America Paves the Way for European Intervention in Syria

U.S.-backed coalition forces drive into the northern Syrian town of Manbij on April 3, 2018.
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America Paves the Way for European Intervention in Syria

A small but important American peacekeeping force allows the European military to pick up where America left off.

A 200-strong American peacekeeping force will remain in Syria after the main body of 2,000 troops have returned home, United States President Donald Trump announced on February 21. Although small in number, the presence of American peacekeepers will make it easier for European nations to participate in Syria after the majority of troops withdraw.

The peacekeeping force was announced after a phone conversation between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, during which both leaders agreed to “continue coordinating on the creation of a potential safe zone,” according to a White House statement. No official statements have yet been made on how long the peacekeepers will stay in Syria or where they will be based.

Some welcomed the decision as a sign that the president realizes that the Islamic State is not fully defeated and that America is still committed and ready to prevent a repeat of 2014. However, the decision is about more than just another extension of America’s deployment in Syria. This is an open invitation for Europe to enter the region and take over where the U.S. is withdrawing.

Reuters reported that “leaving even a small group of U.S. troops in Syria could pave the way for European allies to commit hundreds of troops” under the auspices of the U.S. and an internationally recognized safe zone.

European nations so far have refused to get involved in Syria without a stronger commitment from the U.S. “Until now, European allies have balked at providing troops unless they received a firm commitment that Washington was still committed to the region,” said Reuters. A mere 200 American soldiers in all of Syria may not seem like enough to reassure cautious European defense ministers; however, even a small number of soldiers can act as a vital deterrent against further terrorist action. Attacking American troops carries huge risk and would likely provoke serious retaliation from American forces and allies.

America’s presence, combined with a potential safe zone recognized by Turkey, will make it much easier for European nations to justify sending troops to Syria.

In this situation, the U.S. will get what it wants—dramatically reduced involvement in Syria—while leaving enough troops to reassure Europe that it will not be abandoned. Although the peacekeeping force is small, “even this small presence should grant the American people at least a degree of hope that we do not intend to either squander hard-won battlefield gains or abandon allies who paid for those gains in blood,” wrote National Review. “If Trump’s 200 can reassure American allies, incentivize allied deployments, and help keep a military boot on [the Islamic State’s] neck, then it will be one of the more cost-effective and wise decisions of his presidency.”

Now it is up to Europe to accept the deal.

So far, European defense ministers have refused to commit troops to Syria without more assurance that the U.S. remains committed. Most analysts consider Europe’s typically cautious approach and say that a major troop commitment to Syria is unlikely.

This will not always be the case, especially as America continues to withdraw. Europe will soon be forced to either take control in Syria or sit back and watch as Turkey, Iran, Russia and various proxies continue vying for control.

Most importantly, a source more authoritative than even the most well-informed human speculation says Europe will ultimately end up in control of Syria.

In “A Mysterious Prophecy,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote about a European alliance with Middle Eastern nations described in Psalm 83. Though recorded thousands of years ago, this passage describes geopolitical realities appearing today.

“For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre [Lebanon]; Assur [Assyria or Germany] also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah” (verses 5-8).

Explaining the meaning of this alliance, Mr. Flurry wrote:

Here are the modern names of these nations, as taught at Ambassador College under Herbert W. Armstrong: Edom—Turkey; Ishmaelites—Saudi Arabia; Moab—Jordan; Hagarenes—anciently dwelt in the land known as Syria today; Gebal—Lebanon; Ammon—also Jordan. …

Psalm 83 tells us the nations that will not be allied with Iran when Germany and Europe conquer that nation and radical Islam.

There has never been such an alliance to attack or totally destroy Israel in history. Concerning this psalm, the Anchor Bible reads, “History transmits no record of the national crisis when the nations enumerated in this psalm formed a league to wipe out Israel ….” Lange’s Commentary points out, “The 10 nations who are here enumerated as being combined against Israel, are never mentioned elsewhere as enemies allied at the same time and for the purpose of annihilating Israel.” Other commentaries make the same point.

This alliance never occurred anciently. It is a prophecy meant to be understood in our day. European nations already have a tie with Saudi Arabia with its weapons exports to the nation; now, the U.S. is providing Europe with an open invitation into Syria.

America’s retreat is empowering Europe, and Bible prophecy shows that this Psalm 83 alliance will ultimately lead to war, changing the world you live in. To understand why you should be watching this trend, read Mr. Flurry’s article “A Mysterious Prophecy.”

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Is the U.S. Ignoring the Warning Signs From Germany?

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Is the U.S. Ignoring the Warning Signs From Germany?

Germany is urgently preparing for a break from America—and for a double cross.

Germany’s Munich Security Conference in mid-February displayed the growing rift between Germany and the United States. No topic is currently more urgent in German politics than this divide. But while Germany has made diligent preparations for a post-American world, the U.S. is preoccupied with other issues and even continues to celebrate its perceived German-American friendship.

Since the conference, the German people, media and politicians have been busy visualizing a future without the U.S. “Is Germany’s Most Important Relationship Breaking?” Bild.de asked on February 25. Bild, like many other German news outlets, painted a bleak picture of future relations between the two countries.

But the Munich conference’s negative effect on the other side of the Atlantic was short-lived. Bild reported on February 18:

The Americans have traveled to Germany with a huge delegation to the security conference. But when the summit ended on Sunday, the U.S. media drew an icy balance. …

Even the lack of applause for Vice President Mike Pence (59), as he addressed his listeners with greetings from his boss Donald Trump (72), sloshed across the Atlantic. But the incident attracted little attention, because the Americans were too busy with other Trump gossip.

German commentators are worried by the fact that America is not paying enough attention to this colossal shift in relations.

Germans and Americans have a drastically different view of their relationship. According to a 2018 survey by the Körber Foundation and Pew Research, 73 percent of Germans described relations with the U.S. as “somewhat bad” or “very bad,” but 70 percent of Americans said the relations were “somewhat good” or “very good.”

An Allensbach study published in February found that the majority of German citizens believe that the U.S. poses the greatest threat in global politics. On the other hand, most Americans don’t consider Germany a threat at all.

Germany sees the growing rift and is urgently preparing for the break.

Since President Trump’s inauguration, Germany and the U.S. have had major trade disputes. This has led Germany to increase its cooperation with China, sign a trade deal with Japan, make urgent preparations for another trade deal with Latin America, and increase the difficulty for America’s big business to profit on the Continent.

Germany and the U.S. have also had major disputes concerning Europe’s security policy. Germany has been preparing for a European military and has made major headway in upgrading its own military headquarters, consolidating Europe’s arms industry, and combining Europe’s armies. Germany has also begun to question America’s nuclear umbrella and has openly contemplated producing its own nukes.

How is the U.S. responding to all this?

‘Wunderbar Together’

Preoccupied with bashing President Trump, few notice the widening rift. Many in the Democratic Party believe that they will restore the relationship after the current presidency ends. In the meantime, the U.S. is hosting 1,000 events throughout the 50 states to celebrate the German-American friendship. “The Year of German-American Friendship” is meant to show that the countries stand “Wunderbar Together.” The website states:

From October 2018 until the end of 2019, Germany and its deep ties to the U.S. will be on display all across the United States. The campaign Wunderbar Together (“Deutschlandjahr U.S.A.”/The Year of German-American Friendship) will travel across the entire U.S., bringing with it a collection of events and exhibits revolving around business and industry, politics, education, culture and science, to highlight the unique importance of trans-Atlantic relations.

Unsurprisingly, no corresponding events are being held in Germany.

It is important to note that Wunderbar Together is sponsored by Germany. Concerning the event, Germany’s Foreign Office states:

Germany is organizing a Year of Germany in the U.S.A., knowing that the United States and Germany are Wonderful Together—stronger than friends and partners. … Our friendship with the United States means a lot to us, and we know that many people in America see it the same way. That’s why the people stand this year in the focus of the German-American friendship.

Should America trust these reassuring words when dozens of signs are pointing in the opposite direction?

Bible prophecy warns that America’s allies will turn against it.

A Prophesied Double Cross

Ezekiel 23:9 reads: “Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.” Under the subhead “German Double Cross,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes the following in his booklet Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet:

Ezekiel 23 explains this heinous double cross. Israel is represented by Aholah, and Judah (separated from Israel at that time) is Aholibah (verse 4). Israel (mainly the U.S. and Britain) and Judah (called Israel today) become lovers to the Assyrians, today’s Germans (verses 5-7, 11-12). God then delivers Israel and Judah into the hands of the Germans (verses 9, 22).

Because modern-day Israel (primarily the U.S. and UK) trusts Assyria more than it trusts God, God will allow its punishment to come by way of its lovers. Concerning a parallel prophecy in Hosea, Mr. Flurry notes:

It will not be the enemies of Britain and America that discover their lewdness—but their lovers, such as Assyria.

Britain and America are increasingly aligning themselves with Germany (modern Assyria), and it will be to our downfall—because God is going to bring it about. There will be no more mirth or happiness in our lands.

Isaiah 10:5 refers to Germany as the rod of God’s anger and the staff of His indignation. God is angry with the sins that Israel is committing, and He is sending punishment.

The Trumpet and its predecessor, the Plain Truth, have repeatedly warned about this coming betrayal. But America and Britain refuse to repent and turn to God. Soon, they will face their punishment.

Yet one day, America and Germany will live Wunderbar Together. The Bible is full of wonderful prophecies that speak of the coming reconciliation between Germany and Israel. Isaiah 19 prophesies of a future cooperation between Assyria, Israel and Egypt (verses 23-24). But before that can happen, severe punishment will engulf the world. Request your free copy of Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet to learn more about these prophecies and the wonderful future they ultimately lead to.

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Is Britain About to Surrender One of Its Last Sea Gates?

The United Nations has ruled that Britain must give up the strategically vital Chagos Archipelago, and Bible prophecy shows that it will likely do so soon.

Before World War ii, Britain and the United States came to control a great number of the world’s “sea gates.” These included the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Their control over these and more than a dozen other strategic sea gates played a major role in decades of relative global stability.

But in recent decades, America and Britain have surrendered control of many of these assets. And on February 25, the United Nations’ highest court ruled that the UK must now also give up the Chagos Islands.

“The UK has an obligation to bring to an end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible,” Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, president of the UN’s International Court of Justice, said in an official statement.

This is significant because Britain’s presence on these islands has been of great value not just for the UK but also for the U.S., which operates a joint military base with Britain on the Chagos Islands called Diego Garcia.

Strategic Analysis explained the value of this location in a 2012 report:

Diego Garcia … facilitates U.S. power projection through the prepositioning of army and marine corps brigade sets, long-range bomber operations, the replenishment of naval surface combatants, and the strike and special operations capabilities of guided-missile submarines that can call at the atoll’s wharf.

This location has been used as an “unsinkable aircraft carrier” for the U.S. during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Fox, Operation Enduring Freedom and others.

But now this strategically important presence—which has contributed to global stability—may soon be coming to an end.

Britain may not immediately capitulate to the UN’s pressure, but Bible prophecy discusses “gates,” such as the Chagos Islands, and shows that Britain and the U.S. will likely soon lose their foothold there.

Genesis 22:17 records God’s promise to the Patriarch Abraham that his “descendants” would one day “take possession of the gates of their enemies” (International Standard Version).

Late world-renowned educator Herbert W. Armstrong wrote about this promise in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, in which he proved that the modern U.S. and UK are the descendants who received this promised possession of foreign sea gates. “[T]hese descendants of [Abraham’s great-grandson] Joseph” came to “possess the ‘gates’ of enemy nations,” Mr. Armstrong wrote. “Britain and America came into possession of every such major ‘gate’ in this world!”

Mr. Armstrong showed that the fact that the UK and U.S. acquired all of these strategic oceanic locations proves that these countries are the descendants of Abraham. Referring to Abraham’s grandson, he wrote: “[W]e must be modern Israel.”

It is clear that the Bible prophesied that Abraham’s descendants, the UK and U.S., would come to possess all those foreign sea gates. And it also prophesied that these descendants would later lose possession of these gates.

Deuteronomy 28:52 records God’s warning to the descendants of Abraham that if they reject Him, then He would cause them to lose possession of those invaluable assets: “[H]e shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.”

Mr. Armstrong explained that this was a prophecy that the God-rejecting U.S. and UK would lose control of these sea gates. Throughout his career, Mr. Armstrong witnessed this fulfillment in Britain’s loss of the Suez Canal, Singapore, Malta, Cyprus, the Cape of Good Hope and others.

In 1980, Mr. Armstrong connected Deuteronomy 28:52 with Leviticus 26:19, which says God would “break the pride” of the “power” of the modern nations of ancient Israel to punish them for their rejection of Him. Based on these Bible passages, Mr. Armstrong prophesied that the trend of the UK and U.S. losing their foreign assets would continue: “As the ‘pride of our power’ continues to be broken, as the British continue to lose their foreign sea gates and possessions around the Earth, as America signs away ownership of the Panama Canal—control over this vital sea gate … this focal prophecy alone represents giant proof as to where the modern ‘remnant’ of the peoples of Israel resides today!”

At the time of Mr. Armstrong’s death on Jan. 16, 1986, the U.S. still controlled the Panama Canal, and Britain still controlled Hong Kong. But both have since then been surrendered.

At present, the UK still controls a handful of foreign sea gates, including the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and the Chagos Archipelago. But the UN’s February 25 ruling shows that the pressure on Britain to surrender Chagos is intensifying. And the pressure could soon be expanded to include its few remaining sea gates.

Mr. Armstrong said that the trend of Britain and America losing control of foreign sea gates would lead to a time of unprecedented crisis for the UK and U.S.—and for all the world. But he emphasized that the suffering has a purpose, and that it will teach the world to love God’s way and His law. That time of suffering will be quickly followed by an epoch of unprecedented peace.

He wrote:

The prophecies do not stop with revealing the unprecedented multiplied intensity of punishment already beginning to descend upon America and Britain. The prophecies record also the result of that intensified punishment. The result will be a corrected people. The result will be an eye-opening realization of what we have done to ourselves. The supreme punishment will teach us, at last, our lesson! The punishment will break our spirit of rebellion! It will lift us up from the cesspool of rottenness and evil into which we have sunk. It will teach us the way to glorious peace, prosperity, abundant well-being!

On beyond the frightful national calamities now descending upon us will come a blessing inconceivably greater ….

To learn more about these Bible prophecies and the profound hope that is at the heart of them, order your free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

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The Parkland School Shooting One Year Later

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The Parkland School Shooting One Year Later

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.

One year ago last month, Andrew Pollack’s 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was the worst school shooting in American history, and Mr. Pollack calls it “the most avoidable mass shooting in American history.”

“I blame the murderer for 50 percent of what happened,” Mr. Pollack told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. “I don’t blame him for the whole thing. Because there were just so many people who didn’t care, who didn’t do their job, that I blame them for the other 50 percent. And I need to expose them.” Mr. Pollack believes that “political correctness killed Meadow.”

Today’s Trumpet Hour tells the shocking story of that “other 50 percent.” In Florida, school and law enforcement officials implemented a policy aimed at reducing student arrests for criminal behavior, particularly among minorities. Statistics showed that the policy was a success—but the true effects were terrible: Student criminality increased, and officials, shamefully, worked harder and harder to cover it up so they could preserve the appearance of success in their “enlightened” approach to juvenile delinquency.

I think you will be rightfully indignant when you hear this story. This story highlights powerful lessons we must learn as a society and in our individual lives—most specifically: Evil must not be ignored, excused or accommodated. It must be eliminated, or it will destroy us.

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Revealed: Nazi Plan to Conquer Latin America

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Revealed: Nazi Plan to Conquer Latin America

A new book exposing Nazi Germany’s plan to control Latin America should fill people with a sense of déjà vu.

The European Union is chasing a deal with the mercosur trade alliance, hoping to unite Europe and Latin America into the world’s biggest trade bloc. As negotiations continue, however, a new book is shining light on what happened the last time Germany tried to conquer Latin America. In her book The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II, award-winning reporter Mary Jo McConahay tells the story of Germany’s plan to divide South America into four Nazi territories.

“I could find no book in English that could talk about the whole arc of experience of World War ii in Latin America,” McConahay told the Times of Israel. “Are there some academic tomes? Yes, there are. But there’s nothing for the general reader—perhaps a reader who is not even particularly interested in Latin America, but maybe in World War ii. … I find that people are largely unaware of the importance of Latin America during the Second World War.”

The book discusses the importance of Latin American natural resources to the war effort, the existence of a German map showing postwar South America divided into four pro-Nazi states, and the ratlines that helped Nazi war criminals escape to South America after the war. It also discusses Allied efforts to fight Axis propaganda.

During World War ii, New York Times correspondent Betty Kirk reported extensively on German propaganda in Latin America. In her book, Covering the Mexican Front: The Battle of Europe vs. America, she recounted how a British cruiser intercepted an unnamed ship in the Pacific Ocean and confiscated several tons of German propaganda pamphlets bound for Latin America. Printed in Spanish, these pamphlets presented Adolf Hitler as “the new defender of the Catholic faith” against a “Protestant-Jewish” England. Pamphlets found in Mexico on Dec. 12, 1940, shows the Virgin Mary on one side and the statement “Hitler is the protector of Catholicism” on the other. These pamphlets stated that Hitler persecuted the Jews because they were responsible for Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.

Two years after Kirk published her book, Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels explained Germany’s real reason for getting involved in Latin America.

“Argentina will one day be at the head of a tariff union comprising the nations in the southern half of South America,” he wrote in the March 26, 1944, issue of Das Reich. “Such a focus of opposition against the United States of America will, together with Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, form a powerful economic bloc; and eventually, by way of Peru, it will spread northward to place the dollar colony of Brazil in a difficult position.”

It is unsettling how closely today’s Latin America matches Goebbels’s prediction. It is dominated by the mercosur trade bloc, which is about to integrate with the EU. Argentina is not the head of this trade bloc, but it is certainly a major member. And German business circles are placing high hopes on Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, who is expected to strengthen his nation’s ties with the Federation of German Industries. As anti-Americanism grows across Europe and Latin America, mercosur is positioned to become “a focus of opposition against the United States.”

After Nazi Germany was defeated, the late Herbert W. Armstrong predicted that Europe and Latin America would again team up against the U.S. His Plain Truth magazine stated in May 1962 that “the United States is going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Latin America, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce.” This prediction was not a good guess; it was based on Bible prophecy.

In his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Mr. Armstrong explained that the Anglo-Saxon peoples who settled the U.S. and Britain are actually descendants of the ancient Israelites. And a prophecy in the book of Deuteronomy shows that modern descendants of ancient Israel will be besieged in all their gates (Deuteronomy 28:49-52). A gate is a narrow passage of entrance or exit. When speaking nationally, a sea gate is a narrow chokepoint like the Panama Canal, the Straits of Florida, the Windward Passage or the Yucatán Channel. God gave Britain and America these strategic gates and many others, ensuring that they would become superpowers. But God also warned that if America and Britain did not obey Him, then not only would these gates be taken away, they would be used against them.

America cannot be besieged unless Latin America and its sea gates are part of that siege. That is why Mr. Armstrong predicted that the alliance between Europe and Latin America would be very strong. Leaders in Europe want to control Latin America so they can challenge the United States. The seeds are being sown for a trade war that will devastate America.

For more information on why God is allowing this to happen and what you can do to escape this calamity, please read “America Is Being Besieged Economically,” by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.

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In Shadow of Elections, Crises Converge on Israel

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In Shadow of Elections, Crises Converge on Israel

The Gaza Strip and the West Bank are ready to explode. Will the brewing Temple Mount crisis be the match?

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While most of Israel’s media is busy debating how last week’s announcement by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges could influence the April 9 election, there is a bevy of immediate security threats converging on the state that would otherwise be headline news.

These threats to Israel inside the West Bank and on the Gaza border could seriously affect the outcome of Israel’s vote and events beyond, especially if supercharged by the mass protests that are ready to erupt on the Temple Mount.

Gaza

On Tuesday, Egyptian mediators entered the Gaza Strip bringing a message from the Israeli government to Palestinians: Stop the increased violence on the Gaza border, or Israel will respond more forcefully.

Over the past four days, Arabs in the Gaza Strip have fired several explosive devices over the border. Two of these have exploded inside neighboring Jewish communities, but no one was injured. In response, Israel has struck multiple Hamas targets in Gaza.

According to the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper, the Egyptian delegation told Hamas that “creating tensions on the border by launching incendiary balloons will bring the idf [Israel Defense Forces] to launch a broad military confrontation in the strip.” Previously, the idf confirmed that it had recently approved operational plans for war, including “setting up a centralized administrative unit to prepare a list of potential targets in Gaza in case a war should break out.”

The Egyptian delegation also warned Hamas not to try and use an increase in violence to “intervene in the elections in Israel or try to influence them.”

Despite the Egyptian pressure, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said Hamas does not fear increased Israeli military action. “If the (Israeli) occupation or Netanyahu think of an adventure, I think they will pay the price that will send them away,” he said on Monday. “We do not fear any adventures from Netanyahu towards Gaza …. The resistance has its eyes open.”

And that resistance is ready—not only in Gaza, but also in the West Bank.

West Bank

Every day that passes without a broader escalation in the West Bank is a happy surprise,” Army officials said this week, as reported by Haaretz.

According to data released from Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency, that escalation may be upon us, as there has been an increase in attacks in the West Bank over the past few months: 109 occurred in October, 116 in November, 138 in December and 138 in January. This trend has continued into February and March.

The latest attack took place on Monday, when two Israeli officers were deliberately struck by an Arab car while attending to a broken-down vehicle near Ramallah. While plowing into Israelis has become commonplace in the West Bank, security officials say this attack was unique and may indicate a more combustible situation in the territory. Usually, such car rammings are the result of one lone driver acting on a momentary impulse. In this attack, three Palestinians were in the vehicle.

According to the testimony of the one surviving Palestinian involved in the ramming, the carload of Hamas-affiliated terrorists was returning from another attempted attack of throwing firebombs at Route 443, near an army checkpoint. On the way back from that attack, they spotted the broken military vehicle and decided, on the spur of the moment, to initiate another terror attack, this time using their vehicle as a weapon.

Late last year, the head of Israel’s security agency, Nadav Argaman, warned of a deceptive quiet in the West Bank. “On the surface, it appears as if there’s relative calm, but this quiet is deceptive because beneath the surface tensions are increasingly simmering,” he told Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Argaman noted that in the past year, Shin Bet had foiled 480 attacks, arrested 219 Hamas cells, and thwarted about 590 “lone wolf” attackers. Argaman said, “The large scope of attacks can only indicate the extent of terrorism taking place beneath the surface.”

Given the steady increase in the number of attacks, the lid might be ready to come off the Hamas-led terrorist activity in the West Bank. This could certainly take place if the crisis brewing on the Temple Mount is not quickly resolved.

Temple Mount

As I wrote two weeks ago, Palestinians are increasing their control over the Temple Mount and are instigating a dangerous standoff with Israel over the illegal opening of the Gate of Mercy. In the past two weeks, Israel has repeatedly backed down, allowing Palestinians to pray in that part of the compound located near the Golden Gate, although police arrest the Arab who opens the gate each day.

The Waqf, the Jordan-aligned organization in charge of running day-to-day affairs on the Temple Mount, has said that it intends to develop the area into a mosque, which would be the fifth mosque on the Temple Mount.

Israel, however, rejects that notion and has asked the Waqf to appear before a Jerusalem court and answer to its illegal opening of the site. Unless it comes before the court, Israel says it will officially, forcibly close the area in a week’s time.

But the Waqf is not backing down from its virtual sit-in. It has called for Palestinians to converge on the Temple Mount over the coming days to force Israel to back down.

After an emergency meeting of the Waqf council on Monday, council member Abdel Qader announced, “Israeli courts do not have jurisdiction over al-Aqsa Mosque. We do not recognize the laws of ‘the occupation,’ and we will not succumb to threats by the Israeli police and authorities.”

The Jerusalem Post reported another Waqf official saying that there will be “dangerous repercussions” if the site is closed. The same official said, “Israel’s provocative measures will lead to an uprising in Jerusalem, similar to the one that erupted in 2017 and which forced the Israeli authorities to remove the security cameras and metal detectors.”

Indeed, given the success of the mass protests in 2017, Palestinians will be increasingly hard-nosed until they get what they want. Given Israel’s recent history of giving in to Palestinian control over the Temple Mount, there is absolutely no incentive for the Palestinians to back down.

And so, unless Israel backs down, the next week on the Temple Mount will be increasingly dangerous.

As we learned from 2017, and indeed the first and second intifadas, what starts on the Temple Mount ignites both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

While Israel’s news pundits will focus on how this situation could affect next month’s election, there is something far bigger at play.

As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in 2006, specific events in Jerusalem actually act as signposts, by which we can understand where we are in the timeline of biblical prophecy. He specifically noted how Israeli-Palestinian tensions boiling over on the Temple Mount is one of the first signposts that announces we are on a countdown to the coming of the Messiah. He wrote:

It seems the Palestinians could get East Jerusalem, minus the Temple Mount, without a fight. Zechariah’s prophecy implies that there will be an impasse over the Temple Mount—which the Palestinians “resolve” by taking East Jerusalem by force.

Whenever crises develop on the Temple Mount between Palestinians and Jews, such as is developing this week, it is time to take notice.

Israel will never give up the Temple Mount, and the Palestinians (with the backing of the Arab world) will not rest until they have it. Logic and history instruct that a clash is inevitable. The Bible shows how that inevitable clash will be just the first domino to fall leading to the fulfillment of other end-time prophecies culminating in the coming of the Messiah. And therein lies the good news. To understand more of the full timeline of end-time prophecies concerning Jerusalem, please request our free booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy, by Gerald Flurry.