China’s New Bridge to Hong Kong—a Symbol of Britain’s Demise

How long before the territory is fully assimilated into the authoritarian mainland?

China unveiled on October 23 the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge ever built. It spans more than 34 miles and connects mainland China to the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

At the opening ceremony in the port city of Zhuhai in Guangdong province, President Xi Jinping declared the $20 billion bridge officially open. China’s official Xinhua news agency quoted him describing it as a bridge of “connected hearts” and “fulfilled dreams.”

Containing more than 400,000 tons of steel—enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers—the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is presented as a showpiece of Chinese might and innovation. The structure took a decade to build and is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. It places the three cities less than an hour’s drive from one another. A four-mile section of the bridge also dips into an undersea tunnel, allowing vessels to pass through the bustling shipping lanes above. And since Hong Kong drivers follow the British tradition of driving on the left side of the road while those on the mainland drive on the right, the structure includes a complex merging point that switches vehicles to the appropriate side.

But the bridge’s purpose goes beyond just showcasing China’s impressive engineering capacity. It is also an undeniable symbol of Beijing’s increasingly ambitious geopolitical goals. It stands as a physical manifestation of China’s resolve to tighten control over Hong Kong, the South China Sea and beyond.

One Country, Two Systems

When Great Britain handed Hong Kong over to China 21 years ago, most of the city’s 6.4 million people were uneasy about the transition. They had been separated from the mainland by 156 years of ideological and institutional differences, and most were descendants of families who had fled the rule of the Communists to live under British rule in Hong Kong as refugees. With the handover, they were understandably worried about being swallowed up by the authoritarian government of the mainland.

But Beijing promised that Hong Kong would retain its distinct identity under a rubric called “one country, two systems.” This model stipulated that even though Hong Kong was again part of China, for at least 50 years, Beijing would allow Hong Kong to maintain its economic polices, and Hong Kong could enjoy what its mini-constitution, the Basic Law, called a “high degree of autonomy.”

In the early years, the “two systems” model was abided by. Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army maintained a low profile in Hong Kong. Law enforcement agencies from the mainland had no jurisdiction in the territory. And mainland officials refrained from giving public speeches there.

But in 2003, after half a million Hong Kongese assembled to protest against a security law that the local government was pushing, the authorities in Beijing took action. The Chinese government began a campaign calling for patriotism among Hong Kongese and said the territory must be governed by leaders who “love the country and the city.”

Another bombshell came in mid-2014 when the Chinese State Council published a white paper clarifying “one country, two systems.” It said that the Chinese government in Beijing has “comprehensive jurisdiction” over Hong Kong and that the territory was allowed only whatever authority to run its affairs that were sanctioned by Beijing. The Chinese government also imposed electoral reforms: For the 2017 election for Hong Kong’s top civil position, the people could vote only for candidates who had been preapproved by the Chinese government.

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongese marched in the streets, demanding an unrestricted choice of candidates. The protests clogged the city streets for weeks, with brawls erupting several times between demonstrators and police. Some onlookers thought the protests would spread into the rest of China and possibly threaten the Chinese Communist Party (ccp). But as the weeks went by, the number of protesters fell. It was soon obvious that, protests or not, Beijing would not budge and the Communist Party was the only real authority in Hong Kong.

This sobering truth became more evident the next year when several staff members of Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay Books vanished, abducted by Chinese agents for publishing humiliating books about the private lives of ccp authorities.

In 2016, the ccp prevented the seating of two politicians who had modified their swearing-in oath in protest against mainland rule. Then last year, Chinese security agents rushed into a Hong Kong hotel and abducted one of China’s most powerful billionaires, whose whereabouts are still unknown. Just last month, Hong Kong’s security bureau caved in to pressure from Beijing by banning a small pro-independence political party. Meanwhile, the Chinese military presence in Hong Kong is gradually becoming more visible and active.

These developments affirm fears that Hong Kong is quickly losing the autonomy that China promised it. They show that the cherished freedoms that distinguished Hong Kong from the rest of China are disintegrating. With the new bridge now providing China one more powerful way to assert control over Hong Kong, many analysts wonder how long it will be before the territory is fully assimilated into the authoritarian mainland.

An Invaluable Sea-Gate Lost

China’s intensifying drive to control Hong Kong is partly due to the island’s strategic location at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea. This means Hong Kong functions as one of the sea-gates allowing access to the South China Sea.

In the July 2016 Trumpet, editor in chief Gerald Flurry highlighted the way China’s tightening hold on the territory has aided its efforts to rule the South China Sea. He wrote, “Britain actually gave the South China Sea prize of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. Now that U.S. military presence in the area has been drastically reduced, China is claiming the entire South China Sea as its own! … Whoever controls these vital sea-gates controls one third of the world’s maritime commerce” (“China Is Steering the World Toward War”).

Mr. Flurry explained that this development is of great significance in terms of Bible prophecy.

Genesis 22 records some astonishing promises made to the patriarch Abraham. One of them says that his descendants, mainly the peoples of Britain and the United States, would come to “possess the gate of his enemies” (verse 17). The context and companion passages of this scripture make clear that this is about sea-gates, such as Hong Kong, which allowed Britain to control the seas for so long.

Bible prophecy also forecast that the British would later lose control of the sea-gates they had possessed: “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee” (Deuteronomy 28:52).

Mr. Flurry explained that these prophecies are for the present day: “This warning is not just for an ancient nation,” he wrote. “It is a prophecy for the modern-day descendants of Israel! Two nations in particular represent Israel in this end time: America and Britain. … Don’t believe me—you need to prove this truth for yourself. We will be happy to send you a free copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, which contains abundant proof.”

Britain’s handover of Hong Kong was tragic for the British and also for the Hong Kongese. This is becoming clearer with each of Beijing’s authoritarian pushes and each move toward further integrating the territory into the mainland—such as the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

To know what to expect from the increasing power and ambition of Xi Jinping’s China, please read Mr. Flurry’s article “China Is Steering the World Toward War!

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The End of an Era for Germany

Why Merkel’s departure is a momentous and exciting moment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is officially on the way out. Yesterday, she announced that she would step down in December as the leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (cdu). She will be gone as Germany’s chancellor by 2021—at the latest. So what’s on the horizon for Germany?

A whole lot of confusion. What does this mean for Germany? Who is the next leader? Where is the nation going?

No senior German politician can answer any of these questions.

Merkel’s announcement has thrown Germany into confusion at a time when its political system has stopped working. All of Europe, but especially Germany, is being hit with a political crisis bigger than one man or woman.

Germany and Europe are leaderless and adrift in a dangerous world with mounting crises.

But all this mess sets the stage perfectly for one of the Trumpet’s biggest, most controversial and most important forecasts.

Ms. Merkel’s party, the cdu, will vote for its new leader in December. She will not stand in this election. Ms. Merkel said she wants to remain in position as Germany’s chancellor until federal elections in 2021.

This gives two main scenarios for Germany going forward. If an ally of Ms. Merkel becomes cdu leader, Merkel may get her wish to finish her term as chancellor. But think what that will mean for Germany. Every politician will know, for certain, that Merkel is almost out. Why listen to her? Why respect her? Her ability to reward her followers and punish her foes will last only months.

The same will be true on a European level. Merkel has provided some small level of leadership on the euro crisis. But her voice will carry no authority anymore as other leaders will know they just have to wait out the rest of her tenure and they will be dealing with someone new.

“It is not only in Berlin that decision-making is getting fiendishly difficult,” wrote the Telegraph. “Brussels has relied on Merkel to give a lead in moments of crisis. Greeks certainly resented the German chancellor’s role in setting the terms for the handling of their financial debacle, but it was done …. With no one really in power in Berlin, Brussels lacks a firm hand to whip in the rest of Europe.

“Impasse looks set to be Angela Merkel’s legacy at home and in the EU. She has presided over the fragmentation of the political spectrum inside Germany which raises the specter of ungovernability in Europe’s powerhouse. By trying to cling to the chancellorship after December, Merkel will deepen that troubling trend.”

That’s Ms. Merkel’s best-case scenario. The worst case is that a Merkel opponent is voted cdu leader; then Merkel’s transition plan is toast. A new cdu leader may be able to have himself voted in by parliament as Germany’s new chancellor. If that fails, he could pull out of the coalition and bring on fresh elections. It’s even possible that the chancellery could be won by a different party altogether.

None of this helps Germany much. Bloomberg published an article yesterday titled “Merkel’s Likely Successor: Nobody in Particular.” “The growing demands for change, however, are not going to be satisfied with mere personnel moves, even such momentous ones as Merkel’s gradual easing out of power,” it wrote.

“No successor, be it Merkel’s hand-picked cdu secretary general, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, conservative Health Minister Jens Spahn, harsh Merkel critic and former cdu faction head Friedrich Merz, or any of the cdu’s successful state minister presidents, will have an easy time winning a broader popular mandate than Merkel when the traditional parties of the center-right and center-left are in institutional decline. The public knows what they can offer and finds it irritatingly boring.”

Geopolitical Futures made the same point: “What is clear is that Germany is tired of its political leaders but uncertain of who should replace them. This kind of political uncertainty might not matter in most countries, but in Germany, the beating heart of Europe, it has profound international implications.”

“What voters are looking for is new ideas, clear views, a focus on their day-to-day problems rather than inter- and intraparty strife…” wrote Bloomberg. “Germany’s immediate future appears to be somewhat like many other European countries’—a shifting electoral landscape, unstable governments, attempts at trial and error that lead to deadlock.”

Germans want someone different. Meanwhile their political system barely functions. The rise of the Alternative für Deutschland on the extreme right and the Left Party on the extreme left has gummed up the works. Germany’s mainstream parties must either work with one of these extreme parties or try to put together some kind of left-right coalition. Left-right coalitions struggle, neither the left nor the right are happy with the results, and the dissatisfying outcomes push voters farther toward the extremes.

Germany and Europe are surrounded by crises. They need a stronger leader to survive. Yet none appears on the horizon, and the political system seems incapable of delivering one. How does the country move forward?

“Germany inevitably [will] emerge as the leader of a united Europe,” forecast Herbert W. Armstrong in 1954. “It will require some spiritual binding force to inspire this confidence—to remove these fears—and that spiritual binding force must arise from inside Europe! All Europe is actually ready—just waiting for the confidence-inspiring leader ….” Today Europe is still looking for such a leader.

In the Good News magazine of May 1953, Mr. Armstrong wrote, “[I]t is probable that none but a German can provide the dynamic, inspired leadership required to organize such a political military federation.”

European nations are becoming “distrustful of America and thinking more and more about uniting themselves into a united states of Europe,” he wrote in March 1950. To do that though, they needed a “new supreme leader—the successor of Adolf Hitler—to rise up and assert himself and take command.”

Even in the final year of his life in 1985, he was writing, “There is yet another leader to arise in Europe!”

How could he make such bold forecasts?

Jesus Christ Himself warned Christians everywhere to watch world events: “Watch therefore,” He said, “for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42). He gave this command in a long prophecy about specific news events. In that same passage, He told us to look for “the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet.” Jesus Christ told us to watch for the prophecies of the book of Daniel to be fulfilled.

Daniel 11:31 describes this abomination. It refers to a specific historical event. A king named Antiochus Epiphanes set up a statue of a pagan god in the temple in Jerusalem. Antiochus reigned around 175 to 164 b.c. Yet roughly 200 years later, Jesus told Christians to watch for this to happen. Daniel prophesied of Antiochus Epiphanes, yet his words must have another fulfillment. His prophecy foretells an event that had not yet happened when Christ walked the Earth. In the time shortly before Christ’s return, there would be another “Antiochus” type who would commit another abomination.

Once we understand that these Old Testament prophecies have a future fulfillment, we can see that the Bible is full of forecasts of a modern-day strongman.

Daniel 8:23-24 describe the rise of “a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences.” Verse 25 says that he will be defeated after he stands up “against the Prince of princes,” revealing the time frame for this fierce king’s reign. He will come in the very end time, right before Jesus Christ’s Second Coming.

Daniel 11:40-45 contain a closely related end-time prophecy. It speaks of a world power called “the king of the north,” which will rise “at the time of the end.” Just like the king in Daniel 8, this leader will also “come to his end.”

This prophecy tells us where this strongman will rule—a major power in the north (north of where the Bible was recorded, specifically). This man won’t arise within Britain or America. These nations are the modern descendants of ancient Israel, and other prophecies show that this king’s empire will actually attack and defeat these nations. Daniel 11:44 describes this fierce king going on to attack nations to the “east and … north” of Jerusalem—geographically referring to Russia and China. So this fierce king comes neither from Anglo-America nor from these Asian nations.

One of the few major world powers that is not America, Britain, Russia or China, is Europe.

Further confirming this analysis, Isaiah 10:5-19 give a similar prophecy, clearly describing the same leader. This passage adds that this leader shall be “the king of Assyria.” This makes the national identity of this king much clearer: Assyria refers to the ancestors of modern Germany. (For proof, request our reprint article “The Remarkable Identity of the German People.”)

Revelation 13 and 17 also describe a modern power or “beast” that is led by a church. The only place we’ve seen a church-led empire rise, fall and rise again, is in Europe, where the Holy Roman Empire has risen time and again. These scriptures also emphasize this power is led by one strongman.

So the Bible states repeatedly to watch for a strongman in Europe. And the Bible also tells us how he will come to power. Daniel 11:21 says the people shall not give this Antiochus “the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.” The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary says that “the nation shall not, by a public act, confer the kingdom on him, but he shall obtain it by artifice, ‘flattering.’” Barnes’ Notes on the Old and New Testaments states, “[I]n other words, it should not be conferred on him by any law or act of the nation, or in any regular succession or claim.”

“This man doesn’t come to power the honorable way—by being voted into office,” Trumpet editor in chief Flurry wrote in November 2002. “He takes it dishonorably! He will work behind the scenes and come to power by flatteries—not votes!”

The stage in Germany is now perfectly set for this man. Political paralysis is on the horizon as far as the eye can see, with its current elector system. Not one of those being discussed as Merkel’s successor offers any kind of solution, or is greeted by any kind of enthusiasm. If the nation remains politically paralyzed while troubles multiply at home and Europe burns around it, Germany will desperately need a strong leader and will be willing to heed sophisticated-sounding rationale for “progressing past” or “temporarily suspending” democracy, perhaps, and reverting to the Continent’s ancient go-to method of government: crown a king.

This is the exciting part of Ms. Merkel’s resignation. It sets the stage perfectly for this keynote prophecy. This strongman could be here very soon. Based on these prophecies, we even believe we know who he is. No news organization I’ve seen has recently listed him as one of the top contenders to take Merkel’s place as chancellor. He may not be the next person to get that job. But watch former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. You can read much more about why we think he is the man to watch in our free booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent.

All the Bible prophecies are consistent. This man is coming.

The Bible also tells us what is coming after he arrives. The prophecies all show that this strongman will wreak destruction on the descendants of ancient Israel, including the United States, Britain and the modern Jewish nation named Israel. Yet the prophecies continue. This terrible bloodshed will occur just before the greatest event in human history: Jesus Christ’s return to Earth. As Christ Himself said, speaking of His Second Coming, “[W]hen ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33).

Daniel 8:25 states that this man will “stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” Daniel 11:45 says that “he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” Revelation 19:19 says this man will gather his armies and try to fight Christ, but he will lose and be cast into a burning lake of fire (verse 20).

Daniel 7:22 states that this beast power prevailed “until the Ancient of days came and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.”

Verse 27 describes the inspiring future after this evil king is defeated: “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Habakkuk describes the same period, writing that “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

This is why this event is so exciting. It’s setting the scene for one of the final dramas of this present evil world. If the strongman spoken of throughout the Bible is around the corner, so is Jesus Christ.

For more on this man, and how you can watch for him, read our free booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent. This booklet is the guide you need to German politics. It will help you apply all these scriptures to the modern world, and help you fulfill Christ’s command to “watch and pray always.”

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Crossroads for Germany and the Vatican

Listen to the October 30, 2018, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

With long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel on her way out, we ask: What’s next for Germany? So far, there’s no clear successor. Some speculate that Ms. Merkel’s protégé could fill her position, but there’s no way to know if this would satisfy voters and solve the election setbacks in Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. Just over a year ago, Germany entered a political crisis and took months to form a government, and now it is entering another political crisis. History and Bible prophecy explain why we should closely watch German instability. I discuss this on today’s radio show, along with more news on the recent scandals shaking the Vatican.

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South Korea Readies for a Future Without America

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South Korea Readies for a Future Without America

‘These disagreements have brought thorny issues over the shape and size of the U.S.-South Korea alliance back to the surface.’

The United States and South Korea are increasingly at odds over North Korea, placing the future of their military alliance in doubt.

Early last month, South Korea opened a liaison office with North Korea despite U.S. opposition to the move. Shortly after, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha publicly criticized the U.S. for its inflexibility regarding an action of good faith that North Korea had asked of the U.S. Also in September, South Korea announced that it might remove a certain set of sanctions on the North, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to say the South does “nothing without our approval,” a statement that irritated many South Koreans.

This month, South Korea said it is forging ahead with plans to open roads and railways to North Korea, despite U.S. pressure to delay these plans. South Korea is also pushing ahead with plans to open a no-fly zone over the Demilitarized Zone along the Korean border, despite U.S. opposition.

Most significantly, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Park Han-ki vowed on October 12 to shift wartime operational control (opcon) of South Korea’s military from the U.S., which has held it since the Korean War, back to South Korea. “[W]e will focus our energy on systematically and actively pursuing the Defense Reform 2.0 Initiative and the opcon handover,” Park said in his opening remarks during a parliamentary audit.

These are clear signs that the U.S. and South Korea are finding it more and more difficult to find common ground regarding North Korea. Geopolitical Futures wrote on October 22: “These disagreements have brought thorny issues over the shape and size of the U.S.-South Korea alliance back to the surface.”

Although these signs do not necessarily mean the alliance is doomed, Geopolitical Futures said they show that “the strategic logic is starting to crack, and Seoul has little choice but to defy Washington where it must to prepare for the day when it may have to strike out on its own.” South Korea “now sees an opportunity to start mending ties with Pyongyang for good,” Geopolitical Futures wrote. “And so, South Korea is doubling down on preparations to go its own way.”

If South Korea goes its own way, it could withdraw from an alliance that has for decades been a pillar in America’s strategy to stabilize Asia. Such a split would see America’s 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea ousted, and would shift a huge amount of political and military influence away from the U.S. and toward Asia’s regional behemoths.

The Trumpet has long predicted that such a shift will take place. “The scenario of an America-free Asia will not remain hypothetical for much longer,” we wrote in January 2014. “We can already see tectonic geopolitical shifts that are rapidly turning it into a reality.”

For decades, the Trumpet and its predecessor the Plain Truth have maintained this same forecast. Now a growing number of trends—such as the increasing fissures in the U.S.-South Korea alliance—indicate how quickly it could happen. Bible prophecy says it will occur in the near future, prior to a third world war.

The Decline of the U.S.

In the 1930s, Herbert W. Armstrong began forecasting that U.S. power and influence would deteriorate. Following America’s failed attempt to invade Cuba in 1961, Mr. Armstrong placed the blame not on the U.S. military or the Kennedy administration, but on the people of the country: “Unless or until the United States as a whole repents and returns to what has become a hollow slogan on its dollars: ‘In God we trust,’ the United States of America has won its last war! [T]he God America has deserted gave it its most humiliating defeat! What does the Cuban debacle mean? It means, Mr. and Mrs. United States, that the handwriting is on your wall!” (Plain Truth, October 1961).

Mr. Armstrong saw that U.S. power was in decline. He made his forecasts based on faith in the Bible and Bible prophecy, which make many specific forecasts about the descendants of ancient Israel, which includes the Americans. (You can prove this with our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.) God pledged to the people of Israel that if they rejected His law, He would “break the pride” of their power (Leviticus 26:19).

Since Mr. Armstrong’s death in 1986, the people of the U.S. have intensified their disdain for God and His law. Meanwhile, America has entered into numerous military conflicts, each one draining a little more of the nation’s pride in its power.

On Oct. 1, 2012, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said the U.S.’s apathetic response to the Benghazi massacre that September showed that the Leviticus 26:19 prophecy had then been fulfilled. He said: “It’s no longer God saying, ‘I will break the pride of your power.’ It’s now God has broken it!”

The situation on the Korean Peninsula today shows that America’s pride is broken, just as the Benghazi massacre did back in 2012. South Korea and other countries are preparing for a future that no longer relies on the U.S.

Meanwhile, Asia’s Power Rises

Revelation 16:12 discusses a group of nations called “the kings of the east” that will rise to power in the end time. Revelation 16, Ezekiel 38 and other Bible passages show that this bloc will play a major role in end-time prophecy. Ezekiel 38 shows that this bloc will be comprised of Asian nations led by Russia and, to a lesser degree, China.

Revelation 9:16 shows that the combined militaries of all these Asian “kings” will amount to 200 million soldiers—a military far larger than any in history. Ezekiel 38:6 lists as part of this Asian alliance some ancient names for the modern people of Korea. This shows that whether the Koreas unite or not, the peninsula will eventually lend its military power to the colossal bloc led by Russia and China.

War and Peace

Bible prophecy states that a united European superpower will also emerge. It will begin to feel threatened by the new power bloc to its north and east (Revelation 9:1-12; Daniel 11:40-44). The Europeans will attack, and the Asians will counterattack (Revelation 9:13-21). Matthew 24:21-22 and Daniel 12:1 show that the violence of World War iii will be unprecedented. It will include nuclear warfare and will threaten to extinguish all human life from Earth.

To many of those who will be caught in this unthinkable carnage, it will look like mankind’s final chapter. But Bible prophecy shows that this global conflict is actually only the last page of mankind’s prologue.

Prophecy shows that nuclear World War iii will be cut short by the return of Jesus Christ to Earth (Matthew 24:22; Revelation 17:14). The armies of the Earth will unite and turn their weapons against Christ, but He will bring an immediate halt to the destruction.

In his article “Matthew 24 Unlocks the Seven Seals,” Mr. Flurry wrote, “[T]he armies of this Earth [will be] fighting against Christ at His return. Christ will put down all rebellion. He is sick of the sin and lawlessness in all corners of this world, and He will finally deal forcibly with it.”

After ending the destruction, Christ will force upon the Asians, Europeans and all other peoples the peace that has always eluded mankind. “Our Savior will rule with a rod of iron and bring peace and joy to all people,” Mr. Flurry continued. “Man could never achieve this future on his own.”

At that time, the first chapter of real, abundant life for mankind can finally begin.

Regarding this future age of abundance and world peace, Mr. Armstrong wrote:

You don’t have to believe it! It will happen, regardless. It is sure—the world’s only sure hope. This advance good news of tomorrow is as certain as the rising of tomorrow’s sun. Humanity won’t bring it about—it is going to be done to us. Humanity is going to be forced to be happy—to enjoy world peace—to see universal abundance and joy fill the Earth. Utopia? Why not. Why should it be an imaginary or impossible pipe dream?

To learn more about the inspiring details of that remarkably radiant future, order a copy of Mr. Armstrong’s free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like.

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Angela Merkel’s Big Announcement

For years, Merkel has endured as other world leaders have come and gone. But the beginning of the end of the Merkel era is now officially underway.

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.

Today the news has finally come! Angela Merkel is stepping down. She has been German chancellor for almost 13 years, the fourth-longest chancellorship in German history. But today she announced that in December she will step down as leader of her party, the Christian Democratic Union, which she has led for 18 years. She plans to finish her term as chancellor through 2021, but she will not seek reelection.

Within three years—and probably much sooner, Germany will get new leadership. For the Trumpet, this is huge news! We’ve been anticipating this event for years! And what comes next is going to be indescribably dramatic.

“As political bombshells go, this is a biggie,” Deutsche Welle posted on Twitter. “If Angela #Merkel is voluntary relinquishing her party’s chair, it means her days as chancellor are almost certainly numbered.”

It’s unusual for the chancellor to not also be the leader of the largest party in government. Merkel herself has said in the past that that should be the case. So she will need a considerable amount of support to even finish her term.

This is the consequence of a major shift in German politics that has been going on for awhile now. Establishment parties like the Christian Democratic Union have lost massive amounts of support as voters have turned to fringe groups. Merkel’s policies encouraging immigration into Germany have proved to be especially unpopular. The most recent federal election saw the mainstream parties severely weakened, with the only option for a viable government being a weak coalition of disparate parties. Even that coalition took months to negotiate. More recently, members of Merkel’s party have continued to suffer in recent state elections.

For years, Merkel has endured as other world leaders have come and gone. But the beginning of the end of the Merkel era is now officially underway. And the race is on for new leadership, whether it is to come from the cdu or elsewhere.

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The Bible fortells a time when women and children will rise up against government structures, causing great destruction.

Many feminists are livid that Brett Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court justice. After United States President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh for a seat on the court in July, a California Democrat named Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexual misconduct at a high school party 36 years ago. But a public prosecutor determined Ford’s account was inconsistent, vague and uncorroborated by the people she said were at the party. So the Senate voted 50 to 48 to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Even with zero proof that Kavanaugh was guilty, feminists and abortion activists demanded that his nomination be withdrawn. An abortion advocacy group known as the Women’s March announced plans to “flood the Capitol” on October 6 in a massive #cancelkavanaugh protest. Hundreds of women took to the streets of Washington, D.C., shouting, chanting and even banging on the doors of the Supreme Court.

The protest failed to sway the Senate, but it is not over. Even before Kavanaugh was confirmed, Women’s March organizers capitalized on momentum built during the #cancelkavanaugh protest, and announced another march to be held Jan. 19, 2019.

“Women are outraged,” Women’s March cochair Linda Sarsour told cnn on September 29. “We will not go back, and we will not allow our rights to be taken 40 years back. And this is what this lifetime appointment of Brett Kavanaugh does. This is serious. This is a generational fight, and the Republicans want the Supreme Court, and we’re saying absolutely not, not on our watch.”

Sarsour’s comment reveals the true reason many feminists are attacking Kavanaugh, and it is not because of unsubstantiated 36-year-old allegations of sexual misconduct. Forty-five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a woman’s right to privacy extends to her decision to abort her unborn child. But this decision violates the unborn child’s constitutional right to life, liberty and property, and many conservatives want this court decision overturned. The mere thought of a future Supreme Court justice possibly beginning to restrict abortions has driven feminists and abortion activists into a frenzy.

The editor of a popular women’s fashion magazine published an article titled “With Kavanaugh Confirmed, It’s Time to Burn It Down.” She condemned Kavanaugh’s confirmation and ended the article with a call to action: “Some (male) people might be concerned that women will foment the rebellion. To them I can say with certainty that the rebellion is already underway. … The events of this week only mean that it must not yet end. Our rage burns so brightly. I look out, and I see a nation of women incandescent with rage. We will burn patriarchal institutions to the ground. And I pray that, for our daughters, the blaze will light the way forward.”

This incendiary sentiment encapsulates the attitude of many of the 500,000 women who joined the Women’s March against President Trump on Jan. 21, 2017. If the Supreme Court moves to restrict a woman’s right to abort her child, it appears that hundreds of thousands of people stand ready to tear down the constitutional structures that enabled that decision to be made. A spirit of lawlessness is burning in America.

Those who believe the Bible know that aborting a child is an act of murder. God instructed the ancient Israelites to treat one who caused the premature death of an unborn child the same as any other murderer.

“If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life” (Exodus 21:22-23).

God considers the life of an unborn child equal to that of an adult, so the epidemic of abortions in America (an estimated 60 million since Roe v. Wade) is a national sin of enormous proportions. The Bible prophesies that such sins will cause God to remove strong leaders from the land. When this happens, women and children will rise up against government structures, and this will cause great destruction.

“Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:11-12).

Because people have turned away from God’s commandments, dysfunctional families are churning out lawless people ready to protest, rebel and even riot to protect their ability to continue breaking God’s law. The Bible says the end result will be national desolation. But individuals can escape this desolation if they repent. To learn why God is allowing protests and riots to break out across America and what you can do to protect your family, read Isaiah’s End-Time Vision by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.