Pedophilia Is More Common Than You Think

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Pedophilia Is More Common Than You Think

Committing—and tolerating—this grotesque sin brings severe consequences.

A recent headline left many readers sickened: “Wisconsin Man Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Trying to Sell His 4-Year-Old Daughter for Sex.”

ABC7Chicago.com reported that this father placed an ad on Craigslist under the heading “Play With Daddie’s Little Girl.” In e-mail exchanges, 30-year-old Andrew Turley told a customer that he would give his daughter “sleep meds” for an encounter.

The selling price for his daughter was $1,000 for two hours.

The customer gave him the money, found the man’s 4-year-old daughter in a bed, drugged—then revealed that he was actually an undercover agent and arrested this monster.

“This case broke my heart,” said Harris County Assistant District Attorney Stewanna Miskell. “A father is supposed to be a protector, not a predator.”

How true! In an increasingly dangerous world, truly God-fearing fathers are needed to protect their families.

There are other horror stories even worse than this one. This is what is happening to many children in America and elsewhere. God-fearing, loving fathers are disappearing from the home. And in their absence, pedophiles are coming in.

Widespread Problem

Pedophilia—the desire to have sex with children—is exploding in the United States.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics show that child pornography is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the U.S. In the past decade, child pornography arrests have increased 2500 percent.
  • Two thirds of sex offenders in state prisons committed offenses against children.
  • There are more than 747,000 registered sex offenders in the United States today. As many as 100,000 are noncompliant and missing.
  • The U.S. Justice Department estimates that close to 300,000 American youth are currently at risk for becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports, “Best data suggests at least 100,000 American children a year are victimized through child sexual exploitation.” That is more children than the number of people who die from car accidents and illegal drugs combined (TheDemandProject.org).

The full extent of this perversion is even worse than these horrific numbers show. The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that “the prevalence of child sexual abuse … is often not reported.” rainn estimates that out of every 100 sexual assaults, only 31 are reported to police. rainn also offers these chilling numbers:

  • During a one-year period in the U.S., 16 percent of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized.
  • Over the course of their lifetime, 28 percent of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized.
  • One in 25 children between the ages of 10 and 17 have received an online sexual solicitation from someone who tried to make contact with them offline.

Pedophiles are targeting children by using information from their social media accounts. They are able to learn what the children like and dislike, where they live and go to school, and even where they are at a specific time. Then, in thousands of cases, they rape them.

Mental health experts have learned that when someone becomes addicted to child pornography, he usually progresses to younger and younger children and will seek out more sadistic, masochistic images, and even bestiality.

Once a pedophile begins to abuse children, he usually does not stop until he is caught and incarcerated. Statistics show that an average serial child molester will have as many as 400 victims!

Who They Victimize

Pedophiles look for certain characteristics in potential victims. According to the Children’s Assessment Center (CAChouston.org), perpetrators look for children who are passive, quiet, troubled and lonely.

And they look for children from broken homes.

“Family structure is the most important risk factor in child sexual abuse,” the Children’s Assessment Center states. “Children who live with two married biological parents are at low risk for abuse. The risk increases when children live with step-parents or a single parent. Children living without either parent (foster children) are 10 times more likely to be sexually abused than children that live with both biological parents. Children who live with a single parent that has a live-in partner are at the highest risk: They are 20 times more likely to be victims of child sexual abuse than children living with both biological parents (Sedlack, et. al., 2010).”

Solid families protect children. Broken homes tend to expose them to terrible danger.

According to 2014 Pew Research statistics, more than half of American children today (54 percent) live in nontraditional familiesbroken families. Of those, 34 percent live with a single parent.

Pedophilia is rising, and fathers aren’t there to stop it. As more families fracture, the demand for sex with children is growing. And people are supplying that demand.

A ‘Horrific’ Japanese Factory

A recent Daily Mail report described the reactions of a journalist who had toured a factory that makes sex dolls: “Having traveled to Japan to learn more about the industry for the bbc Three documentary Sex Robots and Us, James Young visited a factory in an industrial suburb of Tokyo, where he was left shocked by the petite size of some of its ultra-realistic dolls.

“The visibly disturbed presenter grew tearful as he grilled manufacturer Hiro Okawa about one particularly small doll, who told him the ‘actual age setting’ was left to customers’ ‘imagination.’”

“There may be some kind of sentiment to petite, kid-like size,” the boss at the factory explained.

“Afterwards the shaken presenter said the sight of such a ‘young’ doll was ‘horrific.’”

The journalist said, “I just had to get out of there.”

This factory is filling a demand: Customers want lifelike, child-sized sex dolls!

What Does God Think?

Our society continues to push the boundaries of sexual sins. Fornication isn’t enough. Adultery isn’t enough. Homosexuality isn’t enough. Now mainstream culture is growing more “tolerant” of pedophilia, discussing it openly in the media and even glamorizing it in some Hollywood movies. Acceptance of fornication, adultery and homosexuality started in much the same way. How long will it be before journalists, actors, politicians, movements, organizations, alliances and special-interest groups begin promoting pedophiles?

What does God think of our pedophilic society?

God created family. He is a Father. He instructs fathers to protect their children, to provide for their children, to educate their children. He pays special attention to those who have no physical father protecting them—the ones whom pedophiles tend to victimize.

In Exodus 22:22-24, God gives this stark warning: “Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.”

God hears the cries of the fatherless children who are being abused! He promises that those crimes will not go unpunished. In His time, He will take vengeance!

As our society tries to normalize this ghastly sexual sin, people should be deeply concerned about what God thinks. A prophecy by Jesus Christ Himself explains why.

Jesus prophesied what society would be like right before His Second Coming. “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30).

The Sodomites went about their lives like normal, just as our society does today. They ate and drank and bought and sold the way they wanted to, just as we do today. They felt sophisticated, smart, enlightened—just like us. And they dived deeper and deeper into sin, especially rampant sexual sin—just like our society today.

Then what happened?

The cries and sins of this perverted place were heard by God (Genesis 19). He sent His angels, manifested as men, to investigate. The angels came to a man named Lot, who lived in that wicked city, and while they were at his home, a mob demanded that Lot turn over his guests so that they could rape them. The angels struck the Sodomites blind—and they still groped for the door! Even sudden, supernatural blindness didn’t stop them from trying to satisfy their sexual lust!

The angels then told Lot why they were there. God had sent them to burn that city to the ground. And God rained down literal fire and brimstone on that “sophisticated,” “enriched,” “beautiful” society and turned it into a wasteland that exists to this day.

Pedophiles today are willing to risk great punishment to gratify their wicked pleasures. Homosexuality, adultery, fornication are all widely accepted, even by “conservatives.” Is our society today so different from Sodom?

This history also teaches us about fathers. Lot, although imperfect, did for a time stand between his house and the mob. And finally, the Eternal had to stand between Lot and that wicked society.

A wicked history is now repeating itself. When the fathers leave, the pedophiles emerge. And a society that indulges in sexual sins is about to be destroyed. That is the only way God the Father can purge out the wickedness. Then finally Christ will intervene to establish a new society based on His laws, His God family government and His loving protection of children!

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Was Brexit a Disaster?

The process of Brexit is proving messy, but it turns out that separating from the bureaucratic bloat of Europe is a good thing.

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 more than 20,000 members of our mailing list, so you don’t miss another message.

You cannot trust conventional wisdom. It can be wildly wrong. Evidence of this is everywhere, but consider one case: Brexit.

Remember in June 2016 when Britain voted to leave the European Union? The political and media establishment were shocked, dismayed, even apoplectic. Their confident predictions that this would never happen had been shattered—so, naturally, they confidently predicted utter disaster for Britain. The nation had given in to its tribal instincts and was hurling itself off a political, economic and civilizational cliff.

Nearly two years have passed. And as Fraser Nelson noted in a Wall Street Journal column last month, the results have defied the sky-is-falling forecasts. In “The UK Is Doing Just Fine, Thanks,” he wrote:

  • In the run-up to the 2016 referendum, the International Monetary Fund predicted that a vote for Brexit would result in “sharp drops in equity and house prices” and a downturn in foreign investment. But all three measures went on to hit record levels.
  • Barclays predicted that there would be a 0.4 percent contraction in gross domestic product in 2017, Credit Suisse a 1 percent fall, Nomura a 1.3 percent fall. In the end, GDP rose by 1.4 percent.
  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that consumers would be shaken and cut back on their spending. They didn’t.
  • The UK Treasury said the economy would “fall into recession with four quarters of negative growth,” while “unemployment would increase by around 500,000, with all regions experiencing a rise in the number of people out of work.” As it turned [out], economic growth accelerated after the Brexit vote. Employment rose by 560,000, and the unemployment rate now stands at a 43-year low.
  • The number of people working stands at a record high, and income inequality is approaching a 30-year low, according to the Office for National Statistics.
  • New orders for manufacturers are at their highest level in a generation, and employers in general are struggling to find enough staff to cope with demand.
  • Even the (relatively new) national happiness index stands at a peak.

As we noted just after the British vote fulfilled an accurate forecast by Herbert W. Armstrong from 60 years before, this didn’t solve all of Britain’s problems. The nation lacks strong leadership. It is terribly divided. The process of Brexit is proving messy.

Still, it turns out that separating from the bureaucratic bloat of Europe is a good thing. Be assured that other European nations are taking note, and that more challenges to the European Union status quo are coming.

Political and media talking heads always project a lot of confidence—but remember: You cannot trust conventional wisdom.

What you can trust is biblical prophecy and the perspective it gives you on current events.

Look back at Richard Palmer’s August 2016 Trumpet articles “What’s Next for Britain?” and “… And What’s Next for Europe?” to be reminded of how different the Bible’s forecasts regarding Brexit were from the conventional wisdom, and how much the scenarios he outlined are unfolding before us.

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Guttenberg Calls for German Intervention in Syria

Former defense minister says he has had enough of Germany’s ‘cheap excuses.’

Germany supports military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad—but it doesn’t want to do the “dirty work.” This is how former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg summarized his nation’s position on Syria.

France, Britain and the United States launched air strikes on April 13 against the Syrian government’s chemical weapons storage facilities. Though Germany supported the strikes, Chancellor Angela Merkel refrained from providing any military contribution.

“We support the fact that our American, British and French allies have taken responsibility in this way as permanent members of the UN Security Council,” Merkel said. At the same time, she made clear that Germany would not take part in military action against Syria.

This provoked unusual direct criticism from Germany’s former rock-star politician. “When people are slaughtered, you also have to intervene,” Guttenberg said (Trumpet translation throughout).

Guttenberg accused the chancellor of sending wrong signals to the public and reducing awareness of the barbaric acts of Assad’s regime. He said that when “human rights are trampled on and men are slaughtered,” one has to intervene. “Of course, it is easy to say we leave the dirty work to others and draw back to the safe side,” Guttenberg continued. “But in the long term, one won’t get around it that way.”

The Syrian civil war has continued for more than seven years. Chancellor Merkel has insisted for years that the future of Syria must “be without Assad.” Guttenberg agrees, but he also argues that Germany’s commitment “has to go beyond fine and pretty words.” Germany could contribute through various forms of logistical support or through its intelligence services, he said. But to “wiggle out of it dialectically” gives a totally wrong impression. “We are talking about the use of poisonous gas,” he stated. “We are talking about a grievous violation of human rights. I believe always drawing back is not the right approach.”

Thus Guttenberg appealed to the German federal government to intervene in Syria and take part in the dirty work.

His criticism made headlines throughout Germany and even internationally. “Guttenberg Attacks Merkel,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on April 16. “Angela Merkel’s possible successor has slammed the chancellor’s lack of intervention in Syria,” wrote the British newspaper Express.

Guttenberg’s message is controversial. After instigating multiple wars, including losing efforts in World War i and World War ii, the Germans have been reluctant to engage in warfare, even as their economic, industrial and political power have grown to dominate the Continent.

Even today, most Germans agree that their nation should not involve itself in the Syrian civil war. Guttenberg thinks differently.

Guttenberg Is a Man Willing to Wage War

In 2009, when he was defense minister, Guttenberg referred to Germany’s involvement in Afghanistan as war. Due to the nation’s 20th century history, which resulted in the Allies proclaiming that German militarism must be permanently destroyed after World War ii, politicians and journalists took pains to avoid referring to German military operations as “war.” Guttenberg was not so shy. “Our engagement in Afghanistan has for years been a combat operation,” he told Bild. “But the feeling is—and not just among our troops—that the Taliban is waging a war against the soldiers of the international community.”

Though it was merely a change in terminology, the defense minister’s words made headlines throughout the country. To this day, his words are branded in the memories of many citizens and reporters. Beyond breaking a German taboo, his words signaled a turning point in German post-World War ii history. Previously, Germans had been timid to engage in any kind of warfare and certainly to publicly state as much. Guttenberg’s words sparked a change in that mentality. German soldiers and citizens celebrated his willingness to speak out, and his words enabled Germans to begin leaving behind their postwar timidity.

As defense minister, Guttenberg also dramatically changed the makeup of the German Army. Under his command, the Bundeswehr was transformed from a conscription army to a professional force. The larger, conscripted army was intended to provide Germany with the ability to protect itself against a possible Russian invasion. The purpose of the smaller, better-trained professional force is to give Germany the ability to conduct foreign missions.

Guttenberg has a long-term view that goes beyond merely defending German borders from a worst-case-scenario Russian onslaught. His vision is for a globally deployed, well-trained German Army.

Unique Opportunity in Syria

Guttenberg’s latest comments may be controversial, but the call for Germany to stop using its history as an excuse to let others do the “dirty work” has become common. More and more are demanding that Germany let go of its history and deploy its military to contribute to the security of the world.

It has already contributed militarily in various regions in the Middle East. And it has a unique opportunity to intervene in Syria.

There are multiple arguments for German involvement: the atrocities committed by the Syrian regime, Germany’s strategic location, its membership in nato. Moreover, Germans are personally affected by what happens in Syria, since millions of Syrians are seeking refuge in Europe. Germany not only has the means to strike Assad militarily but also has the economic power to rebuild Syria.

The Syrian minister of economy said in 2017 that his hope in the rebuilding of Syria lies in Germany. The Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH commented on this in an article titled “Syria Eyes Postwar Germany for $200-Billion-Dollar Reconstruction”:

Even with the civil war still raging in much of Syria, the government in Damascus is already shaping its reconstruction plans. German companies are seen as ideal partners with their reputation for quality and technical expertise, but also because of the country’s huge experience of rebuilding from the ashes of World War ii.

Even the population in Syria cries out for German intervention, as interviews conducted by Bild show. The paper quoted one Syrian who said, “We know that Germany helped many Syrian refugees. But it should not be forgotten how many people still suffer here.”

Why Syria?

Guttenberg may be sincere in his humanitarian reasons for intervening in Syria. But Germany has some important, self-interested reasons to get involved.

The nation’s most direct interest in Syria is closely related to the migrant crisis. Europe’s entire political system is being destabilized by the millions of migrants who have escaped from Syria. This mass migration is overloading the government, costing enormous sums of money, diluting European culture and allowing terrorists to enter more easily.

Germany is also concerned about the leverage Syria affords to Iran. Through its relationship with Syria, Iranian warships and troops have access to the strategic Mediterranean Sea. Iran, the world’s number-one sponsor of terror has pushed hard against Europe, and part of its strength to do so comes from having Assad’s regime controlling Syria.

The Bible prophesies that Iran and radical Islam will continue to push against Catholic Europe until the two erupt into open warfare. Daniel 8 and 11 prophesy of the emergence of a strong leader in Germany. The Trumpet has openly stated that this leader is most likely Guttenberg.

These prophecies say this strongman will lead Europe to war in the Middle East—confronting “the king of south” (which the Trumpet identifies as radical Islam, led by Iran). Now Guttenberg is calling for Germany to go to war in Syria.

In February 2010, shortly after Guttenberg called Germany’s involvement in Afghanistan a war, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote: “Baron Guttenberg calls war and terrorism what they really are—not vague or deceptive ‘euphemisms.’ That makes the German military ecstatic. At the same time, he is swinging the German population into a military mindset. That has to be extremely disturbing to those people who understand Germany’s history.”

This, Mr. Flurry wrote, “signals a dangerous turn in Germany’s foreign policy! And the whole world is going to be greatly impacted by that new direction. … Watch Baron Guttenberg!”

Eight years later, Guttenberg is out office, but he is still making waves. Continue to watch this man closely, and read our free booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent. It outlines the biblical prophecies about this strong leader in Europe and it gives the background you need as you watch Guttenberg and Germany.

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The Return of the Cross in Bavaria

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The Return of the Cross in Bavaria

Despite separation of church and state, Bavaria demands that every government building hang Christian crosses.

Beginning in June, every government building in Bavaria must hang a cross at its entrance. The new law was approved by the Bavarian cabinet on April 24. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder explained that the cross emphasizes the country’s “commitment to identity” and the “cultural character” of Bavaria, rather than religion (Trumpet translation throughout).

Prior to the ruling, it was up to the authorities at each building to decide whether to display crosses. After the new ruling, municipalities, counties and districts are now advised to “act accordingly,” and to do so before June 1. Although the new law only applies to state government buildings, local authorities have also been encouraged to hang crosses.

Söder emphasized that the cross symbolizes “our Bavarian identity and way of life,” and added that the cross should not be seen as “a sign of religion.” If symbols of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified and killed are, in fact, viewed as a sign of religion, this would violate Germany’s neutrality law that demands the strict separation of church and state. The government has already prescribed crosses in classrooms and in courts.

Though posting crosses in hundreds of buildings supposedly is not a “sign of religion,” it has certainly stirred a religious debate. State Vice President Ulrike Gote, from the Green Party, said: “Those who want to ban the headscarf in the courtroom cannot leave the cross on the wall.” Other parties have also criticized the law, but large numbers of Germans support the measure, including supporters of the far-right populist party Alternative for Germany. Critics accuse Söder of seeking to regain the popularity of his party, the Christian Social Union, while risking a cultural separation.

Following the announcement, Söder personally hung a cross. Though he claimed the symbol is not religious, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported, “[T]he cross, which Söder subsequently installed in the entrance hall of the State Chancellery, has a religious background: it hung in the Cabinet Room until 2008, was a gift from the former Munich Cardinal Friedrich Wetter and was consecrated by him, according to Söder.”

The reappearance of religious symbols on government buildings may seem like a small step. But it marks an important change in direction for Germany.

The cross is obviously an important part of worship for the Catholic Church, led by the Vatican. Prior to the Age of the Enlightenment, during which it lost much of its influence, the church had heavily influenced European politics for centuries. But even after the beginning of the Enlightenment, Napoleon’s France signed a concordat with the Catholic Church granting it special privileges throughout Napoleon’s large empire. Much later, the church signed a similar concordat with Nazi Germany in 1933. The agreement between Hitler and the Vatican redefined the relationship between church and state after almost a century of conflict. The concordat is in force to this day, carried over into the German Basic Law that was signed after World War ii. (In 1957, the Constitutional Court effectively weakened some of its provisions on the role of the Catholic Church in education.) Due to the concordat and other agreements, Germany, unlike the United States, only partially separates church and state.

After Germany was defeated by the Allies and the Nazi regime was destroyed, the Catholic Church has had no further major breakthroughs in its influence on Germany’s government. Church and state are mostly separated in comparison to their past relationships.

But with the ongoing refugee crises bringing millions of Middle Eastern and North African Muslims into Europe, German religious awareness is reawakening. Many Germans see their cultural heritage under threat. Politicians are now trying to address these fears and using religion to gain popularity and to unify their supporters.

Earlier this year, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Bild, “Islam does not belong to Germany. Germany is shaped by Christianity. That includes the Sunday rest, religious holidays and rituals such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas. Of course, the Muslims living with us belong to Germany. But of course, that does not mean that we give our country-specific traditions and customs up out of false consideration.”

Bavaria is now the first state to put his words into action. Nine million of the approximately 12.8 million people living in Bavaria were members of a church in 2016. Thus the new law meets the approval of a large segment of the population and the enforcement will meet little resistance.

But some suspect that the decision is endangering the state’s religious neutrality. If the state dictates that every government building displays a cross, what other such laws could follow?

Seehofer has already specifically stated that Sunday rest is a part of Germany’s Christian heritage. Many European countries already have laws on the books that prohibit working on Sunday: These laws are not strictly enforced today, but centuries ago they were enforced with vigor.

Herbert W. Armstrong explained in his booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? that Bible prophecy indicates Europe will soon reinforce the Sunday law.

Today, Germany is taking a step toward reducing the separation of church and state and returning to its old ways. Requiring government buildings to display crosses is just one of the first steps. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained in “A Monumental Moment in European History!” about how Revelation 17 warns about this union.

The Bible discusses many different beasts. As Mr. Armstrong explained, these beasts picture world empires. In Revelation 17, the Apostle John wrote about a totally unique and terrifying beast. This empire is different because it is a CHURCH-STATE UNION.

Verses 1 and 2 read, “… I will shew unto thee the judgment of the GREAT WHORE that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” Notice, throughout history this woman, or church, has made the WHOLE WORLD drunk on her doctrines!

This great church commits fornication with kings. In other words, it recruits kings and nations to serve its despicable and ugly ambitions.

In the Bible, a woman represents a church, and a beast represents a Gentile world empire. The Bible uses the word whore to show that this church is not God’s church but rather one that has illicit relationships with empires.

Even historians of today largely agree that the bloodiest wars were fought in the name of religion. The history of the so-called Holy Roman Empire proves this fact vividly. The church and state union of the Holy Roman Empire ruled Europe for centuries. Revelation 17 shows that it will be resurrected one final time in the near future.

While a government-enforced public display of “non-religious” crosses seems relatively unimportant, it does point to a prophesied union of church and state that will wreak more destruction than all previous resurrections of the Holy Roman Empire. To learn more, request your free copy of The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy and Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?

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Why the Terror in Toronto?

There is a cause that most people ignore.

Was it mental illness, or an act of terrorism, when demented Alek Minassian drove a rented van down a sidewalk in Toronto, intentionally running over and murdering as many victims as possible on Monday afternoon? Canadian authorities still don’t know the motive. Setting aside the macabre details, 10 were murdered, 15 were injured, and the disturbed young man was taken into custody after trying to goad a policeman into shooting him in the head.

Sadly, this latest terror attack in Toronto is just another of many similar, grisly scenes playing out with increasing frequency in major cities around the world. Disturbed young men are getting behind a wheel and plowing down innocent bystanders. Torontonians are the latest to be left wondering what in the world is going on with this world.

After the attack, social media and politicians quickly banded together in a show of unity. Toronto was bruised but not broken. Good would triumph over evil.

Helpless to change the bloody events of the day, by the time of puck-drop for a major professional playoff hockey game in downtown Toronto later that night, the city was ready to move on.

Helpless to effect a personal change for the better, mass murder was quickly reduced to the emotional level of hearing about a bad car wreck with some fatalities.

Helpless to make sense of the sheer evil and indiscriminate nature of the crime, the city immediately fell into a “keep calm and carry on” attitude—giving tacit acceptance of terror as a part of day-to-day life.

I was in Toronto when news of the terror attack broke, and I was stunned to learn it occurred on the exact sidewalks where my wife and I had once frequently visited. Broadcast images of dead bodies were shown lying motionless where I had once walked hand-in-hand with my wife, or by myself on an errand, and had even let my little children run ahead of me carefree.

The images showed the same Asian fast-food stand we had visited—one of its employees had been mowed down and killed. Above the sidewalks, gleaming towers of glass housed thousands of people, each one a potential target. On these sidewalks, babies in strollers were a common sight.

In retrospect, the sidewalks targeted were ideal for this insidious crime: broad, and usually teeming with people walking to or from a nearby subway station, or enjoying the sights and sounds, or eating at one of the many ethnic restaurants that fronted the 1-mile terror spree corridor. It is amazing that more people were not killed.

Every Canadian knows something deeply evil occurred on the streets of Toronto, but are at a complete loss to explain why it happened. The usual suspects have fast come under the spotlight—terrorism and mental illness (though the distinction between the two is purely academic).

When a crime of this nature occurs, the depth of evil is beyond most people’s capacity to understand. Most conclude the crime to be utterly senseless—although all crime is. What generally follows is a deep investigation into why the crime occurred. How could this happen? The life of the assailant will be picked apart by media, the court system and mental health experts, and still other experts will be called upon to divine some meaning from it all. Thereafter, maybe, but probably not, some law will be passed or some new approach to psychology or mental health policy derived. But such moves cannot prevent these crimes—and will never prevent them. They can provide no solace or hope. And faced with such confounding futility, most people have accepted this kind of unimaginable evil as a normal part of life.

Few stop to ask themselves where evil comes from. Hardly a parent in the world purposely raises a child to be an evil monster. So why and where and how do people end up committing such atrocities? What led Alek Minassian to rationalize this heinous evil as something good? Surely whatever it was is twisted and grotesque.

Only the Bible supplies the answers and the hope and the solution to world evils, and to the crimes of the nature Toronto is now trying to come to terms with today. Most would accept, without question, a faulty human medical hypothesis to explain why these evils. Will we accept God’s sure answer? The Word of God unequivocally says good, as well as evil, are spiritual in nature. There is a spiritual component to every human life.

The Bible refers to God as the originator of love and goodness and of the qualities most people hold in high regard today. However, the Bible also refers to a lawless spirit being named Satan and his fallen angels, now demons, that are confined to Earth! (Revelation 12:12). Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). He rules this present evil world. He is the original author of every evil; and, with the demons, he has been cast down to Earth. They are in a frothing, red-hot rage. Many people are agitated and influenced emotionally and mentally by demons. Others are possessed by them, and go on to commit murderous, heinous crimes.

Toronto, like the rest of the world—but especially America, Britain, the Commonwealth nations and the State of Israel—is under attack. For this reason, the Trumpet has been sending out a strong warning as a witness to Toronto. Since April, we have been distributing free copies of the Trumpet magazine in multiple public transportation sites in the city, including a bus stop that Minassian took out with his van. The busy pedestrian mall of Yonge Street, now closed because of the attack, has multiple newsstands that offer the Trumpet. The Trumpet’s editor in chief, Gerald Flurry, is planning a public appearance campaign in Toronto for June this year.

This is part of the Trumpet’s effort to warn all nations and to freely give the plain truth and understanding behind the anxiety-riddled headlines we read today.

The evil behind the latest Toronto terror attack is not unfathomable. It can be understood. Satan and the demons are cast down to the Earth. All who seek true understanding as to why evil exists should also seek God’s protection by obeying His commandments.

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#Resistance: Incrementally Normalizing Politically Motivated Violence

Listen to the April 25, 2018, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

The anti-Trump resistance movement has tried everything to get the president removed from office: lawsuits, boycotts, leaks, articles of impeachment, declaring him mentally unfit, and on and on it goes. Media coverage of President Donald Trump has been about 90 percent negative. The media has never been so hard on a president. Just how far is the resistance movement willing to go if it really believes President Trump is like Joseph Stalin or Adolf Hitler? Is violence the next step? Historian Victor Davis Hanson wrote in a recent column that America is “entering revolutionary times.” I discuss Hanson’s article on today’s show, as well as some positive reports from the Trump presidency that the mainstream media won’t acknowledge.

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