The Camelback Library

Dashdondog Jamba

The Camelback Library

Beautiful proof of a universal truth
From the November-December 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

What do you do if you are a young book lover? You go to the library. But what if you live in the rural regions of the Gobi desert? Your situation would be bleak—were it not for Dashdondog Jamba. He has devoted his life to writing, translating, publishing and transporting books to children all over Mongolia with his Children’s Mobile Library.

“I can’t remember how many trips I have made—I have lost count,” Mr. Jamba said. “Sometimes we travel by camel, sometimes on horseback, and with horse carts or ox carts; we now also have our van.”

Over the last 20 years, his library has traveled 50,000 miles through every province of Mongolia—mostly before the van was part of the operation. Jamba’s assistants are his wife and his son. They often spend several days in one place to give as many children as possible a chance to read their books.

“[It] is a little different from other libraries,” Jamba says. “The walls of this reading room are made of mountains covered with forest, the roof is blue sky, the floor is a flower-covered steppe, and the reading light bulb is the sun.”

Over the last 20 years, his library has traveled 50,000 miles through every province of Mongolia—mostly before the van was part of the operation.
Jamba created his library in the early 1990s, shortly after Mongolia abandoned communism and adopted free-market economics. Life in Mongolia changed dramatically, mostly for the good. But organizations focused on children’s literature fared badly. They were viewed as profitless, so no private investors wanted to take them over. Most children’s libraries were converted into banks.

Jamba tried to keep the libraries alive. “Even though I had fought against it,” he said, “my efforts didn’t work.” But he didn’t give up. He determined that if the children had no place to go get books, he would get the books to the children.

Ever since, he’s been writing children’s books, translating foreign youth literature into Mongolian, and bringing books to children who would otherwise never read them. Several of his original books have earned the Best Book of Mongolia award. Some of his stories have been put to song. Some have been made into movies. In 2006, his mobile library won the prestigious ibby-Asahi Reading Promotion Award.

But more remarkable than any of these honors is the fact that Jamba has done the lion’s share of his work without financial compensation. Most of the money for publishing, translating, printing and mobilizing comes from his own pocket—from profits he earns from selling his original books. “Sometimes people ask me how it benefits me [as] an individual. With respect to money, there is no benefit,” he said.

Because of this, Mr. Jamba deserves recognition as a man who lives the way of give.

The Trumpet offered to pay Jamba for permission to reprint the photograph above (which he owns), or to donate to one of his projects. He not only declined, but insisted on mailing us a complimentary assortment of his books.

Last year, researchers analyzing data from 40 studies found undeniable proof that people who give to others by volunteering had significantly lower levels of depression, and far higher levels of “life satisfaction.”
What effect has 20 years of generous giving had on Jamba? Has it worn him down? Has it jaded him? No, it has made him happy! “My devotion for children is my happiness,” he said. Author Ramendra Kumar spent time with Jamba in 2009, and said: “With his cherubic smile, bright sparkling eyes and an endearing countenance he inspires trust. No wonder wherever he has gone in Mongolia he has succeeded in winning the love, affection and confidence of children” (BoloKids, Sept. 7, 2009).

How can constant giving and scant receiving make a man happy?

Mr. Jamba’s happiness is no anomaly. Last year, researchers analyzing data from 40 studies found undeniable proof that people who give to others by volunteering had significantly lower levels of depression, and far higher levels of “life satisfaction.” One study called “Do Good Live Well” found that 68 percent of people who volunteer report feeling physically healthier, 73 percent experience lower stress levels, and 89 percent enjoy an improved sense of well-being.

These studies—and Mr. Jamba’s generosity-generated joy—confirm a fundamental truth about human beings, which Jesus Christ taught during His ministry on Earth: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Proverbs 11:25 adds, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (New International Version).

A person who gives becomes refreshed and happier. That’s a universal aspect of the human condition. Yet most of us fail to recognize it, calculating that we’ll be happiest if we receive and take. To put the matter to the test, focus on giving to others. Create happiness for someone. Give more to your family. Give more on the job. Then survey how you feel.

Whether you begin serving more in your home and job, or you hop on a camel and start bringing books to children, it won’t take long for you to know that it truly is more blessed to give than to receive.

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Trivial Pursuits: Why Americans Are Dangerously Ignorant About the World

From the November-December 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

In a time of growing domestic and world dangers, America is becoming increasingly enamored with the superficial. A look at its entertainment providers indicates where Americans are spending their time.

In 2005, DirecTV had 15.1 million subscribers; today it has over 37.8 million. tv and Internet provider Comcast went from 22 million subscribers in 2002 to 34 million last year. Over the same period, Netflix went from offering streaming services and dvd rental to just over a million subscribers to having 44 million “streaming members.” The 2000 nba Finals drew close to 17.4 viewers; last year’s Finals had 26.3 million. Americans’ appetite for entertainment, popular culture, celebrities and sports is insatiable and still growing.

Compare these statistics to the number of news watchers in America. A 2013 study called Filter Bubbles found that only 4 percent of people are “active news customers,” meaning “someone who read at least 10 substantive news articles and two opinion pieces in a three-month period”—regardless of medium, whether print publication or online source. Not exactly a high standard. Remove the requirement for reading two opinion articles, and the number only climbs to 14 percent.

In 1993, when President Bill Clinton gave the State of the Union address, 67 million people tuned in. Viewership for this annual event has steadily dropped over the years. By 2013, it was about half: only 33.3 million. Meanwhile, voter turnout has also tanked. In 1968, 91.2 percent of registered voters cast their vote—79 million people. In 2012, fewer than 73 million Americans voted, though the number of registered voters had risen to 126 million. That represents a mere 57.5 percent of voter engagement.

Growing numbers of Americans don’t want to face reality and are dangerously ignorant about the world around them. It is not difficult to see why the Bible prophesies that destruction is going to be so sudden for most people (e.g. 1 Thessalonians 5:3). Steeped in the trivialities of this world, they are oblivious to its dangers.

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As the World Burns (Yawn)

The dangers of complacency amid chaos
From the November-December 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

Several dramatic, violent events are shaking our world. Just recently, we have seen Russia invading Crimea and Ukraine; Palestinians raining down terror on Israel; an entire “state” of terrorism taking over much of Iraq and Syria; anti-Semites driving Jews out of Europe; Germany overtaking Europe’s militaries; Iran building the bomb. And that’s just in the past couple of months.

With all this upheaval taking place around you, what isyourreaction?

Some people say, Well, the world has always had problems. Right now is no different. But it is different. And how you react is going to make all the difference in your life.

The stability of the world is nothing like it was 50 years ago—or even 20 years ago. In fact, the world powers are now experiencing an upheaval much like the one that took place before World War ii. Many people even recognized that war was coming—it was only a matter of how big it would be. But the world—the Western world in particular—kept procrastinating. It kept closing its eyes to the imminent disaster. It kept appeasing the aggressors even as war became inevitable. That is how strongly they craved the status quo. That is how much they wanted to remain complacent.

The tragedy of World War ii—the most murderous war in history—vividly shows what happens when you fail to confront the problems before it’s too late. Yet today, similar events are unfolding, chaos is growing—and this time we have weapons of mass destruction. Are people reacting any differently? And how are you reacting?

You know the history of world war. You may even understand the prophecy of the Bible. And yet many of us still lie in a warm bed of complacency! We just don’t want to face the cold reality! We just don’t want to snap out of it!

This spirit of complacency in our society reaches all the way up to the top positions of the most powerful nations on Earth!
We all have personal lives, living and making our choices day in and day out. We tend to think those choices have nothing to do with national leadership or with geopolitics. But that’s not true! National administrations, international conflict, terrorism, world wars—all come from the same place: the human heart.

So it matters what happens in Ukraine and Israel and Germany. It matters what populations permit their leaders to do. It matters how you react to the earthshaking events that are taking place around you. It matters whether you roll over and hit the snooze button, or whether you snap awake!

At Ease in Zion

Think about these chaotic crises that are piling up around the world right now. Jihadi terrorists—jihadi “states” are committing mass executions and barbaric beheadings in the Middle East. The Ebola outbreak in western Africa is spreading. Russia has basically dropped the pretenses and invaded part of Ukraine. Palestinians are rebuilding so they can terrorize Israel even worse than before. Europe seems in danger of fragmenting—even its individual nation states are in danger of fragmenting. Germany is dominating the Continent economically and politically. America is spiraling inward in a vortex of racial conflict, ideological division and a black hole of debt.

Former Amb. John Bolton put it plainly: “The world is descending into chaos” (article, page 1).

Yet God says that people are “at ease” at this frighteningly dangerous time (Amos 6:1; Revised Standard Version). And He says woe unto them. Woe unto the “notable men”—those leading our nations—who have been lulled into a false sense of security—and are lulling us to sleep as well.

This spirit of complacency in our society reaches all the way up to the top positions of the most powerful nations on Earth!

On August 29, the president of the United States actually promised Americans that the world is “much less dangerous” now than it was 25 or 30 years ago. He wants you to believe what he believes—that everything is getting better. Sure, the world has always been a little bit “messy,” the president explained. “We’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.” The technology just makes the world seem worse than it really is. So go back to sleep. Everyone is safe. America has never been this strong—or more indispensable.

In fact, America has never been more complacent! That should be self-evident.

Look at how easy it is for human nature to live in denial—to murmur about peace and safety, even as blaring alarms are going off everywhere!
“Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the midst of the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David invent for themselves instruments of music; who drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!” (verses 4-6; rsv). Here God chastens our peoples, saying they should be grieving the death of entire nations. Instead, we are living it up! Eat, drink and be merry; for tomorrow will never come—that’s the way most people live their lives today.

This is the same spirit of complacency that soothed the United States and Britain in the 1930s—shortly before World War ii shattered the globe. And it’s exactly the way Jesus Christ said it would be just before His return to Earth.

The Apostle Paul said Jesus Christ would return at an unexpected hour—like a “thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2). It is unexpected—not because God fails to warn the world—but because we have gone to sleep! The leaders in the modern-day nations of Israel have promised us prosperity and ease for generations to come. Our ambassadors are traveling the world proclaiming “peace and safety” (verse 3).

And it’s not just the politicians’ fault. In general, we welcome these smooth words! In Isaiah 30, God says it is the slumbering masses who are responsible for the blind shepherds. We are telling our leaders to preach “smooth things” and to “prophesy deceits.” And they are giving us what we want.

Look at how easy it is for human nature to live in denial—to murmur about peace and safety, even as blaring alarms are going off everywhere! People simply will not listen to a warning. They reject a corrective, even when it is delivered by God, in love. They don’t want a message that they consider “doom and gloom.” They would rather risk massive destruction than have to spring out of bed and change their lifestyles. So they pull the pillows over their heads and snuggle up to leaders who will reassure them that they don’t have to do anything, that nothing will overturn their warm bed of security and prosperity.

The Apostle Paul was a different kind of leader. When giving advice to his young ministerial assistant, he said, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach theword; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:1-2).

What a contrast to the “teachers” talked about in so many other Bible prophecies! Preach the word, God tells His servants. Be instant. Stand by it at all times, whether it’s in season or out—whether it’s popular or not. In this passage, preserved for us, God is showing us how to snap out of complacency.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine,” Paul prophesied. That time is now upon us! “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (verses 3-4). What a perfect description of our godless society today—where people en masse have turned away from hearing the simplicity and rigor of God’s truth in exchange for warm lies and soft delusion.

When this happens, God says in 1 Thessalonians 5:3, those with eyes to see had better know that suddendestruction is near!

Vigilance Is the Key

The sin of complacency is one of the most universal and destructive afflictions of our day. Have you been infected by this deadly disease? If so, as Paul wrote in Romans 13:11, it’s “high time” to wake up! If you have been reading the Trumpet magazine for very long, then you know just how short time is. It’s time for you to react!

Those who slumber on don’t know what is happening. Their eyes are too heavy with ignorance and self-deception (2 Corinthians 4:4). But your eyes are open. Yousee what is happening! The question is, What will you do?

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light” (Romans 13:12). We are living on the verge of Jesus Christ’s spectacular return to Earth! We are in the “last hour” (1 John 2:18; rsv). Isn’t that reason enough to roll out of the spiritual sack and go to work putting on the armor of God?

Chaos is happening all around us. We must be more awake now than ever before! We must be earnestly preparing daily for the fight ofour lives. It’s a fight not against a foreign enemy or a political ideology, but against the spirit of complacency, the spirit of sin. As these verses show us, complacency isn’t just a bad habit, it’s a deadly hazard in the fierce spiritual war we are waging against a satanic spiritual force!

“If I had to choose between pain and nothing, I would choose pain.” That’s how author William Faulkner understood this: To grow and develop as a human being, he had to struggle and fight to overcome obstacles. And the consequential pain was much better than lazy indolence.

Now is not the time for spiritual drowsiness!

In 1 Peter 5:8, God identifies the power behind this spirit of complacency: Satan the devil. Satan is very much a real being, and he is very much active in our lives right now. God compares him to a roaring lion that walks about “seeking whom he may devour.” When lions hunt in the wild, they target the weakest member of the herd. They seek to devour the one that slows down during the chase or that carelessly waits too long before sprinting into action. They stalk their prey silently, invisibly. Then when you hear the terrifying roar, it’s too late.

God says we must be sober and vigilant in order to avoid spiritual catastrophe. This serious-minded alertness is the key. The Greek word for “vigilant” in 1 Peter 5 means “to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one” (Strong’s Enhanced Lexicon). If we let down spiritually and become complacent and lazy, calamity will swallow us whole.

So be spiritually alert and on the watch—constantly on guard against drowsiness. Diligentlyprepare for what is coming, the inevitable (and prophesied) pandemonium that will explode out of the current world chaos. Put forth the constant, energetic effort it takes to serve God acceptably—with reverence and fear (Hebrews 12:28).

The Vigilant Christian

Here are five positive steps you can take to spring into action and shake off the deadly comfort of complacency:

1. Watch

Jesus said, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36). First, we have to watch world events. That means we have to turn off the entertainment long enough to see this evil world for what it is. God refers to His people as the “children of light.” This is because they see and understand the truth of God. They focus on world events in the spotlight of Bible prophecy. They don’t scoff and ridicule the prophecies of God. They watch!

2. Pray

Christ said to watch and pray. In Matthew 6:10, He commanded us to pray fervently, “Thy kingdom come.” The Bible says “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Fervent prayer really gets results! When you habitually pray fervently every day, this connection with God fires you up! Jesus Christ was in the daily habit of rising a “great while before day” in order to talk to God alone in prayer (Mark 1:35). Numerous times the Gospels recount Christ talking to His heavenly Father for hours at a time! On at least one occasion, Jesus prayed all night long! The Apostle Peter said we must have the same mind as Christ in order to survive what is ahead (1 Peter 4:1). That means we must set aside time every day for effectual and fervent prayer to God.

3. Study

Numerous Bible passages show that daily Bible study powerfully impacts our lives. This is how God feeds us the spiritual food we need to survive. Studying God’s Word has so many specific and tangible benefits! It teaches us to properly fear and honor our Creator (Proverbs 1:7). It teaches us how to live like Jesus Christ, who said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). So slow down and take the time to diligently study the Word of God—and then meditate on what you are learning. Be like the Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily to prove God Word true! (Acts 17:10-11). This will exhilarate a complacent mind like nothing else will!

4. Move

God’s Word also prods us to labor for physical fitness. The Apostle John wished “above all things” that we have good physical health (3 John 1:2). Can physical health really be that important? It is if we are serious about serving God with energy and vitality! We can’t serve God powerfully with physical bodies that are tired and sluggish. As Herbert W. Armstrong once wrote, “Next to the salvation of one’s soul, sound, vigorous bodily health surely is the most necessary and the most valuable treasure a man can achieve in this world.” God created the physical body to be a temple for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). That alone is reason enough to keep it clean and healthy! But think about how much more you can serve God and His work if you are fit for the task physically.

5. Prioritize

Change your life to put God first. Get out of bed as soon as your alarm sounds and organize your day so that it revolves around God. Show God every day that you are willing to work at this—to set your mind on the things above (Colossians 3:1). Show Him you are serious about bringing energy and zeal to your daily Bible study and prayer—that you are eager to “stir up” the gift of God’s Holy Spirit in your mind (2 Timothy 1:6). How we manage our time says a whole lot about how urgent we are in these last days.

Don’t give in to the pulls of the flesh and succumb to the deadly sin of complacency. Become perfect—even as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). We can’t sleepwalk our way to perfection!

Of course, we can’t overcome any sin or build any character on our own power and strength. Only the awesomepower of God can reproduce His character and nature in us (Genesis 1:26; Zechariah 4:6).

But give God something to work with!

Go to work each day putting on the whole armor of God. Fight the good fight of faith (Ephesians 6:11; 2 Timothy 4:7). Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Draw near to God. Submit to His authority. Activelyresist the devil so that he will flee from you (James 4:7-8).

And do these things with your whole heart! Now is the time—it’s high time—to snap to attention and serve God with red-hot zeal and determination!

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From the November-December 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

Islamist fighters from the Libya Dawn militant group recently enjoyed diving and swimming at an evacuated residential annex of the United States Embassy in Tripoli. The apparent pool party for jihadis appeared in a YouTube video posted on August 31.

Some of the videotaped militants were in military uniform, armed with guns; some wore casual summer attire and roamed the party with cell phone cameras, and some took turns swan diving from a second-floor balcony into the compound’s pool.

The Islamist militants are part of a jihadi coalition that now controls Tripoli and other parts of Libya. The advance of Libya Dawn to the capital city has driven Libya’s elected government to Tobruk. The Islamists have also taken over the airport. Western intelligence has reported 11 commercial airliners missing from the airport, raising fears of 9/11-style terrorist attacks.

Marines evacuated the last American diplomatic personnel from Libya in late July. The scene at the diplomatic compound from which they fled symbolizes how far the U.S. has plunged from its status as a reputed, decisive superpower.

After America led the invasion of Libya in Operation Odyssey Dawn in March 2011, Trumpet readers knew exactly what to expect. Gerald Flurry warned that “the government that replaces Qadhafi will be a thousand times worse” (October 2011).

In addition to rival militia groups, Libya now has rival governments—an illegitimate, Islamist one trying to establish itself in Tripoli, and an elected house of representatives afraid for its life. Former Gen. Khalifa Haftar is fighting the various Islamist groups, yet he is neither endorsed nor denounced by the elected legislature.

The chaos in Libya—and America’s reaction, or lack thereof—has prompted other nations to take matters into their own hands. Against America’s policy and without informing Washington, local powers Egypt and the United Arab Emirates conducted two clandestine air strikes against the Islamists in Tripoli in August.

America has very publicly failed in Libya, and the nation is spiraling into chaos.

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Experts admit it—and the Bible prophesied it.
From the November-December 2014 Trumpet Print Edition

Islamic terrorists have conquered a large part of Iraq and Syria. These are surely the worst terrorists on Earth. They are killing men, women and children, and committing horrible atrocities against people of different religions. Nations throughout the Middle East are shaken, and nations around the world are horrified by what these terrorist monsters are doing. We have never seen anything so demoniacal as the nightmares the “Islamic State” is unleashing.

As serious as this situation is, however, it is just one of many terrible crises hammering the world right now.

The Jewish nation in the Middle East has been in a war with Palestinian Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Hamas terrorists have been shooting powerful missiles from Gaza’s cities while hiding in schools, hospitals and residential areas. “Look at the danger that we face when they have rockets and missiles,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on August 7. “Now imagine what kind of danger we’d have if they can put a nuclear warhead on top ofthese missiles” (emphasis mine throughout). Look at the actions and the character of these Palestinian terrorists, and you know exactly what they would do if they obtained nuclear weapons—unless some power were to stop them.

In time, these nuclear weapons will get into the hands of Hamas terrorists. With the world’s attention diverted elsewhere, Iran is racing forward with building nuclear weapons. The Iranian government is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world. Do you think the mullahs would give nuclear weapons to terrorists? I do. Somehow the terrorists will get those weapons. That makes this situation extremely important to all of us.

Look elsewhere throughout that region—in Libya, in Syria, in Egypt, in Pakistan—and you see instability increasing. Elsewhere in the world are still more serious crises. In Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is waging an outright war, taking over territory, even threatening nuclear war! Ebola is spreading in Africa. Tensions are growing between China and Japan. And the United States is experiencing multiple dangerous crises, including race riots, rampant illegal immigration that most certainly includes criminals and terrorists, crushing drought, a sluggish economy, and multiple political scandals.

Bolton talked about this chaos just weeks ago. But did you know that your Bible talked about it millennia ago?
Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said, “Theworld is descendinginto chaos.” This isn’t merely some fringe opinion. Observers everywhere are deeply concerned.

Mr. Bolton is right, and this is a chaos like this world has never experienced before!

Bolton talked about this chaos just weeks ago. But did you know that your Bible talked about it millennia ago? This chaos we are experiencing in 2014 was prophesied in the Bible!

We have been prophesying about this crisis of crises for 70 years. That is because the Bible foretells, in quite a lot of detail, the great carnage that would come upon the Earth in this very end time.

Shaking the Nations

The book of Haggai contains a number of forecasts about the future that God gave to a prophet. Haggai 2:23 dates this book to a certain time period: “in that day.” “In that day” always refers to what Numbers, Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Hosea call “the latter days.” That is a time far beyond when Haggai lived—in fact, it is the time we live in now! You can prove that by putting together what this and other prophecies say and comparing them to what is happening in the world.

Notice especially what God says in verse 7: “And I will shake all nations ….” This is global. This has never happened before. This is in the end time, and it is happening to all nations. Even now, many are shaking—and all of them should be.

This verse could read, “The world is descending into chaos”—because God says He will shake all nations! God prophesiedthis turmoil wouldhappen.

Why would God shake all nations? He is clearly heavily involved in what is happening, and for a specific reason. He is shaking—but He isn’t wiping out the planet altogether. Why? Because of the end result it will produce.

Notice what will come as a result of God shaking all nations: “And I will shake all nations, and the desireof all nations shallcome: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts” (verse 7). The God of love wants to give the nations what they desire: peace, prosperity, joy and happiness. And He will! However, they must first be corrected. And God is doing that, just like a loving father does for his children.

Right now God is shaking the nations. God is doing this out of love! The nations need strong correction. He will shake us to our very foundations, and even destroy our foundations, because He wants to save us and turn us from our self-destructive ways, and turn us toward our loving Father. That is what will result from Him shaking all nations!

God has to shake the nations first—before He can give them what they desire. They desire peace. They desire prosperity. They desire for everyone to have exciting, wonderful lives. God is going to give that to them. But He has to shake them to their senses first.

This prophesied shaking is coming to pass right now, and it will conclude with the fulfillment of the most amazing prophecy in the Bible.

This world is about to be filled with light! God is about to illuminate this world with all of the brilliant beauty and love you can ever imagine.

‘It Could Happen Again’

Recent news reports show just how much the nations are shaking. And when you compare these events to the Bible, you can see that they correlate exactly with what God prophesied. Reporters can see it happening. That is startling, and it ought to shake all of us.

In Atlantic magazine, Roger Cohen wrote a July 29 article titled, “Yes, It Could Happen Again,” with the quip, “Instability in Ukraine, chaos in Syria, conflict in the East China Sea—the trigger points for WorldWar iii are in place.”

Regarding President Putin gobbling up parts of Ukraine, Cohen wrote, “[A] major power has forcefully changed a European border for the first time since 1945,” when World War ii ended. Meanwhile, terrorists are conquering every inch of territory they can possibly get in the Middle East and elsewhere.

The Telegraph, one of the best newspapers in the world, published an article on August 1 titled, “Today’s parallels with 1914 are veryworrying.” Speaking of the serious conflicts raging in Gaza, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq and even China, it reported, “All this might not matter so much if it were against the backdrop of a generally stable world economy. But very few would describe it as such. Pregnant with record amounts of debt—emerging markets are now piling it on with the same reckless abandon as the West—and highly reliant on the steroids of artificial monetary support, financial markets have rarely looked more vulnerable to unexpectedshocks.”

We are about to see a lot of shocks. That is what the shaking of nations is all about! Our economies are so weak and indebted that they won’t be able to withstand these shocks.

“I don’t want to over-egg the point,” author Jeremy Warner continued, “but the parallels with the calm before the storm of 100 years ago are impossible to ignore.” He then described 1914, the year World War i broke out. Here we are 100 years later, and we have the same situation—but with far more terrible weapons.

There are also many parallels between the present and the time leading up to the Second World War. The period before World War ii witnessed unparalleled international travel—ambassadors of peace were flying everywhere, trying to keep their nations from descending into the Second World War. Their failure is a matter of history. In the worldwide catastrophe that followed, over 60 million people were murdered.

Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and countless other diplomats are flying all over the world trying to deal with the multiplying crises. I’m sure these leaders are sincere in trying to bring world peace, but according to Bible prophecy, their efforts are all going to fail. We are about to experience another worldwide catastrophe, and God will see to it that His plan is implemented in the process.

Thankfully, in the end we will have peace like they can’t even imagine—but it will not come the way they think it will.

The Ambassadors of Peace

The July 30 Wall Street Journal published “Winds of War,Again.” This article said, “In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, not unlike John Kerry today, shuttled tirelessly between London and wherever Adolf Hitler consented to meet him to discuss a non-violent solution to Hitler’s intention to annex the Sudetenland, the part of Czechoslovakia inhabited by ethnic Germans. Hitler earlier in the year had annexed Austria, with nary a peep from the world ‘community.’”

Chamberlain was racing all over Europe trying to appease Hitler, giving him chunks of territory without him having to fire a shot! The attitude was, Let’s not voice criticism; let’s keep quiet about Hitler’s takeovers. Maybe that way we can have peace. But that attitude made war certain!

Britain and its allies were so weak! And Chamberlain and others virtually forced Czechoslovakia to give up the Sudetenland to the Germans. Even the Sudetenland’s inhabitants didn’t want to join Germany, but these nations handed Hitler their sovereignty and forced them to.

Chamberlain signed off on that in Munich, Germany, and came home with a little document that he waved in the air, declaring “Peace in our time!” The people who saw him wave that piece of paper were almost hysterical with happiness. They really believed they were going to have peace.

Less than a year later, Hitler invaded Poland, and World War ii started.

And, as the Bible prophesied, the ambassadors of peace began to weep bitterly (Isaiah 33:7).

Winston Churchill warned for years that they would not have peace, but virtually every newspaper proclaimed there would be peace, and every Briton seemed to believe that. The papers lauded Prime Minister Chamberlain for his brilliant efforts—but there was no peace. Why? Because of what Hitler believed. He believed in conquering, and he was determined to have war from the very beginning. Many will not accept the fact that people think this way. But people have thought like Hitler throughout history! Evil men have killed masses of people—especially the appeasers—time and time again.

We have been prophesying about the rise of these evil men and these destructive trends for 70 years. Now it is happening—in a horrifying way. How were we—and Herbert W. Armstrong before us—able to prophesy this situation? Because God revealed it in the Bible. U.S. race riots; economic disaster; even fires, droughts and floods are all discussed in detail in prophecies like Amos 4 and dozens of others.

‘Consider Your Ways’

Here is what Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote July 25 in the Telegraph:“In the 30 years or so that I have been writing about world affairs and the international economy, I have never seen a more dangerous confluence of circumstances, or more remarkable complacency.” This esteemed analyst sayshe has never seen the world in such crisisand never seen people so unconcerned! What a perilous situation we are living in!

Notice Haggai 1:3-4: “Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled [luxurious] houses, and this house lie waste?” Is it time for self-luxury as God’s work is neglected? Or is it a time to be sobered and shaken by God as never before?

“Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consideryour ways” (verse 5).

God tells us to consider our ways. Consider how much you concern yourself over acquiring luxurious goods and other personal things. Consider how little you are concerned about God’s house and the work of getting His message to the world.

In the 30 years or so that I have been writing about world affairs and the international economy, I have never seen a more dangerous confluence of circumstances, or more remarkable complacency.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Most people are too glutted on selfishness to even notice the dire situation we are in and how it mirrors the prelude to World War i and World War ii. But even for those who do see the danger—who are racing around the world trying to create peace—who among them talks about God? Who says anything about looking to His house and serving Him? Even the ambassadors of peace are just trying to use human reasoning and pressure to stabilize things so everyone can get back to luxuriating inside their ceiled houses.

Where is God in this world crisis? Where is His will, His wisdom, His input, His reason? Man is trying to solve his own problems and telling God, Just stay out of it! We’ll take care of it ourselves! But human beings can’t solve these conflicts. After millennia of war and two world wars in the past century, that ought to be obvious to anybody!

Our entrenched problems and conflicts are of such great magnitude that only our Creator can solve them. But we leave God out of the picture. So He tells us, Consider the way you’re living. The Hebrew in Haggai 1:5 means to set your heart on your ways. God is telling you to ask yourself, Am I really thinking the way God wants me to? Or are all my efforts just directed toward myself?

God is shaking the nations! And He is just starting. Conditions are going to get a hundredfold worse.

Notice: God repeats this to drive it home to us: “Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways” (verses 6-7). God is reasoning with people who are focused on themselves and their possessions—people who are working harder and harder yet have less and less. He points out to us: You’re not being blessed. We’re not receiving prosperity and peace and happy marriages and families. Yet all of those are blessings God wants to give us! So why are we not experiencing those blessings? God says, Consider your ways. You’re not living the way that causes these things you desire! Consider your ways!

God wants to give these blessings to us—to the whole world. And the Bible promises He will do it—within the next few years! Can God just take us as we are—selfish, evil, godless, ungrateful, greedy, violent—and pour all these blessings on us? Or does He need to shake us and correct us first?

Correction

“Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house” (Haggai 1:9).

What does that mean? God’s “house” is His work of proclaiming His message of warning and repentance and hope. That message ought to be going out to the world with power! But the people God is addressing are not concerned about that! God says, You are concerned about your house and your work, your ideas, your thoughts.

And when you try to acquire more for yourself, you are just putting those earnings into a sack with holes. That way of life never works out.

“Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands” (verses 9-11). God called for a drought upon the land. Do you think God wouldn’t do that? Do you think God’s job is to only send blessings of wealth and peace, and to never send you the blessing of punishment and correction?

God is going to get our attention one way or the other, and if we are so stubborn that He has to use deep horror to do it, He will. In fact, He has already prophesied it. God is shaking us out of our selfish little empire!

Another Way

But there are some few people on Earth who have a totally different lifestyle. God discusses them too. Haggai 1:12 describes more about Haggai’s end-time prophecy: “Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the Lord.”

These people do something different: They fear God. And look what happens to their lives: They are blessed at every turn. God wants to give the rest of the world such blessings, and He will! That is what this is all about—that is why the nations are being shaken! God is going to insist that they have these blessings and have their desires for peace and joy filled.

“Then spake Haggai the Lord’s messenger in the Lord’s message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the Lord” (verse 13). I, God, am with you! That is why you’re being blessed! I am with you! He is not with those in the nations who need to be shaken from rank selfishness and rebellion and sin. They don’t want God with them! They want to build their own empires, not God’s. But they still want Him to give them rain and crops and peace and safety—and then to stay out of their business.

This tiny minority is not that way, and God says: “I am with you.” “And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the Lord of hosts, their God” (verse 14). That effort just prospered and prospered and prospered. That is amazing.

Jeremiah 8 tells a similar story. It shows how God is going to bring His judgment upon our peoples because, as verse 9 says, “they have rejected the word of the Lord.” Verse 11 describes how people are going around “saying, Peace, peace;when there isno peace.” They want so desperately to believe that they can solve the world’s problems—but those false hopes are going to explode in their faces!

Isaiah 59:8 says, “The way of peace they know not”! This world’s ambassadors, diplomats, presidents and prime ministers don’t know the way of peace! Soon the chaos that this world is descending into will grow so fierce that they will have to acknowledge that truth!

God wants to show us how to have peace. All these prophecies of the troubled time we live in show us, in spectacular detail, where this is all leading. At the end of these crises, JesusChrist is going to return! Though chaos will engulf the nations for a few short years—tribulation so severe it will shake mankind to its knees—Christ will come to put an end to all that trouble. All these nightmares are directly tied to His Second Coming! And that is the best news we could hear!

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Britain About to Leave EU?

Britain was slapped with a £1.7 billion bill (us$2.7 billion) by the European Commission on October 23. European officials recalculated national payments to the European Union based on a nation’s economic progress since 1995. Due to Britain’s perceived economic growth, it has been ordered to pay this bill on top of its regular national payment, bringing this year’s total to £10.3 billion ($16.5 billion). To add salt to the wound, Eurocrats demand Britain pay the bill by December 1.

This one-off bill has British politicians outraged. Prime Minister David Cameron said, “If people think I am paying that bill on 1 December, they have another thing coming.” He insisted, “It is not going to happen.”

Downing Street later stated that Cameron was not bluffing, nor just trying to delay payment. He made it clear Britain would not pay the £1.7 billion under any circumstances. Cameron believes the demand is “totally unacceptable,” and wants to know how the EU finance officials arrived at their figure.

The prime minister continued his angry rant: “It is an unacceptable way for this organization to work—to suddenly present a bill like this for such a vast sum of money with so little time to pay it. It is an unacceptable way to treat one of the biggest contributors to the EU.” He continued, “We are not going to suddenly get out our check book and write a check for €2 billion.”

bbc reported that David Cameron “sounded like a prime minister unleashed; by turns scornful and furious, lectern thumping, downright angry.”

Other politicians also expressed disbelief. Conservative M.P. Peter Bone stated, “To pay £1.7 billion because of the success of our economy is just rubbish. The British people won’t put up with this.”

Asked how this bill would impact Britain remaining part of the EU, Mr. Cameron responded, “Well it certainly doesn’t help, let’s put it like that. … When you are presented with a bill like this, with a month to go, is that helpful for Britain’s membership of the European Union? No, it certainly is not.”

“[Y]ou do not join an association that suddenly thumps you with a bill for €2 billion three weeks before you’ve got to pay it. … [I]f it behaves in this way, it shouldn’t get surprised when its members say this cannot go on and it’s got to change,” he added

Is this bill a calculated move by European officials to remove Britain from the European Union?

Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Trumpet’s predecessor, the Plain Truth, knowing Bible prophecy wrote in 1956 that “Germany is the economic and military heart of Europe. Probably Germany will lead and dominate the coming United States of Europe. But Britain will be no part of it!”

December 1 stands as an important date for Britain’s relationship with Europe. Will Prime Minister David Cameron pay the European Commission? If he doesn’t, what will happen to Britain?

Will December 1 mark the beginning of Britain’s exit from the European Union?