Why Are So Many Finns Voting for the Far Right?

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Why Are So Many Finns Voting for the Far Right?

Finland’s election shows that the European Union can no longer ignore the far right.

A former fringe party classified by the media as far right came within a whisker of winning Finland’s election on April 14. The Finns Party won 39 seats in Parliament and 17.5 percent of the total vote compared to the Social Democrats’ 17.7 percent.

But the big takeaway from the Finnish vote is how the fear of migration tops almost every other political issue.

Social Democrats chairman Antti Rinne campaigned on the promise to relieve Finns’ financial problems. Many Finns were unhappy with the strict austerity program of Finland’s center-right party under the leadership of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. Rinne is now in the position to start coalition negotiations and become prime minister. But his party gained only 40 of the 101 required seats to run the government. Rinne needs to form a coalition with at least two or three more partners.

A coalition with Sipilä’s Central Party seems likely, but it won’t be straightforward, since the Social Democrats’ campaign was built on opposing his center-right government. Forming such a coalition would lead to difficult compromises and could be seen as a betrayal of voters. What’s more, it would further strengthen the far right in the country.

The Social Democrats could also form a coalition with the far right. Before the elections, Rinne said that his party would find it “very difficult” to form such a coalition. But after the Finns Party came within 0.2 percent of winning the election, it will be hard to ignore them. Excluding the Finns Party from negotiations would greatly limit coalition talks and upset a significant portion of the population.

Unlike in years past, one can no longer push the far right aside. But cooperating with instead of opposing Finland’s far-right party also brings concerns. Since 2017, far-right party leader Jussi Halla-aho has moved Finns Party further to the right—and more than doubled its seats in Parliament from 17 to 39. Campaigning against the European Union’s monetary and migration policies, the party soared in popularity. Deutsche Welle commented:

In order to win votes, Halla-aho used the same strategy many right-wing populist parties resort to: disproportionately inflating and generalizing the actual problems criminal asylum-seekers pose. Suddenly, all immigrants became potential sexual criminals, the people of Finland were threatened by an “invasion” of Muslims. The actual figures do not back up those claims, but it was nonetheless easy to tout the mantra: “Finland first.”

Migration—Finland’s Biggest Concern?

Due to its geographic location, Finland has been significantly less affected by the refugee crisis than those on the European mainland. Migrants in Finland make up less than 3 percent of the population. In Germany, 12.5 percent of the population has a foreign nationality, and every fifth German has an immigration background. Under Sipilä, Finland has already tightened asylum laws significantly, granting fewer asylums and conducting more deportations.

If you consider Finland’s economic state and the threat from Russia’s rising military power, you would think the topic of migration would have played little-to-no role in the election. And yet the far right in Finland almost won the election largely due to this issue.

There is no doubt that migration poses a danger to Western civilization. This danger may be greater than the Western media and leaders will admit, and less dangerous than the far right claims. But how great the real danger is, or is not, is not actually the most important factor to consider when it comes to Europe’s leadership. The bigger question is: How fearfully do people perceive that danger and how will the EU deal with it?

EU citizens feel ignored by their leaders, and their fears are increasing no matter what the EU tries to tell them.

At the beginning of 2019, “the Finns Party was polling at 10 percent, but then a high profile criminal case led to a debate about asylum seekers and criminal migrants,” Deutsche Welle noted. “According to police statistics, 18 percent of criminals are migrants, while migrants, as a whole, make up less than 3 percent of the population. The number of votes that went to the far-right populists almost doubled.”

But Finland’s migration influx has little to do with EU policy against which Halla-aho campaigned. Most immigrants to Finland in recent years did not come from Muslim countries but from Russia and Ukraine. This fact “played no role in Finland’s election campaign,” Deutsche Welle noted. “People are obviously dissatisfied with their governments; they want change, even if their feelings of insecurity are not always supported by facts.”

The people’s fears might seem irrational; nonetheless, the EU threatens to fall apart if these fears remain ignored. Quoting statistics and facts matter little to a population that believes that their leaders are lying to them. European parliamentary elections will be held in less than five weeks’ time. All indications are that far-right parties will gain unprecedented success.

The EU can no longer ignore far-right parties or the voters who support them. But how will it deal with the fear spreading across Europe?

Europe’s Fear and Its Coming War

“A trend is unfolding in Europe that you should keep a close watch on,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in “The Holy Roman Empire Goes Public—Big Time!” He continued:

Europeans have been besieged by immigrants from the Middle East, growing Muslim populations within their midst, cityscapes filling with mosques and minarets, portions of their cities turning into Muslim enclaves that local police dare not enter, even Islamic terrorist attacks.

The people in Europe are suspicious. Of course not every migrant is a terrorist. But how can you know if the Arabic-looking man that visits a mosque every Friday and rides every morning in your bus with his backpack will not one day detonate a bomb?

Every terrorist attack, every crime committed by a refugee adds to the increasingly irrational fear of European citizens. Radical Islam is purposely spreading this fear to divide Europe. But little does it know where it will end.

Daniel 11:40 reads: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

The king of the south (radical Islam headed by Iran) is increasingly pushing at Europe. But Europe will respond in an unexpected way. Daniel 8 reveals that “a king of fierce countenance” will rise in Europe and lead its armies to war. Today, this might still seem irrational. But watch: As the people’s fear grows stronger and stronger, they will do almost anything this prophesied strongman tells them to do.

The Bible foretells that this man will lead Europe into war against radical Islam. As a result of the utter destructiveness of modern warfare, the people in Europe will never again fear a Muslim invasion. But their fears and conflicts will not end.

Next, the people in Europe will fear the rise of Russia and China. Daniel 11:44 says that “tidings out of the east and out of the north [referring to Asian nations]” will come; as a result, Europe will be led into yet another war. As the Prophet Habakkuk reveals, in this end time, it will seem as if wars will never end (Habakkuk 2:17).

But the Bible also reveals that hope lies just beyond the turmoil, not only for those who survive the coming nuclear war but for all mankind that has ever lived. Request a free copy of The King of the South, by Gerald Flurry, to learn about how and when wars, fears and suffering will end. The prophecies discussed in his booklet show exactly why right-wing parties in Europe are rising, why people fear radical Islam, and how God will intervene in world affairs and give people freedom from fear.

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Russia Warns Ukraine and NATO of ‘Military Conflict’

Russian aggression will help ‘shape and form the Holy Roman Empire rather suddenly.’

Russia’s Federation Council warned on April 10 that violations of freedom of navigation rules by Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait could spark a “military conflict.” Such Russian threats and provocations are not just intimidating Ukraine, but frightening the nations of Europe in a way that will lead to large-scale conflict.

The passing of Ukrainian ships through the Kerch Strait is not a question of the balance of force or of nato’s presence in the Black Sea region. It is exclusively a problem of Ukraine’s compliance with the established procedures that are well-known to it and had been successfully used by it up to November 2018,” read a statement from the Russian Federation Council. “Ukraine’s attempts to bypass these procedures are fraught with the risk of a military conflict between Ukraine and Russia in which nato may be involved.”

The statement also blamed the nato alliance for antagonizing Russia in the Black Sea region since 2008: “nato’s support for Georgia during the tragic events in August 2008 and now for Ukraine, in particular, on Nov. 25, 2018, when Ukrainian naval ships illegally crossed the state border of Russia in the Kerch Strait area incites the leaders of these two countries.” Out of 29 total nato member nations, 26 are European.

Before March 2014, ships from other countries could freely navigate the Black Sea. But after Russia illegally annexed Crimea, the waters have become a flashpoint for Ukraine, nato and Russia. As a result, Russia accelerated its militarization of Crimea to assert control over the area. It currently has about 28,000 soldiers stationed in the Crimean Peninsula, and it closely monitors Ukrainian vessels sailing in the Black Sea. The Black Sea has significant geostrategic value for Ukraine because it links its economy to the world’s markets. In November 2018, the Russian Coast Guard opened fire and captured three Ukrainian Navy vessels in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov. The crews that were captured remain detained in Russia.

As you watch these developing tensions, focus on Europe.

Europe’s Response

The Europeans are deeply concerned by the increasingly aggressive direction of President Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Russia’s belligerent actions have frightened the nations of Europe, moving them toward a war footing.

European countries have boosted defense spending since Russia annexed Crimea. From 2014 to 2019, non-U.S. defense spending among nato allies has increased by $14.6 billion each year, representing a 5 percent growth year-on-year. Only eight nato countries have met the 2 percent defense spending threshold required for nato states, but 16 nato members say they plan to increase their budgets to that percentage.

In an April 3 address to a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress, nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said nato has responded to Russia’s recent provocations “with the biggest reinforcement of our collective defense in decades.”

“For the first time, we have combat-ready troops deployed in the east of our alliance,” he said. “We have increased the readiness of our forces.” In order to counter Russia, he said, nato has tripled the size of its response force, modernized its command structure, bolstered cyberdefenses, and increased support for Georgia and Ukraine.

As Russia’s aggression keeps intensifying, expect more European militarization.

‘The Fear You See in Europe’

When Russia seized Crimea in 2014, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote that Russia’s belligerent behavior would deeply affect Europe:

The fear you see in Europe because of events in Crimea is going to cause 10 leaders in Europe to unite in a sudden and dramatic way—and in precise accordance with the Bible’s description of that European Empire! …

Europe’s dreadful fear of Vladimir Putin—its next-door neighbor—is going to help shape and form the Holy Roman Empire rather suddenly.

Mr. Flurry’s analysis is based on specific end-time Bible prophecies. The books of Daniel and Revelation provide many details about the Holy Roman Empire that will soon form in Europe, which you can understand from our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy. Ezekiel 38:1-8 describe a “prince of Rosh” (an ancient name for Russia) emerging in the “latter years” (this generation) and leading the nation to war.

“No politician could fill that role better than Vladimir Putin,” Mr. Flurry wrote, “and I don’t believe there is time for any other man of such stature to rise on the world scene.”

Mr. Flurry added that “Putin’s fulfillment” of the prince of Rosh prophecy is “having a fierce impact on Europeans far more than on any other people in the world.” He continued:

That prophesied “prince of Rosh” is a powerful man, and he is having a forceful effect on Europe. The reaction within Europe to this crisis is something you need to watch, because it is shaping and molding the future composition of the Holy Roman Empire! It is making European leaders move urgently to tie together this Holy Roman Empire that we have been prophesying about for so many years.

Russia’s threats on April 10 intensify Europe’s already palpable fear of Putin’s Russia. It will prompt the nations to speed up militarization and unification and hasten the fulfillment of the Bible’s prophecies about a Holy Roman Empire in the “latter years.”

‘This Is All Good News’

Prophecy and current events show that a time of unprecedented war and destruction is on the horizon. But Mr. Flurry makes clear that Russia’s aggression in Crimea and beyond, the militarization of Europe, and the imminent global conflict will not last long. In fact, it will give way to the spectacular return of Jesus Christ. In The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ Mr. Flurry writes:

Mr. Putin’s warfare is going to lead directly into the Second Coming of Christ. …

What we are seeing in Russia ultimately leads to the transition from man ruling man to God ruling man! And it is almost here! It is just a few short years away. …

We have to realize that this is all good news because Jesus Christ is going to return to this Earth at the very end of the coming world war ….

Jesus Christ is about to return—biblical prophecy makes that clear.

To understand what Bible prophecy forecasts about Russia and Europe and how these prophecies culminate in the return of Jesus Christ, please request your free copy of The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’

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Over 200 Dead in Easter Sunday Attack in Sri Lanka

Christians and foreigners targeted in coordinated bombings.

Over 200 have been killed and hundreds injured in a series of bomb attacks on Christians celebrating Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The attacks, which targeted four hotels, three Catholic churches and a housing complex, are the worst violence in the country since the end of its civil war a decade ago. They appear to have been orchestrated by a radical Islamic terrorist group.

Many of the churches were packed as Catholics gathered on one of the most important days in the traditional holiday calendar.

At around 8:45 a.m. local time, terrorists targeted churches in the capital Colombo and nearby towns in the west of the country, as well as Batticaloa in the east. One of the worst attacks was at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, 23 miles north of Colombo. Fifty died in an explosion that left dead bodies strewn across the floor and destroyed the church’s roof. “You can see pieces of flesh thrown all over the walls,” a priest told cnn.

St. Anthony’s Shrine, a historic Catholic Church in Colombo, was also targeted. The renovated building houses one of the country’s oldest churches.

Bomb attacks also hit the Shangri La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in Colombo, in an apparent attempt to target foreign visitors. Two other blasts were reported in smaller hotels near Dehiwala Zoo in the south of the city. Around 35 foreigners are reported dead.

Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the attacks were a “well-coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem and anarchy.”

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, 10 days earlier, Sri Lankan police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued a warning that Islamic terrorists were planning to attack churches.

The warning stated: “A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the ntj [National Thowheeth Jama’ath] is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian High Commission in Colombo.”

The ntj is a Muslim terrorist group in Sri Lanka. Its most famous attack was on Buddhist statues last year. Muslims from Sri Lanka have also supported terrorist groups in Syria. Terrorists returning from the Middle East after the defeat of the Islamic State could be involved in the attack. afp noted: “In January, Sri Lankan police seized a haul of explosives and detonators stashed near a wildlife sanctuary following the arrest of four men from a newly formed radical Muslim group.” Indian media claim to have the names of two of the attackers. Both are Islamic.

Police have said they believe a single group is responsible. They have been carrying out raids on individuals involved in the attack. Three police officers have been killed trying to track down the perpetrators.

The pope spoke about the attacks in his traditional Easter message to the world. “I wish to express my affectionate closeness to the Christian community, hit while it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence,” he said.

The Catholic archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called on the government to track down the attackers and “punish them mercilessly because only animals can behave like that.”

An attack on churches during Easter Sunday mass is one of the most deliberately provocative acts imaginable. The Islamic State believed that part of its mission was to provoke Christians to lead a European “crusader” army to invade Syria. Its slick, professional-looking propaganda magazine, Dabiq, was named after the location it believed this European army would attack. The magazine’s first article outlined the terrorists’ vision of end-time events. An army of Muslims from Medina would defeat the Europeans. “Then they will conquer Constantinople” (now Istanbul, the former capital of Turkey). The article said that in the ensuing struggle, Jesus would descend from heaven and lead the Islamic armies to victory.

Because of this vision, the Islamic State continually threatened Europe and Christians. It regularly claimed to be plotting an attack on the Vatican and the pope.

There are early indications that the Sri Lankan attackers had some links to the Islamic State, and we’ll learn more in the days ahead. But this idea of provoking a clash with Christianity stretches beyond just the Islamic State.

The Bible also forecasts such a clash.

Daniel 11:40-45 describe an end-time clash between “the king of the south” and “the king of the north”—referring to radical Islam led by Iran, and a European power led by Germany. In 1998, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in an article titled “The King of the South”: “The stage is being set for an Islamic group of nations to be led by Iran as the prophesied king of the south, which will push at the king of the north, the European Union. Iran has a foreign policy with a lot of ‘push.’”

We’re seeing a growing number of Islamist groups eager to push at Christianity, and especially the Catholic Church, centered in Rome. The terrible attacks in Sri Lanka are the latest example of this.

Read more about this coming clash in our Trends article “Why the Trumpet Watches Iran and Europe Heading for a Clash of Civilizations.”

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Notre Dame fire, German’s secret arms exports, Sudan’s future, and more

Here are five of the most important news stories this week, as well as relevant links to the full articles and videos here on theTrumpet.com.

A Fire in the Heart of Europe

Massive flames leaped through Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, destroying most of its roof and all of its spire.

The tragedy also inflamed a deeper yearning within Europe for a return to its Catholic roots, revealing some prophetically significant truths about the heart of Europe.

Europe, as Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said in a recent interview, must “rediscover its Christian roots and identity. A West that denies its faith, its history, its roots and its identity is destined for contempt, for death and disappearance.”

Notre Dame is an apt reminder of what those roots are.

Germany’s Secretive Arms Exports

Germany has approved a new batch of weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, according to German media reports.

A deal approved by Germany’s secretive National Security Council allows Germany to continue exporting armaments to Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that are involved in the war in Yemen, despite a current ban on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. That deal exploits one particular loophole: All German-made components, used in equipment developed jointly with another European nation, are exempt from the ban.

These developments are leading to a stronger Germany, leading the combined strength of Europe. They are also leading to a stronger European alliance with Arab nations like Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and Qatar. Both of these trends are prophesied in your Bible!

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This monopoly gives China great power over other nations—because these strategically critical metals are necessary for manufacturing nearly all high-tech products, from smartphones to guided missiles.

What’s Next for Sudan

After four months of unremitting civilian protests against his dictatorial rule, the Sudanese military toppled President Omar al-Bashir on April 11, making him the sixth victim of the Arab Spring and the 101st casualty of yet another “successful” coup d’état in Africa.

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UK to Pass No-Fault Divorce Law

The United Kingdom has announced that it will pass a new law allowing no-fault divorce “as soon as parliamentary time allows.” It will remove the legal requirement to show fault in a spouse’s behavior and will abolish the right of a spouse to contest the divorce request. The law will make terminating marriages much easier and faster.

“The very foundation of any nation’s solidarity, strength and power is a solid and stable family structure,” Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in a 1973 Plain Truth article. “When a nation’s family life is breaking down, that nation is disintegrating—committing national suicide!”

Mr. Armstrong continued: “The marriage and family relationship is a God-plane relationship—higher than even an angel-plane relationship. And God bestowed it on man because man is being now prepared for the marriage and family relationship forever in the God Family! Think of it! Of all life forms—whether plant, animal, human or angel, in all that God created, man alone was created for marriage and family life!”

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Germany Debates How to Make Its Military Great Again

German military expert demands a drastic leadership change; Bible prophecy states that change will come.

Retired German Brig. Gen. Erich Vad believes that Germany’s recent military failures are due to having “cowards and bureaucrats” in charge of the Army. This weekend, Vad appealed to the German people, advocating a drastic leadership change starting at the very top of the organization.

Vad, who served as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief military policy adviser from 2006 to 2013, directed his criticism at Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. He believes the Army’s leadership is fundamentally lacking a militaristic mindset.

Bild am Sonntag, Germany’s most popular newspaper, published Vad’s criticism as its April 14 front-page story. The attack on von der Leyen adds to her disgrace before the German public. A recent survey showed that only 23 percent of Germans believe that she should lead Germany’s army.

Von der Leyen promised many trend reversals in the Bundeswehr’s staff and equipment. But the German public, media and Army officers are not convinced that her efforts are enough.

The Army’s Problem

Some believe the Bundeswehr has to drastically increase its budget. But as Vad pointed out, money is not the issue. Israel operates a highly functional army with a third of Germany’s budget. Russia threatens the whole world with a budget comparable to Germany’s. But the German Army seems impotent.

If it’s not money, then what is the problem? Is it the fault of Germany’s weapons industry? In “Not Enough Soldiers, Defective Tanks and Planes: Is Our Bundeswehr a Junk Troop?” Bild wrote (Trumpet translation throughout):

How can it be that German armaments exports exist when our matériel is supposedly junk?

Our armaments are in demand worldwide: The U.S. Army shoots with pistols made by German weapons manufacturer Sig Sauer; the French Army relies on HK-416 rifles “Made in Germany.” But our Bundeswehr is using significantly older firearms.

The Israelis favor German submarines (the German Navy currently only has three functioning submarines). Saudi Arabia uses Tornado and Eurofighter to bombard rebel forces in Yemen—both combat aircraft are being developed and built, among others, by Germany.

German industry is producing world-class equipment. So, what’s wrong with Germany’s military? The problem, according to Vad, lies with its management: “The Bundeswehr is an over-bureaucratic mammoth agency or ‘company’—as the new Inspector General [Eberhard] Zorn once described our Bundeswehr.” Vad wrote:

The Bundeswehr has indeed a leadership problem! The military leadership culture is far removed from the actual purpose of the armed forces: its combat mission. …

All military aspects in this country are in any case under general suspicion. The focus is more on gender equality, day-care centers, flat screens and other civil society accessories in the Bundeswehr. The media rejoices over the occasional scandals in the Bundeswehr. The hate and glee are unmistakable. And the defense minister defends most of all herself and her political survival.

Germany’s military leadership tries everything to not seem militaristic. In an effort to become acceptable, Vad complains, the Army is taking itself apart. Only if it returns to a militaristic mindset can it become great again. Currently, though, this is nearly impossible; such a mindset is heavily restrained and viewed with “suspicion.”

It is exactly this suspicion that has kept the German Army from marching in its predecessors’ footsteps. It is dangerous to demand the removal of the restraining “over-bureaucratic mammoth agency,” because it could be replaced by dictatorial rule.

Zorn, who also lamented the Bundeswehr’s bureaucratic structure, announced on March 11 that Germany’s military readiness reports will, in the future, be classified as secret. But as the news broke, no one even seemed to be concerned or suspicious. The news media, politicians and the public joked that the Bundeswehr apparently wants to hide its failures. But if you understand what Zorn and Vad are demanding, this move should cause alarm.

High-ranking German military leaders know the terrifying potential of the Army. They want a change of leadership that will give them the power to make their army great again. Our April 2019 article “Forging a Superpower” explains how the German Army will suddenly rise once that leadership is in place. Beneath the shallow news reports of a weak German Army are soldiers and officers who groan for power!

Different Leadership Coming

Vad wants the entire leadership of the Bundeswehr to change: “I see here a fundamental, political problem: At the top of the Bundeswehr is a minister who wants to lead but above all has to defend herself.” Besides his criticism of von der Leyen, Vad also condemned the whole Army corps for acting as if the leadership doesn’t matter. The political leadership has to work “from top to bottom,” he concluded, for the Army to function properly.

The Bundeswehr’s leadership was under heavy criticism in 2017 but from quite a different angle. “The German Army has a posture problem, and apparently weak leadership on many levels,” von der Leyen said. She was not referring to a bureaucratic problem but a problem with right-wing extremism. In 2016 and 2017, the Army was under enormous pressure due to a resurfacing Nazi mentality among officers and repeated reports of right-wing crimes and scandals at all levels.

Could it be that those she opposed are now seeking to oust her? In the midst of the right-wing scandals, Spiegel Online wrote:

Armies are always thorny. They have the power of the weapon, the potential for a coup. They are a guarantor of the security of a state, but also a possible threat to the state. In soldiers’ souls, the readiness to be violent must be at the same time unleashed and tamed, which is, of course, an extremely difficult balance.

Germany’s army holds the power to overthrow politicians and suddenly become a threat to the state, just as it happened in Nazi Germany. Spiegel Online implied that this could happen again.

The late Herbert W. Armstrong, editor in chief of the Plain Truth newsmagazine, wrote in 1956: “The day that war ended, the Nazi organization went underground! Their plans for coming back have been proceeding, under cover, since 1945! Already Nazis are in many key positions—in German industry—in German education—in the new German Army!”

Germany’s army has Nazi sympathizers. That’s what Mr. Armstrong warned about one year after the German Army was formed, and that’s what concerns von der Leyen today!

Mr. Armstrong’s warning was read by millions, but the full truth of his statement was not understood until the 1990s. In his free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains how this Nazi movement went underground and how it is reemerging again. He details how this movement has been actively preparing for the third round. So far, it has been heavily restrained and is working under cover, but this will change soon.

Unless you understand Bible prophecy, you cannot understand the true significance of what is currently happening in Germany. To learn more about this Nazi underground movement in its prophetic context, request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire and Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?

Bible prophecy states that the underground Nazi movement will rise again. “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder” (Revelation 17:8).

The beast, Germany’s militaristic empire, is prophesied to rise again!

Vad sees the weak political leadership, so he is stirring the rebellion against von der Leyen. In the meantime, he serves as a military expert and lecturer at the University of Munich and Salzburg. His lectures, public speeches and articles have contributed to the right-wing turn of future military leaders, as German-Foreign-Policy.com pointed out in its 2017 article “Right-wing Military Officers.

The German Army is ready to take a new direction.

A German strongman is prophesied to lead Germany to once again become a military superpower that throws this world into World War iii. “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand” (Daniel 8:23-25).

The Trumpet believes this prophecy could be fulfilled by the comeback of former Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. (Request a free copy of A Strong German Leader Is Imminent to learn more about this coming leader.)

The Nazi underground never died, and it is about to experience its greatest resurgence ever. But just as Daniel 8 and Revelation 17 expose this Nazi underground movement, they also point to the greatest hope this world has ever heard! Daniel 8:25 and Revelation 17:14 prophesy that Jesus Christ Himself will conquer this resurrected empire and put a stop to the evil that plagues this world.

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China Controls, Weaponizes Rare Earth Minerals

Controlling the supply of these valuable metals gives China leverage over technologies, economies and militaries.

China has a contingency plan to undermine the United States military by cutting off the natural resources critical to America’s defense. There are 16 strategically critical metals necessary for manufacturing nearly all high-tech products, from smartphones to guided missiles. These scarce metals are called rare earth minerals. China seeks to control the global supply of rare earth minerals so it has the ability to sabotage America’s military in the future.

Three U.S. senators have introduced legislation to reduce U.S. reliance on Chinese imports of rare earth minerals. Senators Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski reintroduced the Rare Earth Element Advanced Coal Technologies Act on April 5, after the bill failed to pass in a previous session of Congress. Its purpose is to provide federal funding for the development of U.S. technologies to extract rare earth minerals from coal and coal byproducts. Environmentalists, however, are concerned about the pollution generated by rare earth mining and processing.

Until the late 1990s, most rare earth minerals were processed in the United States. But as the U.S. government began to enact more environmental regulations, the cost of processing these minerals increased. U.S. processing operations closed down, and China stepped up, exploiting cheap labor and lax environmental regulations. China now controls 98 percent of the globe’s rare earth minerals supply, and it uses government subsidies to maintain its monopoly.

This monopoly gives China great power over other nations.

During a dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands in 2010, Japan detained the captain of a Chinese fishing trawler. China retaliated by announcing that it would halt all rare earth shipments to Japan’s high-tech economy. Japan immediately backed down and released the captain in what the New York Times called a “humiliating retreat.”

A Pentagon study published last September warns that China has sought to monopolize access to rare earth minerals in a deliberate strategy to undermine the U.S. military. “The study accuses Beijing of flooding world markets with certain materials critical to the manufacture of fuel used in U.S. missiles and rockets and components of U.S. military jets, among other items,” Foreign Policy reported, citing a Trump administration official. “It concludes that China is carrying out this policy as a way of forcing U.S. suppliers out of business ….”

Government officials estimate that revamping America’s rare earth processing industry could take 15 years, so in the meantime the U.S. is being forced to play nice with China as the two compete for power over naval trade routes.

Late educator Herbert W. Armstrong proved in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy that the U.S. and Britain are the descendants of ancient Israel. He also proved that God promised these two nations “possession of the Earth’s choicest agricultural, mineral and other wealth,” in addition to control over the “gates” of their enemies (Genesis 22:17).

A gate is a narrow passage of entrance or exit. Speaking nationally, a “sea gate” is a maritime choke point, such as the Panama Canal or the Strait of Malacca. God gave America and Britain dominance over the world’s rare earth minerals and control over the world’s sea gates, ensuring that they would become economic and military superpowers. But the American and British people have turned away from God’s law and taken credit for their superpower status. These nations rely on their militaries for defense, but now they have lost control of the strategically critical metals necessary for sustaining their high-tech militaries. God warned that if end-time Israel (America and Britain primarily) did not obey Him, then they would lose control of vital sea gates (Deuteronomy 28:52). China’s monopoly of rare earth minerals is another sign of America’s declining military power.

Once America loses the ability to protect and control the world’s most strategic trade routes and maritime choke points, foreign powers will seize the few remaining sea gates still under American or British control. America’s homeland will be vulnerable to economic siege by hostile enemies.

To learn more about the significance of rare earth minerals to America’s security, read “Why Chinese Miners Are Smiling.”