Israeli and German Air Forces Train for First Time in Germany

Two F-16 fighter aircraft of the Israeli Air Force, two Bundeswehr Eurofighters and an Israeli Air Force Learjet fly in formation over the Fürstenfeldbruck Air Base in commemoration of the 1972 Olympic Games assassination attempt. Fighter aircraft of the Israeli Air Force landed in Germany for the first time for the “Blue Wings 2020” and “MAGDAYs” exercises.
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Israeli and German Air Forces Train for First Time in Germany

Unquestioned cooperation despite history’s lesson

For the first time, Israeli pilots are training in German airspace. This follows German pilots training in Israel in November 2017 and November 2019 during the biennial multinational “Blue Flag” military exercises. Where is this historic deepening partnership between Israel and Germany leading?

The August 17–28 “Blue Wings 2020” war games has enormous symbolic importance for many Israeli pilots. One officer, who is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, told Agence France-Presse it is a “very moving event for all.” The officer said that some of the other pilots participating are also descendants of Holocaust victims.

“We had the impression that we had to come to Germany for the first time in history to show how much we value them,” the officer said.

Gen. Amikam Norkin, commander of the Israeli Air Force, flew into German airspace, where he was met by three German Eurofighter jets and escorted to the Nörvenich Air Base. He was received there by inspector of the German Air Force Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz. The officer quoted by the afp characterized the welcoming ceremony as the “warmest hug one can give.”

In addition to planned flights over historical sites, a German-Israeli formation flew over the Fürstenfeldbruck Air Base to memorialize the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. The flight returned past the outskirts of Dachau, the site of one of the main World War ii concentration camps used to confine Jews and others targeted by the Nazi regime. A German-Israeli delegation laid a wreath at the concentration camp memorial to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and Nazi tyranny.

“After the Shoah, a crime against humanity, it is a moving sign of our friendship today that we are flying side by side with the Israeli Air Force for the first time in our history,” said Gerhartz, acknowledging the Holocaust as “the darkest chapter in our history” and saying that Germans have a mission to fight anti-Semitism.

Yet anti-Semitism is again on the rise in Germany. The German government has reported a 13 percent increase in anti-Semitic crimes in 2019, with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stating, “The biggest threat still comes from right-wing extremists.”

Yet over the past five years, military exercises and other instances of cooperation have shown that trust between Germany and Israel is drastically increasing.

Bible prophecy shows that Israel is building trust in its worst enemy—not just of the past but also of the future. The Jewish nation is known for having a history with God, yet rather than learning this history to address the many threats it now faces, Israelis still fail to put their trust in God.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes in Jerusalem in Prophecy,It seems the Israelis can trust their worst enemy, but they can’t trust God to protect them! And God is their only source of help.”

The Bible also reveals that this blind trust will lead to German troops marching into Jerusalem as a “peacekeeping force.”

Europe not only threatened and slaughtered the Jewish people in the last world war, but also persecuted them in prior centuries. Catholic Europe has repeatedly sought to violently conquer Jerusalem.

The Hebrew Bible warns that another such attempt from Europe is yet ahead of us. But the very people who claim the Hebrew Bible as their history ignore its warning.

“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. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown …. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him” (Daniel 11:40-41, 45).

“The king of the south” in this prophecy refers to Iran and its radical allies. These nations will be attacked by a “king of the north,” or German-led Europe. (Request your free copy of The King of the South, by Gerald Flurry.)

Israel and Germany recognize Iran as the source of conflict in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Israelis also see Iran as the greatest threat to their nation’s existence. The Bible prophesies that Israel will soon see Germany as its only source of hope. Mr. Flurry writes:

Israel will become “lovers” with the Germans. This move will lead to their destruction. It is not the Arabs who will destroy them. The friendship between Germany and Israel will lead to one of the biggest double crosses in the history of man!

The Bible indicates that Catholic Europe will not only attack Iran but also advance on the Holy Land once again. Mr. Flurry’s booklet explains this coming double cross in detail. It is the fateful consequence of trusting in man instead of God. To learn where these events are leading, request your free copy of Jerusalem in Prophecy.

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75 Years After Its Founding, the UN Proves Itself a Failure

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75 Years After Its Founding, the UN Proves Itself a Failure

Seventy-five years ago, the world was slowly picking itself up after the most destructive conflict in the history of mankind. Around 60 million had died—200,000 of those in just two gigantic explosions that brought the war to a close. Around the world, statesmen worked to build a new order that would ensure such a war could never happen again.

“Men since the beginning of time have sought peace. … Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war,” United States Gen. Douglas MacArthur said following Japan’s surrender ceremony on Sept. 2, 1945. “The utter destructiveness of war now blots out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.”

Much of this hope for a greater system was invested in the United Nations—a new institution designed to preserve and, if necessary, enforce world peace.

Almost 75 years to the day from Victory Over Japan Day, the United Nations has proved it has totally failed in that task.

A lot of people would say that to date the UN hasn’t done that bad of a job. Sure, there have been about 300 wars and 3,000 other conflicts since that time. But none have been close to as bad as World War ii.

But it would be dangerous to get complacent. As American geopolitical thinker Nicholas Spykman wrote:

The states of Europe were at war 75 percent of the time in the 17th century, 50 percent in the 18th century, and 25 percent in the 19th century. It seems that the frequency of war is declining, but the effect of a struggle is more and more devastating and involves greater cost in human life and material destruction. The total effect of war on the life of nations has not decreased but increased notwithstanding the lengthening periods of peace.

There are already signs of things going badly wrong at the UN. Its job appointments read like a parody. Iran has spent many years in many positions on the UN disarmament commission. Syria has been the vice president of the Atomic Energy Agency. Zimbabwe has chaired the Commission on Sustainable Development. Libya has chaired Disarmament International Security. China, Russia and Saudi Arabia have all sat on the UN Human Rights Commission.

Then there’s all the scandals. The UN’s Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq has been labeled the biggest scam in human history, funneling billions to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. A similar program ended up funneling money to former North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il.

UN missions have failed to prevent genocide. One in the Congo participated in their own atrocity, raping many local women, including teenage girls. In Israel, in 2000, the UN peacekeeping mission actually cooperated with Hezbollah in kidnapping three Israeli soldiers.

I could go on. There’s the UN’s constant demonization of Israel. Countries like Germany and Japan, which renounced militarism, have rehabilitated their militaries and broken taboos about deploying abroad through UN peacekeeping missions.

But on Friday, August 14, the UN had one of its biggest ever failures. It voted to allow Iran access to the international arms market.

Iran had been under an arms embargo since 2007. But the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action gave it a way out. Unless the UN Security Council stepped in and intervened, that embargo would end in October 2020.

Only one other nation joined the U.S. in voting for the sanctions to be extended. Russia and China vetoed it—while European countries, including the United Kingdom, sat on the sidelines and abstained.

This vote will give Iran a huge boost. As Brent Nagtegaal pointed out in July:

Up to this point, Iran has had to get by with weapons produced domestically, as well as an aging fleet of aircraft sold to Iran before the embargo began. Even with this limited scope of weaponry, Iran has dominated its neighbors and threatened the Jewish state with repeated wars.

But now, in just three months, the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism could be armed with conventional weapons that would tip the balance of power in the Middle East.

Iran can buy Russian fighter jets that can reach Jerusalem and even Rome. It can upgrade its submarines. It can also funnel these advanced foreign-made weapons to its terrorist proxies around the world.

Of course, the UN doesn’t bare sole blame for this failure. It was U.S. President Barack Obama who pushed through a deal that would give Iran access to the global arms market, whether or not it actually stuck to the terms of the deal.

Nevertheless, this is a major failure of man’s last best hope for peace. The UN is helping the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism—a power led by those who believe they can hasten the return of their version of the Messiah by starting World War iii—get access to advanced weapons.

The U.S. will try to lessen the impact of this failure. It may put its own sanctions on any firms that trade with Iran. That would stop a lot of business. But it won’t change the fact that the UN has failed.

But perhaps the most remarkable part of this failure is that Herbert W. Armstrong forecast exactly what would happen from day one of the United Nations, 75 years ago.

He was present when the UN charter was drawn up at the San Francisco Conference on April 25, 1945. He sat in the press room for the first Security Council meeting the next year. And he forecast how it would end.

“The United Nations Conference is producing nothing but strife and bickering, and is destined from its inception to end in total failure,” he wrote on April 29, 1945. “Yet world leaders are pronouncing it the world’s last hope—with the only alternative annihilation of humanity!”

“In the plenary sessions of the conference we hear beautiful oratory enunciating lofty aims of altruism and world peace—to be printed in newspapers throughout the world for public consumption,” he wrote. “But the real sessions are behind locked doors of committee council chambers, and there the savage battle for national interests rages fiercely.”

This is where he saw the problem. Nations weren’t aiming for peace. Instead, “they want gain at the expense of others.”

That’s what we saw on August 14. Russia and China, and even France and Germany, believe they can gain if the U.S. weakens. Empowering Iran weakens America. And so, they’ll empower Iran—despite the massive risk.

The structure of the UN set itself up for failure. The only way to persuade the world’s major power to join is to give them veto powers over its decisions. This means the only way the UN can act is if Russia, China and America are on the same page—it will only happen if America lets Russia and China get their way.

But letting Russia and China get their way means allowing these nations to ride roughshod over smaller powers. “And if the rights of these helpless millions are to be trampled upon with impunity as the price of peace with Russia, then we still have no peace!” wrote Mr. Armstrong.

Do what Russia and China want, and you won’t have peace. Stand up to Russia and China, and the UN stops functioning, and cannot bring peace. It fails either way.

Why?

MacArthur had some good insight 75 years ago. “The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advance in science, art, literature and all material and cultural developments of the past 2,000 years,” he said. “It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”

It’s not about setting up some new kind of institution. The way to peace means changing man’s basic nature. Mr. Armstrong made the same point. Here’s a condensed and edited version of his 1945 notes, which he revisited in 1970:

It is human to be sensitive about securing one’s own rights, while disregarding the rights of his neighbor. So men are tempted to lie, steal and to kill in order to get what they want.

With men left to themselves, their baser inclinations unrestrained, with selfishness given free play, there can be no peace or order in this world. Man’s mind and will are too weak. The downward impulses of nature are too strong.

The two great commands—love toward God and love toward neighbor—point the only path to peace.

Without government over men, therefore, we could not have peace between individuals. But as we rise in the scale of human relations, the problem of peace and good order becomes more complex, yet the solution remains the same. If the maintenance of peace and order is difficult as between man and man, if it is more difficult as between citizen and government, it is most difficult of all as between nation and nation! The basic conflict is the same as before—(human nature)—but the stakes are higher. In the international realm the selfishness of human nature reaches its lowest level. Nowhere else are the temptations to greed and lust for power so nearly irresistible. National selfishness is more than the sum-total of the selfishness of individuals.

Just as individual man cannot control and resist the downward pull of his passions and nature, so these nations, swayed by national selfishness greater than the sum-total of the selfishness of all individuals, cannot control these ambitions and lusts for power and international aggression.

The United Nations has not brought man peace. In empowering Iran, the UN is “accomplishing” the opposite of its intended purpose—it is accelerating man down the path to nuclear war.

But there is a solution. Mr. Armstrong concluded his article, writing: “‘Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.’ The United Nations organization will fail. It is doomed before it starts!”

Man cannot change his own nature. Man cannot bring peace. But God can.

If you believe in a loving God, then you have to believe that such a God won’t allow mankind to destroy itself in nuclear war. The Bible tells us so specifically (Matthew 24:22).

Once mankind has come to the point that he will listen to God, God will build the house. God promises: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). That chapter describes a mankind willing to obey God’s law and walk in the way of peace, and thus: “This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden” (verse 35).

But you don’t have to wait until then. The way of peace is a practical way of life that you can live today. You cannot bring peace to the world. You can’t solve the problems of the United Nations. But you can bring peace to your life and your family. You can be part of God’s plan to bring peace to the world.

To learn more about this, read our free booklet The Way of Peace Restored Momentarily. It describes another of Mr. Armstrong’s roles in international diplomacy. It’s about international relations. But it’s also about a practical way of life that brings peace to families. Human nature causes conflict between nations and individuals; God’s way brings peace to both.

All our material is free—you can read it online or order your own free print copy.

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Durham’s First ‘Deep State’ Takedown

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Durham’s First ‘Deep State’ Takedown

The real criminals are finally being held accountable.

United States Attorney John Durham’s ongoing investigation into the origins of spying on the Trump campaign and Trump administration in 2016 and 2017 has taken its first target. On Friday, Durham filed charges against Kevin Clinesmith, who is expected to plead guilty to “deliberately fabricating evidence in a Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act [fisa] warrant application.”

At the time of his crime, Clinesmith was not an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation but a lawyer in the agency’s Office of the General Counsel under former fbi Director James Comey. He also worked as a member of Mueller’s Special Counsel. Therefore the charges against him implicate both the fbi and Mueller’s team.

Clinesmith was responsible for helping fbi agents complete fisa applications. He was responsible for filing the four fisa warrants to spy on Carter Page, a key affiliate in the Trump campaign at the time. By spying on Page, the fbi was able to spy on much of the Trump campaign.

In the first three applications, Clinesmith made no mention of Page’s history helping the Central Intelligence Agency to investigate suspected Russian agents in America—pivotal information proving that Page was not a Russian spy working for the Kremlin.

As the fisa applications started to leak in 2017, the fbi (Mueller’s Special Counsel) needed to include more details about Page’s past in the fisa application.

In June 2017, Clinesmith was tasked by Mueller to work with the cia to learn about Page’s past work with the agency. The Mueller team planned to use this information in the final fisa renewal.

Clinesmith received an e-mail from the agency verifying Page had worked with the agency, but Clinesmith altered the e-mail to read that Page had never worked with the cia.

The June 2017 e-mail from the cia read: “My recollection is that [Page] was or is … [digraph] but the [documents] will explain the details.” Clinesmith doctored that e-mail: “My recollection is that [Page] was or is … [digraph] and not a source but the [documents] will explain the details.”

The doctored e-mail was presented as evidence that Page never worked with the cia in the final fisa renewal, deliberately lying to the judge. And it is clear that he knew what he was doing. After Donald Trump won the election, Clinesmith messaged a co-worker: “I’m just devastated. Plus, my … name is all over the legal documents investigating his [Trump’s] staff.” Clinesmith also texted, “Viva la resistance,” after Mr. Trump won the election.

If Clinesmith is found guilty of the charges brought against him, he could face five years in jail.

After more than three years of “deep state” officials going after those in the Trump administration, charges are being laid against the real criminals. Those who have held themselves up as “saints” and as the standard for so long are finally beginning to receive the justice owed them.

Attorney General William Barr said the charges against Clinesmith weren’t a “huge development.” In many ways they are, but he could be signaling that there are much bigger charges to come, which is exactly what the Trumpet has been forecasting for years.

In “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote:

For eight years under President [Barack] Obama, the forces of the radical left were on the march, virtually unchecked. Even Republican leaders caved in, and that was after they had taken control of Congress and had a lot of power to stop the president! Donald Trump has proved himself willing to take a stand where others have not. It is quite something to behold him resisting these anti-American forces! He has inspired a few other leaders to challenge the radical left and help expose it for what it is.

This conspiracy at the highest levels of the U.S. government has only been exposed during the Trump presidency.

In “Can President Trump Get Control of His Own Divided Government?” Mr. Flurry wrote:

[W]e see officials who consider themselves above the law, who are willing to use deceit, slander and practically any other means necessary to hold or to reclaim power at any cost. To make this reality more alarming, none of it would have seen daylight had Mr. Trump not won the election. But God wanted it exposed.

For a full explanation of the scriptures that prophesied that President Trump would expose the radical conspiracy in America’s government, pleased read “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.”

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What Is Going On in Belarus?

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What Is Going On in Belarus?

Elections and protests have left the nation in turmoil, and Russia is ready to take advantage.

Alexander Lukashenko won reelection to serve an unprecedented sixth term as Belarus’s president after elections were held on Sunday, August 9. His victory triggered uproar and unrest as protesters converged on the streets and clashed with riot police. Despite the civil opposition to the results, Russian President Vladimir Putin swiftly moved to congratulate Lukashenko’s win and called for closer ties between the two governments.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the election “was not free and fair.” Indeed, many of the protesters doubt the legitimacy of the results, which showed Lukashenko winning 80 percent of the vote, despite independent exit polls giving main opposition challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya up to 70 percent of the vote. In the official figures, she won just 10 percent out of an 84 percent turnout.

As a result, tens of thousands of protesters and demonstrators poured into the streets of Minsk and other cities across Belarus. Over 7,000 people have been arrested, with over 200 civilians seriously injured and two reportedly dead. In the wake of the chaos, the government shut down the Internet.

After the election on Sunday, Belarus suffered a connectivity blackout through to Tuesday evening. Governments in Venezuela, Burundi and Zimbabwe have all employed this tactic in the aftermath of elections—widely condemned as unfair or free—to quash protests and civil unrest.

While Lukashenko blamed the blackout on external forces and foreign cyberattacks, NetBlocks director Alp Toker said, “There’s no indication of a DDoS attack. It can’t be ruled out, but there’s no external sign of it that we see.” He went on to remark on the timing of the outage, with disruptions starting after midnight Sunday and getting worse through Monday morning just as the results started to filter in.

“I think everyone understands it is caused by government,” said Belarussian journalist Franak Viačorka, “but operators do not want to recognize it publicly. It’s like nobody knows what’s happening. No one wants to take responsibility.”

The people are, though. The demonstrations and marches are continuing, with August 16 seeing the eighth consecutive day of protests.

It is against this backdrop that Russia has been showing its support for Lukashenko and displaying a willingness for closer ties with Belarus. The two countries are closely linked by language and culture as former members of the Soviet Union. In his message to Lukashenko, Putin said that he hoped the two countries could expand on their present economic and security integration.

An official statement by the Kremlin “reaffirmed its readiness to provide the necessary assistance in resolving the problems that have arisen” in Belarus under the countries’ mutual military pact.

It might seem ill-judged for Putin to voice support for a regime facing such fierce public opposition in the wake of apparently illegitimate election results. But his support isn’t for Lukashenko himself. Analysts say that even if he is toppled by the protests, the Kremlin will look to see a favorable partner installed in Minsk. Ultimately, it is all about ensuring that Belarus remains as close or becomes even closer to Russia than it is right now. History and geography give important context as to why.

Soviet Reunion

Vladimir Putin has called the fall of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.” From early in his presidency, he has sought to restore the old order and return to the former glory of the Soviet Union. Belarus would be an important part of bringing this to pass.

Part of the importance of the Soviet Union was the security that it afforded Russia. Invaders had to travel a great distance into the Russian heartland, which combined with the harsh weather conditions made it difficult to survive the trek. Therefore, the other nations of the Soviet Union created important buffer zones for Russia, offering them important protection.

This was surely part of Putin’s thinking in the annexation of Crimea and the same is true for adjacent Belarus. Together, they create a defensive buffer for Russia, protecting it from any possible invasion. Therefore, “Russia may be interested in annexing the country altogether,” just as with Crimea, according to Maxim Samorukov, a fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

Offensively, such strategic positions would allow Russia to position itself on Poland’s western border, essentially offering a doorway straight into the European heartland. As part of both nato and the European Union, any threats to Poland would certainly be a threat to Europe. Combined with the history of the Soviet Union and the already existing economic and security ties between Russia and Belarus, gaining greater control of Belarus would be a strategically shrewd geopolitical move.

And so, while Europe and the U.S. condemn the Belarussian government’s use of force in quashing protesters, Putin offers support for the regime and urges closer ties. “Putin’s calculus is that as Lukashenko faces a growing challenge from the Belarussian population … he has nowhere to turn other than Moscow,” said Dmitri Trenin, director of Carnegie Moscow Center. “Belarus is too important for Russia to give it up.”

“Lukashenko will be a much weaker figure even if he remains president,” said Russia analyst Daragh McDowell. “Without a support base in society, his regime will become entirely dependent on a heavy, militarized police presence that will isolate Belarus from the rest of Europe and deepen its dependence on Moscow.”

200 Million-Man Army

Keep your eye on Belarus and Russia. As Lukashenko battles to gain control, Putin’s courtship of Belarus could see these two nations wedded even more closely as part of a prophetically significant union.

Revelation 9:16 records a prophecy of an army numbering “two hundred thousand thousand,” or 200 million. This force is identified as belonging to “the kings of the east” (Revelation 16:12). A companion prophecy in Ezekiel 38:2 mentions a “prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal”—ancient names denoting Russia, Moscow and Tobolsk—as leading the kings of the east.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in the September 2014 Trumpet that he strongly believes “Vladimir Putin is going to lead the 200 million-man army.” In his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ he writes:

Rosh was the ancient name of Russia, once called Rus. Many encyclopedias and commentaries (such as the Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary) recognize this. So who is this “prince” of Russia, Moscow and Tobolsk? The use of all three names shows that this is an individual ruler of all the peoples of Russia, from the west to the east. The reference to the cities of Moscow and Tobolsk helps us see how vast Russian territory is in these latter days.

This giant swath of land indicates the prince will probably conquer more nations of the former Soviet Union.

When you study these scriptures alongside current events revealing modern Moscow’s imperialist direction, you see that Russian President Vladimir Putin could well be the prince of Rosh. We strongly believe he is.

This explains the significance of Putin’s overt courtship of post-election Belarus. Bible prophecy shows that the “prince of Rosh” will conquer more nations of the former Soviet Union, rectifying what Putin believed to be “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century.

Why is this important? This 200 million-man army will be involved in the bloodiest, most horrific war in the history of man! This is why Jesus Christ Himself admonished us, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).

We must watch and pray to escape the things that will come to pass as a result of Russia’s interest and involvement in Belarus. A good way to start is to request your free copy of The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’ and subscribe to the Trumpet magazine, free of charge. At the Trumpet, we look at world events from a biblical perspective. This perspective is the only way we can be empowered in the face of world events involving these seemingly distant and powerful nations. It shows that God is in control. Armed with His Word, and guided by the sure word of prophecy, you need never be caught unawares.

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U.S. Deficit Expected to Double Previous Record

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U.S. Deficit Expected to Double Previous Record

The numbers show a situation far worse than the 2008–2009 recession. America cannot avoid the consequences forever.

The United States is about to have its highest year of borrowing ever recorded. Not only is it the highest ever, but when the fiscal year ends on September 30, it is expected to be more than double the previous record set in 2009 during the Great Recession. America has allowed a relatively minor disease to destroy its economy within months.

On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office reported that for the first 10 months of this budget year, the U.S. had already borrowed $2.8 trillion—more than triple the same time last year. June alone—the highest month of borrowing—almost equaled the entire deficit of fiscal year 2019.

The U.S. deficit is predicted to reach $3.7 trillion by September 30—almost equivalent to spending just after World War ii, as a percentage of gross domestic product.

These massive deficit levels are the result of the actions taken to curb the spread of covid-19. The lockdown has shuttered businesses and led to mass unemployment. The government’s attempt to mitigate the consequences on individuals and businesses has only increased deficit spending. The government has spent trillions in stimulus packages that, among other things, put $1,200 in the accounts of eligible residents.

Added to this, unemployment benefits of $600 per week were provided. For some, this meant they earned more sitting on the couch than they did working. Though these benefits expired on July 31, President Donald Trump has passed presidential directives to extend these at a decreased rate of $400 per week.

Though the unemployment rate fell in July to 10.2 percent, it is still higher than at any point during the 2008–2009 financial crisis. During the coronavirus lockdown, unemployment peaked at 14.7 percent in April. This is a massive rise from the low of 3.5 percent recorded in February before the pandemic hit the economy.

This is why the deficit is at the level it is now. And it could surpass the projected $3.7 trillion level at the end of September if the government signs off on another stimulus package. Democrats are pushing for another $3 trillion economic package; Republicans want “only” $1 trillion.

The U.S. debt is now over $26 trillion, an increase of more than $3 trillion since January. That’s a scary number—as is the amount of interest America spends on that debt. As Brookings Institute wrote: “The U.S. government spends as much on interest as the combined budgets of Commerce, Education, Energy, dhs [Department of Homeland Security], hud [Housing and Urban Development], Interior, Justice and State.”

Very soon, America will have to borrow money just to pay the interest on the debt. Once this begins, the United States will have entered debt death spiral. If the government does not slash spending or drastically increase tax revenue, the economy will crash.

America’s current economic situation is another sign that the nation has grown very distant from God. Deuteronomy 28 records the blessings that God would bestow on Israel for obedience and the curses for disobedience. As educator Herbert W. Armstrong proved in The United States and Britain in Prophecy, America is the descendant of one of the tribes of ancient Israel.

Verses 43-45 warn: “The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee.”

America is in this economic state because its people have not hearkened “unto the voice of the Lord thy God.” And where is it leading? These verses explain that it will continue “till thou be destroyed.”

This economic hit is the start of much worse things to come. It is the spark that will cause the whole country to be consumed and bring the fulfillment of end-time events.

In “Our Financial 9/11 Was Prophesied,” we wrote: “Mr. Armstrong warned that a massive financial crisis centered in America would ripple across the whole world—and would spark the rise of the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.”

In 1984, Mr. Armstrong wrote that a massive banking crisis 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. And that will lead quickly into the Second Coming of Christ and end of this world as we know it.”

In August 1984, Mr. Armstrong explained the impact of an American economic crisis in even greater detail. Referencing the Matthew 24 prophecy of a coming nuclear winter, he wrote:

Nuclear explosions will produce an Earth-covering cloud that will give us a nuclear night. The sun will not get through. Crops will not grow. Billions will be killed by the nuclear blasts. Those remaining will starve. [T]his is no wolf-wolf cry! It is prophesied in your Bible! It is real! And … economic crisis threatens to bring this about.

We continued in “Our Financial 9/11 Was Prophesied,” “In autumn 2008, the first shock waves of that economic crisis struck.” 2008 was just the start. Though the reality of today’s economic situation has not fully hit, the statistics show that the economy is in a much worse state than it ever was during the 2008–2009 recession. America can only avoid the consequences for so long. The whole world will soon feel the full effects of today’s financial crisis.

For more, read “The Cure Is Killing Us,” by Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry.

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Escape ‘the Biggest Civilizational Catastrophe’

An unidentified man walks past a burning Boston Police car on Tremont Street in Boston on May 31, 2020.
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Escape ‘the Biggest Civilizational Catastrophe’

America is collapsing. On our city streets, youths are terrorizing people, vandalizing buildings, burning police cars, looting stores and inflicting violence on those who oppose them. Even more shocking, many leaders permit, justify and encourage the destruction! This is what a nation on the verge of collapse looks like.

You may think this crisis erupted after the death of George Floyd. The reality is, it has been building for decades. But it didn’t originate in the halls of government, the university or even the classroom. The chaos on our streets started in our homes. It came from the decades-long breakdown in our families.

In a Fox News interview in July, commentator Heather MacDonald said, “I am going to break a massive feminist taboo here, and say that males matter. Fathers matter. Fathers bring a set of values and norms to child rearing whether it’s self-reliance or self-discipline, honor and courage. On average, it complements what mothers can bring.”

In today’s culture, this sort of language is considered inflammatory, sexist and violent. In this upside-down world, MacDonald is one of the few people still brave enough to state the obvious.

“The anarchy that we have lived through with the looting and the rioting of the last month,” she continued, “has been preceded by a more slow-motion anarchy and breakdown, which is the breakdown of the family because our prisons today are filled almost exclusively with fatherless men” (emphasis added).

MacDonald is exactly right: This has been slow-motion breakdown of the family! Children unloved, untaught and undisciplined in the home have become unhappy, unenlightened, unrestrained adults. Uncontrolled tantrums in the home have become Molotov cocktails hurled at police. Children never taught to be grateful have become rioters who loot what they can and burn what they can’t, even though they live in the wealthiest, freest, most blessed nation in world history.

Stability, discipline, happiness, gratitude, productivity, kindness: these qualities need to be learned. And they need to be taught in the home by loving, God-fearing parents.

MacDonald called the breakdown of the family the “biggest civilizational catastrophe that we’re facing today.” She said that breakdown is the “root of the spiraling crime, insane drive-by shootings that we see in the inner city, and the destruction of human potential.”

With an urgent tone, MacDonald said, “It’s a hard thing to turn this around, but we have to.” She’s absolutely right.

What she doesn’t know is that family breakdown, and the resultant societal breakdown, were prophesied. Isaiah 3:12 describes a society in which children “oppress” and women “rule.” Men, fathers and husbands, aren’t even mentioned in that verse! The family has been turned upside down and as a result, society has been turned upside down!

Thankfully, it does not have to be this way in your home. It should not be this way in your home! God gives instruction that will help you escape “the biggest civilizational catastrophe,” and build a strong, stable family.

That includes learning how to love your children God’s way, which takes unselfishness, patience, positivity, encouragement, vision and many other virtues. It includes teaching and training them in the way they should go. It includes guiding and correcting them as necessary. Above all it means getting your family structure right. The Bible provides marvelous detail about the God-ordained roles within the family (e.g. Colossians 3; Ephesians 5; 1 Timothy 3). The emphasis is on the husband and father ruling the household well. If the house is not ruled well, the results are catastrophic! A breakdown in the home leads to the breakdown of cities and society as a whole.

God sent a man in this end time in the spirit of Elijah to “restore all things” to the Church (Matthew 17:10-11). God said this man “shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers” before Christ’s return (Malachi 4:6). This beautiful scripture is talking about protecting, maintaining and strengthening the family structure! It is about getting our families right in the context of Jesus Christ’s imminent return! Why? Because God’s Family is going to be leading in the World Tomorrow. God is working with people right now who will be able to help Him in building excellent families during the Millennium and beyond. That starts with teaching them how to do this in their own physical families today.

This prophesied role was fulfilled by Herbert W. Armstrong. He taught and wrote extensively on how to build strong families. Since his death in 1986 we have carried on that work. As a starter to help you get your family life in order, we would like to offer you a free book: Child Rearing With Vision. This book will show you how to raise a family God’s way. Teaching God’s law and administering God’s government in the home is key to a happy, fulfilled life—and it trains you to teach and administer God’s way of life in the World Tomorrow!