The New American Morality

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The New American Morality

The New American Morality is rather inconsistent, but you’d better learn it real quick, because it is also extremely unforgiving.

The following is from the Trumpet Brief sent out yesterday. These daily e-mails contain personal messages from the Trumpet staff. Click here to join the nearly 20,000 members of our mailing list, so you don’t miss another message.

“Make America great again” is Donald Trump’s slogan. When, then, was America last “great”? This question was posed to Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore at a campaign rally in September. He pointed back to pre-Civil War days: “I think it was great at the time when families were united—even though we had slavery—they cared for one another …. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”

The response that appeared broadly across media and political platforms was, Roy Moore believes slavery made America stronger! Roy Moore supports slavery!

What Moore actually said unambiguously acknowledged that slavery was wrong; he said that, setting that evil aside, there was something great about the nation when families were strong and the country was moving forward. Historians might even consider this objectively true regarding early America. But such distinctions are impossible in today’s America—where people would rather view Thomas Jefferson as a barbaric slave-owner than as the author of the language that would later set slaves free.

This is the New American Morality.

Moore was already widely considered a sex offender for trying to date girls half his age as a young man. Now—according to the crude, subtle-as-a-jackhammer Moral judgment of enlightened America—anyone who voted for Moore is not just an enthusiastic supporter of child molestation and sexual predation, but also a racist who longs to reintroduce slavery. Thankfully he lost his election, so the Senate won’t be corrupted by his influence—or so the thinking goes.

Can you follow the Moral logic? You may have trouble, because the New American Morality is rather inconsistent. But you’d better learn real quick, because it is also extremely unforgiving.

The Moral mainstream media, the Democrats and even the Republican establishment treated Moore like a convicted pedophile because of allegations from 40 years ago, some of which were proved false. Meanwhile there is a growing movement to normalize actual pedophilia: It is depicted sympathetically in certain Hollywood movies and mainstream news sources; psychologists and activists are pushing it along the same path toward societal acceptance that they once did homosexuality. Truly Moral people don’t condemn others for these irrepressible inborn inclinations.

The New American Morality says that all men are rapists and potential rapists, and should be feared and contained. At the same time, it says that if one of these men believes he is a woman, that is truth. We all need to play along. We should allow this man into women’s bathrooms, and anyone who is uncomfortable with this is a bigot. Bigotry is Immoral.

It is now Moral to allow children to choose their gender from their earliest years. It is Immoral to encourage them to conform to gender stereotypes, such as instilling in boys a duty to protect girls.

For a man to prey on a woman is clearly Immoral. But if he’s married, it is also Immoral for him to avoid being alone with a woman, whether to avoid temptation or the appearance of evil—because that would hold back her career.

Fornication and out-of-wedlock birth: Moral—and woe to anyone who would try to stop it. Pornography so ubiquitous that it is readily, regularly viewed even by children: Moral. Same-sex “marriage”: Moral. Heterosexual marriage: Might be OK, as long as the man isn’t the head of his family, which is a form of oppression, and Immoral.

New generations, growing up under the New American Morality, are learning it well. They are scrupulously not judging each other—nay, zealously encouraging each other—for many beliefs and acts that would have been considered wrong in less enlightened times. And they are diligently using their exacting Moral measure to condemn those who fall afoul of the New Morality.

They have largely come to hate the country that gave them all their freedoms and prosperity, for all its Immorality—its intolerance, bigotry, slavery, systemic racism, cultural appropriation, capitalist greed, exploitation, class oppression, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, imperialism, war crimes—and the list goes on ad nauseam. Living in the most prosperous, free, inclusive nation in human history, Moral America views it as a candidate for the most exploitative, racist, oppressive, Immoral nation in history.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” the Prophet Isaiah lamented. “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21).

Yes—woe! Can a nation so wracked with division and self-loathing, so wholehearted in its adherence to a perverse moral standard, survive?

Ancient historian Polybius noted, “[T]here is in every body, or polity, or business a natural stage of growth, zenith and decay.” It is clear which of these stages America is in.

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Iran Is Ready to Fight for Jerusalem

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Iran Is Ready to Fight for Jerusalem

The Islamic Republic of Iran is exploiting America’s decision on Jerusalem and inciting a new intifada.

United States President Donald Trump’s decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will only accelerate the imminent destruction of the Jewish state, Iranian leaders have warned.

They plan to play a key role in that destruction.

During a conference of senior Iranian military officials on December 11, Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami reportedly said that President Trump’s decision “will hasten the destruction of [Israel] and will double unity among Muslims.” He pledged Iran’s full support of militant Palestinians, saying, “The occupying regime of Israel knows the illegitimate actions of the U.S. government will bring no change to al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the Palestinian people and the freedom-loving people of the world will become more determined than ever to become united and stand up for liberation of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine.”

That same day, Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force, telephoned Palestinian leaders of the armed wing of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement and pledged Iran’s “complete support for Palestinian Islamic resistance movements.”

Suleimani’s Quds Force is an elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and is responsible for covert operations in other countries. News watchers know that General Suleimani and the Quds Force have advanced Iran’s hegemonic ambitions in Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan more than anyone or anything else. A refocus of their attention on Israel is extremely significant.

Bloomberg News paraphrased Suleimani as also saying that “other forces in the region are ready to defend the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.” By invoking al-Aqsa and religion, Iranian leaders are working to gain maximum traction from their incitements. Those “other forces” include Hezbollah, whose leader called on militant Islamists in the region to devise a unified strategy to fight for Jerusalem.

The Trumpet watches these developments closely because of what the Bible says about Israel and Jerusalem in the times we are living in.

In his December 7 Trumpet Brief newsletter, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote:

The world is up in arms over U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement … to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state of Israel. People are bracing for violence. No city stirs passions like Jerusalem!

It is remarkable to see this city continually in the news. But when you understand the Bible’s prophecies, you know why this is the case.

The truth is, no city stirs God’s passions like Jerusalem! This city is extremely important to God—like no city on Earth.

Many people are saying this announcement destroys the peace process. But the peace process has been a farce from the beginning! It has been a deadly “wound” to Israel (Hosea 5:13).

Prophecy shows that Jerusalem’s eruption into violence will be the trigger for end-time events. You can read about this in my booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy. This move by the Trump administration could hasten that violence. We need to be watching closely for the fulfillment of these urgent end-time prophecies!

Never has it been more important to understand what is going on in Israel and in Jerusalem than it is now. And Iran will play an important role in that. If you don’t already have your own personal copy, please request your free copy of Jerusalem in Prophecy. Also, if you haven’t already subscribed for our Trumpet Brief newsletters, you can do so here—these daily e-mails will keep you keep abreast of the news that matters most.

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Putin Celebrates Victory in Syria

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Putin Celebrates Victory in Syria

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unannounced visit to Syria, where he embraced a Russian general and Syrian dictator President Bashar Assad. During a victory celebration, Putin declared victory against the Islamic State. Only one week prior, the Russian General Staff announced that Syria had been liberated from all Islamic State terror units.

It wasn’t that long ago that former United States President Barack Obama said that Syria was going to be a quagmire for Putin—and now, only a couple of years later, he has declared victory in Syria. Notice what Mr. Obama said back in October 2015 (emphasis added throughout):

And I said to Mr. Putin that I’d be prepared to work with him if he is willing to broker with his partners, Mr. Assad and Iran, a political transition—we can bring the rest of the world community to a brokered solution—but that a military solution alone, an attempt by Russia and Iran to prop up Assad and try to pacify the population is just going to get them stuck in a quagmire. And it won’t work. And they will be there for a while if they don’t take a different course.

It’s clear that Syria has turned out to be anything but a quagmire for Putin. Instead, it ended with a victory lap! Even though Obama got this wrong, he was right about one thing—Russia has been there for quite a while—and it has no intention of leaving. Though Putin did announce a partial withdrawal of troops from Syria, he said that Russia’s two Syrian bases, Tartus and Hmeimim, would continue to operate! Despite the fact that they’ve crushed the Islamic State! Russia has made itself clear: It is in Syria to stay.

After Putin disembarked from his plane, the first person he greeted on the tarmac was a Russian military officer. Haaretz wrote on December 13:

Only then was he approached by Syrian President Bashar Assad, and together they walked down the runway, passing Russian bomber jets and attack helicopters.

The message was clear. The first visit to Syria in seven years by a foreign leader wasn’t a regular state visit: Putin was there to inspect Russia’s latest outpost.

Putin wasn’t in Syria on a regular visit—he was there to inspect Russia’s newest military base in the Middle East!

What a contrast to America’s supposed victory over the Islamic State in Iraq! When U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced victory in Iraq, he told the Iranians it was time for them to go home. And what was their response? Both Iraqi and Iranian officials said no way! Instead, they told America to leave.

Compare that to Russia’s presence in Syria! Now that the fighting is over, where are the calls from America and the Middle East telling the Russians to leave? There aren’t any.

If you would like to hear more on this subject, you can listen to my Trumpet Daily Radio Show from Tuesday where I discussed this topic at length. If you’d like to understand more about where Russia’s growing presence on the world scene is leading, you can also request our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.

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Jerusalem, Trump and Israel’s Pyrrhic Victory

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Jerusalem, Trump and Israel’s Pyrrhic Victory

Though refreshing, President Trump’s decision did not solve Israel’s problems.

The following is from a Trumpet Brief sent out yesterday. These daily e-mails contain personal messages from the Trumpet staff. Click here to join the nearly 20,000 members of our mailing list, so you don’t miss another message.

Like many, I was delighted last week when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This world is so crazy, and upside down, and irrational, and hateful of truth, logic and reason. It was refreshing to witness a major decision that was rational and logical and right.

Mr. Trump’s announcement obviously pleased many Jews around the world. And it was a much-needed injection of confidence and hope for the people of Israel, including Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s intrepid prime minister.

But as refreshing as it was, this needs to be kept in perspective. Mr. Trump has not solved Israel’s problems, or even made life that much easier for Israel’s leaders. He has not created lasting peace in Jerusalem. He has not even guaranteed that Jerusalem will remain under Jewish control.

This was, ultimately, a Pyrrhic victory. You watch: Mr. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem is going to be hijacked and then manipulated to create more hostility, tension and violence in Jerusalem. It is going to be used to undermine and destroy Israel in at least three distinct ways.

First, it will likely undermine America’s role as a broker for peace.

This shouldn’t be the case. The fact that America’s president has shown himself capable of telling the truth ought to inspire confidence in Washington as a broker that values truth and reason.

But this is not the way the Palestinians, the Muslim world and the liberal West see it. Instead, they view Trump’s announcement as a sign that the U.S. is not objective and therefore cannot be trusted to lead peace negotiations. Many, it seems, take the position of Saeb Erekat, a key Palestinian negotiator. “This step is prejudging, dictating, closing doors for negotiation,” he said, “and i think President Trump disqualified America from playing any role in the peace process” (emphasis added throughout).

Many Muslim leaders have stated that Mr. Trump’s decision effectively ends America’s tenure as chief negotiator. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stated that this “represents a declaration that the United States has withdrawn from playing the role it has played in the past decades in sponsoring the peace process.” Leaders of the United Nations and Europe, even the pope, have condemned President Trump’s decision and said that it undermines peace.

If you’re familiar with the Bible’s prophecies, you know that America being pushed aside in this way is a very significant outcome.

Second, this decision creates an opportunity for Germany and Europe to become more involved in Israel and in Israel-Arab relations.

President Trump’s decision seems to have lit a fire in European capitals. Many European leaders and journalists, including EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, have openly called for Europe to get much more involved in the peace process.

Der Spiegel ran an editorial last Friday titled “Time for Europe to Take the Lead on Peace.” In the article, Juliane von Mittelstaedt said that Mr. Trump’s decision “disqualifies the United States as a mediator.” She also wrote that America’s ineptitude also means that “it is now up to us—the Europeans, the Germans—to come up with new ideas and new formats” for securing peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

According to von Mittelstaedt, “No other conflict should be as important to Europe as the one between the Israelis and the Palestinians.” She also said that Germany and Europe needed to develop a peace strategy in “cooperation with moderate Arab countries” in the Middle East.

Does this sound familiar?

For many years now, the Trumpet has forecast that Germany would be invited to lead Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations, and that Germany (and Europe) would develop an alliance with moderate Arab states. (We’ve also warned that this alliance would be hostile toward the Jewish state.) The prophecy about Germany entering the peace negotiations is in Hosea 5. The prophecy about an alliance of moderate Arab states with Germany is in Psalm 83.

If you aren’t familiar with the Hosea 5 prophecy, consider reading “Israel’s Deadly Wound” by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry. And this 90-second video will introduce you to the Psalm 83 prophecy. It’s important that you become familiar with these prophecies, because they are being fulfilled right now.

Finally, America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will reinforce the popular narrative that the Palestinians are helpless victims and that Israel is a tyrannical apartheid state. This is not the truth. But when it comes to Israel, and so many other topics these days, the truth does not matter.

When it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, the accepted narrative—even in the West—is the one espoused by Turkey’s radical president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, following Mr. Trump’s announcement: “Palestine is an innocent victim,” he stated, and “Israel … is a terrorist state—yes, terrorist!”

Sa’adollah Zaeri is an Iranian journalist with connections to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. He admitted that President Trump’s decision has advantages for Iran and the Palestinians. “This situation … makes Iran’s work in forming a resistance front with a focus on defending Palestine easier,” he wrote.

Speaking from Gaza last Thursday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a third intifada and stated that the Palestinians should not stop fighting until Jerusalem and the West Bank have been liberated. Remarks like these, and those from Turkey’s president, explicitly promote violence. Yet who in the West will condemn Erdoğan or Hamas or Palestinian leaders for inciting violence against Israel?

The truth is, many believe such remarks are a reasonable, justifiable response to Mr. Trump’s decision. Since Thursday, there has been a massive outpouring of compassion for the Palestinian cause. In the end, the Palestinian cause will likely come through this stronger, healthier and with much more global sympathy and support.

Israel should enjoy this moment of joy and confidence, because that’s all it will be: a moment. In the coming weeks and months, expect to see Mr. Trump’s decision result in all sorts of negative impacts. Expect to see the issue exploited to marginalize America from the Israel-Palestinian peace process. Expect to see the issue exploited to position Germany (and Europe) at the head of the negotiation table. And expect to see the issue exploited to create even more sympathy for the Palestinians and even more hostility toward the Jews.

Ultimately, expect this decision to lead to more instability, tension and violence. This gesture, like all the others, will fail. Not because the decision itself was morally wrong or inherently divisive—but because it will be hijacked and exploited by irrational, lawless, ideologically driven forces bent on sowing discord, chaos and violence.

In his Trumpet Brief last week, Mr. Gerald Flurry noted the prophecy in Zechariah 12:3, which says that Jerusalem will be a “burdensome stone,” and that all who “burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces.” Is there a more apt description of Jerusalem? The history of this city is filled with contention, tension and conflict. Why?

“Because man has ruled Jerusalem apart from God,” wrote Mr. Flurry.

This is the overarching lesson emanating from Jerusalem’s 4,000-year history. And it’s a lesson the Jews, Israel’s leaders, Donald Trump and all those who seek a role in this city have yet to learn. The only way to create lasting peace and prosperity in Jerusalem is to run the city God’s way, according to God’s laws, and in accordance with God’s will. When this finally happens, and it will, Jerusalem will fulfill its destiny and become a “city of peace.”

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The Sun Declares God’s Glory

We know a lot about about the sun. In 2010, nasa launched its Solar Dynamics Observatory (sdo). This one satellite collects more data about our sun in a week than the Hubble space telescope generates in a yearfor the rest of the universe, according to Prof. Lucie Green in her book 15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Center of the Sun. This massive amount of data has vastly expanded our understanding about the sun’s dominance in our solar system.

The Bible also gives us important information about the sun. Notice Psalm 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” The universe is actually declaring a message from God! The psalm continues: “Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (verses 2-3; Revised Standard Version). Though it is an unspoken message, it becomes loud and clear if only we are willing to open our eyes to see it. Modern scientific instruments like the sdo and Hubble telescope make it possible to more clearly discern these messages from God’s majestic handiwork.

In her book, Green explains that all this new data “has literally expanded our horizons and even shown that the atmosphere of the sun reaches out to a staggering 18 billion kilometers beyond us …”! That’s 120 times farther out than the Earth’s orbit! This means that “we are living in the sun’s atmosphere!” (emphasis added throughout).

Our massively dominant star gives life to planet Earth. “Not only does sunlight allow us to see,” she writes, “but it made our rocky planet habitable for millions of species of animals and plants. It grows our food, it drives our weather, and it can even be utilized to generate electricity to power modern society. Sunlight is amazingly versatile, but above all there is something about sunlight that means it is able to keep us alive. We literally could not live without it.”

There is an amazing spiritual parallel that God’s creation is declaring about the First Commandment. Malachi 4:2 calls Christ the “Sun of righteousness,” and numerous New Testament passages refer to the spiritual light that He brings to this dark world. Just as everything revolves around the sun, we must revolve our lives around God the way our planet does the sun. God must be at the very center of our lives—He must completely dominate our lives the way that the sun dominates our solar system.

Paul wrote in Acts 17:28 that “in him we live, and move, and have our being.” Moses commanded us to love, obey and cleave to God, “for he is thy life, and the length of thy days” (Deuteronomy 30:20).

There are so many lessons that we can draw from studying our great star. The heavens declare God’s great power, and even the way that He orders the universe. If you would like to hear more, you can listen to my Trumpet Daily Radio Show where I delved into more on this inspiring subject.

If you haven’t done so, I’d also encourage you to read Our Awesome Universe Potential by Joel Hilliker. This inspiring booklet will help you to observe the Creator’s handiwork and will give you a universe-sized vision.

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