Why You Don’t Want an Iranian Nuclear Referendum

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Why You Don’t Want an Iranian Nuclear Referendum

A look back at the destructive referendums of Iran’s past

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has suggested that the nation hold a referendum on its nuclear program. He referred to the vote as “a deadlock breaker” that “could be a problem solver at any junction,” reported the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency on May 25.

With the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal nearly dead, a referendum would shape the future of Iran’s nuclear program—and thereby Iran itself. This would set the stage for major conflict with the West, something the Trumpet has forecast for decades.

A Clever Disguise

Rouhani has been enduring harsh open criticism from both the political class and general populace over the collapse of the nuclear deal. Iran’s clerics are upset because they feel negotiators conceded too much to America. The Iranian public is upset because the promised windfall from the deal never came. Meanwhile, the United States has applied sanctions and moved military assets closer to Iran.

Rouhani hopes to shield himself from international and domestic condemnation by putting the question to the people directly in a “democratic” vote. Some argue that a referendum would be a chance for the moderates to wrest control of the nuclear program from the hard-liners. Whatever Rouhani’s motivations are for the referendum, the truth is that nothing happens to the nuclear program in Iran unless it is supported by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

If Khamenei allows the referendum to happen, the result is already determined.

The proof is in Iran’s previous two referendums. Both were decided before a single vote was cast. Both led to the radicalization of the nation. And both ceded power to religious fanatics.

Referendum #1

Iran’s first referendum was held March 30-31, 1979. Iran voted to establish an Islamic republic. The vote was rigged from the beginning.

First there was the wording. The question was, “Should the old system be replaced with an Islamic republic?” With the nation in uproar against the previous Pahlavi dynasty, a binary choice between the “old system” and anything new could only go one way.

Other laws changed at the same time. Voting age was dropped to 16. Impressionable children with no life experience or understanding of politics were now involved.

Even the voting process itself was called into question. A four-man delegation of international jurists from the International Association of Democratic Lawyers monitored the vote. The Washington Post quoted the head of the delegation, saying, “[T]his is not the way we do things in the West, and it does not meet our criteria of democracy.”

The overwhelming majority of Iranians voted for revolution. Then came the “now what?” Returning from exile in France, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was ready to answer. Iran’s second disastrous referendum was set for December that same year.

Referendum #2

The second referendum was to approve and amend Iran’s constitution. Since the March vote, three main groups had emerged: the Communists, the Islamists and the nationalists. Scared of the Communists, the Islamists and nationalists banded together and drafted a constitution.

Of course, the two had very different ideas of what the constitution should be. The nationalists wanted something based on a European model. The Islamists wanted something based on Ruhollah Khomeini’s sermons.

The end result was a bit of both: some democratic institutions overseen by unelected religious fanatics—a bizarre compromise that was never going to work. And Khomeini knew it.

But it was good enough for the supporters of both parties, and in December 1979, the referendum passed.

But Khomeini had no intention of sharing power. Thanks to the second referendum, he found himself constitutionally plonked at the top of the political heap. Indicating what was to come, he said, “What the nation wants is an Islamic republic, not one word more and not one word less. Not just a republic, not a democratic republic, not a democratic Islamic republic. Do not use the word ‘democratic’ to describe it. This is the Western style.”

An Islamic republic is what they got.

Just a few months later, Iraq invaded. It was perfect timing for the ayatollah. Iran cried out for a strong leader, and Khomeini never looked back. During the eight years of conflict, he consolidated power to himself and the clerics. By voting to give a little power to the religious leadership, the people had unintentionally relinquished it all.

Unelected bodies, such as the judiciary, started barring reformists from elections. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps dragged protesters from the streets. Newspapers and media outlets were shuttered. The nationalists never stood a chance.

In just one decade, Iran transformed from a pro-Western monarchy to a radical state sponsor of terror. In no small part thanks to two hijacked referendums.

Nuclear Referendum, Nuclear War

In light of this history, would a vote on the nuclear program be any different? How would it be posed? Would citizens get a say in determining where the program went after the vote? History says no.

Iran’s radical leaders are spoiling for a chance to kick the nuclear program back into high gear. They recently quadrupled uranium enrichment production capacity. They stress that it is only to the 3.67 percent outlined in the nuclear deal.

Referendum or not, Iran will likely forge ahead with the nuclear program. How fast it proceeds likely depends on the strength of the United States’ deterring power.

Bible prophecy indicates, however, that Iran will eventually plow ahead with its program.

Few consider what the Bible says regarding world events. But God has much to say about the rise and fall of nations. It is, after all, God who places kings and rulers in their positions (Daniel 2:21).

Through the Prophet Daniel, God announced the rise of a pushy future world power known as the king of the south. Daniel 11:40-43 indicate that this power will include Egypt and Ethiopia. But who leads this power? For years, the Trumpet has forecast that this will be Iran. (Request our free booklet The King of the South for proof.)

Thankfully, that rule will be short. Verse 40 indicates this radical Islamic power will provoke a far stronger power—the king of the north—into battle. The result is nuclear world war.

Notice what is written in Habakkuk 3: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls” (verse 17). Why are the trees not blossoming? Not even the destruction of World War ii stopped that from happening. Never until the proliferation of nuclear bombs could such an event come about. Amos 5:1-3 speak of widespread destruction; up to 90 percent of people wiped out from cities. Again, it points to nuclear war. God prophesies it will happen.

This war sparks to life in the Middle East. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in “The Unthinkable Will Happen!” about Daniel 11:40 and Iran triggering world war:

Looking at current events, I believe this will happen after Iran gets the nuclear bomb. And that prophecy tells us that Iran is going to provoke a mighty European empire—a nuclear-armed power—into a war. From there, the destruction will only escalate.

Iran’s actions today are leading to a nuclear World War iii!

To read about this in detail, please order Mr. Flurry’s free booklet The King of the South.

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Hezbollah’s Cash Problem Continues

Suffering from U.S. sanctions, Lebanese terrorist group scrambles for more funding.

Many reports indicate Hezbollah is running out of funds. United States President Donald Trump is waging financial warfare against Iran and its terrorist network. Hezbollah, Iran’s terrorist proxy in Lebanon, is receiving the brunt of the attack as the Trump administration works to pry it away from Iran.

Hezbollah receives $700 million in annual funding from Iran, accounting for 70 percent of its annual revenue. It needs Iranian cash to survive.

The majority of this funding comes from Iran’s oil industry. In 2017, crude petroleum made up about 72 percent of Iran’s trade exports. However, Iran’s crude oil production this May fell to its lowest levels in nearly 30 years.

Iranian Oil Exports Plummet

Reuters oil tanker tracking data shows that Iranian crude exports in May fell to around 400,000 barrels per day. That means Iran is exporting less than 20 percent of what it was exporting in April of last year. That was the month before President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and began reimposing financial sanctions against Iran.

In November 2018, President Trump imposed a number of hard-hitting sanctions on Iran, most notably its crucial oil sector. The president declared that those who purchase oil from Iran must cut all crude oil imports from Iran. To avoid shocking the oil market, President Trump granted eight nations a six-month oil trade extension.

On May 2, the U.S. ended trade waivers and began fully enforcing sanctions. Of the eight waivers given out, only Turkey and China publicly announced their desire to continue Iranian crude purchases; though it seems Turkey may cave in to U.S. demands. Whether the Trump administration will allow China—the largest importer of Iranian oil—to continue importing has yet to be seen. However, the administration has stated that the waivers will not be extended.

Reduced oil exports mean reduced funds for the Iranian regime, which means less funding for its terrorist proxies.

Financial Strain

Hezbollah is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. In 2018 alone, the U.S. Treasury Department added over 30 Hezbollah-related sanctions. As a result, Hezbollah is under significant financial strain.

According to Ynetnews, monthly cash shipments from Iran have already been cut in half.

This year, Hezbollah cut salaries for its fighters for the first time. Some of its militiamen have only received two thirds of their usual pay in the past three months. It has laid off half of its reserve fighters because it can’t keep up with paychecks. Reports indicate Hezbollah is selling off property and reducing aid to its fighters. It is also laying off staff and reducing pay to workers of its al-Manar television network and al-Nour radio station.

To survive, Hezbollah will have to look elsewhere for support.

For the first time since its inception 37 years ago, Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has appealed for donations in a public address in March.

In response, the Houthi-run radio station called on its listeners to support Hezbollah. The donations are funneled through one of its many social welfare institutions. Senior analyst for the Arabia Foundation Fatima Abo Alasrar said that, in the past month, the campaign raised $120,000. Houthi-run Saba News Agency said the fundraising efforts will “have a significant impact in strengthening the Axis of Resistance,” referring to Iran’s proxy network.

Iran’s financial crisis is actually bringing its terrorist network closer together.

Power Swap

The Trump administration’s sanctions against Iran and its proxies are working, but their dedication is proving resilient. While U.S. sanctions are delaying this Islamic terrorist alliance’s rise, it may only be temporary.

Under the Trump administration, the U.S. is moving toward a more isolationist foreign policy. On Dec. 19, 2018, President Trump announced America’s withdrawal from Syria. Though he has compromised on his plan due to public backlash, it shows the mindset that America is in retreat.

Daniel 11:40-43 describe an end-time clash between two power blocs, a modern Islamic alliance (“the king of the south”) and a German-led European power (“the king of the north”). The Islamic alliance will include Ethiopia, Egypt and Libya and will be led by Iran. Lebanon is not part of this alliance. Instead, Bible prophecy indicates it will be part of an anti-Iranian confederation of Arab nations (Psalm 83:6-8).

This could happen by either of two ways: Hezbollah decides to break from Iran or it loses power in Lebanon. Hezbollah’s current military and political power mean that the only way Lebanon could join an anti-Iran alliance is if it had Hezbollah’s support or if it gained control over Hezbollah. The U.S. could have a large part in bringing about this transfer of power.

The U.S. is working hard to specifically target Hezbollah and pry it away from Iran. Hezbollah may either give in or collapse as economic pressure intensifies. Alternatively, if Hezbollah’s resolve proves unbreakable, the U.S. may be forced into military confrontation. If it comes to open conflict with Hezbollah, the U.S. would likely make use of the Lebanese Armed Forces (laf). The U.S. is the laf’s number one supporter, providing it about $222 million annually. However, since Iran gave Hezbollah $700 million before it was sanctioned, that means Iran was outspending the U.S. roughly 3 to 1 in Lebanon. Even if Iranian funding is halved, it will still be outspending the U.S. Hezbollah has a fighting force about half the size of the laf, but with more funding. America would have to considerably increase its financial support.

Whether the U.S. will be successful in tearing down Hezbollah’s power in Lebanon remains uncertain. But if it doesn’t, another power will.

Europe, primarily France and Germany, are increasingly becoming more involved in the Middle East. After the U.S., Germany is the second-largest financial supporter of Lebanon. France also supports Lebanon financially and militarily. These two nations may become a significant impediment to Iranian influence in the region.

Historically, Lebanon has been the Christian center in the Middle East. Today, 40 percent of Lebanon’s population still belongs to a Christian denomination. This will be the linchpin factor for Europe’s involvement in Lebanon. Iran wants to reposition itself to push the Christians out of power in the Lebanese government. Europe will not allow that to happen.

In “Why You Need to Watch Lebanon,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “Europe coming into the Middle East is going to infuriate Iran. And it is such European intrusion that will cause Iran to push at the king of the north.” Iran will attack Europe with a lot of force, but that attack will lead to Iran’s destruction.

U.S. sanctions are crippling Iran’s economy and slowing the rise of this Islamic nation. However, it is also increasing tension. Eventually, the Middle East will explode into war. For more information, please read “Why You Need to Watch Lebanon.”

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China Threatens Ban on Rare Earth Mineral Exports to U.S.

Early warning signs of a dangerous future for the American economy and for American society

China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the department responsible for economic planning, indicated on May 28 that it may restrict exports of rare earth minerals to the United States as part of the ongoing trade war between the two nations.

Rare earth minerals are a group of 17 metals that the U.S. Geological Survey deems critical to the economy. They are important materials for manufacturing smartphones, cameras, ear buds, wind turbines, jet engines, lasers, missiles and missile defense, night vision devices, satellites, and the processing of crude oil into gasoline and jet fuel.

China is the world’s leading supplier of rare earth metals, accounting for 90 percent of global supply, a virtual monopoly. The U.S. imported nearly $92 million worth of these minerals in 2018.

If China suddenly stopped rare earth metal exports, “[i]t would affect everything—autos, renewable energy, defense and technology,” the founding director of Adamas Intelligence, a strategic metals consultancy firm, told ForeignPolicy.com. This scenario would create large disruptions in the global economy. However, it is important to note that China is not the only nation that possesses rare earth metals. Other nations friendly to the U.S. do as well, such as Australia.

A full trade embargo on rare earth metals “would be a drastic measure that would permanently raise alarm bells in global national security circles,” Sagatom Saha, an energy policy analyst, told ScientificAmerican.com. By cutting off rare earth material exports to the U.S., China would damage its reputation as a reliable supplier, leading other nations to search for alternatives. But there is no denying that it is highly aware of how powerful this weapon would be in a trade war.

As demand for rare earth metals increases, both within China and around the world, every developed nation will be pressured to decrease dependence on China and establish new supply chains.

Although China currently dominates this field, some nations have basic infrastructure in place for extraction and processing, wrote Geopolitical Futures. A Chinese embargo would increase demand, providing incentive to start their own production. The U.S. recognizes the danger of relying almost exclusively on China for rare earth materials. In 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to begin preparing American industry to mine and process minerals that are currently being imported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping added to the speculations over Chinese intentions recently when he visited a rare earth metals plant, accompanied by an aide for trade negotiations with the U.S. The visit was interpreted as symbolic of China’s willingness to use rare earth exports as leverage in trade talks with the U.S.

Xi himself called for a “new long march,” referring to the Chinese Communist Party’s temporary retreat from nationalist forces from 1934 to 1935, prior to its eventual victory in 1949. Xi has made the Long March a metaphor for China’s current position in the trade war.

State-run media is amplifying Xi’s message. Government-sponsored People’s Daily wrote that rare earth minerals could be the next “weapon” China deploys to “strike back” at the U.S. In a similar vein, a provocative anti-American video surfaced on the government-controlled platform Watermelon Video. The video included footage of cargo ships and American companies, and told Chinese citizens that “China must be prepared to fight a protracted war” with the U.S.

There is plenty of debate and government propaganda about who, if anyone, will finally win the trade war. What then is the long-term significance of Xi’s statements?

China’s threats to shut the United States out of trade are exactly what is described in Bible prophecy.

To the Israelites, the people who became today’s prosperous nations of the United States and Britain, God promised great wealth. (Request a free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong, for detailed proof.) That power has been shown in America’s dominance of world trade over the past century. However, God prophesied that U.S. trade and economic strength would become besieged as a result of its sins.

Deuteronomy 28:52 says, “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.”

The current trade war is prophesied to end with Asian and European nations drawing together to shut America out of global trade (Isaiah 23). (For a full explanation, request your free copy of Isaiah’s End-Time Vision.) The Bible foretells of an alliance between Asian economic powers, as well as European nations, which will cooperate for a short time to create an unmatched economic superpower.

Trumpet contributing editor Brad Macdonald explained this prophesied alliance and how it will come together to oppose America’s trade interests in “Trade Wars Have Begun.” He wrote:

The Prophet Isaiah forecast a massive global trade network in the end time and said it would revolve around a German-led European superstate. You can study this prophecy in Isaiah 22 and 23. In Isaiah 23:1, China is called by its ancient name, Chittim. The same verse calls the German-dominated European combine Tyre, which was a major economic power extant at the time the prophecy was written.

In this prophecy, the end-time Tyre is shown to be in a trade relationship with China and other Asian peoples. The mention of the sea (verses 2, 4, 11), oceans (“great waters,” verse 3), ships (verses 1 and 14), and seaborne merchant traffic (verse 8) indicates this is a trade alliance. Verse 3 calls this a “mart of nations.” Mart means emporium, trade or merchandise. Verse 13 mentions Italy (Chaldea). Italy is here depicted in association with Germany, whose biblical identity is Assyria, or Asshur.

Clearly, this is a prophecy about an end-time trade axis between Europe and Asia!

Notice too: America and Britain are not part of this “mart of nations.” Why not? Because this trade emporium is a rival of the U.S. and Britain. It is infused with strong anti-American and anti-British sentiment. This “mart of nations” exists to compete with America and Britain!

Whoever wins this current trade war, one thing is certain: It is another step toward the fulfillment of this prophecy. America will be besieged and eventually attacked militarily. However, as these ominous events draw closer, another, more positive prophecy is equally certain: Trends, such as China’s increasing aggression and America’s eventual expulsion from global trade, point to the imminent return of Jesus Christ.

To read more about the prophesied economic siege coming to America and other Western nations, request your free copy of Isaiah’s End-Time Vision, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.

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Germany Resurrects Historic Connection With Latin America

Berlin’s Latin America and Caribbean conference marks the beginning of a prophesied new world order.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas hosted a Latin America and Caribbean conference in Berlin from May 28 to 29. The conference marks the beginning of the new Latin America and Caribbean initiative that Maas announced in February. A historic alliance is reemerging to the detriment of the United States of America.

At the conference, Maas discussed the necessity to improve trade and business relations, develop stronger legal institutions, and tackle climate change and other issues together. “We are seizing the initiative to reinvigorate and inject fresh impetus into our relations,” Maas told Deutsche Welle.

The conference was attended by more than 20 foreign ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean and close to 1,000 guests. Maas repeatedly reminded his audience about Europe’s and Latin America’s unifying values.

The only Latin American country that wasn’t invited to the conference was Venezuela, as Germany supports the opposition party in Venezuela.

In a guest post for Tagesspiegel, Maas called for a “new trans-Atlantic alliance.” His article was translated and published in 15 newspapers in Latin America. “Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe must not suffer collateral damage due to the trade dispute between the U.S. and China,” he wrote (Trumpet translation throughout). He continued:

It is up to us to pursue our shared values and interests on a global scale. Together, we have the power to do so: With 61 states, the EU and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean account for almost one third of the members of the United Nations. We are over 1 billion women and men and make up of 40 percent of the world’s gross national product. It is time to use that power together.

In his opening address at the conference, Maas accused China of using its economic power to apply political pressure, Russia of creating “political facts with military force,” and the U.S. of becoming “somewhat unpredictable.” During the shifting global challenges, Latin America and Europe may seem to be the only defenders of their values. But as Maas urged, this reality must cause the two continents to “move closer together. We have to become neighbors in this new world.”

Maas believes a new world is taking shape. A world in which Europe and Latin America form a close alliance that stands in contrast to the rest of the world.

Based on Bible prophecy, the Trumpet and its predecessor, the Plain Truth, have predicted this new world order for decades. Late Plain Truth founder Herbert W. Armstrong predicted this alliance, based on the two continents’ shared history, culture, religion and languages. The May 1962 Plain Truth stated, “[T]he United States is going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Latin America, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce.”

“Latin America is a natural ally for us—especially these days, where we’re seeing the global order increasingly under pressure,” Maas told Deutsche Welle’s Spanish-language service. “If we deepen ties and sing from the same music page, we can bring great international clout to the table.”

In recent months, Germany has taken several steps to strengthen its ties with Latin American countries. German trade with Latin America is expected to grow 5 percent this year, but Maas and other Europeans have much bigger plans. Trade with Latin America and the Caribbean currently amounts to only 2.6 percent of total German foreign trade. Various free-trade agreements that are under negotiation as well as other initiatives have the potential to drastically increase this.

During Maas’s tour of Latin America, military cooperation was also discussed. Along with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Maas adopted the Joint Declaration Germany-Brazil that confirmed “the construction of four light frigates of the Tamandaré class for the Brazilian Navy” with German participation. In a strategy paper, Germany’s Christian democratic parties also encouraged the integration of Latin America in nato.

Tagesspiegel commented on Maas’s emphasis on Latin America: “The foreign minister, who is still looking for his big topic, has now rediscovered an old ally.” Latin America is indeed Europe’s and Germany’s old ally.

Around 1500, during the reign of the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg dynasty formed a close alliance with Latin America through religious conquest and a marriage between Joanna of Castile and Philip i. Prior to the formation of a German state, many German industrialists settled in Latin America in the 1800s. The relationship flourished into the early 1900s. During World War ii, many Latin American countries like Argentina supported the Nazi empire and granted Nazis refuge after the war.

Nazi Germany also followed a specific plan to forge an alliance with its trans-Atlantic neighbor. Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels explained in the March 26, 1944, issue of Das Reich:

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

If you compare Germany’s Nazi plan to conquer Latin America with what has happened since, you will be shocked how this plan is becoming reality. Trumpet contributor Andrew Miiller explained Germany’s economic strategy in detail in his article “Revealed: Nazi Plan to Conquer Latin America.”

The Bible prophesies that in this end time, America faces economic collapse, which will be preceded by an economic siege (Deuteronomy 28:52; Ezekiel 5-6).

This siege will result in devastating consequences for the American people: “And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee” (Deuteronomy 28:53). (Request a free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong, to learn more about this and other prophecies that apply to the U.S.)

A siege of such consequences would not be possible without Latin America’s cooperation. In a Key of David broadcast that aired in January, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said:

The European Union is about to make its largest trade deal ever, and it’s probably going to be made in 2019. That certainly is the forecast. That trade is going to be made with the mercosur trade bloc, which includes Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, and we have been prophesying for over 60 years that this is going to happen, and what it all means. It’s going to mean some very dark days for America if we don’t heed Bible prophecy and realize what God has to say about it. Latin America is helping to create the Holy Roman Empire!

The Bible foretells extremely troubling times for the U.S. But we don’t need to fear if we know the God who prophesied of all these events. “Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any” (Isaiah 44:8). The God who prophesied of this coming alliance between Latin America and Germany can also protect you from its consequences if you heed His message.

Fulfilled Bible prophecy is proving God’s existence. Request your free copy of He Was Right to see how Mr. Armstrong’s Bible-based prophecies have proved accurate. Also, read “America Is Being Besieged Economically” to learn where Europe’s developing alliance with Latin America will ultimately lead.

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German Intel: Iran Still Pursuing WMDs

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Iran is still trying to develop a nuclear weapon, according to a report by Bavaria’s intelligence agency obtained by Fox News. The May report states that Iran is “making efforts to expand its conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction,” Fox News reported on May 28.

The 335-page intelligence document compiled by the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution monitored Iranian activity in the southern German state throughout 2018. The report continues, “In order to obtain the necessary know-how and corresponding components, these states [including Iran] are trying to establish business contacts to companies in highly technological countries like Germany.”

The report highlights an instance where Iranians used a third party to try to buy an electron beam welding machine, an instrument that could be used to produce missile launch vehicles.

The report is the latest in a series of European intelligence reports that have found Iran to be continuing its development of weapons of mass destruction. In 2017, the German state of Baden Württemberg warned that Iran is seeking products and expertise “for the field of developing weapons of mass destruction as well [as] missile technology.” Hamburg warned that there is “no evidence of a complete about-face in Iran’s atomic policies in 2016.”

Later that year, the German Federal Intelligence Service told Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel, “Iran has clearly not given up its long-term goal to become a nuclear power that can mount nuclear weapons on rockets.”

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of Israel’s Office of Eastern European Affairs, told Fox News, “[T]his has to be a shrill wake-up call for the German government and its ongoing efforts to maintain the nuclear agreement with Iran at all costs.” Another report from the German BfV warned that Iran was joining Russia and China as a “major player” in “espionage activities that are directed against Germany. Cyberattacks can now also be attributed to presumed government agencies in Iran.”

“Despite all the signs indicating the numerous weaknesses of the agreement and the duplicity of the Iranians, the German government has consistently tried to refrain from dealing with Tehran as a genocidal threat to Israel and the promotor of terror all over the world,” he said. “Time for Berlin to wake and face the bitter reality.”

Europe’s political class is still trying to save the Iranian nuclear deal, despite Iran’s conduct before, during and after the deal was signed. The European Union has worked hard to circumvent United States sanctions and has openly encouraged companies to continue working with Iran. But while Europe’s political leaders might ignore Iran, its intelligence services cannot.

On January 8, the EU imposed its first economic sanctions on Iran. It targeted Iran’s intelligence agency, after the government of Denmark said it believed Iran had facilitated the murder of two dissidents in Denmark and France.

Europe is making some changes to confront the Iranian threat. Watch for it to make more.

The Bible warns that relations between Europe and Iran are building to a clash. “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” (Daniel 11:40). Identifying the modern names of these powers is an important aspect of Bible prophecy. The “king of the south” is Iran. The “king of the north” is Europe, led by Germany. If you are curious about how to identify these nations and many more in prophecy, you can start here. Or consider watching the 90-second video below and ordering our free booklet The King of the South.

This is why it is so important to hear what is coming out of Germany. The leadership may not heed the warning today. But soon—be it before or after Iran detonates a weapon of mass destruction—Germany will act. When it does, we need to be ready. As the book of Daniel shows, this major clash will spark a global conflict.

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More than 600 million Indians cast a ballot in the largest democratic exercise in human history when they voted at over 1 million polling stations in megacities, on islands and in remote mountainside villages.

Official data from the Election Commission published on May 24 showed that incumbent Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won 303 of the lower house’s 542 seats. This exceeds the 282 seats the party won when Modi first came to power in 2014, and empowers him to better pursue his nationalist goals inside and outside of India.

Modi has also built a reputation for deftly walking the tightrope between Russia and the United States. But there are indications that this balancing act could soon be replaced with closer alignment with Russia. It’s a prophetic development.

Israel Is Falling Into Lethal Political Dysfunction

On May 29, the Knesset agreed to conduct a national election on September 17—Israel’s second in less than six months. The election is necessary because, for the first time in Israel’s history, a prime minister-designate failed to form a coalition government.

Like America and Britain, the Jewish nation is in an unprecedented state of political chaos. The Bible has much to say about where it will lead to.

Australian Elections: A Change in Direction

The Australian Liberal-National coalition defied opinion polls when it won recent federal elections, clearing the way for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to remain in office.

Observers have drawn a comparison between Mr. Morrison’s unexpected victory and Brexit, and others have compared it to the 2016 election of United States President Donald Trump—three cases in which preelection opinion polls utterly failed to accurately gauge reality.

“We’ve seen this play out before,” Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry said in his May 20 Trumpet Daily Radio Show episode. The radical left is “so far to the left—the commentators, the pollsters—[that] they … draw up the question the way that it will ensure the result they want.”

However, just as in America, it appears that the radical left has been slowed down temporarily. This is not only about a polling failure; it points to God’s miraculous intervention. “There is a clear change of direction,” said Mr. Flurry. “God is behind it, particularly for the United States. But I think you see it also for Britain, and now Australia as well.”

Learn more by reading “Australian Elections: A Change in Direction” and Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s article “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.”

European Election: A Plague on Both Your Houses

Last weekend, voters from 28 nations turned out to choose their representatives for the European Parliament.

In Britain, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party won 32 percent of the vote. In France, Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally beat the more mainstream party of President Emmanuel Macron. In Italy, the far right won by a landslide. Matteo Salvini’s Lega party won 34.3 percent of the vote, a massive boost. Their coalition partner, the upstart left-wing Five Star Movement, won 17.1 percent. In Hungary, Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz won 52.3 percent of the vote. In Poland, the right-wing Law and Justice party won 45.4 percent of the vote. Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland received 11 percent of the vote nationwide, and the far-left Greens received over 20 percent of the vote across the country.

Europeans want somebody new, somebody who approaches politics in a different way. Some are turning to environmentalist parties. Some are turning to the fringe right. But they are definitely turning away from the mainstream parties that have been ruling for decades.

A revolution in European politics is one of the key prophetic trends the Trumpet has been watching.

Secretive Bilderberg Group Talks Brexit, the Future of Europe

A secretive group of some of the world’s top politicians, bankers and businessmen met this week for its 67th annual conference.

According to a press release, topics for discussion include climate change, the future of capitalism, the weaponization of social media, the importance of space, the development of artificial intelligence, the danger of cyberthreats, China, Russia, Brexit, and the future of Europe.

Since its inaugural meeting in May 1954, the Bilderberg Group has been an annual forum for elites from Europe and North America to discuss important issues away from the eyes and ears of the press.

“[T]his group is not a tight-knit group of conspirators setting out to destroy nations,” explained Rodney Atkinson in a 2001 interview with Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry and late Trumpet columnist Ron Fraser. “They’re the kind of people selected on the basis that they might say yes to international supernational corporatism, which is the foundation, of course, of the modern European Union ….”

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