China’s Tightening Grip on East Africa Could Loosen U.S. Hold

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China’s Tightening Grip on East Africa Could Loosen U.S. Hold

‘We are baffled by the U.S. inaction.’

China is exerting control over East Africa’s only major strategic container terminal in a move that threatens the United States’ only permanent African military base, the Wall Street Journal reported on February 21.

The government-run China Merchants Port Holdings is now directing all day-to-day operations at the Doraleh Container Terminal in the nation of Djibouti. The Journal said that “some U.S. officials have expressed concern” that the Djiboutian government will soon “cede control of its maritime assets to Chinese state port operators.”

Djibouti’s location at the junction of the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, at the Bab el-Mandeb, gives the nation geostrategic importance. About 12 percent of all seaborne trade coming through the Indian Ocean passes through this strait, and the country controlling this choke point could potentially prevent other nations from using the vital route.

The Wall Street Journal also noted, “There are no other ports along the East Africa coastline with the infrastructure to handle, store and trade cargo between ships.” This makes Doraleh a gateway into not just Djibouti but all of East Africa.

China’s tightening grip over this vital terminal represents a significant increase in Chinese power in Africa. And it poses a threat to America’s power on the continent.

America’s only permanent military base in Africa is Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, situated about five miles from Doraleh Container Terminal. Since all supplies to Camp Lemmonier come through Doraleh, this takeover could give China the ability to disrupt such shipments. China’s growing leverage over Djibouti could also potentially enable it to convince the Djiboutian government to oust the U.S. entirely. Despite these threats, America has not yet taken any action against China’s tightening grip on Doraleh, which has caused confusion among onlookers.

“We are baffled by the U.S. inaction,” an official with the Dubai-based DP World told the Wall Street Journal. “All supplies for their base come through the port, and if it falls in Chinese hands, there could be significant problems.”

For students of Bible prophecy, China’s tightening grip on Doraleh and America’s failure to challenge it should not be baffling.

Bible prophecy reveals that in the end time, shortly before the return of Jesus Christ, the world will enter an era termed “the times of the Gentiles.” Christ Himself used this phrase: “[J]erusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).

In our July 2014 issue, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote about this rapidly approaching age. “These ‘times of the Gentiles’ are yet to be fully realized,” he wrote, but “we are in the outer edges of this catastrophic storm.”

The term Gentile refers to “non-Israelite peoples,” he explained, adding that the Israelite peoples constitute “a lot more than the little nation in the Middle East.” In end-time prophecy, “Israel” refers predominantly to modern-day America and Britain. (For a complete explanation, order a copy of our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)

Mr. Flurry explained: “Once you understand who Israel is, then you can understand how the Gentiles—the non-Israelite peoples—have started to take charge of the world right now.”

For decades, the United States and the United Kingdom have brought relative stability to much of the world. But during the times of the Gentiles, the might and influence they had is being transferred over to two main non-Israelite powers. “While there are many Gentile nations around today, when this prophecy is completely fulfilled there will be two major powers,” Mr. Flurry wrote. He said that one of the two main Gentile powers in the end time will have Germany at its center; the other will be led by Russia and China.

China’s efforts in Djibouti and takeover of the gateway to East Africa, an area of great importance to global trade, could quickly loosen America’s hold there. This is another sign that the world is drawing deeper into the outer edges of “the times of the Gentiles” storm.

This storm will be devastating. Yet Mr. Flurry’s article shows that these developments culminate in very good news. In his article’s concluding paragraph, he quoted Luke 21:27, which is just a few verses after the verse about the times of the Gentiles. It states: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

Mr. Flurry then wrote: “These times of the Gentiles lead directly to the return of Jesus Christ! He will finally put down the [tyrannical] rulers so they are no longer able to tear apart mankind! Now that is good news!”

To better understand the significance of these developments and the astoundingly good news that is ultimately tied to them, read Mr. Flurry’s article “What Are the Times of the Gentiles?

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The Philippines Rejects America and Embraces China

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raise a toast during a state banquet at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on Nov. 20, 2018.
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The Philippines Rejects America and Embraces China

The Philippines sees that America’s power is declining and China’s power is rising.

The Philippines has been arguably the most pro-American nation on Earth. Its history with the world’s lone superpower, the United States, has stretched for more than a century, with the two suffering and overcoming together and building a strong bond. But as strong as that bond is, it will soon break.

A Symbiotic Partnership

In the late 1800s, the U.S. liberated the Philippines from Spanish occupation and soon after colonized it. This marked the first time that the U.S. had deliberately set out to conquer an overseas territory and occupy it.

Under American rule, the Philippines flourished. Between 1900 and the 1920s, American investment in health and education led to a doubling of the Filipino population. In just under a generation, literacy increased from 20 percent to 50 percent. The American colonizers redistributed land to peasants. They built roads, railways, ports, dams and irrigation systems to make Filipinos’ lives better. Filipinos finally received the freedoms they had long sought under Spain.

American journalist and historian Stanley Karnow, known for his writings on the history of the Vietnam War, wrote that, compared to the previous Spaniard colonization, American rule in the Philippines was a “model of enlightenment.” Filipino historian Samuel Tan, who is known for his anti-American sentiments, agrees with Karnow, describing the American occupation of the Philippines as the “historical engine that brought a modicum of modernity to the Filipino masses.”

One of the most remarkable symbols of a strong alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. was the Mutual Defense Treaty (mdt), signed in 1951. One of the oldest security treaties in the Asia-Pacific region, the mdt has dissuaded more powerful Asian nations from attempting to pressure or invade the Philippines. The arrangement has also benefited the U.S. as a cornerstone of America’s ability to maintain peace and stability in the region.

Shifting Tides

In recent years, however, government officials in the Philippines have started to question the relevance of the mdt. On Dec. 28, 2018, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, a cabinet member known for his pro-American stance, called for a review of the agreement, saying the Philippines should decide whether to “maintain it, strengthen it, or scrap it.”

Lorenzana seemed to suggest that the third of those options may be best, saying, “That’s 1951. It’s a 67-year-old treaty. Is it still relevant to our national interest? … There was this raging Cold War. There was a Cold War then. Do we still have a Cold War today? Is it still relevant to our security? Perhaps not.”

Lorenzana’s statements parallel comments President Rodrigo Duterte made during a visit to China in October 2016. “The foreign policy gears now towards here,” he said in Beijing. “No more American interference. No more American [military] exercises. … China has been a friend of the Philippines, and the roots of our bonds are very deep and not easily severed. Even as we arrive in Beijing, close to winter, this is a springtime of our relationship.”

Many analysts see such public statements as an indication that if the U.S. doesn’t stand up to China and protect its allies in the region, the Philippines will scrap the Mutual Defense Treaty.

Other Treaties in Danger

A few agreements signed between Washington and Manila under the mdt have already been largely downgraded by Duterte.

The 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement allows the Philippines and U.S. militaries to conduct annual joint exercises. Every year, Philippine and American forces participate in the “Balikatan” (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercises. Since Duterte was elected, the military exercise has moved away from contested waters in the South China Sea. Instead of it being a combat-readiness exercise, the Philippines has shifted its focus to less relevant drills such as counterterrorism, humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Another agreement that has been scaled back is the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Signed in 2014 for the purpose of defending maritime territories in the South China Sea, the deal gives the U.S. access to several Philippine military bases. But construction of U.S. facilities on Philippine bases has been delayed, and a military outpost close to the hotly contested Spratly Islands could be excluded from the agreement. Any hope of expanding the deal has vanished in light of Duterte’s anti-American stance.

The Mutual Defense Treaty, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement and Visiting Forces Agreement are the only defense treaties that the Philippines has with the United States. President Duterte has downgraded their scope and threatened to do away with them. The Duterte administration is scorning such treaties because its trust in America is deteriorating. And this presents a major opportunity for China.

Embracing China

Duterte’s statements are only one sign that the Philippines is willing to improve relations with China at the expense of its alliance with the United States.

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Philippines last year, he and Duterte signed a memorandum of understanding. The agreement, which has a time frame from November 2018 to November 2028, lays out immense Chinese investment on trade and infrastructure in the Philippines under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

During Xi’s two-day visit, he and Duterte also signed 29 separate deals, including a plan to convert Clark Air Base, one of the largest American bases in Asia during the Cold War, into an offshore center for Chinese technologies. The Chinese state-run company, the Gezhoba Group, has agreed to pay $2 billion to build a 500-hectare industrial park there. This commercial center could potentially be turned into a military base.

China is also eyeing other former U.S. military bases, such as the Hanjin Shipyard in Subic Bay. Clark Air Base and Subic Bay were two of the largest American military bases in the Philippines before U.S. troops were ousted in 1992. China has expressed strong interest in acquiring these bases.

Philippine-Chinese Cooperation

From the start of Duterte’s presidency, bilateral trade between the Philippines and China has increased. Since 2017, China has become the Philippines’ largest trade partner. In November 2018, Philippine exports to China amounted to $686 million, and imports from China were $1.8 billion. Meanwhile, the U.S. imported $893 million from the Philippines and exported $622 million to the Philippines, making it just the fourth-largest trading partner.

In 2017, China surpassed the U.S. to become the Philippines’ second-largest tourism market. While South Korea still accounts for the largest tourism market in the Philippines with 1.6 million arrivals, China is expected to become the Philippines largest tourism market in just a short time. Many lawmakers point to improved Philippine-Chinese relations as the cause of the sudden surge of Chinese tourists in the Philippines.

Chinese investment has also risen in the Philippines since Duterte became president. With a 67 percent year-on-year increase, investments from China reached more than $50 million in 2017. In 2018, China more than tripled its investment with over $165 million. China has ramped up its investments in the Philippines, proving that it seeks an alliance.

A seismic shift is coming to Philippine-Chinese relations.

The Philippines’ Role in China’s Strategy

China’s desire for greater control over the Philippines is driven largely by geography. China has always feared a U.S. blockade in the First Island Chain, a series of islands in China’s periphery running from Japan to Indonesia. Such a blockade could lock China out of world trade, including many of the energy imports the nation’s economy relies on.

One of the ways China can avoid such a blockade is by making an alliance with one of the countries along the First Island Chain, allowing China to use its waters and ports as a secure passage. Ideally, this strategy would also deny the U.S. access to ports and bases there. Such a situation would force the U.S. to confront China in hostile waters. The Philippines is China’s only viable option for this strategy. It is also the only nation along the First Island Chain that would likely align with China instead of the U.S.

Such an arrangement would lead to the fulfillment of major Bible prophecies.

‘The Kings of the East’ Alliance

The Philippines and other Asian nations see that America’s influence is dwindling—and they’re taking action. Recognizing that China’s military and economic clout is replacing the U.S. in the region, they are rallying around China. This was prophesied.

Ezekiel 38 prophesies of a union of Asian nations, led by Russia and China, that will play a vital role in the end time. The book of Revelation calls this massive Asian bloc “the kings of the east” (Revelation 16:12). Revelation 9:16 states that this union of Asian nations will amass a military of 200 million men. In his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes:

Current events show this Asian army is taking shape already. You can see it in Putin’s growing authoritarianism, and also in his outreach to other Asian powers. …

When you put India and Japan together with Russia and China, it is easy to see how an army of 200 million soldiers could be formed. With other Asian nations joining in, you quickly reach combined populations of 3.5 to 4 billion people! Under extreme circumstances like those described in these end-time prophecies, it is not hard to imagine 1 in 10 or 20 people going to war.

Will the Philippines be part of this kings of the east alliance?

America Has Lost the Will to Defend Its Allies

Following World War ii, Plain Truth editor in chief Herbert W. Armstrong forecast that America would lose the will to use its power and would never again win a war. After America’s debacle in sponsoring a failed invasion of Cuba, Mr. Armstrong laid the blame on the American people. In the October 1961 Plain Truth, he wrote:

Unless or until the United States as a whole repents and returns to what has become a hollow slogan on its dollars: ‘In God we trust,’ the United States of America has won its last war!

I said that when we failed to win in Korea! … I say it again, now that the United States government endorsed this Cuban fiasco—its president gave the “go ahead”—and God, the God America has deserted, gave it its most humiliating defeat! What does the Cuban debacle mean? It means, Mr. and Mrs. United States, that the handwriting is on your wall!

Mr. Armstrong’s forecast of diminishing American power is based on Bible prophecy. In Leviticus 26, God outlines the blessings ancient Israel and its descendants would receive if they obeyed God and curses if they disobeyed. Verse 19 states that God will break the pride of Israel’s power. One of the modern-day nations descended from ancient Israel is America. (For proof, request your free copy of Mr. Armstrong’s book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.) A quick look at America’s wartime history after World War ii shows that God has indeed broken the pride of America’s power. The once great superpower that many nations like the Philippines revered has lost the will to defend its allies from nations such as China. This is why the strong bond between the Philippines and the U.S. is certain to break.

The Rise of China

The Bible speaks of a period in the end time called “the times of the Gentiles.” Jesus Christ Himself used this term in Luke 21:24. This era is followed by a decline in power of America and Britain, the modern nations of ancient Israel, signaling a shift in global power to two main blocs: a German-led European empire and an Asian bloc led by Russia and China. In the May 2017 issue of the Philadelphia Trumpet, we wrote:

For this prophesied time [the times of the Gentiles] to occur, there has to be a shift of power to China. This is what we are seeing as Asian nations pull away from America, and tilt suddenly toward China.

Bible prophecies show that these trends will lead to a time of unparalleled global conflict and suffering (Matthew 24:21). Knowing about that impending war and suffering makes it sobering to watch the decline of America, and the rise of a bloc bent on destroying the global order.

China’s increasing influence on the Philippines and other nations is tied to the biblically prophesied “times of the Gentiles.” As U.S. power dwindles, Chinese power and influence will continue to rise. The fact that the Philippines is shifting its foreign policy away from the U.S. and drawing closer to China is strong proof that we are now entering “the times of the Gentiles.”

To read more about this subject, please request your free copy of The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’ and He Was Right.

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Protesters chant, “Long live Putin. Down with the Americans,” in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on February 15, on the ninth day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of the Petrocaribe Fund.
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Haitians: ‘Down With Americans, Long Live Putin!’

Anti-American sentiment is raging just 700 miles offshore.

Cities across Haiti have been locked down as protesters demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise on charges of embezzlement and corruption. The president spoke on February 14 after protests left at least seven people dead. In a televised address, he said he would “not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers.” The United States has ordered the evacuation of “all non-emergency U.S. personnel” from Haiti.

Since President Moise is a U.S. ally, the protests against him have taken on a distinct anti-American tone. An Agence France-Presse report featured photographs of Haitian protesters burning American flags in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, while calling for help from Russia to solve the country’s problems.

During a February 16 demonstration, roughly 200 protesters chanted, “Down with Americans. Long live Putin!” One protester, who set an American flag on fire, told afp, “We are asking Russia, Venezuela and China to take a look at the misery we live in here. We mean that we divorce completely Americans” (Zero Hedge translation).

Many Haitians were already angry with the U.S. because of the impact Washington’s oil sanctions on Venezuela are having on the island. Now the Haitian government has caved to U.S. pressure to cut ties with the socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, which has exacerbated the anger of many Haitians.

It is uncertain whether President Moise will survive the political crisis. But it is certain that anti-American sentiment will continue to grow in the Caribbean as nations like Russia and China increase their influence in the region.

The late Herbert W. Armstrong explained in his landmark book The United States and Britain in Prophecy that the Anglo-Saxon peoples who settled the U.S. and Britain are descended from the ancient Israelites. This astonishing truth means that the Bible’s end-time prophecies concerning Israel are primarily directed at the U.S. and Britain, as well as the Jewish State of Israel. His book further explains how God promised to give the end-time peoples of Israel control over the “gate” of their enemies (Genesis 22:17). A gate is a narrow passage of entrance or exit. When speaking nationally, a “sea gate” is a narrow choke point like the Panama Canal, the Yucatán Channel and the Straits of Florida.

God gave Britain and America these commercial gates, ensuring that they would become economic and military superpowers. But He also warned that if America and Britain did not obey Him, then not only would their sea gates be taken away, but they would be used against them (Deuteronomy 28:52).

The Windward Passage sea gate on the western coast of Haiti connects the East Coast of the United States with the Pacific Ocean via the Panama Canal. It is vital to U.S. military security because it allows the U.S. Navy to move assets between its east and west coasts. Losing control of this strategic gate would make it much easier for a foreign enemy to cut the U.S. Navy in half. Because of the area’s strategic value to America, the Bible indicates that the U.S. is about to lose control of Haiti and the Windward Passage. These are chilling prophecies, pointing to dark days ahead for America and its allies. But Bible prophecy also shows that these events are actually divine correction that will be immediately followed by the most hope-filled epoch in man’s history.

To learn more about why the loss of sea gates is so important, read our articles “Building Toward a World Catastrophe,” by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry, and “Preparing to Storm America’s Castle.”

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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (February 23)

This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (February 23)

Temple Mount crisis, Russia uniting with Belarus, Germany’s new spy HQ, 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.

Palestinians Gain More Control of the Temple Mount

The status quo on the Temple Mount was subtly changed on February 14, when Jordan admitted several high-level Palestinian officials to the Islamic Waqf, the organization that oversees the day-to-day running of the religious compound.

Traditionally, the Waqf has been operated solely by Jordan-aligned officials as directed by the Oslo Accords and implied in the 1994 Peace Treaty with Jordan. Now, seven senior officials from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and local Muslim leaders will be part of the 18-member decision-making body controlling the Temple Mount, arguably the most politically volatile location on Earth.

The violence that ensued was a presage of the chaos prophesied in Zechariah 14, which will culminate in the return of Jesus Christ!

Russia to Absorb Belarus? ‘We’re Ready to Unite,’ Lukashenko Says

“The two of us could unite tomorrow, no problem,” Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on February 15, following a three-day summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We’re ready to unite and consolidate our efforts, states and peoples as far as we’re ready.”

Both leaders are authoritarians who are determined to tighten their grip on power. The implications, particularly for Putin, are far-reaching and prophetic.

New Spy Headquarters Highlights Germany’s Changing Role

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. That role is prophesied in the Bible and thoroughly discussed in our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

Iran’s ‘Growing Capability’ to Threaten Vital Waterway

Citing a United States defense official, cnn reported February 13 that the Iranian military “possesses advanced sea mines, including acoustic and magnetic variants.”

Vice Adm. James Malloy, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, also told cnn that Iran has a “growing capability in cruise missiles, they have a growing capability in ballistic missiles, they have a growing capability in unmanned surfaced systems, all these things that we watch that are offensive, and destabilizing in nature.”

If you would like to understand Iran’s goal in dominating this vital waterway, please read “Iran’s ‘Growing Capability’ to Threaten Vital Waterway” and “Iran Gets a Stranglehold on the Middle East.

Deficit Spending Is Destroying America

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.

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. The inflation rate would increase dramatically if America’s creditors lose faith in the dollar and start dumping their reserves into circulation.

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 America’s enemies to unite and challenge it 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.

Thankfully, God has a plan in place to cushion those who look to and obey Him.

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What Is Armageddon?

Perhaps no subject in the Bible is discussed more—yet almost no one knows its meaning!

What is Armageddon? Is it World War iii? Will it be America and Britain fighting against Russia? Television commentators and other pundits bring up this subject often, but the true meaning of Armageddon would shock most people! If we don’t understand Armageddon, we can’t understand the Bible’s most critical prophecies, and we could easily start believing the fables of this world.

You might be surprised to learn that Armageddon is mentioned in the Bible only once: “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils [demons], working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Revelation 16:13-16).

Demonic spirits are now stirring up worldwide warfare. They are even prophesied to possess three prominent human leaders! Do we have the courage to face these biblical truths?

Three demons resembling frogs coming out of the mouths of Satan (the dragon), a bloody political empire (the beast), and a false religious leader (the false prophet)—that’s alarming imagery! Satan and his demons have been cast down and confined to Earth in this end time—no longer are they free to roam the universe (Revelation 12:9). They have never been more wrathful. If the world understood this, it would be very afraid!

A fascist government is rising in Europe today—a revival of the Babylonian system pictured in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 and 17. It will cause problems like we have never even imagined.

Think about this: Satan has the power to influence people heavily and, more than that, to possess them, speak through them, and infuse them with his power! He will use the beast and the false prophet of Revelation 16 to perform deadly miracles. He is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). He and his demons infest the Earth. They are the cause of the unprecedented problems now facing humanity. Demon possession is a serious problem!

A Gathering Place

In November-December 1955 Plain Truth article titled “What Is Armageddon?” Herbert W. Armstrong wrote:

First, notice that “Armageddon” is a Hebrew word, not an English word. Actually, the Hebrew word is “Har Magedon” or “Har Megiddo.” In the Hebrew, the H’s are usually not pronounced, and so are often omitted in the spelling in English. Megiddo is in the Valley of Jezreel, some 70 miles northwest of Jerusalem, just in from the port of Haifa.

The Hebrew prefix “Har” means “fortified,” or “fortified hill.” Between World War i and World War ii, the British fortified Haifa at a cost of many millions of dollars. Consequently, Megiddo (or Magedon) has now become, in fact, Armageddon!

People talk about the battle of Armageddon, but it’s really the “battle of the great day of God Almighty.” There is no battle of Armageddon. Armageddon is a specific location. It is a gathering place for the great armies of this world. God will then lead them down to Jerusalem and fight them there.

We are discussing phenomenal acts of God! We have brought doom upon ourselves by the way we live and by creating weapons of mass destruction. Such weapons are always used!

Abomination of Desolation

Matthew 24 is about the sequence of end-time events that precedes the return of Jesus Christ to this Earth in power and glory. It reveals one key sign of looming trouble: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” (verse 15).

Luke’s gospel account provides more clarity: “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh” (Luke 21:20). The abomination of desolation is when European armies—not Arab armies—surround Jerusalem, under the guise of keeping the peace between Muslims and Jews. But actually, this European power will be a resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, poised to destroy the world! Led by Germany, they will start World War iii. This time, however, they will be destroyed forever by God Himself.

The Day of the Lord

“The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness” (Zephaniah 1:14-15). The Day of the Lord is the climax of the coming worldwide destruction.

“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east …” (Zechariah 14:1-4). The coming suffering and curses are tied directly to the return of Jesus Christ! It’s all one package! By declaring the bad news, we’re also declaring the good news of the coming Kingdom of God!

The violent events of Revelation follow a precise time sequence, just like Matthew 24. First comes the 2½-year period of Satan’s wrath, the Great Tribulation. Second are the heavenly signs: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come” (Joel 2:31). God sends these supernatural signs before the Day of the Lord. The Earth will convulse with tidal waves and earthquakes (Revelation 6:12-17; Luke 21:25-26). God will disrupt the heavens and the Earth. This is no routine warning! Madmen will not conquer this world like they plan to; they are no match for God’s infinite power.

Immediately after the heavenly signs comes the one-year period of God’s wrath, the Day of the Lord. “Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible” (Isaiah 13:6-11).

Human beings will be howling like suffering wolves because of the intense agony! There’s only one way to be protected: Submit to God now and help deliver His warning message. God warns and warns and warns, even after the Great Tribulation through the spectacular heavenly signs, yet mankind still won’t repent! Human suffering is the result of unwillingness to obey God.

“[F]or sore anguish will come upon the land and Wrath on this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword, they will be carried prisoners to all nations, and Jerusalem will be under the heel of the Gentiles till the period of the Gentiles expires” (Luke 21:23-24; Moffatt translation).

God asks in Ezekiel 33:11, “[W]hy will ye die, O house of Israel?” All nations will be punished, but God will punish the nations of Israel—primarily America, Britain and the Jewish nation—first.

Jesus Christ is tired of mankind’s wickedness! He will soon return and stop all suffering, ruling with a rod of iron. “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

We need God to solve our problems! Soon, God will fill the Earth with happiness and joy! This will happen after He has ended the massacre of the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord. This is reality—you can be sure of it!

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The Dangerous Creep Toward Palestinian Control of the Temple Mount

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Last Thursday, the status quo on the Temple Mount was subtly changed: Jordan admitted several high-level Palestinian officials to the Islamic Waqf, the organization that oversees the day-to-day running of the religious compound.

Traditionally, the Waqf was operated solely by Jordan-aligned officials as directed by the Oslo Accords and implied in the 1994 Peace Treaty with Jordan. Now, seven senior officials from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) and local Muslim leaders will be part of the 18-member decision-making body controlling the Temple Mount, arguably the most politically volatile location on Earth.

Already, we are seeing the dangerous fruits of this decision.