The Hezbollah Threat Is Dangerously Real

A view from the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Kila shows Israeli machinery operating behind the border wall in Israel (right) on December 4. Israel’s army says it detected Hezbollah “attack tunnels” infiltrating its territory from Lebanon, and it launched Operation Northern Shield to destroy them.
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The Hezbollah Threat Is Dangerously Real

Operation Northern Shield exposes Iran’s ongoing efforts to destroy the Jewish state.

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A massive underground attack tunnel penetrating Israeli territory from Lebanon was discovered in northern Israel on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces (idf) have announced. The discovery is the first tunnel located as part of Operation Northern Shield, a mission two years in the making, whose objective is to detect and neutralize a network of sophisticated secret tunnels created by Hezbollah in order to invade Israeli territory.

Soon after its discovery, the idf posted a photograph of the tunnel, which is 6 feet tall by 6 feet wide and 80 feet underground. The tunnel is equipped with ventilation, electricity and communication lines, and runs 130 feet into Israeli territory. Unlike the Hamas attack tunnels, which are reinforced with concrete, this tunnel is carved through solid rock.

The discovery of such a sophisticated tunnel (and probably just the first of many) is evidence of a large-scale, Iranian-backed enterprise to threaten Israeli civilians in the north of the country. It proves that Iran and Hezbollah’s threats to conquer Israel are not merely rhetorical but are as real as the rock the tunnels are carved through.

Iran really does want to destroy Israel, and these tunnels prove it.

This is not a tunnel for a quick entrance into Israeli territory to kidnap civilians or soldiers in order to grab a bargaining chip in future negotiations, but rather for the mass movement of Hezbollah commandos into Israeli territory.

As such, the tunnels confirm a long-publicized mission of Hezbollah to conquer Israeli communities in the northern Galilee region.

In “Hezbollah’s Operational Plan to Invade the Galilee Through Underground Tunnels,” Israeli Brig. Gen. Shimon Shapira (Ret.) summarized Hezbollah’s decades-old plan to invade Israel’s north, a plan that was given added emphasis by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah in 2012 when he named it “the conquest of the Galilee.”

Dr. Shapira summarized Hezbollah’s operational plan this way:

  1. The training of Hezbollah forces to take control of isolated Israeli communities along the northern border.
  2. The construction of tunnels under Israeli territory, close to Israeli communities, to facilitate infiltration of several hundred fighters, and not for the purpose of merely abducting soldiers or civilians.

According to Shapira, Hezbollah forces studied the tunnels that North Korea constructed in the event of an invasion into South Korea.

Only one such tunnel has been discovered thus far, but Channel 10 in Israel is reporting that the idf suspects that there are up to 10.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, “[C]onquering parts of the Galilee by Hezbollah is a concrete threat.”

Tunnels are only one part of Iran’s plan. According to Operation “Conquest of the Galilee,” the invaders are to cross into Israeli territory under the cover of a mass barrage of Hezbollah missiles fired into Israel.

Recent reports have confirmed that Hezbollah now has over 120,000 missiles stockpiled in southern Lebanon, many of which can reach Israel’s entire territory. The threat has only increased with the recent revelation that Iran is providing guidance systems that enable many of these missiles to hit within 10 meters of targets.

While Israel has the most successful antimissile shield on Earth, including the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and the Patriot system, the increased precision of Hezbollah’s missiles and the sheer volume of the impending attack mean that the defensive shield could be overwhelmed.

Israel has never experienced the massive barrage of missiles that Hezbollah is now capable of inflicting.

On Friday, Nasrallah released a video which includes scenes of Hezbollah fighters preparing to launch rockets, and the targeting of numerous strategic Israeli locations such as the Dimona nuclear facility and the idf military headquarters in Tel Aviv. The video includes the message, “Attack and you will regret it.”

This video follows numerous boasts from Nasrallah that any Israeli actions against Hezbollah targets inside Lebanon would result in catastrophic losses for Israel.

It is far too easy to dismiss Iran and Hezbollah’s loud threats toward Israel’s destruction as being empty.

As these tunnels prove, Iran is actually partway through enacting its plan for the territorial takeover of Israel. Iran is so committed to its plan that it funds Hezbollah’s efforts to the tune of $700 million per year. And that’s even while Iran is under harsh financial sanctions.

Our modern, sophisticated, enlightened societies like to believe that we have evolved way past the time of nations being hell-bent on the destruction of others. However, what we are witnessing in the north of Israel is Iran’s manifest desire to do exactly that.

And while Israel may be able to thwart Iran’s attempts in the short term, Bible prophecy indicates that Iran will not let go of its genocidal ambitions against Israel, nor its quest for dominance in the region, until it is stopped by overwhelming force. As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has forecast for more than two decades, radical Islam, led by the fanatical Islamic regime in Iran, fulfills the role of the biblical end-time “king of the south” of Daniel 11:40. This king leads a group of Islamist nations and is described in that verse as having a pushy foreign policy.

It should be beyond clear by now that Iran cannot be induced into becoming a normal nation in the world community. Decades of world powers trying to do exactly that have failed miserably. The fruits of Iran’s long-standing radical agenda, including its unabashed funding of terrorist proxies, such as Hezbollah, are clearly visible to anyone willing to see it. Accepting that Iran fulfills a biblical end-time prophecy might be more difficult to believe. However, the proof is abundant. If you would like to read more about Iran’s role in end-time events, and how Iranian action will actually push the world into World War iii, please order your free copy of The King of the South.

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Has the United States Provoked the Monster in Iran?

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Has the United States Provoked the Monster in Iran?

Iranian missiles can now reach parts of Europe and carry multiple warheads.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the Iranian regime of recently testing a medium-range ballistic missile capable of “carrying multiple warheads” and able to strike “anywhere” in the Middle East and even parts of Europe. Pompeo’s December 1 press statement did not say when the test occurred, only that it had “just” happened.

“Iran’s missile testing and missile proliferation is growing,” he declared. “We condemn these activities, and call upon Iran to cease immediately all activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

The next day, Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for Iran’s armed forces, responded that Iran will “continue to both develop and test missiles.”

The test violated a United Nations Security Council resolution that says Iran must stop “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton stated on social media that Iran’s ballistic missile test was behavior that “cannot be tolerated.”

“Iran says its missile program is purely defensive,” Reuters reported, “but has threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if the United States tries to strangle Iranian oil exports.” The Iranian regime said U.S. bases in Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, were within range of its missiles. The rhetoric and Iran’s actions reveal the Islamic republic’s true intentions.

U.S. President Donald Trump, realizing the flaws in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a plan implemented in 2016 to curb Iran’s nuclear development, backed out of it in May, and reimposed all sanctions in November. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. is finally standing up to Iranian aggression. In doing so, America is provoking a monster.

Rising Tensions Embolden Iran

The U.S. reinstated its first batch of sanctions against Iran last August. The following month, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (irgc) fired seven Fateh-110 ballistic missiles deep into Iraqi territory. State media reporters were invited days in advance to watch the display of power. In October, the irgc conducted another strike, launching six ballistic missiles into eastern Syria.

These missile strikes were remarkable for their drastically improved accuracy. Now equipped with “active seeker” technology, Iran could strike the exact building it targets. Hezbollah, Iran’s terrorist proxy in Lebanon, claims it has recently acquired this same guided missile technology, probably from Iran via a Fars Air Qeshm Boeing 747, which was tracked by the U.S.

Another notable feature of these two attacks is that they were conducted by the irgc itself. Usually Iran makes such attacks through its proxies. But this time, Iran wanted the world to see what it is capable of. The Jerusalem Post wrote:

At the moment, what is taking place is something of a “phony war”: missile strikes against peripheral targets, grandiose threats from the irgc leadership, supplying of militias with this or that weapon system.

If Tehran begins to feel that its interests are truly threatened, however, this period is likely to come to an end.

Since the second round of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s crucial oil and shipping sectors were reinstated in November, Iran has pushed back even harder.

Recent reports state that Iran is far closer to developing a nuclear bomb than previously realized. David Albright, a physicist who runs the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C., says Iran could develop a nuclear bomb in as little as seven months to a year if it chooses to do so.

A weapons shipment bound for Hamas in the Gaza Strip was recently seized and found to be carrying Kornet missiles and precision-guided missile technology. Most recently, Iran celebrated the launch of a new class of destroyers that it claims has stealth capabilities.

All of this occurred after the U.S. began reimposing sanctions against Iran in August. Under the Obama administration, Iran was used to getting what it wanted. Now that the U.S. is under a new administration, that has changed, yet Iran wants to keep its trajectory as a rising power.

But Europe is beginning to show signs of concern over Iran’s new missile capabilities. The Guardian reported: “France and the UK have echoed warnings by Donald Trump’s administration that Iran may be in breach of United Nations obligations.” United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was “deeply concerned” and believes “Iran’s destabilizing missile program and determination” should be stopped.

Bible prophecy indicates that all this conflict is leading to a clash of civilizations between Europe and Iran.

Iran’s ‘Push’

Daniel 11:40 states, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

The United States isn’t mentioned in this equation. The Bible says Iran’s push will be against Europe.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has identified radical Islam, led by Iran, as “the king of the south” described in the book of Daniel. He has also described Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its ballistic missile development as aspects of its “push” against a European empire. (Request your free copy of The King of the South to learn more.) In that booklet, Mr. Flurry writes:

The king of the south, or Iran, is going to “push at him”—that is, the king of the north (the European Union). Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon says the word push means “to strike—used of horned animals,” or “to push with the horn.” …

Iran is extremely radical—the king over radical Islam. Where is this nation’s pushiness leading? To war! Just as it has in the past. It’s leading to terrifying war with weapons of mass destruction.

Despite—and perhaps partially because of—the economic sanctions, Iran continues to ship weapons to terrorist groups, bulk up its military, and test ballistic missiles. And this is leading to war!

Iran’s government-controlled Tasnim News Agency claimed: “[A]ll the arteries of oil transport—from Bab el-Mandeb strait to Suez Canal and the Strait of Hormuz—are under Iranian control, by means of Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, and within range of Iranian missiles.” Fars News Agency quoted Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the irgc’s aerospace division, as saying, “We have managed to make land-to-sea ballistic, not cruise, missiles that can hit any vessel or ship from 700 kilometers.”

Iran can use its increasingly accurate ballistic missiles to target oil tankers passing through the sea-gates it dominates. Iran has threatened to close off the Strait of Hormuz. Europe cannot afford to let that happen because it relies on oil from the Middle East.

Gesenius’ Lexicon says the word “whirlwind” in Daniel 11:40 is “used of the commotion of a storm or a tempest; to sweep away in a storm.” Europe is going to throw everything it has at Iranian-led radical Islam and utterly defeat it!

But all this drama begins with a push from Iran.

For more information on Europe’s whirlwind attack against Iran, please request your free copy of Germany’s Secret Strategy to Destroy Iran.

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Rising Debt Is Forcing America to Slash Military Spending

More often than not, empires fall apart when the costs of servicing their debt exceed their defense budget.

The United States can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. The national debt has skyrocketed to $21 trillion, and the federal budget deficit has ballooned to $779 billion. The crisis has prompted President Donald Trump to call on each U.S. cabinet office to slash 5 percent from its budget by fiscal year 2020. According to Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, the U.S. military will have to cut $33 billion from the national defense budget to meet this target.

While the Pentagon could probably slash its budget by 5 percent simply by cutting wasteful spending, newly released figures from the Congressional Budget Office (cbo) show that much more drastic cuts loom on the horizon. As entitlement spending and interest payments on the national debt consume an ever increasing portion of the federal budget, the government will be forced to reduce its defense spending to 1930s levels.

The decline in U.S. military power fulfills a major Bible prophecy.

America’s Decline

Financial historian Niall Ferguson has warned that nations and empires usually fall apart when the costs of servicing their debts exceed the cost of defending their borders. The United States is dangerously close to this tipping point.

The cbo recently disclosed that the interest on the national debt rose to $371 billion in 2018. That is a 20 percent jump over the previous year and roughly half the amount the nation spends on its military.

Based on current budget projections, the government will spend over 3 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product on interest payments in 2028. Meanwhile, it will spend 6.8 percent of the nation’s gdp on health care, 6 percent on social security, and only 2.6 percent on the military. That means base defense spending is projected to fall from 3.1 percent of gdp in 2018 to 2.6 percent in 2028. The last time U.S. military spending fell to such a low level, the Great Depression was devastating the economy and Nazi Germany was rising.

If powers like China and the European Union continue to boost their defense spending toward 2 percent of gdp, they will quickly catch up to the U.S. in terms of military technology and prowess.

Prophesied Destruction

The late Herbert W. Armstrong explained in his landmark book The United States and Britain in Prophecy that the Anglo-Saxon peoples who settled the U.S. and Britain are the descendants of ancient Israel. This astonishing truth means that the Bible’s end-time prophecies concerning Israel are primarily directed at the United States and Britain.

Chapter 14 of his book explains a specific prophecy in Micah 5:7-15. This passage speaks specifically about these modern nations of Israel today. It describes America’s wealth and dominance today, before prophesying its sudden destruction.

In this prophecy, God says that He will cut off the horses of Israel and destroy their chariots. Then He will cut off the cities of the land and throw down its strongholds. In other words, at the moment America reaches the zenith of its power, God will cut off its armaments and throw down its strongholds. He will break the pride of America’s power, because the people have turned away from God’s law to embrace false teachers who teach lawlessness. They endorse sins like abortion, adultery, drug abuse, homosexuality, lying, Sabbath-breaking and sexual promiscuity.

America’s current debt woes are leading to the sudden collapse of its military power. This is correction from God, and when this correction becomes intense enough, people will acknowledge their transgressions, repent and seek God.

To learn more about why God is correcting the United States, request a free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.

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Listen to the December 5, 2018, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

France is helping Germany build a European superstate. President Emmanuel Macron is supporting Germany’s economic dominance and is forcing through economic reforms at home to do so. This support for Germany is partly behind the protests in Paris. Meanwhile, as Europe turns against the United States, America still gives European nations its most deadly, powerful and advanced weapons. Where will this rising European superpower lead? Also on today’s show, a historic and record-breaking day in British politics.

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China’s Militarized Coast Guard Increases Chances of War

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China’s Militarized Coast Guard Increases Chances of War

New report reveals China can use its coast guard to surreptitiously expand its coastline.

China’s newly militarized coast guard gives the nation a dangerous new weapon and increases the chance of war in the South China Sea. This was the conclusion of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s annual report to Congress, published last month.

In July, the China Coast Guard came under the control of the People’s Armed Police, which is now fully controlled by the Central Military Commission (cmc). This move “clarified their military role” and “places added importance on the China Coast Guard as an instrument to police, enforce and advance China’s domestic maritime interests.”

Regarding the militarization of the China Coast Guard, the report states:

The move also established a clear military chain of command from President Xi [Jinping] and the cmc down to China Coast Guard and People’s Armed Police frontline forces. … The primary reason for bringing the China Coast Guard under the People’s Armed Police was likely to enhance the China Coast Guard’s role in advancing China’s maritime territorial claims. Having direct command of the China Coast Guard will enable Chinese military leaders to finely calibrate the force’s role in “gray zone” operations to advance maritime territorial claims while keeping activities below the threshold at which other countries would respond. In other words, bringing the China Coast Guard under the cmc command structure (via the People’s Armed Police) makes the sea force a more effective tool for Chinese coercion campaigns under the guise of “maritime law enforcement” or “maritime rights protection,” but also suggests the China Coast Guard could be viewed by Japan and other claimants in the East and South China seas as a military force rather than civilian law enforcement, due to its unambiguous military command. China, however, maintains that the People’s Armed Police and China Coast Guard still retain law enforcement responsibilities, creating a situation that increases the chance for miscalculation.

Essentially, the China Coast Guard has become a branch of the Chinese military, with a chain of command directly to Chinese President Xi himself.

The China Coast Guard was first established in 2013 under civilian control to “maintain good order at sea, save lives, and protect the environment.” The majority of national coast guards around the world are under civilian control, but other nations, including France and the United States, have coast guards that operate as branches of their militaries.

One of the biggest concerns that this militarization raises is how other nations should respond to the China Coast Guard in its new role. When it deploys near disputed waters, it could merely be performing a routine maritime protection operation, or it could be acting aggressively as a military force.

As the report to Congress says, a militarized Chinese coast guard acting in “gray zone” areas “increases the chance for miscalculation.”

This is of particular concern to surrounding nations involved in territorial disputes with China. Japan would have once responded to incursions by the China Coast Guard with its own coast guard, but, as a Japanese government source states, “[T]he boundary between police and military activity has grown unclear, making it difficult to respond.” How does a country respond to China Coast Guard ships when it doesn’t know if they are working under military deployment or on a routine maritime patrol?

China claims control over more than 80 percent of the South China Sea and has rapidly militarized it over the last few years. This key shipping route is also claimed by many other countries. As the report makes clear, the use of the China Coast Guard in disputed waters “makes the sea force a more effective tool for Chinese coercion campaigns under the guise of ‘maritime law enforcement’ or ‘maritime rights protection.’”

At the same time, China is expanding the size and military capabilities of its coast guard. Some of its newest ships contain helicopter pads, larger guns, water cannons and reinforced hulls.

This rapid militarization of China’s coast guard aligns with Bible prophecy. China will continue to rise to become a formidable military power.

In this end time, a massive power bloc of Asian nations will arise, led by Russia and China. In Revelation 16:12, God calls this superpower “the kings of the east.” Revelation 9:16 shows that these kings will build a 200 million-man army! An army this massive, comprised of several Asian nations, has to include China, whose immense population makes an army of this size completely plausible. This power will clash with “the king of the north,” as described in Daniel 11:40-44, but before this occurs, China will work to bring down America.

In the July 2016 issue of the Trumpet magazine, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote: “[T]he 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. … Everything is headed in the direction of war.”

Deuteronomy 28:52 warns that the end-time nations of Israel will be besieged “in all thy gates.” These “gates” refer to the strategic choke points in maritime trade. Whoever has control of these maritime gates has control over world trade and great power that can be used against other nations.

God gave the modern descendants of ancient Israel, including Britain and the United States, control of crucial sea-gates. But now He is taking away that power and giving it to their enemies to use against them, “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” (verse 52).

China’s militarization of its coast guard and the South China Sea is fulfilling this prophecy.

Our Trends article “Why the Trumpet Watches the Rise of China As a Superpower” further explains:

We follow this trend because of what will happen after the siege. All of these major events prophesied in the Bible are part of a series of events that lead right up to the return of Jesus Christ.

So when the Trumpet reports on these disturbing trends, it’s with the anticipation and hope of what they ultimately lead to: a better world, led by the only government capable of bringing peace.

To understand more about where events in China are leading, please read “China Is Steering the World Toward War” and request our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy. It is vital that we understand these prophecies as we expectantly watch for the return of Jesus Christ.

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Iran Launches Domestic-Made ‘Stealth’ Destroyer

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Iran Launches Domestic-Made ‘Stealth’ Destroyer

Navy enhancement comes amid increasing tension with the United States and Europe.

Iran’s navy launched a new domestically manufactured destroyer on Saturday that is allegedly capable of evading radar technology, according to the government-run Islamic Republic News Agency.

As tensions between the United States and Iran continue to worsen, Iran is showing its preparedness for the next conflict.

The launching ceremony was broadcast live on Iranian state television. “This vessel is the result of daring and creative design relying on the local technical knowledge of the Iranian Navy … and has been built with stealth capabilities,” said Iranian Rear Adm. Alireza Sheikhi, head of the navy shipyards that built the destroyer.

If it does, in fact, possess stealth capabilities, this new class of destroyer is a significant boost in Iran’s naval power.

State television reported that the Sahand destroyer is equipped with antiship and anti-aircraft guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, torpedo launchers, a helicopter pad and electronic warfare capabilities.

The Sahand joined the Iranian Navy at the Bandar Abbas naval base on the 33-mile-wide Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Iran controls this crucial sea-gate through which transits approximately 30 percent of global maritime oil trade. Its territorial borders cover roughly half of the Persian Gulf coastline. (To understand more about the importance of shipping lanes, read “Who Cares About Sea-gates?”)

Stratfor wrote: “The mere threat of closing the strait increases market uncertainty, stokes oil prices, and creates some leverage for Iran without requiring that it follow through.”

“Disruptions to global supply chains are, in fact, more devastating than a traditional military attack,” wrote Elisabeth Braw in Foreign Policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in May. This deal, intended to curb Iran’s nuclear development program, was signed by Iran, the European Union, and six other nations and implemented on Jan. 16, 2016. Last month, the U.S reimposed all sanctions against Iran. The Trump administration’s goal is to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero. Europe has tried to enable Iran to work around the U.S. sanctions, but its Special Purpose Vehicle policy does not currently include Iranian oil. Despite Germany’s attempts to nullify U.S. sanctions, Iran remains unsatisfied with Europe.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Cmdr. Mohammed Ali Jafari said, “We will make the enemy understand that either all can use the Strait of Hormuz or no one.”

Iran has made this threat more than once, but it has not followed through. But this time, tensions between the U.S. and Iran could push it over the edge. Because Iran benefits from trade through the open sea-gate, it doesn’t make sense for it to close the strait. The sanctions against Iran, however, are pushing it into a corner, and it may soon make an irrational decision.

In recent years, Iran has extended the reach of its navy, dispatching vessels into the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to escort its freighters. It has conducted military exercises in Yemen and has considered building naval bases there. (For information about Iran’s strategy to become the gatekeeper of the Red Sea, read Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s article “Iran Gets a Stranglehold on the Middle East.”)

The Trumpet has been following this trend since Mr. Flurry forecast that Iran would gain a chokehold on the sea-gates. He based this forecast on specific Bible prophecies.

“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps” (Daniel 11:42-43). These three nations—Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia—will align with Iran, giving it control of the Red Sea shipping lane. In his article “Libya and Ethiopia Reveal Iran’s Military Strategy,” Mr. Flurry wrote:

All you need to do is get a good map of the Middle East, with the emphasis on the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Then you can see why the king of the south, or radical Islam, is so interested in an alliance with or control over these two countries [Libya and Ethiopia] (as well as Egypt and Tunisia). They are on the two seas that comprise the most important trade route in the world! …

If Iran gets control of that trade route, it could create enormous damage and chaos in America and Europe almost overnight. Germany and the Vatican, the heart of the Holy Roman Empire, are not going to allow the king of the south to get control of Jerusalem and the world’s number one trade route!

Trumpet Middle East correspondent Brent Nagtegaal wrote, “Controlling these sea-gates means controlling the passage of the precious commodity [oil] into Europe.” Iran’s strategy revolves around controlling these shipping lanes because they are so vital to world trade. Iran could use control of the sea-gates as a negotiating tool. Fear of shutting down the sea-gates is a powerful bargaining chip, especially for Europe which relies heavily on the trade flowing through those straits.

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south [radical Islam, led by Iran] push at him: and the king of the north [a European superpower] shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Daniel 11:40). One aspect of this push is Iran’s chokehold on these sea-gates to the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Its stranglehold on them will eventually force Europe to strike back against the king of the south, igniting a third world war. For a detailed understanding of where today’s current events in the Middle East—particularly as they apply to Iran—are leading, please request Mr. Flurry’s free booklet The King of the South.