America Is Being Besieged Economically
The European Union is negotiating a lucrative agreement with the four founding nations of the South American trade bloc mercosur: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. The deal will probably be completed this year and immediately become the EU’s largest trade agreement ever. (To learn more about this history-making deal, read our article “Will Brazil’s New President Open the Door to the Holy Roman Empire?”)
God’s Church has prophesied for over 60 years of a strong relationship between Europe and South America. Through this mutually beneficial partnership, Latin America is helping to create the Holy Roman Empire! Your Bible shows that such an alliance will lead to some very dark days for the United States of America if the people don’t heed God’s warning—which the vast majority certainly won’t.
We all need to realize that this is going to affect our lives in a way that perhaps nothing ever has before! U.S. trade policy is leading to a trade war that will inflict massive damage on our country. So says your Bible.
The only way to avert the impending crisis is by looking to the great God who inspired Bible prophecy and who gives us direction on how to be blessed instead of cursed. Whether we receive overwhelming blessings is our choice.
When the EU-mercosur trade deal is finalized, it’s very likely that the EU will soon afterward be pared down from 27 nations (not counting Britain, which is in the process of exiting) to just 10. Right now, the EU is too divided, even in religion, while Latin America is uniformly Catholic. The EU must achieve similar unity, which is why it must be reduced to 10 members.
At the head of the smaller European entity will be a strongman. “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up” (Daniel 8:23). This powerful leader will probably personally select the 10 nations that form the new Holy Roman Empire.
Americans had better be watching these world events! We will be impacted.
Based on prophecy, it appears that the coming European superpower will be the greatest in the world, at least for a time. In our article “2019 May Bring Europe’s Biggest Trade Deal Yet,” we wrote:
EU officials believe that world trade will drastically change in 2019 as they sign a trade agreement with South America. …
In recent years, the EU has finalized trade pacts with Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua. But since 2000, the potential enormous trade deal with mercosur has remained elusive. Now after concluding a trade agreement with Japan, “the EU intends to reach an agreement with the South American Confederation of mercosur as soon as possible,” Handelsblatt reported (Trumpet translation throughout).
The trade agreement with mercosur would mark the EU’s largest trade deal ever. It is predicted to far surpass the agreement with Japan that comes into force on February 1 to create the world’s largest trade bloc. …
The EU’s new top priority is to urgently conclude trade deals with the rest of the world. With more than 260 million people and a gross domestic product of approximately $2.9 trillion, mercosur is one of the world’s largest economic blocs. Europe urgently needs to conclude a deal with South America to make its trade policy work.
Latin America is full of abundant resources. Germany—the dominant force in Europe—knows this.
Decades of Accurate Forecasting
Current events match what our predecessor, the late educator and theologian Herbert W. Armstrong, prophesied for many years. His Plain Truth magazine of May 1962 declared 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.” He warned of a brutal trade war in which Europe and South America assert dominance, even over Russia and China!
Fifty-six years later, we can state with confidence, he was right.
In October 1957, the Plain Truth declared, “… Latin American nations will join in with the European revival of the old Roman Empire.” No qualifications; just a stone-cold guarantee!
Our free booklet He Was Right catalogs the decades of accurate forecasting by Mr. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God that he founded. In it, we wrote:
Between 2002 and 2011, over 49 percent of weapons imported by South American nations came from the EU, according to sipri’s Arms Transfers Database. … It is also noteworthy that more arms from the EU came from Germany than any other nation. …
South America has clearly avoided being dependent on America for critical weapons systems. But it is dependent on Europe. That doesn’t happen by accident. National leaders evidently all came to a similar conclusion. They couldn’t afford to manufacture their own advanced weapons. They didn’t want to be dependent on the U.S. or Russia, so they chose to side with Europe. South America is welded to Europe’s military system. The alliance is secure. South America’s military is hugely dependent on Europe.
Both Europe and South America seem to have forgotten all the foreign aid that America has poured into these regions. God warns us against trusting our supposed alliances instead of Him. By looking to the prophecies of the Bible, God’s Church has delivered a warning message for decades that describes exactly what is happening on the world scene right now.
Blessings and Curses
“And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies” (Genesis 22:15-17).
God blessed the descendants of the great patriarch Abraham—primarily America and Britain—with control of the most vital sea-lanes on Earth, the key to dictating the flow of worldwide trade. Our nations don’t deserve this blessing; it was bestowed upon us as a result of God’s promise to Abraham! (To prove the identity of Abraham’s descendants, request our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)
The American and British people have received the birthright blessing, an indescribable amount of prosperity, due to Abraham’s obedience to God. In Genesis 35:11, God prophesied of a great company of nations (the British Empire) and a great single nation (America). This wealth didn’t fall into our laps because of our own impressive ingenuity, though most people think so. We have been lavished with abundance because of Abraham!
Deuteronomy 28 is known as the blessings-and-curses chapter. “[T]hou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow” (verse 12). This was once true of America and Britain. Today, America’s debt is a staggering $22 trillion and soaring! We are far from the blessing outlined in this verse. As a whole, our people must be making some wrong choices.
Verse 29 warns that if we turn away from God, we won’t prosper. Verse 52 pictures America’s economy being battered by foreign competition: “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, 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.”
We are doomed to lose our sea-gates! In large part, this has already happened. America and Britain no longer oversee the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, the South China Sea and other strategically located ports. As these gates continue to fall into the hands of our enemies, those enemies will be more capable of blocking world trade!
Think about this curse from a geographical perspective. America enjoys an advantageous position on the globe, separated by oceans from the biggest threats of Europe and Asia. How could it be besieged unless Latin America is also a part of the plot?
Notice: In verse 52, God rebukes our nations for trusting in our own physical power. In Deuteronomy 31:29, the time frame for the fulfillment of these dire prophecies is revealed: “in the latter days”! We have failed to acknowledge God as the source of our blessings, so He will take them all away. Even now, our national power is rapidly diminishing. Britain’s is already almost completely gone. The root cause of our suffering is sin.
Getting to Know God
God the Father is angry because we are trusting in men instead of Him! Latin America is a crucial part of the economic siege against the U.S. God has moved our enemies to punish us for our sins!
That may be difficult for some to believe, but it’s clearly stated in numerous prophecies. “Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations. And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations” (Ezekiel 5:8-9). Unparalleled destruction and pain are coming!
This warning can save your life—if you choose to heed it. During the coming time of suffering, God will protect those who are loyal to Him and doing His work. “Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts” (verse 3). God tries and tests our nations, but He protects individuals who turn from evil! (Ezekiel 33:11).
“Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord God; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things [or, practices], and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity” (Ezekiel 5:11). Liberals in society today might not care how you conduct your life, but God does!
God’s Church prophesies “against” America and Britain (Ezekiel 6:1-2). World War iii is near, but God wants to save all people. Even those who refuse to repent at this time will get to know God in the Great Tribulation, which leads directly into the Second Coming of Jesus Christ! Once Christ establishes His world-ruling government, we will no longer see the Holy Roman Empire or any more wars. We will experience endless joy and peace!