Iran Threatens ‘the Mother of All Wars’

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Iran Threatens ‘the Mother of All Wars’

The Islamic Republic’s words intimidate as much as its actions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened the United States with “the mother of all wars” if the Trump administration maintains its harsh economic sanctions against Iran. Rouhani told a gathering of diplomats on Sunday that the U.S. government is “not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests,” an apparent reference to American support for Iranians who are protesting against the regime.

“America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace,” Rouhani said in an apparent reference to the nuclear deal, which is broadly (yet erroneously), considered the only way to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He added, “[W]ar with Iran is the mother of all wars. … Mr. Trump, do not play with the lion’s tail, because you will regret it eternally.”

Rouhani also doubled down on his previous threats to disrupt global shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, saying Iran has been “the guarantor of the regional waterway’s security throughout history.” His threats were echoed and clarified by a senior Iranian military official who said, “The Strait of Hormuz region must either be safe for all or be insecure for everyone.”

U.S. President Donald Trump responded with a threat of his own on Twitter. Naturally, and unfortunately, the news about Trump’s “explosive” threat drowned out the threats from Rouhani—Iran’s supposed “moderate” president.

Barely a week earlier, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization threatened to increase its nuclear activities if Europe failed to salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (jcpoa) nuclear deal and provide Tehran with economic guarantees. On July 17, Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization, said, “We have, of course, adopted some measures in order to prepare the ground for eventually increasing the level of [uranium] enrichment if it is needed and if the negotiations with the Europeans fail. … [T]aking every scenario into consideration, we are preparing ourselves.”

President Trump’s administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement in May because, among other problems, it fears the deal will inevitably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran. But Europe—particularly Germany, France and Britain—has been trying to save the deal because it fears that nixing the agreement also will inevitably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran.

On the same day Kamalvandi made his announcement, the European Council “endorsed the update of the blocking statute annex on the nuclear deal with Iran,” according to the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini. That blocking statute prohibits EU companies from complying with U.S. economic sanctions on Iran and protects those who work with the Iranian regime from legal implications. So far, Iranian leaders have considered Europe’s proposals and economic guarantees to be insufficient and have indicated they will scrap the agreement unless Europe makes further concessions.

On July 18, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, announced that since the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran had doubled its stockpile of raw uranium from about 500 tons to about 950 tons. He also announced that Iran’s new factory for producing centrifuges for uranium enrichment had started operating at a rate of up to 60 centrifuges per day. He said that in about 10 months, Iran will reach Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s goal of operating 190,000 centrifuges.

While Iranian leaders might keep the letter of the jcpoa deal and limit its uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent—for now, they are clearly “taking every scenario into consideration” and “preparing” for the capacity to reach 90 percent enrichment, enabling them to build nuclear bombs.

Following the recent exchange of threats between the U.S. and Iran, German Foreign Minister Christofer Burger called for “rhetorical disarmament” and said that “threats of military force” from either side “are never helpful.”

Iran’s past and present actions—and Bible prophecy—inform us which threats will prove the least helpful. Iran continually threatens both the U.S. and Europe with military force. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy recently wrote,

Iran has indicated that U.S. withdrawal from the jcpoa might spur it to ramp up assembly of centrifuge components and resume production of uranium hexafluoride feedstock for enrichment—activities that do not violate the jcpoa but inspire fear that Tehran may eventually do so. The regime could also accelerate work on ballistic missiles whose range exceeds its current self-proclaimed limit of 2,000 kilometers. (It announced this limit in 2011 as a gesture to Europe but has since tested a longer-range system, the Khoramshahr, and threatened to exceed that range should Europe threaten Iran.)

Iran’s threat to Europe will skyrocket the moment Iran gains the capability to mount nuclear warheads on those missiles.

Daniel 11:40 describes something akin to a “mother of all wars”—not between the United States and Iran but between a European power led by Germany and radical Islam led by Iran. The Bible’s description of this epic war says the European power “shall come against him [Iran and its allies] like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

Read more about that clash in Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s free booklet The King of the South.

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Mexico Turns Against the United States

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Mexico Turns Against the United States

Overwhelmed by corruption, poverty and violence, Mexican voters have elected an anti-American strongman.

Mexico is vital to United States security. Since the U.S. is protected by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, its southern border represents the most vulnerable part of its perimeter. Preventing Mexico and the islands of the Caribbean from allying with foreign enemies has always been vital to U.S. strategy.

This is why recent elections south of the Rio Grande are so concerning.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president of Mexico on July 1 in a landslide victory. He received 53 percent of the vote, the first time a presidential candidate has been elected with an absolute majority since 1988. He will be sworn into office for a six-year term in December.

López Obrador’s coalition includes his Movement for National Regeneration, the far-left Labor Party and the evangelical Social Encounter party. These three parties won 307 out of 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 69 out of 128 seats in the Senate. This comes close to the two-thirds majority needed to pass changes to the Constitution of Mexico. Thus, López Obrador may become Mexico’s strongest leader in decades.

Mexican historian Enrique Krauze has hailed López Obrador as a “tropical messiah” whose charisma can save Mexico. Others are less optimistic. They see the left-wing president as a socialist strongman akin to late Cuban President Fidel Castro and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Like these leaders, López Obrador came to power in an electoral campaign full of anti-American rhetoric.

In his book, Listen Up, Trump, López Obrador writes, “Trump and his advisers speak of the Mexicans the way Hitler and the Nazis referred to the Jews, just before undertaking the infamous persecution and the abominable extermination.” López Obrador has also attacked President Donald Trump’s desire to build a border wall, and promised to defend “the migrants of the world who, by necessity, have to leave their villages to seek life in the United States ….”

Such rhetoric is stirring up anti-American sentiments that have laid dormant since the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force on Jan. 1, 1994.

While López Obrador likens President Trump to German dictator Adolf Hitler, he describes Fidel Castro as “a giant” who was one of the world’s greatest leaders. And many officials within López Obrador’s Movement for National Regeneration (morena) go further in their praise for Cuba’s Communist dictatorship.

Yeidckol Polevnsky Gurwitz, the general secretary of morena, openly adores Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez. She acknowledges that her party seeks to incorporate Mexico into the Bolivarian Revolution, a political revolution in Venezuela that seeks to build an anti-American coalition of nations based upon nationalism and socialism.

Héctor Díaz Polanco, president of the morena Commission of Honesty and Justice, is another official enamored with Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution. “Let’s say it straight, the integration of Mexico in the Bolivarian Revolution would, in my opinion, make a big difference in the situation we have now,” he said last October in a video broadcast by Cadena Telesur. “We need to expand that revolution.”

So the largest political party in Mexico is openly endorsing Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship, even as Venezuela falls apart. This means that López Obrador’s administration will likely forge alliances with anti-American regimes in Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Such an alliance would mandate that Mexico distance itself from the U.S. and tighten its relationships with U.S. rivals.

For decades, the Philadelphia Trumpet and its parent magazine, the Plain Truth, have predicted the deterioration of trade relations between the United States and Mexico, its third-largest trading partner after the European Union and China. The May 1962 Plain Truth warned that “the United States is going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Latin America, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce.”

Dozens of biblical verses promise blessings to the nation of Israel for obedience to God’s laws and warn of curses for disobedience. Plain Truth editor in chief Herbert W. Armstrong explained in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy that these verses apply to the end-time descendants of ancient Israel, which primarily include the United States and Britain.

In one prophecy, God likens Israel to a hedged vineyard, protected on all sides. It has been hedged, north, south, east and west by nonthreatening nations and the two largest oceans on Earth. But because of the sins of the people, God warns, “I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down” (Isaiah 5:5). The hedge on America’s southern border is now being destroyed, from outside and from within.

The first breach in the hedge occurred in 1959 when Communist revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro overran Cuba. Now, a new government in Mexico is looking to Castro’s and Chávez’s examples and using similar rhetoric against the U.S.

No foreign power can besiege the U.S. without economic and military superiority in Latin America. This is why U.S. rivals—from French Emperor Napoleon iii to German Kaiser Wilhelm ii to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev—have sought to pit Mexico against the U.S. Approximately 13 percent of all goods imported into the U.S. come from Mexico, and Mexico would be the best staging ground from which foreign enemies could invade the U.S. Efforts to align Mexico with an anti-American coalition of nations are hastening the time when the United States is besieged by foreign powers.

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Over the weekend, the Federal Bureau of Investigation finally released 412 pages of documents related to the surveillance of Carter Page, including the fisa court application. Though the pages are heavily redacted, the information available basically confirms that the fbi relied on the infamous Steele dossier to convince the court to grant a wiretap on Page, who had worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Earlier this year, Devin Nunes was demonized for writing and releasing a memo about the use of the dossier in the fisa application. The recently released documents prove the veracity of his memo. On today’s show, I talk about the significance of the Nunes memo and why this story is so troubling.

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Monetary Madness: U.S. Deficit Will Exceed $1 Trillion in 2019

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Monetary Madness: U.S. Deficit Will Exceed $1 Trillion in 2019

No matter what politicians say, bulging deficits and ballooning debt are a threat to America’s survival.

The United States federal budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion next year for the first time since the end of the 2008 financial crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 18. That is a year sooner than the Congressional Budget Office (cbo) predicted in February.

That troubling report was based on the cbo’s annual statement to Congress about federal spending, which was updated last week. To put this in perspective, a $1 trillion deficit is more than 5 percent of America’s gross domestic product.

In February, the White House estimated that the U.S. would pass the $1 trillion deficit mark in 2020. But the deficit is ballooning faster than expected.

Some politicians argue that an increase in deficit spending is the logical outgrowth of tax cuts and the largest federal budget ever, which Congress approved in March. They claim that a larger deficit will finance more long-term economic growth.

It is true that unemployment is low right now and that other economic signs are outwardly favorable. But when a government spends that much more than it takes in, it is simply unsustainable.

The last time the U.S. had a trillion-dollar deficit was during the financial crisis that began in 2008. Between 2009 and 2012, the U.S. had budget deficits of $1 trillion or more every year. The largest deficit in U.S. history was $1.4 trillion in 2009, at the height of the financial crisis. The latest cbo report predicts $1 trillion or higher deficits for the next 10 years.

The federal budget is the government’s spending plan for a given year. A deficit occurs when the government has to borrow money to cover all of its spending. The problem is, a trillion dollars is a lot of money—and that’s just the projected deficit for one year. The cbo predicts that by 2028, the yearly deficit could rise as high as $1.5 trillion.

A trillion dollars is an almost unfathomable amount of money. If you earned $40,000 a year, it would take you 25 million years to earn $1 trillion. A stack of $1,000 bills equating to $1,000,000,000,000 would be about 63,000 miles high—more than a quarter of the distance from the Earth to the moon.

The cbo projection conflicts with what Lawrence Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, told Fox News on June 29. Responding to criticism about U.S. President Donald Trump’s federal budget, he said: “As the economy gears up, more people working, better jobs and careers, those revenues come rolling in, and the deficit, which was one of the other criticisms, is coming down. And it’s coming down rapidly.”

However, this is clearly not the case. The deficit is going up rapidly. You can watch the numbers increase in real time at usdebtclock.org. And the deficit isn’t the only problem. Right now, U.S. gdp is $20.1 trillion. Total U.S. national debt is $21.2 trillion. This means that the U.S. owes considerably more than it produces in a year. And if you look at the total U.S. debt, it’s somewhere around $70.7 trillion.

cbo director Keith Hall told cnn on April 9, “Nobody knows what’s too much debt—what will cause a fiscal crisis.” But surely a trillion dollars is “too much debt”? What about $70.7 trillion? Is that enough to trigger a fiscal crisis?

Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry wrote about this monetary madness in the April 2018 issue:

America is going into debt at an unprecedented rate, but what is even more alarming is that its leadership does not acknowledge that this is even a problem! …

America is addicted to debt. We are hooked on it like we are hooked on drugs, and no one is serious about conquering this nation-destroying addiction. …

We are a nation focused on instant gratification, selfishness and greed. This explains why the wealthiest nation in history is still borrowing astronomical amounts of money. If you want something you can’t afford, you charge it on your credit card. If you want government benefits the nation can’t afford, you vote for the politician who promises to borrow money to give you what you want. President Washington was deeply concerned about imposing a financial burden on the next generation. But who even considers what kind of burden we are placing on our future generations?

Living according to the spiritual principle of giving produces prosperity. Borrowing is about getting for self, regardless of the consequences. God says in Acts 20:35 that it is more blessed to give than receive. If you are giving, God says you will be blessed. If you are living within your means, saving, managing and preparing for the future and thinking about your children, then you will be blessed!

Psalm 37:21 says, “The wicked borrows, and cannot pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives” (Revised Standard Version).

As a nation, we have dug ourselves into a pit from which we will not escape, purely because of selfishness and greed.

Herbert W. Armstrong explained in a May 1983 Plain Truth article, “Prepare to Greatly Reduce Your Standard of Living,” that God “is about to punish our nations, in order finally to bring us to Him!” He warned that Britain had already lost its empire and that the United States was also about to lose its prominence.

“[A]lready the noose is around our necks, and is almost daily tightening!” he wrote. “Economic ills are starting greatly to reduce our standard of living!”

He was far ahead of his time, forecasting about a financial collapse that is now about to happen! People may have dismissed this back in the 1980s, but it is clear that those blessings are quickly being withdrawn today, just as he warned.

Ballooning deficits and enormous debt are dangerous for our nation, no matter what politicians say. There are very real financial laws that must be obeyed in order for a nation to be sustainably prosperous. Those financial laws apply on an individual level as well.

The U.S. has reached the point where it can never pay back what it owes, nationally or individually. That is a dangerous place to be.

To understand more about the seriousness of America’s debt crisis, read Stephen Flurry’s article “The King of Debt.” To understand more about the God-ordained financial laws that you can implement in your own life, please read Solve Your Money Troubles and The Financial Law You Can’t Afford to Ignore.

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Europe and Israel Sign ‘First-Ever’ Security Agreement

Israel turns to Europe for security, but it will prove to be a dangerous mistake.

Europol signed a working agreement with Israeli police on Tuesday, the first such agreement between the European Union and a non-EU country.

Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, said in a press release that the agreement will facilitate the cooperation and transfer of knowledge to fight terrorism, fraud and cybercrime.

“It is a major step forward in enhancing the relationship between Europol and Israel,” said Europol executive director Catherine De Bolle. “The arrangement will multiply contacts at all levels and open doors to closer cooperation, making the European Union and Israel safer.”

During the signing ceremony, Israeli Police Commissioner Roni Alshiech said, “Without a strong national police force on the Internet and a dramatic expansion of the national police’s foreign relations abroad, there is no chance of dealing in an effective way with this threat.”

Europe and Israel are trying to stay ahead of criminals and terrorists who use technology as a weapon.

Alshiech continued, “Exchanging operational, research information and intelligence; developing training methods; and building technological capabilities will ensure public safety and security of both European citizens and the citizens of Israel.”

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Ties between Europe and Israel are deepening as Bible prophecy indicates. Israel is relying on security pacts with strong nations to secure its terror-stricken society.

But the Bible prophesies that Europe, led by Germany, will turn on Israel and conquer it. “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound” (Hosea 5:13).

The Jews will turn to Germany because of their “wound.” The bandage itself is the wound: Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has explained that the wound in this verse is actually the peace process Israel has pursued with the Palestinians. Rather than trusting in God, the Israelis repeatedly turn to foreign powers for protection. The Bible says this will lead to their catastrophic defeat and captivity.

Mr. Flurry writes in his booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy:

The real wound is spiritual—a lack of faith in God. The Jews keep trying to heal themselves by making peace pacts. They were strong when they trusted God. …

The Jews really only see the effect of their wound. They don’t see the cause. That is why they turn to Germany for another peace pact! This time they place their trust in an even greater enemy! …

Israel will become “lovers” with the Germans. This move will lead to their destruction. It is not the Arabs who will destroy them. The friendship between Germany and Israel will lead to one of the biggest double crosses in the history of man!

The Jewish nation has a history with God, as well as a history of turning its back on Him and trusting other nations instead. It will continue to suffer the consequences of its choice all the way up until Jesus Christ’s Second Coming.

Please request our free booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy to learn more about Israel’s future and why its security relations with Europe will lead only to a very temporary security.

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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (July 21)

This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (July 21)

Iranian terror in Europe, Chinese exploits in Taiwan and in the Middle East, and more

Here are five of the most important news stories this week, as well as relevant links to the full articles and videos here on theTrumpet.com.

Iran Attempts Terror Attack in Europe

An Iranian diplomat allegedly engineered a bomb plot intended to disrupt a rally of an Iranian opposition party in Paris, Politico reported July 14.

Assadollah Assadi, the Iranian diplomat, is the head of Iran’s European intelligence network. He is also an officer in the elite al-Quds Brigade, part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Authorities believe Assadi organized the attack and supplied the bomb materials for the attack which occurred on June 30.

A senior U.S. State Department official told reporters at the July 11 nato conference in Brussels, “If Iran can plot bomb attacks in Paris, they can plot attacks anywhere in the world, and we urge all nations to be vigilant about Iran using embassies as diplomatic cover to plot terrorist attacks.”

It’s sound warning especially for Europe, as Bible prophecy shows.

EU and Japan Negotiate ‘Historic’ Free-Trade Agreement

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.

Trade wars have begun, and the Bible prophesies about their economic, political and social ramifications.

China Working to Boost Role in Middle East

At the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing on July 10, Chinese President Xi Jinping basically told the representatives from 21 Arab nations and the secretary general of the Arab League that his nation seeks to become more involved in the Middle East. “Arab states and China are natural partners,” he said.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is bringing improved connectivity in the Middle East and beyond—and is setting the stage for increased China-Europe cooperation. It is also setting the stage for the rapid fulfillment of specific Bible prophecies.

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

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

The complex, “live-fire” drills simulate real combat. According to the Global Times, China’s People’s Liberation Army is using the drills to practice its “systematic combat capability, tactics, training methods and capacities of its weaponry and equipment.”

Various prophetic passages in the Bible indicate that Taiwan will eventually fall to China. The drills place China one step closer toward that conquest.

Barack Obama Voices Support for a Universal Basic Income

In his first major speech since leaving office, former United States President Barack Obama voiced support for a universal basic income. “[W]e’re going to have to consider new ways of thinking about [socioeconomic] 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 said at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa on Tuesday.

The adoption of unconditional free money policies as a means to end poverty, however, is a recipe for disaster, particularly for the United States. Unless the U.S. adopted a full-blown socialist economic system, this scheme is only good for overloading the welfare system and threatening the destruction of the economy.

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