Sanctions Renewed on Iran and a ‘Deceptive Quiet’ in the West Bank

Economic pressure against Iran ratcheted up a notch on Monday when the United States reinstated yet another tranche of sanctions on the Islamic Republic, exactly 180 days after United States President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The sanctions are designed to cut off Iran’s ability to fund its global terrorist activities and to pressure Iran’s government to change course. But will they be effective? We address this question in our article “Will Sanctions Slow Iran’s Quest for Domination?

Also, Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman addressed Israeli lawmakers this week about Hamas’s growing power in the West Bank. A strengthened Iranian-backed Hamas in the West Bank is laying the groundwork for the fulfillment of an important Bible prophecy.

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Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day

Listen to the November 9, 2018, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

There are a lot of important anniversaries this weekend. November 9 marks the 80-year anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, when Adolf Hitler incited riots that triggered Germany’s campaign to destroy European Jewry. The 9th is also when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. And then on Sunday, November 11, Britain celebrates Remembrance Day. On today’s show, I talk about these major historical events and the lessons we can learn from them.

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Is This the New Normal: Iran Restrained, Europe Weak and America Great Again?

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Is This the New Normal: Iran Restrained, Europe Weak and America Great Again?

Based on Bible prophecy, we know that these three conclusions are only temporary.

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.

For the past two years, Europe loudly opposed United States President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal, an Obama administration triumph made possible through deceit, collusion and lies.

Europe claimed it wouldn’t go along with the U.S., vowing to stay in the deal and do its utmost to work around the sanctions. In furtherance of this, the European Union legislated earlier this year that European companies must stay in Iran or face fines.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini threatened that if Mr. Trump reinstated sanctions against Iran, Europe would set up a new financial entity that Iran could use to continue trading with EU nations and to blunt the effectiveness of American sanctions.

Undeterred by Europe’s threat, Mr. Trump restored powerful financial sanctions on Iran on Monday.

And it revealed something important: Europe is unable to back up its words—at least for now.

In fact, for the past six months, there has been an exodus from Iran of European companies who fear the United States sanctions more than some vague European legislation. As for Mogherini’s alternate banking solution, there’s still no nation in Europe with enough guts to host it, also for fear of being on the receiving end of U.S. sanctions.

In the words of Jonathan Eyal for the Straits Times this week, “Europe’s diplomatic bravado did not survive first contact with reality.”

Here in the Middle East, where the reality of an ascendant Iran is an existential threat to most nations, people are rejoicing that the sanctions are back.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees the renewal of sanctions as a vindication of his own decade-long, lonely crusade against Iran’s nuclear program. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan all support the decision: Most of these nations have even sent grateful remarks to the president.

Sharing the neighborhood with Iran is not easy. An American president that acknowledges this fact and follows through with his promises is most welcome.

Looking at this week’s events, it would be easy to conclude that Europe has no teeth, Iran will be restrained, and the United States is as powerful as ever.

But based on Bible prophecy, we know that these three conclusions are only temporary.

Europe will soon have teeth.

Iran will not be restrained, until it is stopped by overwhelming force.

And the renewed power of the United States will not be long-lived.

As Anthony Chibarirwe and I wrote on Tuesday, the strength of the United States in the face of Iranian aggression is actually a temporary aberration that will soon change.

In his May article “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote that the election of Mr. Trump has led to a prophesied temporary resurgence of the United States.

“Donald Trump has proved himself willing to take a stand where others have not,” Mr. Flurry wrote. “It is quite something to behold him resisting these anti-American forces!”

It is logical to expect that the temporary saving of the United States will have knock-on effects internationally, such as the restoration of financial sanctions on Iran.

However, Bible prophecy actually reveals that nothing short of overwhelming military force, not economic sanctions, will ultimately stop Iran’s aggressive foreign policy. That military force will come, not from the United States, but from a European power with teeth of iron. You can understand more about this prophesied clash by reading our article “Europe and Iran Heading for a Clash of Civilizations.”

In the midst of momentary American power, it’s important for you to realize that the stabilizing effect the United States is having on the world scene is only temporary. It is, in fact, a brief period of time prophesied and designed by God to give modern-day Israel, and you reading this e-mail, a chance to repent and get to know Him.

Read Mr. Flurry’s article “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily,” then subscribe to the Royal Vision magazine, also published by the Philadelphia Church of God. The Trumpet focuses on the significance of world news as it fulfills biblical prophecy. However, only one third of the Bible is prophecy. The Royal Vision magazine is designed to help you navigate the other two thirds of your Bible, helping you personally connect with the God who is making these prophecies come to pass.

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Rotherham: Seven More Sentenced in ‘Unprecedented’ Operation

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Rotherham: Seven More Sentenced in ‘Unprecedented’ Operation

Middle Eastern and Pakistani perpetrators only now being sought and convicted.

Rotherham’s infamous child sex-abuse rings are back in the spotlight after British courts sentenced seven more men on October 29. Charges against the men include rape, indecent assault, sexual assault and illegal imprisonment of those whom they exploited.

Rotherham became internationally known in 2014 after the government began investigating its sex gangs. The gang members, usually Pakistani men, repeatedly raped girls as young as their early teens. One 16-year-old girl testified in court that she was forced to have sex with “at least 100 Asian men.” In this case, “Asian” is usually used as a euphemism to describe Pakistani or Middle Eastern heritage.

Police have described Operation Stovewood, the investigation into the Rotherham sex gangs, as “unprecedented in its scale and complexity.” Since it began in 2014, 1,500 victims have come forward.

So far, authorities have charged 24 people and are working to trace a total of 426 others, 151 of whom are already known by name.

The men convicted on Monday were part of a “grooming gang,” which lured teenage girls with promises of money, drugs or relationships, only to sexually abuse them and keep them silent by means of threats. Britain’s National Crime Agency reported:

The men would ply the girls with drugs and alcohol and threatened them with violence or being transported and abandoned in an unfamiliar location if they didn’t comply with the sexual demands.

[T]he girls told that the abuse was mainly carried out at night in a variety of secluded or derelict locations, including empty houses where there was no electricity. They were often sexually abused on mattresses on the floor and locked in rooms so that they couldn’t escape.

Sex gangs are a problem in other British cities as well. On October 19 in Huddersfield, 20 men were found guilty of raping and abusing girls as young as 11. Another investigation in Telford revealed that 1,000 girls were sexually abused by gangs since the 1980s.

An independent report published in 2015 showed that authorities were slow to act in Rotherham due to “nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”

Political correctness has crippled Britain’s ability to deal with the reality of its problems. One government report acknowledged that “not enough was done” by police to stop the gangs, and that “misplaced ‘political correctness’” slowed down their response.

What is really behind these pervasive social ills? And is there a solution?

The Rotherham scandal illustrates a sick society that has failed its most vulnerable members. An earlier investigation found that nearly half of the abused girls came from families with a history of domestic violence. Local government and social workers turned a blind eye to the abuse. The police were more interested in covering their own backs than protecting the girls. Government officials at all levels avoided the problem out of political correctness. No one wanted to confront the widespread rape committed by young Middle Eastern men for fear of being accused of racism. Even today, this fear prevents the problem from being properly discussed.

“[T]he whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment” (Isaiah 1:5-6). This is the kind of total societal failure it takes to allow a Rotherham situation to develop. A few verses later, the Bible gets even more specific. “Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless” (verse 23; New King James Version). This is a society where leaders allow the most vulnerable to be abused and raped, rather than risk being called racist.

Rotheram and the many towns like it are a symptom of a sick society. But God has plans for cleaning it up. To learn more about these scandals, and their solution, read our article “Hope for the Child Victims of Rotherham.”

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China Participates in First Naval Drill With ASEAN

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China Participates in First Naval Drill With ASEAN

ASEAN was established to give smaller Asian nations a unified voice against China. Now, the group appears to be warming up to China.

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (asean) took part in their first ever joint maritime drill in Zhanjiang, China, from October 22 to 27. The drills reveal a potential shift in asean’s geopolitical alignment.

asean was founded in 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand; Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, Cambodia and Myanmar later joined. One of its purposes was to give its members a strong unified voice against coercive or expansionist activities in the region. Thanat Khoman, former Thai foreign minister and one of asean’s founding fathers, said:

The first [reason] was to prevent external powers from exploiting the power vacuum left after rapid decolonization of the region. Second, the founders of asean saw an opportunity to foster cooperation among countries with common interests in the same geographic region. Third, the founders were convinced that the countries of Southeast Asia would have a stronger voice in addressing major global powers if they could speak together.

In recent years, by building and militarizing islands in parts of the South China Sea that are claimed by other nations, China has been exhibiting exactly the kind of behavior that asean was designed to confront.

Four of the 10 asean nations have claims in the South China Sea that overlap those of China, which claims almost the entire sea as its own. But with the asean nations now engaging in military drills with China, questions arise as to whether the group is now realigning itself with China, perhaps out of intimidation.

This is exactly what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry forecast would happen. Regarding the South China Sea, he wrote in the July 2016 issue:

Since Japan’s defeat in World War ii, America has protected this vital trade route and brought peace to this part of the world. Now the American military is retreating, and other great powers are coming in to fill the vacuum. …

China is intimidating the nations of Southeast Asia into submission to its will. It is forcing these countries to do what it wants. Everything is headed in the direction of war.

Mr. Flurry’s forecasts are founded on specific end-time Bible prophecies, and asean nations could play a role in these prophecies. Revelation 16:12 refers to an end-time bloc of Asian nations called “the kings of the east.” Prophecy shows that this union of Asian nations, primarily led by Russia and secondarily by China, will field a staggering army of 200 million men (Revelation 9:16). Troops from populous asean member states, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, could be assimilated into this massive army. In his free booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia, Mr. Flurry writes (emphasis added):

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). …

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. …

With other Asian nations joining in, you quickly reach combined populations of 3.5 to 4 billion people! Under extreme circumstances like those described in these end-time prophecies, it is not hard to imagine 1 in 10 or 20 people going to war.

asean was created in large part to strengthen these smaller Asian nations to stand together against China. It appears to be cooperating with China, which might lead directly to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

To understand more about China’s rise in the South China Sea and the assimilation of populous asean nations into a gigantic bloc known as “the kings of the east,” please read “China Is Steering the World Toward War,” by Gerald Flurry.

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The Enemy of the People

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The Enemy of the People

Listen to the November 8, 2018, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

The media’s combative behavior yesterday during United States President Donald Trump’s 70-minute press conference was disgraceful. Reporters frequently interrupted the president and fellow reporters; some didn’t ask questions, but stood up to challenge the president and tell him why he is racist and divisive. As my father recently wrote, the problems that will result from deliberately using race for political gains “are far more dangerous than they realize.” There is a force at work that is actively tearing America apart. I discuss this and more on today’s radio show.

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