China-Europe Freight Train Traffic Is Full-Steam Ahead

A China-Europe freight train from Germany arrives at Zhengzhou Station, in China’s Henan province on February 28.
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China-Europe Freight Train Traffic Is Full-Steam Ahead

‘The stable operation of China-Europe cargo trains has remained a reliable transportation channel connecting China, Europe and countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.’

Freight train traffic between China and Europe hit a record high in April despite covid-19 slamming the brakes on much global trade, highlighting the increasing resiliency of China-Europe commerce.

Representatives from the China State Railway Group told China Daily on May 2 that 979 trains crossed the thousands of miles between China and Europe during April. This represents a 46 percent increase over last April’s cargo train traffic.

Each train hauled an average of 90 teus, or 20-foot-equivalent units of cargo, marking a 50 percent increase over the April 2019 figure.

Broadening the view to look at January to April, the same trend is clear: A total of 2,920 trains hauled cargo between China and Europe during those months, representing a 24 percent increase over the same time period last year.

Significantly, these increases occurred while covid-19 and the reaction to it derailed economic activity around the world: Supply chains have been broken, debt of all kinds has soared, production has plummeted, and many industries have slowed to a crawl or stopped altogether. Yet cargo trains are making the journey between China and Europe in record numbers, and hauling record amounts of freight.

The trade’s resiliency stems largely from the fact that much of the cargo is comprised of medical supplies such as ventilators, test kits and masks that China is freighting into European nations such as Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic and Italy. Chinese leader Xi Jinping said China’s sales of medical equipment to Europe builds a “Health Silk Road” that parallels his signature project the Belt and Road Initiative (bri).

The bri is intended to re-create the ancient Silk Road—a network of routes that enabled the flow of goods and ideas across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Since early in his presidency, Xi has worked to persuade countries in those regions to cooperate with China to build rail lines, roads, bridges and ports that reconstruct and greatly expand upon those ancient routes. It is all for the purpose of more strongly linking the rest of the world to China, and ultimately reshaping the international system in a way that positions China at its center.

The bri has faced obstacles, delays and disruptions, including pushback from nations that blame the Chinese Communist Party for unleashing the coronavirus on the world. But the record rail traffic between China and Europe shows that since much bri infrastructure is now firmly in place, many of China’s goals for the project are already being accomplished.

A China State Railway Group representative said: “The stable operation of China-Europe cargo trains has remained a reliable transportation channel connecting China, Europe and countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, displaying its strategic value of ensuring the international supply chain amid the escalating situation of the novel coronavirus outbreak worldwide.”

The increasing resiliency of trade between China and Europe, thanks largely to bri progress, takes on extraordinary significance when viewed through the lens of Bible prophecy. More than 2,500 years ago, God inspired the Prophet Isaiah to write about a globe-girdling, anti-American trade bloc that would be formed 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. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry discusses this name in his booklet Isaiah’s End-Time Vision, writing: “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 deepen and strengthen 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 discusses 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 enter into a “brief alliance” with the German-led European bloc, and together they are “going to besiege America, Britain and the Jewish nation.”

This shows that chaotic times are rapidly approaching. But the Scriptures show that the chaos will not endure for long, and will be immediately followed by the most tranquil era in mankind’s history. Mr. Flurry writes: “[W]hat a dynamic market of nations it is. … But that trading partnership won’t last long. Soon they will clash, just before Jesus Christ returns and destroys both of them” (ibid).

To understand the significance of the increasing resiliency of China-Europe trade and how it connects to Christ’s return, order your free copy of Mr. Flurry’s booklet Isaiah’s End-Time Vision.

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President Trump: Obamagate ‘Biggest Political Crime in American History’

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President Trump: Obamagate ‘Biggest Political Crime in American History’

Corrupt law enforcement, led by former President Barack Obama, conspired to overthrow the government of the United States.

United States President Donald Trump has claimed that former President Barack Obama committed “the biggest political crime in American history, by far!” He made this claim in a May 10 Twitter post, adding the next day that “OBAMAGATE makes Watergate look small time!”

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According to recently released documents, outgoing President Obama knew the details of conversations between incoming Trump administration National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He was wiretapping Flynn’s phone calls.

On Jan. 5, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates met with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. After this meeting, Obama told Yates that he had “learned of the information about Flynn” and his discussions with the Russian ambassador. Kislyak’s phone calls were being wiretapped.

Yates later told fbi agents that she was “surprised by the information she was hearing [and] that she was having a hard time processing it and listening to the conversation at the same time.” The outgoing president was spying on an incoming presidential administration.

Flynn was later fired from the Trump administration for misleading the fbi and Vice President Mike Pence about the content of his communications with the Russian ambassador. But his crime was lying, not speaking to the Russian ambassador (that is legal for an incoming national security advisor). But the real scandal is that Obama spied on the administration of a duly-elected president and then lied about his wiretapping.

Yates related to the fbi that Comey mentioned the Logan Act in regards to Flynn during their Jan. 5, 2017, meeting. This likely unconstitutional 1799 law prohibits private individuals from discussing foreign policy with foreign governments but does not apply to incoming presidential administrations. Obama and his top brass spied on conversations between Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador and then accused Flynn of violating this obscure law. This prompted Flynn to lie about the fact that he discussed sanctions with the ambassador in order to protect himself and made the Trump campaign look like it was guilty of worse crimes. In espionage lingo, Flynn walked into a “perjury trap.”

Once the public saw that Flynn was guilty of lying about his conversation with the Russian ambassador, they were more likely to believe that the Trump campaign was also guilty of illegally colluding with the Russian government to steal the 2016 presidential election. This perjury trap was a key element in launching the Mueller investigation and the impeachment campaign against President Trump. It confirms the significance of the Jan. 5, 2017, meeting that Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry emphasized two years ago.

“On Jan. 5, 2017, outgoing President Barack Obama and his team held a crucial meeting with top federal law enforcement officials including then fbi Director James Comey, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper,” Mr. Flurry wrote in “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.” “These officials, led by Obama, were trying to figure out how to continue an investigation on the next sitting president, who would be their own boss! And it was based on a deceitful premise—what was essentially political propaganda! … We are getting a hard look at just what the radical left is willing to do in order to seize power and stay in power. They have no respect for the rule of law!”

When Mr. Flurry wrote these words, media sources were condemning those who insinuated that Obama spied on the Trump administration as conspiracy theorists. Now Sally Yates is admitting how shocked she was that Obama knew the details of Flynn’s phone calls. Obama was using the powers of the U.S. government to frame Donald Trump and overturn the result of the 2016 election. As Mr. Flurry put it, “You don’t have to know a lot about government to know that attempting to remove a lawfully elected president from office using unverified propaganda is treason of the highest level! Corrupt law enforcement officials, led by Barack Obama and with the help of Hillary Clinton, conspired to overthrow the government of the United States! If that is not treason, then what is?”

President Trump is not exaggerating by calling Obamagate the “biggest political crime in American history.” If Obama and his top brass could have kept Donald Trump out of office, they would have effectively staged a coup d’état by overturning the results of a democratic election—effectively ending America as a constitutional republic.

Yet even now Obama will not admit error but instead is warning that the “rule of law” is at risk in America because the Department of Justice has dropped the charges against Flynn. If Obama and his fellows can convince millions of Americans that President Trump is an illegitimate leader, many of these people may feel justified to rebel against the Trump administration. When people lose faith in the system, they will seek to tear it down. The Bible reveals that such protests will eventually become very violent.

In The United States and Britain in Prophecy, the late Herbert W. Armstrong explained how modern-day Britain and America descended from ancient Israel. The Bible records that in the time just before Jesus Christ’s return, sinful behavior among Americans would lead to a revolution so devastating that no one will want to lead.

“And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable. When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand: In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people. For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory” (Isaiah 3:4-8).

This passage describes a time in America when youths rebel and everyone is oppressed by his neighbor. This prophecy is ultimately fulfilled after America has been economically besieged by hostile nations—it will be hard to find either food or clothing, and no one will want to lead this destitute nation. The reason for this destruction is that the words and deeds of the people are against God.

The temporary revival America is now experiencing is a last chance for the nation to repent of the sins that have allowed so much corruption to seep into the nation’s government. But this window of time will not stay open long. To understand what God wants Americans to learn from the political scandals dominating the news cycle, read “America Has Been ‘Fundamentally Transformed,’” by Mr. Flurry.

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Justice Department Drops Case Against General Flynn

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Justice Department Drops Case Against General Flynn

One man is exonerated while an entire past administration is incriminated.

The United States Department of Justice dropped its case against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) on Thursday, May 7, following the release of court documents that revealed that the case against him was a setup. Flynn’s vindication, spearheaded by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, is another victory for President Donald Trump in his battle to take back control of the Justice Department.

In the court documents filed on May 7, Flynn’s prosecutors admitted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s interview of General Flynn was “unjustified” and was not “conducted with a legitimate investigative basis.” Attorney General Barr said the fbi’s investigation laid “a perjury trap for General Flynn.”

The “deep state’s” hatred for General Flynn goes back to when he served as former President Barack Obama’s director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014. He was forced out of the Obama administration over strong dissent about President Obama’s Islamic State strategy and the Iran nuclear deal, among other things.

After being ousted, Flynn became an outspoken critic of the Obama administration. In November 2015, Flynn called for an investigation into the Obama administration’s weak handling of the Islamic State that was contrary to intel-community warnings. In an interview with Fox News, Flynn called for the investigation “to start at the top,” to begin with Obama himself (emphasis added).

Then Donald Trump selected Flynn as his first national security advisor. Speaking at Trump’s July 2016 Ohio Republican convention, Flynn said:

Tonight, Americans stand as one, with strength and confidence to overcome the last eight years of the Obama-Clinton failures, such as bumbling indecisiveness, willful ignorance and total incompetence. It has challenged the very heart and soul of every American and single-handedly brought continued mayhem, murder and destruction into our neighborhoods and onto the world’s streets.

After the Trump victory in November 2016, Flynn spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak over the phone on Dec. 22, 2016, requesting that Russia vote against or delay the pending UN resolutions concerning Israeli settlements, which the incoming administration—President Trump’s administration—would be against.

In January 2017, a “high-ranking” Obama official leaked Flynn’s transcript to David Ignatius at the Washington Post, which is a felony. As PJ Media reported later, the leak “remains the only serious crime to have emerged in the Russia investigation.”

With the deep state determined to take Flynn out for his actions and in a combined effort to take down President Trump, the fbi opened a criminal investigation on Flynn, an extension of its Russia probe against President Trump.

On Jan. 24, 2017, just two days after Flynn had been sworn in as national security advisor, fbi special agents Joe Pientka and Peter Strzok interviewed Flynn at the White House. The fbi agents made it out to be a casual discussion, but they were there to entrap him. They didn’t warn Flynn of what they were doing, as is normal protocol; they bypassed the Justice Department and White House protocols, early warning signals that this was “not a legitimate counterintelligence investigation,” as Barr told cbs News.

In 2018, then fbi Director James Comey bragged on msnbc that he just sent the two fbi agents into the White House, foregoing all the required approvals, saying that this was something he probably wouldn’t have “gotten away with” in a more organized administration. He admitted to taking advantage of the Trump transition.

During the January 2017 interview, Flynn was asked about the two conversations he had with Ambassador Kislyak in December 2016, when Flynn was still a private citizen and before Trump took office.

Because of the investigation against him, Flynn resigned on Feb. 13, 2017, acknowledging that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and others in the administration about his conversations with Kislyak. “I inadvertently briefed the vice president elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador,” Flynn said.

The deep state got what they wanted: Flynn was out. But they didn’t stop there. The Mueller probe went on to charge him with lying to fbi agents. While this was a setup to trap Flynn, the Justice Department inadvertently set a trap for itself, as recent weeks have proved.

Instead of taking him to court, the Justice Department forced Flynn into a plea bargain. In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to fbi agents about his phone conversations with the Russian ambassador. In return, the Justice Department agreed not to go after his son.

Though Flynn’s lawyers at the time capitulated, under the direction of his new lawyer, Sidney Powell, Flynn retracted his guilty plea in January this year. And with the help of other legal appointments through Attorney General Barr, revealing court documents have been released.

On April 29, the handwritten notes from discussions between top fbi officials Bill Priestap, James Comey and Andrew McCabe about the January 2017 interview were released to the public.

“What is our goal?” one of the notes read. “Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”

As Powell put it, the notes proved “Mr. Flynn’s allegations of having been deliberately set up and framed by corrupt agents.” On the same day the notes were released, Powell told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that there was “[a]buse of their authority at every turn … because they were determined to take [Flynn] out.”

Kimberley Strassel at the Wall Street Journal, in her article “The FBI’s Flynn Outrage,” documented the string of evidence of “law enforcement’s abuse of power.”

While the law allows for investigators to wiretap foreigners, there are strict protections for the privacy of American citizens—privacy protocols that the investigators ignored when they “unmasked” Flynn and the transcripts of his calls to the press.

After finding nothing unlawful to investigate from the calls, the interview that followed in January 2017 was an attempt to trap Flynn. The fbi already had the transcript of the call, so this was not what the interview was about. As Strassel wrote, “The only reason for an interview was to coax Mr. Flynn into saying something at odds with that transcript. They worked hard at it.”

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller got involved, Flynn “initially explained that he misremembered what he’d discussed with the Russian, a highly plausible claim. But Mr. Mueller’s lawyers pursued him to near penury and threatened to prosecute his son,” which led to the plea deal.

Strassel went on to explain why all of these revelations are so frightening:

The fbi exists to investigate crimes, not to create them. Some might add this shameful behavior to the long list of the fbi’s “collusion” malfeasance: the surveillance-court abuse, the Steele dossier, the leaks. But the Flynn case is something different. This isn’t the fbi playing fast and loose with sources or the courts. This is law enforcement abusing its most tyrannical power—to strip citizens of their reputations, their livelihoods and their liberty.

The fbi’s treatment of Mr. Flynn lives up to Americans’ worst fears.

Attorney General Barr is continuing to investigate the abuse of power at the highest levels and warned that there will be consequences for these actions once they have proved criminal behavior “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Meanwhile, President Trump blasted the Obama administration about the revelations, saying: “[W]hat the Obama administration did is unprecedented. It’s never happened. … A thing like this has never happened before in the history of our country. I hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price because they’re dishonest, crooked people. They’re scum, and I say it a lot. … They’re human scum. This should never have happened in this country.”

President Trump has spent his entire presidency fighting these “dishonest, crooked people.” Slowly but surely, with the help of men like Attorney General Barr who fight to uphold the Constitution, he is achieving his stated goal: to drain the swamp.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry forecast these very revelations in his article “Can President Trump Get Control of His Own Divided Government?” He wrote that with Barr involved, the deep state was now “being pursued by a man who reveres the law and loves the Constitution. I believe we are going to start to get an even clearer view of the rot that was there, and it will be significantly cleaned up!” The scandal-ridden Obama administration is slowly but surely being exposed, and President Trump is consistently coming out on top.

As Mr. Flurry pointed to in his article, this “rot” within America’s government is actually a sickness that plagues the entire nation. In Isaiah 1:4, God calls America a “sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord ….” In verse 5, He draws particular attention to the corruption in the government, saying that “the whole head is sick.”

We are getting a vivid picture of this description in Isaiah as the deep state is exposed. Mr. Flurry wrote that this sickness would never “have seen daylight had Mr. Trump not won the election. But God wanted it exposed ….” Not only will it be exposed, but as Mr. Flurry went on to say, “President Trump will actually gain more control of these government agencies that have been working to unseat him.”

This forecast is based on a prophecy found in Amos 7 of an end-time Jeroboam gaining control of America. (Mr. Flurry proves Donald Trump’s identity as an end-time type of Jeroboam in his free booklet Great Again.) In verse 13, Amos is told to “prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.” It is the king’s chapel and the king’s court—Jeroboam controls them!

Mr. Flurry explains that this verse implies that Trump will gain a strong religious backing, “king’s chapel.” He then explains the “king’s court”:

In Washington, D.C., is the Supreme Court building, where judges are to interpret the law. In the same area are buildings for the cia, the fbi, the Justice Department, the State Department, the Pentagon and others. … It is logical this prophecy is talking about these government structures, or agencies. After all, if Jeroboam is going to be used to save Israel, he would need the law on his side. He wouldn’t be able to use the government like he needed to without the legal structure behind him. He needs that power. The leader of end-time Israel in Amos 7 has a lot of power, but he has had to fight to get that power and hold it.

It is through these prophecies, and others, that Mr. Flurry is able to foresee the direction America is heading under President Trump. To understand these prophecies more thoroughly, and where this temporary resurgence is heading, please read Mr. Flurry’s article “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.”

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Europe vs. Donald Trump

European leaders are boldly attacking America and its president.

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Germany Bolsters Sahel Troops

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Germany Bolsters Sahel Troops

The Sahel may look like a second Afghanistan right now, but that’s not how Germany’s involvement there will end.

Germany’s federal government increased the size of its troop deployment in the Sahel and broadened the territory it covers, reported German-Foreign-Policy.com on May 8. Terrorism in North Africa increased severely during the first four months of this year, prompting Germany to get more deeply involved. Some are beginning to call the mission a hopeless entanglement, comparing it to Afghanistan. While this may seem true at present, it is not how Germany’s war against radical Islam will end.

Germany has allowed up to 450 soldiers to be deployed in Mali under a European Union legal framework, in addition to 1,100 already approved by the Bundestag as part of a United Nations mission. This is an increase of 100 troops. More importantly, their reach has increased. All may now operate within the five Sahel nations: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. However, not everything Germany does fits within its national laws: Members of its special forces train their counterparts in Niger without consent from Germany’s parliament.

Terrorism in the Sahel is getting worse. Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, told the UN on January 8 that “the region has experienced a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets.” Attacks have increased by five times since 2016, causing more than 4,000 reported deaths in 2019, compared to 770 three years earlier. The beginning of this year was no exception. Chad suffered its deadliest ever terror attack on March 23, when a faction of Boko Haram killed 92 soldiers. In Niger, another faction of Boko Haram killed 47 soldiers in an ambush on a military convoy on March 24. On the same day, terrorists struck as far south as Mozambique. An armed group belonging to the Islamic State seized the strategic port town of Mocimboa da Praia and held out until government troops liberated it the following day. Mozambique is not a Sahel nation but does host valuable gas exploration ventures by European and American companies, worth up to $60 billion.

German-Foreign-Policy.com reported that observers are comparing the situation, with its rise in attacks and increasing European military activity, to America’s quagmire in Afghanistan. However, it will not end this way, though the situation seems out of control.

“Northern Africa is turning into a battleground with enormously important prophetic implications,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in a 2013 issue of the Trumpet. He warned, “Iran isn’t the only one interested in Africa. Germany is making strong inroads as well. Both of these powers are racing to get as much control of North Africa as they can.” This is clearly evident today. Germany increased its presence in the vital Sahel region. On January 13, French President Emmanuel Macron declared that France would also step up its presence by committing more troops. Amid all this, America is considering packing up. “The resources which the Pentagon devotes to Africa or the Middle East could be reduced or redirected either to improve the readiness of our forces in the United States or in the Pacific,” said Gen. Mark Milley at a January nato meeting.

Europe knows that it must stamp out terrorism in the Sahel in order to slow the spread of jihad in North Africa, where many of its strategic oil reserves are found. North Africa is also the gateway for migration to Europe, something terrorists have taken advantage of.

As America withdraws, Mr. Flurry has stated that European activity in opposition to Iran and its terrorist proxies will increase. “They will inevitably clash with each other,” he said. How could he be so certain?

“A great prophecy of your Bible is about to be fulfilled!” he wrote. “You need to watch what is happening in the Middle East and Africa!”

The Bible describes this clash, which will soon shake Africa, the Middle East and the world: “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” (Daniel 11:40). In his free booklet The King of the South, Mr. Flurry explains that “the king of the north” represents a German-led European superpower, while “the king of the south” represents Iran and its terrorist proxies. He wrote:

This scripture describes a time when Germany’s Catholic empire will wage all-out war, throwing everything it has at radical Islam—and dominating it like a violent flood pouring in! …

“Whirlwind” is a very revealing word in this verse. It means to sweep away in a storm, according to Gesenius’ Lexicon. It can mean “to bristle with terror.” It can also mean terror stricken, or shivering with fear, invoking the creeping of the skin of one who is terror stricken.

This word has an unusual emphasis on terror! … Finally the terrorists will become terrorized!

Germany’s Sahel inroads are leading to this prophesied collision between Europe and radical Islam. Right now, Germany is surrounding Iran and its terror groups; you can read about that strategy in detail in our free booklet Germany’s Secret Strategy to Destroy Iran. Soon, as Iran continues to “push” at Europe, as shown in Daniel 11:40, Germany will go on the offensive.

This will signal a major change in the world order and the beginning of a worldwide conflict. To read more about the implications of Germany’s growing Sahel involvement, read The King of the South, by Gerald Flurry.

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German Court Plunges EU Into Existential Crisis

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German Court Plunges EU Into Existential Crisis

Germany’s highest court produced a surprise ruling last Tuesday that plunged the European Union into an existential crisis. And I mean existential in both ways. It threatens the EU’s survival. But it also has Europe questioning the nature of its existence. What is the EU? Why does it exist? Who ultimately runs it?

By forcing the EU to answer these questions—and giving it a hard deadline on producing the answer—the German court could accelerate a massive transformation in the Union that will have global ramifications.

“The decision has the potential to unleash a constitutional crisis in the EU’s biggest member state and, with it, the entire eurozone,” wrote the Financial Times. Project Syndicate warned that the ruling “risks sacrificing the euro and possibly even the European Union.” The Telegraph called it a “revolutionary moment for the European project.”

The question before the court revolved around the European Central Bank’s (ecb) behavior during the 2008 financial crisis. Since that crisis hit, the bank has basically been printing money and then lending that money to eurozone governments (you can read more about exactly how this “money printing” works in an article I wrote a fortnight ago). Germans saw their savings devastated by money printing in the 1930s. So, a group of financial experts and politicians challenged the printing through the German court system.

The German Constitutional Court—also known as Karlsruhe, after the city where it meets—had previously referred the matter to the European Court of Justice (ecj). But the ecj is a bit of a joke. There’s little evidence it judges the legal merits of a case. It simply rules in favor of the EU, gives more power to the EU, and then finds legal justification for it.

For 60 years, it has gotten away with that. But not this time. In what counts among lawyers as a blistering attack, Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled that the ecj had things badly wrong, so it would have to step in and take charge. The court decided that it could ignore the ecj’s ruling. The court then told the ecb that it had three months to stop money printing, convince the court to change its mind, or Germany’s central bank would have to pull out of the ecb. Losing the central bank of Europe’s largest economy would be a major blow to the eurozone and would quickly produce a crisis.

It’s easy to sympathize with the German court. The financial crisis has seen the EU repeatedly grab powers not delegated to it in any legitimate way. Lawyers are still debating the merits of the specific ruling. But the ecb’s money printing could affect hundreds of millions, and yet it has no specific democratic mandate.

But the ramifications of the ruling could be huge—and dangerous.

The End of the Euro?

The 2008 financial crisis exposed the fact that the eurozone cannot survive in its current form. A common currency without a stronger common government cannot work.

In the long run, the Italian government cannot pay its debts. But in the eurozone, it has no way of dealing with the problem. It can’t print money to inflate the debt away; it shares a currency with Germany, and Germany won’t let it do that much money printing. Such an effort would have to include much more money than is rolling off the presses today. But Germany won’t bail out Italy either. If Italy simply doesn’t pay back the debts and goes bankrupt, the ensuing economic crisis will hurt Germany badly because their economies are so closely intertwined.

The eurozone must move in one of two directions. It could fall apart, then Italy could print its own money and gradually inflate away its debts. Or it could move to become an American-style federal state.

Unlike the EU, there are many ways that American states pool resources to address a crisis. All Americans pay money into one federal pot, for example. The federal government oversees banks in all states and guarantees certain funds in an emergency. Money moves with ease around the union. There are no protests about bailing out struggling states because such bailouts happen gradually and invisibly.

The middle road the eurozone is traveling is a dead end. It will have to turn off at some point. But the EU has not reached the end of the road yet, because the ecb keeps printing money. That money printing solves nothing. But it pushes the crisis point off—and saves Europe’s leaders from making tough choices.

If Germany’s Constitutional Court succeeds in stopping the printing presses in three months’ time, it may force the crisis and, therefore, Europe’s transformation.

The ecb may be able to comply with the ruling by printing less money rather than no money at all; so, there may not be an immediate crisis. But its ability to paper over economic crises with money printing has been greatly limited.

It’s for this reason that Hans-Helmut Kotz, former board member at Germany’s central bank, suggested that this crisis could actually make the eurozone stronger. “It is now more likely that the European Union will be forced to confront the main institutional weakness of its monetary union head-on,” he wrote.

“Is this now Europe’s ‘Hamiltonian moment,’ in which it is forced to adopt a more federal—and, of course, democratically legitimized—fiscal policy?” he asked, referring to the moment when first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton pooled the states’ debt into one lump sum. In less technical terms, he’s asking, Could this be the moment Europe becomes a superstate?

Who Runs Europe?

The court’s ruling also raises important questions about who is really in charge. If a German court can overrule the ecj, then why can’t a Dutch or a Polish court? If national courts start withdrawing from portions of the EU they don’t like, does the whole thing come crashing down?

“If every constitutional court of every member state starts giving its own interpretation of what Europe can and cannot do, it’s the beginning of the end,” said former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt.

“Germany decides. That is the message the country’s constitutional court sent to the European Union on Tuesday,” wrote Politico. “For those in the bloc who fear its biggest member is already too powerful, Tuesday’s ruling will add fuel to the fire.”

Germany was the first country with the clout and self-confidence to directly challenge the ecj this way. But it may have paved the way for others.

Because of this, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (who is herself German) is threatening to sue Germany. “The final word on EU laws is always spoken in Luxembourg. Nowhere else,” she said.

It’s hard to see what this would achieve. The ecj would rule that it is the top dog. The German court would disagree, and we’d be back where we started. As Bloomberg noted, “[S]he must know that an ‘infringement proceeding’ by the EU against its largest and most powerful member state would drag on forever and stand little chance of success anyway.”

Brussels needs to think carefully before it triggers a showdown with Berlin over who is ultimately in charge. It probably won’t like the answer.

Is Europe a group of sovereign nations or a superstate? Was the EU created to facilitate free trade or to found a federal superstate. That really is the question to be decided here—and all the while with the prospect of a financial crisis looming over it all.

The euro project has always been about forcing Europe to unite. Its founders knew that a common currency without a common government could not work. They thought the euro could finally force reluctant populations to accept a strong European government. That would be the only alternative to perpetual economic crises. As former EU civil servant and author of The Rotten Heart of Europe Bernard Connolly warned in 2007: “And, whereas the mission of the Fed is to avoid a financial crisis, the mission of the ecb is to provoke one. The purpose of the crisis will be, as [Romano] Prodi, then Commission president, said in 2002, to allow the EU to take more power for itself.”

In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 crisis, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote that the crisis “will eventually force Europeans to succumb to a strong united government of Europe, led ultimately not from Brussels, but from Berlin” (original emphasis).

Germany’s Constitutional Court has accelerated that crisis. It could easily come in the following months. And at the same time, it is asserting Berlin’s ultimate control over the whole process of European unification.

The European Central Bank is printing money faster than ever to combat the economic effects of coronavirus. The court ruling isn’t directly about this latest round of money printing, but it will directly affect it. This money printing is keeping Italy afloat right now. If the court ruling interferes with it, we could see a crisis fast.

“One of the most important effects of the global panic over covid-19 has been almost overlooked,” wrote Mr. Flurry in the July Trumpet issue. “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.”

“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,” he wrote. “The coronavirus pandemic is helping usher in these 10 kings!”

“Many experts will tell you that Europe is about to break apart,” he added. “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!”

The court’s action has just brought that crisis forward.

The EU is clearly moving down the path that Herbert W. Armstrong forecast it would go in before it even started. On May 9, 1945—the day after Germany surrendered—he told his listeners that Germany would rise again as part of a “European union.”

The Plain Truth wrote in September 1967, half a century ago: “[I]f 300 million Europeans were united and could speak with one voice, this would excel any might in the world today …. One thing you can count on. In fact it is so sure you can bank on it: The cry of a political union in Europe will get louder and before long we will see the Common Market develop into a United States of Europe.”

Now a German court is setting itself up as Europe’s highest authority, and pushing the union toward becoming that United States of Europe. Mr. Armstrong’s forecasts have proved accurate because they are based on Bible prophecy.

The Bible says this Union will go on to become a true superpower—more powerful than even the United States. It will usher in a terrifying new age of force.

That is why you must watch closely for the arrival of this superstate. The Bible says that it will shake the world. But its rise is also powerful confirmation of the Bible’s relevance and accuracy in forecasting world events. Watching it rise proves that ultimately there is a God in control who has a plan for the fate of nations.

To learn more, read Mr. Flurry’s soon-coming article “Coronavirus and the Holy Roman Empire.”

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Ahmaud Arbery Killing Rocks America

Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse on May 8 in Brunswick, Georgia.
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Ahmaud Arbery Killing Rocks America

A tragedy has the potential to exacerbate America’s racial divide.

Two white men were arrested and charged with murder after a leaked 36-second video sparked a national outcry. The video showed Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, as they confronted and killed Ahmaud Arbery, 25, a black man. Arbery was jogging through Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, when the two men confronted him. After a scuffle between Travis and Arbery (it’s unclear who initiated contact), Travis shot Arbery with a shotgun.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Gregory and Travis McMichael on May 7, some 12 weeks after the shooting. The reason it took so long to arrest these men was that the police report of the incident indicated that Ahmaud was a suspected burglar who violently attacked Travis when he was approached and that Travis shot him in self-defense. But on May 5, a video of the incident, filmed by onlooker William Byran, was publicly released. This video shows that Gregory and Travis McMichael blocked the road with their truck; Arbery changed directions to avoid them; Travis McMichael moved to intercept Arbery while holding his shotgun, and then shot him during the ensuing fight.

The video soon went viral and prompted a national outcry. Georgia’s district attorney recommended the case go to a grand jury. Since courts in Georgia are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is unlikely that a grand jury would convene until at least mid-June. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has opened its own probe.

United States President Donald Trump has watched the video. “I saw the tape, and it’s very, very disturbing,” he told Fox News on May 8. He then added that he is leaving the matter to the state of Georgia, noting that there could be more to the incident than was shown in the video. “You know, it could be something that we didn’t see on tape,” he said.

Since Gregory McMichael is a former police detective and investigator for the Brunswick district attorney’s office, this murder case has raised some potentially disturbing questions about policing in Brunswick, Georgia. It is important to get to the bottom of what happened in Brunswick and see justice done in this tragedy. Unfortunately, there will undoubtedly be some powerful people who seek to exploit it for selfish purposes.

American basketball star LeBron James has already pointed to Arbery’s killing as evidence that black men like himself cannot even go jogging in America. “We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!” he posted on Instagram. In the past, exaggerated statements such as this from celebrities and politicians have helped inspire riots that resulted in millions of dollars in property damage.

“Race is a highly charged subject in the United States today; past wrongs and present inequalities create fertile ground for hurt, frustration and anger,” writes Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in his booklet Great Again. “It would be overstating it to say there is no racism among America’s law enforcement officers. But there are some who are scrutinizing and magnifying this issue for evil purposes. They are using it dishonestly to justify or excuse some terrifyingly dangerous behavior. They are stirring up emotion and anger—but none of it is truly intended to solve the problem.”

A sobering prophecy in Isaiah 1:7 shows that end-time Israel (the United States and Britain primarily) will be cursed with race problems as a result of its rebellion against God’s law: “Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.” This is a terrifying passage about strangers (non-Israelites living in the nations of Israel) rioting in the nation’s cities.

The sins of the American people will ignite further race problems until cities burn with fire. This is not a easy message to hear, but it comes from the Bible. “God is trying to help us see that something is frightfully wrong!” Mr. Flurry explains in Great Again. “He says, Don’t point fingers at the leaders, because you’re all to blame!” Please request a free copy of this booklet to learn more about where America’s race riots are leading and how God will restore America to greatness after its people finally turn to Him and repent.