Nearly 200 Evangelical Leaders Defend Trump, Condemn Christianity Today

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Nearly 200 Evangelical Leaders Defend Trump, Condemn Christianity Today

President Trump’s unprecedented religious backing continues to reinforce the validity of Bible prophecy.

Roughly 200 evangelical leaders penned a letter to Christianity Today on December 22 disparaging the publication for its editorial that criticized United States President Donald Trump and called for his removal from office. They also railed against editor in chief Mark Galli for designating any evangelicals who disagreed with his piece as “far right.”

In his op-ed, Galli stated that the results of the impeachment investigation show that the president not only violated the Constitution but is also “profoundly immoral.” He doubled down on his article in a cnn interview in which he said only “Christians on the far right, evangelicals on the far right” are going to be “as dismissive of the magazine as President Trump has shown to be.”

This led to 179 evangelical leaders penning the letter in defense of President Trump and their own “spiritual integrity,” which they believed the editorial “offensively questioned.”

They wrote:

[W]e are Bible-believing Christians and patriotic Americans who are simply grateful that our president has sought our advice as his administration has advanced policies that protect the unborn, promote religious freedom, reform our criminal justice system, contribute to strong working families through paid family leave, protect the freedom of conscience, prioritize parental rights, and ensure that our foreign policy aligns with our values while making our world safer, including through our support of the State of Israel.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins asked why Christianity Today never condemned the Obama administration’s anti-Christian policies. Franklin Graham, son of Christianity Today founder Billy Graham, said in a Facebook post that his father would be disappointed by the editorial, disclosing that his father had actually voted for President Trump in the 2016 election. Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, called the publication “Christianity Yesterday.”

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump received 81 percent of the evangelical vote, higher than George W. Bush’s 78 percent in 2004. According to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, 77 percent of evangelicals approve of the job President Trump is doing, with a whopping 99 percent opposing his impeachment.

The support for President Trump stems not only from an evangelical approval of his policies, but also a frustration with Obama-era policies. Perkins referenced the Obama administration’s refusal to uphold or defend the Defense of Marriage Act and its use of Obamacare to force Christian-owned businesses to pay for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs.

Despite having a pointedly unreligious past and background, President Trump’s opposition of many of these policies has led to support from evangelicals, creating an “alliance between the presidency and American evangelicalism,” as Christianity Today president Timothy Dalrymple said.

Trumpet managing editor Brad Macdonald commented on this “remarkable transformation from merchant playboy to conspicuous Christian,” writing, “[W]hat is remarkable about Mr. Trump’s religious devotion is both its sudden onset and the sheer ubiquity of God and faith in his administration. … Donald Trump’s devotion to God, the Bible and Christian leaders—and more importantly, mainstream Christians’ affection and loyalty to Donald Trump—has developed mainly since late 2016, and especially since he became president. Something has changed since January 2017. What is it?”

Bible prophecy reveals the answer. In “Is America’s Supreme Court in Bible Prophecy?Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote of an end-time prophecy about America in Amos 7. This prophecy speaks of the impending destruction of America, temporarily slowed by the rise of a leader, a type of the ancient Israelite King Jeroboam ii. This leader is prophesied to have “a strong following among evangelicals” and “many Christians in America today.”

Mr. Flurry continued:

This prophecy then describes a religious man, “Amaziah the priest of Bethel,” speaking to Jeroboam and conspiring to expel the man delivering this warning from the country. This Amaziah then goes to God’s prophet on Jeroboam’s behalf and says, “O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court” (verses 12-13).

“Prophesy not again any more at Bethel,” Amaziah says, referring to the capital city—we could liken that to Washington, D.C., today—“for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.” When this says “the king’s chapel,” it is talking about a place of worship that belongs to the king.

Many evangelicals look to President Trump as their leader today. He is constantly compared to personalities, such as King David; he is surrounded by religious figures and spiritual advisers. Congressman Barry Loudermilk even compared his impeachment trial to Christ’s trial before Pontius Pilate.

This religious backing of President Trump was actually prophesied in your Bible and is manifesting in what we see today. The Bible forecast that God would use this Jeroboam figure to save America—but only temporarily. In the long run, we need to repent and turn back to God to really solve our problems.

To understand more about President Trump’s prophesied end-time role, read our article “Who Is the Modern-Day Jeroboam?

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China: The Dictator’s Fantasy

What happens when one man attains absolute power over hundreds of millions?
From the February 2020 Trumpet Print Edition

“I begged them to kill me,” said Mihrigul Tursun. “Each time I was electrocuted, my whole body would shake violently, and I could feel the pain in my veins.”

Tursun was describing the torture she suffered while being held for months with 60 other women in an internment camp. Their cell was small and suffocating. They slept in turns, with most standing to make floor space for the few whose turn it was to lie down. They were routinely beaten, electrocuted, and forced to take unknown medications, including capsules that caused them to blackout and a liquid that caused bleeding in some and cessation of menstruation in others. During Tursun’s final three months, nine women from her cell died. All the while, in an Orwellian twist, the women were made to sing songs praising their captors.

And here is an important detail: Tursun’s nightmare did not happen decades ago in some long-shuttered concentration camp. It happened in an internment network run by her own national government, and it is still operating right now.

‘The Great Family of Chinese National Territory’

Mihrigul Tursun is an ethnic Uyghur from Xinjiang. This region, south of Kazakhstan and Mongolia, was long contested by the Mongols, the Chinese and several Turkic groups until the Qing Dynasty brought it under China’s control in the 18th century. Ever since, Xinjiang has been an intermittent flash point for tensions between the Uyghurs, who are mostly Turkic-speaking Muslims, and the Han Chinese, Mandarin-speaking atheists who comprise more than 90 percent of China’s total population.

The anxieties intensified throughout the 1990s: The Kazakhs, Kyrgyzians and other Turkic-speaking, Muslim, Communist neighbors seceded from the Soviet Union and formed independent nations bearing their names. Many Uyghurs sought to make Xinjiang a sovereign nation as well: Uyghuristan. But Chinese leaders were bent on keeping Xinjiang locked into what they call “the great family of Chinese national territory.”

The tensions exploded in 2008 when Uyghurs protested Chinese oppression with terrorist bus bombings and attacks on police facilities. Chinese authorities said the violence killed hundreds of people, mainly Han Chinese, and deployed large numbers of People’s Liberation Army soldiers to Xinjiang’s largest city, Ürümqi. The violent outbursts continued throughout the next few years, but the Chinese Communist Party kept tightening its grip on Xinjiang.

Then a new man was appointed leader of China. He would tighten the Communist Party’s grip to a choke hold.

‘Nets Above and Snares Below’

When Xi Jinping became general secretary of the Communist Party in late 2012, he was a relatively obscure personality in Chinese politics. Most experts believed he would lead the nation in the tradition of his most recent predecessors, maintaining the status quo.

But Xi began almost immediately to confound those forecasts.

Rather than keeping the “first among equals” brand of leadership followed by his recent predecessors, he embraced a strongman approach. He bypassed State Council authorities by creating policymaking party groups, many of which he personally chairs. He took direct control of writing policy on everything from China’s economy and international relations to its Internet regulations. Xi waged an anti-corruption campaign resulting in the arrest or imprisonment of a breathtaking 1.4 million Communist Party members. He disappeared dissidents and hundreds of human rights lawyers in waves of arrests. He also implemented profound military reforms that made him the unchallenged head of China’s vast army.

“[H]e not only controls the military,” Shanghai-based military expert Ni Lexiong told the Associated Press, “but also does it in an absolute manner. [H]e is ready to command personally.”

In April 2014, just weeks after knife-wielding Uyghur terrorists killed 31 people and injured 141, Xi made an official visit to Xinjiang. Hours after his departure, a Uyghur bomb tore through an Ürümqi train station, killing three and injuring 79.

Xi seemed to take the attacks as a direct challenge to his authority and to China’s overall stability. “Build steel walls and iron fortresses,” he said later that year while announcing a “People’s War on Terrorism.” He told party leaders in Xinjiang: “Set up nets above and snares below. Cracking down severely on violent terrorist activities must be the focus of our current struggle.”

Xi’s government lost no time making his vision a reality. And the campaign quickly began to extend far beyond a crackdown just on “violent terrorist activities.”

Cultural Genocide

By May 2015, when Mihrigul Tursun was first detained, Xinjiang was being transformed into a state of inescapable surveillance and “predictive policing.” There were ubiquitous cameras, thousands of police checkpoints, and hundreds of what the Chinese government euphemistically calls “reeducation” or “vocational training” schools. It was in these facilities that Tursun was tortured for months on end.

She was detained upon returning to China from Egypt, where her husband lived. Since the Chinese Communist Party views Egypt as a potential radicalization zone, party officials snatched her and abused her until they were convinced that she posed no threat to societal stability. Vast numbers of other Xinjiang residents have suffered similarly for far less.

Various sources put the total number of Uyghurs and other Xinjiang Muslims detained in the camps in 2019 between 1.1 million and 3 million. This is of a total population of just 10 million Uyghurs, which grows to 12 million when the count includes non-Uyghur Muslims, some of whom have also been detained.

Xi’s government says the purpose of holding these individuals is to educate religious extremism out of their thinking and to teach them Mandarin and job skills. But evidence from survivors such as Tursun and from two caches of highly classified Communist Party documents reveal the true goal: Xi Jinping is using his dictatorial powers to perpetrate cultural genocide.

‘The Organs of Dictatorship’

Before Xi, the Communist Party portrayed China as a multiethnic society that believed in cultural pluralism. In this spirit, it permitted various minority populations certain government-sanctioned expressions of distinction. But Xi has changed that. He has shown himself determined to “Sinicize” Xinjiang and to subdue and assimilate Uyghurs into a monolithic Han culture.

“The organs of dictatorship” must be used to subdue the region, Xi told Communist Party leaders during a 2014 speech that was transcribed among the documents leaked in 2019. “Show absolutely no mercy,” he said. “The weapons of the people’s democratic dictatorship must be wielded without any hesitation or wavering.”

Inside Xinjiang’s camps and prisons, Chinese agents are implementing these orders. They are forcing detainees to consume alcohol and pork and forbidding them to pray or speak their language. They are subjecting those who resist to torture, sexual abuse, forced abortions, sterilization and transplanting their organs against their will. The organs of dictatorship.

Outside of the camps, Xinjiang has been transformed into the world’s most technologically advanced and obtrusive police state. Arabic script and Islamic imagery is being eradicated from businesses and homes, often replaced by pictures of Xi and Communist China’s founder, Mao Zedong. Mosques and Muslim graveyards are being systematically destroyed.

The Communist Party is not only detaining Uyghurs, but they are often replacing them, in their own households and in their own beds next to their wives with Han Chinese men. The party is literally breeding Uyghur genes out of Xinjiang: genocide by father replacement.

This and more was confirmed to the world when the party’s internal documents were leaked. Yet the leak and the international condemnation that followed does not seem to have shaken Xi. He has claimed that the personal testimonies and leaked papers are “fabrication and fake news.” The Global Times, which his party controls, recently praised Xi’s “training centers” in Xinjiang for their success in turning potential extremists into “normal people.”

While he used the “organs of dictatorship” to commit cultural genocide, including cutting organs out of unwilling victims, Xi was also successful in early 2018 in removing the constitutional term limits on his rule. His organs of dictatorship can now continue for the rest of his life.

It is clear that this self-justifying and unfathomably powerful Chinese dictator will keep on asserting his will upon the Uyghurs and all of China’s 1.4 billion people. And this will result in profound suffering for millions far beyond “the great family of Chinese national territory.”

The Ends Justify the Means

In the modern age, Xi’s immense and almost entirely unchecked powers seem somewhat anomalous. But history is filled with dictators like him. Such men have almost always produced broad-scale abuses of human beings like those now underway in Xinjiang.

Give government enough power, and this is what happens.

Qin Shi Huang, Ghengis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Ivan the Terrible, King Leopold ii and Adolf Hitler: All used the organs of dictatorship to gruesome effect. Xi’s fellow champions of communism are notorious for it: Mongolia’s Khorloogiin Choibalsan killed tens of thousands of his people; Cambodia’s Pol Pot killed almost 2 million of his own people. But they were merely bullies on a playground compared to the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin, who slaughtered 20 million to 60 million. Then there was Mao Zedong, Xi’s recent predecessor, under whose despotic reign 65 to 75 million Chinese people were starved, tortured, bullied to suicide or executed as traitors. “Every Communist must grasp this truth,” Mao said. “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

Over and over again, when a human government is given great amounts of unchecked power, genocide, politicide, democide, repression and egregious human rights violations are inevitable. This is often because the leaders feel violence is justified to build a better world, and they succeed in selling their vision to supporters. In many cases, it is a matter of leftist, utopianist tyrants who believe the ends justify the means. My vision is noble, and my ideals are virtuous. I must use absolute force to quash dissent so my ideals can become reality. I must wield my power pitilessly today to create a beautiful world for tomorrow.

When an authoritarian is driven by such thinking, the throat of liberty is slit. Human rights are blindfolded and shot in the street. And rule of law is publicly guillotined. These are all necessary casualties in the pursuit of the larger goal. They are the blood sacrifices that must be offered up to the “greater good.”

Bible prophecy reveals that Xinjiang is just the beginning—such authoritarian governments and policies will soon dominate the world.

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The Revolutions of Revolutions

Demand for change is as old and as universal as humanity itself.
From the February 2020 Trumpet Print Edition

The day a Buddhist monk kneeled in the middle of the street, set himself afire and burned to death, everything changed. I recently saw a documentary showing how, after this suicide in South Vietnam in 1963, protests against President Ngo Dinh Diem escalated quickly. A coup quickly followed, and military leaders put a bullet in Diem’s head.

The initial act reminded me of the self-immolation that incited the Arab Spring in Tunisia in 2011. The jubilation that filled South Vietnam at news of the autocrat’s demise brought to mind the mass protests filling streets right now in Hong Kong and Cairo, Santiago and St. Petersburg, Bratislava, Barcelona and Beirut—in Asia, in Europe, in South America, in the Caribbean, in the Middle East. Different mob, but the same exasperation, rage and passion for change—and the same conviction that eliminating a leader will offer a fresh start and a bright new age.

The protests now surging over the world evoke a mix of emotions. Many of these people are courageously risking their lives to defy genuine tyranny. Others have baser motives. But there are warning signs that most of these demonstrations won’t have happy endings, and may actually unleash powerfully destructive forces on the world.

Several factors indicate we are entering a period of political upheaval certain to create far more disruption, on a wider scale, than any before. One is the instability of the global economic order that is throwing nations into stagnation, recession, forced austerity and volatility. Another is a generation of mobilizing youth, composing a growing percentage of the population, ignorant of history, tenuously bound by convention and religion, connected and world-aware thanks to the Internet and social media, and susceptible to intoxication by the spirit of revolution. Rising expectations mean that even people who are by historical comparisons quite well off are dissatisfied and angry.

How many of these protests will end well? The question crossed my mind as I saw what became of South Vietnam in 1963. The euphoria that followed President Diem’s overthrow ended quickly. His murder created a void that no one else could fill. Over the next two tumultuous years, the nation agonized as it cycled through six different inept governments.

History is littered with examples of peoples rising up and defying the injustice of the existing order, peoples seeking to destroy the status quo. But in case after case, the swell of jubilation and hope that comes with toppling a dictator or overthrowing a government soon gives way to despair‚ sometimes even worse than before. Though revolutionaries may correctly identify troubles, errors and mistakes, they usually fail at solutions. Rebels know what angers them, but are often oblivious to the challenges of implementing genuine improvements. “The reformer is always right about what is wrong,” G.K. Chesterton said, “he is also usually wrong about what is right.” Mobs and mass movements can destroy. Few prove capable of successfully building.

There are real problems in the world—after all, this is Satan’s world. He literally rules it and influences it (2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9). Many of these protesters have legitimate grievances. But they are misguided to assume that whatever fills the void will be an improvement. And they are mistaken to think the violence of resistance is universally virtuous. The rage of the mob is often fertile soil for the devil to nurture division, toxic emotion and nation-shattering rage.

In historical example after example, upheavals such as those we see today actually lead to greater tyranny. Where governments can, they squash them. Where they cannot, disorder gives rise to new tyrants. Anarchy is insufferable, and people get their fill of it quickly. Soon someone steps in to reestablish order, often at even higher cost and greater suffering.

Revolution can mean a sudden political change, but it can also refer to the cyclical orbiting of a body around an axis, a movement that occurs repetitively, predictably. The correlation is fitting. For 6,000 years of human history, suffering under poor governance has inflamed desire for change, which has sparked hope in a new regime. The promise of progress has motivated almost every election, putsch, coup and revolution in history, whether it’s the French in 1789, the Bolsheviks in 1917, the Iranian hardliners in 1979, the Nazis in 1933 or the Islamic State in 2016. No leader ever sets out to create a legacy of same-old, status-quo failure. Yet with frustrating consistency, that is precisely what they achieve—or worse. And the suffering resumes, and the cycle repeats.

Thankfully, these revolutions of revolutions are about to end.

For 6,000 years, mankind has been writing crucial lessons, if only we will learn them. We have proven our inability to govern in a way that brings broad peace, sweeping prosperity, long-lasting justice and freedom. We have repeatedly confirmed the intractable evil of human nature. Biblical prophecy powerfully underscores these lessons: It plainly describes the conditions that will grow out of today’s disruptions: a time of tribulation worse than any in human history! (Matthew 24:21; Daniel 12:1; Jeremiah 30:7). The instability rolling through country after country today augurs far more serious troubles to come. But they will culminate in the final revolution: the coronation of the King of kings, who will reign unchallenged, eternally.

This is the overarching lesson we are recording: This world desperately needs perfect governance, established by the only Source of genuine solutions to its injustices and problems. Thankfully, it is almost here.

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Your Attitude Toward Government

If human governments are bad, how should you act—and think—toward them?
From the February 2020 Trumpet Print Edition

The Bible reveals that human governments are cut off from God, heavily influenced by Satan and terminally flawed. Does this mean you should resist and rebel against them? What should be your individual attitude toward government? The Bible is clear on God’s answer to true Christians.

When human authorities order you to break God’s law, you must “obey God rather than men” (Acts 4:19; 5:29), even to the point of facing execution, as did Daniel, Zechariah, John the Baptist, Stephen, most of the apostles, and, of course, Jesus Christ. God obviously does not command you to condone the sins of those human authorities. But these are only two aspects of your overall approach toward human government. Following the rest of what the Bible commands on this subject will change your actions and even your thoughts toward human government, and toward God.

“You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people” (Exodus 22:28; Revised Standard Version). “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers …” (Romans 13:1). “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s …” (Mark 12:17). “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour” (Romans 13:7). “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors …” (1 Peter 2:13-14). “[B]e submissive to rulers and authorities …” (Titus 3:1; rsv). Pray to God “[f]or kings, and for all that are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Do not “despise government” or “speak evil of dignities” (2 Peter 2:10). Accept that it is God who “removeth kings, and setteth up kings” and that “the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men” (Daniel 2:21; 4:17). “… For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1).

Such thinking is decidedly unpopular in today’s world, but these scriptures are clear. Moreover, it is clear that this attitude toward government should extend into your workplace, even your family. The Bible commands servants (employees and other subordinates) to show obedience toward their supervisors and bosses, “not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward,” on account of their positions (Ephesians 6:5-7; Colossians 3:22-25; 1 Timothy 6:1; Titus 2:9; 1 Peter 2:18). It commands children to obey their parents (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:20), wives to obey their husbands (Ephesians 5:22-24; 1 Peter 3:1; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Colossians 3:18). It specifies that obedience to these offices applies whether the officeholder is a true Christian or, as in most cases, not.

Why does the Bible command us to obey human authorities?

One reason is that disobedience brings punishment, whether it is a fine for speeding, imprisonment for tax evasion, or execution for treason. But there is so much more to this command.

Another reason we must obey parents, husbands, teachers, bosses, law enforcement, civil executives and other human authorities is to protect and enhance God’s reputation, to “glorify God,” and to “adorn the doctrine of God our Savior” “that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.” This can even win over people who are not true Christians (see Titus 2:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:1; 1 Peter 2:12-21; 3:1).

But there is even more to this command. This is a command about obeying human authorities not only in your words and actions but in your mind. “[B]e subject, not only for wrath [civil punishment], but also for conscience sake” (Romans 13:5). “Curse not the king, no not in thy thought …” (Ecclesiastes 10:20). Obey “not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God” (Colossians 3:22; also Ephesians 6:5-7).

Submitting to your flawed human superior, even in your conscience, your heart and your thoughts, is actually about learning to submit to God!

God created the universe, and He actively rules it through His government. He established a throne over the Earth and placed on that throne the archangel Lucifer. Lucifer’s fundamental act was to put his will above God’s will. He became Satan through rebellion against government! As god of this world, he spreads his attitude of disobedience to authority (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). Have you noticed that in private conversation, speeches, history books, news programs, social media, sitcoms, children’s movies and almost everywhere else in modern society, one of the most dominant themes is defiance toward authority?

Government is ordained by God. He is the ultimate authority, and His loving, spiritual, God Family government is His most important priority: It is the method through which He creates, maintains, preserves, defends, gives, forgives, saves and loves us! God’s loving government is actually the theme of the entire Bible! God commands you to reject Satan’s attitude of rebellion and submit to Jesus Christ’s attitude of obedience. Why? So that He can draw close to you, you can draw close to Him, and the horrific vices of Satan and the human societies he influences can actually, finally be solved by God’s Family government.

Fear God. Honor the king.

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Prince further damages royal family

A November interview with Britain’s Prince Andrew has worsened a crisis within Britain’s royal family. The BBC asked Prince Andrew, the brother of heir-apparent Prince Charles, about his previous friendship with notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of committing and facilitating pedophilia.

One of Epstein’s alleged victims has claimed that she was told to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 years old. The prince repeatedly said he had no recollection of meeting the girl, and when asked about an infamous photo of him with his arm around her declined to say whether it was faked and repeatedly said that he had no recollection of it being taken. When asked, “Do you regret the whole friendship with Epstein?” Prince Andrew responded: “Now, still not, for the reason being is that the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.”

The accusations, and the interview, ignited a media firestorm. The Queen has removed the prince from public duties, but the damage to the royal family’s reputation is ongoing.

The history of the royal family’s throne traces back to King David of Israel (request your free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy.) But its members long ago forgot the God of David and are mired in sin, along with their people. For more on why the scandals involving the royal family are so much more than just a “celebrity scandal,” read Gerald Flurry’s free book The New Throne of David.

Even more unmarried couples are living together

A Pew Research report published Nov. 6, 2019, found that since 1993, the share of American adults living with a romantic partner who is not their spouse has more than doubled. The survey shows that 7 percent of American adults are currently living with an unmarried partner, and that 59 percent of American adults ages 18 to 44 have lived with an unmarried partner, while only 50 percent have ever been married.

Between 1995 and 2018, the proportion of married adults fell from 58 to 53 percent, while the share of cohabiting adults rose from 3 to 7 percent. Of those surveyed, 85 percent said it is acceptable for unmarried couples to live together.

The Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:14) protects the most vital human relationship, marriage, not only for the sake of husband, wife and children, but also for the sake of the nation and the sake of human beings’ incredible purpose and potential. To learn more, request your free copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet Why Marriage—Soon Obsolete?

GLAAD: One in five TV characters must be lgbtq

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released its annual “Where We Are on TV” report on Nov. 7, 2019, and advocated for “20 percent of series regular characters on primetime scripted broadcast series” to be lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender or queer by 2025. Over the last two years, broadcast television has already included this percentage, but the group now wants it to also apply to cable and streaming services.

GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said this should be done so that “entertainment reflects the world in which it is created and the audience who consume it.” The group’s report cites a Harris Poll survey claiming that 20 percent of Americans age 18 to 34 and 12 percent of the total population are lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender or queer. Yet a Gallup survey found that only 8.2 percent of young adults and 4.5 percent of the total population identifies this way. The Harris Poll sample size was 2,037 people: The Gallup Poll sample size was 340,604.

In three Gallup polls in 2011, 2015 and 2019, the average respondent estimated that the population of sexual deviants was between 23.2 and 24.6 percent. Only 8 percent guessed, correctly, that the actual figure is below 5 percent. GLAAD activists do not want entertainment to reflect society: They want it to change society.

Minority of evangelicals are pro-life

Only 47 percent of self-identified Evangelical Christians in the United States identify as “pro-life,” according to a poll published Nov. 14, 2019, by Save the Storks, an anti-abortion organization. This poll was based on online interviews with 1,000 adults nationwide ages 18 to 69. It found that 78 percent of Evangelical Christians polled believe life begins at or before a fetus’s first heartbeat, but only 25 percent believed abortion should be illegal in all cases. Willing to identify as pro-life were 47 percent of evangelical Christians, 33 percent of mainline Protestants and 27 percent of Catholics.

The Sixth Commandment prohibits murder (Exodus 20:13), and the Bible shows that God considers the murder of an unborn baby equal to the murder of an adult (Exodus 21:22-23). More than 60 million babies have been murdered in the U.S. since 1973, and many Christians seem to think that many of these deaths were acceptable.

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From the February 2020 Trumpet Print Edition

President Trump flips another U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

The United States Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s appointment of Judge Robert Luck to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on November 19, which gives Republican appointees an 11-to-9 majority over Democrat appointees. Before President Trump took office in 2017, the court had a Democratic majority. His appointments have also “flipped” the Second Circuit and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Even the historically Democrat-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has been affected. When President Trump took office, 18 of its 29 full-time judges were Democrat appointees, with only seven Republican-appointed judges and four open judgeships. The president’s appointments have brought the number of Republican-appointed judges to 13.

In recent decades, the Democratic Party has increasingly resorted to using judicial activism to advance its agenda. Mostly Democrat-appointed federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration 63 times, hindering him on immigration, gun control and the environment. Yet, these rulings were based on a judicial philosophy that states that the Constitution evolves and changes over time, and can therefore mean whatever judges decide it means in a particular case. Most Democrat-appointed federal judges reject the Constitution as the unchanging Supreme law of the land.

President Trump’s appointments of more than 150 federal judges, including 46 appellate judges and two Supreme Court justices, is a counterattack against anti-Constitutional radical leftism in the Democratic Party that has increasingly resorted to judicial activism to bypass the law and advance its agenda.

Trumpet editor-in-chief Gerald Flurry has written that President Trump fulfills the prophetic role of an end-time leader who will lead a resurgence of the United States that will temporarily save it from the radical left. To learn more about the prophetic role being fulfilled by President Trump, read Mr. Flurry’s booklet Great Again.

German weapons exports approaching new record

Germany is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of armaments, and its arms industry is on track to possibly set another record in 2019. The German Press Agency reported that in the first 10 months of 2019, the German government approved arms exports valued at $8.2 billion to Algeria, Australia, Egypt, Hungary, Norway, Qatar, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. It is likely that German exports for 2019 broke its previous $8.9 billion record from 2015.

The Economic Ministry states on its website that arms exports are not resources for economic policies but for building strategic partnerships and alliances, helping maintain Germany’s arms industry and thus its national security.

Germany is not yet fully asserting itself against other nations, but it is using one of its strengths, exports, to ensure that when that time comes, it and its allies will be exceptionally well armed.

Pope Francis targets American nukes

On a Nov. 23-25 visit to Japan to memorialize the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pope Francis declared not only the use but the mere possession of nuclear weapons “immoral” and “to be condemned.” He is the first pope to do so. And on his flight home, he announced that his declaration against nuclear weapons will be added to the catechism, Vatican News reported.

Nuclear weapons are obviously some of mankind’s most hideous inventions, but the pope is not just making a philosophical point. He is applying pressure on the United States specifically, since U.S. bombs destroyed the two cities and the U.S. is one of the two foremost nuclear-armed nations on the planet.

On his flight, Pope Francis also stated that “international organizations don’t succeed” at containing conflicts because certain nations have veto power. The U.S. is one of the most prominent users of that power.

Pope Francis has an agenda. In 2015, he facilitated a revival of U.S.-Cuba relations. In 2016, an American election year, he staged a photo-op at the U.S.-Mexico border. Asked about presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan for a border wall, he replied that “a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.” Watch for the pope to continue using his unique power to criticize, pressure and weaken the United States, using his office to help drive an anti-American European policy.

German and Israeli pilots fly together

Airmen from Israel, the United States, Greece, Germany and Italy participated in the Blue Flag 2019 fighter exercise in Israel November 3-14. The exercise included 1,000 participants and 70 aircraft from the five countries.

Germany and Italy combined sent 12 aircraft, the same number contributed by the United States. Germany’s Spangdahlem Air Base contributed around 250 airmen, and Israel held its “most advanced air drill” with Germany. An Israeli pilot flew in a Eurofighter, and a German pilot flew an Israeli Air Force F-16. “It was kind of emotional,” German Air Force Lt. Col. Manuel Last said; “it was a great experience.”

When asked what the name of the German air force, “Luftwaffe,” means to him, one Israeli pilot said, “Every cooperation with Germany and Israel is very emotional. … We cannot erase the past. But we are looking ahead. And the relationship between our air forces is based on trust.”

Germany and Italy once joined forces to kill all Jews. Now Israel is trusting these two nations for protection, even as anti-Semitism is again resurging in Europe, rather than trusting in God. The Bible prophesies that God will use Germany to punish Israel in a historic and deadly betrayal.

Leaked: Iran’s partnership with Muslim Brotherhood

On Nov. 18, 2019, the New York Times and Intercept reported on leaked files from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security. Hundreds of pages of documents reveal a secret 2014 meeting between Iran’s Quds Force and the Muslim Brotherhood at a hotel in Turkey.

Though the Shiite Iranians and the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood have a deep religious rivalry, Muslim Brotherhood leaders said that the two sides should “focus on joint grounds for cooperation,” join forces in Yemen against Saudi Arabia, their “common enemy,” and “defuse” the Sunni-Shiite conflict in Iraq.

In its home country of Egypt, however, the Muslim Brotherhood fears that accepting Iran’s support against the government will discredit the movement. But this could change.

Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood share the goals of destroying Israel and strengthening political Islam. “Iran sees the Brotherhood as a bridge for improving relations with the Sunni Muslim world,” including several “Sunni Islamist groups hostile towards Iran,” the Carnegie Middle East Center wrote.

With the primarily Sunni nations of Algeria, Egypt and Libya in political upheaval, Iran could partner with the Brotherhood to boost its radical Islamist influence across North Africa. Prophecies in Daniel 11:40-43 show it will succeed. In the meantime, as the leaked Iran-Muslim Brotherhood documents reveal, the radicals are waiting for “the right political context to reemerge as a force in Egypt.

U.S.: Israeli settlements are legal

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Nov. 18, 2019, that the U.S. no longer regards Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. “After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with President Reagan,” he said . “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law.”

The announcement rejects European diplomatic dogma and even American policy under previous presidents, including the Obama administration’s policy that these settlements were a “flagrant violation under international law.”

“Monday will long be remembered as a turning point in Middle East history,” Israeli journalist Caroline Glick wrote, calling the announcement “the most significant shift in U.S. Middle East policy in the past generation” (Nov. 22, 2019).

A Jerusalem Post opinion article stated, “For both Jews and evangelical Christians, Trump has completed a fulfillment of prophecy” (Nov. 19, 2019).

In “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry revealed from Bible prophecy that God is using the Trump administration to bring a resurgence to America. “What we are seeing is actually a modern-day fulfillment of what happened in ancient Israel under Jeroboam ii. … Yet like anciently, this is only a temporary resurgence” (Trumpet, May-June 2018).

This resurgence benefits Israel, but when it ends, Israelis will turn to Germany for help (Hosea 5:13), a mistake that will prove fatal.

Now online: Russia and China’s ‘Power of Siberia’

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping supervised the opening on Dec. 2, 2019, of a 1,865-mile-long “Power of Siberia” pipeline, which carries gas from the Kovytka and Chayandinskoye fields in eastern Siberia to Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, China. Once it reaches full capacity, it will pump 1.3 trillion cubic feet of Russian gas into China each year, almost 10 percent of China’s entire gas supply. The 30-year, $400 billion contract is Russia’s most important since the fall of the Soviet Union.

“This is a genuinely historical event, not only for the global energy market but above all for us, for Russia and China,” said Putin, who oversaw the launch via video link from Sochi, Russia. Overseeing the launch from Beijing, Xi called the project a “landmark” and a “paradigm of the deep convergence of both countries’ interests.”

Xi and Putin first signed the Power of Siberia deal in May 2014, just two months after Russia illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. The United States and most of the Western world tried to punish Putin with economic isolation, but China took the opportunity to increase its links with Russia. Exhibit A was the Power of Siberia deal.

Editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in the May-June 2014 Trumpet issue, “When these Asian nations—extremely powerful nuclear-armed countries—begin to show solidarity with each other regarding moves like that, what does that portend for the world? I tell you it is woe to the world.” To understand the Bible prophecies behind Mr. Flurry’s analysis of Asian geopolitics, order your free copy of Russia and China in Prophecy.

Do Hong Kong voters matter?

A record number of voters cast ballots in Hong Kong district council elections on Nov. 24, 2019. With nearly 3 million voters casting ballots, pro-democracy candidates won 389 of the 452 available seats, up from 124. Pro-China candidates fell dramatically from 300 to 58 seats.

Hong Kong has been filled with turmoil since mid-March 2019, with street protesters clashing in the streets and demanding freedom from the Chinese Communist Party, which governs the mainland. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi asserted that despite the vote, Hong Kong will remain part of China “no matter what happens.”

So far, the Communist Party has not used its overwhelming power to crush the protests. But it values the peninsula and its islands as crucial for controlling trade routes through the South China Sea, so expect China to get control. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in July 2016: “[T]he American military is retreating, and other great powers are coming in to fill the vacuum. … Whoever controls these vital sea gates controls one third of the world’s maritime commerce.”

To learn more about China and its role in end-time prophecy, read Mr. Flurry’s article “China Is Steering the World Toward War.”

Soviet reunion: Russia and Belarus

Belarus and Russia are preparing to establish a single government over both nations in preparation for creating a “Union State of Russia and Belarus” by 2021. Belarussian ambassador to Russia Vladimir Syamashka said in an interview with Tut.by on Nov. 29, 2019, that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko are working toward “the creation of a single parliament and government with executive authority.”

According to Russia’s constitution, Putin’s presidential term will end in 2024. When his first two terms ended in 2008, he retained power by arranging for a surrogate to take the presidency while he became prime minister. This time, he could become head of the Union State of Russia and Belarus and make the office more powerful than whoever would succeed him as Russian president.

Putin famously called the collapse of the Soviet Union the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century,” and has worked to rebuild Russian power over former Soviet nations like Georgia, parts of Ukraine and Belarus.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes in his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’ that Putin’s position is prophesied in the Bible. He states that an Asian force of 200 million soldiers (Revelation 9:16) will almost certainly be led by the “prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal” (Ezekiel 38:2; Young’s Literal Translation), a reference to modern Russia, including Moscow and Tobolsk.