Sebastian Kurz’s Christian Vision for Europe

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Sebastian Kurz’s Christian Vision for Europe

A renewed Catholic Europe is about to change the course of this world.

Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has what other European leaders currently lack: popularity. Strengthened from Austria’s last federal elections, Kurz wants to share his recipe for success with the rest of Europe. One of his primary goals is to protect Europe’s heritage.

On November 20, Kurz met in Zagreb with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and European Union Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen along with other heads of government and opposition leaders.

One of his primary demands for the EU is that Europe needs to protect its “Christian-Jewish identity,” Austria’s Kurier.at noted (Trumpet translation throughout). He believes this to be the people’s wish and is strengthened by his rising popularity in Austria.

In a conversation with von der Leyen, Kurz listed Austria’s wishes for her term as Commission president. Kurz believes that the EU needs to “finally” manage to protect the Continent’s external borders, “so we can control who is allowed to come to Europe and who is not,” Kurier.at quoted Kurz. Kurz especially emphasized the EU Commission’s obligation to “protect Europe’s Judeo-Christian identity and the Enlightenment.” Likely referring to previous mistakes in the refugee crisis, Kurz warned that one should “not accept more people than one can integrate.”

Europeans today often refer to a Judeo-Christian identity. But as many in the past have pointed out, this term can be quite confusing and is not based on reality. Europe has a history of persecuting Jews. By using such phrasing, politicians are usually attempting to distance themselves from what Adolf Hitler did and what neo-Nazis are doing today when they call on protecting Europe’s identity.

As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained in “The Holy Roman Empire Goes Public—Big Time!”, Kurz’s primary goal is to protect Europe’s Catholic heritage. He believes that Europe’s Holy Roman Empire heritage is in danger; Europe’s culture, religion and way of life needs to be protected from migration and other threats.

“In the EU, there has been a dispute over the new name of the Migration Department,” Kuier.at further explained. “Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals have rejected the term ‘Commissioner for the Protection of the European Way of Life,’ calling it ‘populist.’ Instead, it is now called the department for ‘promoting’ the European way of life. Kurz, in the dispute, is ‘definitely for protection,’ as he says. Von der Leyen has, however, already given in.”

“[Kurz] is a staunch Catholic and outspoken about the fact that his religion guides his politics,” Mr. Flurry explained. Even when it comes to protecting the environment, Kurz uses language that reveals his religious affiliation. In his conversation with von der Leyen, he said that Europe has a responsibility to preserve the “creation.”

Whether it comes to migration or environmental pollution, Kurz has a clear message: Europe needs to return to its Christian roots.

In his endeavor to revive and protect Europe’s Christian heritage, Kurz is not alone. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has repeatedly called on Europeans to defend “Christian” Europe. In the lead-up to the European elections, he warned: “Historic traditions in immigrant countries come to an end, … in such countries Christian-Muslim worlds are created with continually shrinking Christian proportions.”

Kurz and Orbán currently stand out as the strongest examples of European leaders to make such statements. But this could soon change.

Since the refugee crisis, former mainstream politicians declined in popularity and populists rose. Since Europe is largely Catholic, some leaders use religion to expand their sphere of influence.

Currently Italy’s most popular politician and leader of the far-right League party, Matteo Salvini, is rallying Italy’s Catholics behind him by opposing the EU’s migrant policy. If his popularity continues, it is likely he will soon be Italy’s next strongman.

Though lesser known, French President Emmanuel Macron is also a devoted Catholic. At age 12, he requested a Catholic baptism and later attended a Jesuit school.

In our latest Trumpet cover story Gerald Flurry explained that Bible prophecy indicates that we expect yet another strong Catholic leader to soon rise in Germany: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. Revelation 17 reveals that there will be a total of 10 strongmen or “kings” that enter an alliance with the Catholic Church to rise to power: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast” (verse 12).

In “The Holy Roman Empire Goes Public—Big Time!” Mr. Flurry explained why Europeans are turning to these leaders. He wrote:

A trend is unfolding in Europe that you should keep a close watch on. Europeans have been besieged by immigrants from the Middle East, growing Muslim populations within their midst, cityscapes filling with mosques and minarets, portions of their cities turning into Muslim enclaves that local police dare not enter, even Islamic terrorist attacks.

And more and more Europeans are looking for solutions in their own history. Specifically, their religious history.

Kurz’s vision to defend Christian Europe may seem outdated to most people today. But the Bible reveals that his vision will soon be reality. To understand Europe’s imminent future and Sebastian Kurz’s role in it, read “The Holy Roman Empire Goes Public—Big Time!” and request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, by Gerald Flurry.

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Meet Your Silent Companions

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Meet Your Silent Companions

“He lived with trees, with the bush wet with shining raindrops, with the burning bush of autumn, with the lone wild duck riding a north wind and crying down on a line north to south, the faces of open sky and weather, the ax which is an individual one-man instrument, these he had for companions, books, friends, talkers, chums of his endless changing soliloquies.”

This is how Carl Sandburg described the youth of one of the greatest men in history, Abraham Lincoln.

Over Thanksgiving break, I started reading the first volume of Carl Sandburg’s Lincoln biography. I thought it would be an excellent read for the national holiday—and it does not disappoint!

Sandburg noted that there were days when young Lincoln conversed only at breakfast and supper, with family. The rest of the time, he was alone with his tools, his books and his thoughts.

“And so he grew,” Sandburg wrote. “Silence found him; he met silence. In the making of him as he was, the element of silence was immense.”

One of Lincoln’s predecessors, John Adams, wrote this to his son Charles, who was more inclined to socialize than to study: “You have in your nature a sociability, Charles, which is amiable, but may mislead you. A scholar is always made alone. Studies can only be pursued to good purpose by yourself. Don’t let companions then, nor your amusements, take up too much of your time.”

“If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts,” essayist William Deresiewicz told West Point cadets in 2009. “You don’t even have privacy, the opportunity simply to be physically alone, never mind solitude, the ability to be alone with your thoughts. And yet I submit to you that solitude is one of the most important necessities of true leadership.”

You need silent time.

Balance is key, of course. True Christians fellowship often with one another (Malachi 3:16), and must not forsake the assembling of themselves together (Hebrews 10:24-25), and iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). We need support, encouragement and admonition from one another!

But we also need plenty of time alone with our silent companions.

Not just silence for concentration on books and on our own thoughts, but silence for concentration, most of all, on God the Father and Christ the Son.

The Prophet Jeremiah had lots of time alone—with his thoughts. “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word” (Psalm 119:16). He meditated on God’s law all day (verse 97). The Apostle Paul admonished youthful Timothy to “give attendance to reading” (1 Timothy 4:13). During His earthly ministry, Jesus rose well before daybreak and went to a private place to speak to God in prayer (Mark 1:35). Jesus Christ, the most unselfish, socially outgoing man ever, was also a close friend of silence and seclusion. Because during that time, He was focusing not on Himself and His thoughts, but on His Father.

What we do alone with our thoughts, our prayers and our studies is one of the most important necessities of true Christian leadership.

Deresiewicz said that without the solitude of America’s Founding Fathers, there would be no America. Without the solitude of Abraham, David, Jeremiah, the other prophets of old, the apostles of the New Testament, and Jesus Christ, there would be no Church of the living God! You need more silence in your life, time spent with your silent companions, God and Christ.

Quiet time alone in our thoughts—directed toward the Father and Son—is something you have to learn. Learn to be alone with God, His truth, and your own thoughts and meditations about those precepts and instructions.

You have the time, but you will have to exert discipline to use it in this way. Delete the app, give up the activity, do what you need to so that you can devote that time, not to selfish reading or thinking, but to study the mind of God diligently, like the Bereans (Acts 17:10-11), and to pray effective, earnest prayers (James 5:16). Spend time getting to know—to really know—your silent companions.

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Will Hong Kong’s Election Results Make a Difference?

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Will Hong Kong’s Election Results Make a Difference?

Pro-democracy candidates won the election by a landslide, but Bible prophecy indicates China will not allow that to stop its rise.

Record voter turnout saw an overwhelmingly pro-democracy victory in Hong Kong’s district council elections on November 24. With nearly 3 million voters casting ballots—the highest turnout since Hong Kong started holding district council elections 20 years ago—pro-democracy candidates picked up 389 of the 452 available seats, up from just 124. Pro-China candidates consequently suffered an astounding loss, from 300 seats to only 58.

This election, though largely inconsequential in terms of altering the power structure and governmental subservience to China, was seen as a referendum by the people of Hong Kong on the government’s growing deference to China. It all started when the Hong Kong government proposed an extradition bill in June, which would have seen suspected fugitives and criminals extradited to other countries, including mainland China.

China has sought greater control over Hong Kong since Britain handed over its former colony in 1997 as a “special administrative region,” which would maintain “a high degree of economic, political and judicial autonomy” for at least 50 years. The extradition bill was therefore viewed as part of Beijing’s steady and premature encroachment into Hong Kong’s democracy and was met with widespread protests and demonstrations.

Consequently, although the bill was withdrawn, protests have continued throughout the year. Grievances surrounding police brutality and an electoral system that excludes the majority of the Hong Kong population have further fueled the fiery and increasingly violent protests. It is against this backdrop that these election results have shown the will of the people. However, the one constant amidst all the uncertainty and volatility has been the resolute and unyielding stance of the People’s Republic of China.

As pro-democracy candidates were set for a sweeping victory, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi asserted that Hong Kong is a part of China “no matter what happens.” After the results came in, Chinese state media blamed election sabotage and foreign interference on the landslide pro-democracy victory.

This follows after China doubled its number of troops stationed in Hong Kong, as well as the recent China-backed crackdowns that have targeted protesters. Amid all the cries that “Hong Kong is not China,” Beijing has not wavered in its determination to control the region.

This is largely because China values Hong Kong as a “sea gate” from which it can exert control over the South China Sea, a highly valuable trade route through which a large percentage of the world’s maritime commerce flows. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in the July 2016 Trumpet issue:

Each year, $5.3 trillion of trade passes through the South China Sea. That is roughly one third of the worlds maritime commerce! Since Japan’s defeat in World War ii, America has protected this vital trade route and brought peace to this part of the world. Now the American military is retreating, and other great powers are coming in to fill the vacuum. This is going to dramatically affect trade around the world, and U.S. trade especially.

A trade war often precedes a shooting war. That is what happened just before World War ii—especially so in Asia.

Since before the Korean War, China has had a strategy to establish a security buffer extending far from its coast and engulfing the entire South China Sea. Its current military buildup in the [region] is bringing China closer to realizing this strategy. … Whoever controls these vital sea gates controls one third of the worlds maritime commerce.

China is resolute in the face of the election results, protests and demonstrations, because it is determined to control the South China Sea. This trade route was once under British and American control, but with the British handover and gradual American retreat, China has increasingly asserted its authority in the region. Hong Kong and the South China Sea are now firmly in the hands of Communist China.

The decline of Anglo-America and rise of China was prophesied in what Bible prophecy calls the “times of the gentiles” (Luke 21:24).

In his article “What Are the Times of the Gentiles?” Mr. Flurry explained that the term Gentiles refers to any “non-Israelite peoples,” and “Israelite” means “a lot more than the little nation in the Middle East.” In the modern context, Israel refers mainly to the U.S. and Britain. There are numerous Gentile peoples around the globe. But Mr. Flurry makes clear that in end-time prophecy, Gentile mostly describes two powers: a German-led European bloc and a bloc led by Russia and China. Prophecy says that as the Israelite nations decline, these two Gentile blocs will become the dominant world powers. This is why this prophesied era is called “the times of the Gentiles.”

Deuteronomy 28:52 shows that a specific aspect of the shift in global power would be the transfer of sea gates, such as Hong Kong, from Israel to the Gentiles. Because of these prophecies, we should not expect China to loosen its grip on Hong Kong. In this “times of the Gentiles,” we should expect China’s power and determination to use it to grow.

Directly following the times of the Gentiles is the return of Jesus Christ, when His brilliance will dissipate the violence and usher in light and peace as this world has never known. To learn more about China and its role in end-time prophecy, read Mr. Flurry’s article “China Is Steering the World Toward War.”

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Germany Sways From U.S. to China

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Germany Sways From U.S. to China

Germany is seeking more independence from the U.S. and closer ties with China—just as prophesied.

Since the end of World War ii, Germany has closely cooperated with the West, particularly the United States. This relationship has had both highs and lows. But now, Germany is rethinking its relationship altogether. Surveys reveal that more and more Germans prefer China as a partner over the U.S.

Opinion research institute Kantar Public surveyed 1,000 Germans ages 18 and older on behalf of the Körber Foundation in September concerning their views on Germany’s foreign policy. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed believe the foreign policy should be oriented toward the West. Fifty-two percent, however, were in favor of a foreign and security policy independent of the U.S. and would even be willing to pay twice as much for security and defense. Around 60 percent see France as Germany’s most important or second-most important partner. And 60 percent advocated for increased cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, despite the fact that most Germans are concerned about China’s growing influence.

Germans have an increasingly unfavorable opinion of America.

“Apparently, above all, one politician is responsible for German skepticism [of the West]: American President Donald Trump,” Germany’s Die Welt noted on November 26. “Asked how a reelection of Trump would affect German-U.S. relations in 2020, an overwhelming majority, 87 percent, responded with ‘rather negative’ or ‘very negative’” (Trumpet translation throughout).

Germany’s shifting ties are little noticed in the U.S. In a survey by the Pew Research Center and the Körber Foundation, 75 percent of Americans see their country’s relationship with Germany as good or very good. In stark contrast, only 34 percent of Germans share the same opinion. Sixty-four percent of Germans said relations are bad or very bad—an opinion that only 17 percent of Americans hold.

“The impression of the relationship between Germany and the U.S.A. could not be more different,” n-TV.de noted in “German-U.S. Love Becomes a Matter of Perspective.” The article continued:

Compared to last year, however, the number of those who rate the relationship positively improved on both sides: In the 2018 survey, this figure was 5 percentage points lower for Americans, and 10 points lower for Germans. But significantly more Germans rated the relationship positively in 2017 than they do today.

The strained relationship with the U.S. is causing many Germans to advocate for increasing cooperation with France (77 percent), Japan (69 percent), Russia (66 percent), China (60 percent) and the United Kingdom (51 percent).

Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted that Germany in the end time would form an alliance that would exclude both the U.S. and Britain. With the inauguration of President Trump and the chaos of Brexit, we are seeing this prophecy hasten toward fulfillment. Even public opinion today is sending ominous signs. While relations may continue for a short time, expect a German-led Europe to cut ties suddenly.

If Germany seeks greater independence from the U.S., it has no choice but to cooperate more closely with China. Our article “The Great ‘Mart of Nations,’” from the July 2016 Trumpet issue, explains related prophecies:

Isaiah’s prophecy is marching toward fulfillment. It links with parallel prophecies in Ezekiel and Revelation to clearly depict the interdependent relationship developing between Germany and China. And it reveals the startling outcome.

Chapters 22 and 23 of Isaiah identify these two great markets in a few different ways. In Isaiah 23:1, China is called by its ancient name, Chittim. The same verse calls the German-dominated European Union by the term used to describe a major economic power extant at the time the prophecy was written: ancient Tyre.

In this prophecy, the great northern trading power of today (of which Tyre is used as a type) is shown in relationship to China, the sea (verses 2, 4, 11), oceans (“great waters,” verse 3) and ships (verses 1 and 14) and mentioned in relation to seaborne merchant traffic (verse 8)—all within the context of a great international market.

The article continues to explain that in a related prophecy in Ezekiel 27, Russia and Japan are also prophesied to join Germany’s trade union. Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted that Germany’s relations would shift. Amazingly, surveys today, as well as other trends, speak in favor of this prophesied alliance.

I encourage you to read “The Great ‘Mart of Nations’” to learn more about these prophecies that will soon reshape world commerce. The outcome will be devastating to both Britain and the U.S.

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Jesuits Take Over the Vatican

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Jesuits Take Over the Vatican

Is Pope Francis pushing for one world religion?

The first Jesuit pope has appointed a fellow Jesuit as the new prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy. Pope Francis announced on November 14 that Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves would be filling the crucial position left vacant after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in Australia. Guerrero is a 60-year-old Spanish priest with a degree in economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He is also a key adviser to Jesuit Superior General Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal.

The appointment of Jesuits to powerful positions at the Vatican represents a significant shift in the Catholic Church. Before Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope in 2013, not a single Jesuit was serving in a leadership position at the Vatican. Now Pope Francis has appointed three of his Jesuit brothers to some of the Vatican’s highest posts: Spanish Jesuit Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves heads the Secretariat for the Economy; Canadian Jesuit Michael Czerny heads a Vatican office that advocates for global migrants and refugees; Italian Jesuit Luis Ladaria heads the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Before Francis’s papacy, the only known Jesuit to lead a Vatican office was Augustin Bea, who led the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity under popes John xxiii and Paul vi.

Some Catholics feel uneasy about Jesuits holding senior positions, as they are perceived to prioritize evangelization over doctrinal orthodoxy. When Pope Francis accuses conservative culture warriors as being too “rigid,” he is invoking a Jesuit interpretation of “discernment.”

The Jesuit Order was founded in 1534 by Ignatius of Loyola to stop the spread of Protestantism and convert the indigenous peoples of Africa and the Americas. The Jesuits formed the vanguard of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, taking back large portions of Europe from the Protestants. Jesuit priests Martin Becanus and Wilhelm Germain Lamormaini were both confessors and advisers to Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand ii during the Thirty Years’ War to recapture Central Europe from the Protestants.

The Jesuits are an all-male order with a military-style structure and ethos.

Since Second Vatican Council ended in 1965, the Jesuits have worked to unite Catholic and Protestant churches through ecumenism and interreligious dialogue. They have also opted for a shift toward working on behalf of the poor in the developing world. Many Latin American Jesuits even embraced Marxist-inspired Liberation Theology in their attempt to win converts in Third World countries. This Jesuit push for church unity, or ecumenism, reveals the Vatican’s imperial spirit and desire for dominance.

Pope Francis’s decisions to put Jesuits in charge of Vatican financial policy, immigration policy and doctrinal orthodoxy are part of a plan to unite all Christian denominations under Rome’s authority. To what extent the Jesuits are successful in altering Catholic doctrine remains to be seen, but Bible prophecy reveals that the Catholic Church will have great success bringing Protestant churches back into the fold.

The Bible often uses the symbol of a woman to represent a church (2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:7; Ephesians 5:22-27). Isaiah 47 describes a specific church that it calls “the lady of kingdoms.” She exerts power over many nations, but she has protesting daughter churches. She vows to bring her daughters back into the fold, saying, “I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children” (verse 8).

Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Plain Truth magazine (predecessor to the Trumpet), taught since the early 1930s that scriptures such as this one describe a coming union between Catholics and Protestants. Notice this excerpt from the October 1961 Plain Truth: “The pope will step in as the supreme unifying authority—the only one that can finally unite the differing nations of Europe. The iron jurisdiction over both schools and religion will be turned over to the Roman Catholic Church. Europe will go Roman Catholic! Protestantism will be absorbed into the ‘mother’ church—and totally abolished” (emphasis added).

In order to build and influence this church-state superpower, the Catholic Church will likely make strategic compromises—standing firm in one area, compromising in another. Scriptures in Isaiah 47 and Revelation 17 clearly reveal that the old Holy Roman Empire, influenced by the Vatican, will be resurrected one last time.

Just as it did during the Counter-Reformation, the Jesuit Order is helping this happen.

To understand what the Bible says about the religious system that will dominate the Western world during the last days of man’s rule over man, request a free copy of Mr. Armstrong’s booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?

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Pope Francis Targets America on Nukes

The pope isn’t against nuclear weapons—he is against America.

Pope Francis visited Japan on November 23-26 to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In front of crowds in both cities, the pope took thinly veiled shots at the United States by declaring not only the use but the mere possession of these weapons as “immoral.”

His message was clear. “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral. As is the possession of atomic weapons,” he said on November 24. On his flight home from Japan, he announced that his declaration against possessing nuclear weapons will be added to the catechism, reported Vatican News.

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Speaking on the flight back to Italy, Pope Francis again targeted the U.S. He stated that “international organizations don’t succeed” at stopping the spread of conflicts, because of the veto power given to certain nations. One of the most prominent users of that power is the U.S.

No other pope has called the very possession of atomic weapons immoral and “to be condemned.” His predecessors have stated, without controversy, that nuclear weapons should stay in their silos and never see the light of day. But Francis has gone a step further, condemning even their possession.

Pope Francis may not wear a suit and tie, but he is still a political player of global consequence. His choice of where to break this precedent was significant.

“When The Man in White speaks, the world’s leaders pay attention,” wrote independent Catholic journalist Rocco Palmo. He described the effect the pope’s choice of location had, saying that it “amplified the already formidable heft of his office with the powerful optics of Ground Zero” in these two famous cities.

For Japan, the pope’s message was “about as close as you’ll get to an on-site Vatican intervention in domestic politics,” he said. But Pope Francis has also meddled in American politics. He was giving this speech where America used nuclear weapons to end a world war. This was more than just a general criticism of nuclear weapons—implicit in his speech was criticism of America for using nuclear weapons to end World War ii. Put this latest speech in context with other papal pronouncements and the trend is clear.

In 2015, he was the instrumental mediator in reviving U.S.-Cuba relations, an arrangement that benefited neither Cuba nor the U.S. In 2016, he meddled in the American elections by staging a photo-op in front of the American border with Mexico. Asked about the promise of then candidate Donald Trump to build a border wall, the pope replied that “a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”

The pope is not on America’s side. In “Why Is the Pope Meddling in American Politics?”, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry chronicled the many occasions on which Pope Francis has shown by words and deeds that he wishes to weaken the U.S. Mr. Flurry wrote:

Francis called free-market global capitalism “a new tyranny” and condemned it as “a financial system which rules rather than serves.” He has also called it “the dung of the devil.”

Which nation is the front-runner of free-market global capitalism? The United States of America.

If Pope Francis is to be taken at his word, he could not possibly wish for the leader of the capitalist system to thrive and prosper, continuing to inflict its “tyranny” on the world. If he believes the free market is a force of destruction, then he would feel not only justified, but obligated to use his power to weaken it.

Early on in his tenure, Pope Francis advocated for the downfall of capitalism while pushing for his “third way” economic model.

From the U.S.-Cuba deal and national elections to sending global messages about American nuclear power, the pope continues to work against America. What does he ultimately aim to achieve?

Bible prophecy gives a coherent explanation of why Pope Francis is involved in politics.

But people do not understand prophecy because “key portions of the Bible are written in symbol,” Mr. Flurry wrote. “The Bible is full of passages where God uses a physical object to portray a spiritual truth or concept. … In biblical symbolism, a woman is a type of a church.”

The church he is discussing is found in Revelation 17. God describes it as one “with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication” (verse 2). This symbolic language tells us that a church is involved in world politics. This can refer to none other than the Catholic Church.

This should be deeply concerning to the United States, and for more than political reasons alone. Revelation 17 portrays this false church riding a beast, symbolizing its control over the revived Holy Roman Empire, which has ruled Europe throughout much of its history. Its seventh and final revival is already in progress and will burst onto the world scene in a few short years, bringing nuclear destruction to the U.S. and Britain (for detailed proof, request our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy).

When this anti-American superpower is fully formed, it will be too late for the U.S. and Britain. But you can avoid the suffering that this deadly combination of church and state will bring.

For more information on how the Catholic Church will make the seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire a reality, and why this should be a stark warning to America, read “Why Is the Pope Meddling in American Politics?” by Gerald Flurry.