How World War III Will Start

The greatest event in mankind’s history is about to take place.

Is World War iii imminent?

The Bible answers: Yes.

In Matthew 24, Christ prophesied that prior to His return there would be “great tribulation.” “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). The “great tribulation” is World War iii.

Christ also warned that World War iii would be so violent that “except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved” (verse 22). Only one type of conflict can threaten human survival: global nuclear war.

How will World War iii begin?

Christ said the “great tribulation” would be triggered by events in Jerusalem. “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation there of is nigh” (Luke 21:20).

Daniel 11:40 prophesies that World War iii will begin with the clash of two great powers:

  1. The king of the north: a German-led, Catholic European empire
  2. The king of the south: an Iran-led axis of radical Islamist organizations and nations

Verse 41 reveals that this clash revolves around Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14:2 describes the capturing of East Jerusalem by Arabs supported by Iran. The capture of East Jerusalem will be the catalyst for the “king of the north” to descend on the Middle East and crush the “king of the south.” This battle will initiate World War iii.

This time of Great Tribulation will culminate in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

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North Africa Is Suffering Its Own 9/11s

Men and Somalian soldiers arrive on the site to rescue victims of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, on October 14, 2017.

North Africa Is Suffering Its Own 9/11s

And the West barely notices. We shouldn’t let it go ignored.

In the northern parts of Africa, that inhabited continent most abandoned by our Western newsreels, there are horrific bombings—African 9/11s, so to speak—occurring at a frequency that ought to stun.

They haven’t, of course, considering those events skitter onto the front page for a brief while before being rapidly displaced by stories of knee-bowings or presidential phone calls. The destruction of city streets and loved ones, communities and illusions of security, all in the name of jihad, bring no such fleeting emotions.

Take, for example, the latest bombing of Mogadishu, the capital city on the east coast of Somalia. Last Saturday, October 14, a truck masquerading as a transporter of agricultural products drove into the city, stopped outside what used to be the Safari Hotel, and triggered the approximately 350 kilograms of explosives it was hiding. Surrounding the Safari Hotel—which, if you check is now registered as “Closed”—are government offices, restaurants and kiosks. The explosion ignited a nearby fuel tanker.

After the blast, the government decided to bury at least 160 of the dead, which were charred beyond recognition. Somali President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed donated some of his own blood to hospital banks before calling on his citizens to do the same.

As the dust settled, the street was a picture of brown and gray destruction, highlighted only by the colorful dress of Somali men and women helping among the ruins. Over 300 people were killed; about the same number were injured.

To a country like Somalia, with around 14 million people, having 300 die in a terrorist bombing has a greater impact on its population than America’s 9/11. On that terrible day in 2001, 3,000 Americans, in a country of around 300 million, were killed by Islamists. Not that suffering of that type can be quantified, but in mere population terms, Somalia’s attack was nearly twice as impactful.

Not that this one event was rare, though. The most recent statistics from the Institute for Economics and Peace show that in 2015, Somalia saw 659 of its citizens killed in terrorist attacks. Over 90 percent of those attacks were perpetrated by the al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab, which most believe organized the recent attack.

Yet among the Institute’s Global Terrorism Index, Somalia only ranks as the eighth-most dangerous country for terrorism. Among those other countries sharing its desert terrain, the true North Africans, are Egypt and Libya, who rank ninth and 10th respectively. In Egypt, which is actively fighting Islamist groups, the Index reports 662 dead and 835 injured through terrorism, nearly all of which were instigated by the Sinai Province of the Islamic State. Libya, which remained untouched by terrorists until 2012, is reported to have 454 dead and 660 injured.

Algeria has been plagued by terrorists for years, and even Americans know of Nigeria’s horrific war against Boko Haram. Although, perhaps they are only aware because of Michelle Obama’s prayer on Twitter: #BringBackOurGirls.

In short, radical Islam has a presence in North Africa that makes America’s worries look like a walk in the park.

This is to be expected, no doubt, since those countries’ populations are nearly entirely Muslim. Radical Islamism has been resurrected for the modern age. Even if its radicals are a one-in-a-thousand type, you’ll still end up with an army.

Across the ocean sit the other infected parties, the ones we hear on the news often. Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and the lesser-known, but no less brutal, situation in Yemen. The king of it all sits further east and is, as the Trumpet’s editor in chief has been proclaiming since the early 1990s, the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism: the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In 1993, Mr. Flurry wrote of the biblical prophecy about a “king of the south” in Daniel 11: “These verses point to a king of the south that is yet future. And I believe all indications point to radical Islam, headed by Iran as this king.” At the time, as the Trumpet has explained, “Iran was hardly considered a serious threat outside its immediate neighborhood.”

Mr. Flurry also pointed to the rise of radical Islam in North Africa. “Northern Africa is turning into a battleground with enormously important prophetic implications,” he wrote in the April 2013 issue of the Trumpet magazine. He warned:

Iran has designs on being the strongest power throughout the region, and is extending its reach throughout North Africa.

But Iran isn’t the only one interested in Africa. Germany is making strong inroads as well. Both of these powers are racing to get as much control of North Africa as they can. They will inevitably clash with each other.

The reason this is so significant is that these two powers are prophesied to clash in the end time. Daniel 11:40 speaks of a war between “the king of the south,” which we can prove to be Iran and radical Islam, and “the king of the north,” which we know to be Germany leading a group of nations. (Request our free booklets The King of the South and Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for the proof of the modern identities of these powers.)

A great prophecy of your Bible is about to be fulfilled! You need to watch what is happening in the Middle East and Africa!

The same prophecies that talk about the king of the South in Daniel 11 forecast that it will be heavily involved in North Africa. For more on this, read Mr. Flurry’s article “Watch Algeria!” and his free booklet The King of the South.

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Is the Papacy Becoming More Authoritarian?

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Is the Papacy Becoming More Authoritarian?

By weakening the Roman Curia, Pope Francis is strengthening local bishops—and himself.

Pope Benedict xvi shocked the world almost five years ago when he became the first pope to resign since the Middle Ages. After the pope’s butler leaked confidential documents to the press, exposing power struggles within the Vatican bureaucracy, Benedict decided he was too frail to implement the reforms necessary to fix the Roman Curia. So, after he resigned, Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to reform the Vatican.

Rather than restructuring the Curia, however, Francis has been circumventing the Vatican’s bureaucratic offices and dealing directly with regional episcopal conferences. Some cardinals have warned that granting too much authority to regional conferences threatens to decentralize the Catholic Church. Yet giving more authority to these local bishops also strengthens the pope himself by weakening the main check on his power—the Curia.

While popes have always been absolute monarchs in theory, the practical reality is that most popes have to carefully weigh the advice of Curia cardinals. To avoid this de facto system of checks and balances, Francis appointed a Council of Cardinal Advisers only one month after his election in 2013. Informally known as the Vatican C9, this council consists of nine cardinals from six continents. Its official purpose is to advise the pope on Curia reform. Yet its most significant function seems to be amplifying the pope’s voice in Vatican affairs.

During a meeting of the Council of Cardinal Advisers in December 2015, the pope emphasized a need for a “healthy decentralization” in the Catholic Church. This meeting preceded the publication of Francis’s 2016 exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. In this exhortation, Francis implied that local bishops could use their discretion in granting communion to divorced Catholics who went on to remarry in a civil ceremony. Now bishops in Argentina, Germany and Malta have adopted guidelines allowing such Catholics to receive communion, using Amoris Laetitia as justification. While some cardinals in the Roman Curia opposed this loosening of Catholic dogma, the Council of Cardinal Advisers stands by the pope.

When the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that “no power in heaven or on Earth, neither an angel, nor the pope, nor a council, nor a law of the bishops, has the faculty to change” doctrine on divorce and remarriage, Pope Francis had him removed from office. In removing Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Francis sent a powerful message to the heads of all curial departments that there is only one center of power in the Vatican.

“The pope has told Cardinal Müller that from now on all heads of dicastery will serve five years only,” wrote Alexander Lucie-Smith. “So that is the first message, directed to other Vatican chiefs—watch out, your time is short, and you can and will be removed at the end of your term. … From now on, expect to be moved around like pieces on a chessboard, because in the Vatican there is only one center of power that counts, and it is not yours.”

Francis repeated this process of taking away power from the Curia and giving it to local episcopal conferences last month. On September 9, the pope shifted more control over the translation of liturgical texts into vernacular languages from the Curia to local bishops. When the Curia cardinal in charge of liturgical translations wrote a letter indicating that the real impact of this power shift would be limited, the pope quickly responded with a public letter reiterating that power is indeed shifting from Rome to local bishops.

Some Vaticanologists are warning that Francis is a weak pope who is leading the Catholic Church toward schism. But the reality is that Francis is simultaneously strengthening episcopal conferences and the papacy by weakening the Curia. Once the Curia’s role in decision-making is downsized, bishops must appeal to the pope himself to arbitrate disputes.

“In four years as pope, Francis has instituted a deeply personal (some might say autocratic) regime that is without precedent in living memory,” wrote Marco Tosatti for First Things.

By allowing local bishops more autonomy, Francis has made Catholic unity with Protestant and Eastern Orthodox churches easier. Francis has circumvented the Curia to relax rules on communion for Catholics in “irregular marriages” and indicated that he is sympathetic to calls to end the celibacy requirement for Catholic priests. One German bishop even indicated that communion for non-Catholics with a Catholic spouse is a possibility under Francis. These changes are now possibilities because of the expanded powers of the papacy.

Astonishingly, the Bible has some strong things to say about a great false church wielding great political and economic power in the time before Jesus Christ’s return. In Revelation 13, this church is depicted as looking like a lamb but speaking like a dragon. In Revelation 17 and 18, this church is labeled “Babylon the Great” and prophesied to rule a vast empire from a city with seven hills. In Revelation 16 and 19, the leader of this church is labeled “the false prophet” and is mentioned in conjunction with a political leader called “the beast.”

Based on these scriptures, Plain Truth editor in chief Herbert W. Armstrong predicted that the office of the papacy would grow in strength until it became the religious force unifying the European continent. Notice this excerpt from the Plain Truth in October 1961: “The pope will step in as the supreme unifying authority—the only one that can finally unite the differing nations of Europe. The iron jurisdiction over both schools and religion will be turned over to the Roman Catholic Church. Europe will go Roman Catholic! Protestantism will be absorbed into the ‘mother’ church—and totally abolished” (emphasis added).

These forecasts may or may not be fulfilled during the papacy of Pope Francis, who has stated that he feels his pontificate may be brief. Regardless, they are sure to come to pass. They are based on the sure word of Bible prophecy.

To understand what the Bible says about the religious system that will dominate the Western world during the last days of man’s civilization, request a free copy of Mr. Armstrong’s booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?


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Iraqi forces who clashed with Kurdish fighters near the disputed city of Kirkuk—seizing a key military base and other territory in a major operation sparked by a controversial independence referendum.

Iraq Seizes Kurdish Territory After Independence Referendum

The United States is silent—but Iran is ready to fill the void.

In response to the controversial Kurdish independence referendum, Iraq staged a lightning military advance into Kurdish territory last week. Beginning on October 16, Iraqi troops overran the area and seized huge chunks of Kurdish-held territory. By October 18, Iraqi government forces were in complete control of the Kurds’ southern flank. They now control Kirkuk (a major Kurdish oil city), as well as its airport, its military base, and the Kurdish region’s main source of revenue—the Kirkuk oil fields. This is a major blow to the Kurdish cause.

The Kurdish Peshmerga retreated without much bloodshed, despite Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani’s claims that his soldiers would fight to the death to defend their right to independence.

The city of Kirkuk lies within the Kirkuk region of Iraq, an area claimed by both the Kurds and the Iraqi government. Kirkuk produces approximately 300,000 barrels of oil a day, providing about half of the Kurdish government’s revenue. These oilfields are the lifeblood of the Kurds.

However, the oil fields are also vital for Iraq. The Kurdish region produces approximately a 10th of the Iraq’s total oil. Oil accounts for 60 percent of Iraq’s gross domestic product, as well as 99 percent of its exports and 90 percent of its government revenue. Iraq quite literally cannot afford to lose these vital oil fields. Even a brief interruption in the Kirkuk oil supply on Tuesday drove up international oil prices by roughly 1 percent. The Kurd’s independence referendum put the safety of Iraq’s oil business in jeopardy, and the government is striking back.

Kurds comprise around 20 percent of Iraq’s total population, and are concentrated mostly in the northeastern region of the country. This region contains one of Iraq’s major oil pipelines to Turkey. In March this year, Kurdish forces temporarily shut down the flow of oil through this pipeline. Their aim was to show that they were capable of damaging Iraq’s economy. Although Iraqi troops reacted quickly to force the pipeline back into action, the move showed Iraq what could happen if the Kurds do gain independence.

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This is part of the reason why Iraq opposes the independence movement so vehemently. Losing the land that would compose Kurdistan would be a major blow to the Middle Eastern oil supplier. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement issued Monday that because of the referendum, military takeover of Kirkuk was necessary to “protect the unity of the country, which was in danger of partition.” He fears what would happen if his country were divided—and he fears even more what would happen to its economy were it to lose a 10th of its national revenue overnight.

One thing is certain: The United States will not be the one to solve the conflict. As the Economist wrote on October 21 (emphasis added throughout):

It is worrying enough that two American allies—the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces—should turn their guns on each other. It is even more worrying that President Donald Trump has done little to stop them, declaring that: “We’re not taking sides.” Unless America fills the vacuum left by the demise of [the Islamic State], Iran will do so instead.

The Trumpet has been warning of Iran’s rise to power since the early 1990s. Iran is the true leader of radical Islam, and it is merely lying in wait to take leadership of the Middle East. The Islamic State threat has simply proved to be a convenient distraction for the last several years. With the spotlight off Iran, the rogue regime has been able to continue its dirty work under the radar.

The United States helped dismantle the Islamic State through air strikes and other means, but it is taking a hands-off approach to the Kurdish crisis. The Economist wrote, “Right now, having done much to crush the jihadists in Iraq and Syria, America is letting Iran reshape the Arab world to its liking.”

Another Economist piece showed that Iran wasn’t just a bystander this week. A high-profile Iranian general actually assisted Iraq in its takeover of Kirkuk:

Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, shuttled between Sulaymaniyah [a city in Iraqi Kurdistan] and Baghdad mediating Kurdish capitulation and advising Iraqi commanders on their assault. Remarkably, given that it arms and trains both Iraq’s army and Kurdish forces, America kept silent. For all his grandiose promises to roll back Iran, Donald Trump looked like a bystander. In Kirkuk, Iran called the shots.

Ali Khedery, senior adviser on Iraq to the U.S. Central Command from 2003 to 2010, told nbc that the seizure of Kirkuk was “a catastrophic defeat for the United States and a fantastic victory for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.” However, Iran denies any involvement. A top adviser to Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a statement on October 17 that “Iran plays no role in the Kirkuk operation.”

Iran assisted in Iraq’s takeover of Kurdish territory, and the U.S. did nothing to stop it. Iraq is our ally, but so are the Kurds. As Khedery said, “We have undermined our secular moderate, Western-leaning Kurdish allies in the Middle East. Our foes will be emboldened, our allies shaken.”

There are a lot of uncertainties in this situation. But whether Kurdish independence becomes reality or not, the Kurdish conflict is helping fulfill Bible prophecy. The crisis is further destabilizing the already volatile Middle East and it is giving Iran an opportunity to strengthen its influence in Iraq. Trumpet writer Anthony Chibarirwe recently wrote about this trend. In his article Chibarirwe refers to Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s booklet, The King of the South, which provides a detailed explanation of the end-time Biblical prophecies relating to the Middle East.

[Gerald Flurry] discusses Bible prophecies that show Iran’s domination of the “south”—the Middle East. He explained how the Bible indicates that Iraq would fall to Iran, as it assuredly already has. Bible prophecy indicates that Iran will do all it can to protect its interests. Considering that most of the major powers of the world oppose Kurdish independence, Iran already has an advantage. Iran has the brutishness, the militant proxies and the financial resources to fight to the bitter end for a Persian Empire. Kurdish independence or not, Iran will not lose its prophesied control of the bulk of Iraq. But the chaos Iran will create in the process is prophetically significant.

To understand more about the imminent future of the Middle East and what will come after the Kurdish crisis, read Gerald Flurry’s booklet The King of the South.

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Austria’s New King

Austrian Foreign Minister and leader of Austria’s center-right People’s Party, Sebastian Kurz, arrives at Hofburg Palace on October 15.

Austria’s New King

Meet Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s new chancellor and the world’s youngest head of state.

Sebastian Kurz was only 27 when he became Austria’s foreign minister, and he’ll be 31 when he becomes Austria’s chancellor. He has been called the “shooting star” of European politics, and is being greeted “like a king” all around Europe. What does Kurz’s election tell us about Austria, and about Europe in general?

Austria’s October 15th election provided further proof of the far-right’s growing presence in Europe. It was also proof that Europeans seek change, especially when it comes to immigration. Austria’s election also showed that more and more Europeans are willing to embrace unconventional leaders. Sebastian Kurz is not a normal politician, and the manner in which he is taking control of Austria shows that these are not normal times.

At the beginning of this year, no elections were scheduled for this October. The Social Democratic Party of Austria (spö) was leading the nation in a grand coalition with the Austrian People’s Party (övp). Christian Kern was Austria’s chancellor and Reinhold Mitterlehner was the leader of the övp. At the time Kurz was only a junior member of the övp, and was Austria’s foreign minister. When party leader Mitterlehner resigned in May because he could not cope with the internal power struggle, Kurz made his move for leadership of the övp.

On May 14, Kurz gave his party two options: accept him as a leader with unprecedented authority, or go into the next election without a clear leader. The övp submitted to Kurz and accepted his conditions. Kurz now had the power to choose the ministers under him and the right to nominate candidates for parliament, including party outsiders. He immediately declared the end of the coalition and called for reelections.

During the election campaign, Kurz was challenged with raising more votes than the leading spö and limiting the success of the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (fpö), Austria’s sister party to the Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland. (In September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lost many votes to the rise of the far right in the federal elections and now faces major difficulties in forming a government). Unlike in Germany, Austria’s far right has been well-established in parliament for decades. The refugee crisis gave it added support and it was even seen as possibly winning Austria’s election. In spring, polls indicated that the fpö would provide Austria’s next chancellor and the övp would come third. Many had lost hope in the political future of the övp, which allowed Sebastian Kurz’s power grab.

When he became party leader, 31-year-old Kurz knew that his party needed to be revamped, and that if it was going to win it needed to shift to the right. Kurz began to present himself as the solution to the refugee crisis and copied much of the far right’s view on refugees. He promised to use dramatic measures to solve the refugee crisis. He even suggested sending the Austrian Army to Italy, where hundreds of thousands of refugees arrive. Consequently, the far right lost support and Kurz rose as Austria’s savior.

His success is admired even in Germany, where many in the Christian Democratic Union might say: “Oh, if we just had someone like him in Germany,” as Münchner Merkur reported after Austria’s election (Trumpet translation throughout).

When he served as foreign minister, Kurz saved Germany from being overwhelmed during the refugee crisis. He takes credit for stopping the refugee flow through the Balkans in February 2016, which limited the influx of refugees into Germany. An idea Merkel opposed because of its anti-humanitarian measures. If Kurz would not have acted, fences in the Balkans might never have been set up and the refugee crisis would have taken a completely different turn.

This is the kind of leadership Europe wants. The next generation in Europe demands its leaders take a bold stance against the refugee crisis to win back the people’s favor. Kurz is a leader with such ambition. He is often compared to another political superstar who recently made a comeback in Germany: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

Die Presse wrote that Kurz “also has many loyal fans in Germany, especially in Bavaria. With his appearance in the talk shows of ard and zdf, he has filled the gap left by the involuntary departure of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.”

Both of these men share striking similarities in how they connect with the people. Prior to the election, Guttenberg proclaimed his favor for a Kurz victory. Both believe in the necessity of reforming the European Union to prepare it for the time ahead, a stronger cooperation with countries in Eastern Europe, a digital revolution, and more.

German newspapers, politicians and the German people see Guttenberg as the most likely person to lead Germany in the post-Merkel era. This despite many Germans still being upset over his plagiarism scandal. N-TV even suggested that Guttenberg could save his party as Kurz saved Austria’s people party.

Another man Kurz is also compared to is French President Emmanuel Macron. German newspaper Die Welt calls Kurz the Macron for migration and for East Europe, highlighting some striking similarities. Like Kurz, Macron transformed a party into a one-man show, won against a rising far right, and headed for the highest position in the country. In both cases, it was the success of an individual that changed the course of the election. Both of these young leaders also have a revolutionary vision for Europe: Kurz wants to solve the refugee crisis and bring Eastern Europe on board; Macron wants to solve the euro crisis and bring Southern Europe on board.

Bild described Kurz as a combination of Germany’s Guttenberg, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and France’s Macron. These politicians agree on the big issues of solving the refugee crisis and reforming and unifying the EU.

Remarkably, a prophecy in Revelation 17 describes 10 kings rising in Europe who will be of one mind and gain power at approximately the same time: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast” (verses 12-13).

Could Sebastian Kurz be one of these kings prophesied in Revelation 17?

On his trip to Brussels on October 19, Kurz was treated like a king. Bild reported (emphasis added):

He is the shooting star of the European political scene and probably soon the youngest head of government in the world.

The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (31) is already courted in Brussels. Shortly before the start of the EU summit, he was welcomed by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Council President Donald Tusk—like a king.

We often point our readers to a prophecy proclaimed by the late Herbert W. Armstrong, that Europe would be cut down to a union of 10 kings who give their power to Germany. Notice what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote last May:

Watch Europe! This last “head” of the Holy Roman Empire is going to have 10 kings banding together, with one as the supreme head. Even today, Europe is looking for a strong leader who can resolve the challenges of European unity and move the project forward. You can be sure that this most powerful king will be from Germany. As has been the case so many times in history, Germany will preside over and control the whole empire.

As we watch the rise of that superstate in Europe, we also need to keep an eye on the 10 kings who will rule over these 10 nations or groups of nations. The Bible reveals in Revelation 17 that they rise as individual heads of state, but at one moment they will unite and give their power to one overarching leader.

Kurz and Macron have a vision that could unite Eastern and Western Europe as well as north and south. But just as Mr. Armstrong saw from the Bible that these kings would be rising, he also saw that it would take more than a common vision to unite them. It would also take a common crisis.

The refugee and euro crises will lead up to that ultimate common crisis, but they won’t be sufficient to trigger the kings’ unification. An even bigger crisis is looming: the collapse of the American dollar. Mr. Armstrong prophesied that ultimate crisis would unite the 10 kings and cause them to give their power to “the beast”—a European superstate led by Germany.

Sebastian Kurz, Emmanuel Macron and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg have one vision of such a united Europe. Are we going to see a major financial crisis unite them in the near future? (Read our article “How the Global Financial Crisis Will Produce Europe’s 10 Kings” to learn about these stunning prophecies.)

Only time will tell who these prophesied kings are. But considering the timing and manner of Kurz’s power grab, his influence and prestige in Europe, as well as his connection to other prominent leaders in Europe, he is currently the most likely man to claim that throne in Austria.

While news analysts are concerned about the rise of the far right in Europe, they find relief in the victories of Kurz and Macron. But Bible prophecy reveals that the real danger lies in the strongmen gaining kingly power in Europe as they respond to the rise of the far right. These kings are in the process of acquiring more individual power in their respective countries, and the fate of Europe lies in their hands.

Watch Europe closely—events will unfold exactly as the Bible has prophesied. Request your free copy of Daniel Unlocks Revelation and watch as these prophecies are fulfilled right before your eyes.

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Show Notes

  • A bid for independence for Kurds in Iraq has met a forceful response from Iraqi and Iranian forces. As America stands aside, Iran eliminates yet another obstacle to its regional dominance.
  • Spain responds to Catalonia’s vote for independence by stripping it of some of its autonomy, and Europe is letting it happen.
  • China’s president kicked off the Chinese Communist Party’s national congress and looks to be laying groundwork for tightening his grip on power for a new Maoist era.
  • Donald Trump decertifying the Iran nuclear deal could force Europe to make a difficult choice: break with the U.S.—or confront Iran?
  • We’ll also talk about how only a third of American states have a rainy-day fund—how Nepal is trying to remain a bridge between China and India—and how Russia is marketing its impressive advanced missile system to some interesting customers in the Middle East.