Germans Are Losing Trust in Their Own Institutions

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Germans Are Losing Trust in Their Own Institutions

If Germans don’t trust their own institutions, what do they trust?

A dangerous trend is occurring in Germany: Almost all social institutions are losing the people’s trust. Trust in these institutions has fallen faster in 2018 than in any previous year.

The yearly Forsa survey commissioned by rtl and n-TV asked 2,515 Germans what they trust. The institutions that lost the greatest amount of trust are either state-owned or religious institutions.

The survey reveals that trust in the pope is down 37 percent, while the Catholic Church as a whole suffered a loss of 33 percent. Trust in the Protestant Church fell by 21 percent. The German Bundeswehr lost 25 percent of the people’s trust, and the German police lost 6 percent. Additionally, schools suffered a loss of 16 percent.

The only categories that gained a slight boost were companies, managers and the German media.

Overall, Germans have lost a lot of trust in what they formerly held dear: state and religious institutions. Germany’s mainstream parties have also suffered historic losses. If you couple the lack of trust in the political parties with the lack of trust in the social institutions, you quickly realize that Germany has a massive faith crisis.

The reasons for this enormous decline in people’s trust are, among other things, the government’s constant disputes, its failure to form a stable government, and the various scandals in religious- and state-owned institutions.

This trend is setting the scene for the fulfillment of an earthshaking prophecy. Leading up to World War ii, Germans were greatly dissatisfied with their government and yearned for change. Their dissatisfaction made them willing to accept a dictator.

The Bible reveals that in this end time, Germany will again undergo a radical leadership change. Daniel 11:21 reads: “And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

This man will not be part of Germany’s elected system. Instead, he is prophesied to hijack the government and completely transform it. If the people were happy with how the government is currently being handled, any such attempts would miserably fail. But the German people are now becoming more and more receptive to a radical change from the top down. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in “Germany—A New King Is Imminent”:

Current conditions in Europe, including the refugee crisis and the turmoil in German politics, provide probably one of the greatest opportunities ever for a new leader to come into power “by flatteries.” Chancellor Merkel is on her way out and is now a lame duck. Expect political and social crises in Germany and Europe, and public resentment and anger, to grow even deeper.

Then watch for a strongman to take advantage and make his way to power through flatteries!

Note that Mr. Flurry pointed out that Germany’s current political and social crisis precedes the fulfillment of this prophecy in Daniel 11:21. Germans are fed up with the way things are currently managed in politics and society. They demand drastic change, which the current political government will not provide them.

This prophesied new leadership in Germany will bring exactly what the people demand: change. Daniel 8 shows that this radical leader will transform the political system. He will rule as a “king” or a dictator. The people will welcome him because he finally gets things done, even if it means a loss of freedom. Revelation 13 shows that he will also bring a religious revival in a church-state combine. He will solve the refugee crisis, massively strengthen the police and army, and restore trust in the government.

The scene is now set for this prophecy to be fulfilled. This man will not only radically transform Germany, but affect the entire world. The Bible outlines in detail the events surrounding his power grab and where it all leads. Request a free copy of Daniel Unlocks Revelation, by Mr. Flurry, to learn what the Bible says about this soon-coming radical transformation of the world.

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Pirates Return to the Caribbean

Growing disorder in the ‘American Mediterranean’ as America loses control and fulfills Bible prophecy.

“We knew they’d try to kidnap us, so we cut our nets and fled, but they chased us right to the shore. I didn’t realize I’d been hit by one of the bullets until I got home and fell down in front of my house.”

This could be a scene from a pirate movie. But it’s not. For Trinidadian fishermen, this is the danger they face daily in the increasingly lawless waters between Trinidad and Venezuela. It highlights a growing trend: The nations closest to the United States are falling into more and more dangerous disorder.

“It’s criminal chaos, a free-for-all, along the Venezuelan coast,” said Jeremy McDermott, codirector of Insight Crime, a nonprofit that studies organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Trinidadian fishermen have suffered countless attacks by Venezuelan pirates over the past few years, ranging from muggings to kidnappings and brutal violence. Since 2015, when Venezuela’s crisis-stricken economy fell apart, impoverished coastal fishermen have faced extreme difficulty making a living. Many are now resorting to piracy and kidnapping. Trinidad’s government is too fearful of damaging its relationship with Venezuela to enforce the law around its own shores.

In addition to making money by kidnappings and ransoms, these fishermen-cum-pirates now smuggle weapons into Trinidad in exchange for basic necessities, fueling crime on the island. They also smuggle other goods: Instead of fish, the desperate pirates now sell toilet paper and diapers to their impoverished countrymen.

Only fishing boats and private yachts anchoring off the Venezuelan coast have been targeted. But some fear that the situation is about to reach a point where it resembles the Somalian piracy crisis of a decade ago, when desperate criminals targeted, sometimes successfully, large ships including enormous container ships.

But pirates are not the only ones taking advantage of the chaos.

As terrible as the piracy is for those affected, there is a bigger problem than criminal disorder developing in this region. It relates to another seaborne intruder.

On January 4, the Iranian Navy announced that, beginning in March, it would deploy warships into the Atlantic and as far as the Gulf of Mexico. The ships will likely make a stopover in Venezuela, according to an Iranian naval commander.

“Our fleet of warships will be sent to the Atlantic Ocean in the near future and will visit one of the friendly states in South America and the Gulf of Mexico,” said Iranian Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi in November 2017. Iranian officials estimate the deployment will last five months.

Iran’s newest and most advanced frigate, the Sahand, will also deploy to the Atlantic. Iran claims Sahand, which was inaugurated on December 1, has stealth and electronic warfare capabilities in addition to a full complement of missiles and a helicopter landing pad. The new warship represents the pinnacle of Iran’s drive to modernize its naval capabilities.

Sailing so close to American shores is obviously intended to send America a message. But it will also be noticed by another major power, one that is increasingly involved in South America: Europe.

Repeated Iranian visits to South and Latin America, especially to desperate Venezuela, could provoke Europe to solidify its budding trade alliance with South and Latin American nations and guard against any Iranian inroads in the tumultuous region.

The Trumpet watches this growing alliance between South America and Europe carefully.

American geopolitical writer Nicholas J. Spykman referred to the Caribbean as “the American Mediterranean” because of how important it is to United States security. Just as Italy is automatically affected by any threat or significant disorder in the Mediterranean, so the U.S. is affected by events in the Caribbean.

For years, the Trumpet has warned that America would lose control of its vital sea-gates and strategic waterways. What is happening in the Caribbean was prophesied in your Bible because of America’s refusal to repent of its national sins. “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trusted, throughout all thy land …” (Deuteronomy 28:52).

If America loses its influence over “the American Mediterranean,” who will take its place? Your Bible answers that question as well.

Spykman identified the danger of outside powers gaining footholds in Latin America. Although often overlooked, this is already underway. Bible prophecy describes a revived empire of European nations, united by their Catholic roots, which will join with Latin America to form a massive trade bloc in opposition to the U.S.

The Trumpet has chronicled Europe’s heavy involvement in Latin American militaries. Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, to name a few, all have militaries comprised heavily of European equipment. Their main battle tanks, troop carriers, frigates and submarines are almost all second-hand or current-generation European units. This is how Europe gains allies. Just like German arms sales to the Middle East, “a similar process of alliance building through arms trading is already well under way in South America,” we wrote in 2013. Russia and China are also eagerly looking for ways to move in.

Spykman’s analysis in America’s Strategy in World Politics, written during World War ii, is still relevant today. But the Bible predicted Europe’s inroads into Latin America long before Spykman, and long before Christopher Columbus first sighted land in the region.

Our booklet He Was Right draws attention to a May 1962 quote from the Plain Truth magazine, founded by Herbert W. Armstrong. That article warned that “the United States is going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Latin America, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce.”

In addition to increasingly strong trade and military ties, Europe and Latin America share a common history dating back to the late 1400s. This includes their common religion: Catholicism. The Trumpet pays special attention to this, because the Bible identifies it as the force that will hold the alliance together. In Isaiah’s End-Time Vision, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes:

Herbert Armstrong long prophesied, and we expect, the alliance between Europe and South America to grow extremely strong. The most significant factors that will cement this connection are religion and language: Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion of Latin America.

Mr. Armstrong received his insights on world events through the pages of the Bible, just as the Trumpet does today. You too can understand the future of this vital region and how current events are leading not only to trade war but to the end of piracy, poverty and oppression at the return of Jesus Christ. To read more about the amazingly accurate track record of Bible prophecy, and the future of Latin America, request your free copy of He Was Right.

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Upgraded Russian Bomber Takes First Flight

Warplane capable of carrying multiple nuclear hypersonic missiles

Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. announced that, on December 28, it completed a successful test flight of its newly upgraded bomber, the Tupolev Tu-22M3M. The Tu-22 has been in service since the 1970s: This edition is outfitted with more efficient engine and fuel control, new navigation equipment, new radio equipment and other new avionics, making the training of new pilots more automated and simpler.

The model’s new weapon control system enables it to launch missiles, including Russia’s new Kinzhal (“Dagger”) hypersonic nuclear missile. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that Kinzhal missiles launched from the Tu-22M3M can “strike both stationary and mobile targets, specifically, aircraft carriers and cruiser-class warships, destroyers and frigates.” In an animated video unveiling the missile system presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March 2018, the weapon was depicted striking the Florida peninsula.

The United Aircraft Corp. stated that these upgrades provide a “significant expansion of the combat potential” for the bomber.

The Tu-22M3M’s flight was a success, but it came later than originally planned. According to the Diplomat, its test flight was scheduled to occur in August. After ground tests, however, the maiden flight was postponed until the end of October, and finally, December.

The new bomber nears completion as Russia continues to propagandize its military strength and promote its weapons development.

It has been less than four months since the close of Vostok 2018, Russia’s largest war games since the Cold War era. In August, Russian bombers were spotted flying over the Bering Strait, close to Alaska. The small group of aircraft, which included Tu-160 and Tu-95 bombers as well as tanker planes for in-flight refueling, reminded the United States that Russia is capable of launching devastating nuclear attacks at American targets. In March, Putin unveiled the “absolute weapon”: a new hypersonic, maneuverable missile.

All of these events are significant in Russia’s return to superpower status, which the Trumpet watches closely.

Since Putin became president of Russia, he has worked to rebuild his country’s power to the level it had when the Soviet Union rivaled the United States. Putin said that the fall of the Soviet Union was the worst “geopolitical catastrophe” of the century.

The Trumpet relies on the Bible as our foundation of knowledge. The Bible prophesies of a group of nations known as “the kings of the east” (Revelation 16:12). The Old Testament also refers to these same nations. “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him” (Ezekiel 38:1-2). In his article “Is Vladimir Putin the Prophesied ‘Prince of Rosh’?”, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote:

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, as you can read in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. What about Tubal? On the eastern side of the Ural Mountains lies the city of Tobolsk, named after the Tobol River, derived from Tubal. Tobolsk was once the seat of Russian government over Siberia and was basically considered Russia’s Asian capital.

One other Russian people is mentioned in Ezekiel 38:2. There is controversy over how the Hebrew word rosh should be translated in this verse. The King James Version uses the adjective “chief.” But the correct rendering (used by the Moffatt, New King James and others) uses the word not as an adjective, but as a proper noun: Rosh. Thus, that verse should read, “the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.”

Rosh was the ancient name of Russia, once called Rus. Many encyclopedias and commentaries (such as the Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary) recognize this.

Another prophecy in Revelation describes an army deployed by these “kings of the east”: “And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them” (Revelation 9:16). “Two hundred thousand thousand” equates to 200 million men, a fighting force far larger than any army in human history. What other group of nations could support such an army than the Asian powers—including not only Russia and China, but also India, Japan and others—with their overflowing populations?

Russia’s continued militarization—of which its upgraded bomber is the latest example—is pointing toward the fulfillment of these prophecies. That is a grim future! Notice what will be the result of this large army: “By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths” (verse 18). One third of mankind, largely because of this 200 million-man army, will be killed in the soon-coming World War iii. Why would God allow this?

God allows it because He knows it is the only way to get mankind’s attention. The world today is so materialistic and sinful, so far away from God, that nothing will bring men as a whole to turn to God except for worldwide cataclysm. Even then, mankind will be so stubborn that they will mostly refuse to repent. “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts” (verses 20-21).

God’s purpose for sending this great army is to cause people to repent (Joel 2:11-12).

God says that He will use “the kings of the east” to punish “the king of the north” for its cruel treatment of Israel (Jeremiah 50; Daniel 11:44-45). In the end, the armies of the king of the north and the kings of the east will meet in Jerusalem at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and then both these evil armies will be completely destroyed. But before they are destroyed, they will bring about so much suffering on the world that Christ Himself said that if He did not return and stop mankind from killing himself, “there should no flesh saved alive” (Matthew 24:22; Moffatt). There is great hope in knowing, through Bible prophecy, how even the worst of tribulation will lead to the greatest event ever—the return of Jesus Christ.

We need to watch Russia’s actions. If you prove the truth of Bible prophecy, you can know where world events are leading and what they will bring about. Read Mr. Flurry’s article “Is Vladimir Putin the Prophesied ‘Prince of Rosh’?” as well as our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy for more in-depth analysis and information.

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The following is from the Trumpet Brief sent out yesterday. These daily e-mails contain personal messages from the Trumpet staff. Click here to join the over 20,000 members of our mailing list, so you don’t miss another message.

This has to be one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen. It aired on American television back in November: an “inspirational” Good Morning America segment with an 11-year-old boy who likes to primp and prance like a sexy grown woman.

“His bravery is inspiring so many,” host Michael Strahan gushed. A video told the “amazing story” of Desmond Napoles, whose “drag name” is “Desmond Is Amazing.”

His mother said, “It really touches me deeply that there are other children out there that he’s reaching and they’re listening to him and he’s influencing them to be themselves.”

After the video, Desmond strutted into the studio, supermodel catwalk style, wearing a long strawberry blonde wig, a short dress and a fur coat. The audience cheered wildly at the hyper-sexualized display. They and the hosts enthused over the boy’s every word as though he were an icon of heroism. And they raved when he received surprise visits from three grown “drag queens” bearing gifts for him.

Good Morning America is as mainstream as it gets. It’s been the most-watched morning show in the country for years. And this was bold, blatant, carefully orchestrated propaganda aimed at sexualizing children and popularizing transgenderism.

Responsible parenting in a morally corrupt society has never been more difficult. A mother who dooms her son to a lifetime of confusion, self-absorption and heartache is celebrated as a paragon of positive parental tolerance and support. Meanwhile, parents are ignored or even criticized for instilling in their children actual virtues like moral sense, good manners, discipline, work ethic, responsibility, academic excellence, sound decision-making, modesty and humility.

If you want to buck this insane trend within your own family, you are going to have to work hard at it.

You need sound, time-tested instruction on how to bring up your children and teenagers to be successful adults.

The staff of the Trumpet has just finished production on a new book to help you: Child Rearing With Vision. This book uses the Bible to illuminate the beautiful, spectacular goal you are aiming for in bringing up your children, and gives you the tools you need to achieve it.

It is available right now as a free download at theTrumpet.com.

If you want a printed copy, you can order it at that link, or just email us your request directly (just be sure to include your mailing address). We sent the book to the printer yesterday and it is scheduled to start mailing the first week of February.

On today’s Trumpet Hour, I had a conversation with Dennis Leap, who compiled Child Rearing With Vision and wrote a good deal of it, about why this book is such an invaluable resource for parents. I encourage you to listen:

Also on today’s program:

  • An astounding 4 out of 5 American adults experience back pain—some of them so bad they lose functional control. We have a conversation with personal trainer Jorg Mardian, who says there is a lot you can do about back pain if you address the real causes.
  • A nasa space probe just completed a flyby of a chunk of ice way out beyond the edge of our solar system, over 4 billion miles from the sun. A report by Richard Palmer explains why scientists hope that the data it captured will reveal some of the mysteries of the universe, and how this actually has a connection to your life.
  • A Last Word about why and how to build a better vocabulary.

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China’s early development of this game-changing technology could hasten the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

A Chinese naval warship was spotted at sea late last month armed with what appears to be a hypersonic electromagnetic railgun, indicating that the next generation of warfare has arrived in China years earlier than expected.

The Haiyang Shan, a Type 072-ii Yuting-class tank landing ship, was photographed off the Chinese coast with a railgun mounted on its bow. A prominent Chinese defense blogger known as Haohan-Red Shark posted the image on Sina Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media networks.

On January 3, China’s state-run Global Times discussed the Weibo post and quoted a Beijing-based naval expert as saying China’s railgun technology has “reached a mature stage after a series of tests.”

The reports shocked many onlookers because United States intelligence had previously estimated that China would not have deployable railguns before 2025. If the weapon is already operational, as the Weibo post and the Global Times report suggest, it would represent a remarkably precocious advance for the Chinese Navy. It would mean China has crossed a major technological milestone six years early, and it is a milestone that the U.S. is still apparently years from reaching.

The milestone is noteworthy because military analysts view railguns as game-changing weapons. Rather than using gun powder to fire projectiles the way cannons have for some 500 years, railguns use electromagnetic pulses. Besides making them far cheaper to operate than cannons, this also means they can fire at hypersonic speeds of Mach 5 or higher.

This gives the weapons a combination of power and range that could profoundly alter the nature of military altercations.

“This would see belligerents able to strike at each other at distances ranging in the hundreds of kilometers,” senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Dr. Malcolm Davis told abc News on January 3. “This would fundamentally change the nature of engagements as you could have adversaries being able to make precise strikes from afar for much less money.”

Analysts believe that China’s railgun technology could dramatically help the nation in its quest to assert control over the South China Sea. Last year, writing about railguns for the Drive, Joseph Trevithick said, “If the Chinese were to deploy these weapons on their various man-made outposts in the South China Sea, it would only further limit the ability of a potential opponent to operate in that region. If the system were at all mobile or air transportable it could be even more flexible in a ground-based role.”

In the South China Sea context, the news of Beijing’s early development of railgun technology takes on biblically prophetic significance.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in our July 2016 issue that China’s increasing control over the South China Sea is fulfilling specific Bible prophecies. In his article “China Is Steering the World Toward War,” he wrote, “China is being aggressive and provocative,” and thereby challenging “seven decades of American naval dominance in the Pacific Rim.” This aggressive behavior “should alarm the world!” he wrote.

Mr. Flurry pointed to the biblical book of Deuteronomy, in which God issues a grave warning to the nation of Israel, explaining that if it rejects Him, He will hand over control of the world’s strategic sea-gates to its enemies. And He warned that these enemy nations would use that control to besiege Israel: “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land …” (Deuteronomy 28:52).

Mr. Flurry explained that this ancient warning is not just for ancient peoples. “It is a prophecy for the modern-day descendants of Israel,” he wrote. “Two nations in particular represent Israel in this end time: America and Britain.” These two countries “are full of terrible sins today, and God is going to correct them for that!” he wrote. “This prophecy and several others show that He will send foreign enemies to punish America and Britain!” (For proof that America and Britain are the descendants of ancient Israel, read our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)

Today we see China tightening its control of the South China Sea and several of the sea-gates, such as Hong Kong, that allow access to it. This is happening in some locations that just a few decades ago were under the control of the U.S. and Britain. This shows that the prophecy in Deuteronomy is in the process of being fulfilled. China’s early development of railgun technology could further tighten its grip and speed up the fulfillment of these prophecies.

But Mr. Flurry made plain that although these developments are sobering, they are linked to hope-filled news:

All this prophesied destruction is what it will take for God to reach this world! After this, people will be ashamed—and they will get to know God! Ezekiel repeatedly talked about that inspiring conclusion (e.g., Ezekiel 6:7; 7:4; 11:10; 12:20; 13:9; 23:48-49; etc). Yes, there is a lot of bad news when you consider what it takes to get people to the point of knowing God. But ultimately, the outcome is spectacularly good news!

To understand the prophetic significance of China’s rise and to learn the inspiring details of this “spectacularly good news,” read “China Is Steering the World Toward War,” and order a free copy of Mr. Flurry’s book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet.

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Yet another trade agreement excludes the U.S.

A new trade agreement that covers more than 13 percent of the world economy, accounting for 15 percent of global trade, was ratified by its first six countries on December 30. The Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (cptpp) will cover 500 million people.

Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore will be joined by another four countries that have already signed but not yet ratified the agreement. Vietnam joins on January 14, while Brunei, Chile, Malaysia and Peru will join the deal 60 days after completing the ratification process.

The United Kingdom’s international trade secretary, Dr. Liam Fox, heralded the alliance as a “force for good” for millions of people.

Japan, the largest economy in the agreement, is spearheading the endeavor, which will slash about 95 percent of all tariffs. For those countries that have already ratified the agreement, about 18,000 tariffs were removed overnight, while others will be removed slowly in stages, some taking up to 20 years.

The new deal will cut costs on customs clearance, rules of origin and compliance. Lowered tariffs will also boost the flow of goods between the 11 signatory countries, which are all expected to see a boost to their economies. This new deal combined with a trade agreement with the European Union is expected to boost Japan’s economy by $117 billion.

The president of Canada’s Agri-Food Trade Alliance, Brian Innes, highlighted the boost to Canada’s economy. “Right now, we’re shipping $8 billion of exports to cptpp countries, and we think we’ll see that grow by 25 percent once these tariff cuts are implemented,” he said.

While the pact covers a relatively small percentage of the global economy, it is expected to grow quickly with several other Asian nations and even the United Kingdom expressing interest in joining, post-Brexit.

With many additional countries seeking to join this new alliance and all the hype surrounding it, the absence of one country makes this event particularly significant.

The Telegraph hits the nail on the head by labeling this agreement the “world’s most radical trade pact.” Why? Because the United States has no part in it! What makes this agreement so significant is the missing country: the United States of America.

Ironically, the cptpp is almost an exact replica of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (tpp). This original trade agreement was drafted under the Obama administration as part of its “Asian pivot” designed to ensure that the U.S., not China, wrote and enforced the rules of global trade. All but 22 of the more than 1,000 provisions in the tpp have been carried over to the cptpp.

The tpp was signed by the same 11 signatories of the cptpp, plus the U.S. The agreement had not yet gone into force when President-elect Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would pull out of the tpp on his first day in office, saying the agreement was “a potential disaster” for America. By the end of his first week in office, Trump had signed an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the tpp.

U.S. isolationism has again opened the door for other powers to rise, and Japan has taken over where the U.S. has left off. Japan is now spearheading the new free-trade agreement.

“Japan’s role in the global free-trade system has changed from that of a participant to a leader in building 21st-century common trade rules, as well as a coordinator and standard flag-bearer of the entire system,” said Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.

This is a massive step for Japan. A few years ago, Japan would have refused to take part in ventures that did not include the U.S. It is clear now, however, that the postwar world order is gone.

America is expected to suffer significantly from this new deal as the price of goods from non-cptpp countries will become more expensive, making its goods less competitive. cptpp countries are likely to undercut the U.S. For example, Japan is one of America’s top markets for beef. Australian beef could soon replace American beef now that tariffs on beef imports into Japan from a pact member will eventually be cut by 27.5 percent.

It is a similar story in other markets. With tariff cuts, by 2020, Canadian wheat will be $70 cheaper per metric ton than American wheat.

The impact on non-cptpp European nations is expected to be less severe with the recent EU-Japan trade deal.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics calculated further impacts to the American economy. Had the U.S. stayed in the tpp, income was set to increase by $131 billion annually. Now, as well as missing out on those gains, it will lose an estimated $2 billion in income resulting from the disadvantages of being outside the deal. While Trump may have been right in citing several negatives for America in the deal, that does not negate the fact that from now on there will be increased pressure on U.S. goods.

More importantly, the U.S. has forfeited its role as world leader and no longer calls the shots in global trade.

The Bible clearly prophesies that in the end time the greatest nation ever to exist in world history will suddenly have its might and superpower status taken away.

Even while the U.S. was still powerful and reaping the birthright blessings, Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, “You need to wake up to the fact that the United States, even still possessing unmatched power, is afraid—fears—to use it, just as God said: ‘I will break the pride of your power.’ … The United States is fast riding to the greatest fall that ever befell any nation!”

America is falling, and it is falling very quickly even now.

Isaiah 23 prophesies of a “mart of nations” (verse 3) that will form in this end time and contribute to America’s rapid fall. This is a massive trade alliance between a German-led Europe and Asia that exists for the sole purpose of competing with America and Britain.

TheTrumpet.com managing editor Brad Macdonald discusses this coming trade bloc in his article “Trade Wars Have Begun.” He wrote:

In Isaiah 23:1, China is called by its ancient name, Chittim. The same verse calls the German-dominated European combine Tyre, which was a major economic power extant at the time the prophecy was written.

In this prophecy, the end-time Tyre is shown to be in a trade relationship with China and other Asian peoples. The mention of the sea (verses 2, 4, 11), oceans (“great waters,” verse 3), ships (verses 1 and 14), and seaborne merchant traffic (verse 8) indicates this is a trade alliance. Verse 3 calls this a “mart of nations.” Mart means emporium, trade or merchandise. Verse 13 mentions Italy (Chaldea). Italy is here depicted in association with Germany, whose biblical identity is Assyria, or Asshur.

Clearly, this is a prophecy about an end-time trade axis between Europe and Asia!

The cptpp is just the latest massive trade alliance that excludes the U.S.

The fulfillment of this prophecy in light of the cptpp is even more telling when you realize that Isaiah 23 identifies Japan as a member of this alliance. Verse 14 says that the “ships of Tarshish” will play a major role in this mart. “Herbert W. Armstrong’s Ambassador College taught over 40 years ago that Tarshish is Japan in Bible prophecy for today,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in his booklet Isaiah’s End-Time Vision. “So this verse is referring to the supertanker fleet of Japan.”

Japan is leading the cptpp alliance. And just last month, Japan entered into a historic trade agreement with the European Union, which created the world’s largest trade bloc. Japan’s role in both of these agreements and its alliance with the EU is fulfilling the Isaiah 23 prophecy. The coming economic siege will inflame the riots and unrest prophesied in Ezekiel 5 to hit America.

In his book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet, Mr. Flurry writes:

Prophecy indicates that the German-led European Union will soon join forces with Russia, China and Japan to shut the U.S. out of more and more markets (see Isaiah 23). As the U.S. and Britain become less and less competitive worldwide, unemployment will steadily increase. …

The United States and Britain are going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Asia, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce. These nations of Israel are going to be literally besieged—economically frozen out of world trade!

To understand these end-time prophecies more deeply, order Mr. Armstrong’s free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy and read “Trade Wars Have Begun.”