Britain’s Magic Money Tree

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Britain’s Magic Money Tree

Is the end of austerity really good news?

It’s official: Britain has discovered a magic money tree. Last week in Parliament, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond was bubbling over with the good news. He said: “Now we have reached a defining moment on this long, hard journey, opening a new chapter in our country’s economic history where we can look confidently to the future and set our course for where this remarkable country will go next. Because today, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I can report to the British people that their hard work is paying off, and the era of austerity is finally coming to an end.”

This announcement may seem like cause for celebration. It seems to indicate that Britain is out from under crushing debt, that after taking responsibility and putting in years of hard work, discipline and sacrifice, the British people and the British government have turned around their economy and are in a strong financial position.

But this isn’t true.

Britain is ending its austerity measures—while remaining in massive debt. Hammond’s announcement makes it sound like Britain’s debt problem is under control—when in fact, it is about to get much, much worse.

Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, they have pretended to be getting the nation’s debts under control.

In 2013, then-Prime Minister David Cameron ran an ad that declared (emphasis added):

[T]hough this government has had to make some difficult decisions, we are making progress. We’re paying down Britain’s debts … doing what’s right for Britain in the long term. And over the next 2½ years, no matter how tough it gets, that is what we’ll continue to do.

But that wasn’t true. He wasn’t “paying down Britain’s debts.” Britain’s debt was growing each year. They were cutting the deficit. This sounds impressive, until you realize deficit is merely the amount by which the debt grows every year. The nation was like a debt-addled household announcing, “I have my debt under control—I borrowed slightly less money this year than I did last year.” That’s not solving the problem—it’s adding to it.

It’s pretty easy to tell that simply borrowing less money won’t get a household out of financial trouble. In order to solve the debt problem, they need to stop borrowing and start paying back what they already owe!

The same is true on a national scale. Debt doesn’t just disappear, no matter how hard you try to wish it away.

Too few media outlets report the truth of what has been happening in Britain’s era of austerity—and immediately before it.

In 1997, Britain’s Labour Party government came into power and dramatically expanded the government’s role in the economy and the lives of the people. For the fiscal year beginning in 1997, government spending was around £480 billion (adjusted for inflation), or us$637.8 billion. When Labour left office in 2010, it had exploded to £760 billion (more than $1 trillion). The government went from spending 36 percent of the nation’s income to 46 percent. Faced with Britain’s highest debt since the 1960s (when it was still paying off World War ii loans), the new Conservative government that replaced Labour in 2010 had to make cuts. By 2015, government spending had fallen slightly, to £740 billion. It’s still at roughly the same level today.

That’s it. That’s the “age of austerity”—a cut of £20 billion in annual government spending over the course of five years.

But now Britain is changing course. It’s not even going to pretend to be taking care of the debt.

The national debt, as a percentage of the economy, is at its highest level since the 1960s. The only reason it was so high then is that we were still paying off our war debt. Britain still has its largest non-war-related debt in history. But now it has ended austerity and the spending is about to ramp up even further.

Has Britain discovered some kind of magic money tree? How is it going to pay back the money it already owes if it keeps taking on more and more debt?

Allister Heath wrote about this magic money tree in the Telegraph:

Gone is the idea that the Treasury’s priority is to balance the books, better to prepare for the next inevitable downturn, or even to store up cash for Brexit. …

[I]t seems that there is, after all, a magic money tree, and that Mr. Hammond has discovered its existence even on Planet Tory. …

The size and scale of the increases from the chancellor formerly known as Spreadsheet Phil are jaw-dropping. Expenditure will shoot up by £11 billion next year and even more every single year after that.

There is funding for Universal Credit but the bulk will go to the nhs [National Health Service], of course: It will account for 90 percent of the total increase ordered by Hammond in five years’ time.

Notice that: 90 percent of the new magic money will go to the National Health Service. The nhs is the closest thing Britain has to a national religion. Like many religions, it requires financial sacrifices and pledges of adoration, but gives little in return.

The Telegraph predicts that this is just the beginning of more runaway spending for Britain. Forget about trying to save for the future, or even talking about trying to save for the future. Who needs to save when you have a magic money tree?

Britain is happily following the United States down the path of never-ending debt. Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry wrote in the April 2018 Trumpet:

The United States is exploding its debt in a way never seen in its history. The nation has amassed large debts before, in times of war or recession. But generally it has paid much of its debt back after the nation has recovered. …

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!

Now Britain is following in its footsteps.

It wasn’t always this way. Its financial system, including a commitment to pay back its debts, was once one of Britain’s strengths. In his book The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, Paul Kennedy calls Britain’s ability to borrow money to fund its wars “decisive” in its series of victories over France. The nation borrowed to fund its wars: the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars required massive expenditures. But in peacetime, it put a priority on paying money back. Britain was able to borrow at roughly half the rate of France, while the weight of the French government’s debts caused it to collapse. It was following in the footsteps of the Spanish empire which, despite massive wealth from the New World, defaulted on its debts repeatedly.

Now both Britain and America no longer pay back their debts in peacetime. In 50 years’ time—or probably more like five—the history books will list Spain, then France, then Britain and America as nations that collapsed under their own debt.

Part of the reason for this heavy indebtedness is the moral decline of our nations. Mr. Flurry made clear in his article that this kind of debt is a moral issue:

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.

It’s exactly the same thing in the United Kingdom. This isn’t really even the government’s fault—it is simply responding to how it is being pushed by the voters. This is what the people want: a government that promises to give them everything free, even if it means spending a ton of money it doesn’t have. After all, we have a money tree—right?

We face massive debt as a consequence of these foolish decisions. But the Bible gives us another reason for this massive debt. In Herbert W. Armstrong’s book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, you can read about how Britain and America today are the modern-day descendants of the ancient Israelite tribes Ephraim and Manasseh. God promised amazing blessings to these birthright nations of Israel, but He warned them that if they did not obey He would withhold those blessings.

These blessings were bestowed on Britain and America in recent history. In Deuteronomy 28, God promised our nations that “blessed shall you be in the city … blessed shall be your basket and thy store. Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.”

Our industry would be blessed. The manufacturing in cities, the storage and investment of wealth, all our activities would be blessed. These blessings changed world history when they arrived in 1800 with the Industrial Revolution. These blessings laid the economic foundation of the British Empire. It was in large part due to these blessings that Britain’s financial system defeated France’s.

If there ever was a “magic money tree,” this was it. God said that all these blessings “shall come on thee, and overtake thee” (Deuteronomy 28:2). But it was not magic. This was God pouring out blessings on our nations that we did not deserve, to fulfill His promises to Abraham, to show the world what blessings come to those who obey Him, and to give our countries the opportunity to lead the world to its Creator and to the provider of wealth, abundance, purpose, meaning and hope.

But we squandered that opportunity. Because the modern nations of ancient Israel have not obeyed God, the prophesied curses from the second part of Deuteronomy 28 are now coming upon us. In verse 44, financial curses are prophesied: Foreigners “shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him. He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.” This describes Britain and America today. God says that debt is a curse: It gives other nations power over you.

Britain’s and America’s reckless borrowing are paving the way for a collapse in the global financial system. In a July 22, 1984, co-worker letter, Herbert W. Armstrong wrote that a major banking crisis in America “could suddenly result in triggering European nations to unite as a new world power, larger than either the Soviet Union or the U.S.” This kind of massive financial crisis could be the catalyst for many more end-time prophecies to be fulfilled.

You can read much more about this by requesting your free copy of Mr. Armstrong’s The United States and Britain in Prophecy. Britain’s financial policies are sowing the seeds of its own destruction. Financial experts can tell you where runaway borrowing leads, but only our free book can give you the background of why all of this is happening, as well as the great hope that lies beyond the crises we are facing.

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Leftists Predict ‘Violent Revolution’ If Republicans Win Midterm Elections

One third of Americans think a civil war is coming, but almost no one understands why it is coming.

There are a matter of hours until midterm elections conclude and millions of Americans finish casting their ballots for 35 seats in the Senate and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives. But not all Americans are prepared to peacefully accept the results of the election. Actor James Cromwell told Variety magazine last Sunday that if the Republicans maintain their congressional majority, there will be “blood in the streets.”

“This is nascent fascism,” Cromwell said. “We always had a turnkey, totalitarian state—all we needed was an excuse, and all the institutions were in place to turn this into pure fascism. If we don’t stop [President Donald Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real. Then there will be blood in the streets.”

Cromwell clarified his comments the next day, posting on Twitter that he was referring to the “blood of protesters” and not “calling for the left to violently attack.” Yet by referring to the president as a fascist who will establish a totalitarian state if Republicans win the midterms, activists like Cromwell are stirring up the very revolution they say is coming.

The statements Cromwell made last weekend echo similar statements made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for,” Clinton told journalist Christiane Amanpour on October 9. “I believe if we are fortunate enough to take back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”

Polling firms like FiveThirtyEight estimate that Republicans have an 85 percent chance of keeping their majority in the Senate and a 15 percent chance of keeping their majority in the House of Representatives. So it is unlikely that Democrats will take back both the House and the Senate (and they may take back neither). According to Clinton, this would mean that “civility” cannot start again.

Will this incivility lead to blood in the streets?

Last summer, Rep. Maxine Waters called on her supporters to publicly confront and harass members of the Trump administration. Liberal celebrity Peter Fonda threatened violence against President Trump’s 12-year-old son. It seems an increasing number of leftists are adopting the view that they should unshackle themselves from the constraints of human decency to fight Republicans and the Trump administration. After years of voting progressive policies into law via the ballot box, many leftists are returning to 1968-style protesting now that their opposition is in power.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground and other leftist groups resorted to terrorist tactics to fight the U.S. government. According to a Politico article titled “Here’s What Happened the Last Time the Left Got Nasty,” there were some 41,000 bombings or bomb threats during the first 15 months of Richard Nixon’s presidency. Things have not gotten quite that bad during the first 24 months of Donald Trump’s presidency, but many leftists are using familiar tactics: celebrity activism, comparisons to Nazis, civil disobedience, mass demonstrations and, in some instances, outright violence. This poisonous atmosphere has also motivated a few mentally disturbed Trump supporters—like 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr—to threaten violence against Democratic Party leaders.

The push to return to 1960s-style violence will likely intensify if Congress remains under Republican control. Amidst the rioting of the 1960s, Plain Truth editor in chief Herbert W. Armstrong warned that far-left ideology would strip America of its blessings—the greatest national blessings ever conferred on any people—not because socialists outmaneuvered conservatives, but because the American people as a whole have turned away from God’s law. In particular, he warned that Communist thought would pervert America’s morals, sabotage its educational system, wreck its social structure, destroy its spiritual life, and weaken its economic power.

“Why are our people unable to recognize the Communist line—the Communist plan and conspiracy—in college and university riots, in propaganda accusing ‘police brutality,’ in ‘black power,’ ‘Black Panther’ and other slogans, even in ‘civil disobedience’ and ‘nonviolent’ movements of protest which lead to violence?” he asked in the March 1969 Plain Truth. “The guiding hand in student revolt is the Communist Party. Many students, their emotions stirred and enraged to violence, do not themselves realize this. Yet actually, these young leaders of the ‘New Left’ movement are going beyond the Communist Party. Their plan is to stir up college-age students to revolt first, and the teenage high school adolescents. If they can corrupt and/or win over tomorrow’s students, they will gain control.”

Mr. Armstrong based his forecast not only on current events but also on Bible prophecy. Anciently, God told the Prophet Ezekiel to record a message for the people of end-time Israel.

“And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord God of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein. And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 12:19-20).

Mr. Armstrong explained in his most popular book, The United States and Britain in Prophecy, that these verses and many others apply primarily to the U.S. and Britain. Cities will be laid waste “because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.” This verse describes violence between those who dwell in the same land—i.e., civil war.

How could a dramatic prophecy like this be fulfilled? How could the most powerful and prosperous nation in human history fall into such a terrible fate? One of the major reasons that Americans are clashing with one another is over the issue of government control. By definition, liberal socialism directly opposes limited government.

The clash between the two ideologies is leading to a violent revolution. But the fundamental reason this is happening is not because President Trump is a fascist, as James Cromwell and many other leftists claim. Nor is it because of too few Republican voters. The reason is that the American people as a whole have turned away from God’s law.

According to one recent poll, an estimated one third of Americans think a civil war is coming. Yet almost no one understands why it is coming. To learn why midterm election violence is a harbinger of civil war, and to learn how God will restore America to greatness after its people finally turn to Him and repent, read Great Again, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.

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Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis—an Opportunity for China

Former strongman and new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is a Chinese ally.

A political shakeup is underway in Sri Lanka. It is expected to result in China increasing its influence in the South Asian island nation. On October 26, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was the nation’s president from 2005 to 2015.

Sirisena claimed the move was motivated by economic turmoil and a plot to assassinate him. On October 27, he suspended parliament, apparently to deny lawmakers a platform from which to decry the changes and urge adherence to the Constitution.

The next day, one person was killed and two were wounded after one of Wickremesinghe’s cabinet members tried to reenter his office, prompting at least one security guard to open fire. Wickremesinghe maintains that his ousting is illegal and that he remains the rightful prime minister.

The dust is far from settled on the tumult, and Ranjan Ramanayake, a legislator from Wickremesinghe’s party, said Chinese leaders have secretly offered some Sri Lankan officials up to $4.6 million each if they will switch sides and support Rajapaksa. “This is an international conspiracy,” Ramanayake told Reuters on October 28. He said China is “spending money to buy over members.”

It is not difficult to see why the Chinese would be eager to sideline Wickremesinghe and help bring Rajapaksa into power once again.

During Rajapaksa’s decade as a strongman-style president, he embarked upon a spree of infrastructure spending, accepting billions of dollars worth of Chinese loans in an effort to stimulate economic growth. Among the multimillion-dollar projects that China bankrolled and built under his tenure were the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport and the Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port in Hambantota.

But these projects were poorly conceived, and rather than fueling economic growth, they plunged Sri Lanka into unsustainable debt. In 2010, Sri Lanka’s foreign debt stood at nearly 36 percent of gross domestic product, but after five years of Rajapaksa making these ill-advised deals with China, that number had soared to 94 percent. One third of total government revenue was put toward servicing Chinese loans, and Sri Lanka had to apply for debt relief with the International Monetary Fund.

In 2015, the Sri Lankan people rejected Mahinda Rajapaksa’s authoritarian regime and its policy of doing big deals with China. But in some geopolitically significant ways, the damage was already done. Late last year, the intensifying debt pressures prompted Sri Lanka to give China a controlling stake in the Rajapaksa Port.

The transfer set off alarms in Sri Lanka and beyond because it represented a major victory for China, with potential military applications. “The acquisition provided Beijing with a deepwater port in the region in which it can dock its navy, off the coast of its key regional competitor, India,” Foreign Policy wrote on October 29.

Sri Lanka is often cited as the textbook example of China’s “debt-trap diplomacy.” In numerous situations, the Chinese appear to be offering valuable economic lifelines to a given nation, but the final result mangles the nation’s economy and sometimes equates to a neocolonial type of conquest for China.

Some countries such as Malaysia and Nepal are awakening to the perils of accepting easy cash from China, and canceling Chinese-funded infrastructure projects. But in Sri Lanka, with Mahinda Rajapaksa suddenly back in power, China has a chance to increase its leverage over the nation and its assets.

The Trumpet carefully monitors and reports on China’s rising influence among Asian nations because this trend was forecast in Bible prophecy. Bible verses such as Revelation 16:12 and 9:16 reveal that in the end time, our time now, a group of Oriental countries referred to as “the kings of the east” will field a collective military force of “two hundred thousand thousand” (200 million). Ezekiel 38 shows that the lead nations in this Asian force will be Russia and China and also reveals that several other smaller Asian countries will end up assimilating into it, which could include Sri Lanka.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry discusses this massive Asiatic force in his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’ He writes:

Current events show this Asian army is taking shape already. You can see it in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s growing authoritarianism, and also in his outreach to other Asian powers. Russia has supplied China with many military armaments over the last decade or so; it also helped the Chinese go nuclear. For many years the Russians have been allied with China, at least to some degree.

Mr. Flurry explains that the formation of this Asian army means a third world war will soon break out, more violent than any conflict mankind has ever suffered. But he makes clear that there is also profound and inspiring hope tied to this trend. He continues:

This immense war between European and Asian forces will end in the return of Jesus Christ! … [T]he world is going to see the greatest event ever in the universe: the Second Coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ! As Christ Himself said, if He didn’t return, there would literally be no flesh saved alive (Matthew 24:22; Moffatt). But before humanity annihilates itself, He will return and stop all this madness!

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Recent statements show these two nations share an increasingly similar worldview—one that sees war in our future.

As tensions have intensified between their nations and the West, Russian and Chinese authorities have said they are preparing for war.

On October 25, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army. Xi, who is also the pla’s commander in chief, told an assembly of generals to “concentrate preparations for fighting a war.”

He instructed the military to “accelerate capacity-building for commanding and improve their commanding and operation systems to ensure smooth and efficient command,” according to the government-controlled Xinhua news agency.

Xi said the Southern Theater Command bears a “heavy military responsibility” since it is in charge of operations in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait—two flashpoints for conflict. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly,” he said. “We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen’s capabilities and preparation for war.”

Xi’s statements come during a time of rising tensions over the South China Sea as the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Australia are increasing freedom of navigation operations and related activities in the disputed region that China claims. His remarks come only weeks after a Chinese warship almost rammed an American destroyer as the U.S. ship conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the region.

The day after Xi’s statements, Russia’s senior arms control official, Andrei Belousov, said, “Russia is preparing for a war.”

Belousov’s remarks came after the U.S. announced that it would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Before President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the treaty in 1987, such weapons as the Soviet SS-20 and the American Pershing ii cast menacing shadows over Europe. These systems were mobile, highly accurate and capable of being hidden and quickly redeployed. Some had the ability to fly nap-of-the-earth, staying below enemy radar coverage, and to fire numerous independently targetable nuclear warheads—all within just a few minutes.

In a deterrence environment, systems of this kind are inherently destabilizing. So Reagan and Gorbachev agreed to dismantle existing systems and prohibit future development. But in 2008, Russian President Vladimir Putin began testing new missiles that are banned by the treaty. In the years since, Russia’s treaty violations have continued, culminating in the deployment last year of the 9M729.

In response to Russia’s flagrant violations, the U.S. is now moving to withdraw from the treaty. Belousov said, “Here recently at the meeting, the United States said that Russia is preparing for war. Yes, Russia is preparing for war. I have confirmed it.”

He continued: “We are preparing to defend our homeland, our territorial integrity, our principles, our values, our people—we are preparing for such a war.”

Belousov claimed that Russia’s preparations are only a response to provocations from the U.S.: “Russia is preparing for war, and the U.S. is preparing a war. Otherwise, why would the United States withdraw from the treaty, build up its nuclear potential, and adopt a new nuclear doctrine?”

It is worrying to see authorities in both China and Russia publicly acknowledging the increasingly militaristic posturing of their nations and the rising possibility of war. Besides showing the increasingly similar worldviews of Russia and China, the statements also show the stage is being set for major war to break out once again.

In his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains that Bible scriptures prophesy of a time in the near future when Russia and China will join forces:

Around a.d. 90, the Apostle John recorded an amazing prophecy: “And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them” (Revelation 9:16). That means an army of 200 million men! That is more people than were alive in the world when that prophecy was recorded. This is an end-time prophecy that we are certain to see fulfilled very soon.

The Bible gives some important details about this largest army ever assembled on Earth. It tells us which nations will contribute soldiers to it. It shows it will include the combined forces from several Asian nations. It refers to this Asian confederacy as “the kings of the east” (Revelation 16:12).

I believe Ezekiel 38:2 actually revolves around the prince leading the 200 million-man army, which includes China and other nations. But the two key nations are Russia and China. …

Current events show this Asian army is taking shape already. You can see it in Putin’s growing authoritarianism, and also in his outreach to other Asian powers. Russia has supplied China with many military armaments over the last decade or so; it also helped the Chinese go nuclear. For many years the Russians have been allied with China, at least to some degree.

Mr. Flurry goes on to explain that in the end time, God will use this force to confront the militaries of Europe:

Details about this army are revealed in passages such as Revelation 9:13-21, Revelation 16, Daniel 11, Jeremiah 50 and Joel 2. In Joel 2:11, this 200 million-man Asian force is actually called God’s army. That means God is orchestrating His plan in the midst of all this warfare.

God is going to use this colossal Asian force to confront the military of a united German-led Europe, which will also be on the scene at this time. It will obliterate Europe, but not the main European armies. …

War is coming between Russia and China and a German-led Europe—war on a scale that is hard to imagine! Millions and even billions of people will be killed. Nuclear bombs and other weapons of mass destruction are going to impact every nation on Earth!

The increasingly militaristic posturing of Russia and China is leading to the most violent war in mankind’s history. But Mr. Flurry explains that there is also deeply inspiring hope connected to these trends! He continues:

This immense war between European and Asian forces will end in the return of Jesus Christ! … But the Bible also prophesies that at the end of all of these wars, the world is going to see the greatest event ever in the universe: the Second Coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ! As Christ Himself said, if He didn’t return, there would literally be no flesh saved alive (Matthew 24:22; Moffatt). But before humanity annihilates itself, He will return and stop all this madness!

It is alarming to see leaders from Russia and China openly preparing for war. But it signals something that should fill us with profound hope: The age of mankind rejecting God’s law and authority is nearly at an end, and an age of peace and prosperity for all men is very near.

One of the final sentences of Mr. Flurry’s powerful booklet states, “Surely we ought to be studying our Bibles and understanding these prophecies.” To begin or continue that potentially life-changing study, please order your free copy of The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’