German Bishops Admit Complicity With Nazi Crimes

Cesare Orsenigo with Hitler and von Ribbentrop in 1939
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German Bishops Admit Complicity With Nazi Crimes

Seventy-five years after the end of World War ii, the German branch of the Catholic Church has admitted it was complicit with the Third Reich. The German bishops published a 23-page document in early May describing the bishops’ conduct from 1939 to 1945. During that time, hundreds of priests accompanied the Wehrmacht on the front lines, thousands of churches and monasteries were converted into military hospitals, and tens of thousands of nuns fulfilled their “duty to the fatherland” by acting as nurses.

Questions and accusations have circulated for years regarding to what degree the Vatican, and Pope Pius xii, was aware or complicit with the Nazi atrocities.

The clergy has obfuscated the question for decades, but this new report comes as close to a “confession of guilt” as can be expected. The council writes: “In as much as the bishops did not oppose the war with a clear ‘no,’ and most of them bolstered the [German nation’s] will to endure, they made themselves complicit in the war. The bishops may not have shared the Nazis’ justification for the war on the grounds of racial ideology, but their words and their images gave succour both to soldiers and the regime prosecuting the war, as they lent the war an additional sense of purpose.”

Few people today have any knowledge of just how much Adolf Hitler learned from the Vatican. In his book The Psychopathic God—Adolf Hitler, Robert G. L. Waite quoted Hitler as saying: “Above all, I have learned from the Jesuit order.”

In 1929, Hitler was inspired by Benito Mussolini’s Lateran Treaty, which he signed with the Vatican. Four years later in 1933, just weeks after the Nazi Party seized power, Hitler signed the Reich Concordat. Immediately after gaining power, peace with the Catholic Church was at the top of Hitler’s priority list. Like Charlemagne and the Holy Roman emperors before him, he knew he needed the support of the Vatican if he was to have complete control of Germany, Europe and the world.

“There is no need to conceal that this is not an easy task for us,” said Georg Bätzing, bishop of Limburg and chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference. “We know that presiding over our predecessors as judge and jury does not suit us. No generation is free from judgments and prejudices that are shaped by its time. But those who come later must confront history, in order to learn from it.”

For the most part, the bishops of the war era enthusiastically endorsed the regime’s foreign policy. When Germany invaded Poland, the overwhelming majority of bishops threw the full weight of their support behind their country in patriotic obedience. The few bishops who criticized the regime were silenced by Cardinal Adolf Bertram. Konrad von Preysing of Berlin was the solitary voice against the regime.

The report argues that they were motivated by the Catholic doctrines of just war, nationalism and anti-Communist fervor: “[T]he Catholic Church in Germany was part of a society at war.” Head of the conference’s foreign affairs committee, Heiner Wilmer, bishop of Hildesheim, said: “Even if we can perceive that the bishops’ perspective on events shifted over the course of the war, they did not pay enough attention to the suffering of others.”

The Times’ Oliver Moody pointed out that the report says nothing of the years before the war. Many churches celebrated Hitler’s 50th birthday in 1939 by flying swastika flags and holding special prayers for the “fosterer and protector of the Reich.” In 1938, one bishop called for a “unanimous profession of loyalty to the great German fatherland,” following the annexation of Austria.

Pope Pius xii has long been criticized for his silence regarding the Holocaust. The Vatican has argued that he was silent out of fear that the Nazis would take revenge on German Catholics. In 2009, Pope Benedict xvi, who served in the Hitler Youth in Germany, commended Pope Pius’s “heroic virtues.”

To understand what really happened in the Vatican during the war, historians have been waiting to examine the Vatican’s sealed archive. Last year, Pope Francis said he would grant 200 historians access to examine the millions of documents in the archive. He said that the Catholic Church “has no fear of history.” In March of this year, about 60 historians began studying the files, only for the archive to be shut down a week later due to the coronavirus lockdown in Italy.

However, one week was enough for a German team from the University of Münster led by Herbert Wolf to find more evidence showing that the Vatican knew much more about the Nazi atrocities against the Jews than previously admitted. For more information about the material gathered from the archive, read Brent Nagtegaal’s article “The Vatican Knew of Jewish Genocide but Did Nothing.”

After having denied wrongdoing for so long, why are German bishops undermining their own position with this weak statement admitting guilt? Why now?

Could it be because they fear their history? Could it be because they know the truth would be revealed if historians were allowed to thoroughly examine the archive? Perhaps this partial admission of guilt is an effort to create some separation from their predecessors in advance to minimize the scandal when the truth emerges.

Our free reprint article “The Pope, the Vatican and the Holocaust” explains in detail the evidence of deeper collusion between the Vatican and the Third Reich.

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Russian Navy Bolsters Baltic Fleet With Cutting-edge Warships

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Russian Navy Bolsters Baltic Fleet With Cutting-edge Warships

The Russian Navy’s famous Baltic Fleet will soon be capable of greater destruction. How will European nations respond?

The commander of Russia’s Navy delivered a nationalistic message on May 18, honoring his country’s historic successes in the Baltic Sea—presently a region of tension between Russia and the nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization—and announcing that his Baltic Fleet would soon be strengthened by six advanced warships.

In an address commemorating Baltic Fleet Day, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov reminded Baltic Fleet sailors of their force’s rich history, having been founded under Peter the Great more than three centuries ago. He said the Baltic Fleet was a pillar of the navies of both Imperial Russia and later the Soviet Union and “won many brilliant victories over the enemy, who tried to push the Russian state off the Baltic coast.”

With the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, the fleet was stripped of crucial bases in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Oblast was left as its only port on the Baltic coast that does not freeze during winter months.

This was a major setback for the Baltic Fleet. But in the years since Vladimir Putin became head of Russia, rebuilding and modernizing the famous fleet has been a priority. Today, it is a balanced inter-arm force, operating surface vessels and submarines, aviation and air defense, and land troops. Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported in 2008 that the fleet was up to 75 combat ships of various kinds. It has become more central to Russia’s navy since 2018 when Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu pledged to conduct the “Ocean Shield” maritime exercises there annually, with more than 10,000 naval personnel and dozens of warships taking part.

“The Baltic Fleet today,” Yevmenov said, “is solving the most difficult tasks, effectively interacting with the forces of all the fleets of the Russian Navy, including as part of the Permanent Operational Formation of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean.”

The most significant part of Yevmenov’s message was an announcement that the fleet would be significantly growing. “[I]n the near term,” he said, “the surface component of the Baltic Fleet will be replenished with a series of six small missile ships.” The vessels will be Project 22800 Karakurt-class corvettes, built for augmented seaworthiness, advanced maneuverability and minimal radar signature.

All six of the 220-foot-long warships will be equipped with an eight-cell 3S-14 vertical launcher for Kalibr cruise missiles. Four will also be armed with the marine version of Russia’s Pantsir-M antiaircraft systems. Each is also expected to carry Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles.

With the additional six vessels, Yevmenov said, the Baltic Fleet will be equipped better than ever to “prevent sea threats in the operational zone of responsibility.”

This addition of warships to the Baltic Fleet is part of a broader buildup of military power by Putin’s Russia. A considerable portion of this buildup is occurring on Europe’s periphery or even in its heart—in Kaliningrad and Crimea. And the main significance of this development is the effect it will have on the nations of Europe.

‘Russia Frightens Europe—and Fulfills Bible Prophecy’

In 2018, after new satellite imagery revealed Russia’s expanding military might in Kaliningrad, cnn said the news was exacerbating hostilities between Moscow and Europe. “Tensions between Russia and the West,” it wrote, “have been at highs not seen since the Cold War.”

In the years since, those tensions have only increased.

A report last month by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (sipri) showed that Russia reentered the world’s top five military spenders last year. At the same time, Germany made the largest percentage increase in defense spending of any of the world’s top 15 spenders. sipri made clear that these two surges are deeply connected, writing: “The growth in German military spending can partly be explained by the perception of an increased threat from Russia.”

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has long said that the fear Europeans feel over Russia’s increasing power and authoritarianism is leading to the fulfillment of a specific Bible prophecy.

In 2004, just after Putin had manipulated an election in a fashion that tightened his grip on power, Mr. Flurry wrote that the move and “Europe’s acute fear” of it “caused a Bible prophecy to flash into [his] mind.”

In his article “Russia Frightens Europe—and Fulfills Bible Prophecy,” Mr. Flurry quoted parts of Daniel 11. Verses 40 and 44 say that in the near future, “tidings out of the east and out of the north” will “trouble” a power called “the king of the north.” Mr. Flurry explained that this is about modern-day Russia frightening modern-day Europe, and thereby prompting the Europeans to militarize and unite behind a strong leader.

He wrote that a combination of historical memory and current trends are leading to this outcome. “Europeans still remember how violent Russia was in World War ii, and Russia is a close neighbor with massive piles of nuclear weapons,” he wrote.

Putin’s increasingly dictatorial and militaristic direction “will hasten the uniting of the European Union” and “will cause Germany and other European nations to want a stronger leader.”

Mr. Flurry continued: “Throughout history, Germany has often sought a strong leader. Bible prophecy says it will do so again—for the last time!”

In 2014, just after Russia had annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, Mr. Flurry reiterated this same forecast:

The fear you see in Europe because of events in Crimea is going to cause 10 leaders in Europe to unite in a sudden and dramatic way—and in precise accordance with the Bible’s description of that European empire! … Europe’s new fear of Russia is going to play a major role in hastening the fulfillment of that prophecy!

As the people of Europe watch Putin’s shadow growing longer and his power in the Baltic Fleet and elsewhere growing mightier, many wish to politically and militarily unite their countries. A unified European bloc, they believe, would boost their ability to stand up to the rising Russian threat.

Mr. Flurry’s 2014 article discussed other prophecies recorded in Ezekiel 38, Daniel 2 and 8, and Revelation, which show that the trends now underway are leading to a time of destruction that “will cause more suffering than the world has ever known!” Yet he added that these trends are closely connected to joyous news:

These prophecies can seem dark and dire, but the Bible tells us that they all have a positive ending. … The Messiah will come and stop these disastrous wars. … Is this a gloomy message? Well, it does describe a lot of suffering coming upon this world—the worst ever. But it is tied directly to the coming of the Messiah, when all suffering ends, and God brings peace, happiness and joy to the world! That is the best news you could ever hear!

To better understand these Bible prophecies and to learn more about the “best news you could ever hear,” read Mr. Flurry’s booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’

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Frenemies With a Dragon

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Frenemies With a Dragon

Australia’s precarious economic relationship with China is failing.

On Tuesday, China delivered a blow to the Australian economy, when it imposed a barley tariff of more than 80 percent. The tariff will last five years and cost Australia an estimated $500 million per year. This comes as Australia struggles to maintain a delicate trade relationship with its increasingly aggressive neighbor.

China announced the move after its Ministry of Commerce apparently completed a 16-month investigation into an anti-dumping complaint. China concluded that Australia has been selling barley to it at a lower price than in domestic markets. Australia rejects the notion, claiming China is punishing Australia for backing a covid-19 inquiry.

On Monday night, more than 110 countries sponsored the Australian-backed motion for an independent international inquiry into covid-19’s origins. Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country supports a “comprehensive evaluation of the global response.” But Chinese authorities have simultaneously condemned international lawmakers for “politicizing” the pandemic. In other words, China believes the inquiry should not focus on the source of the virus: China.

While Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to downplay the motion, it is too late. The dragon has turned on its trade partner. Australian farmers are getting a small taste of the diplomatic and economic statecraft of China.

The Growing Beast

Until recently, the Chinese and Australian governments had managed to avoid open confrontation. Instead, the battle for regional supremacy has been waged across the Pacific islands. Australia ingratiates its neighbors through investments in roads, hospitals and schools. China takes a different approach. As Foreign Policy wrote in January, “China is acutely aware that the fledgling democracies of the Pacific are prone to short-sightedness—and in some cases outright corruption—and, as a result, are at risk of manipulation that goes against their best interests.”

The results of China’s debt-trap diplomacy speak for themselves. The dragon’s domain is growing larger by the day. Beijing is employing a process of economic colonization that spans the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and beyond.

Australia has proved unwilling to descend to China’s level of bribery, and unable to match the sheer size of its financial investment. And so Australian influence has been in fighting retreat, doing all it can to counter the unperturbed expansionist dragon.

Meanwhile back in Canberra, another fight is ongoing, in which China vies for power through generous political donations from Chinese businessmen. Multimillion-dollar donations go a long way to mellow politicians on issues, such as the South China Sea. Cushy Chinese corporate jobs have also silenced potential critics and opened the way for Chinese expansion onto Australian shores.

Frenemies With a Dragon

China is Australia’s largest trade partner. In 2018, exports to China were worth more than $87 billion; imports from it were worth more than $57 billion. In addition to trade, China also invests heavily in Australia’s real estate market, owning 9.2 million hectares of Australian farmland.

Rather than diversify, Australia has put more and more trust in China. Feeding the beast has only made it grow larger. Australia can love the dragon all it wants, but the fact remains that a dragon is a dragon. Get on the wrong side of it and you are likely to get burned or eaten alive.

That ugly truth is rearing its head today as China punishes Australia’s defiance.

According to a 2019 Lowy poll, only 32 percent of Australians trust China to act responsibly. The Global Times, a mouthpiece of the Chinese government, said about Australia: “It is a bit like chewing gum stuck on the sole of China’s shoes. Sometimes you have to find a stone to rub it off.” This is the partner to which Australia’s economy is bound.

The snap tariffs are the next round of the fight. Last week, China imposed a meat ban on four Australian processing plants. According to the Financial Times, China purchases $2.6 billion—or 25 percent—of Australia’s beef. The ban has put thousands of jobs at risk.

This ban follows comments from Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye. In a veiled threat, Cheng suggested a boycott of students and tourists, as well as beef and wine. There is already talk of China buying beef from South America to fill the void.

Cheng claims that China doesn’t want trade wars and is willing to negotiate. But in the same breath, the ambassador said his nation “will also fight to the end, if needed.”

What has Australia’s reaction been? Its trade minister has requested a phone conference with his Chinese counterpart. Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says Australia isn’t in a trade war and will not retaliate. In all likelihood, these experts know a trade war is on, but with the frail economy in the jaws of the angry red dragon, playing dead seems prudent.

Despite industries and citizens rallying behind Prime Minister Morrison to defend Australian interests, the facts remain: Australia is too dependent and too small to fight the dragon to our north. In an instant, China could threaten industries and wipe out jobs. And if Australia retaliates, China can easily give as much as it gets.

It is a trade war, but one Australia cannot win.

A Way Forward

Economically, politically and militarily, Australia is outmatched in the Pacific. With its primary ally the United States busy battling the ramifications of covid-19, where can Australia turn?

As an ostensibly religious man, Morrison should have no problem reaching the solution. But rarely will anyone—in a position of leadership or otherwise—turn to the Bible for answers. Yet the Bible is literally full of prophecies explaining what is to happen in our day.

Consider China’s confrontation with the West. Did you know that it was prophesied, and God actually records what will happen next? Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s Key of David program from last week, “The China-America Clash Is Prophesied,” explains, from the Bible, how this rivalry will end.

Another free resource that explains the prophetic significance of China’s rise is our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy. Be sure to request your free copy if you haven’t already.

You should be asking: If God exists, why is He allowing a God-hating, Communist power take control of this region and put the world economy in jeopardy? The Bible provides the answer: “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice” (Daniel 9:13-14). God is not happy with Australia or America, or the West as a whole!

God clearly explains why He is allowing the Chinese dragon to rise. Be sure to learn why, then take action. God promises that He can protect you and your family from the terrible events prophesied in your Bible. The red dragon is rising in the Pacific, but it is nothing compared to the power of God. There is real power, blessings and protection at our disposal—if only we would heed and obey.

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Germany and France Lead European Recovery Fund

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Germany and France Lead European Recovery Fund

Europe uses the current crisis to become more centralized.

Germany and France proposed on May 18 a €500 billion (us$549 billion) recovery fund to help the eurozone cope with coronavirus. It would be taken from debt issued by the European Commission and comes on top of the €540 billion agreed to in April.

If the deal succeeds as proposed, it would be a major step forward for integration. Even if it doesn’t, it shows that Germany is more willing than ever to take the lead on the economy.

The proposal would see the European Union borrow the money on financial markets. The money would then be given to countries and businesses in need. This money would come as grants, not loans—a significant departure for the EU. All member states, rich and poor alike, would then be expected to cover the expenses through the EU budget. Paying back this loan is estimated to take until 2060.

Richer, more frugal northern nations will have to pay for poorer, debt-ridden southern countries. This deal heightens the existing contentions and prejudices; since 2008, many richer northern European nations came to view their struggling neighbors in the south as lazy and irresponsible.

Before the fund passes, all 27 member states must approve it. So far, that hasn’t happened. The final result is still unknown; the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden and Denmark are currently working on a counterproposal. Germany and France may fight to save the deal, or may allow it to be watered down. Even if it goes into force, the money will not arrive for another year.

Despite this, the new fund marks an important change for the eurozone.

To this point, Germany has rejected using EU-wide financial resources to help member states. It recently made headlines for refusing to issue “euro bonds,” also known as “corona bonds,” which would have funded the recovery by combining debt securities from various EU members. But this was unpopular with taxpayers in the north because it would burden them in order to help less frugal nations.

By taking the lead on an EU-wide recovery fund, Germany is changing this position. This is the first time it has backed some kind of pooled debt for the eurozone—a major step toward a superstate.

“Germany and France have suddenly decided they want to lead the way,” wrote Bloomberg. It said that a successful deal “could be the seed for a larger EU budget, based not just on individual contributions from member states but also on new EU-wide taxes. If that happened, the eurozone would move somewhat closer to a ‘fiscal union,’ which is needed to put it on a more solid footing.”

CapX also observed this trend, stating, “Seasoned Brussels observers will be shocked to learn that [EU] proposals have very little to do with the pandemic and everything to do with deepening the centralization of EU power and top-down policymaking.”

A “fiscal union” has long been seen as the moment when the eurozone shifts from being a collection of nations to a superstate. Shared debt and shared taxes mean all the elements of a shared government will have to be put in place. Germany has refused to go this far. It doesn’t want to allow other countries access to German tax dollars unless it can control how they are spent. Otherwise, that money could be wasted, or bad financial decisions from other countries could put German livelihoods at risk.

The fund is limited, and many are saying it is not enough. There is no blanket provision for ongoing borrowing. Those further steps won’t come until Germany has more control over the eurozone’s economy. But this is still a historic step.

If this deal goes through, it will give the EU a new level of authority and integration.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is keen to preserve the euro because she sees it as a means of enlargement and further integration, according to Jean Quatremer, writing for French publication Libération. Merkel stated that it is necessary to “act responsibly and in an intelligent manner so that the euro can survive.” The single currency “must survive,” she said, “in order to make integration progress.”

However the deal takes shape, European integration will continue—much of it thanks to coronavirus.

“Will the coronavirus usher in the deadly Holy Roman Empire?” asked Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in a recent Key of David program. He stated that the economic problems Europe is facing due to the virus will greatly hasten the formation of a modern-day united Europe with greater power. He warned that the formation of such an empire would “affect your life directly.” He stated that “more and more people are talking in Europe about the strongman that’s needed, that there’s a lack of leadership to really deal with the virus problem and the economic problems.”

To most, this sounds unlikely. Europe appears to be fracturing: displaying a lack of cooperation between member states for medical aid, having a German court challenge EU law, and failing to agree on any stimulus beyond a hollow shell of a deal.

But Europe will take advantage of these crises to unite.

“At first, the European Union’s response to the covid-19 crisis was worryingly slow and incoherent,” wrote CapX. “Since then though, ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’ seems to have become the mantra of both the European Commission and a number of national leaders.”

Coronavirus will not only justify riskier fiscal policy, it will also transform politics.

The Bible says a European superpower under German leadership will appear shortly before Jesus Christ returns. Daniel 8:23 describes the strong leader at the helm of this resurrected Holy Roman Empire as “a king of fierce countenance.” Mr. Flurry explains this prophecy in detail in his free booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent. “This soon-coming ruler could literally be called a king. Even if he is not, the Bible gives him that label,” he writes. “When the Bible talks about a king, in most cases it’s saying that this is not a democratic government. Even if he doesn’t have that title, he is going to lead like a king. This vision in Daniel shows that the European empire is about to become a lot more authoritative.”

The Trumpet watches this trend as did its predecessor, the Plain Truth, under Herbert W. Armstrong. He wrote in 1978 that European nations would soon “give all their military and monetary power to the central ruler over the ten—the coming European leader” (co-worker letter, Aug. 14, 1978). The Franco-German recovery fund could help Europe move in that direction.

In the end, this recovery fund won’t be enough to save Europe from an even greater crisis looming ahead. Mr. Armstrong warned that an economic crash in America “could suddenly result in triggering European nations to unite as a new world power larger than either the Soviet Union or the U.S. That, in turn, could bring on the Great Tribulation suddenly” (co-worker letter, July 22, 1984).

The coronavirus is hastening this prophesied unification of Europe. Watch Mr. Flurry’s Key of David program “Coronavirus and the Holy Roman Empire” to learn how this emerging power in Europe will affect you.

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The Danger of a United States Withdrawal From the Sinai

U.S. President Jimmy Carter congratulates Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin in three-way handshake on March 26, 1979 on the north lawn of the White House, Washington DC, after signing the historic US-sponsored peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
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The Danger of a United States Withdrawal From the Sinai

How Israel could lose the most important strategic asset of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

For the past 40 years, the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty has provided the foundation of Israel’s security doctrine. All of its nation-threatening wars—1948, 1967 and 1973—took place before the peace treaty with Egypt was enacted in 1979.

Though there have been many wars between Israel and its northern neighbors in the time since, Egypt has remained out of the fight. And without the worry of supplying troops to its southern flank, Israel has been able to focus on defending the north of Israel from Iran and its proxies.

In effect, the peace pact with Egypt has prevented Israel from having to worry about a serious multifront war.

The simple quid pro quo of the peace treaty was this: Israel gives the Sinai Peninsula back to Egypt, and then Egypt promises to only station limited numbers of troops in the Sinai. The Sinai would become a buffer between Israeli and Egyptian forces. And if Egypt ever decided to break the treaty and storm toward Israel, the Israel Defense Forces would have time to mobilize before Egypt reached Israel’s population centers.

But what would happen if the peace treaty were nullified and Israel once again had to contend with an enemy on its southern border?

What would happen if hostile forces, perhaps linked to Iran, were operating in the Sinai Peninsula as they do in Southern Lebanon or on the Syrian Golan Heights?

The result would be a return to the dangerous reality Israel faced before the peace treaty.

While there is no discussion between Israel and Egypt about tearing up the document, decisions being made right now in Washington, D.C., might have the same effect.

The Deterring Effect of U.S. Forces

Behind closed doors, Egypt’s government under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi maintains a friendly working relationship with Israel. His government continues to abide by the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty of 1979, just as the governments of Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak did before him. Israel routinely works with Egypt’s military to stop weapons smuggling to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

In 2011, Israel backed the Egyptian military’s request to greatly increase its troop presence in the Sinai Peninsula to fight Islamic forces taking refuge there. As part of the treaty, Egyptian forces had been limited in their access to the Sinai. Instead, a peacekeeping force known as the Multinational Force and Observers (mfo) was located in the Sinai to monitor the border between Egypt and Israel. As the mediator of the peace deal, American forces provided the largest number of troops in the peacekeeping force.

When the Arab Spring took hold of Egypt, jihadists used the largely ungoverned space of the Sinai as a breeding ground for terrorist attacks against Egypt and Israel. Eventually, a branch of the Islamic State was established in the Sinai. Responding to the situation, the Egyptian government asked if it could increase its forces in the Sinai to combat terrorism.

Israel acquiesced to the request, partly because a destabilized Sinai was a danger to its own safety. And partly because the continued presence of the mfo in the Sinai could observe the Egyptian military to be sure it stuck to fighting terrorists rather than repurposing its forces to threaten Israel.

Egypt’s fight against Sinai terrorists has continued into 2020, but now the United States is considering removing all its military forces from the mfo.

If the 450 American troops currently stationed in the Sinai leave, it’s possible that the other members of the 1,100-member force would leave too.

The U.S. is considering the move because Egypt-Israel relations are very strong, so it considers its troop presence unnecessary and, therefore, an unnecessary cost. U.S. Defense officials told the Wall Street Journal on May 7 that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper “feels the U.S. military effort in northern Sinai isn’t the best use of department resources—or worth the risk to troops stationed there. Egypt and Israel have maintained a durable peace for four decades.”

Esper is correct that the border is relatively peaceful right now, but a U.S. withdrawal would undermine one of the important aspects of the peace deal. Egyptian troops were never intended to be inside the Sinai Peninsula as their closer proximity to Israel poses an immediate threat to Israel’s security.

Israel only accepted the influx of Egyptian troops into the Sinai because the U.S., a friendly Israeli ally, could provide oversight and monitor the Egyptian forces. Now that the U.S. might leave, Israel will be left without the deterring effect of a U.S. presence.

It would be unfair to demand that Egypt withdraw from the Sinai while it is in the midst of a war against terrorism there.

However, if Egyptian forces don’t leave the Sinai when the U.S. vacates, Israel will lose the most important strategic outcome of the peace agreement: the Sinai buffer zone between Egypt’s and Israel’s population centers.

For the moment, Egypt’s and Israel’s security needs align in the Sinai Peninsula, so Israel is not overly concerned with the presence of Sisi’s forces so close. However, as we witnessed in the Arab Spring, Egyptian politics are unstable.

A Radical Egypt on Israel’s Border?

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has forecast a radical change in Egyptian politics in the near future. That change will likely be similar to what took place during the 2011 Arab Spring, which brought down Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, a strong believer in the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.

After Mubarak’s fall, Egyptians voted in what many consider Egypt’s only free election in its 5,000-year history. The result was they handed parliament to the Muslim Brotherhood. Six months later, they elected their new president: Mohamed Morsi, again, from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi’s 2012 campaign launched with Egyptian cleric Safwat Higazi telling an enthusiastic crowd with Morsi in the front row, “We can see how the dream of the Islamic caliphate is being realized, Allah willing, by Dr. Mohamed Morsi. … The capital of the caliphate … will be Jerusalem, Allah willing” (translation by Middle East Media Research Institute).

Thousands cheered and chanted, “Morsi will liberate Gaza tomorrow,” “Millions of martyrs march toward Jerusalem,” and “Come on, you lovers of martyrdom, you are all Hamas.”

While Egyptian rule under Morsi lasted only a short time, the vision of Islamic rule in Egypt was realized. A return to Muslim Brotherhood rule inside Egypt poses a continual threat to Israel’s security.

That threat becomes more serious if Egyptian forces are already in the Sinai and there is no U.S. forces to deter them from acting against Israel. At which point, Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt will be nothing more than a piece of paper.

As Mr. Flurry explains in his booklet The King of the South, a radical change is coming in Egyptian politics that will see its return to Islamic rule. His forecast is based on a latter-day prophecy in the book of Daniel, which says Iran will lead an Islamic alliance known as the king of the south and it will include Egypt.

Without this prophetic understanding, it would be easy to justify a U.S. removal from the Sinai. Knowing that Egypt will be part of this Iranian-led alliance, however, shows the U.S.’s decision could have far more dangerous consequences than intended.

For a complete understanding of how the coming Egyptian-Iranian alliance will factor into the timeline of latter-day events, request our free booklet The King of the South.

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Germans Turn Against America

Germany’s view on the U.S. and China shifts, as was prophesied more than 2,700 years ago.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the already deteriorating reputation of the United States in Germany has suffered significantly. In a survey conducted by the Kantar Public polling institute on behalf of the Körber Foundation, 73 percent said they have a worse opinion of the U.S. today than before the crisis. Only 5 percent claim that their image of the U.S. has improved. This is a significant and dramatic shift.

Every third German (36 percent) now thinks that relations with China are more important than those with the U.S. Thirty-seven percent say relations with the U.S. are more important. In September, 50 percent favored the U.S., and only 24 percent favored China.

“Germans’ skepticism toward the United States is growing—a worrying trend that should make decision-makers on both sides of the Atlantic think,” said Nora Müller, Head of International Policy at the Körber Foundation (Trumpet translation throughout).

But most Americans are not even thinking twice about this shift in Germany’s worldview. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center and Germany’s Körber-Stiftung in April found that the American view has changed little over the past year. Forty-three percent of American respondents said that the relationship with Germany was more important than that with China, an increase of 2 percentage points.

“The coronavirus causing such mayhem around the world has mercifully left much of Germany relatively unscathed compared to the rest of Europe,” the South China Morning Post noted, “but the pandemic has nevertheless caused serious damage to the Continent’s leading nation in one vulnerable spot: its historically close ties to the United States.”

This trend is most significant, not only from a historical standpoint but also in light of what it means for the future. China and the U.S. are in a competition for the world’s superpower status. The nation with Germany at its side has a great advantage in that contest. “A pivotal nation in Europe between the United States and China, Germany is the world’s fourth-largest industrial nation with rapidly expanding commercial trade with China,” the South China Morning Post reported.

“The image of the United States has worsened dramatically in recent months—not just in Germany, but across Europe,” Thomas Jaeger, a political scientist at Cologne University, told South China Morning Post. “People are completely shocked by the way the United States has mishandled the crisis. They just can’t believe what they’re seeing. The one nation they thought they could always rely on for leadership and help isn’t even able to help itself. It’s a pitiful sight.”

By merely looking at the chronology of events, one would have expected a quite different result from the survey. The coronavirus originated in China. The government’s mishandling of the crisis caused it to spread globally, without warning. It even spread misinformation about the virus that caused countries around the world to panic. Some evidence also points to the novel coronavirus disease coming from a Chinese laboratory.

Germany’s media has regularly criticized China’s action. In “Did China Shamelessly Take Advantage of Our Good Faith?Bild.de wrote on May 4: “Beijing is said to have deliberately hushed the outbreak of the potentially life-threatening plague in order to buy up the required medical needs on the international markets!”

“China has to clean up. Whether it comes to infection numbers, the origin of the virus, or the hoarding of protective equipment: Doubts about the information from Beijing are growing everywhere,” said foreign expert Alexander Graf Lambsdorff of the Free Democrats.

There are legitimate concerns that China’s crisis management and propaganda have made the economic consequences of the pandemic far worse, even costing lives.

“In China, the pandemic started with a cover-up,” Faz.net wrote on March 24 in “China’s Vicious Irony,” “but President Xi presents himself as a crisis manager. In the worldwide fight against the virus, his country could become a global regulatory power.”

The coronavirus crisis has dramatically changed the world as we know it. “The United States has been the most important partner for Germany and Europe for so long,” Jaeger said. “We’re seeing a dramatic acceleration of the trend away from that. … The world can be so unfair at times. No one really believes China’s covid-19 data, but it nevertheless seems like they succeeded in containing it. Their government’s policies were effective, and they were quick to help Europe. They were especially good at spreading propaganda about that.”

Germans were quick to believe any positive news coming from China, and quick to dismiss any negative reporting. The reverse was true when it came to the U.S.

“There have been some surprising outbursts of anti-American sentiment from elected officials in Germany in recent weeks,” the South China Morning Post wrote. “The mayor of Berlin and his interior minister recently caustically criticized the United States, prematurely blaming the United States for commandeering a planeload of face masks that never mysteriously disappeared.”

Indication is that many in Germany have been waiting for an opportunity to cause a rift in relations with the U.S. Germany has its own ambitions of becoming the world’s next superpower. But under U.S. dominance, this dream will never come to fruition.

The U.S. leads the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and holds the global reserve currency. Allied with the U.S., Germany will only be able to play second fiddle. But by allying with China, Germany has a chance of challenging America’s superpower status.

On April 9, 2019, China and the European Union issued a joint statement on common concerns on the strategic level and issues concerning bilateral trade and investments. German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel wrote in “United Against the U.S. Wrecking Ball”: “If the result of a global shift of interests between the two sides is already surprising, a second aspect seems to be a downright radical change. Such an agreement would be virtually ruled out today between the traditional partners of the U.S.A. and Europe.”

The rift between Germany and the U.S. already began taking shape even before Donald Trump’s presidency and the outbreak of the coronavirus. But recent events have greatly accelerated these trends. Europe, led by Germany, is heading into close cooperation with China. European officials seem willing to overlook any discrepancies to make this partnership work. The recent crisis may bring its unique challenges to this cooperation, but the Bible reveals that the two will soon form a trade relationship.

Isaiah 23 prophesies of an alliance between Germany and China that excludes the U.S. Just a few years ago, such an alliance would have been unthinkable. Even though relations may cool for a short time, their shared animosity toward the U.S. will ultimately drive them together.

In Isaiah’s End-Time Vision, Trumpet editor in Chief Gerald Flurry explains that the Bible prophesies of “a brief alliance between the German-led [Europe] and certain Asian powers … possessing the key resources and strategic holdings of China.”

Isaiah 23 speaks of a “mart of nations” that includes Chittim (China), Tarshish (Japan) and Tyre (German-led Europe). Germany has one of the largest merchant fleets in the world; together with China’s growing economic dominance, the two powers are bound to dominate world trade. The Bible reveals this will be to the determinant of the U.S. Mr. Flurry writes:

With a German-led Europe (the king of the north) possessing great maritime power, North America will be surrounded on the east by Europe and the south by Latin America. The Bible contains many prophecies of that European power attacking America—and many other prophecies of America being besieged.

That is where China and the giants of Asia enter the picture. When the Holy Roman Empire attacks North America, there will be no help or sympathy from Asia. In fact, considering that China has come to possess most of the world’s strategic sea gates (which, ironically, at one time were held by Britain and America), we believe there may be a brief alliance between the German-led Holy Roman Empire and certain Asian powers (Russia, China, Japan—the kings of the east). Should Europe, the resurrected Holy Roman Empire, find a way to take advantage—even for a moment—of key resources and strategic holdings of China, Russia and Japan, it would have more than enough power to besiege the Anglo-Saxon nations and enslave them.

This is why Isaiah’s prophecy of an end-time “mart of nations” that includes both European and Asian powers is so intriguing. And why the trend of collusion between these two great economic blocs is worth watching.

Considering Germany’s decades-long ties to the U.S., this prophecy seemed almost unfathomable at the time it was written in 1994. The mere fact that we are seeing hostilities toward the U.S. grow, while China rises in Germany’s favor, should cause us to heed the warning that these prophecies contain. To learn more about fulfilled Bible prophecy, request free copies of our booklets He Was Right and The Proof of the Bible. These prophecies also contain the wonderful outcome that will follow today’s dark news. To get the full picture, please request Isaiah’s End-Time Vision.