Impeachment Proceedings Have Deeply Damaged America

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Impeachment Proceedings Have Deeply Damaged America

When people lose faith in government institutions, they start taking matters into their own hands.

For more than three years, Democrats have waged a “scorched-earth, no-holds-barred war of resistance” against United States President Donald Trump. First, it was the fabricated Clinton-Steele dossier that set off a 22-month Special Counsel investigation into unverified claims that Trump colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election. Then it was the Senate Judiciary Committee into baseless accusations that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, had sexually abused four women. And then it was the four-month impeachment investigation into hearsay that President Trump tried to bully the Ukrainian government into investigating the son of political rival Joe Biden.

In all of these cases, investigators were unable to find evidence of wrongdoing.

On February 5, the Senate acquitted President Trump of both articles of impeachment. On abuse of power, 47 Democratic-aligned senators and Utah Senator Mitt Romney voted that Mr. Trump was guilty, while the rest of the Senate found him innocent. On obstruction of Congress, all Democratic-aligned senators found Mr. Trump guilty, and all Republican senators found him innocent. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts announced the outcome: “Donald John Trump, president of the United States … is hereby acquitted.”

This acquittal ends the most recent legal assault against President Trump, but the damage inflicted on America will long remain. By divining intentions, calling on false witnesses, and relying on hearsay, Democrats have brought the standards for impeachment to a historic low and damaged people’s trust in federal law enforcement. This is shown by the fact that President Trump’s job approval ratings have risen 10 percent since impeachment proceedings began. According to Gallup, 49 percent of Americans approve of President Trump’s job performance, the highest percentage since he took office.

“The fbi’s malfeasance in the launch and handling of Crossfire Hurricane provides the starkest example of damage wrought without regard to the ramifications,” wrote senior contributor to the Federalist Margot Cleveland in “How Democrats’ Get-Trump Crusade Has Irreparably Damaged the Nation.” “Americans no longer trust the world’s premier law enforcement agency because of men like James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok, and women like Lisa Page. They no longer believe in equal justice under the law, or the integrity of sworn affidavits and judicially authorized surveillance.”

Impeachment proceedings have also shown U.S. adversaries how easy it is to sow division in America by feeding misinformation to political operatives. No one knows for sure whether Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the dossier on President Trump’s ties to Russia, fabricated the salacious and unverified claims in his report, or whether Russian operatives fed them to him. But if Russia actually wanted to create political chaos in America, all it would have to do is write another such dossier. If America remains this divided, no president may be viewed as legitimate again.

America has been bitterly divided by lying politicians and corrupt bureaucrats that stop at nothing to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch. These people believe they are tearing down President Trump, but they are tearing down America’s constitutional system of government. In an environment where people lose faith in government institutions, they start taking matters into their own hands. Leftists join radical groups like Antifa and the Democratic Socialists of America, which want to replace, rewrite or ignore the Constitution. Those afraid of socialism buy guns, and in some cases join militias, in an attempt to defend themselves and their country.

Tensions are building, but protests and armed resistance are not real solutions. Government corruption and declining trust in its institutions are symptoms of a greater sickness in the nation. The Prophet Isaiah wrote about the spiritual sickness that besets a nation that turns away from God. “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint” (Isaiah 1:4-5).

More and more Americans are realizing that the government is sick and the nation is faint, but too few are willing to consider what the Bible says about the root cause of this condition. God does not put the primary blame on political leaders the way many commentators do. In the end, America’s problems are correction from God to help people see their sins and repent. All Americans must come to realize that only Jesus Christ can solve the serious problems in their government!

For a deeper understanding of the spiritual dimension to America’s decline, read “America Has Been ‘Fundamentally Transformed,’” by editor in chief Gerald Flurry.

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

Meeting 3, February 6, 2020, Chapters 12-19

[01:00] Growth in Solitude (5 minutes)

As a young man studying law and politics, Abraham Lincoln spent many hours in solitude. These hours were critical in preparing him to lead the nation with the power of his voice and the conviction of his purpose. Studying the Bible and its principles furnished him with a proper perspective on slavery and how to preserve the unity of the nation.

[06:30] A House Divided Cannot Stand (5 minutes)

Lincoln was living in a nation torn by the institution of slavery. In the spring of 1858, he delivered his famous “House Divided” speech. In it, he addressed the nation, saying, “In my opinion, [slavery] will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed. ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.”

Though many of his colleagues felt this paragraph too strong for the people, Abraham Lincoln delivered it confidently. His words resonated with the common man. Sandburg wrote, “What he had said was easy to say and to understand, a common-sense telling of what millions of anxious hearts wanted told.” Later in life, Lincoln was extremely proud of the “House Divided” speech. He once said, “If I had to draw a pen across my record and erase my whole life from sight, and I had one poor gift or choice left as to what I should save from the wreck, I should choose that speech [House Divided] and leave it to the world unerased.”

[11:00] Debating With Douglas (7 minutes)

In the summer of 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Democrat Senator Stephen Douglas engaged in seven robust debates. Although he lost his senatorial race with Douglas, it was during these hot summer debates that Lincoln gained a reputation as an effective speaker and a capable leader.

[18:40] The Substance of His Message (6 minutes)

Abraham Lincoln’s profound speeches were a product of his deep thinking. He mined the depths of what he studied, striving to always bottom out the subject. His level-headed wisdom and simplicity in speaking is what made him such an effective leader during one of America’s darkest hours.

[26:35] Open Discussion (13 minutes)

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Britain to End Sales of Non-Electric Cars by 2035

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Britain to End Sales of Non-Electric Cars by 2035

Beneficial for the environment—or false hope?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on February 4 that his government would outlaw the sale of new cars powered by gasoline, diesel and even hybrid engines by 2035. They will be replaced by electric cars and charging stations. Will this technological moonshot be worthwhile, or is Britain missing the real cause of climate change?

Johnson’s policy has caused anger among people who have purchased hybrid vehicles expecting to be free from penalties aimed at gasoline and diesel vehicles. It also harms the auto industry, which is already burdened by heavy fines for not reaching emissions targets. Motorists are holding off on purchases, either because of economic conditions or uncertainty over the type of car they should buy.

After banning the sale of new non-electric cars, the United Kingdom aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. However, for this to work, the entire country would have to undergo a massive transformation on a scale never before seen.

The Telegraph warned that “to do all this within the space of time that it takes a child to go through school is more than just a tall order. And the implications of phasing out petrol and diesel are enormous.”

For one matter, all revenue collected by the Treasury on fuel duties would disappear. This year such duties are estimated to provide 3.5 percent of all tax revenues. Their loss would leave a funding gap of roughly $36.8 billion.

That does not include all the infrastructure that would have to be built to accommodate electric charging stations, costing an untold amount over an undetermined period of time. For years, there would be a limited number of charging stations available, and some analysts foresee long lines at public charging stations.

The auto industry would also face a crisis in the supply of metals for batteries. Lithium and cobalt are the main components used in electric car batteries. Analysts at Evercore, a global risk and investing consultancy, told the Telegraph that more than $50 billion needs to be invested in mining these minerals in order to make up for supply shortages.

Technology used in electric vehicles would also have to be improved. The longest range is so far held by Tesla, with many catching up. But this remains a daunting prospect for most buyers. Until long-lasting batteries become more widely available, this will remain a major roadblock for Johnson’s ambitious project.

These are the practical problems with Johnson’s plan. But there is a much more important reason why this scheme will not benefit Britain.

Climate change is making headlines more than ever. Governments are pushing so-called “green” legislation. Scientists and the media are throwing their weight behind reports aimed to convince people that climate change is an urgent threat. On Nov. 5, 2019, academic journal Bioscience published a declaration signed by 11,000 scientists, stating that climate change is “unequivocally” an emergency. Upon closer examination, however, some of the “scientists” turned out to be without relevant credentials—or to have no credentials at all.

“Every new disaster we suffer brings out climatologists speaking as though these curses would cease if only we would all become vegetarians, erect windmills, and stop flying airplanes. This is not only delusional, it is terribly dangerous,” wrote Trumpet managing editor Joel Hilliker in “The Unseen Consequence of Climate Change.” “Many people see the dishonesty and hypocrisy of climate alarmism. But even they do not see the real disaster in it: the fact that this error obscures the real lesson we must take from these curses!”

There is a definite cause for worsening climate disasters.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained in “The Deadly Climate Change Deception” that the Bible contains an “undeniably clear explanation for what causes climatic disasters.” Contrary to what most believe, “[t]he idea that carbon emissions cause storms is the antithesis of what God says!” he wrote.

What does the Bible say?

“The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet” (Nahum 1:3).

God points out that He has control over the weather. As Mr. Flurry wrote, this scripture “is consistent with the message you find throughout the Bible. It says that, in a sense, humans are responsible for weather disasters. Not because of fossil fuels, but because of sin—breaking God’s commandments!”

All of our measures to change the course of the weather, including banning the sale of non-electric cars in Britain, will have no effect on the weather. Besides being physically impossible at the present, these efforts distract from the reality that the increasing frequency of disasters is caused by the lawlessness of our societies.

The notion of climate change is dangerously flawed. Read “The Deadly Climate Change Deception,” by Gerald Flurry, to find out why.

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Catholic Bishops Condemn Trump’s Peace Plan

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Catholic Bishops Condemn Trump’s Peace Plan

There is a reason why the Catholic Church is openly supporting the Palestinians and feeding instability in the region.

United States President Donald Trump revealed his “deal of the century” on January 28. Since then, the world has responded with an outburst of both praise and hatred. The most negative reaction has come from Europe and the Catholic Church.

Catholic officials have strongly criticized President Trump’s peace plan, claiming that it does not take into consideration “the just demands of the Palestinian people for their homeland, their rights and dignified life. This plan will bring no solution, but rather will create more tensions and probably more violence and bloodshed.” Instead, the Vatican believes that the deal only endorses the demands of the Israelis and has called on Christians around the world to “pray for the Holy Land,” that a “voice” would be given to the “voiceless.”

These statements confirm that the Catholic Church believes the Palestinians are the victims and only serves to give them justification to continue attacking Israel. The letter states that President Trump’s plan will be the cause for any Palestinian violence that follows the peace deal—rather than the terrorists themselves.

Europe has also responded in alignment with the Catholic Church.

Hugh Lovatt for the European Council on Foreign Relations wrote on Wednesday that the U.S. plan “runs counter to internationally agreed parameters, international law, and past United Nations Security Council resolutions.” He wrote that the EU should “reject the U.S. plan in full and take steps to prevent it from becoming a new and dangerous reference point in attempts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

He argued that Mr. Trump “is formalizing the discriminatory dual legal regime that favors Jewish Israelis over their Palestinian neighbors.”

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas took a similar stance, questioning whether the deal had “the involvement of the conflicting parties,” and implying that he too felt the deal favored one side. German lawmaker Johann Wadephul called it a “unilateral peace plan” that would only intensify conflict. Spanish High Representative of the EU Joseph Borrell said that they must carefully analyze the deal to ensure it “takes into account the legitimate aspirations of both the Palestinians and the Israelis.”

This was further stipulated by Lovatt, who called for European powers to get more involved in the peace process in response. He wrote:

European governments … must urgently take decisive steps towards a viable two-state solution in line with internationally agreed parameters as the best means of ensuring equal rights for both peoples. This means rejecting Trump’s plan and recognizing the State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Western EU member states such as France have vowed to do so “at the right moment.” That moment is now.

The European response presents itself as the defender of equality for both parties.

Europe is already reaching out to the Palestinians. On Friday, the European Commission announced a $47 million assistance package for “activities in East Jerusalem” and “support towards building a democratic and accountable Palestinian state through targeted policy reforms, fiscal consolidation, reinforcing businesses and small- and medium-sized enterprises, strengthening the Palestinian civil society, and providing access to water and energy.” This assistance is over and above several other monetary packages made to the Palestinian cause.

While Europe follows the Catholic Church’s stance on the deal, standing in surprising contrast is the response from several Arab states.

An article by the Washington Examiner on Thursday noted that of the 23 nations that had expressed their support for the plan, seven were from the Middle East.

Statements from nations such as Bahrain and Oman expressed their appreciation to President Trump for his efforts to end the conflict. The strongest Arab support came from the two most important players in the region—Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Both of these countries urged Palestinian leaders to use Trump’s peace plan as the foundation to launch negotiations with Israel. The Saudi Foreign Ministry called for “the start of direct peace negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, under the auspices of the United States, and to resolve disagreements with aspects to the plan through negotiations.” The U.A.E. called it “a serious initiative” and “an important starting point for a return to negotiations within a U.S.-led international framework.”

While other neighbors have openly opposed the deal—especially Jordan, Iran and Turkey—the refusal by some Arab states to directly criticize the deal has angered the Palestinians. The fact that several Arab states were at least willing to accept the plan as a starting point makes the Catholic Church and Europe’s response even more condemning.

As one of the biggest opponents to the peace plan, Catholic Europe has revealed its hatred for Israel. This hatred is becoming more overt with each passing year.

Pope Francis used a visit to Jerusalem in May 2014 to show his open support for the Palestinians. He visited the Palestinians first, took a photo op at the Bethlehem security wall with graffiti accusing Israel of apartheid, openly embraced and praised Palestinian leaders, and refused to admit the role of Nazi Germany or the Vatican in World War ii while visiting Jerusalem’s Holocaust museum. The pope implied Israelis were modern-day Herods, while calling men who have openly said they want to kill the Jews his “brothers.” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote that these events “shed light on the future of Europe and of the world.”

About the pope’s photo op at the Bethlehem security wall—still one of the most iconic photos of his tenure—Mr. Flurry wrote: “The pope knows how to use symbolism, and this is the symbol he created to show the world. It did not happen by accident! … Francis clearly favors the Arabs, and he is projecting a distorted view of the Jews in the Middle East.”

We saw the same view in the Catholic Church’s response to the peace plan.

Exactly a year after his visit to Jerusalem in 2014, Pope Francis announced the Vatican’s formal recognition of the “state of Palestine.” Trumpet managing editor Brad Macdonald wrote that while the pope’s “rhetoric and body language, the gracious gestures, the smiles and salutations give the impression of a selfless liberator determined to broker peace, cooperation and tranquillity,” the Vatican is actually “creating tension, disunity and instability that are likely to lead to conflict and war.”

Take an honest look at the Catholic Church’s history—from the Crusades to its support of the Nazis in World War ii to its current support of the Palestinians—and you see a power consistently opposed to the Jews. Its response to Mr. Trump’s peace deal reaffirms this.

Why is the Catholic Church so opposed to Israel? Is it merely a neutral observer, or does it have its own agenda? You can learn more about the Catholic Church’s critical role in this region of the world in Gerald Flurry’s article “The Dark Side of the Pope’s Visit to Jerusalem.”

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Germany Prepares for a Sudden Military Buildup

A new Bundeswehr initiative signals a transfer of power in procurement to Army leaders.

At this year’s Bundeswehr conference, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said she wanted the Germany military to be better prepared to swing into action. While prior defense ministers announced similar turning points, the new initiative breaks with former traditions and incorporates ideas from Army leaders, Germany’s n-tv.de noted on February 3. She wants to change the way the Army buys weapons, so it can arm more quickly.

In his current annual military report, military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels criticized the Army, saying it has “[t]oo little materiel, too little staff, too much bureaucracy.”

Kramp-Karrenbauer is tired of hearing repeated criticism from within and outside the Army portraying the troops as unfit for battle. She is promising sudden and noticeable change. She declared 2020 to be a turning point for the Army. “We have to deliver results in a shorter period of time and increase operational readiness this year,” she said (Trumpet translation throughout).

Germany’s parliament already approved corresponding legislation in January that aims to simplify procurement for the Army and police. The change will enable the Army “to react quickly and effectively to security-related developments both at home and abroad,” the bill reads.

The amendment, which is not yet approved by the Federal Council, allows for orders, under certain conditions, to be directly placed at the German industry without a European Union-wide tender. When it comes to key technologies or materiel that is needed on short notice, the German Army could place its orders directly to the German industry.

Germany is the EU’s largest economy and hosts its most-advanced arms industry. By removing burdensome bureaucracy, Germany’s military will be able to arm more rapidly.

N-tv.de noted that unlike previous initiatives, the new initiative “takes up ideas from the Bundeswehr leadership itself—from inspectors, department heads and office presidents—and has not been drawn up by the ministry leadership, expert committees or external consultants.”

The Army’s Procurement Office will also be reformed and involve experts from the troops itself. This will ensure that the troops will receive equipment faster.

Many high-ranking officers in the military have been demanding reforms to the Army’s Procurement Office for quite some time. Last year, retired Brig. Gen. Erich Vad, who served as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief military policy adviser from 2006 to 2013, publicly accused the military’s leadership of consisting of “cowards and bureaucrats.”

There is a danger in empowering the Army’s leadership by making such crucial changes. The Army’s needs are defined by its leadership. Germany’s military leaders have a different view of what the Army’s future should look like than many politicians.

Its current government has a hard time formulating what role the military should play in the country’s future. Military leaders, however, have a much more concrete vision. From the beginning of the Army’s founding, its leadership was set to restore its lost military glory. Late theologian Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in the September 1948 Plain Truth magazine:

Even before the end of [World War ii], I revealed to you the Nazi plans for a Nazi underground movement, to go underground as a secret organization the very moment they lost the war—to lay low a few years during Allied and Russian military occupation, then to come forth when least expected, restore Germany to power, and go on to finally accomplish their aims in a World War iii.

Over 80 percent of the approximately 15,000 officers who laid the foundation of the German Army in 1955 fought under Adolf Hitler just a few years previous. The German Army was formed with the intention to resurrect the Nazi empire. With every generation, these ideas and intentions were passed on. Recent investigations have shown that a shockingly high number of right-wing extremists are spread throughout the Army.

God revealed to the Apostle John a vision of end-time Germany’s military empire: It would rise in World War ii, go underground, and reemerge later to even greater power: “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is” (Revelation 17:8).

Our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire gives a detailed explanation of this prophecy. It also details how many Nazis went underground after World War ii and shows how they are actively working to resurrect this army today. The fact that we are now seeing Germany’s military leadership gain more power and face less restrictions shows that this prophecy is nearing its fulfillment.

However, John’s vision in Revelation 17 and various other prophecies illustrate that we won’t see this military fully emerge until Germany has found a strong leader, as Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains in A Strong German Leader Is Imminent.

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Newly elected Thuringia Premier Thomas Kemmerich, of the Free Democratic Party, speaks during a press conference on February 6 in Erfurt, Germany.
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State Elections Reveal Germany’s Instability

What’s worse: a political deadlock or cooperating with the far right?

A far-right party played the role of kingmaker in Thuringia, Germany, yesterday—the first time this has happened in a German state in the country’s postwar history. The breaking of this taboo sent shock waves across Germany, and even around the world.

Thomas Kemmerich, a member of the Free Democratic Party (fdp), was elected premier of Thuringia, with the help of the Christian Democratic Union (cdu) and the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD).

Until now, all mainstream German parties have refused to work with the AfD. The breach of this taboo created such strong backlash that Kemmerich announced his resignation today—after holding office for less than a day. “The resignation is inevitable,” he said. “Yesterday, the AfD tried a perfidious trick to damage democracy. Democrats need democratic majorities. Obviously, they cannot be produced in this parliament.”

Despite lasting less than a day, his short term is an important milestone, and a clear symbol of how unstable Germany’s politics have become.

Thuringia held state elections last October. The result was deadlock. The far-left Left party came in first place, with 31 percent of the vote. The AfD was second with 23.4 percent. The result meant that any government had to include one of the extreme parties—either on the far left or the far right. None of the usual coalitions were feasible.

What would be better, the mainstream parties asked themselves, cooperating with the far right or not governing at all?

The AfD repeatedly offered to be the kingmaker for one of the cdu’s or fdp’s candidates, but this would have meant entering a deal with the devil, as many see the AfD. The AfD branch in Thuringia is led by Björn Höcke, one of the party’s most overt radicals.

As anti-Semitism becomes an increasingly prominent issue in Germany, various leaders have appealed to the people to remember their history lest it repeat itself. Höcke, however, has a different viewpoint; he has called for a “180-degree shift” in Germany’s remembrance culture of the Holocaust. He believes recalling that history is crippling the nation. Referring to Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Höcke said Germany has built “a monument of shame” in the heart of its capital and spoke in favor of the abolishment of a law that makes Holocaust denial illegal in Germany.

So the fact that Kemmerich was voted into office yesterday with the support of the cdu and AfD strongly indicates that some kind of a deal was made behind closed doors.

Media, politicians and citizens responded furiously. Protesters outside the state parliament quickly recalled that it was in Thuringia that a Nazi minister was first allowed into the government in 1930. Former Thuringian State Premier Bodo Ramelow also compared the event to 1930 and tweeted two pictures that juxtaposed Kemmerich and Höcke and German President Paul von Hindenburg and Adolf Hitler.

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Hindenburg is still a controversial figure in Germany. Many believe he could have prevented Hitler’s rise, but instead helped him come to power. He believed the deadlock would never end otherwise.

While most support Kemmerich’s resignation, many more say he should have never accepted the vote to begin with. The fact that he accepted the office was a scandal in itself, even if no previous deal with the AfD had been made. Accepting the vote is being interpreted as a sign that the parliament is now willing to cooperate with the AfD.

This vote has brought heavy pressure on cdu leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. How was it possible that cdu members, along with AfD members, voted together for a state premier from the fdp? Many previously feared that the cdu in Thuringia would be the first to give into the pressure and cooperate with the far right.

Kramp-Karrenbauer explicitly condemned any kind of cooperation before and after the vote. But her statements and the reality of the situation indicate that she lost control over her own party. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who stepped down as the cdu’s party leader, intervened, calling the vote unacceptable and demanding new elections.

“The election of this state premier was a unique process,” she said, “that broke with a fundamental conviction of mine and my party’s, namely that you don’t win majorities with the help of Alternative für Deutschland.”

On the federal level, the cdu is currently in a coalition with the Social Democrats (spd). The spd was livid about the cdu’s cooperation with the AfD. Many analysts feared that the cdu’s cooperation on a state level could break the coalition and paralyze Germany’s government.

What happened yesterday in Germany is a strong reminder that history can indeed repeat itself. Many fear that the rise of the AfD, and mainstream parties’ possible cooperation with them, is one of Germany’s greatest dangers at the moment. Its political deadlock is strengthening the far right as it gains momentum.

Germany’s Nazi past is glaring everyone in the face. But few realize that Germany’s greatest threat is not coming from the AfD!

Many hope that the AfD’s rise will be stopped if mainstream parties regain popularity. They hope that the right leader will reset everything, restoring the status quo.

They will get such a leader—as the Bible reveals. He could use Germany’s current political deadlock as a stepping-stone for his power grab. He will not appear as far right as the AfD. Instead, he will appear as a man of peace. But the Bible strongly warns that, though he appears moderate, he will cause havoc.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry repeatedly points readers to a prophecy in Daniel 11: “And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries” (verse 21).

This man will not come to power through votes, the normal democratic means. He will most likely not come from the AfD either. That doesn’t mean we don’t need to worry about the AfD. It is a dangerous symptom of social trends in Germany—a clear sign that the nation is retreating to the paths trod in the 1930s.

The coming leader will use Germany’s current turmoil—the same turmoil that has caused the rise of the AfD—and appear to be the nation’s savior! Notice what Mr. Flurry wrote concerning this prophecy in the January 2020 Trumpet issue:

Knowing that such political intrigue will occur makes the bureaucratic turmoil in Berlin important to watch. The government is shaky, the need for strong leadership is clear—but the path to achieve it is unknown. This prophesied leader may well exploit this frustration and confusion by rallying a coalition behind him and vaunting himself to power. This would take a lot of intelligence and calculation; it would require unusual skill to deceive people in high places with flattery. But the prophesied Daniel 8 man will do it magnificently. Adolf Hitler was a man of mental strength, but he was not as adept at deceiving people as this coming strongman will be! This leader will come as an angel of light.

This is a stark warning! Yesterday, Germany was up in arms because of an apparent cooperation between the far right and its mainstream parties. Historians, politicians, activists, the German media and the international media all sounded the alarm. Certainly, they did so for good reasons! But at the same time, they are totally ignorant of God’s sure word of Bible prophecy. For this reason, history will repeat itself, and they will fail to recognize it!

God revealed to the late Herbert W. Armstrong that the Nazi empire was part of the prophesied sixth resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire (Revelation 17:10). He also revealed to him that this empire would rise one more time, just before the return of Jesus Christ! We are now seeing the rise of this empire! But though the rise of the AfD is certainly a big part of this trend, the Bible reveals that this last resurrection will be much more subtle and lead this world suddenly to war.

We believe that we know who will lead this last resurrection. It is a man who most of the world pays little attention to. What’s more, when he comes to power, most will likely celebrate him as a man who successfully ended the rise of the far right, just as Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz did.

We believe that Germany’s next strongman will be former Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. Read “Is KT zu Guttenberg About to Come to Power?” by Gerald Flurry and learn what the Bible says about Germany’s current political turmoil and where it will lead. This article gives a stark warning that is totally unlike what is currently coming from various media outlets.