Islamists Infiltrate the Democratic Party

Islamists and progressives do not have much in common, except a hatred for Israel.

A strange alliance has developed between Islamism and the progressive left.

In January, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women ever to sit in the United States Congress. Both were recruited by the far-left Justice Democrats political action committee. And both champion left-wing causes like abortion, homosexual “marriage” and marijuana legalization. Yet when not criticizing Christians for opposing such values, they raise money for Islamist groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Tlaib and Omar recently participated in a fundraiser with Omar Suleiman, an imam with links to the Muslim Brotherhood. He is known for condemning abortion, homosexual “marriage” and marijuana use. It is odd that Tlaib and Omar would share a stage with an Islamic fundamentalist who preaches against what they allegedly stand for.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Islamism is “a popular reform movement advocating the reordering of government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam.” Many Islamists have been paying lip service to left-wing causes to gain influence in the U.S. political system and attack the State of Israel.

The Great Satan

The affinity between Islamists and leftists comes from a common belief that America is the “Great Satan” and Israel is the “Little Satan.” Both Tlaib and Omar oppose American capitalism. And they support boycotting, sanctioning and divesting from the State of Israel. Both have engaged in anti-Semitic rhetoric. This year, Tlaib’s official Instagram account followed a page that depicts Jews as rats and accuses them of perpetrating the 9/11 attacks. In 2012, Omar tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

Both politicians joined the Democratic Party and are now working to turn the U.S. government against Israel.

“Islamists have been attempting for years to gain influence within the U.S. political system,” reports Middle East Forum. “They align themselves with the left wing of the Democratic Party not because they support lgbt rights or abortion, but to gain power through the progressive agenda of intersectionality and multiculturalism. … Islamist activists often say that when they have enough power, they will turn on their progressive allies and implement their own priorities.”

Dr. Ibraheem Samirah is a representative in the Virginia House of Delegates who worked as a senior campaign manager for Tlaib. He compared his campaign’s alliance with the radical left to the decision of Mohammed “to form treaties with his enemies.” Mohammed, he said, “had to form alliances with people who weren’t necessarily believers of his message, who would later on become people who would be his enemies.”

Intersectional Islamists have a greater chance of imposing extreme ideas on America than the Islamic State or al Qaeda ever did.

The Real Satan

Contrary to Representative Omar’s claims, it is not Israel that has hypnotized the world. Our people don’t understand their Bibles as they once did. But many scriptures show that it is Satan the devil who has hypnotized the world.

“Revelation 12:12 reveals that Satan is our deadly adversary,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in “America’s Real Enemy.” “He is the one behind these dangerous developments. The devil is full of wrath, and he has gotten control of the government of this land! He controls the radical left. The fruits prove it. These people want to bring this system down.”

America and the Jewish people have been greatly blessed by God. But since they have turned away from His Ten Commandments, the devil has sown discord and lawlessness among them. This is why abortionists, homosexual political activists, drug addicts and Islamists have all made common cause against Judeo-Christian values expounded in the Bible.

To understand the unseen reason why troubles are intensifying in the U.S., read America Under Attack, by Gerald Flurry.

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North Africa: The Time Bomb That Could Blow Up Europe

Last week, I wrote to you about how Algeria could explode. This week, the timer has ticked closer to zero. North Africa is smoldering. An eruption anywhere in this region could set off a chain reaction igniting a landmass larger than the United States.

A stream of migrants from one conflict zone could destabilize the next country over. The collapse of a government could give terrorists free rein to set up bases and carry on the fight in surrounding countries.

Sitting on top of this time bomb is Europe. The migrant crisis stemming from the Syrian civil war is already weakening the European Union toward a breaking point. If North Africa erupts, the EU’s fuel supplies, trade routes and society itself will be threatened.

An explosion in North Africa could affect Europe and, therefore, the entire world.

Civil War in Libya

Libya has been in chaos since 2011. But that chaos has been far less destructive than it could have been. Last year, around 1,500 people were killed in the fighting. That’s tragic, but it’s dwarfed by the 20,000 people killed in Syria and over 28,000 in Yemen over the same time.

Until last week, the Libyan government was locked in a stalemate. The Government of National Accord (gna) controls the capital Tripoli and is backed by the United Nations, the European Union and the United States. But the Libyan National Army (lna), under Gen. Khalifa Haftar, controls most of the rest of the country and is backed by Russia, with support from Italy and (unofficially) France.

Meanwhile, terrorists—including the Islamic State—are exploiting this divided government and other weaknesses where they can and seizing pockets of territory.

But last Thursday, Haftar marched on Tripoli. This threatens to unleash fighting on a whole new scale. The U.S. has withdrawn the small number of marines it had posted in Tripoli, and as I write this, Haftar’s forces have just acknowledged launching an air strike on Tripoli’s only working airport. But gna forces are putting up strong resistance.

“The conflict in Libya has entered a new phase,” Stratfor warned yesterday.

“With their forward progress halted, it’s unlikely that Haftar’s forces will be able to take full control of the capital any time soon, leading to a high probability that the battle will become a protracted affair,” Stratfor wrote. “[W]ith Haftar’s forces stretched thin, rival militias and terrorist groups in the territory the lna already had seized, such as in Benghazi, will have the opportunity to regain a foothold.”

“The chaos emerging from another full-scale conflict could allow the Islamic State to restrengthen as political crises continue in Algeria and Sudan,” Stratfor wrote.

Which brings us to Libya’s western neighbors.

Successes Turn to Failure

In Algeria, protests against the government continue, despite President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation. As I wrote last week, the demonstrators don’t just want a new figurehead; they want a new regime and system of government.

And the stirrings of unrest are spreading to Tunisia.

Thus far, Tunisia has been the Arab Spring’s only success story. Under President Beji Caid Essebsi, the Tunisians barely kept the Islamists out. But the country’s economy has struggled, needing a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, and all the restrictions on spending that go with it.

Over the weekend, Essebsi announced that he would not stand for a second term, meaning his presidency will end in the autumn. His announcement came as movements on social media began to call for his ouster, inspired by the events in neighboring Algeria. There are no high-profile replacements for Essebsi on the horizon, and his party has asked him to stay.

Tunisia’s number two party is Ennahda, an Islamic party inspired by the Iranian Revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2016, it declared itself a part of “Muslim democrats.” How the party would behave if it has the chance to take power remains to be seen. The results of the Arab Spring in just about every other country show there’s plenty of scope for radical Islam in Tunisia.

War Criminal Under Siege

Southeast of Libya, another regime is under siege. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been fending off demonstrations since the end of 2018. But now they’re more threatening than ever before in his 30 years of rule.

Conflicting reports have been coming out of Sudan, but it appears that on Saturday, activists marched on the compound containing the Defense Ministry and presidential palace. They were trying to turn the army against Bashir. It’s unclear if they were successful. Reuters reported today:

On Monday, riot police and intelligence service personnel charged the demonstrators with pickup trucks while firing tear gas, but witnesses and activists said soldiers moved to protect the protesters.

The Times of London is reporting that security forces have split, with some defending the protesters and other supporting the president. The protests continue, with the following picture spreading widely on social media:

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The United Kingdom, U.S. and Norway have called on Bashir to step down—for good reason, he is a horrible individual. He is the only sitting head of state indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

At the same time, the consequences of a collapse in Sudan would be severe: dramatically increased refugee numbers and a perfect base for terrorists to attack targets in North and West Africa. This is why the EU works with and even pays this wanted war criminal. As the Economist pointed out, if Bashir goes, the wave of unrest could simply grow stronger:

Events in Sudan will be watched nervously by Mr. Bashir’s fellow Arab leaders, who fear a second phase of the Arab Spring that swept away several of them in 2011. Protesters in Algeria have recently forced the resignation of their ailing president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Who might be next?

A Pattern of Instability

These are just the flare-ups that have occurred in the last few days. There are other major risks of a conflagration. In Mali, nearly 90,000 have been forced to flee since January as tribal militia and armed groups continue to clash in the country’s northern and central regions. On March 23, more than 150 Fulani villages were attacked, probably by the rival Dogon tribe.

Meanwhile, the UN Refugee Agency said today that it is worried about the spike in attacks in southeast Niger, warning, “The beginning of the year has brought a resurgence of violent attacks by Boko Haram, targeting security and defense forces as well as the civilian population in the region of Diffa, near the Nigerian border.”

All these areas have tension and major problems that aren’t going away quickly. Having several hot spots all smoldering at the same time means the risk of an explosion is especially high. But even if things settle down, the big problems remain.

This region is on the brink of an explosion. Your Bible prophesies this explosion, as well as its ultimate outcome.

Daniel 11:40-45 is a prophecy for “the time of the end.” And so much of the events it describes revolve around North Africa.

It describes a showdown between two forces: “the king of the north” and “the king of the south.” The king of the north is a German-led Europe, and the king of the south is radical Islam led by Iran. (Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s free booklet The King of the South will help you prove this for yourself.) Verses 42-43 describe Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia being conquered by, and therefore opposing, the king of the north; meaning they were aligned with Iran.

That’s a huge shift. Egypt is against Iran right now. Ethiopia is a Christian country.

But the potential for dramatic change is clear.

This passage also says Europe will be involved in the region. Verse 40 states that this European power will attack “like a whirlwind.” Mr. Flurry explains in “The Whirlwind Prophecy” that in this verse “the emphasis is on the strategy of this military attack.”

“If you’re in a whirlwind, it whirls all around you,” he continues. “It whirls you away! [Y]ou can see the German strategy: to surround Iran and its allies. …

“The king of the north couldn’t come like a whirlwind unless it surrounds Iran and its allies. That is being meticulously planned right now! Germany is busy preparing to execute a whirlwind strategy to rush upon and overflow Iran.”

Part of that coming storm is forming in North Africa. Germany is a major contributor to the EU’s military mission in Mali. German generals have talked openly about the need for Germany to prepare to project force into Libya. Chairman of the German Federal Armed Forces Association Lt. Col. André Wüstner said that radical Islam has created a “ring of fire” that extends “from Afghanistan via Yemen, Syria and Iraq to Africa” and that Germany must be prepared to confront it. In other words, Germany needs to surround these outbreaks of radical Islam.

Europe is being drawn into North Africa, just as the Bible said it would. It has little choice. Unless it wants to let millions of migrants destabilize its political system and its society, it has to be involved in the region just across the Mediterranean Sea.

Perhaps the biggest danger to Europe comes from Egypt. It has a population larger than Algeria, Sudan and Libya combined. It is one of the leading nations in the volatile region. Egypt has already proved vulnerable to radical Islamists. If Egypt allies with Iran, it will rock Europe’s world. Mr. Flurry wrote in 2012:

The emphasis here in verses 42 and 43 is on Egypt—then we have Libya and Ethiopia. This shows that Egypt is the big conquest! It is the real power behind Libya and Ethiopia, which suggests that it is going to have a heavy hand in swinging those two nations into the Iranian camp.

We need to understand the enormous impact that Egypt working with Iran will have in the Middle East and even globally. This Iran-Egypt axis is going to change the game in the Middle East—particularly in Libya and Ethiopia.

Put simply, this means that we can expect Egypt—with Iran’s help—to lead Libya and Ethiopia into the Iranian camp!

The region is volatile and unstable, and Egypt will probably perform the coup de grâce that brings these countries around to Iran. But until then, the instability could mean some major headaches for Europe.

Events in North Africa tie into so many key Bible prophecies. The rise of Iran is clear. The migrant crisis is helping to foment major political change in Europe. Part of the reason France is so keen to empower Germany is because it needs Germany’s military to help it in North Africa.

There are numerous reasons to keep watching the region. But the most important comes from the book of Daniel. The culmination of the chain of events in Daniel 11 is that one “like the son of man” is given “dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him” (Daniel 7:14).

The events of Daniel 11 serve as a countdown to this event—the return of Jesus Christ to Earth. As Christ Himself said, we need to watch these events (Matthew 24:42).

For a more thorough explanation on what the Bible says about North Africa, and how the clash that takes place here leads to the return of Jesus Christ, read Mr. Flurry’s free booklet Libya and Ethiopia in Prophecy.

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China’s ‘Fisherman Navy’ Surrounds Philippines’ Pag-asa Island

‘China is intimidating the nations of Southeast Asia into submission to its will. … Everything is headed in the direction of war.’

Chinese fishing vessels swarmed Philippine-controlled Pag-asa Island in the Spratly Islands on April 4, in an “illegal” move that provoked Manila, Inquirer.net reported.

On the day of the incident, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told China to “lay off” its vessels surrounding Pag-asa Island. “This is not a warning, this is a word of advice to my friend [China],” Duterte said. “I’m asking you, I will not plead or beg but I’m just telling you lay off the Pag-asa Island because we have soldiers there. … I will tell the soldiers [to] prepare for suicide missions.”

“The presence of Chinese vessels near and around the Pag-asa and other maritime features in the Kalayaan Island Group is illegal,” read a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs. “Such actions are a clear violation of Philippine sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction as defined under international law.”

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea stipulates that waters within a country’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone are part of a nation’s maritime territory. Any natural resources found within its economic zone rightfully belong to that nation. Most countries abide by this law to determine their maritime borders. But China has little regard for international law. It claims almost all of South China Sea as its own, and it is willing to use its military might to assert its control in the South China Sea.

The Chinese vessels have surrounded the areas around Pag-asa Island “in large numbers and for sustained and recurring periods, what is commonly referred to as ‘swarming’ tactics, raising questions about their intent as well as concerns over their role in support of coercive objectives,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Capt. Jason Ramon, spokesperson for the Philippine Navy’s Western Command, said at least 275 Chinese vessels had been sighted around Pag-asa Island, Subi Reef and the sandbars since January. “These are suspected maritime militia,” Ramon said. “Of course, we challenge them. We warn them that they are entering Philippine territory. But almost all of them are unresponsive.”

Despite obstacles in the relationship, the Philippines will likely remain a “friend” of China as long as Duterte is still in office. Since assuming the presidency in 2016, Duterte has pursued warmer ties with China. In contrast with his predecessor, Benigno Aquino iii, who nurtured a closer relationship with the U.S., Duterte has a long-standing anti-U.S. stance. He has questioned the relevance of the Philippine-American alliance. He refused to confront China with The Hague’s 2016 ruling that invalidated China’s claims in the South China Sea. Instead, he has drawn his nation closer to Russia and China. “You know … China just wants to be friends with us. They gave us arms [and] ammunition. I went there [Beijing] because America failed to deliver what we ordered,” Duterte said on April 2 when large numbers of Chinese vessels had already been sighted at Pag-asa Island.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has said that China’s aggression in the South China Sea is “steering the world toward war.” In our July 2016 issue, he wrote:

Since before the Korean War, China has had a strategy to establish a security buffer extending far from its coast and engulfing the entire South China Sea. Its current military buildup in the Paracels and the Spratlys is bringing China closer to realizing this strategy.

China is forcing South China Sea claimant states like the Philippines to capitulate to its will. Mr. Flurry continued:

Since [the end of] World War ii, America protected this vital trade route and brought peace to this part of the world. Now the American military is retreating, and other great powers are coming in to fill the vacuum. …

China is intimidating the nations of Southeast Asia into submission to its will. It is forcing these countries to do what it wants. Everything is headed in the direction of war.

Mr. Flurry’s analysis of the South China Sea situation is based on specific end-time Bible prophecies. Ezekiel 4 describes a time just before the Great Tribulation, an end-time period of unparalleled war and suffering. Verse 3 reads, “[S]et thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.” Regarding this scripture, Mr. Flurry wrote:

The “house of Israel” primarily refers not to Jews, but to the modern descendants of Israel, specifically the United States and Britain. Here is pictured a siege against the house of Israel.

Isaiah 23 gives more details about this economic siege. It shows that there will be a brief economic alliance between a German-led European bloc and major Asian powers. The Bible calls this Eurasian alliance a “mart of nations.” This alliance will form to besiege the modern-day nations of ancient Israel (principally the United States and Britain) economically. Mr. Flurry continued:

The Bible contains many prophecies of that European power attacking America. This is where China and the other giants of Asia enter the picture. Considering that China now possesses most of the world’s strategic sea gates (at one time held by Britain and America), the German-led Holy Roman Empire will need to form a brief alliance with the Asian powers identified in Isaiah 23 (Russia, China, Japan—the “kings of the east”). …

This is why China’s moves to militarize the South China Sea should be so concerning.

China’s behavior in the South China Sea is leading to the fulfillment of this prophecy. China is intimidating nations like the Philippines, with the goal of eventually cutting off America’s and other nations’ access to the South China Sea. “Soon America will find it impossible to import oil and other necessities,” Mr. Flurry wrote.

To understand where China’s takeover of the South China Sea is leading, please read Mr. Flurry’s article “China Is Steering the World Toward War.”

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Iran Out of Cash!

How Iran is being forced out of Syria

Iran’s proxies across the Middle East are showing signs of financial strain. On March 28, the New York Times quoted an Iran-backed militiaman who had recently lost a third of his salary and other benefits. “The golden days are gone and will never return,” said the anonymous Shiite fighter. “Iran doesn’t have enough money to give us.”

Iran has cut the salaries of many of its militiamen in Syria. Many Hezbollah fighters also say they have missed paychecks and lost various perks. In Syria, fighters from Palestinian factions living in subsidized apartments have been kicked out of their apartments and seen their food quality diminished.

In April 2018, the Jerusalem Post wrote, “There are 80,000 Shiite militiamen, trained and recruited by Iran, in Syria.” Lebanon’s Hezbollah is the best-known supporter, but a large majority of the foreign fighters are from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. According to Associated Press, Iran recruited tens of thousands of Afghans, training and paying them to fight in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Some experts estimate as many as 15,000 fighters at one time came from the Afghan Fatimiyoun Brigade. These foreign troops cost Iran money to feed, equip and pay wages.

Iran’s worsening economic crisis is a result of United States sanctions imposed in May, August and November of 2018. Because Iran was violating the terms of the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (signed by China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia and the United States in an attempt to curb Iran’s nuclear development program), on May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal. Since then, America has placed various sanctions on Iran, targeting its crucial banking, oil and shipping sectors, and preventing it from using the U.S. dollar for trade.

On Oct. 31, 2018, during an event at the Alexander Hamilton Society, National Security Adviser John Bolton said, “We want to achieve maximum pressure but don’t want to harm friends and allies.” The U.S. set the goal of driving Iran’s oil exports to zero, but it granted China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey temporary waivers.

“In November, we granted eight oil waivers to avoid a spike in the price of oil. I can confirm today three of those importers are now at zero,” Brian Hook, U.S. envoy to Iran, told Reuters reporters. He did not identify the three countries. “There are better market conditions for us to accelerate our path to zero,” he continued. “We are not looking to grant any waivers or exceptions to our sanctions regime.” And it seems like it is about to get worse for Iran. Reuters reported on March 25 that a senior Trump administration official said the U.S. government is considering placing additional sanctions on Iran in May.

In a November 2018 Trumpet article, “The Imminent Iran-Syria Divorce,” Jerusalem correspondent Brent Nagtegaal wrote:

After almost eight years of war, Syria lies in rubble. Cities such as Aleppo, Raqqa and Homs, once home to hundreds of thousands or millions of people, are shells of their former selves, with entire neighborhoods flattened by the fighting. National infrastructure such as bridges, roads and the power grid urgently need repairs.

The cost of repairing Syria is astronomical. In August, the United Nations estimated that it would cost $400 billion to restore Syria to the point that the millions of displaced Syrians could return. Problem is, Syria lacks the capacity to do the work itself and is going to need outside assistance.

Jihad Yazigi, editor of the Syria Report, an economic analysis news site, told the New York Times on March 28 that given the worsening financial situation in Syria, economic support from Iran would be “extremely helpful,” but it is no longer able to provide funding. In the past, it gave financial aid to the Syrian government, but it recently failed to deliver on its promise of a new power plant and a credit line to help Syria import essential goods.

An alliance only lasts as long as it is mutually beneficial. Syria received financial and military support from Iran, so it gave Iran access to its strategic territory in its goal to project power and threaten Israel. But as Iran’s financial and military support wanes, expect Syria to resist its authority.

However, Iran will not easily relinquish Syria. Foreign Policy estimated that Iran has spent about $30 billion on Syria. As Nagtegaal wrote: “To complete the Shia Crescent, Iran needs to preserve its influence over the regime of Assad, whose Alawite faith is an offshoot of Shia Islam.” Iran also needs control of Syria to connect with its Lebanon proxy Hezbollah.

Michael A. Ledeen, a contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal, writes in his 2007 book The Iranian Time Bomb:

If the Islamic Republic can drive the United States out of Iraq, destroy the fledgling democracy in Lebanon, and damage or destroy Israel, the mullahs believe they can dominate the area. … If they are seen to fail, however, their destiny is uncertain. That is why they are pushing so hard on all fronts, hoping to score their own victories before they fall.

That is exactly the strategy Iran’s leaders have employed since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Iran has already gained significant control of Iraq (please read “Iraq Is Conquered—On to Jerusalem”). On April 6, Reuters reported that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged Iraq to oust American troops “as soon as possible,” a demand the Iraqi parliament has been considering for the last month.

Iran has also been working subtly to destroy the democracy in Lebanon. Its proxy Hezbollah is a legitimate party in Lebanon’s parliament and deeply involved in Lebanese politics. It even controls the country’s Health Ministry. Khamenei said, “Hezbollah is going to do things today that are in Iran’s interest.” According to Iran, Hezbollah is more loyal to the ayatollah than to its own goals and ambitions. In other words, Iran controls part of the Lebanese government. It has effectively destroyed Lebanon’s democracy.

In order to damage or destroy Israel, Iran must control Syria. It is a vital corridor to supply Hezbollah with armaments, and it acts as a launching platform to attack the Golan Heights in northern Israel. But in its current economic crisis, Iran can’t finance Syrian reconstruction, and it can no longer afford to pay militias to offer military assistance. With America declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization this week, and the possibility of additional sanctions against Iran coming next month, how much longer until Iran is forced out of Syria?

The Bible prophesies of this imminent Iran-Syria split.

Daniel 11:40 prophesies of a radical end-time power called “the king of the south.” Daniel’s prophecy states that this king will “push” against a mighty power to the north. In his free booklet The King of the South, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry identifies radical Islam, led by Iran, as the king of the south. Iran’s attempt to use Syria as a platform to invade Israel is a demonstration of its pushy foreign policy.

Yet the Bible says that Syria will not be aligned with Iran. Instead, Syria is grouped with moderate Arab nations in an alliance described in Psalm 83: “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; Assur also is joined with them …” (verses 5-8).

In Bible prophecy, the Hagarenes refer to modern-day Syria. They were a semi-nomadic people who lived in the desert region between the lands of Gilead, Bashan and the Euphrates River, which is known today as Syria. They are mentioned as living in the same region from the 12th century b.c. during the time of King Saul (1 Chronicles 5:9-10) to 703 b.c., when they were referenced in Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser iii’s Summary Inscriptions. The Psalm 83 prophecy identifies the Hagarenes as part of the Arab alliance. The Hagarenes specifically refer to the modern-day nation of Syria.

In “How the Syrian Crisis Will End,” published in September 2012, Mr. Flurry wrote, “What we are seeing right now in Syria is a major biblical prophecy in the process of being fulfilled! What happens in Syria will lead to mighty nations changing course and the foundations of this world being shaken!”

Iran will soon be forced out of Syria. It can no longer uphold its end of the partnership, so Syria will look elsewhere for help. For more information about where Syria will look for assistance, read our article “How the Syrian Crisis Will End.”

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If passed, a new law could greatly expand the scope of espionage on foreigners and citizens alike.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has introduced a bill that would allow German spy agencies to hack into nearly any computer and conduct espionage on a wide swath of citizens and foreigners.

Drawn up by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the bill greatly expands the espionage powers of Germany’s intelligence service, the bnd. Although Seehofer has been notorious for opposing the chancellor on many occasions, he seems to have persuaded her to support this latest bill. This time, opposition is coming from Merkel’s coalition ally, the Social Democratic Party (spd). The spd justice minister has expressed outrage at one clause in particular, which would allow spies to collect information on children under 14 years old. The justification for this clause rests on the 2016 case of a 12-year-old who was involved in a plot to bomb a Christmas market.

Many Germans are critical of the bill. “This amounts to a massive extension of intrusive surveillance,” said Sven Herpig, a researcher from the New Responsibility Foundation. Germany’s Left Party also condemned the bill, calling it a “catalogue of Orwellian fantasies.”

In the recent past, however, many similar “fantasies” have become reality.

In 2017, Germany proposed an “unprecedented spate of new surveillance and security laws.” Most of these were passed and are in force today, yet they are rarely discussed.

The biggest concern is currently the government’s State Trojan spyware law. This allows government spyware to be covertly installed on a target’s mobile phone. The spyware can lie dormant for a set period of time, remaining undetected for years, before being activated to collect data on the user’s calls, chats and Internet activity. And this isn’t limited to phones; the spyware can also be used to spy on people through smart devices, like speakers or fridges that can connect to the Internet, greatly infringing upon privacy rights.

Before the State Trojan law was passed, only the federal Criminal Office had the power to employ this method of espionage. Now this power is in the hands of the state itself.

The new law also grants permission for the bnd to use this spyware against foreigners. Both the Criminal Office and bnd have expressed a desire to “cooperate more effectively against ‘transnational’ threats, such as terrorism and organized crime.”

Airlines in Germany are bound to collect and retain the contact details of their passengers, means of booking, payment, and even seat choice, for up to five years. Although presented as an EU requirement, critics have said that this law goes well beyond what is required by Brussels.

Other laws passed in 2017 regulate increased video surveillance of public areas and more detailed research into the background of migrants, both of which came in the aftermath of the 2016 Christmas market terrorist attacks.

The government has even gone so far as to draft legislation allowing it to spy on itself. Critics have drawn attention to the fact that this law would allow the state to threaten social media firms with heavy fines if they do not delete content deemed illegal.

As the Times noted, German spy agencies have been growing more intrusive for a long time; the latest decision is only one example of “years of growth.” In addition to these new bills, Germany recently opened a new spy agency in the heart of Berlin.

Why is a peaceful democracy like Germany investing so much to spy on its citizens and foreigners?

The 2013 scandal that the U.S. was spying on Germany, even on the chancellor herself, prompted outrage in Germany. More recently, Germany has viewed America with less trust and more suspicion at every turn. Germans are now looking to their own power, not America’s, to ensure their safety.

The expanding reach of the bnd and other German spy agencies should concern us even if we don’t live in Germany, because their Nazi past points to Germany’s ominous future. The late Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of our predecessor magazine, the Plain Truth, used Bible prophecy to forecast Germany’s future with incredible accuracy. His Bible-based predictions are still being vindicated to this day. At the end of World War ii, he gave this warning to his radio audience:

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

History shows that the ancient Holy Roman Empire has had six resurrections, but the Bible clearly says that a seventh will occur before Jesus Christ’s return. “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). Mr. Armstrong came to understand this prophecy during World War ii, the time when “one is”—the Nazi regime and fascist Italy. This prophecy is a dire warning for us. This world-destroying Holy Roman Empire will rise again once more. It will occur in our day, at a time when nuclear weapons have made it possible for humans to wipe themselves out of existence (Matthew 24:21-22).

The expanding scope and power of Germany’s spying agencies sheds light on a resurgent nation, more willing than ever to project its power abroad. After recently shifting bnd headquarters to Berlin, many Germans said that the move symbolized Germany’s return to importance on the world stage. Germany already leads Europe, and is fast becoming the seventh “king” described in Revelation 17.

If you would like to read more about these impending events, and how one man relied on Bible prophecy to predict the events we see in Germany today, order your free copy of The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy and He Was Right.