrong said, “America has won its last war.” I agree completely. So does Bible prophecy.

What Is the Solution?

Let’s look at a prophecy that is for this end time. Leviticus 26 is called the blessings and cursings chapter. The blessings would come upon Israel for obedience, cursings for disobedience. Israel today is primarily America and Britain. (You can prove this by reading our free booklet The United States and Britain in Prophecy.) “But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments…I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you” (Lev. 26:14, 17). It’s a dreadful condition to have God “against you.” “And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power” (vv. 18-19). If we disobey God, He has promised to break the pride of our power. That means we would be a great power in the end time, but our will would be broken. That has happened exactly as God prophesied!

And that is exactly the way Alexander Solzhenitsyn and others have described Britain and especially America today.

God often agrees with our foreign policy critics. Our weakness is directly tied to the all-powerful God! That should cause us to pause and think.

Daniel prophesied that the words of Moses, like the book of Leviticus, were for this end time (Dan. 9:13). Our broken will is just one of the curses upon us.

Daniel was written for this end time (Dan. 12:4, 9). And he says the book of Leviticus, which Moses wrote, is for the nations of Israel in this end time as well.

Most people don’t even know who the nations of Israel are today. But these prophecies indicate that God’s very elect would know and proclaim to the world who they are. It is a critical job that must be done.

Why don’t we understand God’s truth and prophecies? Daniel says it is because we won’t repent and turn from our sins. God would give us understanding if we would just repent of our sins. God commands us to turn to His righteousness. We will never understand who we are and what is happening to us until we turn to God. That includes religion also.

The whole world is deceived (Rev. 12:9). Religion most of all!

America and Britain are going to die if they don’t repent! (Ezek. 33:11). History verifies this. That is what Mr. Solzhenitsyn was saying, and God agrees with him!

“Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice” (Dan. 9:14). God is actually bringing all the evils upon us because of our sins. And the Leviticus prophecy says the problems will intensify until we repent or die!

That is what it means when it says God is “against” us!

Ezekiel is also an end-time book addressed to Israel. “Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations” (Ezek. 5:8). “I, even I” am against you, God says. This repetition is to emphasize the horror of the statement.

Who could be in a more horrifying state?! God is going to punish us in the sight of all nations. If we don’t repent collectively, just sit back and watch it happen very fast.

“And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations” (v. 9). Our punishment is going to be the worst ever inflicted on any nation! (Matt. 24:21-22; Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1). It is going to happen because of all our “abominations.”

Our punishment is going to be the worst ever because our sins are the most abominable in our history!

There is a great cause behind God’s punishment. “Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the Lord have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them” (v. 13). We are going to get to know God. We don’t know Him today because Satan is the god of this world (II Cor. 4:1-4). Mankind worships him, not the true God.

How grotesque can our deception be? Being so deeply deceived shows that we refuse to accept God’s truth. People love living in deceit!

Moral Poverty

Alexander Solzhenitsyn has a strong belief in God. In the Harvard speech, he showed that we are condemned by our own history. “The humanistic way of thinking, which had proclaimed itself our guide, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man, nor did it see any task higher than the attainment of happiness on earth. It started modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend of worshiping man and his material needs….

“Thus gaps were left open for evil, and its drafts blow freely today. Mere freedom per se does not in the least solve all the problems of human life and even adds a number of new ones.

“And yet in early democracies, as in American democracy at the time of its birth, all individual human rights were granted on the ground that man is God’s creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility…. Two hundred or even fifty years ago, it would have seemed quite impossible, in America, that an individual be granted boundless freedom with no purpose, simply for the satisfaction of his whims….

“The West has finally achieved the rights of man, and even excess, but man’s sense of responsibility to God and society has grown dimmer and dimmer.… All the celebrated technological achievements of progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the twentieth century’s moral poverty, which no one could have imagined even as late as the nineteenth century.”

What happens when we make a foundational change in our belief about the evil in man? As we put more and more trust in man, we push our responsibility to God aside. This is a fatal flaw in our thinking which destroys nations!

“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord” (Jer. 17:5). Because we have placed our trust in man, we are under a dreadful curse. The evidence is all around us!

As most child-rearing authorities condemn any spanking of our children, we have seen a series of murders of teens against teens in our schools. There is evil in those youthful killers, in most cases, that was not dealt with properly in love and discipline—God’s way.

Our families are upside down. “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isa. 3:12). This is an end-time book of prophecy (Isa. 30:8).

Mr. Solzhenitsyn questioned our “manhood.” And he was correct to do so. Women rule our families. Our boys lack strong, masculine role models. Our society is becoming more effeminate and female-dominated.

Young boys become frustrated and sometimes violent without proper family guidance, especially from their fathers. Our forefathers had a much more God-oriented family life; their faith in God was much stronger.

How much more do we have to be cursed before we learn the ugly truth about our families?

Our people care little about the morals of our leaders today. That was not the case even a few years ago. We don’t understand or even care that bad morals destroy families. It is through the family most of all that strong, godly morals should be taught!

Deceived About Human Nature

“The defense of individual rights has reached such extremes as to make society as a whole defenseless against certain individuals,” Solzhenitsyn continued.

“This tilt of freedom toward evil has come about gradually, but it evidently stems from a humanistic and benevolent concept according to which man—the master of the world—does not bear any evil within himself, and all the defects of life are caused by misguided social systems, which must therefore be corrected….

“Voluntary self-restraint is almost unheard of: everybody strives toward further expansion to the extreme limit of the legal frames.”

As he says, we blame the social systems rather than our own evil human nature. (Write for our booklet, Human Nature—What Is It?)

We are talking about thinking that makes or destroys individuals and nations!

Here is why. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). This is the evil in man that Solzhenitsyn discussed. The human mind “is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” And yet, in America and Britain, we usually reason that human nature is good. That diabolical philosophy is destroying our nations!

Imagine what our evil minds would do with no obligations and no laws in society. As it is, there is usually no teaching of character to control our thinking. We live in a world of fantasy and illusion. As a result, our society is falling apart. The mind of man—human nature—is “desperately wicked.” We should be building God’s character by overcoming this mind—not trusting and relying on it! No nation can long endure on such a vile foundation.

Can this Nobel Prize-winner teach us about our own history?

Harvard began as a religious institution. But it certainly isn’t one today! But even if it were, most religions have succumbed to this fatal and false reasoning about human nature also.

Today we are lost in the present—rejecting the past and blind to the future! We have lost the big overview. Our nations are like the Titanic, speeding into the darkness, as we ignore the warnings from history and prophecy. Unless we heed that message, unparalleled catastrophe is certain!

Solzhenitsyn said in his speech, “It is imperative to reappraise the scale of the usual human values; its present incorrectness is astounding. It is not possible that assessment of the President’s performance should be reduced to the question of how much money one makes….” What a staggering prophecy of today’s news! And remember, this speech was given 20 years ago! Most people don’t care if our leaders have depraved moral problems as long as the economy is good. Polls have demonstrated that again and again. But we fail to understand this dangerous and destructive degeneration.

How much more meaningful Solzhenitsyn’s words are today! Still, we have not heeded the warning.

The Press

Who has the power to lead us today? Where does the real authority lie? Solzhenitsyn had some strong views on that subject in his speech. “Hastiness and superficiality—these are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this is manifested in the press. In-depth analysis of a problem is anathema to the press; it is contrary to its nature. The press merely picks out sensational formulas.

“Such as it is, however, the press has become the greatest power within Western countries, exceeding that of the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. Yet one would like to ask: According to what law has it been elected, and to whom is it responsible? In the Communist East, a journalist is frankly appointed as a state official. But who has voted Western journalists into their positions of power, for how long a time, and with what prerogatives?”

If we understood that we are the nations of Israel today, this problem could be better understood. As the Gentiles are prone to be led by a dictator, we naturally degenerate to little or no government.

We are not truly ruled by those people we vote into office. The press has the greatest power. But this is a symptom of a far deeper problem.

Ancient Israel—our forefathers—usually came to this same condition just before they collapsed and were conquered by an enemy.

“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Jud. 21:25). The press had the most power then too—not the elected officials. And soon, every person did what “was right in his own eyes.” There was no real leadership. And there is almost none today. It is a terrifying reality!

What is happening today in America and Britain is what happened routinely to our forefathers! We are making the same mistakes they made.

The book of Judges is a part of the former prophets. That means this is prophecy for us today! But we pay little attention to history and even less to Bible prophecy—until it is too late.

Why were our people so offended by Alexander Solzhenitsyn? Can we afford to so rudely push aside the warning of a man of such deserved stature? A man who was forced to face the ugly reality of his own land?

What Is Freedom?

Here is something else Solzhenitsyn said in that speech at Harvard: “The defense of individual rights has reached such extremes as to make society as a whole defenseless against certain individuals. It is time, in the West, to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.

“On the other hand, destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society has turned out to have scarce defense against young people, such as motion pictures full of pornography, crime, and horror. This is all considered to be part of freedom.”

Solzhenitsyn says we have lost our balance. We vigorously defend human rights, but neglect human obligations, responsibility and character.

Are we free if we are in bondage to pornography? Or drugs? Or alcohol? Or sleazy, violent, mind-bending television and movies?

Are young people free if they have virtually no restrictions? Is it freedom to drive our cars without any stop signs or signals?

Is it freedom to desert the little children we bring into this world? If we do so, are they not destined to be in bondage to the evils of this world without parental guidance?

These are questions that are not being answered. Our “free” societies are descending into chaos and anarchy—individually and collectively.

There is no freedom without law! But whose law? Men have adopted many foolish and dangerous laws. We need a perfect law. And that is exactly what God gave us.

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:21-25). God gave us ten perfect commandments to make us responsible. We must let the Ten Commandments show us where we are in bondage.

Most religions are in bondage because they reject God’s law and call it freedom! Men almost routinely think bondage is freedom—intellectually and spiritually!

“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” (II Pet. 2:19). There are always deceived leaders who want to give us “freedom,” but actually bring us into their corruption and bondage. They want us to accept their anti-God ideas and rebellion.

Only the truth is going to set us free (John 8:32). And God’s word is truth (John 17:17).

Here is another statement made to the Harvard audience. “After the suffering of decades of violence and oppression, the human soul longs for things higher, warmer and purer than those offered by today’s mass living habits, introduced as by a calling card by the revolting invasion of commercial advertising, by TV stupor, and by intolerable music.

“All this is visible to numerous observers from all the worlds of our planet. The Western way of life is less and less likely to become the leading model.” That is a remarkable statement. So few people realize that ancient Israel—the nation of our heritage—was chosen by God to be a model nation for the rest of the world. Israel was not a favorite people; they were chosen to be an example nation to show how wonderfully God would bless an obedient nation. But Israel always rebelled against the greatest calling any nation ever had.

Our failure today is far more horrendous. Solzhenitsyn and many others around the world abhor our example! And they should. It seems that everybody sees it but our own people!

Is it any wonder that Solzhenitsyn would be looking around for a model nation after nearly 100 million of his own people died in 36 years?

Mankind should have learned from such murderous examples that we are incapable of ruling ourselves.

Now, with our nuclear weapons, we are about to face the worst disaster in man’s history—World War III with nuclear weapons. This is the pinnacle of mankind’s achievement!

When that happens, man will finally begin to learn that only God can rule over him.

Solzhenitsyn continued, “There are telltale symptoms by which history gives warning to a threatened or perishing society. Such are, for instance, a decline of the arts or a lack of great statesmen. Indeed, sometimes the warnings are quite explicit and concrete. The center of your democracy and of your culture is left without electric power for a few hours only, and all of a sudden crowds of American citizens start looting and creating havoc. The smooth surface film must be very thin, then, the social system quite unstable and unhealthy.”

This is all done under the guise of freedom. It is a deadly deception and we should know better. Unrestrained “freedom” is the most grotesque kind of bondage. Is a heroin addict free? Most of those leaders promising liberty are spiritually corrupt.

Are we a “perishing society”? The answer is a thunderous yes!

It’s time to wake up!

How could Alexander Solzhenitsyn be so right about the Communist system and so wrong about the Western system—as most Westerners reason? Are we so sure we’re right that we won’t even listen to objective criticism? Why would Solzhenitsyn even give such a speech? All it got him was ridicule and scorn. Isn’t is possible he wanted to help us save our nations from disaster?

He has suffered as few have in this modern world. And he learned some profound lessons in the process.

If we fail to listen to the warnings—especially God’s—then God is left with one only option.

All of those nuclear bombs would remain unexploded if mankind would listen to God’s words today. If they fail to listen, God is going to get their attention the only way He can!

Killing Off America

The diabolical operation that erased a generation—before its first breath
From the July 1998 Trumpet Print Edition

America’s founding fathers promised future generations in this great nation life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If those men were to be resurrected today, how galling it would be for them to witness the country’s end-of-millennium leadership endorsing a policy which allows the legal slaughter of a quarter of its regenerating population, before they have had the chance to breathe just one breath of fresh air.

In 1992 there were 27.5 abortions for every 100 live births in the U.S. Each year, of every 100 women in the U.S. aged between 15 and 44, three will have an abortion. If current rates are sustained, 43 percent of American women will have an abortion in their lifetime. The comparisons are staggering. These figures indicate abortion is as commonplace as divorce for women in America. In the educated U.S. society, twice as many women now have abortions as gain college degrees. The fact is that some women are now using abortion as a means of birth control, with 66 percent of women who aborted claiming that they intend to have more children—when it’s convenient—at the “right” time!

Around 38 percent of women undergoing abortion in the U.S. enjoy a family income in the $30,000-60,000 bracket. These women are middle class, capable of thinking their situation through, capable of making a deliberate choice to murder an unborn human life—and capable of paying for the service!

Since the infamous 1973 Roe vs. Wade case which set the precedent for legalized abortion in the United States, the U.S. has slaughtered over 31 million of its regenerative population—in the womb! Without this legalized slaughter of human life, the U.S. population would be close to 12 percent greater than it is today. This is America’s lost generation! The Supreme Court decision which effectively legalized abortion in the United States has resulted in a genocide of American lives far in excess of all those poor souls who have fallen victim to “ethnic cleansing” in the Balkans and Africa. Indeed, the figure is more comparable to the number of deaths for which Stalin, Hitler and Mao Tse Tung were responsible.

Not only in America is this late-twentieth-century phenomenon of murder in the womb extant. In London, a registered charity has offered a walk-in lunch-hour termination service to its busy secretaries and professional women. The technique employed takes as little as ten minutes—time to rush in, quickly abort the inconveniently conceived life, then off for a tuna sandwich and Chardonnay with the latest boyfriend! Ghastly!

It is to the morality of this diabolical business of the slaughter of innocents in the womb that we must look for the cause of its wickedly desensitizing effect on our modern-day culture.

Increasingly we see the insidious influence of the social engineers which turned the established family culture of America upside down, in the ’60s and ’70s in particular. America’s mind has been closed to the horror of mass slaughter taking place within the collective national womb. Publishers and editors ban the use of the phrase “unborn child,” preferring instead the sanitized term “fetus.” The press at large maintains either a deliberate or ignorant silence. This has bred a collective national conscience largely ignorant of the fact of modern abortion. Yet, subconsciously, the average American knows that something dreadful is extant, even as the average German during World War II feigned ignorance to the holocaust, yet in their heart knew that something dreadful was going on amongst them on a massive scale.

The creeping moral relativism of liberal socialists, imposed upon latter-day America, has produced a deep seated canker of immorality and an unfeeling nature into the way that America regards human life. Something is destroying America’s natural affection (II Tim. 3:1-4) and respect for human life. Something has hardened this nation’s heart to the point where little newborn human beings can be trashed in public toilets and dumpsters and it all so easily becomes just yesterday’s news.

Where will it end? If one category of life can be declassified, why can’t others? Why not apply the abortion logic to other “inconvenient” lives, say, the homeless, elderly, disabled, unwanted immigrants, prisoners, unwed mothers? As one journalist asked, “If there is no God to govern in the affairs of men, then why shouldn’t government or medical ethicists or public opinion be our God?” Indeed, why not—if there is no God?

But there is a God! His proven word declares, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:18-20).

This universal God is a God of life! He sustains the immutable law that life can only be begotten by pre-existing life! His very Son, whom He sent to this earth almost 2,000 years ago, declared, “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

It takes a mind converted from the selfishness, greed, vanity and lust of human nature to the purity of godly righteousness to understand this great mystery of human life. It takes a miracle. You need that miracle worked in your life. Write now, without delay, for your free copy of Mystery of the Ages. This book unlocks the secret of the mystery of life. It expounds the true knowledge that will soon restore to this world the natural affection for the sanctity and preciousness of human life.

Cyprus Tension Mounts

From the July 1998 Trumpet Print Edition

With Russia’s delivery of S-300 missiles to Cyprus only a few months away, western intelligence services claim that, apart from concern that this will prove a catalyst for war between the Greek Cypriots and Turkey, the missiles come complete with a highly sophisticated radar system. western sources imply that the system could allow not only the Turks, but even more worrying, the Russian suppliers of the equipment, to spy on U.S. and UK Air Force movements in the highly sensitive Gulf region.

With peace talks between the northern Turks and the southern Greek Cypriots stalemated for months, the countdown to the arrival of the missiles ticks away and the tension builds in this strategic Mediterranean outpost.

Germany’s foreign minister, Klaus Kinkel, recently sought to diffuse the situation by representations to Turkish leaders.

Watch for more overt diplomacy from the European Union, which can ill afford ructions between its member nation, Greece, and a Turkish nation already aggrieved by Helmut Kohl’s rash rejection of their candidacy for EU membership.