Putin Offers Japan Peace Deal Without Preconditions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe greets Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 12 at the 2018 Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
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Putin Offers Japan Peace Deal Without Preconditions

Efforts could draw Japan farther away from the U.S. and closer to Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his desire to sign a peace treaty with Japan at a plenary session in Vladivostok with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on September 12.

Putin took the audience and Prime Minister Abe by surprise when he said, “So here’s the idea I came up with: Let’s conclude a peace treaty, not now, but before the end of the year without any preconditions.”

Abe acted as if he didn’t hear Putin’s peace offer.

On the same day, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made a statement rejecting Putin’s peace offer: “There is absolutely no change to our country’s perspective of resolving the problem of rights over the Northern Territories before sealing a peace treaty.”

Russia and Japan never signed a peace treaty after World War ii ended. Both nations are still technically at war. Prime Minister Abe has worked rigorously to make a peace deal with Russia, meeting 22 times with Putin to discuss disputes over the Kuril Islands. He told Putin and the audience that Japan’s “relations with Russia hold unlimited potential. Over the long stretch of more than 70 years since the end of World War ii, Japan and Russia have yet to conclude a peace treaty between them. Both Putin and I agreed this is an abnormal state of affairs.”

The biggest stumbling block preventing Russia and Japan from working out a peace treaty is a dispute over the status of an island chain claimed by both nations, known in Russia as the Kuril Islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories.

After World War ii, the Soviet Union seized four islands in the chain, known in Japan and Russia, respectively, as, Etorufu–Iturup, Kunashiri–Kunashir, Shikotan–Shpanberg and Habomai. By 1949, the Soviets had expelled 17,000 Japanese citizens from these islands.

Tokyo remains adamant in asserting that the Northern Territories are rightfully and historically Japanese. Its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said last year, “The Northern Territories are inherent territories of Japan that continue to be illegally occupied by Russia. Return of the Northern Territories has been the ardent wish of the people of Japan, and a deep-rooted movement among the general public for the return of the islands has developed nationwide.”

There is little proof that Russia is willing to relinquish control of the islands. Instead, Putin wants to develop deep economic and political ties with Japan to undermine Japanese reliance on the United States for security.

Japan could take its first steps in establishing a partnership with Russia by boosting its ongoing efforts toward a diplomatic dialogue with Russia. With the U.S. backing away from its global leadership role, Japan finds itself without the protection of America’s security blanket. Last year, Trumpet writer Jeremiah Jacques wrote:

Russia now may be in a position to use the disputed islands as bargaining chips to pressure Japan into reexamining its defense pact with Washington. Many among the leadership in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, have long worked to normalize Japan’s military and to unshackle it from U.S. dependence. An offer by Moscow to return some or all of the disputed islands in exchange for Tokyo ousting American forces would give such leaders just one more reason to hasten Japan’s return to full militarism and Tokyo’s break from Washington.

The Russians would not part with the islands painlessly. But to see America’s military influence in the Russian periphery diminished and to gain a powerful Asian partner, the sacrifice could be viewed in Moscow as necessary.

In 1971, when Japan was still staunchly pacifist and wholly dependent on America for defense, Herbert W. Armstrong, editor in chief of the Trumpet’s forerunner magazine, forecast that the nation was laying the economic groundwork upon which it would return to full militarism. “Japan today has no military establishment,” he wrote. “But we should not lose sight of the fact that Japan has become so powerful economically that it could build a military force of very great power very rapidly” (Plain Truth, March 1971).

Mr. Armstrong’s analysis was accurate because it was based on specific Bible prophecies, such as Revelation 16:12, which says a powerful Asian bloc called “the kings of the east” will pool their militaries together in the end time. Scripture shows that these Asian nations will do this in order to confront another power bloc led by Germany.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry, whose analysis is also based on Bible prophecy, wrote that Russia will ally with China and Japan as a result of a rising European power bloc:

Russia, China and Japan will likely combine in Asian alliances, with the ultimate intention of forcing the U.S. out of the Russian “sphere of influence” and out of the western Pacific. Then, as has been the strategy of the EU, Asian political and economic cooperation will ultimately progress to a military and security alliance.

Ezekiel 38:2 shows that Russia will lead this Asian alliance. Verse 6 says “Gomer” and “Togarmah” (the ancient names for the people living in Japan today) will be part of this alliance. This indicates that the U.S.-Japan alliance will soon come to an end.

As Jacques wrote last year: “If Russia offers Japan territories in exchange for diminishing or ending the U.S.-Japan alliance, it would represent a major step toward the fulfillment of these Bible prophecies and of the coming together of ‘the kings of the east.’”

This news should be viewed as Russia’s latest effort to diminish Japan’s ties to the United States. To understand more, order a free copy of our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.

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A united European army, the rise of fringe parties in Europe, food shortages, 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.

EU Takes Another Step Toward a Unified Army

Europe is planning to dramatically expand its European Border and Coast Guard force. These plans were revealed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during his recent State of the Union address.

This border force will have the authority to conduct identity checks, allow or deny border entry, stamp travel documents, and patrol and intercept illegal border crossings. The force will also have authority to implement the forced return of certain individuals.

The EU claims this force will operate under the command of whichever member state it is located in. Yet at the same time, it says that when the Union’s interests require it, the force can take emergency intervention even without the approval of the state it is intervening in.

The force is yet another step toward the united European army, which is prophesied in Revelation 17.

Is This the Next Mister Europe?

Jean-Claude Juncker could likely be replaced as European Commission president by Manfred Weber, a German bureaucrat, a Catholic devotee and ardent Brexiteer.

Weber is also a close friend of former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and European Council President Sebastian Kurz—two of Europe’s most influential personalities.

Together, Weber, Kurz and Guttenberg would be an incredible team of staunch Catholics who could play a crucial role in resurrecting the Holy Roman Empire. That resurrection has already begun, but with Weber at the head of Europe’s most powerful institution, an even stronger revival would begin.

Sweden Struggles to Form Government

Sweden is struggling to form a government a month after inconclusive elections. The populist Sweden Democrats achieved their best-ever results in the September 9 vote, receiving 5 percent more than they did in 2014. The Social Democrats, Sweden’s established center-left party, experienced their worst result since 1911.

The rise of new parties and fringe parties points to a political revolution beginning in Europe, particularly in Italy, Austria and Germany. To understand more about where this political change is leading, read “Sweden Struggles to Form Government” and our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

Angela Merkel’s Whirlwind Summer Holidays

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visits to countries across the Middle East and surrounding areas over the last few months highlight a concerted effort by Germany to forge a crucial new alliance in the region.

Chancellor Merkel recently visited Turkey and Saudi Arabia, significantly improving Germany’s relationship with the two nations. Previously, she visited Azerbaijan, Algeria, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.

The common denominator between these countries is that all surround Iran and other hotbeds of radical Islam. Germany is strengthening its influence in these nations to eventually encircle Iran like a whirlwind.

How Secure Are the World’s Food Supplies?

Our future food supply depends on the North African country of Morocco, home to some 75 percent of the world’s known reserves of phosphorus—a key component of the synthetic fertilizers that have greatly expanded the amount of land usable for agriculture over the last century and have quadrupled the productivity of existing agricultural lands.

This means that our future food supply depends on the economic and political stability in Morocco.

The global food supply is far more vulnerable than we would like to think. Thankfully, Bible prophecy offers the surest security from food shortages.

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  • In spite of striking incompatibilities, Germany is strengthening relationships with the Muslim nations of Turkey and Saudi Arabia—in keeping with Bible prophecies.
  • At the same time, a major German newspaper questions the policy of undermining America’s sanctions against Iran—evidence that the German public may be turning against the Islamic Republic.
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  • We also talk about the new nafta agreement inked by U.S. President Donald Trump, Angela Merkel’s pro-Israel stance on a visit to Jerusalem, some political trouble she is facing back home, tensions increasing between America and China, and, finally, a brief look at the Kavanaugh confirmation process.

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New plans to strengthen Europe’s border force

Europe must dramatically expand its European Border and Coast Guard force, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated during his State of the Union address on September 12.

He aims to spend €1.3 billion (us$1.5 billion) to add an additional 10,000 border guards by 2020.

The European Border and Coast Guard was established in 2016 with 1,500 members. Original proposals estimated that the force would increase to 10,000 by 2027, but Juncker’s proposal accelerates this timetable by seven years.

The powers to be held by this proposed force are particularly notable. It will operate with executive powers and its own equipment, deploying “wherever and whenever” along the EU’s external borders as well as in non-EU countries. Its equipment is to include “vessels, planes and vehicles, available to be deployed at all times and for all necessary operations.”

The numerous responsibilities of this border force include the authority to conduct identity checks, to allow or deny border entry, to stamp travel documents, and to patrol and intercept illegal border crossings. The force will also have authority to implement the forced return of certain individuals.

The EU claims this force will operate under the command of whichever member state it is located in. Yet at the same time, it says that when the Union’s interests require it, the force can take emergency intervention even without the approval of the state it is intervening in.

The proposal emphasizes that such emergency measures should only happen in “a spirit of cooperation,” but that does not change the fact that the EU wants its armed border force to amass a considerable, and concerning, amount of power.

“We cannot continue to squabble to find ad-hoc solutions each time a new ship arrives,” Juncker said in his speech. “Temporary solidarity is not good enough. We need lasting solidarity—today and forever more.”

“[T]he international order that served Europeans so well after the Second World War is being increasingly called into question,” he continued. “In today’s world, Europe can no longer be certain that words given yesterday can still be counted on today. That old alliance may not look the same tomorrow.”

In a nutshell, the European Commission president’s State of the Union speech openly doubted the reliability of the United States as an ally, and pushed for a solution that involves a more powerful European central government building a more powerful border guard and deploying it in EU member states regardless of their consent.

The Trumpet wrote in an article earlier this year titled “Could an EU Army Actually Work?”:

It can send in its soldiers, even if the country they’re going to does not want the deployment. EU nations are giving up the legal right to have a monopoly of force within their own borders. For the first time, there will be a pan-European military force with the right to go anywhere it wants within the Union.

Herbert W. Armstrong warned of this military union for decades. In May 1953, he wrote that “10 powerful European nations will combine their forces.” In August 1978, he warned: “The Europeans are far more disturbed about their safety in relying on the United States military power to protect them than Americans realize! …

Europeans want their own united military power! They know that a political union of Europe would produce a third major world power, as strong as either the U.S. or the ussr—possibly stronger!”

In the same May 2018 article, theTrumpet.com wrote:

Mr. Armstrong based his prophecies on scriptures in Daniel 2 and 7 and Revelation 13 and 17. These describe a European power comprised of 10 nations or groups of nations that would appear in this end time. Revelation 17 says that these kings have “one mind” (verse 13) and shall “make war” (verse 14).

Many other passages warn of a great war-making power in this end time.

To understand more about how this unified EU military fits into Bible prophecy, read “Why the Trumpet Watches Europe’s Push Toward a Unified Army” and order your free copy of Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?, by Herbert W. Armstrong.

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