From President Putin, a Gift for Russians

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a gala event on December 27 to mark the upcoming New Year 2019 at the Bolshoi Theatre.
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From President Putin, a Gift for Russians

More futuristic Russian weapons frighten Europe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered an unconventional “New Year’s gift to the nation” on Friday: a hypersonic missile.

Russia successfully completed the final test of its new Avangard hypersonic missile system on December 26, which President Putin says is ready to deploy with Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces in 2019. Also tested recently was an “unstoppable” underwater drone, reportedly capable of unleashing a 300-foot-high nuclear tsunami on coastal areas.

The Avangard was launched from a Dombarovsky missile base in the southern Urals and flew 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) to the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia, where it struck its practice target, fulfilling all mission goals.

“The Avangard is invulnerable to interception by any existing and prospective missile defense means of the potential adversary,” Putin claimed.

The missile was unveiled to the world in the Russian president’s nationally televised speech on March 1, along with a handful of other futuristic Russian military projects.

Avangard is a highly maneuverable, hypersonic glide weapon. A rocket brings it up to a high suborbital altitude, from which it reenters the lower atmosphere, gliding toward its target at 20 times the speed of sound and making erratic maneuvers to confuse defenses. It destroys its target through sheer kinetic energy: President Putin has compared it to a meteorite.

Existing intercontinental missiles fly on a fixed trajectory. Existing missile defense systems are designed to intercept these types of missiles, and even that is difficult to manage, especially if multiple missiles are inbound. An intercontinental missile that can not only fly at 20 times the speed of sound but also alter its course unpredictably would render current missile defense systems useless.

The Russian Navy put its “Poseidon” underwater drone through sea trials on December 25. Also known as the “Status-6 Oceanic Multipurpose System,” Poseidon is an autonomous, torpedo-like submarine that can carry nuclear warheads and evade detection. The weapon is designed to detonate its warhead underwater, sending a radioactive tsunami over the target’s coast, potentially creating waves as high as a 30-story building. Such a strike would destroy a city or naval base. The weapon’s stated yield is two megatons, but United States military analysts believe that it could carry “tens of megatons” when operational.

The sleek underwater drone is said to be capable of moving extremely fast, around 70 knots, while remaining quiet and undetected. It is unclear at the moment how the craft will actually achieve such high speeds without making a lot of noise. Most modern submarines have top speeds around 30 knots.

Russia’s new weapons programs are causing particular concern in Europe. The possible demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is also heightening fears that Russia will develop more cruise missiles capable of striking European nations with little warning.

To Trumpet readers, Russia’s push toward greater military strength should sound familiar. Since its founding, the Trumpet has followed the trend of Russian militarization in its quest to return to superpower status.

Although Russia’s newest weapons threaten the U.S., they are perhaps more feared just across the border in Europe. Bible prophecy indicates that Russia will frighten Europe into greater militarization, which we are seeing now. This is why we must watch Russian aggression and military development: It will lead to the fulfillment of a central prophecy leading to Jesus Christ’s return. This is discussed in our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy, which says:

Russia’s return to great-power status has tremendous prophetic importance. Not only because of the role Russia is prophesied to fulfill in world affairs, but also because its aggressive actions are provoking alarm and urgency within Europe—and that is the power that we really must watch!

The Europeans still remember how violent Russia was in World War ii, and Russia is a close neighbor with massive piles of nuclear weapons.

Russia’s bold moves are triggering a fear that will hasten the uniting of the European Union. This fear will cause Germany and other European nations to want stronger leadership. Throughout history, Germany has often sought a strong leader. Bible prophecy says it will do so again—for the last time!

Weapons like the Avangard and Poseidon are putting Europe on edge. Bible prophecy says that Europe and Russia will ultimately clash in a world-wrecking nuclear conflict, resulting in the worst suffering mankind will ever experience. But Bible prophecy also says there will soon be an end to the arms race, war and suffering. To learn more about the hope revealed in these vital prophecies, request your free copy of Russia and China in Prophecy.

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China and India Conduct Military Drills

Renewed annual operation signifies ‘perceptible improvement’ in relations.

China and India held another joint anti-terrorism drill in Chengdu, China, from December 11 to 22. The drills signify improving China-India relations.

The “Hand-in-Hand” annual exercise began 11 years ago and are aimed at improving military cooperation between China and India, particularly in the area of counterterrorism. The drills were canceled last year after China and India engaged in a military standoff at Doklam as China was building a road in a disputed border area.

But relations have improved, and this year’s drill ran as scheduled. More than 200 troops from both countries were mixed into two teams. The teams participated in counterterrorism drills that included crossing obstacles, demolition, rescuing hostages, and live fire in an urban environment. The soldiers also shared rooms and ate at the same tables to encourage camaraderie between the two militaries.

“This has been the seventh ‘Hand-in-Hand’ joint training since 2007, upgrading the communication between the two armies to a higher level. It demonstrates the firm determination, as well as the good will, of the two countries to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability,” Maj. Gen. Li Shizhong, a senior Chinese military official, said at the closing ceremony. “The aim of the ‘Hand-in-Hand’ exercises is to build closer relations between the militaries of India and China,” the Indian Embassy posted on social media.

China and India have a history of border conflicts. War broke out in 1962 when China attacked India to secure its Tibetan border. The relationship has remained tense ever since, with India hindering China’s Belt and Road Initiative, China increasing its military presence in the Indian Ocean, and frequent border skirmishes between the nations.

But there are also significant signs of China and India laying aside their differences. In April, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at Wuhan, China, to reset relations. On the sidelines of the G-20 summit in December, both leaders agreed that there had been a “perceptible improvement” in bilateral relations since the Wuhan summit. The 2018 “Hand-in-Hand” drills are the latest example of this. This trend suggests that China-India bilateral cooperation will move forward. With Bible prophecy added to the equation, the China-India alliance becomes extremely likely.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has said that India will very likely join China and Russia in an Asian alliance during the end time. Mr. Flurry’s analysis is based on specific end-time prophecies. Ezekiel 38 shows that a massive bloc of Asian nations, led primarily by Russia and secondarily by China, will form during the end time. The Bible calls this massive Asian bloc “the kings of the east” (Revelation 16:12). Ezekiel 38:5 says, “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet.” In his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ Mr. Flurry writes:

Ezekiel’s prophecy says the Russian-led army will include “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya ….” Ethiopia and Libya should be translated “Cush” and “Phut.” Some of Cush and Phut migrated to African nations, but the rest settled in parts of India. The context of this passage shows that it refers to modern-day Indians (and perhaps Pakistanis) rather than Africans.

Scriptures also say that this massive Asian bloc will play a pivotal role in the Great Tribulation, an end-time period of unparalleled war and suffering. Revelation 9:16 says that this Asian alliance will field an army of 200 million men. Mr. Flurry continues:

This is significant because India has a population of 1.2 billion people—plus an advanced nuclear arsenal! When you put India and Japan together with Russia and China, it is easy to see how an army of 200 million soldiers could be formed. 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.

With China reaching out to India, and Russia being a close ally, it is not hard to imagine India contributing its huge population, industrial and economic capacity, and military power to an alliance led by Russia and China.

To understand India’s role in end-time Bible prophecy, please request your free copies of Russia and China in Prophecy and The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’ These booklets show what is ahead for India, China and the rest of the world and will provide more details about “the kings of the east” alliance. These booklets will provide a Bible-based understanding of geopolitics that nobody else has.

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Lebanese Voices Call for Hezbollah to Renounce Iranian Ties or Leave

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Lebanese Voices Call for Hezbollah to Renounce Iranian Ties or Leave

As Iran garners more power in Lebanon, it is also becoming more accountable to the Lebanese.

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November 22 should have been a day of celebration in Lebanon. That date marked the 75th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence from France. But no one was celebrating an independent and sovereign state.

This year, it is more apparent than ever that Lebanon is no longer independent. It is dependent on Iran.

Iran has achieved this control through funding and controlling Hezbollah, a Shiite group that dominates southern Lebanon.

While we in the West understand Hezbollah is a terrorist group, in Lebanon, Hezbollah is an official political party that won the most seats in the Lebanese Parliament in an election earlier this year.

Nevertheless, most Lebanese are furious about how Hezbollah serves the interests of Iran rather than the interests of Lebanon.

Lebanon is the most religiously diverse nation in the Middle East. Lebanese Shiites, whose main political representation is Hezbollah, account for only a quarter of the population. But not all of them support Hezbollah, politically or otherwise.

Most observers write off Lebanon as being nothing more than an Iranian vassal. But there are actually many indications that Lebanon is about ready to throw off Iran’s powerful hold.

Hezbollah Holding Lebanon for Ransom

Even though elections were held eight months ago, Lebanon is still without a functioning government. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a huge issue.

However, Lebanon is facing extreme financial pressure. According to Lebanon’s president, unemployment is just under 50 percent. Public debt sits at 150 percent of gross domestic product, making Lebanon one of the most indebted nations on Earth. Add to this the fact that one quarter of those living in Lebanon are actually refugees from Syria, and you have a desperate need for cash.

The formation of a government is critical in order for Lebanon to legislate financial reforms. And financial reforms are required by the International Monetary Fund before it will grant Lebanon any loans.

This past weekend, thousands took to the streets to protest the broken political system that offers no solutions.

And there is a growing understanding in Lebanon that the reason for the government gridlock is Hezbollah.

By virtue of its diverse ethnic makeup, the Lebanese Constitution calls for a division of seats and positions of power among the nation’s Sunnis, Shiites, Christians and Druze. This is largely what has given Hezbollah the ability to control the political process, even though it doesn’t hold a majority itself. The government is inherently fragmented; Hezbollah just has to make itself the largest fragment.

Hezbollah received around 70 percent of Shiite voters’ support. This enabled it to negotiate a majority coalition with Christian and Sunni parties.

But eight months after the election, Lebanon still lacks a functioning government. Hezbollah is demanding that key government positions be granted to its preferred legislators. Others have resisted, so Hezbollah is refusing to allow the Sunni prime minister, Saad Hariri, to form a government.

As Caroline Glick pointed out this week, Hezbollah is trying to control the Health Ministry, including its $338 million budget. The group could then funnel this money toward free social programs, health care and other benefits as rewards to the families of Hezbollah fighters killed or wounded in Syria. This aid is essential for Hezbollah to maintain support among its base.

Hariri is endeavoring to deny Hezbollah the Health Ministry because of pressure from the United States. According to Glick, “Giving Hezbollah the Health Ministry, or any upgrade in its government portfolios, would cause a U.S. economic embargo and end U. S. support for the laf [Lebanese Armed Forces].”

Loss of U.S. aid to Lebanon would be disastrous not only for the Lebanese Armed Forces but also for the entire nation.

So the deadlock remains. And the Lebanese are becoming more bitter toward Hezbollah’s leadership.

Hezbollah Pushing Too Hard at Israel

In addition to the economic struggles caused by Hezbollah, the Lebanese are increasingly aware that Hezbollah’s Iranian-directed military endeavors are putting their whole country in the line of fire.

Hezbollah’s paramilitary is estimated at about 45,000 men, and it is loaded with a missile arsenal that rivals that of some European nations. The group has long justified the existence of its fighting force by claiming that it is needed to protect Lebanon from an Israeli attack in the south.

However, when Iran deployed Hezbollah to prop up the Assad regime in the Syrian civil war, the Lebanese people saw proof that Hezbollah did not exist solely to defend their southern border. They saw it for what it is—a proxy force whose loyalties lie with Iran rather than Lebanon.

Anger against Hezbollah has increased with this month’s revelation that it has built tunnels to be used in an offensive mission against Israel. While most Lebanese accept Hezbollah as a necessity to defend against Israeli attack, they do not accept Hezbollah’s provocation of Israel. If or when Hezbollah provokes Israel into a military response, the lives of many Lebanese would be threatened.

Earlier this week, the Middle East Media Research Institute translated and published a series of powerful comments made recently by Lebanese lawmakers and media personalities expressing outrage against Hezbollah. Most of these comments come from either Sunni or Christian leaders, which together represent 70 percent of the nation. Reading through a sample of them (below) will give you an indication of the brooding disquiet felt by many Lebanese.

“Lebanon, which Hizbullah has hijacked by force of arms, is unable to escape the circle of danger. … The only solution is for Hezbollah to [either] return to the Lebanese fold or else leave Lebanon. … The world must have sympathy for Lebanon and realize it has been hijacked, and that great efforts must be made to free it from its captors.” —Mustafa ‘Aloush, a member of the Al-Mustaqbal Party’s political bureau

“Hezbollah wants to control what is still left of Lebanon’s decision-making, for Iran’s sake. … We say to Nasrallah for the thousandth time: We bow only to God and belong only to Lebanon. Do not delude yourself that by raising your voice you can intimidate the free people [of Lebanon]. Your weapons do not frighten us; we will oppose your plan as long as we live. Lebanon has been hijacked. It is imprisoned by Iran, and it is our responsibility to liberate it. We must oppose the Persian hegemony plan.” —Former minister Ashraf Rifi

“Just as the Kataeb overthrew the French patronage in 1943 and [later] the Palestinian and Syrian patronage, today they are staging a revolution against the existing situation and the endless postponing of the [task of] building the Lebanese state. … Our advice to Hezbollah is to stop [its attempts to] take over the country, because nobody can do that. Hezbollah may be able to overpower the politicians, but not the entire Lebanese people. … Hezbollah may be able to thwart [certain measures] for a while, but not indefinitely. We call on Hezbollah to take a courageous decision and reach out to all the Lebanese people in order to build a sovereign, free, independent and stable [Lebanese] state. [We call on it] to subject itself to the authority of the Constitution and laws. If Hezbollah continues to consider itself above the other Lebanese, permitted to do what others are not, it will eventually drive the public to launch an intifada against the existing situation.” —Sami al-Gemayel, chair of the Kataeb Party (the Phalange)

“If Hezbollah continues to consider itself above the other Lebanese, permitted to do what others are not, it will eventually drive the public to launch an intifada against the existing situation.” Those are extremely strong words.

The more power that Hezbollah garners in Lebanon, the more accountable it becomes for Lebanon’s difficulties.

The Lebanese are not dumb. They recognize that their nation has been hijacked by a despotic power in Iran that obviously cares less for the Lebanese than its own people—which is not much to speak of.

If history is our guide, when a nation-state is controlled by an unresponsive, unsympathetic power a thousand miles away, revolt is only a matter of time.

What’s more, Bible prophecy says Lebanon will eventually become free from Iranian domination at the hands of Hezbollah.

A yet-to-be fulfilled prophecy in Psalm 83 details an end-time alliance of nations that includes biblical Gebal, or Lebanon, and the “inhabitants of Tyre,” referring to southern Lebanon. Other nations in this alliance are Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

As we have written in our Trend article on the subject, this alliance of moderate Middle Eastern nations are largely an anti-Iranian alliance, which is further indication that Lebanon will flip from a proxy of Iran to an adversary. This could not happen if Hezbollah maintains its power in Lebanon.

We understand how bold it is to claim that Lebanon will fall out of Iran’s grasp, even as we report often on how powerful Hezbollah is. Nevertheless, the Bible is clear about Lebanon’s future, and Iran will have no part in it. The internal struggles that Lebanon is facing right now show how close we are to this coming change.

It’s important to continue to watch Lebanon as calls for Hezbollah to quit its allegiance to Iran or leave the country grow louder. Given how critical Hezbollah has been for Iran’s plan to threaten Israel, it is only logical that Hezbollah will not retreat without being forced out.

To understand more of where these events in Lebanon fit into Bible prophecy, please read Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s article “Why You Need to Watch Lebanon.”

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Denmark Handshake Enforces European Values on Muslims

New citizenship law shows Europe’s changing attitude toward Islam.

Starting January 1, Denmark will require anyone applying for citizenship to shake hands with the officiating dignitary at the naturalization ceremony. Those who refuse will not be granted citizenship.

It may surprise you that this law is extremely controversial. Some Muslims refuse on religious grounds to shake hands with members of the opposite sex. The law was set up with this in mind—aiming to exclude these Muslims from Danish citizenship.

Opponents of the new law were quick to criticize it as awkward and useless. “It’s absurd that the immigration minister thinks this is an important thing to spend time on. Shaking hands does not show if you are integrated or not,” said Kasper Ejsing Olesen, the mayor of the Danish town of Kerteminde.

Though many people oppose the new law, many others find it justified.

Martin Henriksen, a Danish politician and a spokesman on immigration for the Danish People’s Party, agrees with Denmark’s new handshake policy. “If you arrive in Denmark, where it’s custom to shake hands when you greet, if you don’t do it, it’s disrespectful,” he said. “If one can’t do something that simple and straightforward, there’s no reason to become a Danish citizen.”

The handshake policy is not the only law designed to cause Muslims to conform to European norms. In May, Denmark passed a law forbidding Muslim women from wearing the niqab in public. The law officially came into effect on August 1, and it follows similar laws passed in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Bulgaria. These nations partially or completely ban the niqab, a veil covering the entire head and face, except the eyes, and the burka, which covers the body in addition to the head and face.

At least one Muslim woman in Denmark has been fined for wearing a niqab in public. A fight broke out at a shopping center after another woman confronted her and tried to remove her niqab. When police arrived, the Muslim woman refused to remove her veil, choosing instead to leave the building.

The fight is evidence that not all Danes are on board with permitting mass migration: Some see it as a threat to their national identity. A poll in September found that 52 percent of Danes disagree with the new handshake law, but this means that almost half the population either supports it or does not see it as a significant issue.

A similar law exists in France, where an Algerian woman was denied citizenship after refusing to shake hands with a man. She appealed to the top French administrative court, which rendered its decision in April: Refusing the handshake means refusing French values.

Similar incidents have also been reported in Switzerland. Two Muslim schoolboys, sons of a Syrian imam, refused to follow the Swiss tradition of shaking hands with their female teachers after each class. The boys were granted an exemption, which prompted outrage in the local community.

Amidst the moral battles over Denmark’s handshake policy and public wearing of veils, one fact is clear: Europeans are facing an identity crisis. Look at history and you will find that these moral, cultural questions fit into a much larger and older controversy: the culture clash between Islam and Catholicism, the traditional religion of Europe. The rising influence of Islam in Europe is causing many Europeans to start pushing back.

The influx of migrants is leading a new generation of leaders to assert their Catholic identity. They are emphasizing the symbols that set Catholic Europe apart from the influx of migrants. The German state of Bavaria now mandates that the cross be displayed on all public buildings. Other countries have banned people from wearing Islamic head coverings inside all public buildings.

Rogers Brubaker, a sociologist at the University of California–Los Angeles, described the trend well in the Atlantic magazine in 2017, writing that it is a push for “a secularized Christianity as culture.”

“It’s a matter of belonging rather than believing,” he wrote. Brubaker described it as a Christianity that says, “We are Christians, precisely because they are Muslims. Otherwise, we are not Christian in any substantive sense.”

But this heightened sense of difference between the two groups is leading to a clash. Some on both sides want such a clash. To some, passing laws against migrants emphasizes their own Christianity. Meanwhile many radical Islamists openly declare that they are in a war against Christianity—and are openly targeting the pope in Rome.

The influx of migrants into Europe is provoking a Christian backlash against Islam. The Bible forecasts that this backlash will grow stronger.

Daniel 11:40 describes a clash between a “king of the north” and a “king of the south.” This refers to a clash between a European conglomerate, led by Germany, and radical Islam, led by Iran. Other prophecies tell us that this European power will be ruled by a church. This same chapter says that this European power will respond after having been “pushed” by radical Islam.

We see this dynamic today. Radical Islam is continually provoking Europe, and Europe is beginning to push back. It is embracing a more Christian identity, opposed to Islam. This is leading to the epic clash outlined in Daniel 11. This clash will be a key moment in the Bible’s prophecies of end-time events.

To learn more about these prophecies and to prove the identity of the powers mentioned in Daniel 11, request your free copy of The King of the South, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.

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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (December 28)

James Mattis’s resignation, Iranian drills in the Strait of Hormuz, Indonesian tsunami, and more

Here are five of the most important news stories this week, as well as relevant links to the full articles and videos here on theTrumpet.com.

The Resignation of Defense Secretary Mattis Should Alarm You

United States Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis announced his resignation December 20, the day after President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw troops from Syria became public.

As of September this year, the U.S. has spent an average of $5 billion a year on Operation Inherent Resolve to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. While that’s a reasonable investment to keep nations like Iran, Turkey and Russia from dominating the Middle East, the fact remains that sooner or later, the U.S. will have to start reducing its military spending and pulling troops back home. America simply lacks the financial resources to continue defending its interests and enforcing world peace.

Secretary Mattis’s resignation is a sign of this dangerous reality.

Iran Conducts Military Drills Near Strait of Hormuz

Iran recently conducted naval exercises codenamed “Operation Great Prophet 12” on Qeshm, the largest island in the Persian Gulf, near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. The drills were conducted by various forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (irgc), including ground forces, a naval brigade and aircraft. While helicopters and armored vehicles provided cover, ground troops made an amphibious landing and stormed the island using rocket launchers and tanks.

The irgc also fired missiles into the sea in the general vicinity of the uss John C. Stennis, a United States aircraft carrier which was sailing through the Strait of Hormuz at that time. irgc Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ali Jafari said the Americans came “pretending to ensure the Persian Gulf states’ security. But it is Iran which has to provide security for the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf and our friends and brotherly countries on its southern coast.”

That Iranian “security” in the region portends trouble in one of the most important straits in the world.

Nujaba: In the Next War, Hezbollah Will Not Be Alone

“In the event of any war against Hezbollah, the movement is not going to be alone.” These words came from an Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group after the Israel Defense Forces discovered a fourth underground invasion tunnel from Lebanon across the border into Israel. The first invasion tunnel was discovered on December 4.

Nujaba’s spokesman voiced support on December 14, telling Iran’s Tasnim News Agency that, should Hezbollah be attacked, “all, including [Iraqi-based, Iranian-sponsored] Nujaba, will be standing by its side.”

As the U.S. begins to pull out of the Middle East, and Iran looks to fill the void and unite the Shiite Crescent, Israel may find itself surrounded and in need of funding for its security. Watch for Israel to look to Germany for assistance—your Bible prophesies it will happen soon.

China’s Secret Plan to Militarize the ‘Belt and Road’

Projects in Pakistan that China long insisted were purely for peaceful purposes are becoming more overtly military in nature, confirming fears that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (bri) is intended partly to boost Chinese military power.

The New York Times recently reported that it had reviewed confidential documents regarding China’s bri-related activities in Pakistan, revealing that “China is for the first time explicitly tying a Belt and Road proposal to its military ambitions.”

The new report is only the latest evidence showing that China is rebalancing the world economy with the bri and related initiatives. China’s progress in this rebalancing act is part of a larger shift underway in the global power balance, which Geopolitical Futures wrote about on December 26, saying that “one era is ending and another will soon begin.” America “has spread itself thin, and the power gap between it and its rivals has narrowed,” it wrote. “Conventional wisdom is no longer conventional, and around the world there is a sense that everything, including U.S. hegemony, is in question.”

Geopolitical Futures said 2019 will be “a year on edge” that will undergo global “transition” to “a new era that has yet to be defined.” But Bible prophecy provides a clear definition of the new era the world is transitioning toward.

Tsunami Strikes Indonesia Without Warning

Massive killer waves brought death to hundreds on December 22 after Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano erupted, causing a landslide and tsunami. The disaster demolished buildings, uprooted trees and swept away cars in three coastal towns.

As of December 28, 426 have perished, at least 7,000 have been injured, 159 are missing, and 40,000 have been displaced from their homes.

The Bible emphatically states God’s authority and power over the weather. Our free booklet Why ‘Natural’ Disasters? will give you God’s perspective of weather disasters. Just ask for your free copy of this 85-page booklet.

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Week in Review: The Mideast Unravels, Europeans Push Back at Muslims, Gridlock in the U.S., and Much More

Show Notes

  • The Middle East is destabilizing, due mostly to increasing aggression and belligerence from Iran.
  • In Europe, traditional populations are becoming less and less tolerant of the refusal of some Muslim immigrants to assimilate and to adopt European cultural norms.
  • In Asia, two longtime rivals appear to be “burying the samurai” and moving toward closer cooperation and alignment.
  • Meanwhile, the United States is gridlocked. The government remains shut down as the country’s internal divisions deepen.
  • We also discuss the German military considering recruiting EU citizens, an early election called in Israel, anti-Semitism of American politicians, and a devastating tsunami in Indonesia.

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