Three Things the Trumpet Is Watching in the German Elections

Germany’s election is entering the home stretch.

The German elections are just around the corner. It could prove to be a major milestone, not just for Germany but for all of Europe.

But how can you make sense of the closing moments of this campaign, and what should you be looking for in the actual results of the election?

Here are three of the main things we’re watching at

1. Watch the impact of the Alternative für Deutschland.

This party will almost certainly enter parliament for the first time, giving it a much louder voice. But support for the AfD goes well beyond those who vote for it. Many more agree with a lot of what the party says, but are put off by the stigma surrounding it. The AfD’s success could help push German politics further to the right.

2. Watch what the new government sounds like.

Angela Merkel is projected to remain Germany’s chancellor after the vote. If she does, what will her government look and sound like? Will she shift to the right in the AfD? Or will she ignore it—storing up much larger problems later?

3. Watch Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

Talk of Guttenberg joining the next cabinet is rife. Watch how successful he is.

And keep watching this election. The Bible is full of specific prophecies about modern Germany—prophecies we’ve been proclaiming for decades. They foretell a major political change in Germany and, in so many ways, you can see that we are already on the cusp of that upheaval. The stage is set and these elections could play a huge role in how these prophecies unfold.

For a deeper understanding of what is going on in Germany, read our free booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent.

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Week in Review: Russian War Games, Calls for U.S. of Europe, Italy’s Deal With Libya, U.S. Wildfires, and Much More

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Show Notes

  • Russia has started its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War this week in Belarus. It’s another aggressive move that has Europeans nervous and wondering if all those troops will go home once the war games end.
  • The president of the European Commission this week laid out his vision of Europe’s future, and despite Britain choosing to leave the unification project, Eurocrats are still going full steam ahead.
  • The flow of migrants from Libya into Italy slowed dramatically last month—and it turns out it was because of a shady deal Europeans made with some unsavory groups within Libya.
  • We’ll also talk about terrorism in London—the environmental disasters in the United States you didn’t hear about because of hurricanes Harvey and Irma—the real meaning behind sanctions against North Korea—how Hezbollah’s budget has quadrupled since the nuclear deal with Iran went into effect—and how opioid addiction has quadrupled just since 2000.


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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (September 17)

This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (September 17)

Germany’s rise, China’s potential death blow to the dollar, and more

Here are five of the most important news stories this week, as well as relevant links to the full articles and videos here on

Why Won’t God Bless America?

In the immediate aftermath of terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, God seemed to be everywhere: on signs, in song, at school and sporting events, in government.

A few hours after America’s worst terrorist attack, 16 years ago, members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, who were gathered on the East Front steps of the Capitol, spontaneously broke into an emotional rendition of “God Bless America.”

God can indeed bless America; He promised to do so in Deuteronomy 11:26-28. And He also promised in the same chapter to curse America. All people who believe in God need to understand what it is that inspires Him to bless us and what it is that obliges Him to not bless us.

A More Powerful, More Assertive, More Terrifying Germany Is Coming!

Susanne Beyer, editor in chief of Der Spiegel, wrote that Germany “is boiling under the surface. There is hatred against Merkel, especially in east Germany. There is hatred on the Internet for everything and everyone, especially the elites. There is hatred in the streets, especially for those of darker skin.”

That is why far-right and far-left parties like the Alternative for Germany and Die Linke are growing stronger. And as international relations expert George Friedman once wrote, “In Berlin at least, the German political system has shattered. … [T]he European foundation—Germany—is moving toward a major political crisis that will resonate.”

That crisis will eventually explode and initiate a course of events that will bring about the rise of a new, more powerful, more assertive, more terrifying Germany! It will worsen if Angela Merkel is reelected on September 24.

Where Is the Praise for Israel’s Attack on Assad’s Chemical Weapons Facility?

On September 7, Israeli missiles struck and destroyed a Syrian military site known for its production and development of chemical weapons—and the international community was largely silent about it.

Experts had reported that the site was frequented by Iranian chemical weapons specialists and Hezbollah operatives. The United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria had released a statement a day before the attack saying it had compiled extensive evidence to show that Syrian forces had used chemical weapons 20 times during the Syrian civil war. This included the Sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhun in April, which killed 83 Syrians.

Logic and Bible prophecy show that Israel will not bomb every terrorist outpost in the Middle East unilaterally. The Bible indicates that Israel will be so desperate and isolated that it will seek help from an unlikely ally that is committed to fighting terrorism, among its other ambitious goals.

China’s New Gold-Backed Oil Benchmark to Deal Blow to U.S. Dollar

The Nikkei Asian Review reported on September 1 that China will soon introduce a crude oil futures contract denominated in yuan and convertible into gold. Such a move by the world’s largest oil importer could deal a major blow to the global influence of the United States dollar. And a death blow to the dollar has spectacular prophetic ramifications.

Encouraging Gender Fluidity Is Child Abuse

It is not entirely unusual for a 2-year-old, just learning to talk, to occasionally mix up pronouns concerning gender. Just like it is not uncommon for a 2-year-old boy playing with a sister to pick up a pink purse or doll and play with it. This innocence is a form of transgenderism that most parents have naturally corrected to guide their children. Encouraging it introduces confusion into a child’s mind concerning sexual identity. And it is extremely harmful.

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Facing North Korean Threat, Japan Considers Nukes

In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, South Korea’s missile system firing Hyunmu-2 firing a missile into the East Sea during a drill aimed to counter North Korea’s missile fires on September 15, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea.
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Facing North Korean Threat, Japan Considers Nukes

Latest North Korean missile test spurs Japan’s remilitarization program.

Less than three weeks ago, North Korea alarmed Japan by firing an intercontinental ballistic missile over Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Friday morning, residents of the island were again rudely awakened by the sound of air raid sirens as another missile flew overhead. With yesterday’s test, North Korea proved that it does actually have the capability to strike the island of Guam.

North Korea has repeatedly threatened to bomb Guam, which is a United States military base. Friday morning’s missile traveled about 3,700 kilometers. Guam is only 3,380 kilometers from North Korea, which means that the rogue nation has proved it is capable of carrying out its threat.

The missile test comes after a string of nuclear tests. The last was on September 3, when North Korea successfully tested its largest hydrogen bomb ever.

North Korea’s rhetoric focuses on America, but after the latest round of sanctions, it has started to threaten Japan as well. A North Korean state news agency expressed the government’s outrage: “Let’s reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness. Let’s vent our spite with mobilization of all retaliation means which have been prepared till now.

“The wicked [Japanese] should not be pardoned … [they have been] dancing to the tune of the U.S. ‘sanctions.’ The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by [our] nuclear bomb.”

Japan is worried, and for good reason. The island nation is directly in North Korea’s line of fire. Ken Kato, a Tokyo-based human rights activist, told the Telegraph on Friday: “Japanese people have not been subjected to this kind of threat since the end of the war more than 70 years ago. People genuinely feel that unless something is done quite soon, then their families are at risk.

“[T]hese missile launches and nuclear tests are leading a lot of people to conclude that Japan needs its own nuclear deterrent.

“Personally, the launch did not come as much of a surprise because this is becoming a fact of life for us in Japan. But there is also a growing sense of anger among ordinary people” (emphasis added throughout).

Even before the latest missile test, former Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba said, “Is it really right for us to say that we will seek the protection of U.S. nuclear weapons but we don’t want them inside our country?” He was referring to Japan’s three nonnuclear principles, which have governed the nation’s nuclear policy since the 1960s. The government has strictly followed them, even though they are not law. The principles state Japan’s resolve “not to manufacture or possess nuclear weapons nor permit their introduction into Japanese territory.”

A senior defense policymaker in the Japanese government told Reuters, “Perhaps it’s time for our three principles to become two.” Either Japan could bring in nuclear weapons from an outside source, or it could make them itself.

This may be a hard sell for the Japanese people. Japan does not have a positive history with nuclear weapons. After all, it is the only nation that has ever dealt with a nuclear attack. This has made the Japanese people resistant to having nuclear weapons on their soil. Ishiba commented on this attitude: “If Japan, the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack, possessed nuclear weapons, it would send a message that it’s fine for anyone in the world to have them.”

But even though Japan has traditionally been resistant to developing nuclear weapons, the North Korean threat is weakening its national resolve against nukes. The nation is literally under fire. This may push it to take more drastic action than it has in the past.

If Japan does decide to build nuclear weapons, it already has the necessary materials on hand. The country has a strong system of nuclear power plants and the technological knowledge it would need. Ishiba estimated that if Japan did decide to build nuclear missiles, it would be able to do it within a year.

At the very least, North Korea’s aggression has pushed Japan to strengthen its defense. It has also pushed the country to develop stronger offensive capabilities. This is despite the fact that the country’s constitution forbids it from having land, sea or air forces. However, Japan has loosened its interpretation of that clause over the last few years.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on September 5 that the United States would be providing Japan and South Korea with “a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment.” He did not specify what that equipment would be.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Japan last week that the U.S. will “work with Japan to enhance its ballistic missile defense capabilities.” This is a far cry from the Japan of 30 years ago, when military growth was seen as anathema.

If Japan does work toward developing nuclear weapons, that would indicate that the country is moving away from its alliance with America. A former senior U.S. military commander told Reuters, “This would signal that the Japanese no longer have confidence in U.S. extended deterrence. That would essentially mean that they no longer have confidence in the alliance.”

As Japan has been slowly remilitarizing over the last few years, the Trumpet has documented the process. We watch Japan’s remilitarization because this nation has an important part in Bible prophecy!

Herbert W. Armstrong predicted in the March 1971 Plain Truth that Japan would again become a military power. He wrote, “[W]e should not lose sight of the fact that Japan has become so powerful economically that it could build a military force of very great power very rapidly.” We are watching this happen right now.

Japan is also slowly moving away from its alliance with America. The Bible indicated that this would happen. Japan will instead become closely allied with its Asian neighbors. Our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy says:

Seventy-five years ago, Japan sought to extend its empire via military might. After decades of decolonization, development and growth in the Far East, Japan now faces a vastly different and more powerful China and a much more industrialized collective Asian sphere. It must fulfill its goals using very different means from those it used in the 1940s. Any dominance Japan now seeks in the Eastern Hemisphere must be done via alliances and treaties.

This effort will result in a nuclear alliance!

If Japan decided to do so, it could become an independent nuclear power within a single year. Voices within Japan calling for such action are getting louder. …

Watch for coming agreements between Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and others to harness the maverick North Korea and muscle the U.S. out of Oriental diplomacy in Korea and Taiwan.

We are seeing this happen in the news today. How do we know to watch these trends? Because we read about them in the Bible. The Bible predicts that, very soon, there will be a strong bloc of allied Asian nations—a 200 million-man army—that will threaten the rising power in Europe. The April 1968 Plain Truth said:

Despite its many national, religious and political differences, Asia will ultimately be welded together into a common power bloc. It will ultimately send its military muscle into the Middle East at the return of Jesus Christ. This prophecy is recorded in Revelation 16:12 and 16. Japan will play a vital role in this battle.

This is why we watch Japan. Each small step toward remilitarization is one more step toward this prophesied Asian alliance. To understand more about Japan’s role in this alliance, request our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.

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The Fatal Danger in Not Teaching History

The American and British peoples are afflicted by a crisis: They no longer care about history!

Many of the leaders in America and Britain today not only don’t learn history but have contempt for it. Melanie Phillips wrote for the London Times on Feb. 6, 2000, that then British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government was “obsessed with modernity and contemptuous of history and tradition.”

How could that be the case in a society that exalts higher education? Because higher education is not true education. Academics say that history is of very little value. Hating one’s own history is a dangerous disease!

In an article for the Washington Post on Dec. 23, 2001, George Will wrote:

[Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney] recalled a 1999 survey of college seniors at 55 elite colleges, from Princeton to Stanford, which revealed that only 22 percent knew that the words “government of the people, by the people, for the people” are from the Gettysburg Address. Forty percent could not place the Civil War in the second half of the 19th century. Only 44 percent could place Lincoln’s presidency in the period 1860–1880. …

Such questions should not be difficult for high school seniors. But at the time of the survey, none of the 55 colleges and universities required a course in American history. And students could graduate from 78 percent of them without taking any history course.

History is being erased from our educational system! This is a deadly crisis.

Savior of the West

Winston Churchill deeply valued history. “Churchill’s reading of history reinforced his early education to exalt heroic virtues,” Henry Steele Commager wrote in the introduction to Marlborough, Churchill’s biography of his ancestor.

Churchill saved Western Civilization during World War ii. He learned how to be a hero from his history books. Don’t we need to understand more about this man and how Britain was almost destroyed because the people wouldn’t listen to his warning?

“He cherished, as a law of history, the principle of a people who flout those virtues are doomed to decay and disillusion, and that a people who respect them, will prosper and survive,” Commager continued. Churchill was an expert in secular history, much of which prophesies about the future!

Churchill believed that history is a way of teaching by example. In the Marlborough introduction, Commager gave seven lessons that history teaches (emphasis mine throughout):

First, history was not just the pursuit of idle hours but was, itself, philosophy and, rightly read, furnished lessons which statesmen could ponder and apply.

Second, history was both memory and prophecy. It provided the counsel and the solace of the long view both to the past and to the future. …

Third, history followed great cycles: The same themes recurred, again and again, the same drama was played out, from age to age; and as men had somehow survived the vicissitudes of the past there was ground to hope that they might survive those of the present and the future. Thus four times Britain had fought to rescue Europe from the grip of a tyrant—Louis xiv, Napoleon, Kaiser William and Hitler—and four times Britain had succeeded in saving Europe and, with it, the cause of liberty and justice. …

Fourth, history bore witness to the vital importance of national character, for character was as important to a people as to an individual, and every nation must be alert to defend and preserve it. That each nation had a special character Churchill did not doubt, and as he contemplated the long arch of centuries he was led to a fifth conclusion, that it was, above all, the English character which had lighted up the corridors of time, flickering now and then but mostly pure and clear and even luminous—the English character and that of England’s daughter nations around the globe.

From all this flowed a sixth lesson, that the test of greatness was politics and war. …

History—not least the history of war—taught a seventh lesson, and taught it not only to Churchill but through him: the vital importance of leadership.

Churchill had vision like no one else because of his love for history.

America’s Greatest President

In a statement on March 30, 1863, declaring a national day of fasting, Abraham Lincoln said:

[I]t is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

Lincoln believed the Civil War was punishment for excluding God from American society. Hatred for history today is a dual problem. We have already examined the importance of secular history. Even more important is biblical history. Both kinds are under attack in America and Britain.

Just before the Civil War, Lincoln said, “Unless the great God who assisted [President George Washington], shall be with and aid me, I must fail. But if the same omniscient mind, and the same Almighty arm that directed and protected him, shall guide and support me, I shall not fail; I shall succeed. Let us all pray that the God of our fathers may not forsake us now.”

Through Lincoln’s strong leadership, America remained united. Imagine a world in which America to this day were split into two smaller, weaker nations!

Lincoln involved God in the preservation of the nation. He learned from biblical history, which was recorded specifically so we will do just that! “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).

The Biblical Archaeologist

Essential to the success of Churchill and Lincoln was their understanding of history. The same is true for archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who excavates according to the history of the Bible.

In an article for the Philadelphia Trumpet on March 14, 2008, titled “Defending Eilat Mazar—and the Biblical Record,” my son, Stephen, wrote:

[A]nswering scholars who criticize Eilat Mazar’s discoveries of King David’s palace in 2005, and Nehemiah’s Wall in 2007, Herschel Shanks recently wrote in Biblical Archaeology Review, “No one would question her professional competence as an archaeologist. Her chief sin, however, is that she is interested in what archaeology can tell us about the Bible.”

To academics, using the Bible as a reputable historical document is a shameful embarrassment!

The fruits show that Dr. Mazar’s unique method works. She discovered King David’s palace by studying 2 Samuel 5:17: “But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.”

My son continued:

Near the end of David’s palace construction, the Philistines attacked. And since the new palace may not have been reinforced strongly enough to withstand the Philistine assault, verse 17 says David went down to the citadel to barricade himself within the city walls until the conflict ended. This, Eilat Mazar theorized more than 10 years ago, indicates that David’s new palace stood on higher ground than the Jebusite fortress. She published her theory in Biblical Archaeology Review in January 1997. Under the title “Excavate King David’s Palace,” on a two-page spread picturing an artist’s rendering of the ancient City of David, Mazar drew an arrow pointing at the north end of the city, underneath the caption “it’s there.” She wrote, “Careful examination of the biblical text combined with sometimes unnoticed results of modern archaeological excavations in Jerusalem enable us, I believe, to locate the site of King David’s palace. Even more exciting, it is in an area that is now available for excavation. If some regard as too speculative the hypothesis I shall put forth in this article, my reply is simply this: Let us put it to the test in the way archaeologists always try to test their theories—by excavation.”

Scholars find it fashionable to reject God’s Word. Where has this gotten them? Have they uncovered David’s palace, Nehemiah’s wall, Solomon’s wall, or clay seals from the time of Jeremiah? Dr. Mazar has!

Rejecting secular history leads to rejecting biblical history. That’s why the downward trend in America, Britain and even the Jewish state is so alarming! Satan has deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9). That includes educators and religious leaders. Only a tiny remnant of God’s loyal people heeds the lessons from history, which is so important to our eternal future.

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The United States of Europe, the Daniel 8 Man and the Sins of Jeroboam

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on September 13, 2017.

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Listen to the Sept. 15, 2017, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

A European superpower is about to emerge. All that’s missing is a strong leader to get the project moving. With Britain on the way out and Europe entrenched in crises, the Continent is ripe for a confident leader to pull it out of this mess. Bible prophecy describes the qualities of this leader and the conditions that will give way to his rise. These prophecies are being fulfilled right now. We discuss this and more on today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show.