Democratic Party Swings Hard Left

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Democratic Party Swings Hard Left

Ahead of the 2020 United States presidential elections, Democrats are speaking like revolutionaries.

The Democratic Party has drafted a new strategy to defeat United States President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election: Shift harder to the left. Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced their candidacies for president, and several others are seriously considering runs. This lineup includes a record number of women and ethnic minorities.

It is also the most left-wing presidential field in U.S. history.

So far, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the biggest name in play. Unlike some of her colleagues, she does not embrace the socialist label. She says she wants to fix capitalism rather than replace it. Yet the details of her economic proposals would actually constitute the largest government takeover of wealth in human history, more than any socialist seizure ever. In August, she introduced a bill in the Senate proposing that the government should manage every U.S. business with more than $1 billion in revenue. That would turn more than 1,000 American companies (90 percent of American businesses by sales) into state-run entities. The government would control over 97 percent of the entire U.S. economy.

Warren’s radical proposal is just one among many. California Sen. Kamala Harris officially entered the 2020 fray on Sunday with a speech outside Oakland City Hall. Hailed as a “female Barack Obama,” Harris says she will run as a “centrist independent outside of the two-party system.” Yet her proposals regarding debt-free college and “Medicare for all” are far from centrist. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, previously advocated both of these proposals. According to a George Mason University study, the “Medicare for all” program would spend about $3.3 trillion per year (93 percent of the total projected 2019 tax revenue) on health care alone.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called on Congress to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, effectively erasing the nation’s border. She has embraced legal marijuana and endorsed a plan for government-guaranteed jobs for all Americans. Taken together, her proposals would allow illegal immigrants to pour into the country, claim a guaranteed job, and openly indulge in drugs. All of these proposals would have been unthinkable just one election cycle ago.

Other Democrats have other radical proposals. More than 40 of her fellow Democrat lawmakers have endorsed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” an environmental plan to eliminate all fossil-fuel-powered electricity and replace all energy needs of the U.S. economy with renewable energy within 12 years. While Ocasio-Cortez is too young to run for the presidency, she is hoping other candidates will take up some of her policies.

All of these proposals are just the latest steps in the Democratic Party moving to the left. This radical shift has been ongoing since supporters of the New Left movement hijacked the 1972 Democratic Convention. But recently, it has intensified to the point where the Democrats may start losing support as the silent majority of Americans become fearful of how radically far left Democrats’ positions have become. If the party becomes smaller and radicals remain in control, it may begin acting even less like a mainstream party and more like a revolutionary party.

Decades ago, Plain Truth editor in chief Herbert W. Armstrong warned that far-left philosophy would strip America of its blessings—the greatest national blessings ever conferred on any people. He said this would happen not because socialists outmaneuvered conservatives, but because the American people as a whole have turned away from God’s law. In particular, he warned that Communist thought would pervert America’s morals, sabotage its educational system, wreck its social structure, destroy its spiritual life, and weaken its economic power.

“Why are our people unable to recognize the Communist line—the Communist plan and conspiracy—in college and university riots, in propaganda accusing ‘police brutality,’ in ‘black power,’ ‘black panther’ and other slogans, even in ‘civil disobedience’ and ‘nonviolent’ movements of protest which lead to violence?” he asked in the March 1969 Plain Truth. “The guiding hand in student revolt is the Communist Party. Many students, their emotions stirred and enraged to violence, do not themselves realize this. Yet actually, these young leaders of the ‘New Left’ movement are going beyond the Communist Party. Their plan is to stir up college-age students to revolt first, and the teenage high school adolescents. If they can corrupt and/or win over tomorrow’s students, they will gain control.”

Those students of the 1960s are now educators, journalists, leaders, senators and presidential candidates.

Mr. Armstrong based his forecast of future events and trends on Bible prophecy. Hosea 7:8 predicts that the modern-day descendants of ancient Israel would mix themselves with foreigners and foreign ideologies. The far-left ideas put forward by the Democratic Party today are not based on traditional American culture, which is largely based on the Bible. They are ideas that were brought to America from German and Russian universities. Today, the 1960s New Left student radicals who embraced these ideas are the leaders of the modern Democratic Party. These radical leaders are now shifting their party even further toward socialism to gain the support of the millennial generation—a demographic that leans overwhelmingly Democrat and even socialist. Their strategy can only lead to violence as socialist revolutionaries seek to destroy the current system and replace it with another.

To understand the biblical significance behind the Democratic Party’s shift left, read Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s free reprint article “Communism in America Today.”

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Chaos Consumes Zimbabwe—Again

The Zimbabwean government has responded to violent anti-government protests with violence of of its own, placing Zimbabwean governance on trial yet again, some 39 years after independence.

Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst state violence in more than a decade.

On January 13, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that his government would hike the price of oil by more than 150 percent, angering the majority of Zimbabweans already heavily burdened with the effects of economic collapse and the worst annual inflation rate in the world, excluding Venezuela.

Mnangagwa said that the price hike would curtail “rampant illegal currency and fuel trading activities.” Instead, it fueled protests across the nation—protests that turned ugly in some places. Civilians blocked roads and looted shops. And law enforcement authorities responded with brutal, overwhelming force!

The authorities blacked out the Internet to limit online coordination of protests—and quite possibly, to also restrict the amount of real-time dissemination of information about the protests and the subsequent government crackdown.

President Mnangagwa had to cut short his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos to attend to the crisis.

According to human rights organizations, at least 12 people have been killed, hundreds have been injured from assaults, and 78 people were shot. According to Amnesty International, “Up to 700 people, including minors, have been detained after being arrested on trumped-up charges or brought before courts in hearings that do not meet fair trial standards. Hundreds have been denied bail.” That includes several opposition leaders and trade union leaders who organized a national strike.

Amnesty International said that “the onslaught by the security forces in Zimbabwe has seen people killed, arbitrarily arrested, abducted, reportedly raped and jailed on suspicion of taking part in the protests.” It also reported that “children as young as 11 years old have been detained on frivolous charges.”

According to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, the government crackdown has been “systematic torture.”

On Monday, SkyNews shared an eyewitness video report documenting some of the torture: A soldier, a policeman and another security official in plain clothes were videotaped physically assaulting a helpless, handcuffed man. They punched him and slapped him in the face several times—in broad daylight.

This made a lot of headlines primarily because a prominent, foreign news organization managed to capture it on camera.

Year after year, Zimbabweans hope that their fortunes will improve. And year after year, their hopes are dashed by a cruel dictatorship.

Last year, Zimbabweans voted in their first-ever elections that didn’t have dictator Robert Mugabe on the ballot. But his comrades stole the election.

And when the electorate protested the results, the government dispatched the Army to forcibly stop them, killing some—again in broad daylight. Pictures and videos of last year’s crackdown are available on the Internet. In one of these videos, captured in the central part of the capital Harare, a soldier is seen charging forward, dropping to one knee, and shooting at civilians as if he were on a battlefield. He stopped shooting only after a fellow soldier charged him and hit him in the back to stop his out-of-control madness.

Last year, the government said it regretted its brutal actions. But barely a year has passed and the government’s law enforcement is repeating the same brutal actions. Thirty-nine years after gaining independence from Britain, most Zimbabweans are suffering at the hands of a brutal and incredibly corrupt regime.

Why? And who can stop the suffering? When will Zimbabwe truly become free and independent?

In the introduction to his book Mystery of the Ages, Herbert W. Armstrong discussed the many threats and evils facing every nation of this world. Then he made this profound statement: “[T]he truth of God, if known and acted on, could [save] humanity from this threat and all its evils! Stop a moment. Think on this.”

So, let’s stop a moment, and let’s think on the truth of God.

When white Europeans colonized Zimbabwe, they introduced Christianity. Today, most Zimbabweans are Christian. They have forsaken their traditional religions and embraced the religion that they were taught by white Europeans.

When the same white Europeans colonized Zimbabwe, they also introduced Western norms of governance. But today, most Zimbabwean leaders reject those norms of governance—meaning they have not forsaken their own personal or traditional forms of governance.

The Plain Truth magazine, which is the predecessor of the Philadelphia Trumpet magazine, once interviewed Ian Smith, the prime minister of Rhodesia, which became Zimbabwe after independence. He was of white European origin. During the interview, he made some comments that are proving to be more and more profound today.

That interview can be found in the September 1971 Plain Truth. Regarding leadership, Smith said:

All we have done is to insist on certain qualifications. We say let merit be the criterion …. We have always had standards which we believe people should achieve before they participate in government. After all, government is supposed to be responsible and we believe that people should qualify and show a certain degree of responsibility, a certain degree of civilization, before we allow them to take part in government.

Anyone can see that Zimbabwe’s leaders today are deficient in the proper qualifications and responsibility required to administer a government.

Broadly speaking, every government of man lacks the precise qualifications required by God to run a government.

The white Europeans who colonized Zimbabwe also lacked those qualifications.

But the reality is that the norms of governance they brought—even if they failed to implement them perfectly—had much stronger connections to the truth of God.

Just like the Christian religion they brought—even if they didn’t follow it perfectly—was much closer to the truth of God.

Exactly how they gained some access to the truth of God is incredible in itself, discussed in another book of Mr. Armstrong’s: The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

That book has a lot to do with Zimbabwe—because Zimbabwe once was part of the British Commonwealth, which is actually prophesied in the Bible! See Genesis 35:11 and Genesis 48:19.

Zimbabwe is currently suffering under a severe financial crisis, but it has tremendous wealth potential. And that potential is tied to the prophesied company of nations that it was once part of.

Zimbabwe will soon enjoy that wealth. But only after God finishes preparing for what the Bible calls “the Kingdom of God,” which is the government of God ruled by the Family of God. That government will be established on Earth soon. Its leaders will have qualified to serve mankind with godly responsibility. They will bring peace, freedom and prosperity to every man, woman and child. Thank God His Kingdom is almost here. This is Zimbabwe’s only sure hope of escaping economic hardship and tyranny.

To study the prophecies referenced in this article, request your free copies of Mystery of the Ages and The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

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The Kurz Experiment

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The Kurz Experiment

European politics are a simmering cauldron of uncertainty, frustration and downright anger. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel, once the “Queen of Europe,” is a lame duck. In France, thousands of “yellow vest” protesters continue to fill the streets, demanding the guillotining of President Emmanuel Macron. Meanwhile, as Richard Palmer wrote last week, rebel populist movements in Italy, Spain, Sweden and elsewhere are wreaking havoc on established parties and politics.

There is, however, one notable exception: Austria.

Since December 2017, this small but influential European nation has been led by Sebastian Kurz, a dynamic 32-year-old Catholic politician who has taken Austria (and Europe) by storm. Before Kurz, Austria was much like the rest of Europe. The nation was divided over the issues of immigration, Islam and the European Union. The people were disenchanted with the mainstream parties; the popularity of the far-right party, the Freedom Party of Austria, was surging.

Then Sebastian Kurz came along. Today, “the far right and the mainstream have merged” in Austria, Time stated in November. Austria’s new chancellor has somehow united the mainstream and the far right on “the issues that trouble Europe the most, namely identity, Islam and immigration.” Today, Kurz is more popular than ever, and Austria is much more stable and content. What’s his secret?

For aspiring leaders in Europe, the Kurz experiment in Austria furnishes some important lessons.

Lesson 1: Be a man of the people. Sebastian Kurz is not an elitist, uppity politician who uses highfalutin language that makes him feel smart and his audience feel dumb. He is down-to-earth, friendly and approachable. He flies commercial, often coach. He seems to genuinely enjoy being among the people. “That is his style,” reported Time after an interview with him. According to one of his advisers, “He is cordial. He is modest. He listens.”

Lesson 2: Avoid being perceived as elitist or an establishment politician. A major part of Sebastian Kurz’s appeal is the fact that he is not a typical politician. He also doesn’t look or sound like a bureaucrat. He might lead the establishment, but he isn’t perceived to be a part of it. In today’s political climate, voters worldwide want renegades, leaders who aren’t afraid to shake the system and tackle the issues. Kurz doesn’t shy away from discussing sensitive subjects. He doesn’t obfuscate and lie. Or at least he doesn’t appear to obfuscate and lie. He appears to speak the truth—candidly, without apology and in terms that are politically incorrect.

In 2016, not long after he closed Austria’s border to migrants, he said: “Those who do not put clear limits on migration will soon start to feel like strangers in their own land.” You will never hear Angela Merkel or Emmanuel Macron make remarks like that. Sebastian Kurz did, and most Austrians loved that he did.

Lesson 3: Address populist issues, but don’t be populist. Kurz isn’t afraid to tackle sensitive issues like migration, Islam and the EU. Yet on all these issues, his views are pretty nuanced. He doesn’t want to toss all Muslims out of Austria. Rather, he wants to manage their inflow and influence in an effort to preserve Austrian culture. Many consider this approach rational, thoughtful and measured. Kurz is strong, but not tyrannical; unbureaucratic, but not unstructured; anti-establishment, but not anti-government; nationalist, but not uncompassionate. By addressing the populist issues, but not behaving as a populist, Kurz has established himself as the alternative to the far right.

Lesson 4: First address the heart, then the brain. In presenting his views, Kurz “boiled down his platform to a few often-repeated bullet points—anti-migration, anti-politicized Islam, pro-personal responsibility in the economic sphere—without too much policy detail,” wrote Foreign Policy. He avoids bureaucratic language. He addresses the issues, and the fears and anxieties, of the people.

Lesson 5: Appeal to nationalist sentiments. Deutsche Welle said it succinctly: Sebastian Kurz wants to “make Austria great again.” In March 2014, after the government added the department of integration to his Foreign Ministry, Kurz initiated the so-called “Stolz-Kampagne,” which translates literally to “Proud Campaign.” Through the campaign, Kurz encouraged immigrants in Austria to share on social media and other platforms the things that make them proud to be in Austria.

Lesson 6: Embrace the vision of a united Europe. Despite all of his populist views, Kurz is actually very pro-EU. He doesn’t want the EU disbanded; he wants it reconstituted. Kurz doesn’t talk incessantly about overthrowing the system, like Viktor Orbán and others. He is much more nuanced in his criticisms. In Brussels, Kurz is admired and respected by European leaders.

Kurz is one of the rare politicians in Europe who enjoys the support and respect of both the people of Austria (and Europe) and Europe’s elites and politicians. Thanks to this unique position, he has emerged as a mediator in a nation with a history of mediating east and west. Indeed, this is how he sees himself. “Austria is a country that can function in Europe as a bridgehead between Eastern and Western Europe,” he said in 2017.

Lesson 7: Embrace Europe’s Catholic imperial heritage. Perhaps the most underestimated characteristic of Sebastian Kurz is his Catholic faith. In February 2017, he explained to the Wiener Kirchenzeitung the role his faith plays in his personal life: “Faith plays an important role for me. Due to my job, I have, unfortunately, very seldom enough time to attend mass, but attending on holidays together with my family is very important for me. Faith and Christian values were also always important in my parents’ home.”

His Catholic faith also influences his politics. The Catholic Herald has reported that Kurz surrounds himself with a team of practicing Christians and that he meets regularly with Catholic authorities. On election day, he told reporters that he had visited the “Sunday mass in my baptistery in Gatterhölzl,” where he prayed. That same day he tweeted about his visit with Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna and a potential successor to Pope Francis.

As foreign minister, Kurz was known to have sought the counsel of a Catholic priest on how to deal with the migrant crisis. The actions he took after that meeting actually stopped the influx of migrants into Germany and Eastern Europe.

In December, Austria concluded its six-month tenure as president of the Council of the European Union. As council president, Austria—and specifically its chancellor, Sebastian Kurz—had the opportunity to promote specific causes throughout the EU. Kurz used the occasion to highlight Austria’s cultural and imperial heritage, and he focused in particular on the Holy Roman Empire.

Has Sebastian Kurz supplied the blueprint for Europe’s salvation? Time will tell, but the fruits of his leadership are obvious. The sense of crisis that hung over the nation before his arrival has subsided. Austria’s populist uprising has calmed. The migration issue remains but is under control. The nation’s economy is stable. Austria, politically and socially, is relatively content. In other words, Austria stands in stark contrast to virtually every other nation in Europe—and it’s thanks primarily to Sebastian Kurz.

If you haven’t read it already, I encourage you to read “The Prophesied Holy Roman Empire Has Arrived.” This article by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry puts the rise of Sebastian Kurz in its full prophetic context.

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Violence in Zimbabwe Intensifies

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Violence in Zimbabwe Intensifies

Amidst brutal government crackdowns, hatred among citizens continues to rise.

Chaos and violence are erupting in Zimbabwe. In the face of a major fuel shortage, President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe increased the price of fuel by more than 250 percent. Zimbabwe now has the most expensive fuel in the world by far—304 percent higher than the global average and 161 percent more expensive than the next most expensive country, Hong Kong.

Lines of cars queue at fuel stations while people with no way to get where they need to go riot in the streets, blocking roads and burning tires. Some have looted shops; unemployed youths have turned to arson. When the fuel price was suddenly increased, many who were away from home did not have enough money for the fuel needed to return home. Businesses have closed due to employees being unable to commute and because trade unions are calling for solidarity. Hunger is increasing, and many see nothing to do but riot.

“Our future is being destroyed because of one thing: the prices. We are struggling, and they are treating us like their slaves,” said one man protesting in the street.

Immediately after raising the price of fuel, Mnangagwa left on an international trip. Remaining in charge was Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who was formerly in charge of the Army and led the arrest of President Robert Mugabe in the military coup that brought Mnangagwa to power. Chiwenga imposed a complete Internet blackout and blocked communications. Security forces were then released on its citizens. On January 26, the Spectator reported on the armed assault:

Roving bands of soldiers (some of them masked, never a good sartorial sign in a soldier) went house to house, smashing windows, beating residents at random, stomping on their cellphones. The soldiers killed at least 12 people and wounded another 80 or so. More than 242 people were treated for bite wounds from patrol dogs. Police arrested more than 1,000, including some 10 opposition M.P.s.

Police targeted riot participants and nonparticipants alike, as well as men, women and children. This indiscriminate use of force was an explicit exhibition of the military dictatorship Zimbabwe is becoming. The Spectator continued:

Soldiers conducted acts of ritual humiliation—forcing young men to bathe in the pools of standing sewage that dot the decrepit working-class townships. And all this by the same soldiers that so many Zimbabweans lined the streets to welcome as heroes when they toppled Robert Mugabe just over a year ago.

“[T]he rule of law has been overthrown. … We are living are under a serious dictatorship. The world thought Mugabe was a dictator. But the current dictator is worse,” said lawyer Job Sikhala, who is representing 18 juveniles who were arrested in the raids.

Despite the government crackdown, many have vowed to continue protesting. Ellen, whose mother was killed in an armed assault, said she will “continue protesting until things are settled. I am not afraid to protest. I don’t care, because we are hungry. My mother died for us to stay OK, but still we are in hunger so we can’t stop contesting.”

With the destruction of the rule of law and intense civil unrest, peace is unlikely to quickly return to Zimbabwe. The Bible prophesies that such suffering and misery will increase globally. These events are a precursor of greater tragedy yet to engulf the entire planet.

Matthew 24:21 calls this rapidly approaching “great tribulation” a period of suffering “such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be.” There has never been such a period of suffering in the history of man. It will be a time when “blood toucheth blood” (Hosea 4:2).

Ezekiel 7:23 says, “Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.” The violence and bloodshed will be like links in a chain, following one on top of another without reprieve.

This is exactly what is happening in Zimbabwe: bloodshed upon bloodshed, violence on top of violence.

For more on the recent upheaval, read our article “Who’s Behind the Coup in Zimbabwe?

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March 2019 Trumpet issue now online

March 2019 Trumpet issue now online

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.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry leads off the March issue with the cover article: “America Is Being Besieged Economically.” He writes: “Herbert W. Armstrong foretold the merger of two massive trade blocs—at America’s expense. That prophecy is being fulfilled this year!” He shows how the pending agreement between the European Union and mercosur will create the world’s largest trade bloc, and how America can be hurt by it.

Closely related is an article by Jeremiah Jacques and Andrew Miiller: “Preparing to Storm America’s Castle.” Russia and China are moving into the Caribbean Sea, an area vital to U.S. security. “Half of America’s seaborne trade passes through the Gulf” of Mexico, they write. “So a foreign power that controls the Caribbean could cripple the U.S. economy by restricting its access to oceanic shipping.” This issue’s infographic, “Choking Off America,” shows how vital the Caribbean is to America’s security.

You can read these articles and more online. But we would love to send you a free copy of the magazine. Becoming a Trumpet subscriber comes with absolutely no cost or obligation—your subscription has already been paid for by others who are enthusiastic about the magazine and want to share it with you!

Also in this issue, Mr. Flurry challenges readers, “Are You Observing the Right Day of Worship?” “Most Christians have never studied why Sunday is their day of worship. If you are one of them, you are denying yourself special blessings from God!”

Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, but it is having troubles negotiating its exit. In “Why Brexit Is Breaking Britain,” Europe correspondent Richard Palmer discusses why the process has been a shambles from the start. “On March 29, 2017, Mrs. May triggered Article 50, which started the clock on a two-year countdown to leave the EU,” he wrote. “Now the pressure was on to resolve a host of issues for which it had been relying on Europe for 40 years. If it wasn’t ready to stand on its own two feet when the two-year period was up, the nation would have to turn to the EU for help, and be vulnerable to European blackmail. But Britain immediately got busy wasting time.” Now those two years are nearly up, and it still has no clear view on how to leave the EU.

“When America retreats, chaos often follows. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. And when we partner with enemies, they often advance.” So said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a speech at Cairo this month. Middle East correspondent Brent Nagtegaal wrote, “A speech announcing, in effect, ‘America is back’ should have reassured U.S. allies …. But the speech fell flat. … Because a dramatic shift has taken place in the Middle East—a shift specifically prophesied in the Bible.” His article “America Is Back … ing Out” shows how America’s withdrawal from Syria opens the way for Iranian dominance.

In “One Piece of a Frightful Economic Puzzle,” Tyrel Schlote discusses America’s optimistic December jobs report. While the creation of 312,000 jobs prompted great rejoicing in America, they are only one part of the economic picture. “Add a few more pieces to the puzzle,” he wrote, “and the real picture of America’s economy appears.”

How much of a difference can one person make? Jeremiah Jacques’s article “One Man Vs. a Dead River” proves it can be monumental. “Human beings killed the Kali Bein—then one tried to bring it back,” he writes.

Low back pain “has prevented 80 percent of American adults from being able to work or enjoy other activities.” Chances are, you’re one of them. If so, “Posture Up: Prevent Back Pain,” by personal trainer and certified holistic nutritionist Jorg Mardian, is for you.

Also in this issue, Christopher Eames looks at the latest research on Joshua’s long day in “‘And the Sun Stood Still.’” My Principles of Living piece, “Bring Sanity to Your Family Life” notes that “responsible parenting has never been so difficult”—and I show you how to get the help you need. And Richard Palmer’s Commentary, “A Glimpse Beyond the Known World,” shows your connection to the most distant object ever explored.

On another note: The Trumpet Hour this week includes:

  • A discussion with Andrew Miiller about the radicalization of the Democratic Party in America, based on recent presidential candidate rollouts and the policies they are advocating.

  • A discussion with Richard Palmer about a mirror-image trend in Europe: the rise of new political parties that are challenging the status quo and moving countries in a more conservative direction.

  • A report from Anthony Chibarirwe about harsh economic conditions and bad government policy in Zimbabwe provoking widespread protests, and what the ultimate solution to the people’s suffering will be.

  • And a Last Word about why a husband needs to put on “wife-colored glasses” from time to time.

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German Firm to Control British Military Vehicle Production

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German Firm to Control British Military Vehicle Production

Britain is entrusting Germany with matters of life and death.

British defense company bae Systems announced on January 21 that it is selling its military vehicle business to a rival German company. bae is selling a majority controlling share of its Land UK division to Rheinmetall Group for nearly £30 million (us$39.3 million). Rheinmetall will own 55 percent of the company’s shares, with bae retaining 45 percent. bae Systems Land UK produces vehicles such as the Boxer military infantry vehicle and Britain’s Challenger battle tank.

The merger creates a new joint venture named Rheinmetall bae Systems Land. A statement by bae said it would combine bae’s production capacity and Rheinmetall’s design and technology capability to create a leader in the European market for military land vehicles.

Managing director of bae Systems Land UK Jennifer Osbaldestin said, “Joining forces with Rheinmetall in the UK provides renewed purpose for our vehicles business and allows us to deliver products, services and technology that help land forces excel in their vital roles.”

Rheinmetall’s vehicle systems division head Ben Hudson said, “The combined capabilities of our two great companies will offer our customers a comprehensive portfolio of military vehicles and associated technologies both now and into the future.”

Rheinmetall already supplies the British military with several services including ammunition. This joint venture will expand the German company’s involvement with British defense.

Osbaldestin said, “We look forward to working together to ensure the joint venture is a trusted supplier to the British Army and our international customers.”

This joint venture comes even as Britain is attempting to leave the European Union and reduce its dependence on Europe. Germany is using the Brexit chaos to gain leverage against Britain. Now a German company will have the controlling share in the production of some of Britain’s most important military vehicles.

This is part of a deadly trend that the Trumpet watches closely. The Bible prophesied Britain’s close relationship with Germany. “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound,” (Hosea 5:13). In biblical prophecy, the ancient Israelite tribe of Ephraim refers to its modern descendant, Britain. The ancient empire of Assyria refers to its modern descendant, Germany. (Request your free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong, and Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.)

Britain is turning to Germany for help. The bae-Rheinmetall deal is a small example of this.

In “Germany Is Betraying Britain—Again” (Philadelphia Trumpet, February 2012), editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote:

America and Britain have convinced themselves that they have a wonderful friendship with the Germans. But is it true? If you see what just happened to Britain, you know it is not true! Verse 9 [of Ezekiel 23] reveals the terrifying outcome of this immoral relationship: ‘Wherefore I have delivered her [Aholah, representing America and Britain] into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians [Germany], upon whom she doted.’ In a small way, this has already happened to Britain. But you watch as this prophecy is fulfilled completely: It is about to get far, far worse.

But Germany’s betrayal of Britain is prophesied for a hope-filled purpose. In Hosea 5:14-15, God explains why He punishes the people of Israel, including the British. “For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him. I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”

Britain’s relationship with Germany will lead to great suffering, but that punishment will lead to the people’s repentance toward God! Read The United States and Britain in Prophecy to understand how God plans to use the people of Britain, America and Israel and make them great again in the near future, once they repent of their sins and turn to God!