The Heart of Germany’s Military Is Being Revived

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The Heart of Germany’s Military Is Being Revived

Eastern Germany’s yearning for a strong German Army was prophesied.

Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has gained record votes in Eastern Germany. In the state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg on September 1, almost every fourth voter chose the AfD. While the AfD is known primarily for opposing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy, the party also wants to break the chains of Germany’s postwar history—especially when it comes to the German Army.

Eastern Germany has always been more threatened by Russia than Western Germany. This has affected the mentality of many in the region, causing them to desire a stronger, more capable army.

The kingdom of Prussia, with its capital in Berlin, was known for its military strength and brutality. Additionally, many of Adolf Hitler’s generals and military strategists came from Eastern Germany.

While Germany has changed over the decades, militarism and far-right ideologies are still more dominant in Eastern Germany.

Recently, the Army has been heavily criticized for its lack of military preparedness. Defense ministers have sought to make the Army more “family friendly” and more accepting of homosexuals and other minorities. They have even attempted to diminish the role of tradition within the military. Many in the German armed forces have opposed this stance; some right-wing extremists have even been expelled from the army. But the strongest opposition is coming from Eastern Germany, as the recent elections show.

In the lead-up to the elections, many feared that the AfD could become the strongest party in Saxony or Brandenburg. Although this didn’t happen, there is no denying that the party has grown to a point that its presence in parliament can no longer be ignored. Some politicians in the Christian Democratic Union in Saxony, for example, once considered a coalition government with the AfD, though the cdu leadership has since ruled it out.

In 2017, AfD leader Alexander Gauland said, “If the French are rightly proud of their emperor and the Britons of Nelson and Churchill, we have the right to be proud of the achievements of the German soldiers in two world wars.” Gauland also said that Hitler’s atrocities during World War ii were a mere blemish in a much larger, more glorious German history.

This view not only downplays the atrocities of World War ii, but it also denies that Germany’s entire history has been predominantly marked by military conquest. This perspective is not only popular among AfD voters, it is becoming the common belief of many Germans today.

On this basis, many of the AfD’s demands claim that the restrictions of the German Army, as defined by Germany’s Basic Law, are no longer applicable.

The Basic Law, for example, requires a strict separation between internal and external security. Hitler used the army to enforce his will on the people, which is a major reason the Allied forces agreed to ban soldiers from German streets. But according to the AfD, such a ban is no longer necessary. In a position paper relating to the Army, the AfD wrote: “Internal and external security of our country can no longer be protected separately from each other. … The blocking effect of the Basic Law must be adapted” (Trumpet translation throughout).

In a broader sense, the paper demands that the “Basic Law be adapted in such a way that a threat to the operational readiness of the Bundeswehr is at any time out of the question.” Almost as a side note, the paper demands that Germany needs to become the strongest army in Europe and accept a corresponding leadership role.

Most striking are the AfD’s demands to revive a military spirit within the Army and a corresponding greater acceptance in society.

“In addition to matériel and personnel rearmament, a spiritual and moral reform of the troops is imperative for the reconstitution of the German armed forces,” the paper argued. “The operational readiness of the Army depends, to a large extent, on the motivation and the strength of its soldiers’ character. At the center of all military thinking must be the ability and will to fight. The Bundeswehr is part of a centuries-old German military tradition.”

Since World War ii, this German military tradition has been viewed and discussed with shame. German soldiers have lost their former glory. But the AfD says that this view has to change in society and in the education of soldiers. “It is the duty of the military leadership to prepare the men and women of the Bundeswehr, both physically and mentally, for the relentlessness of the struggle. The training is carried out in the awareness of this principle. It is still true today that ‘Sweat saves blood.’”

“Sweat saves blood” is the slogan of one of Hitler’s most famous military generals: Erwin Rommel. Rommel’s slogan “Sweat saves blood, blood saves lives, and brains save both” has been the basis of many of Germany’s conquests.

Author and retired Col. Wolf Poulet wrote in faz.net:

No doubt: The [AfD’s] paper is full of pathos and lists individual claims that must be considered absurd. This applies to an independent military justice as well as to the military leadership position of the Bundeswehr on the Continent.

Other demands, however, make sense. Behind the martially formulated statement “the strengthening of the will to defend” within the armed forces and the rest of society stands in the end nothing other than the pursuit of greater acceptance of the Bundeswehr. That would be self-evident in every other country. However, in Germany, which started the Second World War by invading Poland, the Bundeswehr still has a hard time with this.

The topic of the Army has risen in recent months to one of the most discussed issues in German politics. While proposed solutions differ, the population is aware of the necessity for change.

One main topic of recent years has been the fact that Germany’s army has lacked necessary funds to remain competitive.

In a recent interview with ndr, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg talked about his time as defense minister and added a unique perspective to the heated discussions. In the interview, he put the lion’s share of the blame for Germany’s military shortcomings on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He also talked about the necessity to increase the Army’s acceptance within society. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer seeks to do this by providing soldiers free train tickets. Guttenberg said that this is a nice gesture but not nearly enough.

The AfD is not the only voice seeking to bring the German military back into the center of society. But the AfD shows that even the extremes of promoting German military tradition are again becoming mainstream, especially in Eastern Germany.

The nation’s history shows a recurring pattern of militarism. Bible prophecy proves that Germany will again revert back to this spirit of militarism in this end time. It will be a revival that will be spread throughout Germany by the hand of one strong leader.

Notice a prophecy in Daniel 8: “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand” (verses 23-25).

This prophecy is explained in detail in Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s free booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent. These verses refer to the time right before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, as evidenced by the fact that this man will “stand up against the Prince of princes,” referring to Christ. Though mainstream Christianity does not speak about this prophecy, it is consistent with other New Testament prophecies (e.g. Revelation 17).

The Bible makes clear that Germany’s military revival will follow a historic pattern (Daniel 2 and 7; Revelation 13 and 17). Based on these prophecies, the Trumpet and its predecessor, the Plain Truth, have forecast for decades that Germany will return to a militaristic mindset, yet again disturbing the peace of the world. This military revival will cost the lives of billions of people. But there is hope. The destruction will be stopped by the return of Jesus Christ.

Request your free copy of Daniel—Unsealed at Last! by Gerald Flurry to understand Bible prophecy in its true context. In this booklet, Mr. Flurry explains in detail what God expects from individuals who respond to His warning.

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Xenophobic Violence Is a ‘Long-standing Feature in Post-Apartheid South Africa’

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Xenophobic Violence Is a ‘Long-standing Feature in Post-Apartheid South Africa’

The latest spate of violence makes the crisis more critical than ever.

In the past few days, South Africa was again plagued by what President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned as “acts of wanton violence”: illegally blocking roads, rioting, looting, vandalism, and arson attacks on cars, semi-trucks and business premises.

During this spate of violence, which South African police officials initially attributed to “pure criminality,” at least 50 shops were looted and burned in Johannesburg, the nation’s financial capital, and in Pretoria, its executive capital. One of the buildings set ablaze eventually collapsed and killed at least three people. More than 110 people have been arrested for their alleged engagement in the chaos.

These attacks have been more accurately attributed to a recurring problem in South Africa: xenophobia—intense, irrational fear and hatred of foreigners.

The latest crisis began September 1, but President Ramaphosa only acknowledged it two days later, saying, “[W]hatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way. There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.”

What’s the reason for these attacks on foreigners? And why are they becoming a seemingly common feature in South Africa?

The Protesters’ Perspective

The unemployment rate in Africa’s second-largest economy is about 28 percent. Native South African truckers started a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest their country’s increasing employment of foreigners. Presumably, it didn’t matter to them whether these foreigners were properly documented. “People of South Africa are hungry, they are sitting at home … while companies in South Africa are employing foreigners [because] its cheap labor,” one official from the nation’s All Truck Drivers Foundation told Agence France-Presse. “We are hungry and angry.”

While the All Truck Drivers Foundation said it didn’t incite the violence or even the strike, a group known as Sisonke People’s Forum reportedly circulated a pamphlet on social media inciting South Africans to chase away foreigners, accusing them of stealing jobs and selling narcotics.

As a result of the violence and the threat of more violence, Zambia’s Transport Ministry told the nation’s truck drivers to “avoid traveling to South Africa until the security situation improves.” The Ethiopian Embassy in South Africa instructed its citizens to close their businesses until further notice, warning them to “distance themselves from any confrontation and conflict.” The Nigerian government summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, issuing a statement saying, “The continuing attacks on Nigerian nationals and businesses in South Africa are unacceptable. Enough is enough.”

Some South African businesses in other African countries are currently being threatened with retaliatory attacks.

The Politicians’ Perspective

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba attributed the attacks primarily to criminality and secondarily to xenophobia. “I’m putting this at the door of the South African government for failing to ensure that we have law and order,” he said, accusing government leaders of not properly securing national borders.

Enhanced border security is obviously important, but the lack doesn’t justify any extrajudicial confrontation with documented-undocumented criminal immigrants or with with documented-undocumented noncriminal immigrants, as has been the case with many of the nondiscriminatory attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

South Africa’s main opposition party leader, Mmusi Maimane, wrote: “It is common cause that a significant contributor to our social ills is [South Africa’s] collapsing economy. Protests, violence and looting are often caused and exacerbated by vast inequality, joblessness and economic exclusion faced by millions across our country. With over 10 million South Africans unemployed, and half the nation living below the poverty line—we have run out of ‘extra time.’ It’s now or never. If we don’t fix our economy we will not fix our broken society.”

God’s Perspective

Perhaps if South Africa had a better economy, xenophobic violence would be much less than it is right now. Perhaps if border security improved, foreign criminal elements would be screened out before reaching Johannesburg or Pretoria. These fixes would indeed provide some relief. But unfortunately, they wouldn’t solve the problem because they don’t address the root cause of xenophobic violence.

Xenophobia is one of the many blotches in South Africa’s history, both before the racial tensions of the Apartheid era and after independence in 1994. Politicians have, for 25 years, promised to resolve the nation’s many problems, but some of them have actually made them worse.

In March, Xenowatch published a report documenting xenophobic violence in South Africa from 1994 to 2018. The report said:

Xenophobic violence has become a long-standing feature in post-Apartheid South Africa. Indeed, since 1994, tens of thousands of people have been harassed, attacked or killed because of their status as outsiders or foreign nationals. Despite claims to the contrary, violence against foreign nationals in South Africa did not end in June 2008 when the massive outbreak that started a month earlier subsided. Hostility towards foreign nationals is still pervasive and remains a serious threat to outsiders’ and local communities’ lives and livelihoods. It indeed continues to result in rising cases of murder, injuries, threats of mob violence, displacement, looting and the destruction of residential property and businesses. Since May 2008, attacks against outsiders—most notably foreign shopkeepers and workers—have resulted in an ever growing number of murders and injuries at the hands of members of their host communities.

According to Xenowatch, there have been at least 529 xenophobic violence incidents, which resulted in the displacement of over 100,000 people, the looting of 2,193 shops, physical assaults on 901 people, and 309 deaths.

Such recurring problems clearly require more than just a better economy or resolved border security.

“What leads to [the unending] quarrels and conflicts among you?” God asks through the Apostle James. “Do they not come from your [hedonistic] desires that wage war in your [bodily] members [fighting for control over you]? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your lust goes unfulfilled; so you murder. You are envious and cannot obtain [the object of your envy]; so you fight and battle. You do not have because you do not ask [it of God]. You ask [God for something] and do not receive it, because you ask with wrong motives [out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda], so that [when you get what you want] you may spend it on your [hedonistic] desires” (James 4:1-3; Amplified Bible).

Stronger economies that enhance the livelihoods of citizens can indeed stem such violence. Strong border security, effective law enforcement, and respect for the rule of law can indeed reduce the threat of xenophobic attacks—even dramatically. But ultimately, obedience to, and enforcement of, God’s laws against lust, theft and murder will resolve all of these problems.

Ending such violent riots also requires an understanding of the invisible spirit world. The Bible describes Satan as a masterful, manipulative deceiver who surcharges the air with his spirit of lawlessness, anger and violence.

Consider one of America’s most notorious riots, the Los Angeles riots of 1992. One of the rioters said 20 years later: “I got caught up in the emotions like everyone else …. You know, honestly, it was something that just happened, man. I never even knew [the victim]. Just the anger and the rage just took hold to where I, nor anyone who was out there that day, was in their right frame of mind.” Social media is replete with images and videos that show how easily people can get caught up in emotionally charged discord.

Thankfully, God is soon going to intervene in world affairs in a way that’s far more dramatic than anything He documented in Bible history. He will intervene to end quarrels, conflicts and wars among people. And His solution will be perfect: He will eliminate both the proverbial match and the tinder that have all too often inflamed our societies. And He will educate our emotions!

To learn more about God’s solutions, download or request a copy of our free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like. You also might be interested in Human Nature: What Is It? and The Ten Commandments.

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Why Are U.S. Farmers Killing Themselves?

America’s farm crisis is having devastating effects.

Suicide is a rising problem in the United States, especially among farmers. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Americans who work in farming, ranching and agricultural management have some of the highest suicide rates in the nation. The suicide rate among working-age males in these industries was 32.2 suicides per 100,000 workers in 2015 (the most recent year data is available). That means suicide rates among farmers are double the national average.

The American Farm Bureau Federation published a survey on April 16 examining the mental health of U.S. farmers. This poll found that 91 percent of farm workers think financial problems are impacting farmers’ mental health.

For the past few years, low crop prices and weather disasters have hurt farmers. And now an escalating trade war with China is making matters worse. Corn and soybeans are the nation’s largest cash crops. China’s recent announcement that it will not buy any agricultural products from the U.S. is a blow that cost U.S. farmers $1.3 billion during the first half of the year. Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies have risen in every region of the nation this year, except for the Southeast.

The Trump administration has offered $28 billion in bailouts to farmers, but the industry is still hurting.

“I sometimes stay up at night worrying about what the future does hold. You know, what do you tell your children that want to farm? Do you tell them ‘go find something else to do’? One of our sons already has,” Cindy VanDerPol told cnn. “You don’t know what the future’s going to bring, you almost want to encourage them to go do something else.”

Financial uncertainty and fear of bankruptcy may be major factors driving farmers to suicide.

“It has been insane,” Patty Edelburg, vice president of the Washington-based National Farmers Union, told America’s Newsroom anchors Sandra Smith and Jon Scott last May. “We’ve had a lot of farmers—a lot more bankruptcies going on, a lot more farmer suicides. These things are highlighting many of the news stories in our local news.”

Soybean farmer Bill Gordon made similar comments to cnn: “With these added tariffs farmers are not getting their credit lines renewed, banks are coming in and foreclosing on their farms, taking their family living away and it’s too much for some of them. We have seen a definite increase in the suicide rate and depression in farmers in the U.S., especially in the Upper Midwest.”

It is possible that things may get better for farmers before they get worse, but the lamentations of U.S. farmers are actually the beginnings of a fulfilled Bible prophecy.

The late Herbert W. Armstrong explained in his landmark book The United States and Britain in Prophecy that the peoples who settled the United States and Britain are largely descended from ancient Israel. And a Bible prophecy in the book of Joel paints a frightful, desolate picture of famine and crop failures in the land of end-time Israel.

“The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men” (Joel 1:10-12).

This is a prophecy about farmers grieving over perished harvests. The focus of this prophecy is more about weather disasters and crop diseases than it is about trade war, but other prophecies in Deuteronomy 28, Isaiah 23 and Ezekiel 5 describe the devastating effects that trade war and economic besiegement will have on America in the end time. Suicide rates among America’s “husbandmen” and “vinedresser” are increasing as these prophecies begin to be fulfilled.

God promises to send these curses because the American people have changed His judgments into wickedness more than other nations and sinned against His statutes more than the countries that are around them (Ezekiel 5:6).

But God also reveals how individuals can be protected from this disaster.

Ezekiel 33:10-11 states, “Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

There is only one way that God will protect us. Our people must turn, turn, turn from our evil ways.

Only after the nation has repented of its sins will God bless America to the point where “the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed” (Amos 9:13). For more details about prophesied crop failures in America, please read “Four Reasons Famine Is Coming to America.”

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Making Britain Great Again?

Making Britain Great Again?

A polarizing prime minister leads his people into an uncertain future.
From the October 2019 Trumpet Print Edition

A turning point in America came in 2016. Is a turning point now underway in Britain? The fact that Britain has experienced a major change this summer is not controversial. But as to whether this change is good or bad, the controversy is raging.

As in America, this turning point consists of a strong conservative reaction against aggressive liberalism. And as in America, the entire situation is pivoting around one bold man.

On July 24, Boris Johnson officially became the United Kingdom’s new prime minister after being voted leader of the ruling Conservative Party.

Johnson’s landslide 66 percent of the vote among Conservative Party members shocked the nation’s chattering classes. “Now we know what it’s like to live in a dictatorship,” tweeted one journalist. “This was the first stage in a right-wing coup,” tweeted another. One bestselling author declared Johnson’s supporters to be “just racist.” Even journalists in the United States were shocked: One New York Times headline read, “Boris Johnson Is How Britain Ends.”

But for others, this was a moment of tremendous hope. “Now bring us sunshine!” proclaimed the Daily Mail’s front page. “New PM promises a ‘golden age,’” declared the Sun, its front page depicting a shining yellow Boris “Johnsun.”

For some, this is the end. For others, it’s a new birth of freedom—a chance to lift Britain out of the Brexit quagmire. Who is right?

This is not the only important question about the events of this summer. Another important question is: Why are Britain’s politics so similar to America’s?

Boris Johnson is no clone of U.S. President Donald Trump; there are stark differences. Yet the parallels between the two are remarkable. Both have unorthodox political styles. Both drive their opponents crazy. Both appeal to part of their own party while being hated by others of the same party. Even President Trump pointed out that people call Mr. Johnson “Britain-Trump.”

Why are Britain and America treading the same path—and where is that path leading? The Bible contains a prophecy that makes sense of this remarkable trend.

The Critical Background

The prophecy was written by the Prophet Amos, who forecast an idyllic world with so much abundance that “the plowman shall overtake the reaper” (Amos 9:13). This clearly hasn’t happened yet. It is a prophecy yet future.

Amos also spoke about a King Jeroboam. Historically he was referring to Jeroboam ii, who ruled the kingdom of Israel at the time. The focus of Amos’s book is on the end time, and his descriptions of Jeroboam ii are also prophetic. Amos was forecasting a future leader who would have accomplishments similar to Jeroboam ii. This is one reason God ensured that Amos’s book would be preserved for nearly 3,000 years.

The history of Jeroboam ii’s reign is recorded in 2 Kings 14. “For the 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 Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry. But God intervened to save the nation. “God was merciful, and used Jeroboam to oversee one last age of prosperity” (“Can President Trump Get Control of His Own Divided Government?”, August 2019).

For some, this is the end. For others, it’s a new birth of freedom—a chance to end the Brexit quagmire. Who is right?

The modern descendants of the kingdom of Israel include the Americans. Since the 2016 election, radical leaders have tried to regain their control of the government and the nation. “Those people were getting control of the government,” wrote Mr. Flurry. “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” (ibid).

God used Donald Trump to save America from that fate. Did He use Donald Trump to save Britain at the same time?

What If Hillary Clinton Had Won?

Perhaps no American election in history has meant so much for Britain, with the possible exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s election in 1940, prior to America entering World War ii. Consider where Brexit would be right now if Hillary Clinton had won.

“I make no excuse for being against Brexit from the start,” Clinton said during a speech to Queen’s University Belfast in 2018. “[I]t may well go down as one of the greatest and most unnecessary self-inflicted wounds of modern history.”

In 2017, she told the Sunday Times that Brexit supporters “voted against modern Britain and the EU, believing that somehow this would be good for their small village. It made no sense.”

She said this after 17.4 million British voters (52 percent) voted to leave the European Union. She made it clear that if you forced her to choose between the EU and Britain, she would choose the EU.

While receiving an honorary degree at Swansea University in Wales in October 2017, Clinton reiterated her solidarity with the EU: “I personally continue to believe in the value of the European Union, and more broadly of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.”

Before 2016, this sentiment belonged not just to a failed presidential candidate but also to the most powerful leader in the world: President Barack Obama. Speaking to the press at 10 Downing Street in London with then Prime Minister David Cameron in April 2016, Obama told the world that his top priority would be a trade deal with the EU and that if Britain chose to leave, he would put it “in the back of the queue.”

This was after eight years of the Obama presidency putting an infamously frosty chill on America’s relationship with the United Kingdom. He removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the White House. He said, “[W]e don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally” than France. He said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was his “closest international partner.” And Britain? A congressional think tank unveiled a secret memo that said, “The UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the U.S. agenda” (emphasis added).

American leftists love the EU. They love its system of rule by experts, power centralized in one super-bureaucracy, and minimal interference by actual voters. That is what they want to impose in the U.S. If they could, they would probably bring the U.S. into the EU.

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Rule by experts, centralized bureaucratic power and minimal power for citizens is exactly the model Brexit voters rejected. It was clear before the referendum and after it that a Democratic administration in the U.S. would never side with Britain over the EU.

Right now, “President” Hillary Clinton would not be promising lucrative deals to Prime Minister Johnson. She would be publicly putting Britain at “the back of the queue” and teaming up with Europe to force Britain into a deal that made it a humiliated, all-but conquered supplicant to the EU, and an example of punishment to warn others not to prioritize democracy over bureaucracy.

Contrast that with President Trump’s approach to Brexit.

Mr. Trump loved Brexit even before he became president. When the Leave vote won, he remarked, “I love to see people take their country back.” He has consistently promised to fast-track Britain to the front of the queue for trade deals. With his election, the world’s most powerful and prosperous nation suddenly switched from enemy to ally regarding Brexit.

Ideally, Mr. Johnson would like to leave the EU with some kind of deal. He wants to make Britain its own proper sovereign nation again, and also find a way to keep trade flowing smoothly with the EU, to benefit both. President Trump’s offer of a trade deal helps him enormously. Without it, the British would appear (and probably be) desperate, with no good trading options except to go back to the undemocratic bureaucracy from which they are trying to extricate themselves. Europe would have bet that Britain would pay a high price—even surrendering sovereignty—in trade negotiations with Brussels.

The Europeans may still gamble, but this is now looking much less likely. A Britain with other options is a Britain in a far more powerful position.

For that matter, without President Trump, would Boris Johnson even be prime minister? Imagine if, when Prime Minister Theresa May presented her humiliating withdrawal agreement to Parliament at the start of the year, she had been congratulated by “President” Clinton. Members of Parliament barely voted Mrs. May’s deal down with Donald Trump encouraging them to do so and promising a trade deal. Would they have instead voted for Mrs. May’s humiliating deal if they were feeling pressure from the U.S.? Would Britain already be subjugated to Brussels by now?

So is Donald Trump saving Britain? No. But when you look at this prophecy, and compare it with the facts on the ground, could God be using President Trump to save Britain?

It certainly looks like it.

A Resurging Britain

Mr. Johnson has been in office for mere weeks, but he has brought a new sense of purpose and optimism to the government.

Minutes after he was announced as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party on July 23, 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 the next day, 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.

On his first day in the job, Mr. Johnson conducted one of the most sweeping changes in governmental personnel in recent history. Out went the center-left conservatives-in-name-only from the cabinet of his predecessor. In came a whole cadre of actually conservative, pro-Brexit ministers.

Allister Heath wrote in the Telegraph, “[T]he 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” (July 24).

Perhaps most remarkable is his choice of Dominic Cummings as a senior adviser. Cummings was the icon of the Vote Leave campaign (and the Left’s Brexit villain). He’s driven, unorthodox and unafraid of confrontation. By now he is surely driving the pro-EU establishment in Whitehall crazy. By bringing him in, Mr. Johnson made a powerful statement about what type of government he is leading.

Almost every cabinet appointee began his or her job with a commonsense approach that has been sorely missing from previous governments. New Home Secretary Priti Patel said that criminals should “feel terror”—a clear turn away from the soft approach to policing under Mrs. May. New Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid wants to cut regulation and has a picture of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on his wall. New International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is already working on a trade deal with the U.S.—one her predecessor shied away from.

Regarding the turn away from radical leftist globalist socialism in the U.S., Mr. Flurry wrote, “It is refreshing to see America regaining some sense of sanity …” (op cit). It’s similarly refreshing to see a corresponding turnaround in Britain. But as he wrote, “[T]he 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 stable king of Israel. Because circumstances turned favorable, the people of Israel continued in their sins and refused to repent toward God. Within months of Jeroboam’s death, the nation was tearing itself apart in civil war.

God prophesied that there would be a resurgence in end-time Israel. There has been. He warned that it would be temporary. It will be. Our nations are being brought down by sin. Is Prime Minister Johnson or President Trump going to fix—or even confront—our nations’ problems with family breakdown? President Trump has not followed President Abraham Lincoln’s example in addressing the nation’s sins and calling on God. Mr. Johnson has been a strong supporter of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-
transgender movement. He is not married to his live-in girlfriend—a fact that is not remarkable to anyone in the United Kingdom anymore.

God prophesied that there would be a resurgence in end-time Israel. There has been. He warned that it would be temporary. It will be.

Without solving our nations’ family problems, we will not solve the resulting crises. We won’t solve our spiraling crime, our drugs disaster, or the tragic rise of self-harm and suicide among our young people. We may be able to throw some money at the effects, but without getting to the cause, we are only applying sticking plasters.

And we will only be able to throw money at these problems for so long. Both nations—though committed to spend, spend, spend—have massive debts that must come due eventually.

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

It is natural to rejoice when you see your country resurgent. But we must not place our hope in these human politicians. Instead, there is an even more powerful source for hope and optimism.

Sin always brings penalties. These leaders may address some of our nations’ problems, but they will not address our nations’ sins. But here is the hope: God will. God has a plan to correct our nations. He will confront the real root cause of everything dragging down Britain and America. He will show us the terrible consequences of our sins, and humble us. Then we will finally turn to Him, and our nations will experience blessings and abundance as never before. That is when the utopian prophecies in Amos, including the one about the reaper struggling to bring in all the abundance even as the plowman begins planting more, will finally be fulfilled.

God’s plan does not stop there; in fact, that barely begins it. He has a plan for the whole world—a carefully planned strategy for offering all mankind a glorious, eternal future.

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

Why has this temporary resurgence come about in the first place? Why not go straight to the punishment our nations need, and the repentance and abundance that will follow? Mr. Flurry answered this question in a May 2018 Key of David program, saying that it is because “there is a message that has to go out one more time.”

This resurgence is a massive opportunity—not only for the work of the Trumpet in publishing God’s message of warning and hope, but also for you personally. It is an opportunity to support this awesome message. It is an opportunity to do a lot of good for a lot of people by giving the true hope they need in the time ahead. It is an opportunity to help people repent, turn to God, and receive bountiful blessings.

Who knows how long this opportunity will last? In Britain, things look better—for now. But the Bible tells us that at the end of the day, the EU will come out on top. That “end of the day” is likely to come very quickly.

The good news in Britain and America is that prophecy is clearly being fulfilled—proof of an Almighty God with a plan for mankind. That is a fantastic reason to be optimistic. Base that optimism not on men but on the sure foundation of God’s vision for man’s future. Then use that energy to take advantage of this temporary resurgence by helping publicize this message of hope to the largest audience possible.

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The Secret Motivation Behind North Korea’s Missile Tests

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The Secret Motivation Behind North Korea’s Missile Tests

China and Russia are pulling levers from behind the scenes to accomplish a cherished goal.

North Korea has test-fired at least 18 short-range missiles since May. And though this may appear to be business as usual from the North, a closer look shows some machinations at play that could be working toward a major shift in Asia’s security dynamic.

One key aspect of this flurry of tests is, though the missiles involved have limited range, they are remarkably maneuverable. “These are mobile-launched, they move fast, they fly very low, and they are maneuverable,” North Korean weapons expert Vipin Narang told the New York Times. “That’s a nightmare for missile defense. And it’s only a matter of time before those technologies are migrated to longer-range missiles.”

An even more important aspect of the tests is the way the Trump administration has responded to them: It has essentially shrugged them off, with United States President Donald Trump calling the missiles “smaller ones” and the tests “very standard.” President Trump has emphasized that, unlike the intercontinental ballistic missiles (icbms) and other longer-range weapons the North was testing early in his presidency, the models now being launched couldn’t hit the U.S. mainland or many American assets. Therefore, he says, they don’t worry the U.S.

President Trump’s downplaying of the recent tests is motivated partly by a desire to avoid throwing cold water on efforts he and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un have made toward reaching a deal to denuclearize the North. Since the start of his presidency, this has been among Mr. Trump’s highest foreign-policy goals. Its accomplishment would represent a historic U.S. victory, and would multiply Trump’s chances of being voted into a second presidential term.

But the trouble with this U.S. approach is that Japan and South Korea are treaty allies of America. Both depend largely on the U.S. for national security and for defending their interests. And both are within range of the North’s short-range, highly maneuverable missiles.

“This was the worst-case scenario for Tokyo,” Yuki Tatsumi, co-director of the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program, told the Japan Times on August 28. “Trump deals with North Korea, only focusing on its nuclear program and icbms, leaving Japan still exposed to North Korea’s short- and medium-range missiles.”

Japan’s anxiety was on full display on August 25, the day after the latest North Korean missiles were launched into the Sea of Japan—when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe met with President Trump. After the president once again shrugged off the test launches, Abe, who is normally a staunch Trump supporter, contradicted him. Abe called the tests “extremely regrettable” and stressed that they clearly violate United Nations resolutions and must not be brushed aside.

Many leaders in South Korea are also alarmed by the Trump administration’s insouciance over the tests. If the differing viewpoints are not resolved, it could drive a wedge between the U.S. and its Asian allies. And that may be precisely what North Korea and its primary allies—China and Russia—are aiming to accomplish.

It is no secret that China and Russia support the North Korean regime: They routinely use their UN veto power to protect it, and they violate UN sanctions—including those they signed onto—to assist the North. China and Russia also are known to orchestrate some of North Korea’s foreign policy from behind the scenes—and to use that power to accomplish their goals.

It is also no secret that a key goal of both China and Russia is to see the U.S. ousted from their neighborhood. They despise the presence of some 28,000 U.S. troops in South Korea and some 54,000 in Japan, and long to see the alliances severed so those American soldiers would vacate the region. They use their power over North Korea to push toward that outcome.

With these considerations factored in, it is not difficult to see that North Korea’s short-range missile tests could well be a calculated effort by China and Russia to work toward weakening America’s alliances with Japan and South Korea.

These two Asian giants may well be pulling the levers from behind the scenes, encouraging the North to fire these weapons, knowing full well that President Trump will avoid reacting to them—partly because their range is beneath the threshold of what could threaten the U.S., and partly due to his fear of spoiling the chances of denuclearizing the North. Russia and China would also well know how profoundly this rankles Japan and South Korea. This would all work toward China and Russia’s goal of weakening America’s Asian alliances, and thereby give them a freer hand in the region.

In recent years, chatter has abounded in both South Korea and Japan about removing U.S. troops from their countries, and both have boosted their own military power, partly so they will be equipped to stand on their own if their ties to the U.S. are severed. In recent years, President Trump has also voiced his displeasure with how much America pays to safeguard Japan and South Korea. Strains were already emerging in these U.S.-Asian alliances, and each of North Korea’s short-range missile tests strikes and exacerbates those strains.

In 2017, when North Korea’s aggression was at a major peak, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said the world should be more concerned about Russia and China than about North Korea—because it is those two countries that allow the North to behave as it does.

He wrote:

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

The prophecies Mr. Flurry referred to are recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39, Daniel 11 and the book of Revelation. These Bible passages show that, during what Mr. Flurry called “the time ahead,” Russia will lead a mighty military confederacy, with China in a secondary leadership role. Less powerful Asian countries, such as North Korea, South Korea and Japan, will throw their power behind this Russian-led bloc.

When we place these Bible passages alongside prophecies about the soon-coming end of American power, it becomes clear that the days are numbered for the U.S.-Japan and U.S.-South Korea alliances.

So as we watch these ongoing short-range missile tests, it is important to keep a close eye, not just on North Korea, but also on China and Russia, and on the U.S. and its alliances in the region. Prophecy is clear that a shift will soon remove U.S. power from Asia’s security dynamic.

In his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ Mr. Flurry shows that with Russian President Vladimir Putin in charge and leading China, North Korea and others, this Asian confederacy will play a key role in the most violent conflict in mankind’s history. But he also shows that these developments are tied to unprecedentedly good news. At the end of this fast approaching conflict, he writes, Jesus Christ will usher in “a peaceful and prosperous new age for the entire Earth.”

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

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‘Beware! Germany Is a Country Fertile in Military Surprises’

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‘Beware! Germany Is a Country Fertile in Military Surprises’

We should again heed Churchill’s warning.

Eighty years ago, Germany started a war that resulted in the death of millions of people. But the man who warned about that outcome was shamefully ignored. And his warning is more urgent today than ever.

Winston S. Churchill warned that the supposed peaceful country of Germany would suddenly turn into a horrifying war machine. But Britain’s leaders believed that Germany had changed and that the supposed military buildup was a hoax. Their false beliefs proved deadly. Churchill is remembered as a hero today, but do we remember his warning?

In his 1923 book The World Crisis, Churchill warned: “They sound so very cautious and correct, these deadly words. Soft, quiet voices purring, courteous, grave, exactly measured phrases in large, peaceful rooms. But with less warning cannons had opened fire and nations had been struck down by this same Germany.”

History shows that Germany appears most peaceful right before it strikes. The problem Churchill was dealing with was that the people refused to understand history. Germany is a country with astonishing qualities and industrial capacity. But unless its productivity is channeled the right way, it has always caused great havoc.

Today, the casual observer may once again see Germany as Churchill described: a country of diplomacy, courtesy and discretion. But Churchill understood something that few men ever understood about Germany—the country’s deceitful strategy. With this understanding, he warned that you must look deeper than just what is on the surface.

Churchill was right when most everyone else was wrong—that fact alone should give us cause to ponder whether history will repeat itself. Having just passed the 80th anniversary of World War ii, we should consider Germany’s repeated strategy of deceit.

Churchill defined summarized this strategy in three words: deceit, secrecy and surprise. Most nations trust in deterrence to prevent war. But Germany prepares for blitzkrieg warfare in secret.

On Nov. 28, 1934, Churchill warned: “So far, I have dealt with what I believe is the known, but beyond the known there is also the unknown. … As to that, all I would say is, ‘Beware!’ Germany is a country fertile in military surprises” (emphasis added). The secret military preparations that Churchill referred to as the “unknown” later came out into the open when Germany attempted to conquer the European continent.

If Churchill were still alive, he would probably be warning about a few things taking place in Germany today.

This past March, Germany classified its military status report as secret. In June, German newspaper Die Welt reported that the military has been developing hypersonic weapons under the principle of “German eyes only.” Around the same time, it was reported that the Army would soon include the latest laser weapons technology that the arms industry has been developing. The German Army has also made advances in cyberspace and has been active in space for a decade. While all this is happening, the country has also made massive strides in uniting European armies under its command.

France and Germany have signed historic agreements to cooperate on the production of new tanks, fighter jets and next generation combat systems—something that would likely shock Churchill. Germany is laying the foundation for a military empire that could, in a short time, utterly shock the world.

These developments, however, have been virtually unnoticed because the world has forgotten Churchill’s warning. In The World Crisis, he wrote:

It is too foolish, too fantastic to be thought of in the 20th century. Or is it fire and murder leaping out of the darkness at our throats, torpedoes ripping the bellies of half-awakened ships, a sunrise on a vanished naval supremacy, and an island well-guarded hitherto, at last defenseless? No, it is nothing. No one would do such things. Civilization has climbed above such perils. The interdependence of nations in trade and traffic, the sense of public law, the Hague Convention, liberal principles, the Labour Party, high finance, Christian charity, common sense have rendered such nightmares impossible. Are you quite sure? It would be a pity to be wrong. Such a mistake could only be made once—once for all.

If the world remembered Churchill’s warning, our leaders today wouldn’t repeat what was arguably the greatest mistake in all history.

“Germany had a history of striking down nations with little or no warning before World War i! Churchill knew its history,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.

But rather than learning from history, we have repeated the causes that bring war and suffering. We assume that if another world war were to happen, we could continue just as we have in the past.

But what if we are wrong? It would be a mistake that “could only be made once.”

Eighty years on from the start of World War ii, we still haven’t eliminated the possibility of yet another, even more devastating war. Another world war in today’s age has the potential to destroy mankind. Notice what Jesus Christ prophesied about our age: “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: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).

The Bible does indeed prophesy of our time today and gives a striking warning that World War iii is looming. As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains in Winston S. Churchill: The Watchman, a prophecy in Ezekiel 33 shows that God used Churchill to warn the world about Germany. After much pleading, the people accepted Churchill and set him as their “watchman.”

Churchill’s warning was one of great urgency because no one knew when Germany would strike again. If we are to escape the coming suffering, then we must have the same urgency and attentively watch world events: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42). World events are leading directly to the return of Jesus Christ!

Ezekiel 33:7 shows that God has appointed another man as His watchman just prior to this prophesied crisis of crises. Although only a few people will heed God’s warning before the crisis hits, the message is even more urgent and personal.

Request your free copy of Winston S. Churchill: The Watchman to learn why Churchill’s warning is more urgent then ever. Mr. Flurry also explains, in detail, the prophecies that relate to yet another surprise attack from Germany and how we can fulfill our individual responsibility today.