This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (July 27)

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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (July 27)

Hacking democracy, space wars, confronting Iran, and more

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

Google’s Plan to Hack Democracy

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 17, Dr. Robert Epstein testified that Google influenced millions of votes in the 2016 elections through its manipulative search-engine techniques.

“Google algorithms are having a dramatic impact on the thinking, behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, purchases and voting preferences of 2½ billion people, right now,” Epstein told Breitbart News after his Senate hearing. “That’s the power they have. That’s the power they’re exercising. This is what a totalitarian regime does. This is not a monopoly. A monopoly fixes prices. That’s not what this is. This is way beyond that. This is a repressive government. This is a totalitarian, authoritarian government that at this point rules much of the world.”

Radical leftists working for Google and other Silicon Valley companies are part of a prophecy in Daniel 8:11-12, which says that truth would be “cast down” to the ground in the end time.

U.S. Challenged in the Final Frontier

Space has been called the final frontier. The United States has been an unrivaled power in this domain, but 50 years after it landed the first man on the moon, America now has strong competition. Earth’s orbit is becoming militarized. A July 1 report released by London-based Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, warns that the U.S. is vulnerable.

This new battlefield is beyond view of most people, but the exploitation of space will soon affect everyone.

Britain Calls for Europe-Led Mission to Confront Iran

A Europe-led maritime protection force may soon be on its way to Iran’s doorstep. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Parliament on Monday that the proposed European military coalition would seek to “support the safe passage of both crew and cargo” in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.

While stressing a desire to avoid conflict, Hunt warned, “If Iran continues on this dangerous path, they must accept the price will be a larger Western military presence in the waters alongside their coastline.”

A Western military presence in the Middle East composed primarily of European forces is something that has huge prophetic significance!

The ‘Worst Budget Agreement’ in American History

United States President Donald Trump announced on July 22 the U.S.’s largest federal budget in history. It is aimed at preventing a government shutdown or a default on federal debt.

The total amount borrowed by the government in this two-year budget will top $1 trillion during this fiscal year, reaching an estimated $1.37 trillion in 2020, and continuing to increase into 2021. Overall, federal spending will increase by $320 billion.

As new highs of debt and deficit spending become normal, a vital question is under debate: Does this pose a threat to the economy?

Hong Kong—The End of Freedom Begins

“Hong Kong is not China.” This was the battle cry of many protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday as they entered into their seventh week of demonstrations. But the activists were met that night with a new level of violence that shows how intolerable such words are to Beijing and that indicates how these protests might end.

Hong Kong is a bellwether for what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry called the coming “catastrophic storm.” And as Beijing tightens its grip on the territory, it reveals how violent the tempest will be.

In Christ’s forecast about the raging days ahead, He said “men’s hearts” will be “failing them for fear” (Luke 21:26). But in the very next verse, He promises that the storm clouds will break up and give way to a spectacular radiance: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (verse 27). These times of the Gentiles, the overcast outer edges of which the world is already in, transition directly to Jesus Christ’s return!

He will end the age of mankind’s tempestuous rule and usher in a new era of peaceful governance and calm skies.

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Netanyahu Becomes Israel’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister

And the United Kingdom wants a European force to protect shipping out of the Persian Gulf.

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Benjamin Netanyahu has overtaken David Ben Gurion to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. Mr. Netanyahu’s first tenure lasted from 1996 to 1999. This second stint began in 2009 and continues to this day.

United States President Donald Trump tweeted this on Sunday:

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Certainly, there is a lot of truth in those comments from President Trump.

In fact, a lot of the growth of Israel’s economy can be attributed to the efforts of Mr. Netanyahu while he has been prime minister and during his tenure as finance minister under Ariel Sharon.

Haaretz wrote last December:

There is nary an economic indicator that doesn’t look good. Gross domestic product has risen an average of 3 percent or more annually, unemployment is at a record low, employment is at a record high, more ultra-Orthodox and Arabs are joining the labor force, and the national debt has fallen to 60 percent of gdp.

That last statistic is especially notable when compared to the United States debt-to-gdp ratio, which has climbed to 105 percent.

In 2019, there doesn’t seem to be an economic slowdown taking place.

Israel is also a world leader in scientific research and technology innovation and development. This was also one of Netanyahu’s goals when he became prime minister. Militarily, Israel appears to be stronger than ever. While it isn’t the largest military in the Middle East, the Israeli Defense Force is technologically superior, more highly trained and better equipped than all the others. This allows Israel to have tremendous confidence in its military, intelligence and security establishments.

Threats have indeed increased over this period, but as they do, the nation of Israel puts more and more trust in the leadership of Mr. Netanyahu to protect it.

No one can deny that, whether it’s the economy, the military or even relations with other nations, Israel has flourished under the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu. But will this period of growth be sustained? And if it can be, is there a danger that Israel will become overconfident in its position?

TheTrumpet.com managing editor Brad Macdonald has a new article coming out next week that explores this question. In it, he compares the thriving relationship between the United States and Israel to an ancient biblical alliance between the northern tribes of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. As he brings out, periods of the greatest material success often translate into overconfidence. And that overconfidence, at least anciently, led to God humbling the nation.

Britain Proposes EU Maritime Force to Safeguard Shipping From the Persian Gulf

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Parliament on Monday that the proposed European military coalition would seek to “support the safe passage of both crew and cargo” in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.

According to the Associated Press, “Hunt announced precious few details of the proposed protection mission, but said Britain’s European allies will play a major role in keeping shipping lanes open.”

Britain is seeking to build this coalition quickly in light of Iran’s July 19 seizure of British oil tanker Stena Impero, which it still holds off the coast of Iran.

What’s interesting about this decision is the fact Britain is trying to invoke a European force to safeguard shipping, rather than just join with the United States, which has already proposed such a force.

A lot of Brits don’t particularly like their nation to be seen as just following after Mr. Trump. Proposing a European force instead could be pandering to that public dislike of the American president.

It’s also interesting that this idea was floated just as Britain received a new prime minister. Considering Boris Johnson is reportedly a friend of Mr. Trump, perhaps this decision will change.

It’s also possible that Mr. Trump would favor a European intervention given that he has called repeatedly for Europe to protect its own interests and backyard militarily, and not rely on the United States.

At the Trumpet, we look at these events through the prism of Bible prophecy.

As we have noted, Bible prophecy indicates that Iran is going to get control of numerous sea passageways connecting the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. These include the Strait of Hormuz, Bab el-Mandeb and even the Suez Canal.

Bible prophecy also indicates that, at least in part, it is Iran’s control of these sea lanes that actually motivates a forceful response. But that response will not come from the United States, nor from Great Britain. It will come from a German-led Europe.

Whether or not this European intervention force materializes right now, the fact that Britain has had support from other European nations to form such a force shows that Europe is starting to see that Iran poses not just a threat to Israel, but also a threat to Europe itself.

To read more about this coming clash between Europe and Iran and where it will lead, please request our free booklet The King of the South, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.

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Europe vs. Donald Trump

European leaders are boldly attacking America and its president.

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Google’s Plan to Hack Democracy

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Google’s Plan to Hack Democracy

Big Tech companies have changed the Internet from an instrument of democracy to a tool for authoritarians.

An American organization is helping China build a totalitarian surveillance state. Google and ibm executives lead the OpenPower Foundation, which is working with the Chinese company Semptian to build a microprocessor that allows the Chinese government to monitor the Internet activity of millions of people. After receiving tips about the company’s role in mass surveillance, an investigative reporter contacted Semptian posing as a potential customer. In response, a Semptian employee revealed that the company had developed a surveillance system named Aegis. The program allows spies to collect people’s e-mail records, phone calls, text messages, cellphone locations and web-browsing histories.

China is using this technology to target critics of President Xi Jinping’s Communist regime, and U.S. companies are helping. “It’s disturbing to see that China has successfully recruited Western companies and researchers to assist them in their information control efforts,” Sen. Mark Warner of the Senate Intelligence Committee told Intercept.

Aegis equipment has been embedded in China’s phone and Internet networks, and sold to authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa. And some of the same technology is being used to track the e-mail records, phone calls, text messages, cellphone locations and web-browsing histories of American citizens.

Authoritarian regimes in East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East are so eager for the latest Google technology because Google was established with research grants from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.

“Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by the intelligence community to find ways to track individuals and groups online,” reported Quartz Magazine. “The intelligence community hoped that the nation’s leading computer scientists could take nonclassified information and user data, combine it with what would become known as the Internet, and begin to create for-profit, commercial enterprises to suit the needs of both the intelligence community and the public.”

The search algorithms that resulted from this cia–Silicon Valley alliance allow companies like Google to track people’s interests, hobbies and political affiliations as part of a grand targeted advertising campaign. These same algorithms are now being sold to authoritarian regimes around the world, allowing dictators to clamp down on “dissidents” who are reading online material that their governments have deemed subversive. Google executives are even using these same algorithms to influence election results in democratic nations, like the United States.

In late May, undercover investigators working for Project Veritas secretly recorded a conversation with Jen Gennai, the head of responsible innovation at Google, a department established to manage artificial intelligence “fairness” and “ethics.” Gennai said that Google is specifically engineering its algorithms to prevent a repeat of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. An anonymous Google insider told Project Veritas that Google is using something it calls “machine-learning fairness” to promote its political agenda. Leaked documents show that Google’s machine-learning fairness uses “artificial intelligence” to accomplish a very human goal: promote a liberal agenda.

When you search for something using Google, the company’s leadership and “responsible innovation” team have engineered your search results to promote liberalism and suppress conservatism.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 17, Dr. Robert Epstein testified that Google influenced millions of votes in the 2016 elections through its manipulative search-engine techniques. Dr. Epstein, a liberal who has conducted extensive research on search-engine bias, further warned that 15 million votes were in jeopardy in the 2020 election.

“Google algorithms are having a dramatic impact on the thinking, behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, purchases and voting preferences of 2½ billion people, right now,” Epstein told Breitbart News after his Senate hearing. “That’s the power they have. That’s the power they’re exercising. This is what a totalitarian regime does. This is not a monopoly. A monopoly fixes prices. That’s not what this is. This is way beyond that. This is a repressive government. This is a totalitarian, authoritarian government that at this point rules much of the world.”

Google is the most popular search engine in the world. More than 90 percent of all online searches worldwide are conducted through Google or its YouTube subsidiary. Now biased Google engineers are censoring information based on the company leadership’s political views, while corporate executives sell espionage software to foreign dictators.

The Internet was supposed to be a tool for democracy, shifting power from the major media to everyday citizens. Instead, it has become a tool of authoritarianism, allowing Big Tech companies to control the marketplace of ideas.

The Bible predicted there would be a surge in knowledge in the end time: But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4).

The surge of knowledge since the advent of the Internet Age is a great proof that we are now in “the time of the end.” Yet this surge of knowledge has not solved the world’s problems—it has intensified them. Technology advancements have given corporate and government officials unprecedented powers that past world rulers could only dream about.

The Prophet Daniel also prophesied that truth would be “cast down” to the ground in the end time (Daniel 8:11-12). Radical leftists working for Google and other Silicon Valley companies are part of this prophecy. But their efforts are only a symptom of a much deeper cause. A lying spirit has taken hold of society and is blinding many people to reality!

You need to understand what is behind this spirit. Our free booklet America Under Attack shows the vital unseen reason why these troubles are getting worse.

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Europe in the Hands of Three Unpopular Germans

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Europe in the Hands of Three Unpopular Germans

But strong German leadership is coming.

Since last week, Germany’s army, government and the European Union have all been led by three europhiles. Europe’s leaders seem pleased with the result. But the German people feel betrayed.

On July 16, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen as the president of the European Commission. On the same day, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was assigned the position of German defense minister. The woman who orchestrated these power political shifts was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel, von der Leyen and Kramp-Karrenbauer are all passionate Europeans. Together, they want to drive forward the European project and a common European army.

Other European nations fear to put Germany—Europe’s most powerful country—in charge. For this reason, the only other time a German has led the European Community was more than 50 years ago. Perhaps Europe’s fear of a dominating Germany is significantly lessened when the country’s top leadership positions are occupied by females.

Both French President Emmanuel Macron and Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán agreed to the appointment of von der Leyen. The two leaders represent the interests of Western and Eastern Europe. Although not always in agreement, both men fear a dominating Germany and support the advancement of a European army. Von der Leyen seemed to be a good compromise.

From a European perspective, everything seems to be working out wonderfully: Europe is advancing, and Germany is unable to dominate. But if you consider what challenges these three women face, you will quickly realize their jobs demand radically different leadership.

Consider what led to von der Leyen’s appointment: The European parliamentary elections revealed a deeply divided Continent.

Neither European parliamentarians nor EU leaders could initially agree on who should be president of the European Commission. Originally, von der Leyen wasn’t even considered to be an option. But after weeks of debates, no other candidate garnered the necessary support from EU leaders and Parliament. Prior to von der Leyen’s appointment, German Chancellor Merkel supported two other candidates to no avail.

When the European Council finally proposed von der Leyen to the Parliament, the result again illustrated how divided Europe is: She received 383 votes, only nine more than the required majority. Von der Leyen thus rose to the highest position in the EU despite opposition from many Germans and even her own party’s coalition partner, the Social Democrats.

Von der Leyen’s popularity in Germany has been in gradual decline. In recent months, she has been accused of mismanaging the army and has been entangled in various scandals. Expecting an early resignation, many Germans were shocked that she was instead promoted.

With von der Leyen’s new position, the scandal-ridden Bundeswehr needed a new head. On the evening of July 16, it was announced that Kramp-Karrenbauer would become Germany’s new defense minister. To say that this decision surprised many Germans would be an understatement. Just days prior to the appointment, Kramp-Karrenbauer said that she had no plans to take on any ministerial duty.

Kramp-Karrenbauer is another of Merkel’s trustees and her desired successor as chancellor. A job in the ministry would allow for such a transition. But like von der Leyen, Kramp-Karrenbauer’s is losing popularity.

In a survey published by Spiegel Online, 3 out of 4 Germans said they view Kramp-Karrenbauer’s appointment as defense minister as negative. Not only do many question her qualifications for the post, they also believe that the ministry is just another step for her to become chancellor. Many in Germany are outraged that such an important ministry is being used for power political games.

Yet Ms. Merkel got her will in the end. The political turmoil seems to be settled. Even the EU may temporarily benefit from the trio led by Merkel. The chancellor went into summer break confident that the EU’s top spot is in good hands and that her coalition will hold for a few more months. Von der Leyen is giving passionate speeches to rally Parliament’s support. And Kramp-Karrenbauer is hoping to better her reputation by solving the mounting challenges the army faces.

If everything runs smooth, the divided EU may make it five more years. Germany’s fractious coalition may hold until its legislature period ends in 2021. The German Army may escape a few of its scandals, move toward a European army, and cause Kramp-Karrenbauer to qualify as Germany’s next chancellor.

But what if doesn’t run as smoothly as planned?

The recent political turmoil has shown that neither Ms. Merkel nor any other leader in Europe has the power to make decisions that others will follow. For now, Europe is willing to endure the weeks of debates before reaching a decision. But the German people are looking for a leader to solve its problems in the army, the government, and on the European level. Germany’s current leadership is just kicking the can down the road.

The Bible, however, prophesies that a crisis will come that will require decisive action. It will be a crisis so large that a weak leader and divided Europe will be unable to cope. It will demand quick responses that can only be administered by a strongman who leads a united Europe.

If Europe wants to become a true superpower, it needs Germany—and Germany needs a strong leader. The late theologian Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in the Good News in May 1953: “Without Germany such a federation of nations is impossible. [It is] probable that none but a German can provide the dynamic, inspired leadership required to organize such a political military federation.”

Von der Leyen wants such a European superstate. In an August 2011 interview with German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, she said: “My aim is the United States of Europe, on the model of federal states, such as Switzerland, Germany or the United States.”

But neither Ms. Merkel, von der Leyen nor Kramp-Karrenbauer are able to provide the necessary leadership to create such a federation. And Europe is currently unwilling to accept such strong German leadership. The Bible, however, shows that this will suddenly change. Revelation 17 says that in the end time, 10 kings will rise in Europe and at one moment support one leader who rules them all: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast” (verses 12-13).

[S]ome leader is going to hijack the European Union!” editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in the November 2002 Trumpet issue. “The person who leads Germany will also lead Europe. Germany already dominates Europe—to a degree that is shameful, if you consider its past. Remember, it started both world wars—in which 50 to 60 million people were killed. Nobody should forget or ignore that past—including the German people!”

The world may look at Europe and Germany today and see no significant threat. Even as European armies merge under the leadership of three German women, no one fears the risk of another world war. But the Bible warns against such complacency, because a sudden change in leadership will turn the seemingly peaceful Europe into an incredible war machine.

The stage for the fulfillment of this prophecy is set all around us. Request our free book Germany and the Holy Roman Empire to learn where this prophesied strong leader will take Europe. Our literature will explain why the consequences of a powerful European empire are worse than most expect, and give the good news that follows these dire prophecies.

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Britain and America: A Fantastic Reason to Be Optimistic

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Britain and America: A Fantastic Reason to Be Optimistic

Today, in Britain, it’s easy to feel good. It’s hot and sunny (for once) and we have a new prime minister brimming with positivity, energy and “can-do.”

“Now bring us sunshine!” proclaims the front page of yesterday’s Daily Mail. That’s the mood of much of the nation. After years of doubt and negativity, we have a prime minister who believes that Great Britain can be great.

Many in the United States are probably feeling upbeat as well. Robert Mueller’s testimony yesterday seems to be a turning point. It appears to be a major defeat for those who wanted to overturn a democratic election. And perhaps even many everyday Americans who don’t like the president may be ready to move on from this.

So Britain has a pro-Brexit dream team running the country. President Donald Trump is finally slipping off the Russia-collusion-accusation noose from around his neck.

For both nations, there are great reasons for optimism!

‘Impeachment’s Over’

It just takes a quick glance at the headlines to see how the Mueller hearings went:

  • “The Mueller Hearings Were a Waste of Everyone’s Time” – New York Post
  • “‘Euphoria’: White House, GOP Exult After a Flat Mueller Performance” – Politico
  • “The Blockbuster That Wasn’t: Mueller Disappoints the Democrats” – New York Times

Despite all the hype from men like House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, the hearing did not expose President Trump as a criminal. Instead it shed more light on the Mueller enquiry and the rabid efforts of the far left to tear down a president they despise.

Even pro-impeachment Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe tweeted: “Much as I hate to say it, this morning’s hearing was a disaster.” abc News senior national correspondent Terroy Moran declared, “Impeachment’s over.”

Seeing all this coverage, I immediately thought of Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s August cover article: “Can President Trump Get Control of His Own Divided Government?

“Biblical prophecy indicates that there will be something of a turnaround … and that President Trump will actually gain more control of these government agencies that have been working to unseat him,” he wrote.

We saw “something of a turnaround” in the Mueller testimony yesterday.

Mr. Flurry based his forecast on a series of prophecies about the ancient Israelite King Jeroboam ii.

The book of Amos contains prophecies for the future. Amos 9:13, for example, describes an idyllic world where there is so much abundance that the “the plowman shall overtake the reaper.” There is not enough time to gather all the food in before the fields need to be planted again. That hasn’t happened yet.

Amos also describes King Jeroboam, referring to Jeroboam ii, who ruled the kingdom of Israel during Amos’s lifetime. Because Amos contains prophecies of the future like Amos 9:13, descriptions of Jeroboam ii are prophetic. Amos was forecasting a future leader who would accomplish similar things to Jeroboam ii. That’s one reason why Amos’s book has been preserved for nearly 3,000 years.

The history of Jeroboam ii’s reign is recorded in 2 Kings 14. “[T]he Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash” (verses 26-27).

“Israel was nearing collapse!” wrote Mr. Flurry. God had to intervene to save the nation. “God was merciful, and used Jeroboam to oversee one last age of prosperity.”

The same has happened today in the modern descendants of ancient Israel, which includes the United States. “This country came painfully close. … We came dangerously close to allowing a few people—reckless, lawless people—to spread lies, conspiracies and a hoax, and successfully trying to undo the will of the American people,” Fox’s Sean Hannity said last night.

“Those people,” wrote Mr. Flurry, “were getting control of the government. Justice in the land was destroyed. Rule of law was twisted and perverted. People were losing faith in the government. If this trend had continued, it would have meant the end of our republic!

“But God was not ready for that. He was going to save America—along with Britain and the Jewish nation.”

God used a modern version of Jeroboam ii to save America. But notice that Mr. Flurry said Britain would be saved too.

Brexit Dream Team

Which brings us to the man even President Trump himself has called “Britain’s Trump”: Boris Johnson. Minutes after he was announced as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party on Tuesday, he said, “[W]e are once again going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve. And like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity.”

In his first speech as prime minister yesterday, he said, “[D]o not underestimate this country.”

“No one in the last few centuries has succeeded in betting against the pluck and nerve and ambition of this country,” he said. “They will not succeed today.”

In his first speech before Parliament in his new role, he told the house that he would be “making this country the greatest place on Earth,” and painted a utopian picture of Britain in the Year 2050.

And Mr. Johnson has not just brought talk. Yesterday he conducted one of the most sweeping changes in governmental personnel in modern history. Out went the center-left-conservatives-in-name-only members from the cabinet of his predecessor, Theresa May. In came a whole cadre of properly conservative, pro-Brexit ministers.

The names probably won’t mean much to you if you’re outside the UK, but as Allister Heath wrote in the Telegraph,the early signs are that there is at least a chance that something extraordinary might happen.”

“His appointments so far have been exceptional—as good as they could have been from a free market and euroskeptic perspective,” he wrote.

Perhaps the most remarkable is his choice of Dominic Cummings as a senior adviser. Cummings was the icon leader of the Vote Leave campaign, the Left’s boogie man of Brexit. He’s driven, unorthodox and unafraid of confrontation. He’s going to drive the pro-EU establishment in Whitehall crazy. By bringing him in, Mr. Johnson makes a powerful statement about the type of government he plans to lead.

He plans to get things done. He has even repeatedly held himself to not only getting Brexit accomplished but doing so by the October 31 deadline—less than 100 days away. Allison Pearson wrote in the Telegraph:

“Action this Day!” That was the order on the red stickers his hero, Winston Churchill, would put on the memoranda he sent to his commanders in the field, urging a speedy resolution. You could practically feel AtD! stamped on every line of the urgent, pulsing, inspirational speech Boris Johnson gave on the steps of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday afternoon. … Our new prime minister isn’t hanging about, you know. There’s a Brexit battle to be won.

That’s why I’m upbeat and optimistic. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Brexit, but we have a leader working hard to make it a success, with a team that believes Britain can be great again.

The Greatest Reason for Hope

“It is refreshing to see America regaining some sense of sanity,” wrote Mr. Flurry. It’s similarly refreshing to see the turnaround in Britain. But as he wrote shortly thereafter, “The national resurgence brought about by this end-time Jeroboam is only temporary. Prophecy is clear that America’s ultimate fate is just as devastating, and even far worse, than the kingdom of Israel’s was anciently.”

Jeroboam ii was the last really stable king of Israel. Because everything was going so great, the people of Israel continued in their sins and refused to repent toward God. Within months of his death, the nation was tearing itself apart in civil war.

Through Mr. Flurry, God has told us there would be a resurgence. There has been. He has warned us it will be temporary. It will be. Our nations are being brought down by sin. Is Prime Minister Johnson or President Trump going to fix our nations’ problems with family breakdown? They may show the decline. But Mr. Johnson has been a strong supporter of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender movement. He is not married to his live-in girlfriend—and that fact is not remarkable to anyone in the United Kingdom anymore.

Without solving our nation’s family problems, they will be unable to get to the heart of other crises. They won’t be able to solve our spiraling crime, drugs crisis or the tragic rise of self-harm and suicide in our young people. They may be able to throw some money at the effects, but without getting to the cause they are only applying sticking plasters.

And they will only be able to throw money at those problems for so long. Both nations have massive debt problems. Both have record debt, yet are committed to spend, spend, spend.

Boris Johnson may be promising utopia for 2050, but he’s not the one who will bring about Amos’s prophecies of super abundance.

Why am I telling you this? Because I want to rain on everyone’s parade? To point out that even though things are going well, they’re about to explode? To squash this spirit of optimism and energy?

Absolutely not—the exact opposite! I want to give you an even more powerful source for hope and optimism. If you are hope-filled and energized about the future of your country, great! You need that! This work needs that!

Sin always brings penalties. These men may address some of our nations’ problems, but they won’t address our nations’ sins. But here’s the hope: God will. God has a plan to correct our nations. He will address the real root cause of everything dragging down Britain and America. Once He does, our nations will experience blessings and abundance like never before. Then the prophecies in Amos about the plowman overtaking the reaper will be fulfilled.

God’s plan doesn’t stop there; in fact, that barely begins it. He has a plan for the whole world—a plan to offer all mankind a glorious eternal future. Mr. Flurry concluded his August cover article by writing:

How wonderful that God reveals that spectacular future in advance, to give us all hope as we face such horrifying times. How marvelous that He explains the events that lead to that future, including what it means when a Jeroboam-type leader comes along and shocks everyone—especially the opposition—by turning things around in America. How magnificent to understand these events in the context of the larger prophetic panorama! Even the nightmares of the Great Tribulation make sense when you apprehend the inspiring bigger picture. Receiving this kind of understanding is priceless!

In fact, God says that those to whom He reveals this truth and who help Him proclaim it, those who wholeheartedly turn to Him and conquer the devil, will share His throne and help Him rule! (Revelation 3:19-21; 20:4). It may involve confrontation in the short term, as it did for Amos. But it comes with the magnificent honor of sitting on the throne of David with Jesus Christ forever!

That should make your imagination soar! See that vision! Be moved and stirred by it—and turn with your whole heart to the God who will transform that vision into reality!

If you invest your optimism in Mr. Johnson or Mr. Trump, sooner or later it will be dashed. But placing your optimism in the true God is the best investment you could ever make.

But why this temporary resurgence at all? Why not go straight to the punishment our nations need? Mr. Flurry answered that question in a Key of David program last year. It is because “there is a message that has to go out one more time.”

This resurgence is a massive opportunity. It’s an opportunity for this work. But it’s an opportunity for you personally. It is an opportunity to support this message, and thus qualify for the massive rewards God is offering those who do. An opportunity to do a lot of good for a lot of people, by giving the true hope they need in the time ahead. An opportunity to help people repent, turn to God, and receive abundant blessings.

Who knows how long this opportunity will last? In Britain things look good for now. But the Bible tells us that at the end of the day, the EU will come out on top.

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EU Prepares New Centralized Internet Law

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EU Prepares New Centralized Internet Law

Unelected officials will soon increase censorship on major social media platforms.

The European Union is drafting a new law that would further regulate Internet content, reported German-language digital culture news website Netzpolitik on July 16. Called the Digital Services Act, it aims to replace the outdated commerce directive of 20 years ago with an updated and legally binding version. Financial Times said it would be the “first of its kind globally” to cover such a broad range of digital platforms, and it would “target all parts of the tech sector.”

The new rules would allow unelected EU officials to censor illegal content on platforms like Google and Facebook, as well as cloud competing services, data storage services and Internet service providers.

Most striking is the way the Digital Services Act is organized. EU nations would lose control of the Internet laws their own governments have created, becoming subservient instead to a centralized EU committee.

Large social media sites would be subjected to the EU’s mandatory “notice and take down” rules, forcing them to remove within an hour anything the EU dislikes. “Hate speech,” notorious for its broad definition, would be outlawed and punishable at a whim. Any advertising deemed to be “political” in nature would also be subject to EU rules.

This law is being designed to reclaim the powers of enforcement that the General Data Protection Regulation granted to national governments and puts them solely in the hands of EU-level lawmakers.

Soon, overarching EU-wide laws will force every member nation to adhere to the same rules. It started at the national level, with “big member states, such as Germany, France and the UK, [forging] ahead with national legislation to target hate speech and illegal content,” wrote the Financial Times.

The Digital Services Act “suggests a centralized EU tech regulator with the power to enforce rules,” continued the Financial Times. This will give advantages to European companies at the expense of international ones, especially American giants like Google and Facebook. It will streamline matters for businesses, making it easier for them to operate across multiple EU nations. But once again, this benefit comes at the cost of national sovereignty.

Europe’s digital enforcers are having greater success than ever in forcing their rules on Big Tech companies, according to a study by the European Commission. In December 2016, Facebook removed 28 percent of content deemed illegal under EU law within the requisite 24-hour period. By December 2018, Facebook removed 82 percent of EU-flagged content within 24 hours. Likewise, Twitter removed 19 percent in December 2016 and 43.5 percent in December 2018.

According to the Financial Times, these laws are “a new rule book designed to overhaul how the EU treats tech companies and equip [unelected officials in] Brussels with sweeping legal powers to regulate hate speech, other illegal content and political advertising for the first time, according to officials.”

Removing illegal content, hate speech and extremism sounds good. In reality, these are broad categories that the EU can use to subjectively enforce political agendas.

During EU elections, officials scoured social media for election meddling. This could also be used as a tool for mainstream political parties to blame other factors for their declining popularity, while at the same time seeking greater influence over the public.

Hate speech on social media is a genuine problem. But there is a darker and little-noticed side to Europe forcing its own rules on the World Wide Web.

“The reality is that it isn’t tech companies, broadly, that the government is concerned about—it’s a very small number of specific big platforms,” a legal officer belonging to Global Partners Digital told IT Pro.

It is no coincidence that these specific platforms are not European.

“Through various pieces of legislation, the EU now has extraordinary influence in the homes of Internet users and within every corporation and government on Earth,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in the July 2019 issue. “The EU is waging a campaign of technological imperialism, and most people don’t even know it! …

“We must put this issue in the context of Bible prophecy and history. The German-led EU is behaving the way the Holy Roman Empire has always behaved. Germany is once again seeking to impose its will on the world.”

Even if you do not live in Europe and don’t expect to be affected, you need to understand where European regulation of the Internet is leading.

Germany is leading Europe and will succeed in forcing its will on the Internet. But this is just a precursor to Germany forcing itself on the world in an even more direct way.

Europe’s desire to dominate the Internet points to biblical prophecies about a resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. To get the biblical and historical context of these events, read “Germany Is Taking Control of the Internet,” by Mr. Flurry, and request a free copy of our book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.