Has Cambodia Just Become a De Facto Colony of China?

A new agreement for access to a Cambodian naval base represents a massive victory for China and a significant loss for the United States.

China and Cambodia have signed a landmark agreement granting the Chinese military use of a naval base on Cambodia’s coast.

The agreement grants China’s People’s Liberation Army exclusive rights for 30 years to a massive section of the Ream Naval Base. It allows China to station soldiers, weaponry and warships there.

Meanwhile, a state-run Chinese company is building an airport near Ream, in Dara Sakor, Cambodia. Upon opening next year, it will be Cambodia’s largest airport. Even though China insists it will be strictly for commercial use, satellite imagery shows that its runways are far longer than those needed for commercial aircraft—long enough for Chinese military transport aircraft and long-range fighter jets.

Having a military foothold in Cambodia will considerably boost China’s power to enforce its claims of sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea. It will also increase China’s influence over the Strait of Malacca—one of the world’s most important maritime choke points.

This development is also significant because China has recently built and militarized several islands in the South China Sea, mainly in the Spratly and Paracel chains. Adding a military position in Cambodia to China’s existing presence on these artificial islands would give China a triangular perimeter around the entirety of mainland Southeast Asia.

This new deal with Cambodia represents a massive victory for China and a significant loss for the United States. The U.S. has invested billions of dollars and considerable resources over the years into building up Cambodia, striving to win it over as a partner. Despite those efforts, Cambodia is turning its back on the U.S. and giving China invaluable access to its territory.

In terms of Bible prophecy, this is a significant development because the book of Revelation speaks of an Eastern army that will form shortly before Jesus Christ’s return. It says this “kings of the east” alliance will field an army of 200 million soldiers—far larger than any military force in human history. Bible prophecy provides numerous details about this Asian military alliance, including the fact that it will be led by Russia, with China in a position of secondary leadership. When Asian nations such as Cambodia rally behind China today, it is working toward the fulfillment of “the kings of the east” prophecy.

To understand where China’s rapidly rising power is leading and what’s in store for the nations of Asia in the years ahead, order our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.

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The Biggest Lottery Win—and Loss—of All Time

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The Biggest Lottery Win—and Loss—of All Time

Alex and Rhoda Toth were struggling. With six kids and little income, it was hard to get by. Then, in 1990, they hit the jackpot. Literally—the Toths won $13 million in the lottery.

You’d think the story ends with and they all lived happily, richly ever after. But it doesn’t. The money changed their lives—until it ran out. The Toths filed for bankruptcy—twice. They ended up back in poverty. They were accused of resorting to tax fraud to try and keep their lifestyle going just a little bit longer. By the time Alex Toth died in 2008, their only electricity at home came from a car battery. Later, Rhoda pleaded guilty to tax evasion, was sentenced to two years in jail, and was fined $1.1 million.

Perhaps the most surprising part of the Toths’ story is how common it is. Around one third of lottery winners end up going bankrupt.

They all follow a similar pattern. Suddenly flush with enormous amounts of cash, they spend and spend: luxury holidays, houses, cars, friends, drugs.

“People who were little, ordinary people all of a sudden become extraordinary,” said Wealth Financial Group ceo Steve Lewit. “They’re euphoric. They lose all sense of reality. They think they’re invincible and powerful. They think they’re Superman.”

No purchase seems out of reach. Expensive vices like drugs or gambling become affordable—and some succumb to the temptation. Many lottery winners collect their prize in yearly installments. So if they run out of cash for the year, they borrow more—after all there’s a lot of cash coming down the pipe.

But eventually that cashflow runs out. The money’s gone, or the debts get too large. Creditors come calling and the winners are left worse off than they started.

And this doesn’t just describe an indebted lottery winner. It describes the United States.

“If you won the lottery and were looking to buy a country to live in, the first one the estate agent would show you would be the United States of America,” wrote Tim Marshall in his book Prisoners of Geography. This temperate North American real estate offers the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to keep the area both secure and well connected. The property houses more navigable rivers than the rest of the world put together—providing picturesque vistas and practical transport opportunities. The planet’s largest contiguous area of farmland and natural resources makes it an excellent investment. At one valuation by William Larson, from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the estate is worth $23 trillion. And that’s just for the land—the buildings are extra.

That’s quite a lottery win. Just like the lottery winners taking the cash in installments, the United States generates a huge annual income. Each year the American economy produces the same amount as the economies of Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, India and Italy combined.

But just as with lottery winners, it can’t fund everything.

That hasn’t stopped America from trying. The world’s largest military? We need to be safe. Medicare? We need to take care of the poor. Banks in trouble? We have to help! There are arguments to justify every expenditure, and those concerned about affordability are just killjoys.

“Successful” lottery winners—ones that don’t go bust—save or invest some of their money. The biblical patriarch Joseph, the world’s earliest recorded economic planner, saved wealth when times were good, and had it to spend when times went bad. In modern times, we flipped that method: Borrow when times are bad; pay it off when times are good.

But now the method has become: Borrow when times are bad, and borrow when times are good. America now has its lowest unemployment rate since 1969. Yet it is borrowing more than $1 trillion a year. When times go bad, what will it do?

Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed a new budget deal. It suspends the debt ceiling until July 2021 and borrows money left, right and center. The U.S. borrowed $546 billion in 2017, President Trump’s first year in office. The next year, the borrowing more than doubled, to $1.34 trillion. This year, the borrowing is $1.23 trillion.

The president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Maya MacGuineas, said this could be “the worst budget agreement in our nation’s history,” calling it a “total abdication of fiscal responsibility by Congress and the president.”

The last time America was this indebted in relation to the size of its economy was in 1947—when the nation was paying off the massive borrowing required to finance the defeat of the Nazis.

But in 2019, the U.S. is not fighting Nazis. It’s adding postwar-level debt just to meet its day-to-day budget.

This is not sustainable. But people want to spend more.

Democratic presidential candidates are vying with each other to offer the most generous spending packages: free health care for all, free college, new green materials fitted to every building. These so-called lottery winners “think they’re invincible and powerful. They think they’re Superman.” We’re wealthy! The money could never run out, right?

Just like desperate lottery winners, the U.S. has resorted to “creative” financial practices to keep the party going. After the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve began creating money from nothing and lending it to state and local governments and banks (“quantitative easing”). The Fed insisted that it would “wind down” this easing at a later date. It would retrieve all the money it loaned and turn it back into nothing. More than 10 years on, this is happening extremely slowly.

Bankrupt lottery winners go from riches to rags quickly. They spend some time living the highlife, but then bills start to catch up with them. Suddenly, the full extent of their debts is revealed, and they crash into bankruptcy.

The same is set to happen to the U.S. The nation is enjoying the late phases of luxury holidays and fast cars, paid for by debt. But at some point—probably when the next downturn hits—everyone will realize the U.S. can’t pay.

We are watching the Toths’ story play out on a national level. And we know how it ends.

There is a source that explains how and why America received the biggest “lottery win” of all time. This windfall was not luck. The book of Genesis records God’s promise to Abraham that he would be a “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). In repeating these promises to Abraham’s descendants, God promised “the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine” (Genesis 27:28). The descendants of Abraham would “spread abroad” over all the Earth (Genesis 28:14).

The Jews know they descended from Abraham. But these prophecies could not possibly apply to the Jews alone. There is just one nation of Israel in the Middle East—not multiple nations. And Jews have never been blessed with prosperity and national power on the same scale as the promises to Abraham.

These prophecies, and many others, perfectly describe America’s massive prosperity. As The United States and Britain in Prophecy proves, America also descended from Abraham, and it is one of the “many nations” promised to him. The windfall came to America because of God’s promises to Abraham. The U.S. didn’t even do the national equivalent of buying a lottery ticket; God just showered it with blessings.

But the Bible warns that in order to avoid squandering and catastrophically losing this windfall, America must obey God.

The Prophet Isaiah, for example, preserved his message in a book “for the time to come.” His warning was intended for more than the ancient kingdom of Judah. There’s a message for our people today.

“Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots” (Isaiah 2:7). What an accurate description of America today. The land is full of so much wealth and power that many feel secure. As a nation, the U.S. “feels like Superman”—or a superpower.

But Isaiah warns in the next verse, “Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made” (verse 8).

The nation is proud and sinful. We don’t worship God—instead we make gods out of things. We worship stuff, and constantly try to grab more of the things we make with our own hands. Just like many of the bankrupt lottery winners, America lacks the character to hold on to its wealth. And just as surely as people of low character suffer the automatic consequences of their actions, so too does their nation.

On top of the inevitable consequences of America’s behavior, God will add additional punishments, which the rest of Isaiah 2 describes. Why? God wants to do more than just give the nation another loan, or even another windfall. He wants to correct its character. That way its people can handle the massive blessings He wants to give them. God wants to bless the United States, just as He wants to bless all people. But as we see today, wealth without character leads to ruin. For America to really benefit from all it has been given, it needs the blessing of God’s correction.

America’s harsh sins require hard correction. But it is being administered by a loving God who wants to prepare the nation for unimaginable blessings. And He will correct and then bless the U.S. for the express purpose of using it to bless all nations.

You can learn more about God’s plan and purpose for the nations in our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.

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Europe vs. Donald Trump

European leaders are boldly attacking America and its president.

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U.S. Set to Experience Record Immigration in 2019

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U.S. Set to Experience Record Immigration in 2019

Surge in illegal immigration overwhelming border security

American border officials will encounter at least 1.1 million illegal migrants crossing America’s southern border by the end of the 2018–2019 fiscal year, Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Ross Johnson told the Washington Examiner. The fiscal year ends September 30. Totals so far this year are exceeding records from 2014 and the 1990s, and the number of migrants who elude border agents is unknowable.

By the end of June this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection had encountered 905,926 migrants, according to the Washington Examiner. Of those, 694,229 were illegal, a number exceeding 2018’s and more than double the 2017 figure of 310,000.

On an average day, 3,000 migrants are apprehended at the southern border. The one-day record stands at 4,652, Johnson said.

“As of June, first nine months of this fiscal year, 495,000 children and family units have come to this country. If June’s pace continues, we’ll be over 700,000. Given this flow, no one should be surprised that Border Patrol stations are well beyond their capacity,” said Johnson.

Immigration on the southwest border is facing a rapidly growing crisis. According to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, facilities designed to hold only 4,000 are now holding 6,000.

Immigration in the Rio Grande Valley is also setting records. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, over 301,000 migrants have been apprehended, exceeding the record number of migrants in 2014, which only reached 256,000.

On average, 1,500 migrants are arrested each day in June in the Rio Grande Valley. The terrain in many places makes patrols difficult.

One Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agent told Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz that the border forces are already overburdened: “What’s happening now is that we have no manpower dealing with the seams in the border while we are processing all the family units. The numbers have gone down since the peak in May, but we literally have minimal idea who is getting past us.”

The United States has been the most prosperous nation on Earth and continues to lead the world in financial prosperity, natural resources and military power. This is not because of any superior virtue within America, but because America has been blessed by God.

The Trumpet often writes about the fact that the U.S. is largely made up of the descendants of ancient Israel (order a free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong, for proof). God promised Abraham that He would give his descendants unparalleled blessings, which America has received despite its disobedience.

The Bible also prophesied America’s social and military decline. Headlines are reporting this decline more frequently than ever before.

America’s border crisis plays a large role in this.

Notice a prophecy in Deuteronomy 28: “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee” (verse 52). Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained this scripture in an August 2014 episode of the Key of David program, saying that “high and fenced walls” refers to the nation’s borders.

Many immigrants are grateful to find security and employment in the U.S., but illegal immigration is hurting that security. The Bible reveals that mass immigration will do more harm than good in the long run.

Verses 43-44 say: “The stranger [or foreigner] that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.”

America’s border crisis is leading to a future of violence. Ezekiel 5 describes an entire third of the U.S. population perishing in race riots and domestic violence. As more illegals enter the country, the potential for violent racial conflict is increasing. Mr. Flurry wrote in “Where America’s Race Riots Are Leading”:

But notice the first part of verse 52: America’s “high and fenced walls [are to] come down.” Aren’t we seeing that take place right now? This is talking about a virtually open border where foreigners flood into the land. Illegal immigrants are streaming over the Mexican border in droves—and that is clearly the way some of our leaders want it.

Do you realize that the immigration problem befalling America right now is actually prophesied here in Deuteronomy? The influx of more races into the United States will only worsen the siege of Ezekiel.

Why would God allow this to happen? Mainly because, as Mr. Flurry explained, America as a whole has shown ingratitude and rebellion against God, even after He had blessed it like no other nation in history.

God gave the entire nation blessings but will soon bring punishment.

Many Americans want to see changes at the southern borders. But no border wall or new immigration law can solve the crisis or avert the prophesied riots. Mr. Flurry’s free booklet Great Again provides God’s clear solution to America’s border crisis. Only turning to God’s laws can and will permanently solve these issues.

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Does Donald Trump Inspire Mass Shootings?

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Does Donald Trump Inspire Mass Shootings?

There have been terrible shootings this weekend. Some you have heard about, and some you haven’t. You might not have heard that in Chicago seven people were shot to death just this weekend, and 44 were wounded. In one police district, seven were injured in a drive-by shooting, and another seven were injured in another drive-by shooting. Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital went on bypass Sunday morning, meaning it temporarily stopped accepting new patients. It was filled to capacity after the shootings, a hospital spokesperson said. In one of Chicago’s 25 police districts, the department had to deploy an extra 50 officers to try to slow down the carnage.

The carnage you have more likely heard about was the mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

In El Paso, a deranged, diabolical person walked into a Walmart shopping center with a powerful rifle and murdered 22 people, wounding dozens more. The murderer, who surrendered to police, is from another city in Texas, 10 hours away, and appears to have posted a manifesto online just before the rampage.

Horrifically, another despicable mass murder occurred about 12 hours later. Another young man killed three people, including his sister, near a bar in Dayton, Ohio. Wearing a mask, a bulletproof vest and hearing protection, and carrying a rifle equipped with a 100-round drum magazine, he fired dozens of shots into a bar, and then began to enter it. Police officers on patrol in the district responded within 20 seconds and fatally shot him 10 seconds later. By that point, he had killed nine people and wounded 27.

These are horrific tragedies. They raise so many gut-wrenching, fundamental, urgent questions. But what many people are focusing on right now is … President Donald Trump.

The media are convinced this is all Donald Trump’s fault. They are featuring Democratic presidential candidates doing their best to link the president to mass murderers.

But look into the facts and you quickly see how counterfactual and contorted this view is. Perhaps there has never been a more vivid example of how bizarre, deranged and dangerous the hatred against the president has become than their efforts to blame him for what happened this weekend.

The Washington Post wrote, “‘How do you stop these people?’: Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric looms over El Paso massacre,” stating: “After yet another mass murder, the question surrounding the president is no longer whether he will respond as other presidents once did, but whether his words contributed to the carnage. … Since the moment Trump rode down his gold-plated escalator four years ago to start his renegade run for the White House, us-against-them language about immigrants has been a consistent and defining feature of his campaign and now of his presidency. Absent from his repertoire has been a forceful repudiation of the white nationalism taking rise under his watch. … Although he has not directly espoused the ‘great replacement’ theory of white supremacists, Trump has openly questioned America’s identity as a multiethnic nation, such as by encouraging migration from Nordic states as opposed to Latin America.”

This is a horrible distortion of what President Trump actually said regarding nations in the Temporary Protected Status program. The “great replacement” theory is the idea that some elites are intentionally encouraging mass migration to gradually replace natives with immigrants. Notice that loaded language: “not directly espoused.” That is a classic, dishonest way of saying that someone hasn’t done something, while making it look like he has.

This Washington Post article uncritically quotes Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a “professor of history at New York University and expert on authoritarianism,” as saying: “This is a concerted attempt to construct and legitimize an ideology of hatred against nonwhite people and the idea that whites will be replaced by others. When you have a racist in power who incites violence through his speeches, his tweets, and you add in this volatile situation of very laxly regulated arms, this is uncharted territory.”

As a Post reader, you are expected to take these as facts: This person is an “expert on authoritarianism,” and your president is a “racist in power who incites violence.”

The New York Times headlined one of its articles, “El Paso Shooting Suspect’s Manifesto Echoes Trump’s Language.” The author wrote, “While other leaders have expressed concern about border security and the costs of illegal immigration, Mr. Trump has filled his public speeches and Twitter feed with sometimes false, fear-stoking language even as he welcomed to the White House a corps of hard-liners, demonizers and conspiracy theorists shunned by past presidents of both parties. Because of this, Mr. Trump is ill equipped to provide the kind of unifying, healing force that other presidents projected in times of national tragedy.”

Let’s look for a bit more truth about the shooter that the journalists are ignoring.

The Ohio mass murderer was Connor Betts, 24. Was he a Trump supporter? He posted, “#2016ElectionIn3Words This is bad” and “Vote blue,” and “I want socialism, and I’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding.” He condemned Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, posting articles accusing them of running “concentration camps,” and wrote, “Cut the fences down. Slice ice tires. Throw bolt cutters over the fences.” He bewilderingly demanded increased gun control. He expressed support for radical leftists like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and said he would “happily” vote for Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. You won’t read any of these views in mainstream stories. You won’t hear anyone laying blame at the feet of Warren or Ocasio-Cortez.

Besides that, in high school, Betts was known to have talked about killing people and made a “kill list” of male students and a “rape list” of female students. He left no manifesto, but he posted a lot on social media. His Twitter profile reads: metalhead / leftist / i’m going to hell and i’m not coming back.” He ended one tweet with: “#selfie4satan #HailSatan @SatanTweeting.”

This murderer was obviously evil and disturbed. But the press ignored his political views, and ignored his Satanism and fascination with evil. Some journalists instead fixated on the fact that six of the nine people killed were black, implying that racial hatred was a possible motive. The “logic”: Betts was racist, Trump is racist—ergo, Trump is responsible.

The journalists are doing a better job of covering the El Paso mass murderer, Patrick Crusius, 21. They point out that he drove 10 hours from his residence to target a shopping center in El Paso, which is close to the border. Six of those killed were Mexican citizens. The journalists are highlighting certain lines from an unsigned online manifesto that he most likely wrote—but not so much other lines from the same manifesto. Report after report links this manifesto to President Trump. But if you want to read the manifesto for yourself to verify that claim, it’s really hard to find. So you have to allow the left-wing media to tell you what it says.

I found the full text of it, and the media is not reporting the whole truth.

The author does state outright, “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas,” so he is definitely anti-immigration. And he criticizes Democrats and Republicans, but Democrats more so. But what else did he write? He wrote about automation, universal health care, universal basic income, big corporations and environmentalismenvironmentalism so radical as to involve getting rid of people. He wrote:

  • “The inconvenient truth is that our leaders, both Democrat and Republican, have been failing us for decades. They are either complacent or involved in one of the biggest betrayals of the American public in our history. The takeover of the United Sates government by unchecked corporations. I could write a 10-page essay on all the damage these corporations have caused ….”
  • “The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The decimation of the environment is creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations are heading the destruction of our environment by shamelessly overharvesting resources.”
  • “[T]he next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.”

The bizarre manifesto itself is titled “An Inconvenient Truth,” named after the 2006 documentary featuring Democrat Al Gore’s claims that industrialized nations are causing global warming.

This murderer’s views mix several Elizabeth Warren–Bernie Sanders–Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talking points with some extreme right-wing views. But the media focus only on the bits that link him with the president and pretend the rest doesn’t exist.

The first line of the manifesto states, “In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto.” That shooter killed 51 people and wounded 40 in New Zealand, and he targeted them at their mosques. The media have identified the killer as far-right, and have emphasized his manifesto’s mention of Donald Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” But we don’t know much else in that manifesto because the New Zealand government banned its publication. The part about President Trump is emphasized, but other parts are not. Is it because they undermine leftists’ efforts to influence people?

According to the National Review, John Lott, head of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of More Guns, Less Crime, tweeted in March: “New Zealand killer’s manifesto says that he did attack to get more gun control/gun bans in New Zealand and the U.S., Killer was a socialist, environmentalist who hated capitalists and trade.” After this post, Twitter blocked Lott’s account without explanation. Lott later noted that the killer had even called himself an “eco-fascist” and had written, “The nation with the closest political and social values to my own is the People’s Republic of China.” Lott included a link to his website explaining further details about the killer’s views.

“Lott appealed to Twitter and asked for specifics,” National Review wrote. “He was informed he had lost his appeal, but Twitter officials still gave no reason for blocking his account. Off the record, a Twitter representative explained to me that their move likely resulted from the company having to comply with regulations that the New Zealand government imposed, banning publication of quotes from the Christchurch manifesto. But the Twitter representative did not explain why Twitter had not blocked left-wing tweets linking to avowedly racist quotes from the manifesto. Sounds like a PC [politically correct] double standard to me.”

The left is uninterested in looking at the full picture of what causes mass murders. And they don’t want anyone else to have the full picture either. They want to use these opportunities to hammer their favorite causes: gun control and attacks on a president they despise.

The Christchurch killer is clearly evil. But he is not the Trump supporter the media makes him out to be. If he has been “radicalized” by extreme rhetoric, then as much of that rhetoric came from the left as from the right. But you don’t hear about that. No one is blaming Prince Harry for his rhetoric on reducing the population to conserve resources, for example.

The El Paso killer is clearly evil. But he is not the Trump supporter the media make him out to be. (His apparent manifesto states that his opinions “predate Trump and his campaign for president.”) If that killer has been radicalized by extreme rhetoric, as much of that came from the left as from the right.

The Dayton killer is clearly evil. But he was not the Trump supporter the media were straining to make him out to be. He was an Elizabeth Warren supporter.

The pattern is strong: politicians and journalists contorting their coverage of Chicago, El Paso and Dayton this weekend in order to avoid links with the policies of Democrats and to emphasize and create links to the rhetoric of the president.

But even this is not the whole truth.

What all journalists, both Democrat and Republican, are missing is the root cause of horrific mass shootings like these, which goes even deeper than the warped ideologies of their perpetrators.

Regarding the El Paso shooting, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick touched on this deeper cause. It has to do with the ongoing, powerful influences we subject our minds to. “And I look at this evil act,” he said, “and let’s condemn it for what it is: evil. Evil.” After mass shootings, people use that term, but Patrick dwelled on it to make a point. This is not about an ideology or chemical imbalance but about a spirit influence of evil. Patrick went on to talk about the video game industry, which is bigger than the movie and music industry combined, teaching young people to kill, combined with the bullying people engage in on social media. “[H]alf the country [is] getting ready to go to church, and yet tomorrow, we won’t let our kids even pray in our schools. [I]t’s time to look deep inside of who we are as a country.”

Last week we broadcast programs on video games and horror movies. As we emphasized, demonic acts are inspired by a demonic spirit. And the demonic spirit is inspired by a very real, very evil spirit world. Can you look at what these murderers did, let alone their extreme, self-contradicting thoughts, and not say that there is such a thing as evil? And can you know that there is such a thing as evil and not say that there is such a thing as an evil influence from a real, literal devil?

The spirit world is real. The source of good, our Creator, is real. And the source of evil, Satan, is real. That is the whole truth. The sooner we acknowledge that, the sooner we can make sense of the senseless—and eventually put a stop to not only the horror of mass shootings but also the distortions and coverups that cause so much further damage.

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Liberté, Égalité, and Down With Muslims!

Terrorist attacks are provoking dramatic changes across Europe and the Middle East.

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Russia, China Hold First-Ever Aviation Patrol

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Russia, China Hold First-Ever Aviation Patrol

Another level of collaboration as the pair enters a ‘new era’ of strategic partnership

On July 23, Russian and Chinese military aircraft joined forces to patrol territory disputed by other Asian nations, demonstrating that both Russia and China value their partnership above other interests in the region. Russia and China’s aim to play “a significant role in maintaining global strategic stability” as part of a comprehensive partnership has entered a “new era,” according to China’s July 24 defense paper.

A Russian Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, two Russian strategic bombers, two Chinese H-6K long-range bombers and a KJ-2000 battle-space-management aircraft patrolled the Sea of Japan. During the patrol, Russia’s A-50 flew close to Korean-controlled islands, whose sovereignty is also contested by Japan. South Korea deployed jets and fired warning rounds at the Russian aircraft as it passed by. South Korea claims to have attempted radio contact before resorting to more forceful warnings. According to South Korea, the Russian aircraft entered its self-declared air defense identification zone, but Russia said that this zone is not bound by international law and therefore denies that it violated airspace.

South Korea reported that the Russian aircraft took an obviously antagonistic loop around the disputed islands. Japan also responded, sending fighters to escort the aircraft 11 times over the duration of the patrol.

What the world saw on July 23 fulfilled statements released the next day by the Chinese Communist Party in its national defense paper. It stated that Russia and China must continue their “sound development of exchange mechanisms at all levels; expanded cooperation in high-level exchanges, military training, equipment, technology and counterterrorism; and realized positive interaction and coordination on international and multilateral occasions.”

In response to the joint patrol, Russia Matters wrote, “Moscow is signaling a growing and increasingly institutionalized military relationship with China, reminding its neighbors in Asia that it is a military power in the region whose interests should be considered.”

The article continued:

With the joint bomber patrol, Moscow has taken a small but publicly visible next step in signaling that, beyond mere words, it is willing to put skin in the game and accept more political cost on behalf of its relationship with China. … [I]t is an important signal to China that Russia values its relationship with Beijing sufficiently to irk other regional actors.

Russia’s Defense Ministry wrote that the patrol had the “aim of deepening Russian-Chinese relations within our all-encompassing partnership, of further increasing cooperation between our armed forces and perfecting their capabilities to carry out joint actions, and of strengthening global strategic security.”

Russia Matters concluded its article, writing:

Though frequently dismissed in the United States, the case for a more tangible alignment between Russia and China grows stronger every year. Whether it will rise to the level of an entente or even alliance remains in question, but the current trajectory takes this relationship well beyond a mere “alignment of convenience,” as it is at times described, or perhaps dismissed. One of the signs of a strengthening alignment is when both sides take actions that are decidedly inconvenient for their other interests or relationships, particularly in the region, and show willingness to take some risk on behalf of their cooperation. Perhaps some years into the future analysts will look back on joint Russian-Chinese bomber patrols, and the upcoming military agreement, and see them as one of the more visible milestones in the countries’ relationship.

Gen. Charles Q. Brown, commander of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, expressed his concern for this increased cooperation, saying that Russia’s and China’s actions are “a potential harbinger of things that could happen in the future.”

Both Russia Matters and General Brown are far more accurate in their analysis of Russia and China’s joint patrol than they realize. This increased collaboration is a “harbinger” of more than an “alignment of convenience.” But contrary to what Russia Matters wrote, you do not have to wait for future analysts to look back and see the importance of these events. You can know exactly where this collaboration is heading with an honest and informed understanding of Bible prophecy.

The Trumpet has been watching increasing collaboration between Russia and China for decades. Our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy, first published in 1991, begins with this bold warning, “In the next few years, there will be a staggering turn in world events! A giant Asian superpower, with a modernized Russia and China at the helm, will dramatically affect the course of history.”

These statements are based on Bible prophecies.

Daniel 11:40 describes a clash between “the king of the north” (German-led Europe) and “the king of the south” (Iran-led radical Islam). After a resurgent Europe conquers the king of the south, its attention is turned to troubling tidings coming “out of the east and out of the north” (verse 44). Using Jerusalem as the reference point on a map, it is easy to see that this rising power to the east and north is referring to Russia and China.

This is where joint military missions between Russia and China are leading. We do not need to be caught off guard by these events.

For more comprehensive proof of the identity of the kings of the east (Revelation 16:12), and to understand their role in end-time events, please request a free copy of Russia and China in Prophecy. This growing alliance is a formidable force in world events—but understanding what the Bible says about it shows that this is part of a plan overseen by a loving God.

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Hamas Agrees to Pincer Attack Israel

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Hamas Agrees to Pincer Attack Israel

In the event of a northern war, Hamas has agreed to open a southern front to divide Israeli forces.

Israel is surrounded by enemies; its ability to fight on multiple fronts may soon be tested. According to a July 31 report, the lone Jewish state may yet again face a coordinated Arab attack that could overwhelm its defenses.

Israeli defense officials say they believe Hamas and Iran have come to an agreement: If war breaks out in Israel’s north, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad will open a southern front to divide Israeli troops and air defenses. This pincer movement has reportedly been orchestrated by Iran.

Iran has been working to turn Hamas into a powerful force against Israel. Iran has increased its involvement in the Gaza Strip, primarily by backing the military elements of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Iran and Hamas have engaged in increased contact in recent months. Hamas Deputy Chief Saleh al-Arouri has visited Iran five times in the past two years. While visiting Iran with several high-ranking Hamas officials in July, Arouri said, “We are on the same path as the Islamic Republic—the path of battling the Zionist entity and the arrogant ones.” He told pro-Hamas al-Quds tv in February 2018 that Iran is the only country “prepared to provide real and public support to the Palestinian resistance.”

Commenting on the strengthening relationship between Iran and Hamas, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rukon, warned that “Iran is trying to take control of the Strip.”

But Iran also has its eyes on the West Bank.

Israeli defense officials are concerned about Hamas operatives in the West Bank working to establish an infrastructure from which the terrorist group can exert its influence. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is 83 years old, with failing health. Hamas wants to fill the void when he is gone. A post-Abbas civil war within the Palestinian Authority could give Hamas the opportunity it is looking for.

Just as Hamas snatched power in the Gaza Strip by taking advantage of a factional war, it could grab power in the West Bank by taking advantage of the succession struggle, especially if it becomes violent. In “Iran Conquered Lebanon … Now What?Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote:

The Arabs of the Fatah party currently control the West Bank. However, Hamas terrorists (and weapons) are present throughout the West Bank and there is little doubt that they are working toward getting control of this strategic region of Israel.

Hamas’s ultimate goal is to overrun Jerusalem. Such an event would likely motivate many moderate Arabs in East Jerusalem to turn radical. Control of the West Bank, which adjoins East Jerusalem, is therefore a crucial step for Hamas to achieve its goal.

Compared to Hamas and other Palestinian groups, Israel is significantly more advanced technologically and militarily. Could it lose control of Jerusalem?

Overwhelming Force

A June 3 report by the Wall Street Journal found that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have replenished their rocket supplies to roughly 10,000 short- and mid-range rockets. Israeli intelligence estimates that number to be closer to 20,000.

Yahya Sinwar, one of Hamas’s military leaders, thanked Iran for supporting the group’s arsenal. “Iran provided us with rockets, and we surprised the world when our resistance targeted Beersheba,” he said, referring to Gaza terrorists firing nearly 700 rockets at Israeli civilians in May. Sinwar warned Israel that next time it would respond with twice as many rockets.

Israel’s threat from the north, Hezbollah, is suspected to have around 130,000 rockets. Israel’s Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow 3 missile defense systems are sophisticated and have saved many lives. But at what point those systems would fail to handle an overwhelming barrage of rockets is uncertain.

Israel’s survival hinges on technology and successful intercepts because it has lost sight of the one, true way it can be protected.

Hosea 8:14 says, “For Israel hath forgotten his Maker … and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.” Does Israel trust in its defenses more than it trusts in God? In Israel’s early wars, such as the 1948 War of Independence, the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, God’s miracles were evident in the victories. Has Israel outgrown the need for God to protect it?

Have we forgotten God’s promise that “a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand”? (Psalm 91:7).

God tells Israel, who relies on its technological advancements as its shield, “O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help” (Hosea 13:9). Those who turn to God for protection, “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4).

Zechariah 14:2 prophesies that half of Jerusalem will fall under Arab control. But these future events will lead to the coming of the Messiah. When His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, He will be “king over all the earth” (verses 4 and 9), and “there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited” (verse 11).

For more information about future events surrounding Jerusalem, request your free copy of Jerusalem in Prophecy, by Gerald Flurry.