A Nation in Quiet Turmoil

Germany appears healthy and stable, and many expect the good times to continue with Angela Merkel getting reelected this September. But all is not what it seems in Deutschland. The migrant crisis continues, and it’s undermining Germany socially and politically. Statistics show that the migrants are responsible for dramatic increases in crime, sex attacks and disease. Worse still, the Merkel administration, mainstream media and many local authorities are failing to recognize the extent of the problems and are failing to deal with the migrant crisis meaningfully. Germany is a nation in quiet turmoil—and even quiet revolt.

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Doomsday Averted on the Temple Mount—But for How Long?

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Doomsday Averted on the Temple Mount—But for How Long?

Listen to the July 19, 2017 edition of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

The situation on the ground in Jerusalem has been tense since the terrorist attack near the Temple Mount last Friday. In response to the attack, Israel set up metal detectors upon entry to the Temple Mount. The necessary security measure has Arabs enraged—some even call the move an “attack” by Israel. The Temple Mount is a powder keg about to explode! Bible prophecy says that World War III will be ignited by a conflict in Jerusalem. On today’s program, host Stephen Flurry interviews the Trumpet’sJerusalem correspondent for an update on the latest events in Jerusalem fulfilling biblical prophecy.

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The Bleak Future of the Royal Marines

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The Bleak Future of the Royal Marines

Elite units face crippling budget cuts.

The Royal Marine Commandos are among the most elite troops in the world. Since Charles ii created them in 1664, they have fought in every major war for Great Britain. Among their greatest moments were the bold seizure and heroic defense of Gibraltar during the War of Spanish Succession in 1704, the raid on Zeebrugge in 1918, and the three-day, 100-mile march during the Falklands War to capture Port Stanley.

The reputation and the traditions of the Royal Marines impressed Sir Winston Churchill so much, he said:

The long, rough and glorious history of the Royal Marines has shown that they have achieved much. They will achieve more.

They are a formidable and versatile company of warriors, as highly trained as any the world has seen.

Among the special skills of the Royal Marine Commandos is arctic warfare. They are a vital rapid-reaction force to any threats in the northern latitudes. This role is now in doubt. In an article titled ‘No Money’ to Send Marines on Cold-Weather Training,” Deborah Haynes wrote in the Times:

The Royal Marines will be unable to train in the snow-covered fjords of Norway next year because of a shortage of money, as the defense secretary said yesterday that a security review would be “refreshed.'’

The annual exercise involving up to 700 Marines is a vital part of commando training, but the Royal Navy is struggling to plug a gap of at least £500 million (us$652 million) in its budget. “This is a disaster for recruitment and retention,” a defense source said. “There is no money.”

The armed forces are suffering from £20 billion ($26 billion) “efficiency savings,” meaning programs are being cut to make up for the budget shortfall. Front-line units, like the Royal Marines, are victims of merciless cuts. These specific cuts to arctic training could not come at a worse time, as the arctic theater is a likely source of conflict. The Times continued to quote its defense source as saying that with Russia moving aggressively into the Arctic, this is a dangerous time to cut back. “This is essentially giving up on our northern flank and signaling to the Russians that we can’t be bothered to do it,” the Times quoted one source saying. The article continued:

A second defense source confirmed that overseas training for the Marines was being targeted to save money. “The military is in a parlous state,” he said.

With Russia keenly eyeing the regions energy resources, it poses a threat to nato and the West. Very few units are as qualified as the Royal Marines to operate in those conditions. The UK’s ability to wage a war on any front is deteriorating at a terrifying rate. This is all occurring in the backdrop of an increasingly unstable world, where the UK’s enemies are rapidly rebuilding their war machines.

With several expensive investments, especially the Queen Elizabeth class carriers, and the F-35 fighter jets needed to outfit the carriers, there is not enough money to cover all the vital security costs. To some, the government’s policy is sheer folly, with Sir Max Hastings going so far as to suggest that the new Elizabeth carriers should be scuttled and the money put back in the Armed Forces. Even with the traditionally pro-military Conservatives in power, the military is suffering.

This is not the only threat the Marines face, however. Back in March, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon admitted that the future of the Royal Marines is under threat, and that the size of the force would be cut from 7,000 to 5,000. The Royal Navy is in the impossible situation of choosing between the Marine Commandos and the aircraft carrier—in the end, it might lose both.

While these cuts may hurt the morale of the Royal Marines, they are still an elite force. But the fact that a fighting force with such rich traditions, history and effectiveness is under threat clearly reveals the state of the UK. The financial status of the pound sterling is on the brink of disaster, and there seems to be no good way out. With Brexit negotiations going on for the next year or two, the British will have to increasingly rely on themselves for defense. The prospects are grim, and the loss of vital capability, troop numbers and morale will leave the once proud British Armed Forces in shambles.

The Royal Marines are just one such proud military institution of the English-speaking peoples that is suffering from declines. The American Marine Corps has also suffered a serious blow to prestige with the Marines United pornography scandal. It is a dangerous sign of national sickness when the armed forces are being undermined by their own culture and government. For the past 200 years, the British Empire, its dominions and the United States defended the world from tyrants without shirking from the sacrifices needed.

While the warriors are still willing to fight and sacrifice, it is clear our societies are war-weary and no longer united against our enemies. Not only do government budgets undermine the strength of our armed forces, but they also corrupt the culture of our people. The Royal Marines have some of the richest military heritage in the world, yet they are becoming a dying breed. Although often victorious on the battlefield, they are being defeated by their own people in times of peace.

More than 80 years ago, one man predicted the spectacular fall of Great Britain and the United States. To learn more about these vital biblical prophecies, order Herbert W. Armstrong’s free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

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The Closing of the American Mind—30 Years On

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The Closing of the American Mind—30 Years On

Keep an open mind, ‘but not so open that your brains fall out.’

Every year at Herbert W. Armstrong College, each freshmen walks into the college bookstore and buys Allan Bloom’s book on modern education: The Closing of the American Mind. To be truly educated, it’s helpful to know what education shouldn’t be.

Or as Prof. Walter Kotschnig told students at Mount Holyoke College in 1940: Keep an open mind, “but not so open that your brains fall out.”

Bloom’s book came out in 1987—30 years ago—became hugely successful, and was then thoroughly attacked. Werner Dannhauser collected the main criticisms into 16 categories, which include, among others: idealism, sexism, racism, elitism, esoteric writing, sloppy writing, ignorance of professional philosophy and bad scholarship. One critic called it “Hitleresque.” Not much to worry about, these are the usual criticisms of anything conservative.

In the first sentence of the introduction, the freshmen are hit with the heart of Bloom’s critique. “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.”

If this belief is put to the test, one can count on the students’ reaction: they will be uncomprehending. That anyone should regard the proposition as not self-evident astonishes them, as though he were calling into question 2 + 2 = 4. These are things you don’t think about.

Right and wrong, good and evil—these are cultural things. Ever changing and based on one’s culture: where they lived or what time they lived. “The danger [students] have been taught to fear from absolutism is not error, but intolerance,” Bloom continued.

And later on in the book, the resulting conclusion:

Openness used to be the virtue that permitted us to seek the good by using reason. It now means accepting everything and denying reason’s power.

Thirty years have passed since Bloom wrote those sentences. Has he not been vindicated? When we look at universities, the media or public policy, the culture of tolerance trumps even the culture of reason.

Take the Family Policy Institute of Washington’s Joseph Backholm, who interviewed students of Washington University in 2016. “There’s been a lot of talk about identity lately,” he says. “But how far does it go? And is it possible to be wrong?”

He starts by asking students if it’s fine if he identifies as a woman. “Good for you. OK,” he receives as a reply. What about identifying as Chinese? Still fine. What about a 7-year-old? OK. What about as 6 feet, 5 inches tall (Backholm is 5 feet, 9 inches). In the end, the students are hesitant to believe he is really 6-foot-5, but they are willing to accept he believes it and won’t tell him he is wrong.

Backholm concludes: “It shouldn’t be hard to tell a 5-foot-9 white guy that he’s not a 6-foot-5 Chinese woman. But clearly it is. Why? What does that say about our culture? And what does that say about our ability to answer the questions that actually are difficult?”

Truth on College Campuses

In The Closing of the American Mind, Bloom spent a lot of time discussing the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. He does so not because Plato is right about everything. It’s because Plato believed there was right and wrong, and it was man’s duty to find the truth.

Plato used a technique called dialogue. In his books, various citizens come to Plato’s teacher, Socrates, to discuss topics through questions and answers. Eventually, through questions, answers, counters and retorts, Socrates believed one could find the truth.

Compare this to the recent protests on campuses over conservative speakers. It’s now routine to see students try to shut down speeches because they hear the speakers are “fascists,” “racists,” “xenophobes” or “white nationalists.” It has happened to Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California–Berkeley, Ben Shapiro at California State University, Gavin McInnes at New York University, and Charles Murray at Middlebury College.

The students carry banners with cheap slogans and shout until the speaker decides to leave or hold the talk elsewhere. It’s unlikely, especially in the case of Murray, that the students have even read the speakers’ work. They’ve just heard they’re evil, racist xenophobes that need to be silenced.

It would be as if Socrates, engaging in diaologue, suddenly met a new citizen. Instead of questions and answers, the Greek citizen simply held up a banner—“corrupter of the youth!”—and shouted obscenities until Socrates shut up and left.

British journalist Melanie Phillips experienced the same thing when touring the United States in May. Arriving at UC–Berkeley, she was told protesters had made the original speaking venue “too dangerous” to attend and was moved to a “more discreet center.”

A few days later, Phillips arrived at the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus. She was not harassed. Protesters did not shout her lecture down. Students at Herbert W. Armstrong College are taught there is truth—that it comes from a source beyond man—and that it is their duty to live that truth through action.

The Progression of Education

In the third section of his book, Bloom gave a whirlwind history of Western thought.

He began with the Greek philosophers—mainly Socrates. Socrates believed it was possible to find the right way to live through philosophy. The ideal world would come through “philosopher kings” who could find the right way to run society.

Then returned the age of divine revelation—for better or worse—when Christian dogma determined the truth.

Then onto the Enlightenment. Revealed truth was discarded and men believed reason alone could determine the truth about everything and the solution for every problem.

Finally, the era of moral relativism. The rationalists saw that every culture, at every time in history, thought they had the truth. They couldn’t all be right. They concluded that everything one saw and believed was filtered through the lens of their culture, their background, their time in history. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche summed it up: “There are no facts, only interpretations.”

The result in education is the mind being so open it becomes closed. If you’re open to everything then nothing can be wrong.

You arrive at 2017, where students can’t tell a 5-foot-9 white man he isn’t a 6-foot-5 Chinese woman.

Here’s how Bloom concluded this paradox (emphasis added):

The so-called knowledge explosion and increasing specialization have not filled up the college years but emptied them. … These great universities—which can split the atom, find cures for the most terrible diseases, conduct surveys of whole populations and produce massive dictionaries of lost languages—cannot generate a modest program of general education for undergraduate students. This is a parable for our times.

Bloom wrote that in 1987. And yet the same ideas were written decades earlier by Herbert W. Armstrong as he explained the paradox of man’s supreme knowledge and continuing troubles:

We send men to cavort about on the moon and return them safely back to Earth. Unmanned spacecraft land on Mars and send back to Earth close-up photographs of the Martian surface. Other unmanned spacecraft fly close to Jupiter and send back astonishing pictures of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. Surgeons transplant human hearts and other organs. … But paradoxically, it’s also a world of ignorance! Even the educated know not how to solve their problems and the world’s evils. They know not the way of peace or the true values of life!

Alan Bloom and Herbert Armstrong both saw the collapse of higher education. But they had different solutions. At the end of his book, Bloom advocated a return to reading the “great books”—the classic texts of history—as their authors intended them: as a quest for truth.

Every freshmen at Herbert W. Armstrong College receives a different message, with the guidance of their college’s namesake. In 1966, he told students:

[T]rue education is not of the intellect alone but of the whole personality—not alone of technologies, sciences and arts, but an understanding of the purpose of life, a knowledge of the spiritual laws which govern our lives, our God-relationship and human relationships; not a memorizing of knowledge alone but a thorough training in self-discipline, self-expression, cultural and character development; not book learning only, but broadening travel and experience; not only hearing and learning, but doing.

That view of education is explored in our booklet Education With Vision, which is also the motto of Herbert W. Armstrong College (download your free copy). It was written by Trumpet executive editor and Herbert W. Armstrong College president Stephen Flurry, who taught for many years the Principles of Living course where freshmen read The Closing of the American Mind. That education is based not on the rationalist idea that “there are no facts, only interpretations,” but on that fact that there is truth, and you find while searching, and living by, the Bible.

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Japan Uses G-20 to Improve Relations With China, Russia

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Japan Uses G-20 to Improve Relations With China, Russia

Tokyo is burying the hatchet with old enemies, but it comes at a cost.

Japan doesn’t have many friends in Asia these days. Its history during World War ii, together with its current territorial disputes, has isolated the nation. However, Tokyo has made great efforts over the past few months to heal old wounds and become more involved with its neighbors, particularly China and Russia.

Chinese-Japanese relations have been tense, at best, since World War ii, and have, at times, come close to open conflict. Territorial disputes over the contested Senkaku-Diaoyu Islands came to a head in 2012 and nearly led to a full-blown war. At that time, it would have been difficult to believe that the two nations could ever be close allies.

However, relations between the two have taken a huge step forward, particularly in the last few months. The latest sign that relations are beginning to thaw came on July 8 at the G-20 summit, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe sat down with Chinese President Xi Jinping for 40 minutes to discuss how the two nations could cooperate. Following the meeting, Abe unexpectedly announced his intention to cooperate with China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, an infrastructure project aimed to better connect Asian markets to Europe and Africa.

This is the first time the two leaders have met in 10 months, and it is the culmination of months of meetings between high-level officials of both nations that began in May. Following the meeting, Abe told reporters that the project “has potential. We hope the initiative will contribute to regional and global peace and prosperity by adopting ideas held by all in the international community. We want to cooperate in that respect.” Prime Minister Abe also reportedly told President Xi that he wanted to hold a summit between Japan, China and South Korea at the “earliest possible” opportunity.

All this is coming at a time when the Asia Pacific region is becoming increasingly volatile. On July 4, North Korea successfully tested a missile that had intercontinental range. While North Korea still doesn’t have the technology to attach a nuclear warhead to the missile, it is yet another provocative act that puts Japan, an ally of America, in the firing line.

To ensure its survival, Japan has two options to help solve this problem: China and America. Both nations have their advantages to Japan. America has been an unwavering ally of Japan since World War ii, with the military muscle to back up Japan in any conflict. However, United States President Donald Trump is unpredictable and increasingly pulling America off the world stage.

China, on the other hand, has been no committed friend, but has proved willing to work with Japan. It also holds a much stronger sway over North Korea because of their trade relations, so it could be more influential in stopping the North from sending a nuke Japan’s way. In addition, North Korea’s hostilities are aimed at America and American interests. If Japan were to distance itself from America, it may take itself out of North Korea’s crosshairs.

In addition to easing tensions with China, Japan has also taken steps to better its relations with Russia. The two nations have had strained relations since World War ii and have been locked in a territorial dispute over the Kuril island chain since 1947. The islands were seized by Russian forces at the end of the war, forcing 17,000 Japanese residents to flee. No formal treaty was negotiated between the two nations after the war ended, meaning the two nations are technically still at war.

But Japan is looking to put an end to that dispute as well. “A peace treaty between Japan and Russia has not been concluded yet, even after 70 years have passed since the end of World War ii,” Prime Minister Abe said in April. “It is an extremely unusual situation. Infinite possibilities are latent in the cooperation between Japan and Russia.”

As with China, Japan has been sending key government officials to Russia to help smooth things over. On June 27, Japan sent a 70-member delegation to the Kuril islands for a five-day meeting with Russian officials. This was the first delegation from Japan to visit the islands since 1998, and it came just a few months after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Japan in December. This was the first time in 11 years that Putin had visited Japan.

At the G-20 summit, Abe also took time to talk to Putin about the Kuril island dispute. Stratfor reported, “The two leaders agreed to have Japanese and Russian deputy foreign ministers meet in August to finalize joint economic projects in the Southern Kurils that may include salmon fishing, hospitality, medical care, transportation and hybrid wind-diesel power plants. Abe will then head a Japanese delegation to the third annual Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 6-7.”

As with China, Japan will have to make some hard decisions in order to improve its relations with Russia. Again it finds itself stuck between Russia and America. “A key step in resolving the dispute would be for Japan to lift sanctions on Russia, which it has been unwilling to do because of U.S. pressure to maintain them,” Stratfor reported. If Japan hopes to make any headway with Russia, it will have to abandon more of its support for America and its policies.

Right now Japan is facing a crossroads. For over 70 years it has been allied with America and American interests. But to continue with America means increased isolation from the rising powers of China and Russia. It means continued hostilities as these two powers continue to flex their muscles in the Asia Pacific region against America and its allies. It means continued threat from a more and more belligerent North Korea. All the while, Japan is thousands of miles away from its sole protector, America, which is governed by a president who has repeatedly called into question America’s commitment to Japan and its security.

Japan’s other option is to cast in its lot with Russia and China. This would come at a cost though. It would require a complete abandoning of America and American interests in the region. This is a huge gamble for Japan, but it seems to guarantee a more secure position in the Pacific.

The National Interest recently wrote, “Are Japan-China relations beginning to improve? Recent developments have led some observers to conclude that is the case, but the future of bilateral relations remains hazy.” To those who lack the clear lens of Bible prophecy, the future of Japan does seem hazy. But the Trumpet forecasts that Japan, a strong ally of America, will one day abandon that alliance in favor of China and Russia.

“There is an utter inevitability of the ultimate tie-up between Japan and Red China!” the February 1963 Plain Truth said. “The big question is how long China will remain ‘Red’ and survive without a tie-up with Japanese capitalism.”

For decades, the Plain Truth forecast that Japan would be an important part of the future Eastern bloc that the Bible calls the “kings of the east.” The Trumpet continues to watch this trend today. Watch as Japan continues its creep from America toward its Asian neighbors. This trend is documented in our booklets He Was Rightand Russia and China in Prophecy. It has been a long, slow process, but one day soon America will be shocked to see Japan side with China and Russia. Those with the clear light of Bible prophecy won’t be, because it was forecast long ago.

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There Is No Gender Neutrality With God the Father

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There Is No Gender Neutrality With God the Father

Listen to the July 18, 2017 edition of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

In the very first chapter of the Bible, God says He made human beings male and female. Few people, even in the world of religion, have ever stopped to consider why. On today’s program, Stephen Flurry looks at why God made human beings male and female—and at the confusion that results when God-ordained laws are ignored.