Catholic Bishops Want Mass Immigration

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Catholic Bishops Want Mass Immigration

Why does the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops support illegal immigration into the U.S.?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops condemned the Trump administration’s immigration policies on November 14 and pledged to assist Central American immigrants who are marching toward the U.S. border.

“On Nov. 9, 2018, President [Donald] Trump issued a proclamation barring people arriving to the U.S.-Mexico border from receiving U.S. asylum unless they request it at a U.S. port of entry, a direct contradiction of existing U.S. asylum law,” reads the official statement on the bishops’ conference website. “While our teaching acknowledges the right of each nation to regulate its borders, we find this action deeply concerning. It will restrict and slow access to protection for hundreds of children and families fleeing violence in Central America, potentially leaving them in unsafe conditions in Mexico or in indefinite detention situations at the U.S.-Mexico border.”

President Trump’s proclamation invoked national security powers, delegated to his office by Congress in 1952, to suspend for up to 90 days asylum rights for migrants who illegally cross into the U.S. The Supreme Court decided in Trump v. Hawaii that Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act entrusts the president to temporarily suspend entry to any group of aliens he deems detrimental to the interests of the United States.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops apparently disagrees with the Supreme Court.

“We reiterate that it is not a crime to seek asylum, and this right to seek refuge is codified in our laws and in our values,” the statement on the bishops’ conference website continues. “We urge the administration to seek other solutions that will strengthen the integrity of the existing immigration system, while assuring access to protection for vulnerable children and families. The Catholic Church will continue to serve, accompany and assist all those who flee persecution, regardless of where they seek such protection and where they are from.”

Bishop Joe Vásquez, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, and Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, both signed this statement. Atkinson’s signature is significant, since the Catholic Legal Immigration Network is part of the cara Family Detention Pro Bono Project. Along with immigration rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the cara Family Detention Pro Bono Project helped organize a caravan of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. last October.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops claims that its goal is to “accompany and assist” migrants fleeing persecution, but the Catholic Church has done little to help these migrants in their home countries. Instead, priests and bishops across Latin America are helping them leave their countries to enter the U.S. illegally. One reason the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops acts like an open-borders lobby is that it receives thousands of new parishioners and billions of dollars by encouraging mass immigration into America.

According to a report by the Capital Research Center, Catholic Charities and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops received over $2 billion from the U.S. federal government between 2008 and 2015. This money is paid out in return for Catholic assistance housing and resettling refugees in dozens of communities across the nation.

Catholic Charities agencies typically resettle 25 percent of all legal refugees admitted into the U.S. each year, along with an unknown number of illegal immigrants. By calling on the government to increase the number of migrants and refugees allowed into the country, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops protects its annual flow of hundreds of millions of federal dollars.

In addition to this monetary benefit, encouraging mass immigration from Catholic-majority countries brings new parishioners into the U.S. Catholic Church. San Diego bishop Robert McElroy stated in 2016 that mass deportations of illegal immigrants could remove 10 percent of Catholic parishioners from American churches. This makes the illegal immigrant community a powerful demographic within the U.S. Catholic Church.

Pew research data shows that 67 million people identify as Catholics in the U.S., roughly 21 percent of the population. But for every new Catholic convert, six Catholics leave the church. About half of these former Catholics give up on religion, while the other half join a Protestant denomination. The reason the percentage of Catholics in America isn’t plummeting is because native-born Catholics are being replaced by immigrant foreign-born Catholics.

Without illegal immigration, the Catholic Church in the U.S. would be a shrinking organization of diminishing influence. Immigrants moving into the country give Catholic leaders influence that they would not otherwise have. According to the Vienna Institute of Demography, if immigration into America doubled, Catholicism would overtake Protestantism to become the largest religion in the U.S. by the middle of the century.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops supports illegal immigration into America as part of its long-term strategy to weaken America’s Protestant base and ultimately transform it into a Roman Catholic nation. Astonishingly, this strategy was foretold in the Bible.

Both Revelation 17 and Isaiah 47 refer to the combined religious and political power of a great false church. The church known as “Mystery, Babylon the Great” in Revelation is referred to as the “daughter of Babylon” and the “lady of kingdoms” in Isaiah. This church will rule over a union of 10 nations in Europe. And because God is “wroth” with the modern descendants of ancient Israel for their sins, He turns them over to this religious power, which carries them away captive and shows them no mercy.

Herbert W. Armstrong explained in his landmark book The United States and Britain in Prophecy that modern descendants of ancient Israel are primarily the U.S. and Britain. So the prophecies in Revelation 17 and Isaiah 47 are about a European superpower, dominated by religion, conquering the U.S. The Vatican is currently using the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to oppose the Trump administration and help Hispanic Catholics from Latin America settle in the U.S.—legally or illegally. But soon, foreign invaders from Europe will join the illegal immigrants streaming over the Mexican border in droves.

The Prophet Isaiah calls Assyria “the rod” of God’s anger and “the staff” of His indignation (Isaiah 10:5). The United States and Britain in Prophecy also explains how the ancient Assyrians settled in modern-day Germany. It will ultimately be Germany that partners with hostile nations in Latin America to besiege and invade the United States. As shocking as that sounds, the Bible makes clear that this is the punishment to come from polluting God’s inheritance.

Thankfully, God tells us how we can be protected from this catastrophe. “Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:10-11). The book of Ezekiel was written specifically for this end time. (Request your free copy of Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet.) There is only one way that God will protect us: Our people must turn, turn, turn from our sins.

God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. “Why will ye die, O house of Israel?” What a terrifying question!

Even if the nations of Israel reject God’s warning today, they will eventually repent after they have experienced incredible suffering. Then He will make them the chief nations of the wonderful World Tomorrow.

It is a matter of life-and-death importance that everyone who hears this message sit up, pay attention and take note of the seriousness of the times.

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Islamic State Seizes Weapons Bound for Gaza Strip

Iran’s persistence in state-sponsored terrorism

An Iranian weapons shipment bound for Hamas was seized by an Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula. Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on November 24 that the shipment was the largest ever seized by the Islamic State and it included Russian-made, laser-guided Kornet anti-tank missiles and other guided weaponry.

Earlier this month, terrorists from Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, fired hundreds of rockets and missiles into Israeli cities over a 24-hour period. The terror began when a terrorist in Gaza fired a Kornet missile at an Israeli bus near the border. Dozens of Israel Defense Forces soldiers exited the bus moments before the missile struck. One soldier still on the bus was severely injured.

After Hamas fired more than 400 rockets and mortars into southern Israel, it agreed to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt.

Its use of a Kornet missile is strong evidence that although the Islamic State intercepted the recent shipment, previous shipments of missiles had made it into Gaza.

Prof. Barry Rubin said in Global Politician that Iran pushes its influence in the region by “the promotion of client groups.” Alongside Hezbollah, Hamas has consistently been the other of Iran’s two most important clients.

Iran’s Persistence

Since Hamas gained control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel and Egypt have maintained a strict blockade of the Gaza Strip in an attempt to thwart Iranian efforts to supply Hamas with weapons. Despite this blockade, Iran has continued to arm the endless stream of terrorists in the Palestinian enclave.

Over the years, Israel has seized a number of weapons shipments to Hamas.

In 2002, in Operation Noah’s Ark, Israeli forces raided Karine A, which Israel claimed to be a Palestinian freighter. The vessel was carrying 50 tons of missiles and explosives.

In 2011, Israelis seized the German-owned Victoria in the Mediterranean. “Many weapons were found on board, intended for terrorist forces in the heart of Gaza,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Iran is the source of the weaponry.”

In 2014, Israeli Navy commandos intercepted a ship in the Red Sea carrying an Iranian arms shipment to the Gaza Strip. The shipment included several dozen advanced missiles hidden in shipping containers that were also carrying sacks of concrete. The Syrian M-302 missiles aboard carry a payload of up to 375 pounds and have a range of up to 125 miles.

In September, a missile strike by Iran showed the world that it now has the ability to accurately strike its targets. The guided capabilities were improvements to the Fateh-110 missile. Another strike in Syria using the Zulfiqar and Qiam ballistic missiles proved just as accurate. Hezbollah claims to have already received this new technology.

Iran has proved its persistence, so it’s safe to say Israel can expect more shipments to follow. Today, Hezbollah in Lebanon is estimated to have over 120,000 rockets and missiles in its arsenal, compared to just 10,000 in the 2006 Lebanese War. The quality of its missiles has also improved. Many of its missiles now carry a larger payload, have a longer range, and are more accurate. In the Gaza Strip, Hamas is believed to have at least 10,000 rockets and mortars, while Palestinian Islamic Jihad is estimated to have an additional 8,000.

If Iran manages to give Hamas its newly developed precision-guided technology, Israel will be completely surrounded and the Iron Dome defense system is likely to fail. Of the 400 rockets shot against Israel earlier this month, 200 landed in the wilderness and the Iron Dome intercepted about 100, but a number of missiles still slipped through and struck homes and buildings in southern Israel. Guided missiles would pose an entirely new threat to Israel’s security.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has identified radical Islam, led by Iran, as “the king of the south” of Daniel 11:40. (For detailed information, request your free copy of his booklet The King of the South.) The book of Daniel tells us that the king of the south will “push” at Europe. One aspect of Iran’s pushy foreign policy is state-sponsored terrorism. Mr. Flurry writes:

The real power behind the Palestinians is Iran. No other nation would dare finance and blatantly encourage such terrorism in Israel. Iran has even been caught publicly sending enormous amounts of weapons to the Palestinians. Virtually the whole world knows what Iran is doing, and Israel’s terrorist problems keep rapidly getting worse.

Israel is staring right down the barrel. While the Israeli government is barely staying afloat after former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation, its enemies continue to work in the shadows. Iran continues to export arms to its terrorist proxies, and it doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon. The whole world can see what Iran is doing, yet most fail to act. Iran will keep pushing its neighbors until it finally leads to war.

For more information about Iran’s “push” and its use of state-sponsored terrorism to control the Middle East, please request your free copy of The King of the South.

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Russia and Vietnam Aim to Triple Trade by 2020

Relationship indicates how Russia will lead Asian nations.

Russia and Vietnam will triple bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2020, according to statements by the nations’ prime ministers on November 19. Trade between the two nations reached $3.6 billion last year.

“Russian and Vietnamese energy companies are cooperating effectively,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. “[A]nd we want to strengthen these ties further with measures to facilitate joint energy investment projects in Russia, Vietnam and in third countries.”

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc echoed Medvedev’s remarks. “We have agreed to cooperate more closely and effectively implement a free-trade agreement Vietnam has signed with the [Russia-led] Eurasian Economic Union,” Phuc told reporters in Hanoi after holding talks with Medvedev.

Russia currently invests approximately $990 million in projects in Vietnam, mostly in oil and gas exploration. Russia is Vietnam’s largest weapons supplier and is also its “second-largest foreign investment destination.”

“Vietnam is the only strategic partner of Russia in the Asia-Pacific region, with the partnership established in 2001,” said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh. He added that both countries have benefited from having “time-tested and close-knit relations in all fields.”

Russia and Vietnam’s relationship is significant because Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has identified Russia as the nation that will lead an end-time Asian bloc referred to in the Bible as “the kings of the east” (Revelation 16:12). Revelation 9:16 shows that this massive Asian bloc will field an army of 200 million men. In his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ Mr. Flurry writes:

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!

Mr. Flurry’s analysis of Russia leading the 200 million-man army is based on specific end-time Bible prophecies. Ezekiel 38 shows that an Asian bloc led by Russia will form during the end time. Verse 2 reads, “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.” Mr. Flurry continues:

Scholars generally agree that “Gog” is Russia, and that “the land of Magog” includes China. The descendants of Meshech and Tubal have been found together throughout history. In Assyrian and Greek histories, Meshech appears as Musku, Muski or Mushki—all names related to the Russian spelling of Moscow. … What about Tubal? On the eastern side of the Ural Mountains lies the city of Tobolsk, named after the Tobol River, a name derived from Tubal. Tobolsk was once the seat of Russian government over Siberia and was basically considered Russia’s Asian capital.

Vietnam’s warm relations with Russia could lead to it joining the Russian-led “kings of the east” alliance. With Vietnam’s large population, it could end up contributing to the 200 million-man army. Keep watch as Russia continues to deepen relations with Vietnam and other Asian nations. Keep watch as Russia spearheads the biblically prophesied “kings of the east” alliance.

To understand why Russia is the leading power of the “kings of the east” alliance, please request your free copy of The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ by Gerald Flurry. This booklet explains how Russia will play a key role in fulfilling major Bible prophecies. It also proves why Russia will end up as the head of the 200 million-man army.

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The EU and the Mark of the Beast

Here in the United Kingdom, I cannot go online and read the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune or the New York Daily News. It’s not just me. These websites (and others) are inaccessible to most of the 500 million people living inside the European Union. Life goes on, of course, and we somehow get by. Nevertheless, there is something here worth thinking on.

The reason we cannot access these websites is because they do not yet comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (gdpr), which came into effect last May. Created and approved by the European Parliament and Council, the gdpr regulates how companies handle the personal data of EU citizens. Any business that does not conform to these EU regulations could receive massive penalties. Some, like the L.A. Times, are choosing to abandon the EU market.

This is raw imperialism—regulatory imperialism. The Oxford Dictionary defines imperialism as the “policy of extending a country’s power and influence through colonization.” The EU today is using the gdpr and other regulatory tactics to colonize the Internet. “Europe wants to conquer the world all over again,” wrote Mark Scott and Laurens Cerulus at Politico earlier this year. “Only this time, its killer app isn’t steel or gunpowder. [The gdpr is] an EU legal juggernaut aimed at imposing ever tougher privacy rules on governments and companies from San Francisco to Seoul” (emphasis added).

Using the gdpr, the EU has invaded every home, government and corporation on Earth that uses the Internet. Across the planet, governments and corporations have had to invest millions of dollars and countless manhours to figure out how to respond to and comply with the gdpr. More than 500 million people live inside the EU; they are relatively wealthy, and more than 85 percent of them have access to the Internet. For many governments, businesses and other organizations, ignoring the European market isn’t an option. On the other hand, foreign companies cannot simply ignore gdpr. Failing to comply with the regulations could garner a fine of up to €20 million (us$22.7 million) or 4 percent of annual global turnover.

In the end, if a government or corporation wants to do business with the European Union, it has only one option: surrender.

The gdpr is not the EU’s only regulatory weapon. In January, the European Parliament is expected to formalize the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This new law, approved by the Parliament in September, is an extension of the EU’s existing copyright laws, updated to work in today’s world of rapidly evolving digital technologies.

This new EU law is terrifying U.S. technology companies, especially Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Many consider it to be an attempt not only to curb the power of America’s big technology companies, but to literally take over the Internet. YouTube ceo Susan Wojcicki said recently that it “poses a threat to both your livelihood and your ability to share your voice with the world.” This month, YouTube rolled out a global campaign seeking to educate people on the alarming consequences of the EU’s copyright directive.

EU bureaucrats say the new law will protect people and content, and perhaps it will. But it also stands to harm people, businesses and, potentially, entire markets and economies, especially in America. The legislation is complex and incredibly vague. This is partly why it is so frightening to the likes of YouTube and Facebook. Ignoring the legislation will result in colossal fines. But for these technology giants and other companies, complying with the legislation will require overhauling major components of their businesses.

There are also many questions about the administration and policing of the EU’s new regulations. At the end of the day, the EU bureaucrats are the ones who will interpret and enforce the law. This gives them incredible power and influence over U.S. tech firms, and over the entire Internet.

There have been other regulatory assaults too. In the last couple of years, Google has been fined more than $7 billion by the EU. On Tuesday, consumer groups across Europe asked regulators to investigate Google over claims it is breaching gdpr by allegedly tracking the movements of users. And it’s not just YouTube and Google; Brussels has engaged in similar inquisitions against other Silicon Valley giants, including Facebook and Twitter.

All this is not to say Google, Facebook and America’s big technology companies in general are above reproach. To be sure, there are genuine concerns and questions about the behavior of these companies and their inordinate power and reach. That said, do we really want a handful of anti-American, European bureaucrats trying to solve these problems? We have enough evidence proving that Brussels isn’t acting altruistically, in the best interests of mankind. The EU is clearly attacking America’s influence and trying to establish itself as the king of the Internet.

So what does all this mean?

Even the most distant observer of Bible prophecy has heard the term “mark of the beast.” This mysterious “mark” is mentioned multiple times in the book of Revelation. All sorts of conspiracy theories exist about exactly what this “mark” is, but there is no need for theorizing. The Bible plainly reveals that the “mark of the beast” is Sunday worship. You can prove this by reading Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?, by the late Herbert W. Armstrong.

For now, let’s notice Revelation 13. In verse 11, the Apostle John says, “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” This beast is also pictured in Revelation 17; in this chapter, she is the woman (church) who rides the seven-headed, 10-horned beast, known today as the Holy Roman Empire. These prophecies forecast the end-time formation of a German-led, Catholic-inspired European superstate. Mr. Armstrong often referred to this end-time entity as the coming “beast power.” You can study this further in our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

Now notice Revelation 13:16-17. Talking about this European beast power, John writes, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Notice, this European beast power has a dictatorial global presence (Revelation 17 and 18 prove this too). It has power over “both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond.” Notice too, the beast power has the influence and power to dictate who is allowed to “buy and sell,” in other words, to trade, to practice commerce and industry. The seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire is going to have tremendous regulatory and financial power. It’s going to regulate global business and industry, trade and commerce.

Verses 16-17 clearly show that if people don’t accept this “mark”—if they don’t follow Europe’s rules—they will not be allowed to conduct business with this powerful and wealthy European superstate. Does this sound familiar? In spirit, this is what has already happened with the gdpr. It’s happening with the imminent EU copyright directive. The message behind both these initiatives is clear: Do business our way, submit to our rules, or we will shut you out of our market. We have yet to see the literal institution of the “mark of the beast,” but the EU today is operating in the spirit of the mark of the beast!

Isn’t this electrifying? The EU right now doesn’t feel like an autocratic, imperialist power. It doesn’t feel like an invasion is underway. When one sees Jean-Claude Juncker shuffling behind the lectern, one isn’t exactly paralyzed with fear. The EU looks and behaves like a sprawling, unwieldy, bureaucratic mess. And it is, at least in many respects. But it is this perception that makes the EU so dangerous; it is so easy to misread and underestimate. Remember, the beast of Revelation 13:11 looks like a lamb, but speaks and behaves like a dragon.

The beast power is rising. Europe’s power and influence is growing. For now, it’s not using tanks and aircraft carriers. Instead, it’s growing its power by creating long documents filled with complex, boring legislation. It’s called regulatory imperialism, and Europe has mastered it.

If you don’t believe me, the next time you’re in Europe just visit www.latimes.com.

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Unpaid Christmas debts from 2017 continue to plague consumers in America as they head into another record-breaking holiday spending spree. Reports of how consumers plan to spend during the 2018 Christmas season suggest that many are struggling financially and yet are not paying down their debts.

Holiday-related spending in 2018 is expected to increase by 4.1 percent compared to 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Consumers will likely spend an average of $1,007 per person this year on everything holiday related, from gifts and groceries to decorations and holiday attire.

NerdWallet, a group that monitors consumer spending habits, has also made some alarming findings. It conducted a study of 2,000 American adults over a period of five years. This year, American consumers plan to spend more, charge more to credit, and take a longer time to pay it all off.

On average, consumers will spend $116 more than last year on their holiday shopping. Of that group, 73 percent will charge their expenses to their credit card, up from 58 percent last year. This represents a notable shift to reliance on credit, suggests a worrying increase in debt levels, and reveals that consumers are struggling to make payments on time.

According to the NerdWallet study, the average consumer took two months to pay off his debt last year. This year, consumers believe it will take three months.

Before thinking of this year’s expenses, however, many would do well to first pay off last year’s debt. NerdWallet’s study found that around 39.4 million Americans are still struggling to pay off their credit card debts from Christmas shopping in 2017. This has been the trend for many years.

Conditions today remind economists of those prior to the 2008 crisis, and the International Monetary Fund has already warned that it is only a matter of time until the next financial crisis. One of the main reasons for this is high debt levels. Before the 2008 financial crisis, the Trumpet wrote about the danger of relying on debt:

Consumer spending is the backbone of the American economy. And more and more, society is geared to encourage us to spend.

The commercialization of Christmas is particularly demonstrative of the importance of consumer spending. Months prior to Christmas—even before Thanksgiving—advertisements start plastering the airwaves. “Buy now—pay later” and “no payments till 2007” have become synonymous with our guilt-free view of living for the present moment.

As many of those commercials demonstrate, debt has fueled much of the recent consumer spending. But few consider that debt is a form of enslavement. Few seem to remember the biblical proverb, “The borrower is servant to the lender.”

America’s consumption-based economy is at the tipping point, and increasing debt payments might be the bump to push it over the edge. As Martin Cantor, director of economic development with Sustainable Long Island, an advocacy group, says, “No matter how bad the economy has gotten, everybody pointed to increasing consumer activity to sustain it …. If that goes, there’s nothing left” (Newsday, Dec. 11, 2005).

Although that was written more than 10 years ago, the economy is in a similar state today, with economists warning of the next crash. How can you weather the storm, get out of debt, and stay out? To learn how to avoid the crushing burden of debt, read our free booklet Solve Your Money Troubles! It provides practical steps you can take today to escape the clutches of debt. Be sure to also read our free booklet The Truth About Christmas to get God’s view and a Bible-based understanding of this popular holiday.