Iran Delivers Ultimatum to Europe Over Nuclear Program

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech in Tehran, Iran, on May 13.
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Iran Delivers Ultimatum to Europe Over Nuclear Program

Both sides are shifting from concession to confrontation.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has given European countries 60 days to “fulfill their commitments” to shield Iran from United States sanctions, or Iran’s behavior will become “unpredictable.”

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council handed a letter that specified Iran’s demands to five countries: China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom. The spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization said that Iran’s “patience” has run out. One year after the Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement, the agreement may be completely abolished.

Rouhani’s comments, given on May 8, continued: “Starting today, Iran does not keep its enriched uranium and produced heavy water limited.” The nuclear agreement required Iran to limit its uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent, to sell off any surplus of 300 kilograms (661.4 pounds) of enriched uranium, and to keep no more than 130 metric tons of heavy water, which is used in nuclear reactors and centrifuges. Exceeding these limits is necessary for Iran to produce material for nuclear weapons.

Tim Morrison, special assistant to the U.S. president and senior director for weapons of mass destruction, called this “nothing less than nuclear blackmail of Europe.” He quickly cautioned Europe against facilitating trade with Iran and called on the world community to condemn Iran’s belligerent behavior.

On May 9, representatives of the European Union, France, Germany and the UK released a joint statement that said, “We reject any ultimatums and we will assess Iran’s compliance on the basis of Iran’s performance regarding its nuclear-related commitments under the jcpoa [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and the npt [Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons].”

On May 13, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, told reporters, “[W]e’ll continue to support it as much as we can with all our instruments and all our political will.” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, “Our position remains that we want to stick by the agreement, especially to prevent Iran from gaining possession of a nuclear weapon.”

Seth Frantzman at the Jerusalem Post described Iran’s actions as a “full-court press.” A European diplomat told Reuters that this could be a “ticking time bomb.”

Europe is hardening its position against Iran. The last time an escalation like this occurred was in January, when Iranian officials slammed the door on the European delegation. The following day, the EU placed sanctions on Iran’s intelligence agency. On January 20, after Iran launched a ballistic missile at an Israeli ski resort, the EU threatened to sanction Iran further if it did not halt its ballistic missile development. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters, “We are ready, if the talks don’t yield results, to apply sanctions firmly, and they know it.”

Europe is still deciding how firmly to deal with Iran. The EU’s May 9 statement said, “We strongly urge Iran to continue to implement its commitments under the jcpoa in full as it has done until now and to refrain from any escalatory steps.” The claim that Iran has kept its commitments is false, but designed as a conciliation toward Iran.

Before the nuclear agreement was signed by the Obama administration, along with the EU and five other nations, Alireza Jafarzadeh wrote in The Iran Threat, “Iran successfully hid its nuclear program for 18 years until my sources exposed it in 2002.” If Iran managed to hide its nuclear program for 18 years, is it also hiding it now?

Numerous reports by the Institute for Science and International Security reveal Iran purposefully hid aspects of its nuclear program and lied to International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors. On Jan. 31, 2018, Israeli agents extracted from a secret warehouse in Tehran 50,000 pages of top-secret files and 163 compact discs containing information relating to Iran’s development of nuclear technology. (For more, read “Iran’s Nuclear Testing at Parchin Facility Confirmed.”)

According to Jafarzadeh, experts were predicting as far back as 2007 that Iran was one year of nonstop centrifuge production from possessing enough enriched uranium to build one nuclear bomb. Now, estimates range from 7 to 12 months. That means that if Iran follows through with its threat to leave the nuclear agreement, it might build its first nuclear bomb by as early as February.

In his booklet The King of the South, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes, “Iran is extremely radical—the king over radical Islam. Where is this nation’s pushiness leading? To war! Just as it has in the past. It’s leading to terrifying war with weapons of mass destruction.”

Nuclear confrontation is coming, and it will force Europe to respond. The Bible prophesies in Daniel 11:40 that there will be a military conflict between Iran and Europe:

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south [radical Islam, led by Iran] push at him: and the king of the north [German-led Europe] 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.

Iran’s nuclear threat is pushing Europe to act. It cannot afford to sit back and let Iran develop a nuclear bomb. In the past, Europe has favored negotiations and concessions with Iran, but it is beginning to shift toward stronger confrontation. When Europe finally reacts, it will launch a full-scale invasion of the Middle East to root out radical Islamic terrorism once and for all. This clash of civilizations is leading to World War iii.

But there is hope. Before mankind utterly destroys itself in a nuclear fallout, the Messiah will return to stop the devastation. Hosea 6:1 says, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.” Mankind will finally turn to the Messiah, and He will heal the land and usher in an era of peace and prosperity like this world has never seen.

To prove Iran’s nuclear threat is pushing Europe toward war, please request a free copy of The King of the South, by Gerald Flurry.

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Weber: Almost Every Village in Europe Has a Church

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Weber: Almost Every Village in Europe Has a Church

Why you should keep track of Catholic European politicians

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Member of European Parliament Manfred Weber, who is running for president of the European Union Commission, attended a Christian-themed camp in Germany on May 4. The event was hosted by the junior staff of the Christian Democratic Union in Germany.

The Young Union represents the next political generation of the Christian Democrats. With their membership averaging around 30 years old, Weber (46) stands out as an older politician. Kurz, only 32, fits right into the group and has thus received the nickname “Chancellor of Our Generation.”

Weber described the bird’s-eye view of Europe to the Young Union. He described the diversity in cultures, languages, foods and historical backgrounds. But his audience really celebrated “what he identified as a unifying commonality: the fact that in almost every village, in every city, is a Christian church at the center,” faz.net noted. “The rest of his sentence drowned in the cheers of the young Christian Democrats. He only got more applause with his announcement that he would end the accession negotiations with Turkey ….” (Trumpet translation throughout).

Weber’s appeal to religion has previously received particular attention. His campaign video shows him taking the holy water in a Catholic church. “No segment like the one with the holy water has caused so many responses, even in Cyprus and France,” he said in an interview with Germany’s Tagespost. “It wasn’t meant to be missionary, but a commitment to one’s own identity.”

His religious identity shapes his political thinking. His belief that religion is what unifies Europe automatically excludes some countries, such as Turkey, which is Muslim. Faz.net paraphrased Weber as saying that “you have to be honest about what the European neighborhood is about. There is a sense of belonging on this Continent. And a state that reaches to the Iraqi border just doesn’t belong to it.”

“This Continent is deeply influenced by Christianity,” Weber told Tagespost. “That is a fact that can, of course, not be brushed aside. But the question is, what does that mean for us today? This is not for the museum, but it is rather a leitmotif that provides orientation for the future.”

The Rise of Catholic Leaders

Like Weber, Kurz is also a devout Catholic. After his election in 2017, the British Catholic Herald called him “Europe’s Christian Chancellor.” Kurz surrounds himself with a team of practicing Christians, he sought the counsel of a priest during the refugee crisis, and is, to this day, in close contact with Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. With this in mind, it is no wonder that the topic of Christianity played an important role as Weber and Kurz appeared together. Faz.net recounted:

One participant brought the subject back again to Weber and Kurz. He thinks it’s very good that there was a lot of talk about Christian values that evening; but he wondered how the identity evoked by Weber could be preserved. It’s enough to look into certain quarters of major German cities to see that it is not unchallenged. Kurz, who rules Austria with the right-wing populist fpö party, responded with a number: In Vienna, every second practicing Christian immigrated, he said. Resistance to Christian life does not come from immigrants or Muslims, but from the left, according to the chancellor.

Kurz was Austria’s foreign minister during the refugee crisis, and he was primarily responsible for stopping the flow of refugees through the Balkans. This direct opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel gained him popularity in Austria. Today, Kurz’s party governs with an anti-immigration party. Despite this, he believes that a greater threat to Europe’s Christian roots comes from left-wing Austrians themselves.

A former prominent German politician, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has voiced similar fears. In a party campaign speech for the Christian Social Union, he told Bavarians to remember their history “with its dark and bright sides” and to take a “non-apologetic stand for our culture.” He warned them that if they don’t, other cultures and religions will come and define the Continent.

Evidently Weber, Kurz and Guttenberg all believe that Christianity is still important for Europe today. Weber sees it as Europe’s unifying factor, Kurz as a directive for his politics, and Guttenberg as a way of life that needs to be embraced.

These men, along with several other religious politicians, are bringing the “Christian church” back to the center of European politics. Their speeches, campaigns and politics are already laying the foundation for the fulfillment of a major Bible prophecy: the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.

The Holy Roman Empire has ruled Europe over a period of 1,500 years. Its rule is marked by ups and downs—mountains and valleys—as governments rose and fell. The Bible reveals that the Roman Empire would be resurrected 10 times (Daniel 7; Revelation 17). The last seven would be ruled by church and state and thus called the Holy Roman Empire (though nothing is holy about this empire). Bible prophecy along with secular history clearly show that six of these final resurrections have already occurred. But the seventh has not yet come. For a detailed historical account of the history and prophecy of this empire, request a free copy of our book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

The Bible also gives another indication that this empire will be resurrected again. A prophecy in Revelation 17 reads: “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” (verse 10). Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained in “The Holy Roman Empire Goes Public—Big Time!” why God inspired this peculiar wording:

This verse is key to understanding the timing of the next resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. God says that after five are fallen, He would send someone to explain this prophecy. This was Herbert W. Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong came on the scene as Adolf Hitler was leading the sixth resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, which is the “one is” in verse 10. When the meaning of Revelation 17 was revealed, during the time of the sixth resurrection, the seventh resurrection had “not yet come.”

In 1933, Herbert W. Armstrong started warning about the rise of the Holy Roman Empire in his magazine the Plain Truth.

The Bible reveals that this final resurrection will again bring much suffering. It will again lead a crusade against violent Islam (Daniel 11:40), and it will again seek to conquer Jerusalem (verse 45). But unlike previous resurrections, this final resurrection will be destroyed by Jesus Christ Himself! This is the good news that concludes all the Bible’s end-time prophecies.

But before all this will happen, Europe will return to its Christian roots. That’s why we watch men like Weber, Kurz, Guttenberg and other “Christian” leaders very closely. You can learn more about this final resurrection of this evil empire, how it comes about and how it will end, by reading “The Holy Roman Empire Goes Public—Big Time!” by Gerald Flurry.

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More Scientists Skeptical of Darwinism

Some in private and some in public—scientists say Darwin’s evolutionary theory has major flaws.

Evolution has become the universally accepted theory for the origin of life, yet it is increasingly being called into question. According to a report published by the Federalist on April 16, many professional academic biologists now question Darwin’s theory of evolution.

According to the article, some biologists now “find Darwin’s theory is inadequate to describe all of the complexity of biology.” The article stated:

A controversial letter to Nature in 2014 signaled the mounting concern, however slow and cautious, among thoughtful professional biologists. Other works by atheist authors like “What Darwin Got Wrong” and “Mind and Cosmos” find “fatal flaws” in the theory and assert it is “almost certainly false.”…

Some even believe billions of years have not been adequate for Darwinian theory to accomplish current complexity, as the theory currently exists.

This dissatisfaction is a matter of public record, even if it lacks public attention, and despite the narrative running contrary. Indeed dedicated Neo-Darwinists often say “no serious scientists disagree” or “only creationists have problems.” These contentions are increasingly disproven.

The growing dissent is also revealed in the document “A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism,” which contains over 1,000 signatures of scientists around the world who are “skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.” They are calling for an “examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory.”

The dissent has grown along with the understanding of the complexity of life. One signatory, Dr. Marcos Eberlin, founder of the Thomson Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, said, “As a biochemist I became sceptical about Darwinism when I was confronted with the extreme intricacy of the genetic code and its many intelligent strategies to code, decode and protect its information.”

In his 2008 documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Ben Stein investigated the academia’s crackdown on criticism of Darwinism. Speaking to several scientists, Stein highlighted Darwin’s overly simplified understanding of cell complexity at the time his theory, The Origin of Species, was published in 1859.

To one scientist, he asked if Darwin “thought of the cell as being a Buick, what is the cell now in terms of its complexity by comparison?” The answer: “A galaxy.”

To another, he asked if Darwin thought of a cell as a mud hut, what would it be based on our understanding of it today. One answered “more complicated than a Saturn V” (the nasa rocket that launched humans to the moon), and another answered: “[A] world that Darwin never could have imagined.”

Skepticism of evolution is much greater than those outside the field would expect. The Federalist wrote:

The growth of the intelligent design community is noteworthy, but not as interesting as those who are apart from it, secular and nonetheless find Darwinian evolution to contain serious flaws.

[Prof. Michael] Behe explained that, “Based on conversations with my own colleagues at Lehigh [University], dozens of other biologists, and news stories in journals, I would guesstimate that a third or more of biologists are quite skeptical that Darwin’s theory explains all of biology.” The growing literature speaks for itself.

Paul Nelson told Stein that, “One-on-one at a scientific meeting after the third or fourth beer, my experience has been that many evolutionary biologists will say ‘Yeah, this theory’s got a lot of problems.’” While anecdotal, this is echoed by many in academia, both within intelligent design, and more importantly outside of it.

Despite the increasing acknowledgment of Darwin’s flawed reasoning, the Federalist finished by saying that scientists’ goal “is not to abandon Darwin, but to retire him to make way for more coherent, comprehensive theories.” Scientists still refuse to consider the validity of any theory that involves a creator.

Herbert W. Armstrong, editor in chief of the Plain Truth, predecessor to the Trumpet, came to a turning point in his life when he was accused of being ignorant for saying that he was not convinced that evolution was valid. More than 90 years later, that intellectual intimidation has increased, even as knowledge of the complexity of life—and difficulty with Darwin’s theory—has increased.

Mr. Armstrong delved into an exhaustive study of evolutionary theory and the Bible. Much of what he found is compiled in his booklet Does God Exist? Through his study, he found “no proof for the theory of evolution. It is purely a theory—a belief—a faith, not based on proof. … I found proof of the existence of the Creator God.”

In 1950, Mr. Armstrong wrote, Evolution is Satan’s most powerful modern weapon. It is Christianity’s greatest enemy.” It is Satan’s attempt to deprive man of the knowledge of their great Creator God and the incredible future that He has in store for them.

Scientists are seeking to prove the origin of the creation without a Creator. But over and again they have failed. There is only one explanation: a Creator God.

To prove the true origin to life, and to give your life real meaning, request your free copy of Does God Exist?

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North Korea Launches Russian-Style Missiles

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North Korea Launches Russian-Style Missiles

After pausing for more than 500 days, North Korea has test-launched a different kind of nuclear-capable missile.

North Korea conducted a test of two short-range missiles on May 9, marking its second ballistic missile test in less than a week and showing that the period of relative calm on the Korean Peninsula may be ending.

The missiles were launched from the country’s northwest Kusong region and flew eastward before falling into the East Sea between North Korea and Japan.

The launch came just five days after a short-range missile was fired from North Korea’s east coast, under the personal supervision of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. This May 4 launch ended a pause of North Korean ballistic missile tests that started in November 2017 and lasted more than 500 days. The pause was a result of efforts between Kim and United States President Donald Trump to reach a deal to denuclearize the North in exchange for lifting sanctions on the country. But in February, a meeting collapsed after Trump insisted on full sanctions relief for full denuclearization, while Kim sought only partial denuclearization in exchange for partial sanctions relief.

Days after the unsuccessful Trump-Kim summit ended, Russia announced that it would host Kim for a landmark meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place on April 25 in Vladivostok, Russia.

The timing suggests that North Korea’s pause in missile tests ended with Russia’s blessing—possibly with its encouragement. Not only that, the actual missiles fired by North Korea bear a striking resemblance to Russia’s Iskander missiles. Marcus Schiller, an expert on North Korean missiles, told the Associated Press that the launch has “Russian technology fingerprints all over it.”

Russia’s advanced Iskander missiles are a major threat to Europe and were named by President Trump in February as the reason for his decision to suspend America’s participation in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Speaking to npr on May 8, weapons of mass destruction analyst Melissa Hanham said North Korea’s new “Iskander-style missile is a thing we need to start worrying about.”

The Iskander can carry nuclear warheads and uses solid fuel, which makes it more rapid to deploy, easier to hide, and more difficult to strike preemptively. It is highly accurate, with in-flight maneuverability and an operating altitude of 30 miles that makes it difficult to intercept before it makes a sharp turn and strikes its target. This altitude is too low for the United States thaad and Aegis antimissile systems, and above the reach of its Patriot interceptors. “[I]t poses a serious challenge to theater missile defense,” Michael Elleman, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told npr.

Analysts are not yet certain if the missiles that the North fired truly were Iskanders, or if they were merely cloned or resembled them. But if the Russians have sold Iskanders to Kim, this gives North Korea additional capabilities for striking its enemies. The 38 North website wrote: “If North Korea did in fact import Iskanders from Russia, it has an existing capacity to deliver warheads to targets in South Korea with great precision, and an ability to penetrate existing missile defenses deployed in the South” (May 8).

Shortly after North Korea’s May 9 missile launch, the U.S. announced that it had seized a North Korean ship. The Wise Honest, the North’s second-largest cargo vessel, had been shipping coal in violation of United Nations sanctions and was stopped in April 2018. The Justice Department began the process of transferring ownership of the ship to the U.S. through a civil forfeiture, the first time the U.S. has taken such an action against a North Korean cargo vessel.

American officials said the timing of the disclosure did not come as a response to the North’s missile tests, but the announcement could further exacerbate the tension. These developments expose the fragility of the relative calm seen on the Korean Peninsula over the last year and a half and indicate that it could be short-lived.

The Russian fingerprints on the North’s new missile, as well as Kim’s meeting with Putin and his recent series of meetings with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, reveal the source of North Korea’s power. And they point to where the more serious threats lie.

In 2017, during a particularly provocative time for North Korea, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said Bible prophecy shows that the people of the world should be more wary of Russia and China than of North Korea. He pointed out that it is those two nations that allow North Korea to posture as belligerently as it does.

He wrote in a co-worker letter on Sept. 13, 2017:

The Bible’s prophecies show that, in a sense, the North Korea crisis is a massive distraction from the real threat posed by China and Russia. These powerful Asian nations are the only reason North Korea is able to operate so freely. And Bible prophecy shows that they pose a threat many times greater than the one from North Korea! Nevertheless, nuclear technology from North Korea could still play a major role in events during the time ahead.

The prophecies that Mr. Flurry’s analysis is founded on are recorded predominantly in Ezekiel 38 and 39, Daniel 11 and Revelation 9:16 and 16:12. These passages reveal that Russia will lead a mighty pan-Asian military conglomerate in the end time, with China in a position of secondary leadership. The Bible shows that smaller Asian nations, likely including North Korea, will be absorbed into that Russian-led bloc and lend their military power to it. But North Korea will not be a lead player.

In his free booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ Mr. Flurry shows how these various scriptural passages are linked. And he explains that this bloc, with Vladimir Putin in charge, will soon play a key role in the most violent conflict in mankind’s history.

But Mr. Flurry also shows that some unprecedentedly good news lies at the core of these prophecies.

He writes:

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! It is just a few short years away.

Putin’s leadership, including his outreach to Kim Jong-un and possible exports of Iskanders to North Korea, is destabilizing the world and laying the groundwork for a time of worldwide catastrophe. But it is also “literally a sign” that righteous godly leadership for the whole planet is “just a few short years away”!

To understand more about both the perils and the hope in these prophecies, order your free copy of Mr. Flurry’s booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’

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Europe Developing Airlift Capacity Independent of U.S.

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Europe Developing Airlift Capacity Independent of U.S.

European nations fighting European wars will need European military transport aircraft.

The A400M is the world’s most technologically advanced military transport aircraft. Since 2013, Europe has been filling its storehouses with this new engineering development. This plane fills a major strategic capability gap that allows Europe to conduct warfare abroad without the United States.

For decades, Europe has lacked the necessary airlifters to operate independently. Without enough modern military transport aircraft, European forces cannot range far afield very quickly or in very large numbers.

“EU military ambitions will also be dependent on adequate strategic airlift, and this remains a notable capability gap,” Yvonni-Stefania Efstathiou, program coordinator and research analyst for Defense and Military Analysis, noted this past January.

Until 2001, Europe had zero strategic airlift capacity, and only a limited number of smaller, shorter-range tactical airlifters, such as the Transall C-160 and Lockheed C-130 Hercules. nato created the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (sais) in 2001 and the Strategic Airlift Capability (sac) in 2008. This gave European nato members access to—and dependency on—U.S. Air Force airlifters.

In 2001, the British Royal Air Force began flying the Boeing C-17 and became the first nato country, besides the U.S., capable of conducting strategic airlifts. The same year, the British and six other European nato members agreed to manufacture their own strategic heavy-airlifter, the Airbus A400M. Germany ordered 53, France 50, Spain 27, the United Kingdom 22, Turkey 10 and Luxembourg 1. Other nations have since also expressed interest.

By 2018, France, Germany, Spain and the UK operated 63 military airlifters (A400M and C-17A Globemaster iii models). The U.S. operated 264 C-17A and C-5M Super Galaxy models. Over the course of the next few years, Europe will quickly catch up.

In 2014, the Joint Air Power Competence Centre Journal wrote: “The fulfillment of A400M orders will not only help European nations become a global contingency enabler but will allow them to act and operate on their own for strictly European operations.”

The A400M excels in air-to-air refueling, can operate on unpaved runways, and can drop paratroopers or loads from the air. It fills the capability gap between the C-130J-30 Super Hercules and the C-17 Globemaster iii. Some have even argued that the U.S. military should buy some A400Ms.

Military officials say the A400M is a technological masterpiece with game-changing capabilities. It can deliver heavy-lift helicopters or 32-ton infantry fighting vehicles faster to more remote regions. Airbus noted:

Previous generation tactical airlifters have good tactical performance but cannot carry the outsize military and humanitarian relief loads because their cargo holds are too small. Current strategic aircraft are good outsize-load airlifters but are costly and have limited tactical capability as they cannot operate from soft fields. The A400M is a larger, more modern, truly versatile aircraft specifically designed for today’s requirements and those of the future.

The late Herbert W. Armstrong, editor in chief of the Plain Truth, predicted in 1980: “You may be sure the West European leaders are conferring hurriedly and secretly about how and how soon they may unite and provide a united European military force so they can defend themselves!” (Plain Truth, April 1980).

Mr. Armstrong based his forecast on Bible prophecy. He died in 1986, but world events have proved his forecasts about Europe and other regions around the world to be accurate. For more information, request our free booklet He Was Right.

The key to understanding these biblical prophecies is revealed in The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Mr. Armstrong. In this book, Mr. Armstrong explained the biblical identity of nations, as well as the fact that most prophecies are indeed for our time—right before the return of Jesus Christ.

Many biblical prophecies refer to the rise of a militaristic leader in Europe who will lead an empire to war. This man will command an army that will surprise and utterly destroy many nations.

Daniel 8:23-24 state: “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.”

Daniel 11:40 prophesies of a sudden European military attack against Iran and its allies. This attack will be followed by a European military intervention in the Holy Land. Other prophecies also indicate European military involvement in North Africa, Asia and America.

Such global destructiveness far surpasses even Adolf Hitler’s military ambitions. A prophecy in Revelation 9 shows that military aircraft will play a decisive role in these coming wars. The January 2011 Trumpet stated that the Apostle John used “the symbolic term of locusts to describe the terrifying war machines that would be invented by scientists and used by the military in this final world conflict! Notice that these symbolic locusts, or grasshoppers, are driven by men and are able to fly (verses 7, 9). They will make a tremendous noise and are protected by armored plating.”

This could describe military aircraft that Europe is currently producing.

Without strategic and tactical airlift capacity, Europe would not be capable of conducting such warfare. But Mr. Armstrong not only prophesied of a coming unified European military force, its break from the U.S., and the almost utter destruction of this world in a global conflict (Matthew 24), he also prophesied of a coming wonderful world that will follow today’s horrors.

To learn more about Europe’s pursuit for military independence and the devastating consequences it will have, request Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry. Also request a free copy of Mr. Armstrong’s booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like to learn why mankind has to suffer such terrible conflict and how and when God will intervene in world affairs.

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Why the New Gold Rush?

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Why the New Gold Rush?

This time, it’s not prospectors looking for precious metals—it’s central banks.

A new gold rush is on. This time, though, it’s not prospectors panning for grains in the stream. It’s central banks buying per ton.

Governments are buying gold. Those whose gold holdings are overseas are nervously trying to bring them back. Why are nations craving this precious metal?

Last year, central banks bought 74 percent more gold than they did the year before. It was the second-biggest year for gold purchases on record, bigger than any since the United States left the gold standard in 1971. They purchased over 700 tons of the precious metal—more than the weight of two jumbo jets—and, at current prices, valued around $27 billion.

Russia led the way, boosting its holdings by about 15 percent—after several years of increases. In December, China bought gold for the first time in two years. Since then, it has bought more every month.

In 2017, Turkey started buying gold for the first time in 25 years, and it continued purchasing gold in 2018. Hungary, which once owned little gold, increased its gold reserves 10-fold. Poland boosted its holdings by 25 percent. Countries as diverse as India, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Mongolia and Azerbaijan all bought gold. No central banks sold any significant amounts.

They are the latest in a long list of countries. Germany brought home its large gold reserves from the U.S., the United Kingdom and France. Then the Dutch, Austrians and possibly the Turks brought their gold back. Now Hungary has brought its minor gold reserves back from the UK, and Romania is working on repatriating from the UK its 100-plus tons of gold.

It’s not just central banks that are concerned about gold. A study published by the Steinbeis Research Centre for Financial Services last month found that private German citizens hold a record amount of gold—nearly 9,000 tons of it. The figure had risen by 246 tons since 2016, and by 1,360 tons since 2010. At today’s prices, that’s worth just under $340 billion. The survey concluded that 38 percent of the German population owns gold bars or gold coins. When private and government holdings of gold are combined, Germans hold approximately 6.5 percent of global gold reserves.

Meanwhile the eurozone is fighting over its gold reserves. Italy is pursuing a new law that would allow the government to take over the Bank of Italy’s gold reserves, sell them, and spend the money. The European Central Bank opposes the move, saying that European Union treaties give its European System of Central Banks sole authority over the gold. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says that his bank must approve any large-scale sale of Italian gold. So Italy and the EU are in a struggle for control over the world’s third-largest gold reserves.

But why all this fuss over gold? Partly it is distrust of America and the dollar. Countries want to dump the dollar, but there aren’t any good alternatives right now. The euro is still a shaky currency, and China is known for cheating on its valuation of the yuan, so gold is one of the only safe options.

Another reason is uncertainty. Buying and storing gold is a security risk, and it’s often not as profitable as holding other assets, like currencies and complex financial instruments. But if major currencies finally succumb to the mounting pressures against them, gold is still worth something. More and more are deciding gold is worth it. “The move by global central banks to repatriate their gold may be a sign that an economic crisis could be looming in the near future,” noted Gold Telegraph. Countries, central banks and everyday Germans fear that it could all come crashing down.

They want not only to own gold, but to physically secure it. These countries apparently believe the risk of a crisis is so high that they cannot trust the Bank of England or the U.S. Federal Reserve to continue holding gold, even though repatriating their reserves is complex, risky and expensive. Generally, countries have been happy to store their gold in major trading hubs, like New York or London, so that it could easily be bought or sold, as needed.

The Trumpet warns that the world is entering major economic, political and even military turmoil. The gold-buying trend is hard evidence that governments and individuals around the world recognize the threat. They are taking real, practical steps to prepare for this kind of emergency.

So what can you do to prepare? Buy gold?

On some news sites, you will see ads from companies trying to sell gold to you. You will see ads from companies trying to sell you freeze-dried food. You will see ads from companies trying to sell you guns.

Spending your cash on such things is not the solution.

With so much at stake based on what happens in the future, central banks make their forecasts based on huge amounts of financial and economic data, complex algorithms, intelligence on societal stability, inside political knowledge, and vast amounts of other information. The Trumpet forecasts the future based on a source that is much more comprehensive and much more accurate: the prophecies of mankind’s Creator. These prophecies, recorded in the Bible, specify that world events will become so bad that people will discard their gold on the streets (Ezekiel 7:19). Food will become so scarce that people won’t trade it for any amount of currency or gold.

So what should you do? When gold prices soared in 2013, here is how the Trumpet answered that question:

Invest in God. Invest in your relationship with Him. Store up treasures in heaven, where moths and rust—and quantitative easing—can’t destroy them (Matthew 6:19-21). Put your heart in God’s work today. This is the only sure investment you can make. God doesn’t need your money; He can support His work in all kinds of ways. But God is concerned about your priorities—where you are spending your time and energy. God wants to know what is important to you. What do you put first in your life? What do you spend your money on? What do you sacrifice for?

Invest in gold if you wish. But if you really care about your future, invest in the one true source of protection. Invest in God.

If you’re relatively new to our website, here’s one suggestion on how to do that. To invest in your relationship with your Creator, read our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. Don’t just skim it online—get your own free print copy. This will give you an outline of God’s plan. It will show you that God is active in the history and in the current and future events affecting real-life, real-time nations. It will explain why a loving God will allow suffering to become so bad that no amount of gold can buy a morsel of bread. It will explain God’s plan in world events—and what you can do about it.