The Collusion Con

Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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The Collusion Con

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 25,000 members of our mailing list, so you don’t miss another message.

It’s now confirmed, 28 months after the fact: Donald Trump’s winning the 2016 election by secretly conspiring with Russian operatives was an elaborate hoax. It was invented by the Department of Justice and the fbi at the end of the Obama presidency for the sole purpose of destroying a political enemy.

On Friday, Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller iii submitted his long-awaited report to the attorney general’s office, ending a torturous 22 months of investigating Donald Trump and nearly everyone associated with his 2016 presidential campaign. For two years, Democrats, Never-Trumpers and their all-too-overeager allies in the mainstream media reminded us every day that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to rig the election. The Mueller probe, they assured us, would prove every one of these slanderous accusations: from high crimes and misdemeanors to outright treason. Donald Trump, his children and their advisers were all going to prison, probably for life, for conspiring with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

American taxpayers funded every penny of this sham investigation, estimated at $25 to $40 million. According to Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report, Mueller employed 19 prosecutors and was assisted by 40 fbi agents. The special counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed 500 search warrants, interviewed 500 witnesses, collected 230 requests for communication records, and submitted 13 requests for evidence to foreign governments.

After all that, according to the report, “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities” (emphasis added throughout). In other words, not one, single American was indicted or convicted for conspiring with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

The media reaction to this revelation has been astounding. They are not happy or even relieved to know that the Trump team did not conspire with Russia to compromise the American election process. They are instead furious that Mueller didn’t take down Donald Trump!

They haven’t even read the full report (it hasn’t been released). But they know President Trump is guilty. And they are all competing to be the ones with the most anti-Trump reaction to the news that he and his team have been cleared.

They are displaying to the world that they are impervious to facts. The evidence does not matter if it differs from their opinions.

“How can they let Trump off the hook?” one commentator mournfully asked on Friday night. Another said, “I don’t need the Mueller report to know he’s a traitor—I have a tv.” Yet another said he was still convinced that Mr. Trump is Benedict Arnold, the infamous Revolutionary War defector. One Democratic presidential candidate says he knows “beyond a shadow of doubt” that Trump colluded with Russia. Another Democrat in the House of Representatives is now calling for Robert Mueller to be subpoenaed!

These people should be hanging their heads in shame. Instead, they simply turn their eyes and ears away from truth and carry on with this disgraceful con job. There are plenty of other investigations still pending, one commentator gleefully noted over the weekend.

They won’t stop until they get rid of Donald Trump because, well, he’s Donald Trump. They hate the fact that he defeated them. They hate him. But most importantly, they hate those who support him.

This was Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s response to the Mueller disappointment: “The special prosecutor is limited in scope; his job was limited in scope and limited to crimes. What Congress has to do is look at a broader picture.” Never mind crimes! The Democrats in Congress have so much more they can “investigate” in order to, at the very least, bog down and oppose President Trump and his policies.

So they will do everything in their power to continue the con. But the truth is there for those who have eyes to see.

On my radio program earlier today, I had a lot to say about the Mueller probe and the Russian collusion hoax. At this milestone moment in this crucial presidency, I really encourage you to have a listen:

Haven’t you wondered why Donald Trump has been so resilient, to say the least? People considered him a novelty. He ran for president of the United States. People said his candidacy was a joke. He won the nomination. People poured on the hate. He won the election. Democrats, journalists, commentators, celebrities, former friends and associates, more than a few Republicans, and even powerful people inside his own government have all tried to, at least, slow him down and, at most, impeach him (or perhaps goad someone into killing him).

But President Donald J. Trump rolls on.

Not only does he retain the presidency, but he gets things done: reforming taxes, confirming a record number of circuit judges, withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accords, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the Golan Heights, increasing border security, reducing regulations, renegotiating trade deals, making businesses optimistic, and helping the U.S. economy surge.

Not only does he retain the presidency and get things done, but the more his enemies work to destroy him, the worse things go for them. About half the country opposed him, and I’d say about 90 percent of the elites hate him. President Barack Obama’s administration doubled down on its opposition to him by stacking the powerful Department of Justice with agents who would try to undermine and end the Trump presidency. Yet as my father showed in “Nunes Memo Exposes Unseen Threat to America,” the scheming, collusion and deceit that the former president and other radical liberals aimed at destroying President Trump backfired, and the world discovered much of that corruption. Their attack damaged them more than it damaged Mr. Trump. How does that happen? Why does it keep happening?

They doubled down further by launching the Mueller investigation. They devoted a huge amount of executive, legislative, media and cultural power to it. Now, rather than meaningfully damaging the president, they have again damaged themselves. Yet even with the humiliation so fresh, they have little choice but to double down even further in their opposition. (Backing off now, in the face of the facts, would mean admitting they were wrong and, in most cases, admitting that they tried to influence people in a biased if not deceitful way.) They’re probably working right now on their latest, most creative, most vicious insults to voice on television in the competition to show that they are the celebrity, politician or journalist who possesses the most rage toward President Trump. But by now they probably have a sinking feeling that their best isn’t good enough. Something is powering this president that they haven’t been able to stop.

How can a man facing such enormous enmity still succeed?

He can’t.

This presidency has been used to temporarily save the nation, but the savior is not Mr. Trump. God Himself has used this presidency to keep this nation from falling. What is powering the president is not his own strength, personality, allies or anything else. My father spoke and wrote about the real reason for the president’s success about a year ago. I encourage you to read it: “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.”


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Will the Resignation of Kazakhstan’s Strongman Bring the Nation Closer to Russia?

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Will the Resignation of Kazakhstan’s Strongman Bring the Nation Closer to Russia?

The last Soviet-era leader has stepped down, but a more perilous age is here.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader Kazakhstan has had since gaining independence from the Soviet Union three decades ago, unexpectedly resigned on March 19. His departure could open the door for the oil-rich nation to draw closer to Russia again.

Nazarbayev came to power in 1989 as first secretary of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan when the nation was still a Soviet republic. In 1991, he presided over the transition to independence. He was reelected, against token challengers, in 1999, 2005, 2011 and 2015.

Authoritarians like Nazarbayev seem to exit the presidential palace only in coffins or coups. But Nazarbayev, 78, voluntarily resigned. In a television address to the nation, he said his decision to step down was “not easy,” but that he wished to help “a new generation of leaders.” Nazarbayev also said that he would remain chairman of the nation’s Security Council and leader of the ruling party.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, chairman of the Senate, was sworn in as interim president to serve out the remainder of Nazarbayev’s term, ending in April 2020. Shortly after being sworn in, Tokayev ordered the capital city, Astana, to be renamed Nursultan in honor of the departing strongman.

An Opening for Russia

Nazarbayev’s rule was marked by constantly and skillfully rebalancing Kazakhstan between its historic ties to Russia, the growing gravitational pull of China, and its relations with Western powers. His success helped legitimize his rule.

In recent years, Nazarbayev’s balancing act began to increasingly tilt Kazakhstan away from its Soviet history. He banned the Russian language in cabinet meetings and parliamentary proceedings. He established an economic zone built on English-style common law. And in an effort to break Kazakhstan out of Russia’s cultural orbit, he switched the nation from the Cyrillic alphabet that Russia had imposed in 1940 to a Latin script, like English.

Russian President Vladimir Putin applauded Nazarbayev’s decision to step down. He likely expects Tokayev and future leaders to allow more Russian influence on the government. Even if Nazarbayev’s successors do not intend to let Russia reassert itself in Kazakhstan, analysts doubt they will be as skilled as Nazarbayev in balancing the nation between Russia, China and the West, which could translate into a victory for Russia.

The ‘Prince of Russia’

The Trumpet watches the former Soviet nations because Putin views the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Putin has actively worked to rebuild Russian power in these nations, invading Georgia in 2008 and annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. He has also used political pressure to increase dominance over Belarus and Kyrgyzstan.

With a leadership transition now underway in Kazakhstan, Putin will seek openings to bring it more firmly under Russian control.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has often drawn attention to Putin’s efforts to dominate the former Soviet republics, and has shown how these efforts align with Bible prophecy. In our September 2014 issue, he discussed Revelation 9:16, which describes an Asian military force of 200 million soldiers fighting in World War iii. He also explained Ezekiel 38:2, which states that this force will be led by the “prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal” (Young’s Literal Translation).

Meshech and Tubal, he explained, are ancient names corresponding to modern Russian cities, and Rosh is a variation of an ancient name for Russia.

“I strongly believe Vladimir Putin is going to lead the 200 million-man army,” Mr. Flurry wrote. “Other nations are leaning toward an alliance with Russia” and “[s]everal of them are prophesied to join.” History, geography and prophecy show that many former Soviet countries such as Kazakhstan will likely be among these “other nations.”

A Sign of Hope

In his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ Mr. Flurry writes that, although the direction of Putin’s Russia shows that the world is on the fast track to a third world war, there is also cause for hope and joy tied into these developments.

He explains that the fact that Putin is now in power shows that the most hope-filled event in man’s history is on the horizon. He writes:

Mr. Putin’s warfare is going to lead directly into the Second Coming of Christ. … Vladimir Putin is a sign, literally a sign, that Jesus Christ is about to return! This is one of the most inspiring messages in the Bible.

What we are seeing in Russia ultimately leads to the transition from man ruling man to God ruling man! And it is almost here! … Jesus Christ is about to return—biblical prophecy makes that clear.

To better understand these Bible prophecies and the hope that is at their core, order your free copy of Mr. Flurry’s booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’


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Survey: Germany Growing Stronger

Survey: Germany Growing Stronger

Combined with economic anxiety, perception among Europeans that Germany is surging brings a key prophecy closer to fulfillment.

A Pew Research survey published on March 19 shows that many Europeans see Germany as a more important player on the world scene than it was 10 years ago. At the same time, many are anxious about the future of the economy.

There is a vital connection between these two findings—a connection that we must understand.

The Pew Research survey polled residents of 10 European nations: Poland, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, the United Kingdom and Greece. It covered a variety of topics, such as how Europeans see the European Union, how they perceive immigration, and whether or not they are financially better off as a result.

The most significant results of the survey concerned Germany, which is enjoying an increase in the number of people who view it as a powerful, relevant nation. Meanwhile, the relevance of the UK and France is viewed as stagnant or in decline.

According to the report:

In addition to economic tumult and challenges regarding immigration, the past decade has also seen shifts in the stature of European nations on the world stage. This is particularly true of Germany. Across the 10 European nations polled, a median of 47 percent say Germany plays a more important role than a decade ago, while 36 percent believe it plays as important a role and just 15 percent think it is less important.

In Greece, the vast majority said Germany’s importance in the world has increased, with 81 percent saying Germany has a more important role in world affairs than it did 10 years ago. In Spain, 56 percent agreed; 55 percent agreed in Italy. In Germany itself, 51 percent of respondents agreed that their nation has grown in importance. This is a notable portion of the population of Western and Southern Europe.

Also noteworthy is the pessimistic economic outlook shared by a majority of Europeans. In most countries, a majority of people said they expected the financial situation of their children to be worse than theirs. In France, 8 in 10 people believe their children will be worse off than them.

A majority of people in France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Greece also said they believed their financial situation had worsened compared to 20 years ago.

However, attitudes about the EU are still generally positive. Seventy-four percent of those surveyed said the EU promotes peace; slightly more than half said the EU promotes prosperity.

Will the EU system and Germany’s growing role bring the peace that many hope for?

As far back as 1945, one man looked to Bible prophecy to predict that Germany would indeed rise from the ashes of World War ii and take on a leading role in Europe. That man was Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Trumpet’s predecessor magazine, the Plain Truth.

In our free booklet He Was Right, we note that right from the end of World War ii, Mr. Armstrong forecast that Germany would rise again. “Germany inevitably [will] emerge as the leader of a united Europe,” he wrote in 1954.

What did he base his forecast on?

The Bible prophesied far in advance that Germany would rise again after World War ii, to lead Europe in the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. “And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space” (Revelation 17:10). The Bible describes seven resurrections of the ancient Holy Roman Empire. At the time when Mr. Armstrong came to understand these verses, the sixth king was on the scene in the form of Adolf Hitler and fascist Europe.

That resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire has come and gone, leaving only the seventh yet to come. During His time on Earth, Jesus Christ warned that the last appearance of this violent world-ruling power would lead to a time of such violence that if He did not return to stop it, humans would annihilate themselves (Matthew 24:21-22). Such annihilation became possible only in the past century with nuclear warfare.

In 1984, Mr. Armstrong wrote 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.”

The recent survey by Pew Research confirms both aspects of what Mr. Armstrong prophesied: Money is on the minds of many Europeans, and if there is a recession, they will look to Germany for deliverance.

“That, in turn, could bring on the Great Tribulation suddenly. And that will lead quickly into the Second Coming of Christ and the end of this world as we know it,” wrote Mr. Armstrong.

Christ’s return will herald the beginning of a new world of total peace and economic security for all. To learn more about how one man used Bible prophecy to predict the future of Germany and the world, request our free literature He Was Right and The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

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What Is God’s College Like?

God’s college today was prophesied in your Bible! What is its purpose?

I am the chancellor of Herbert W. Armstrong College, which has its main campus at the Philadelphia Church of God headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma, and a branch in England. This isn’t my college; it is God’s college. Its purpose is twofold: to teach students how to become teachers in the wonderful World Tomorrow, and to hasten their spiritual education.

Your Bible foretold the existence of God’s colleges in this end time, during the last two Church eras. Anciently, three biblical prophets ran three colleges each. Before his death in 1986, our predecessor, Herbert W. Armstrong, operated colleges in California, Texas and England. Today, besides our two main college branches, there’s a partial third branch in Jerusalem. We have sent students to assist Jewish archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar with all seven of her excavations since 2006. The possibility remains of establishing a permanent college campus there.

God used Mr. Armstrong as an end-time type of Elijah to “restore all things” to the Church (Matthew 17:11)—including God’s colleges, which were modeled after the ancient Elijah’s.

Why is God so focused on education? It is only possible to restore all things if we also restore God’s college—the engine that makes the whole vehicle run.

The appearance of Mr. Armstrong on the scene in this end time fulfilled Bible prophecy. “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” (Malachi 4:5-6). Mr. Armstrong proclaimed a message of family unity. God wants unity in His Church. This man is a sign that Christ’s return is near—at the very door! I’m talking about a decade or less, almost certainly.

The end-time Elijah has already come and gone. (You can prove that Mr. Armstrong fulfilled this office by studying my book Malachi’s Message, the “little book” of Revelation 10. You can also study The Little Book.) Mr. Armstrong restored all things primarily through the colleges he raised up.

“It was the development of the college in Pasadena that made possible the growth of the whole gospel work!” Mr. Armstrong wrote in his autobiography. God did a great work through him: over 400 television stations, 8 million Plain Truth subscribers (more than Time and Newsweek combined), and a $200 million annual income.

The name Elijah means “My God is God.” We’re discussing the real God! Elijah corrected ancient Israel for following the traditions of King Jeroboam, just as the modern nations of Israel are doing in this end time (Amos 7). (Study my booklet Great Again to prove the identity of the end-time type of Jeroboam.) God charged Elijah with confronting King Ahab and telling him that God knew about the innocent people Ahab had killed. It often requires great courage to do God’s work, but the reward could just about make you faint!

The world today is terrifying, with nuclear bombs proliferating faster than the experts can track them. Hate and aggressive militarism are everywhere. How sobering, but we need not be afraid if we have faith in God’s plan. God’s college is preparing our students to teach and lead the whole world one day soon.

When Mr. Armstrong started Ambassador College, the work of God began to grow at a phenomenal pace of 30 percent every year for decades! This is unparalleled in the business world! He trained students to become ministers, administrators and assistants under him as the work grew continually.

Students at Elijah’s colleges were considered “sons of the prophets” (1 Kings 20:35; 2 Kings 2:3). Elisha followed Elijah around on various journeys—he wouldn’t leave Elijah alone! He considered Elijah his spiritual father. When we recognize God’s Elijah work, we should cling to it and shout, My father, my father! I will not leave these teachings!

When God decided to transport Elijah in a chariot of fire—not to heaven, but to a distant land—it was time for Elisha to take charge of God’s work. Elisha was determined to follow every detail of Elijah’s example, and he relied on God for help in accomplishing that goal: “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so” (2 Kings 2:9-10). God did allow Elisha to see the invisible spiritual chariot of fire, proof that Elisha would be blessed with a double portion of the Holy Spirit.

There’s only one chariot of God. We all must jump on it to move God’s work forward! Only one chariot will ever move the nations of Israel back into close contact with the Creator God. One day, all humanity will be governed by the teachings of Elijah, which will be taught by the students of Elijah.

In Isaiah 28:9, the Prophet Isaiah asks, “Whom shall he teach knowledge?” He goes on to say that we can’t just unquestioningly accept whatever religion we grew up with. If we prove that we have been observing false religion, we must be prepared to rip it out of our minds. Replace lies with the truth of God! Most people refuse to do this. It is very hard to root out the tree of wrong ideas, but God won’t teach us unless we commit to lasting change.

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes” (Matthew 11:25). Go from deceived babe to nursing on the truth. Become teachable like a little child. Worldly intellectuals are too arrogant and self-willed to learn from God.

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3). Jesus Christ Himself kept every word of both the Old and New Testaments. We can’t cherry-pick which parts of the Bible to favor while disregarding the rest.

How will God respond to those who obey every word of the Bible? “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:3, 6). By doing God’s will today before Christ’s return, we qualify to share Christ’s throne with Him and to rule from Jerusalem for all eternity, bringing peace and joy to this miserable world.

Before Elijah and Elisha, the Prophet Samuel also established three colleges. He ended the polluted priesthood and founded a pure one. The two books of Samuel are part of the former prophets, as are the two books of Kings in which the stories of Elijah and Elisha are told. These books are prophecy for this end time! Today, we possess the wonderful truths taught by these biblical heroes. God’s college is about to fill the world with His truth!

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‘Wunderbar together’ stands above the entrance to the Culture Tent on Potsdamer Platz.
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‘Wunderbar Together’: From Illusion to Reality

One day, America and Germany will live ‘Wunderbar Together,’ but that day is not yet.

From October 2018 until the end of 2019, the United States is hosting 1,000 events to celebrate German-American friendship with the theme “Wunderbar Together.” The events are meant to highlight the “wonderful” ties that connect the two countries. Unfortunately, German-United States cooperation has become recent history; this year’s celebration of their alliance is a mere mirage.

The Year of German-American Friendship” is sponsored by Germany and “presents events and exhibits revolving around business and industry, politics, education, culture and science, to highlight the unique importance of trans-Atlantic relations,” according to the official website.

In all these sectors, Germany and America have made astonishing progress in their cooperation since the end of World War ii. But the question remains whether this cooperation has led to a lasting friendship. In recent years, this friendship has come under enormous pressure that threatens to break all ties between the two nations. Thus Germany’s Foreign Office saw the need to reiterate its commitment to the alliance.

“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,” Germany’s Foreign Office wrote concerning the events. “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 to focus on German-American friendship” (Trumpet translation throughout).

But should America trust this cooperation? The two countries recently had major disputes over trade, military, economic and global climate change policies. In all these areas, the two have taken different paths and Germany has developed an increasingly hostile attitude toward America.

Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer told Spiegel Online that he believes the relationship has never been so bad. Germany’s former defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, said that the relationship is worse than he has ever experienced. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Europe to take matters into its own hands rather than trust the U.S.

Are these good grounds for close cooperation?

Bible prophecy explicitly warns that Germany will betray America in this end time. My article “Is the U.S. Ignoring the Warning Signs From Germany?” highlights some of these prophecies along with corresponding events that have caused friction between the U.S. and Germany. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry fully explains this coming prophesied betrayal in his book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet. Under the subhead “German Double Cross,” Mr. Flurry points to verses in Ezekiel 23 that reveal how Germany will turn suddenly against America, at a time when the U.S. least expects it.

Anyone who has kept up with the recent disputes between the U.S. and Germany can see that both countries are not working “wunderbar together” currently. While many are satisfied believing the illusion, few know that the Bible prophesies that today’s mirage will become tomorrow’s reality.

The book of Isaiah reveals that after Germany’s end-time betrayal of America, God will intervene in world affairs and usher in a wonderful World Tomorrow, turning illusion into reality. This might sound fantastic and unbelievable, but as surely as the Bible prophesies the coming betrayal, it also prophesies this coming friendship.

True Friendship Prophesied

Isaiah 35 describes this coming world: “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes” (verse 5-7). Concerning these verses, Mr. Flurry writes in Isaiah’s End-Time Vision:

For “And the parched ground shall become a pool,” the Hebrew could read: “The mirage shall become a real lake.” We have seen the sun’s rays refracted on the glowing desert sands at midday. It gives the appearance of a lake. In the near future, those desert mirages will be replaced by real lakes! That mirage is only a type of the illusions that fill this world. Men see mirages in marriage, race relations, education, religion and peace endeavors—they see hope that later proves to be a dreadfully disappointing mirage! Soon all of those mirages will become reality—real successes and fulfillment.

Today’s German-American friendship is one of those mirages. It looks beautiful and full of hope, but it is merely an illusion. Yet Bible prophecies show us a glimpse of what it will be like once this illusion becomes reality.

“In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance” (Isaiah 19:23-25).

As Herbert W. Armstrong explained in The United States and Britain in Prophecy, the modern descendants of Assyria are the Germans, and the modern descendants of ancient Israel include the United States and Britain.

Germany and the U.S. are prophesied to one day work “wunderbar together” as leading nations in the wonderful World Tomorrow. In “A Nation Worth Applauding” in the September 2011 Trumpet, Ryan Malone wrote:

The Hebrew word Assyria literally means “step,” implying success or progress. This will be a more fitting name for the “German” (man of war) in a time when people will no longer “learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4). The Assyrians will continue to be industry leaders in the fields of manufacturing and creative endeavors, using those skills, not to build tools of destruction, but to turn weapons into instruments of development and cultivation (verse 4). …

The Assyrians will assuredly bring their excellence and farsighted thinking in industry to help provide the large construction equipment needed in the new world for major topographical overhaul (Isaiah 41:15-16). They will use their famed musical prowess to compose and perform music that worships and praises the true God (Psalm 68:32).

In Isaiah 19, God calls the Assyrians “the work of my hands.” God created the beautiful qualities that the Germans demonstrate today. But in Isaiah 10:5, God refers to the Assyrians as the rod of His anger and the staff of His indignation.

In the imminent future, God will use Germany as a rod to correct Israel for its rebellion against its Creator. For millennia, Israel has failed to be the righteous example Germany needed in order to turn to God. But the coming punishment that Israel faces will lead it to repentance and, in turn, modern-day Assyria will also repent. The book of Jonah shows that the capital of ancient Assyria, Nineveh, repented after hearing God’s warning message. This is the only time in history that a Gentile nation repented and turned to God! This too is a prophetic forerunner of the coming, lasting repentance of the German people.

Despite the fact that in the imminent future Germany and the U.S. will face much conflict and devastation, a beautiful time of enduring cooperation lies ahead of them.

Soon they will live “wunderbar together.” Many prophecies in the Bible point to the fact that after the establishment of God’s government on Earth, Assyria and Israel will never again be at war. Moreover, their God-led cooperation will lead the entire world into amazing prosperity. There is indeed a wonderful future ahead for these two nations and the rest of the world.

Do these prophecies sound too wonderful to be true? Do they seem utterly impossible considering today’s hostilities and conflicts? Members of God’s true Church understand how these prophecies will become reality because the start of this prophesied unity is already seen in their congregations around the world. Soon, this unity will be reality for the entire world.

Perhaps you’re wondering, When will all these wonderful prophecies come to pass? Are they millennia away, or could they be fulfilled in my lifetime? Understanding how close these events are is likely the most wonderful news that mankind could ever hear. The late Herbert W. Armstrong has written a small but powerful booklet that explains the cause of world evil and when and how God will solve mankind’s problems. Request your free copy of his booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like to learn about the great hope that lies ahead for this world.

I also encourage you to read “A Nation Worth Applauding” to learn how Germany’s qualities today will be used for an exceedingly good purpose under God’s and Israel’s leadership in this prophesied World Tomorrow.

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People walk on the flooded street of Buzi, central Mozambique, on March 20, 2019 after the passage of the cyclone Idai.

Cyclone Idai Submerges Southeast Africa

Hundreds are dead; hundreds of thousands have been left in wretched conditions. Many are asking, ‘Why did this happen?’

Cyclone Idai made landfall on March 15, killing hundreds of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Thousands more have been stranded. More than a million have been affected by subsequent flooding.

Idai hit the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, with wind speeds over 100 mph and a destructive 6½-foot storm surge. The storm caused landslides that wiped out homes and other buildings.

A week later, as the storm pushed inland and brought with it devastating floods, about 15,000 victims remain isolated, stranded on rooftops and trees, with little or no food or drinking water. Around the Buzi River and Pungwe River, which broke their embankments, flood waters rose high enough to completely submerge entire homes.

The confirmed death toll across the affected countries, as of March 21, is 350 lives. With many more missing and stranded in squalid conditions, the number will no doubt rise dramatically. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has estimated there will be more than 1,000 deaths.

Of those who have so far escaped the disaster with their lives, as many as 400,000 people have lost their homes, according to the Red Cross. The United Nations estimated that at least 1.5 million additional people will be affected by the storm’s aftermath.

On March 20, Mozambique started three days of national mourning. President Nyusi also declared a national emergency. Beira and the surrounding communities lost communication and were cut off to the outside world due to power outages. According to Celso Correia, Mozambique’s environment minister, 80 percent of the region’s electrical grid was taken down by Idai and the flooding. “All roads are cut; the infrastructure is destroyed,” he said. “I think this is the biggest natural disaster Mozambique has ever faced. Everything is destroyed. Our priority now is to save human lives. … We will certainly end with a higher [death] toll.”

Caroline Haha, an emergency communications specialist for the Red Cross, said, “Everyone is doubling, tripling, quadrupling whatever they were planning. It’s much larger than anyone could ever anticipate.”

Aid workers are striving to evacuate as many victims as possible, but resources are stretched thin. “Sometimes we can only save two out of five,” said Ian Scher, ceo of the nonprofit aid organization Rescue South Africa. “Sometimes we rather drop food and go to someone else who’s in bigger danger. We just save what we can save, and the others will perish.” Some affected areas, especially in Zimbabwe, are simply impossible to reach.

Nations are pouring in relief funds. The United States has pledged $15 million, and the United Kingdom has pledged $23.8 million. The European Union has provided $4 million in aid, and Tanzania has flown more than 262 tons of medical supplies and food to the affected areas.

The situation in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe is a massive humanitarian crisis, but more than that, it is a sign of things to come!

“And as [Jesus] sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, … For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:3-4, 7).

One of the signs Christ gave them of His Second Coming was increased “natural” disasters!

Our free booklet Why ‘Natural’ Disasters?, addresses this issue in detail:

In Matthew 24, Jesus Christ’s disciples asked Him what signs would precede His Second Coming and the end of this present world. He responded with the pivotal prophecy of His earthly ministry: the Olivet prophecy. …

Christ then gave another important sign of the end time: weather patterns and other natural phenomena taking a violent turn for the worse! “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars … For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers [different] places” (verses 6-7). Notice, in addition to the “wars and rumours of wars”—surely an apt description of the current state of international relations—Jesus told His disciples that His return would be preceded by an uptick in natural disasters.

We are seeing this prophecy play out before our eyes! The horrific disaster that hundreds of thousands—even over 1 million—are suffering through in southeast Africa is just one crisis in a long list of recent natural disasters plaguing the world.

2018 was a historic year for destructive wildfires in California. In December, well over 1,000 people died in Indonesia after the nation was wrecked by earthquakes, tsunamis and a volcanic eruption. The list of destruction could go on and on.

These disasters and the flooding in Africa are far from “normal.” God Himself “withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth” (Job 12:15). God sends these “natural” disasters in an attempt to wake up this world from its sins!

The booklet continues:

These are not normal times. The Bible says earthquakes, droughts, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis are anything but normal. They are curses man has brought upon himself as a result of disobedience to God’s laws. And the Bible says that … they are about to get so bad that they can legitimately be compared to the events described in the pages of the Holy Bible!

As terrifying as these “natural” disasters are, they are only the “beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8).

It is up to each one of us individually to heed this warning from God and wake up before the Great Tribulation strikes the Earth! By that time, there will be suffering through the Earth “such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (verse 21).

Despite what is coming in the immediate future, there is incredible hope beyond it! All these fulfilled prophecies point toward the return of Jesus Christ, when He will usher in a new age, free of suffering. Request a free copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like for a picture of what is coming to this world!

For a deeper understanding of the real cause and solution to this world’s “natural” disasters, read our free booklet Why ‘Natural’ Disasters?