Israel Becomes the Jewish State, and Erdoğan’s Perpetual State of Emergency

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On Tuesday, the European Union’s criminal intelligence agency, Europol, signed an intelligence agreement with Israel.

Israeli Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich and Europol executive director Catherine De Bolle signed the agreement in The Hague.

In her speech at the signing ceremony, De Bolle said, “Today, I am signing the first-ever Europol working arrangement between Europol and a non-EU country. It is a major step forward in enhancing the relationship between Europol and Israel. The arrangement will multiply contacts at all levels and open doors to closer cooperation, making the European Union and Israel safer.”

De Bolle noted that this is the first police-to-police agreement the EU has signed with any nation outside the EU. This agreement will allow for “cooperation and the transfer of knowledge” to combat increased terrorism, fraud and cybercrime around the world.

For the EU, there is a real benefit to such an agreement, given Israel’s superior ability to track down terrorists and alert European nations to impending attacks. However, the agreement may also open up Israel’s security apparatus to European eyes—a dangerous vulnerability, should this friend become an enemy.

This agreement ignores the Israeli public’s suspicion that Europe has been and always will be an adversary of the Jewish state, no matter how the EU might spin it.

Look for more security pacts like this in the future. The Bible indicates that Israel will rely more and more on Europe. However, it also indicates that these security pacts will result in a European double cross against Israel. In Hosea 5, the Bible reveals that Israel (biblical Judah) will actually reach out to German-led Europe for security. You can read more about this subject in our free booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy.

Turkey Ends State of Emergency, but Erdoğan Retains Powers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fulfilled a campaign promise this week by formally ending the state of emergency that had been in force since the failed coup in 2016. The state of emergency had granted him supreme powers that, among other things, allowed him to carry out the biggest purge in Turkey’s modern history, imprisoning about 80,000 people.

However, if you thought that ending the state of emergency meant that Erdoğan is relinquishing his power, you would be wrong.

By virtue of last month’s election and some new constitutional and legislative changes, Erdoğan will retain similar powers to those he held during the state of emergency.

According to the main opposition inside the Turkish parliament, the “anti-terrorism” legislative changes discussed this week will essentially amount to a new state of emergency.

The head of the opposition said this week, “With this bill, with the measures in the text, the state of emergency will not be extended for three months, but for three years,” a reference to the length of Erdoğan’s presidential term prior to the next election.

From now on, Turkish policy will continue to reflect the nature, character and will of President Erdoğan.

The Bible indicates that in the end time, a strongman like Erdoğan would lead Turkey. Based on prophecies found in Psalm 83 and the book of Obadiah, the Trumpet has been watching for a strong leader in Turkey who is capable of navigating powerful alliances, especially an alliance with a strong German-led Europe. The European double cross of Israel actually includes a role for the nation of Turkey. To read more about Turkey’s role in this prophecy, request our free booklet The King of the South.

Israel Passes Law Enshrining ‘National Home of the Jewish People’

Israel is now the Jewish state. Of course, that seems obvious, but the landmark bill passed in the Knesset on Wednesday night made it official that Israel is the “national home of the Jewish people.”

The controversial bill was seven years in the making, with revision after revision brought before the Knesset. Even on Wednesday, revisions were made to the bill that made it more palatable to the international community.

When the bill passed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the new law as “a pivotal moment in the annals of Zionism and the State of Israel.”

“We enshrined in law the basic principle of our existence,” he said. “Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people that respects the individual rights of all its citizens. This is our state—the Jewish state. In recent years there have been some who have attempted to put this in doubt, to undercut the core of our being. Today we made it law: This is our nation, language and flag.”

The law also declares that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, sets the Hebrew calendar as the official calendar of the state, and recognizes Israel’s Independence Day, national days of remembrance and Jewish holidays.

The bill makes the fact that Israel is the Jewish state an integral part of the nation’s common law, which is akin to its constitution. This new law underscores Israel’s biblical identity, which is critical to know in order to understand biblical prophecy.

The Bible records that the ancient nation of Israel consisted of 12 tribes. One of the most prominent tribes was Judah, whose members became known as “Jews.” The nation then split into two nations: The majority of the tribes formed the Kingdom of Israel, and the minority formed the Kingdom of Judah. When Bible prophecy refers to Israel, it almost always means the modern nations that descended from the Kingdom of Israel—not the modern Jewish nation called Israel. When Bible prophecy refers to Judah, it means the Jewish state, the nation-state of the Jewish people, the modern Middle Eastern nation called Israel.

Indirectly, the new Basic Law—Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people—confirms this fact.

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EU and Japan Negotiate ‘Historic’ Free-Trade Agreement

Immense deal covers about a third of the global economy and affects 600 million people.

The European Union and Japan signed a historic free-trade deal on July 17 in Tokyo that will remove or reduce all tariffs on exports between Europe and Japan. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (epa) will create the world’s largest open economic area, covering about a third of the global economy and affecting about 600 million people. The immense trade deal emphasizes the growing economic unification between Europe and Asia as the world reacts to America’s increasing protectionism.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk celebrated the agreement as “the largest bilateral trade deal ever.” The deal will come into force in 2019, once the European Parliament and Japanese Diet approve it. In the deal, the EU agreed to remove its 10 percent tariff on Japanese cars and its 3 percent tariff on Japanese car parts. Japan agreed to remove its tariffs on EU food and wine, which sometimes exceeded 30 percent.

Along with the free-trade agreement, Japan and the EU negotiated a data protection agreement on July 16. In that agreement, they agreed to trust that their data protection systems are equal. This recognition of “reciprocal adequacy” will allow the unrestricted flow of data between the EU and Japan. According to the European Commission’s press release, this creates “the world’s largest area of safe data flows.”

The epa and data protection agreements have been in negotiations for several years. However, the EU and Japan pushed the trade agreement forward in response to recent U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum and other goods. The planned U.S. tariffs will hit Europe and Asia particularly hard, since both regions rely heavily on exports. China leads the world in exports, followed by the U.S. Germany ranks third, and Japan is fourth. Viewed as a whole, however, the EU is the undisputed leader in global trade. As such, it stands to lose the most from U.S. tariffs.

The EU has already imposed retaliatory tariffs on the United States. Japan has threatened similar action. China and the U.S. are waging an intense tit-for-tat tariff war. But U.S. tariffs have created more than just retaliatory tariffs. They have contributed to pushing nations like Japan and China to deepen their economic relationships with Europe. As the U.S. takes a stand, Europe and Asia are uniting to fight back.

Both Japanese and EU leaders were aware of the symbolic meaning behind the trade deal. After the deal was signed, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe said, “There are rising concerns about protectionism, but I want Japan and the EU to lead the world by bearing the flag of free trade.”

Tusk commented, “We are sending a clear message that we stand against protectionism. The EU and Japan remain open for cooperation.” Clearly, Japan and Europe are both trying to present themselves as a foil to the U.S., which they portray as the enemy of free trade.

During U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Europe, he emphasized his irritation with the EU’s high tariffs on American goods, which existed long before his recent steel and aluminum tariffs. In an interview with Guardian Unlimited in Scotland, the president called the EU a “foe” because of its unfair trade practices. He said that the EU has been taking advantage of America for years with high tariffs. President Trump’s comments brought a lot of criticism from EU chiefs. Tusk responded with a tweet: “America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news.”

Both Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker used the signing of the trade deal as an opportunity to denounce America’s actions. Juncker said that the EU-Japan deal was “much more than a trade agreement”—it was a “statement” against protectionist trade practices. Tusk agreed, calling the deal “a light in the increasing darkness of international politics.”

Tusk told reporters after the deal was signed: “We are predictable—both Japan and [the] EU—predictable and responsible, and will come to the defense of a world order based on rules, freedom and transparency and common sense. And this political dimension is even more visible today, tomorrow, than two months ago, and I am absolutely sure you know what I mean” (emphasis added throughout).

President Trump’s slogan is “America First.” But as the Washington Post put it, “America First” may end up meaning “America Alone.” America’s former allies are uniting against it.

The current situation should sound familiar to long-time readers of the Trumpet. The Bible prophesies that in the end time, the United States will be isolated and besieged through a trade war. That trade war has begun. Isaiah 23 describes a Eurasian “mart of nations” that will oppose the U.S. This prophecy uses the ancient names of the nations that represent German-led Europe, China and Japan today. Deuteronomy 28 foretells the besiegement of the U.S. by this Eurasian trade alliance.

Tusk commented at the Tokyo summit that EU-Japan relations “have never been stronger.” He said, “Geographically, we are far apart. But politically and economically we could hardly be any closer.” That is a thrilling statement for students of Bible prophecy. Europe and Japan are strengthening their economic relationship. Germany and China have also increased their trade ties recently in an attempt to ease the pressure from U.S. tariffs. How much more will it take before Europe and Asia decide to join forces against the U.S.?

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet that a coming trade bloc consisting of Europe and Asia will begin calling the shots in world commerce, besieging America and Britain, and cutting them out of world trade!

Today, we are watching the “mart of nations” developing. This EU-Japan trade deal is another step toward that prophesied Eurasian trade bloc.

To understand more about this prophesied trade alliance, read “Trade Wars Have Begun.”

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China Pushes at Taiwan With ‘Large-Scale’ Military Exercises

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China Pushes at Taiwan With ‘Large-Scale’ Military Exercises

A six-day live-fire drill gets Xi Jinping’s point across.

China began a six-day military drill in the East China Sea on July 19, posing a threat toward the island nation of Taiwan.

Located near Taiwan, these “live-fire” drills are complex and will simulate real combat, according to the Global Times. China’s People’s Liberation Army (pla) will practice their “systematic combat capability, tactics, training methods and capacities of its weaponry and equipment.”

The drill zones are located along its East China Sea coastline, specifically to the east of China’s Zhejiang province, including the areas of Zhoushan and Wenzhou.

The drill zone on the coast of China’s Zhejiang province

“The drill’s main objective is to send a serious warning to Taiwan separatists,” Song Zhongping, a military expert, told the Global Times. “The pla Air Force and Navy have been frequently conducting island encirclement exercises. The drill this time will add up and form a military deterrence of high pressure against the Taiwan separatists.”

China sailed its aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait in January and held a large-scale military exercise in March.

In 1949, Communists took over China, and the defeated nationalist government retreated to Taiwan. Taiwan is an independent democratic nation, but China has never recognized its sovereignty, and it frequently threatens to conquer it by force.

The only thing that has kept China from invading Taiwan is its partnership with the United States and America’s promise to defend it with force if necessary.

In “Will ‘Emperor’ Xi Jinping Use His Vast Power to Seize Taiwan?”, Trumpet writer Jeremiah Jacques wrote in March:

On March 20, Xi told the National People’s Congress that he would push for the “reunification of the motherland,” and he warned Taiwan that it would face what he called “the punishment of history” for any attempts at separatism.

This was the strongest warning yet to Taiwan. And these statements come during a time when Xi has been significantly stepping up Chinese military exercises around Taiwan.

The National Interest pointed out the benefits of Taiwan’s strategic location:

Yet in the case of the Taiwan scenario, China’s proximity (and America’s lack thereof) will mean that Beijing has vast conventional superiority and also the wide recognition that the island’s fate is a “core interest” that unites Chinese citizens behind the cause. … However, an even more likely result is actually a ‘Cuban Missile Crisis in reverse,’ wherein Washington is forced to capitulate after ideological twaddle comes crashing against the harsh and unforgiving rocks of reality in the form of the actual military balance of power (where it matters).

Fortunately, Bible prophecy is able to lay to rest all the speculation and theories that come from various news agencies. The biblical books of Leviticus and Daniel both foretell what is about to happen between these countries. Since 1998, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has written about Taiwan’s temporary break from China. In his article “Taiwan Betrayal,” he wrote about then U.S. President Bill Clinton turning America’s back on Taiwan and its goal of independence. He was the first U.S. president to publicly oppose Taiwanese independence.

The U.S. is one of Taiwan’s most important allies. Without U.S. support, as Mr. Flurry warned, Taiwan will be swallowed up by its bully-neighbor China.

“We not only betray the Tiawanese, we betray our own ideals of freedom. America has been thinking this way so long that few people are concerned.

How about God? Is He concerned? The Bible prophesied that God would “break the pride of our power” in this end time (Leviticus 26:19; Daniel 9:13-14). Once again, America has showcased its broken will to the whole world. …

God also prophesied about our “lovers” betraying us, unless we repent. God is a God of justice. If we betray others, it is justice that we also be betrayed. Perhaps it is the only way we can learn how horrifying betrayal is. …

How could anyone fail to see that Taiwan is destined to become a part of mainland China? These 21 million people are going to be forced into the Chinese mold; and it is going to happen for one reason: because of a pitifully weak-willed America.

Does freedom really mean so little to us?

Xi Jinping wants absolute dominance, and not just over China. This week’s military drills put China one step closer to conquering Taiwan. Please request our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy to learn how Taiwan will eventually fall to China.

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Barack Obama Voices Support for a Universal Basic Income

The former president obtained office by covering up his radical past, but he is now openly expressing some of his radical views.

In his first major speech since leaving office, former United States President Barack Obama voiced support for a universal basic income. Speaking at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa on Tuesday, he warned that technology was supplanting manual labor as the driving force of production. He suggested a universal basic income, a scheme where the government would provide every citizen with a certain amount of money.

“It’s not just money that a job provides; it provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose,” he said. “And so we’re going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level.”

He called on the rich to pay more in taxes, saying “we’re going to have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track.”

The idea of a universal basic income has become more popular within the U.S. Democratic Party since the 2016 election cycle, with the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee praising the concept as having “a lot of merit.” A Northeastern University-Gallup survey suggests that 48 percent of Americans would support a universal basic income. That is a fourfold increase in 10 years, according to economist Karl Widerquist.

Obama’s connection to this policy, however, is not a new development. On Jan. 11, 1996, he signed a contract promising to publicly support and associate himself with the New Party during his campaign for the Illinois Senate. This party was a socialist organization in Chicago, Illinois, that was deeply hostile to the idea of free-market capitalism, a system that emphasizes leaving individuals free to seek their own opportunities, work for their own earnings, and buy and sell based on their own decisions. The New Party functioned primarily as the electoral arm of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and was deeply influenced by the economics of Frances Fox Piven.

Born to Russian immigrant parents, Piven grew up to become a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and an influential economist at Columbia University. Along with her long-time collaborator and future husband, Richard Cloward, she authored an article in 1966 titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty.”

In the article, Cloward and Piven advocated a strategy to overload the welfare system as a means to create an economic crisis that would force the government to implement a universal basic income. Once the local governments went bankrupt keeping up with new welfare demands, they would be forced to apply for federal bailouts, according to this strategy. Then, under threat of civil unrest, the federal government would be forced to reform the tax system to facilitate “outright redistribution of income.”

Obama was quiet about his past association with the New Party during his presidency. But he did predict in 2016 that people would be debating whether to implement schemes of unconditional free money “over the next 10 or 20 years.” Stockton, California, is now experimenting with a pilot version of universal basic income, and Alderman Ameya Pawar is proposing a similar program for Chicago.

The adoption of such a policy as a means to end poverty, however, is a recipe for disaster. Piven—and likely Obama—knew that unless the United States adopted a full-blown socialist economic system, this scheme was only good for overloading the welfare system and threatening the destruction of the economy.

Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explained that a check of $10,000 to each of 300 million Americans would cost the nation more than $3 trillion. That equates to all the federal tax revenue currently collected each year, meaning that if the government wanted to keep paying for defense, education, transportation, Veterans benefits, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and health care, it would have to double taxes.

The Bible warns against a get-something-for-nothing mentality. King Solomon warned that poverty comes to those who don’t work (Proverbs 6), and the Apostle Paul wrote that if someone doesn’t work, he won’t get to eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Yet Americans have turned away from the economic principles outlined in the Bible and have followed after new economic philosophies, like those espoused by Frances Fox Piven and Barack Obama.

This is a big reason why America’s national debt has increased 10-fold since 1986, even without the adoption of a universal basic income.

In Deuteronomy 28, God specifically warned that debt problems are one of the many curses caused by disobedience. Specifically, God warned that if the nations of Israel (the modern-day nations of the U.S. and Britain, primarily—read The United States and Britain in Prophecy for proof) turned away from Him, strangers would lend them money, but they would not lend to others.

America’s current economic woes are not the cause of its problems. Instead, they are one of many symptoms that point to the greater problem of rebellion against God’s law.

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