Deficit Spending Is Destroying America

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, and U.S. Senator Ed Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, speak during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on February 7, to announce Green New Deal legislation to promote clean energy programs.
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Deficit Spending Is Destroying America

Current radical liberal economic ideas are not as unprecedented as you might think.

New York Congressional Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has attracted attention for backing a program called the “Green New Deal.” Its purpose is to fight climate change by eliminating fossil-fuel-powered electricity, closing all coal and natural gas power plants, and transitioning the economy to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

To accomplish this utopian task, Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a jobs creation program that would “virtually eliminate poverty” and guarantee “a living wage job to every person who wants one.” Since the deal lacks specifics, its cost is hard to gauge. But if all of its provisions were carried out, the cost would certainly be in the tens of trillions of dollars—more than the moon landing, the highway system and the original New Deal combined.

Ocasio-Cortez does not like being asked how she would pay for this undertaking. She described the question as “disingenuous” in a January 6 interview with Insider, saying critics don’t ask questions about defense spending. She then explained that funds could be raised through deficit spending (spending more money than is received from taxes).

“You can pay for it by saving costs on expenditures that we’re already doing,” she explained. “We can do it by saving money on military spending. We can pay for it by raising taxes on the very rich. We can pay for it with a transaction tax. We can pay for it with deficit spending.”

Elaborating on her point about deficit spending, Ocasio-Cortez said she was open to modern monetary theory, a radical economic concept stating that the government doesn’t need to balance the budget because budget surpluses (spending less than is received) actually hurt the economy by reducing consumption. This theory asserts that currency is a public monopoly, since the government can print money. So the only limit to spending should be concerns about inflation (a general increase in prices that happens when the purchasing value of money is diluted).

It is unlikely that every provision in the Green New Deal will be passed into law, and many condemn Ocasio-Cortez’s plan to pay for her programs by either printing or borrowing trillions of dollars. Yet as radical as it is, modern monetary theory is actually an extreme, overt declaration of the way the government has already been operating for decades.

The government has recorded budget surpluses only five times in the past 50 years. It is now over $22 trillion in debt, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that annual federal deficits will average $1.2 trillion over the next decade (even without Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal). When the government prints or borrows money that has not been earned and puts it into circulation, it dilutes the money supply and creates inflation.

Currently the inflation rate is low (below 2 percent), despite the nation’s exorbitant debt. That is largely because the dollar is the world’s primary reserve currency (meaning that many governments, institutions and individuals hold dollars as part of their foreign exchange reserves). Since so much of the nation’s debt is being held in reserve, these dollars are not diluting the supply of money in circulation. If America’s creditors lose faith in the dollar and start dumping their reserves into circulation, however, the inflation rate would increase dramatically, making goods and services cost more. This would drive up interest rates (since the dollar would be considered a less safe investment), thus making it prohibitively expensive for the government to borrow more money.

“As international payments are settled in U.S. dollars, there is always a demand for U.S. dollars,” Dr. Paul Craig Roberts explained in an interview with Sputnik News. “Other central banks keep their reserves in U.S. dollars. The demand for the reserve currency allows the reserve currency country to pay its bills by printing its currency. Its trade deficit is financed by other countries using the dollars they earn to purchase U.S. government debt.”

Despite what proponents of modern monetary theory say, America’s current rate of deficit spending is already undermining faith in the dollar as a reserve currency. That is why so many nations are starting to slowly dump their dollar reserves and buy gold. As the dollar loses its reserve currency status, the U.S. will lose its ability to print and borrow money without experiencing runaway inflation. Decades of budgetary mismanagement will catch up with the nation, allowing other nations to usurp its position of economic dominance.

The late Herbert W. Armstrong predicted that a massive financial crisis in America would lead to a catalyst prompting the nations of Europe to unite into a superstate. Specifically, he warned in 1984 that a massive banking crisis in America “could suddenly result in triggering European nations to unite as a new world power larger than either the Soviet Union or the U.S.” Mr. Armstrong based this prediction partly on financial conditions in America, but primarily upon Bible prophecy.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in his article “A Bold Warning: America’s Economic Collapse”:

The Bible’s prophecies about this final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire say that it will comprise a union of “ten kings” (Revelation 17:12). Ten leaders, representing 10 European peoples, will join together to forge a superstate more powerful than any Europe has seen for a long time. “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast”—prophetic language for a mighty political and military empire (verse 13).

What will cause these nations to unite so forcefully? It is very difficult to unite nations into “one mind”! That’s an incredibly challenging undertaking. But it is going to be done. In fact, it is taking place even now before our eyes.

Mr. Armstrong had profound insight in specifically forecasting that the catalyst for this dramatic unification would be a massive financial crisis that starts in America and ripples out from there. Look at conditions in America and the world today, and it is not difficult to see just how right he was!

A financial crisis that puts the dollar’s position as the world reserve currency in jeopardy could trigger runaway inflation and create a crisis that would practically force Europe to unite into a superpower capable of challenging America both economically and militarily. America’s $22 trillion debt is actually the biggest threat to its national security. Modern monetary theory is only making this threat more dangerous and leading to America’s ultimate economic collapse.

For a full picture of why God is allowing such a dramatic calamity to come upon the U.S., read The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.

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Munich Security Conference: A Seething Pot of Resentment Against America

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Munich Security Conference: A Seething Pot of Resentment Against America

The Munich Security Conference, held each February, is turning into a milestone for the rise of Germany. This year it was a powerful symbol of Germany’s split from America.

The largely European audience gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a rapturous welcome. When she finished her speech, they clapped for an entire minute—many standing. “It’s not often that Angela Merkel shows some emotion,” wrote Carnegie Europe. But after that reception “she really did have to fight back her tears.”

Compare that to United States Vice President Mike Pence’s reception. At the start of one of his addresses, he said he brought greetings from President Donald Trump and paused for applause. All he got was several seconds of awkward silence.

In Munich, Germany rules, and America isn’t welcome.

At the heart of the conference were dueling speeches from Pence and Merkel. Pence condemned Germany (without naming it) for its Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal with Russia. “We cannot ensure the defense of the West if our allies grow dependent on the East,” he lamented. He also condemned European Union powers that were supporting Iran and trying to get around U.S. sanctions (again, mostly implying Germany). “The time has come for our European partners to stop undermining U.S. sanctions against this murderous revolutionary regime,” he said.

Ms. Merkel brought a different message. Warnings from the United States that it might impose tariffs on European cars are a “national security threat,” she said. She pushed back against rebukes on Nord Stream 2 with this logic: “A Russian gas molecule is a Russian gas molecule, no matter whether it comes via Ukraine or through the Baltic Sea.”

“Geostrategically, Europe can’t have an interest in cutting off all relations with Russia,” she said.

The split over Iran “depresses me very much,” said Merkel, but she gave no indication that Germany would side with the Americans against the Iranians.

Other German leaders talked of a more muscular Europe, one that can stand without America.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany must “assert itself in the world of tomorrow.”

“We have to work with even more strength to build a sovereign, powerful Europe,” he said.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen promised more German military spending and indicated that Germany would loosen its restrictions on selling armaments.

In the past, the Munich Security Conference has been a trans-Atlantic lovefest. Everyone talks about things being great between Europe and America—even when they’re not. This year, nobody bothered pretending.

Instead the relations between Europe and Russia and China ended up looking more secure. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov invited the EU to join Russia in forging an economic alliance. He praised plans for a European army, although he noted, “Whether the EU will be allowed to do that is another matter”—hinting at American opposition.

Chinese politburo member Yang Jiechi played to the crowd, condemning “protectionism” and “hegemony and power politics.” Both were intended, and interpreted, as attacks on the U.S.—despite the Communist Party of China being far more protectionist by far. After Pence warned Europe to beware Chinese companies like Huawei, Yang chided him: “I hope some Americans will have a bit more confidence in themselves and be a little more respectful to people, people in the so-called Old World,'’ he said. “People all know where their interests lie, so let there be fewer lecturers.'’

Welcome to the new world. How long is it before America is no longer invited to the Munich Security Conference at all—and it becomes a Eurasian lovefest instead?

Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman explained that the split comes from a fundamental divergence of interest. “Germany doesn’t want a buildup of U.S. forces in Poland or Romania; it wants a political settlement with Russia,” he wrote.

Friedman made another important point on the division on display this weekend: “On this topic … Germany doesn’t speak for Europe. There are other European nations that share Germany’s perspective on Russia, but Berlin can’t claim a European consensus on the matter. Thus, the perception that the main divide in nato is between the U.S. and all of Europe is false. Both in North America and in Europe, the split is far more complex.”

Instead, Germany opposes America and is trying to pull all Europe around to its view.

Last autumn, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry leveled many of the same criticisms at Germany that Pence brought to Munich. “Nord Stream 2 binds Russia and Germany together in a way that undermines nato,” he wrote. “In fact, though Russia and Germany will not say so, this pipeline project is clearly intended to wreck nato.”

America has done a lot to build up Germany. But now Germany wants to step out of America’s shadow. “Some powerful Germans today are thinking more and more about the Holy Roman Empire, and they want modern Germany to assume more power of its own in the spirit of that empire,” Mr. Flurry wrote. “They want to establish Europe as a mighty, German-led superpower.” Allying with Russia and China helps Germany gain that independence.

This German resentment of America was prophesied in the Bible. As Mr. Flurry wrote:

Jeremiah 1:13 records God showing the prophet a vision of “a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.” This symbolic language is describing modern Germany. Beneath the surface, that nation is full of simmering dissatisfaction with the current world order. Germans are angry at the U.S., and especially furious with President Trump. The imperialistic ambition that prompted Germany to start both world wars is alive and well. It is “seething”!

This is what was on full display this weekend—a seething mass of resentment against America. Mr. Flurry continued:

Verses 14-15 continue: “Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.”

America, Britain, the Jewish nation (biblical “Judah”) and others should be alarmed by what is happening in Europe. Cooperation between Germany and Russia is setting the scene for a huge “seething pot” to spill over onto these nations! This boiling cauldron will scald everybody in America and Britain! This is prophesied to be the worst suffering ever known to man! And it will occur by God’s hand because of His extreme wrath over the sins of these peoples. …

Do you really see what is happening in Europe? Do you see the stage being set for a world war like never before? Do you understand it?

That’s what was going on at the Munich conference. To understand these events clearly, be sure to subscribe to our Trumpet magazine, in which we explain the prophecies behind these news events. And to really understand what is going on in Germany, read Mr. Flurry’s article “Germany and Russia’s Secret War Against America.”

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China’s Huawei Stealing U.S. Trade Secrets

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China’s Huawei Stealing U.S. Trade Secrets

This troubling trend fulfills a specific Bible prophecy.

The United States Justice Department unveiled a list of criminal charges against the Chinese telecom company Huawei last month in the latest acknowledgment of China’s systematic theft of American intellectual property and trade secrets.

Most of the charges were related to Huawei’s theft of intellectual property from T-Mobile, including the firm’s proprietary phone testing technology. Court documents say Huawei promised hefty bonuses to any employee who was able to gather confidential information on T-Mobile, encouraging them to send photos and spec sheets to Chinese officials. One Huawei employee was caught stealing a proprietary robotic arm.

Huawei has used similarly unscrupulous tactics to obtain proprietary secrets on products made by Apple, Cisco, Motorola and Akhan Semiconductor. And Huawei is far from the only Chinese entity engaged in thievery. For more than a decade, theft of American commercial technology and intellectual property has been a pillar of China’s economic growth. In addition to the Huawei case, the Chinese have been caught stealing secrets regarding dram chips, jet engines, wind turbine technology, biopharmaceutical products and much more. And even when China’s operatives are caught and penalized, the nation’s leadership is undeterred.

John Bennett of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s San Francisco office told the L.A. Times that Chinese leaders “don’t care if they get caught or if people go to jail,” adding that, “[a]s long as it justifies their ends, they are not going to stop.”

Experts say that China’s intellectual property theft costs the U.S. between $225 billion and $600 billion each year.

A growing number of analysts are realizing how serious this ongoing assault is. But there is something far more significant about China’s theft of American intellectual property that few experts understand: It was foretold in Bible scriptures written some 2,500 years ago.

Deuteronomy 28 mentions some specific ways God promised He would bless Israel if it obeyed Him and specific ways He would punish it if it rejected Him. “Israel” here refers primarily to the U.S. and Britain, which is thoroughly explained in our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong. One of the specific curses, recorded in verse 33, says, “The fruit of your land, and all your labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up ….”

This is a specific warning that describes what is now happening in the United States. Because of the nation’s rejection of God’s law and way of life, God is letting the fruits of U.S. labor be stolen and consumed by Chinese entities—just as this prophecy in Deuteronomy said would happen.

But Bible prophecy doesn’t end there. The same Bible that accurately foretold modern America having its “fruits” and “labors” devoured by an adversarial nation, also says this thievery will not be allowed to go on indefinitely.

Isaiah 65:21-23 discuss a time in the near future when Earth will no longer be under man’s rule, but instead will be under God’s righteous government. In this future age, people will enjoy the fruits of their labors. “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat …. They shall not labour in vain ….”

It is clear that in this halcyon future, systematic theft will be no more. Under godly governance, this will be an era of justice, peace and prosperity for all peoples.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry discusses this future age of righteous rule in his book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet. In it, he writes: “We are all about to have peace with God and peace among all mankind. What could be more noble and inspiring? … There must be a massive change to bring this world the rest and peace that it cries out for. Only God, supported by His faithful people, can accomplish that.”

Mr. Flurry adds this uplifting encouragement:

It is easy to get bogged down in the present-day drudgery of this world. God has an unbelievably exalted goal for all of us. He wants to lift our thoughts out of this world into an illustrious future world that He will rule. Many people think it is just another fantasy. But they are wrong. Soon Christ will be here to bring peace, joy and abundance to this wretched world. … [G]od will fill this world with peace and joy. And that God-given paradise will be here in a few short years.

To understand more about China’s role in Bible prophecy and the age of peace and justice that is on the horizon, order a free copy of Mr. Flurry’s book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet.

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So Much Archaeological Proof!

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So Much Archaeological Proof!

Archaeology unearths historical fact—and proves the biblical record at the same time.

So much scientific research today is done under the relatively modern assumption that God does not exist—that science is incompatible with God and with the Bible. And even those scientists who perhaps do harbor some belief in God throw those beliefs to the wind once they enter the office at work.

Is science incompatible with God? Is the Bible really just a handful of made-up stories set against a backdrop of real-life places? You ought to know!

Over the past several years, I have been privileged to participate in the field of archaeology. And I can tell you right now that this corner of science alone—this unearthing of historical fact—absolutely proves the biblical record. It shows that the Bible can be counted on to a greater degree than any other history book to shed light on the true events of history. Of course, this is not the only field of science that continually proves God’s existence—but it is one that continues to demonstrate the perfect record of the Holy Bible and its authority as a reliable and inspired document. Let’s examine several important examples of how archaeology proves the Bible.

Evidence of Individuals

You’ve probably heard the names of many of Israel’s and Judah’s biblical kings. Do you know just how many have had their existence proved—independently—through archaeology? These are the names thus far that have turned up in early, original contexts: kings David, Omri, Ahab, Jehu, Joash, Jeroboam ii, Uzziah, Menahem, Ahaz, Pekah, Hoshea, Hezekiah, Manasseh and Jehoiachin. The existence of these kings has been verified through scientific discovery even by the most stringent of analytical standards.

Several years ago, the personal seal impression of King Hezekiah was found during excavations on Jerusalem’s Ophel mound. The tiny stamped clay piece reads: “Belonging to Hezekiah, [son of] Ahaz, king of Judah.” The impressive find is one of many that refer to King Hezekiah. His name also turns up in inscriptions belonging to his arch-nemesis, Assyria’s King Sennacherib.

King David has been a sticking point for the critics. He was only “supposed” to be a mythical king, yet when the Tel Dan Stele, called the “victory stone,” was found in 1993, all that had to change. The ninth-century b.c. stele inscription contains a phrase that reads: “I killed [Ahaz]yahu son of [Joram kin]g of the house of David.” This was not only a reference to David, but an established kingly line that descended from him. (This inscription also depicted the events of 2 Kings 8, which led to the deaths of kings Ahaziah and Joram.)

The artifact faced intense scrutiny, more than just about any other, in order to ascertain its legitimacy. Yet its legitimacy was proved. And now we have two further near-certain references to King David: One on the Mesha Stele (a ninth-century b.c. large stone inscription that also parallels a biblical story found in 2 Kings 3), and the other on the Egyptian Negev inscription (10th century b.c.). Beyond just finding the name of King David, we have also found several constructions that the Bible attributes to him.

These Israelite kings were the contemporaries of many leaders in other regions described accurately in the Bible, likewise verified through archaeology. Such as the pharaohs Shishak, So, Tirhakah, Necho and Hophra. Such as the Syrian kings Hadadezer, Ben-hadad, Hazael and Rezin. The Moabite King Mesha. Assyrian kings Tiglath-Pileser, Shalmaneser, Sargon, Sennacherib and Esarhaddon. Babylonian kings Merodach-Baladan, Nebuchadnezzar, Evil-Merodach and Belshazzar. Persian kings Cyrus, Darius i, Xerxes, Artaxerxes and Darius ii. Not only were these kings described accurately in the Bible, but their accomplishments were also described! That’s a lot for a supposedly “fallacious” book to get right.

And it’s not just the kings. Archaeology has shed some light on biblical princes, such as Jehucal and Gedaliah. There is also evidence of the Prophet Isaiah, the false prophet Balaam, and even a tantalizing artifact that may well refer to the Prophet Elisha.

What about other biblical positions? Titles of kings, princes and prophets are quite clearly understood. But the Bible describes some other, unusual ranks. One is governor of the city (Jerusalem). Why would this position be necessary when there was a king reigning over the city? Nevertheless, the position was confirmed mere months ago during archaeological excavations just outside Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall. A small seal impression was found with the inscription “Belonging to the governor of the city.” The seal dates to the eighth century b.c.—perhaps it even belonged to Joshua, who was the governor during the reign of Josiah (2 Kings 23:8).

Then there is the unusual, specific description of the sixth-century b.c. individual named Tatnai: “governor on this side the river” (Ezra 6:13). This man and his office have likewise been confirmed through a number of inscriptions, recorded as “Tattenai, Governor of Across-the-River.” An unusual title, yet there is extraordinary corroboration of it through archaeology! Or is it so extraordinary, if the Bible really is a legitimate, factual document?

Evidence of Cities

What about the biblical cities? The Bible contains many descriptions of towns and cities where the individuals listed above lived along with the events that happened there. Just how accurate are these descriptions? Over the last century, archaeology has had much to say!

Remember the walls of Jericho that “came tumbling down”? The remains of those crumbled city walls have been discovered! They litter the base of the ancient site of Jericho, providing some remarkable insight into the start of Joshua’s conquests. You can read more about Joshua’s attack against Jericho here.

The great city of Jerusalem has been known for millennia and documented in many historical sources. But the Bible’s description of the city, and what happened there, has been confirmed to be true repeatedly through archaeology.

There is the famous tunnel of Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 32:3-4, 30; 2 Kings 20:20). This impressive tunnel has been found, snaking 1,750 feet, deep below the bedrock of Jerusalem. Then there is the palace of David—a structure that has also been found. Jerusalem’s wall, built by King Solomon (1 Kings 3:1): found. The wall that Nehemiah constructed in the fifth century b.c.: found. Along with many other features.

The Bible describes Solomon’s nationwide building projects. 1 Kings 9:15 states that Solomon built “the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.” Uncanny—or is it?—that at the sites of Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer, construction has been found dating to Solomon’s period, showing exactly the same building patterns. These architectural features are known as “Solomon’s Gates,” or “Six-Chambered Gates.” They help to confirm that during this early Solomonic period in the 10th century b.c., there was a strong, centralized government emanating throughout the land, controlling the building programs over the wider region of Israel.

Then there’s the Timna mines. This is an amazing biblical site—even though it is not directly mentioned in the Bible. The Timna mines were situated in the southern kingdom of Edom. They are the oldest copper mines in the world. Strangely, during the 10th century b.c., copper production peaked. Why? The Bible tells us that during that time period, the temple and royal buildings of Israel were being built—for which Solomon used immense quantities of copper. Not only that, the Bible reveals that by that time, Israel itself had conquered and controlled this territory of all Edom (2 Samuel 8:13-14). In 2017, petrified donkey manure discovered at Timna was analyzed. The scientists discovered that the donkeys’ feed had originated from the Jerusalem area! Timna is just one example of a city not even mentioned in the Bible, yet it still proves the accuracy of the biblical record.

The Bible describes many cities that have been found and confirmed through archaeology. Israelite cities such as Samaria, Megiddo, Hazor, Shechem, Dan, Beth Shean, Jericho, Gezer and Shiloh. Judean cities like Jerusalem, Hebron, Lachish and Beersheba. The five Philistine cities of Gath, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ekron and Gaza. Egyptian cities. Assyrian cities. Babylonian cities. Persian cities. There are literally dozens more biblical cities that have been discovered archaeologically—along with an accurate representation of what happened in them.

Evidence of Civilizations

Then, zooming out even further, there are the civilizations. And likewise, we find accurate representations in the Bible of the civilizations present at the time various events were recorded. There are numerous examples—we’ll just highlight one.

The Hittite civilization is mentioned often in the Bible. Scripture describes Abraham burying his wife in land purchased from Hittite merchants. The Hittites were allied with the king of Israel in fending off the Syrian Empire. Yet until the 20th century, no evidence of the Hittite civilization had been uncovered. Historians said it probably never existed, and that even if it did, it couldn’t have been a very strong regional power.

In 1906, however, an immense, sprawling fortified city found in modern-day Turkey was confirmed to have been the Hittite capital, Hattusha. A Hittite royal library of around 10,000 tablets helped prove to archaeologists that these people were indeed the people of the land of Hatti, the kingdom of Kheta in the Egyptian texts, and the Hittites of the Bible. This massive empire controlled what later became modern-day Turkey, and its power and influence expanded as far south as Syria and around parts of northern Canaan—just as described in the Bible.

It’s one thing for historians to criticize the existence of a biblical figure. It’s another thing for them to dismiss the existence of an entire empire.

Archaeology has revealed many accurate representations of civilizations, cultures and their customs described in the Bible. Alongside the Hittites, there are the Canaanites, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Philistines, Moabites, Edomites, Ammonites, Syrians and more that have been corroborated by archaeology. Again—that’s a lot to get right.

It Just Keeps Coming!

In this modern day, the Bible receives more criticism than any history book known to man. Yet no other book is like it: having been written so long ago, by so many different authors, and in so many different locations, and to this day being proved accurate time and time again. Truly, the Bible is a magnificent historical record, matching perfectly with what has been discovered by science. As much as people may try to discredit the Bible through science, nothing has proved the Bible false. The skeptics are either proved sorely wrong, or have merely disproved preconceived misbeliefs about what the Bible really says.

Click here to request your free copy of The Proof of the Bible or download it online.

And if some biblical event, place or person hasn’t yet been confirmed through archaeology—just wait! Arguments from “silence”—the absence of evidence—are a classic pitfall of overzealous skeptics. New discoveries are being made constantly. The veracity of the Bible has been—and is still being—dramatically revealed!

Which part of our accurate biblical record will be discovered next?

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New Spy Headquarters Highlights Germany’s Changing Role

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New Spy Headquarters Highlights Germany’s Changing Role

The newfound importance of Germany’s national spy agency is deeply symbolic of its changing foreign policy.

Germany opened a new headquarters for its national spy agency, the bnd, on February 8. The opening of this new facility in the very heart of Berlin is symbolic of an ongoing transformation in Germany’s foreign policy.

Deutsche Welle noted that “the move signals a major symbolic change for Germany, no longer shying away from taking a prominent role on the global stage.” The opening is not only a step forward for the bnd, but also for Germany’s international role.

The bnd headquarters was previously located in the countryside near Munich. Now that it has moved to the center of Berlin, it is close to other government offices and the former site of the Berlin Wall. Moving the headquarters to this area where Germany was once divided but is now united and resurgent is a symbolic victory.

The imposing $1.3 billion limestone-and-aluminum-fronted building covers an area roughly the size of 36 soccer fields and will accommodate 4,000 intelligence workers.

Hansjörg Geiger, head of the bnd, hailed the move to Berlin as a positive step in promoting greater integration between the nation’s government and its intelligence services. He expects the move will allow the bnd to “respond immediately and quickly” to developing situations and in turn cause the government to take its role “more seriously.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel was present for the official opening, and she gave an address in which she called for the bnd to become a “strong, efficient foreign intelligence agency.” She also addressed the fact that Germans are still troubled by the legacy of the Stasi and the Gestapo, but encouraged them to view the bnd presence as normal and in Germany’s best interest. “A healthy distrust is helpful,” she said, “but being overly suspicious is a hindrance.”

As Deutsche Welle stated, this is another sign of a resurgent Germany stepping up to shoulder greater responsibility on the world scene.

But why should those of us outside of Germany be interested in what the bnd does?

Because the bnd’s history is frightening—and it is connected to Bible prophecies that will impact the future of every nation and every individual.

After Germany’s defeat in World War ii, the Nazis went underground. A declassified document released by the United States Central Intelligence Agency showed that in 1944, top Nazi officials and industrialists had a concrete plan to go underground until a suitable time came to resurrect the Reich. (We reproduced this document in full on pages 32-35 of our free booklet Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans.)

The bnd is one well-documented example of this resurrection. After World War ii, the cia needed a means to gather intelligence on Soviet forces. To accomplish this quickly, it turned to Maj. Gen. Reinhard Gehlen, a Nazi with extensive experience commanding an intelligence unit during the war, who had prepared intelligence reports on the Red Army.

Before the war ended, Gehlen ordered that all his secret documents be recorded on film and hidden. The cia found Gehlen, who made a deal: He would hand over his intelligence on the Russians in exchange for funding to cooperate with the cia and re-create his wartime spy agency. Gehlen’s organization became the bnd. Filling the ranks were former members of the Nazi Party, the SS and the Gestapo.

As late as the 1960s, the bnd employed the daughter of Heinrich Himmler, who “spent her life mingling with right-wing extremist circles and always defending her father,” reported Deutsche Welle.

The bnd may be under different leadership today, but the fact remains that it has Nazi roots, as do Germany’s Foreign Ministry and Finance Ministry.

Although the founding of Germany’s main spy agency may sound like something out of a spy novel, it is a well-documented fact.

The organization is still beset by scandals. In 2017, Der Spiegel revealed that the bnd spied “for years on thousands of targets in the U.S.A. Among these connections were the White House and military institutions.”

One source predicted this would happen, far in advance of any other: the Bible. The Bible prophesied both the defeat of the Nazis in World War ii and that they would go underground. As Herbert W. Armstrong told his radio program listeners on May 9, 1945, during the inaugural conference of the United Nations:

We don’t understand German thoroughness. From the very start of World War ii, they have considered the possibility of losing this second round, as they did the first—and they have carefully, methodically planned, in such eventuality, the third round—World War iii! Hitler has lost. This round of war, in Europe, is over. And the Nazis have now gone underground. … Now a Nazi underground is methodically planned. They plan to come back and to win on the third try.

Mr. Armstrong based his forecasts on Bible prophecy. Revelation 17 describes a European power that rises to attack America and Britain in the end time, only to be beaten back and temporarily go underground. The cia document proves this happened. But this power is prophesied to return one final time to inflict on the world the worst suffering ever experienced. All of this leads directly to Jesus Christ’s return, when this violent power will be defeated permanently.

The world now recognizes that Germany is “no longer shying away from taking a prominent role on the global stage.” Germany’s power is rising again on the world scene. To learn more about where this is leading, request your free copy of The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (February 16)

This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (February 16)

The Islamic Revolution, threats of nuclear war, anti-Americanism in Germany, 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.

Forty Years On, and Iran’s Revolution Continues

Forty years ago this month, the shah of Iran’s government collapsed and opened the door for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to impose Islamic rule over the Iranian people.

During an anniversary celebration speech on February 11, titled “Second Phase of the Revolution,” Khomeini’s successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for Iran’s youth to pick up the mantle and push the Islamic Revolution forward.

The Islamic Revolution set the stage for the fulfillment of one of the most dramatic prophecies in the Bible.

Demise of the INF Puts Europe in the Nuclear Crosshairs

Since the United States and Russia suspended their Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on February 2 and 3, Russia has sought to intimidate the West with a series of announcements on new weapons and has essentially placed Europe’s historic cities in the nuclear crosshairs.

If and when intermediate-range nuclear missiles are launched, they will be inbound, not for Washington or Moscow, but for Berlin, Warsaw, Paris and Rome.

This new Cold War-like nuclear reality on the ground in Europe has the potential to escalate fears beyond anything we have seen in years.

The Return of Anti-Americanism in Germany

This weekend, Germany is hosting the Munich Security Conference, an important annual event that has often been the scene of major announcements in European foreign policy.

On Monday, the conference released its report, and its “bold verdict,” according to German media outlet Deutsche Welle, was that “the global liberal order is fragmenting …. The world is in crisis—and the U.S. is only making things worse.”

Watch Germany and the Munich Security Conference this weekend. The msc will reveal many of Europe’s designs for the future, a future that’s prophesied in the Bible.

Iraqi Parliament: Oust U.S. Forces

Senior Iraqi leaders are discussing kicking United States forces out of their country.

Iraqi President Barham Salih said on February 11, “Don’t overburden Iraq with your own issues.” He continued, “When it is said that the mission of these [U.S. forces] is to fight a neighboring country, like Iran, for example, we reject that notion. The Constitution itself prevents us from such approaches.”

“Iraqis will respond with a parliamentary decision to oust your [U.S.] military forces. And if they do not leave, we have the experience and the ability to remove them by other means that your forces are familiar with,” said Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia. This militia is represented in the Iraqi parliament by the Binaa bloc, which favors close ties with Iran.

Iraq’s pro-Iran parliament and its economic reliance on Iran makes a vote by the Iraqi parliament to expel U.S. forces more plausible than it might first seem. Whether or not the vote takes place, the trends are showing an increasing Iraqi alliance with Iran and an increasing hostility against the U.S. In the end, Iran will gain control of Iraq, just as the Bible prophesies.

IMF: Economic Storm Clouds on the Horizon

At the 2019 World Government Summit in Dubai from February 10 to 12, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned 4,000 world leaders that an ominous economic storm is on the horizon.

During the summit, Lagarde identified four “clouds,” or major international concerns, that threaten the economy: trade and tariff escalations, financial tightening, Brexit uncertainty, and China’s economic slowdown. These four concerns are exacerbating each other, and economies are growing more slowly than anticipated.

The Bible prophesies of the coming end-time economic disaster that Lagarde and others have warned about. Thankfully, it also prophesies that in God we can have great hope and protection: “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat …” (Isaiah 25:4).

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