French Riots Expose a Divided Society

French police officers stand ready during clashes in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, in the northern suburbs of Paris, on April 20.
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French Riots Expose a Divided Society

How will Paris defuse the tensions plaguing its suburbs?

Five days of riots, starting April 18, after a road accident between a police car and a motorcyclist, shook France. The clashes demonstrated the divide between the country’s police and immigrant population. As social unrest continues during the coronavirus lockdown, how will France respond?

The motorcycle rider had been speeding through the city of Villeneuve-la-Garenne without a license plate or a helmet. He stopped at a red light, not realizing he had pulled up beside an unmarked police car. The police claim they stepped out of their vehicle and asked for his license, at which point he attempted to flee, but instead hit the car’s door and was hurled off his motorcycle. He suffered a fractured leg.

A video of the incident circulated on social media. It was revealed that the man had a criminal record for drug possession and extortion—and that he was a Muslim. Many denounced the police for making a “blunder” that led to the man having to undergo at least two operations in the hospital.

The following five nights saw destructive riots, which spread from Villeneuve-la-Garenne to neighboring suburbs. Protesters burned a police station in Strasbourg and a school in Gennevilliers. Many cars, garbage dumpsters and other property were also burned or vandalized. The fireworks seen on those nights were not from any celebration—they were used as projectiles. Between April 21 and 23, police arrested nine people.

Villeneuve-la-Garenne is a northern suburb of Paris. These suburbs are known for being the location of riots in the past, including the three-week-long clashes in 2005. These also predominantly involved those of African and Middle Eastern descent.

To understand the current division between France’s police and its immigrant population, it is important to understand the country’s long history with Islam.

France once possessed colonies in West Africa, the location of modern Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Senegal. Many citizens of these nations immigrated into France during the 20th century. The migrant population has grown greatly since 2014, but French law prohibits making any official census based on race or religious belief; therefore, it is difficult to determine exactly what percentage of the population are practicing Muslims. Surveys by independent agencies such as Pew Research have found that France, along with Germany, is now home to the highest population of Muslims in Europe. France is also one of the most secular nations in Europe.

Leaders have been ignoring the recent increase of those with radical Islamic beliefs entering the country since the migrant crisis began. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner declined to label the five days of violence as riots, instead telling French media outlet bfmtv that they were “sporadic tensions” (April 23).

France is ignoring its Muslim problem. There are problems on both sides—police can be heavy-handed, and immigrants fail to integrate. But nobody is confronting the situation. Police are still taking the approach of nonintervention instead of taking action to end the riots and restore order. The country is noticing. Soon, French citizens will choose a leader who addresses their concerns directly.

Tensions simmering right now are pushing politics in France closer to what the Trumpet has forecast for Europe.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes in his free booklet Daniel Unlocks Revelation, “We need to watch the European Union for a man stepping in and seizing control of that entity through flatteries. He is going to hijack the EU. … Politics in Europe are going to shift dramatically to the right.” He wrote that in 2005, when riots in France were less common, and well before the migrant crisis began in 2014. What did he base his forecast on?

The Bible describes how European sentiment will turn sharply against Islam. A prophecy in Daniel 11:40 speaks of Europe as “the king of the north.” It says, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” This describes Europe attacking radical Islam militarily (as our free booklet The King of the South explains). Radical Islam will also be rooted out of Europe domestically. A strong German leader will unify the Continent under Christianity. This leader will be called a “king,” according to Daniel 8:23. As Mr. Flurry explains in A Strong German Leader Is Imminent, this means he will not be a democratic ruler.

Tensions are building on the streets of France. As they continue, watch for discontent with Islam in France to grow, and these prophecies of a stronger Europe clashing with Islam to be fulfilled.

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The Divorce of Chimerica

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The Divorce of Chimerica

The breakup between the world’s two largest economies will shake the world.
From the July 2020 Trumpet Print Edition

“It is utterly unrealistic to uncouple China and the United States economically.” “I don’t see the two giants, the world’s two biggest economies decoupling. I don’t think it’s feasible.” “It’s too late to decouple.” The United States and China “are too deeply entwined to be separated.”

These were the words of China experts in the latter half of last year. They matched the view of most analysts over the past 40 years or so, since shortly after U.S. President Richard Nixon changed policy from countering the massive Communist nation to partnering with it. Within a few years of Nixon’s landmark outreach, the economies of the U.S. and China grew so interconnected that the pairing seemed irreversible. Some discussed the future in terms of “Chimerica” and the “Group of Two.”

It is true that the two clashed over the Chinese Communist Party’s (ccp) authoritarianism, human rights abuses, illegal trade practices and more. But they always managed these tensions because they were outweighed by the hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of annual trade between them.

After Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, frictions intensified regarding trade, Chinese militarization of the South China Sea, the independence of Taiwan and Hong Kong, and the ccp’s human rights violations against China’s Uyghur population. Yet even then, the belief that the Eagle and Dragon were too entwined to decouple remained prevalent not just among geopolitical experts, but also among U.S. multinationals. A poll in October 2019 by the American Chambers of Commerce in Beijing and Shanghai surveyed 25 of the largest U.S. companies with operations in China, asking if they could pull out of the country. Two thirds said it would be “impossible.”

This was two years into the trade war, and even business stakeholders with plenty to lose still felt that, despite tensions, the clock couldn’t be turned back on globalization. Like most geopolitical analysts, these company representatives felt America’s economy was irrevocably dependent on cheap Chinese labor, and that the U.S. and China were simply too interlocked to come undone.

Then came 2020.

A Pathogen Unleashed

In January, when reports first started reaching the West about a new pneumonia-like illness emerging in Wuhan, China, few would have guessed how fundamentally it would alter the world economy. But the sars-CoV-2 virus quickly spilled over China’s borders and began infecting nations around the globe with both the illness and something even more virulent: fear.

Governments worldwide enforced unprecedented directives to keep people apart, restricting or banning some or all activity at conferences, festivals, rallies, meetings, concerts, hotels, theaters, libraries, parks, sporting events, beaches, weddings, funerals, religious services, gyms, community centers, restaurants, schools, businesses, factories, distribution centers and shops. Economic activity slowed or stopped, production plummeted, imports and exports fell, and debts of all kinds soared.

More Americans have lost jobs than at any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The federal government spent enormous amounts of money in handouts to businesses and individuals, adding trillions to the national debt. “The economy went into an ice age overnight,” Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, told the Washington Post. “We’re in a deep freeze” (April 22).

As the freeze deepened, American policymakers came together in rare agreement to lay the blame at the feet of the regime to which it belongs.

‘It Could Have Been Stopped in China’

Rep. Seth Moulton, a Democrat from Massachusetts, joined a resolution at the end of March saying China made “multiple, serious mistakes” in the early days of the outbreak, including the “intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks,” which increased “the severity and spread of the ongoing covid–19 pandemic.”

Indiana Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth expressed similar sentiments in an April 14 interview with wibc radio: “We have seen them … hide the coronavirus, not tell us the full story, not give us the full scope of the problem in China,” he said. “[T]hat has led to a hugely deleterious outcome.”

The perception is similar among average Americans. In April, a Harris Poll survey of 1,993 American adults found that nearly 80 percent believe China lied about covid–19 and neglected to share vital data with the world that could have been used to slow its spread. An April 21 Pew poll and an April 22 McLaughlin & Associates survey found similar sentiments.

WHO Director General Tedros visits Chinese President Xi in Beijing on January 28.
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We now know that at early as November, China’s ruling Communist Party (ccp) received warnings from medical authorities about this new pathogen that was resistant to common flu medications. Instead of taking measures to contain the virus in those early days, ccp officials ignored it and covered it up. Government agents detained journalists who reported the story, arrested citizens who posted about it online, and incarcerated doctors, forcing them to retract the warnings they had issued. The party destroyed lab samples, refused to admit medical experts from other nations, and lied to other governments and the media, repeatedly and boldly. And some Chinese critics of their handling of the outbreak—including a property tycoon, a prominent blogger and the head of Emergency at Wuhan Central Hospital—were simply disappeared by the regime.

As the outbreak spread around the globe, the ccp behaved perhaps even more viciously. It is trying to blame the U.S. military for planting the pathogen. It refused to send medical equipment manufactured in China but owned by Americans to the U.S. It tried to portray its sales of (often faulty) medical equipment to other nations as donations. It waged online disinformation campaigns to stoke fear and panic among Americans. It used the global turmoil as cover to advance China’s aggressive geopolitical agenda in the South China Sea and beyond.

In all this, the ccp showed that it has no moral limits and is concerned only with weakening its rivals and preserving and enriching itself.

“It’s as much of a consensus issue as you can get in today’s divided world. Overall, there’s very little trust for anything that the Chinese government says or does, especially its premier.”
Mark Penn, Chairman of the Harris Poll

So the mask was off. And Americans, regardless of political affiliation, began increasingly to blame China. “It’s as much of a consensus issue as you can get in today’s divided world,” said Mark Penn, chairman of the Harris Poll. “Overall,” he said, there is suddenly “very little trust” among Americans “for anything that the Chinese government says or does.”

For months, President Donald Trump refrained from pointing the finger too rigidly at Beijing. But at a White House briefing on April 18, he changed course, with a statement confirming what most Americans already understood: “It could have been stopped in China before it started, and it wasn’t,” he said, “and the whole world is suffering because of it.”

The U.S. sees that the ccp’s corruption and negligence unleashed covid-19 on the world. Now many American policymakers, business moguls and individuals are undertaking some long overdue soul-searching about the true price of hitching the U.S.’s economic wagon to China.

Readying for the ‘Impossible’

McLaughlin & Associates published another finding even more significant than the number of Americans who correctly blame China for covid-19’s spread. Among the 2,075 American adults they surveyed, 72 percent seek to stop sending key manufacturing to China and to end American dependence on Chinese technology and medical equipment.

This is huge because of something that’s usually quite small: the price tag.

A “Made in China” label typically means a product is considerably less expensive than an equivalent labeled “Made in the U.S.A.” This is partly because the ccp manipulates the nation’s currency to keep Chinese goods cheap. It is also because the line between Chinese government and Chinese business is blurry or nonexistent. In 2011, for example, 43 percent of all profits generated by China came from firms that the government had a controlling interest in. In most other cases, business owners still do the ccp’s bidding for fear losing favor with the tyrannical regime.

The ccp often uses its control over the country’s businesses and 1.4 billion citizens to force people into slave labor or arrangements close to it. Chinese firms aiming to impress the ccp with strong balance sheets often do the same. In The Dark Side of Labor in China, Karine Lepillez writes: “The country’s unique combination of Communist ideology and decentralized economic power has contributed to the use of both state-sanctioned and unsanctioned forced labor.”

Lepillez discusses China’s use of child labor, dissident exploitation, forced domestic work, withheld wages, coercions of internal migrants and ubiquitous corruption. She writes: “Systematic statistics on the extent of forced labor are not available due to China’s repressive political system. However, news articles, reports, research, and the testimonies of past forced laborers attest to the severity of the situation.”

The ccp also uses its control over China’s economy and all the money that would otherwise go to its people to instead subsidize entire industries, artificially lowering prices and bankrupting competition in other nations.

When perusing Walmart’s array of wares, American shoppers have not generally been preoccupied with thoughts of the tiny fingers in hazardous factories that made some of them, or about the ccp’s illegal subsidies that dried up American businesses large and small. Instead, they have thought mainly about the price tag. And since American factories pay their workers a fairer wage, which results in a more expensive product, many shoppers in America and around the world have chosen to buy Chinese.

But now it appears Americans are becoming so disillusioned with China over covid-19 that they may be willing to pay more to end this “deal with the devil.”

The McLaughlin survey analysis said: “The pandemic has forged a historic consensus that crosses party lines on the need for unity, an embrace of American domestic manufacturing capability to restore our economy, and the need to recognize that China seeks to leverage the aftershocks of covid-19 to advance their own geopolitical agenda.”

American policymakers presented a slew of bills in Congress in April, including one with bipartisan support that calls for America to greatly reduce supply chain dependence on China. Sen. Marco Rubio, who introduced the bill, said, “It is unfortunate that it took a global pandemic to make clear the ramifications of offshoring our industrial base to countries like China.”

A U.S. congressional report made public on April 21 stated: “Because China is a global manufacturing hub, domestic supply chain disruptions sparked by covid-19 have triggered shocks across the global economy and brought into sharp relief the risk of reliance on China as a source of intermediate and finished goods.”

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner said during an April 26 interview with Steve Hilton that due to covid-19, the U.S. is already “working to make sure we’re never reliant on foreign supplies again.”

Businesses, too, are now contemplating what just months ago looked “impossible.” In March, the American chambers of commerce in Beijing and Shanghai repeated the survey they had conducted in October. The change was stark: Most of the American entrepreneurs surveyed said this time around that decoupling from China appears necessary. More than a quarter were already taking steps to source materials from new locations after the coronavirus outbreak, and many expressed intentions to pull all production out of China.

As much as U.S. firms and consumers profited from “Chimerica,” it was even more beneficial to the ccp, which used it to transform a fragile economy into a global powerhouse. But the Chinese, too, are now readying to decouple. They know that the days of exchanging slave labor for cash, investing in American assets, getting a free pass on stealing U.S. technology, and flouting World Trade Organization rules are ending. They see that the Trump administration is now serious about constraining the export of any American goods to China that could have a military application—including the semiconductors that the Chinese desperately need.

China is preparing to reroute its supply lines. This seemingly distant shift will ultimately shake all of us.

China is preparing to reroute its supply lines. And this seemingly distant, macroeconomic shift will ultimately shake all of us.

Alex Capri of the National University of Singapore explained in an interview with the South China Morning Post: “As the U.S. tightens the chokehold, tech companies in China … will double-down on efforts to de-Americanize their supply chains.”

The unthinkable is suddenly not just thinkable. It is already in the early phases. The two largest economies in world history are beginning to tear away from each other.

U.S. Resurgence Vs. ‘Mart of Nations’

In the short term, reducing supply chain dependence on a duplicitous and vicious nation, and bringing manufacturing back home, particularly at a time when unemployment rates are soaring, could significantly benefit America. This could extend the temporary resurgence now underway in the United States.

But decoupling from China also sets the stage for America to suffer a catastrophic economic, political and military defeat. That defeat is forecast in your Bible.

Some 2,700 years ago, God inspired the Prophet Isaiah to write about a globe-girdling, anti-American trade bloc that would arise in our lifetime. Isaiah 23:3 describes it as a “mart of nations.”

Verse 1 names “Chittim” as one of the head countries in this conglomerate. In his booklet Isaiah’s End-Time Vision, Mr. Flurry writes: “Kittim is synonymous with the Chittim of Isaiah’s prophecy. …After their migration through Central Asia, the Kittim made their appearance in modern-day northeastern China and Mongolia under the name of Khitan in the fourth century a.d. ….”

Isaiah goes on to say that “Tyre” will also be a lead power in this mart of nations. Mr. Flurry explains that this city represents modern Europe’s “commercial center.” He writes: “The spiritual center of the [modern European] Holy Roman Empire is called Babylon in your Bible (Revelation 17:5; 18:1-3). But here in Isaiah, the Bible refers to Tyre (and its allies Zidon, etc) as the commercial center of this European power. By understanding the spiritual and the commercial powers, you can understand what a colossus is rising in Europe.”

A related passage in Ezekiel 27 also lists “Meshech” and “Tarshish,” ancient names indicating modern Russia and Japan, showing that they too will be part of this enormous trade bloc.

The Scriptures show that connections between these Asian and European nations will continue to develop in the years ahead, and that these nations will all turn more radically against the U.S. and some of its allies.

Mr. Flurry examines these passages alongside Deuteronomy 28:52 and shows how this mart will wield its power. “The Bible contains many prophecies of that European power attacking America—and many other prophecies of America being besieged,” Mr. Flurry writes. “China and the giants of Asia” will form a “brief alliance” with the German-led European bloc, and they are all “going to besiege America, Britain and the Jewish nation.”

With “Chimerica” intact, it would be terribly costly and painful for China to target the U.S. in such a way. Suddenly shutting out its largest trade partner would pulverize its own economy. That’s not to say that the attack cannot happen if China and America remain linked; aggressors often wage acts of aggression despite short-term cost and pain—in pursuit of long-term gain. But if China and the U.S. continue the decoupling that covid-19 has catalyzed, the costs for China to carry out this besiegement would be far lower.

These Bible passages are painful to read. The “mart of nations” prophecy means America, Britain and Israel are headed toward a time of horrifying hardship and suffering. It means that in a short time, children across these countries will be asking their parents why the family hasn’t had a proper meal in days, why their neighborhood has erupted into violence, and when it will all end.

If those parents would study their Bibles, they would be able to give their children answers—and hope.

They would be able to explain that the Creator God takes no pleasure in seeing these nations suffer so horrendously, but that He is trying to reach them (Ezekiel 33:11). He wants the U.S., UK and Israel—and all the world—to “have life” and “have it more abundantly,” but as long as they are in rank rebellion against Him and His law, this is impossible (John 10:10; Matthew 5:17). But by sending punishment onto the nations, He can lead them to repent, and then turn the peoples’ hearts of stone into hearts of flesh (Hebrews 12:6-11; Ezekiel 11:19; Jeremiah 31:33).

The parents could teach their children that the calamity is loving correction from our Creator, and that just beyond the siege and fall of these nations He will bring in the most abundant era in human history.

“[T]hat trading partnership won’t last long,” Mr. Flurry writes. “Soon they will clash, just before Jesus Christ returns and destroys both of them” (ibid). Christ will return to Earth, bring a swift end to mankind’s self-destruction, and usher in an epoch of peace and prosperity for the peoples of China, America and all the world.

“Thank God,” Mr. Flurry writes, “there is great news beyond the bad news.”

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The Global Ambition to Destroy America and Its President

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The Global Ambition to Destroy America and Its President

A look at the supreme goal that excites America’s enemies
From the July 2020 Trumpet Print Edition

Remember the great face mask scandal? It occurred in April, at the height of the coronavirus crisis. It started in Bangkok, Thailand, where a shipping container filled with face masks destined for Germany was at the last minute inexplicably rerouted to the United States.

The Germans were furious. Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s interior minister, called America’s behavior an “act of modern piracy.” Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller, pegged the blame squarely on Donald Trump. “The actions of the U.S. president do not just betray a lack of solidarity, they are inhumane and irresponsible,” he tweeted. German Chancellor Angela Merkel tacitly endorsed the remarks, stating that it was “important that we get to the bottom of it.”

As it turned out, there was no sinister plot to steal Germany’s masks. The Germans perceived a conspiracy that did not exist and massively overreacted. To their credit, the interior minister and mayor admitted their mistake and apologized.

Among geopolitical events, it was a minor scandal. But it is revealing. That such high-level German leaders would spontaneously combust over such an incident reveals an extreme sensitivity. Combined with other evidence, it shows a distinct and intensifying hostility toward America, especially President Trump.

But it’s not just Germany. Anti-American sentiment is increasing all over Europe. It is rife in Europe’s media, where Donald Trump is routinely portrayed as a colossal doofus and the root of world problems. Meanwhile, Europe’s leaders and officials outdo themselves trying to land digs at America and its president.

And it’s not just Europe. Today many of the world’s most influential countries, institutions and organizations are brazenly anti-American. Everyone knows Russia and China consider the U.S. an adversary, and that Germany and France are taking on the same view; but even America’s relations with traditional allies such as South Korea, the Philippines and Japan are deteriorating.

This same trend is happening with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (nato), the International Monetary Fund, the World Health Organization (who), and the United Nations. Pope Francis, another influential voice in global affairs, also loathes Donald Trump and America.

Why is the world turning on the U.S. and its president?

Most people blame Mr. Trump. Many consider America’s president ignorant and offensive, the antithesis of a statesman. Critics despise his “America first” worldview. They hate the fact that he’s prepared to hold other nations to account, and that he wants America to pull back as the world’s preeminent financier, policeman and all-round troubleshooter. These are the reasons, we are told, that nations are distancing themselves from Washington.

Of course, the leaders of every nation put the interests of their country first, even when it hurts others. That alone does not explain the antagonism toward America. The contempt for President Trump is consistent even when his decisions are provably correct. Pinning all the blame on this man is simplistic and superficial. And it obscures the larger, more sinister reason for this trend.

The truth is, a higher and much more evil and dangerous power is behind this welling hatred for America.

Hating On America

China’s disdain for America and its ongoing effort to challenge America’s power are obvious. Few, however, recognize the extent to which Beijing works to poison others against the U.S.

Consider Beijing’s association with the who, which was exposed by the covid-19 crisis. The who and its director general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, received a lot of criticism for their dawdling, inept response to the virus. From the start, the who manipulated facts and mismanaged the crisis.

The reason had nothing to do with bureaucracy or resources. “The who has failed for a very simple reason: Both it and its director general are far too close to China (which is, by the way, a large investor in Dr. Tedros’s native Ethiopia)” (Spectator, April 18). From the outset, Dr. Tedros and the who were working to defend Beijing and further its interests.

Though it had some understanding about the trouble in Wuhan, China, as early as November, the who was slow to reveal the facts, especially how contagious the virus was. Throughout January it warned against imposing travel restrictions on China, even as hundreds of thousands of people poured in and out of Wuhan. Instead of asking China some hard questions, it praised Beijing for the way it handled the crisis.

This Sino-WHO axis is part of a larger global crusade to weaken America’s leadership.
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At a January 28 press conference, Dr. Tedros said, “We appreciate the seriousness with which China is taking this outbreak, especially the commitment from top leadership, and the transparency they have demonstrated ….” There is strong evidence that this virus originated in a Chinese laboratory, but the who remains silent on this!

Meanwhile as the crisis progressed, Dr. Tedros and the who grew more critical of America’s president. On April 9, with Mr. Trump talking about investigating the who, Dr. Tedros reprimanded him for “politicizing” the crisis, a course that would result in “many more body bags.” “You have many other ways to prove yourselves,” he chided. “This is not the one to use for politics; it’s like playing with fire.”

Talk about politicizing the crisis: Dr. Tedros and the who were in China’s pocket. Yet America is by far the largest donor to the who, supplying nearly 15 percent of its total funding. Why shouldn’t its president investigate the conduct of an organization that receives hundreds of millions of American dollars?

Beijing’s infiltration of the who ought to raise questions about its relations with other key international organizations and institutions. Is it turning others against America as well?

Kristine Lee, an associate fellow in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Center for a New American Security, wrote about this for Politico: “For people who’ve been watching China’s growing activism in the United Nations closely, the who’s deference to China is no surprise. In fact, it’s just the exposed tip of a dangerous iceberg” (April 15; emphasis added throughout). Lee explained how Beijing in recent years has “systematically positioned Chinese nationals at the head of a wide range of UN agencies.”

Just this year, China was appointed one of five seats on the Consultative Group that heads the United Nations Human Rights Council. It holds similar positions of influence in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (unesco). Meanwhile, America left both agencies in 2018.

Lee wrote, “Beijing’s leverage over the who cannot be understood independently of a much longer and broader campaign, one that aims to bend the arc of global governance toward a more illiberal orientation that privileges the interests of authoritarian actors.”

That is a powerful statement: This Sino-who axis is part of a larger global crusade to weaken America’s leadership and orient the international community around authoritarian governments.

Further Evidence

Perhaps such subversion should be expected from the likes of China, Russia, the who and the UN. But we are also seeing America’s longtime friends and allies growing apathetic and even hostile.

A January Pew research poll revealed that Germans’ trust in America’s president has declined from 51 percent in 2001 to just 13 percent. In Spain, it dropped from 26 percent to 21 percent.

“Most Europeans and Latin Americans have little confidence in the U.S. president to do the right thing regarding world affairs,” the Pew Research Center reported. The share of Europeans who expressed “no confidence” in Mr. Trump (64 percent) is higher than any other world leader mentioned in the poll. The study revealed that Europeans have more confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin than in Donald Trump.

Another poll showed that the majority of Germans consider Mr. Trump more dangerous than Putin, China’s President Xi Jinping, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

Germany’s feelings about America in general are changing too. In 2000, 80 percent of Germans favored America. By 2015, the number had fallen to 50 percent. By spring 2019, it was only 39 percent. This trend has played out less dramatically in other European nations: In Italy in 2000 the favorable view toward America was 76 percent; today it’s 62 percent. In France it was 62 percent (the lowest in Europe in 2000); today it’s 48 percent. Only 52 percent of the Spanish have a favorable view of the U.S.

Today it is routine to see disrespect and hostility toward America in the decisions, speeches and policies of Europe’s leaders. French President Emmanuel Macron says nato is undergoing “brain death” and blames Donald Trump. Mr. Macron became an international hero at the nato conference last December when he publicly corrected America’s president, telling him to “be serious” after remarks Mr. Trump made about the Islamic State.

Many of Europe’s leaders now agree with Chancellor Merkel’s assessment after returning from the G-7 summit in 2017: “The era in which we could fully rely on others is over to some extent. … We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands …. We have to know that we Europeans must fight for our own future and destiny.” A recent poll commissioned by the Körber Foundation found that 47 percent of Germans believe Berlin should cooperate less with America.

In February, the theme of this year’s Munich Security Conference—the world’s most important meeting of world leaders on security issues—was “Westlessness” and the fragmentation of the West. With leaders from the U.S. and Europe speaking on the big issues of the day, the conference exposed the massive divide between the two. America and Europe “aren’t just far apart on the big questions facing the West (threats from Russia, Iran, China),” wrote Politico, “they’re in parallel universes.”

President Macron was especially forceful in his views at the conference. He spoke about the need for Europe to become more militarily independent, to break away from being America’s junior partner, and to draw closer to Russia.

U.S. President Donald Trump
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Another strong critic is Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Germany’s former defense minister. Some speculate that Guttenberg, widely considered an expert on U.S.-German relations, will soon make a political comeback. Though he supports warm U.S.–German relations, he has ferociously denigrated America under Donald Trump, whom he has referred to as the “clown in the White House” and a “jack in the box.”

Guttenberg’s view of Mr. Trump resonates throughout Europe, where top newspapers and television stations routinely portray him as an ignorant buffoon. In recent years, the covers of Der Spiegel, Europe’s largest newsmagazine, have depicted America’s president as a middle finger to Europe, a terrorist beheading Lady Liberty, a subhuman ape, a baby riding a nuclear bomb, a meteor poised to destroy the planet, and a tsunami destroying Washington, D.C.

Guttenberg refers to President Trump as the “clown in the White House” and a “jack in the box.”

Another key figure with notable animus toward America is Pope Francis. Francis has called U.S.-style capitalism “a new tyranny” and the “dung of the devil.” In 2016, during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, the pope said any man who builds a wall couldn’t call himself a Christian; an obvious swipe at Mr. Trump.

“If Pope Francis is to be taken at his word, he could not possibly wish for the leader of the capitalist system to thrive and prosper, continuing to inflict its ‘tyranny’ on the world,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in his 2016 article “Why Is the Pope Meddling in American Politics?” “If he believes the free market is a force of destruction, then he would feel not only justified, but obligated to use his power to weaken it.”

Beyond Europe, America’s relations with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, all longtime solid allies, are also coming under tremendous strain.

It is easy to blame all this on Donald Trump. As president, he has withdrawn America from the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal, which the Europeans favored; he has criticized Europe’s meager contributions to nato and demanded that it pay more; he has supported Brexit, withdrawn America’s troops from Syria without consulting European allies, and called on friends like Japan, South Korea and the Philippines to provide compensation for U.S. support. In March, when Europe became a hot spot for covid-19, the president quickly locked America’s borders to Europeans.

America’s relations with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, all longtime solid allies, are also coming under strain.

These measures are dramatic. And there is no doubt that President Trump engages with the international community very differently than any of his predecessors. But while these decisions might upset world leaders, they were not unreasonable. There is nearly always merit to Mr. Trump’s actions and decisions, even if the execution can be undiplomatic or unconventional. The Paris climate deal hurt America’s economy more than anyone else’s by far; the U.S. has spent billions on nato for decades; the Iran deal was a known travesty from the beginning. In each case, the president was sincerely acting in America’s best interest—as a president should, and as all world leaders do.

So why does the world go ballistic almost anytime Donald Trump speaks? Why are Europe’s leading media outlets and politicians so disrespectful? Why are international organizations trying to please China and undermine America?

The Ultimate Cause

For nearly 10 years now, the Trumpet has reported on the rise of the radical left and its sustained attack on America’s Constitution, the rule of law and the nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage. In America Under Attack, first published in 2013, Mr. Flurry identifies the ultimate source of this campaign to destroy America.

This enlightening booklet focuses on biblical passages that reveal the existence of a devil, an inherently wicked spirit being who is “the god of this world” and “the prince of the power of the air” (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2).

As we will see, the devil has extraordinary hatred for the United States. Regarding the growing problems undermining America today, Mr. Flurry writes in that booklet, “We are seeing the aftereffects of a calculated, aggressive, satanic attack aimed at weakening and ultimately destroying the nations of Israel, starting with the world’s most powerful nation!” When he refers to “the nations of Israel,” Mr. Flurry is talking about America and Britain (and its Commonwealth), the end-time descendants of ancient Israel. (Prove this by studying The United States and Britain in Prophecy, free upon request.)

Bible history shows that the devil has always sought the destruction of the people of Israel and Judah. 2 Kings 14, for example, reveals the devil’s ancient campaign to “blot out the name of Israel from under heaven.”

Revelation 12:9, a prophecy for the end time, says, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” This milestone event has happened. Satan has been cast down to Earth. As Mr. Flurry explains in America Under Attack, “The devil and millions of demons are now confined to this Earth. They can no longer go out into the universe.”

Now Satan again seeks to “blot out the name of Israel,” both spiritual and physical. “Satan hates everything God is about,” wrote Mr. Flurry. “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)” (Trumpet, March 2020).

Today this campaign, which has been at work for decades, is in its final stages.

Over the years, we have exposed how Satan has deployed the radical left inside America. But when you consider the actions of Russia, China, Germany, France and a host of other countries, organizations and institutions, it raises the question: Is the devil orchestrating a global campaign to destroy America?

The radical left in America is in close contact with America’s enemies. During February’s Munich Security Conference, a delegation of Democrats met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, without the approval or knowledge of the U.S. State Department. John Kerry, Barack Obama’s secretary of state, has also met with Zarif several times.

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Hillary Clinton, another secretary of state under Obama, also appears to be working behind the scenes against the White House. Last autumn, with Brexit hanging in the balance, Clinton visited the UK and encouraged the nation to stop Brexit and remain with the EU. In 2017, Obama visited Germany at the same time as President Trump and met with Angela Merkel just before Mr. Trump did. “We can’t isolate ourselves,” he told her. “We can’t hide behind a wall.” By arguing against Mr. Trump’s signature project, he was showing Germany there are alternatives to Mr. Trump. More recently, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has tried to protect and encourage China even as the president seeks to pressure China.

These top American politicians are more loyal to Germany and China than to their own president and nation.

These top American politicians are more loyal to the leaders of Germany and China than to their own president and their own nation!

“[T]he devil is attacking the nations of Israel,” Mr. Flurry writes in America Under Attack. This is the context in which we should evaluate the actions of China, the UN and the who, Germany, France, the remarks of Guttenberg and Macron, and even the polls and surveys showing hostility building in Europe toward the U.S. Remember, Satan is “the god of this world”—and he is turning it against America!

When you understand the devil’s deep hatred for “Israel” and all that this term encompasses, the world suddenly makes a lot of sense!

Let’s look at these prophecies even more deeply.

What Prophecy Says

To understand the Bible, we must grasp the principle noted in Isaiah 28:10: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” Bible prophecies and doctrines are understood by considering multiple books and chapters. End-time prophecies about America and its relations with the rest of the world involve multiple passages, but there are perhaps four key ones: 2 Kings 14:23-29; Amos 7; Daniel 8 and Revelation 12.

The passage in 2 Kings describes the history of King Jeroboam ii, who ruled the kingdom of Israel in the eighth century b.c. Over his 41-year reign, the kingdom experienced an impressive resurgence, enlarging its territory, increasing its military strength, enhancing its political power, and expanding its material prosperity.

The Prophet Amos lived in the eighth century b.c. and delivered a warning from God to King Jeroboam ii. Part of this message is recorded in Amos 7. However, the message of Amos is dual; this book carries a warning for Israel in the “latter days,” or the end time. (All of what we call “the minor prophets” contain end-time prophecy.) Amos 7 is both history and prophecy. It records God’s message to the ancient Jeroboam, but it is also a prophecy about God’s message to an end-time type of King Jeroboam in Israel.

Does America have a king, someone who rules in the same spirit of Jeroboam and has overseen a remarkable resurgence? Although it was written thousands of years ago, 2 Kings 14:25-28 perfectly describe Donald Trump’s presidency!

2 Kings 14 records that Jeroboam ii became king during a time of extreme national upheaval. Verses 25-26 record that Jeroboam “restored the coast of Israel …. 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.” The Hebrew word for affliction means depression or misery. Albert Barnes’s commentary says Jeroboam became king when Israel was in “extreme depression and weakness.” You could use the same language to describe America in 2016, when the nation was suffering the devastating effects of a president who hated the Constitution and rule of law.

Verse 27 reveals the severity of Israel’s condition: “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.” The kingdom was in an existential crisis. There was a massive conspiracy afoot to “blot out the name of Israel.”

This is why God backed Jeroboam ii and created a resurgence. He didn’t want this colossal surge of hatred to destroy the kingdom, so, God “saved them by the hand of Jeroboam ….” He used this man to prevent Israel from being blotted out.

Today there is again a major conspiracy to “blot out the name of Israel”—and God has raised up another Jeroboam! This is ultimately why the radical left hates Donald Trump’s vision of America: because he is, at least for now, defending Israel!

Antiochus

Now consider another important dimension of this prophecy. The prophecy in Daniel 8 is also dual, meaning this history would repeat in what Daniel called the “latter days,” the time just before Jesus Christ’s return. Daniel 8 is mainly a prophecy about Antiochus Epiphanes, the third-century b.c. Greek tyrant who destroyed the Jews and the Jewish temple. Antiochus was used by the devil to try to “blot out the name of Israel.” (The Jews are part of Israel.)

Both Daniel 8 and 10 prophesy the emergence of end-time Antiochus figures—tyrannical men who will seek to destroy Israel. Daniel 8:12-13 record that the original Antiochus “cast down the truth to the ground” and saw the people of God (the Jews) “trodden under foot.” Verse 23 records that he “understand[s] dark sentences,” which implies he is directly influenced by Satan and demons. Verse 25 says he will “destroy many” and fight directly against the “Prince of princes”—Jesus Christ!

Mr. Flurry has explained that we can expect Satan to work through three Antiochus-type men in the end time. One of these men operates within God’s Church, spiritual Israel (this man is the “Amaziah” mentioned in Amos 7). Another Antiochus will emerge in Europe—he is the mighty political strongman mentioned in passages like Habakkuk 1:11. Finally, there is a political Antiochus operating within America, casting truth to the ground and behaving lawlessly. This man leads the radical left.

Can we recognize what the devil is doing? He has three Antiochuses in this end time, and all three have the same supreme objective—to destroy Israel!

In America Under Attack, Mr. Flurry exposes the behavior of Barack Obama and explains how the former president presided over a new age of lawlessness in America. Mr. Obama dramatically empowered the radical left movement, a movement that seeks to destroy traditional America.

But as we are now seeing, the Antiochus spirit—and the campaign to “blot out the name of Israel”—isn’t merely a domestic problem. The same spirit that motivated Antiochus is animating nations, organizations and media outlets all over the Earth, and it is taking over the minds of some of the world’s top leaders!

These stunning prophecies explain the reality at the heart of virtually all the major trends in America, Britain and the Jewish state. Just as there was anciently, there is today a diabolical conspiracy to “blot out the name of Israel from under heaven”!

Why Destroy Israel?

2 Kings 14:27 says the devil wants to “blot out the name of Israel from under heaven ….” He wants the truth about Israel not just removed from Earth, but eradicated from the universe. The world has never seen hatred this deep.

Why does the devil hate the nations of Israel (America, Britain and the Jewish state) so passionately?

In Mystery of the Ages, the late Herbert W. Armstrong wrote: “The truly amazing truth about Israel is a mystery totally unknown by any religion—by Christianity—by even Judaism!” To understand why God raised up the people of Israel, and why the Bible talks so much about Israel, read Mystery of the Ages.

The truth about Israel revolves around God’s towering twofold promise to Abraham found in Genesis 12 and 17. This promise explains human civilization since Abraham and gives context and meaning to world history. It explains Britain’s empire and colonial past, its monarchy and its many wonderful traditions and institutions. This prophecy explains why America is exceptional, the reason for the success of the Constitution, and how this nation became the single greatest nation on Earth.

But there is more to the Abrahamic promise and the “mystery of Israel” than just this physical dimension. “It is indeed true that the nation Israel was God’s chosen people. But understand: They were not chosen as ‘teacher’s pet’ nor for special favors. They were chosen for a special purpose preparatory to the ultimate establishment of the Kingdom of God!” Mr. Armstrong wrote.

The undeniable virtues preserved and shared with the world by the descendants of Abraham did not originate in Abraham. They came from God! The entire purpose of God granting these blessings to Israel was to spread them to humanity. This isn’t just about a family or a race or nations. This is about God working with humanity.

When you truly understand the “mystery of Israel,” you understand the truth about human nature, the need for God’s Holy Spirit, the path to salvation, how to have a relationship with God, and the gospel of the coming government of God. You also understand the incredible human potential: to be born into the Family of God.

The “mystery of Israel,” explained Mr. Armstrong, “has great significance in God’s purpose for all peoples! One cannot understand the real purpose and incredible potential of man without this vital knowledge.” God reveals His spectacular plan for man through Israel.

Satan doesn’t just hate the people of Israel, the nations which through no individual merit have been the blessed inheritors of God’s promises to Abraham. The devil hates the “name,” the truth and knowledge—the divinely revealed understanding—embodied in Israel’s history.

He hates Israel because America and Britain’s existence proves God’s existence and proves that the Bible is God’s Word!

He hates Israel because its presence and history reveals the Gospel of the Kingdom of God!

He hates Israel because Israel has the throne of David from which Jesus Christ Himself will rule when He returns!

Satan the devil hates Israel because as long as this name exists, men will have the opportunity to consider and study God’s purpose for Israel. And this study will lead a person into the greatest, most fascinating, most inspiring knowledge he could ever learn.

Ultimately, this is why the devil seeks to “blot out the name of Israel”—it’s because the name “Israel” introduces us to the mind and plan of God!

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Can COVID Cure Germany’s Religious Divide?

From the July 2020 Trumpet Print Edition

After Charlemagne “Christianized” Europe in the eighth and ninth centuries, Germany was predominantly Catholic. It took the helm of the Holy Roman Empire and ruled it off and on for almost a thousand years. German kings were crowned emperors by the Roman Catholic Church.

But Germany is also where Protestantism started. Its alliance with the Catholic Church suffered a blow in the 16th century, when Martin Luther launched the Reformation and transformed Germany’s religious landscape for centuries to come.

The Catholic Church and the Habsburg Empire tried to put a bloody end to the uprising, but the reformers formed their own military alliances. In the 17th century, the conflict culminated in the Thirty Years’ War.

The church’s efforts to reclaim its Protestant “daughters” never ceased. But as its alliance with German leaders broke, so too did the hope for a unified Christian body.

Around half of Germany’s population today still call themselves Christians, of whom the Roman Catholic Church can claim slightly more than a quarter. The rest adhere to Lutheran-Protestantism or Calvinism, united in the Evangelical Church in Germany.

The coronavirus has given the Catholic Church a rare opportunity. In this increasingly secular country, where the influence of its major churches has waned and denominational divisions seemed insurmountable, this virus has caused many to lay aside differences.

Bible prophecy says German religion will revive and reunite. Coronavirus is propelling the nation in that direction. For example, on April 12, the chairman of the Catholic German Bishops’ Conference and the chairman of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany appeared together on the The Word for Sunday—a first in the tv program’s 65-year history. German news broadcaster ard said this unprecedented “ecumenical cooperation” happened “due to the special situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.”

‘Germany United in Prayer’

One prominent politician who is rising in popularity is helping drive the denominations back together: Bavarian State Premier Markus Söder.

On March 22 Söder encouraged believers to “pray that Germany will not be hit too hard” by the virus (Trumpet translation throughout). Various Christian representatives responded by forming an ecumenical event on April 8 called “Germany Unites in Prayer.” Uniting Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Free Church Christians, the event was advertised as “the largest prayer campaign that Germany has ever seen.” In a video message at the event, Söder said community prayer connects denominations and religions. “Linking arms in faith, and the commitment to the values of the faith, is what connects us all,” he said. This event highlights that in crisis, people turn to religion and faith, and even put aside denominational differences and unite.

Germany’s basic law calls on German politicians to abide by the principle of state neutrality. It’s rare for a German politician to talk about his personal religion, even rarer to call on people to pray. Söder has done both, and his example is inspiring religious unity in Germany.

In 2017, Söder called himself a “fan of ecumenism.” He believes the various Christian denominations should work closer together. “Jesus Christ is the standard for me,” Söder told Münchner Kirchenzeitung. “He knew no denomination. I am always fascinated by Jesus Christ.”

Though Protestant, Söder maintains close ties with the Catholic Church. “I am a Lutheran,” he said, “and we are regarded as ‘half Catholics’ in the German Evangelical Church anyway.” When asked what he envies Catholics for, Söder said: “I like to be Protestant, and I appreciate my regional bishop, but we don’t have a holy father. This center of Christianity in Rome and the world church are particularly beautiful.”

Such comments from a rising political star are notable given the Bible’s prophecies of religious unification within Germany. Protestant and Free churches could follow Söder’s lead in submitting to Catholic rule. Whatever role Söder and other European leaders play, it is certain that Europe’s religious roots are about to give new life to an empire that was thought dead. And while these efforts appear to be about unity and goodwill, history and prophecy make clear that such developments are leading to a frightening end.

The Churches Will Unite

The late Herbert W. Armstrong proclaimed as far back as the 1930s that the Catholic Church would unite with its Protestant and Orthodox daughters. In October 1961, for example, his Plain Truth newsmagazine proclaimed: “Protestantism will be absorbed into the ‘mother church’—and totally abolished.”

He based this forecast on various Bible prophecies such as those in Revelation 13 and 17, and, in particular, Isaiah 47.

That chapter reads, “Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate” (verse 1). God is addressing not ancient Babylon, but the “daughter of Babylon.” A church in Bible prophecy is often depicted as a woman. For example, Ephesians 5:23-33 and Revelation 19:7 describe God’s true Church as the woman, or bride, who will marry Christ at His return. But Isaiah 47 is obviously not referring to God’s true Church. So who is the “daughter of Babylon”?

Daniel 2 prophesies of four world-ruling empires, starting with Babylon, —then followed by the Persian, Greek and Roman empires. Rome entered a church-state union with the Roman Catholic Church, which adopted the Babylonian mystery religion and cloaked it with Christianity (explained in detail in Mr. Armstrong’s book Mystery of the Ages; request a free copy).

Isaiah 47:1 shows that this church claims “a throne” but that God will strip it of that authority. The Catholic Church is the only church that claims a throne, and it even receives ambassadors from countries around the world.

The “daughter of Babylon” refers to the Roman Catholic Church.

This same church is depicted in Revelation 17 as a whore riding a beast, symbolizing the Roman Empire. This is how the Bible depicts the Holy Roman Empire. This church-state union has repeatedly risen throughout history, and its final resurrection is prophesied to rise in our time. As Mr. Flurry explains in his article in this issue (page 1), this church-state axis is now reemerging.

For this reason we have expected a religious revival in Germany. Mr. Flurry explained in 2011: “God does allow this church to gain control of this German-led European beast power. Expect the Catholic Church to become more vocal and for this church-state axis to become more evident” (Trumpet, February 2011).

The Bible also forecasts that Europe’s Christian churches are about to reunite.

Isaiah 47 continues, “And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children” (verses 7-8). This refers to a time when the Catholic Church reunites with its Protestant daughters. The church will boast about overcoming “the loss of children,” or daughter churches.

Efforts toward ecumenism have made great strides in recent decades, and now the coronavirus crisis looks to be further healing the wound left by the Protestant Reformation.

Many have dismissed these prophecies, pointing to Europe’s drift toward secularism and the seemingly irreconcilable differences between Catholic and Protestant churches. But efforts toward ecumenism have made great strides in recent decades, and now the coronavirus crisis looks to be further healing the wound left by the Protestant Reformation.

Yet ultimately, ecumenical prayers and joint tv appearances will not be enough to bridge that gulf. “Indeed, biblical prophecy indicates that full unity will not be achieved purely voluntarily,” Mr. Flurry wrote. “At a certain point, the mother church will abandon its efforts to woo her daughters back by flatteries and instead revert to the age-old method of preserving ‘Christian’ unity by exerting physical force” (Trumpet, May 2007).

For five centuries, the Catholic Church has dreamed of reuniting with its daughter churches and regaining its former power. During the Dark Ages the church controlled Europe’s scientific research and educational system, and it led the empire into various crusades. But religious disunity has broken the church’s power over Europe. What will happen when the church regains that power?

The answer to that question can be surmised in part by the history of the Holy Roman Empire. Charlemagne was able to unite Europe not only under one government but also under one religion—the religion of the Roman Catholic Church. He promoted the Roman Catholic Church, converted “heretics” by the sword, and conquered Europe. That is how every resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire has operated. Unity in Europe comes with a price, and this price is blood.

The Catholic Church and Europe’s leaders well understand the history of the Holy Roman Empire. This empire has endeavored in the past to rule not only Europe but the whole world. In the last few centuries, Europe has been occupied largely by attempts to unite its continent. Once that unity is achieved, the Bible clearly says that the Holy Roman Empire will again seek world dominion.

To learn more about these prophecies, request a free copy of The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy. It will help you understand the history of this bloody empire and reveal the Bible’s perspective on the evil it has caused. It will also show how Christ Himself will end it forever. At that point, the world will experience unity like nothing it has ever imagined.

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Coronavirus and the Holy Roman Empire

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From the July 2020 Trumpet Print Edition

One of the most important effects of the global panic over covid-19 has been almost overlooked. Europe’s response to the pandemic is accelerating the fulfillment of one of the most crucial end-time prophecies of your Bible!

The coronavirus is hastening the arrival of the prophesied Holy Roman Empire.

This church-state union has ruled Europe for centuries. But previous inquisitions, religious wars, crusades and the Holocaust have been a mere foreshadow of what the Bible calls the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:21).

The Bible says 10 kings will rise in Europe in this end time, led by one overarching strongman. These kings will form the Holy Roman Empire.

The coronavirus pandemic is helping usher in these 10 kings!

We need to be thinking about these prophesied kings, who are rising now. As a result of the recent crisis, various European leaders have taken dictatorial measures. In several cases they have done so with direct approval from the Roman Catholic Church.

Many people have voiced fear that the recent crisis will destroy the European Union. But although it may look that way, Europe is in fact about to unite in a powerful way.

The Bible reveals that the EU is about to be pared down to a 10-nation superstate. This prophecy will be fulfilled very soon—I see biblical evidence of probably no more than two to four years, and perhaps even as soon as this year.

The Apostle John saw this final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire in vision depicted as a beast with seven heads and 10 horns. God revealed the symbolism to him. The seven heads are seven successive resurrections of this beast-like empire. Revelation 17:1-2 show this empire in an alliance with a church, symbolized by a woman. This is an exact prophecy of the Holy Roman Empire—a church-state alliance.

As we explain in our free booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?, six of these resurrections have come and gone through history, and the seventh is rising now!

The 10 horns of this beast are on the seventh head. The symbolism is explained: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast” (verses 12-13). This prophecy was written nearly 2,000 years ago, and these “ten kings” are rising in Europe today!

Verse 14 states that these kings would “make war with the Lamb”—Jesus Christ. So this is clearly a prophecy of events to occur right before Christ’s Second Coming.

In the first issues of the Plain Truth magazine, predecessor to the Trumpet, the late Herbert W. Armstrong warned of this resurrected empire. In the July 24, 1983, issue he wrote: “The very first issue of the Plain Truth magazine appeared February 1934—just 50 years ago lacking about six months. The article starting on the cover page warned of a coming sudden appearance of a resurrected ‘Holy Roman Empire’ in Europe—a union of 10 nations in Europe under one government, with one united military force. For 50 years I have been crying out to the world the Bible prophecies of this coming ‘United States of Europe’—a new united superpower perhaps more powerful than either the Soviet Union or the United States!”

Verse 10 says, “And there are seven kings [this is referring to the seven heads of the beast, or the seven historical resurrections of this empire]: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.” This prophecy describes a specific moment in time: It was when Mr. Armstrong was on the scene and first explaining these end-time biblical prophecies. That was first during the 1930s. At that time, the “one is”—Adolf Hitler—was leading the sixth resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. Today, the “other,” prophesied to continue a “short space,” is soon to arrive.

Other prophecies show that the “short space” this beast will hold power is not much longer than 3½ years—the duration of the Great Tribulation and Day of the Lord.

For over 75 years we have been prophesying the arrival of this empire. Now you can see it coming to pass exactly as God recorded for us in the Bible. I have been a part of this work for decades. And it is amazing to me, almost overwhelming, how minutely these prophecies have been and are being fulfilled!

This coming empire will affect your life directly. Its arrival will shock every nation on Earth as no power has in modern times. This is the paramount prophecy of the end time.

Taking Advantage of Crisis

God revealed many of these prophecies to Mr. Armstrong around the time of World War ii and in the decades thereafter. God has been warning this world all these years about the horrifying times ahead, and we need to understand why.

In 1984 Mr. Armstrong wrote that he could foresee a massive banking crisis being the trigger for European nations to suddenly coalesce into a superpower. Today, European countries are racking up debt at rates unprecedented in peace time—with many countries perilously close to financial collapse.

Italy has been the epicenter for the coronavirus in Europe. Its economy took a massive hit. “The economy has basically been stopped,” said Prof. Nicola Borri of Luiss University. “We are probably going to see massive defaults. Clearly, Italian banks will be badly hit” (New York Times, March 17). Spain and France are also suffering serious debt issues. Events in Italy give us insight into what could happen to all the economies of the European Union.

Here are some telling headlines from prominent news sources: “Coronavirus Could Break the EU” (Politico); “With Borders Going Up Around Europe, Coronavirus Is Devastating the EU’s Superstate Pretensions” (Telegraph); “Coronavirus Tests Europe’s Cohesion, Alliances and Even Democracy” (New York Times). EU nations are very divided. That division is preventing them from pooling their efforts to deal with the virus.

Many experts will tell you that Europe is about to break apart. If these nations’ response to the coronavirus does not cause an immediate economic meltdown, the debt they are accumulating will still come due at some point. Some kind of financial crisis is inevitable. When it comes, watch what happens! A crisis like the current one is exactly what European leaders have longed for to forge a European superstate!

One of the EU’s founders, Jean Monnet, said, “Europe will be forged in crises and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises.” German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said, “Crisis represents an opportunity. Europe always moved forward in times of crisis. Sometimes you need a little pressure for certain decisions to be taken.” The founders of the European project knew that creating the euro—a unified European currency—without all the other aspects of a unified government would provoke economic crisis. Yet they still deliberately proceeded with their plan, knowing that crisis would provide the pretext for transforming Europe into a superpower!

This has happened repeatedly throughout history with the other six heads of the Holy Roman Empire. In times of crisis, Europe has united under one overarching leader.

Mr. Armstrong consistently taught that the nations of Europe are going to cry out for political unity. That is what we see happening today. Europe is weak and divided. The coronavirus is only further weakening the Continent. Watch closely to see how it responds. The German people in particular cannot live with the current circumstances. The economic distress of several European nations makes them vulnerable—and gives economically strong Germany an opportunity to increase its domination of the Union. Leaders of Italy and other nations have accused Germany of protecting and advancing its own interests at the expense of other nations, but they also know that the European project will utterly fail without Germany’s leadership.

History shows that Germany is going to act! In the second half of 2020, Germany will hold the European Council presidency. What timing! In this crisis, when Europe is being forced to adapt, Germany is in a position to shape the EU’s future according to its own liking.

Dictators Rise With Rome’s Blessing

Yet the question remains: How will Europe come together?

Throughout Europe’s history, what has helped it to overcome its division has been a unity of purpose between church and state. Charlemagne showed how strong Europe could be when he formed a partnership between Germany and the Roman Catholic Church to create the Holy Roman Empire. That empire has risen up repeatedly since that time.

But this church-state union hasn’t always been a happy marriage. Usually the two have been drawn together because of a crisis—an emergency.

Herbert W. Armstrong believed the same pattern would occur again in our time—that European nations would unify suddenly because of a crisis, and that the Roman Catholic Church would play a huge role in solving that emergency. In times of crisis, religion has a way of pulling people together!

In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John prophesies of a woman who “sitteth upon many waters,” committing fornication with powerful world leaders (Revelation 17:1-2). This woman, which in Bible prophecy symbolizes a church (e.g. Isaiah 47; Ephesians 5:25; 2 Corinthians 11:2), has global influence, guiding a great beast, which represents a political power (Revelation 17:3).

The Bible also reveals that this church sits on “seven mountains” and has influence over “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (verses 9, 15). A mountain is a symbol of government in the Bible. The Catholic Church has combined with six governments of the Holy Roman Empire and will also join the seventh. Beyond that, a look at a topographic map shows that Rome, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, is literally situated on seven hills. This is a double proof of the Bible prophecies. And Europe is a continent that unites “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” The description in Revelation 17 of this empire can only refer to the Roman Catholic Church and its alliance with various European countries. (For more information about this empire, request our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.)

This prophecy shows that Europe in this end time will see the rise of various strongmen who ally themselves with the Roman Catholic Church. In the coronavirus crisis, this is happening.

Popular satisfaction with democracy is at an all-time low, Cambridge’s Department of Politics noted in January. Europeans increasingly believe democracy cannot solve their problems, and coronavirus has only intensified this belief. Nations are increasingly taking extreme measures to deal with the virus. More and more Europeans are looking for a strongman.

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“Austria has massively restricted civil liberties due to coronavirus,” Zeit Online wrote. “This is understandable in this situation, but it is also dangerous” (March 16; Trumpet translation throughout). Considering Europe’s long, painful history of strong leaders restricting freedoms to realize their ambitions, it is extremely dangerous!

Austria was the first European country to go into coronavirus lockdown. For doing so, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz received much praise from the Roman Catholic Church, Europe’s oldest institution. “I am very grateful that the government is wise and is taking steps to create trust,” said the archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, in a zib 2 special. Catholic leaders backed each severe step Kurz took.

Austria was the first European country to go into coronavirus lockdown. For doing so, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz received much praise from the Roman Catholic Church, Europe’s oldest institution.

Kurz applauded the church for its support. “Especially in times of crisis,” he said, “the church offers people support and provides important help.”

Chancellor Kurz seeks regular counsel from the Catholic Church, which guides his politics. If you understand history, you will find this troubling. This is exactly what the Holy Roman Empire is: an authoritarian state-church combine.

France’s Connection

French President Emmanuel Macron took similar drastic measures. He declared war on the coronavirus, mobilized the army, and made himself France’s commander in chief. He had rebellion against government orders forcibly put down. By doing so, he surged in popularity.

Throughout his presidency and especially during the coronavirus crisis, Macron has also worked to improve ties with the Catholic Church and bring the Vatican more into Europe’s affairs. For a nation that has been moving in the opposite direction for generations, this is significant.

French President Emmanuel Macron
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Emmanuel Macron was not born Catholic; he chose Roman Catholic baptism at age 12 and attended a Jesuit secondary school. As an adult, he is said to have turned increasingly secular. But in 2018 at the annual conference of the bishops of France, he promised to restore the “strained” link between church and state, and has since worked to fulfill his promise.

In a March 2019 letter to European citizens, Macron called for a conference for Europe that would “engage with citizens’ panels and hear academics, business and labor representatives, and religious and spiritual leaders” (emphasis mine throughout). In August, he received the new secretary general of the French Bishops’ Conference to discuss the reception of migrants and other subjects. Though he campaigned as a pro-immigration centrist, he is now pushing one of France’s most right-wing agendas. In November, he announced new immigration measures and has grown increasingly critical of Islamic ideology. In January he announced his plan to “Recapture the Republic,” a plan to fight growing Islamism in the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron declared war on the coronavirus, mobilized the army, and made himself France’s commander in chief. He had rebellion against government orders forcibly put down. By doing so, he surged in popularity.

After a telephone conversation with Pope Francis, Macron met with representatives of religious and secular associations in France. “It was an opportunity to maintain dialogue between public authorities and religions during the population’s confinement in the covid-19 pandemic,” vaticannews.va/fr reported. The president of the Protestant Federation of France said: “For Emmanuel Macron, religious denominations bring social cohesion. Faced with this global health crisis, he is determined to call upon all resources, including spiritual resources.” So Macron seeks to use religion to unite his divided country.

Hungary, Too

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is also growing more autocratic in this crisis. Hungary was only mildly affected by coronavirus, yet on March 30, Hungary’s parliament gave Orbán dictatorial powers. Now parliament is closed, elections are canceled, and anyone spreading “false” information can be imprisoned for five years. Democracy has been replaced by rule of decree.

The Guardian wrote that the new law gives Orbán “what amounts to one-man rule in an EU state.” Richard Palmer, assistant managing editor for theTrumpet.com, formulated it more clearly: “Coronavirus Brings the EU Its First Dictator.”

Orbán’s power grab may affect the whole Continent. “Hungary’s prime minister has abolished democracy,” Spiegel Online warned on April 3. “If the EU does not act, authoritarianism will spread in Europe.” But the EU did not act to punish Orbán—it did nothing. And what Spiegel warned of is exactly what the Bible says will happen: Authoritarianism will spread in Europe!

Is the acceptance of Orbán’s dictatorship in the EU a sign that the time has come for Europe’s 10 kings to emerge? It is almost certain that Hungary will be part of the coming 10-nation European superpower.

“Hungary’s prime minister has abolished democracy. If the EU does not act, authoritarianism will spread in Europe.”
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For decades following World War ii, Hungary was under Soviet rule. As our free booklet He Was Right explains, it was partly due to the Catholic Church’s influence that Hungary joined the European Union. Hungary has for centuries been ruled by the Habsburg dynasty. The religion, culture and ties to Rome outlasted its occupation by the Soviet Union.

The Plain Truth wrote in February 1972: “One of the biggest roles desired by the Vatican is that of mediator between East and West. … The Vatican, you can be sure, will continue to do its part in courting the Eastern European countries. Its Ostpolitik has been to bring them back into the ‘fold’ for a long time. And that is certainly the path it must continue to travel.”

This astonishing forecast is proving true! The Catholic Church has done its part to break Hungary’s strong ties to Russia, and there are indications it is enabling Orbán’s recent power grab.

Orbán has formed an alliance with the Catholic Church and with Calvinist churches in Hungary. He handed Hungary’s educational system back to the churches and cooperates with the Catholic Church in the Middle East, restoring churches and rebuilding Christian communities. In 2019, Orbán was listed in “Top 10 People” of the American Catholic magazine Inside the Vatican.

Orbán’s cooperation with the Catholic Church is most astonishing if you consider that he himself is Calvinist. He recognizes the power the Catholic Church has in his country and globally and seeks its alliance. This cooperation with Europe’s churches continued while Orbán pursued dictatorial powers.

European leaders are increasingly behaving like dictators and assuming dictatorial power. The people of Europe are being conditioned to accept more tyrannical leadership. Yet these rising strongmen are not yet united as the Bible says they will be. The Holy Roman Empire yet lacks its overarching leader.

One Strongman

The coronavirus is causing more and more people in Europe to talk about the need for a strongman. Zeit Online further wrote that “the longing for the proverbial strongman, who finally takes action, will grow stronger” (op cit). There is a lack of leadership to effectively deal with the virus and economic issues. People want that vacuum filled.

When we see a news source talking about Europeans longing for a “strongman,” it really arrests our attention! We have been prophesying about this individual’s arrival for many years—and now, news sources are talking about it more publicly than ever. The greater the crises it experiences, the more its people will cry out for a strongman to guide them and deal with this problem. (Read more about this in our last Trumpet issue: “Will Coronavirus Wreck the EU?”)

Bible prophecy shows this strongman is coming! Here is how the Prophet Daniel describes this individual: “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 [mightily, it should read], and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people” (Daniel 8:23-24). This strongman will rule “not by his own power”—but by Satan’s power. He will have a mind change because the devil will get to him (Habakkuk 1:11) and use him as a tool to wreak tremendous destruction!

Daniel wrote that this man will “destroy the mighty and the holy people.” That is referring to the 95 percent of God’s own people who turned away from God in the end time. God will plunge His rebellious people into the Great Tribulation if they don’t repent before that time. Of all people, they should know what is happening and obey God, but they are not.

We all need to understand better why this is happening! Revelation 17:17 says that “God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will ….” While Satan is controlling this empire, God is using it all to bring people to repentance. He wants them to turn from the ways of this world and its evils and turn to Him!

Led by Germany

Isaiah 10 tells us that this empire will most certainly be led by Assyria, which is biblically prophetic language for modern-day Germany. The Germans are a great people in many ways, but they have also started two world wars, and your Bible says they will be responsible for starting a third!

Germany has already risen to unmatched power within Europe. From the beginning of the European unification project, Germany has worked to dominate and even domineer. If it had really repented of its sins of World War ii, in which over 60 million people died, it would not be doing that today.

Britain left the European Union because it could see what was happening and would not submit to that. Bible prophecy also made clear that Britain would not be part of the EU, which is why we foretold its exit for decades.

In 1978, with Britain firmly entrenched in the European Economic Community, Mr. Armstrong continued to prophesy of a “soon-coming resurrected ‘Holy Roman Empire’—a sort of soon-coming ‘United States of Europe’—a union of 10 nations to rise up out of or following the Common Market of today.” In conclusion of the article he wrote: “Britain will not be in that empire soon to come.”

How accurate this forecast was!

In 1945, when Germany was still smoldering in ruins after World War ii, he said, “Europe, or Germany, is going to rise again, and so is the Holy Roman Empire.” The sixth resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, led by Hitler, had just been defeated. But when all the world said Germany would never rise again, Mr. Armstrong prophesied it would—and would lead the most tyrannical and destructive resurrection by far!

In 1967, Mr. Armstrong said that once the population of Europe came together, you would see a superpower that would probably grow to become the greatest power on Earth. That power is forming now. Germany is the third-leading exporting nation in the world. It is an economic and political powerhouse. It has grown to a prominence that the Allies in World War ii pledged it would never have again. Even militarily, it has become extraordinarily powerful.

During the Cold War, the leading generals in Europe adamantly warned that rearming Germany to help fight off the Soviet Union was a calculated risk. But we decided to take that risk. The world is about to experience the terrifying results of rearming the German war machine.

When the Prophet Daniel saw visions of what this empire would do in the end time, he was so astonished that he fainted! (Daniel 8:27). Now, unless this world repents and heeds God’s warning, we are going to literally experience those events Daniel saw only in vision! We need to do some deep repenting, and quickly, because time is running out.

Prince of Peace

The coronavirus has created problems for Europe that have increased the pressure for unity. Right now, Europe is weak and divided—a condition that the German people, most of all, cannot live with. They are going to respond, you can be sure. People’s yearning for a “strongman, who finally takes action, will grow stronger.” And they will get their strongman. That man will hijack Europe and transform it into another iteration of the Holy Roman Empire, just as previous strongmen have done including Charlemagne, Otto the Great and Adolf Hitler.

The details of these prophecies we have been proclaiming for over 75 years are now coming to pass. You can see even the twigs on the tree beginning to sprout.

I hope you will repent and heed God’s message, so God can help you and protect you through the terrible times that are coming.

But even in all of this terrible news, there is good news. Daniel 8:25 reads, “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; but he shall be broken without hand.” This powerful strongman will act like he wants peace when he really wants war. But he will make the terrible mistake of fighting against Jesus Christ Himself! Is that logical? This illustrates how evil that empire is! But at His return, Jesus Christ will destroy this man and the armies of the Holy Roman Empire.

This world knows so little about God and His prophecies. They simply don’t understand what is written in the Bible. But you can. This is all explained in our booklets Daniel—Unsealed at Last! and He Was Right (all our literature is free).

People must start looking to God and His Word. That is the only way we can have peace in this world. True peace is coming shortly—in just a very few years! We can thank God for that!

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Donald Trump Is the Greatest World Leader Since Churchill

President-elect Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Donald Trump Is the Greatest World Leader Since Churchill

At the end of May 1940, with British troops in full-scale retreat to Dunkirk, and France about to fall, Winston Churchill, British prime minister for only two weeks at this point, faced the biggest decision of the war and of his life: Should he negotiate a peace settlement with “that man”?

This decision was made considerably more difficult by the fact that colleagues, led by esteemed Foreign Secretary Viscount Halifax, believed Britain must sue for peace. The pressure on Churchill was immense. Halifax and his supporters were men of prodigious knowledge, experience and eloquence. Their arguments were persuasive. These men were “experts.”

Thankfully for us all, Churchill rejected the advice of these experts. In a speech to members of the outer cabinet on May 28, he laid out his view on surrender, concluding the message with these now-immortal words: “If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground.”

Rejecting the counsel of Halifax and his panel of experts was one of the greatest acts of leadership Winston Churchill ever displayed.

Ultimately, leadership isn’t about IQ or eloquence. It isn’t about being great at managing a committee or leading like-minded people. It’s not being the loudest or toughest guy (or girl) in the room, or the most creative, talented or sophisticated.

Leadership is being able to see what others do not see, then helping others see what you see. It’s about having a clearly defined set of values and principles and defending them at any cost. Leadership takes all the facts, evidence and expert opinions, rationally distills and processes them, and makes informed, balanced, lawful and sound decisions that benefit the majority. Leadership is about recognizing untruths, threats and disreputable figures and policies. More than that, great leaders expose and confront lies, deceit and corruption, even when it means “choking in [your] own blood upon the ground.”

Leadership is about consistent, sacrificial service to a right and noble cause. Winston Churchill, one of history’s greatest leaders, embodied these characteristics.

And so does United States President Donald Trump.

In a world where admiring Donald Trump is widely considered a cardinal sin, such a statement sounds ridiculous. Some will accuse me of president-worship. But those who read to the end will see that this article is ultimately not about Donald Trump.

Think about it. Throughout the coronavirus crisis, while most leaders timidly deferred to the experts (activist scientists brandishing flawed models) and social influencers (the media), America’s president bravely critiqued and questioned. Mr. Trump hasn’t handled the crisis perfectly, but his initial instincts proved correct. He hasn’t been afraid to say “No” to the experts. Thanks almost solely to its president, America was one of the slowest to enter lockdown and is one of the fastest to come out.

Leadership means standing for principle and truth, even against massive opposition and no matter the consequences. Think about Mr. Trump’s willingness to defend traditional America, the Constitution and the rule of law, and American values against violent attacks by the radical left. He understands the radical left better than most people, even most conservatives. He sees truth and realities others simply do not. And where many tolerate lies and injustices, and shy away from confrontation, America’s president rolls up his sleeves and clenches his fists. He’s the only top leader in America willing to attack and expose the radical left!

Most leaders today use language that is vague and noncommittal; they hedge, ramble and obfuscate. Donald Trump nails his colors to the mast. He speaks the truth as he sees it, sometimes ineloquently and tactlessly, but always with candor and force, and with clarity of purpose. In Britain, trying to figure out where Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands on the lockdown is now a national pastime. My friends in America always know where their leader stands.

Leadership means inspiring followers through crisis by making them understand you believe in them. Where others treat citizens like children, banishing them to their rooms “for their own protection,” Donald Trump sees the American people as brave warriors. He says it often: “We have to be warriors. We can’t keep our country closed down for years. [W]e have to do something.” Who doesn’t love being called a warrior?

Like Churchill, Mr. Trump projects confidence and hope. Rather than focus on the past, he concentrates on the brighter days ahead. He wrote in a tweet from March 16, as the nation was freaking out, “Everybody is so well unified and working so hard. It is a beautiful thing to see. They love our great Country. We will end up being stronger than ever before!”

One of the telltale signs that Churchill was a brave and brilliant leader was the way he was treated by the mainstream media and the political establishment. It was the same with Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and others. These men were often reviled by the sophisticated elite. Judging strictly by this standard, Donald Trump might be one of the greatest leaders this world has ever seen.

Churchill had plenty of detractors, but he wasn’t as widely, viciously and personally reviled as Donald Trump. The president is relentlessly bombarded with lies and slandered as corrupt. From the summer of 2016, he has faced down one accusation after another (colluding with Russia to rig an election, being racist and sexist, sexual assault, obstruction of Congress and abuse of power). The president’s diction is occasionally imperfect, but his words are always misconstrued and manipulated. Every program and policy, every person connected to him, is attacked. Every press conference is a feeding frenzy. He could be the most hated world leader on Earth.

But none of this bogs Donald Trump down. He doesn’t cower in fear; he hasn’t quit. He remains remarkably effective and productive, even as his enemies attack with astonishing passion and hatred.

President Trump is a truly extraordinary leader—perhaps the greatest world leader since Churchill himself.

But we must keep this in perspective. What is it that really makes this man impressive?

Donald Trump’s greatest strength is also his greatest weakness. This man’s epic self-confidence, his total trust in himself, his belief that he is invincible, is going to cause him massive problems.

In Romans 13:1, the Apostle Paul writes that “the powers that be are ordained of God.” God sanctions, and sometimes directly endorses, world leaders. In the case of Donald Trump, Bible prophecy shows that God is very intimately involved in his presidency and leadership.

We have repeatedly explained the prophecies in Amos 7 and 2 Kings 14 in recent years (if you are unfamiliar with them, please read Great Again, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry). These prophecies reveal that America’s president fills the role of an end-time Jeroboam ii. Anciently, King Jeroboam ii of Israel was an extraordinarily successful king. Much like Donald Trump has done with America, this ancient king presided over a stunning political, military and material renaissance in Israel.

But notice the ultimate source of Jeroboam’s success: “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 [the Lord] saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash” (2 Kings 14:26-27). God was clearly the supreme architect behind the accomplishments of King Jeroboam ii.

It is the same today: God is the protagonist in the dramatic, ongoing tale of Donald Trump!

“God saved Israel—‘by the hand of’ King Jeroboam ii,” wrote Mr. Flurry in “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.” “Despite the curses Israel was under, and despite Jeroboam’s personal wickedness and the sins of the nation, Jeroboam ended up reigning for 41 long years! … This resurgence was not because of any personal greatness or leadership skill by Jeroboam. It was because God took pity on Israel in its affliction. It was because God did not want the name of Israel blotted out. It was because God saved Israel!”

Like Jeroboam anciently, Mr. Trump is a carnal, deeply sinful man. Some of the accusations made against him are fair and accurate. But we must not allow Donald Trump’s imperfections—often exaggerated by the media’s terrible hatred—prevent us from seeing that God is using him in a powerful way!

“It is critical that we realize why this resurgence!” Mr. Flurry continued. “God Himself is pushing back against the Satan-inspired forces that would have destroyed this nation! He is exposing those forces so we can see them clearly. And He is using a man to save the superpower of prophetic Israel, the United States—temporarily.”

This is why Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry talks so much about Donald Trump, Barack Obama and the ongoing conflict on his Trumpet Daily Radio Show. All of this was prophesied to happen right before the return of Jesus Christ! These events announce this epic soon-coming event!

If you take anything from this article, it must be this: God is ultimately responsible for the leadership and accomplishments of America’s president! God is using this man to save Israel one last time. After this has happened, Israel and the world will enter the time period known as the “great tribulation” (Matthew 24:21).

Donald Trump does not understand this, and he’s too vain to admit it if he did. Don’t make the same mistake. America’s president is living, daily proof of God and the phenomenal accuracy of Bible prophecy.