Virginia’s War on Gun Owners

Gun rights advocates attend a rally organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League on Capitol Square near the state capitol building on January 20 in Richmond, Virginia.
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Virginia’s War on Gun Owners

How a state’s attempts to disarm the populace could spiral out of control

More than 22,000 gun owners gathered at the Virginia State Capitol on January 20 to demonstrate against proposed gun restriction laws making their way through the state legislature. Media outlets warned that gun-rights activists, white nationalists and militia groups were preparing to stage a violent repeat of the Charlottesville rally that ended in a woman’s death three years ago. Instead, gun owners of all colors and creeds gathered to politely ask that their constitutional right to keep and bear arms not be infringed upon. No one was arrested; no shots were fired; the demonstrators carried away their own trash.

“Every news piece you’ve seen this weekend, they’ve always brought up the issue of race, as thought its nothing but white rednecks and hillbillies out here that care for the Second Amendment,” one black demonstrator told Breitbart News. “When actually, black Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Americans, in general, care about the Second Amendment. I work at a gun store part time, and I can’t tell you the number of customers I see of all races, all colors, all creeds, who care about the Second Amendment and who just want to peaceably live their lives, enjoy their rights, and their Second Amendment.”

The demonstrations were organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League to protest a bundle of proposed gun laws passed on January 13 by the Virginian State Senate Judiciary Committee. If these proposed laws are passed by the Virginia State Legislature and signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, they will enact universal background checks on gun sales, enable local authorities to ban guns in public places, and implement “red flag” laws that would allow the government to confiscate guns from people deemed too dangerous to own them.

Many gun owners fear this legislation is a step down a slippery slope toward gun confiscation. Last year, Democratic Party politician Beto O’Rourke proposed a mandatory gun buyback program that alarmed many conservatives, and many journalists have been writing editorials calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment, which states: “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

To date, 91 of Virginia’s 95 counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. Sheriffs in these “sanctuaries” have made it clear that they will not enforce any anti-Second Amendment legislation coming from the Virginia State legislature. “If the bills go through as proposed, they will not be enforced—they’re unconstitutional,” Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan told the Tampa Bay Times. “We swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia, and that’s what we’ll do.”

This Second Amendment sanctuary movement highlights the political divide in America.

Democratic lawmakers in Virginia will have to rely on state law enforcement officials if they want to enforce anti-constitutional legislation since the local sheriffs will not help them enforce such laws. Many Democrats say they want stricter gun control in America to prevent mass shootings. In this view, the Second Amendment is an obstacle to saving lives. But this ignores the reason the founders instituted the Second Amendment in the first place.

“The Second Amendment in the U.S. protects the people’s right to bear arms, but for what?” writes Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in America Under Attack. “If you listen to the left, you would never know. To hear them talk about it, its purpose is so Americans can go out and shoot deer. That isn’t the reason for the Second Amendment at all. The main point was to protect the citizens from government tyranny. The government might decide to take over, and if you don’t have guns or something to defend yourself, what are you going to do (unless you have God’s protection)? [G]overnment tyranny is routine in human history, and they know it!”

Many sheriffs recognize the potential danger in having politicians disarm people and are standing up for the Constitution. But they do not understand what the Bible prophesies about civil war.

Herbert W. Armstrong proved in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy that the peoples who settled the United States and Britain descended from the ancient Israelites. Bible prophecy says God will break the power of end-time Israel because of its sins.

“Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord God; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity. A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them” (Ezekiel 5:11-12).

The word pestilence means destruction or death, so this verse is talking about a third of America—over 100 million people—perishing in rioting and civil war. Logistically, it is going to take a lot of guns to fulfill this sobering end-time prophecy.

Some few people in America are deliberately trying to stir up civil war in America, and many more people are unwitting tools in accomplishing that purpose. American gun owners are growing concerned about criminal gangs, corrupt politicians, socialist revolutionaries and the prospect of civil war in the country. Yet the only way to be truly protected from these very real threats is to turn to God in repentance. If people fail to do this, their guns will only contribute to the death toll foretold by the Prophet Ezekiel.

For clarity on what is happening in America, request a free copy of Gerald Flurry’s booklet America Under Attack.

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Egypt Foils Muslim Brotherhood’s Plan to ‘Spread Chaos’ on Revolution Anniversary

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Egypt Foils Muslim Brotherhood’s Plan to ‘Spread Chaos’ on Revolution Anniversary

The imminent return of radical Islam

Nine years after radical Islam first overthrew the Egyptian government, the Muslim Brotherhood is still working behind the scenes, preparing for a second Islamic uprising.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced on January 22 that it had raided a Muslim Brotherhood cell and foiled its planned attack for January 25, the ninth anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak and saw the Muslim Brotherhood gain control of the nation.

According to Egypt Independent, the Interior Ministry’s statement said it had “monitored the preparation of the Muslim Brotherhood organization’s leaders in Turkey for a plan to undermine security and stability, spread chaos in Egypt, and destroy (the country’s) economic gains during the anniversary of January 25.”

Police found them in possession of ammunition, cameras, computers, a drone, automatic weapons, shotguns, rocket-propelled grenades, knives, masks and mobile phones loaded with Brotherhood satellite tv stations and websites.

According to Egypt Today, the Interior Ministry claimed that the arrested suspects were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt designates as a terrorist organization. According to the statement, the arrested suspects admitted to committing “terrorist attacks.”

One of those arrested, Mohammed Aboul Fotouh, claimed he was given large sums of money from a terrorist fugitive in Turkey and told to start a company. He was expected to raise money and deliver it to a group of people using “nicknames and secret numbers” as payment “to execute the duties they are tasked with from Turkey.”

Ahmed Ali Abu Dhaif, another arrested suspect, claimed he was a member of the media committee of the Muslim Brotherhood assigned to organize anti-government propaganda in Egypt leading up to the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.

Dhaif said he was “entrusted with having tv interviews with citizens in the street under the names of other channels to gain the trust of citizens,” which he would send to Turkey. From there, the positive parts were edited out; only the negative parts of the country were left in the video.

Another suspect, Mohammed Abdel Monsef, admitted to taking part in several terrorist attacks and to shooting at policemen. He said, “Instructions have been issued to us from Turkey to carry out sabotage acts … individual incidents to disturb security and cause fear among citizens before January 25.”

Mohammed Ebrahim Yassin, responsible for the cell’s storage and distribution of weapons and explosives, claimed the cell was “one of the movement’s implementation groups.” He “participated in a number of incidents.” Yassin was arrested as part of the cell that was planning the January 25 attack. Egypt Today explained the planned attack as outlined by the Interior Ministry:

The scheme included spreading anger and discord among citizens by promoting and broadcasting fake news and rumors via news outlets and social media platforms, including Facebook and Telegram, to polarize infuriated supporters of the terrorist organization and people who are being fed with the dramatic amount of fake news and information. …

This is in addition to assigning the terrorist Hasm Movement [Muslim Brotherhood’s armed wing] of planning and preparing a series of terrorist operations to target vital figures, buildings and worshiping houses during the January 25 anniversary.

The ministry also blamed the terrorist cell for killing three people in Qaliubia, north of Cairo, in November.

These events, only rarely reported by the media, show that the Muslim Brotherhood is still very active in Egypt. It also shows just how hard the Egyptian government is working to suppress the Brotherhood’s attempts to regain power.

Since the Egyptian Army led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew the popularly elected president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi in 2013, hundreds of Brotherhood leaders and followers have been arrested, jailed and tried in courts.

Nevertheless, the Muslim Brotherhood is still working to foment unrest in the streets as it prepares for a second Islamic uprising.

According to the Bible, radical Islam will once again gain control of Egypt. Daniel 11:40 says that a radical Islamic power, biblically called “the king of the south,” will rise in the last days. Verses 42 and 43 say that Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia will fall to this radical Islamic power.

As far back as 1994, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has stated that Iran will lead this radical Islamic power bloc. In his free booklet The King of the South, Mr. Flurry shows how to prove that radical Islamic extremism, led by Iran, is the king of the south mentioned in Daniel 11:40. He also describes Iran’s strategy to ally with and control Egypt. He writes:

Daniel 11:42 implies that Egypt will be allied with the king of the south, or Iran. This prophecy indicates there will be a far-reaching change in Egyptian politics! …

Many in Israel and the West have underestimated the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and the popular support for anti-Israel policies. Muslim movements organized by the Muslim Brotherhood are receiving a surge of support throughout Egypt. … This all plays into the hands of Iran and its strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt and Iran are perhaps two of the most divergent nations in the Middle East, nevertheless, the Bible prophesies that the two will unite in the end time. That is what makes this such a stunning prophecy. Despite all appearances, God said it will happen, therefore we can have 100 percent assurance that it will. Daniel 4:17 says “the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men.” In Isaiah 46:10 God says, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”

Already, we are beginning to see the pieces moving into place for radical Islam to once again gain control of Egypt, just as it did momentarily after the 2011 Arab Spring.

Mr. Flurry continues: “This prophecy in Daniel 11:42 is moving toward the fulfillment right before our eyes in this end time, and it is mainly because of Iran’s ‘push’ toward radical Islam. But that pushy foreign policy will lead to its downfall in a way that most people cannot imagine.”

For more information, request The King of the South and read Watch Jerusalem’s November-December 2019 cover story by Gerald Flurry, “How Iran Will Be Conquered.”

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America Has Been ‘Fundamentally Transformed’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Jerry Nadler are leading the charge in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
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America Has Been ‘Fundamentally Transformed’

One man, foretold in your Bible, has wounded the nation from within.
From the March 2020 Trumpet Print Edition

America’s government has been embroiled in a shameful impeachment charade for months now. The Democrats are demonstrating that there is virtually no limit to what they are willing to do to attack the president and undermine the last election—and the next one. Meanwhile, revelations continue to emerge about their abuse of the intelligence agencies to spy on Americans, even the president himself.

People need to understand what a dangerous threat this is to the very foundation of this nation!

What is happening in the Democratic Party is an extension of and intensification of a process started by the previous president.

When Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally change America” during his 2008 presidential run, few people knew what he really meant. Now that he is out of office, it is becoming clearer all the time that the change he was talking about was something far more dangerous than many people assumed.

He meant changing America from a constitutional republic. And what we are witnessing in the country today shows that, to an alarming degree, he succeeded!

In an address to Democratic donors this past November, Mr. Obama said that if Democrats want to be elected, they need to conceal their radical views. “This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement,” he said. “Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality. The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it” (emphasis mine throughout).

The average American doesn’t think that, but he does, and these donors do! And he wasn’t telling them to abandon that goal—only to be more underhanded about it!

Mr. Obama is contemptuously and openly discussing what he meant by fundamentally transforming America. Now that he is out of office, he tells us what his real goal was and still is—“to completely tear down the system and remake it”!

In the past, such revolutions usually caused millions of people to spill their blood.

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If you think my view is unreal, consider this: Never have we seen a more bitterly divided America, and this man who fundamentally transformed America caused much of this division. He almost destroyed America’s constitutional republic. Never have we seen such hatred between American people.

All this ought to terrify every American. Many revolutions end in a civil war filled with suffering and death.

In America’s civil war, neither side will win. Bible prophecy thunders a deadly message that an enemy nation will conquer us. We must wake up and repent for God to save us this time.

“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality. The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”
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America’s current president, Donald Trump, is fighting back against that radicalism, and having some success. Perhaps the most important is the way he is exposing the crimes and evils of the radical left! Because of the progress he is making, many people believe that the danger is past and the nation is heading in a new direction. But sadly, this will not change the country’s direction. The only thing that would do that is repentance before God—and that is not happening.

The resurgence in America today is causing some people to grow complacent. That is a grave mistake. This temporary revival is just God giving people one last chance to repent! And that includes religious people. (This is explained in my booklet Great Again. All of our literature is free.)

All this is prophesied in your Bible. But to understand it, you have to study it. If you do, then events in America will begin to make sense. Even more, you will be able to see where they are leading—and how short our time really is!

Communist Threat

After World War ii, attention in America shifted away from the threat of Nazism and toward communism. Herbert W. Armstrong, looking at the prophecies of the Bible, was warning that Germany would rise up to dominate the world again. This is clearly prophesied (request our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy). But he also recognized that a genuine threat was emerging from Russia that could do considerable damage to the United States. This too is consistent with the Bible’s forecasts.

In 1956, Mr. Armstrong wrote about how Russia was waging a new kind of war against America, “a psychological warfare of propaganda, infiltration, subversion, demoralization. It is a warfare that has attacked our minds, our moral and spiritual values, rather than our bodies and our earthly possessions.”

Mr. Armstrong explained how this warfare works: “It’s a kind of warfare we don’t understand or know how to cope with. It uses every diabolical means to weaken us from within, sapping our strength, perverting our morals, sabotaging our educational system, wrecking our social structure, destroying our spiritual and religious life, weakening our industrial and economic power, demoralizing our armed forces, and finally, after such infiltration, overthrowing our government by force and violence!”

Think seriously about that statement. In a sense, this plan has been coming to pass in America!

When Barack Obama was a boy, his grandfather introduced him to Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying Communist Party member. Since young Barack lacked a father at home, his grandfather thought Davis would be a good role model. Davis was a rabid supporter of Joseph Stalin and his kind of communism.

How strong a supporter was Davis of Stalin’s Soviet Union? Here is an excerpt of a poem Davis wrote called “To the Red Army,” calling on the Soviets to rise up and show the West the real power of communism: “Smash on victory-eating Red warriors! Drive on, oh mighty people’s juggernaut! … Show the marveling multitudes, Americans, British, all your allied brothers, How strong you are, How great you are, How your young tree of new unity, Planted 25 years ago, Bears today the golden fruit of victory!” Obama had a close relationship with this radical Stalinist!

Barack Obama was also an admirer of Saul Alinsky, the infamous Rules for Radicals author. Yet a lot of Obama’s beliefs were unknown before he was elected because the mainstream media didn’t vet him. The press has a lot to answer for in the way they abetted this man and his ambitions!

Dr. John C. Drew, a political scientist who knew Obama at Occidental College, recounted how his girlfriend introduced the 19-year-old Barack to him as a fellow Communist in 1980. In a radio interview with Dr. Paul Kengor on The Glen Meakem Show, Drew said that back then Obama was predicting a violent people’s revolution in America. But Drew explained to him that such revolutions are only successful in Third World countries, so it would be better to try to transform America into a Communist state one step at a time.

This is exactly what President Obama worked to do during his eight years in office.

Mr. Armstrong warned in 1962, “[T]he ‘Communist Party’ is merely a trick term to pull the wool over our eyes and deceive us—a means of getting a fifth column into our midst—of getting the enemy’s government into our very midst, leading us to accept it as a part of our government. Its only object is to destroy our government.”

That is valuable insight! Communists mentored Barack Obama, and today he is telling Democrats that they have to be more deceptive if they really want to tear down the system and remake it.

Listen to the Democrats today. There is a lot of revolutionary talk. That party has been infiltrated and taken over by many of the ideas that the Communists promoted decades ago—ideas that are transforming the nation! It has become a political party far more destructive to America than the Communist Party!

Attempted Coup

A Czech Communist named Jan Kozák wrote a 1950s tract titled “And Not a Shot Is Fired” that explains how to hijack a nation through parliamentary maneuvers. The strategy requires pressure for radical change from two directions simultaneously: from the upper levels of government and from provocateurs in the streets.

The Obama administration used a similar strategy to fundamentally transform America. As president, Barack Obama appointed far-left judges and “deep state” bureaucrats to some of the highest offices in the land. At the same time, he supported radical firebrands from organizations like Black Lives Matter. The goal is to create chaos in the streets, and then have socialist leaders step in to “solve” the problem.

John Brennan was one of the most radical deep state bureaucrats in the Obama administration. While still a student at Fordham University in 1976, Brennan voted for Communist Party usa presidential candidate Gus Hall. Shockingly, Brennan was recruited into the Central Intelligence Agency just four years later!

Brennan rose through the ranks of the cia until he became acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center under President George W. Bush. He retired in 2005, but then Obama asked him to become his Homeland Security Adviser in 2009. Four years later, he was promoted to cia director.

Why did President Obama want a Communist running the cia for him? Well, shortly after Brennan took that job, his department began illegally spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. When he was caught, he lied outright and absolutely denied it, but he was finally forced to admit it.

Then, during the 2016 presidential election, Brennan was instrumental in drafting and publishing an Intelligence Community Assessment suggesting illicit ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. This assessment relied heavily on a 35-page dossier compiled by British former MI-6 intelligence agent Christopher Steele and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The dossier accused Donald Trump of escapades with Russian prostitutes, among other things. Not one bit of the dossier was verified, yet U.S. law enforcement agencies used it to obtain approval to spy on Trump campaign staff member Carter Page.

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This opened the door for spying on everyone surrounding Donald Trump. Conservative journalist Andrew McCarthy covers this history in his book Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. He explains that the real collusion in the 2016 election was not between the Trump campaign and Russia. It was between the Clinton campaign and Obama’s deep state. Had Hillary Clinton been elected, the destructive trends that unfolded during the Obama presidency would have continued unchecked and surely would have intensified. Many people believe it would have meant an end to our constitutional republic!

The main purpose of counterintelligence operations is to keep the president informed,” McCarthy writes. That is basic truth. Yet these agents are somehow convinced that their job is to overturn America’s last election and destroy the president! They are focusing all their attention on hunting for crimes so they can bring him down and overthrow the government! That is a counterintelligence invasion—and it has unfolded right before our eyes.

And it all revolves around former President Barack Obama! That must be our focus.

McCarthy writes that “no administration in American history was more practiced in the dark arts of politicizing intelligence than President Obama’s.” That is an insightful statement!

The National Security Administration touts itself as being “the world leader in cryptology—the art and science of making and breaking codes.” It uses this expertise, it says, to safeguard U.S. secrets and outmaneuver enemies, “while at the same time protecting the privacy rights of the American people” (nsa.gov). The truth is that this agency was doing the opposite of protecting Americans’ privacy rights: It was spying on Americans, and trying to invalidate the will of 63 million American voters!

Barack Obama appointed far-left judges and “deep state” bureaucrats to some of the highest offices in the land. The goal is to create chaos in the streets, and then have socialist leaders step in to “solve” the problem.

I have written before about the meeting President Obama held on Jan. 5, 2017—15 days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration—with the nsa director, the cia director (Brennan), the fbi director (James Comey), and the director of National Intelligence. “The officials in this meeting would need to figure out how the investigation of Carter Page and the Trump campaign could continue despite the fact that its central focus, Trump, was about to be sworn in as president,” McCarthy writes. Their effort had nothing to do with Page, who was never charged with a crime—it was all meant to take down Trump.

Together with Brennan and a group of top spies, Obama sought to overturn the results of the 2016 election, overthrow the Trump administration, and establish something much more than a new socialist government in the United States!

To truly understand how dangerous this was, you have to go back before John Brennan’s intelligence assessment, before the warrant to spy on Carter Page, and before the salacious dossier compiled by Christopher Steele. You have to go all the way back to a prophecy in the book of Daniel.

Antiochus

The biblical book of Daniel is prophecy specifically for the end time (Daniel 12:4, 9). God has revealed the meaning of this book in our day!

Daniel 8:9 prophesies of “a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.” Most Bible commentaries agree that this is talking about the 175 b.c. Seleucid King Antiochus Epiphanes. Antiochus was never meant to be king. He gained control of the Seleucid Empire by pretending to be someone he was not. Daniel 11:21 says he obtained rule through lies and flatteries before attacking the people of ancient Judah, slaughtering them, and desecrating the temple in Jerusalem with an idol bearing his likeness.

Daniel wrote his book during the sixth century b.c., some 3½ centuries before Antiochus came along. But that ancient fulfillment of this prophecy was only a type or forerunner of what is happening today. This is a prophecy for “the time of the end” (Daniel 8:17, 19).

In fact, there are three end-time leaders prophesied to come in the deceptive, destructive spirit of Antiochus. All three Antiochuses are Satan-possessed at certain times. They seek to blot out the name of Israel, physically and spiritually! Two of these men are easy to spot in Daniel’s prophecy.

One end-time Antiochus “cast down the truth to the ground” within God’s Church (verse 12). A companion prophecy in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 calls him the “man of sin” and “son of perdition”—the same label Christ gave to Judas Iscariot (John 17:12). This man leads a massive “falling away” from God’s truth in the very Church of God! It is not a minor betrayal. It is a monstrous betrayal—like Judas betraying Christ! “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot …” (Luke 22:3). That is exactly what happened to the end-time son of perdition. An entire Church era was betrayed and led astray. (This is all explained in my book Malachi’s Message.)

Another Antiochus is prophesied to rise to power within a modern-day revival in Europe of the Holy Roman Empire. The political leader of this empire has a mind change (Habakkuk 1:11). (Both of these Antiochus figures are explained in my free booklets Daniel—Unsealed at Last! and Habakkuk.)

The third individual fitting this prophetic type has been hidden until now. Yet this hidden end-time Antiochus has caused horrendous damage to America!

Barack Obama and James Comey
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Here is a description in Daniel that applies directly to the European Antiochus, but in principle it tells you a great deal about this leader in America as well: “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully [or mightily], and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people” (Daniel 8:23-24). This refers to the repentant lukewarm Laodiceans—God’s own Church.

We live in a time “when the transgressors are come to the full”! Lawlessness and sin are rife in America, even celebrated! And here is a leader who understandsdark sentencesand is empowerednot by his own power,” but by the devil, to cast truth to the ground. As McCarthy writes, “[N]o administration in American history was more practiced in the dark arts of politicizing intelligence than President Obama’s.” That understanding comes from evil spirits! Our Daniel booklet will prove that to you.

“No administration in American history was more practiced in the dark arts of politicizing intelligence than President Obama’s.”
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Satan hates everything God is about. He harbors terrible hatred for Israel—spiritual Israel (God’s Church) and physical Israel (modern-day nations descended from ancient Israel, particularly America, Britain and the Jewish state in the Middle East; you can prove this with our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy). And he uses Antiochus-type men to undermine and destroy Israel—even to blot it out entirely if he can!

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes [Jesus Christ Himself]; but he shall be broken without hand” (verse 25). This verse concludes with the best news we could hear! It is talking about the Antiochus who will lead the Holy Roman Empire rising now in Europe. “Broken without hand” means this evil man will be destroyed by spiritual power! Christ Himself will break that dictator and evil empire when He returns! This too establishes the time frame of the prophecy.

But notice: Antiochus has a policy of craft. He deceives people, appearing to come in peace before he destroys them! He is like Satan, who appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is deceitful and duplicitous, skilled at presenting himself as something he is not. He is the father of liars and was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44). When he is involved, things lead to murder if we don’t wake up and understand what is happening!

God helps us understand who these Satan-inspired men are and what they are doing today.

To really see the hidden Antiochus, you have to study the part of the Old Testament called the former prophets—Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings. These books were written by prophets and contain a lot of prophecy for today. This study will bring your Bible alive—perhaps more than anything ever has.

A Hidden Antiochus

Anciently, when Israel rebelled against God and turned away from His law, God punished them. The Bible says “the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their days” (2 Kings 13:3).

Yet God did not allow Hazael and Benhadad to crush Israel completely. Verse 5 says “the Lord gave Israel a saviour, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians,” and 2 Kings 14:26-27 reveal who this savior was: “For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”

Just what is the prophetic name of Israel? First, it is spiritual Israel, or God’s true Church in this end time. Second, it is the nations of Israel. In this end time, the emphasis is on three nations of Israel: America, Britain (and the British peoples) and the Jewish nation (biblical Judah, the scepter nation).

God gave these three nations awesome opportunities to serve Him. But they have forsaken God. So God is going to punish them. All of this is explained in our book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.

There are three Antiochuses, and each one of them explains a stage in the satanic attack to blot out the name of Israel: one, Daniel 8:11-12; two, verse 24; and three, 2 Kings 14:26-27.

Satan’s goal is to “blot out the name of Israel from under heaven.” That means from all over the entire Earth!

The political Antiochus of 2 Kings has the same goal and the same fruits as the two in Daniel chapter 8. All three of these Antiochuses do the same evil work.

The fruits prove that as each stage unfolds. The first two cast truth to the ground: God’s truth and the U.S. constitutional truth (explained in my booklet America Under Attack). The last Antiochus does that and kills God’s repentant lukewarm Christians. It also will have many extermination camps, as Adolf Hitler did in World War ii. He also was Satan-possessed.

God protects the saints who obey Him and proclaim His warning message.

This world worships the devil (2 Corinthians 4:4). But it is not even close to the way any Antiochus worships Satan. Each one is a special tool in the hands of the most evil spirit in the universe!

That is why the radical left is far worse than communism and Marxism! Adolf Hitler proved that. He too was Satan-possessed.

It is time for the nations of Israel to wake up to what is happening to their nations. We are facing catastrophe. Only God can save us from the worst physical crisis ever to strike this planet!

These verses in 2 Kings 14 show that anciently, the enemies of Israel wanted to destroy Israel. A man tried to blot out the very name of Israel, but God stopped him, and He did it through Jeroboam ii.

It is important to understand the prophetic principle of duality. History is repeating itself today.

The book of Amos is for this end time. Amos 7 prophesies about a modern type of Jeroboam saving Israel in this end time—temporarily.

God won’t let anybody blot out the name of Israel—His plan for all mankind. (This is all explained in my booklet Great Again.) But you can see that this modern Jeroboam is not going to save Israel for very long (Amos 7). He and his followers have a great sin themselves. They must repent, or three nations of Israel are going to fall together.

Satan has been attacking the American superpower—and, as he so often does, he has been doing this through an Antiochus-type—from the inside. The spirit of Antiochus, of trying to “blot out the name of Israel,” is strong in the radical left and in what has become of the Democratic Party!

The spirit of trying to “blot out the name of Israel” is strong in the left and the Democratic Party.

Look at all that the Obama administration did to undermine American interests and empower America’s enemies! Think of the way they supported the popular Islamist uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that ousted him from power. Think of the way they then ignored the popular uprising in Iran—then negotiated a grotesque nuclear deal with Iranian leaders that flushed them with cash and provided cover for ongoing nuclear activity! Think of the way they handled Benghazi, when a jihadist mob attacked America’s embassy on the anniversary of 9/11. Obama officials shamefully told our soldiers to stand down—to let it happen—and those terrorists killed an ambassador and three other Americans! Then the administration tried to excuse the attack by dishonestly blaming a video made by someone in America! Libya’s leader, Muammar Qadhafi, had been an ally, providing the U.S. with important intelligence. He even gave up his weapons of mass destruction. But the Obama administration wanted him gone, and they laughed when he was brutally dethroned and abused by a radical mob. That country has been a hotbed of jihadist chaos ever since!

These are not the actions of a man promoting America. These are actions aimed at blotting out the name of Israel!

The radical left and its anti-American, Marxist ideas have virtually taken control of America’s Democrat Party. Democrats have taken to heart Barack Obama’s pledge to “fundamentally transform America.” And look at the ways they want to transform it: They want to tear down America’s history, America’s Constitution, America’s moral standards, America’s freedoms. They want to redistribute the nation’s prosperity, revolutionize its economy, and revise its form of government!

Led by an Antiochus, their goal to “fundamentally transform America” is just a politically correct way of saying they want to blot out the name of Israel!

These officials have relied on the media to spread this information, and the mainstream media have been shamefully complicit! They too want to do all they can to overthrow the government!

This has been their goal from the moment Donald Trump got elected! That is treason!

‘Coup Has Started’

Mark Zaid, the attorney for the Ukrainian whistleblower, tweeted on Jan. 30, 2017, just days after President Donald Trump was inaugurated: “#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers.” Later that day he tweeted, “#coup has started. As one falls, two more will take their place. #rebellion #impeachment.” In other words, if someone like James Comey gets fired, two more will rise up from the deep state to carry on the mission. And that is exactly what has happened!

A coup is a violent or illegal seizure of power. That is precisely what they have been working to do!

In December, the Justice Department watchdog reprimanded the fbi for relying on the Steele dossier to obtain its fisa warrant. In a 476-page report, the inspector general “identified at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page fisa applications.” In reality, those were not 17 errors—they were 17 treasonous crimes! The whole process was aimed at staging a coup!

These people believe the end justifies any means! They will lie, defame, slander—anything they have to do to get rid of Trump!

Do we want a constitutional republic? The Democratic leftists do not! All these activities that are being exposed show that in many ways they have already changed this nation from a constitutional republic to a nation governed by something even worse than Communist philosophy!

You can only understand why they have had such success if you recognize the evil spiritual power at work—that demonic “host” of Daniel 8:12. Satan hates Israel and all that God is doing, and he is inspiring somebody to try to blot out the very name of Israel!

The Holy Roman Empire Antiochus does his evil deeds “not by his own power” (Daniel 8:24), but by Satan’s power! Satan and his demons have been cast down to this Earth and confined to this Earth in their worst wrath because they know their time is short!

Look at history, and you see the way Communists work: They tear things down until the chaos is so bad that they get control and then can kill the opposition. They have always done that! And the United States has a lot of Communists.

You have to view their attacks on the Second Amendment in this context. They want to take away people’s guns, because America’s founders equipped the people to resist tyranny if necessary. They spilled blood to give Americans that freedom! Many lost their lives to create this constitutional republic and guarantee our freedoms. But there are always those trying to take those freedoms away, if we allow it.

They almost got away with a satanic coup! If Hillary Clinton had been elected, they would have. But God temporarily stopped this movement by raising up an end-time King Jeroboam ii to lead a brief American resurgence. (You can read about this in my article “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.”)

Despite all the attacks on Donald Trump, first as a candidate and then as president, he seems to continue to come out stronger. Just look at the difference between the Benghazi debacle and the way that President Trump handled an attack on America’s embassy in Iraq. He quickly ordered that attack put down, and then killed the top Iranian general! That sent the American left into a frenzy—but it shut Iran down quickly! It was the first bold move America has undertaken against Iran in decades, and I’m sure it will raise America’s stature for some time.

Why are things going so well for Donald Trump? For one reason: because God is using him to temporarily save the American superpower! God has plenty of power to control such events. God can easily change and redirect circumstances as He sees fit, and Satan is powerless to stop Him!

However, we must stay close to God. If we fail to do so, God will not protect us from Satan’s worst wrath.

Sadly, this resurgence will not have the lasting effect that many people hope. As I said, only national repentance would do that. But it is revealing in stunning detail just how corrupt the left is and how damaging their efforts have been! And in some ways it is driving them to even greater desperation and more extreme radicalism.

In fact, the radical left has become so emboldened by almost a decade of victories under the Obama administration that many of today’s Democrats are no longer willing to accept Obama’s deceptive strategy. If their efforts to stop President Trump don’t succeed, they want a socialist revolution in the streets!

Civil War

Regarding the Communist goal to overthrow the government, Mr. Armstrong wrote: “Of course, if it could do this peaceably at the polls, it would—but it knows it can’t, so it does stand for the violent overthrow of the United States government” (Plain Truth, February 1962). In the decades that passed since Mr. Armstrong wrote these words, the nation degenerated so far that radicals were able to win at the polls! They won the highest office in America twice! But then their attempt to overthrow the country was thwarted. So now more people are talking like actor James Cromwell, who said, “If we don’t stop [President Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real. Then there will be blood in the streets.”

In a Federalist article titled “How Black Lives Matter Is Bringing Back Traditional Marxism,” Thurston Powers wrote: “It isn’t surprising that Black Lives Matter [blm] is a Communist organization—but the type of communism they subscribe to is. They are conservative Communists attempting to fold the progressive movement back into traditional Marxism. … The policy platform proposed by blm in August did nothing to hide this traditionalism. Its calls for collective ownership of resources, banks and businesses, a highly progressive income tax, a guaranteed minimum income, and government jobs are lifted straight from the pages of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto” (Sept. 28, 2016).

During the presidential campaign, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton gave their full support to Black Lives Matter. Mr. Obama and his administration even invited its leaders to the White House on several occasions. So, though he is out of office now, the radical organizations he empowered are still agitating for change—with his encouragement.

When Mr. Obama recently told Democratic politicians to tone down their radical rhetoric, he noted that this criticism was not aimed at Democratic activists, whose job is to “poke and prod and text and inspire and motivate.” These comments are about inspiring the violent overthrow of the system.

You can tell a lot about Mr. Obama’s ultimate goal by the company he keeps. When he first launched his political career in 1995, Mr. Obama kicked off his campaign for the Illinois state Senate in the living room of Bill Ayers. Ayers is a radical terrorist who bombed the Pentagon in 1972. He escaped prosecution on a technicality and now teaches at the University of Chicago. But from 1969 to 1977, Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground Organization—a militant group of young white Americans that practiced Mao Zedong’s kind of communism. An fbi agent named Larry Grathwohl infiltrated this organization and reported in 1985 that the Weathermen estimated that they would have to slaughter 25 million Americans to establish Communism in the United States.

That is what true Communists mean when they talk about the violent overthrow of the system!

Ezekiel 5:12 contains a chilling prophecy that every one of us should take seriously—especially as we see tensions rising in our nations: God prophesies that one third of the population of end-time Israel (the United States and Britain, primarily) are going to die from the pestilence, famine and violence that will result from civil war (that is what “pestilence” in this verse refers to). This means that more than 100 million people in the United States will die in rioting and warfare! (Request our free book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet for proof.)

Satan and his hidden Antiochus have already sowed the seeds of this civil war!

God asks, “Why will ye die, O house of Israel?” He pleads with us to turn from our wicked ways (Ezekiel 33:11). God wants us to live—physically and spiritually!

An Opportunity to Repent

The hidden Antiochus in America has come and gone from office. But the spiritual Antiochus in God’s Church still has power, and the political Antiochus in Europe has not yet come to power.

Yet while each of these Antiochus figures promote a different political ideology, they all have the same goal: to blot out the name of Israel from under heaven. It is all about casting the truth to the ground, blotting out the Bible, and defeating God’s plans—all over this Earth! These people don’t recognize how Satan is using them, but they are all part of his strategy. First he attacks God’s Church. Second, he tears down the values within the nations of Israel. Finally, he will bring the Holy Roman Empire to destroy those nations in the Great Tribulation.

Even those who see there is a real problem in America today don’t recognize how deadly dangerous it is!

Though President Trump has made strides toward purging the government of radical, Obama-era appointees, the nation is still sharply divided. America’s temporary resurgence is giving people a window to repent, but that window won’t stay open long. Eventually, warnings are followed by consequences for inaction.

A prophecy by Amos about an end-time Jeroboam shows just how short our time is: “And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more” (Amos 7:8).

God is measuring America with a “plumbline,” very precisely. He “will not again pass by them any more”—this is His final warning. After the Jeroboam resurgence comes the punishment. King Jeroboam ii saved Israel from a wicked Gentile king only to fall under the influence of a wicked Israelite priest (verses 10-13). This priest convinced Jeroboam to disregard the warnings of the Prophet Amos and continue in sins. As a result, King Tiglath-Pileser iii of Assyria soon began extracting tribute from Israel.

We must learn from this history. God may be using a leader in America today to save the nation from the hidden Antiochus, but this leader will soon align himself with a spiritual Antiochus if the nation does not repent. The good and the bad will practically cancel out, opening the door for an end-time Assyrian king to invade.

If you have never proved this truth, you need to do so. We will gladly send you a free copy of my booklet America Under Attack to help you recognize the dangerous direction our nation is heading. Those individuals who respond and heed God’s warning, He will protect. God doesn’t want people to suffer through the coming calamities. And we must all see that our cities are prophesied to burn in the very last days of America’s existence as a strong world power—which is actually right before the Messiah comes to this Earth to rule it!

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Is It Murder If You Kill a Jew?

View of the main gate of Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz during the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation and Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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Is It Murder If You Kill a Jew?

According to one European judge, the shocking answer is ‘No.’ On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is clear that we have not learned from history.

French-Jew Sarah Halimi was beaten to death in 2017 by her Muslim neighbor, Kobili Traoré, as he shouted, “Allahu Akbar.” But last month, a judge ruled that Traoré was not guilty of murder.

In the lead-up to the attack, Halimi endured repetitive verbal abuse from her neighbor because she was a Jew. Traoré even admitted that the Jewish candelabra and Hebrew prayer book in Halimi’s apartment had enraged him. Despite all this, the judge pronounced him not guilty on the grounds that he was not “criminally responsible” for his actions because “he was not aware” that his cannabis-abuse was driving him crazy.

As can be expected, the ruling caused an uproar within an increasingly persecuted Jewish community. Anti-Semitic attacks throughout Europe, and especially France, are soaring. While Jews only comprise about 1 percent of the French population, they suffer more than half of the racist attacks. Following Traoré’s acquittal, France’s chief rabbi Haïm Korsia wrote a letter to the minister of justice, warning that the decision was a “license to kill the Jews.” Halimi’s brother said, “There is a willing blindness on behalf of the French authorities to see and do justice.”

Gavin Mortimer wrote for the Spectator on January 18 that the ruling reinforced “the belief among some that they are being abandoned by a government more interested in appeasing the country’s Islamists. Jews can certainly expect little support from the left, once their firm ally in the face of far-right anti-Semitism. Despite the deaths of so many Jews in recent years, the preoccupation of the left is what they perceive as the scourge of Islamophobia. In November several leading figures on the French left attended a Stop Islamophobia march in Paris where some demonstrators chanted, ‘Allahu Akbar.’”

Stories of the widening acceptance of anti-Semitic acts in the name of appeasing Islam are rife. One woman told how her son was beaten up by a gang of thugs. Fifty others stood by watching, while shouting, “Shame it’s not Gaza, so we could exterminate the Jews.” Anti-Semitic attacks in 2019 were up 78 percent from the same time in 2018.

On this 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we have a frightening reminder of where today’s events are leading us. Of the 6 million Jews who were killed during World War ii, more than 1 million were killed at Auschwitz alone.

Why have the Jews been so persecuted over and again throughout history? Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry answers this question in his booklet The Key of David. He writes:

So why is there so much hatred of the Jews? …

Satan the devil understands the plan of God. He has a great hatred for God. Because of the plan of God, the word Jew can really stir up Satan’s wrath. The Jews are a type of what all men are to become spiritually. It is God’s association with the Jews that has turned Satan even more violently against them! Hatred for the Jews has been inspired by Satan. He knows that he was never offered what has been offered to mankind. He wants nothing more than to destroy the plan of God. … Most people who hate the Jews don’t even know why they do. Can we see Satan behind such lies and hatred?

This is where the hatred for the Jews is coming from—Satan the devil.

On this anniversary day, in addition to reflecting on the past, we must look forward to where current events are leading. The worst of this persecution against the Jews is yet to come. Mr. Flurry continues:

Satan can stir up vicious hatred. He loves to use out-of-control emotions. A religion taken to the extreme—such as radical Islam—gives him a great field to work in. Nazi Germany exhibited fanatical hatred for the Jews. The Nazis also used emotion to stir up a repugnant hatred. The coming beast power will exhibit the same hatred for the Jews as well.

There is a coming beast power that will embody the hatred of Satan that was on full display at Auschwitz over 75 years ago. But it is a hatred that God will soon put an end to forever.

To understand the depth of the hatred of the Jews in Europe, why this hatred exists and God’s resplendent plan for the Jews physically and spiritually, read “The One Minority Society Loves to Hate.”

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Doomsday Clock Set to 100 Seconds to Midnight—the Nearest to ‘Armageddon’ in History

The Doomsday Clock reads 100 seconds to midnight at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on January 23.
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Doomsday Clock Set to 100 Seconds to Midnight—the Nearest to ‘Armageddon’ in History

The global situation is ‘profoundly unstable.’

The end of the world just got a little closer. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists pushed the minute hand of their symbolic “Doomsday Clock” forward by 20 seconds on January 23, bringing the time to just 100 seconds until “midnight”—the symbolic hour of global nuclear destruction. This is the nearest the countdown has ever been to “doomsday” since the clock was developed almost 75 years ago.

“[T]he international security situation is now more dangerous than it has ever been, even at the height of the Cold War,” John Mecklin, the Bulletin’s editor in chief, wrote in a statement about the group’s decision to push the time forward.

Created in 1947, the Doomsday Clock is an emblematic indication of the likelihood that humanity will start war, with midnight representing the zero hour—worldwide destruction. The farthest from midnight the clock was ever set came in 1991 when the Cold War era concluded, and it was placed at 17 minutes to midnight. The nearest to zero hour it had ever been—before last week—was in 1953 when the clock sat at two minutes to midnight after the announcement that the United States and the Soviet Union had tested thermonuclear weapons within less than a year of each other. In 2018, it was again pushed forward to two minutes to midnight as North Korea’s nuclear activity reached a crisis point, and as other global powers grew more bellicose. The clock remained at the 11:58 mark throughout 2018 and 2019.

But now the team behind the clock says the threat is even more severe.

“In the nuclear realm, national leaders have ended or undermined several major arms control treaties and negotiations during the last year, creating an environment conducive to a renewed nuclear arms race, to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and to lowered barriers to nuclear war,” Mecklin wrote. “Political conflicts regarding nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea remain unresolved and are, if anything, worsening. U.S.-Russia cooperation on arms control and disarmament is all but nonexistent.”

He continued:

Faced with this daunting threat landscape and a new willingness of political leaders to reject the negotiations and institutions that can protect civilization over the long term, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board today moves the Doomsday Clock 20 seconds closer to midnight—closer to apocalypse than ever.

The Bulletin calls special attention to flashpoints in Asia, highlighting the fact that it is home to five of the world’s nine nuclear armed powers: Russia, China, India, Pakistan and North Korea. Rising tensions in the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea, Kashmir and the Korean Peninsula mean the region is dotted with potentially cataclysmic thermonuclear flashpoints.

There’s a lot to disagree with in the Bulletin’s reasoning. But the fact is we do live in dangerous times. In 2002, when the Doomsday Clock was pushed forward from nine to seven minutes to midnight, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote about the importance of the move—and the shameful lack of attention it received. “The world should have jolted out of sleep at the news,” he wrote. “Headlines should have splashed across all the media. But no real alarm was sounded. The majority of the news media dismissed it. And many still slumber on as the world heads toward self-destruction.”

Mr. Flurry said the reason the symbolic move was so significant is because of what Bible prophecy says on the topic of a nuclear World War iii. “Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ prophesied about this global state of affairs,” he wrote. He then quoted Christ’s words recorded in Matthew 24:21-22, which in the New Living Translation state: “For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive.”

Mr. Flurry wrote:

Jesus Christ was talking about a time when the annihilation of all human life would be possible. This has everything to do with the Doomsday Clock. Yet how many theologians discuss these two verses?

Mr. Flurry explained that, though the setting of the Doomsday Clock forward pointed to tragically destructive times in the near future, it also indicated that the most hope-filled event in mankind’s history is remarkably close. In verse 22, just after Christ says that nuclear war at the end of this age will be so devastating that it could end all human life, He adds a vital detail: “But it will be shortened …” (nlt).

The nuclear world war that is now looming larger than ever on the horizon will be interrupted!

Before man detonates enough weapons to entirely eradicate himself, Jesus Christ will cut the war short. And just after that season of unprecedented death, He will bring in an epoch of unprecedented peace. Mr. Flurry continued:

Still, seven minutes to nuclear annihilation really means seven minutes to the greatest possible news you could ever hear: It is all a sign that Jesus Christ is about to return to Earth—to stop mankind from destroying himself—and show the world how to have peace, happiness and joy.

Now, those seven minutes on the symbolic Doomsday Clock are down to just 100 seconds.

To understand more about how close mankind is to an unprecedentedly devastating nuclear war, and why Christ will intervene in the conflict before it extinguishes all human life, read Mr. Flurry’s free booklet Nuclear Armageddon Is ‘At the Door.’

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Book Club: Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years | Meeting Two

[02:00] ‘The True Rule’ (7 minutes)

Lincoln once said, “The true rule in determining to embrace or reject anything, is not whether it have any evil in it, but whether it have more of evil than of good. There are few things wholly evil or wholly good.” Especially later in life, this good understanding of human nature guided and helped him in determining what to do as president in order to save the Union.

[09:00] Lincoln and the Bible (10 minutes)

Lincoln regularly studied the Bible. He loved it! He studied with the intent of learning its indispensable lessons. At the same time, he wasn’t a regular churchgoer because he “couldn’t quite see it.” I believe that much of what he did hear in church did not square with what he read in the Bible. Some criticized him for not joining a church, but he clearly knew the Bible. On one occasion, a woman on her deathbed asked him to read her a few Bible verses. Before someone could bring him a Bible, Lincoln started reciting Psalm 23 from memory.

One of his family Bibles was recently discovered. The high value he placed on God’s Word is illuminated by this statement: “In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it, we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”

[19:30] Mary Todd Lincoln (4 minutes)

Mary Todd Lincoln was a strong encouragement in her husband’s life. Though she was known to have a hot temper, she had much love and admiration for Abe. She was an excellent judge of character, promoted her husbands’s career advancement, and remained supportive throughout their marriage, even though she would have loved to have him home more often.

[23:30] Educating Himself (5 minutes)

One man said of Lincoln that “he could ask more questions than a Philadelphia lawyer could answer.” Lincoln was a learner! Predominantly self-taught, he was driven to educate himself. He continued learning his entire life.

[28:00] Open Discussion (15 minutes)

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