Why Shouldn’t Hospitals Use Aborted Babies for Furnace Fuel?

Why Shouldn’t Hospitals Use Aborted Babies for Furnace Fuel?

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Some British government-run hospitals have been incinerating aborted and miscarried babies to generate heat. A recent report shows that this practice has been part of the National Health Service’s “waste to energy” policy for the past couple of years. The service considered these 15,500 dead babies “clinical waste” and burned their bodies.

Citizens and politicians have reacted to the news with outrage, prompting the Department of Health to quickly ban the practice on March 23. People are calling it abhorrent, deplorable, disgusting, loathsome, nauseating, obscene, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, sickening, abominable, evil, foul, heinous, odious and vile. Health Minister Dr. Dan Poulter called it “totally unacceptable.”

That is all true.

It’s also incredibly hypocritical—the outrage, that is.

It isn’t as if these are bodies of real human babies being burned as fuel, right? Britain’s elected representatives and appointed judges have declared that an unborn baby less than 24 weeks old (or 40 weeks, if it is disabled) isn’t a human being. In their view, it has no more right to life than an appendix. It isn’t a real person. Its potential is irrelevant. It is just a mass of parasitical cells. Therefore, it can easily be stabbed and cut and dismembered and crushed and sucked up and blended in a vacuum device. When that’s done, it can just be disposed of in whatever cost-effective manner is convenient.

If that means throwing this mass in a furnace, so be it. Why shouldn’t clumps of declared “clinical waste” be combusted to keep real people warm?

Apparently, many a mother who miscarried was told that her baby was cremated. These mothers are upset. But it’s not like the bodies of babies who died naturally were casually tossed into a hospital furnace—right?

And it’s not like doctors went into mothers’ bodies and murdered helpless, dependent babies, then threw them in the fire—right?

Right?

Our society is to the point that we are less outraged about doctors going into the bodies of mothers and killing their living babies than we are about hospital workers taking those tiny victims and burning their lifeless bodies. Politicians are less outraged about killing 200,000 living babies every year in the UK than they are about the fate of these 15,500 little bodies.

Either a fetus is a human baby or it is not. Which is it? Our “progressive” society has enshrined in law that babies that young are just clinical waste, if that’s what their mothers want them to be. If that is true, why now the complaints?

Don’t be outraged if you approve of this practice: “abortion,” to be politically correct; “killing unborn babies” to be correct. Don’t be outraged unless you want to be a hypocrite.

But if an unborn baby is a BABY, then this abhorrent, deplorable, disgusting, loathsome, nauseating, obscene, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, sickening, abominable, evil, foul, heinous, odious and vile debasement of tender human life is not even a needle compared to the chainsaw forceps of our abortion culture.

God prophesied about us. He said our notionally “advanced,” “progressive,” “liberated,” “free” society would become this way: people so selfish they will murder their own flesh and blood. “[I]n the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection …” (2 Timothy 3:1-3).

There could hardly be a truer description of our calloused culture.

A Message to the Prince of Russia—From God

A Message to the Prince of Russia—From God

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Russia’s President Putin is making some bold, dangerous moves. Does God have a specific message for him?
From the May 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

The Ukrainian crisis continues to dominate the news almost daily. That crisis was created by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the Western world rejoiced because the Cold War was over. But not Putin. In 2005, he said, “The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Since he first became president 14 years ago, he has tried to recreate the geography of the Soviet Union. This is changing the course of history. A great superpower is rising before our eyes!

You realize just how perilous this development is when you grasp that it was prophesied.

Ezekiel 38:2 describes a vivid personality to appear on the scene in this end time: “the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal” (New King James Version). In modern terms, this is the prince of Russia (article, page 10; see also my February cover story, “Is Vladimir Putin the Prophesied ‘Prince of Rosh’?”).

There is also another personality in these verses that we have not talked about as much. Yet this man has a stronger message with more power behind it than Vladimir Putin can even imagine!

Notice who that same passage in Ezekiel 38 addresses: “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man ….” This shows that God uses a man. When the prophecy was written, it was Ezekiel. But one of the fundamental keys to understanding biblical prophecy is to recognize prophetic duality. There is a latter-day fulfillment as well. This person, a type of Ezekiel, is receiving a message, and God commissions him to prophesy against the prince of Russia in this end time. God doesn’t come down and deliver this message Himself. He has a man do it.

We must remember that Ezekiel was taken prisoner when the Jewish nation was taken captive in 585 b.c. However, his book is addressed to the nations of Israel. The Jews, or biblical Judah, are only one tribe or nation of Israel.

Ezekiel could not possibly have delivered his message to the 10 tribes of Israel. They had been taken captive over 100 years before.

Ezekiel was a prisoner when he wrote his book to the nations of Israel: specifically America and Britain. (Request our book The United States and Britain in Prophecy for a full explanation. All of our literature is free.)

Also, Ezekiel’s book is for this end time. Only a type of Ezekiel could deliver his message today.

Who is the “chief prince of Meshech and Tubal”? (Ezekiel 38:2). Someone must know. And who is the “son of man” that God says must prophesy against this prince in the end time?

The Prince of Rosh

It is easy to prove that Ezekiel is an end-time book. Ezekiel 38 is clearly an end-time prophecy. Verse 8 specifically mentions its setting in the “latter years”; verse 16 talks about the “latter days”—such statements are made throughout Ezekiel’s book.

God’s commission begins in verse 2: “[S]et thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.” This is for our day, and it’s talking about Gog and Magog. Who are they? People don’t know, but they could. It’s not that difficult. This verse also mentions a definite, specific man that God tells the “son of man” to prophesy against. How can the son of man do that unless he knows who this man is? How could he speak against Gog and Magog without knowing the modern identities of these peoples? These scriptures would be nonsense if we didn’t understand who these nations are in this end time. This son of man has to know in order to deliver God’s message.

Scholars generally agree that Gog is Russia and that the land of Magog includes China. The descendants of Meshech and Tubal have been found together throughout history. In Assyrian and Greek histories, Meshech appears as Moscha, Moschi or Mushki—all names related to the Russian spelling of Moscow, as the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia shows. And east of the Ural Mountains lies the city of Tobolsk, named after the Tobol River, derived from Tubal. Tobolsk was once the seat of Russian government over Siberia, and was basically considered Russia’s Asian capital.

This verse also mentions another Russian people with the Hebrew word Rosh. The King James Version translates this into the adjective “chief,” but the correct rendering used by the Moffatt, New King James and others uses the word as a proper noun: Rosh. The verse should read “the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.” Rosh was the ancient name of Russia, once called Rus.

So who is this prince of Russia, Moscow and Tobolsk? The use of these three names shows that this man rules all the peoples of Russia, from west to east. Another indication that this is a specific individual is God’s command to “prophesy againsthim.”

This is critical information. Godcommissions a specific individual to speak against this prince of Russia, another specific individual. To do that job, this “son of man” must know who that man is—or at least have a very strong idea of who he is—and what he is going to do. How could a son of man even do the job unless he has that information?

Can you think of a politician who could fulfill the role of the prince of Russia? One, and only one, comes to mind: Vladimir Putin.

God’s Power

The book of Joel describes an army called God’s army (Joel 2:11, 25). The context shows that this is the same army headed by the “prince of Rosh.” That means that even though God commands His servant to prophesy against him, God is actually using this “prince of Rosh” for His own purpose.

The Ezekiel 38 commission continues: “And say, Thussaith the Lord God [not man], Behold, I am against thee, O Gog [Russia], the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws” (verses 3-4).

These verses reveal something extraordinary. This prince of Russia is clearly a man with a lot of power—but the son of manhas far more power! Why? He has no power of his own; he ismerely a puny man. But he has the powerof Almighty Godbehind him!

God is not awed by nations with great physical power. He says all nations are as a drop in a bucket (Isaiah 40:15). Their supposed greatness doesn’t faze Him.

Russia used military force to invade the former Soviet nation of Georgia in August 2008. In our October 2008 Trumpet issue, I wrote, “Russia’s attack on Georgia in August marks the beginning of a dangerous new era in history. This was the first military strike of a rising Asian superpower and there will be more. … Will the Georgia strike actually spark European unification? Will a crisis occur over Ukraine? That area is the breadbasket of Russia, and surely it is willing to wage war over that, as well.”

I wrote that in 2008 because of the Bible’s prophecies, and because you could see the rising power of the prince of Russia. Now, we are seeing a crisis in Ukraine.

This prince considers Ukraine and Georgia part of his union of nations. So there were bound to be problems with countries in that area, and there will continue to be—you can count on that. The movement from Gog and Magog is building—and where it is leading will be at the heart of World War iii!

The same Bible that accurately prophesied a powerful prince of Russia prophesied that an Asian superpower will do battle in a final world war—primarily against a German-led Europe. War is coming between Russia and China and a German-led Europe—war on a scale that is hard to imagine! Millions and even billions of people will be killed. Nuclear bombs and other weapons of mass destruction are going to impact every nation on Earth!

But the Bible also prophesies that at the end of all of these wars, the world is going to see the greatest event ever in the universe: the Second Coming of Jesus Christ! As Christ Himself said, if He didn’t return, there would literally be no flesh saved alive (Matthew 24:22; Moffatt). But before humanity annihilates itself, He will return and stop all this madness!

Vladimir Putin is asign, literally asignthat Jesus Christ is about to return! This is one of the most inspiring messages in the Bible. What we are seeing in Russia ultimately leads to the transition from man ruling man to God ruling man! And it is almost here! It is just a few short years away.

The End of War

Ezekiel 38:23 says, “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” This is clearly a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. People in general don’t know that God is the Lord today. This is a great transition about to occur.

It continues in the next verse: “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech [Moscow] and Tubal [Tobolsk]” (Ezekiel 39:1; nkjv). God tells the son of man, Prophesy against Russia and theprince of Russia. Publicize the truth about what is going to happen in that region and the impact it will have on the rest of the world.

In verses 6-8 God says, “[A]nd they shall know that I am the Lord. So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; … Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken.” God is going to intervene! Man has proven he cannot rule over man. This is the day God talks about throughout the Bible: the day He rules man and brings peace, joy, abundance and happiness to all mankind!

Sadly, most people will have to endure a nuclear holocaust before they will finally begin to understand and submit to God!

Once Christ returns, He will destroy the military power of Russia and China and other nations once and for all. He will show the world what power really is! “And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers” (verse 9). This is what will happen to all those military armaments at the start of the Millennium (described in Revelation 20:4, 6). It is going to take a lot of force to put down these gigantic armies that would otherwise end up killing every last human being!

God has this all planned out, and He has the son of man delivering a message about it. When that man is speaking as He commands, God puts His power behind every word of it!

“And it shall come to pass in that day [another reference to the end time], that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land” (Ezekiel 39:11-12). It will take seven months just to bury the soldiers of this massive army! What an amazing prophecy! And notice what it ultimately leads to.

‘They Shall Know That I Am the Lord’

After that period, “the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 39:22). Today, Israel—whose modern descendants include Britain, America and the State of Israel—doesn’t know God. But at that time, they will know that God is the Eternal.

Ultimately, these scriptures are very inspiring. Read all of chapter 39, and notice the happy ending! “Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them” (verses 28-29). Right now, God hides His face from the nations of Israel. Why? Because they rebel and don’t want God to be part of their lives. But that is about to change dramatically.

Ezekiel concludes this part in Ezekiel 40:4: “And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.” God says, Declare it all! God sends this son of man to declare His message and all these wonderful prophecies that are about to come to pass.

You can see a related command in Ezekiel 33:7: “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.” God delivers this message through a “son of man,” and tells that man, This word is not from a man, it comes from My mouth! Son of man, you go to all these nations and tell them you have a message from the very mouth of God! If a message comes from God’s mouth, you can be sure that God is going to back it and support it 100 percent!

In verse 11, God makes it clear that He is talking about the death of nations. “Why will you die?” He asks Israel. This is what that son of man must prophesy today. And God will bring every bit of it to pass. Every iota of this Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.

These are some terrible prophecies—but what a glorious outcome they produce. In the end, not only will Israel know God, but even the heathen will know God! And nobody will make anybody afraid anymore.

There is a lot of trouble and destruction ahead, but the book of Ezekiel also has so much to show how this is not a gloomy, negative message. Jesus Christ is about to return!

Is the Government Reading Your E-mail?

Is the Government Reading Your E-mail?

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And will it stop there?
From the May 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

America’s government wants to protect you—from foreign aggressors, terrorists, domestic extremists, online scam artists and other dangers. To do that, it wants to log every phone call you make, track most of what you do online and even record every time you drive your car.

Is this what America was supposed to be? Doesn’t the Constitution protect against such intrusive government behavior?

On February 27, the Guardian revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency (nsa) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (gchq) had secretly captured and stored the webcam images of millions of ordinary American Internet users not suspected of any crime. They are accumulating the images for future use.

Use for what?

This follows last year’s revelation that the nsa collected and stored data (not the contents) from every single phone calldomestic or international—made in the United Statesduring the last five years. And that it was building a massive new operation to do the same with e-mails and even Web-browsing activity.

The government enacted this enormous intrusion into citizens’ private lives quietly and without public debate. If not for a whistle-blower, it would still be secret.

Who gave the federal government permission to turn the land of the free into a police state?

No One Is Immune

A year ago, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was called in to testify before Congress. America wanted to know: Is the nsa indiscriminately spying on people without suspicion, and without a judge’s warrant? Clapper denied it. He was asked point-blank: “[Could you] give me a yes or no answer to the question, does the nsa collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

“No, sir.”

“It does not?”

“Not wittingly.”

It was a premeditated, bold-faced lie.

But what does the nsa care about what Congress thinks? In January it was revealed that the nsa was spying on Congress too, and America’s elected representatives didn’t have a clue.

In a December ruling that described the nsa’s action as “almost Orwellian,” Judge Richard Leon wrote: “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval …. Surely, such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”

Yet the surveillance goes on.

The government can track your…

On March 11, Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the Central Intelligence Agency of spying on members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and hacking their computers.

“I don’t know about you, but I’m worried,” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told students at the University of California–Berkeley on March 19. “If the cia is spying on Congress, who exactly can or will stop them?”

The president?

When running for election, then-Sen. Barack Obama campaigned against this exact kind of government intrusion that began under President George W. Bush. The nation reflexively looked to him.

In January, at the height of the phone spying scandal, the leader of what he has called “the most transparent administration in history” asked Americans once more to trust him. President Obama promised to do everything in his power to reform the nsa. His proposals “should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected,” he said, “even as our intelligence and law-enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe.”

Within that context he recommended two things: The nsa should get permission from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (fisa) court before accessing phone records, and the nsa should no longer store phone records for so long.

The fisa courts are not new. The nsa already goes to fisa judges to get authorization to spy on people (just not to collect phone metadata). The problem is that fisa judges almost always give permission. Not once in the past three years has a fisa judge denied an nsa request. Since first being instituted, the court has only turned down 11 requests—out of nearly 40,000. This is not a court; it is a rubber stamp. It is no advocate for the public. President Obama knows that. Nothing has changed. Secret government spies still secretly ask for permission to spy from unaccountable judges, who make their rulings in secret.

The president’s second recommendation—putting a stop to storing the phone records of Americans who are not suspected of any crime—should be a slam dunk. What possible justification could there be to secretly collect and store personal information from Americans who have done nothing wrong—and for five years? Now that the world knows about this obviously unpopular and clearly unconstitutional practice, who would keep this program running? Yet, despite the months that have passed since President Obama said he would stop this domestic spying, it continues. Federal employees and their contractors continue collecting data on your phone calls.

In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, the White House has now asked for special court approval to allow the nsa to store phone records for even longer.

Don’t Worry, It’s All Legal

While the nsa phone scandal has gotten plenty of attention, in some ways its webcam peeping should be getting even more.

We now know that video from Americans was being collected and stored with the nsa’s blessing by Britain’s gchq as far back as 2008, at least. This is personal video of people talking to their friends and family, consulting their lawyers, conducting business conferences and so on. That’s right—an American federal agency, chartered to protect Americans, permitted a foreign government to spy on them. According to documents recently made public by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, in one six-month period, gchq cataloged webcam imagery from 1.8 million different users just from Yahoo.

But the story gets even more troubling.

The Snowden files also indicate that the nsa and gchq are running that data against facial recognition technology to build a searchable digital database that can identify Web users who might otherwise remain anonymous. They are also working with social media networks like Facebook to gain as many picture profiles as possible.

The goal? To be able to know who said what when, where and to whom for every person using the Internet. With the rapid advancement of computing technology, this is feasible.

Senators Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Martin Heinrich called the nsa/gchq actions “a breathtaking lack of respect for the privacy and civil liberties of law-abiding citizens.” But the nsa says don’t worry; everything is strictly legal. And it is all done in order to keep America safe. We will only use this information on bad guys.

Feel safer?

Smile: You’re on Camera

The Department of Homeland Security (dhs) doesn’t want to be left behind in the domestic spying business either. In February it requested quotes for building a national automatic license plate reader database.

Police departments nationwide are rapidly expanding automatic license plate scanner databases to track vehicles in real time. Drive past a traffic light camera, and your license plate gets scanned. Cross a major bridge, and your plate gets scanned. Have a police car pull in behind you, get scanned again. Enter a major freeway, ditto.

Individual police departments are using this technology to flag cars that are stolen and to help identify fugitives. But the ramifications for privacy rights are troubling, and the potential for abuse is alarming.

I perceive fear of an intelligence community drunk with power, unrepentant and uninclined to relinquish power. … I am honestly worried, concerned about who is truly in charge of our government.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
Because so many license scanners are in circulation, some city police forces can track you almost anywhere you drive—in real time—and store those records indefinitely. Use of these scanners is limited not by reasonable suspicion or probable cause but, as one police department put it, “is only limited by the officer’s imagination.” According to the aclu, police forces like Jersey City’s store the data for five years. Others have no stated policy on how long they archive the data.

Now dhs wants to create a national database capable of tracking the movement of any vehicle anywhere across the country. And if it is anything like the other three-letter government agencies, it too will want to store that information for as long as it can.

There is even talk of expanding the program to include photos from traffic light cameras and security cameras to mesh the national automatic license plate reader database with facial recognition technology.

So the next time you go out for a drive, smile, you may be on camera—and stored in some dhs database.

Should You Be Worried?

For the first time in a decade, the majority of Americans are more concerned about the government spying on them than about potential terrorist attacks, according to a Pew Research poll from last July. Growing numbers of people from both parties are worried.

Can you blame them? Technology is now so pervasive that you can’t go anywhere or do anything without a government agency knowing about it. Carry your cell phone (turned on or off), and the nsa is tracking it. Swipe a credit card, and the nsa can track that too. Write an e-mail, and the federal government may have it. Play an online video game, and the government can record your chats. Go for a drive, and an unseen camera may be capturing your license plate and possibly tagging you inside using facial recognition software. Board a plane, Interpol knows and has your picture. Search for “pressure cooker” on Google, and if your spouse happens to have Googled “backpacks” a couple minutes earlier, you might get a visit from the police, as a couple living in Suffolk County, New York, found out. Call a friend in Canada—and the nsa can legally record all your communications for a week without even having to ask for a warrant.

On March 21, the Washington Examiner revealed that the military operates a huge national database that targets and tracks civilian data. It works with federal, state and local police databases to keep track of everything from parking tickets and minor fender-benders to pawn shop records and field information cards filled out by officers even when no crime has occurred. This formerly obscure database, known as the Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LinX), contains more than 506 million law enforcement records linking names to other personal information. It is fully searchable—and run by the military.

The websites you visit, the friends you have on Facebook, the tweets you post, the personal calls you make, where you drive after work—according to the government in none of these can you have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Your personal life can be recorded in a government database for future reference.

It’s a “dystopian nightmare,” says Senator Paul. “I perceive fear of an intelligence community drunk with power, unrepentant and uninclined to relinquish power. … I am honestly worried, concerned about who is truly in charge of our government.”

Edward Snowden said in 2012 that while he contracted for the government, “I, sitting at my desk,” could “wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal e-mail.”

How hard is it to get someone’s e-mail? And why do little-known government contractors have such power at their fingertips?

Sadly, Orwell’s classic 1984 aptly describes America today: “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement was scrutinized.”

Is this the kind of country we want? Already, government-appointed “experts” working in conjunction with the president have the authority to assassinate Americans overseas—as long as they are deemed a threat to America. The “threat” doesn’t even have to be immediate. And again: There is no judicial oversight, no legal defense, no trial by jury and certainly no public debate. Just a drone, a missile and a funeral.

What Is America Becoming?

There may be some outcry, but by and large, people are being conditioned to accept grave abuses of their most fundamental rights. As it gains more and more latitude, the executive office is circumventing Congress and refusing to protect or enforce the Constitution.

Last year, President Obama came under serious criticism for using drones to kill American citizens without trials, but also because that precedent drastically expanded his grip on power. Perhaps many or even most of the people being targeted by agents at the nsa and other law enforcement agencies are actually threats to the U.S. But the larger problem is that these agencies are expanding rapidly under an administration that actually disdains the law that it is sworn to uphold!

America’s leadership continues to flout the Constitution, and few people are speaking out. Many think of America’s founding document as outdated. Yet what most people don’t understand is that there is no freedom without law. Without the Constitution, without rule of law, society will always produce tyranny.

“Do you realize how deadly dangerous this trend of lawlessness is?” writes Gerald Flurry in his booklet America Under Attack. “Very few people do. But it gives profound insight into the real nature of the threat facing America today.”

Throughout most of its history, America has enjoyed a level of freedom unparalleled in the human experience. We have not suffered the turmoil that many other nations have. As a result, people are oblivious to what is really happening around us. Most think the American experience is the norm. They don’t know what it is like to live in much of the rest of the world. And they don’t see the danger in giving up their constitutional freedoms. They say things like: “I know the government is spying on me, but what does it matter as long as I am not breaking the law?”

This is a misguided and terribly naive mindset. We are not living in God’s world. There is a lot of evil in this world. There are Hitlers and Stalins and Charlemagnes ruthlessly enslaving people—even today. That is reality. As Winston Churchill said, the history of man is the history of war.

“[G]overnment tyranny is routine in human history,” writes Mr. Flurry. “Let’s not be naive and think something like that could never happen here. Our forefathers weren’t stupid. They wanted to guarantee Americans’ freedom. They really knew that God was a God of freedom; He wants us to be free. That’s a gift from God, and they understood that!” Such thinking formed the foundation of the freedoms they enshrined in the Constitution. The authors of that document understood human nature far better than we do today, and wanted to protect against the extremes of human reason. They did that by creating a Constitution that was based to a great extent on God’s law.

“That is why I believe it is the most noble document ever written by a government of this world,” continues Mr. Flurry.

Yet today, that Constitution—and along with it, the rights and freedoms of Americans—is being destroyed. If Congress cannot or will not rein in America’s spy agencies, there isn’t much protection left against a president becoming a tyrant.

This shocking development in a free society is also significant prophetically. Mr. Flurry’s booklet explains how. To understand the vicious attack being waged against the Constitution in this nation, and the spiritual reality behind the erosion of America’s freedoms, you need the perspective provided by biblical prophecy. If you haven’t yet, request and read Gerald Flurry’s free booklet America Under Attack.

The ‘Spectacular’ Big-Bang Discovery

The ‘Spectacular’ Big-Bang Discovery

James Gilbert

Is this the black eye for creationism that many say it is?
From the May 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

Scientists announced on March 17 that they have discovered fascinating markings in the sky. These ripples in the fabric of space time, they say, provide the first direct proof that the universe underwent a brief, staggeringly rapid expansion immediately following the big bang.

“Our universe burst into existence in an event known as the big bang 13.8 billion years ago,” nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory declared on its website. “Moments later, space itself ripped apart, expanding exponentially in an episode known as inflation.”

This inflation apparently would have happened much faster than the speed of light, likely leaving cosmic “stretch marks.” Now scientists believe they have discovered those marks. The discovery is being hailed as “spectacular,” a “smoking gun for inflation,” and “bigger than the Higgs boson.” There’s already talk of a Nobel Prize.

Though the findings don’t prove the big-bang theory, they lend heaps of credibility to it, according to many scientists. CalTech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll said, “Other than finding life on other planets or directly detecting dark matter, I can’t think of any other plausible near-term astrophysical discovery more important than this one for improving our understanding of the universe.”

“It’s mind-boggling to go looking for something like this and actually find it,” said the University of Minnesota’s Clem Pryke, co-leader of the project. “This has been like looking for a needle in a haystack, but instead we found a crowbar.”

Many also say that crowbar smacks a shiny black eye onto anyone who believes the universe was created by an intelligent Being. Really?

Early Documentation

The truth is, this discovery reinforces the Holy Bible’s teachings about how God created the universe. In fact, the books of the Bible are by far the earliest documents ever to refer to the universe inflating and expanding.

The best data we have concerning the big bang are exactly what I would have predicted had I had nothing to go on but the five books of Moses, the Psalms and the Bible as a whole.
Arno Penzias, Nobel laureate for physics (1978)
“Not until the 20th century did any other book—whether science, theology or philosophy—even hint at the universe’s continuous expansion,” astrophysicist Hugh Ross wrote in Why the Universe Is the Way It Is. That continuous expansion, ongoing to this day, is not the same as the inflation that these marks seem to prove, but inflation may well have been the initial phase of that expansion. And the Bible’s account of creation is certainly consistent with the inflationary model.

“Scientists first rejected the big-bang concept because it seemed too religious,” states our booklet Our Awesome Universe Potential. “Its echoes of ‘in the beginning’ bothered them. … There appears to be much solid evidence that the basics of the theory are correct. …

“When you study the biblical accounts of God creating the universe, the most common description is that God ‘stretched out’ or ‘spreads out’ the heavens. God ‘created the heavens, and stretched them out’ (Isaiah 42:5). ‘He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing’ (Job 26:7).

“This is highly unusual terminology. What exactly does it mean? The phrase spreadeth out comes from the Hebrew natah, which means to stretch or spread; it can mean to extend in every direction. Scripture refers to the heavens in this way a total of 11 times, by the pen of five different biblical writers: Job, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Zechariah.

“Based on observable evidence, scientists believe there was an initialrapid stretching out of cosmic material—and there has been an ongoing expansion ever since. God’s revelation in Scripture seems to corroborate that view. Four verses (Isaiah 45:12; 48:13; Jeremiah 10:12; 51:15) use a form of natah that literally means the action was completed some time ago. Seven instances use a form of the verb natah that implies continual or ongoing stretching (Job 9:8; Psalm 104:2; Isaiah 40:22; 42:5; 44:24; 51:13; Zechariah 12:1). Both of these aspects of this stretching can be seen in Isaiah 40:22, which says that God ‘stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.’ Stretches out comes from natah and implies something continuing today ….”

There is no disagreement between accurate science and true religion!

University of Chicago cosmologist Michael Turner, like most scientists, acknowledges that human theories are inherently limited. “If inflation is the dynamite behind the big bang, we’re still looking for the match,” he said.

Theories such as big bang and inflation don’t even attempt to explain the origin of matter. Matches don’t spontaneously come into existence, neither do they light themselves. Despite amazing findings like the discovery of those cosmic markings, science remains without a match or a match lighter. Without a Designer, a Creator, a Maker who can make the match and light it, you still have no big bang and no universe.

Putin Remembers Yugoslavia

Putin Remembers Yugoslavia

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What he remembers should bring shame to America and Germany!
From the May 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

President Vladimir Putin of Russia has some deeply emotional views about the recent history of Yugoslavia. And on this subject, his words are very compelling.

Yugoslavia was aligned with the Soviet Union for a time after World War ii. The alignment didn’t last long, and Yugoslav-Soviet relations in the Cold War era were often rocky; however, when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the Soviet Union in 1985, they improved greatly. But that came to an end in the early 1990s when the Soviet Union broke up.

President Putin’s takeover of Crimea has Eastern Europe frightened and the Western world upset. But he explained his actions in an extremely revealing statement during an address to the Russian Federation on March 18 that we must examine.

Here is what Putin said: “As it declared independence and decided to hold a referendum, the Supreme Council of Crimea referred to the United Nations Charter, which speaks of the right of nations to self-determination. Incidentally, I would like to remind you that when Ukraine seceded from the ussr it did exactly the same thing, almost word for word. Ukraine used this right, yet the residents of Crimea are denied it. Why is that?” He is talking about Crimea’s vote on March 16 to secede from Ukraine and become part of Russia. You can read more about this in my article on page 10 of this issue.

President Putin has labeled the breakup of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” He is still angry about that and is clearly trying to reconstruct that empire, of which Ukraine was a part. But something else fills him with wrath as well.

He continued: “Moreover, the Crimean authorities referred to the well-known Kosovo precedent—a precedent our Western colleagues created with their ownhands in a very similar situation—when they agreed that the unilateral separation of Kosovo from Serbia, exactly what Crimea is doing now, was legitimate and did not require any permission from the country’s central authorities” (emphasis mine throughout).

He is referring to what happened to Yugoslavia. What happened there, and why is he so upset about it?

Successor States to the Former Yugoslavia

From the early 1990s through the early part of 2000, the United States used its power and ultimately its military to dismantle Yugoslavia! And it did so at the behest of Germany. America and Germany would like to forget that history as it really happened, but Vladimir Putin has not forgotten. What occurred there is etched in his memory and enrages him to this day.

A Double Standard?

Putin continued by saying this about Kosovo: “Pursuant to Article 2, Chapter 1 of the United Nations Charter, the UN International Court agreed with this approach and made the following comment in its ruling of July 22, 2010, and I quote: ‘No general prohibition may be inferred from the practice of the Security Council with regard to declarations of independence,’ and, ‘General international law contains no prohibition on declarations of independence.‘”

He then quoted another official document: the Written Statement of the United States of America, April 17, 2009. This was submitted to the same UN International Court in regards to Kosovo: “Declarations of independence may, and often do, violate domestic legislation. However, this does not make them violations of international law.”

Putin explained that the U.S. “wrote this, disseminated it all over the world, had everyone agree, and now they are outraged. Over what? The actions of Crimean people completely fit inwith these instructions, as it were. For some reason, things that Kosovo Albanians (and we have full respect for them) were permitted to do, Russians, Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in Crimea are not allowed. Again, one wonders why.

“We keep hearing from the United States and Western Europe that Kosovo is some special case. What makes it so special in the eyes of our colleagues? It turns out that it is the fact that the conflict in Kosovo resulted in so many human casualties.”

Putin is right about that. Kosovo was tied to Serbia when the U.S. supported its breakaway. He is also right that American-led military intervention against Serbia—the leading state of Yugoslavia—led to many casualties.

‘The Rule of the Gun’

Putin’s next statement was aimed even more directly at the United States, and it is astounding. “Our Western partners, led by the United States of America, prefer not to be guided by international law in their practical policies, but by the rule of the gun.”

America, he said, is led by the ruleof the gun! And in this case he is right!

Yugoslavia was conquered by American military power. Under the banner of nato, the United States blasted the Serbs to smithereens so Kosovo and other states could break away. It was a terrible attack against the Serbs, who were America’s allies in World Wars i and ii!

But the most ominous part of all is that the United States conquered the Serbs basically on behalf of Germany—its bitter enemy in both world wars!

For proof that Germany orchestrated the destruction of the Serbs and Yugoslavia, it is critical that you request and read my free booklet Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans. I hope every single one of you will read it. It is a powerful explanation of world news and of what happened in Yugoslavia. And it is supported by facts—not opinions.

Now Germany controls what used to be Yugoslavia—and the entire Balkan Peninsula. It accomplished this feat while hardly even using its military; America did the bombing. That is why President Putin says America is guided by “the law of the gun.” If you look at the facts of what happened in Yugoslavia, you would have to agree.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of living in the 19th century and not acting like someone living in the 21st century. But I submit to you that the crime against Yugoslavia wasfar worsethan that committed by the Russians against Crimea. The United States should be ashamed to have done that, and then to just bury the true history!

Serbia, the leading state within Yugoslavia, fought on the same side as the United States in two world wars. It has suffered terribly from German aggression for more than a century. It was our ally, and then we turned around and bombed it into defeat!

Why did we do that? Because we were unwilling to stand up to Germany—the very nation that wrought such destruction against us and much of the world by starting two world wars!

Anyone can see something is terribly wrong with America’s logic!

I challenge you to look honestly at the history Putin is citing and determine whether he is right! What was America doing bombing the country that was our ally in World Wars i and ii?

Then we gave Yugoslavia and the entire Balkan Peninsula over to the very nation that started the two world wars and was America’s bitter enemy.

Germany was the first country to perceive and demonstrate the depth of America’s broken will. Vladimir Putin also understands our horrendous weakness in foreign policy. He is going to exploit it as the Germans did.

Time Line: Germany Conquers the Balkans

Russia Has Not Forgotten

Here is more of what Putin said during his speech: “To make this aggression look legitimate, they force the necessary resolutions from international organizations, and if for some reason this does not work, they simply ignore the UN Security Council, and the UN overall.

“This happened in Yugoslavia. Weremember 1999 very well. It was hard tobelieve, even seeingit with my own eyes, that at the end of the 20th century, one of Europe’s capitals, Belgrade [capital of Serbia], was under missile attack for several weeks, and then came the real intervention. Was there a UN Security Council resolution on this matter, allowing for these actions? Nothing of the sort.”

Russia, a UN Security Council member that holds veto power, was extended no opportunity to give its input on what should happen in Yugoslavia. The Russians have notforgotten that!

Do you think they will now accept our input on their takeover of Crimea, which is mostly inhabited by Russians?

When Putin says Russians “remember 1999,” he’s saying that they have deep emotions about it to this day. That rage still burns within Vladimir Putin. He has a lot of power and a strong memory about what happened in Yugoslavia.

On March 19, Courcy’s Intelligence Brief highlighted the same sentiment: “It is amystery as to why Western policymakersdid not understand the resentments thathad been building upin Moscow and that Ukraine represented a red line for Russia.” It is a mystery why the West doesn’t understand why the Russians were so infuriated by what happened in Yugoslavia.

These resentments and fears are genuine, not concocted,” Courcy continued, “andthey have been signaled for a long time. The only surprise is that the West seems to have been surprised by the Kremlin’s actions over Crimea.” Western leaders and analysts may have been surprised by what happened. We at the Trumpet were not.

Are you willing to examine President Putin’s accusation objectively? The facts are terribly condemning.

A German Plan

The Serbs see clearly that Germany was behind the breakup of Yugoslavia. Slovenia and Croatia wanted to break away in the 1990s. Initially, most of Europe, the United Nations and the United States were against that because they knew it would cause terrible problems. But Germany (and the Vatican) recognized and strongly supported Slovenia and Croatia. And against the rest of the world, the will of Germany prevailed. Croatia’s breakaway led to civil war. Then Germany managed to getAmerica and nato todo the dirty work!

Warren Christopher, the United States secretary of state at the time, said that “the Germans bear a particular responsibility” for the Yugoslav civil war. But he was quickly silenced! And no leader in our government has made such a statement since.

In Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans, I wrote: “How could this happen without an outcry of alarm from the rest of the world?”

The U.S. wants this history of how Germany manipulated us to be forgotten. Germany now has almost full control of the whole Balkan Peninsula on the Adriatic Sea, leading right out into the Mediterranean, where Bible prophecy indicates it has much greater ambitions.

The front cover of our June 2002 Philadelphia Trumpet had a map of Yugoslavia with this headline: “First Victim of World War iii.” We expanded this powerful cover story into the booklet because it was so important.

Atthe time, German leaders were crying outthat the Serbs werecommitting genocide—trying to destroy whole races of people. Almost every one of those statements long ago proved to be lies! That is the truth!

German Defense Minister Volker Rühe pressed for a firm deadline to deploy the military into Yugoslavia as quickly as possible. He said the Serbs were running concentration camps and ordering mass killings. He emphasized that the nations involvedneeded to avoid a situation where the Russians could veto the war. He went on to say that when natoneeds to do something, we don’t need tolook to Russia for support—just do it! And he convinced America, the rest of Europe and the UN thatthat’s the way it should be.

The Russians remember that. Vladimir Putin knows what really happened there. He just doesn’t talk about Germany as much because he knows it was America’s power that shattered Yugoslavia in the end.

What is wrong with American foreign policy when Germany can single-handedly bend us (and much of the world) to its will? What weakness there is in America!

This is a startling fulfillment of the curse God warns of in Leviticus 26:19. God promised that He would “break the pride of [our] power”—and so He has! When you know that God is cursing our power because of our sins, it becomes clear how we shift so dramatically—from disagreeing with Germany and having most of the world on our side, to then giving our former allies, the Serbs, over to our former enemies, the Germans—even providing them with the power to destroy Yugoslavia!

You can see why Vladimir Putin says America is guided by the “rule of the gun.” That is our history in Yugoslavia—a shameful part of our history—and it is coming back to haunt us.

What Vladimir Putin did in Crimea was a great crime! But I say to you, Americacommitted a greaterone in Yugoslavia. Just look at the facts! I’m trying to be as objective as I possibly can. This is not my emotional opinion—these are facts! Most people will not face the truth. They would rather not talk about it.

German Conquest

Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans states, “The nato attack on Belgrade in 1999 succeeded in forcing the Yugoslav government to make peace with the Kosovo separatists.” The separation of Croatia, Slovenia and Kosovo was forced on Yugoslavia and the Serbs. Can the U.S. and other nations now criticize Putin for forcing Ukraine to part with Crimea?

State by state, Yugoslavia has been conquered. Even the name Yugoslavia has been discarded—it isn’t on the map anymore! That nation has been blotted out! And all because Germany wanted it done. Germany, which made Nazi puppets of Croatia and Slovenia in World War ii. Germany, which came back and recognized those two states years later and caused them to break away from Yugoslavia. Germany, which turned the world and even former allies against the Serbs and crushed them.

These facts of recent history ought to scare people, if they would just open their eyes. Forget about Bible prophecy for a moment and just look at history. An obvious and terrible warning is embedded in our own recent history! These are facts.

We wrote all about this as it happened in a booklet 15 years ago! It was exactly what we called it: Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans.

Here is what Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission, said at the time: “But in the long run, Balkans belong strictly to the EU.” German-led Europe persuaded America to do its dirty work, but then made it clear to whom the spoils belonged: not to America—not to the Serbs—not to the United Nations.

Stratfor, the best intelligence reporters around, pointed out in 2002 that as America disengaged from the Balkans and Germany took over, Berlin would become the dominant power not only in that region but in European defense policy as a whole. Why has Germany yearned for more than a century to control the Balkans in the first place? It is to project power far beyond that peninsula.

Stratfor even called this “a rebirth of German fascism.”

But who is really listening?

In 1999, the New York Times wrote, “Strong German support for Croatian independence from Yugoslavia, and Croatia’s adoption of the hymn ‘Danke Deutschland’ when that independence came in 1991, only reinforced Serbian misgivings” (March 26, 1999). Croatia clearly knew its revolt succeeded because of Germany. After all, they didn’t sing “Danke nato”! They didn’t sing “Danke America”! They thanked the Germans, because the Germans orchestrated all of it! And if you think Germany doesn’t have ambitions beyond the Balkans, then you don’t realize what is happening.

Many people wonder why Germany has been so quiet about Putin’s takeover of Crimea. I think there is a very good reason: The Germans know what they did. And they know that Vladimir Putin also clearly understands what they did and that he is not about to back down in Ukraine! They know how they manipulated the whole world. Our marvelous booklet will explain all this for you. I hope you will request it and read it: Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans.

WorldWatch

From the May 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

Egypt Bans Hamas

On March 4 an Egyptian court banned the activities of Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas. The ruling cut all official ties between Egypt and Hamas and closed the organization’s offices and infrastructure within Egypt. Hamas operatives currently in Egypt have “now lost any legal cover,” and “should be arrested,” according to the filing lawyer Samir Sabry, reported the Times of Israel.

The Cairo court’s potent ruling came two months after Egypt’s military-backed interim government branded the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The Brotherhood is Hamas’s parent organization. Incarcerated Brotherhood members face charges that could lead to the death penalty. Now that Hamas is outlawed in Egyptian territory, its members face the same threat.

Since the Egyptian military forced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi from power last July, Egypt has worked hard to stifle Hamas’s influence in the country by undermining all trade from Egypt into Gaza. Not only did it close its main legal, above-ground crossing with Gaza, but it has also destroyed most of the 1,200 underground smuggling tunnels into the strip. This effectively cuts Gaza off from any trade except the little it can do with Israel.

This ruling will likely push Hamas further into the arms of Turkey and its moderate Arab friends in Qatar. Psalm 83 discusses a mysterious alliance whereby the Gazan region—former territory of the ancient Philistines and now occupied by Hamas—allies itself not with Iran and Egypt, but rather with Turkey and the Arabs located in the Gulf states. It is no surprise that at the same time Hamas’s relationship with Egypt is severed, relations between Qatar and Turkey are warming. In fact, the only reason the Gaza Strip has not collapsed already is because of new sources of help Hamas has received from Turkey and Qatar.

Expect Hamas to continue to grow closer to the Turks and its Arab friends—at the expense of its traditional allies, Egypt and Iran.

Sanctions Against Iran Collapsing

The P5+1 nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China) continue their negotiations with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. But the corrosive effects of their first deal are only now becoming visible as they eat away at international sanctions.

The White House has tried hard to pretend as though the sanctions in place are still effective. “I am confident that the sanctions pressure on Iran will continue to mount,” wrote David Cohen, under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “Iran will be even deeper in the hole six months from now, when the deal expires, than it is today.” An White House press secretary official downplayed the sanctions relief provided by the Geneva agreement as being “insignificant economically”—worth a maximum of around $6 to $7 billion. “Iran’s oil exports will remain steady at their current level of around 1 million barrels per day,” he insisted.

In truth, Iran’s crude oil exports have already swollen to 1.32 million barrels per day. Since the sanctions eased, oil-hungry nations such as China, India and Japan have been drinking up the black gold, bringing the value of sanctions relief up to well over $20 billion.

With the structure of international sanctions collapsing, Iran’s immediate future seems secure, with a resurgent economy, a thriving oil market, an intact nuclear program, and an uninterrupted quest to build a bomb.

Britain: Yoo hoo! We Love You, Germany!

Britain welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her whirlwind trip to London on February 27. As the nation rolled out what the press dubbed the “reddest of red carpets,” Merkel became the second-ever German chancellor to address both houses of Parliament; she spoke in the Royal Gallery in the Palace of Westminster, which is literally covered in gold and has to be one of the most impressive venues in the world; she met with Prime Minister David Cameron; she had tea with the Queen in Buckingham Palace. All this for a visit that lasted only six hours.

Cameron desperately wants the German leader’s help. He hopes to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union, and the best person to help with that is the de facto leader of the EU: Angela Merkel.

In her speech to Parliament, Merkel gave Cameron a little hope. “We need a strong United Kingdom with a strong voice inside the European Union,” she said. “If we have that, we will be able to make the necessary changes for the benefit of all.”

The British press is still debating whether Merkel’s support for limited reform is a victory or defeat for Cameron. But the real story here is the way Britain has gone after Germany’s help.

The Bible warns in several passages that the modern nations of Israel (primarily Britain, the United States and Israel) will look to foreign allies to solve their problems instead of looking to God. It compares those nations to a woman seeking lovers—in particular the Assyrians, or Germans (e.g. Hosea 2; Ezekiel 23; Lamentations 1). That metaphor is reflected in Britain’s emotional and showy pursuit of Merkel’s affection. Cameron almost acted like someone trying to impress a girlfriend, laying out the flashiest program possible for the German chancellor.

The Bible prophesies that Britain will continue to look to foreign allies to solve its problems, until it finally learns to put its trust in God and not man.

Merkel Adores Israel—Do Germans Agree?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel led the largest-ever delegation of German cabinet members to Israel on February 25 to conduct bilateral meetings with their Israeli counterparts for two days. The Merkel government signed a number of new agreements with Israel, one of which will allow Germany to provide consular services to Israeli citizens in countries where Israel has no diplomatic presence, mainly in hostile Arab nations. Merkel called the agreement a “sign of trust” between the two nations.

“Israel has closer defense relations with Germany than virtually any other country in Europe,” World Tribune reported German officials as saying.

To cap off the visit, Merkel received the presidential Medal of Distinction, Israel’s highest civilian award, from Israeli President Shimon Peres. This is the first time a European politician has ever received the award.

Merkel’s motivation appears to be an honest desire to make up for what Germany did to the Jews in the past. However, her constituents back home hardly share her moral duty toward Israel. A recent bbc poll showed that only 14 percent of Germans have a positive view of Israel.

This dichotomy between the German chancellor and her people falls in line with a prophecy in Hosea 5. This end-time prophecy indicates that the relationship between Germany and Israel will warm to the point that Israel will go to Germany for help in dealing with the problem of Palestinian terrorism. However, the Bible also indicates that this will lead to a gigantic German double cross. Perhaps this will come at a time when a new German leader will be in power—one who thinks not like Merkel, but like the German public.

China Ready to Swallow Taiwan

China and Taiwan held a landmark meeting on February 11 to establish representative offices (equivalent to embassies or consulates) for closer cooperation between the two nations, which have long been at odds. The agreement, the first of its kind in Taiwan’s history, marks the latest of many significant measures that show the two nations are about to reconcile.

In 1949, Chinese Communists rose up against the ruling party and pushed Kuomintang off the mainland onto the island of Taiwan. The civil war divided China into two nations, China and Taiwan, but Communist mainland China has consistently claimed the right to rule Taiwan. Meanwhile, Taiwan, which is officially called the Republic of China, technically claims sovereignty over the mainland.

Yet in 2008, the Taiwanese voted in China-friendly Ma Ying-Jeou as president, and since then he has made conciliatory overtures toward Beijing. “The two sides of the Taiwan Strait should not quarrel,” Ma said in 2011. “We should instead focus on encouraging and helping each other grow ….” On March 17, despite strong opposition from opposition groups, Ma’s Kuomintang party passed a historic pact that will sharply enhance trade between China and Taiwan.

The warming relationship between China and Taiwan is bad news for the United States and other nations concerned about China’s ascendancy.

For decades, Taiwan remained an outpost of democracy and maintained warm relations with the West. It also served as the best location from which to monitor China, thanks to its proximity and its advanced information technology. Shared language, ethnicity and culture also allows Taiwanese spies to blend into Chinese society during their reconnaissance missions. But now, Taiwan appears to be questioning its role as the eyes and ears for other nations. Reports say Ma has halted the activities of some Taiwanese spy agents operating in China and plans to stop sharing intelligence with the U.S. and its allies.

The Trumpet has long predicted the China-Taiwan reconciliation, which is now gaining great momentum. In 1998, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “How could anyone fail to see that Taiwan is destined to become a part of mainland China?” Establishing representative offices may be a key step toward fulfilling that bold geopolitical prediction. When Taipei refuses China’s increasingly bold advances, Beijing often responds with war games and other threats of force. But under Ma’s Beijing-friendly rule, and despite some Taiwanese protests, such refusals are becoming less and less common. When China completes this reconciliation process, its ability to dominate the Pacific will grow—as will its capacity to persuade other Asian states to rally behind Beijing.

Why Is China Concerned About Japan?

China expressed “serious concern” over Japan’s possession of weapons-grade nuclear material in a February 18 report in the China Daily. Beijing is pushing for Tokyo to return the plutonium to the United States as quickly as possible. “We believe that Japan … should strictly observe its international obligations of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. China possesses nuclear weapons; Japan currently does not.

Since 2010, the Obama administration has also been urging Tokyo to return the plutonium, which the U.S. gave to Japan during the Cold War for research purposes. But Japan has strongly resisted. It has been promising to return the material, even as recently as February, but has so far failed to follow through.

The 331 kilograms of plutonium currently stored at Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency is enough to produce 40 to 50 nuclear weapons. In light of the nationalistic shifts underway in Japan, and the growing number of Japanese who view their nation’s World War ii history without remorse, this news takes on great significance. As the U.S. snubs history, turns inward and ignores geopolitical shifts, the barriers established to prevent another world war are being systematically dismantled.

Third Asian Giant Wants a Bigger Role

India reiterated on February 24 that it wishes to play a broader and deeper role in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and that it hopes to become a full member soon. The sco is a Eurasian political, economic and military bloc dominated by Russia and China. It also includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The admission of India would greatly extend the sco’s geographic reach and boost the population it represents to just under 3 billion. The expansion could transform the sco’s mission and bolster its geopolitical significance. China and Russia are the regional behemoths driving the cooperation of the East, and the sco appears to be one vehicle they are using to attain that cooperation.

Drug Lord Jailed—What Happens Next?

Mexican authorities arrested Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the Mexican drug baron who headed the Sinaloa Federation, on February 22. Guzmán was the most elusive criminal in Mexico, the most wanted felon of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Forbes magazine’s 67th most powerful person in the world and 701st-ranked billionaire tycoon, and Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1.

Guzmán was arrested in 1993 for drug trafficking crimes, but he shamed Mexico by running his narcotics business from a maximum-security

prison until his eventual escape in 2001. “El Chapo” consolidated the Sinaloa Federation cartel’s narcotics business into an international enterprise whose tentacles reached throughout the United States and even into drug markets in Europe, Asia and Australia. In Mexico, the Sinaloa Federation controlled the greatest geography of any cartel.

Yet, in spite of his recent arrest, not everyone broke out the tequila in victory celebrations. “It’s like time stood still,” wrote journalist and author Javier Valdez. “There is a feeling of uncertainty, a worry of what could come next.”

Guzmán’s arrest will not solve Mexico’s drug nightmare. The history of the Sinaloa Federation shows that a power vacuum can lead to violent intra-cartel battles for succession, or inter-cartel turf wars. While Guzmán was a significant part of the drug problem, the real problem is human nature and the insatiable drug market north of Mexico.

EU and Brazil want to have secret conversations

The European Union and Brazil announced on February 24 that they will lay an $185 million undersea cable connecting their two continents in order to keep the United States from spying on their communications.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff framed the project in terms of “respect[ing] privacy, human rights and the sovereignty of nations,” and frankly stated: “We don’t want businesses to be spied upon.” Last year, Rousseff canceled a trip to Washington after learning that the U.S. had been tapping her cell phone and e-mail.

The planned cable would stretch some 3,500 miles from Lisbon, Portugal, to Fortaleza, Brazil, and would allow the EU and Brazil to stop relying on America’s undersea cables for their communications.

On the same day, Rousseff and her European counterparts expressed hope for a breakthrough in trade negotiations between the EU and Mercosur, the Latin American economic bloc to which Brazil belongs. The two sides have been working toward a mammoth free trade deal since 2000, but the talks so far have produced few results. Their mutual anger over U.S. spying may prove to be the catalyst they need to jolt the trade deal to life.

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said the agreement aims to expand far beyond just Brazil. “It will allow for the completion of an economic area in the long run between Europe and South America.”

The United States is still South America’s largest trade partner, but its position has been sliding, and Europe has been working to take its place—just as the Trumpet’s predecessor, the Plain Truth, predicted in the 1960s.

The Government Wants Your Retirement Money

Many Americans have virtually nothing saved for their retirement. President Barack Obama emphasized this point in his State of the Union speech in January and proposed a dramatic solution: He wants you to trust your retirement money to the government.

The president announced “a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg,” called the myRA plan. He described it as a risk-free investment that comes with a decent return. No risk—decent return?

Here is how the plan works. Anybody who makes less than $191,000 household income can contribute to the myRA. Contributions would be with after-tax money. Once in retirement, withdrawals are tax-free.

If that sounds a lot like a Roth ira, that’s because it is a lot like a Roth ira. The big difference, though, is that in a Roth ira, you can invest in virtually anything you want. With the myRA, you only get one choice. What is it? The only thing you can invest in is government bonds.

The bonds in the myRA will be modeled on the government’s Thrift Savings Plan Government Securities Fund. This fund returned 1.47 percent in 2012. The cumulative return over the past three years is 5.92 percent.

This investment doesn’t even keep up with the rate of inflation. And if interest rates start rising from their historic lows, investors will get massacred.

This plan is so bad that if it were a private company offering this plan to investors, it would be illegal. The myRA violates multiple fiduciary standards required by the government’s own legislation. For example, investment administrators are not allowed to use investors’ money to make loans to themselves or to businesses they are associated with—which is exactly what the myRA does. Additionally, a private company would have to identify potential conflicts of interest and both communicate and address them. President Obama did neither.

So why would the president of the United States promote such a terrible investment that would be illegal if anybody else offered it? It gets down to this: America has largely fleeced the Chinese and Japanese for all it can, so now the government is turning to the last big pool of money left to keep it operating: retirement funds.

With the Federal Reserve saying it has to cut back its money printing, the U.S. government will soon need to come up with an additional $45 billion per month to pay its bills. For the past several years, the Federal Reserve covered the entire U.S. deficit with money printing. It allowed tough budget decisions to be postponed, but now, unless some other source of cheap money is found, a day of reckoning may be imminent.

Hence the new plan to finance the deficit—without politically uncomfortable raising of taxes or spending cuts.

Sadly, in the end it will hurt most the very people the president purports to be helping. The only people likely to invest in such a plan are the poor and middle class. That’s because many of the poor are uneducated, and the middle class is trusting.

Radical Islam explodes in Nigeria

Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram massacred more than 1,300 people in northern Nigeria in January and February alone, marking a bloody surge in its ongoing campaign of violence.

“We are in a state of war,” Nigeria’s Bono state Governor Kashim Shettima said on February 17. He conceded that “Boko Haram are better armed and better motivated than our own troops.” He said defeating the group “is impossible for us.”

Last May, the government declared a state of emergency in the three main affected states and formed a joint task force to stop the terrorists. Though they deployed over 20,000 soldiers, the attacks continued, displacing nearly 300,000 residents from the region.

Boko Haram has links to groups like al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (aqim). It is working with one of aqim’s offshoots, the “Signers in Blood,” which took over Northern Mali and carried out attacks in Algeria. Boko Haram’s fighters are well armed, and some believe their weapons are from Muammar Qadhafi’s regime in Libya and/or from the volatile Central African Republic, where Islamists looted millions of weapons from the government before being forced out.

As radical Islam becomes more deeply entrenched across North Africa, the region is breaking out into pockets of unrest and violence. Although America can no longer be relied on to control such outbreaks, one major power is watching this situation closely and is beginning to take action to secure its interests: Europe.