China-Iran Oil Deal Undermines the Dollar

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China-Iran Oil Deal Undermines the Dollar

What do the world’s leading terror sponsor and the world’s largest oil importer have in common? They’re working against the U.S. dollar.

Iran struck a major oil deal with China at a meeting in August, reported the Petroleum Economist on September 3. The crude oil will be paid for in Chinese yuan. This is a blow to the United States dollar, which for decades has been the standard currency for oil trade.

China will invest $280 billion into Iran’s oil economy; an extra $120 billion will go toward improving transport infrastructure.

The magnitude of the investments have caused some to doubt China’s ability to follow through. It has a history of promising more than it actually delivers. Whether China can deliver or not, the deal is a major step forward in shifting trade away from the American dollar.

Using the yuan to conduct crude oil trade with Iran is a way to avoid American sanctions. The U.S. can only extend its sanctions as far as its currency is used. Already embroiled in a trade war, China has risked getting hit with more tariffs in exchange for a lucrative deal with Iran, beyond the reach of the American dollar.

Even if the deal is half as productive as China says it will be, it could reverse much of what U.S. President Donald Trump’s sanctions campaign sought to achieve.

China’s decision may have complicated its trade war with America. But the fact that it is willing to make such bold claims shows its willingness to push the limits of diplomacy.

Petroleum Economist also noted that China plans to deploy 5,000 armed guards to Iran to protect crude oil infrastructure. This would be a major leap forward for Chinese involvement in the troubled Middle East. Again, some have speculated that it may not materialize. But China and Iran did sign a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement in 2016. This is the strongest diplomatic agreement in Beijing’s arsenal.

The U.S. dollar is often called the petrodollar because the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has conducted business with it since 1973. It has been the global oil trade’s preferred currency since the end of the Second World War.

In September 2017, China took a major step away from the dollar by launching an oil futures index denominated in the yuan. For the first time, buyers could convert yuan to gold. This brings extra security and flexibility for nations participating in the index, as they are not forced to use the yuan or the dollar. As the world’s leading oil importer, China’s creation of this futures index dealt a blow to the dollar’s status.

Russia, the world’s second-largest oil exporter, also began accepting yuan as payment for oil. Saudi Arabia recently threatened to sell oil in yuan as well.

Many of America’s rivals are working around U.S. dominance.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said at a 2018 press conference, “I want Europe to be a sovereign continent, not a vassal, and that means having totally independent financing instruments.”

“The European effort may be the most serious threat to the U.S. dominance,” wrote Washington Post.

Could the shift away from the U.S. dollar grow large enough to endanger America’s economy?

This trend was predicted before the fall of Iran’s fall in 1979, and long before the rule of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the widely read Plain Truth newsmagazine, warned in 1968, “If the dollar is devalued, inflation will almost surely result, and eventual economic collapse for the United States.” He was speaking of a specific situation: The U.S. being shut out of world trade. His warning applies today more than ever.

Why did Mr. Armstrong discuss the collapse of the U.S. economy so long ago, before the close call of 2008 and the uncertainty of today? He relied on Bible prophecies in his analysis of world events. One of those prophecies is about an economic siege against the nations of America and Britain.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains that prophecy in his book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet, writing, “The United States and Britain are going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Asia, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce. These nations … are going to be literally besieged—economically frozen out of world trade!”

When this prophecy is fulfilled, the world economy will be transformed. Iran, China, EU members and other nations are moving away from the dollar. Each advance brings this prophecy a step closer to fulfillment.

To understand how the global shift away from the dollar fits in with a vitally relevant prophecy for our world today, request a free copy of Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet.

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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (September 28)

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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (September 28)

The British ‘revolution,’ cyberwarfare, Iranian intransigence, Guttenberg’s return, and more

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

Did Britain Just Have a Revolution?

On September 24, a group of unelected judges, with no democratic oversight to their appointment, effectively appointed themselves the ultimate rulers of the United Kingdom when they overruled the government and even the Queen regarding the prorogation of Parliament.

“What we have seen emerge via this judgment is a borderline tyrannical layer in British politics,” wrote Spiked editor Brendan O’Neil. “A layer that stands above everyone and everything, including the government itself. A layer of unrepresentative, unaccountable individuals who have now presumed the authority to strike down actual government decisions.”

“This judgement is a disaster for law and for politics,” he wrote. “It’s bad for law because it will convince many more people that the law has become a political instrument, wielded by the wealthy to achieve openly political ends that they failed to achieve in the public, democratic sphere. And it is bad for politics because it points to the formation of a new politicized but untouchable elite which has power over the entire nation and everyone in it.”

“There is a spiritual dimension to America’s decline that most people do not see,” writes Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in his booklet Great Again. this same spiritual dimension applies to what is happening America’s closest ally across the Atlantic.

Russia, China Cyberattack the U.S. and Australia

Russian hackers made a “stunning breach” into Federal Bureau of Investigation communication systems in the United States, according to a bombshell report by Yahoo News published earlier this month. Meanwhile, Australian intelligence concluded that Chinese operatives were behind a massive cyberattack on the nation’s Parliament and largest three political parties.

These two massive cyberattacks took place in different hemispheres and between two different pairs of countries. Yet in many ways, they are aspects of the same larger story.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has been warning for nearly 25 years that the U.S. and its allies are worryingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. In our January 1995 issue, he quoted analyst Joseph de Courcy, who called this vulnerability “the Western world’s Achilles’ heel.” He then explained how this vulnerability could fulfill a specific prophecy about Anglo-American nations figuratively blowing the trumpet of war but “none goeth to battle.”

Oil Tanker Dispute: Iran’s Radical Thinking on Display

The standoff between Britain and Iran over Iran’s illegal oil shipments has ended ignominiously. On July 4, British Royal Marines detained Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar, accusing Iran of violating European Union sanctions by selling oil to Syria. Two weeks later, Iran struck back and seized the British-flagged Steno Impero oil tanker. Iran promised to release the ship in exchange for the release of Grace 1. Despite strong criticism from the United States, Britain released the Iranian vessel after receiving written assurances from the Iranian government that the oil tanker would not sell its 2.1 million barrels of oil in Syria.

Now we find that Iran broke its word. After the release, Iran changed the ship’s name to Adrian Darya 1 and, it appears, off-loaded its 2.1 million barrels of oil to Syria without even a slap on the wrist.

History shows that Iran will cheat its way around any agreement, which it appears to have done with its oil tanker. Only brute force will stop this tyrannical regime. That force is on the rise, as the Bible prophesies.

Will Europe Use Its ‘Coordinated Maritime Presence’ Plan to Attack Iran?

As the United States was creating a coalition to protect vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz from Iranian aggression, a seemingly noncommittal European Union was considering the Gulf of Guinea for the “first pilot case” for future naval deployments to protect vital shipping lanes around the world.

After declining to join the U.S., Britain, Australia and Bahrain in Operation Sentinel, which provides warships to escort cargo vessels in the Hormuz Strait, EU leaders pledged instead to support Europe’s Coordinated Maritime Presence Plan in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea.

There could be more to the EU’s “first pilot case” for future naval deployments than meets the eye. Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the plan is not about the Strait of Hormuz or Iran—for now. She added, “I would not exclude that that could be an option in the future.”

KT zu Guttenberg Returns to Germany

In February, it was rumored that former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg had purchased a farmhouse in the state of Lower Saxony during his self-imposed exile in the United States. Merkur.de headlined on February 23: “The Baron Is Planning His Return.” That return has now been confirmed: “My wife and children wanted to return to Germany after being in the U.S. for almost eight years,” Die Welt quoted him saying in a speech on September 20.

The Guttenbergs have now settled in the district of Osnabrück in the area of the Teutoburg Forest. Baron Guttenberg is reestablishing his presence in Germany at a time when the country is in urgent need of strong leadership.

He may provide just that.

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Russia, China Cyberattack the U.S. and Australia

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Russia, China Cyberattack the U.S. and Australia

‘We could lose the next war before we even begin.’

Russian hackers made a “stunning breach” into Federal Bureau of Investigation communication systems in the United States, according to a bombshell report by Yahoo News published on September 16. Meanwhile, Australian intelligence concluded that Chinese operatives were behind a massive cyberattack on the nation’s national Parliament and largest three political parties.

Russia’s attack on the fbi started in 2010 and was designed to prevent U.S. intelligence from monitoring Russian spies on American soil. The hackers successfully decrypted certain secure communications used by the fbi and tracked specific devices used by bureau agents. “Officials also feared that the Russians may have devised other ways to monitor U.S. intelligence communications,” Yahoo wrote, “including hacking into computers not connected to the Internet.”

The report states: “These compromises … gave Russian spies in American cities including Washington, New York and San Francisco key insights into the location of undercover fbi surveillance teams, and likely the actual substance of fbi communications, according to former officials.” The hacks also “provided the Russians opportunities to potentially shake off fbi surveillance and communicate with sensitive human sources, check on remote recording devices, and even gather intelligence on their fbi pursuers.”

The report quoted a former senior cia official calling the attack a “very broad effort to try and penetrate our most sensitive operations.”

In 2016, when the Obama administration kicked 35 Russian diplomats out of the U.S. and shut down Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York, the president said it was retaliation for Russia’s meddling in America’s election. But the new report says the true motivation for the move was this hack on the fbi. “Both compounds, and at least some of the expelled diplomats,” the report states, “played key roles in a brazen Russian counterintelligence operation that stretched from the Bay Area to the heart of the nation’s capital.”

Meanwhile, an Australian cyberintelligence agency determined that China was behind a hack earlier this year on its national Parliament as well as its three largest political parties: the Liberal Party, the Nationals and the opposition Labor Party. Reuters broke the story on September 15, citing “five people with direct knowledge” of the hack who “declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.”

This cyberattack relied on techniques and code known to have been used by Chinese hackers in previous attacks. Reuters wrote that the hack “gave the perpetrators access to policy papers on topics, such as tax and foreign policy, and private e-mail correspondence between lawmakers, their staff and other citizens.”

Though Australian intelligence determined that China conducted the attack and notified government officials of that finding, Australia’s leadership tried to keep the conclusion a secret to avoid upsetting China. China is Australia’s number one partner, purchasing more than a third of all Australia’s exports. China also sends more than a million tourists and students to Australia each year. So the Australian government has tried to avoid damaging its China-reliant economy.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized Australia’s reluctance to stand up to the Chinese, saying: “You can sell your soul for a pile of soybeans, or you can protect your people.”

These two massive cyberattacks took place in different hemispheres and between two different pairs of countries. Yet in many ways they are aspects of the same larger story.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has been warning for nearly 25 years that the U.S. and its allies are worryingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. In our January 1995 issue, he quoted analyst Joseph de Courcy, who called this vulnerability “the Western world’s Achilles’ heel.”

This was an allusion to the mythological Greek demigod who was susceptible to injury only in his heel. Mr. Flurry wrote: “America is the greatest superpower this world has ever known. But we have a very vulnerable point in our military—our own Achilles’ heel. It is so dangerous that I am amazed it hasn’t received more publicity.”

Mr. Flurry said studying into the Western world’s cyber vulnerability reminded him of a prophecy recorded in Ezekiel 7:14. Verses 1 through 3 show that God is addressing “the land of Israel” in the time of “the end,” which means mainly the U.S. and Britain, as well as the British Commonwealth nations, such as Australia, in the modern era. (You can prove this truth by studying our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)

Verse 8 shows that this concerns a time when God punishes these peoples for their “abominations” and their rejection of His law. Verse 14 details one consequence of this punishment: “They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.”

Mr. Flurry said this was an “alarming” scripture and wrote: “It seems everybody is expecting our people to go into battle, but the greatest tragedy imaginable occurs! Nobody goes to battle—even though the trumpet is blown! Will it be because of a computer terrorist?”

In the Trumpet’s June 1999 issue, Mr. Flurry again discussed America’s dangerous vulnerability to cyberattacks, writing, “We could lose the next war before we even begin.”

Russia’s cyberattack on the fbi and China’s attacks on Australia show just how alarmingly vulnerable many vital computer networks really are. And these breaches reveal that for the U.S., Australia or any nation that excessively relies on cybertechnologies, that “Achilles’ heel” could be easily pierced.

To understand these prophecies, and the hope tied to them, read Mr. Flurry’s article “America’s Achilles’ Heel.”

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A Push to Prohibit All Business on Sundays and Holidays

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A Push to Prohibit All Business on Sundays and Holidays

‘Holidays are not consumption days. As days of peace and reflection, they are part of our cultural, historical and religious heritage.’

Businesses in Germany could face further restrictions on days they are permitted to remain open—all in the name of religion. The German state of Saarland is looking to prevent any stores in its region from remaining open on religious holidays, as well as restricting all online shopping on Sundays.

The basis of the new bill is already established in Germany’s Basic Law, which states: “Sunday is legally protected as the day of rest and spiritual edification.” (Similar rulings are found in the laws of the European Union.) As it is now, shops are allowed to remain open for a maximum of four Sundays a year, and even with that, they have to take into consideration the time of Sunday services. But Saarland’s current ruling coalition of the Social Democratic Party and Christian Democrats seeks to further restrict the law. On September 18, a majority vote of the coalition parties approved the first reading of the amendment. The new bill states that stores can remain open four Sundays a year, unless they fall on a holiday, the local Saarbrücker Zeitung reported.

Concerning the amendment, boostyourcity.de asked: “Is this the end of sales-open Sundays in the Saarland?” The trend is certainly heading that direction.

It’s common for most stores in Germany to close on holidays. But Homburg, a town in Saarland, decided to open stores on Assumption Day. Many shoppers travel to the neighboring city of Zweibrücken, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, to do their shopping on this day. Assumption Day is not a public holiday in Zweibrücken, and thus Homburg often loses business to its competitor on that day.

Stores are losing the ability to stay open when business is most lucrative. Politicians are deciding when stores open and close. They claim it is in the public’s interest. But is it?

According to the German Bishops’ Conference, Saarland has the highest proportion of Catholics at 56.8 percent of the population. This is part of the reason the state government justifies its ruling. Despite the statistics, the fact is that many in the state are more than willing to shop on religious holidays or Sundays if given the chance.

The government, however, believes that this is disturbing the overall sacredness of these days and Christian observance. “Holidays are not consumption days. As days of peace and reflection, they are part of our cultural, historical and religious heritage,” the government explained.

Due to their sacredness, religious holidays should be “generally excluded from the shop opening option,” it says in the explanatory bill. The bill further says that Advent Sunday, which often attracts Christmas shoppers, Easter Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, Volkstrauertag (day of national mourning in Germany) and Totensonntag (Sunday of commemoration of the dead) should all be exempt from the opening permit of four Sundays a year.

The bill states that “other means of communication” used to advise and take orders from costumers on Sundays should also be restricted. Previous initiatives to restrict online shopping on Sundays have failed. But the government continues to push new Internet regulations. The vague terminology within the recent bill, “other means of communication,” is another way of expressing this same pursuit, boostyourcity.de explained.

German law already prohibits companies from managing orders on Sunday. But the problem with regulating the Internet is that much of the processing is automated and companies’ headquarters are often abroad. Therefore, many Germans continue to shop online on Sundays; this societal shift has caused many German businesses to face major deficits. One way to fight back is to remain open on Sundays. That means the government’s decision to restrict operating hours is hindering the local economy. To compensate for the loss, politicians are seeking to regulate the Internet more.

In “Germany Is Taking Control of the Internet,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained this recent trend in detail, putting it into its prophetic significance.

Germany’s desire to prohibit all forms of business on Sunday and religious holidays is of great prophetic relevance. Concerning the empire that will rule right before the return of Jesus Christ, the Bible prophesies: “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16-17).

In his booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?, late theologian Herbert W. Armstrong explained that this scripture is referring to a German-led European empire that will once again enforce Sunday worship. Historically, the Holy Roman Empire has enforced just that. Mr. Armstrong wrote, “The Roman church caused people to receive the mark of pagan Rome—the Sunday observed by the pagan Roman Empire—and the penalty for disobedience was death! Fifty million or more were put to death—so says history.”

The history of the Holy Roman Empire is exactly what German politicians seek to resurrect today. The parliamentary group referred to Germany’s Sunday and religious holiday observance as “part of our cultural, historical and religious heritage.”

Certainly, they don’t consider enforcing Sunday worship with the brutality of the Holy Roman Empire, and yet they seek to enforce the same observance. The Bible, however, reveals that this push will have fatal consequences for those who won’t submit. Request your free copies of Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? and Which Day Is the Christian Sabbath?, by Herbert W. Armstrong, to understand why forced Sunday worship began and where it is leading.

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America, Britain and Israel: Seeing the Hope in Dysfunction

It has been another huge week for the United States, Britain and the State of Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump drew closer than ever to being impeached, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a crushing blow from Britain’s Supreme Court, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was given the first shot at forming a new government.

Each of these developments by themselves is a major story. But I want to take a panoramic view and consider all three together. It is remarkable that America, Britain and Israel are all experiencing extraordinary events simultaneously, and that all three are struggling with exactly the same crises. How do you explain this?

First, let’s try and capture the magnitude of what we are witnessing. It is an understatement to say that these countries are in extreme political crisis. The term “crisis” suggests a momentary or passing event; it implies an eventual return to normalcy. But normal has been irreparably broken. The problems plaguing these nations are now institutional. They are so deeply rooted that they are incurable, at least by man. They are terminal.

The crises these nations face essentially revolve around law and government. Some think the problems lay solely with the leaders of these nations. They believe that if Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Benjamin Netanyahu were vanquished, the problems would go away. This is superficial thinking. The controversy that surrounds these men is a function of a much deeper problem.

America, Britain and Israel are experiencing an acute and highly destructive identity crisis. Think about some of the issues plaguing these nations. In America, immigration, gun control and the role of the government are some of the primary issues. In Britain, it is Brexit. In Israel, it is the Palestinian issue and the role of religion in society. With each issue, there is a fundamental conflict between the past and the present, between tradition and progressivism, and in many instances, between established law and morality and reformist ideologies and practices.

This assault on tradition is led by the radical left, which today brandishes unprecedented power and influence in all three nations. It dictates the news cycles, blaring its message via powerful media networks like cnn, bbc and Israel’s Channel 12, and in culture-shaping newspapers such as the New York Times, the Guardian and Haaretz. Culturally, radical-leftist views on marriage, family, sex, race and gender are now deeply interwoven into the muscles and sinews of society.

Politically, socialist politicians and ideologies dominate the political left, especially in America and Britain. The Democratic Party in America has been hijacked by radicals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbot—top leaders in the Labour Party, the United Kingdom’s second-largest party—are hardcore socialists (many would even call them Communists).

In America and Britain, especially, the radical left controls key institutions, such as education and health care. In all three nations, the radical left has hijacked, to varying degrees, the justice and legislative systems. (Donald Trump has had some success bringing these to heel.)

This truth was made plain in Britain on Tuesday, when 11 unelected, activist judges determined that Prime Minister Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament was unlawful, overruling even the Queen. This historic decision by the court was a scandalous attack on Britain’s unwritten constitution. “This is a seismic constitutional shift in the United Kingdom, if not an unglorious revolution,” wrote Adrian Hilton. “What we have seen emerge via this judgment is a borderline tyrannical layer in British politics,” wrote Spiked editor Brendan O’Neil. (For more detailed information on this historic occurrence, read Richard Palmer’s article on this subject.)

In Israel, a similar tension exists between the government and the judicial system, which has been accused of operating like a “deep state” to undermine government policy. Many in Israel, including Caroline Glick and Prof. Alan Dershowitz, have questioned the dubious nature of the indictments made by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit against Prime Minister Netanyahu.

All of these developments expose the fact that the radical left’s hatred is not confined to Mr. Trump, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Netanyahu; the radical left has a fanatic hatred of the core traditions, institutions and beliefs of these nations. It hates America and Britain’s Judeo-Christian heritage. In Israel, it despises its Zionist and Jewish roots. The radical left hates Trump, Johnson and Netanyahu because these men embody and embrace these traditions.

America’s radical left wants to dismantle the defining pillars of the nation, most especially the Constitution. It rejects the belief that the nation is exceptional and says America was founded on racism. It despises religion, religious freedom and traditional morality; it hates America’s forefathers and the nation’s traditions. It hates the rule of law. And it detests Donald Trump because he loves and defends, to varying degrees, many of the national characteristics and institutions they so passionately hate.

In Britain, the radical left hates the thought of leaving the European Union. Many of these “little Englanders,” as Winston Churchill would have called them, despise the British Empire and all that it did for humanity. They are repulsed by Britain’s colonial history and by British tradition and institutions, such as the monarchy, the Anglican Church and Parliament. The radical left hates Boris Johnson because he appears to want to execute the will of the majority of the British public and leave the EU. Mr. Johnson believes in Britain, and this drives the radical left mad.

In Israel, the radical left believes the modern State of Israel was created in sin and is abusing its power over Palestinians (and others). It seeks peace through negotiation and compromise, even though the Palestinians routinely declare that they have no interest in negotiation or compromise. The radical left hates Benjamin Netanyahu because he is a symbol of a strong, independent nation that is proud of both its ancient and modern history.

This is not to suggest Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Benjamin Netanyahu, nor the political parties or ideologies they champion, are perfect. These men and their politics are not even close to ideal. But the radical left has a special hatred for tradition, for conservative morality and beliefs, and for the rule of law.

These are deeply disturbing trends that we at the Trumpet have been watching for years. In his free booklet Great Again, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes, “Do you have a favorable view of the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, separation of powers, rule of law, Manifest Destiny, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, free-market economy, and America’s role in World Wars i and ii? If you do, then surely you are deeply alarmed by the state of America today. All of these pillars of American history and identity are being vilified and destroyed.” The same is happening in Britain and Israel.

America, Britain and Israel do, in fact, all have a powerful, violent radical-left deep state. These people are lawless. They have no respect for custom or convention, or justice and due process. They very often have no time for facts or evidence. Think again: What does it mean that America, britain and Israel all have a deadly deep state?

One of the Trumpet’s pillar tenets is the belief that America, Britain and Israel are the end-time descendants of Jacob’s sons Joseph and Judah. We teach that America and Britain are the direct descendants of Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh, and that the State of Israel is descended from Judah, Joseph’s brother. This teaching is easily proved in the Bible and in secular history. (For a detailed explanation, request a free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)

More than ever, the biblical identity of these nations is also proved by current events. It is not coincidence that these three nations are all cursed with a lawless deep state!

America, Britain and Israel all have a long and special history with God. This history stretches across 3,500 years and began with the patriarch Abraham. But these nations have forgotten that history and are rejecting the truth and knowledge given to them by God. This is one reason why they are simultaneously experiencing the same problems. They are experiencing the consequences of rejecting God!

Consider the prophecy in Hosea 5:5: “And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.” This is an end-time prophecy about the fall of America, Britain and Israel—it says specifically that they will all fall generally at the same time.

But there is even more going on here than a hate-filled radical left trying to destroy their nations. The Bible says that a powerful spirit force is influencing their actions. In his booklets America Under Attack and Great Again, Mr. Flurry explains a prophecy in Revelation 12 that says Satan the devil has been cast down to this Earth and is attacking these three nations. The fact that these nations have a history with God makes them a primary target of the devil.

Notice what Mr. Flurry writes in America Under Attack: “When Satan was cast down, he immediately went after spiritual Israel [God’s Church]. That was his first target. But he didn’t stop there. After that, he directed his attack against physical Israel. Who is that? Specifically, it is three of the modern nations that descended from the biblical nation of Israel—chiefly the United States, Britain and the Jewish state. … This is a big goal of the devil and his demons: They are out to bring Israel down, whether spiritual or physical Israel. What happened in that church shows you something of a blueprint for what Satan began to do in these nations.”

Look at the blind, unrestrained, entirely irrational rage of the radical left—that is the mind of Satan the devil.

This is a hard message to hear. And it might sound peculiar, especially if you haven’t studied into these prophecies. These are peculiar times! But before you discard this message, I encourage you to study Great Again and America Under Attack. Only the Bible can explain what is happening in the world.

When you step back and consider what is happening in America, Britain and Israel with an open mind, you see tremendous opportunity and hope. The fact that these countries are experiencing almost exactly the same trends proves the biblical teaching that these three nations are related and that they have a special history with God. Events unfolding in these nations prove Bible prophecy and prove the veracity of the Bible. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy proves God is real.

How wonderful is that? The events unfolding in America, Britain and the Jewish state will lead you to salvation—even if right now you aren’t certain God exists, or if the Bible is His Word.

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Emmanuel Macron Is Disappointed With Germany

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Emmanuel Macron Is Disappointed With Germany

The Franco-German tandem is missing a rider.

French President Emmanuel Macron is disappointed that his grand vision for a stronger, more unified Europe, as announced in 2017, hasn’t come to pass. Europe’s main force for unity is often referred to as the Franco-German tandem. But only one rider is currently peddling: Emmanuel Macron. Fed up with Germany’s lack of action, Macron is now looking to take control.

He has desperately tried to get Germany to join him. On a visit to Berlin on Nov. 18, 2018, after again explaining his grand vision for Europe, he told the German Bundestag: “If you do not understand the words from France, remember that France loves you.”

But the verbal declaration of love wasn’t enough for Macron; it had to be on paper. On January 22 this year, Germany and France signed the Aachen Treaty on Franco-German cooperation and integration. Macron seemed hopeful that the partnership would take on much greater heights with this new treaty that exceeded the Franco-German Élysée Treaty of 1963.

The two countries were to form a close diplomatic and military union, learn each other’s language more deeply, and speak with one voice on the international stage. In many ways, Macron was willing to empower Germany for the sake of his vision.

But Germany’s response was marked by objections. German politics became distracted by domestic issues. Macron’s enthusiasm was suppressed by drawn-out negotiations and typical bureaucracy.

In “France and Germany—A Disappointed Love,” Die Welt wrote on September 17, “For many years, Angela Merkel was perceived as the leader of Europe. Now it is Macron who’s in the spotlight, [former Harvard professor Moisi told Die Welt.] In Germany, the feeling of jealousy may be currently prevailing. France looks on Germany with disappointment [because] Angela Merkel left the president out in the rain.”

After appeasing the domestic tumults in France, Macron is now “heading undeterred on the role of the leader of the European community of states.” Die Welt continued:

“The cards are being shuffled now,” says Macron. And whoever wants to keep in the game cannot watch inactively and leave the field to the global players of the U.S. and China. And France? A mediator who adheres to multilateralism and the balancing of power, if necessary, even without the Germans.

Macron is the leader who called for a “true European army” to protect Europe “with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.” Macron is the man who gave the political incentive to further merge Europe’s arms industries. And Macron has forcefully opposed U.S. President Donald Trump and declared himself the true mediator in the Iran conflict.

Die Welt wrote: “‘Boldness’ is the term with which Macron summarizes France’s new foreign policy. This is called ‘Audace’ in French. [I]n foreign policy this means about the opposite of the German attitude: Don’t be passive. Act. Take risks. In other words, active geopolitics, not sideline gazers.”

Referring to this trend, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in “France Rejects America—and Empowers Germany!”:

Macron recognizes that Germany lacks strong leadership right now. He knows Europe needs a strongman. And he thinks he can do the job! He believes that if he bashes America and woos Germany—Europe’s economic powerhouse—then he will become the new Charlemagne.

But there is one man in Germany who is equally, if not more, disappointed with Berlin’s unresponsiveness to France’s enthusiasm. That man is Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

The former German defense minister has undoubtedly been eyeing the front seat of the French-German tandem. He often heavily criticizes Germany’s lack of leadership within Europe.

“I firmly believe that Macron’s speech at the Sorbonne gave a long-awaited controversial impulse that urgently needed an answer from Berlin,” Guttenberg told Austrian magazine Datum in an interview published February 1. “And this answer didn’t come until recently, and when it came, it was comparatively meager.” In the interview, Guttenberg also indicated that France’s domestic protests were, in part, caused by Germany’s failure to support Macron in his endeavors.

“The urgently needed impulses for a future-oriented EU are neither conceivable nor feasible without Berlin’s leadership,” Guttenberg wrote in 2017 for Focus Online. “In collaboration with France’s new president, Macron, it is important to ensure we balance between the reality of a Europe of different speeds and the avoidance of an all-too-dominant Franco-German axis.”

There is no doubt that Europe not only needs strong leadership in France but also in Germany. France’s push for this union and its turn away from America is prophesied in the Bible and explained in detail in Mr. Flurry’s article “France Rejects America—and Empowers Germany!

But the Bible clearly shows that, although France may seek the highest leadership role, in the end, it will surrender to Germany’s diktat (Revelation 17:11-13). For this prophecy to be fulfilled, Germany needs a strong leader. And the only German who has responded to Macron so far is the same man the Trumpet has watched for more than a decade to fill that role as the German strongman.

The Trumpet believes that Guttenberg, who recently moved back to Germany, fits the Bible’s description of this prophesied strongman more than any other German leader. His response to Macron may be another indication that he is preparing to rule not only Germany but all of Europe. To understand the full prophetic context of the Trumpet’s predictions concerning Germany’s prophesied strongman, request our free booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent.