Riots—Coming to a City Near You

Riots—Coming to a City Near You

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Riots tear up Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Rioting. Tear gas. Looting. Batons. Stealing. Squad cars. Fire.

This was the scene that marred the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, Sunday night, after a vigil for Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth who was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday afternoon.

Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson were reportedly on their way home, walking down the middle of Canfield Drive, when a police officer ordered them to walk on the sidewalk.

According to county Police Chief Jon Belmar, when the officer got out of his car, “Brown pushed the officer back into his car and ‘assaulted’ him in the vehicle.” One shot was fired in the car. The officer then got out of his car and fired at Brown, killing him in the street. Reports say Brown had his hands up, indicating he was unarmed, but was still shot. Many details of what led to the 18-year-old’s death are still unknown.

The community held a vigil for Brown Sunday afternoon, attracting large numbers of people.

Hours later, the looting started. With darkness descending, a QuikTrip convenience store was looted and set ablaze. The looting spread as multiple hundreds of people broke into stores, stealing merchandise, shattering windows and spraying graffiti. At least 15 stores were vandalized.

Eventually, armored police with batons and shields, accompanied by attack dogs, arrived to stop the chaos. By 3:30 a.m., 32 suspects were arrested for burglary, assault or theft.

On Monday, Jennings School District canceled classes, saying: “At this time we do not feel it’s safe for our students to walk to school.” Classes remain canceled.

That night, crowds gathered again and threw rocks at the police. Officers used tear gas and shot bean-bag rounds into the crowd. Five more were arrested.

On Tuesday night, more reports of rioting emerged. Wednesday night saw more rioting with protesters throwing Molotov-cocktails at police.

Ferguson is a predominantly black community with a predominantly white police force. Johnson, Brown’s friend, claims the officer was white. The police have not released the name or race of the officer who shot and killed Brown due to death threats against him.

Many of America’s inner cities are boiling over with racial tension. Hooligans and criminals are quick to exploit the chaos. The mayor of Ferguson noted that “a lot of the people [rioting] aren’t even from our town; but they came in and stole from our businesses and left our town in ruins.”

With more vigils scheduled, will we see more riots take place in the coming weeks? This evening, August 14, more than 50 cities have planned to hold vigils as part of the National Moment of Silence.

We don’t know how far-reaching events in Ferguson will be, however, we do know that such riots were prophesied. And more are set to come.

The book of Ezekiel, for example, has some of the strongest warning about internal warfare. The first part of Ezekiel 5:12 states, “A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence.” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry referred to this prophecy in his booklet Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet. He wrote:

The word pestilence just means destruction or death (see Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon). One definition of the root word is “to lay snares, to plot against, to destroy.” So this pestilence could be a plague of violence or burning—not necessarily a physical disease at all! It can be defined as a plague of violence or rioting—such as the Los Angeles riots in 1992 or the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks! Why would the first third be burned with fire (Ezekiel 5:2), if it refers to a disease epidemic?

This is talking about race riots prophesied to happen during this end time in Israel, Britain and especially America.

Race riots are coming to America. Many of its inner cities are already seething, ready to explode.

All it took was one death to set off destructive riots in Missouri—and this while America is relatively wealthy; food is still readily available on store shelves and people’s tables. What will happen if something changes that? How many city streets will look like West Florissant Avenue did on the morning of August 11? To learn more about the coming riots, read “London’s Riots Were Prophesied.”

Pope Sends Personal Envoy to Iraq

Pope Francis announced on August 8 that he will station a personal envoy in Iraq. Francis selected Cardinal Fernando Filoni to fill the position, and the two men met on August 10 to discuss details of the mission.

The main purpose of Filoni’s presence in Iraq will be to show solidarity with the nation’s Christians who are being targeted by the militant Islamic State. The terrorist group, which is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, demands that Christians either convert to Islam, pay a heavy tax, or face execution.

In the last decade, more than 1 million Iraqi Christians have been killed or have had to flee the country because of jihadi persecution. A significant percentage of that has happened just in the last few months by the hands of Islamic State militants. The increasingly ruthless persecution infuriates the Pope in part because Christianity predates Islam in Iraq by several centuries.

In a strongly worded message on Sunday, the pope said the news from Iraq “leaves us in dismay and disbelief.”

Francis urged the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes and re-establish the rule of law.”

The Trumpet is closely following the Catholic Church’s reaction to the Muslim persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

The bloody Crusades of 11th and 12th centuries reveal that the Catholic Church has always had a special interest in the Holy Land. The rise of radical Islam in Iraq—and in other Middle Eastern nations —has the Vatican concerned.

The Trumpet predicts that another violent clash between the Catholic Church and Muslims will soon take place. The radical Islamic takeover of much of the Middle East which is now underway, will lead directly to that bloody conflict.

For daily updates on this forecast, follow theTrumpet.com.

Germany Sends Aid to Iraq

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced plans to aid Iraqis fleeing the spreading violence in Iraq. Thousands of people are abandoning everything they own as the Islamic State terrorist group advances in northern Iraq.

Germany will provide humanitarian aid and what von der Leyen called “non-lethal” support for Iraq’s internally displaced people.

The defense minister said the government is reluctant to provide armaments because it goes against Germany’s principles to send weapons into war zones. However, she indicated that this position might be revisited.

The current turmoil in Iraq stems from the rapid advance by the Islamic State and allied Sunni militants across northern and western Iraq. The Islamic State has pressed forward rapidly since stating its goal of creating a caliphate in June.

Thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.5 million have been displaced by the violence.

Bible prophecy shows that the German government will more than revisit its principles of sending weapons into war zones. Soon, it will even send soldiers to hot spots around the world.

Watch Gerald Flurry’s latest Key of David program, “Fierce King Rising,” to learn what’s ahead for Germany.

Is America Embracing Socialism?

Is America Embracing Socialism?

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‘Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.’

United States Sen. Bernard Sanders introduced legislation on June 2 that could change your life. This legislation, the U.S. Employee Ownership Bank Act, is ostensibly an attempt to strengthen the U.S. economy by retaining and increasing jobs through socialistic measures.

How does the bill propose to accomplish this? By collectivizing the economy.

A new, taxpayer-funded, government bank will provide loans and loan guarantees to employees to form collectives to purchase the business they work for through an employee stock ownership plan, or a worker-owned cooperative.

The U.S. Employee Ownership Bank Act is ostensibly attempting to strengthen the U.S. economy by retaining and increasing jobs by socialistic measures.
“Simply put, when employees have an ownership stake in their company, they will not ship their own jobs to China, they will be more productive, and they will earn a better living,” Senator Sanders stated when explaining why the legislation would increase jobs. “When employees own their own companies, when they work for themselves, when they are involved in the decision-making that impacts their jobs, workers become more motivated, absenteeism goes down, worker productivity goes up, and people stay on the job for a longer period of time.”

Unfortunately, the history of collectivism does not support Sanders’s enthusiasm. Socialism has never led to greater lasting prosperity.

The late economist Milton Friedman stated, “When everybody owns something, nobody owns it, and nobody has a direct interest in maintaining or improving its condition. That is why buildings in the Soviet Union—like public housing in the United States—look decrepit within a year or two of their construction.”

Later Friedman said, “So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”

Consider Argentina. In 2012, the government nationalized the country’s largest oil company, Treasury Petroleum Fields, with the intent to increase its investment in the economy. Fast forward two years: July 30 marked the country’s fourth debt default after it could not pay the $539 million interest payment on its $20 billion debt.

But Argentina wasn’t always such an economic basketcase.

When Argentina redistributed private property, unions and the military were the big beneficiaries. When the money ran out, the government simply printed more. Inflation ensued.
In its pre-socialst days, Argentina was the seventh wealthiest nation on Earth. Gold and silver flowed from its mines. The term “as rich as an Argentine” summed up life for the South American superpower.

Harvard historian Niall Ferguson points out that when Argentine President Juan Peron first visited the nation’s central bank in the mid-1940s, he marveled that “there is so much gold you can hardly walk through the corridors.”

What happened?

A socialist revolution. The government collectivized and redistributed private property in the name of fairness. The unions and military were the big beneficiaries. Eventually the money ran out, so the government began printing money to distribute to the people. Rampant inflation ensued. The rest, as they say, is history.

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it,” economist and historian Thomas Sowell said.

The biggest problem with socialism is the disregard for the role of the private property rights in creating incentives, which stimulate economic growth. When a business is owned by the public—who decides its own wages—incentives to promote wise stewardship are eroded. Private property encourages responsibility, while communal property fosters irresponsibility, waste, neglect and mismanagement.

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Argentina was once a first world nation, but socialism has pushed the nation toward second world status.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul commented in February about America’s trend toward socialism: “It’s that arrogance from Washington that, really, the whole country ought to rise up—Republican, Democrat, Independent—and say, look, this is a free country and we want our freedom back.”

Continuing down this socialist tract will only further exacerbate America’s gargantuan economic problems.

Catholics and Protestants Draw Closer Together

Catholics and Protestants Draw Closer Together

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‘The goal of full unity may seem distant, yet it remains the aim, which should direct our every step along the way.’

Pope Francis became the first-ever pope to visit a Pentecostal church on July 28, as he formally apologized to Italy’s Pentecostals for the persecution they suffered at the hand of the Catholic Church during the fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini.

“Among those who persecuted and denounced the Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazy people trying to ruin the race, there were some Catholics,” Francis told a congregation of 350 Pentecostals in the southern Italian city of Caserta. “As the pastor of the Catholics, I ask forgiveness for those Catholic brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the devil.”

This trip is part of a broader effort that has seen the pope reach out to Protestant and evangelical leaders around the world. The Italian Pentecostal leader, Giovanni Traettino, whom the pope met in Caserta, is an old friend.

The pope acknowledged the significance of his visit to this Pentecostal group. “Someone will be surprised: ‘The pope went to visit the evangelicals?’ But he went to see his brothers,” he commented.

Pope Francis has worked hard to unite the different Christian factions. He has picked up where his two predecessors left off. In a March message, Pope Francis said, “Divisions among us, but also divisions among the communities: evangelical Christians, orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, but why divided? We must try to bring about unity.

This one statement proves the pope’s purpose for his recent actions, such as the trip to Caserta to visit the Pentecostals. This trip was a part of the bigger objective of uniting all Christian factions.

This trip was a part of the bigger objective of uniting all Christian factions.
Joel Osteen visited the Vatican in early June “to promote ecumenical prayer and interfaith understanding.” Pope Francis in recent months has received more than a dozen American Protestant leaders including a few well-known televangelists to discuss the question: “Can we find common ground in order to advance the life and ministry of Jesus so more people can experience the joy of Christian faith?”

Pope Francis sent a recorded message via Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer to Kenneth Copeland Ministries seeking more unity between the two groups. Before playing the recording, Tony Palmer implored the audience for reconciliation with the Catholics. He said, “Brothers and sisters, Luther’s protest is over. Is yours?” The pope also beseeched the audience, “I am [yearning] that this separation comes to an end and gives us communion.”

Pope Francis recently also reached out to the Anglicans. During a private session at the Vatican in June, he encouraged Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to unify with the Catholic Church. Pope Francis said their division was a “scandal and an obstacle to our proclaiming the gospel of salvation to the world.”

Archbishop Welby assured Pope Francis that the Anglican Communion was fully committed to serve the call of Christ with the Catholic Church as a Christian family. The two biggest Christian leaders also signed an agreement in March to support the anti-slavery and anti-trafficking initiative. Welby said at the time, “No one of us is strong enough, but together we are ready for the challenge God is placing before us today ….”

The Anglican Communion is warming to the invites of Pope Francis to become unified—to return to the Catholic fold.

The fact the Protestant leaders are now meeting with the pope is noteworthy—it wasn’t long ago that many of them viewed the Catholic Church as the “great whore of Babylon.” The pope has also been seen by the Protestants as an antichrist. Protestants are known for their harsh anti-Catholic rhetoric, which has offended many Catholic leaders around the world. The meetings show how much the Protestants have weakened their anti-Catholic stance. They are now embracing unity with the once-hated Catholics.

This unification of Catholics and Protestants has long been forecast.

The meetings show how much the Protestants have weakened their anti-Catholic stance. They are now embracing unity with the once-hated Catholics.
From the early 1930s, Herbert W. Armstrong spoke out about a coming unity between Catholics and Protestants. Notice this excerpt from the Plain Truth in 1961: “The pope will step in as the supreme unifying authority—the only one that can finally unite the differing nations of Europe. The iron jurisdiction over both schools and religion will be turned over to the Roman Catholic Church. Europe will go Roman Catholic! Protestantism will be absorbed into the ‘mother’ church—and totally abolished” (October 1961).

At that time, any kind of reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants seemed impossible to most. But look at the situation today: Pope Francis is helping reconcile the “rebellious” daughters with the mother-church.

To understand the purpose for this unification, read Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry’s article “Returning to the Fold.”

Europe and Russia Compete for Latin America’s Food

Europe and Russia Compete for Latin America’s Food

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Russia announced it would stop importing food from Europe, August 7, and is turning to South America instead. In response, Europe is launching a diplomatic assault to persuade South America to take Europe’s side in the dispute over Ukraine, according to anonymous “senior officials” quoted in the Financial Times on August 11.

Russia’s ban on European food could prove lucrative for Latin American farmers. Chile could provide Russia with the fish it once received from Europe, and Brazil has already authorized 90 new meat plants to start exporting to Russia. “A top exporter of beef, chicken and soybeans, Brazil is also one of the only countries in the world with enough land to actually produce more food,” wrote Deutsche Welle.

Russian ambassadors held meetings in Latin American embassies the day before they announced the new round of sanctions, trying to get these alternative sources of food ready before they cut off Europe, the head of Chilean trade body Direcon, Andres Rebolledo, told Reuters.

European diplomats want this to stop. “We will be talking to the countries that would be potentially replacing our exports to indicate that we would expect them not to profit unfairly from the current situation,” the Financial Times quoted one senior EU official as saying at a briefing on Europe. He could understand individual companies signing new contracts, he added, but it would “be difficult to justify” nations actively trying to fill in the gap left by sanctions.

The Financial Times quoted another official saying that Europe wouldn’t use the legal system to force nations to stop exporting, but instead try and persuade them of the “political” importance of presenting a united front to Russia.

Now Europe sees that if it wants to put the maximum pressure on Russia, it needs a closer relationship with Latin America.
However, it also reported that EU’s agricultural commission did not have a problem with other countries trying to profit.

This division actually makes sense. Economically, Europe may be better off if Latin America sells food to Russia. If they refused to do so, and Russia was forced to make do with less, then Europe and Latin America would be forced to compete for the same customers. However, if Brazil sells its beef to Russia, for example, then European farmers would be able to sell beef to the countries that used to buy it from Brazil.

But if Latin America sells to Russia, the sanctions will be much less painful for the Russians. Which is why the officials working on the Ukraine crisis are the ones most concerned about Latin American food replacing European products. If Russia won’t buy food from Europe and can’t buy it from Latin America , it will have to make more sacrifices to keep the sanctions up.

Europe has deep ties with Latin America—religiously, historically, culturally, economically and militarily—but it does not have an exclusive partnership with the region. Trade talks between the EU and Mercosur, one of the region’s economic blocks, have been stalled for 15 years.

However, the current round of sanctions has shown the world the importance of having close ties with other communities of nations. As Russia is excluded from parts of the European and American financial systems, for example, it is replacing those ties with links to Asia.

Now Europe sees that if it wants to put the maximum pressure on Russia, it needs a closer relationship with Latin America.

The crisis in Ukraine will have far-reaching implications. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has already shown how the crisis is forcing Europe to unite. It could also force Europe to take its relationship with Latin America more seriously.