Why the Allies Won on D-Day

Allied paratroopers receive final instructions for the planned invasion on the Normandy coast.
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Why the Allies Won on D-Day

And why we won’t win it again.

D-Day could have been the disaster that lost the Allies the war. It was the biggest, most ambitious amphibious landing in history. And other Allied landings during World War ii had failed.

For two years, 2 million slave laborers had worked under the Nazis to fortify the French coast against exactly this type of assault. They had used 18 million tons of concrete to build bunkers and other fortifications. They had mined the beaches and coastal waters and filled the fields with pikes to thwart glider attacks.

The rehearsals for D-Day were less than promising. Operation Tiger, in April 1944, was a large-scale dress rehearsal held on the beaches of Dover. It was a disaster. German torpedo boats found their way in among the land craft and attacked. Around 800 American servicemen died. Authorities were so concerned about its effect on morale that they covered up the incident—and it remained secret for 40 years.

Operation Eagle was less of a debacle, but that’s not saying much. The dress rehearsal for the paratroopers who would land the night before D-Day ended with a lot of pilots getting lost. The transport planes ran into a German bombing raid. They scattered, and many couldn’t find the drop zone. Twenty-eight planes returned to base without having dropped off anyone. Five hundred of the paratroopers suffered broken bones, sprains and other injuries. In his book Band of Brothers, Steven Ambrose wrote, “The only consolation the airborne commanders could find in this mess was that by tradition a bad dress rehearsal leads to a great opening night.”

The stakes were huge. If D-Day failed, the Allies would be unable to launch another attack for at least a year. In that time, a lot could happen. Winston Churchill could have been pushed out of office. Joseph Stalin may have made peace with Adolf Hitler. Or Stalin could have beat the Nazis—and extended the Soviet Union’s Communist tyranny all the way to Western Europe, winning the Cold War before it even started. Meanwhile, Hitler’s new weapons—rockets, jet aircraft and advances in submarine warfare—would have made the Allies’ task even harder.

No wonder Allied commanders were worried. Chief of the Imperial General Staff Alan Brooke wrote in his diary, “I am very uneasy about the whole operation. At the best it will fall so very, very short of the expectations of the bulk of the people, namely all those who know nothing of its difficulties. At the worst it may well be the most ghastly disaster of the whole war. I wish to God it were safely over.” Supreme Allied commander Gen. Dwight Eisenhower told his staff, “I hope to God I know what I’m doing.”

It was a real possibility that we could have looked back on June 6, 1944, as the day that hope for a free world died.

Instead, we look back today on the sacrifice thousands of young men made to win the day—so that we can be free.

Why did the Allies win? We certainly owe a lot to the bravery and heroism of those British, Canadian and American soldiers, as well as others, who stormed the beaches. But there’s another vital cause that our nations no longer pay much attention to: God.

Knowing what was at stake, leaders of all the nations made earnest appeals to God for help.

“I desire solemnly to call my people to prayer and dedication,” said England’s King George vi. “We are not unmindful of our own shortcomings, past and present. We shall ask not that God may do our will, but that we may be enabled to do the will of God; and we dare to believe that God has used our nation and empire as an instrument for fulfilling His high purpose.

“At this historic moment surely not one of us is too busy, too young or too old to play a part in a nationwide, perchance a worldwide, vigil of prayer as the great crusade sets forth.”

United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a public prayer before the nation on June 6: “Help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice. Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.”

How different from our leaders today. When U.S. President Donald Trump recited this prayer in Normandy today, he left out the part quoted above. We don’t even acknowledge that part of history. It’s almost unthinkable for a modern leader to pray for our nation to act as an expression of God’s will—or to call on the people to pray twice daily to God.

This reliance on God was shared by many of those involved in the operation. “We shall require all the help that God can give,” wrote Adm. Sir Bertram Ramsay, commander of all the naval forces involved in D-Day. “I cannot believe that this will not be forthcoming.”

And the result? Again, I’ll let those in command of D-Day do the talking.

“If there were nothing else in my life to prove the existence of an almighty and merciful God, the events of the next 24 hours did it,” said General Eisenhower.

“Such a historic march of events can seldom have taken place in such a short space of time,” wrote Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. “Let us say to each other, This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan did most of the planning for D-Day in his role as chief of staff to the supreme Allied commander. History Net called him “one of World War ii’s forgotten heroes.” On April 7, 1947, he published an article in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper titled “The Miracle of D-Day.” He wrote (emphasis added):

As the old adage had it, “Man proposes, but God disposes.” There comes a point in so many of our affairs at which we hope so often for a miracle.

And miracles happen still. How many of them have we not seen enacted before our eyes in these past few years. … There was Dunkirk and its flat, calm sea. Who planned that? During those fateful hours I was riding up to battle, south of the Somme … our main army was hemmed in on those northern beaches. There were many others who, like us, saw no way out barring a miracle. There came a miracle.

Then, two years later, a U-boat caught sight of the tail ship of one convoy [carrying troops from America and Britain to invade North Africa]. The German observer, apparently, thought what he saw merely worthy of routine report.

Then, but a day before General Patton was due to land on the Casablanca beaches, open to the full Atlantic swell, just as it seemed inevitable that his whole affair must be called off, the wind changed from onshore to offshore and let the small craft in.

The history of our other theaters of war will inevitably tell of many similar happenings, but I doubt if any will be such as to compare with the miracle of D-Day in 1944. … There had already been one short delay, caused by bad weather, which meant that any further postponement must have been of weeks to await the right conjunction of light and tide. … There was something more than ordinary, surely, in that decision to attack and in that spirit of success that permeated the ranks.

The most immediate and obvious miracle on D-Day, which Morgan drew attention to, was the weather. The different branches of the service all desired different types of weather in order to conduct their operations on D-Day. Chief meteorological officer James Stagg complained that he put all these requirements together: “I found that they might have to sit around for 120 to 150 years before they got the operation launched.”

They didn’t get exactly the weather they wanted—but they got the weather they needed.

June 6 came during a break in tempestuous weather. The rougher seas and stronger winds had some downsides. The American soldiers transferred into their landing vessels much farther out at sea than their British and Canadian allies—and suffered in the rougher waters as a result. However, as the Times wrote in 1944, “The German commanders were advised by their meteorological service that there could be no invasion in the period including June 6 because of continuous stormy weather. That is why D-Day forces landing during a brief break in the windiest month in Normandy for at least 20 years found so many German troops without officers, and why other enemy coastal units were having exercises at the time of the landing.”

The weather also kept the German Navy away. “The crews of the minesweepers and Admiral Ramsay could not believe their luck when, having accomplished their task”—preparing the way for the invasion fleet—“they turned back without a shot fired,” writes Antony Beevor in his history of the Second World War. “The rough seas which had persuaded the Kriegesmarine to remain in port had proved their greatest blessing.”

The Allies also got “lucky” in that they managed to catch the Germans by surprise. War planners did all they could to deceive the Germans. D-Day was preceded by operations Fortitude North and Fortitude South. The aim was to confuse the Germans about when and where the attack would take place. Andrew Roberts writes in The Storm of War, “The two Fortitude operations constitute the most successful deception plan in the history of warfare.”

The Allies acted as if they were going to land in the Pas de Calais. They had a fake U.S. Army group, fake tanks, fake landing craft and even a fake General Montgomery to deceive the Germans. But all the same, keeping the largest amphibious attack in the history of the world a surprise was a huge challenge.

Yet the Allies came close to losing the surprise. They had arranged a signal with the French Resistance—to let them know the invasion was about to take place. When the landings were imminent, the bbc would broadcast a line from a poem: “Wound my heart with monotonous languor” (it was a French poem). However, the Germans had captured and tortured a resistance leader and forced him to divulge the signal. The signal was broadcast at 11:15 p.m. on June 5. The invasion was about to start.

The leader of the German 15th Army in the Pas de Calais put this troops on alert. But crucially, the message did not get passed along to the German 7th Army at Normandy. And that is where the invasion force was bound.

Even some of the Allies’ mistakes ended up “luckily” helping them. Planes carrying U.S. airborne troops got lost, with many paratroopers coming down far outside the drop zones. But instead of being a disaster, the dispersion of forces confused the Germans about the target of the operation. They also ended up believing that 100,000 paratroopers were landing, when the real figure was only a quarter of that.

But there’s one massive miracle that made D-Day possible that is not related to the events of the day itself. D-Day was a triumph of the British, Canadian and American soldiers. It was also a triumph of the Royal Navy, the U.S. Army Air Force (usaaf) and the Royal Air Force (raf). But it was also a victory for American manufacturing.

There were 7,000 ships involved in the landings, including 1,200 warships and 4,000 landing craft, eventually landing 2 million men on the beaches of France. The skies above were guarded by 11,500 aircraft.

All this required a massive logistical operation. The United Kingdom had 57 million square feet of storage area filled with supplies—including half a million tons of ammunition. German intelligence believed that any landing would have to take place at a major port in order to facilitate the flow of this massive amount of supplies. This was another reason they were surprised by the attacks in Normandy.

To get around the problem, the Allies built two artificial harbors. These would be towed across the English Channel and sunk at the beaches. It took 600,000 tons of concrete—enough to build more than 2,000 houses—1.5 million yards of steel and 20,000 men working in eight dry docks. To fuel the invasion, the Allies specially constructed an undersea pipeline that ultimately carried 172 million gallons of fuel to France.

Then there’s the air battle and bombing campaign that made D-Day possible. Allied air supremacy was crucial. Allied pilots flew 13,688 air sorties, the Germans flew 309. Lt. Cmdr. Cromwell Lloyd-Davis describe the scene out at sea. “It was almost like Piccadilly Circus—there were so many ships there, and it was incredible to us that all this could be going on without the Germans knowing anything about it. But we never saw a German aircraft the whole time.” Only around a dozen German fighter bombers made it to the beaches, and they could only stay long enough for one attack each. If German planes had made it through, it could have been a disaster. The huge concentration of men landing on the beach could have been bombed into oblivion.

Instead, the Axis suffered without air cover. German Gen. Erwin Rommel later described the experience:

Even the movement of the most minor formation on the battlefield—artillery going into position, tanks forming up, etc—is instantly attacked from the air with devastating effect. During the day fighting, troops and headquarters alike are forced to seek cover in wooded and close country in order to escape the constant pounding of the air.

Earlier in the war, the Germans had been known for their rapid blitzkrieg warfare. Now their tanks could only creep and crawl toward Normandy. Any open movements drew destruction from the air—or attacks from the French Resistance on the ground. Roberts writes:

D-Day once again saw a determined German counterattack on the ground being staved off by Allied airpower. The capacity and willingness of the Wehrmacht to try and push the Allies back into the sea were still there, but were overwhelmed by the ability of the raf and usaaf to attack the unprotected armor from above, where it was weakest. The bombing campaign against Luftwaffe factories and the attritional war against German fighters once they had been built had paid off spectacularly.

Then there was the battle of the Atlantic. German submarines had to be kept away from the Royal Navy that was supporting the invasion. If they weren’t, it would be a massacre. This required victory in submarine warfare. Then there’s the massive logistical operation to get supplies over from the UK—and the massive construction of merchant shipping was necessary.

This is where American industry was crucial for D-Day. Once the giant industrial machine was cranked up, America made the same number of planes that it lost at Pearl Harbor every two days. In 1944, Germany built 40,000 airplanes; America built 98,000.

The statistics on the total U.S. war effort are overwhelming: Nearly 300,000 aircraft built, 351 million metric tons of aircraft bombs, 88,000 landing ships, 5,200 merchant ships, nearly 150 aircraft carriers, nearly 1,000 warships, 12.5 million rifles and over 86,000 tanks. Roberts wrote, “Grossly to oversimplify the contributions made by the three leading members of the Grand Alliance in the Second World War, if Britain had provided the time and Russia the blood necessary to defeat the Axis, it was America that produced the weapons.”

The raw materials and massive industrial capacity necessary for D-Day were a blessing from God, just as surely as the weather. This is what it took to make D-Day a success: the waning British Empire working with the rising superpower of the U.S.

God promised these material blessings to Britain and America thousands of years ago. “And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath … And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills” (Deuteronomy 33:13, 15). Thousands of years later, the descendants of Joseph received those blessings—and used them to fuel the massive war machine necessary to defeat Adolf Hitler.

In Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26, God lists the blessings that would be poured out on our nations. These include the material blessings mentioned earlier, but also blessings in industry and manufacturing. “Blessed shalt thou be in the city,” says God (Deuteronomy 28:3). He promises to “bless all the work of thine hand” (verse 12). Verse 8 says, “The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto ….”

Those blessings were on display on D-Day. In The United States and Britain Prophecy, Herbert W. Armstrong lists statistic after statistic showing the massive dominance the U.S. and UK had in raw materials and industrial capacity.

But in the same book, he also shows how, and why, those blessings are being taken away today.

We didn’t receive those blessings, turn to God, and show the world an example of righteousness. Instead, we have drifted so far from Him that it would be unthinkable for one of our leaders to call on our people to pray daily, the way our leaders did during World War ii.

And so God is sending curses. There are dark forces rising again in the world. This time, we won’t be able to stop them. There won’t be any more Normandy successes; we’ve lost that asset that was so vital the first time—God’s help.

But the biblical passages that list the curses for disobeying God give us hope. God says of the modern descendants of Israel, “I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly …” (Leviticus 26:44). He will punish, but “if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob …” (verses 41-42).

This is the great lesson from D-Day. As Winston Churchill himself said, “There is a purpose being worked out here below.” God has a plan for mankind—and as part of that plan, the Allies won on D-Day.

Understanding this plan will help you make sense of world events. Much more than that, it will help make your life a success as you seek God’s help in your battles.

To learn about God’s plan for our nations—and for you—read our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.

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Germany ‘Prepared to Participate Militarily’ in Syria

German foreign minister publicly endorses expanding Germany’s mission in Syria to potentially replace the U.S.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas confirmed on May 31 that Germany is looking to increase its military presence in Syria. Maas stated that Germany would support the United States’ plan to establish a security zone in northeastern Syria. Although increased deployment must first be passed by the Bundestag when the current mandate ends in October, it is the beginning of the fulfillment of a major biblical prophecy.

According to Spiegel Online, Maas said that “in the past weeks and months” there had been ongoing “secret talks” between Germany and the U.S. about Syria’s future. Spiegel Online said that these talks indicate Germany “would be prepared to participate militarily in securing” the security zone.

Germany already supports U.S. forces in Syria with aerial refueling and reconnaissance aircraft. However, according to Kurdistan 24, Maas hinted that Germany would likely provide more military support once the U.S. reduces its forces in Syria.

Ibrahim Murad, a representative of the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and Northern Syria in Germany, told Kurdistan 24 that he welcomed the decision and called on Germans “to take their responsibility in protecting the areas liberated from the Daesh [Islamic State] terrorist group.”

In “Germany Backs U.S. Plans for Safe Zone in Syria,” Kurdistan 24 wrote, “Germany, thus, becomes the first European country to publicly express its willingness to participate in maintaining the security zone.” At the moment, Germany will not be committing ground troops, only aircraft, and the action still requires approval from the Bundestag, but the statement shows that German leaders want to get more involved in Syria.

Germany and Europe are deeply interested in Syria’s stability. One result of the Syrian civil war has been a flood of immigrants into Europe. The European Union is struggling to deal with the millions of refugees who have migrated to Europe over the past eight years. To prevent the migrant crisis from worsening, Europe must get involved in Syria.

Germany is well aware of this and is looking to lead the way.

Syria, under President Bashar Assad, has been closely allied with Russia and Iran. But this is about to change. The U.S., Russia and Syria are meeting to discuss how to kick Iran out of Syria. Once Iran is out, another power will need to replace it because neither the U.S. nor Russia wants to stay and guarantee Syria’s stability. It is not in their national interest. It is, however, in Europe’s.

In his September 2012 article “How the Syrian Crisis Will End,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote:

What we are seeing right now in Syria is a major biblical prophecy in the process of being fulfilled! What happens in Syria will lead to mighty nations changing course and the foundations of this world being shaken!

Did you know that the book of Psalms prophesies the future of Syria? This nation is an important part of the balance of power in the Middle East, and Psalm 83 prophesies that there is about to be a dramatic, violent shift in Syria’s alliances. This will affect many nations, and ultimately lead to an all-out war breaking out all over the Earth!

This prophecy reveals the outcome of the uprising in Syria. It also exposes the key involvement of a major outside nation—something we can already see developing.

Daniel 11 prophesies of a devastating end-time clash between two dominant powers that it refers to as “the king of the north” and “the king of the south.” The Trumpet has identified a 10-nation European bloc, led by Germany, as the king of the north (Daniel 7:24), and radical Islamic extremism, led by Iran, as the king of the south. (To prove this, request your free copies of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire and The King of the South.)

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.”

When Germany launches its “whirlwind” attack against the king of the south, controlling territory in Syria would serve as a base in its secret strategy to surround Iran. According to Spiegel Online, Germany intends to dispatch Tornado fighter jets to Syria—a name similar to the biblical “whirlwind” attack.

Mr. Flurry continued, “Daniel 11:40 will unfold just before Psalm 83 is totally fulfilled. Germany and Iran will ignite a spectacular military clash. The German superpower will crush the ‘king of the south.’ Then the Arab nations listed in Psalm 83 will ally with Germany” (ibid).

Psalm 83 prophesies of this confederation of moderate Arab nations aligning with Germany. Verses 6-7 list the nations: “The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre.”

The Hagarenes were a semi-nomadic people who lived in the desert region between the lands of Gilead, Bashan and the Euphrates River, anciently known as Syria. They are mentioned as living in the same region from the 12th century b.c. during the time of King Saul (1 Chronicles 5:9-10) to 703 b.c., when they were referenced in Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser iii’s summary inscriptions. Therefore, in Bible prophecy, the Hagarenes refer to the modern-day nation of Syria.

Germany is watching what Iran is doing in the Middle East, and it is worried about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and ballistic missile development. Iran already possesses ballistic missiles capable of carrying multiple warheads and striking parts of Eastern Europe. This is a significant threat to the Continent.

Just as it has throughout history, Germany will strike first. In the meantime, watch for it to strengthen ties with Middle Eastern Arab nations, primarily Syria, as it prepares for this inevitable clash of civilizations.

For more information, please read “How the Syrian Crisis Will End,” by Gerald Flurry.

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Using proxy forces in Syria, Iran again launched rockets aimed at Israel on the evening of June 1. Israel responded swiftly to these attacks, targeting Syria and causing the war-ravaged country to suffer even more, hastening the fulfillment of Syria’s prophesied split from Iran.

The rockets aimed at Israel were reportedly launched from the Damascus area and appeared to be long-range models. One fell short into Syrian territory, and the other struck inside Israel’s Golan Heights.

The Israeli Defense Forces (idf) did not specify who launched the attack, stating instead that they view “the Syrian regime as responsible for all attacks against Israel from Syrian territory.” Multiple news sites reported sources saying that this was clearly the work of Iran’s Shiite proxy terrorist group, Hezbollah.

Iranian troops and many of its proxy militias are working in Syria to defend President Bashar Assad’s regime in the nation’s ongoing civil war. This provides Iran an ideal launching pad for strikes against Israel, while hiding in the midst of a foreign nation and using several proxy forces.

On May 12, following increased United States sanctions on Iranian oil, four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates were attacked. U.S. intelligence indicates that Iran was behind the attack. On May 14, Iranian-supported Houthi rebels used seven drones to attack two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, a major oil-producing country and rival to Iran. On May 19, a rocket—launched from a region known to be controlled by many Iranian-backed Shiite militias—landed less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

“After the attacks in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E., this is another message the Iranians are sending,” said Lebanese Brig. Gen. Abdel Kader (Ret.). “Tehran is saying, ‘We are capable of wreaking havoc with the security and stability of the whole region’” (theNational.ae).

Iran’s use of proxies allows it to divert blame. “It is typical of the anonymous way they operate,” Kader said. “Nobody can prove that the official regime of the Islamic Republic is behind these attacks.”

Although some of Iran’s forces and the proxy fighters it supports suffer losses in retaliation efforts, Iran is willing to pay this small price while its host nations bear the brunt of the punishment. This is exactly what happened in the latest round of rocket attacks fired from Syria.

Within hours of being targeted, Israel responded with rocket attacks against the Syrian military, including two artillery batteries, observation and intelligence posts, an aerial defense battery, and, according to Syrian media reports, other Iranian targets in al-Kiswah, south of Damascus. The strikes reportedly killed 10 people. The idf identified the targets and said that Israelis “hold the Syrian regime accountable and will firmly operate against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians.”

In a second attack on Sunday, Israel fired on a Syrian air base in the city of Homs, reportedly killing five and destroying a rocket warehouse. Also stationed at the airbase are Iranian and Hezbollah forces. idf officials had previously identified the base as a place where Iranian forces are attempting to entrench themselves in Syria.

At a ceremony marking the unification of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “While we do not make light of Iran’s threats, neither are we deterred by them, because anyone who tries to hurt us will be hurt far worse. We have proven this many times in the history of our state. We proved it just last night.”

While Iranian forces and its proxy fighters are suffering from Israeli strikes, Syria is bearing the brunt of the attacks. It is suffering for harboring Iranian militia. If Syria ever wants to rebuild from its eight-year civil war, it will have to kick Iran out. The Bible prophesies that this will happen.

In “The Imminent Iran-Syria Divorce,” the Trumpet stated that Iran’s presence in Syria is part of its goal to control the Shia Crescent—land stretching from Iran and Iraq to Syria and Lebanon on the west coast. “Iran needs to control this territory in order to project power into the Mediterranean and to threaten Israel” (ibid).

The Bible clearly prophesies of an end-time allegiance of many of the countries in the Shia Crescent.

Daniel 11:40 identifies an end-time power bloc called “the king of the south,” which Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry proves in his free booklet The King of the South is a radical Islamist alliance, led by Iran. This alliance will include Iraq, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and other nations. It will not include Syria.

Psalm 83 identifies another end-time alliance. “For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them …” (verses 5-8). This alliance has never occurred in history, so it is for our day!

The Psalm 83 alliance is between certain Middle Eastern nations and Germany (Assur). One of the nations in this alliance is the Hagarenes, or modern-day Syria.

Based on these prophecies, we know by the full assurance of God’s inspired Word that Iran’s position in Syria is not permanent.

Losing Syria will cut Iran off from the eastern Mediterranean, but as we have stated, this could lead Iran to “redirect more attention on its strategy to control the nations along the Red Sea and into Egypt, which will give it Mediterranean access from the south” (ibid). As Daniel 11:40-43 show, these nations will ally with Iran.

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

This is a powerful admonition to watch what is happening in Syria. The more Iran causes Syria to suffer, the more it is leading to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and the formation of the king of the south and Psalm 83 alliance. For more information on these prophecies, read Mr. Flurry’s article “How the Syrian Crisis Will End.”

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Why You Need to Remember D-Day

A landing craft from the uss Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division onto Omaha Beach.
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Why You Need to Remember D-Day

Use your imagination.

The coast of Normandy, France, is streaming with former soldiers, politicians, reporters and tourists this week. Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the largest amphibious landing in history. More than 156,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied troops crossed the English Channel and broke upon Adolf Hitler’s fortifications to try to wrest Europe away from Nazi Germany.

Two summers ago, I walked that coast. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life. It etched in my mind how important it is that we remember history. We must make it real—because it was real.

Whether it’s Normandy on June 6, 1944, or ancient China or any other event, history can feel distant, sterile. It’s text on a page or images on a screen. You don’t understand the reality of the past—or the future, or even the present—unless you project yourself into it by an act of imagination. Not daydreaming or fantasy, but well-informed, purposeful, life-changing imagination.

Fail to do so, and one day reality will brusquely intrude without warning and impose its inescapable lessons firsthand.

My imagination was jolted at Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. Leaving footprints in those sands—so easy to walk now, so stained with blood then. Peering out from inside the cold concrete German bunkers at the gray seas once dotted with thousands of Allied ships. Traversing craters 40 feet wide and 20 feet deep caused by Allied shelling. It was awe-inspiring and humbling to think of the college-aged boys who traveled to this remote shore, swallowing their fear, summoning the willingness to kill and be killed, to liberate people they had never met.

They faced artillery, drowning, mines, bullets, mortars, falling and other perils in a strange land. And for many, that was where they remained, never to return home.

The exact number of men drowned, shot and otherwise killed that day and in the action that followed is unknown. But the loss of life was at least 4,500, probably more than 10,000. Today, 9,386 Americans are still there, buried near Omaha Beach at the American Cemetery in Collville-sur-Mer. Canadians buried their dead at Bény-sur-Mer; the British at Bayeux. More gravestones can be found elsewhere.

It is emotionally overwhelming to stand in a green field among thousands of white stone monuments—standing in perfect attentive formation like the soldiers over whose bodies they stand, inscribed with dates of death clustered mostly around a few blood-soaked months in 1944.

These men were willing to do whatever was needed to get the job done. And the job was saving civilization as we know it. The flame of freedom in Europe had been extinguished. Adolf Hitler, the Nazis, the German nation, its allies and collaborators in government, society and even religion had taken over. Albanians, Belgians, Czechs, Danes, Dutch, Finns, French, Hungarians, Slovaks and populations beyond were controlled by Nazis in Berlin.

At incomprehensible cost, these young men did it: By day’s end, they had taken control of the beachhead, the literal starting point of victory in Europe and Allied victory in the Second World War.

Driving through the coastal towns, you still see signs proclaiming the gratitude of the French to the Americans, the British and the Canadians for sending their sons—to fight, to die, to set them free.

D-Day was real. But it happened 75 years ago. Only the ancient among us remember this history firsthand. The men still living who stormed those beaches in their early 20s are now in their late 90s. Amazingly, there are still about 300 who traveled to Portsmouth, England, today, and will cross the Channel tonight and arrive tomorrow in Normandy, France. By the next major anniversary, many of them will be gone.

For most of us, wars and the reasons they are fought are a hum in the background, easy to ignore.

For 93 percent of humanity, remembering and knowing that D-Day was real requires an act of imagination. Most of us are far removed from the clamor of war. Our wars are fought by professionals, on small scales in faraway, obscure theaters. We see 90-second reports on them every now and then. For most of us, wars and the reasons they are fought are a hum in the background, easy to ignore.

Because men fought and bled and died for France and for all of us, our world is much different from what it would be otherwise. We have the luxury to devote our attention to other concerns. We have the luxury of fighting far pettier battles. We have people waging battles for the “right” for a man to be called a woman, for college students to be protected from hearing people disagree with them, for the destruction of traditional family and “toxic masculinity.” We feel so insulated from war that we have a 29-year-old member of Congress claiming that carbon emissions are our generation’s World War ii. We have presidential candidates saying that climate change is their primary political concern.

Entrusted with the future of our country, these leaders—and many others, less directly—are squandering our time, our resources and the sacrifices of our predecessors to serve their ideologies, their careers or even just their bank accounts. They are leading us back into the dangers that ultimately cause world war.

They forget history. Through neglect, they make what was real unreal, simply because it occurred one lifetime ago.

The last world war ended 15 months after D-Day with America’s atomic strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The explosions and radiation, which killed hundreds of thousands, cut short the war and saved hundreds of thousands of other lives, but they also thrust the world into a new era: the age of weapons of mass destruction.

Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki
The explosions and radiation, which killed hundreds of thousands, cut short the war and saved hundreds of thousands of other lives, but they also thrust the world into a new era: the age of weapons of mass destruction.

Few people alive are old enough to remember that. The rest of us must imagine the reality of an entire city being destroyed by a single bomb. But few make the effort to do so.

Especially since the end of the Cold War, the risk of nuclear war has almost disappeared from most minds. But the number of weapons of mass destruction is far higher than at the end of World War ii, the number of countries possessing them is far greater—and the destructive power of nuclear weapons has increased exponentially. A single bomb can be far more powerful than all the bombs dropped during World War ii combined.

The Global Challenges Foundation says the world now contains 15,350 nuclear weapons. “Right now, 4,000 of these weapons are in active deployment, meaning that they are available for use at any time,” it says. “A nuclear war could be just moments away.”

More and more nations have been working to build or improve nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them. Among them are Germany and Japan, Axis powers of World War ii. Also among them are radical nations like Iran and North Korea. Many of them are becoming increasingly belligerent, like Russia and China. Russia’s new “Satan 2” missile is the largest ballistic missile in history and can basically destroy not just a city but any European nation or an area of the U.S. as large as Texas. Several major nations are developing missiles that can fly triple the speed of any bullet and can maneuver to avoid interception.

These nations—and perhaps smaller groups, like terrorists—can unleash suffering and death orders of magnitude beyond D-Day, Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

But our leaders—and we ourselves—have forgotten what it means to wage war, to suffer and die. We skim past the news of current wars, and we ignore the proliferation of nuclear weapons and people willing to use them. We spend our imaginations on entertainments, not history.

The warning signs were there before World War ii. They are certainly here now. It is far more comfortable to insulate ourselves from that reality, but very soon, reality will intrude.

The threats facing our world are about to erupt into actual disasters—disasters that shatter our illusions.

The Bible prophesies that Europe is about to be swallowed in tyranny again—one even more barbaric and oppressive than that of World War ii.

Back then, a generation of young Americans, British and Canadians rose up to defend Western civilization—at the greatest cost they could pay. But these end-time prophecies contain not a word about any resistance coming from these countries. They indicate that they will be largely engaged in civil war against themselves. These nations are explicitly counted among the victims of a new German-led empire that will dominate the Continent.

Compare our nations today to even what they were at the time of the last world war, and it is not difficult to see why the multiplying threats will easily overcome us this time. We not only lack any semblance of faith in God, we lack moral fiber, we lack historical memory, and we lack even the sense to know that transgender rights, racist police and carbon emissions are phony battles.

The Bible is also clear that nuclear war is coming. Jeremiah 2:15 discusses cities “burned without inhabitant.” Habakkuk 3:17 describes plants stripped of blossoms and fruit, fields that yield no food, and stocks of animals wiped out. Verse 16 shows this is the work of invading soldiers. Amos 5 describes an attack destroying 90 percent of a city’s population, and then 90 percent of those remaining surviving—99 percent destruction!

The weapons we possess could bring these prophecies to pass overnight. The Outrider foundation says “only 100 15-kiloton bombs—out of the current global stockpile of almost 15,000 nuclear weapons—need to detonate in order to create ‘nuclear winter’ and make life on Earth uninhabitable.”

In Matthew 24:21-22, Jesus Christ prophesied, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved”—not one person on Earth would live!

You must study history and you must work your imagination to recognize that these warnings are real.

That time is coming. Those nuclear weapons will be used. And the signs Christ gave of when this warfare would break out are being fulfilled right now! You can read about this in Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s booklet Nuclear Armageddon Is ‘At the Door.’

You must study history and you must work your imagination to recognize that these warnings are real.

Isaiah 33:18 states, “Thine heart shall meditate terror.” “God says to meditate on the terror to come. We must face it,” Mr. Flurry writes. If we don’t, we become susceptible to deception, complacency and other nation-destroying threats.

Thankfully, the same scriptures that foretell these disasters also show their hope-filled outcome. This time it is not the young masculinity of a generation fed to machine guns, but something far more powerful and far more permanent.

Matthew 24:22 finishes by stating that “those days shall be shortened.” Each prophet who forecast this destruction also foretold what lies on the other side. Amos 9 describes Israel rebuilding the cities destroyed in war. In fact, these people have so much peace and abundance, they cannot gather it all in fast enough (verse 13). Jeremiah says that despite all this trouble, “there is hope in thine end” (Jeremiah 31:17).

How will “those days be shortened”? What is the “hope in thine end”? Nothing less than the return of Jesus Christ. The coming destruction will not only punish us for our sins of complacency, immorality and rebellion against God, but it will also teach us to turn from those sins to our Creator.

“[T]hey shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord …” (verse 34). “[T]he earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

Work your imagination. Realize that what happened 75 years ago in Normandy was real. Realize that what is happening to our nations and our world today is real. Realize that we are seeing the prophesied destruction of human civilization beginning to unfold. Learn the ultimate lesson of history: We must each turn to God. Then work your imagination to realize this: A better world ahead for all mankind, too, is real.

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German Coalition Government Rattled by Another Resignation

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German Coalition Government Rattled by Another Resignation

Chancellor Merkel’s term could end sooner rather than later.

Andrea Nahles, leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (spd) and a major supporter of the current coalition government, announced her resignation on June 2. This could further destabilize the already fractured coalition, bringing a quicker end to Angela Merkel’s term as chancellor.

Nahles took over the party leadership in April 2018 in hopes of winning over more voters to the spd. She was the strongest spd supporter of the coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (cdu) and its sister party, the Christian Social Union (csu). However, it appears that her efforts have not done much good for the party, with spd popularity dropping 3 percent over the past year.

If the spd gets a leader who aligns it further with the left, the party may leave the coalition and potentially force snap elections and end Merkel’s chancellorship. Or Merkel’s party may make a minority government in partnership with the pro-business Free Democratic Party (fdp) and the Greens. These parties differ sharply on various issues.

Many have warned that the coalition could soon collapse, and various cdu members have called for “a new start” to renew the party’s image. Without it, they believe the coalition will be rejected by the people.

Olaf Scholz, vice chancellor of the spd and its most senior politician, has ruled out a coalition with the cdu. Even if the coalition does not collapse immediately, voters are tired of it and ready for change.

“Three grand coalitions in a row would not do democracy in Germany any good,” Scholz said during an interview with Tagesspiegel newspaper on June 1. “No one wants a continuation of the current coalition after 2021—not the citizens, not the cdu, and certainly not us Social Democrats.”

European election data has shown that voters in Germany are increasingly abandoning traditional parties such as Merkel’s cdu in favor of smaller groups.

In search of change, German voters are increasingly willing to challenge the status quo. In recent elections for the European Parliament, the Greens, which usually receive a small percentage of the vote, came in second only to the mainstream, center-right cdu and csu. This is a major upset in the traditional order: The Greens sent 18 members to European Parliament, while the spd sent only 16, winning only 16 percent of the vote.

Although still in the top spot, the cdu received its worst-ever results. Some polls now suggest that the Greens have surged ahead to become Germany’s number one party.

cdu and spd leaders are racing to reassure everyone that the coalition will not fall apart. “I expect the spd will make the now-necessary personnel decisions quickly, so as not to impair the ability of the grand coalition to act,” said Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, cdu leader and Merkel’s designated successor.

But the reality remains that the coalition is more fragile than ever. If resignations and loss of support in the polls continue, Merkel’s term as chancellor may be over sooner than expected.

Will her successor manage to fix the problem? Or will Germany continue having weak coalition governments? Although nobody can predict the intricate details of what will happen next in the coalition’s troubled saga, there is a way to know what will ultimately happen in this developing German leadership crisis.

The Trumpet looks at these events from a long-term perspective through the lens of Bible prophecy. The Bible prophesies that a strong leader will come to power in Germany. He will be “a king of fierce countenance,” who will subjugate the world by the combined power of a united Europe. He is prophesied to be a German, the leader of the biblical “king of the north” (Daniel 8:23-24; 11:40-45).

In our booklet on this subject, A Strong German Leader Is Imminent, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes:

This soon-coming ruler could literally be called a king. Even if he is not, the Bible gives him that label. When the Bible talks about a king, in most cases it’s saying that this is not a democratic government. Even if he doesn’t have that title, he is going to lead like a king. This vision in Daniel shows that the European empire is about to become a lot more authoritative.

The leadership crisis in Germany is another sign of a dissatisfied country, which will help bring about the rise of this undemocratically elected “king.” Last year, when similar coalition meltdowns were plaguing the German political scene, Spiegel Online called this new, divided epoch in German politics the “era of instability.” That instability is only getting worse.

In 2009, Mr. Flurry said in a Key of David program that this prophesied strong leader could “take advantage of a weak coalition” to enter power. The fractured political landscape in Germany is creating the ideal conditions for this to be fulfilled.

To read more about this coming strong leader and how a German-led Europe is about to radically change the world you live in, request a free copy of A Strong German Leader Is Imminent and read our Trends article “Why the Trumpet Watches the Rise of a German Strongman.”

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Millennials Are Poorer Than Any Living Generation

Debt data reveals the true cost of putting career before family.

Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) are in worse financial condition than any previous living generation, according to data published by the Wall Street Journal last month. Although highly educated, they are staying in school longer, making harmful personal financial choices, and taking longer to start families. The true cost of these decisions is starting to be recognized.

Neglecting Family

Millennials are the generation responsible for bringing America’s birth levels to a 32-year low. The birth rate is currently only 1.8 children per woman. This means more than a shrinking population. It means that more and more retirees are supported by fewer and fewer workers. It is so low that if trends continue, social security payouts will run a deficit of almost $2 trilllion over the next 75 years.

Men and women in their 30s are not only having fewer children, they are also marrying later—or not at all. Millennials are marrying less than any previous generation. Many blame their financial condition for the lack of impetus to get married.

Joseph Cochran and Tasha Brown are an example. Burdened with student loan debts, they wanted to marry but realized that combining their incomes will make paying off their income-based loans even more expensive. So they chose an unconventional approach: Although they are not legally married, they both wear wedding rings, and Ms. Brown legally changed her surname to Cochran. “If we had zero student loans, we’d be married,” she told the Wall Street Journal.

Worth Less

As a result of putting off major life decisions like buying a home or marrying and having children, millennials often accumulate less net worth than their predecessors. When adjusting for inflation, millennials possess 40 percent less than Generation X did in 2001, and 20 percent less than baby boomers had in 1989.

Only one third of millennials owned a home in 2016, compared to half of Generation X in 2001 and just under half of baby boomers in 1989. The St. Louis Federal Reserve stated that the median wealth of those born in the 1980s was a third below the level of what they expected when making predictions based on earlier generations.

House prices have risen dramatically compared to previous generations. This makes it much harder for millennials to own their own property and begin to accumulate wealth.

More Education, Less Money?

In terms of their credentials, millennials are the most highly educated generation ever. Nearly 40 percent of people between the ages of 25 and 37 hold a bachelor’s degree, compared with 25 percent of baby boomers and 30 percent of those in Generation X.

However, this has burdened millennials with crushing levels of debt. The average student loan owed by millennials in 2017 was $10,600. This is more than double the average Generation X owed in 2004, according to Federal Reserve economist Christopher Kurz.

Joy Brown, 32, is a millennial who owes $102,000 in student debt. She earns $75,000 a year, but she told the Wall Street Journal, “If I can’t afford a home, I definitely can’t afford kids.” This mentality is increasingly common. Millennials are putting off major life milestones in order to pay off student debt or save up for a home. “Myself and a lot of my peers still feel like we’re playing catch-up in the game of life,” said Brown.

Making it even more difficult for millennials to pay off these debts is their average wage levels. Adjusted for inflation, baby boomers earned 27 percent more than millennials and Generation X earned 18 percent more.

What causes these mounting levels of student debt and delayed home purchases and marriages? According to Kurz, when it comes to millennials, “their economic fundamentals are fundamentally different.” Millennials are focusing more on getting degrees and pursuing better careers than they are on joining the labor force and starting a family.

The intense pressure to be college-educated comes with a heavy price. Education was once a means to an end of starting a family. Now it is an end in itself.

How to Escape Debt

Editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in the April 2018 Trumpet issue, “Deficit spending is not limited to America’s government. The average American citizen loves to accumulate debt just as much as his government does! We are addicted to it at every level of society.”

Debt is indeed “a moral issue.” The Bible discourages debt and outlaws coveting and related sins. Addiction to living beyond one’s means is selfishness. Psalm 37:21 says, “The wicked borrows, and cannot pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives” (Revised Standard Version).

Today, it is common for people to live beyond their means and needlessly go into dangerous levels of student debt, credit card debt and other debt. But you need not live this way. There are solutions for escaping debt.

You can take action in your life to combat debt addiction and escape the stress and anxiety it brings. To learn more about getting out of debt and managing money God’s way, request a free copy of Solve Your Money Troubles!