Xi Jinping: Asia’s New Strongman

Five years ago, Xi Jinping was a little-known figure in Chinese politics. Around that time, he was just entering into office as the new president of China, and many analysts believed he would lead the country in the same basic tradition of his most recent predecessors, essentially maintaining the status quo.

But now five years on, it is easy to see that Xi has become China’s most powerful ruler since the late Mao Zedong, who founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and led the nation with an iron grip until his death in the 1970s.

The Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress has recently ended, and there are three main takeaways from this event showing that Xi Jinping is quickly becoming an authoritarian leader in the tradition of Mao. These takeaways show that Mr. Xi is now in a position to rule China for as long as he would like to.

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Iran Threatens American Bases

People walk past missile defense systems displayed on Baharestan square in Tehran on September 25, 2017, on the occasion of the annual defense week which marks the anniversary of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.
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Iran Threatens American Bases

Iran continues to push against the United States—and Europe.

Over the last month, Iran’s military leaders have threatened on several occasions to attack American bases with ballistic missiles and have warned United States forces in the region to get out of ballistic range.

These latest military threats are partly a response to America’s own threats to impose new sanctions on Iran for noncompliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (jcpoa) nuclear deal.

“[I]f the U.S. new sanctions act comes into action, the [United States] should transfer its regional bases to 2,000 kilometers [1,200 miles] away, that is as far as the range of Iranian missiles,” threatened Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ali Jafari on October 8. Three weeks later, on October 31, he warned that any new sanctions “will increase the Iranian nation’s determination to increase its defense and missile power and [the U.S.] will see an increase in the range and precision-striking power of missiles.”

“Based on the policies specified by [Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], the range of our missiles is limited to 2,000 kilometers,” Jafari said. “[B]ut we have the capability to increase the range.”

Even if Iran never increases the range of its ballistic missiles, that 2,000-kilometer policy was not only pure propaganda intended to allay concerns about Iran’s increasingly belligerent programs, it was utterly meaningless. Jafari himself explained: “At present, [the 2,000-kilometer range] is sufficient because the Americans are in a 2,000-kilometer radius from our country and their attacks will be responded [to].”

Iran’s continued ballistic missile program is direct violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. While it currently is not a technical violation of the nuclear deal, that illegal missile program will violate the jcpoa the moment Iran mounts nuclear warheads on its arsenal of missiles.

If Iran can so brazenly defy the 15-member Security Council, what can stop it from defying the so-called P5+1 nations with which it signed the jcpoa?

Many astute observers are warning that the Iran nuclear deal has not placated Iran. Quite the contrary, as U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis told the Washington Free Beacon, “Iran’s behavior … has only seemed to get worse. … The present course is untenable and Iran’s threatening behavior is likely to increase in frequency.”

In 1983, Iranian-sponsored terrorists conducted the worst attack on U.S. Marines since World War ii by killing 241 American servicemen at U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon. It was largely because of that attack that the U.S. officially designated Iran a state sponsor of terrorism. And Iranian terrorism has not relented since.

It is therefore conceivable that Iran—directly or via proxies—could attack a U.S. base.

Whatever comes of Iran’s threats, it is inconceivable that the U.S. will back away 2,000 or so kilometers away from Iran. Representative DeSantis, like other American leaders, wants “Congress to proceed with additional secondary sanctions,” and perhaps not much more.

Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense, said the United States is “reviewing the entire breadth of our security cooperation activities, force posture, and plans” and “identifying new areas where we will work with allies to put pressure on the Iranian regime, neutralize its destabilizing influences, and constrain its aggressive power projection, particularly its support for terrorist groups and militants.”

Whatever comes of America’s threats, it is also inconceivable that American leaders will deal a decisive military blow to Iran.

But it is conceivable that Europe will.

As unlikely as it may sound, Bible prophecy guarantees that a European power will decisively and conclusively deal with Iran.

Iranian aggression itself also guarantees Europe’s response, as does geopolitical reality.

Iran’s missiles can currently reach as far west as Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and southern Italy. Unlike with U.S. bases, relocating these nations beyond Iran’s ballistic missile range is obviously not an option.

It could be easy to ignore these realities when there is so much tension between Iran and the U.S. right now. Iranian mullahs, after all, still regard the U.S. as the “Great Satan.” But as that tension increases, Iranian aggression will also increase. That aggression will certainly be felt beyond America’s interests in the region.

It could also be easy to ignore these realities if you listen to some of Europe’s current leaders. The European Union, Germany, France and Britain, among others, have been staunch supporters of the same jcpoa nuclear deal that paradoxically is emboldening Iran.

That is not to say that the current leaders in Europe want an already belligerent Iran to go nuclear. They don’t. But their idealist school of thought will not solve the Iran problem. As we indicated on October 28, Europe’s current leadership is seemingly at odds with some intelligence organizations in Europe, which condemned the Iran deal and sounded alarms about Iran. One report from the German state of Saxony-Anhalt said Iran “is working on its missile program unabated” (Trumpet translation). “With ballistic medium- and long-range missiles, it will be able to not only threaten Europe,” but other regions as well.

Europe’s stance on Iran can easily yet dramatically change with a change in leadership, and the Bible prophesies about exactly that.

The current state of affairs regarding the United States, Iran and Europe squares up perfectly with Bible prophecy.

Request our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy to understand why America’s influence, especially in the Middle East, will continue to diminish. Also, request our free full-color booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire to clearly see why a German-led Europe is set to become the world’s next superpower. Finally, request The King of the South to learn more about Iran’s prophesied aggression and how it will be stopped.

In the introduction to The King of the South, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes:

The king of the north and the king of the south are two powers prophesied to clash in this end time. …

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Daniel 11:40). Both powers are rising fast on the world scene right now.

Mr. Flurry then goes through a study of the Hebrew words in the Daniel 11 prophecy to show the militaristic nature of the “push” and the “whirlwind” response.

He writes later in the booklet:

The king of the north is comprised of several nations, led by one nation, Germany. … All indications point to Iran as the nation that produces the king of the south. Since the early 1990s, we have believed and taught that Iran would lead the radical Islamist world and be the king of the south. Today Iran is “king” in the Middle East.

Mr. Flurry first published The King of the South in 1996. He last updated it in 2016, detailing how virtually every major news headline in the Middle East over the years has substantiated Bible prophecies about Iran’s aggressive, pushy nature.

Request or download your free copy of The King of the South and understand why Iran is all over the news.

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Beijing Quietly Ramps Up Militarization of South China Sea

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Beijing Quietly Ramps Up Militarization of South China Sea

China’s provocative behavior is ‘steering the world toward war.’

While the world’s attention over the last several months has been fixated on the North Korean crisis, China’s brazen behavior in the South China Sea has mostly faded from the headlines. But new satellite imagery shows that during that time, Beijing has continued to quietly increase its land reclamation and militarization in these contested waters.

Satellite photos published by Reuters on October 31 show that from November 2015 to October 2017, China made considerable progress in developing installations on Tree Island and the North Reef of the disputed Paracel chain. China, Taiwan and Vietnam all three claim the Paracel Islands as their territory, with some features also claimed by the Philippines and Malaysia.

China is converting these and several of its other artificial islands into naval and air bases to strengthen Beijing’s sovereignty claims over nearly the entire, resource-rich and strategically located South China Sea.

Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said she expects the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (pla) to soon begin relying more on these militarized outposts to assert its dominance in the region. “They’ve built these extensive facilities, and both Chinese civilian and pla experts have always made it clear that when the strategic time is right, they’re going to start using them more fully,” she said. “I think it is a question of when, rather than if, China will start to assert its interests more forcefully in the South China Sea.”

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has said Beijing’s ongoing land reclamation and militarization of disputed features in this region “should alarm the world” because it means “China is steering the world toward war.” This is largely due to the vast volume of trade flowing through the South China Sea, he said. In the Trumpet’s July 2016 print issue, he wrote:

These militarized islands now function as forward bases for Beijing to challenge seven decades of American naval dominance in the Pacific Rim. This should alarm the world!

Each year, $5.3 trillion of trade passes through the South China Sea. That is roughly one third of the world’s maritime commerce! Since Japan’s defeat in World War ii, America has protected this vital trade route and brought peace to this part of the world. Now the American military is retreating, and other great powers are coming in to fill the vacuum. This is going to dramatically affect trade around the world, and U.S. trade especially.

A trade war often precedes a shooting war. That is what happened just before World War ii—especially so in Asia. …

China is intimidating the nations of Southeast Asia into submission to its will. It is forcing these countries to do what it wants.

Everything is headed in the direction of war.

Mr. Flurry’s article explains that this Chinese activity will soon contribute to the fulfillment of a Bible prophecy saying that modern-day America and Britain will be besieged by China and other revisionist nations. Deuteronomy 28:52 discusses this future besiegement: “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trusted, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.”

Mr. Flurry says China’s militarization of the South China Sea is one of several areas where onlookers today “can already see this prophecy moving toward its fulfillment.” Such behavior is leading to a time when China and its allies will be able to control one third of the world’s maritime commerce through this vital region, and the U.S. “will find it impossible to import oil and other necessities,” he wrote.

To understand more about China’s land reclamation and militarization, what it means for America and Britain, and why these developments mean “everything is headed in the direction of war,” read Mr. Flurry’s prescient article “China Is Steering the World Toward War.”

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Christian World Searching for Answers After Another Mass Shooting

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Christian World Searching for Answers After Another Mass Shooting

Listen to the Nov. 6, 2017, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

Yesterday morning, a man opened fire inside the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and injuring 20 others. It is the largest mass shooting in Texas history and comes just over a month after the largest mass shooting in U.S. history took place in Las Vegas. Many people are asking, Why does God allow such tragedies to happen? This world, secular and religious, is searching for answers. The Bible is the only source that provides those answers, yet even those who profess to believe the Bible don’t understand! Why? We explain on today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

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U.S. Rattled by Yet Another Mass Shooting

Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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U.S. Rattled by Yet Another Mass Shooting

Shooter murders 26, wounds 20 inside small-town Baptist church in Texas.

Texas suffered the deadliest mass shooting in its history on Sunday, November 5, when a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

Wearing all black and a bulletproof vest, the gunman began shooting people with an AR-15-style rifle at around 11:20 a.m. local time, while locals were attending church services. The killer murdered a total of 26 people, who ranged in age from 5 to 72, and wounded 20 more. As the shooter left the church, a local man shot at him with his own rifle. The gunman dropped his weapon and fled in a vehicle. The local man and another individual chased after the suspect. In the ensuing car chase, the gunman lost control of his car and crashed. Police officers found the shooter dead inside his car. His cause of death is currently unconfirmed.

Law enforcement sources have confirmed that the shooter was 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley. Kelley was dishonorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 2014 following a court martial after he assaulted his wife and child.

This shooting comes just over a month after the Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. At this point, the Texas shooter’s motive is unclear. But just as after the Las Vegas shooting, many are blaming gun control for the tragedy. Is this the real problem?

Last month, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote an article titled “Las Vegas Massacre: Problem, Cause—and Solution,” which said:

The modern world broadly denies the existence of the spiritual. It wants only material explanations.

But you cannot understand what happened in Las Vegas on the night of October 1 that way.

For 10 long, horrifying minutes, Stephen Paddock rained bullets on an open-air crowd of concertgoers from his room on the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel. He killed 58 people and injured 546 more in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Then he shot himself.

Investigators are beside themselves trying to figure out why this man would commit such a bloody act.

Pure evil is baffling to people, even when they are looking right at it.

As the media try to make sense of this, they focus on a few basic themes. One is that they all seem to agree how good the people were who were targeted, and how good the people were who helped them, and how good America is for being resilient in the face of such evil. They also want to blame this tragedy on Congress and on poor gun control.

None of these responses will prevent more tragedies like this. In fact, it is all a distraction that prevents us from dealing with the deeper sickness in our country.

Nightmares like this are part of the curses on our lawless society. The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “[T]heir works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths” (Isaiah 59:6-7). Our leaders are helpless to stop such attacks. The harder they try, the more violent society becomes, and the clearer it is that they have no answers. “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness” (verses 8-9).

Commentators cannot provide any real context or meaning behind events like this. “We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men” (verse 10).

You simply cannot make sense of it without the orientation provided by the Bible. …

In Las Vegas, authorities are looking for motives. This is the motive: “for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time”!

That verse has bad news—but also very good news! Satan’s time left on Earth is “short”! He is about to be kicked off his throne on this Earth and banished by the King of kings (Revelation 20:1-2).

To understand more about the only true hope we can have in the face of such tragedies, read “Las Vegas Massacre: Problem, Cause—and Solution.

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INCREASED ‘NATURAL’ AND WEATHER DISASTERS

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INCREASED ‘NATURAL’ AND WEATHER DISASTERS

What is wrong with the weather? Is it really climate change? Are hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods and forest fires really “natural”? Why are these once-in-a-lifetime, where-did-this-come-from, never-before-witnessed calamities piling up on top of one another?

The number of natural disasters is measurably rising. The nonprofit Borgen Project found that the average number of natural disasters reported in 1970 was 78. During the 1990s, that number was 354 disasters a year, according to the Red Cross. Between 2000 and 2004, that number jumped to 728 natural disasters per year, and then the number decreased slightly since. However, the severity and the cost of these disasters have continued to rise.

“Unprecedented” and “record” disasters are happening at a quickening pace. “History making” events are becoming commonplace. Such catastrophes should challenge our thinking. They force us to contemplate the fragility of man. They demand that we consider some of the deeper questions that we all-too-easily ignore in more prosperous and peaceful times.

Scientists are searching for explanations within the natural world itself, particularly as disasters increase in frequency and lethality.

Why are disasters getting deadlier? Many scientists point to climate change. To account for every climate-related disaster—damaging cold fronts, freakish blizzards, flooding rains, hurricanes, and a host of other dangers—many of them blame greenhouse gases, which enter Earth’s atmosphere due to human activity like deforestation, raising livestock and burning fossil fuels. The lesson they draw is that if human beings would stop producing carbon dioxide, natural disasters would decrease.

Evidence does indicate that smog from industrial activity; smoke from slash-and-burn deforestation in developing countries; widespread replacement of green and open land surfaces by pavement, asphalt and buildings; and the exhaust of jets, cars, trucks, trains and ships have contributed to slight changes in the global climate. But are these factors responsible for all the unprecedented calamities around us?

Some scientists question the theory of man-made climate change. They point to instances of other scientists actually changing data in their climate models to fit their theory. They argue that the climate-change doctrine is based on ideology more than on conclusive scientific evidence.

This is a hot-button issue clouded by politics—and by a considerable amount of conflicting information. Meteorologists do not know the extent to which climatic changes or variability may be accurately predicted in the long term, nor do they understand the reasons behind shifts in major global-impacting weather forces, such as high-altitude jet streams or ocean currents.

Weather experts are only able to rely on scientific observation, experimentation and reason—physical evidence—to forecast weather in the short term. And the atmosphere’s size, interconnectivity and complexity has so far proven too great for scientists to sufficiently understand.

Yet there is even more to the story. The full story goes far beyond the possibility of man-made climate change due to carbon-dioxide emissions.

Timeline: Increased ‘Natural’ and Weather Disasters

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More Than the Eye Can Behold

The atoms that compose our planet and its atmosphere did not make themselves. The water moving from the oceans to the clouds to the rivers and back to the oceans did not design its own cycle. The soil did not formulate its own mixture of minerals and organic matter to support hundreds of thousands of plant species, which live, thrive and decay, enriching the soil from which they sprouted. The birds did not design their own wings; marine animals did not design their own fins.

The climate did not chart its own ocean currents; constitute its own formulas of gasses; crank up its own Coriolis Effect; project its own radiation- and meteor-absorbing layer; balance its own cool and hot, wet and dry, high- and low-pressure systems; design its own greenhouse effect; and form its community of plants and animals all for the purpose of shielding, sustaining and protecting the fragile little life forms below.

These designs were designed. This creation was created.

That means there is a Designer—a Being with immense intelligence, creativity and power.

The God who created the heavens and the Earth, the ocean currents and the jet streams, the cloud formations and the mountain ranges, the latitudinal variations, and the ecosystem types, still controls those creations. He has the power to send gentle rains in due season as a blessing or torrential floods as a curse. In fact, He even promises to send fair weather as a blessing to nations that obey His law and to send weather disasters on nations that disobey.

God allows mankind to reap the consequences of pollution and other physical sins. But He also intervenes in the weather to punish mankind for its spiritual sins. The Bible reveals that great weather upsets and increasing natural disasters will occur in our time.

That is why the Trumpet watches increasing natural and weather-related disasters so closely.

Residential neighborhoods near Interstate 10 sit in floodwater in the wake of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston, Texas. An area in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, lies devastated after being hit by a large tornado in May 2016. People walk on Pennsylvania Avenue in near whiteout conditions in Washington on Jan. 23, 2016.
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God’s ‘Unlimited Broadcasting Station’

Not long ago, even intellectuals looked at nature and could not help but see God.

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in,” wrote George Washington Carver, the distinguished 20th-century scientist. Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that “the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere” in nature.

A connection with nature tends to point us back to our world’s masterful Maker.

The earliest chapters of the Bible depict God creating the oceans and landmasses, the atmosphere and weather patterns, the various species of plants and animals, the ecosystems—and the vast host of laws that govern nature’s successful operation. These chapters describe God constructing the complex machine by which He would sustain mankind. God designed the oceanic and atmospheric systems that govern the Earth’s climate, and He alone fully understands how they work and how they can be controlled.

The Bible teaches that not only is nature the creation of God’s mind, it is, in fact, a vital instrument through which He communicates with us. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). This book—which most people have on their bookshelf, but few understand—gives us information that the best scientific instruments and guesswork simply cannot provide.

Today, any person bold enough to consider nature God’s “unlimited broadcasting station” is mocked as a religious crackpot. But the Bible boldly claims to pinpoint the causes of weather cataclysms and to forecast long-term weather trends.

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Jesus: The Ultimate Forecaster

In Matthew 24, Jesus Christ was asked by His disciples about what signs would precede His Second Coming and the end of this present world. He responded with the pivotal prophecy of His earthly ministry: the Olivet prophecy. Every end-time Bible prophecy revolves around the events He forecast here. A red-letter Bible shows that these are all Christ’s own words.

Notice verses 4-5: “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I [Christ] am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

This is the first warning Christ gave. It is the major warning sign we need to look out for. He warned that people would come in Christ’s name, but they wouldn’t believe Christ’s message. And He said that these false ministers would deceive many.

“And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”
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The faithless approach that most religious leaders take in responding to natural disasters is certainly a fulfillment of this prophecy!

Christ continued by giving another important sign of the end time: weather patterns and other natural phenomena taking a violent turn for the worse. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars …. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers [different] places” (verses 6-7). Notice, in addition to the “wars and rumours of wars”—surely an apt description of the current state of international relations—Jesus told His disciples that His return would be preceded by an uptick in natural disasters.

Luke’s account of the same prophecy reads, “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven” (Luke 21:11).

Christ stated specifically that before His return there would be earthquakes in different places. It is true that there have always been earthquakes. But for Christ to give this as a sign of the imminence of His return tells you that we should watch for a change from the norm—a notable, measurable increase in the frequency and ferocity of quakes, and perhaps they’re occurring in unexpected places. What a mistake it would be, then, to dismiss the fact that this is exactly what we are seeing today.

In the very next verse, Christ tells us, “All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8). This is the point at which we find ourselves today. Christ told us it is only the beginning of sorrows! The disasters occurring before our eyes are just the beginning. They are going to get much worse.

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What Is So Different Today

There will always be people insisting that we are in no special danger today. They say, We’ve always had storms and disasters. We’ve always bounced back. We’ve always rebuilt. They say that there is no Creator, just the random senseless and tragic outbursts of “Mother Nature” going about its mindless course.

Others—including prominent religious leaders—are saying, in effect, God created us, He sends blessings, He continues blessing the United States of America—but He can’t stop a storm. God just isn’t strong enough to stop “Mother Nature.”

Still others say a loving God would not allow people to suffer, therefore these environmental disasters prove God is either not loving, not aware or not powerful.

None of these explanations agree with the truth of the Bible!

Here is how God responds to the scoffers: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). As evil worsens, so does God’s punishment. Paul is addressing those of us living in the last days. “This know also, that in the last days perilous [or dangerous] times shall come” (verse 1). People deceive themselves by thinking there is no special danger right now—that the world has always been like this.

These are not normal times. The Bible says that earthquakes, droughts, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis are anything but normal. Whether they happened in the past or are happening now, they are curses man has brought upon himself as a result of disobedience to God’s laws. And the Bible says that, in the modern nations of Israel, these curses are about to explode—they are about to get so bad that they will legitimately be compared to the events described in the pages of the Holy Bible. In fact, some of them are events described in the pages of the Bible!

The Bible says that earthquakes, droughts, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis are anything but normal. Whether they happened in the past or are happening now, they are curses man has brought upon himself as a result of disobedience to God’s laws.

God is giving advance news of the storm that will soon strike all of America, Britain, and the Jewish nation in the Middle East—just like meteorologists warn about hurricanes before they strike. He is enabling residents in the path of the disaster to take preparatory action.

What about you? Will you discern the signs of the times? Will you heed Jesus Christ’s warning? Or ignore it?

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Heeding God’s Warning

The God of the Bible is indeed all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving. He promises to bless people for obedience and curse them for disobedience.

In Leviticus 26:3-4, God says, “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.” Are the cities that are being deluged with floods, or those that are languishing in drought, receiving this blessing? Why not?

If you believe the God of the Bible, you know that droughts, floods and other disasters are curses for disobedience. The solution to such curses is repentance. For our land to be healed, we must understand these promises.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 say, “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” That is an absolute promise. If we turn from our wicked ways, God will forgive our sin and heal our land. This is a powerful scripture from the living God telling us how to solve our problems.

The earthquakes and other natural disasters that precede Christ’s Second Coming are evidence of just how far from God mankind has turned. These environmental disasters are God’s punishment, not for revenge, but so that the tiny life forms on this planet will see their own puniness, turn from their wicked ways, and seek their Creator. We ought to be very attentive to God’s warning.

When you see such horrific problems like city-destroying hurricanes, you have to ask yourself, Is God blessing mankind? Religious people often pray for God to heal their land. But is God hearing those prayers? Is He healing our land? Are we missing something?

After five years of drought, massive rainstorms hit parts of northern California, causing the Oroville Dam spillway to overflow on Feb. 11, 2017. In some areas, what seemed to be a long-withheld blessing became a curse.
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In Amos 4:7, God says, “And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.”

This is an apt description of the world’s climate today. Some regions are experiencing record flooding as other areas experience record drought. This is because these weather disasters are divine curses being sent on mankind to prepare them for the return of Christ.

When Jesus Christ finally comes, everyone on Earth will have seen the futility of trying to decide what is good and what is evil apart from God and His law. They will recognize the curses that have come as a result, and will be ready to repent and to turn to live the way of harmony and happiness that God offered Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden after He had renewed the face of the Earth.

That will mean the dawn of a new age. Jesus Christ will set up God’s government of love, peace and joy.

With all mankind walking in God’s statutes, keeping His commandments and doing them, the promises in Leviticus 26 of “rain in due season” and that “the land shall yield her increase” will be realized all over the planet. This world will be blessed with beautiful weather and stable climates. There will be no anxiety over crop failures and famine, no fear of being killed in a severe weather event. With obedience to God will come abundance in the land.

If you would like to know more about that soon-coming world, request a copy of our free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like, by Herbert W. Armstrong.

Finally, with God’s benevolent government in place, the hope of the resurrection will become reality, and everyone who has ever lived—including all those who have perished in the disasters and cataclysms that have afflicted our world—will be raised into a world where the right choice has been made, where, as the Prophet Isaiah said, the knowledge of God covers the Earth as the waters cover the sea.

God the Father wants to fulfill His purpose in us. And when He finally does come down to Earth—when the incredible potential He has given to every human is fulfilled—everyone will understand why the Apostle Paul was inspired to write in Romans 8:18: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”!

THE WEATHER FORECAST YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO IGNORE

When disasters strike, people ask why. Science simply cannot provide a complete answer. This article gives a brief summary of the Bible’s teaching about why catastrophic nature-related phenomena are forcing their way into the headlines with increasing frequency. But there is far more scriptural proof of this spiritual dimension.

We would like to offer you a booklet explaining more fully the ultimate meaning and purpose behind these seemingly random disasters. It has a chapter explaining the increasing frequency of these calamities, a chapter called “Why Does God Allow Suffering?”, another titled “Are You Ready for the End of the World?” and a final chapter built around the hope-filled, inspiring future prophesied in the Bible, called “An End to Natural Disasters!” Read online or request a free copy of our booklet Why ‘Natural’ Disasters?