A Tale of Two Visits

One high profile and explosive, the other discreet and harmonious

United States President Donald Trump detonated a rhetorical bomb in Europe this week during his visit to nato headquarters in Brussels for meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. The morning he arrived, he got off to a combative start. He laid into Germany at a breakfast meeting with European Union officials. He strongly condemned Germany for doing billions’ worth of business deals with Russia, while relying on America to defend it from Russia. The below video shows him laying in to Germany for not spending enough on its military.

A couple of takeaways from this. Trump is pushing Germany to rearm. I completely sympathize with his statements about America getting ripped off—it is. But he is pushing Germany to remilitarize in a serious way—a world-changing way. If Germany were to spend 2 percent on its military, it would outspend Russia. Combining that spending with the rest of the EU—with France, Spain, Italy, etc—you’re talking about making Europe a serious military force.

In fact, Mr. Trump went beyond calling for Germany to spend 2 percent of its economy on defense. He wants Germany to spend 4 percent of its economy on defense. That would come to well over $150 billion. If it does that, it would spend more on defense than every other nation except the U.S. and China. If all of Europe spent this much on defense, it would be a new superpower.

Of course, we’ve been forecasting the rise of this superpower for years. The Bible prophesies of another resurrection of a major world power in Europe. You can read more about these prophecies in our free booklet He Was Right. It reviews how Herbert W. Armstrong forecast this European power decades ago. He even forecast events such as Eastern Europe breaking away from the iron curtain and joining Europe.

So Mr. Trump is encouraging Europe to remilitarize. His presidency is also exposing a divide that has developed between Europe and the U.S. These two are no longer the close allies they once appeared to be. And someone else wants to move in on Germany.

China Courts Germany

There was another visit to Europe this week, much less hyped than Mr. Trump’s. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on July 9. Business leaders signed $23.5 billion in deals. What I think is really significant is that later that same day, China announced that it would free Liu Xia, a controversial political prisoner. Liu is the widow of one of China’s most famous dissident writers and human rights activists, Liu Xiaobo. China says the release had nothing to do with Germany, but no one really believes that. Just this May, Ms. Merkel asked China to release Liu.

For years, Germany has been badgering China about human rights and political prisoners with very little results. Only now does China do something. Why? China is facing a trade war with the U.S. This move shows, I think, that it is getting a bit desperate. Facing a trade war with America, China really wants to be in Germany’s good books.

This leads to a prophecy we’ve talked about often. Isaiah 23 discusses a “mart of nations” that both Europe and China play a prominent role in. It’s a trading, economic relationship. We see it building right now, with these countries drawing closer. You can read more about that in our April 2017 article “Trade Wars Have Begun.”

That’s the big overview from Germany this week: a split from the U.S.; Germany being pushed to remilitarize; a budding relationship between Germany and China.

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The Mystery of the Holy Roman Empire

Recent events in Germany ought to grip our attention!

German Chancellor Angela Merkel nearly lost her coalition government recently, largely because she invited over 1 million Muslim refugees into Germany. The German people don’t like that at all, so she modified her policy and saved the coalition—for now. Still, 1 million Arabs remain in the country as a reminder of Merkel’s gaffe. She is quite unpopular now. Her political days are numbered.

The big question is: Who will replace her?

Bible prophecy points us to the answer. A strongman will take power in Germany very soon (Daniel 8:23). He will help to fulfill another prophecy in Revelation 17:10: “And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.”

This prophecy ties directly to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ! He will return to stop the Holy Roman Empire from causing even more bloodshed. Don’t lose that vision.

God revealed the meaning of this prophecy at the time of the sixth “king,” or leader, of the Holy Roman Empire: Adolf Hitler. He ruled brutally in the tradition of Charlemagne. Herbert W. Armstrong, God’s apostle and an end-time type of Elijah (Matthew 17:11; Malachi 3:1), boldly declared this prophecy.

Immediately after Hitler fell and Germany lost World War ii, Mr. Armstrong warned of the seventh and final king of the Holy Roman Empire, which “is not yet come.” No one else understood Revelation 17:10! Only God’s one true Church today understands it.

As Mr. Armstrong proclaimed the coming of the Holy Roman Empire’s seventh resurrection, a powerful German politician named Franz Josef Strauss was advocating for Europe to resurrect the Holy Roman Empire. Strangely, Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Strauss developed a close relationship. When Mr. Strauss visited the educational institution Mr. Armstrong founded—Ambassador College in Pasadena, California—he said it was the happiest day of his life. Was it mere coincidence that these two were friends?

Mr. Strauss was the political mentor of Edmund Stoiber, who was the Christian Social Union conservative party chairman from 1998 to 2007. He lost a bid for the chancellery by the narrowest of margins in 2002. Stoiber mentored Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, a man we need to watch very closely.

Why does all of this flow from Mr. Strauss, whom Mr. Armstrong hosted at his home for dinner, spent time with, and even hugged before they would go their separate ways? What’s that all about?

Revelation 17:10 is a pivotal prophecy that will shock nearly everyone when it is fulfilled! Ms. Merkel won’t be around for long. Mr. Armstrong’s ties to the very leaders who will bring this prophecy to pass are a clear sign from God that we must watch Germany and the Holy Roman Empire more closely, and begin to focus on the one man who will come on the scene and be the polar opposite of Angela Merkel. He will be perhaps the strongest leader in the world, at the helm of a superpower that will likely be stronger than America, Russia or China.

Some might criticize me for naming specific personalities in the Bible. I did the same with Russian President Vladimir Putin, known in Bible prophecy as the prince of Russia. The Philadelphia Church of God has been naming names for a long time.

Here’s what I wrote in my booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent:

Guttenberg is also connected through part of his family line to the house of Habsburg. Strauss and Otto von Habsburg shared a common dream of a united Catholic Europe. Both personally shared details of that vision with Herbert W. Armstrong during visits they made to the campus of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. To Otto von Habsburg, the dream was of a revived Holy Roman Empire. To Herbert Armstrong, that dream would become the reality of the biblically prophesied seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.

Baron Guttenberg’s aristocratic title is Reichsfreiherr, meaning “Baron of the Holy Roman Empire.” He comes from a line of aristocratic elites who have played a devastating role in German history. Is that just a coincidence? At the very least, it tells us that we must examine Germany and the Holy Roman Empire more closely.

Look at the time frame of Daniel 8. Verse 17 tells us it is the time of the end. Verse 19 narrows it down to the last end, or the very end of the end time. The book of Daniel is only for the end time. It is urgent. Daniel 8:23 states: “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.”

In A Strong German Leader Is Imminent, I wrote:

Years ago, Herbert W. Armstrong met with Otto von Habsburg, the head of the 700-year-old house of Habsburg, which ruled the Holy Roman Empire in the dynasty prior to Napoleon. At that time, Habsburg was a member of the European Parliament. He said this: “The European community is living largely by the heritage of the Holy Roman Empire, though the great majority of the people who live by it don’t know by what heritage they live.”

Look through history, and you will find six resurrections of that Holy Roman Empire. Today the seventh resurrection is staring us in the face—yet still people don’t know what it is! That is amazing! Not even the people who live under it know it.

“We possess a European symbol which belongs to all nations of Europe equally,” Mr. Habsburg also said. “This is the crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which embodies the tradition of Charlemagne.” That crown is something this king in Europe will assume.

This soon-coming ruler could literally be called a king. Even if he is not, the Bible gives him that label. When the Bible talks about a king, in most cases it’s saying that this is not a democratic government. Even if he doesn’t have that title, he is going to lead like a king. This vision in Daniel shows that the European empire is about to become a lot more authoritative.

Baron Guttenberg’s family is tied to the Habsburg dynasty, the fourth resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. Mr. Armstrong explained all about that empire. Mr. Strauss visited his college. So did Mr. Habsburg, who also spoke to the students about the history of Europe. Why would these leaders be visiting with Mr. Armstrong, the one through whom God revealed Revelation 17:10?

God teaches us Bible prophecy and the historical events that relate to it. It’s highly likely that Baron Guttenberg will fulfill a key role in prophecy.

The Holy Roman Empire has never been democratic. The 15th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica records the savage nature of Charlemagne, the leader of the first resurrection:

The violent methods by which this missionary task was carried out had been unknown to the earlier Middle Ages, and the sanguinary [bloody] punishment meted out to those who broke canon law or continued to engage in pagan practices [as he called them] called forth criticism in Charles’s own circle.

European leaders today want to uphold the tradition of this man! Hitler continued in that tradition! A Strong German Leader Is Imminent states:

In 1938, at a rally in Nuremberg, “Hitler had brought from Vienna, after 140 years, the insignia of the First Reich [Charlemagne]—the imperial crown, the orb of empire, the scepter and the imperial sword. At the presentation of these symbols of imperialism, he solemnly vowed that they would remain in Nuremberg forever” (John Toland, Adolf Hitler).

That was a strong statement. He “solemnly vowed” that the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire were to “remain in Nuremberg forever.” This is like a death-defying commitment to the Holy Roman Empire and his god! He made a vow forever!

Charlemagne ruled what is called the First Reich. Hitler named his movement the Third Reich, or third empire. He looked to Charlemagne! Do we realize that the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire will be bloodier than the previous six combined?

Mr. Armstrong was God’s messenger. He met with and inspired Mr. Strauss and Mr. Habsburg. Mr. Strauss mentored Mr. Stoiber, who mentored Baron Guttenberg. What a connection!

Baron Guttenberg was the German defense minister and the most popular politician in Germany until a plagiarism scandal ruined his career. But that’s not the end of his story. He is close to Garry Kasparov, a Russian defector and one of the foremost critics of Vladimir Putin. Baron Guttenberg challenges Mr. Putin perhaps more than anyone else does today. He calls for stronger German leadership in the world.

The coming German strongman will be extremely powerful and destructive due to the backing of an evil spirit force (Daniel 8:24). But the next verse gives us incredible hope: Christ Himself will return to Earth and obliterate the Holy Roman Empire so that it never rises again to plague mankind.

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Israel’s Growing Impatience With Syria and Iran, Plus Benjamin Netanyahu’s Trip to Russia

This week we have three news items from Israel and the Middle East.

First, there has been an increase in military activity between Israel and Syria.

Both Syria’s military and Iran-backed forces are now operating very close to the buffer zone separating Syria and Israel. And Israel is taking this threat very seriously. Israel cannot allow either Iranian proxies or Syria’s military—and Syria’s military is, in many respects, an Iranian proxy—to become entrenched near the Golan Heights.

On Wednesday, Israel shot down a Syrian drone that entered Israeli airspace. On Sunday morning, thousands of Israel Defense Forces reservists were ordered to report immediately for surprise military exercises in the Golan Heights. The reservists were told to come directly from their homes and workplaces, and to show up in full gear—this led many to think that the call was more than just a surprise drill.

Meanwhile, Iran-backed forces in southwestern Syria appear ready to attack Israel at any moment. A key figure in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stated last month that the organization had created an “Islamic army” near the Golan Heights and was waiting on orders to attack.

This ties in with the second item of news: On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This was actually Netanyahu’s ninth visit to Russia since 2015, and his third this year. This shows who the controlling influence is in Syria right now.

The main topic of discussion was Syria, specifically Iran’s presence and role in Syria.

Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly told Putin that Israel must see Iran expelled from Syria. He also explained that Israel expects Syria to respect the buffer zone between the two nations. It’s important to note that Netanyahu appears to have the support of the Trump administration.

Israel and America understand that the only reason the Assad regime remains in control, and the only reason the Syria-Iran axis continues to exist, is because it has the Kremlin’s backing.

Israel and America are trying to convince Russia to, at the very least, sever Syria’s relationship with Iran, thereby diminishing Iran’s presence and influence in Syria.

Here at the Trumpet, we consider these developments in the context of Bible prophecy. And Bible prophecy indicates that America and Israel might be successful in severing the Syria-Iran axis.

Prophecy shows that the Middle East in the end time will be divided into two general categories. The first is an Iran-led radical Islamist bloc of nations; the second is an Arab bloc of nations that allies with Germany and Europe. According to prophecy, Syria will not be part of the Iran-led alliance of radical Islamist states.

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Peter Strzok: There Was ‘No Bias’ in Those Text Messages

Listen to the July 13, 2018, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

Peter Strzok, the lead investigator of the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal and Trump-Russia investigation, sat for a 10-hour testimony yesterday in front of House oversight committees. Strzok was removed from Robert Mueller’s special counsel after it was revealed he and another high-ranking member of the fbi exchanged hundreds of text messages revealing their hatred of then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. In his testimony yesterday, Strzok said the texts showed no bias and that bias never motivated his decision-making. On today’s show, I discuss Stzrok’s hearing and why this corruption is coming to light.

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Facing U.S. Tariffs, China Embraces German Business

Although Europe does not fully trust China, trade war is forcing these unlikely partners closer together.

China is deepening its economic and diplomatic relationship with Germany to counteract pressure from United States tariffs. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met on July 9 in Berlin, where business leaders from both countries signed $23.5 billion in deals.

Later that same day, China announced that it would free Liu Xia, a controversial political prisoner. Liu is the widow of one of China’s most famous dissident writers and human rights activists, Liu Xiaobo. Ms. Liu’s husband, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning author, was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 11 years in prison on the charge of subversion. He died of cancer in prison a year ago. Ms. Liu has been under house arrest in China since 2010 because of her husband’s criticism of the Chinese government.

China insists that Liu’s release has nothing to do with the Berlin meeting, despite the fact that the news broke only a few hours after the meeting. China’s official position is that she is traveling to Europe for medical treatment. However, a former German ambassador to China told the New York Times that releasing Ms. Liu is a Chinese “gesture toward [its] most important partner in Europe,” Germany. During Merkel’s visit to China on May 24–25, she asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to release Ms. Liu. It appears that the Chinese government did as Merkel asked, even though it officially denies it.

Why would China make such a gesture? Perhaps because it is feeling the heat from the trade war. U.S. President Donald Trump ramped up the tariff dispute this week by announcing a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. The new tariff is designed to “inflict as much pain on the Chinese economy as possible,” Geopolitical Futures wrote. China doesn’t import enough from the U.S. to impose similar tariffs, so it will have to strike back at America through other means.

President Trump has increased the tariffs even faster than China expected. Geopolitical Futures continued: “To ease the pressure from the U.S., Chinese leaders are looking far and wide for help from some friends.” China hopes that Europe, which is also being hit with American tariffs, will side with China against the U.S. Although Europe does not trust China and fears its increasing global influence, the burgeoning trade war is forcing these unlikely partners closer together.

China is already Germany’s largest trade partner. Last year, Germany exported $97.6 billion in goods to China. Germany was China’s sixth-largest export partner in 2017. During the July 9 meeting in Berlin, top German companies including Volkswagen and bmw signed investment contracts with China. These contracts include plans to produce electric cars with Chinese companies and move some automobile production facilities from the U.S. to China. PJ Media called these deals “a gigantic vote of confidence” in China.

Germany’s economy relies heavily on automobile exports. Facing U.S. tariffs on German cars, Germany is looking for other markets. In China, it sees a rapidly expanding potential market. Last year, Chinese car buyers accounted for a large percentage of German car sales worldwide: half of Volkswagen’s worldwide sales and more than a third of worldwide sales for Audi, bmw, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. bmw plans to move some of its U.S. manufacturing plants to China, allowing the company to avoid U.S. tariffs and be closer to the potential Chinese market. China welcomes the new industry.

Neither power entirely trusts the other, but trade war with the U.S. is pushing them to join forces. German newspaper Die Welt summed up the tension in the relationship between these two powers as a “tightrope walk.”

China is courting German favor with these business deals and the release of Ms. Liu. And Germany is reciprocating. That is bad news for the U.S. As PJ Media wrote, “[T]he German-Chinese realignment is a warning that not everything would go America’s way if things get nasty.”

This ties in with what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained in “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.” Right now, America is undergoing a brief resurgence in power and strength, but the resurgence is only temporary. The trade war could easily backfire on President Trump, causing nations like Germany and China to band together against America and freeze the U.S. out economically. Isaiah 23 prophesies of such an alliance—a “mart,” or economic bloc, of nations including German-led Europe and China.

Trumpet managing editor Brad Macdonald wrote in “Trade Wars Have Begun”:

The Prophet Isaiah forecast a massive global trade network in the end time and said it would revolve around a German-led European superstate. You can study this prophecy in Isaiah 22 and 23. In Isaiah 23:1, China is called by its ancient name, Chittim. The same verse calls the German-dominated European combine Tyre, which was a major economic power extant at the time the prophecy was written.

In this prophecy, the end-time Tyre is shown to be in a trade relationship with China and other Asian peoples. The mention of the sea (verses 2, 4, 11), oceans (“great waters,” verse 3), ships (verses 1 and 14), and seaborne merchant traffic (verse 8) indicates this is a trade alliance. Verse 3 calls this a “mart of nations.” Mart means emporium, trade or merchandise. Verse 13 mentions Italy (Chaldea). Italy is here depicted in association with Germany, whose biblical identity is Assyria, or Asshur.

Clearly, this is a prophecy about an end-time trade axis between Europe and Asia!

Notice too: America and Britain are not part of this “mart of nations.” Why not? Because this trade emporium is a rival of the U.S. and Britain. It is infused with strong anti-American and anti-British sentiment. This “mart of nations” exists to compete with America and Britain!

We are seeing this happening now! German-Foreign-Policy.com wrote that the recent Germany-China business deals “[lessen] the significance of the United States” on the world economic scene. Once Europe and China form an alliance, they will exclude the U.S.

Mr. Flurry wrote in the July 2016 Trumpet:

The United States and Britain are going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Asia, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce. These nations of Israel are going to be literally besiegedeconomically frozen out of world trade!

Now that the world is in a full-blown trade war, China is realizing that the only way it can defeat America is by allying with Europe. With that realization, China is now courting Germany’s favor to form a trade bloc that can exclude the United States, in direct fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

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Are You Ready for Civil War?

Leading U.S. citizens are actively encouraging the devastation of American cities and the death of potentially hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans.

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

Did you hear about the recent Rasmussen survey showing that almost one third of Americans believe another civil war could break out in the U.S. in the next five years? As remarkable as this is, it isn’t surprising.

For starters, it is now routine in America to see and hear prominent leaders—congressmen, senators, TV pundits, Hollywood stars, music moguls, etc—calling explicitly for protests, civil unrest and even revolution. You’ve probably seen some examples: the speech last month by Congresswoman Maxine Waters in which she encouraged followers to literally mob Trump officials; TV commentators like Donny Deutsch and Chris Matthews calling for a revolution; Hollywood icons such as Madonna, Johnny Depp and Snoop Dogg openly encouraging the assassination of President Donald Trump.

Virtually every week there are fresh calls for revolution and violence. Isn’t it all a bit surreal? Leading U.S. citizens are actively encouraging the devastation of American cities and the death of potentially hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans.

Instead of using more words to make my point, I thought it might be more effective to use sound and images. The 90-second video montage below includes just a handful of examples of prominent Americans inciting revolution and civil unrest. It’s chilling stuff.

We’ve also cited a few key Bible prophecies, such as Isaiah 1:7. Here, the prophet is talking about Britain and America in the end time and warns, “Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire ….” This is talking about “massive RACE WARS swallowing up our cities!” explained Gerald Flurry five years ago in his booklet America Under Attack.

God issued a similar warning through the Prophet Ezekiel: “Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence. … Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none” (Ezekiel 7:23, 25).

This video demonstrates just how close we are to these prophecies being fulfilled. Really, these prophecies are already being fulfilled. As this video shows, a frightening spirit of hatred, violence and revolution is already coursing through America.

If you aren’t already, it’s time to think on the question: What do I have to do to survive the coming civil war?